November 29th, 2001
Consumer Warning from Antec
It has come to our attention that some unscrupulous resellers are selling cases from other companies as Antec. These resellers are mainly on the Internet where it is more difficult for you to evaluate the product before you buy. We are doing our best to stop these resellers but it is a difficult task. So in the meantime please note the following to protect yourself:
1. Make sure that it has an Antec part number (SX1030B, SX635, etc.).
2. Make sure it comes with an Antec power supply. ANTEC does not make or sell cases with other company's power supplies.
3. Make sure it comes with Antec's AQ3 three year warranty.
4. When you receive it, if it is not in an Antec marked box, usually with color packaging that outlines the feature and benefits of the product, return it to where you bought it.
5. If you still are not sure, call Antec customer service at 1-888-54-ANTEC and we will be happy to help you determine if you have legitimate Antec product.
Finally, remember, if a deal is sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Please help us by letting us know if you encounter any reseller selling Antec look-alike products under our name.
All Antec Performance Series Cases come with one to eight additonal case fans (depending on the model). Any case that is advertised as coming without those fans is not an authentic Antec Performance Series Case.
November 28th, 2001
Curtosy of Tom's Hardware Guide.
Seems like only yesterday that 3dfx Voodoo graphics cards were considered by many to be the top of the line. Unfortunately, as with many of the old familiar graphics card companies, 3dfx has gone the way of the dodo, as evidenced by the message on the 3dfx website that states: “3dfx Interactive, Inc. is no longer providing support for any 3dfx products and drivers. Information about 3dfx is no longer available from the 3dfx.com website. Please be advised that on February 19, 2002, the 3dfx.com website will be shut down entirely.” However, if you’ve still got an old Voodoo card laying around, NVIDIA and PNY Technologies are ready to make you an offer you can’t refuse. The two companies just announced the “Got Voodoo – Get Verto” online redemption promotion for 3dfx Voodoo graphics card owners. For a limited time, you can trade in your Voodoo graphics cards when you buy select models of PNY Verto graphics cards for a cash-back rebate. An NVIDIA ForceWare Game CD, with a selection of games and applications will also be included. Information about the redemption program can be found on PNY’s web site. Rebate requests must be received online by the program expiration date of January 19th, 2002 to qualify. Under the program, if you buy a PNY Verto MX 400 (PCI or AGP), GeForce2 Ti or GeForce3 Ti 500 graphics card, you get a cash-back bonus upon trade-in of your old 3dfx card, ranging from $10 to $30, depending on the PNY Verto Graphics Card purchased. If you purchase a Verto GeForce3 Ti 500 by December 31 2001, you also get a pair of i-O Display Systems’ 3D Smart Glasses (a $49.99 value) for free. Sure, $30 off a $200+ graphics card may seem like a spit in the ocean, but you might as well keep the extra cash in your pocket if you’ve got an old Voodoo card lying on the shelf.
To read the original click here.
November 25th, 2001
The technology, Intel said, solves two of the more intractable problems facing the development and manufacture of microprocessors today as more and more transistors are packed onto each chip: power consumption and heat. In addition, as the geometries on chips become ever smaller, it becomes increasingly difficult to ensure that electrons go where they were engineered to go, a problem that can lead to current leakage within the device.
The advances, which Intel calls the TeraHertz transistor because it cycles on and off 1 trillion times per second, could ultimately lead to new applications, such as real-time voice and face recognition, computing without keyboards and ever-smaller electronic gizmos with higher performance and improved battery life. To compare, it would take a person more than 15,000 years to turn a light switch on and off a trillion times.
Read more about it here.
November 20th, 2001
I found this at the register. Not a good idea:eek:
Microsoft Security Manager Scott Culp revealed unilateral steps the company has taken to throttle the exchange of vulnerability information relevant to their famously buggy products, clearly in hopes that patches and fixes can be fed to consumers discreetly, without ever realizing they've been at risk to attack.
During a presentation at the Trusted Computing Forum in Mountain View, California Thursday, Culp outlined the terms of several partnerships MS has pursued with compliant security vendors aimed at keeping the Redmond Beast's dirty laundry hidden from the public eye.
Briefly, the scheme requires vendors to withhold detailed security data and to suppress the exchange of exploit code, which, unfortunately, is the only means of verifying that a patch actually works.
Read more here:
November 10th, 2001
It looks like the US and EU (European Union) is looking at eliminating cookies. For the outlook of the impact of such a move read the stories below:
November 6th, 2001
Ignore SSSCA, risk becoming a 'federal felon, overnight'
Tuesday October 02, 12:05 PM EST - by Tina Gasperson -
The anti-SSSCA movement is building steam rapidly this week as an online petition directed at lawmakers garners over 7,000 signatures in a little over three weeks. "I'm hoping Congress will understand that the average person thinks the government forcing policeware on their computers is un-American and downright wrong, and that supporting the SSSCA will hurt them when they run for re-election," says Don Pavlish, the mastermind behind the petition and a new Web site called stopPoliceWare.org.
The potential SSSCA (Security Systems Standards and Certification Act) legislation is a serious threat to Open Source operating systems. As reported by NewsForge last week, it could outlaw Linux because it calls for proprietary copy-protection standards that wouldn't fly with the GPL.
Read the full article HERE
November 2nd, 2001
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will have reason to smile if his company's antitrust woes are settled. Microsoft, Justice Department Reach Antitrust Settlement; Some States Unhappy.
N E W Y O R K, Nov. 1 — Microsoft Corp. and the Justice Department have reached an agreement to settle their bitter, long-running antitrust dispute, government sources said tonight.
Read Entire News Article Here
November 1st, 2001
AMD retorts to the Tom's Hardware Guides' review and puts new guidelines into affect for motherboard manufacturer. The side affect is that the new guidelines call for the machine to be shut down immediately, which doesn't afford any data protection because the machine was not shut down properly.
AMD is going to work on better protection, which was instigated by the THG review.
October 24th, 2001
Thinking about buying a new harddrive?? Thinking about the IBM 75GXP?
Read this! (Article from The register)
October 23rd, 2001
Per quite a few member's requests, I have added a new forum:
Computers & Components Vendors
to discuss where to buy your next upgrade...