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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,17 2005 - tech 
ATI CATALYST Drivers v5.8 - tech
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ATI has released a new ATI Catalyst drivers (release notes / download ~ 25.2MB) bringing them up to version 5.8. The package contains: RADEON display driver 8.162, Multimedia Center 9.08, Catalyst Control Center 5.8 (requires .NET Version 1.1 Framework), HydraVision Basic Edition 3.25.9006, Remote Wonder 3.02, WDM version 8.15 (6317) and Southbridge/IXP Driver.
The following section provides a summary of the issues that have been resolved in the latest version of Catalyst. These include:

  • Battlefield 2: Geometry corruption or missing textures are no longer noticed when playing the game for an extended period of time under Windows XP with an ATI Radeon® X800 XT installed
  • 3D Mark03: Enabling Powerplay mode and running the 3DMark03 or 05 in a loop no longer results in an error message being displayed
  • Area51_2.3dc: Playing the game under Windows XP no longer results in the NPC and guns appearing distorted, flashing or missing. Further the polygons no longer pop in and out of the display
  • GTA: Vice City: Setting the desktop and the game display option to 1024x768 32bpp and attempting to play the game under Windows XP MCE, no longer results in an Invalid Pixel Format message being displayed after approximately 5 minutes of game play
  • Lineage 2: Playing the game under Windows XP no longer results in display corruption being noticed
  • Movie Maker 2: Connecting an external video source using the S-video composite connectors, no longer results in the Movie Maker 2 application intermittently failing to capture video, when selecting the Capture from Video Source
  • MU Online: Opening a chat window and playing the on-line game no longer results in hesitation being noticed when pressing the Enter key
  • Quake 3: Enabling SmartShader followed by attempting to do a mode change while playing the game, no longer results in the game failing to respond
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: Running the Dantoonie level of the game no longer result in hesitation being noticed
  • Terathon: Starting the Terathon 3D engine and selecting a single player demo, no longer results in the 3D engine failing to respond under Windows XP
  • Trackmania Sunrise: Playing the game under Windows XP no longer results in the operating system failing to respond, when attempting to exit the game after leaving the PC idle for an extended period of time
  • Warcraft III: Playing the game under Windows XP with the display rotated by 90 degrees CCW, no longer results in display corruption being noticed
  • Performing an overwrite of the video driver install, no longer results in the Hydravision Multidesk feature being unable to load
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,15 2005 - tech
Monday Tech Reading - tech
(hx) 08:57 PM EDT - Aug,15 2005 - Post a comment

SECURITY...

  • Microsoft Security Advisory (899588) updated for exploit - Microsoft is actively analyzing and providing guidance on a malicious worm identified as "Worm:Win32/Zotob.A", which is currently circulating on the Internet. The worm is a malicious attack which exploits the Windows Plug and Play vulnerability addressed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-039 on August 9, 2005. The worm creates 16 threads to scan for infectable systems. The worm targets random class B IP addresses, sending SYN packets to TCP Port 445. When a vulnerable system is found, buffer overflow and shellcode is sent to the remote system, creating an FTP script and launching FTP.EXE to download and execute the worm from the source system.
  • Windows 2000 Plug and Play Universal Exploit - A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Plug and Play (PnP) that allows an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability to take complete control of the affected system, the following exploit code can be used to test your system for the mentioned vulnerability.

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Xbox 360 may not always have a hard drive, confirms Allard - Speaking in the September issue of US magazine Game Informer, Allard said that the company isn't yet ready to announce details of possible multiple models of the Xbox 360, with the presence of a hard drive being touted as one potential difference between models.
  • Windows Mobile Smartphones Get Wi-Fi - Qtek has announced two new Windows Mobile Smartphones with built-in Wi-Fi, the Qtek 8300 and 8310. The phones run Windows Mobile 5, which is the first Smartphone version to support Wi-Fi in addition to cellular protocols. In addition to Wi-Fi and quad-band GSM / GPRS with EDGE, both handsets have a 2.2" QVGA display, 1.3 Megapixel camera and MiniSD slot. The 8300 features dedicated media playback buttons, while the 8310 has 2 application keys.
  • Boost Mobile Announces Two GPS Games - In Swordfish, players must use the GPS to move to schools of fish and cast the phone towards them. Once a swordfish is hooked, the game becomes a standard arcade fishing game. Torpedo Bay is more actively location based. Players move the streets hunting for enemy subs (other players) as well as other targets and bonus items. Each game costs $5.99 for the first month and 2.99 for following months.
  • Google Halts Scanning of Copyrighted Books - Google has halted its efforts to scan copyrighted books from some of the nation's largest university libraries so the material can be indexed in its leading Internet search engine.
  • Scientists invent pee-powered battery - Researchers in Singapore have developed a paper battery that is powered by urine. The battery is composed of paper, soaked in copper chloride, sandwiched between layers of magnesium and copper. The whole thing, once laminated in plastic, is just a millimetre thick, and 6cm by 3cm in size. The researchers report that with just 0.2 millilitres of urine the battery will provide around 1.5 volts, with a maximum power output of 1.5 milli-Watts
  • Intel slashes Pentium 4 6xx prices - All five 6xx-class processors had their prices cut. The 3.8GHz 670 fell from $851 to $605, a fall of 28.9 per cent. The 3.6GHz 660 was cut to $401, 33.7 per cent off its previous price, $605. The 3.4GHz 650 now costs $273, down from $401, a cut of 31.9 per cent. The 3.2GHz 640 dropped 20.2 per cent, from $273 to $218. And the 3GHz 630 now costs $178, down 20.5 per cent from $224.
  • Design issues delay R520 launch - In a recent investors Q&A session ATI’s Senior Vice President of the PC Business Unit, Rick Bergman, on the subject of R520 said "We had hoped to have that product in the June timeframe, but unfortunately due to a variety of design issues it has moved out to the September / October timeframe for launch". This is more or less in-line with the late summer launch previously mentioned by Dave Orton.

HARDWARE... 

GUIDES...

  • WiFi - Wireless networking explained - The underlying principle of WiFi is that computers communicate with one another over a radio frequency in much the same way that handheld transceiver are used by friends to chat with one another on the road. One key difference, though, is the bandwidths each uses.
  • CoDecs Guide - CoDecs compress and decompress data. The word CoDec is a shortening of the term Compressor/Decompressor. Compressing a data stream or a file reduces its data rate.
  • How To Reinstall Windows XP - This purpose of this guide is to give you a checklist to follow so that a reloading of Windows goes smoothly the first time.
  • Catalyst 5.7 drivers: memory limited performance improvements - Another not-so-great thing about the new drivers is that some of the performance increase claims in the driver release notes are slightly misleading. While we did see a lot of the gains that they mentioned in most of the games, we found many of these increases to be with cards so limited (performance-wise) that they didn't matter.
  • NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) Guide - NiBiTor, offers the latest in uber tweaking, gaining full control over the latest releases of supported GPU's. The latest release allows full manipulation over the Geometric Delta clocks of the latest video card technology found on supporting cards

SOFTWARE...

  • Aircrack - 802.11 Sniffer and WEP/WPA Key Cracker - download
  • Fraps 2.6.4 - Fraps (download) is designed as a generic tool for DirectX and OpenGL games. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as: Benchmarking Software, Screen Capture Software and Realtime Video Capture Software.
  • DeepBurner Portable - DeepBurner Portable works straight from your removable media, whether it's a USB flash drive, compact flash card, or even a good old floppy.
  • BenQ DW1640 firmware - BenQ QSuite 2.0 improves writing quality for DVD+R & DVD-R media., add SolidBurn Technology and Overspeed ability.  The download link for the firmware is here.
  • Wireless Vista BETA drivers - Intel  PRO/Wireless 2100 (Release Notes / Drivers) / Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG / 2915ABG (Release Notes / Drivers)
  • ForceWare 78.10 Win 2000/XP - Pieter over at laptopvideo2go found these drivers at Fujitsu Siemens, for their Amilo laptop series. Try only at your own risk.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,12 2005 - tech
Friday Tech Reading - tech
(hx) 08:58 PM EDT - Aug,12 2005 - Post a comment

SECURITY...

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Pirated Version of Mac OS for PCs Available - Instructions on how to install Apple Computer's Mac OS X operating system on any PC with a chip from Intel or Advanced Micro Devices were posted to the Internet this week, and they could be found on several Web sites today. The process requires a copy of Mac OS X version 4 (Tiger), VMware's virtualization software, the PearPC emulator that can run operating systems written for PowerPC on any architecture, Apple's Darwin 8.0.1 software, an x86 processor that supports SSE2 (Streaming SIMD Extensions 2), and two files created by an independent developer that can be downloaded using the BitTorrent file-sharing system.
  • Game players say Blizzard invades privacy - A number of "World of Warcraft" players are up in arms over software being used by the game's publisher to scan users' computers for hacks prohibited under its terms of service.
  • Blu-Ray has Updatable DRM (CMS) - The upcoming Blu-Ray disc format allows for updatable copy protection through it's lifecycle. This way, as the copy protection gets cracked (and you know it will), studios can release a new form of the protection on a disc and it would update players.
  • Intel to detail next-gen chip design - Due to ship in H2 2006, the architecture will result in "processors that are high-performance, energy-efficient and multi-core", the company said. "New form-factors" for PCs will be enabled, it promised. The beans will officially be spilled on 23 August, when CEO Paul Otellini kicks of Intel's bi-annual Developers' Forum.
  • Intel 'preps' Pentium 4 6xx price cuts - The cuts will see each model drop a price grade: the 670 will fall from $851 to $605 (down 28.9 per cent), the 660 from $605 to $401 (33.7 per cent) and the 650 from $401 to $273 (31.9 per cent). The 640 and 630 will fall further, from $273 and $224, respectively, to $218 and $178, the sources allege.

HARDWARE... 

GUIDES...

SOFTWARE...

  • FastStone Image Viewer 2.20 - FastStone Image Viewer (download) is an image browser, viewer, converter and editor with an easy to use interface and a nice array of features that include resizing, renaming, cropping, color adjustments and more
  • Gaim 1.5.0 -  Gaim (download) is a multi-protocol instant messaging client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM (Oscar and TOC protocols), ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, and Zephyr networks.
  • AOL Instant Messenger 5.9.3861 - This new version adds Tabbed Browsing, Thumbnail Previews, Spyware Quick Scan and "Who Is" Lookup features.
  • AIM Fix - AIM Fix was created to remove all known AIM viruses in one consolidated removal tool.
  • Realtek AC'97 Drivers 3.75 WHQL - This driver supports all ALC series audio chipsets from ALC101 up to ALC861.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,11 2005 - tech
NVIDIA ForceWare 77.77 drivers - tech
(hx) 06:16 PM EDT - Aug,11 2005 - Post a comment
Along with the GeForce 7800 GT release NVIDIA released a new ForceWare drivers today. It's version 77.77 (release notes PDF) and it is a WHQL driver (Microsoft submitted tested and approved). You can grab the drivers here.
Release Highlights:
- Support for GeForce 7800 GT
- SLI support for GeForce 6600 and GeForce 6600 LE
- New SLI rendering mode (SLI Antialiasing) for increased antialiasing performance
- Broader SLI optimizations and validation for the latest games
- Resolved SLI Antialiasing issues with some applications and generating screen shots. For a full list of other issues resolved, please view the driver release notes.
- Microsoft DirectX 9.0c and OpenGL 2.0 support
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT reviews - tech
(hx) 11:16 AM EDT - Aug,11 2005 - Post a comment / read (3)
NVIDIA today introduced and announced immediate availability of the Company's new NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT graphics processing unit (GPU). The 7800 GT offers near-GTX performance for at least a hundred bucks less than NVIDIA's top-end card, and it pretty much creams anything else in its price range.
TheTechLounge: NVIDIA's reference 7800 GT features 20 rendering pipelines, a core clock of 400 MHz, and a memory clock of 500 MHz (1 GHz DDR) while the reference 7800 GTX features 24 rendering pipelines, a core clock of 430 MHz, and a memory clock of 600 MHz (1.2 GHz DDR). However, XFX (like many other vendors) overclocks even the standard versions of these cards, with their 7800 GT core clocked to 450 MHz and the memory pushed up to 525 MHz (1.05 GHz DDR).

Guru3D: Just like the 7800 GTX the GT will need a pretty spiffy CPU. 3.4 GHz Pentium 4 or a rather sizable AMD64 Athlon 3400+ to get the most out of it's capacity, such a processor at minumum I really must recommend. Even with our Athlon 4000+ testing rig we ran into CPU limitation here and there. That's does not mean games run like rubbish though, oh of course not. They are way up there in the highest ranking scores and performance. Yet the graphics card can go faster then it's allowed by the CPU. The CPU simply isn't presenting data fast enough to the graphics card driver. Even a game like Half-Life 2 will run into that limitation if you turn off stuff like AA and AF and then measure in 1024x768. Of course you'll have incredible framerates and let me emphasize this again, at blazing speeds.

TechReport: So, like I said at the outset, the card is fast, and it's less expensive than the GeForce 7800 GTX. The performance differences between the two were narrowed a little bit in our testing because we used an "overclocked in the box" GeForce 7800 GT and a stock-clocked GTX. Even so, I'd have a hard time finding the justification for spending an extra hundred-plus dollars on a 7800 GTX now that the 7800 GT has arrived. None of these cards are cheap, but the 7800 GT is easily a better value than its pricier sibling. Either card will get you the full feature set of NVIDIA's G70 GPU, and the performance delta between them isn't huge.

HotHardware: With its 20 pixel pipelines, 7 vertex units, and 256MB of 1GHz RAM, the GeForce 7800 GT performed very well throughout our entire battery of benchmarks. And with its support for Shader Model 3.0, and excellent anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering quality / performance, the GeForce 7800 GT also has superior in-game image quality. Its relatively quiet single-slot cooler is another plus, as it the 7800 GT's full support for NVIDIA's SLI multi-GPU technology.

HardOCP: Battlefield 2 performance was also very strong on the BFGTech GeForce 7800 GT OC. We found we could play with the maximum in-game quality settings at 1600x1200 with 2X TR MSAA. The GeForce 7800 GTX was faster in this game allowing 4X TR MSAA with a single card. Battlefield 2 is a very bright game, taking place outdoors, and there is a lot of vegetation, which can look pretty nasty if not Anti-Aliased. The BFGTech GeForce 7800 GT OC allows you to have Transparency Multisampling Anti-Aliasing enabled at every resolution to help eliminate the aliasing. With two cards in SLI, the performance is there to allow the absolutely best image quality of Transparency Supersampling at 4X at high resolutions.

PC Perspective: In most cases in our benchmarks we found the 7800 GT card at reference speeds beating out the best ATI card on the market, the X850XT Platinum Edition. This is bad news for the Canadian chip designer as NVIDIA already has one model above the GT with the GTX and could come out with another faster unit any time it wants to.

VR-Zone: This card could not really be unlocked, using the latest version of Rivatuner (RC15.6), available. The issues we faced is this: right after we ticked to enable the disabled pipes, a restart is required for changes to take effect. However, upon rebooting of windows, we saw the progame's main page listing the card, still at 20x1pp / 7vpp. This means it had not been unlocked at all.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,09 2005 - tech
Evening Tech Reading - tech
(hx) 09:36 PM EDT - Aug,09 2005 - Post a comment

SECURITY...

