31 March 1999 - Wednesday
Intel Using 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 development work.

"... 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 carefully:

Q: Is NVIDIA prepared to cover a very high demand of 175mhz TNT2 parts?
A: I believe we are ready.
Q: Have 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 problem
Q: What 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 Guillemot
Q: How 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"

Samsung 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 from ZDNet!

"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
WickedPC 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
AGN3D 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 step ahead."
"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
Anand 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
PCTechware 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 ya!

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 me:

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 ATA-66 doesn¡¯t 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.

30 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
HotHardware 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 was discovered 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 workings:

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 respond.

    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
TotalPC 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 decoder card.

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
Sharky has done a review on the Intel Pentium III 500 Mhz. Until SSE applications/games are out, the processor doesn't impress.

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 Transformation Test.

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
HardwareCentral 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 fully playable.

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 Times:

"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 smaller companies.

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, though.

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 barebones drive.

AMD K6 III Review 15:41 pm - Wilfred
Ace's 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
Overclockin.com 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
Interesting interview 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
PlanetHardware 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
HotHardware 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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