30 November 1999 - Tuesday

Battle of Britain Demo 19:57 pm - Kan
Though I don't normally post this, but DemoNews just let us know the availability of Battle of Britain Demo. Simulation rulez! :)
SimGuild has released their "Battle of Britain" WW2 fighter sim. Seems rather basic in the present version, but supports D3D and seem to have a fast and fluid graphics engine. Also option for online play.

And, you should know: VR-1/MSN has made Fighter Ace II public as an open beta version, too. This one's good, 3d-accellerated, with a lot of options. Seems and (almost) feels ready, except - I suspect - for some debugging routines that slow down my medium-range PC. But anyone into WW2 flying sims should check this one out.

WinZip vs WinRAR 19:55 pm - Kan
Ah, I bet you always wanted to know which is better. Adrian's Rojak Pot just posted a 15 pages comparison article between WinZip and WinRAR. Catch some of it here:

More mundane uses of archiving and compression software include archiving of data for backup or dissemination purposes via removable media. Without such archiving software, backing up your precious data may cost you a bomb in removable media (i.e. floppy disks, tape drives, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, etc...). Dissemination of data on removable media can also be a real hassle without such archiving software by requiring you to manually allocate the files to each floppy disk or to carry more of them with you.

ABIT BF6 Review 19:53 pm - Kan
HardwareCentral just dropped us a line on their new review on the ABIT BF6 motherboard. This board is actually a 'replacement' for the older BH6 and it comes with 1 AGP, 6 PCI and 1 ISA slot.

The box, of course, includes all the standard amenities--1 40-pin IDE cable, 1 floppy disk cable, an installation CD, a Universal Retention Mechanism and a relatively thorough userís manual. As well, Abit has included a temperature monitoring thermistor, fully supported, of course, by the board. This is a nice perk, as some lesser manufacturers have been known to place a header for a thermistor on the board, but not actually include one. As some of you may have discovered, thereís nothing quite as infuriating as getting your brand new toy home, and discovering you have to go back out for a tiny little thermistor.

Sony 420GS 19" Monitor 19:49 pm - Kan
Yup, it's more monitor goodness as Scott's Hardware reviewed the Sony 420GS 19" monitor (18" viewable). This one comes with the same menu interface as the G500/F500, but it's not based on the new FD Trinitron tube.

The Sony Multiscan CPD-420GS is a high performance 19" Trinitron monitor, with a short neck design and several other unique features. Aimed at the corporate professional market, the 420GS features a secondary VGA connector, accessible via a convenient swing out door on the front side. The monitor also sports Sony's ASC (Active Signal Correction) technology,  which monitors the video signal's input and will automatically resize and center the video image based on timing signals

AOpen AX6BC-Pro II Millennium Edition 17:29 pm - Wilfred
Whoa! What is that? Millennium edition? Titanium encased box, gold plated connectors and ivory slots? NO! Overclockers Australia sent mail about AOpen's limited run of their enhanced AX6BC Pro board to coincide with the Millennium celebrations, check this:

To celebrate the arrival of Millennium, AOpen has released limited edtion of the upgraded version of AX6BC Pro II. Based on the design of AOpen AX6BC, the motherboard comes with Enhancement of 2200uf low ESR capacitors for overall stability, Frequency Isolation Wall deployment for signal integrity, CPU Vcore adjustment through BIOS setting V-Core adjustable, together with Platinum heatsink and also an unusual black PCB board.

Asus V6600 GeForce 17:25 pm - Wilfred
Thresh's FiringSquad threw out a review on the Asus V6600 GeForce card, paying extra attention to the nifty new utilities in the bundle. Check out SmartDoctor:

Dynamic overclocking lengthens the life of your card by controlling when the card overclocks. The technology detects when you need the performance and clocks your card accordingly. During idle or inactive periods, dynamic overclocking "rests" the card by lowering the clock speed. When you need extra speed for a game of Q3, dynamic overclocking kicks in and ups the clock to increase performance levels. 

