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#1476| source: http://www.eetimes.com by maximum3d on Fri Nov 28 2003 
DVD Forum approves portion of new format
An HD DVD format proposed by Toshiba Corp. and NEC Corp. as the next-generation DVD format was finally approved by the DVD Forum's steering committee during recent meetings in New York. The proposal includes both read-only and rewritable formats, but only the ROM format in its 0.9 version was approved by the committee during meetings last week by a vote of 8-6. The HD DVD format is a violet laser-based optical disk system with a capacity of 15-20 Gbyte per side using the same disk structure as current DVD disks.
#1475| source: http://news.com.com/ by maximum3d on Fri Nov 28 2003 
iPod's 'dirty secret' wins Web fans
Brothers Casey and Van Neistat, who collaborate on video projects using Mac editing software, said they were told by a technical support representative at Apple Computer that the cost to replace the dead battery in an 18-month-old iPod would be $255--comparable to the cost of a new device. Irked at what seemed to be the early obsolescence of the music player, the brothers trekked around New York City stenciling the words "iPod's unreplaceable battery lasts only 18 months" on all the iPod posters they could find. Now the Neistats claim that the video they created of their exploits is getting 50,000 hits a day on the Web site Ipodsdirtysecret.com. As of Wednesday afternoon, the site's traffic counter indicated it had seen more than 194,000 visitors.
#1474| source: http://www.theregister.co.uk by maximum3d on Fri Nov 28 2003 
Damaged undersea cable blamed for UK Net probs
A damaged undersea transatlantic cable is being blamed for causing havoc for Net and phone users in the UK last night. A number of ISPs are understood to have been hit by the problem, which surfaced (the problem, not the cable) yesterday afternoon at around 4pm
#1473| source: http://downloads.viaarena.com by maximum3d on Wed Nov 26 2003 
VIA Hyperion (4-in-1) drivers v4.50
VIA Tech has released an updated set of VIA 4-in-1 set of chipset drivers
#1472| source: http://www.futuremark.com/ by maximum3d on Wed Nov 26 2003 
PCMark04
PCMark 04 is the latest version of the popular PCMark series. PCMark04 is an application-based benchmark and a premium tool for measuring overall PC performance.
#1471| source: http://windowsxp.homedns.org by maximum3d on Tue Nov 25 2003 
Windows tweaking download guide 2.0
There is an updated version of XP-Tweaking Guide, now called XP tweaking Experience 2.0. The Tweaking Experience for Microsoft Windows XP/2000 and Windows 2003 Server brings together all Tweaks for Microsoft Windows XP/2000 and Windows 2003 Server such as Internet, Miscellaneous, System Performance, Windows 2003 Server and User Interface related Tweaks into a single, easy-to-use, centralized help file.
#1470| source: http://www.ipkonfig.com by maximum3d on Tue Nov 25 2003 
Has AMD Castrated Overclocking?
If you're an overclocking freak, yes. With its latest release of the 64bit processors, mainly the Athlon 64 and the Athlon 64 FX, AMD is not allowing much room to the 'push for more' world. It's quite sad for a lot of us who enjoy looking for our CPUs upper limits--hitting them feels so darn cool, ya know.
#1469| source: http://www.tweaktown.com by maximum3d on Tue Nov 25 2003 
AMD Athlon 64 Performance Computing
The heat is on! TweakTown has collected high-end performance parts from AMD, ABIT, ATI, GeCube, Mushkin, Maxtor and Thermaltake and built the fastest possible Athlon 64 desktop computer around. The heat is on - become part of the action and read about what this high-powered system is capable of!
#1468| source: http://www.pcworld.com by maximum3d on Tue Nov 25 2003 
House Approves Antispam Bill
Lawmakers are one step closer to enacting the first nationwide antispam law. The House of Representatives on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would fine spammers who violate restrictions on unsolicited commercial e-mail. You can also check this statement from Microsoft.
#1467| source: http://www.pcstats.com by maximum3d on Tue Nov 25 2003 
AMD AthlonXP 2500+ Barton review
If you're planning to buy that one last AthlonXP processor, or are upgrading an old Socket A system but don't want to spend a lot of money, make sure you take a close look at the AthlonXP 2500+. You'll no doubt like it's excellent price/performance ratio.

 
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