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15-08-2002, 09:54 PM
nVidia has taped-out (the first fully functional silicon based on a processors design) the first NV30, three months behind schedule. This puts the NV30 at least six months away from release, giving ATI and it's 9700 a good four months to establish itself in the market. Anandtech has posted up an article on the first tape-out and it can be viewed here (http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1678).

Wired Magazine has posted an article about MIT kids counting cards in Las Vegas (http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/10.09/vegas.html). The new mathematics wizzes from the tech uni have apparently developed a method so they could cheat on the casinos playing blackjack.

The Mozilla browser launched in June has been getting some widespread backing from web developers because it has the uncanny ability to block those annoying pop-up advertisements. Yet despite this, none of the code will see the light of day in the upcoming Netscape 7.0, another browser based on the same source code as Mozilla. Here's part of an article over at CNet on the subject:
Mozilla 1.0, launched in early June as the first public version of the Netscape-inspired open-source browser, lets Web surfers easily zap unsolicited windows known as pop-up ads, which are widely used by mainstream sites including America Online and its subsidiary Netscape Communications. Though heralded by Mozilla users, a group that includes many Web developers, the tool didn't make the cut for the preview version of Netscape 7.0 and won't appear in its upcoming launch, according to the company.
Read more at CNet News (http://news.com.com/2100-1023-949572.html?tag=fd_lede).

TheInquirer is reporting that Intel will be using a process known as strained silicon to produce their next generation 0.09 micron chips. Here's a clip:
"The firm claimed that it used a 90 nano process to make SRAM chips at 52 megabits last February, with around 300 million transistors in a 109 square millimetre area. The SRAM cell size is one square micron, claims Intel, which is 100 times smaller than a red blood cell. This SRAM technology will help inprove cache sizes in the future chips."
You can check out the whole explanation here (http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=4931).

Sonique version 2.0 Alpha Build is out with no word on what's changed. Being alpha, it is likely to be full of bugs, so if you want to install one of the big rivals for Winamp, beware it not work fully. Grab it here (http://files.sonique.lycos.com/sonique2/s2alpha_install_020814.exe) and read more here (http://www.sonique.com/).

ASUS has showcased their first motherboard for the upcoming new generation AMD Athlon CPUs. The board is the ASUS K8M and it features the following:
- Socket754
- 2 DIMM slots supporting DDR266/DDR333 SDRAM
- 5 PCI and 1 AGP Pro slot supporting AGP 8x.
- AMD-8000 chipset including AMD-8151 AGP tunnel and AMD-8111 I/O tunnel.
- USB 2.0
- ATA/133
- SerialATA-150 support in its new product via an onboard SiliconImage controller.
- Support for IEEE1394 (due to VIA VT6307 controller)
- 6-channel AC’97 sound and 10/100Mbit Ethernet.
- NOTE: the board is also equipped with an additional 12V connector, which most probably means that Hammer motherboards will require special power supply units with a 12V cable meeting ATX 2.03 specification. However, ASUS made it possible to do also with the regular PSU, just like in case of Pentium 4. For this purpose they laid out a special Ez-Plug 12V connector on the PCB of their K8M.

The New York Times has posted a news report that Microsoft is investigating claims that Internet Explorer has a loophole that lets attackers pose as legitimate Web site operators, potentially giving them access to computer users' names, passwords and credit card numbers. Here's part of the report:
Although Microsoft said it's too soon to judge the severity of the problem -- and even whether the flaw exists -- some programmers and consultants said it could threaten the security of everything from online banking to Web-based commerce.

The problem is ``fairly serious,'' said Elias Levy, a member of software security company Symantec Corp.'s security response team. He said that the complexity involved makes the probability of widespread attacks unlikely.
Check out the full report at the NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/technology/AP-Microsoft-Security-Flaw.html?ex=1029902400&en=17e5d45cfa97ecba&ei=5040&partner=MOREOVER).

