Thursday Shortbread


  1. New company – Caustic Graphics – breaks barriers in 3D graphics
  2. DailyTech reports ATI graphics partners think Radeon HD 4870 is too good
  3. Fudzilla reports EVGA announces ELP Loaner Program
  4. Engadget reports Habey intros Atom N270-powered mini HTPC, makes it crunch 1080p
  5. Expreview reports Sharkoon announces FireGlider gaming mouse
  6. Apple orders 10-inch touchscreens for third quarter: source
  7. TG Daily reports chip industry suffers painful fourth quarter
  8. DigiTimes: DRAM downturn no longer oversupply-driven, says memory makers
  9. EU extends Microsoft antitrust deadline to April 21
  10. U.S. privacy bill on Internet companies coming
  11. Google to target ads based on online activity
  12. C|Net reports lawmaker wants Google Maps to blur certain buildings
  13. DriverHeaven’s interview with Nvidia’s Chris Daniel, product manager for GPUs
  14. HardwareZone updates IT Show 2009
  15. Madshrimps have a look at DDR2, DDR3 & SSD at CeBIT 2009
  16. Fudzilla’s cheap DIY nettop guide
  17. Digital Trends on the 10 best ways to convert photos, records, videos, and tapes
  18. [OC]ModShop shows how to clean your DVD drive
  19. Win an Antec Mini P180 chassis
  20. PCShopTalk’s March 2009 giveaway


  1. InfoWorld: Is IE 8 the end of the line for Internet Explorer?
  2. DailyTech: Software developers need to think parallel says Intel
  3. Microsoft details new Windows Mobile app store
  4. Microsoft PR agency releases Twitter trend-tracking tool
  5. Microsoft’s security bulletin overview video – March 2009
  6. Ars Technica reports Microsoft’s own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox
  7. SuperSite for Windows has Windows 7 feature focus: Guest mode
  8. InfoWorld reports bad Symantec update leads to trouble
  9. iPodNN reports iTunes 8.1 adds iTunes Plus import, Genius for movies
  10. Gizmodo: iPods and young people have utterly destroyed music
  11. Phoronix has an interview with the developers of FFmpeg


  1. Edge-Online: Why the "Age of Steam" may not last
  2. No recession here: NPD says U.S. gaming industry in good health
  3. Puget Custom Computers shares gaming computer advice
  4. GameSpy reports CryTek announces CryENGINE 3
  5. Disney’s new racing video game at core of big bet
  6. PCGH on Empire: Total War – No anti-aliasing

    in combination with SSAO on Radeon graphics cards

  7. Steam news: Left 4 Dead and World in Conflict updates released
  8. bit-tech reviews Resident Evil 5

Systems and storage

  1. AnandTech on Toshiba X305-Q725: Quad-core gaming notebook
  2. Digital Trends reviews Asus Eee 1002HA
  3. CowcotLand reviews Compaq Mini700 / hp Mini 1000 netbook (in French)
  4. Legit Reviews on Core 2 Quad Q9550S
  5. CPU3D reviews Asus M4A78T-E (AM3)
  6. Benchmark Reviews on ASRock AOD790GX / 128M (AM2+)
  7. Overclockers Club reviews Asus P6T
  8. PC Perspective reviews 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green
  9. ThinkComputers reviews 8GB Super Talent Godfather rubber flash drive


  1. WSGF on Matrox DTH2Go widescreen modes
  2. FiringSquad reviews MSI N250GTS-2D1G GeForce GTS 250
  3. PCGH on Tom Clancy’s HAWX: Benchmark review with 12 graphics cards
  4. Guru3D’s HAWX (PC) VGA graphics card performance review
  5. Digital Trends reviews Pentax K2000M
  6. Futurelooks reviews Asus Xonar Essence STX
  7. techPowerUp! reviews FiiO E3 & E5 portable headphone amplifier
  8. TheTechLounge reviews Ultimate Ears 5 Pro sound isolating earphones
  9. Arm3D reviews Nova SliderX 600 gaming mouse
  10. Overclockers Online reviews Evolution Gaming Gear MP2 mouse pad

Cases, laser, and cooling

  1. bit-tech reviews Ikonik Ra X10 SIM enclosure
  2. DriverHeaven reviews Thermaltake Element S chassis
  3. Hardware Secrets reviews NZXT Zero 2 case
  4. Big Bruin reviews Chieftec HM-01B HTPC case
  5. TestFreaks review Wicked Lasers Spyder II GX green laser
  6. Verdis Reviews on Noctua NF-B9 case fan
  7. Björn3D reviews Cooler Master V10 CPU cooler
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    • willyolio
    • 11 years ago

    oh joy, and another article about how Symantec breaks your computer. when will this company die?