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Group Launches New DVD Security Features - The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), a partnership of electronics manufacturers and Hollywood studios including Hewlett-Packard Co. and 20th Century Fox, said it plans to fight piracy by embedding an identification mark on movies, music and video games that can only be read by equipment that carry its technology.
  • Current Windows Vista Aero will Degrade OpenGL Performance - Microsoft's current plan for OpenGL on Windows Vista is to layer OpenGL over Direct3D in order to use OpenGL with a composited desktop to obtain the Aeroglass experience. If an OpenGL ICD is run - the desktop compositor will switch off - significantly degrading the user experience.
  • Macromedia drops FreeHand from bundle - FreeHand, Macromedia's popular illustration tool, has been omitted from the company's upcoming developer suite, dubbed Studio 8. Macromedia executives cited "extensive research with our customers" as the reason behind the decision, and not its impending acquisition by Adobe Systems--which current sells a competing product called Illustrator.

HARDWARE... 

  • A Look at NVIDIA's nForce 4 SLI X16 - The SLI chipsets feature two x16 PCI-Express slots capable of handling full sized graphics cards. The downfall to this setup is the splitting of bandwidth between the two cards. While two cards were in use, each x16 slot was effectively split into an x8 in order to provide bandwidth to each. Following the announcement of NVIDIA's new nForce 4 SLI X16 chipset this is no longer an issue. The new chipset will provide extra PCI-E bandwidth as well as advanced I/O options
  • Acer Ferrari 4000 Notebook - As far as weight and dimensions go, the Ferrari 4000 is pretty much identical to the TravelMate 8104WLMi. You're looking at 363 x 265 x 34mm (WxDxH), with a weight of just over 2.8kg. So, it's not the smallest or lightest notebook around, but it's still ok for carrying around with you all day - something that I've done with it on many occasions. FYI, Amazon sells Acer FERRARI 4005WLMI AMD TUR 64 1GB for only $2,128.95.
  • Rockdirect XTI 3.8 Performance - Users looking for ultimate notebook performance should seriously consider Rockdirect's XTI series. Taking into account overall performance, the XTI 3.8 is the fastest notebook we've tested thus far.
  • OCZ EL DDR PC3500 Gold GX - These OCZ DDR433 memory modules are 100% hand-tested to ensure their stability at this frequency with such extreme timings
  • GeForce 7800GTX: EVGA's KO Edition - The EVGA e-GeForce GTX KO comes out of the box with a core clock setting of 490MHz and memory clock of 1.3GHz. It also sports a modified heat sink and a new look, a first for our 7800 series. We're excited to see how this card performs and overclocks compared to the other 7800s. It's safe to say that it should outperform the 7800s that we've reviewed so far, but we'll be seeing by how much in the performance section later on.
  • Gainward's overclocked 7800GTX - The improved core and memory clocks meant that we could attain a higher level of playable image quality in Far Cry - it was possible to attain a smooth gaming experience at 1600x1200 with HDR lighting turned on.
  • MSI NX7800 GTX SLI - Half-Life 2 is really showing its CPU limited colors when you have two MSI NX7800 GTX video cards in SLI. The CPU literally cannot keep up with the power of these video cards. What you can do, on the other hand, is simply enable very high image quality settings.
  • PowerColor X800 GT - Even though X800 GT carries memory chips that are almost maxed out on frequency, we get a whopping core overclock which makes a quite an impact in todays games. Let's just hope every retail X800 GT will overclock like our PowerColor sample.
  • Sapphire X700 Pro Graphics Card - NVIDIA's 6600GT, which is its main competition, outperforms the X700 Pro in almost all games and settings except under heavy load in Doom III and Half-Life 2. Surprisingly enough, the X700 Pro, which should be a top performer in Half-Life 2, takes the backseat to NVIDIA's 6600GT except under 1600x1200 with AA and AF turned on where it's competitive, although it doesn't lead in this setting either.
  • Samsung SpinPoint MP0804H Hard Drive - The Samsung MP0804H has certainly gone through a lot and it shined in its tests. When used as an external unit, its faster than NAS units and has a lot more capacity than typical flash drives. As an internal drive, I felt an immediate rejuvenation in performance.
  • Lite-ON SOHR-5238S CD-RW drive - The Lite-On SOHR-5238S is a very capable drive when it comes to CD-R media, the burn quality is very good indeed. The SOHR-5238S is also a very fast and reliable reader and can also read protected media well. Digital Audio Extraction quality is also a plus point with this drive and consistently impressed us with the DAE speed and quality. The SOHR-5238S is let down by poor CD-RW write quality, and this is really the only bad point about the drive.
  • HDA Digital X Mystique 7.1 Gold sound card - EliteBastards take a look at HDA's Digital X Mystique 7.1 Gold discrete sound card, the first of its kind to support real time Dolby Digital encoding via its Dolby Digital Live support.
  • Saitek PC Gaming Mouse - The Saitek's big selling point is that it offers increased resolution over standard mice - 1,600dpi rather than the conventional 800dpi. This is in keeping with the resolution on offer from the likes of Razor Diamondback and Logitech's gaming mice.
  • Casio EX-P505 digital camera - The EX-P505 isn't a cheap camera, in fact at around £315 it is in the upper end of the market for 5MP models, but it does have a lot to offer for the money not least its extraordinary movie modes.
  • Nokia 8800 - There is no real technical reason why you should want to own an 8800. Its old technology in a new shell and even that loses its appeal very quickly.

GUIDES...

SOFTWARE...

  • FastStone Image Viewer 2.20 08-08-2005 Build - FastStone Image Viewer 2.15 (download) is an image browser, viewer, converter and editor with an easy to use interface and a nice array of features that include resizing, renaming, cropping, color adjustments and more.
  • VirtualDub v1.6.10 - VirtualDub (download) is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit Windows platforms (95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video.
  • Real Alternative 1.43 - Real Alternative will allow you to play RealMedia files without having to install RealPlayer or RealOne Player from Real Networks. Supported are: RealAudio (.ra .rpm), RealMedia (.rm .ram .rmvb .rpx .smi .smil), RealText (.rt) and ReadPix (.rp).
  • K-Lite Codec Pack 2.51 - The K-Lite Codec Pack is a free collection of codecs and related tools. Codec is short for Compressor-decompressor. Codecs are needed for encoding and decoding (playing) audio and video. The very user-friendly installation is fully customizable, which means that you can install only those components that you want.
  • AIM Ad Hack 4.12- With this small file (download) you can effectively remove all the ads from AIM (Updated for AIM version  5.9.3861)
  • Yahoo! Messenger 7.00.00.426 - download
  • Netscape Browser 8.0.3.3 - This new version fixes all security and bug fixes through Firefox 1.0.6 and also a bug disabling downloads for many users,
  • WinRAR 3.50 - WinRAR (download) is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.
  • NGO NVIDIA Optimized Driver v1.7776 - The NGO nVidia Optimized Driver is a tweaked version of the nVidia Forceware driver. The main purpose is to satisfy the users with a better performance and better image quality.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,07 2005 - tech
Sunday Tech Reading - tech
(hx) 07:57 AM EDT - Aug,07 2005 - Post a comment / read (1)

SECURITY...

  • Trojan poses as war death notice - The emails were first detected last night and claim to contain a report from The Guardian on the death of 140 US Marines. The email contains a link to the 'full story' but leads users to a bogus web page with two Trojans built in. The Cgab-A and Borodr-Fam Trojans can be downloaded through an improperly patched version of Internet Explorer. Once on the PC the Trojans will allow full control, harvesting personal information and using the computer to spam more copies of the Trojan.
  • Antispyware firm warns of massive ID theft ring - Officials at Sunbelt Software, a Clearwater, Fla.-based vendor of antispyware tools, said the company stumbled upon a massive ID theft ring that is using a well-known spyware program to break into and systematically steal confidential information from an unknown number of computers worldwide.
  • How to bypass Citibank Virtual Keyboard Protection - The Virtual Keyboard concept can be easily defeated by using Win32 APIs to access HTML documents.
  • Another way past Windows antipiracy found - According to the Thursday posting, all a PC user apparently has to do to have GenuineCheck.exe generate a valid code on a machine with pirated Windows XP is to run it in Windows 2000 compatibility mode. This is done by downloading the tool, right-clicking on the file and selecting "properties." Then select the "compatibility" tab in the menu and change the compatibility mode.

OFF-TOPIC

TECHNOLOGY...

HARDWARE... 

  • 2000dpi Razer Copperhead mouse - The Copperhead offers tracking precision at up to 2000 dpi and the first mouse to utilize Full Speed (12MBps) USB [1.1]. The 2000 dpi laser sensor uses a 16-bit data path and samples at 1000Hz, compared to other mice that poll at 125Hz.
  • HP - Compaq TC4200 Tablet PC - Directly from HP, the TC4200 comes in two base models priced at $1,599 and $1,849. The major difference is that the first is loaded with a 1.73GHz Pentium-M 740 Dothan processor and a 40GB hard drive, while the latter uses a 1.86GHz Pentium-M 750 Dothan with Bluetooth and a 60GB hard drive.
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ - Going at a price of US$902, it is cheaper than Intel's top-end Extreme Edition 840 which is at US$999. Comparing the performance of these two high-end dual-core processors, it's without a doubt that AMD's Athlon 64 X2 4800+ is the better choice.
  • Crucial Ballistix PC4000 (DDR500) 1GB Memory Kit - With the emergence of DDR2 and other high-end components, this RAM is better suited for people not wanting to make the jump yet to PCI Express, DDR2, and other high-end components.
  • OCZ Platinum PC4800 Elite Edition 1GB Dual Channel Memory Kit  - The TCC5 PC5000 DFI Special reached 313MHz while the TCCD PC4800 Elite Edition reached 320MHz. The difference between the two is 7MHz, and to overclockers, that is a big difference. For the extreme hardcore enthusiasts who absolutely need neck breaking performance, the Elite Edition would definitely be the top choice.
  • AOpen i915GMm-HFS Motherboard - AOpen's i915GMm-HFS is a very feature rich i915GM based motherboard. The memory selection flexibility, plethora of video output options, and SATA RAID features make it quite attractive for power and quiet computing users. However, the lack of Dolby Digital Live encoding with a high definition audio codec makes the board less attractive to HTPC enthusiasts.
  • Asus P5WD2 Premium Intel 955X Motherboard  - The Asus P5WD2 Premium BIOS is top notch offering a lot of overclocking options and tweaking features for the enthusiast community. The Intel processor line up is known for very high FSB overclocks and Asus has catered to them with FSB increases up to 450 MHz and voltage increases for memory that should help you get to a very high speed indeed.
  • Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra Socket 939 Motherboard - The Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra offers users a very flexible nForce 4/PCI Express platform, and has some useful integrated peripherals like a 8-channel audio, 10 USB2.0 ports, IEEE 1394a, and Gigabit LAN.
  • ABIT Fatal1ty X800 XL 512MB - The goodness of a 512MB framebuffer simply does not show too well in the benchmarks, even when conducted at 1600x1200 with 6x Antialiasing and 16x Anisotropic Filtering. What we see is an X850 XT 256MB, and generally a GeForce 6800 Ultra 256MB, ahead in practically all the tests. Right now, then, L275 can be better spent on faster hardware.
  • Albatron GeForce 7800GTX - The unit PCSTATS tested was a decent overclocker, reaching a modest 479 MHz core and 1347 MHz memory. Considering the mounting holes on the Albatron GeForce 7800 GTX are in the same location as the previous generation, enthusiast upgraders can port over their existing cooling hardware easily!
  • EVGA e-GeForce 7800 GTX - As for the subject matter of this review, the EVGA e-GeForce 7800 GTX graphics card really has higher default frequencies than the reference GeForce 7800 GTX: 450/490/1200MHz against 430/470/1200MHz.
  • Gigabyte GV-NX78X256V-B GeForce 7800GTX - The Gigabyte GV-NX78X256V-B is based on the reference nvidia design, and is very quiet in operation as a result. While it's a single slot solution, the GV-NX78X256V-B videocard does generate a lot of heat - you'd best have good airflow in your case if you plan on getting a GeForce 7800 GTX videocard.
  • Compro VideoMate TV Gold Plus2 Video Card - Compro Videomate TV Gold Plus II is good choice for casual users who want to turn there PC into a multimedia moster. The Noise Reduction and the Video Smoothing technologies allow the increase in audio quality and better looking video and we also like like the Timeshifting and Power up functionality. While snapshot works good with most movies and TV programs, it cannot handle fast speed motion well which ends ghosting the picture.
  • Samsung Spinpoint SP2004C SATA II 200 Gigabyte NCQ Hard Drive - The Samsung SP2004C 200 Gigabyte SATA hard drive was a very welcome suprise. Though it couldn't beat the Maxtor with its massive 16 megabyte cache, it more than made up for this by being extremely quiet and boasting faster seek times and a higher average read speed. This drive would be an excellent choice for a quiet pc project or that home theatre PC due to the very noticeably quiet operating noise.
  • Western Digital Passport 80GB External USB2.0 HDD -
  • Antec TX1050B Black SOHO Tower Case - The included Smart Power 500W modular PSU is a nice addition to an already great case. The combination of a modular design along with all cables having black mesh sleeving should help to keep everything neat and tidy
  • Microsoft Optical Desktop with Fingerprint Reader - Setting up the fingerprint for each website is fairly simple; just navigate to the webpage and scan your fingerprint, which will bring up a form for you to input your login info. Once your login data is saved for the webpage, navigating to it and authenticating is extremely simple and works well.
  • Cambridge SurroundWorks 200 Speakers - Sound quality is terrific for a system of this type. Aside from the remote control, setup and use is a breeze, but the remote isn't a deal breaker. This little system rocks.
  • Logitech MM22 Portable iPod Speakers - They won't blow away your regular stereo sound system, but they will do a good job of what they are designed for - letting you un-tether from your headphones while listening (and perhaps sharing) your music, anywhere you want.
  • Samsung 193P+ LCD Monitor - When you are out looking for this display, make sure you do not purchase a 193P by accident. The two have the same MSRP and look identical so check out the packaging and the specifications. There are a good deal of 193Ps left over so the Plus models are still tough to find.
  • Nikon Coolpix 7900 Digital Camera - The onboard flash on this camera is fairly limited in its maximum range, but it does a great job at making sure it doesn't completely wash out colours. For situations where the flash is disabled, the camera automatically uses its Best Shot Selector (BSS). This makes the camera take three separate photos with the hopes that one of the three will have a minimal amount of motion blur to it.
  • Nokia 3230 Mobile Phone - The handset is a standard 2.5G phone with Tri-band coverage at 900, 1800 and 1900 frequencies. It supports GPRS, but there's no 3G shenanigans going on here. As such it makes sense that there's only a single camera on the back. This has a resolution of 1.2Megapixel count rather than the now more common 1.3Megapixel.
  • Samsung SGH-Z500 GSM Triband-WCMDA Camera Phone - The built in camera takes pretty good pictures with various resolutions up to 1152x864 (mega). The video recording can be done in sub QCIF (128x96), QCIF (176x144) modes. Size limit can be set to MMS limit or unlimited ~ 60mins. There is no built in flash led on the phone.

GUIDES...