Hauppauge WinTV Go 17:21 pm - Wilfred
CPU Review has a writeup on Hauppauge's TV tuner. This tuner looks great, but my word of advice, make sure your PC is situated in an area able to receive decent TV signals. Either you have a damn good booster of you have good reception from the aerial.

The video quality was pretty good; and exhibited less "noise" than the ATI TV-Wonder (although the TV Wonder's automatic picture adjustment seemed to be a bit better.)

The size of the video window seemed to be limited to 640x480; however you can configure the full-screen mode to switch resolutions and thus present a full screen picture. From across the room the full screen picture was excellent on the 19" monitor; from close up it was pretty good - if a bit dark on some channels; but some tweaking of the contrast and other controls improved matters.

Intel Cape Nod i820 Motherboard 15:45 pm - Wilfred
GamePC posted a review on Intel's reference i820 board. 'Finally, it's here eh?', You say. But how does it fare? Looks like more work to be done before it becomes the choice for many.

Scores look a little low for a next-generation platform, eh? Chalk that one up to Intel folks, their memory controller hub decreases memory performance by around 30% - 40% in some cases, and we can see the effects of that here. Because of this drop in performance, we're seeing a next generation platform with an updated chipset, AGP 4x instead of AGP 2x, and updated memory support get beaten out by it's previous generation, the 440BX. This is pretty sorry, now we can see why Intel was hesitant to put SDRAM support in with the 820, they didn't want consumers to see this drop in performance.

A Layman's View Of Linux 15:01 pm - Wilfred
osOpinion has got a couple of new editorials for you to read, one of which is the 'Layman's View Of Linux'. Don't you just like to read people's opinions? I do. Very true, no matter how religious you want to be about it, I kinda agree with the writer's views.

If I were to judge Linux on my initial experiences, I would not give it a second chance, however when using the supported hardware, it is a very stable system. Linux is yet to be used as a major Multimedia platform and I believe this is something it has to be successful in to capture the general market. Multimedia is also where a lot of problem solving needs to be addressed to run effectively in any environment. It is ok to have a standard VGA card, no sound card and say that my OS is very stable. If you configure most Operating Systems the same way I am sure you will encounter the same stability. However the LINUX code is quite strong. Through greater testing and development, we may all one day appreciate the stability that we all desire with what ever applications we run. Good luck to all of you in the continuing development of LINUX.

Another UT Review 14:29 pm - Wilfred
Fast enough, a new mail popped in from 3D Rage, that they too have a review on the just released Unreal Tournament. Don't skip this:

The weapons in Unreal Tournament are much more balanced and deadly than in Unreal. While a couple of weapons make a comeback, they do so with improved damage and looks. Every weapon comes equipped with a secondary fire mode which really adds a lot of diversity to the game and makes it much more enjoyable, as it's like having twice as many weapons at your disposal. I just can't emphasize enough how balanced the weapons are in Unreal Tournament, as no weapon will clearly dominate a level, except the Redeemer, which projects a mini-nuke from the player, but it only holds one mini-nuke so you don't have to worry about a player going on a rampage with this weapon. None of the weapons are clearly underpowered either, resulting in nice quick kills that will keep the action fast paced and exciting.

Guillemot MaxiSound Fortissimo 14:26 pm - Wilfred
Arrggh... enuf, make the names easier to remember ok? Anyhow, check out Extreme Hardware's review on Guillemot's Yamaha YMF744-based soundcard.

Though the Fortissimo has a small footprint, itís certainly not lacking in input and output connectors. Besides two separate speaker outputs (for 4-speaker surround sound setups), two line-ins (microphone and stereo), and the internal CD-audio connector, the card also provides a S/PDIF digital output for audio aficionados to make optical connections to digital devices such as mini-disc, DAT, and CD-R. The digital gameport (which also doubles as a MPU401 MIDI device connector) performed admirably with various analog and digital game controllers

Leadtek WinFast GeForce 256 SDR 14:22 pm - Wilfred
SharkyExtreme mailed us about their latest review on Leadtek's GeForce SDR card. The card screams "Great value for money!", but heh, watch it, the fastest DDR will arrive within the minute!

