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tweak\'e
03-10-2002, 09:16 PM
ASUS already supports Hyper Threading
ASUS has already jumped on the Hyper Threading Technology bandwagon with their current range of motherboards. They have got off to a head start with the latest round of BIOS updates for Intel based motherboards such as the P4T533. It now has support for Hyper Threading through the latest BIOS update v.1005. You can get the latest updates from the ASUS website (http://download.asus.com.tw/mb_dl_menu.asp?l1=1&l2=15&l3=11&mid=1).

Creative Audigy 2 editorial
3DSoundSurge (http://www.3dsoundsurge.com), the sound site for dedicated audiophiles, has posted up an editorial on the launch of the Audigy 2. The editorial looks at the launch presentation and the new speaker system presentations in addition to taking a closer look at the features of the new Audigy 2 and offering some brief hands on impressions of some of the speaker systems including the new THX certified MegaWorks 550 and 250. Check it out here (http://www.3dsoundsurge.com/features/articles/CreativeDublin/CreativePT.html) its well worth the look.

Speed Challenge demo
A new playable demo has been posted of Jacques Villeneuve's Speed Challenge. Here's a description of the game and the demo:
Jacques Villeneuve's Racing Vision is the new futuristic Formula 1 racing game by Ubi Soft , offering the playable demo for download that allows you to take the game for a spin on four imaginary tracks (Paris, Tay Mahal, Egypt, and New York) in Time Attack mode.
The demo comes in at 41.9MB and is available from the link below.
Speed Challenge demo (http://www.3dgamers.com/games/speedchallenge/)

New Abit kx7-333(r) bios
Abit has released a new bios version B6 for the KX7-333 motherboard. The new BIOS adds the following changes:
1. Support Athlon XP 2400+, 2600+ CPU. Please be noted that Athlon XP 2400+ and 2600+ CPU need AMD certified heatsink; otherwise, the system will be quite unstable or even fail to boot up. Please check AMD recommended CPU cooler in following URL.
2. HPT 372 BIOS Version 2.32. The RAID function is for KX7-333R only. This BIOS version is also for non RAID boards and HPT BIOS will be automatically disabled while RAID controller chip not detected.
3. BIOS Compile Date: 8/22/2002
Abit kx7-333(r) bios (ftp://ftp.abit.com.tw/pub/download/bios/kx7-333,kx-333r/)

Asus Tweaking Utility version 3.64b
ASUS has released version 3.64b of their tweaking utility for fine tuning your ASUS display card to make maximum stablility to your system.
Asus Tweaking Utility version 3.64b
(http://www.majorgeeks.com/article.php?sid=407&cat=22)

Nullsoft Vorbis Decoder 1.2.6 released
Nullsoft has released a new copy of their Vorbis decoder for Winamp2 bringing it up to version 1.2.6. There's no word on the changes.
Nullsoft Vorbis Decoder 1.2.6 released (http://www.blorp.com/~peter/zips/in_vorbis.exe)

VIA KT333/400 chipsets fully support Athlon XP processors with 333MHz FSB
VIA Technologies has announced that their VIA Apollo KT400 and VIA Apollo KT333 chipsets fully support the new 333MHz FSB AMD Athlon XP processors. The 333MHz Front Side Bus at 2.7GB/s will match the data transfer capacity of the VIA Apollo KT400 and KT333 memory bus using PC2700 memory. Read more at Xbitlabs (http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/story.html?id=1033512382).

Sanyo Develops HD-Burn which fits 1.4GB on normal CD-R
SANYO Ltd has developed a new high density recording technology called HD (High Density) -BURN which allows double the recording capacity and data density of a conventional CD-R media from 700MB up to 1.4Gb. Here's a bit more on the technology from Sanyo:
CD-R media is rapidly becoming popular because of its reasonable price and superior compatibility, and used by a wide range of users. Currently, recording of large volumes of data such as video are increasing, expanding the popularity of DVD media (4.7GB). The need for intermediate range capacity between CD-R and DVD is steadily increasing as users demand an easy to use and affordable type of large volume media. "HD-BURN" technology meets these needs and realizes the recording of large volume data at a moderate price.
A recorded disc by "HD-BURN" technology is compatible with a DVD player, and allows, the player to read the disc with some modification of firmware.
SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. will disclose the technology used to read the media recorded with "HD-BURN" technology by a DVD player and will propose to other DVD drive makers that they adopt this technology as an industry standard.
The HD-Burn technology has been designed on the assumption that it will be used with a CD-R disc and a CD optical pickup for playback optical system. Compared to CD-R, the miniaturisation of minimum pit size and the modification for error correction method have achieved a high density recording media. HD-Burn achieves a 134.3 % improvement in reduction of minimum size and 148.9 % improvement in error correction, with an overall improvement of 2 times in recording capacity.
Drive specifications (CRD-BPDV2)
1. HD-BURN read speed x80, write speed x36
2. CD-R/RW x24/x12/x40
3. DVD+RW/+R x4/x4/x16
4. BURN-Proof, FlexSS-BP
Read more at Sanyo (http://www.sanyo.com).

Nero Plugins for download
Here are some nifty Nero Plugins for your downloading pleasure:
NeroPlugin-FXMPG Encoder
NeroPlugin-mp3PRO Encoder
NeroPlugin-MPEG2SVCD v1.3
NeroPlugin-Nero ASPI Layer
NeroPlugin-Nero Mix v1.3.029
NeroPlugin-WMA Encoder
You can read full descriptions of the plugins and get download links here (http://www.fileconnect.net/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2114).

