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07-08-2002, 09:40 PM
Tom's Hardware have done a comparison of seven 21" and 22" CRT monitors. Here's a bit from the intro:
The 21" and 22" monitor market is easy to understand. On the one hand, in the lower and middle range, there is a raft of 21: monitors of FST type with a Shadow Mask tube, which vary, and can be of best or worst quality. On the other are monitors with a Sony FD Trinitron tube and a truly flat screen, but which are decidedly more expensive. And then there are the 22" with the Mitsubishi DiamondTron tubes fitted by several manufacturers of top-range monitors. Now don't get carried away with the idea that a 22" monitor has a working diagonal higher than a 21". DiamondTron tubes do actually measure 22 inches, and this label gives them marketing impact, but to obtain a better image quality, the maker has to eat into the edges considerably. So the paradox is that what you gain with a 22" compared to a 21" is the bit of actual on-screen image that has been removed!
Have a look at the rest here (http://www.tomshardware.com/display/02q3/020805/index.html).

ZDNet has reported that the chip to power the Playstation 3 is almost complete. Here's a slice of the action:

The new multimedia processor, touted as a "supercomputer on a chip," is well on the way to completion, IBM says. The chip could end up inside the PlayStation 3, and elements of its design will be seen in future server chips from IBM.

Cell has nearly "taped out" -- an industry term meaning that the chip's pen and paper design and layout have been completed. Soon these will be handed over to engineers in manufacturing, who will craft samples. Meanwhile, engineers have been testing various sub-elements of the processor, both separately and together, before the manufacturing unit connects them inside actual Cell chips. At this rate, commercial production of Cell could come as soon as the end of 2004.
Check the rest here (http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2120395,00.html).

Macromedia has a new online application called Pet Market, designed to highlight their new MX family of software. Here's a short description of the Market:
The application can be used much like any other online store to buy fictional animals, but is designed to show off the advantages of using Macromedia's MX software. Pet Market's main innovation involves discarding the Web's standard page-by-page, multi-step checkout process and replacing it with an intuitive single screen system that requires no page refreshing.
More info can be found here (http://www.geek.com/news/geeknews/2002Aug/gee20020805015735.htm).

Icrontic has posted up a review of Windows Media Player 9 (http://www.icrontic.com/index.php?page=public/software&softwareId=60) to see if all the hype over the new "Corona" technology lives up to it's name. Here's a small cut from the review:
When first opening the software, WMP9 looks no different from its predecessor, WMP8 (aka. WMP for Windows XP); Aesthetic changes are kept to a minimal. However, WMP9 still brings along with it a host of new features; a new streaming server, new audio and video compression, a new encoder, and a new software development kit, all of which will contribute to what Microsoft claims as “a dramatically improved playback experience and unparalleled audio-visual quality.”

ATI has released Multimedia Centre version with the following changes:
VIVO cards now correctly support SVCD capture.
DVD compliant settings now correctly set sequence headers for every GOP.
The Creative Audigy card is detected and special code is enabled to better support these cards (see section 9.0 for more details)

This bundle does not include the ATI DVD Player or the Gemstar GuidePlus+, mainly because the distribution of these 2 applications must be carefully monitored and because ATI have just licenced Cyberlink software for their future DVD applications. Perhaps this has somehing to do with the recent sale of Ravisent to Sonic.
You can download it from here (http://mirror.ati.com/support/drivers/misc/mmc7-7-0-1-nodvd.html) if you have an ATI based card.

DriverHeaven (http://www.driverheaven.net/) has a news item that states that AMD's Hammer processor is set to gain back the ground lost to Intel. This is an excerpt from the news post:
AMD is hailed as having the "next big thing" with its upcoming eighth-generation microprocessor, and this could make the company's depressed stock a long-term winner, Barron's said.
The 5th August edition of the Wall Street financial weekly cites Fred Hick, publisher of the newsletter High-Tech Strategist, as saying AMD's next line of microprocessors, code-named Hammer, can give AMD a multiyear lead on arch-rival Intel.

AMD's edge could lie in the move by Intel to make its Itanium chips work only with advanced software that capitalises on its advanced 64-bit features, the article said. By contrast, AMD's Hammer PC chips are compatible both with hundreds of thousands of existing 32-bit software programs as well as new 64-bit ones.
The 64-bit chips from AMD and Intel are able to process memory in larger chunks than the currently mainstream 32-bit chips, leading to better performance, particularly with applications such as databases.

