Wednesday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. AnandTech on what might be next for AMD after Dirk Meyer’s resignation
  2. X-bit labs: No financial scandal involved in AMD CEO’s resignation – sources
  3. DailyTech reports OCZ Technology to quickly exit DRAM market, focus on SSDs
  4. Fudzilla: Bulldozer to come close to Core i7
  5. Intel AppUp developer program: Death of the mouse?
  6. AnandTech: Understanding the Verizon iPhone 4 announcement
  7. Mac Rumors: iOS 4.3 to bring mobile hotspots to GSM iPhones, pending carrier support?
  8. The Chromium Blog: HTML video codec support in Chrome


  1. Computerworld: AMD could better fight Intel with new CEO
  2. Fudzilla reports GlobalFoundries doubles investment spending
  3. Network World: Microsoft-led group formed to buy Novell patents dissolves
  4. C|Net reports U.S. Senate to try again on controversial antipiracy bill
  5. DSLReports: Former top AT&T lobbyist now chief of staff
  6. Ars Technica: Identity ecosystem? Inside Uncle Sam’s “trusted identity” plan
  7. Fudzilla reports China has IP crackdown
  8. Ars Technica: Library of Congress gets first big gift of major label music
  9. Sophos: USA number one culprit as spam becomes more malicious
  10. About the Baidu Beat
  11. Steve Yelvington’s media weblog: Things I wish tech journalists would learn

Hardware news

  1. Overclockers UK Forums: Intel Sandy Bridge maximum safe voltages
  2. DigiTimes: Fierce optical drive price competition to pose pressure on makers

    in 1Q11 and Lenovo to start global brand promotion in April, says report

  3. Fudzilla reports notebooks make up 70% of EU market
  4. Sapphire adds muscle to mainboard line
  5. TC Magazine: Zotac intros three more Ion-based mini-ITX motherboards
  6. PCMag on indestructible portable storage
  7. Electronista: Nikon D400, Sony A77 cams may get 25-megapixel crop sensor
  8. Fudzilla: DirecTiVo release still a mystery
  9. TC Magazine: Roccat unveils the Kova[+] gaming mouse and

    Enermax releasing the ErPro80+ power supply family and

    Enermax Hoplite case comes with HDD dock, easy-access drive bays

  10. Newegg Marketplace deals – 1/11
  11. Dealzon’s deals: $116 off 13.3” Acer TimelineX i3, $130 off 15.6” Asus P50IJ-X3 Pentium,

    $250 off for 11.6” Alienware M11x Core 2 Duo, and $50 coupon for hp Elite 560z 6-core

    AMD / 1TB RAID


  1. Ars Technica: T-Mobile pulls rug from under UK users, drops data caps to 500MB
  2. DSLReports: Wireless carriers keep fighting ‘bill shock’ rules
  3. Computerworld: Verizon iPhone data plans could hit $120 a month
  4. Fudzilla reports BlackBerry PlayBook tab has Marvell dual-core
  5. TC Magazine: NEC develops 7″ Tegra 2-powered ‘mobile notebook
  6. Ars Technica: Verizon CFO promises Verizon iPad, no MiFi required
  7. FierceWireless: Qualcomm promises dual-core Snapdragon smartphones this year
  8. TUAW: Verizon iPhone can’t handle data and voice simultaneously
  9. Ars Technica: Pics of the new antenna, Wi-Fi sharing prefs on Verizon iPhone
  10. DSLReports: Verizon giving away 3G Network Extender
  11. iFixit’s HTC Surround teardown
  12. Silicon Republic: Android 2.4 set for summer 2011 release?
  13. BaseMark GUI from RightWare launches: SoCs benchmarked
  14. Kotaku: The next Devil May Cry is on the iPhone


  1. Microsoft: Apple can’t claim exclusive rights to ‘App Store’ – TechFlash
  2. No GPL apps for Apple’s App Store
  3. Computerworld: Microsoft turns to creative tactic to block IE attacks
  4. Microsoft security bulletin summary for January 2011
  5. January 2011 security release ISO image
  6. Update for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 junk email filter (KB2483110)
  7. Microsoft details packaging, pricing for Office 365 for Education
  8. Download Squad: How to hide the Ribbon menu in Microsoft Office applications
  9. InfoWorld’s Linux IQ test: Round 2
  10. OMG Ubuntu: Angry Birds may be coming to Ubuntu
  11. TC Magazine: Google Docs added a video player, kitten clip sharing to rise
  12. Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool 3.15
  13. TweakVI ‘Basic’ edition 1.0 build 1151
  14. Opera 11.01 snapshot: Mail improvements, crash logging and widget

