March 1999 - Wednesday
Alphas For IA-64 Development 19:43
pm - Wilfred
In a funny twist, The Register reports that
because Intel's 64-bit emulator is performing so badly, they are using Alphas to do their
"... our source for this story is not
our normal Intel architect but another, so take it as you will. According to the source,
Intel's 64-bit emulator is performing so badly that Microsoft is requesting, nay
demanding, that any code it receives is compiled on an Alpha. And Intel is now using
Alphas for its IA-64 development work."
nVidia TNT2 Interview 18:57 pm - Wilfred
Julio of 3DSpotlight
scored an interview
with Derek Perez of nVidia. And of course, the topic of conversation is the TNT2. Read
NVIDIA prepared to cover a very high demand of 175mhz TNT2 parts?
A: I believe we are ready.
you had any trouble getting the TNT2 running stable at 175mhz?
A: We've had the chip much higher than that, so 175mhz is not a
card manufacturers are confirmed that will release TNT2 based cards?
A: At this time the following are going to be doing TNT2 based
cards: Diamond Multimedia, Creative Labs, Canopus, Hercules, ELSA, ASUS, Leadtek and
much more time is it going to take to see TNT2 based cards in store shelves?
A: You should see boards on the shelves by May 1st.
Dual 370. The Dual Celerons
Revisited 13:01 pm - Wilfred
Hail Keith! After his previous dual Slot-1
Celeron article, he just followed up with a pictorial guide on how he built a dual Celeron rig with the Socket370
version! Give the man a beer!
||"A very simple job I must
say, just a wire soldered between two contacts..."
"This time you don't have to sweat cuz
there's no drilling involved"
Unveiled Smallest Net Phone 11:30
am - Wilfred
Sounds too good to be true! But having seen
for myself some of their recently unveiled phones, they were good indicators of what the
company is capable of. Here's my full rip off from our friends at CoolInfo:
Samsung Electronics on Tuesday unveiled
what it called the world's smallest Internet cellular phone, able to access and display
information from the Internet. Weighing 5.5 oz, the "smart phone" has a 1.1 inch
by 2.7 inch touch-screen panel that offers "touch mail" capability to send text
messages and pictures.
"Using a wireless data service, people
can get information wherever and whenever they want," said Jeung Soon-hyo, principal
engineer at Samsung Electronic's Multimedia Lab. "This is the world's smallest and
lightest phone using CDMA [code division multiple access] technology."
A standard Internet protocol is built in so
the phone can access the Internet without having to first be connected with a notebook PC.
It can handle 2000 stored addresses,
schedules for up to one year and as many as 100 memos at a time. There are English-Korean,
Korean-English dictionaries and an engineering calculator that does trigonometry,
exponential functions and statistics. The phone also features a Bible, hymnal, Buddhist
Canon and songbook, as well as electronic games.
Samsung officials said the price has not
been fixed yet but expect it would cost 100,000 to 150,000 won ($82 to $123) more than
Samsung's current cellular phones. Samsung aims to sell about 100 million Internet phones
in Korea and abroad this year, when the phones begin sales in April.
Detective Work To Track Down
'Melissa' 11:18 am - Wilfred
They can make a movie out of this! Both the
media and police are closing in on Melissa's creator(s) and present
investigations lead to a "retired" virus writer. FBI? Juicy huh? Not to be
missed, the story
"Last I heard, he'd gone into
retirement," Sibert told ZDTV Monday night. Sibert has not yet been contacted by the
FBI, but said he would cooperate with them fully if they did get in touch. "I'm not
hiding anything," he said. Sibert said he has had contact with VicodinES through
e-mail and Internet Relay Chat forums and was impressed with his code writing skills.
"He's probably talented enough to do it (the Melissa virus)," he said.
Sibert said he last had contact with
VicodinES between 8 months and 12 months ago, when VicodinES had requested that his page
be made inactive, as he was going into retirement.
In addition, I came across Ars-Technica's little para that worked out some
math about the domino effect of Melissa. So here's what you already knew - in words!
If you do the math, the macro sends an
infected document to the first 50 people in your address book, then those 50 people send
it to another 50 people each, 2500 people have received the infected document. 125,000
messages have been sent by the third generation and 15.6 billion by the sixth generation.
Because it affects people who use a recent version of Word (97 or 2000) and Outlook (not
Outlook Express), it has been very difficult to contain.