AMD is set to release its first Hammer chips during the current third-quarter and a backward-compatible version to run powerful computers known as servers is due out in the first half of 2003, the article said.

As a follow-up to the post above, there are also reports that the Clawhammer has already started mass production at a speed of 3000+ for a release to public before Christmas. The post also states that the new processor may go by the name of Athlon ST. Go read more over at Amdboard (http://www.amdboard.com/hn08020201.html).

Wininformant has posted an article from Brad Smith, Microsoft's senior vice president and general counsel, has announced that the company is on track to ship SP1 on or after August 28. Windows XP SP1 main feature is a change in the UI that allows end users and PC makers to hide access to five components:
Internet Explorer.
Outlook Express.
Windows Media Player.
Windows Messenger.
Microsoft's Java Virtual Machine.
This is all in compliance with the court ruling in the Anti-Trust suit against the company for monopolising the market. You can read the full article here (http://www.wininformant.com/Articles/Index.cfm?ArticleID=26159).

WinDVD Tweaker version 3.6 is now out for download with the following short list of changes:
Fixed bugs with new WinDVD build not running in Windows 98 with tweaker settings.
Added more memory information and a memory freeing section (not recommended).
Optimized code for smaller file size.
As well as the new version of the utility that lets you tweak some of the hidden features of WinDVD, they have also announced that WinDVD Tweaker Plus is almost ready and will feature more tweaks than ever, made in association with Intervideo themselves. In the meantime, grab WinDVD Tweaker from here (http://homepages.shu.ac.uk/~pthusban/WinDVD_Tweaker3.6.exe).

ATI have posted some movies of RADEON 9700 Real-Time Demos that will be released when DirectX 9.0 is out. Here's the info on the demos:
This is the download page for the RADEON™ 9700 Real-Time Demos. These demos all require DirectX®9 in order to run - and will be available for download from this website when DirectX®9 has been released. In the meantime, we are pleased to present the following movies generated from screen grabs of the demos!
Animusic: a real-time version of "Pipe Dream" from Animusic's DVD entited ANIMUSIC: A Computer Animation Video Album (http://www.animusic.com). This was shown in offline-rendered form in the Electronic Theatre at Siggraph 2001. Now rendered in real-time on the Radeon 9700.

Bear: a realistic demonstration of fur-rendering in a typical application. This demo shows a number of techniques for rendering fur not seen before - including combing, natural curling per-strand coloring and per-pixel anisotropic lighting. These techniques will be described in more detail in a technical sketch at Siggraph 2002.
Grab the movies from here (http://www.ati.com/developer/demos/R9700.html) if you are at all interested in the 9700

EPoX has posted some new BIOS Updates. For the info and download link, check out the list below:
Model support: EP-8KTA3, EP-8KTA3+
Bios filename: 8kt32729.bin
Bios date: 7/29/2002
Enhancements & Fixes for this BIOS release:
Highpoint BIOS updated to v2.32.
Download: 8kt32729.exe (ftp://ftp.epox.com/support/motherboard/bios/8kt32729.exe) (251 KB)

Model support: EP-4BEA, EP-4BEAVI
Bios filename: 4bev2730.BIN
Bios date: 7/30/2002
Enhancements & Fixes for this BIOS release:
Show PC2700 / PC3200 at POST. Fixed SCSI HDD can not boot properly if onboard CD-ROM exists and its boot sequence is Prior to SCSI.
Download: 4bev2730.exe (ftp://ftp.epox.com/support/motherboard/bios/4bev2730.exe) (273 KB)

Model support: M762A
Bios filename: M7622730.BIN
Bios date: 7/30/2002
Enhancements & Fixes for this BIOS release:
Support RPB function to fix up E000 64K over-space issue. To fix up issue of that Motherboard Resource conflict caution mark happened in Device Manager. Show "Non-MP" or Not-Match message. Fixed CPU name string show mistake (CPUID=680). To fix up autorun CD issue.
Download: M7622730.exe (ftp://ftp.epox.com/support/motherboard/bios/M7622730.exe) (251 KB)