The WinFast card is of standard GeForce reference design, with 5ns memory (rated at 200MHz) running at 166MHz. The processor, as on the competing cards, operates at a frequency of 120MHz (we'll go into overclocking in a bit). It boasts TV-out (something that the Creative 3D Blaster Annihilator is missing), comes with DVD software and includes it's own overclocking utility. While nothing as far as a gaming bundle is included, it still seems as Leadtek has gone to great measures to ensure that their package is well rounded. You'll also notice the cost, which makes the WinFast one of the more aggressively priced GeForce cards on the market.

Alpha P3125 Cooler 14:17 pm - Wilfred
TheTechZone has a review on this fierce coolers from AMK Services. With fans this huge, you can definitely be assured of more obedient hardware and lesser failures to excessive heat. Oh yes, make sure these fans fit into your setup.

The Alpha P3125 is one huge heatsink. The unit is so big it doesn't fit some motherboards or computer cases. You should check to make sure it'll clear your system before buying. Alpha coolers comes unassembled and without fans. This unit was shipped to me from AMK Services. AMK sells their Alpha's with a couple of Global Win 60mm x 25mm fans. They are rated to move 27.2 CFM of air each.

Unreal Tournament Review 14:13 pm - Wilfred
Oh yeah, the awaited game from Epic Megagames is out! So here's a review from Cache.Net, which details the new maps, weapons and the overall gameplay in the final retail version.

Quake 3 Arena Demo killed Quake 1 by converting all the talent. Once both these demos (UT Demo and Q3Test) were played side by side, Unreal Tournament demo was discovered to be a better product. The basic consensus among a lot of gamers is that Unreal Tournament is better but they are still going to play Quake 3 Arena because that's where they can receive fame and fortune.  A few gamers have quit their day jobs because they now receive funds from companies who sponsor them for Quake 3 Arena. I don't see that happening for UT any time soon. It can be argued that we haven't even seen a pure demo of Quake 3 Arena yet-just a test and just a demo test. Who needs shovel? 

MSI 6163 Pro Review 13:53 pm - Wilfred
BXBoards reviewed the 6163 Pro board from MicroStar and you will want to consider this contender in any motherboard purchase.

Stability at high bus speeds is very good, with around 153Mhz stable when conservation SDRAM timings were used. Chipset voltage tweaking made no noticable difference over SDRAM stability over the original MSI 6163.

This entry from MSI is well done. Bus speeds are present in abundance, so users can tweak their CPUs near their limits. The DIMMs are placed in a good position, not to mention that all the connectors populate one small portion of the board. This allows those who want to be neat to do their thing (with zip ties) in style.

The expansion capabilities of this board surpass that of the ABit BE6-2, so those with ISA peripherals populating their shelves. 3 DIMMs is a little disappointing becuase several other motherboards have the full compliment of 4 (Asus P3B-F and Soyo-6BA+IV). the stability of the board at high bus speeds is quite good. Few problems arose when I used the 135mHz bus. Stability with high buses (i.e. 1488Hz bus) is a bit shaky when compared with similar entries from Soyo and Abit. Winstone 99 scores lag a bit behind the Soyo SY-6BA+IV.

Micro Innovations Micro2000 Keyboard Review 06:50 am - Kan
I noticed over at our buds DimensionX that they have posted a review on the Micro Innovations Micro2000 Keyboard.

In addition to the standard keys it also features two special keys. One of them is the Windows 95/98 Hot Key which provides immediate access to the most frequently used programs. The other key is the application key which permits pop-up shortcuts and help assistants in many new windows programs. Personally, I see the two special keys more as a hindrance to my productivity.  I am a person  who uses a lot of short cuts that work with conjunction of the "Alt" and "Ctrl" keys. Unfortunately, the special keys are located right next to those two keys. Needless to say I found myself pressing the special keys often times very unintentionally. On the other hand, people that are used to the hot keys might come to a totally different conclusion.

