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#1599| source: by maximum3d on Mon Feb 02 2004 
MS releases metadata removal tool
MS Word is notorious for containing private information in file headers, but not any longer. Microsoft has quietly released a tool to scrub leaky metadata from documents edited with its software. The Remove Hidden Data Add-In will permanently remove hidden and collaboration data, such as change tracking and comments, from MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint files. For Windows XP/Office 2003 only, we should add.

#1598| source: by maximum3d on Mon Feb 02 2004 
MyDoom downs SCO site
The MyDoom computer virus knocked out SCO Group's Web site on Sunday, and the company expects the massive denial-of-service attack to continue until Feb. 12. On Monday, SCO began directing customers, developers and others to a new Web site,, which it says will be in effect over the next two weeks. SCO said an onslaught of data had made its usual Web site,, "completely unavailable." The attack began Saturday night and by Sunday morning the software company's site was completely flooded with requests, Utah-based SCO said. ~ The Lindon, Utah-based Unix vendor on Monday announced that it had moved its Web site to instead of its normal address of to avoid the worm-induced distributed denial-of-service attack

#1597| source: by crossbow on Mon Feb 02 2004 
Looking for a Giant Hunk of Copper?
Thermalright's new cooler allows for 70, 80, 90, or 92 mm fan placement, on P4, Athlon 64, and Athlon 64 FX processors.

Eventually I bet they make one for humans.
#1596| source: by crossbow on Mon Feb 02 2004 
Western Digital's 74 GB Raptor
Ever wondered how fast a 10,000 rpm, 74 gb IDE drive could be? Look no further!

Cheaper then scsi, but almost just as loud!
#1595| source: by crossbow on Mon Feb 02 2004 
200 Bucks of Cpu Lovin!
Xbitlabs takes a massive slew of processors and throws them all together in one review.

Crazy? Maybe...but also very very useful :).
#1594| source: by crossbow on Mon Feb 02 2004 
Another Prescott Review...
Another look at Intel's new PR chip. Nothing like investing in hardware thats obsolete in just a few months! (Socket T)
#1593| source: by crossbow on Mon Feb 02 2004 
Prescott is Here... And Very Unimpressive.
Intel starts skipping around the playground again, cause lo and behold! Another new processor! But this one's got a longer pipeline, and a whole slew of stuff that nobody is using yet (SSE3).

Looks like a good solution in 6-12 months, but not now.
#1592| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jan 31 2004 
Razer Boomer Speed 2100 Mouse review
Having the fastest, most responsive mouse on the market will surely help you out in any BattleField or CS tournament. For those of you who don't want a ball mouse, you might want to take a look at the newest mouse that Razer has just announced, the Razer Viper 1000. A 1000 dpi optical mouse.
#1591| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jan 31 2004 
ABIT RADEON 9800 XT review
Essentially ABITs RADEON 9800 XT offers everything you demand from a high-end gamers card. It offers cutting-edge features and performance, jaw-dropping image quality, and the quality youd expect from a card thats built by ATI, even though it technically has ABITs name on it.
#1590| source: by maximum3d on Sat Jan 31 2004 
BFG Technologies Asylum Geforce FX5700U
The BFG Technologies Asylum Geforce FX 5700 Ultra is based on the NV36 Core, which incidentally, is also the first GPU that IBM has manufactured. The core uses a .13 micron process which should keep things slightly cooler than its predecessors. The Core weighs in at a respectable 475MHz and its 128MB of 2.2ns DDRII comes in at 450MHz (900MHz Effective). Finally, the RAMDAC is dual 400MHz

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