'Tis the season to be jolly. Another highly successful year rushes on by, with much thanks to you, our viewers. Now it's time for me to put my feet up, crack open a 'few' beers and spend some time with the folks.
On behalf of all of us here at TweakTown, we wish you a very merry christmas and a great start to 2007.
We have just created our very own Frappr Map. It's a service still currently in BETA which we use to see where all our readers are located, all around the world - even down to our actual street if you wish!
If you are interested in finding out where the rest of our readers are from or wish to share your location, please visit our "TweakTown Readers Map" at the Frappr website!
Today we are very happy to announce our latest feature on TweakTown - live RSS content feeds! RSS (which stands for Really Simple Syndication) is an easy way to view updates from our news, articles, review, guides and latest Daily Deals.
The RSS feeds, or channels, can be viewed from your browser, or better still, from a program called an RSS feed news reader or aggregator. A quick search on the web will find many free or inexpensive news reader applications for your platform. We use a program called Feedreader 3.0 and find is very good.
Once you have downloaded a suitable program, copy and paste the URL of one of our feeds into your RSS feed reader and then get started! Please visit our RSS Feeds page for the links!
Following on from our recent Computex booth babes coverage, Shuttle were very pleased to see that Cameron decided to give the Shuttle honeys the big tick of approval over the rest of the competition, dishing out the prestigious 'Editor's Choice Award' :D
Shuttle were SO pleased to hear of this in fact, that they thought it worthy of a dedicated press release which just made it's way to my inbox a short while ago. Cheers for the recognition Shuttle!
Taipei, Taiwan - June 7, 2005) Shuttle Inc - the leading manufacturer of small form factor PCs and accessories - has won numerous awards for the stunning designs of its XPCs. When the guys at TweakTown took time out to from their hardware reviews to look at some of the 'Booth Babes' at Computex 2005, it came as no surprise to see the girls from Shuttle top the list.
Competition was tough with over 50 'Babes' in the review line-up, but Shuttle was voted the clear winner, "Shuttle had the nicest looking girl(s) by a long way," said judge Cameron Wilmot.
While down under in Australia we've been in the New Year for almost 16 hours, the majority of our readers in the United States still aren't quite there. As I sit here still quite dehydrated from all the alcoholic juices flowing freely last night, on behalf of the entire TweakTown team I would like to wish everyone a very Happy and Safe New Year.
We have very big plans for TweakTown in 2004. We hope you will all continue visiting and watch them take affect over the following months as we improve our delivery of all the latest from the IT industry.
Take care and do remember water is your best friend for the morning!
Well, it's been a long road, but TweakTown Gamer has finally just gone live! The site is dedicated to delivering news, reviews and articles pertaining to the gaming industry. We have high hopes for TTG - hopes that we are backing up with time and effort.
We are considering bringing back TweakTown case badges; if you are interested in buying one, please express your interest by voting in our forums through the link below.
While TweakTown does try to bring the best news to us all, today we have some sad news. Laurance Franke, Uncle to myself, passed away on Monday 28th of July at 6:30AM at MacLean Public Hospital after a battle with Leukaemia.
Laurance Franke was a big supporter of TweakTown who followed posts and reviews with great enthusiasm. Our thoughts are with him and his family at this time.
In an effort to bring more features to our website, we have today launched the TweakTown Photo Gallery. This is a new section where you are able to post pictures and let the rest of the community see them, FREE OF CHARGE. Each user has currently been allowed 5mb of web space, this may decrease or increase depending on the popularity of the gallery. Best of all, you need not register a new username and password - just use your current TweakTown forum details as they are interlinked.
Visit the TweakTown Photo Gallery now and share your photos with the entire community!
We are after one or two new tweak guide writers, focusing on Windows XP and all the latest PC games to hit the stores!
If you consider yourself experienced in the area of getting the most performance out of Windows and games, can write and have spare time for an article or two per week, this paying position might be for you.
