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[H] Enthusiast Archives: June 2010Archive Listing

Tuesday June 29, 2010

Gaming [H]eadlines

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Patch Coming Tomorrow @ Joystiq

Darksiders PC Delayed Until September @ Shacknews

First Look At PlayStation Plus @ Kotaku

Metro 2034 Revealed @ Blue’s News

NVIDIA Beta 258.69 Drivers

For all you GeForce owners out there, NVIDIA has just released new beta 258.69 drivers for Windows 7 / Vista 32-bit and for Windows 7 / Vista 64-bit. Grab them if you need them.

Adds support for NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround technology. Learn more about this technology including the hardware and software requirements here. •Includes numerous bug fixes. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release. •Users without US English operating systems can select their language and download the International driver



The wait is finally over, NVIDIA 3D VISION SURROUND is here and we put it to the test. How does NVIDIA’s tech stack up? Was it worth the wait? Hit the link for the answer to those questions and more.

Many have waited for NVIDIA's 3D VISION SURROUND Technology with bated breath. The wait is over and NVIDIA can now give its GPU owners a 3x1 multi-display gaming experience; and in 3D too! Does NVIDIA's implementation live up to the expectations of those that have been using competitive technology for eight months?


What the Web is Doing to Our Brains

Is the internet making us "shallow?" This guy seems to think so, and that is just the beginning of what he thinks the internet is doing to us.

Carr worries that in a world where information is available easily and instantly that we are losing the ability to think for ourselves; to reach a deep understanding of a topic through research, reflection, and honest debate.


Bono And Friends Bought 5M Facebook Shares

The private equity firm Elevation Partners bought another 5 million shares of Facebook for a cool $120 million. This brings the total amount of shares to 7.5 million, giving them a 1.5% stake in the company.

Elevation Partners, the private equity firm, has acquired an additional 5m shares of Facebook for $120m, bringing its stake in the social network to about 1.5 per cent, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. In November, Elevation bought 2.5m shares for $90m.


Foxconn Is Installing Safety Nets on Buildings?

I guess this is one way to curb suicides. Maybe they just have really big mosquitoes over there. Yeah, that’s it…big mosquitoes.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases & Modding

Cooler Master HAF-X @ Guru3D


Cooler Master V6 GT CPU Cooler @ Legit Reviews

Cooler Master V6 GT CPU Cooler @ Overclockers Club

Cooler Master V6 GT CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers


AMD Athlon II 255 and 260 Processors @ TechwareLabs

Memory/ Storage

OCZ Vertex 2 120GB Solid State Drive @ Think Computers

Porn Industry to Drop Flash

The porn industry is planning to drop Flash? Wow, you know your tech sucks when the porn industry abandons you.

The founder of Digital Playground, one of the porn heavyweights in the U.S., told ConceivablyTech that it will abandon Flash as soon as the desktop browsers fully support HTML 5. We also learned that 3D is just not there yet and that online movie streaming is unlikely to replace Blu-ray discs anytime soon.


IDEMA Prepares Industry for HDD Sector Format Change

The International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association (IDEMA) today announced the launch of the "Are You Ready?" campaign, an effort to raise awareness in the computer industry about the advances and advantages of long data sectors. IDEMA is the data-storage industry's trade association dedicated to driving technology standards that support the advancement of data storage. The campaign focuses on helping the computer industry prepare for the transition of hard disk drive (HDD) processing from the historical sector lengths of 512 to 520 byte increments, to increments of 4,096 bytes per sector using a technology referred to as Advanced Format. IDEMA is joined by major hard disk drive manufacturers in the launch and support of the "Are You Ready?" effort.

"Are You Ready?" is a comprehensive campaign providing the computing industry with awareness and tools to prepare for the upcoming transition to Advanced Format technology. This includes a Developer Kit program, educational materials, new Wikipedia entries, and a series of exhibits and events in six cities starting with the Microsoft Partner Conference in Washington D.C. (July 11-15). It also includes a logo program to help customers recognize HDDs with Advanced Format capabilities.


Finger Painting on the Apple iPad

You guys have to check out this iPad finger painting. This was done over a three hour period with a live model and streamed on the web.


Harvard Develops Self-Folding Origami?

Harvard researchers have developed self-folding origami. Origami that folds itself? Geez, that is about as lazy as you get….I like it! Next up, self-drinking beer.

Although the team has so far managed to create only simple origami shapes, they say the technique could make tailor-made objects if the size of the triangles is reduced and their number increased. "Imagine foregoing all the tools in your toolbox and instead using a stack of self-folding sheets to produce the tools and structures you need for a particular job."


Alleged Russian Agents Used High-Tech Tricks

According to this news report, those alleged Russian spies arrested over the weekend used "high-tech tricks" like thumbdrives and a private Wi-Fi network. Oh my god, thumbdrives? These guy are regular super spies!!!

A clandestine network of Russian spies in the United States used private Wi-Fi networks, flash memory sticks, and text messages concealed in graphical images to exchange information, federal prosecutors said Monday.