  • Basic System Buyer's Guide - August 2005 - HardOCP has posted their August recommendations for a $400 budget system, including a GeForce 6600.
  • Update of the interactive AMD SocketA Rating and product ID (OPN) guide - With this interactive guide it's possible on the basis of numbers and characters on the Socket A CPU to get the Vcore, CPU temperature, size of the L2 Cache, the officially given FSB and the multiplier of the CPU within a few seconds.
  • Anatomy of a Hard Disk Drive - Ever wondered what is inside a hard disk drive?
  • How to Unclog Epson Print Heads - It's unbelievable how Epson printheads get clogged. No matter how good they are, they get clogged for no reason and don't unclog by themselves. Either you change the head or manage to unclog it by using a liquid made by Epson, which costs a small fortune – when you get to find it. So the poor technician has almost no chance to repair such printer.
  • Voice Over IP for $60, or $200, or $0 - All you need for VoIP communication is software, and the best software is free
  • F.E.A.R Demo Tweak Guide - Koroush Ghazi has published this brief guide as a holding point for known tweaks and tips for the FEAR Demo.

SOFTWARE...

  • SyncToy for Windows XP - SyncToy (download), a free PowerToy for Microsoft Windows XP, provides easy and flexible copying, moving, and synchronization of files in different directories.
  • CPU-Z 1.30 - CPU-Z (download) is a freeware detection program base on the Panopsys hardware detection engine. It allows to get some information on your system.
  • 7-Zip 4.26 beta - 7-Zip (download) is a file archiver with high compression ratio
  • eXeem 0.27 Public Beta - eXeem (download) is a brand new Peer-To-Peer program, which is based on the BitTorrent idea. eXeem eliminates the need for trackers as nodes in the program will be taking their role
  • AIM Ad Hack 4.11- With this small file (download) you can effectively remove all the ads from AIM (Updated for AIM version 5.9.3857)
  • VisualRoute 9.3g (shw) - VisualRoute (download) delivers the functionality of key Internet "ping," "whois," and "traceroute" tools, in a high-speed visually integrated package.
  • Gmail Notifier 1.0.25.0 - The Gmail Notifier (download) is a downloadable Windows application that alerts you when you have new Gmail messages. It displays an icon in your system tray to let you know if you have unread Gmail messages, and shows you their subjects, senders and snippets, all without having to open a web browser.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,04 2005 - tech
Nightly Tech Madness - tech
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SECURITY...

  • Microsoft to release six patches, some 'critical,' next week -  Microsoft Corp. will release six software patches next Tuesday covering flaws in its Windows operating system, along with an updated version of its Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool and a nonsecurity update for Windows, Microsoft announced today.
  • First Windows Vista viruses unleashed - An Austrian hacker earned the dubious distinction of writing what are thought to be the first known viruses for Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista operating system. Written in July, the viruses take advantage of a new command shell, code-named Monad, that's included in the Windows Vista beta code.
  • IP flaw leaves Windows 2000 wide open - Vulnerability research firm eEye is warning of a critical flaw in Windows 2000 which it claims cannot be patched. Microsoft is currently investigating the problem and eEye is giving out few details in an effort to avoid helping hackers. The flaw is thought to allow access to PCs by subverting the IP address. This would be ideal for a worm attack that requires no user interaction, such as Sasser.
  • Genuine Windows Validation fixed - Microsoft has updated the Windows Genuine Validation tool to circumvent the hack exposed last week that allowed the system to be bypassed with a snippet of JavaScript code. The Validation is now a two-step process that first generates a code and then has you copy and paste that code to complete the process.

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Will Your PC Run Windows Vista? - Microsoft has said it won't issue the minimum hardware requirements for Windows Vista until next summer. However, the company has already dropped hints that analysts say suggest Windows Vista's Aero UI requires relatively high-end graphics. The operating system itself will determine which level a PC fits into by sensing its graphics capabilities, and PCs will either be deemed capable of running Aero or not. Those that are not will present a classic Windows interface, the software giant has said.
  • Windows Vista hands-on preview - Bit-Tech cover some of the technology behind the Beta, as well as more mundane things like the new Installer and the new security features included. There's a look at the new interface, using Aero, as well as our opinions on the new IE7.
  • Intel Temporarily Cuts Chip Set Production - Intel spokesperson Bill Kircos has denied reports that Intel is planning to exit the low-end chip set business altogether, but said Intel is "prioritizing manufacturing schedules" to focus on certain types of chip sets amid capacity constraints. He declined to specify which products would be affected by the adjustments, but a source familiar with Intel's plans said the move would affect various chip sets for low-end PCs.
  • Liquid metal is so cool it may be on ice - You will probably remember the excitement that greeted Sapphire's announcement, in May, of the first ever graphics card cooled by a fascinating new technology, liquid metal cooling, the Radeon Blizzard X850XTPE. Recently, however, Sapphire has been very quiet about the new card. They released a product with a similar name, the X850XTP - but it's a standard air-cooled model. According to TheInquirer, the part of the problem is this: "although liquid metal might be better than anything else at sucking heat away from a hot chip, that heat doesn't magically disappear. The heat is still inside the cooling system, and must be somehow removed from the liquid metal before the coolant carries the heat back to the chip."

HARDWARE... 

  • Sempron 3400+ Processor - The Sempron 3400+ more than met our performance expectations, and now that we finally have a 2.0 GHz Sempron with a full 256K of L2 cache, the Sempron is starting to move around the fringes of the mainstream market. It easily outpaced the Celeron D 340, and made short work of a 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 Prescott.
  • G.Skill DDR Memory Roundup: 7 Extreme Kits Tested - MadShrimps take a closer look at 7 Dual Channel kits from the Extreme Series and test their overclockability."
  • Corsair ValueSelect 1GB DDR333 SODIMM Memory - The majority of notebooks are capable of supporting 2GB of memory, which is the maximum amount of memory WindowsXP can manage without requiring any tweaking. This review is based on a 1GB DDR SDRAM SO-DIMM module from Corsair. This module will be tested using a notebook featuring the Intel 855PM chipset, which of course only supports DDR333.
  • GeForce 7800 GTX shootout - What's abundantly clear in our look at three retail GeForce 7800 GTX graphics cards is that there is no such thing as a bad one. All three cards from BFG, Leadtek, and XFX, respectively, can be recommended to a certain type of buyer, so determine if you want a) the cheapest GeForce 7800 GTX (Leadtek PX7800 GTX TDH MyVIVO, b) the one that does well in every department (BFG Technologies 7800 GTX OC), or c), the absolute fastest XFX GeForce 7800 GTX Extreme Edition.
  • AOpen Aeolus 7800 GTX - However, as it turned out, with our review sample AOpen has matched XFX with the core and memory hitting 450 and 1,250MHz respectively - up from 430/1200 on the reference nVidia boards
  • HIS X800XL vs Sapphire X800XL 512 MB - Bjorn3D has tested two cards with different features.
  • GeCube X800XL 512MB Graphics Card – 256MB vs. 512MB - TweakTown take a close look at GeCube's new ATI Radeon X800XL graphics card with 512MB of GDDR-3 memory onboard. After looking at the package and the card, they are comparing the 512MB model against a 256MB model to see what type of differences we have in our usual array of gaming benchmarks.
  • Gigabyte Aurora chassis and watercooling kit - Sporting three 120mm fans and a fantastic layout, this aluminium case is not only great value for money, but it's got the looks and performance too.
  • Plextor 740A review - While I was also impressed with its fast, high quality writing on both CDR's and DVD+R's, it did disappoint on DVD+RW, and DVD+R DL media.
  • Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter - To use the Digital Hotspotter you simply press the white button. The unit will then scan for WiFi signals and will report whether or not it found one on the LED Display. IF you press the button again after the unit finds a network, it will search for another.
  • Lexmark Z735 printer - The Z735 has a very conventional design and a boxy appearance, though with rounded edges. Paper feeds from a near-vertical rear tray to an extendable one at the front. There are two control buttons, one to switch the printer on and off and the other to feed paper. A single USB 2.0
    socket at the rear connects the printer to a PC.

GUIDES...

  • Multitasking with Native Command Queuing  - Native Command Queuing can definitely improve the performance of desktop systems. Across our nine tests, NCQ performance gains average to around 9% for both the Maxtor and Seagate drives. That's pretty good, especially considering that we saw a handful of much more impressive gains in some of our tests.
  • Editorial - Of Gaming And Laptops - Let's take a look at the laptops with the top-tier chips: the nVidia 6800 non/Ultra go and the ATI X800 non/XT MOBILITY. There are only a few laptops: the Sager 9880, the Dell XPS Gen 2/Inspiron 9300, and the Dell Precision M70. Keep in mind that the high performance Alienware/Falcon/Voodoo laptops are just Sagers with a nice paint job. Let's take a look at each one.
  • How to Install Hard Drives over 8 GB in Older PCs - if you install a HD over 8 GB in an older PC it will format it as 8 GB. Learn how to correct this problem.
  • What is VoIP and how does it work? - If you have never heard of VoIP before, then the following article will change the way you think about how long distance phone calls are being made now, and about how all phone calls will be made in the future. Voice Over IP (VoIP) is a method for turning analog audio signals into digital data that can be transferred over the internet.
  • Secure XP - A Windows XP Security Guide v1.2.2 - Improve Windows XP's Security on computers not connected to a Domain. Windows XP Home does not include all the security features Windows XP Professional does, so some security options may be unavailable to the Home user.

SOFTWARE...

  • Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP 2 "ICMP" Patch - If you configure your computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (SP2) as the endpoint of a Tunnel mode Internet Protocol security (IPSec) connection, packets are dropped. This symptom occurs if you turn on the Windows Firewall feature. Additionally, packets are dropped even though you have configured the Windows firewall feature to allow ICMP packets. This patch updates the icmp and tcpip drivers (download) so make sure you get the "TCP/IP Event ID 4226 Patcher" to remove the connection limits in XP SP2, enjoy.
  • TCP/IP Event ID 4226 Patcher 2.23d  (WinXP SP2) - This is not a Microsoft product and will modify your internet connection driver (download) to allow for more connections, since Microsoft decided to limit the connection to 10 as a "security" measure, which I think is crap, I have mine at 256 now!
  • Skype 1.3.0.60 - This new version improves call qualit for users with restrictive firewalls and routers.
  • zlib 1.2.3 - Version 1.2.3 eliminates potential security vulnerabilities in zlib 1.2.1 and 1.2.2, so all users of those versions should upgrade immediately.
  • DVD Region+CSS Free 5.9.3.2 - DVD Region+CSS Free enables you to watch and copy any region code CSS-encrypted DVD movies on any DVD drive.
  • AnyDVD 5.4.1.1 - AnyDVD allows you to decrypt CSS encrypted DVDs on the fly. Insert your CSS- (Content Scrambling System) and RPC (Region Code Protected) - protected DVD into your DVD drive
  • Nero CD-DVD Speed 4.04 - Nero CD-DVD Speed is a benchmark which can test the most important features of an optical drive. These tests include: Transfer rate, Seek times, CPU (Central Processing Unit) usage, Burst rate, DAE (Digital Audio Extraction) quality & Spinup/spindown time. It can also check the CD (Compact Disk) and DVD (Digital Versatile Disk) media quality.
  • Nero Burning Rom 6.6.0.16 - The Packages have been updated to v6.6.0.16 (mirror1 / mirror 2 / changelog) for the main Nero Burning ROM package, v3.1.0.16 for the NeroVision video/photo suite package and v4.3.20.1 for the InCD package.
  • HWiNFO32 v1.55  - A new version of professional hardware information tool has just been released.
  • Forceware 77.56 WHQL 64-bit - They are compatible with all current GeForce and Quadro graphics cards from NVIDIA starting at GeForce 3 making this a very interesting release. Make no mistake though, hardly any GeForce garphics card is not supported. GeForce 2 GTS is missing though.
  • Forceware 77.56 WHQL 32-Bit - They are compatible with all current GeForce and Quadro graphics cards from NVIDIA starting at GeForce 3 making this a very interesting release.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,02 2005 - tech
Evening Tech Reading - tech
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SECURITY...

  • Microsoft to Host Hacker Meetings - Microsoft is working on plans to make a recent hacker meeting held on its Redmond, Washington, campus a twice-yearly event, according to a spokesperson for the vendor's security group. The company plans to host another Blue Hat security event in the fall, though no specific date for it has been set, Stephen Toulouse, a program manager in Microsoft's security unit, said on Monday.
  • Apple adopts controversial security chip - The computer that ships in the kit features a security chip called the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). The chips inclusion with the new Apple hardware doesn't come as a complete surprise. It has been previously suggested that Apple could use the TPM to prevent that computer users install the OS X operating system on a non-Mac PC such as a models made by Dell or HP.
  • Cisco IOS Exploitation Techniques - Mike Lynn, former researcher for Internet Security Systems (ISS), spoke at the Black Hat security conference (PDF) in Las Vegas about a serious vulnerability that he found while reverse-engineering the operating system in Cisco routers.
  • Virus Top Twenty for July 2005 -  NetSky.q is once again in first place, in its own strange way marking the sentence given to its author Sven Jaschan.

OFFTOPIC...

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Flash Memory to Speed Up Hard Drives - No more long waits for your PC to wake up. Longer laptop battery life. Data that survives a drop. These are the promises of solid-state-memory disks (SSDs), which use flash memory to supplement or replace today's hard drives. Samsung is working on two types of products: pure SSDs and hybrid drives that combine traditional hard disks and flash memory.
  • Apple doubles up on mouse buttons - Apple announced a multi-button mouse, known as the Mighty Mouse. The new model also features a scroll ball that allows users to quickly scroll through large web pages, graphics or spreadsheets. The item's functionality is similar to that of the scroll wheel that is common with PC mice.
  • Microsoft attacked over Vista name - WorldVista and The VistA Software Alliance are upset with Microsoft's choice, believing there's going to be a fair bit of confusion between the veteran admin software and Microsoft's Next Big Thing.
  • Yahoo to launch blog ad network - Yahoo's new service will differ from Google in that it will add human editorial to the selection of ads for content pages. In comparison, Google's service relies on technology.
  • Yahoo gathering ABC, CNN news clips - Video clips from CNN.com and ABC News will become part of Internet media company Yahoo Inc.'s free on-demand content, following agreements announced Monday.
  • Windows Guru Calls For IE7 Boycott - Paul Thurrott made a call in a recent article to boycott Internet Explorer, due to Microsoft's approach (continued in IE7) of not supporting web standards.
  • UK Record Companies Suing File Sharers - Record companies in Britain are filing their first ever lawsuits against five people accused of illicitly sharing music online, after settling out of court with dozens of others. More than 60 BPI lawsuits have already been settled, with users paying up to 6,500 pounds each in compensation
  • How to play H.264 content on your PC - According to TheInquirer, both Apple's Quicktime H.264 movie or Microsoft WMV-HD content looked very good and that you will experience some amazing quality when you play any of those standards. I can assure you it's much better than Mpeg 2 that you find on your DVDs.
  • Windows Vista Beta 1 screenshots and video  - Flexbeta snapped a few screenshots and recorded a video. The reason for the video is just to show off Windows Vista new graphics engine.
  • Assembly 2005 coverage - Assembly 05 / Jussi Laakkonen, Assembly 05 Event Director interview Pics and video

HARDWARE... 

