The 845GL chipset is pin and software compatible with the 845G, has integrated graphics including 32bpp true colour and high res support, can take PC-133 SDRAM or DDR200/266, up to 2GB of max memory no ECC in two DIMMs. It uses ICH4 connectivity, including six USB 2.0 ports and ATA 100 IDE.
Todays CPU cooler market is almost to the saturation point with so many choices for cooling products. Many companies have now started to realize that the average computer enthusiast does have working knowledge on the basic principles of thermal cooling. CPU coolers are the most important part of any computer system which makes the selection process much more difficult. Whether it is by air or liquid, without utilizing a proper cooling method, one may find themselves with a burned out CPU chip and spending the time and money to obtain a replacement. Arkua Technology is one of the newer companies to come out with a suite of Thermalsonic based products for the cooling market. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the Arkua 8568, a HSF designed to cool a high performance P4 system.
Since the introduction of the PCI bus back in the early 90’s, very little has changed in the way that data is handled inside your computer. Hard drive, peripherals, LAN cards, sound cards, USB, firewire - all passing data through the same I/O system as your first 486, the PCI bus running at 33mhz and shifting 133MB/s of data. As an example of recent technology, a Pentium 4 with DDR memory can shift 2.1GB/s across the memory bus. The 4x AGP bus can pass about 1GB of data a second. These are technologies developed essentially to get around the limitations of the PCI.
Mozilla has RC2 avaliable now from their website.[PAGEBREAK]
New stuff A security vulnerability reported in Mozilla by GreyMagic Software has now been fixed. For more information see the mozilla.org statement.
Fifteen of our most frequently encountered crashes have been fixed. You can help us find any that are left by banging on Mozilla and sending in those TalkBack crash reports.
Ten of our most frequently encountered application freezes have been fixed (including the dreaded bug 96504 on Linux).
We finally support CSS2 :hover the way web developers want us to. (Bug bug 5693)
It is now possible to install colormap on 8 bit displays using -install. (Bug 22337)
Cookies can now be disabled for Mozilla Mail. (Bug 22994)
You can now enable in preferences HTTP 1.1 pipelining (not on by default). (Bug 93054)
Mozilla is working again on Mac OS 8.5 and 8.6. The startup hang experienced in RC1 is fixed.
Since nVidia's release of their GeForce2 GTS cards as successors to the original GeForce line, the question looming in every PC enthusiast's mind has been: "Do I upgrade now, or should I wait?" This comparison between three of nVidia's fastest, and most expensive, video cards released within the past 18 months should provide insight into the elusive "upgrade" question. I won't go too deep into the gory details about the particulars of each card, since I feel this dead horse has been beaten enough. But, I will provide some refresher information about each card. This review will illustrate the benefits, or lack thereof, of upgrading from a GeForce2 Ultra or GeForce3 to a brand spanking new GeForce4 Ti4600.
IGN has an interview with Bill Roper, producer of Warcraft 3.
Bill Roper's got to be busy about now. With the release of Warcraft III currently scheduled for the end of next month, Bill, as producer, is bound to have his hands full. Yet somehow he's found a few minutes to sit down with us and answer some of our questions about the game. I suppose good project leaders know how to delegate enough of their responsibilities to spare some time.[PAGEBREAK] IGN has the full interview
In addition to running as fast as 1.8GHz, the new chips will come with a 400MHz bus. However, the new Celerons will come with a 128KB secondary cache, while current Celerons have a 256KB secondary cache--a pool of memory inside the chip that allows rapid data access. The performance gap between the new chips, therefore, won't be as significant as the speed differences might indicate.
Fujitsu, a world leader in hard disk drive technology, has developed revolutionary new read head and media technologies that will enable hard disk drive (HDD) recording densities of up to 300 gigabits per square inch (Gb/in²). The new technologies are expected to lead to the commercial introduction within two to four years of 2.5" hard disk drives with capacities up to six times the recording density available today. The breakthroughs, which come less than a year after Fujitsu announced record-breaking 100Gb/in² technology, were announced by Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., one of the world's premier technology research centers, at Intermag Europe 2002 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on May 2.
