Tech News October 2008

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Ohio Linux Fest 2008 
Bios Level :: Thursday, October 30, 2008
“NorthQ, who’s BlacKMagic 850W PSU we previously looked at, has taken the game to a new level. They have a series of case fans built from aluminum frames. The Silent Tornado fans, as they’re called, promise extreme performance with a good bit of silence.”

PC World Advent Eco PC reviewed
IT Reviewed :: Tuesday, October 21, 2008
“The Advent Eco PC lives up to its name and should be considered by conscientious consumers looking to invest in a new PC that doesn’t cost the earth to run. Gamers and heavy multimedia users won’t be satisfied, especially as the machine is non user-serviceable and there’s no Blu-ray option, but for mass-market users going green it’s not a bad choice. Our only reservation is that for the same price you can get a Dell Studio Hybrid, an exciting machine that has more aesthetic appeal and is far better specified – it even comes in a choice of colours and supports an optional Blu-ray ROM drive.”

Thecus N5200BR NAS Server Review
Gamepyre :: Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The N5200BR is a computer in its own right and the ability to back up files onto a file server and use it as a FTP server and other uses is well worth the price when balanced in the whole. The amount of energy the N5200BR consumes is less than a normal PC as the CPU is a Celeron-M 600MHz. As a file server, the N5200BR is an excellent example of using old hardware for new uses that work. There is nothing to complain about with the 5200BR, it is a solid well built and thought-out system that employs simple ideas and makes the user feel at ease with the unit from the point of entry of its installation to final backup of your files and information. The 5200BR is a two thumbs up Gamers’ Choice product, good job Thecus.

HSPC TopDeck Tech Station
Pure Overclock :: Monday, October 20, 2008
Today we’re examining the HSPC Top Deck Tech Station, an open-air case that features an improved design from the original, in an easy-to-assemble package that should prove very enticing to anyone who regularly swaps hardware or is searching for a test bench setup.

Nehalem benchmarks, Turbo Boost, SSDs and Widget Channel
Tweak Town :: Monday, October 20, 2008
“A Core i7 running at 3.2GHz with an ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics card was compared against a current generation QX9770 also running at 3.2GHz with the same graphics card and hard disk drive.

The game used was Lost Planet: Colonies and the fly-by benchmark demo showed the Nehalem based system beating out the present day most high-end Intel processor by around 20%. Take a closer look for yourself in the video below.”

October Halloween Contest 
Bjorn 3d :: Monday, October 20, 2008
We are having a little Halloween Contest at Bjorn3D.

The prizes are the following:

The first place prize is a MaxPoint CS-Seenium Case. The second place prize is Corsair 8GB Flash Mini Drive.

Comparison Of Firewalls
PC Mechanic :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
While doing some research the other day on firewalls, I came across (naturally) Wikipedia’s page on firewall comparisons. This page was actually exactly what I was looking for as it lays out some popular ‘personal’ and commercial options side by side. Outside what I was looking for, you can see the Windows firewall actually compares quite nicely on the most important functionality, especially the one included with Windows Vista. The firewalls most of you may be interested in (the personal variety) are included at the top with, unfortunately, only limited data. For more detailed information on personal firewalls, check out this page. On the personal firewalls page, you can find links to reviews which can help if you are looking a for a firewall on your PC. Post from: PCMech. Helping Normal People Get Their Geek On And Live The Digital Lifestyle.

Acer Aspire One Mini-notebook (Windows XP)
PC World :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
With its bargain-basement price, the Aspire One looks like a steal–until you realize you need the six-cell battery.

Hyperdesk DarkMatter: Subspace Hypersuite
Dragonsteel Mods :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
Why settle for plain old windows backgrounds and icons when you can change them, after all we’re all different so why should our computers all look the same? Hyperdesk and The Skins Factory have teamed up the create Hyperthemes to customize your desktop, icons, folders, and basically the entire look of your desktop. The Hyperthemes are easy to use with menus to let you choose the look you want, then just hit a button and everything is customized for you. So why settle for a plain boring Windows XP theme when you can have a Hypertheme?

Shoot For the Clouds
PC World :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
The bigger the better? Not when you’re trying to reach the next level of portability.

Microsoft Zune 120GB Media Player
PC World :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
The Zune 120GB is a worthy alternative to the iPod Classic, but many of its cool new features come at a cost.

