Tech News April 2008

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Ultra X Pro 600W Psu Review

Driver Heaven :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Ultra have some high end power supplies available on the market, such as their mind boggling 1.6kW unit, however for the majority of enthusiasts this is overkill. Today we will take a look at the more modest X-Pro 600W, a unit Ultra have designed for budget-conscious enthusiasts. According to Ultra, the X-Pro 600W offers high performance within its output range and they back it up with a lifetime warranty. The retail price of the unit is very reasonable ($130) and today we will ascertain if the performance is as good as the price.

Vantec NexStar Hard Drive Dock
Modders Inc :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Ever found yourself in the need to be able to take a huge amount of computer related files with you on the road or say just over to a friends house. Vantec just may have the answer you are looking for with their new NexStar Hard Drive Dock.

Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1000W Power Supply Review 
Think Computers :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
“ThinkComputers looked at Cooler Master’s Real Power Pro series last year when I reviewed the 650W version. Cooler Master submitted its big brother, the 1000W version, to us for review. This powerhouse (literally) is ready to pump juice into a high-end gaming rig, possibly with multiple video cards or multiple processors. ThinkComputers has the review herein.”

Ultra m998 ATX Mid-Tower Enclosure
Tweak Town :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
“Anyone who has tinkered with computers for any amount of time will immediately know the name Ultra. With a number of products that cover case fans and lights, designer cases, DVD products, hard drive coolers, media drives, complete memory solutions, memory coolers and power supplies, these folks can provide you with a large selection of upgrade items.

Today we will be taking a look at one of their system enclosures, the m998. It is a mid-tower design based around the ATX standard and has some features that may be a little different than what you have seen in the past.”

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66GHz Review
Techgage :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The wait for an affordable 45nm Quad-Core is now over, and the Q9450 promises to become the ultimate choice of the new offerings. It’s not much slower than the QX9650, offers 12MB of cache and as expected, has some fantastic overclocking ability. How does 3.44GHz stable sound?

Thermaltake M9 VI1000BWS 
Overclockers Online :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
With cooling performance nearly matching a full tower, the M9 VI1000BWS certainly fulfills Thermaltake’s slogan: ‘COOLall YOUR LIFE’. The 2 included 120mm LED fans certainly do their job well and with space for up to two more fans on the windows, anyone’s cooling needs are surely within reach. With a stylish mesh grill up front and blue LED fans; it is certain to please many with its looks.

CygNET USB CopyNotify! v1.3
Bios Magazine :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
“USB CopyNotify! (£67.99, monitors 10 PCs) plugs the data leak that takes place in most offices due to unauthorised usage of USB devices, such as phones, cameras and MP3 players. Flash drivesare a particular threat because they are so small that they are easily carried into the office, plugged into a computer and used to copy confidential data without detection, thus making established data security measures vulnerable. While there is lots of software that takes care of data security and theft of confidential data, these products are probably too complicated and bloated for small companies with limited IT staff. USB CopyNotify! is simple to install and manage and doesn’t require network security policies, access and control policies, active directories or domain controllers. In other words, it’s aimed at the small-business user who is data security conscious but doesn’t have the time, money or expertise for sophisticated network management and control.”

Nzxt Tempest Case Review
RB Mods :: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The Swedish distributor for Nzxt send us their latests case named Tempest. Nzxt has earlier been well know for their superb designs on the case but they have lacked a bit when it comes to functionality and quality. Will this case change this? We are going to see what type of features they have been able to manage in to this case that they call the “Airflow King”.

Canon PowerShot A470
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This bargain-priced, no-frills camera offers very good image quality.

 

First Look: Outlook Add-Ons Bring CRM to E-Mail
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Avidian Prophet Premium and Microsoft Business Contact Manager each turn Outlook into a full-blown CRM application, but which one is right for your business?

Save on Ink, Make a Podcast, Be a Chocolatier
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Economize with an earth-friendly printer utility, broadcast around the world, and go globe-trotting in a delectable game.

Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital Camera
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sleek design, superb image capability and intuitive controls make the SD1100 a solid buy.

Plustek SmartOffice PL806 Scanner
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Plustek’s entry-level document scanner does both prints and multiple pages, but its pace is pedestrian.

QuickBooks Simple Start 2008 (Free Version) Accounting Software
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This program offers a great escape from your homemade accounting system, but the software’s simplicity and limitations make it easy to outgrow.

Keep Business Teams Organized With JuggleMyStuff
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
JuggleMyStuff’s Web service helps small businesses share files and track to-dos and appointments.

5 Gadgets That Make You Seem Artistic
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
You may have never been trained as a painter or musician, but today’s tech tools make faking it easy. Here’s our favorite gear for the creatively minded.

PayCycle Payroll Plus 2008
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Premium price is worth it if you seek integration of your payroll preparation service with your accounting apps.

Intuit Online Payroll
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Stand-alone online payroll preparation service is a good value.

The 5 Best SLR Cameras
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Single-lens reflex cameras offer powerful features and the flexibility of interchangeable lenses, so you can shoot like a pro.

Web Services Make Quick Work of Payroll
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Intuit Online Payroll and PayCycle Payroll Plus do a solid job of handling payroll preparation for small businesses.

EditGrid Brings Web 2.0 Tricks to Spreadsheets
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Like Google and Zoho, EditGrid excels at Web-based collaboration, but it also brings online charts and other features to spreadsheets.