MidTown Madness Preview 11:10 am - Wilfred
'Driving me crazy' would be an understatement
of how much I want this game released NOW! Check out PC GameWorld's
preview on this upcoming title from Microsoft.
Where this game really excels is in the
gameplay. You have to pretend like you are in the middle of one of those chases you see on
TV all the time. Everything is a gamble. You never know when the light is going to change,
or when a drawbridge will go up. Factor in the police, who seem intent on driving you off
the road, and you have a tough game here. Make the wrong move and you'll end up going head
on with a tour bus or sleeping with the fish at the bottom of a river.
Quickshot NextGen 500 &
700 11:03 am - Wilfred
has a review on two
budget game controllers from Quickshot. The NextGen 500 & 700 are some quality flight
sticks you can buy for below US$50!
QuickShot is a veteran in the game
controller market, and with the introduction of the GenX series controllers they are
securing another victory. The controllers combine cool new styling with comfortable,
ergonomic designs as well as the accommodation of the lefty gamer. We are going to take a
look at the 500 and 700 series, 700 being the top of the line flight stick controller.
3D Features Explained 10:51 am - Wilfred
Looking for something that'll demystify those
greek terminologies used to describe 3D graphics? Duane has a guide for you! Read it!
Since the introduction of graphics cards,
with 3D acceleration capabilities, to mainstream personal computers, there has been a mad
rush to increase both performance as well as improve on the supported 3D feature set.
Although there is much hype surrounding the former, the latter must not be overlooked for
it is of great importance as well. A wider range of supported 3D features allow for more
detailed and higher quality graphic scenes to be displayed. This section aims to document
the various 3D features and the function that each of them actually perform.
Final Voodoo 3 RoundUp 10:37 am - Wilfred
smacked up what they call a "Final
Voodoo 3 Roundup". Call it a preview or whatever you like but it doesn't hurt to
take a look at those nice boxshots of the upcoming V3s!
||"If you are looking for a new 2D/3D
card, and find yourself on a tight budget, there is no sense getting either a TNT or a
Banshee with the V3 2000 on store shelves. For about the same price as the
average($129) TNT w/ TV-Out, you can have a Voodoo 3 2000 with TV-Out and still be one
||"I really did like the performance on
this guy, and the numbers were close enough to the V3 3500 to make it a more than
acceptable high-end graphics accelerator. For a retail price of $179, the card is
more expensive that TNT..."
Kenwood 52X TrueX EIDE CDROM
10:16 am - Wilfred
has released his review
on Kenwood's 52X TrueX CDROM drive. By utilising Zen's multibeam laser technology, the
drive is able to achieve very high performance without the need of incredible rotational
speeds. Check out this incredible performer:
The advantages of Zen's multibeam
technology are many. TrueX drives feature a (mostly) constant transfer rate across the
entire disc and lower rotational speeds for quieter operation. The 52X TrueX rotates at
about the same speed as a 9.5X drive and is thus incredibly quiet, while still providing
hard drive like performance.
Multibeam technology provides solely for
transfer rate increases, but does nothing for seek times. In fact, the return to CLV means
that the TrueX drives have to change motor speeds as data is read from different areas of
the disc, so access times are actually worse than many CAV drives. Within the seven
tracks that are being read simultaneously, access time drops to a phenomenal 5ms.
Socket 7 Upgrading K6-2 To
K6-3 10:08 am - Wilfred
posted an article on
upgrading the K6-2 to a K6-3. It details for you what to expect from it. Here's a snip for
To sum it up. AMD´s new and probably last
Socket7 processor delivers solid performance, but the K6-2 has a better price-performance
ratio, by far. The K6-III is the Socket7 powerhouse, but at a powerprice, at least for
Socket7 standards. Also a bitter pill is the non-overclockability of the K6-III 400 which
I fished out of the normal retail channel
Ultra ATA Hard Drive Roundup
10:05 am - Wilfred
Our pals at the Review-Zone posted a roundup
on 6 of today's crop of large Ultra ATA hard disk drives. If you are looking for a new HDD
(like me!), it might help to read up a little... and this clip sounds like good advice to
Since the new Ultra ATA-66 standard is just
around the corner, many of you might be thinking of throwing away your current Ultra
ATA-33 drive. Well, hold everything -before you jump to that stage, let me tell you that
exactly double the performance of a hard drive (which is the instinctive assumption most
people make). This is the maximum speed of the ATA interface, which is 66.6 MB/sec, over
the previous 33.3 MB/sec. So in reality, if you buy a Ultra ATA-66 drive along with a
motherboard or controller that supports this new standard, you¡¯re only going to experience a small increase in
performance. And they¡¯re really nothing to write home about.
