Is Gary McKinnon a Crank or a Criminal?

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Jan 28, 2009 8:10 AM CST

The controversy surrounding Gary McKinnon is something to watch. The U.S. wants him due to the embarrassment caused by having supposedly secure military installations breached more than any real damage done.

While his lawyers want to keep him at home and have pretty much thrown every argument in the book out to keep him in the UK.

The question is; did McKinnon hack into the US DOD to look for little green men? Or did he know what he was doing. He knew enough to leave little notes saying that the security sucked. He also was aware enough to plan out the hack attempt by using a blank password scan.

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HyperFast said to vastly improve SSD performance

Cameron Wilmot | Storage | Jan 28, 2009 7:22 AM CST

Diskeeper Corporation has recently released an add-on to its popular on-the-fly defragmentation software "Diskeeper 2009".

HyperFast is a specifically designed application designed to optimize the performance of SSDs on Windows operating systems. They key benefits are said to be faster performance, longer lifespan and avoidance of operating system / SSD design incompatibilities.

But how does it do all of this? Using InvisiTasking processing technology, which works transparently in the background (no scheduling!), HyperFast creates and maintains optimized free space, increasing the controller's ability to write sequentially and thereby enormously increasing the peak speed and life of the SSD, according to the company.

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More info on 40nm RV740 and RV790 refreshes

Steve Dougherty | | Jan 27, 2009 11:23 PM CST

Some more details have emerged regarding AMD's move to a 40nm process with its RV740 and RV790 GPUs. Although not confirmed just yet, it's likely these refreshes of the existing Radeon 4600 and 4800 series could be released as the Radeon 4700 and 4900 series cards.

More info on 40nm RV740 and RV790 refreshes

RV740 and RV790 should be considered as a trial run for TSMC's 40nm process, currently "the most advanced manufacturing process" on Earth. Yes, it is plain bulk silicon, thus it is not High-K/SOI and this claim can be disputed. Then again, Intel always bangs the drum of numbers, and only numbers will count when the company regains the lead. When it's following TSMC, then it is usually talk about materials such as brilliant implementation of Hafnium for High-K process.

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Zalman's VF2000 LED CPU/GPU cooler pictured

Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jan 27, 2009 10:46 PM CST

Some beautifully presented images of Zalman's upcoming VF2000 LED have been published on the web which was first spotted at CES earlier this month.

Zalman's VF2000 LED CPU/GPU cooler pictured

The folks at Zalman have really put their heads together when designing this product; the VF2000 LED is natively a GPU cooler, but some additional retention modules also allow it to be used to cool CPUs (including LGA775 and AM2/AM2+/AM3 sockets).

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Apple launches 2.2.1 firmware for the iPhone

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Jan 27, 2009 2:55 PM CST

Apple has just dumped another firmware on the iPhone. This one is a small update to 2.2 and only includes a few stability fixes to Mobile Safari and one for mail images not saved to your camera roll.

As always if you have an Unlocked or Jailbroken phone approach this update with caution, you will need to reapply any hacks you have setup.

Read more here.

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XFX talks about ATi partnership

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 27, 2009 8:23 AM CST

Not too long ago the web was filled with the shocking news of once nVidia only partners switching to ATi. XFX a long time nVidia camp was one of these and many reasons were put forth to explain the move.

Fudo over at Fudzilla was able to talk to Cy Brown and get some more details. It seems XFX did not leave due to anything more than the desire to provide ATi fans with XFX quality products.

I am not sure if I believe that though, at the time when the decision was made ATi was on top and nVidia sales were plummeting. There did not seem to be an end in sight, nVidia was hurting from a few class action lawsuits, failed MCPs and the possibility that their GPUs were affected as well.

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Intel to add DDR3 support to P45 and G45

Sean Kalinich | RAM | Jan 27, 2009 7:45 AM CST

Intel's i7 is a performance powerhouse, there is no denying that. However the price premium has hurt its sales and the need to switch out the whole platform is not helping either.

To help combat this Intel is going to continue the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad line until 2011. There will be no new Chipsets but the P45 and G45 will be improved to allow for this extended life cycle.

According to Fudzilla this means improved support for DDR3 on the P45 and the inclusion of DDR3 1066 support and Windows 7 enhancements on the G45.

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 available

Steve Dougherty | Software & Apps | Jan 27, 2009 1:02 AM CST

Microsoft has just made available the first release candidate (RC1) of Internet Explorer 8 which brings some interesting new features such as web slices and Accelerator as well as a bunch of security related enhancements. It can be installed on both 32-bit variants of XP and Vista as well as Windows Server.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 available

IE8 focused on how people really use the web. Consumers want a browser that makes the tasks they do every day faster and easier. The activities people spend their time on define real-world performance: navigating to websites, working with tabs, searching, keeping track of changing information (like traffic or an auction), and using the information from one site with another (as in getting a map).

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MSI suits up GT627 notebook with GeForce 9800M GS

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards & GPUs | Jan 26, 2009 10:37 PM CST

MSI has just introduced the latest edition to its gaming notebook series, dubbed the GT627. This is MSI's first model to use NVIDIA's GeForce 9800M GS GPU for unprecedented mobile graphics performance.

MSI suits up GT627 notebook with 9800M GS

The styling is bound to get a fair few thumbs up with its anodized brushed aluminum finish and well matched color-scheme.

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ATi Catalyst Beta Program

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 26, 2009 12:35 PM CST

AMD/ATi might be looking to improve its increasingly awful driver support.

It seems they have started a beta program and would like people to sign up.

The link was sent to me by a friend who has become more and more unhappy with their ATi 4870 X2. With a slew of issues surrounding the 8-12 drivers he has been checking the AMD site for news of a fix.

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