HP’s 2133: A Tiny Laptop an Adult Can Really Use
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
HP’s new mini-laptop comes hot on the heels of the Asus Eee, offering smart industrial design–and a Windows OS–at a reasonable price.

Are Extra Laptop Features Worth It?
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Laptop manufacturers load their online configurators with add-on options–but which extras are worthwhile?

5 Ways to Cure Cable Clutter
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Do your pets get hopelessly trapped in the tangle of cords and cables behind your desk? You may need help. And we’ve got it.

Casual Friday: Freaky Free Games (and Music)
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This week we find more free games, turn you on to some new music, and get a major art attack in some sweet online art galleries.

How to Buy a GPS Device
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
They are among the hottest products in technology, but it’s easy to spend a lot on a GPS device and be disappointed. We explain the benefits and pitfalls.

The Really Big Show on My Wall Every Night
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Front-projector TVs can be the least expensive way to get the big picture in high definition–but read this before investing your hard-earned cash in one.

HP Media Vault mv2120 Network-Attached Storage Drive
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Well-designed graphical interface makes network-attached storage accessible to anyone.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66GHz
Techgage :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The wait for an affordable 45nm Quad-Core is now over, and the Q9450 promises to become the ultimate choice of the new offerings. It’s not much slower than the QX9650, offers 12MB of cache and as expected, has some fantastic overclocking ability. How does 3.44GHz stable sound?

ASUS M51S 15.4″ Notebook
Techgage :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Have a $1,000 budget for a new notebook? Look no further than the ASUS M51S. Touted as a multi-media notebook, it offers a 15.4" screen, 250GB HD and 3GB of RAM. Included also are4 USB ports, DVI and VGA outputs, full numpad, fingerprint reader, a face-detection logon system and more.

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage Review
Overclockers Club :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Vizo Propeller System Cooler Review
Overclockers Club :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Links to Reviews for April 27-29
PC Mechanic :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Working with Wireless in Linux – Setting up a wireless network on Windows etc… is very simple due to easy access to the proper drivers. Since Linux is open source this driver info is guarded by corporations interested in keeping this info secret to protect their own interests. In this article bit-tech has tried to put […]

Download Internet Explorer 8 (Beta)
PC Mechanic :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
For web developers and those of you who prefer Internet Explorer as your web browser, you might want to give a look at the latest and greatest version 8. Perhaps the biggest change in IE8 is the move to being more “standards compliant”. All the old quirks which IE supported will still be available, but users […]

Psystar With OS X Is Real
PC Mechanic :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Gizmodo has a true-blue video of a real Psystar box with OS X running. And yes it’s is OSx86 Project OS X that’s running on the box. Now you know. The only people who really care about the Psystar are Mac owners (including Dave). Personally speaking this is not really a hot item to me, but evidently this […]

Wrong, Wrong, WRONG.. NO Emoticon/Smileys/LOLs in Schoolwork, Darn It..
PC Mechanic :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
If I were a schoolteacher and some dopey teen put an emoticon or dared put an ‘LOL’ in any written assignment given, here’s the mark he or she would receive from me: F I don’t care if what was turned in was the most masterfully written thing on the face of the planet. If there was so […]

Cool Google Maps Feature for Garmin GPS Owners
PC Mechanic :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
There is a way to directly send a Google Maps location to just about any mobile Garmin GPS device (StreetPilot, nuvi, zumo, etc.) Step 1. If you haven’t done so, install the latest Garmin USB drivers. Install the Garmin Communicator Plugin (this is so your web browser can “talk” to Google Maps correctly). Remember to restart your web […]

For Those Of You With Pets
PC Mechanic :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Yesterday I wrote about periodically cleaning out the insides of your computer, but I thought I would post a follow up for those who have pets. We have a couple of cats and a dog, all of which shed a good bit. Of course, this creates a problem as whenever I clean out my computer, there […]

Cleaning Out The Insides
PC Mechanic :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Periodically, it is a good idea to clean out the inside of your computer. Doing so prevents dust from building up on your components which acts as an insulator to bottle in heat. There are many different ways to go about cleaning your computer (for example, see this article), but personally, I just do the […]

Ubuntu 8.04 Released
PC Mechanic :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Ubuntu users (or perspective users) take note 8.04 was just released. This release is named ‘Hardy Heron’ has long term support (LTS), meaning this desktop release will be supported for 3 years. Ubuntu 8.04 offers many attractive features, including (the somehow “important”) eye candy enhancements. Having used the first LTS release of Ubuntu myself (6.06) exclusively […]

DIY: Building a “Disaster Recovery” Computer
PC Mechanic :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
In the corporate world, larger companies build what are called “disaster recovery” centers. This is an off-site building that houses a miniaturized version of the entire company’s computer network. Its sole purpose in life is to be there in case a disastrous situation happens at the primary data center (fire, explosion, etc.) so the company […]

HP Officejet H470wbt Mobile Inkjet Printer
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This travel-friendly inkjet is good for on-the-go printing, but it may be too slow for in-office use.

Canon PowerShot A470 Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This bargain-priced, no-frills camera offers very good image quality.

Google Docs Goes Offline
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Though buggy and limited in its current form, this software service has potential as a competitor to Microsoft Office.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 Laptop
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This well-built laptop combines middle-of-the-road performance and a sizable hard drive at a good price.

NEC NP100 Portable Projector
PC World :: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The affordable NEC NP100 portable projector provides bright images for both business and home-entertainment users.