PlexWriter ATAPI 8/4/32X 06:32 am - Kan
There's a couple of new reviews over at AGN Hardware. First is the PlexWriter ATAPI 8/4/32X CD-RW drive (yup, ATAPI!) as well as the 3D Blaster Annihilator.

So how does the 3DBlaster Annihilator stand up to the competition? Are there enough added features and performance to send you to the store in a journey to upgrade your video card? On this edition of the AGN Video Reviews, we give you our opinion on the Annihilator to help you decide.

Intel Cape Cod i820 Motherboard 06:15 am - Kan
The guys over at GamePC reviewed the Intel Cap Cod i820 Camino motherboard and yes, it's finally here!

Installing this board is, well, a pain. First of all, Intel has this nifty little plastic device known as an AGP retention clip, which basically latches on to your AGP slot and card and makes sure it doesn't fall out, in system shipping or just in general. While this is a cool idea, getting the clip on the motherboard isn't easy, and the directions aren't that helpful. Also, you have to reset a jumper to enter the BIOS, instead of just hitting DEL at startup. Then you have to place the jumper back to start the system normally. To put it simply, Intel just figured you all just configure your BIOS once, than never again. Typical Intel thinking here, nothing new. 

Cheap CD-Writer Review 06:12 am - Kan
Dan's Data start off the day with a CD-Writer review on the Delta OME-W141 CD-RW drive (basically a 4X/4X/20X drive). Yup, it cost AUD340 and over at the land of Aussie, it's a good bargain!

Cheap CD writers are, classically, not as good a bargain as they seem. The CD writing process is a finicky one, and even if the discs only cost a couple of bucks each (and that's for brand name ones; no-name dodgy-discs are now approaching a value of $0), making a sequence of coasters is still a highly frustrating way to spend an afternoon. A cheap CD writer that doesn't bloomin' work is no bargain at all.

29 November 1999 - Monday

ACT-LABS Gun System Review
- Yingzong
We received the ACT-LABS GS some time ago and I've done a review on the product. It has got to be the coolest and classiest looking gun system I've seen so far. Console gun systems really have some catching up to do! Here's a small blurb :

Many of us have seen light guns being used on console game machines such as the Sony Platation and Sega Dreamcast. The PC platform has traditionally been sorely lacking in such a device. Fast and furious gun slinging arcade action has never been complete without the feel of a trigger. Hunting games were plain lame using the mouse. ACT-LABS, known for its cutting-edge gaming peripherals such as the Force RS, acknowledges this fact and has come out with the PC's answer to its console counterparts, the ACT-LABS Gun System (ACT-LABS GS).

The ACT-LABS GS is a great product and the elegant nature of the various components makes it a welcome addition to any gaming arsenal. The GS is aesthetically very pleasing aWnd will make an excellent holiday or birthday gift. However, this is marred by the glaring lack of titles that support the GS so far. With a little luck, we'll see increased software support as a stamp of approval for the GS. Personally, it is good to see that the first light gun system for the PC has such high standards and hopefully, this is a sign of more first-rate game controllers to come.

Poll #35: Which Is Your Current Email Client 21:53 pm - Wilfred
Yos! The results of last week's poll is up. You can have a look. Well, it does seem that Microsoft's Outlook Express is immensely popular! We are not surprised at all. I support it myself! =)

Fahrenheit - MS Quietly Dumped It 21:44 pm - Wilfred
A while ago, we heard of SGI's joint development with Microsoft on a project to create the Fahrenheit API, whose aim was to 'define the future of graphics'. Oh well, here's the story at The Register:

Fahrenheit, the joint Microsoft-SGI project "to define the future of graphics" has crashed in ruins, with Microsoft to all intents and purposes pulling its support for OpenGL and throwing its weight behind Direct3D. The Register has obtained correspondence from the Win2k beta tests which makes this abundantly clear, and last week SGI itself drew a final line under its involvement with Fahrenheit.