March 1999 - Tuesday
|Dual BIOS -
Gigabyte BX2000 22:39 pm - Wilfred
Our pal, Andy, posted a review on an interesting mobo that supports
a Dual BIOS feature that will allow hot, on-the-fly, recovery in case of a flash failure.
The man has many other good things to say about it, so go take a look!
The Primary BIOS handles the Boot Process,
and the secondary is only called upon when the Primary fails. The Secondary can therefore
be considered a "hot spare", which can be called upon in time of failure. So
far, doesn't sound too exciting? Well the clever bit, is that the whole BIOS recovery
process is automatic! As soon as a failure of the Primary is detected, the Secondary kicks
in automatically and takes over. Indeed the process goes further still, and you are
offered the chance to repair the Primary BIOS. Hit F1 and you enter a recovery screen and
the Primary is re-flashed by the contents of the Secondary chip!
STB Desktop TV PCI 22:31 pm - Wilfred
posted a review on STB's
new product - Desktop TV PCI. It is one cool product that delivers TV, FM Radio, Video
Capturing and Editing capabilities to your desktop! Check it out!
This board impressed me in every way that
it was supposed to. There was not one down side of this board that I can report to you. It
is a truly excellent product and performs well in every aspect of it's feature set. If
want TV on your PC with Video and Image Capture. This is your card with FM to boot! I
highly recommend it!
Papa Follows After Melissa 13:40 pm - Wilfred
A similar, but more dangerous virus to Melissa
by Network Associates. Dubbed Papa, this Excel virus sends out email to the first 60
people in your address book (rather than Melissa's 50). Here's more details on its
Dubbed Papa, the new virus is an Excel
virus that sends itself in the same manner as Melissa, but sends itself to the first 60
people in a user's address book compared to 50 with Melissa. In addition, Papa sends an
e-mail out every time the virus is activated. Melissa only sends the message the first
time it is opened. This time the subject line claims the message is from all.net and Fred
Cohen. The body of the e-mail, which contains an attached document titled path.xls, then
instructs the user not to disable the macros, which is how the virus is activated.
According to Sal Viveros, group marketing
manager for total virus defense at Network Associates, the most disruptive aspect of Papa
is the fact that it pings an as-yet-undetermined external site to make sure there is an
available Internet connection. The practice of pinging is not unusual, but Papa pings so
many times that it brings the network down. The biggest concern from a corporate security
standpoint is that any document infected with the virus and then e-mailed to another party
is distributed in the same way the Melissa virus is, leaving companies vulnerable to
having confidential documents distributed unknowingly.
Ten Commandments for Email 13:28 pm - Wilfred
Saw this interesting chunk at CoolInfo about the Ten Commandments for Email (PCWorld). It's becoming more and more of an essentiality
in today's workforce, so learn how to handle it!
1. Delete That E-Mail
"You have several choices," reads the first commandment. "Scan headers,
and delete everything you don't need to know or act upon materially." It's okay to
ignore an e-mail the same way you might a letter or a phone message. And when you are
sending messages, remember that they should be short and informal, and that they can't
replace a phone call.
2. Break Free from Attachments
The second commandment chides those who send attachments. "An enormous amount of
time and energy is wasted in the corporate world by people struggling with incompatible
formats, files that never arrived, and attachments that got garbled or stripped off the
message." Instead, find a good spot on a company intranet for posting and
downloading. And on the receiving end, of course, exercise extreme care in opening up
files from strangers, to avoid problems like the Melissa virus.
3. Count to Ten, Then Send
Don't send e-mail when you're tired or furious. "E-mail can easily be angry,
hurtful, or critical," Morgan says. "It takes a lot of time to undo the
damage." Treat e-mail like letters and phone calls; wait for a calmer moment to
4. There's Nothing Like the Real Thing
Never substitute e-mail for a necessary face-to-face meeting--especially when it comes
to reprimanding, rewarding, or firing someone. Also remember that misdirected messages can
get messy, especially when they are of a personal nature. Morgan recounts the story of a
personal note accidentally sent company-wide rather than to one amorous friend (who has
been known as "Tiger" ever since.) "I hear stories like these all the
time," Morgan says.