  • Opteron 100 makes the leap to Socket 939 - The Opteron 100 series will now drop into AMD's Socket 939 infrastructure and no longer require registered DIMMs. The new AMD Opteron 100 Series processors with ECC unbuffered memory support offer a compelling price/performance ratio, beginning with Model 144, priced at $125 in 1,000-unit quantities, and scaling to Model 152, priced at $799 in 1,000-unit quantities.
  • Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Processor - In single-threaded performance, the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ simply can't match up to the higher-clocked Athlon 64 models, but does lay out the entire Pentium D line and manages to win a few against the 3.6-3.8 GHz Pentium 4 processors.
  • 2048 MB DDR Memory Shootout - At 272 MHz, Corsair's TWINX2048-3200C2 is screaming fast for one gigabyte modules. With a 36% overclock, Corsair simply leaves all the other modules in the dust..
  • OCZ EL PC3500 Gold GX 2-2-2-5 - It is a dual channel kit consisting of two 512Mb OCZ PC3500 (433Mhz) EL DDR Gold Edition GX modules with low timings of 2-2-2-5 that run on 2.8V, with gold layered copper heatspreaders, EVP (Extended Voltage Protection) and ULN (Ultra Low Noise) Technology.
  • OCZ PC2-6400 Gold Series Memory -
  • ASrock 939Dual-SATA2 ULi M1695 motherboard - ASrock 939Dual-SATA2 is a full fledge ATX board based on the ULi M1695/M1567. It supports the Socket 939 AMD Athlon 64x2, 64, FX, Sempron processors with a FSB of 1GHz of HTT. It supports cool n quiet, 4 GB of Dual channel DDR 400.
  • ATI Radeon X700 Pro and NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT Video Card Comparison - You might be surprise by the outcome: while NVIDIA does have the faster hardware, Tech-Hounds still recommend Radeon X700 Pro over the GeForce 6600GT.
  • ATI Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory 128MiB - They're no gaming powerhouses, but neither are they totally useless.
  • BFG Tech GeForce 7800 GTX 'Overclocked' - The BFG 7800 GTX is for people who not only want the best but the best of the best and is not for people who think the 9250SE they have is offering the ultimate gaming experience.
  • XFX GeForce 7800 GTX Overclocked - This is the current fastest stock 7800 GTX card on the market, beating out the 460 MHz of the BFG Tech unit and the 480 MHz of the Gainward card recently announced.
  • Zalman VF700-Cu VGA Cooler - Is your video card o­ne of those that is getting very hot and eventually raises the temperature of your entire system? Or perhaps the stock cooler that came with it is very noisy? Many people have o­ne or even both of these problems and the CNPS7700-Cu for their video card might be the perfect solution for either situation.
  • Plextor PX-740A review - With the exception of the Platinum brand DVD+/-R media, the PX-740A proved to be a competitor with drives such as NEC"s ND-3540A and Pioneer"s DVR-109D, and being at the same level as BenQ"s DW1640.
  • SimpleTech SimpleShare NAS - Unlike many external storage solutions, both packaged with and without a hard drive, the SimpleShare NAS is exactly what the name is; a very simple to use NAS unit that's designed for homes and small businesses. We'll be focusing in on the features of this unit and we'll evaluate its performance through the ease of use and the results obtained by third party networking benchmarks.
  • Ultra USB Hubs - ViperLair take a look at a couple USB hubs that add more ports to your existing setup.
  • Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W7 -  Now, Sony has a compact 7.2MP digicam with a 3x optical zoom for $399. It's an excellent camera for those who want superior point-and-shoot quality without breaking out the owner's manual every five minutes or paying for a call to the local Geek Squad. Along with superior resolution, the DSC-W7 mirrors the trend in cameras with huge, 2.5-inch LCD screens to frame and review your shots.

GUIDES...

  • System Builders Guide (SBG) - They are covering budget (The Avenger – under $800), mid-range (The Executioner - $800 - $1500) and high-end (The Slayer – No Budget)
  • Secure XP - A Windows XP Security Guide v1.2.2 - Improve Windows XP's Security on computers not connected to a Domain. Windows XP Home does not include all the security features Windows XP Professional does, so some security options may be unavailable to the Home user. Security on Windows XP starts with having the latest updates. Installing SP2 is essential in making sure your system is secure. SP2 requires a Spyware and Virus free system to install without problems. Please read the advisory and run through Steps 1 and 2 completely before installing SP2.

SOFTWARE...

  • 29 Vector Drawing Programs - check it out
  • Unofficial Windows 98 SE Service Pack 2.0.2 - It contains all Windows98 SE updates (download) from Windows Update site and more.
  • SyncBack Freeware 3.2.8.500 - SyncBack (download) is our freeware program that helps you easily backup and synchronise your files to: the same drive; a different drive or medium (CDRW, CompactFlash, etc); an FTP server; a Network; or a Zip archive.
  • Morpheus 5.0.0.666 Beta - Morpheus searches the major file-sharing networks and simultaneously connects with millions of users of Gnutella, eDonkey, LimeWire, Grokster, G2, NEOnet and BitTorrent.
  • Guifications 2.11 - Guifications is a Gaim plugin that displays msn style "toaster" popups in a user defined corner of the screen. It's highly configurable, easy to use, and has theme support. It really is, the end all, be all, toaster popup plugin for Gaim!
  • Mp3tag 2.32b - Mp3tag can rename files based on the tag information, replace characters or words from tags and filenames, import/export tag information, create playlists, and more. It supports online freedb database lookups for selected files, allowing you to automatically gather proper tag information for select files or CDs.
  • Mozilla Suite 1.7.11 - download.
  • Firefox 1.0.6 Optimized builds  - From the same folks who bring you the "optimized" Firefox 106 builds, this is a new build (download) specifically for those folks who's processors support SSE2.
  • BWMeter 2.3.4 - BWMeter (download) is a powerful bandwidth meter and monitor, which measures and displays all traffic on your network.
  • Maxthon v1.3.3 - Maxthon (MyIE2) (download standard / combo) is a powerful web browser with a highly customizable interface. It is based on the Internet Explorer engine (your most likely current web browser) which means that what works in IE, works the same in Maxthon but with many additional efficient features.
  • Copernic Desktop Search 1.6.0.737 - The Search Engine for Your PC Find Your Files, Videos, Pictures, Bookmarks, Browser History, Contacts and Emails with the Power of a Search Engine Right on Your Desktop.
  • CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) 1.22.142 - CCleaner (download) is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space.
  • 7-Zip 4.25 Beta - 7-Zip (download) is a file archiver with high compression ratio.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,01 2005 - tech
AMD's Athlon 64 X2 3800+ processor - tech
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AMD has just released the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ processor, a dual-core processor running at 2GHz with 512K of L2 cache per core.  This chip will be the lowest cost CPU on the dual-core product line, and as such will act as an "entry-level" chip to the dual-core market, and is aimed to compete against the Intel 820 and 830. AMD has priced this baby at $354!
Here are some excerpts from reviews:

TechReport: In fact, now that the entry point for dual-core Athlon 64 processors has dropped to $354, I am almost ready to stop recommending single-core processors for anything but budget PCs. Unless you absolutely cannot afford it, I'd suggest picking a dual-core CPU for your next system. Even for gamers, there's little point in passing on a second CPU core just to get a somewhat higher clock speed, in my view. The X2 3800+ is more than passable for today's games, and multithreaded game engines and graphics drivers are already on the horizon. For anything but games, having a second CPU around, even if it's just to handle antivirus and antispyware chores, makes perfect sense.

TechWare Labs: So, in the meantime the question remains, do you have the cash to purchase the AMD X2 now, or do you purchase the single core 64 bit 3000+ and save your cash to purchase the top of the line processor next time around or just a better video card? AMD has set a price point for the 3800+ X2 that will be just right for many consumers looking to make the leap to dual core technology. With the maximum wattage of the X2 3800+ being a mere 89w and the CPU voltage sitting at 1.35vcore, you are sure to get excellent performance without burning a hole in your case or your wallet.

HotHardware: In all but one synthetic benchmark, the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ outperformed the 2.8GHz Pentium D 820 processor. The Athlon 64 X2 3800+ processor's performance was strongest in our real-world custom in-game tests, and in the 3D rendering tests, but its performance in our encoding tests was very good as well.

AMDZone:  It is pretty clear that dual core is the way to go even when sacrificing some performance in single threaded apps. The MHz gap for AMD is not that large for the difference to be so pronounced. We are all in favor of moving AMD's CPU lineup to multicore as soon as it is possible. The performance benefits when multitasking which in reality everyone does are worth.

 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,31 2005 - tech
Sunday Tech Reading - tech
(hx) 11:34 AM EDT - Jul,31 2005 - Post a comment

TECHNOLOGY...

HARDWARE... 

  • AMD to launch a cheaper Athlon 64 X2 - The Athlon 64 X2 3800+ will be clocked at 2.0GHz and will feature 512KB of L2 cache on each core - totalling to 1MB - while It is based on the same core that is used for the 4200+ and 4600+.
  • Sapphire PURE PI-A9RX480 - ATI's Chipset for the AMD Enthusiast - The Sapphire PURE Innovation PI-A9RX480 is the first production Radeon Xpress 200 board that is clearly targeted at the AMD enthusiast, but there are other ATI Radeon Xpress 200 chipset boards on the way from Asus, MSI, DFI, ECS, Abit, TUL, ECS, and others.
  • ECS PF88 Extreme Intel/AMD Hybrid Motherboard - Here's what ECS has in mind with the PF88 Extreme motherboard: You would be able to purchase a SiS based Intel motherboard off of retail shelves once it's launched. If you decide to upgrade to an AMD platform at a later date, ECS would retail a daughter-card with socket-939 platform, which would be plugged into an additional slot to get the system up and running. Another preview article can be found on FutureLooks
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ and 4800+ CPUs - Since gaming in general doesn't take advantage of Dual CPU's, the X2 Dual Core processors from AMD are perhaps not the best option for the strict gamer - they are far more suited for the PC user who enjoys a whole range of tasks, obviously tasks which have multithread capabilit
  • Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X1024-8000UL PC2-8000UL 1GB Dual Channel Memory Kit -  It's currently the fastest DDR2 memory available and the fastest DDR2 memory tested here thus far. The price tag of the 8000UL is leaning a little bit towards the expensive side but that's understandable and still under the $300 price point.
  • MSI P4N Diamond & Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Motherboards - Two of the most popular motherboard manufacturers, MSI and Gigabyte, have come out with NForce 4 SLI Intel edition boards in the noble forms of the MSI P4N Diamond and Gigabyte GA-8N SLI Royal.
  • ECS 915P-A motherboard - The board itself is much more interesting, as it provides both DDR and DDRII memory options, as well as PCIe x16 and "AGPExpress" video card connections. As for cards that work in the "AGP" slot, ECS has a list of supported video cards. The fact that only one IDE channel exists is fairly annoying for those who still have a IDE based hard drive and optical drive as well, an add-on IDE controller like that included with the Albatron board would be nice, especially for a board aimed at those just wanting to move to a new socket design.
  • ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon X800 XT - The All-in-Wonder Radeon X800 XT is clocked at default levels, and there is no effective difference between the performance specifications when compared to a standard Radeon X800 XT 256-MB board.
  • BFG GeForce 7800 GTX OC -  The BFG GeForce 7800GTX OC clearly exhibited that it was the fastest graphics card in literally every gaming scenario we threw at it. Another thing to throw into the mix that should weigh heavily for you if you're looking at cards that claim to be "overclocked" out of the box, is the warranty. Here again BFG stands tall in the crowd offering a lifetime warranty on the card.
  • LITE-ON SOHW-1693S Dual Layer DVD±R Writer - Like all LITE-ON DVD writers, the SOHW-1693S supports LITE-ON's key technologies like SMART-BURN, SMART-X and VAS. SMART-BURN is LITE-ON's anti-buffer-underrun technology while SMART-X allows the drive to automatically determine the highest speed at which to read data off the CD or DVD. Finally, VAS reduces the amount of vibration and noise generated by the SOHW-1693S.
  • Spire KestrelKing VI AMD Athlon 64 CPU Cooler - As a whole, the KestrelKing VI processor cooler from Spire is a solid alternative to the stock AMD cooler and other performance coolers on the market. The construction is top notch and the design is great.
  • XCLIO Aurora+P Lighting Mouse Pad + USB - Meridian's XCLIO Aurora+P mouse pad is, well... a mouse pad, with LEDs. It is functional, and the LEDs are a nice touch for people that want a "different" look.
  • Kodak EasyShare C360 5.0-megapixel Digital Camera - Since the C360 is all about easy snapping and easy sharing, sharing the pictures stored in either its 32MB onboard memory or SD card is just a simple process of docking the camera into the optional Kodak EasyShare dock and pushing the "Share" button located on the camera

GUIDES...

  • Hardware Leaderboard  - On this page you will find PC Perspective editor's combined opinions on the best systems you can build based on three different budgets.
  • Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 3.2 - Adrian's Rojak Pot has updated his comprehensive guide which includes over 70 workstation graphics cards.
  • How To Clean Your Laser Printer - This article will provides all the information you need to bring your laser printer, laser fax machine, or copier back to tip-top condition in 7 easy steps.
  • How to get glass to show up on Windows Vista Beta 1 - Working day-to-day at Micrsoft, the answer is always kind of a puzzle, depending on the hardware that is in question, the build of Windows you installed, and what drivers you may have gotten your hands on.

SOFTWARE...

  • Futuris Imager 5.3 - Futuris Imager (download) is a compact and simple image viewer. It is capable of opening more then 30 graphical formats, including all popular ones (GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, JPEG2000 and so on).
  • DVD Audio Ripper 2.0.53.727 (shw) - DVD Audio Ripper is a software DVD movie soundtrack ripper which can rip DVD audio to mp3 or wav. You can use DVD Audio Ripper to extract DVD audio and rip DVD movie soundtrack to mp3 and convert DVD to wav with complete sound effects.
  • WinDVD Platinum 7 Release 3 - WinDVD Platinum is the latest version of WinDVD. It has improved video and audio, and has added several brand new features.
  • FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder 27.07.2005 - ffdshow (download) is a set of DirectShow filters and VFW codec for video compression, decompression and processing and audio compression and processing.
  • Creative Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit & Audigy: MediaSource Go & Utilities - This package - download 132MB (snagged from a Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit driver CD) shoudl work on the Audigy Series and includes: Mediasource Go version 2.20.06, MediaSource CD-Rom Burner Component 3.10.12, Creative Music Blind Plugin 1.00.12, MediaSource Detector 2.10.08, Creative Device Control 1.20.08, EAX_CONSOLE 2.10.13, Creative Restore Defaults 2.10.04, SFBANK_Manager 3.10.18, SPEAKER_SETTINGS 1.60.12, Surround Mixer 3.60.16, WAVESTUDIO 6.20.11.
  • ForceWare 77.77 Win2000/XP 32-bit - The drivers are not WHQL (Microsoft tested and approved) certified though. But that really is not a big issue. Driver leaked by Station-Drivers, not WHQL, but international and setup files are included. And GeForce graphics card to date is supported.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,29 2005 - tech
Friday Tech Reading - tech
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SECURITY...