AMD Athlon 750Mhz 21:39 pm - Wilfred
Haven't seen a review from the house of Anand in a long while. Today, the man took AMD's fastest vehicle out for a spin. This is the top of the line and you can expect to pay top money for it.

The Athlon is already at 750MHz, but it is still running with a 512KB external L2 cache that operates at a fraction of the CPU speed. Prior to the release of the 750, all Athlon CPUs ran their L2 cache at Ĺ the core clock speed.

The 350MHz L2 cache required for the Athlon 700 was difficult enough to come by because it required L2 cache chips with a rating faster than 3ns. In order to meet the 375MHz L2 cache requirements of a 750MHz Athlon, AMD would have to build the CPUs with 2.6ns L2 cache chips. As you can guess, this isn't too viable of an option for AMD as it would drive the prices of the 750MHz chips to unreasonably high and uncompetitive levels. So what was AMD's solution? Change the L2 cache divider.

Instead of running the L2 cache at Ĺ the clock speed of the CPU, the Athlon 750 runs the L2 cache at 1/2.5 or at 0.4 times the clock speed of the CPU. This 20% decrease of the L2 cache divider will definitely hurt the performance of the Athlon, in some applications more than others, but the question is how badly will it hurt the overall performance?

Razor Boomslang 1000 Review 21:28 pm - Wilfred
If you're into FPS gaming at all, you'll be able to tell me how important a role the mouse plays in getting your opponents fragged. In that mindless shooting, you'll want your tool to live up when the going gets tough. The FiringSquad reviewed this specialty mouse created for gamers, let's see how it fares:

The Razer Boomslang however, felt much smoother and precise than most any of the name-brand mice we have in-house. Why was this? Because of the smaller Teflon feet - by ignoring current convention and shunning the large horizontal strips used on standard mice, the Boomslang kept a more consistent and smooth feel than any of our regular production mice, save the Logitech Gaming Mouse, which is based on the old Mouseman 96 "bear claw" 3-button mouse. The smaller feet are vastly superior, and due to this, the Razer Boomslang moves with a velvety smoothness that translates into higher physical preciseness, if not mechanically so.

Full Comdex Report 21:23 pm - Wilfred
Extreme Hardware consolidated their thoughts on the huge event, covering the new products and what they thought of things to come. Lots of companies were mentioned along with their new gizmos:

Probably the most significant nugget of info I picked up from AMD is that since three weeks ago, all Athlons have been produced on a .18micron die. In other words, once the .25micron Athlons get out of the marketplace, it's .18micron Athlons all around.

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 13:52 pm - Kan
3D-Unlimited posted a short take on the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 (my favorite type of games). Here's an excerpt:

Flight Simulator 2000 is perfect for people who want to have a little fun and even better for those who want to learn to fly. Microsoft has gone to all of the experts on this one. You can take advantage of the same skills that the famous King Flight Schools teach their students. There are ten different aircrafts to choose from, and six highly detailed cities with over 20,000 airports worldwide. In order to run this, Microsoft says that you must have a 166MHz but you should have a 300 or faster to make the high power graphics smooth. Play online using MSN Gaming Zone, you can fly formation or compare stunts to other pilots like yourself.

November Buying Guide 13:50 pm - Kan
Ah, I guess the time of the year has come again to splurge on your PC. HardwareCentral posted some recommendations on what you can get for this Christmas:

Amidst reports of an Athlon 750 on its way, and a less than abundant supply of Coppermine processors from Intel, we feel the best choice is still the AMD Athlon 700. Thereís no doubt about it, the Athlon is now a proven CPU, and AMD has likewise shown that they can deliver. You should have no trouble at all getting your hands on one of these.

Alternatives: Athlon 650 or 750 (when available), Pentium III 667, 700 or 733.