5. A Stitch in Time
Take advantage of the timesaving bells and whistles your e-mail program offers. Keep
an up-to-date address book, and never delete names and addresses. You never know when
someone will come back into your digital life.
6. Break the Chain
Chain e-mail is not only tacky, it's banned from many corporate networks. Consider the
bandwidth lost to Bill Gates jokes alone, says Morgan. These beasts with monstrous headers
and massive footers should be squelched at all costs.
7. Rumor, Gossip, and Hearsay
Don't pass on rumor or innuendo about real people. This could come back to haunt you.
E-mail can be easily forwarded to the wrong person, or worse, to the subject of your
non-affection. Not only does e-mail have an uncanny ability of being resurrected, as
Microsoft knows, it can also be used against you in a court of law.
8. Do Unto Others
Flaming--sending an abusive or insulting e-mail--is usually a mistake. Would you say
it in person? If not, don't send it.
9. Personal Bandwidth
Remember the hierarchy when it comes to communications. First there is face-to-face
meetings, then phone calls, then voice mail, and then e-mail. Face-to-face meetings have
the most impact and e-mail has the narrowest communications bandwidth. It's hard enough to
communicate successfully under the best of circumstances, says Morgan. If it's an
important message that can't be said face-to-face, then pick up the phone, or leave voice
mail. Or, if you must, send an e-mail.
10. No One Is Perfect
If it absolutely must be perfect, then don't e-mail it. E-mail can be the Bermuda
Triangle of writing. Punctuation, spelling and grammar get mysteriously lost. If your
message must be error-free, it should be sent by another medium. If you insist on sending
it via e-mail, print it out and go over it line by line for errors. But if you find
yourself printing your e-mail regularly, it means that either you or the sender
misunderstand the chief purpose of the medium, says Morgan.
3D Audio Physics Primer 13:18 pm - Wilfred
has prepared a 3D Audio Physics Primer
for any newbies out there who wants and insight as well as explanations to cryptic
terminology used all over.
3D audio still very much in its infancy.
Clearly, at this moment in time, even the some of the latest API revisions are
inaccurate at times. The emerging technology standards are a significant step above
the old pseudo 3D sound tricks that were used before.
Wilfred Coughs 13:11 pm - Wilfred
Ahh! Late nights give you splitting headaches.
So what's up today? After hearing more feedback, I decided to address the need to have a
teeny margin on the left of our text so that your eyes won't tell you they're stucked to
the edges. In addition, I'd changed some colours of the text here... and I'll just let
this be for a day to see if I like it.
Dxr3 10:19 am - Kan
Saw this from PCVelocity (give them a visit will ya?) about the new
Creative Encore 6X and Dxr3
The next-generation Creative Dxr3 decoder
board delivers impeccable image quality and provides better processing of color video at
high resolutions. In addition to stunning video, the Dxr3 board takes Dolby Digital (AC-3)
audio and feeds it to a receiver or DeskTop Theater 5.1 for theater-like,
room-shaking audio with a 6-speaker surround system *. Or you can connect Dxr3 to your
Sound Blaster® audio card for great stereo sound.
The versatile Creative PC-DVD 6X drive
reads DVDs at up to 6x speeds, giving you near-instant access to your data. Support for
popular disk types such as DVD-R, CD-R, CD-RW, and CD audio provide seamless access to
your existing data and audio library.
Mechwarrior III 10:15 am - Kan
I just tried the demo yesterday and I tell you
it rocks! Anyway, FiringSquad had a review on the demo itself.
Check out what the guys have to say.
Mechwarrior 3 puts you in the cockpit of
giant, armed robots, called Mechs. Think of them as giant walking tanks, but with more
widely varying weaponry. You pilot your mechs into combat, with guns, lasers, missiles,
autocannons and more, blazing away at your enemies. On some missions, you'll have the
opportunity to lead a small group of mechs (collectively called a "lance") into
battle. In the demo, there's only one instant action mission (sorry, no multiplayer), but
you can take up to three AI mechs with you and command them in battle.
