Pluto Day Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. PCMag: AMD CEO denies smartphone plans, slates tablet attack for 2012
  2. X-bit labs report AMD to give free antivirus with boxed processors and

    issues with Intel Sandy Bridge platform can help AMD to boost market share

  3. PCWorld reports Intel to ship 10-core Xeon processor (Westmere-EX) in first half
  4. DigiTimes: Intel begins shipping fixed B3 stepping 6-series chipsets to first-tier makers
  5. VR-Zone: Intel’s LGA-1155 cross-platform compatibility confirmed
  6. StorageReview reports OCZ issues mea culpa – offers free SSD replacements

    and SandForce SSD processor shipments top one million

  7. VR-Zone reports Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti to launch on March 15
  8. Neowin: Microsoft planning IE9 announcement on March 14, launch imminent?

Pluto Day

  1. Bloomberg reports AMD takeover at three times chip premium stifles bids: Real M&A
  2. Mac Rumors: Apple CEO Steve Jobs spotted at Stanford Cancer Center
  3. CBC News: Foreign hackers attack Canadian government
  4. C|Net: For Intel, Obama’s visit comes at pivotal moment
  5. PCWorld reports Obama sets $126M for next-generation supercomputing

    and U.S. House passes defunding of net neutrality rules

  6. RSA: Act now on cyberwar, security experts caution – PCWorld
  7. eWeek reports Google CEO Schmidt again champions autonomous search, NFC
  8. TUAW: Taking a peek inside one of Apple’s five exclusive briefing rooms
  9. Ars Technica: Google music service expected to launch with Honeycomb and Xoom
  10. LA Times: Redbox digital service will go toe-to-toe with Netflix
  11. eWeek: Researchers store data in flash memory under low voltage conditions
  12. PCPer podcast #142
  13. CBS News: Digital photocopiers loaded with secrets
  14. TorrentFreak: File-sharers start handing over $1,000 each in bizarre amnesty program
  15. bit-tech on BitTorrent seeders: Driven by profit?
  16. Telegraph: Popular Facebook users ‘feel more stress
  17. Website du jour: National Broadband Map

Hardware news

  1. ARN reports Dell introduces server with 96 CPU cores
  2. eWeek reports Dell makes headway with server business
  3. IDC: Big business giving Apple major sales boost
  4. Nvidia CEO: ‘No disruption‘ on Sandy Bridge chip

    and future laptops will mirror MacBook Air – C|Net

  5. DigiTimes: Notebook component supplies to be short of demand, say sources
  6. Netbook Planet: Sony Vaio YB series 11.6″ ultra-portable available w/ AMD Zacate APU
  7. NordicHardware reports Sandy Bridge in mini-PCs from Shuttle
  8. eWeek reports Samsung increases its already big DRAM market share lead
  9. TC Magazine: PhotoFast unveils the GMonster3 XV2 SATA 6.0 Gbps SSDs

    and Enermax bringing high-end CPU cooler, new fans to CeBIT 2011

  10. Dealzon’s deals: $300 coupon for hp Envy 14 $1,299+, $400 coupon for hp

    17.3” dv7t Select i5 / 8GB RAM / Radeon HD 5470 / Blu-ray, $400 coupon

    for 15.6” hp dv6t Select Quad i7 / 8GB RAM / Radeon HD 5650, and $191 off

    Lenovo Q150 mini PC 2GB + remote keyboard


  1. All About Microsoft: A Windows 8 tablet in Q1 2012? Hmmm…
  2. Droid Life has Motorola Xoom user guide – Verizon
  3. X-bit labs: Nokia vows to customize Windows Phone operating system
  4. VR-Zone reports open-source Chromium OS spotted running on ARM platform
  5. Neowin reports Microsoft banishes GPLv3-licensed content from the Marketplace
  6. Nvidia: 28nm process tech “not available” this year – X-bit labs
  7. SemiAccurate: ST-Ericsson and STMicroelectronics demo MYDP
  8. Gartner: Smartphones, not tablets, top consumer shopping lists – eWeek
  9. DigiTimes: Sony to launch tablet PCs with gaming, music, and e-book reader functionality

    and Lenovo to release tablet PCs in 1Q11

  10. StorageReview: SanDisk modular SSD powers Acer Iconia Windows 7 tablet
  11. Neowin reports Motorola Atrix 4G gets slated for release on Feb. 22nd
  12. HotHardware reports HTC ChaCha and Salsa are the company’s first Facebook phones
  13. The NY Times reports Apple is weighing a cheaper iPhone