SWAT 3: Close Quarters Battle 13:47 pm - Kan
Exxtreme3D dropped us a line on their game review on SWAT 3: Close Quarters Battle. Planning and teamwork is important in this game and if you have what it takes to be a SWAT member, check this out:

Like I said before, itís pretty much a new style of combat.  The gameplay is just too realistic to be anything else.  There are many features in this game that make it very realistic.  You can shoot through walls to kill your opponent, for example.  This is a great feature of the game, which I found real handy.  I shot through walls to kill terrorists a great number of times in this game.  There are even different types of walls.  Some that you can penetrate with a bullet and some that cannot be penetrated.  In the shooting house (a training stage type mission) comes a part where you can test this out.  There are small walls of all types.  Here you can test what you can penetrate.  

AVB Pegasus Force Feedback Joystick 13:45 pm - Kan
TheTechZone reviewed the AVB Pegasus Force Feedback joystick. If you are still into this type of vibrating stuffs, here's some whiff for you:

The Pegasus comes with both a 9-pin Serial connection and a USB connection.  For my test I used the USB Connection. When choosing which connection you use, donít connect both to your computer, only one is needed. With the USB connector on the Pegasus, installation is a snap.  Once I plugged in the USB connector, turned the power switch to the on position, my computer instantly recognized the Pegasus. 

Creative Annihilator Review 13:42 pm - Kan
Yup, our pals over at 3DSpotlight also posted their thoughts on the Creative Annihilator GeForce graphics card. You know, I sure won't mind plugging in one of those into my system. :)

Creative Labs is one of the few companies sporting the new GeForce chip. The Creative Labs Annihilator is a standard plain SDRAM based GeForce however that doesn't mean it won't perform well, and I think you know what I mean.

The only thing that made me buy this board instead of any other board is because it was out on the market, in limited supply, before any of the others. Anyway, most of the board manufacturers are using NVIDIAís reference design so all of them should be performing very similarly.

Yamaha CRW8424S 12:31 pm - Wilfred
CDR-Info scored a review (the first one I ever read) on Yamaha's 8424 CD-ReWritable drive. The drive incorporates numerous features not seen in any drives before, that gives it the extra edge in speed and reliability. Don't want to contribute to that mountain of coasters anymore? Here's a blurb on one of the new tech found:

Technology PPLS (Pure LASER Phase System)
Yamaha developed in particular new technology PPLS (Pure Laser Phase System) integrated directly in the light unit of the recorder. The adoption of this technology PPLS makes it possible to strongly increase the signal of recording and corrects the "Jitter" (deviation compared to the original signal) from approximately 25% compared to the models Yamaha precedents. This new technology of optical recording of precision reduces considerably the risks of, corruption clerical errors of the data and is compatible with the majority of the marks of medias.

Wilfred Coughs 11:55 am - Wilfred
Once again, a major overhaul of my desktop. I'm glad to say system is 90% online and ready to kick ass. I'll cut the blurb short, have a lot of lost ground to cover. =)

Don't Cry For Me Mendocino 11:50 am - Wilfred
Saw this heading at The Register, coughed a laugh and tears did roll down my cheeks. Apparently, Intel will roll out the last of their 0.25 micron Celeron processors - the 533Mhz, come Jan 10. Afterwhich, you can expect them to work upon 0.18 micron versions.

The spate of Coppermine Pentium IIIs that Intel will intro on January 10th next will walk hand-in-hand into the daylight with last .25 micron Celeron processor ever, a 533MHz using the 66MHz bus and with a multiplier of eight.

That will, most likely, be the last appearance of a .25 micron Celeron on the Intel stage, before it and other members of the family go to slaughterhouse five, where all old chips end up as members of Chipzilla's embedded family.

As reported earlier this year, the Brave New World of the Celeron III in .18 micron technology will start relatively swiftly in the new year, as the chip mammoth seeks quickly to make .25 micron microprocessors relics of an age long gone.

Matrox G400 Tweak Guide 11:44 am - Wilfred
There is a new guide at Tweak3D. Owners of the G400 will want to have a look at this, coz there's room to make your card even better than it is.