  • Antipiracy flub for Microsoft (update) - Microsoft's efforts to curtail counterfeiting hit a snag when hackers discovered a new way to bypass its Windows Genuine Advantage, only days after the antipiracy software's official debut. Microsoft is investing the new claims and will take appropriate actions, a company representative said.
  • IE7 Defends Against Phishing Sites - Although the Phishing Filter is not in Vista Beta 1 (it will be incorporated into future releases), it is in Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1 for Windows XP. When your web browser navigates to an address, IE7 will (just as normally) connect to the web server and download the page. While IE7 is downloading the page, it generates an asynchronous call to a special database of phishing sites. If the database has the website marked as a phishing site, it will display a warning page instead of the actual page with options to close the window or continue to the page.
  • Virus writer gets bitchy - Lebreat-D is a combination worm that can be spread either by opening an attachment or via an improperly patched browser. Once in place the worm can attempt to launch a denial of service attack against the websites run by security companies Symantec and McAfee, and prevent the user accessing a list of antivirus websites. The Lebreat-D worm creates a JPEG image file called xsas.jpg which contains an image of Jaschan with the word 'bitch' superimposed. The code of the virus contains a lengthy message from its author which criticises the research done by antivirus companies, and complains that security vendors are not calling the worms by the author's preferred name of 'Breatle'.
  • Security Hole in Cisco's IOS Discovered - A bug discovered in an operating system that runs the majority of the world's computer networks would, if exploited, allow an attacker to bring down the nation's critical infrastructure, a computer security researcher said Wednesday against threat of a lawsuit. Now the FBI is investigating him for criminal conduct after he revealed that critical routers supporting the internet and many networks have a serious software flaw that could allow someone to crash or take control of them.
  • FBI holds eight on piracy charge - The eight men were charged with copyright infringement in Charlotte, North Carolina, following two FBI investigations known as Operation FastLink and Operation Site Down. The Justice Department alleged the defendants were leading members in the illegal online trade of copyrighted material known as the "warez scene".
  • PGP author demos VoIP encryption - Zimmermann took the stage at the Black Hat Briefings get-together for network security professionals in Las Vegas to show his session-based Zfone encryption tool. Zfone lets two users on a Session Initiation Protocol-based VoIP connection verify each other's identity to avoid snooping.
  • Windows XP SP3 Fixes and Features preview - check it out!

OFFTOPIC...

  • New Super Magnet Weighs More Than 15 Tons - This definitely ain't no refrigerator magnet. The new super magnet at The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory weighs more than 15 tons and has a magnetic field 420,000 times that of the Earth's - strong enough to pull a metal object out of a person's hand and send it flying - if people were allowed to get close enough.
  • Zach Snyder to unleash the dawn of the 300 by Frank Miller? - Well, it looks like Zach Snyder... director of the remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD is all signed up to direct Frank Miller's brilliant graphic novel, 300. Not only that - but he plans to shoot it, like Robert Rodriguez as a near shot for panel recreation of the book.
  •  My Own Private Zoo - My picture collection of strange animals people found inside their PCs: mice, ants and even hornets. Really amazing!

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Windows Vista Release Pushed Back? - Microsoft had previously slated the release of the next client version of its Windows operating system for the second half of 2006. But at the Microsoft Financial Analyst Conference in Redmond, Washington, Thursday, Will Poole, senior vice president of the client division of Microsoft, said the OS would not be available until the 2006 "holiday" time frame in the U.S.
  • More Vista screenshots - Bink.nu has posted some more screenshots for everyone to see.
  • Virtual Folders: A Windows Vista Technology Showcase - Paul Thurrott SuperSite for Windows published an article on the Virtual Folders feature of Windows Vista
  • IE7 beta 1 Bugs and Reviews - Here are some impressions of IE7 beta 1. Another review can be found on FlexBeta.
  • Version of Windows Vista will include Virtual PC - According to a TechNet article about deploying Windows Vista in enterprise environments, there will be a version of Windows Vista released that is bundled with Microsoft's Virtual PC application that can be used for application compatibility.
  • Microsoft: Low-cost Windows gaining ground - Microsoft said it has sold 100,000 copies of its Windows XP Starter Edition, the first indication of the popularity of the low-cost operating system.
  • PS3 to Launch in 2007 if Xbox 360 Fails - According to analysts at Wedbush Morgan, seemingly still unable to lay off the crack pipe, the PlayStation 3 will ship in 2007 if the Xbox 360 fails to ignite the hardware market: "We expect Sony to defer a decision regarding PS3 launch until it is able to assess the likely success of the Xbox 360, and anticipate that Sony will make its decision shortly after the Xbox 360 launch. We do not expect the PS3 until mid 2006, at the earliest, and should Microsoft fail to garner sufficient software support to gain an insurmountable lead, we think that there is a possibility that the PS3 launch will slip into early 2007."
  • Gunning for game dollars - With young men--the group advertisers most lust after--watching less and less television, a growing number of marketers are turning to video games as a way to reach the lucrative demographic. In-game ads are taking many shapes. Most commonly, they're simple billboards for things such as movies, soda, cars and the like embedded in stand-alone titles. But now there are also interactive ads placed in online games.
  • Philips flickers backlight to reduce LCD ghosting - Philips is working on an interesting new technology for LCD TVs that aims to eliminate ghosting and streaking by flashing a screen's backlight.

HARDWARE... 

  • Samsung X50 HWM 760 laptop - Inside the X50 is a 2GHz Pentium M, which is only one step down from the top of the range Pentium M. The CPU is backed up by 512MB of PC3200 DDRII memory, while the 80GB hard disk should provide enough storage for even the most space hungry user. Grpahics come courtesy of ATI in the shape of a Mobility Radeon X600 chipset.
  • DDR2 Shoot-Out - Corsair vs. Kingston - Both kits are rated for operation at 675MHz with SPD settings of 4-4-4-12. Corsair has placed the label 'UL' on this new set, short for Ultra-Low Latency, and they may be the first DDR2 modules we have seen that are expected to run stable at 3-2-2-4. Kingston, on the other hand, have upped the speed ante, as the "6000" in the product name stands for PC6000, or DDR750.
  • OCZ EL DDR PC-3500 Gold GX Memory - If your motherboard can supply 3.0+ Volts to the memory, what every modern enthusiast board should be able to do, you will love this memory. Its aggressive timings make it a great performer, no matter at which clock speed. If you dare to pump 3.4V through your memory you should be able to hit 250 MHz at timings of 2-2-2-5.
  • Nforce4 SLI for Intel - Bit-Tech take a look at two retail Intel SLI boards, one from Gigabyte and one from MSI. How do they rank up next to the 955 and 925?
  • Crucial RADEON X850 XT 256MB - There's nothing intrinsically wrong with Crucial's ATI RADEON X850 XT 256MB PCI-Express card; it's reference all the way. The killer is the price.
  • Gigabyte GeForce 7800 GTX Video Card - The performance gains offered by the Gigabyte 7800 GTX over the excellent 6800 GT make it worth every penny to hard core gamers. Even with just a single 7800 GTX, you can play games at detail levels that were previously unplayable (unless you like slide shows).
  • MSI GeForce 7800 GTX - This chip officially runs at 430 MHz with 256 MB 256-bit GDDR3 memory running at 1.2 GHz, but MSI model has a feature called D.O.T. (Dynamic Overclocking Technology) that allows you to easily overclock this card by simply checking a box on the video driver properties
  • Combo-hit Modular PSU Roundup - MadShrimps take a look at three samples of mod-PSU's.
  • VisionTek Xtasy Theater 550 Pro - Needing an all-in-one multimedia solution for TV broadcast and personal video capturing and editing?
  • LG L1980Q Flatron Slim 19" Monitor - The LG1980Q is an absolutely gorgeous looking monitor. On the exterior, the shiny silver is sleek looking, and the white rear of the monitor seems to contrast perfectly. The screen itself is extremely thin, and very versatile. The monitor output looked wonderful while gaming with no ghosting noticed to cramp the experience.
  • Epson PictureMate 500 Photo Printer - This convenient printer is around the size of a small ghetto blaster and comes with a handy carrying handle, though the rechargeable battery pack giving it full portability is an optional extra. If you can have a ‘traditional' layout on a type of printer which has only been around for a couple of years, the PictureMate 500 follows it.
  • Toshiba Gigabeat F20 Portable Audio Player - Where Toshiba gets it unequivocally right is with sound quality. The Gigabeat just sounds fantastic. I ripped Madonna's Music CD directly to the player using Gigaroom, using the maximum 192kbps WMA setting. It sounded, what I believe the kids describe as, 'Phat'. Bass was fully extended and deep, treble was clear and there was plenty in the middle too. Sound quality wise then, it really put my third generation iPod to shame.

GUIDES...

SOFTWARE...

  • Internet Explorer 7 beta 1 download - This 10MB big download will install Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 beta 1 on your PC. Beware! You need a genuine Windows version. If your key is illegal or invalid it will not install!
  • Update for Windows (KB903234) - This update adds support for the End User Recovery feature in the Data Protection Manager. After installation, the updated Timewarp client will be able to recover data from a Data Protection Manager server, if present. After you install this update, you may have to restart your computer.
  • Update for Windows (KB901105) - Install this update to resolve an issue in Windows-based systems equipped with HD audio devices that prevents the HD Audio devices from playing audio properly.
  • Windows XP SP3 Fixes and Features preview - check it out!
  • TweakVista 0.50 - The TweakVista website (download) has released it's tweak for Beta 1, allowing testers to use unsupported cards.
  • AbiWord 2.2.9 - AbiWord (download) is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft Word. It is suitable for typing papers, letters, reports, memos, and so forth.
  • Opera 8.02 - I've mentioned this version yesterday, but here's a direct download link. This new version solves download dialog spoofing issue, fixes image dragging issue and prevented link hijacking issue. They have also released Opera 8.10 Preview 2.
  • Yahoo! Toolbar 1.0 for Mozilla Firefox - download
  • AIM Ad Hack 4.10 - With this small file (download) you can effectively remove all the ads from AIM you must be using.
  • FileZilla Server 0.9.9 - This update is highly recommended due to security vulnerability in used zlib library.
  • GMail Drive v1.0.6 - GMail Drive is a Shell Namespace Extension that creates a virtual filesystem around your Google Gmail account, allowing you to use Gmail as a storage medium.
  • Unlocker 1.6.7 - This application unlocks in-use files, allowing functions to be performed on theme.
  • Computer Cleaner v1.8 - Computer Cleaner is one of the fastest and effective cleaners on the net. It cleans out many programs log files, unneeded windows files that slow down the computer and many other things in very short time.
  • Fresh Diagnose 7.05  - Fresh Diagnose is an utility designed to analyze and benchmark your computer system. It can analyze and benchmark many kinds of hardware, such as CPU performance, hard disk performance, video system information, mainboard information, and many more.
  • ZoneAlarm 6.0.631.003 - Just days after releasing 6.0.631.002, Zone Labs posts a minor update
  • Splinter Cell Chaos Theory Benchmark - The HardwareOC Splinter Cell Chaos Theory Benchmark is an easy-to-use tool, that makes video card benchmarking fast and easy. You can select different resolutions, detail levels and much much more by one click
  • Realtek ALC AC97 Audio Driver v3.75 - Realtek released version 3.75 driver (download) for their ALC AC97 audio chipsets.
  • ATI Catalyst Drivers for Windows Vista Beta 1 - This unified driver has been further enhanced to provide the highest level of power, performance, and reliability. The ATI CATALYST software suite is the ultimate in performance and stability.
  • ForceWare 77.77 for Windows XP 64-bit - Here's a new set of Forceware Drivers - dated: 2005-7-29.
  • NVIDIA ForceWare 77.52 Windows Vista - Windows Vista Beta drivers (32-bit) 77.52 distributed with the unreleased Windows Vista (codename Longhorn). Windows 2000/XP compatible also.
  • NVIDIA Forceware 75.03 Windows Vista 32-bit Beta 1 - NVIDIA has made available the following alpha drivers for Windows Vista Beta 1. The current ForceWare alpha driver is a preview release that will enable you to test the basic features and capabilities of the new operating system. This alpha driver has no performance optimizations included and has received limited stability testing.
  • ForceWare 77.74 Win2000/XP WHQL BETA -  They are compatible with all current GeForce and Quadro graphics cards from NVIDIA making this a very interesting release.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,28 2005 - tech
GeForce 7800 GTX cards compared - tech
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BFG GeForce 7800 GTX OC
MSI NX7800GTX
XFX GeForce 7800 GTX Overclocked
Tech Report has compared the BFG GeForce 7800 GTX OC, MSI NX7800GTX and the XFX GeForce 7800 GTX Overclocked which are all based on the new NVIDIA G70 GPU.
MSI has put together a compelling package, as well, with its NX7800GTX. The card itself is a no-nonsense implementation of NVIDIA's reference design, and they've chosen to bundle just one very good game with it. If you don't have The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay yet, the inclusion of this game might tip the scales in favor of MSI. Also, if you're looking for an SLI motherboard and graphics cards from one company who has to support the whole lot and ensure that it will all work together, MSI is the only choice among our competitors today. MSI's three-year warranty on parts is, to me, almost as good as a "lifetime" for a video card. However, MSI's documentation isn't as polished as BFG's or XFX's, and they don't offer toll-free 24-by-7 tech support. Thus, the NX7800GTX is the sort of card one orders from an online vendor already knowing what to do with it, not the sort I'd recommend to a friend who's new at PC building or upgrades.
...fact is, the Series 6 product still is a huge success and it will remain that way a bit longer. I still recommend buying a 6600 GT or 6800 card to a lot of people. It offers massive performance and a 100% up-to-date feature set.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,27 2005 - tech
Wednesday Tech Madness - tech
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SECURITY...

OFFTOPIC...

  • IPod hallucinations face acid test - A Welsh psychiatrist has claimed that some iPod users are experiencing what he calls "musical hallucinations". Dr Victor Aziz said that the effect can occur when people spend many hours listening to the same songs. The hallucinations are characterised by a song " playing" constantly in the head, according to the psychiatrist, and the effect has caused sleeping problems for some of his patients. (Ed.note:  a song " playing" constantly in the head?...Oh it's nothing really....)
  • Cell Phone Radiation May Cause Visual Damage - In a recent scientific study conducted by a team of researchers from the Technion, a possible link between microwave radiation, similar to the type found in cellular phones, and different kinds of damage to the visual system was found.
  • Universal announces Spielberg's "Munich" title - Munich" is an historical thriller set in the aftermath of the 1972 massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. Universal Pictures will release the film in the United States and Canada on December 23, 2005.
  • Batman DVD Giftset Coming October 18 - Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin will be released October 18. They will be available individually and as a gift set, "Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997."