Intel Pentium III 08:59 am - Kan
has done a review on the Intel
Pentium III 500 Mhz. Until SSE applications/games are out, the processor doesn't
We keep waiting for some retail game title
or demo debuts that will highlight and show off the Pentium III's SSE instruction set, but
to no avail. It looks like we'll have to wait until larger titles like Quake3 Arena are
released sometime towards the later half of 99 before we see the effects of the optimized
geometry pipeline that SSE enables. Until then, we'll continue to use the only SSE-capable
test that even half-way simulates an actual game environment, 3D WinBench99's Lighting and
DFI P2XBL 08:54 am - Kan
Motherboard review over at CRUS. Anyway, their dual CPU mobo is selling very cheaply
in the market so I suppose that's good for your dual Celerons?
The DFI P2XBL has 4 PCI, 3 ISA slots and
one AGP slot. I think that instead of this they could have removed one ISA slot and added
a PCI slot. Who actually needs 3 ISA slots today? Not me anyway. There should also have
been some more room between one of the ISA slots and the PCI slot next to it.
3DLabs Permedia3 08:52 am - Kan
previewed the 3DLabs
Permedia3 chipset. Wow, we are talking about powerful 3D cards over here.
With about 14 years of OpenGL experience,
we expect 3DLabs to have rock-solid OpenGL performance in games based on the Q2/Unreal
engines, and will likely push the limits of the card. This means easier setup for games,
and likely some very good performance numbers. Eventually more chipset vendors will have
to produce full ICDs, as game developers use more instructions in their games. Right now,
for example, 3dfx is using a "mini-gl" driver. This means that they support only
a handful of OpenGL instructions. Their defense is that it is much more efficient, and
their OpenGL pipeline can be much shorter, and more optimized.
Xitel Storm Platinum 08:46 am - Kan
Pals over at 3DSpotlight did a review on the Xitel Storm
Platinum A3D 2.0 soundcard.
||Since I own both cards, I was able to test
them with exactly the same system, I ran lots of games with both cards, most of them
supporting positional audio and even better I could compare the EAX API (SB Live!) with
A3D 2.0 (Storm Platinum) API in games
||that supported both, it's
important to notice that although EAX is being developed by Creative, it's an open API and
Aureal claims that all Vortex 2 cards will also support EAX in a future driver revision.
|29 March 1999 - Monday
|Palm VII First
Looks 23:42 pm - Wilfred
The ScreenSavers at ZDNet scored a first
look at 3Com's Palm VII. The new device will spot the same looks as the Palm III, but
it'll incorporate an antennae and capabilities for wirelesss email etc.
Due out in April, the Palm VII looks just
like a Palm III, but its additional features are impressive, to say the least. Most
exciting, of course, is the new antenna for wireless email browsing. The antenna can also
help you find such things as the nearest ATM machine, not to mention the local weather,
stock quotes, MapQuest data, package tracking, and even movie listings.
A pair of AAA batteries keeps the Palm VII
going for 6 to 8 weeks, and it's expected to cost less than $800-- possibly a lot less.
What Is The Voodoo 3 4000? 23:36 pm - Wilfred
Our buds at the FiringSquad posted the a/m titled article that talked
about both the V3 4000 and their thoughts on what is to come beyond that.
According to a tip, the "Voodoo3
4000" will deliver final 32-bit color rendering , a 32-bit Z-buffer, and 32 or 64MB
of RAM. We've also heard that this part will be able to run dual in 3dfx's famous SLI, but
the AGP/PCI matter lends doubt to this conjecture.
Gameboy Emulator For PalmOS
In The Works 23:11 pm - Wilfred
PalmInfo has it that there's
such an emulator in the works right now and we might see a beta version in couple of weeks
that plays Gameboy's Tetris. The possibilities are endless...
Palm Infocenter recently interviewed Maven,
who is currently working on making Palm Gameboy a reality. Maven is writting the emulator
from scratch, others have tried to port the Virtual Gamboy emulator to the PalmOS but gave
up on the task because of the palm's limited speed and memory. He is also writting the
code in assembler, since that's the only way to get enough speed for emulation (the C
compilers are not very good at efficient code). Right now the CPU emulator has been built
and is running without problems, his next step is to emulate the screen and sprites
system. Maven plans to release a demo beta as soon as the ever popular Tetris game is
MS Auction Off Windows Code?
23:00 pm - Wilfred
One of the proposals from the 19 states
suggested that Microsoft auction off licenses to Windows' source code. Here's a chunk from Seattle
"The (forced-licensing) proposal would
actually break up and render impotent the Windows monopoly, which is the source of
Microsoft's power," the document states. At the same time, it would avoid the
disruption that could come with another proposed remedy - breaking up Microsoft into
After the Windows auction, the intellectual
property rights would be transferred to possibly two or three companies. Microsoft would
be permitted to market and further develop its own version of Windows...
