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[H] Enthusiast Archives: August 2006Archive Listing

Thursday August 31, 2006

Browser To Browser File Swapping

Alright, this sounds pretty cool, an application that allows you to swap files…browser to browser by dragging and dropping the files into your browser window. Both parties have to have the app installed but it sounds like it might be worth looking into, check it out here.

The new service lets you send large files across the Net simply by dragging them onto your browser window. You can't send to someone unless they've installed AllPeers' app too, but once both of you have everything set up, you can zip files back and forth with ease.

Intel Expected To Cut Jobs

Paul Otellini, Intel's CEO, is expected to announce massive layoffs early next week. Sources “familiar” with the plan say the layoffs could be as high as 10,000 jobs.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker, having suffered several financially disappointing quarters, launched an internal analysis in April to find ways to increase its efficiency. Otellini is scheduled to announce the results of the analysis, including the layoff, on Tuesday after the stock market closes, sources familiar with the plans said.

DDR2 Crowned King

It looks as though DDR2 has finally wrestled the crown away from DDR as the most popular memory. Sheesh, about time!

AMD helped further put off demand for DDR2 this year. The company waited until the middle of the year to launch its first desktop and laptop processors that support DDR2 because it didn’t think initial versions of the chip added substantial performance benefits to AMD processor-based systems, yet commanded a higher price.

Flaming Hard Drive FTW!

With the sheer amount of things we have caught on fire around here, it shouldn’t surprise me to see someone else’s hard drive catch on fire. You know you are a tech-nerd when your PC catches fire you run for the camera, not the fire extinguisher.

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So I powered the system off and pulled the drive, I examined it and it looked fine, so I figured I would just plug it in while it was out of the case to make sure it was running... when I hit the power button flames..LITERALLY shot out of the bottom of the HDD.

HD Team Fortress 2 Trailer

If you want to see the new HD Team Fortress 2 trailer I suggest heading over to Shacknews and grabbing it. Pretty spanky looking game…even if the characters do look a little like they came out of the animated Disney movie The Incredibles.

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If Episode Two doesn't do it for you but Team Fortress 2 does, you'll be happy to know we're now hosting a high-def version of the Leipzig Games Convention trailer. The 218mb video shows nearly three and a half minutes of in-game footage from the fantastic looking class-based multiplayer game.

Crysis Interview

Game Informer has a good interview with Crytek’s CEO, Cevat Yerli, posted today that is worth checking out. Among other things, Cevat explains that developing Crysis for the Windows Vista platform is exciting and difficult all at the same time. There is also a brief explanation given as to why Crysis will not ship for consoles, here’s a snippet:

Let me rephrase that to be a little bit more precise. Crysis, and what it is supposed to be on PC, until that’s the case, and I mean at a very high quality bar - what I told you about at the beginning – until we achieve that it’s not going to be [on consoles]. Once we achieve that, our next step might become to do the same goal again for another platform.

Firefox 2.0 Beta 2

All you Firefox users interested in playing around with the latest 2.0 beta should hit this link. You can get all the documentation on Firefox 2.0 here.

Firefox 2 provides the same clean, streamlined, interface as previous versions, with small improvements to make it easier to use. In addition, it includes improved security features and useful tools to make the Internet experience safer, faster, and better than ever before.

Velocity Micro's ProMagix E2200

The day that Core 2 Duo launched, we went to our local Best Buy and bought this new Velocity Micro system that is now being sold at B&M; locations. We ended up with a great system, but we had to jump through some support issues to get there. Is the customer feeling growing pains at VM?

3DRealms Comment On Departures

Joe Siegler has commented on the recent departure of 10 employees from 3DRealms. The overall gist of what he says is “it’s the nature of this business”.

There's honestly nothing to be concerned about. People leave. People come. There's staff on the project you don't know about. You know some, you don't know most. There's truly nothing to worry about. I know from your end it would seem bad, and if I wasn't still working here and knew more, I'd probably feel the same way. I'm not worried about my paycheck.

We aren’t sure how this will all turn out but 3DRealms has suffered setbacks like this in the past and weathered them just fine. In our recent Prey review we covered the first “mass exodus” from 3DRealms that occurred in August 1996 and another in 1998.

3DRealms’ head honcho, George Broussard, made these comments at Shacknews:

Physics and animation systems are virtually finished and shippable. It's simply maintenance and polish from here on out. We haven't needed to make substantial changes to those systems in months. The changes we have made, were made without great effort. Things are never as bleak as they appear, as is often the case when you simply have one side of the story.

I'm glad to see that Shack is now a major investigative new source. I alone, have secret insider info on half the developers in the industry and their secret unannounced projects, their departures, layoffs and other internal politics. If you really want to open up the site to being the next BitchX or FatBabies, it shouldn't be too hard to solicit reputable sources (anon developers or their friends) to provide you with all the information you need. It's all 'news' :)

Not sure why there would be animosity towards Shacknews, they are simply reporting the news, not creating it.

Wednesday August 30, 2006

Linspire Makes CNR Library Free

Linspire has decided to make access to its "Click 'N' Run" library of software free. The company used to charge as much as $50 a year for access to the CNR software but has recently decided to open it up in hopes of making its product more popular.

"CNR really makes using desktop Linux easy, and we want everyone to have access to this quality service," Chief Executive Kevin Carmony said in a statement. The move was financially feasible for the company because it's making enough revenue from premium products such as software to play DVDs, CodeWeavers' CrossoverOffice software to run Microsoft Windows and Sun Microsystems' StarOffice,

Game Studio Express Beta

The guys at MS let us know that there is a free download of Game Studio Express Beta for all you budding game designers. The XNA based development package weighs in at just over 91MB, includes a copy of the game Spacewar to help get you started making your very own games for the Xbox 360, Windows XP or Windows Vista.

The XNA Team is proud to present the beta release of XNA Game Studio Express. XNA Game Studio Express is targeted at students and hobbyists for game development, and is based on Visual C# Express 2005. This release of XNA Game Studio Express also contains the "Spacewar" game to help you get started learning game development. Please take the time to read the Readme page (link above) prior to installing XNA Game Studio Express.

Passive Cooling Versus Active Cooling

The crew at PCPerspective have taken three massive heatpipe heatsinks from Thermalright and tested them in passive, pseudo-passive, and active cooling modes. A great article for all of you trying to balance cooling performance with noise output in your own system. Head on over and check it out.

Today’s review is more of a comparison than a true review – we are comparing three of Thermalright’s top-of-the-line CPU heatsinks in passive, pseudo-passive, and active cooling modes. Our three contenders include the Thermalright HR-01, the XP-120, and the Ultra-120.