Nero ASPI Driver version 2.0.1.50 out
Nero have released a new ASPI driver for Windows NT/2000/XP and their Burning Rom program. To use the driver, download it and copy it into Nero folder. This new version solves the problem in not finding any CD-drive after the installation of Virtual CD.
Nero ASPI Driver version 2.0.1.50 out
(http://www.nero.com/en/content/c1023694368810.html)

Windows XP Tweaking Guide for nVidia/AMD systems
Saints Haven have posted up a tweaking guide for Windows XP that's been specifically tailored for nVidia/AMD based systems. The guide strangelt enough has been called Saints Ultimate Tweaking Guide (http://www.saintshaven.com/article.php?date=2002-09-13). Here's a snip from the guide:
For the sake of helping the most people I have based it upon an Nvidia Video card and an AMD processor, the most widely used combination in homebrewed gaming rigs today. If your system does not have one or either of these then please make sure to read any system requirements before installing any of the tweaking programs listed below. If you try to install a tweaking program that is incompatible with your system you may inadvertently cause damage to your Operating System and have to reinstall it.

RightMark Audio Analyzer 4.1 released
RightMark Audio Analyzer version 4.1 has been released. Audio Analyzer is a suite that performs various tests of electroacoustical performance of sound cards and other real-time audio devices. This version has the following changes:
Acoustics Testing mode ("swept sine" test of frequency response/THD, support of SAC files)
Several minor improvements on users' demands
RightMark Audio Analyzer 4.1 released (http://audio.rightmark.org/download.html)

Kerio Personal Firewall 3.0.0 Beta 3 released
Version 3.0.0 beta 3 of Kerio Personal Firewall has been released for download. Kerio Personal Firewall is an easy-to-use personal security that protects personal computers against hackers. It is built on ICSA-certified security technology and is free for home and personal use. Changes in this version are:
- Minor Fixes to Administration Console Appearance
- Minor Bux Fixes
- More Stable
Kerio Personal Firewall 3.0.0 Beta 3 released (http://download.kerio.com/dwn/beta/kerio-pf-3.0.0-en-b3-win.exe)

ATI does deal with RealPlayer for Radeon 9000, 9700
ATI has done a deal with Real Networks to bundle an optimised version of their RealOne Player with the Radeon 9000 and 9700 series graphics cards. The deal also sees ATI promoting the RealOne SuperPass broadband content subscription service with its cards. You can check out the full press release of the deal here (http://www.realnetworks.com/company/press/releases/2002/ati.html).

Kevin Mitnick's laptop for sale on eBay
The Toshiba Satellite T1960CS, 486 laptop computer grabbed by the FBI in 1995 when they arrested one of the world's most celebrated computer hackers, Kevin Mitnick, is up for sale on eBay, and already the bidding is fierce with the price up to $US9500. The laptop is working and has been loaded with a fresh version of Windows 95 and includes a shrink-wrapped version of Windows 95 on floppy. The laptop is a 486DX with a colour LCD, detachable trackball mouse, AT&T 14.4 PCMCIA modem card, power adapter and documentation in FBI evidence bags. The laptop has been signed on the bottom by Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, and says, "You've got the whole world in your hands. --Woz (Free Kevin!). It is also signed by Mitnick himself. This is one of the two laptops allegedly used to hack into networks of major corporations and Tsutomu Shimomura. A letter of authenticity shall be provided with the unit.

IBM Launches 180GXP Hard Drive
IBM has just launched (http://www.storage.ibm.com/hdd/desk/180gxp_launch.htm) its 180GXP hard drive range. The new drive is 25% faster than the 120GXP series and includes a cache size up to 8MB. Here's part of the announcement that covers the details of the drives:
San Jose, Calif., Sept. 30, 2002 -IBM today introduced the world's fastest desktop hard disk drive with IBM-exclusive technology called "tag 'n seek" for its childlike simplicity. Known technically as tagged command queuing, "tag 'n seek" technology enables the new IBM Deskstar 180GXP to perform nearly 25 percent faster than its predecessor and widen the Deskstar performance gap over competitors by up to 20 percent. IBM begins shipping the Deskstar 180GXP in volume today.

The new 180GXP is a 7200 RPM drive and features a fourfold increase in cache size -- up to 8 MB -- for increased data throughput and user productivity. It has a maximum capacity of 180 GB and offers customers a broad range of options at 30, 40, 60, 80, 120 and 180 GB.
These sound like they are going to be seriously quick drives. Check out the full announcement at the link above.

20% of web surfers using Windows XP
Market research company WebSideStory has posted up some results of a study they have just completed that says that nearly 20% of those on the web are using Windows XP as their operating system compared to Windows 98 which has a 37% share. Check out this clip from the study and note how much 98's share has dropped:
Twenty percent of Net surfers are now using Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, according to market researcher WebSideStory.

The research company said Windows XP is the second most popular OS among Internet users, behind Microsoft's Windows 98 with a 37 percent share. Windows XP's share is up from 2 percent in the first week of November 2001, and Windows 98's is down from 50 percent at that time.
You can read the rest of the study here (http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1104-960270.html).


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

-=JM=-
03-10-2002, 11:20 PM
I want that Laptop

Mike
03-10-2002, 11:27 PM
I want Larry's boat ;)

Mike.

-=JM=-
04-10-2002, 01:26 AM
hmmmm how about you get me the laptop :)

then we can hack the boat :D

Mike
04-10-2002, 08:28 AM
I think a software mogul would know how to keep the computers on his yacht secure :)

Mike.

paulw
04-10-2002, 04:53 PM
Sanyo's HD Burn. Too late. No interest DVD it it's many flavors has won.