SpySites version 1.0 is out for download. SpySites is a program that includes a database of over 1,500 known Spy/Sleaze sites and guides you through the simple process of including them in Internet Explorer's Restricted Zone and setting policies to prevent them from performing intrusive acts on your PC or from compromising your privacy and security such as installing and/or running:
ActiveX controls
Java applets
Cookies and alot more.
Grab a copy of this worthwhile security program here (http://www.majorgeeks.com/article.php?sid=2108).

Labmice has posted up a new page called The Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 Resource Center (http://www.labmice.net/articles/win2000sp3.htm). This is a great page to have a look at if your thinking of installing Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or have already and are having problems. Check out this clip at from the head of the page:
Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 has been officially released and is a a recommended upgrade according to Microsoft. It includes a collection of fixes in the following areas: application compatibility, operating system reliability, security, and setup. Windows 2000 SP3 includes the updates contained in Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows 2000 Security Rollup Package 1.

Asus PC Probe version 2.17.07 has been released. No word on changes, but it is available here (ftp://ftp.asustek.de/pub/ASUSCOM/UTIL/PC_Probe/probe21707.zip).

nVidia has released new Linux nForce drivers Version 1.0-0241. The driver package has the following features:
The chipset includes hardware support for IDE disk control, ethernet networking, audio support, win modem support, and a USB controller. These packages have support for ethernet networking and basic ACI audio. USB and IDE hardware will work with standard Linux drivers. There is no win modem support.
Grab em here (http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?IO=linux_nforce_1.0-0241).

MetaScream CPU BenchMark version 1.0320 has been released for download. MetaScream uses floating point performance to benchmark the CPU from mathematical calculations based on Huffman algorithms (http://www.cs.duke.edu/csed/poop/huff/info/). If your into CPU benchmarking then grab it here (http://www.hot.ee/impvision/publications/meta_scream.exe). You can also view a screenshot here (http://www.hot.ee/maranta/MetaScream/meta_scream.gif).

Microsoft has implemented another feature in it's war against pirating with the changing of the Windows Update page so that owners of the Devils0wn copy of Windows XP (the one you don't need to activate). The new feature stops users getting any of their updates off the page by displaying messages like "No Updates Found" or "No Updates Available", meaning that you will need to look for the knowledgeBase article and download the update manually. If your not sure whether or not you are affected got to the Windows Update site and try it out to see if your blocked.

3DCenter have posted an article about the different performances of the following GPU's in DirectX 8.x. The chips are the GeForce3 /Ti, Radeon 8500, Parhelia, GeForce4 Ti and they were all tested under Anti-Aliasing and anisotropic Filter. The article has included heaps of benchmarks and information, the only drawback is that it is in German, so you can either make do with the pics or use the ever reliable Altavista Babel Fish. Check it out here (http://www.3dcenter.de/artikel/directx8_grafikchips_roundup/).

GamePC (http://www.gamepc.com/) have posted up a review of another one of the emerging Serial ATA controllers from 3Ware. Here's a bite:
Those who follow the storage industry know that 3Ware is one of the most respected and well-liked companies in the industry. They have gained quite a large and devoted following of RAID users thanks to their Ultra ATA-based "Escalade" controller cards. The Escalade has been credited with giving users the best overall disk performance of any cards in their class, and doing so at a fairly decent price point. 3Ware controller cards are known to have very few compatibility issues; are easy to setup and maintain, and simply perform great. So, with all these things going on for them, why isn't 3Ware a better known company?
Size, for one. 3Ware is fairly small company out of Mountain View, California, and is dwarfed in size by some of the larger players in the market like Adaptec. The company has gone through some major corporate restructuring throughout the last year, which unfortunately ended up in 3Ware pulling out of the ATA controller market, than returning a little more than two weeks later. While the company was split on either to focus on their network-attached storage produces or their ATA RAID controllers, a messy battle ensued where many members of the company were let go, and the future of 3Ware even existing was up in the air. Now that 3Ware is back to focusing on what they do best, top-notch ATA RAID controllers, they look to be back on track.
View the whole lot here (http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_content.asp?id=3ware8500&page=1&bhcp=1&cookie%5Ftest=1&MSCSProfile=95385A1F52DEA1A229D5B37542054464DC3FF5 3EB2C2612408F4749AEDEFC0146EE696EC3F285EC7F4FF976F 0A9A7E75DE321F5BFD555994D9A9B224D5A3A4745AE4D17690 B9F31D0FB1A3346DE3E8DC90B44F7A37D09593654981748E5A 9820BF758B3DE6F27F8943B6C32CECE217EA686A98AFCEB9DD 2F42973C6AFD4D488C0FC8CB374C7326A4) (warning: this ones 10 pages).