Yes, ShadowBane has been in beta for far too long, but here's good news if you're one of the over 500 who submitted an entry to the "Laugh Out Loud" contest Wolfpack ran:
THEY'RE GIVING A BETA ACCOUNT TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!!! Yes, no matter how lousy your script was, YOU GET A BETA ACCOUNT! If you haven't been following SB through it's development over the past 4-5 years, the game has been delayed sinec 2 years ago, and WE REALLY WANT TO START GIVING THEM OUR MONEY! This game looks incredible, if you're into MMORPGs, Look at Shadowbane!
Here's the statement from Woldpack in it's news section:
As expected, the response from the community for the Laugh Out Loud script contest was simply overwhelming. The one week of time we allowed for judging the entries was simply not adequate to process nearly 500 scripts with fairness. The good news is that the final winners should be announced before the end of next week, along with some of the favorite picks from the Ubi Soft Marketing and Community teams that deserve special recognition.
Since the community really put a lot of time and effort into this contest, we are happy to announce that every entry received will be made into a beta account in the next six weeks. You can read the official announcement of it here. It's our way of saying thank you to all the fans who submitted contest entires, and also for making us laugh all week long. To quote some of our own users, you guys are "The funny".
Hot Hardware, Ti4600 from Asus When you think of the movers and shakers in the motherboard industry, names like Abit, MSI, and ASUS immediately come to mind. Their solid products generally deliver the best stability and more often than not, performance above and beyond their competition. A reputation like that takes years to build and can be torn apart in a single product cycle. So you can be sure that when a big-name Taiwanese manufacturer releases hardware, its already been through the ringer on their end.
Guru3D, Ti4400 from Creative Today we will bring you yet another videocard review. This time it is Creative Labs who send out a GeForce4 Ti 4400 to us. The Ti 4400 is based upon the NV25 silicon and likely the most interesting 3D consumer videocard available to date. We have already reviewed the Ti 4200 and 4600, so what does the 4400 offer. Well, to be honest a product that hardware wise slaps the Radeon 8500 in face and is near near GeForce4 Ti 4600 performance which is .. the best of the best. Dual RamDAC's means excellent multiple display options, greatly improved DVD movie playback and gaming wise a product that is fully DirectX 8.1 compatible and has all the gadgets batman carries around in his tool belt.
We feel that the VIA P4X266A P4PA's performance certainly entitles it to be considered as a viable option when choosing a P4 motherboard. Its surprisingly adjustable BIOS allows one to get the most out of the chipset. The original VIA P4X266 was competitive in the performance stakes but times have moved on. The enhanced memory controller and deepened queues mean that its performance is at least on a par with that of the Intel I845D, often eclipsing it by the smallest of margins.
As the description hints at with the "distinctive style" line, the Presario 2800 series notebooks are desktop replacement notebooks in a smaller form factor. The Presario 2800T that we received was more of a thin and light notebook than it was a full fledged desktop replacement. The Presario 2800 series notebooks are currently available with 1.4GHz to 1.8GHz Mobile Pentium 4-M processors, 128MB to 1024MB of SDRAM, a 20GB to 60GB hard drive, and various internal optical disc solutions.
Microsoft is pissing everyone off with their new subscription plan. The plan costs more money than to upgrade once and awhile, and you are forced to upgrade when new versions are out. You are also locked into a contract.
One year ago this week, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft announced a radical change in the way that businesses buy its software: Rather than simply being able to upgrade their software when they wanted to--and when their budgets allowed--companies would need to commit to buying operating-system and application upgrades ahead of time through an annual fee.[PAGEBREAK]
Just remember, even now you don't own the software if you buy it from Microsoft. They are just liscensing it to you, Microsoft still owns it. This is just one step further.
The Reg US looks at the next offering of the popular Linux distro SuSE. It is a version 8.0 and comes with the all new KDE 3.0. Maybe I should load SuSE instead of Mandrake hmm?[PAGEBREAK] Package selection in any SuSE Pro distro is a lengthy affair, taking a good twenty minutes if you're familiar with it. If you've never used SuSE, then you might count on forty-five minutes to get it all sorted. Pretty much everything you could ever hope to find on the Web for Linux is there. The packages have been separated into even more categories now in hopes of simplifying the task. I don't think it helps much; but I really like the freedom of choice. That is, after all, one of the chief virtues of Linux.