The Matrox G400 was by far one of the better in the old series video cards. However, with next-gen boards hitting store shelves everywhere, it's time to dust off your old card and see what's still rumbling under the hood before you go and upgrade. While the G400 is not the most overclockable or tweakable board I've seen, squeezing out a few frames per second is easy, fun, and virtually painless...

Creative Annihilator Review 11:42 am - Wilfred
Riva3D posted a review on Creative's GeForce board. Being first to release in the market, some speculated that, taking time, other manufacturers would do a better job. But it clearly hasn't been the case? The Creative is equal, if not better than all latecomers.

Probably the only sore point to the Creative Lab's Annihilator is the lack of TV out support. While some may care less for this feature than others, many gamers want the ability to output their video to a television. In this regard, the Guillemot Prophet definitely has the advantage. However, since any GeForce card based on NVIDIA's reference design will perform virtually the same as any other, deciding which card to buy comes down to three things; driver implementation, added software, and the strength of the company.

I must admit that I found Creative's driver implementation better overall than their immediate competition. Obviously, Creative offers something that no other card company can match at this point: 3DFX emulation good enough to make the Annihilator an easy buy.

V-Sync: What It Is And Why You Should Care 11:36 am - Wilfred
GameProWorld posted a feature on V-SYNC. Makes for good reading if you're not familiar with what this commonly used jargon is about.

There is a significant difference in how fast a Voodoo 3 3000 can render 3D graphics compared to the now "out of date" Monster 3D II SLI set-up, but benchmarking how fast that Voodoo 3 can go is restricted by something called v-sync. Think of it like the 65mph speed limit. How can you really rate your 120mph hot rod if the fastest you can (legally) drive it is 65mph? That's the trouble with v-sync. Leave it turned on and your high-end video accelerator's performance is gauged much lower than its potential.

China Developing Stealth Detection Tech 11:36 am - Wilfred
Wow, just had to post this. CNN has a report that China is developing a new technology that analyses civilian radio and television broadcast and it picks up aircraft through the minute turbulence it causes with its flight in commercial wavelengths. Sounds ingenious eh? Here's a snip:

China is close to fielding a revolutionary new antiaircraft early-warning defense system that worries U.S. intelligence analysts because it could defeat current Air Force tactics against enemy air defences, Newsweek reported on Sunday.

The technology, which could detect U.S. stealth aircraft, including the F-117 bomber and perhaps even the futuristic F-22 fighter, has so alarmed the defense community that top military and industry experts have been called to a secret meeting in December to discuss the strategic implications, the magazine said in its December 6 issue hitting newsstands on Monday.

Newsweek said China's new Passive Coherent Location (PCL) system tracked the signals of civilian radio and television broadcasts and picked up aircraft by analysing the minute turbulence their flight caused in the commercial wavelengths.

Liveware 3 In Windows 2000 11:30 am - Wilfred
Philipp popped a note to tell us they have the step-by-step instructions posted on NT Compatible, on getting Liveware 3 to work in W2K. Take a read, it should interest some of you.

Falcon Northwest V3 3500TV Special Edition 11:22 am - Wilfred
SharkyExtreme reviewed the rare gem specially produced for Falcon Northwest's gaming rigs. Wow, reminds me of Canopus.

The Falcon Voodoo3 3500SE ships at a default 200MHz speed, but still uses the standard 3dfx Voodoo3 3500 design and A/V hardware. The Voodoo3 3500SE's Voodoo3 chip is covered only by the standard heat sink, and I rapidly became a believer that the Voodoo3SE's chip is of a much higher grade than you'll find in a retail Voodoo3 3500. With our review Voodoo3 3500, the highest speed I could achieve (without active cooling) was 193 MHz. Conversely, this Falcon Voodoo3 3500SE whips along comfortably at the standard 200 MHz and does so without any special cooling. In order to achieve this speed, the card memory also needs to be of a higher grade than the 5.5 ns SDRAM used with the standard Voodoo3 3500. Again, Falcon does not disappoint and the ultra-fast 5 ns SDRAM of the Falcon Voodoo3 3500SE easily handles the 200 MHz memory speed.

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