The official Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (http://www.hitman2.com/) site has posted a new movie trailer (http://www.hitman2.com/content/downloads.htm) for the in development sequel. The trailer is 12.2MB and offers two minutes of 400x320 resolution movie in MPEG format. The trailer shows some gameplay and talks about the game's premise.

The new Trident XP4 GPU is set to go on sale in October. The cards will fully support Direct X 9.0, and will sell below the $US100 mark. The VP of the company claims the card will have 70% of the Radeon 9700's performance.

Dell is set to introduce it's n-Series of corporate desktops that will ship with no operating system. The computers will be shipped with a free operating system inside which is FreeDOS. US Businesses will be able to order the n-Series computers from September 1. You can read more at CNET (http://news.com.com/2100-1001-949671.html?tag=fd_top).

AMD Zone has written up an FAQ (http://www.amdzone.com/articleview.cfm?ArticleID=1195) for AMD's new Hammer processor. The FAQ is quite extensive, so it's well worth the look

Hardware Extreme have posted up an article on AMD's other new processor, the Opteron. Here's a clip:
"The modern micro-chips we use today are based on 32 bit technology and so far, the maximum frequency the developers have reached on P4 is "--are you ready for this?--3.5GHz" which was demonstrated in the end of last year. The race of frequency seems to be endless, but there is another factor that affects the whole life of a CPU: the x86-64™ technology from AMD. At the moment, many top computer engineers from all over the world are gathered in AMD's Sunnyvale headquarter to develop the "Hammer" series of processors."
Check it out over here (http://hwextreme.com/reviews/processor/opteron/).

Vnunet has posted a news report on a hacker that has apparently stolen the plans for a NASA space shuttle. Here;s a bit from the report:
"Officials at Nasa were left red-faced last week after it emerged that a hacker had snuck onto the organisation's network and made off with design data about future space vehicles. Some 43MB of of data, including a 15-page PowerPoint presentation for a shuttle design that featured detailed engineering drawings, were copied from one of Nasa's 'closed' servers."
Check out the whole report here (http://www.vnunet.com/News/1134290).

X-Bit Labs have discovered and posted information on Intel Pentium 4's with frequencies above 3GHz might not be compatible with motherboards that are sold today. Here's a slice of the news:
The guys claim that one of their sources, referring to some confidential document, anticipates that Pentium 4 processors working at over 3GHz core frequency will be incompatible with the today’s Socket478 mainboards.
Read the whole report here (http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/story.html?id=1029210281).

AMDMB have posted a guide on how to properly set up a watercooled PC and more particularly, fluid control. Here's a cut of the ice:
"The fluid is what really gets the job of transferring thermal energy accomplished. In the human analogy, the heart is the pump responsible for moving blood, but the blood handles the task of carrying nutrients, waste, oxygen, and carbon dioxide around the body. In the computer, the fluid picks up heat from heat sources such as the CPU, GPU, and chipset (and as we saw earlier, from the pump) and expels this heat via a radiator or other cooling means."
Check it out over here (http://www.amdmb.com/article-display.php?ArticleID=196).

IBM have announced plans to release their own 64-bit processor for the desktop market. The PowerPC chip will be a scaled down version of their existing Power4 server processor for the desktop market. Below is a small part of the lowdown:
"The 64-bit chip will use an eight-way superscalar pipeline, which allows the chip to process eight different instructions during a single clock cycle. The chip will be able to process data at up to 6.4GB a second, and will contain a vector processing unit that can perform more than 160 specialised vector instructions. Vector processing allows the same instruction to be applied to multiple units of data simultaneously, an advantage when working with graphics-intensive programs."
The whole story is available for reading over at ARNet (http://arn.idg.com.au/idg2.nsf/q/0007626A?OpenDocument&n=e&c=AR).