  1. TechFlash: Windows 8 in one year?
  2. Microsoft Malware Protection Center: My sweet Valentine –

    the CIFS browser protocol heap corruption vulnerability

  3. Neowin reports VMware viewer broken by Windows 7 security patch
  4. Microsoft Support: Information about SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
  5. The Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 SP1
  6. Microsoft makes available on-premises version of Dynamics CRM 2011
  7. The Bing Team: New Bing Bar available for download today
  8. The Windows Blog: Internet Explorer 9 RC hits 2 million downloads
  9. Ars Technica: Mozilla’s “modern browser” attack on IE overlooks Firefox shortcomings
  10. Neowin reports Firefox 4 targeted for Feb. 25, final by March

    and Firefox 5 to overhaul add-on management

  11. Download Squad: Firefox F1 social sharing add-on gets vertical UI, big sharing tweaks
  12. eWeek reports Intel CEO Otellini pushes MeeGo despite Nokia – Microsoft deal
  13. W3C: HTML5 spec due in 2014 – eWeek
  14. TweakTown’s AMD Catalyst 11.2 Windows 7 driver analysis
  15. AIDA64 February update -> v1.60
  16. VirtualBox 4.0.4 Final released
  17. Opera Desktop Team: A first glimpse at Opera 11.10 “Barracuda”
  18. Google Chrome 10.0.648.82 and 11.0.672.2
  19. EverNote


  1. Valve: ‘Tremendously profitable‘ – TechFlash
  2. Riccitiello: EA ‘dropped the ball‘ at the start of this gen – Joystiq
  3. Ars Technica cites report: PSN hacked, custom firmware could pose security risk to

    users [updated] — and separately, Sony starts banning PS3 jailbreak users – CVG

  4. Sony PlayStation 4: Not coming anytime soon – PCWorld
  5. Shacknews: Rage trailer shows great views and giant mutants

    and Dead Island 2011 release announced with fabulous trailer

    and Portal 2 on PS3 will not feature Move support and

    Killzone 3 beta closes, Guerrilla Games outlines post-launch plans

    and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood bringing ‘The Da Vinci Disappearance

    DLC in March and three NFS Hot Pursuit DLC packs incoming

    and Dragon Age: Redemption web series launches summer 2011

  6. Kotaku: ‘Destiny‘ the next game from Halo creators, says source
  7. Left 4 Dead Blog: Three remaining Left 4 Dead 1 campaigns to be included in next DLC
  8. TechSpot’s Crysis 2 performance preview
  9. Ars Technica reviews Hard Corps. Uprising
  10. KitGuru reviews Test Drive Unlimited 2 (PC)
  11. TweakTown reviews Test Drive Unlimited 2 (Xbox 360)
  12. Download Squad: Torus is an impressive 3D Teris game powered by HTML5
  13. Sale at Steam: 75% off Supreme Commander 2 and the

    Infinite War Battle Pack DLC (expires today at noon CST)

  14. Steam’s weekend deals: 40% off Civilization V and 75% off

    Civilization IV: The Complete Edition (expires at noon CST on Monday)

Systems, storage, and networking

  1.’s Scan 3XS GTK SLI Intel Sandy Bridge system review
  2. BCW reviews Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 11
  3. TWL editorial: Three steps to a faster computer
  4. Expreview’s hands-on: Gigabyte G1-Killer Assassin gaming motherboard
  5. Hi Tech Legion reviews Asus P8P67-M Pro
  6. ThinkComputers reviews Gigabyte GA-X58-USB3
  7. PureOC reviews 4GB OCZ Gold DDR3-2133 memory kit
  8. HardwareOC reviews 4GB Crucial Ballistix PC3-17000 memory kit (in German)
  9. AnandTech, Guru3D, HotHardware, Legit Reviews, and PC Perspective

    review 200GB OCZ Vertex 3 Pro: The first SandForce SF-2500 SSD

  10. X-bit labs on PCI-E SSDs: OCZ IBIS vs. OCZ RevoDrive
  11. Real World Labs on AirLive WN-300ARM-VPN wireless-N modem / router