If you are interested and want to know more, please contact me at email@example.com with any samples of your work, if possible. Remember to tell your friends if you think they would be interested!
This is just a quick reminder about our range of TweakTown Merchandise which we have available through Cafepress.com. Go check it out!
More information @ TweakTown Merchandise
For the best part of 3 years I have enjoyed every minute of running TweakTown and turning it into the successful PC website it is today as the early hours of April 1st bares its face down under. Sure, there has been a multitude of late nights finishing up various bits and pieces, headache and stress, and all the stuff that goes with operating your own business - still the years have been quite rewarding and very fulfilling. With all things in life, everything must come to an end, which brings me to the point of this news post.
Following my life long passion of being a professional cocktail mixer, I have recently taken up a position at one of our local bars, as a full time bar man - which fortunately pays quite well. With this work and the study for cocktail production class I have very little time for anything else. As an immediate result and after discussion with the team here at TweakTown, I have decided to sell TweakTown to James Rolfe over at Overclockers Australia who has long showed interest in TweakTown. It the near future all of our content will be moved over to Overclockers Australia, and TweakTown's future will be up to James.
It has been a pleasure serving all you since our humble beginnings in September of 2000, thanks to all of our lovely sponsors and advertisers, and finally all of you - our readers - who helped make TweakTown what it is today.
All the best, see you around again sometime at a website near you...
One of our advertising agency buddies is trying to force us to implement pop-under style advertising to our website which we have refused to date.
This type of advertising we are talking about is a new window appearing in your task bar which will not pop-up to you physically click on it - one pop-under ad, per person, every 24 hours. The advantage of running these ads is they tend to pay a fair amount, which helps us continue operating TweakTown the way we do. The negative side, of course, is being swamped by new windows, which let us face it; we do not want invading our desktop space.
So, we've decided to put it to you, our valuable readers, to make the decision for us. Once votes are in, this is the way it will be: democracy rules.
I should have done this a long time ago, but I pulled the finger out a couple days ago and actually did it. You can now access TweakTown through the following domain names:
Right now they just refresh back to http://www.tweaktown.com - We may mirror them properly at a later stage but it isn't necessary right now.
This one goes under the "what the ??? were they drinking? when they did this?" category. They dropped the price of their truly AWESOME 20.1" LCD from $1699 to $1599 to $1399, and now to $999. Plus, now they have 20% off dell branded peripherals, reducing that price to $799.20. They have free shipping. And today's the last day they have a 5% discount too!
I've had this LCD for over a year now, and absolutely love it. Leon has one too. I get so much more work done at 1600x1200 resolution, and can stare into this beautiful monitor for hours on end without eye strain thanks to the LCD technology. It has VGA inputs as well as DVI (definitely something to look for) plus s-video and composite inputs, so you can plug a VCR in and use it as a TV as well. It's very bright at 240 nits, has 350:1 contrast, and a fast 25ms TOTAL average response time for quality gaming. This is what you do:
- Start here at Dell Small Business Software & Peripherals. DELLSB
- To get the 2000fp, search for: 320-4105
- Use coupon code: 72CAD81454CE for 5% off any purchase. Expires 12/11/02
- Finish checking out. If you don't have a business name, you can use your own name.
More information @ TweakTown Deals
Our DNS server crashed and burned over the past 24 hours or so for reasons unknown to us. Everything appears to be back to usual now. If you tried sending us email over this time, please re-send as our server could not receive any during this period.
We've finally got our very own edition of SiSoft's Sandra 2003 benchmarking program uploaded to our servers ready for you folks to download.
The new Sandra has been released. Here is a detailed breakdown:Download from Our Server (about 5mb)
- Gauge overall system performance in a flash with the combined performance index wizard and compare and contrast upgrading options.
- Supports the latest technologies (AGP 3, Hyper-Threading), chipsets (Intel 750X, 845GL/GV/GE/PE; SiS 648, 655, 746; VIA KT400, P4X400), controllers (SiS 963; VIA 8233A/C, 8235/L), Clock generator ICs and other devices on the market.