MSI have announced their new NForce motherboard called the K7N2. This board is different in that it does not rely on the nVidia reference board for its construction. Here's a small cut of the specs:
MSI nForce2-based motherboards have the capability to deliver an amazing digital media experience. The boards are powered by a new Dual 400MHz DDR memory controller, which delivers twice the bandwidth of typical DDR chipsets, and an optimized 128-bit architecture that reduces overall system memory latency. With its efficient memory design, and support for a staggering 3GB of high-speed 400 MHz DDR memory, the nForce2 IGP and SPP Platform Processors eliminate system bottlenecks and speed up everyday media-rich applications to help you work and play faster.
The full details are available over at MSI (http://www.msicomputer.com/msiforms/k7n2.asp).

ASUS have announced a new device to simplify using the new SerialATA interface on existing boards. The device is called the P-SATA and is essentially a converter that installs into the regular ATA-slot of the motherboard allowing connection to any SerialATA device. The converter is ideally matched to the ASUS A7V333, P4T533 and P4B533-E motherboards equipped with the Promise onboard RAID controller, although, ASUS claims that there is no reason why it should not work with other motherboards in their range. The Promise chips are only recommended because boast some hidden features involved by the specifically adapted controller BIOS.

2xExplorer version Z1 Beta is out. 2xExplorer is a freeware program that can be used as an alternative to the standard windows Explorer. It combines the features of the standard Windows Explorer with the increased efficiency and advanced features of good-old dual-pane file managers like Norton Commander. Grab a copy here (http://netez.com/2xExplorer/) to try.

WCPUID version 3.0g+ (Test Version) has been released. WCPUID is the program that displays the CPU information of PC's and the new version comes with no log detailing the changes. It can be downloaded from the following locations:
- WCPUID Version 3.0g+ (Test Version) for Windows (http://cgi2.tky.3web.ne.jp/~nrklv/cgi-bin/softdl.cgi?wcpu30g+.zip)
- WCPUID Version 3.0g+ (Test Version) for Linux (http://cgi2.tky.3web.ne.jp/~nrklv/cgi-bin/softdl.cgi?xcpu30g+.zip)

WM Recorder version 3.2 and 4.0 are out. Here's a description of what the program does:
WM Recorder is a very handy tool that allows you to record Windows Media streaming video and audio clips from the Internet and save them to your hard drive or CD. The program provides two recording modes. In Browse Mode you can record media clips while browsing the Net. WM Recorder detects the beginning, the end, and names of different media so that multiple clips can be recorded in a row without exiting recording. In URL mode you can download media files from their Internet locations. WMR32/40 supports HTTP Windows Media Player video and audio stream formats.
Download them here (http://www.netfor2.com).

Actual Transparent Windows, the program that lets you apply transparency effect to any window in Windows 2000/XP, version 1.0 has been released. The transparency effect and is very effective with Windows Taskbar, WinAmp, drop-down menus and other windows. Here are some details of the program:
- The transparent Taskbar doesn't hide any part of your desktop wallpaper.
- The transparent WinAmp looks stylish and impressive.
- The transparent drop-down menu does not obscure the main program window.
- Actual Transparent Windows lets you set individual transparency rate for each window.
- You can change transparency from 0% (fully transparent) to 100% (solid) to achieve the desired effect.
- Actual Transparent Windows saves all your settings so that you need to set the transparency only once for each window.
- Platform: Windows 2000/XP only
You can read more here (http://www.actualtools.com/transparentwindows/) and download a copy here (http://www.actualtools.com/files/atwsetup.exe).

nVidia have released new 3D Stereo 30.82 drivers for all nVidia cards that support stereo 3D glasses. grab the drivers from the links below:
- Nvidia 3D Stereo 30.82 Driver for Windows 95/98/Me (http://download.nvidia.com/stereo/30.82/30.82_stereo.exe)
- Nvidia 3D Stereo 30.82 Driver for Windows XP/2000 (http://download.nvidia.com/stereo/30.82/30.82_stereo.exe)