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 1 Released - Microsoft has announced the availabilty of Windows Vista Beta 1 at 9:05 a.m. PDT today. Beta 1 is not what I would call deeply interesting, unless you are a real bithead," Windows chief Jim Allchin said in an interview. "This beta isn't really for even tech enthusiasts. This beta is to test out some of the capabilities that we've got, if you will, in the plumbing." (screenshots)
  • What Are the Hardware Requirements for Vista? - Vista PCs should be "a modern, Intel Pentium- or AMD Athlon-based" one with a dedicated graphics card featuring DirectX 9.0 support, and 512 MB or more of RAM, company officials reiterated on Wednesday.
  • FAQ: Getting a handle on Windows Vista - Longhorn--now Windows Vista--may be arriving more slowly than expected and it might not have everything that was once planned, but Windows chief Jim Allchin maintains "It's a big deal." 
  • AOL tests cell-phone search site - America Online plans to begin testing a new service that lets wireless phone users search the Internet and link to regular. Web pages that it will reformat for tiny cell-phone screens.
  • Samsung Launches New Satellite DMB Phone - Samsung Electronics announced the launch of its latest satellite DMB phone (model number: SCH-B200/SPH-B2000) with a unique “slide and rotate” form factor. The phone's unique design allows users to first slide, and then rotate the LCD screen 90-degrees for a landscape viewing orientation that is more ideal for watching broadcasted video content.
  • Iomega abandons Zip and DVD lays off 120 - According to a statement released today, Iomega intends to "realign its product lines" and lay off 120 of its 360 employees. While the company declined to comment on details, a statement said that Iomega will focus on harddrive-based products, as well as its NSS and Rev series. Apparently, the future product strategy does not include CD/DVD burners and the product Iomega's success is built on: The famous Zip drive.
  • Sony releases PSP firmware update - The update includes the much reported on web browser functionality as well as enhanced movie, picture and audio playback. Users can now share photos over wireless networks and in one of the security fixes they can now also use the popular wireless WPA-TKIP encryption system.
  • PSP video download service launches in Japan - Called Portable TV, the service is being operated through Sony's ISP company, So-net, and takes advantage of the inclusion of the high quality H.264 video playback functionality in the new PSP firmware which was released today. Initially, around 100 free downloads will be available, including trailers and independent movies, but the company plans to introduce content ranging from TV episodes to movies and music videos in paid-for format shortly.
  • Flat fee subscription offered for mobile games? - July Systems have launched what it claims to be the UK's first subscription service through which mobile gamers on Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile can subscribe for a flat fee and then download and play whichever games they want from July's catalogue.

HARDWARE... 

  • Apple Releases New iBook, Mac Mini Models - Here is the pricing structure for the new iBook options: 12" 1.33GHz G4, 512MB RAM, 40GB HD, Combo Drive - $999 / 14" 1.42GHz G4, 512MB RAM, 60GB HD, Super Drive - $1299
  • After further review, ViewSonic claims VX924 has 3ms response time - ViewSonic will relaunch its VX924 19-inch LCD monitor in Taiwan at the Taipei Computer Application Show (TCAS) tomorrow, with the company now claiming the display has a 3ms response time
  • Intel Quietly Releases New Mobile Chips - Three fresh additions to the mobile product lineup are Intel Pentium 780, Intel Pentium Low-Voltage 778 and Intel Celeron M 380, which are designed for high-end, low-power and value mobile computers respectively.
  • WD announces NCQ-equipped Caviar RE2 - The Caviar RE2 spins at 7,200 RPM, packs 16MB of cache, and is available in 400GB capacities.
  • Mushkin PC3500 2-2-2 Redline - Due to the extreme voltage being applied to these memory modules, it is critical that the extremists use thorough cooling within their computer case. This isn't your typical memory, and cooling on these modules will be the key point of having a stable system.
  • ECS PF5 Extreme i945P Motherboard - Where ECS really needs to work on the PF5 Extreme is in providing a BIOS that really caters for the enthusiast/gamer. As it stands with the shipping v1.0 BIOS, the board's performance is definitely below that of a decent, well-tuned i945G's.
  • BFG Tech GeForce 7800 GTX OC - The BFG Tech GeForce 7800 GTX OC is clearly a great 7800 GTX solution, offering more speed than the default configuration and a lifetime warranty as well.
  • MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E Video Card - The MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E graphics card would be a perfect device if it were not for some small but still unpleasant defects that all pertain to MSI's exclusive cooling system called CopperUltra. The main problem with the CopperUltra to us is in the unreliable fastening. More exactly, in the fragile screws that can be beheaded just too easily.
  • Sapphire Hybrid X700 Pro 256MB PCI-E - Overall, you shouldn't expect amazing results with an X700 chipset powered video card. The performance for a hard-core gamer would be mediocre as newer chipsets and technologies have increased the expectations of what a video card should do.
  • Meridian XCLIO 550W PSU - One of the most notable new features externally is a rubberized coating that reduces shock and vibration, a first in the PSU industry. Internally, the PSU is completely different, and is surprisingly a near-identical design to another "big name" PSU company.
  • CoolerMaster Centurion 530 Mid-Tower Case - The Cooler Master Centurion 530 exhibits elegant styling and good build quality for a case targeted towards price conscious consumers. It's attractive, easy to work with and offers the potential for very good case cooling when fitted with a rear exhaust fan.
  • SilverStone TJ06 Case - All of the fans provided with the case are very quiet (21dB). At the front are two intake fans - an 80mm one and a 120mm one. At the rear there is a single 120mm exhaust fan. When the computer is turned on, the fans are very quiet and are hard to hear.
  • LSCool LSHS-X500 CPU Cooler for P4 S478 and AMD A64 - The design utilizes three heat pipes and copper fins.
  • Evercool Water Cooler WC-202 - For the internal fan, you can increase/decrease the fan, but you cannot see the actual speed of the fan. For the external radiator fan, you can see the speed of it, but you cannot increase/decrease the speed. On high speed, the internal fan is much louder than any other fan in my system.
  • The Cool-Matic TDH - Graphic Card Cooler (GPU and RAM) - The CoolMatic TDH caters to the special design requierements of the Nvidia NV40/45 "TDH" Graphic Cards. Cooling the GPU and the Memory on the Graphic board.
  • CrazyPC UV Reactive Dyes - If you own a watercooling system and are looking to give it that extra snazz, this is certainly the product for you. Easy to install and won't stain your tubing... what more could you ask for?
  • Evercool New Product Roundup - 3DXtreme take a look at four of Evercool's newest products that feature the EL bearing. These are the Neon Crab RAM cooler, the HDD System Cooler Lander, the Spider Filter Fan.
  • Gigabyte AirCruiser Router - According to Gigabyte, their AirCruiser G Desktop Router is the world first internal wireless router. It is a Wi-Fi access point, firewall and ADSL router with a single 10/100Mbps Ethernet port in a PCI interface that works at wireless speeds of up to 54Mbps.
  • Logitech Cordless Desktop MX3100 - Without a doubt, this is the keyboard and mouse combo to own whether you are a gamer or a casual user. The MX1000 paired with the MX3000 is simply the best combination.
  • Kiss DP-558 HDD/Ethernet DVD Player - The DP-558 is definitely a step forward for Kiss, but there are too many little annoying things with it to prevent me from looking elsewhere, especially as hard drive recorders are far more commonplace now than when the original DP-558 was launched.
  • Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera - Another day, another mega zoom digicam with a 12x optical zoom and built-in optical image stabilization. This one is far from plain vanilla, however, since the PowerShot S2 IS is the replacement for the popular, year-old S1 IS.
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W15 - It comes as a very attractive package - a high performance 5.1 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss 3x zoom lens, complete with two pairs of rechargeable NiMH AA batteries, a compact battery charger and a smart genuine leather belt pouch, all for a very reasonable L199.

GUIDES...

  • OC-Database with more than 9000 systems - The ocinside.de OC-Database got several updates and contains at present more than 9000 registered systems to compare.
  • How to investigate a LCD display for dead pixels - So, how do you determine if you have dead pixels?
  • PC Buyer's Guide - Low End - For a low end gaming system there is really no reason to pay the premium for SLI, which really belongs in the domain of high end gaming machines. The nForce4 chipset has proven itself a worthy successor to the nForce3 chipset. Some highlights of the chipset include SATA-II support, which among other things allows for transfer speeds of 300 MB/s compared to SATA's 150.
  • Basic System Buyer's Guide - July 2005 - Just like last month this is only $400 box and does not include a keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, or any other peripherals. A lot of these components can be reused from a computer being upgraded or purchased cheaper locally and/or used.
  • An introduction to VoIP - Having its debut in Israel, and much of its recent activities in the US, VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol is about to take the communication world by storm.

SOFTWARE...

  • Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 1 - Microsoft has announced the availabilty of Windows Vista Beta 1 at 9:05 a.m. PDT today.
  • Freeproxy 3.81 Build 1527 - FreeProxy (download) is professional Freeware which channels requests for internet pages via a single computer and enables many computers to share an internet connection.
  • Portable Firefox 1.0.6 beta - Portable Firefox is a fully functional package of Firefox optimized for use on a USB key drive. It has some specially-selected optimizations to make it perform faster and extend the life of your USB key as well as a specialized launcher that will allow most of your favorite extensions to work as you switch computers.
  • MR Tech's Disable XPI Install Delay 1.2.3 Firefox Extension - download
  • The Netscape Browser 8.0.3.1 - Un updated version of the Netscape Browser has been released.
  • Opera for Windows 8.02 - Opera introduces the looks and the performance of an exceptional Web browser. Opera's user interface has received a major overhaul with the new start-up dialog, and new default buttons, skin and panels in a blue and white color scheme that can be changed back to classic Opera look or another design. At start-up you can select a single or multiple document interface (SDI/MDI).
  • Copernic Desktop Search 1.6 - Copernic Desktop Search (CDS) brings the power of a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use search engine right to your PC and allows you instantly to search files, emails, and email attachments stored anywhere on your PC hard drive.
  • Intel Desktop Control Center 2.0.00.17 - Intel Desktop Control Center enables you to perform stress tests to verify system stability and to conduct performance testing to measure the impact of system configuration changes.
  • VisualRoute 9.3f (shw) - VisualRoute (download) delivers the functionality of key Internet "ping," "whois," and "traceroute" tools, in a high-speed visually integrated package.
  • Stealth Dupecheck 2.1.32 - Stealth Dupecheck will connect to multiple FTP servers and perform a query based on a user specification. Has support for two date formats.
  • nTweaker 1.0 -  nTweaker allows you to tweak the current driver with tweaked driver which is faster and safer, tweak driver with driver technology compatibility settings, laptop and mobility driver settings, coolbits, etc. and alsorestore driver settings to default stage.
  • nVidia BIOS Modifier v3.0 - This tool works correctly with BIOSes of 6x00 / 7x00 series cards ONLY (including QUADRO series, built on NV4x and higher) ! BIOSes of 5x00 and older aren't supported.
  • Omega Catalyst 2.6.53 (Catalyst 5.7) - Omegadrivers has released their modified Drivers of the Official ATI Catalyst 5.7 Drivers.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,26 2005 - tech
Piracy-check mandatory for Windows add-ons - tech
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Starting today, Microsoft will require that users validate copies of Windows XP through its Windows Genuine Advantage program to gain access to OS add-ons -  presumably including the upcoming Internet Explorer 7. The only exception is for security-related patches, however, "The Microsoft Update" and "Windows Update utilities", which provide notifications of new patches, will require validation as well.
Those who fail the validation test will be presented with two options - send their CDs to Microsoft and People who send in their CDs, show proof they bought Windows and fill out a piracy report will be eligible to get a legitimate copy of Windows at no charge. Those who don't have CDs or a proof of purchase but fill out a piracy report will have to pay for a licensed copy--$99 for Windows XP Home and $149 for Windows XP Professional.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,25 2005 - tech
Nightly Tech Madness - tech
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SECURITY...

  • Credit Card Theft by Spyware Elite Toolbar (EliteBar) - The Trojan Elite Toolbar is a browser hijacker that inserts itself into Internet Explorer, pretending to be a search bar for a search engine. All search queries are re-routed to Searchmiracle.com even though this site provided no search results when tested. Elite also changes the start page of Internet Explorer, slows the internet connection and makes difficult or even prevents access to encrypted sites (https).
  • Credit card processor crumbles after security lapse - Credit card processor Cardsystems will likely have to close its doors after hackers stole 40 million client records. The company last week lost two of its main customers, Visa and America Express.
  • Netscape fixes browser flaws - Netscape 8.0.3.1 takes care of two flaws that were previously disclosed and fixed in Firefox, the open-source Web browser on which Netscape 8 is based. The updated release fixes only the most serious flaws that were fixed in Firefox 1.0.5.
  • U.K. cops want to attack terrorism Web sites - British chief police officers are asking the U.K. government for new powers that would allow them to attack terrorist Web sites
  • Offering a bounty for security bugs - TippingPoint--part of 3Com--is soliciting hackers to report vulnerabilities in exchange for money. If a valid bug is found, TippingPoint will notify the maker of the flawed product and update its security products to protect users against exploitation of the flaw until an official patch is released
  • Russian spammer Vardan Kushnir murdered - Vardan Kushnir, believed to be Russia's biggest spammer, was found dead Sunday in his Moscow apartment, having suffered repeated blows to the head.

OFFTOPIC...

  • New Weapon in Fight Against Smog - Now, scientists are taking the fight to the streets by developing "smart" building materials designed to clean the air with a little help from the elements. Using technology already available for self-cleaning windows and bathroom tiles, scientists hope to paint up cities with materials that dissolve and wash away pollutants when exposed to sun and rain.
  • X-Men 3 Filming Has Started - The official New Zealand website for director Brett Ratner's X-Men 3 has already come online, however some of their cast and crew info is old and has changed.
  • China records second most Internet users globally in June - China recorded 103 million users of Internet services in June, of which 53 million connected to the Internet using broadband, according to statistics published on July 21 by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Microsoft could face trademark challenge over 'Vista' - John Wall, chief executive officer of Vista, said his company is "considering all of its options" for a potential case against Microsoft because of the company's choice of the name "Windows Vista" for the previously code-named Longhorn version of the OS.
  • Longhorn Is Watching You - Highly anticipated next-generation OS "Longhorn" or - after the latest official announcements- "Vista", will feature sophisticated A/V output content protection mechanisms, if not lock down the PC as someone would say, in an effort to comply to entertainment industry demands.
  • Microsoft takes on Google with Virtual Earth - MSN Virtual Earth (VE homepage), first announced in May, is similar to Google Maps in that it provides both street-map and satellite views of locations and provides driving directions between locations.
  • Yahoo Buys Up Konfabulator - Yahoo has acquired Konfabulator, the software maker who created widgets -- mini applications which monitor weather, sports, news and more -- for the Macintosh in 2003
  • Sony chief warns about PS3 price & expects 10-year life cycle - According to Kutaragi, the main purpose in choosing the expensive Blu-ray technology as well as offering HDTV support is to aim for a 10 year life cycle. This means that consumers will not have to upgrade to a high definition or higher capacity model throughout the Playstation's 3 life cycle.

HARDWARE... 