    • willyolio
    • 11 years ago

    Steam won’t last?

    sure, i can believe that, one day down the line, some other service will beat out Steam. but this guy is projecting less than 2 years before its downfall?

    he compares it to facebook vs friendster. he’s forgetting the biggest factor: price.

    social networking sites are free. people practically jump ship on a daily basis. with digital distribution services though, you’ve invested money. i’m not just going to dump all the games i purchased, as long as Valve keeps the servers running.

      • Krogoth
      • 11 years ago

      The writer has be a former B&M software guy who’s butt is still hurting over the fact that online distribution is taking over.

      Unless, PC gaming takes a massive downturn. Steam is going to well and alive for the foreseeable future. It has little or no relationship with social networking sites like facebook and myspace. In fact, Stream predates most of them.

    • ClickClick5
    • 11 years ago


      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      MS Spore. Spreads to PCs like a disease.

    • wingless
    • 11 years ago


      • Hattig
      • 11 years ago

      Meh, it’s the modern equivalent of vinyl crackle “adding warmth” to music.

      • burntham77
      • 11 years ago

      It would seem that a lot of people simply chose convenience over sound quality. Maybe when MP3 players have more storage than they do now, I’ll start ripping CDs to WAV files?

      • PRIME1
      • 11 years ago

      8-track, cassette, AM radio, etc.

      Nothing new.

        • UberGerbil
        • 11 years ago

        Yeah, I’ve never really given a damn about audio quality. I /[

          • kravo
          • 11 years ago

          this article is simply pathetic. Just as UberGerbil said, those guys with iPods (or cellphones with 1GB mem cards and earphones) didn´t care about the quality…. they need loudness, big time. Even if they would care about superb quality sounds, sitting on a screeching subway or a bus or on the train practicaly prevents such wishes… huge head phones are not that cool to wear in the public (like in the music video “whaka -free – stylerzzz….”) so that´s what people are left with .
          On the other hand, such habits kill anyone´s audition in the long run…if you´re almost deaf, HQ music won´t offer more than the crapiest 96kbps mp3.

          • Kurotetsu
          • 11 years ago

          My mom is exactly the same way. She really couldn’t be arsed how good the music actually sounds. She only cares about how loud it is. In fact, ‘sound quality’ is basically synonymous with volume as far as she’s concerned. (this is endlessly frustrating to me, as I’m something of an entry-level audiophile myself)

      • Krogoth
      • 11 years ago

      I find it more funny that source material for high-fidelity content is itself a rarity.

    • Mystic-G
    • 11 years ago


      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      Nobody wants to aim where AGEIA did.

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 11 years ago

        Start a startup and get bought out probably making all the original members rich?

      • bogbox
      • 11 years ago

      My guess is there are using a RISC CPU that coordinates multi CPU and GPU in software emulation or something similar to make the looking like ray traicing.
      In any case is just MK , or probably a buyout for Nvidia or Intel.

      • wingless
      • 11 years ago

      This Caustic Graphics accelerator really is a novel idea and kind of expands on how Lucid’s Hydra uses algorithms and a co-processor to get two GPUs of any model to work together more efficiently. How about a card that tells a CPU and GPU how to work together properly to do certain specific workloads altogether. If there was a card with multiple types of algorithms to accelerate multiple types of workloads on already existing hardware then we’d have something to write home about wouldn’t we?

      Might I suggest software engineers use one or even two cores of our QUAD CORE systems to handle the work of these discrete accelerator cards? With 4+ core systems we shouldn’t necessarily need a specialized co-processor to do a task a general-purpose cpu core can do if tasked correctly. It just seems like we could cut the middle man out since we already have the processing horsepower in our multi-core systems. I understand that programming general-purpose cpu cores is a lot more complex, but with our software tools today we should be able to manage it.

      Also, if not in software, how about we put these types of specialized coprocessors right on the GPU. Maybe like an FPGA on workstation cards that can be programmed for different duties. If only AMD had the money to snatch Caustic up before Intel or Nvidia gets to them….

        • Kurotetsu
        • 11 years ago

        Doesn’t the Cell CPU do something similar? The Power Processor Element is responsible for coordinating and delegating tasks to the Synergistic Processing Elements.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago


      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      It’s early days yet. (Honestly, I’d have to go back and look to see what position I was actually arguing in whichever thread we were discussing this)

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 11 years ago

        I think you argued that the barrier of entry for playing games was so high, they would not do as well as movies or other forms of entertainment with lower barriers of entry.

      • Flying Fox
      • 11 years ago

      There have been suggestions that as people tend to go out less during the recession they will be looking into entertainment at home. That’s why home theatre components (TVs, receivers, etc.) and gaming are getting the attention now.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 11 years ago

    $149.99 4870. What do you mean nice? It’s f#$%ing great. /Pesci

      • burntham77
      • 11 years ago

      Nice Pesci pull.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 11 years ago

      go get your shoeshine box?

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