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#946| source: PCWORLD by maximum3d on Wed Oct 23 2002 
Microsoft Smartphones To Reach US Next Year
- Smartphone 2002 operating system was launched Tuesday--but not in the U.S. The new OS, previously known by the code-name Stinger, is available in a cell phone being distributed overseas by European carrier Orange SA. AT&T Wireless will be the first U.S. carrier to offer the OS in a cell phone expected to be released by mid 2003, Microsoft says.
#945| source: by crossbow on Tue Oct 22 2002 
Must Have...Can't Think...Must Buy Computer....

Here's a quote.

"The computer is expected to use more than 10,000 AMD Opteron processors and will have a theoretical peak performance of 40 trillion calculations per second, or 40 teraflops"
#944| source: by crossbow on Mon Oct 21 2002 
I Hate Aol CD's
Sick and tired of getting yet another Aol CD in the mail? You don't have to take it anymore. A site is collecting 1 million AOL CD's to dump on Aol headquarters. Send them all the cd's you have :).

#943| source: by crossbow on Mon Oct 21 2002 
8x AGP...Slow?
Before buying one of Nvidia's new 8X AGP versions of their geforce 4's...take a look at this article. Looks like specviewperf scores DROP in 8X AGP mode.
#942| source: by crossbow on Mon Oct 21 2002 
Need Some Extra Shine?
Custom case bezels for Antec and Chieftech cases. Mad cool. Now if they only had a teapot version.

#940| source: by crossbow on Mon Oct 21 2002 
More Oem Ati Cards
Another non ATI Radeon 9700 pro. Pretty spiffy that the normal video card manufacturers are starting to produce their own cards. Only time will tell if this is a good thing.
#939| source: by crossbow on Mon Oct 21 2002 
Barracuda V, First retail Serial-ATA Drive
Here's a nice review on the new segate barracuda V, which will be (supposedly) the first retail Serial-ATA drive on the market. Though the reviewed model is NOT Serial-ATA the performance #'s will be EXACT, as serial-ata gives no performance benefit over current IDE technology. (The drives are not fast enough to fill up the bandwidth).

#938| source: ExtremeTech by maximum3d on Sat Oct 19 2002 
Don't Bother with AGP 8X?
Based on our initial testing, AGP 8X on today's architectures and with current applications doesn't appear to deliver any appreciable performance improvement for nVidia boards. The Radeon 9700's potential benefit from AGP 8X is still something of a question mark. This story may change down the road, it will take some time for game developers to architect game engines that use AGP 8X to produce significant performance improvements.
#937| source: ZDNET by maximum3d on Sat Oct 19 2002 
WiFi software tracks you down
Ekahau has released an updated version of its software, which allows devices to be physically tracked when they are connected to an 802.11 WLAN network.
#936| source: by crossbow on Fri Oct 18 2002 
Looking for a new Socket A heatsink?
Vantec is pairing up one of their new heatsinks with a YS-TECH TMD fan. Decent performance at a decent noise level, and looks like a decent price to boot. Check out the review as well as the overall heatsink rankings over at

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