Multimedia, power, casing & cooling

  1. techPowerUp! reviews Asus GeForce GTX 570 DirectCU II
  2. KitGuru reviews MSI N560GTX Ti Twin Frozr II
  3. OverclockersHQ’s battle of the HTPC cards: Sparkle GTX 430 vs. Sparkle GT 240
  4. TechReviewSource on Nikon Coolpix L22
  5. t-break reviews Razer Spectre StarCraft II mouse
  6. eXtreme PSU calculator update
  7. OCC reviews XFX Pro Series Core Edition PSUs
  8. Neoseeker reviews Lancool PC-K59 case
  9. Big Bruin reviews MUKii TransImp TIP-330U3-BK USB 3.0 drive enclosure
  10. DeXgo reviews Titan Hati CPU cooler (in German)
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    • JustAnEngineer
    • 12 years ago

    And here I thought that we were years past the once-ubiquitous warning that “Friends don’t let friends buy OCZ.”

    • jpostel
    • 12 years ago

    XIII. CBS News: Digital photocopiers loaded with secrets

    I confess myself a little disappointed that this issue has not been resolved. I had a problem with this back about 8 years ago because a worm infected the Win2k (or was it NT4) install that our copiers/printers were running. It took us days to get them all fixed. Several vendors switched to Linux, but they still have default passwords for root and can be exploited. Many have open CIFS and NFS shares on them. It’s a mess.

    I am reluctant to blame IT, because in many companies, copiers are purchased/owned/handled by facilities and office management, rather than IT. I had a WTF moment maybe a year after the copier/worm fiasco when I came in to the office to see that all the copier/printers had been replaced with new ones of a different brand. One of the help desk guys was going nuts because the print servers all needed to be updated and the 200 or so people that were already in the office could not print.

    • UberGerbil
    • 12 years ago

    Oh, yay, $300 off the hp Envy 14. Oh, boo, no sign of the (apparently mythical) “Radiance” display.

    • UberGerbil
    • 12 years ago

    Nobody knows. Intel seems to be saying right now that they’re not going to change the pin-out or any of the physical-level signals, but it’s still entirely possible that the IB chips won’t be able to run in P/H57 mobos because of voltage requirements. We’ve seen that happen before with otherwise nominally compatible CPUs and sockets.

    Also, Intel may want to throw a bone to the board partners it screwed with the whole SATA mess, and so force IB upgraders to go out and pay those partners for a new mobo.

    • dpaus
    • 12 years ago

    [i<]"Interlagos series Opterons are based on Bulldozer"[/i<] - D'oh!! I knew that... On the other hand, the Westmere-EX Xeons offer 10-core CPUs, eight to a board, and two threads each, for 160 threads - but from only 80 cores, and with a max of 2TB of RAM. Hmmm, decisions, decisions...

    • DancinJack
    • 12 years ago

    I highly doubt you’re going to notice. Anyway…

    [url<][/url<] TL:DR version - Seems it's just the V2, but it'd be worth it to check as it is quite easy to do.

    • khands
    • 12 years ago

    Given their recent history? Probably not.

    • JMccovery
    • 12 years ago

    Interlagos series Opterons are based on Bulldozer.

    Mmm, 128 cores, up to 3TB of ram (32GBx12 per socket, 4 sockets per plane)

    • dpaus
    • 12 years ago

    [i<]"Dell introduces server with 96 CPU cores"[/i<] - Wow, that article should have come out on Feb 14th - it has more AMD-lovin' prose than all previous Dell press releases combined. I mean, when was the last time you heard a vendor press release not just praise the choice they made, but actually slam their choices' competitor for them - especially when that competitor also happens to be [i<]your[/i<] most important supplier? No wonder there's Dell-AMD takeover rumours swirling. EDIT: ps: this thing is socket-compatible with the Interlagos-series Opterons, so as soon as they come out, this puppy will be able to pack 128 3.2 GHz cores into one box. And, I think, Bulldozer CPUs, too. Hello, USS Enterprise, your new computer core is ready.

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 12 years ago

    VR Zone says :
    [quote<]This potentially means that current board designs won't be compatible with Ivy Bridge processors[/quote<] and then : [quote<] The good news in all of this is that if you're happy with your motherboard for your Sandy Bridge processor, you should be able to upgrade to Ivy Bridge without incurring the cost for a new motherboard [/quote<] So which is it? We can pop future LGA 1155 CPU's in todays mobos or we can't?

    • potatochobit
    • 12 years ago

    I bought an Agility 2 OCZ SSD in NOV, how do I know if I am affected by the recall?
    or is it just the vertex 2 series?

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