    detection on Mac, and faster DNS resolution on Linux / FreeBSD


  1. The Atlantic Wire: What does the Constituion say about video games?
  2. GameInformer: Behind the scenes of Skyrim
  3. IGN: Is Activision the most evil company in the world?
  4. Fudzilla reports Sony PS3 root key already equals piracy
  5. Shacknews: Nintendo’s 3DS apparently region locked
  6. Ars Technica: EA to kick off GDC with Battlefield 3, Alice, Crysis 2, and more
  7. Stardock’s Wardell: Elemental will ‘end up losing money‘ – Gamasutra
  8. Elemental: Fallen Enchantress takes Stardock’s fantasy strategy game in a new direction
  9. Shacknews: Bulletstorm PC system requirements announced
  10. Ars Technica: Bulletstorm ad shows off violence and laughs, sends up Halo
  11. VG247: Bungie trademarks “Osiris,” “New Monarchy,” “Seven Seraphs,” more
  12. Shacknews: Champions Online going free-to-play this month
  13. DC Universe Online ‘Oolong Island’ trailer
  14. Eurogamer reports Gearbox denies new Aliens: CM delay
  15. Planet Battlefield reports BFBC2 R28 server rolling out
  16. MCV: Angry Birds now on Sony PS3, PSP
  17. Joystiq: DJ Hero and Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock drop prices like it’s hot
  18. StarCraft II patch 1.2.0 now live
  19. Steam client, Company of Heroes Beta & Team Fortress 2 updates released on Steam
  20. Ars Technica on LittleBigPlanet 2 story mode: There’s more, but it’s not better
  21. Kotaku: This is either the best or worst video game shopping advice

CES 2011 coverage

  1. ThinkComputers covers CES 2011: CyberPower
  2. StorageReview’s hands-on: OWC Mercury Aura

    Pro Express for MacBook Air 2010 [CES 2011]

  3. TWL covers CES 2011: Digital Experience powered by Pepcom

Systems and storage

  1. TechReviewSource: How to switch from a PC to a Mac
  2. VR-Zone’s hp Envy 14 (Beats edition) review
  3. Legit Reviews has Sapphire Pure Black P67 & X58 motherboards preview
  4. Funky Kit reviews Gigabyte GA-H67MA-UD2H
  5. TweakTown on Sapphire’s Pure Black X58 motherboard
  6. bit-tech on the best memory for Intel’s Sandy Bridge
  7. Technic3D reviews 12GB Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 CL9 memory kit (in German)
  8. ocaholic reviews 480GB OCZ Revo Drive X2
  9. TechSpot reviews 64GB Kingston SSDNow V+180 SSD
  10. Madshrimps review 32GB Patriot Memory EP Xporter XT Rage USB flash drive
  11. Tech ARP’s 16GB Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 flash drive (USB 3.0) review
  12. PureOC reviews SilverStone SOD01 Slimline DVD writer


  1. [H]ard|OCP’s AMD 6970 / 6950 CFX and Nvidia 580 / 570 SLI review
  2. Big Bruin’s Galaxy GT 430 1GB thermal image analysis
  3. X-bit labs review Logitech K800 wireless illuminated keyboard
  4. Examiner reviews SteelSeries Cataclysm MMO gaming mouse

Power, casing, and cooling

  1. Hardware Secrets reviews 650W XFX Pro PSU
  2. PCStats reviews 460W Seasonic X-460 fanless PSU
  3. Real World Labs review Corsair Obsidian 800D case
  4. Hi Tech Legion reviews In Win Dragon Rider case
  5. Tweaknews on Zalman Z9 Plus case
  6. techPowerUp! reviews Cubitek Tattoo Fire case
  7. Hi Tech Legion reviews Titan TTC-G20TZ ADI docking station
  8. BayReviews on Cooler Master V6 GT CPU cooler
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    • anotherengineer
    • 9 years ago

    DigiTimes: Fierce optical drive price competition to pose pressure on makers

    You know I wish someone would be a GOOD Reliable DVDRW drive with a 3-yr warranty and I would gladly pay 60 bucks for it.

      • Farting Bob
      • 9 years ago

      Whats wrong with them? ive never had a DVDRW drive fail on me, for £20 you can get a very quick, reliable drive from a high quality manufacturer. I dont see how they could improve a DVD drive enough for me to want to pay twice as much for one these days.

        • anotherengineer
        • 9 years ago

        Well there is a bit of difference from $20 cnd to 20 pounds.