- Detailed context sensitive help for Tips/Warnings/Errors. Detailed technical definitions.
- Extensive reference results: over 50 different reference results from legacy to cutting edge systems. Can save your own and combine with the reference results.
- Burn-in wizard: improved monitoring options, can see in real-time the changes in system state as burn-in progresses. Can program terminate conditions in case of out-of-range states.
- Cooling system information: Can estimate thermal resistance to determine the performance of the cooling system, thus ensuring proper cooling for the processor(s).
- Multi-platform: Both ANSI (for legacy systems) and Unicode (native for Windows NT4/2000/XP/.Net) versions included in a single improved installer.
- Improved graphing options: users can compare the results in log, or inverse mode as well as standard linear mode.
Our friends and long-time website sponsor CoolerGuys have setup a special page on their website where you will find a range PC Toys "Power Maxx" power supplies for sale, at heavily discounted prices, for TweakTown Members only.
Prices have been slashed by up to $30 per product. Deals are good up until Friday; make sure you click the link below for further information.
More information @ CoolerGuys - TweakTown Special
I just wanted to take a moment to remind you all about TweakTown Deals - The Smart Place to Shop!
Throughout the day we post many different deals on products and services from all of your favorite online stores, 300 of them to be exact - and not just computer hardware. As well as daily deals, we have a searchable database of over 800 regularly updated coupon discounts and free offers, to make the SMART purchase, as we move into the Christmas season to get gifts for your friends and family at heavily discounted prices.
Remember, TweakTown is not only your place to keep up-to-date on all the latest PC information, but also your place to start your buying from and getting all of the best deals, discounts and free offers on a range of products. For an example, today AI Systems will include a free 17" NEC LCD monitor, $100 mail back rebate and shipping for less than $1 - How can you beat that?
Another sweet deal has just been posted on our new TweakTown Deals section - YOUR smart place to start shopping!
You can pick up a brand new Hi Val 48x16x48 CD-RW drive for only $39.99 after rebate, and if you spend $10 more on a separate item from OfficeMax.com you'll get free shipping. If you're on the market for a new CD-RW drive, you should pay this little bargain of a deal some attention.
It's that time again, time for another TweakTown Deal from our newly formed TweakTown Deals section. This deal is pretty remarkable, you get a brand new Dell Dimension 4550 Pentium 4 2.0Ghz computer system for $403.10 after Rebate with FREE Shipping. This is the last day for this deal, so jump in quickly - Here are the details:
Start here at Dell Small Business. DELLSB
Click on Featured Systems under Advanced Computing Tasks,
Excellent Value, NEW Dimension 4550 Now from $459
Update: Did you click on Featured Systems here? Make sure you
did, and NOT on Customize It. Clicking on Customize It is in the next step. If
you failed to click on Featured Systems, you'll probably not arrive at the
Click on Customize It under Advanced Technology, NEW Dimension
The options for the lowest cost should already be selected. If you decide to
upgrade something, remember, since there's a 10% off coupon, everything you buy
is actually 10% less than the price shown there. Here are a few that might be
worth your while (but will increase the final price):
40GB Ultra ATA/100 7200RPM Hard Drive [add $10] - (actual cost: $9)
16x Max DVD-ROM Drive [add $30] - (actual cost: $27)
New 64MB DDR NVIDIA GeForce4™ MX Graphics Card with TV-Out [add $20] -
(actual cost: $18) Note: This is actually
the Geforce 4MX 420 card, so it comes with SDR memory. Their specs are
Scroll to the bottom and click on Continue
Scroll to the bottom and click on Add to cart
Use coupon code: 38695016F661 to get 10% off. Expires TODAY, 10/30/2002.
Finish checking out. Shipping is free. Send in the $100 rebate. Expires
TODAY, 10/30/02. REBATE
Keep in mind, you can still purchase from Dell Small Business even if you don't have your own business. Simply use your name in the business name.