Since probably 90% of you have either seen or plan to see Spider-man, here's a little news.
First: Current box-office totals... $144,156,124!
Second: Marvel is suing Buena Vista (part of Disney) for it's ads in various newspapers, posters, etc. for "Spider-Man: The Ultimate Villain Showdown" (the old cartoon one) that used a picture of Spider-man clinging to a wall that they allegedly took from a picture belonging to Marvel. Read more about it here. With all things successful, there will be a few lawsuits, I guess.
And finally: Spider-man is better than Superman and Batman combined! When's the last time a Batman movie beat any amazing records, and when's the last time anyone's even MADE a (live-action) Superman movie? huh? huh? Yes, the 80's, and there won't be another 'til 2004! Sure, I'd like to be rich like Bruce, but Spiderman has powers. Well, since I'm gonna get flamed for saying all this, I'm gonna go hide somewhere:-\
Gamespot has a preview of Star Trek: Elite Force 2. It also has the voice of Patrick Stewart in it as Jean Luc Picard! w00t.
Released in the fall of 2000, the original Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force was hailed as one of the few Star Trek games that was actually a good game in its own right, with or without the multimillion-dollar license attached to it. The game was developed by Raven Software, whose experience in the FPS genre helped craft a solid action game that put the Quake III Arena engine to good use. A sequel was sort of inevitable, but with Raven tied up with work on the just-released Jedi Knight II and the in-development titles Soldier of Fortune II and Quake IV, Activision had to find a different developer for the game. For that, it turned to Ritual Entertainment. Like Raven, Ritual is no stranger to the genre. It created the first mission pack for the original Quake and followed that up with SiN and the third-person title Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2.[PAGEBREAK] Gamespot has the full preview
Microsoft is in yet another legal battle (almost) over the Samba file sharing program used in Linux OSes to talk to Windows boxes. Microsoft complains that Samba developers did not sign an agreement, but used it without authorization. The issue in despute is CIFS, common internet file sharing.[PAGEBREAK]
Specifically, Microsoft requires programmers to sign an agreement that prohibits using information in the document when building software governed by the General Public License (GPL). Among the products affected by the restriction is Samba, widely used software that competes with file sharing technology in Microsoft's Windows operating system. Samba uses CIFS to communicate with client systems.
"In brief, it sucks," said Jeremy Allison, a leader of the Samba project. He called Microsoft's agreement "a direct attack" on Samba and the GPL.
Word of the potential layoffs follows an across-the-board slowdown in business during the company's first quarter. The slowdown hurt sales of most of IBM's main products--everything from servers to services--and caused analysts to revise their IBM earnings outlooks for the rest of the year. IBM did meet lowered expectations for the quarter, but the company gave little in the way of estimates for the rest of the year.
Westwood has opened the floodgates on the MASSIVE multiplayer gaming persistant universe game: Earth and Beyond Online (EABO)! I signed up already, have you? This looks to be one cool game.[PAGEBREAK] Hurry up and sign up here for testing!
Stratus' server figures are the latest to come out of a competition between companies such as Sun Microsystems, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard to achieve "five-nines" reliability--servers that work 99.999 percent of the time, or spend less than 5 minutes per year on the blink. Different companies have laid claim to the coveted five nines over the years. But one company's results are often disputed by another company, owing to factors such as which software is running on the tested servers.
According to the companys schedule, the new desktop-use Athlon will hit the market in October, while shipments of the Opteron processors are expected to start in the first half of 2003. Lee added that the shipment ratio of the K8-core processors should be able to exceed that of the companys 32-bit, K7-core products as early as 2003.
At its heart is the VIA Apollo 2002, a highly integrated, double-sided mainboard designed for thin and light ultra-portable applications. It also includes a choice of the VIA C3 EBGA and Eden ESP processors. VIA says their highly efficient thermal properties enable passive fanless cooling and small footprint designs, thus ensuring longer battery life and quieter operation and reducing system cost.