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[H] Enthusiast Archives: August 2008Archive Listing

Saturday August 30, 2008

Hyundai Raided by German Customs at IFA

I guess this is one way to get people to notice your booth. German customs police raided Hyundai IT Corp.’s booth at IFA and took away some flat-screen TVs. Papers please?

"Hyundai had the chance today to show us that it had paid for the licenses -- then we would have gone. But that was not the case. They could not prove they had paid so we took the devices away," said [Berlin customs investigation office] spokesman Norbert Scheidhauer.


Microsoft Fights Piracy with Discounts

I wonder if this is a trend or an aberration. Microsoft decided to fight piracy in Kenya not with lawyers and injunctions, but instead with discounts and education. Time will tell if this will work.

Microsoft East Africa announced a 40 percent reduction in cost of its home and student office suite amid complaints of rampant software piracy in the Kenya. "This special offer for Africa will enable more tools that will help them work more productively and accomplish more in developing presentations," said Ian Joule, Microsoft channel manager for East and Central Africa.


First Army Experience Center Open in Philadelphia, PA

The U.S. Army opened the Army Experience Center (AEC), a state-of-the-art educational facility where visitors can virtually experience many aspects of Army life. Located inside Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia, the 14,500-square-foot facility is the centerpiece of the Army Experience Pilot Program to test and evaluate new marketing strategies.

I told you about this place back in June and it looks like the 1st one is finally open. If you get a chance to check it out, let us know in the comments below.


BFG Announces New Video Cards

BFG Technologies®, Inc. announced the BFG NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800 GT, 9800 GT OC™, and the GeForce 9500 GT graphics cards. All three new BFG graphics cards offer best-in-class price versus performance, and are backed by free 24/7/365 world-class tech support and the best lifetime warranty in the industry.

Friday August 29, 2008

NVIDIA About-Face Brings Questions

There is an interesting editorial posted by C|Net’s Brooke Crothers that examines NVIDIA’a recent about-face when it comes to native SLI support for Intel’s X58 chipset. After months of non-stop Intel bashing and all those “Cans O' Whoop Ass” that have remained unopened, we think most people were caught off guard by NVIDIA’s announcement.

Representative of the shock expressed after the announcement, a headline at AnandTech said: "Hell Freezes Over: Nvidia Announces Native SLI Support for the Intel X58 Chipset." Translation: Nvidia must use Intel supporting silicon to get its technology into future gaming systems--not its own.

Ongoing Discussion

Gigabyte Factory Tour

PCStats takes you on a tour of Gigabyte’s factory in Taiwan and shows you how motherboards are made. It is funny how little has changed in the last decade. Looking back to 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2006 it is easy to see that even though the components and chipsets may change, the process is still the pretty much the same.

It's surprising to learn the amount of work and machinery involved in manufacturing a single motherboard. We'd vaguely imagined some sort of stamping process where all components are slapped onto the bare board in one step and soldered, before being boxed in a big room full of bored workers.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases & Modding

Antec Twelve Hundred Gaming Case @ Legit Reviews


nMedia HTPCKB Media Center Wireless Keyboard @ BmR


Gigabyte GA-EG43-S2H Motherboard @ CPU3D


Gigabyte GeForce 9800GT @ Overclockers Club

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 @ TechwareLabs

Industry Rethinks Moneymaking Software Practice

Is this the beginning of the end for bloatware? We can only hope so. We have been outspoken critics of bloatware for years and companies like Dell went to great lengths to remove unwanted software from its line of PCs a few years back but it seems the rest of the industry is just now catching up.

But Best Buy, the nation’s largest electronics retailer, tells computer buyers that the preinstalled software, also known as bloatware, can clutter their machines and slow them down. You’d be surprised how often consumers tell us to get rid of it,” said Robert Stephens, the head of Geek Squad, the technical support division of Best Buy that removes the software. He declined to say how many people were paying for the service, but said that “it’s going to increase in popularity.”


Four Foot Long Working SNES Controller

Talk about a conversation starter (or date killer if you are a single guy), a four foot long SNES controller that actually works.


All The [H]orde Guides In One Easy Link

For all of you contemplating joining the greatest folding team on planet Earth (ummm, duh...Team #33), [H] folder extraordinaire "Xilikon" has put all the Folding guides into one easy-to-find location so that you can get the right client for you and be up and folding in no time at all. C'mon, what are you waiting for? Join the [H]orde and start Folding for a great cause today!

Welcome to the [H]orde guides page. You will find the guides you need to setup a Windows SMP (both MPICH and DEINO versions), linux SMP or Windows GPU, including a multi-GPU guide. This is 99% identical to the official guides which can be found on the Folding@Home official site at

Gaming News

5 New FallOut 3 Gameplay Moviews FileShack

Dead Space Pushed...Forward? @ Kotaku

Gigantic Gears of War 2 Giganto Screenshots VE3D

Halo Wars: Box Art Revealed @ Gamerscore Blog

Left 4 Dead DLC Will Include More Levels @ Shacknews


BFG’s CEO has been making it a point to get AFK lately and in doing that he has just won his first “CEO Challenge” Ironman competition. Our congrats go out to Scott. In the 10:56:45 that it took him to finish the 141 miles of the Swimming, Biking, and Running, I drank 4 liters of Mountain Dew, ate 12 Kit Kat bars, and played 28 rounds of Team Fortress 2. Who’s the man now Scott? ;)