Wilfred Coughs 22:57 pm - Wilfred
Ho! Back to editing Hardware-One after hours
of distraction doing all kinds of other fun things like StarSiege, scanning pics, ripping
MP3s, ICQing old friends, fiddling with my Palm III and sending out junk mails.
3Dfx Voodoo3 18:57 pm - Kan
Another preview on the Voodoo3 3000 card by Tweak3D. This baby is running at a 166 MHz clock speed.
Performance is pretty on par with a Voodoo2 SLI rig.
The results from the 800x600 test show that
the Voodoo2 SLI still holds the crown (at least for now) as the Direct3D king. The NVIDIA
TNT based Canopus Spectra 2500 is running a little bit faster than a single Voodoo2, but
trailing far behind the Voodoo3 3000 and the Voodoo2 SLI.
When the resolution is bumped to 1024x768,
the Voodoo2 SLI takes a fairly large performance hit... more so than the Voodoo3 3000. The
slight performance hit barely takes a toll on the Voodoo3 3000, which recovers from the
second place position and surpasses the older Voodoo2 SLI. The NVIDIA TNT takes a major
performance hit and drops far behind. The Voodoo2 was not included because as mentioned
above, it does not officially support this resolution.
Leadtek S320 18:51 pm - Kan
Though not a new card, but FullOn3D did a review on the Leadtek S320 based on
the good old TNT chipset.
No matter how you think about
overclocking, with an active fan cooling unit this board is more suitable than more
bulemic versions that only carry a heatsink. You're still on your own with the risk,
The memory used is SDRAM,
which proved to be just as good as SGRAM at the speeds that are employed here.
The board seems to recommend
itself as an upgrade for machines that came with a poor AGP board or as a second tier OEM
part, more on that after the tests.
Creative Encore DVD 5X 15:50 pm - Wilfred
Sure I want a DVD kit! But till I find my pot
of gold, I'll just have to be contented reading reviews on them. WickedPC just posted a review on the most
popularly carried DVD kit by shops all over. Check out their take on the Encore DVD 5X!
Creative Labs provides their own player
that requires the Encore decoder, and it played in fullscreen quite well with no
noticeable skipping. If you own the barebones drive however, you'll be forced to use third
party DVD playback software, and fullscreen will likely be a hassle and not so fun to
watch. The playback on the ATI Xpert 128 is what this conclusion was based upon - the
video in fullscreen was rather choppy, and even in a window, it wasn't something I would
enjoy. With the decoder card, playback was smooth as can be. My advice on which to buy is
simple - If you can afford it, get the entire kit, if you can't afford it, just go for the
AMD K6 III Review 15:41 pm - Wilfred
Hardware has a review
on AMD's K6-III processor, the last of the K6 family. Roll over for a look!
"... that time, I felt certain I would
have a K6-III running in my computer upon it's release. Now, however, some of that
excitement has vanished. This is mostly due to the fact that we're much closer to the
release of AMD's next-generation K7 processor than we were a year ago. After all, what
would anyone want with a chip running on the now aging Super 7 platform when the K7, an
entirely new processor running on an entirely new platform, promising incredible new
levels of performance above and beyond anything ever seen before, is due to arrive in just
a few short months?"
Elitegroup P6BXT-A+ 15:22 pm - Kan
did a review on the Elitegroup
P6BXT-A+ motherboard. This one allows either a Slot1 or Socket370 CPU, check out what
the boys have to say.
Next is the layout of the Slot 1 and Socket
370 connectors. It is amazing how little actual PCB they had to add to the board to
allow both types of connectors to coexist. The board looks very similar to a
standard ATX Slot 1 motherboard with the exception of the Socket 370 connector. The
connector really does look like it belongs there, though. It doesn't look like it
was just thrown on the board as an afterthought. Very nice. The Slot 1
connector works as advertised. I did have a couple of problems with the flip-up
brackets on the Slot, though. The PII processors, and one of the heatsinks for a
Celeron 300a that I have wanted to get hung up on the connector. It was very
difficult to get the processors out of the Slot 1 connector once they were inserted.
I didn't have any problems with the heatsink on one of my other Celeron 300a's so
I'm not sure how much of an issue this will be.