        I had a pioneer dvr-217, great burn quality, then after 13 months, door wouldnt open.

        I mean yes I can and did buy a new one for 20 bucks, but where I am its 10 extra for shipping and then 13% tax on top of that, so $33.90cnd, so if I end up getting 1 yr life out of a 20 dollar drive, I would prefer a 60 dollar drive that would last 3 yrs, because it would save me downtime and shipping costs, and be cheaper in the end.

        Math 33.90 x 3 = 101.70

        or 60+10+13% = 79.10

        Save 22.60 if I have the same luck

        But maybe I just got a bad drive, or maybe they are all 1yr units now, cause that’s all the warranty is?

        Edit – “how they could improve a DVD drive enough for me to pay twice as much”
        Hmmm an Industrial duty rated laser, heavy duty motor bearings, better door mechanisms, are a few I can think of.

          • kain40k
          • 9 years ago
    • yogibbear
    • 9 years ago


    “How to switch from a PC to a MAC”

    Yes, I swear this article is probably directed at me. The other day i tried to use someone’s Mac to skype up with some people and i was like “Errr… how do i right click?”

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      it’s ridiculous actually: “An operating system with such elegance that anyone could master it, so safe that viruses barely exists, and with powers and abilities far beyond those of, well, Windows”. LOL at that. lies.

        • anotherengineer
        • 9 years ago

        Are you talking about Ubuntu??? 😉

        Edit “I.Computerworld: AMD could better fight Intel with new CEO”

        Hopefully although it probably won’t make a HUGE difference.

        I mean put Paul Otellini CEO of AMD and see if he can surpass Intel in the same amount of years that Dirk was CEO, probably not.

        Then again he may be able to hold Intel for 10 billion in ransom if he was CEO of AMD lol

        I think a good CEO can make a good difference depending on the company, and sometimes it doesn’t matter, (for the short term) I mean you could make me CEO of Intel, and all I would have to do is say keep on doing what your doing people and they would probably still make 2 billion per quarter.

    • poulpy
    • 9 years ago

    The battle for Web video codecs just heated up a bit more with Google planning to drop H.264 support to get things rolling with their own free/open codec WebM and Theora.
    I’m all for open standards but I’m surprised at the bold move from Google, they’re usually a bit more complacent as the article puts it.
    It’s probably going to take a while before HTML5 settles down quietly one way or another.


      • Ronald
      • 9 years ago

      See item VIII under Eight is Enough:

      [url<][/url<] Maybe I should just mail it in.

        • poulpy
        • 9 years ago

        Ah dang I missed it, did search for Google though and only found the Docs story.
        Well it still was early morning here so I can blame that on the lack of coffee through my veins.
        I’m open to the idea of you mailing things straight to me though 🙂

      • Voldenuit
      • 9 years ago

      Isn’t x.264 open source and transparent with H.264? Or is there a legal barrier to entry involved?

      H.264 is prevalent today on a lot of media. Sounds to me like Google will be cutting their nose to spite their face if they drop it.

        • poulpy
        • 9 years ago

        Someone with more knowledge than me on the subject will probably clarify but AFAIK x.264 is used to encode into the H.264 standard therefore the playback would still be subject to any potential patent/license complication H.264 could have.
        Also back in November there was some sort of outrage as an x.264 dev had apparently obtained patent on some of the algorithms he contributed to the project.

          • Voldenuit
          • 9 years ago

          Ah, that makes sense (playback still requires licensing).

            • flip-mode
            • 9 years ago

            To put another way, I think, x264 is an open source application or set of libraries for encoding to H264, which is a proprietary format.

      • blastdoor
      • 9 years ago

      So what are the implications of this for Android? Will Google drop support for H264 in Android, forcing users to either use WebM or flash? And what will that do to battery life, given that most hardware out there now is optimized to support h264 playback?

      • insulin_junkie72
      • 9 years ago

      It’d be bolder if they also dropped Flash (which can play H.264) from Chrome, wouldn’t it?

    • anamericangod
    • 9 years ago

    Anyone know if CyberPower ever fixed their quality control/customer service/business operation at all?

    Yeah, didn’t think so.

      • flip-mode
      • 9 years ago

      And get a better name? Not to be superficial, but putting anything on my desk that says “Cyber” is just icky.

        • Farting Bob
        • 9 years ago

        i have it under authority that anything with the word “cyber” in is instantly rad.
        Sure that information was from 1996, but i presume things are still the same.

    • Voldenuit
    • 9 years ago

    Wurst post!

      • dpaus
      • 9 years ago


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