  • Intel Pentium M 780 pops up in Japan - Intel hasn't announced its Pentium M 780 mobile processor, but the part has already started to appear on Japanese computer retailers' price lists. The 2.26GHz chip contains 2MB of L2 cache and operates across a 533MHz frontside bus, according to pictures of the boxed processor's label posted by Japanese language site PC Watch. The chip operates at a maximum voltage of 1.372V, falling to 0.988V when the chip enters its 800MHz "battery optimised mode".
  • New NVIDIA C51 chipset details revealed - Biostar has released the specs of its upcoming NVIDIA C51-powered iDEQ 330N small form factor system
  • ASUS Bids on Passive Coolers for Graphics Cards - ASUSTeK Computer Monday unveiled its new SilentCool passive cooling system for graphics cards, which is proclaimed to be significantly more efficient than similar products from other companies, yet, still noiseless, as it does not feature or require any fans.
  • Alienware Aurora Star Wars Edition PC - Alienware actually offers two very different Star Wars chassis, one for the Light Side and one for the Dark Side. I was briefly tempted by the Light Side version, but then I remembered that its feeble skills are no match for the power of the Dark Side. Besides, the black and red theme of the Dark Side system looks far more imposing, and let's face it, you're buying this machine as much for how it looks on the outside as what's on the inside, maybe even more so.
  • Geil Ultra Platinum PC4400 - When it comes to performance, the GeIL Ultra Platinum PC4400 memory certainly meets, and even exceeds, its specifications. With only 2.85 volts supplied, which should be readily available to most motherboards made today, we were able to achieve up to 290 Mhz, or DDR580 speeds.
  • Kingston HyperX PC2-6000 1GB Dual Channel Kit - Kingston's HyperX PC2-6000 is good DDR2 memory. It would have been the best memory available a couple months back if Kingston really pushed for it. The memory is still a great performer and overclocker, especially with the timings and the required voltages.
  • ASUS CT-479 Pentium M socket adapter - Asus sells the CT-479 separately, allowing you to choose the motherboard for yourself. A list of the motherboards currently supported can be found here. Since support for the CT-479 requires a BIOS upgrade, it's unlikely that you'll be seeing CT-479 support on any non-Asus motherboards in the future
  • XFX Geforce 7800 GTX videocard - With that being said, the Geforce 7800 is superior to the ATI Radeon 850XTPE for those that were in the market for a new "summer" card.
  • Seagate 400GB Barracuda 7200.8 Serial ATA Hard Disk - The drive was generally very quiet. Seek noises were noticeable but they were muted and low-pitched, rather than loud tak! tak! noises heard in some drives
  • NetGear WG511T 802.11g wireless PC card - To recap, the NetGear WG511T supports 108 Mbps (where available depending upon access points and router) and improvements in the antenna for a greater range and 128-bit WEP capabilities
  • SAITEK Cyborg Evo Force USB PC Joystick - Overall, the SAITEK Cyborg Evo Force is a very nice joystick. The adjustability makes it useful for any gamer, right handed or left handed. The software is easy to install and adds programmability to the buttons and joystick so that you can use a joystick a anywhere a mouse was used.
  • World's Smallest MP3 Player - The player is 24x24x24 millimeters (about the size of the tip of your finger or various small items), weighs 18 grams, uses OLED technology, and comes in a variety of colors.
  • Sony SNC-M3W network camera - The SNC-M3W is a fine example as this eyeball camera offers wired and wireless capabilities, pan and tilt, a maximum 30fps, internal and external audio functions plus motion detection and all at a price that competes very strongly with D-Link's DCS-5300G.

GUIDES...

  • Beginning Of the End For PC Noise - If you are looking to cut down on noise there are a lot of ways to go, but one of the easiest and most effect is to upgrade to a silent power supply. This guide goes over and tests the four most popular ones on the market right now.
  • A bluffer's guide to shaders - Bit-Tech take a look at the evolution of graphics hardware from the first T+L GeForce to the current shader model 3 hardware. They also look at what shaders actually are, and what the different shader model revisions actually mean to gamers and hardware enthusiasts. If you're puzzled by pixels or vexed by vertices, this guide should help you out.
  • Running Windows with No Services - The following steps, which you must follow carefully to achieve a minimal Windows system, were derived by Dave Solomon through experimentation, and when he discovered that Windows was usable without all the core system processes we were dumbfounded.

SOFTWARE...

  • Google Toolbar 3.0.124.6 - The Google Toolbar (download winxp/2k ~ win9x/me) increases your ability to find information from anywhere on the web and takes only seconds to install. When the Google Toolbar is installed, it automatically appears along with the Internet Explorer toolbar.
  • nVHardPage SE v3.1 - nVHardPage nVidia videocard tweaker is tweaking utility for nVidia display adapters running under Windows ALL.
  • NEC firmwares for ND 3520 drives - This time Liggy has modified two new firmwares from NEC.2.1Abt for the NEC ND-3500AG drive and firmware version 3.05bt for the NEC ND-3520AW drive. Both firmwares have full bitsetting and RIPLOCK and RPC1 patches.
  • DNA-ATi 4.1.5.7 Full - These are modified/hacked ATI Catalyst drivers, use them at your own risk. The drivers have been optimized with two things in mind, better Image Quality and more/stable frames per second when compared to the Beta Catalyst drivers from ATI.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,23 2005 - tech
Enabling 2D Enhancements on GeForce 6 / 7 - tech
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GeForce 6 and 7 series have a dedicated 2D processor in charge of enhancing the quality of 2D videos executed by programs such as Windows Media Player. But there is an important detail that nVidia doesn't tell: the 2D enhancements are not automatically enabled. Hardware secrets will show you how this is done in this tutorial. But it's pretty easy, all you need to do is download, install and properly configure Windows Media Player 10 + nVidia DVD Decoder.

What results can you expect? Hardware Secrets claim: "When playing a video before configuring the video card decoder, the CPU load was between 8% and 18%. When we switched the video decoding to the video card the CPU load was between 2% and 3%, really impressive."
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,22 2005 - tech
Friday Tech Reading - tech
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SECURITY...

  • Worm disguised as iTunes threatens music fans - The virus-like program, dubbed Opanki, circulates via AOL Instant Messaging, or AIM. It passes itself off as an "iTunes.exe" file, leading iTunes users to think it's a legitimate file for the popular digital-media player from Apple Computer Inc., when in fact it has nothing to do with iTunes. The worm appears with the message "this picture never gets old" and includes a Web link to what looks like an image file, according to Trend Micro, the California security firm that reported it. Clicking on the link, however, downloads the iTunes.exe file, which installs itself onto the message recipient's computer.
  • Spying worm spreads via MSN Messenger, AIM - The latest threat is a Trojan called Kirvo, which arrives in the form of an instant message from someone on the user's "friends" list
  • Sophos Anti-Virus Zip DoS Vulnerability - Remote exploitation of a denial of service vulnerability in Sophos Plc.'s Sophos Anti-Virus engine allows attackers to exhaust CPU resources on the target system and prevent further scans.
  • Firefox Extension - Greasemonkey Flaw Prompts Critical Uninstall Warning - A very serious security vulnerability has been flagged in the popular Firefox browser add-on, and Greasemonkey users should immediately uninstall the program.
  • FBI and Spanish Police in biggest yet 419 raid - The FBI and Spanish police have arrested 310 people in Malaga, Spain in connection with a EURO 100m bogus (email) lottery scam run by Nigerian gangs. It is the biggest 419 bust in history, and may result in drastic reductions of scam mails.

OFFTOPIC...

  • David Goyer on the Blade TV Series - SCI FI Wire caught up with David Goyer who talked about the hour-long Blade series he's working on for Spike TV.
  • THQ Planning to Destroy All Humans! - According to Reuters, video game maker THQ Inc. has hired United Talent Agency Inc. to spearhead its effort to make a movie based on its recently released Destroy All Humans! title.
  • Get a free Gmail account  - Go to gmail.afraid.org and enter your e-mail address. Then you'll receive an invite to open a Gmail account for free.
  • Google Maps the Moon -  To celebrate the July 20, 1969 moon landing, Google has launched Google Moon as an extension of Google Maps and Google Earth
  • Brazilians used Orkut as drug distribution network - Brazilian police arrested 10 people on Thursday accused of selling drugs using Google's international social networking site Orkut, which is hugely popular in the Latin American country
  • Details of US microwave-weapon tests revealed - The ADS fires a 95-gigahertz microwave beam, which is supposed to heat skin and to cause pain but no physical damage. The ADS weapon's beam causes pain within 2 to 3 seconds and it becomes intolerable after less than 5 seconds. People's reflex responses to the pain is expected to force them to move out of the beam before their skin can be burnt.
  • Country Ranks 2004 - pretty interesting reading
  • Crazy Frog battered in net orgy of violence - Here's what the frog-battering wag down at Something Wrong - motto: "Someone has way too much time on their hands and I think it's you" - has to say about his Flashtastic online beat-'em-up (thanks TheRegister)

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Longhorn to become Windows Vista? - According to ActiveWin's insider sources, Longhorn will be branded Windows Vista (->whois.net) . Microsoft is expected to annouce the name of Windows Longhorn in a press release that will go live at 6am PDT. (thanks Neowin.net)
  • Mozilla Scraps Firefox 1.1, Looks to 1.5 - Mozilla has updated the Firefox development roadmap to reflect a decision on the next major release of the popular open-source browser. The non-profit foundation has decided to increase the version number of the next major release to 1.5 from 1.1, reflecting the sheer number of bug fixes and features that have been worked into the next version of the browser. Mozilla still plans to ship the next version of Firefox (now Firefox 1.5: "Deer Park") around September of this year.
  • New York Sues Sprint, Nextel, T-Mobile on Ads - The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs said it sued three of the top U.S. mobile providers, Sprint Corp, T-Mobile USA and Nextel Communications Inc., accusing them of misleading consumers through their advertising.
  • Microsoft offers glimpse at new Hotmail - Microsoft has released a beta of a new version of its Hotmail online email service. Codenamed 'Kahuna'. The new Hotmail has been rebuilt from the ground up and is "faster, safer and simpler to use", according to the spokesman. 'Kahuna' will offer 2GB of storage, a rich text editor and integrated protection against phishing scams, which attempt to steal sensitive information such as log-in names and passwords for online banks.
  • Beethoven downloads on BBC site top one million in the UK - Live performances of Beethoven's complete symphonies have attracted 1.37 million download requests in a BBC trial in the UK which was offered as part of Radio 3's The Beethoven Experience.
  • T-Mobile Germany reveals HSDPA plans for early 2006 - T-Mobile Germany has announced its plans to bring the HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) wireless technology to the market as early as March 2006. Using HSDPA it will be possible to achieve up to 1.8Mbps (megabits per second) via T-Mobile's UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) network
  • Japan to test terrestrial digital TV recasting via Internet - Japan plans to test live-broadcast of terrestrial digital television programs on the Internet via fiber-optic cable networks starting this fall, government officials said Thursday.
  • RSS tool sends out alerts for TV, radio - Search company Blinkx is set to launch a new service on Tuesday that lets consumers receive RSS alerts from a bevy of TV, radio and other broadcasters with which the company has partnered.
  • LCD Specs: Not So Swift - For about a month, an ad for Samsung's SyncMaster 915n LCD monitor touted the display's 4-millisecond response time, while Samsung's own Web site indicated that the monitor's response time was 8ms. "If you look at the printed ad, you'll see that the 4ms is black to white," says David Nichols, director of display marketing for Samsung's Information Technology Division. "The specs on the Web quote the full cycle [of rise-and-fall--i.e., black to white to black]. That's where it gets to be tricky. The 4ms is absolutely correct, and the 8ms is as well."

HARDWARE... 

  • Early 7800GT Performance - GDHardware have been able to secure secure some early performance numbers and picture on NVIDIA's pending 7800GT card which is said to debut at this year's QuakeCon. The card should retail for $399.00 - making it the clear winner in bang for the buck over the GTX cards
  • Crossfire Benchmarks - While the increase in performance isn't quite double, the increase from a single X850 XT to CrossFire, performance is up 43% as opposed to SLI's benefit of 34% over a single card. This is very impressive indeed. It may be that the higher single card performance of the NVIDIA part means that it has less room to improve, but no matter what the reason, this first test instantly legitimizes CrossFire as a real SLI competitor. ATI definitely has something to smile about here.
  • AMD to Adopt DDR2 Next Year - According to Anandtech, AMD has already developed a new processor lineup for Athlon 64 processors with DDR2.
  • ATI 'enables' CrossFire on Intel 955X chipset - ATI's CrossFire multi-GPU technology may work with motherboards based on Intel's 955X chipset when compatible graphics cards ship next month.
  • UItra Products 2*256MB PC3200 XL - Overclockers Online has published a new article on Ultra Products Xtreme Low Latency memory modules.
  • OCZ EL PC-3500 Gold GX and PC-4800 Platinum Motherboard - With its ultra-fast performance, high quality and reliability, the OCZ PC-3500 Gold GX edition is the perfect memory upgrade for memory-hungry gaming rigs.
  • Radeon X700 Pro Round Up -  Tech-Hounds.com tested boards from three different manufacturers. In alphabetical order they are the ASUS Extreme AX700 Pro 256 MB, Gigabyte X700 Pro 256 MB and the MSI RX700 Pro TD128E.
  • Seagate Cheetah 15K.4 ST3146854LC SCSI Hard Drive - Although it is priced at around $1000, that should not be something that would deter an IT professional to purchase it for a server at work. It is built to last and yields the performance that a busy multitasking environment requires.
  • ViewSonic VX924 19" LCD - The Viewsonic VX924 is a 19" LCD display that sports a 4ms response time. As part of Viewsonic's Extreme range of displays, it's designed for gamers, rather than image professionals or home users.
  • Zboard Battlefield 2 Keyset - The Zboard is a gaming keyboard. It has interchangeable keysets, and most people have two keysets. The normal (QWERTY) one, that makes it look like any average keyboard, and the gaming keyset, with its butterfly key layout, making it easier to hit the buttons and so therefore make it easier to play the games.
  • NetGear WPN824 - For most casual and demanding users, the Netgear RangeMax Wireless Router is an all-around excellent option. The adaptive internal antennas that compensate for interference provide great connectivity with excellent range. The security options are first rate, with dual firewalls, content blocking, and scheduled blocking. The box itself is refreshingly unique, and features a central porthole surrounded by blue LEDs that illuminate as the antennas adjust. This results in a constantly glistening tech gem that will mesmerize your friends for hours.
  • MSI Digi VOX USB 2.0 HDTV Broadcasting on your PC - Digi VOX USB 2.0 adapter allows you to watch and listen to digital TV and radio broadcasting on your PC or notebook.
  • Motorola RAZR V3 - While this phone looks like a million bucks, the functions are merely on-par with what the rest of the industry has to offer. The external display is a fair size, but the 4k CSN colour screen is disappointing, considering it is supposed to be used for picture caller ID and can serve as a camera screen when the phone is closed. For a premium phone, the lack of a 65k colour external screen really hurts.

GUIDES...

  • DDR vs. GDDR Memories - Learn the main differences between DDR (DDR2 and DDR3) and GDDR (GDDR2 and GDDR3) memories.
  • Hacking Windows XP: Speed Up Your Network and Internet Access - This excerpt from the ExtremeTech book, Hacking Windows XP, shows you how to tweak the Windows XP System Registry settings to improve network and Internet speed.
  • Hacking Windows XP: Hacking Windows Explorer - This is Chapter 5 from the ExtremeTech book Hacking Windows XP, published by Wiley. You can also read other excerpts from the book about speeding disk access, speeding up your network and internet access, and speeding up your system boot.

SOFTWARE...