Gamespy has previewed Unreal Tournament 2003 and declare that it is the best thing since sliced bread and that it is just about complete. Check this slice of the preview:
Coming Soon To A Store Near You I'm a happy man. No ... change that. I'm an extremely happy man. Why, you ask? Did Nicole Kidman finally come to her senses and come knocking at my door? Did Publisher's Clearing House notify me I'm their next million dollar winner? No, on this blessed day yours truly got to check out Unreal Tournament 2003, and not just for a little while, but for hours.The first secret of UT 2003: it's pretty much finished. "Basically, the game is done," explains James Schmalz, creative director at Digital Extremes. "We've been doing tons of fine tuning to the game - a lot of the little stuff, such as improving the visuals in terms of performance to make it totally kick ass, making sure the HUD works in different resolutions, making sure the menus work properly. It's that last 4%, so to speak, that we're working on right now.
Check out the whole preview at GameSpy (http://www.gamespy.com/previews/august02/ut2003/)

Adaptec have released a new USB 2.0 driver version 3.0 for Windows and the following Adaptec products:
USB2Connect 5100
DuoConnect 3121
USB2Connect for Notebooks
XHub 4
XHub 4+
XHub 7+
Download the driver here (http://www.adaptec.com/worldwide/support/drivers_by_product.html?sess=no&cat=/Product/AUA-3100LP) if you have one of these products

A-tuner version is out. A-tuner is a small tool for changing the following 4 settings on your nVidia card:
Anti-Aliasing (including all unofficial modes)
Anisotropic Filtering
MipMap LOD (Level Of Detail) Bias
There's no word on the changes yet, so throw caution to the wind and grab this new version from the blokes at Guru3D here (http://www.guru3d.com/atuner/).

System Mechanic version 3.7g is out. System Mechanic is the comprehensive PC maintenance program that works on Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000 and XP. It includes 15 utilities for your PC: Clear junk files from your PC, clean your Registry, speed up your Internet connection, ensure your privacy, fix broken shortcuts, find and remove duplicate files, and lots more. Grab the new version here (http://ftp.iolohost.com/system_mechanic.exe).

V.Control version 1.80 Betahas been released for download. This is what V.Control does:
V.Control is a free software which gives direct hardware control to your video graphics adapter; enabling custom refresh rates in increments of 1 Hz, over clocking without rebooting windows, and modifying PCI/AGP hardware configurations. Also provided are various registry tweaks. Currently supported are: 3dfx Voodoo Banshee, 3dfx Velocity, 3dfx Voodoo3, 3dfx Voodoo4, and 3dfx Voodoo5 (Voodoo5 6000 is untested). V.Control will also save and restore positions of desktop icons for any video graphics adapter. Compatible with Microsoft Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP. Please note that this software is beta-ware.
Grab it here (http://www.voodooextreme.com/koolsmoky/files/v_ctrl.zip).

Windows XP SP1 build 1089 has been leaked with speculation that this build may be the RC1. the most notable difference with this version is that this build does NOT make your desktop say "For testing purposes only" in the bottom right corner and also changes the icon for the "Set Program Access and Defaults" feature. Grab your copy from the links below:
- Mirror 1 (http://www.osbetas.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=192) (Scroll down to 8th post)
- Mirror 2 (
- Mirror 3 (ftp://eviltimmy.kicks-ass.net/msbeta/XPSP1_1089-WiNBETA.exe)
- Mirror 4 (ftp://ftp.cableinet.net/incoming/oqwarrior/ieXbeta/Windows.XPSP1.1089-WiNBETA/1089_xpsp1.exe)
- Mirror 5 (ftp://sp1:1089@hackersp0rtz.servebeer.com:420/1089_xpsp1.exe)

thx monty (http://www.ozquake.com/montysdump/index.html)

Poppa John
07-08-2002, 11:02 PM
tweak'e. Had a look at the XP SP1download & it said it would take 10 hours (Yes 10) I assume it will come out on a CD eventually?? Poppa John :(

08-08-2002, 02:07 PM
i would wait till sp1 goes final. microsoft will have it on disk no doubt. pcworld hopefully will have it on mag disk but that may take a while.

and o yes <bump> robo/bruse must be busy ;-)