New Year, New PCs?

“Consumers thinking about buying a new personal computer in 2005 might be better off putting off their purchase until 2006. With few major changes in PC hardware or software due over the next year, the PC of 2005 is likely to look awfully similar to the PC of today. Big changes aren’t due until 2006, …more

Major bug in PHP opens database security hole

“ A SERIOUS BUG in the popular PHP development language can leave databases wide open to intrusion if the proper security steps aren’t taken. A posting over the weekend to the development homepage of forum software phpBB highlighted the issue, which had already been picked up by security consultants Secunia on Thursday. The exploit, which affects …more

Prudence hammers AMD

“ SHARES IN AMD fell today after the Prudential [Didn’t it use to do pensions? Ed.] said that it wouldn’t be able to produce enough chips to sell in 2005. Maybe Prudential Equity has never visited Dresden, but we suspect AMD would love it if that were true. We think it could well suffer from overcapacity …more

Intel stressed out in Tom’s Hardware test

“USUALLY I burble on for a few paragraphs more en route to a complete wibble. But this stress test on Tom’s Hardware leaves me lost for my guid Scottish words. The good news is that after years of complaining, the good people on the West Coast of Scotland won’t have to pay to cross the …more

Half-Life® 2 Demo now available

Click here to download the Demo….but realize this monster is over 700MB!!! “By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original Half-Life, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life® 2 opens the door to a world where the player’s presence affects everything around him, from the physical environment to the behaviors …more

Via K8T890 delayed

“ IT’S NOT ONLY NVIDIA that has problems delivering enough PCIe chipsets. Via is sharing the same destiny, according to reports. The only difference is that has Nvidia pushed a few thousand Nforce 4 boards out already. Even though it was expected in the middle of November, K8T890 doesn’t seem to have come to market. We …more

Geforce 6200TC works slowly with 512MB memory

“ OUR DUTCH friend, winner of the INQ 2004 fashion award, has noticed something about 6200TC that many other people haven’t. When he tested NV44, Geforce 6200TC he didn’t want to follow Nvidia’s master plan. Nvidia advised people to use fast CPUs and 1024 MB of memory. That’s not any kind of entry level system to …more

HP pushes Athlon 64 Media Centre

“ A READER said he was staggering into the second to shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere yesterday, when a radio ad made him think he was hallucinating. HP was advertising an Athlon 64 Media Centre machine and during advert not only was AMD’s chip mentioned three or four times, HP also mentioned …more

Geforce 6800 GT/Ultra PCIe internally overclocked

“ KNOWLEDGEABLE SOURCES from Taiwan claim that there are too many PCBs that are waiting for NV40 chips. Nvidia is definitely failing to provide these chips to many of its customers. Geforce 6800 Ultra and GT PCIe are based on the good old NV40 core paired with BR2. Nvidia calls it NV45. Nvidia was happy to …more

Epox to make 754 pin Nforce 4 boards

“MOBO FIRM Epox will introduce a Nforce 4 754 motherboard, based on the Nforce 4 Ultra chipset. It will be a high end board and will support all but SLI. It won’t arrive before at least February or maybe even later in Q1, that’s the plan. For all 754 Athlon supporters and for Sempron 754 …more

Fresh Outlook

Firefox and the Netscape browsers from the Mozilla Foundation have grabbed a lot of attention lately, but no “ditch Microsoft” effort is complete as long as your e-mail is humming through Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express. After all, the Microsoft Outlook siblings are among the most popular targets for virus writers and worm mavens. Malicious …more

Browser Wars

Are you sick and tired of Internet Explorer? Have you grown weary of the constant vulnerabilities and patches? Do you scratch your head at sudden program lockups and crashes? Are you dismayed that Microsoft hasn’t lifted a finger to improve or enhance IE since it buried Netscape’s Navigator browser at the dawn of the century? …more

AMD 2005 CPU Roadmap Details

“SOME CRAZY Japanese fellows have got some juicy data on the road ahead for AMD in 2005. Once we pick our way through the funky symbols that our computers don’t display properly, there’s some good stuff in there. San Diego and Toledo are two names that you’ll hear a lot about, and not just because …more

AMD CPU Roadmap Update

“2004 is coming to a close, and it has been a pretty exciting year for AMD. While it launched in 2003, 2004 was the year that the Athlon 64 really came into its own. Prices dropped to more affordable levels, and performance was improved to the point where even the best that Intel has to …more