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[H] Enthusiast Archives: June 2007Archive Listing

Saturday June 30, 2007

Four Spire Coolers vs. Four Overclocked Kentsfield Cores

Xbit Labs has a lengthy rundown on four separate cooling solutions that were exposed to some different configurations.

This next round of our CPU cooler tests fell on a week of scorching hot weather when the thermometer reported 32°C and higher, when people would drink pails of water and other liquids per day, and when a slightest puff of the wind seemed like God’s grace. It’s hard to live in such weather but it is good for the hardware reviewer’ work: if a cooler passes tests successfully under such conditions, its stable operation at lower ambient temperatures is guaranteed.

[H]ardware Round-Up II


XFX 8600 GT Fatal1ty @ I4U


Thermaltake MaxOrb CL-P0369 CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews

ThermalRight Ultra 120 Extreme @ Overclocker Café


MSI K9AGM2-FIH (AMD 690G) @ HardwareZone

Duct Tape Server

We have all employed the life saving technology of duct tape a time or two in our lives. These guys take it to a whole new level though and fabricate an entire case out of 4 rolls.

Duct Tape Server was built entirely from four rolls of gray Nashua duct tape, a quarter roll of translucent 3M duct tape, and these computer components:


Watch Out For Rising Prices

These images were snapped by a passer-by at his local Wal-Mart. Instead of having the higher price as the Was $x Dollars it’s actually reversed. You have to give credit to Wal-Mart for being honest though…if it wasn’t a mistake.

I was in the electronics department at Walmart the other night and noticed something interesting on the shelves. Several flat-panel TVs were marked with their prices in big bold text. In smaller text on the same tag was the previous price, which in several cases was lower than the current one. I snapped pics of a couple of the tags, and could have taken several more if I had been bored enough.


Sunset at Sunrocket?

Another large VoIP provider is feeling the pinch and has laid off 40 employees. Most people feel that cable companies offering 3-for-1 type of services are really hurting this technology.

Sunrocket, one of the many VoIP service providers that has been suffering as a result of an all-out voice assault by the cable companies is rumored to have hit a major airpocket today. Our sources say that the company laid off about 40 of its employees, including some C-Level executives. While the company isn’t exactly out of business, things are pretty dicey here.


Ohio's Laptops Often Stolen or Missing

If you live in the state of Ohio, you should probably be worried that laptops come up missing quite a bit. Worse yet, the laptops usually belong to the city and state governments.

"State-owned and issued equipment is being misplaced or lost and stolen, and fundamentally that's not good," said Keith Dailey, a spokesman for Gov. Ted Strickland.


Music Industry Attacks Free Prince CD

Prince wants to give his new CD away to the masses for no charge, and of course, the record labels are flaming mad about it.

"It's all about giving music for the masses and he believes in spreading the music he produces to as many people as possible," said Mail on Sunday managing director Stephen Miron. "This is the biggest innovation in newspaper promotions in recent times."


Intel Tops 1 million Mark on Quad-Cores

Intel has officially shipped over 1 million quad core Xeon 5300 chips since its launch last November.

The Xeon 5300 series, which was code-named Clovertown, has aided Intel's recovery in the server processor market by helping the company to take back business that previously was going to Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and its Opteron chips.


[H]ardware Round-Up


Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-8500 DDR2 1066MHz @ OCC


Lite-On LH-20A1L @ Overclockers Online

Dell M1710 @ GotFrag

Xthermal BTF 120 Pro LED @ Cooling-Station

IBM Ramps Up Enterprise Search Engine

IBM is working an enterprise search technology that will allow users to locate information buried deeply in large files of all types.

Using a unified search interface, users can find information that is stored in a number of IBM software modules, including Lotus Document Manager, Lotus Quickr and Lotus QuickPlace documents. The search interface also taps information stored in applications, repositories and shared files from across a business.


Google Maps: Change Directions

If you are an avid Google Map user like I am, you’ll appreciate the new ability to change your route on the fly with a new drag and drop ability.

It might not sound like much given its dead simple interface, but the results are jaw-dropping — and very useful. Not only does this make plotting multi-stop trips and custom routes much easier, when coupled with the “traffic” maps it can help users find faster, less congested routes.


Laptop Thief May Get Life

This morning's Moron of the Day award goes to to this gentleman who thought it wise to steal a laptop from a woman he met on a dating site, wipe it, put his username on it, then pawn it. The person also has two strikes against him, so he could be going to prison for a long time.

The lesson for daters: If your inaugural encounter with an online paramour begins with a request for money and accolades for your laptop, move on. The lesson for thieves: If you steal your Net paramour's laptop, under California's three-strikes law you could be facing life in prison.