SIS has released new IDE-drivers for Windows 2000/XP that should work with all chipsets from model 735 and higher. Grab then from the links below:
Mirror 1 (http://www.ecs.com.tw/download/driver_ide_m.htm)- Mirror 2 (

Hercules has released new Catalyst Radeon version 7.74 Reference Drivers for all OS's. The new drivers also include the Hercules Control Panels 7.74 for Windows 95/98/98SE/ME/2000/XP and should work on all Hercules ATI Radeon cards from the 3D Prophet 7500 DDR 64MB to the 3D Prophet 9000 PRO 128MB. Get em here (http://europe.hercules.com/supportf.php).

Another new version of mp3Trim is out, this time it's version 1.80 Beta 3. To refresh your memory, mp3Trim is a simple and easy way to edit your mp3's. Download the new version here (http://www.logiccell.com/~mp3trim/mp3Trim_beta.zip).

As above, another program with the next instalment in rapid development is A-tuner, with version being released. There is no word on the changes and if your new to the program. it 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
Snag your copy here (http://www.guru3d.com/files/atuner/).

The Microsoft WindowsUpsate site has posted new versions of the Creative media driver. The new version number is 5.1.2603.0 and being from Micro, they fully digitally signed for installation. Go check em out here (http://www.windowsupdate.com).

Warp2Search has posted up some new leaked 30.20 Windows 2000/XP Beta Detonator Drivers. The drivers have the following features:
Driver dated 06/09/02 - 9th of June 2002
All Nvidia cards to date are supported
nView support present
Not compatible with old Refresh Rate Fixes - use RivaTuner RC11.1 (http://www.nvworld.ru/)instead.
Unofficial beta release - not supported by Nvidia - install only @ your own risk!
They have also run up some benchmarks and from the figures listed below it looks like these ones are the fastest yet. Check the BM's below:
29.42 Official Drivers - 9008
30.00 Beta Drivers - 8905
30.20 Beta Drivers - 9014
30.82 Official Drivers - 8917
Download them from Warp2Search (http://www.warp2search.net/download.php?op=viewsdownload&sid=2&orderby=dateD).

Opera 6.05 has been released with the following list of changes:
Applied OpenSSL ASN.1 patch
Fixed an issue where HTML content could be inserted into directory listings
Added new certificate authority roots
Not possible to invoke "meta refresh" in an e-mail
Fix for Java-related slow navigation
Fix for handling of initial Byte Order Mark (BOM signature) in *.ini files
You can keep up to date and download 6.05 from the following links:
- Opera without Java (ftp://ftp.opera.com/pub/opera/win/605/en/std/ow32enen605.exe)
- Opera with Java (ftp://ftp.opera.com/pub/opera/win/605/en/java/ow32enen605j.exe)
Read more over at Opera Software (http://www.opera.com).

16-08-2002, 08:12 PM
no offence but your thing is so long , dont u think someone will fall asleep before they finish reading it cause i neard did


17-08-2002, 07:42 PM
good stuff tweak'e, but how does that windows update site stop one from downloading the updates, my neighbour has a version of winXP pro that is pirated and he's had it for 4months it works fine on the update site. so whats the deal with that?

v.K------------ :D

17-08-2002, 08:53 PM
First things first vk_dre .

If you know someone with pirated stuff. You have two options.
1. Dob them in. <-- and lose a mate (possibly gain $5000)
2. Don't go publicising in public places about your knowledge of this. m$ do look at forums you know.

Their updates may be working at the moment. But I think you will find that once SP1 is installed. It will either not install and prevent other updates. OR it will install and will prevent other updates from being installed.

As there will be a fix released soon after the SP1 if it hasn't been already.

But the main point is. Don't pirate stuff and don't mention the fact that you do here.

17-08-2002, 11:02 PM
ok JM, i totally agree with you, i just wondered how it worked properly, he just recently moved to my compound, i was just curious, i have learnt my lesson, no talk about piarcy here, ok.

v.K------------- :D