Blurred Out Text Can Be Recovered
PC Mechanic :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
Today’s post is more or less just an example that just about anything, image protection in this case, can be ‘hacked’. In this post titled “Recovering Censored Text Using Photoshop and JavaScript“, the author has a script which recovers blurred text from an image. Quoting the article: Applying a filter like Photoshop’s “mosaic” filter obscures the original data, but doesn’t remove it entirely. If we can reconstruct an image with known text that looks very similar to original image, then we can be pretty sure the original text is the same as our known text. This is very similar in principle to brute-force cracking a password hash. The script source is posted as well as a flash video showing the script in action. The author is clear upfront that the script isn’t foolproof and at this time only works in “ideal” conditions, but it goes to show, with a bit of tinkering the script could probably work in any condition. Again, this tip is more of a “this is cool” kind of post, but proves what you think may be safe online really isn’t. Post from: PCMech. Helping Normal People Get Their Geek On And Live The Digital Lifestyle.


Gadgets That Solve Everyday Problems
PC World :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
Charge several devices at once, share your tunes anywhere, watch pets do unusual things, and read a special message from Steve Bass.

AeroCool AeroRacer Pro Case Review
Dragonsteel Mods :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
Go grease lightning you’re burning up the quarter mile (Grease lightning go grease lightning) Go grease lighting you’re coasting through the hit lap trial I thought I would start this review with a song about a car, since today we will look at a mid tower case with a car style “Engine Start” switch. This is not the most unique feature of this case. What differentiates this case from all others is the 40 cm fan that pushes out 250 CFM of airflow. My friends that is a big fan! The case in question is the AeroCool AeroRacer Pro which features the biggest side panel fan in the world. Besides the gigantic fan, the AeroRacer Pro has four 5 ¼” bays, five 3 ½” bays. In addition the case features a mostly screwless design. So let’s see if the AeroRacer Pro is the ultimate case cooling solution. Let’s get started…..

Practical Web Sites and Services
PC World :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
Need to look up an adjectival phrase or find out how many miles are in a furlong? How about the cheapest shipping rates? Knock yourself out.

16 E-Mail and Instant Messaging Boosters
PC World :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
Juice up your online communication with these helpful downloads.

HP Photosmart D5460 Inkjet Printer
PC World :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
Budget-minded photo enthusiasts will like the premium features tacked onto this unit’s basic chassis.

Lenovo IdeaPad S10 Mini-Notebook
PC World :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
Faster than its mini-notebook brethren, the Lenovo S10 offers enough perks to make it a top pick for serious mobility.

Super Talent Pico-D 8GB USB Drive Reviewed
Dragonsteel Mods :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
A while ago I took a look at the Super Talent Pico-C Gold 8Gb USB drive, today I’ve got another of the Super Talent Pico series USB drives, the Pico-D. It’s a bit bigger than the Pico-C, but just as durable, portable and water resistant, and about the same performance. The outside casing is metal for protection, the USB drive part is plastic of course and swivels out of the casing to access it.

Adobe Premiere Elements 7 Video Editing Software
PC World :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
The newest version of Elements is Webbier than ever–with online backup and syncing, Internet-refreshed tutorials, and downloadable content–but to get a usable amount of storage space, you’ll have to pay $50 a year.

Battlestar Galactica Case Mod by Boddaker
Bit-Tech Modding :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
Even if you’re not a fan of the series you’ll want to check this out. Not only is Boddaker’s attention to detail incredible, but innovations like the DVD mounting really set this mod apart from many others. We’ve got 12 pages and a couple of hundred photos of this mod for you to spend the rest of your day enjoying!

Sonos Zone Player 120
PC World :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
If you already have a multiroom digital music-streaming system, you don’t have to replace it, but the Zone Player 120 is a nice choice for new buyers.

Palit Radeon HD 4870 Sonic Dual Edition
Techgage :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
It’s no secret that the HD 4870 is one of the best overall GPUs on the market right now, but with so much selection from vendors, it’s hard to choose the “best” one. Palit has a definite winner with their Sonic Dual Edition though. It’s pre-overclocked, runs 20°C cooler than the reference design and carries no cost premium.

T-Mobile G1 Smart Phone
PC World :: Sunday, October 19, 2008
The first phone with Google’s Android operating system boasts excellent ergonomics and call quality, but it’s held back by the lack of such basic features as a standard headphone jack.