  • Mozilla Suite 1.7.10 - This release (download) resolves several important security issues.
  • HOC Half-Life 2 Benchmark 1.5 - This is a new program that allows you to benchmark your system with today's most popular FPS-game, Half-Life 2. The program does not modify any registry-entries or configuration files, so it is completely safe to use. This new version adds 2048×1536 resolution, fast z-settings option and minimize HDD usage option.
  • ZoneAlarm Free 6.0.632.002 - ZoneAlarm (download) includes five interlocking security services that deliver easy-to-use, comprehensive protection. Unlike any other security utility, it incorporates a firewall, Application Control, an Internet Lock, dynamically assigned Security Levels and Zones. Combined, these elements yield the strongest security possible.
  • Kerio Personal Firewall 4.2.0 Final - Personal Firewall (changelog / download) is a necessity for all desktop computers connected to broadband Internet, using DSL, cable, ISDN, WiFi or satellite modems.
  • Fresh Download 7.34 - Fresh Download is an easy-to-use and very fast download manager software that turbo charge downloading files from the Internet, such as your favorite software, mp3 files, video files, picture collections, etc.
  • SpeedFan 4.25 - SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info for those hard disks that support this feature and show hard disk temperatures too, if supported.
  • Overdrive Apocalypse Drivers 80.40 - These are modified NVIDIA ForceWare drivers for Windows 2000 & XP. Modified drivers simply means that the author takes official or beta drivers from the manufacturer and starts to tweak them for either better image quality and or performance
  • ForceWare 77.76 Win2000/XP beta - This driver is supposed to have all kinds of improvements and bug fixes. This set has not been WHQL qualified just yet. All GeForce models are supported with this driver release. 
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,21 2005 - tech
SLI antialiasing debuts - tech
(hx) 11:20 AM EDT - Jul,21 2005 - Post a comment
The chaps over at TechReport have managed to snag an early copy of NVIDIA's new drivers (v77.76) and put SLI antialiasing to the test. There are two new SLI antialiasing modes, 8X SLI and 16X SLI. Both are made available on SLI systems after the installation of NVIDIA's new graphics driver.
However, SLI AA has its limitations, including what I would consider unexpectedly poor performance in many cases and an apparent incompatibility with Half-Life 2. I haven't had time to test SLI AA yet as extensively as I'd like, but my brief experience with it over the past couple of days has been rather shaky. I wouldn't call SLI AA a sensible tradeoff of performance for image quality in most situations. SLI 8X mode is too often slower than NVIDIA's regular 8xS mode and offers a near-imperceptible improvement in AA quality. SLI 16X mode only makes sense in heavily CPU-constrained games that offer acceptable performance almost no matter what the graphics subsystem is doing. Perhaps the picture will look different given more time.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,20 2005 - tech
Thursday Tech Reading - tech
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SECURITY...

  • Workarounds Released for XP SP2 Flaw - In the advisory, Microsoft recommends the following workarounds to help block known attack vectors: Block TCP port 3389 at the firewall, Disable Terminal Services or the Remote Desktop feature, Secure Remote Desktop Connections by using an IP Security policy, Secure Remote Desktop Connections by employing a VPN.
  • SiteKey to Prevent Phishing - An article at CNN talks about a new system called SiteKey which will be rolled out at Bank of America across the U.S. by this fall. With SiteKey, bank customers pick three challenge questions -- things only the customer would know, such as the year and model of the customer's first car -- and provide them with the traditional password to log on.
  • Hackers get into USC database - A University of Southern California database containing about 270,000 records of past applicants was hacked last month, officials said on Tuesday. The breach of the university's online application database exposed "dozens" of records, which included names and Social Security numbers, to unauthorized individuals, said Katharine Harrington, USC dean of admissions and financial aid.
  • Rootkit Detection Coming to Windows AntiSpyware - Microsoft plans to integrate rootkit detection technology from its Strider Ghostbuster research project into future versions of the Windows AntiSpyware application. FYI, the latest beta refresh, build 1.0.615, addresses issues pertaining to how Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) provides information to the user about processes running on a PC, solves an issue regarding the delivery of new anti-spyware signatures for some customers and provides new signature updates to help protect against recently identified spyware.
  • China attempts to sink MP3 pirates - Baidu.com, China's answer to Google, has announced that it is to delete thousands of links to internet sites offering pirated music. The move is a response to requests from R2G, a Chinese digital rights management company, which is currently preparing for a US initial public offering expected to raise around $55m.
  • Kaspersky Lab's Malware Evolution: April - June 2005 - This report by leading Kaspersky Lab virus analysts offers insights into the activity of the computer underground, and contains detailed analysis of the technologies and techniques currently being used by cyber.
    criminals.

OFFTOPIC...

  • Killin' Time with Rob Zombie - Taking a night off from the Ozfest tour, Rob Zombie talked to ComingSoon.net about his latest movie, which might end up being every bit as controversial as his first one.
  • John Moore to Direct The Omen 666 - 20th Century Fox has hired Behind Enemy Lines and Flight of the Phoenix helmer John Moore to direct The Omen 666, reports Variety. The film is a remake of the 1976 horror classic about the arrival of the Antichrist in the home of an unsuspecting family.
  • Humanoid Robot HR-2 - The HR-2 robot was constructed during a period of three months at Chalmers University in Sweden. It has 22 degrees of freedom which enables it to easily move around imitating human motions. The robot is also equipped with stereovision giving it possibilities to perform hand-eye coordination. For that task an artificial neural network is evolved.

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Xbox 360 Launch Date: November 4 2005 - According to a slip-up on the Microsoft Partner site, Microsoft has announced the launch date of Xbox 360 as November 4 - 2005. Since the mistake, Microsoft has quickly removed the infomation ;)
  • Microsoft sues Google, former employee over hiring - Microsoft stepped its rivalry with Google up a notch Tuesday, filing a lawsuit against the search company over Google's hiring of a former Microsoft employee.
  • DVD swapper presses retailers for play - Buy a new DVD and get two or three used ones for free--that's the deal DVD-swapping site Peerflix is pitching at retailers.
  • NEC develops speedy 3G-WLAN handover tech - The company has tested a router that can connect a notebook PC to both WLAN access points and third-generation (3G) base stations when the router and PC are in a car travelling at 124 miles per hour, according to Yukiko Yano, manager at NEC Corp.'s Ubiquitous Platform Development Division.
  • Vertical hard drive doubles storage capacity - A Japanese company claims to be able to double storage capacity with the world's first commercially available perpendicular magnetic recording hard drive. Standard hard drives write data to disk in horizontal strips across a rotating platter. But the enhanced technique from Showa Denko KK (SDK) writes vertically onto the disk, allowing for much greater data compression.

HARDWARE... 

  • Geforce 7800GT to arrive on 11th of August - If Nvidia doesn't change its plans, you should be able to get one for about $399 at launch and the partners expect that it might drop fast to much less than that.
  • eVGA 7800 GTX green beast - HardOCP has posted images of the new GeForce 7800 cooler from American firm eVGA.
  • Intel preps Pentium D core update - The chip maker will offer samples of the updated Pentium Extreme Edition 840 chip and the Pentium D 820, 830 and 840 processors on 5 August, Intel documents reveal, ahead of commercial product availability on 21 October. The update will see the introduction of a new core, B-0 - the current 'stepping' is A-0 - which will be accompanied by a change in CPUID code from F44 to F47.
  • Chieftec BRAVO Big Tower now available with DUAL Radiator Water Cooling - The Chieftec BIG Tower taken from the BRAVO Series is already available with an integrated innovatek High End Water Cooling System with a DUAL Radiator. Only the remaining hardware components must be installed. Because of the integrated HPPS Plus 12V Pump you do not need any additional connection to the outside of the PC. The system is directly connected to the power supply in the PC and is ready for usage almost at once.
  • innovatek HDM Hard Drive Cooling and Decoupling System - The completely closed HDM Dampening Boxes cool and decouple each Hard Drive reliable and effective and lower the temperatures and noise levels to a perfect level. The two-parts Aluminium Decouplig System (consist of an internal and an external frame) ensure highest effectiveness. The Hard Drive is to be mounted in the Aluminium internal frame and is thereby optimally cooled and decoupled. An additional dampening with foamed material (which would just suffocate and heat the Hard Drive) is not necessary any more.
  • Gigabyte 3D Aurora Enthusiast Computer Case - The Gigabyte 3D Aurora is a fantastic case in terms of features and looks and it's good to see that it's far more then just a slightly readjusted design of another brand's case. One of the cool features that you can see on the front page is the inclusion of the Customizable Light Beam Projector. While the case comes with one that says 3D Aurora, you have a customizable one included that can have your own classy message on it. This is great as you could have something like your nick name shine out when you're at your local LAN event - very cool.
  • Intel Pentium D 820 - Looking at the benchmarks on previous pages, we see the Pentium D 820 performing very well in Video Encoding and 3D rendering. It also performs quite well in multi tasking which is what most of us do nowadays so the low scores in single everyday applications shouldn't be much of a problem.
  • G.Skill F1-4800DSU2-1GBFR DDR600 2T dual channel memory kit - Running at the tightest timings, being 2/2/2/5 with 1T command was a bit of disappointment with these modules. While they did work, their clocking ability was instantly destroyed. Most TCCD based modules can work with these timings at a reasonable speed, but the best these could do was o­nly 210 MHz. Of course it helps if you overclock o­nly for benching, as you can set the timings very tight for everyday use and swap them with loose timings and clocking ability for running benchmarks.
  • Intel socket LGA775 Pentium 4, Pentium D, Celeron D and Prescott motherboards list - A handy list of socket LGA775 motherboards from Abit, Asus, Biostar, Chaintech, DFI, ECS, Gigabyte, MSI & Soltek manufacturers.
  • BFG 6600GT OC Video Card - This is a PCI-Express type of card and fits into the x16 card slot. The media sensationalist features of the card are numerous, including NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU ready, Superscalar GPU architecture, NVIDIA CineFX 3.0 engine, High Speed GDDR3 memory interface, Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 support.
  • HIS X800XL IceQ Turbo - The HIS X800XL is an exceptional card, the cost to performance ratio is tough to beat, and if you are like me you always look to get the biggest bang for your buck. A video card is a sizable investment, even if it is a mid range card.
  • HIS X800XT 256MB AGP - This card is perfect for those upgrading from anything in the 9x00 range of videocards from ATI or the 5x00 range from Nvidia, but if you have anything newer or faster than those series, you are best holding off on buying anything seeing you won't see the performance difference from the $300-$400 investment.
  • Leadtek WinFast PX6600 GT TDH SLI Video - Yet another problem with SLI is that you don't get a performance gain from adding a second card in some games, while a GeForce 6800 GT or a RADEON X800 XL will always give you their maximum performance. The stability of the dual-chip solution is also lower than that of the single-chip card - you may have image artifacts in some games with certain driver versions in the multi-GPU mode.
  • MSI GeForce 6800 SLI - HardOCP take a look at the MSI NX6800-TD128E, which is a GeForce 6800 with 128MB of DDR.
  • DVD Burners Roundup - CDRInfo compared eight of drives. They compared reading speed, ripping speed, error correction capabilities, backup capabilities and drive features.
  • BenQ DW1640 Internal DVD Writer - The drive also proved its speed and efficiency in DAE and DVD decrypting, exhibiting accurate and fast extraction speed under Nero CD DAE and DVD Decrypter. Not a single error was reported throughout the tests, which is further assurance that users will almost certainly end up with perfect digital replicas of their prized Audio CDs and DVD movies. Outstanding media compatibility was another merit we had to give to the DW1640 because all media were correctly detected and written at their respective specified rating, regardless of its origin of manufacture.
  • Are 17" LCDs Dead?  (17" comparison) - What lessons have we learned from this comparison? First of all, classic-panel 17" monitors are definitely slower than those with overdrive. Game-play-immersion is inferior and none of the monitors tested are capable of displaying video of sufficient quality. As far as overall performance goes, 17" LCDs are their way to the back of the class.
  • Belkin MediaPilot Keyboard - The last thing, which I consider a negative and a positive, is the built in mouse on the keyboard. When you're first using it, you may find it's a bit weird having the mouse and the buttons spread out so far from each other and must use two hands to properly control the mouse. This of course is something one grows used to.
  • Gigaworks Progamer G500 - The G500's come in a handsome packaging and design – the Color scheme and overall look are modern and can be easily place in most spaces. The metal grills over the satellites and subwoofer driver have an industrial-type look that we're sure will have a wide appeal to gamers and desktop-theater users.
  • Logitech Premium USB Headset 350 - The TechZone reviews a premium headset from Logitech.
  • Samsungs HT-P38 Integrated DVD-Receiver Home Theater - Techtastic take a look at one of these home theater kits from Samsung, their HT-P38 Integrated DVD/Receiver Home Theater. The HT-P38 comes with a 5 DVD changer with integrated power amp, 5.1 surround sound speakers, and can even play Divx formatted discs.
  • HP Photosmart M22 digital camera - Available for under L85, the 4.0 megapixel Photosmart M22 is one of the lowest-priced major brand cameras on the market, which makes its watersports credentials all the more impressive. It is also the smallest and cheapest camera to feature HP's Adaptive Lighting technology and in-camera red-eye reduction.
  • Frontier Labs NEX 3 MP3/FM Media Player - The NEX 3 one of the four products the company currently sells; actually two of its products are based off of the NEX 3 with the NEX 3+ adding a FM transmitter to the NEX 3 so you could listen to your MP3s in the car or in your home over your radio.
  • Samsung T7 Series MP3 Player Roundup - CoolTechZone has posted a Samsung T7 Series MP3 Player Roundup.

GUIDES...

  • BIOS optimization guide (updated rev 8.0) - There are so many BIOS options today that it has become somewhat of a headache trying to configure a BIOS properly.
  • Value gaming PC buyer's guide - The $1,000 budget gets eaten up pretty quick, and slapping down the cash for a 21" LCD, Pentium 840 Extreme Edition, or Athlon 64 X2 4800+ would take care of it in very short order.
  • DDR2 Memory Tutorial - Everything you need to know about DDR2 memories, including the main differences between DDR and DDR2.
  • Xbox 360 vs. PS3: an in-depth look - This article takes an in depth look at how the two systems compare.
  • Windows Desktop Heap Tweak Guide - The desktop heap is a section of memory reserved for the storage of menus, hooks, strings and windows. This heap is allocated memory from a fixed 48MB system buffer that is also used to store printer data and font drivers. By default, Windows allocates a total of 4.5MB of memory for the desktop heap. But if the system ever runs out of space in the desktop heap, it won't be able to load new windows. It's as simple as that!

SOFTWARE...

  • Windows 2003 Volume Shadow Copy Service patch - On a Windows Server 2003-based computer that has many shadow copies that are being used, the paged pool memory on the computer may become exhausted. This problem may occur when the shadow copy snapshots are of large volumes and when each volume contains many files. After you install the update, Microsoft Windows dismounts unused shadow copies when paged pool memory is low.
  • Firefox 1.0.6 / Thunderbird 1.0.6. - Those fixes are present in the now extension-friendly versions of the two programs, which can be downloaded as follows: Firefox 1.0.6; Thunderbird 1.0.6. Also from the Mozilla stable, the Camino browser for Mac OS X has taken another step towards fulfillment.
  • BitTorrent 4.0.3 - BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer protocol designed to transfer files. Users connect directly to send and receive portions of a file, while a central tracker coordinates the action of all peers and manages connections without knowledge of the contents of the files being distributed.
  • JoJoThumb 2.9.5 - JoJoThumb (download) is a utility that allows you to create thumbnails of images and building a complete HTML-based gallery with an index-page, thumbnail-pages and image-pages.
  • PSPad v4.3.3 Final Build 2092 - PSPad (download) editor is freeware programmer editor.
  • NEC ND6650A patched firmware - These firmwares are untested, so you may encounter problems when trying this firmware. Download ND6650A 1.23 bitsetting, riplock removed and RPC1 firmwares from Liggy and Dee's modified firmware site.
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