Interview 14:00 pm - Kan
over at Ars-Technica with a dude who paid over
$2000 for an Ultima Online account in an eBay auction. $2000 bucks? Are you joking? That's
what I earn in 3 years! Discuss this in our Forum.
How old are you?
What is your day job?
I work in a Call Center Engineering IS department for a large telecommunications company.
How long have you played UO?
I purchased the game in October of 1997, but started out on a different server
than what I currently play on. My friend who convinced me to purchase UO stopped playing
shortly after I got the game, so I didn't play very frequently at the beginning. I didn't
start on my current server until February or March 1998.
PowerColor Motherboard 10:17 am - Kan
I kinda like the name. PowerColor DreamCode TNT
motherboard review over at 3DHardware.net. This
one comes with built in TNT as well as Sensaura sound chipset.
The board shocked me as looking
exceptionally empty compared to others we see today. Only three PCI slots and one ISA slot
are fitted on the card, and there isn¡¯t even an AGP port.
The PCI and ISA slots were removed because of the TNT and it¡¯s memory chips taking up place, but it¡¯s
obvious they could have fit in another PCI post by just looking at the board. The AGP port
is removed because of the integrated TNT board, nonetheless I think it¡¯s an unintelligent solution. Everyone with a tad of experience of the biz¡¯
knows that a 3D accelerator stays fresh one year, maximum. A voodoo
is almost comically slow and the features are too incomplete to even think of using it.
Entrega Hub7U 10:15 am - Kan
This piece of news dedicated to your other
editor. USB Workshop had a review on the Entrega 7 port hub. Hmm...sure
looks like some modem to me.
Entrega Hub7U's slim design can allow the
hub to perfectly fit anywhere on your desk. It has dual color LEDs for indicating power
and port status. When the port status is red, it has no device connected. When the port
status is green, it has a USB device attached and working properly. If the port status
light goes out and power is on and you suspect the unit fails, you can send it back to
Entrega whose three-year fix-it-or-replace-it warranty guards your purchase. Nice touch
here. The hub is a self-powered device, which requires external power supply.
KryoTech Renegade ATX PE 10:12 am - Kan
did a review on the KryoTech
Renegade ATX PE. Hmm, we seem to have a lot of cooling news today.
The Renegade uses the same case as their
previously reviewed K6-2 500 machine, but with a few minor modifications. For one, the CPU
temperature display LCD screen no longer takes up one of the case's 5 1/4" expansion
slots, but rather is embedded in the front of the case for easy viewing. The Renegade
comes bare bones, which also seems to mean the lack of a power supply. I don't know about
you, but most people would be real pissed about buying a $400 case/cooling system and not
get a decent power supply, as I was just as surprised not to see one included.
Winfast 5300MA 10:06 am - Kan
New motherboard review over at AGN Hardware on the Winfast
5300MA. It looks cheap, but it comes with a SiS 530 graphics chipset as well as a ESS
Solo-1 sound chip.
With support for up to 112MHz FSB,
Overclocking is certainly a possibility on this board. Users of older CPUs still
running on the 66MHz FSB have plenty of options to tweak out a bit more from the board.
There is also support for some in-between settings like the 95 and 105MHz, which
should make some overclockers very happy. Even if you are running one of the newer
100MHz FSB CPUs, the addition of the 112MHz setting will help to go that extra step in
getting the performance you want out of your CPU. I did not feel this board was the
easiest to overclock...but it certainly is possible.
Liquid Cooling 10:05 am - Kan
Incidentally, there are some instructions for
you to setup your own liquid
cooling rig over here. Hey! Have you thought of what happens when a pipe bursts? :)
For the power head try to get a Whisper or
Pulsar 170 GPH (They have them at Wal-Mart). The project case is about 7 x 5 x 3 1/2
inches. The rest of the components should be available at a hardware store. If
you have a hard time finding the aluminum channel try a recycling center.
Water-Based Cooling Rig 10:03 am - Kan
sent note on a water based Celeron cooling rig down by one of their readers. Wow, this
sure looks difficult to assemble. Check out the pics.
You guys and gals just gotta ( yeah that's
a word) see this! One of our Super Techno-Freak readers, by the name of Charlie Tung (all
the chicks dig him!), sent in some picks of his Water Cooled Celeron Rig! Check it out!
These are the best pics of how to water cool your CPU that I have seen yet! Hey Charlie,
what's that cool little box that covers and cools the CPU made of!?? I'll post more
details as I get them. For now, feast your eyes!
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