Seagate engineer explains Barracuda firmware issues
A Seagate engineer has given an explanation for the firmware debacle from last week. Here's a snip:
The problem with the 7200.11 series bricking, which has been in the news for the last month, was what really got the ball rolling. The Seagate employee says that is an old problem that was difficult to diagnose. A log or journal is written to in the firmware when certain events occur. If this reaches 320 entries and the drive is powered down, it will produce errors during initialization and not report information to the BIOS. Engineers quickly began work on a new firmware update to prevent this from happening.
Normally, a customer would go through the usual process of contacting customer support for the new preventative update and
There are now 1 billion of us !
Metrics firm comScore claims the global Internet audience, age 15 and older from home and work computers, has surpassed 1 billion visitors in December 2008.
Asia Pacific accounts for the highest share of global Internet users at 41.3 percent, followed by Europe at 28 percent, North America at 18.4 percent, Latin America at 7.4 percent and Middle East & Africa at 4.8 percent.
"Surpassing one billion global users is a significant landmark in the history of the Internet," said Magid Abraham, President and Chief Executive Officer, comScore, Inc. "It is a monument to the increasingly unified global community in which we live and reminds us that the world truly is becoming more flat. The second billion will be online before we know it, and the third billion will arrive even faster than that, until we have a truly global network of interconnected people and ideas that transcend borders and cultural boundaries."
The largest online nation is China (17.2%), followed by the US (16.2%), Japan (6%), Germany (3.7%), and the UK (3.6%).
comScore also provides some information about the most popular websites in the world:
The most popular property in the world in December was Google Sites, with 777.9 million visitors, followed by Microsoft Sites (647.9 million visitors), Yahoo! Sites (562.6 million visitors). Facebook.com, which has grown a dramatic 127-percent in the past year to 222 million visitors, now ranks as the top social networking site worldwide and the seventh most popular property in the world.
Monster Hacked, User Info of 4.5M People Stolen
Monster says they initiated an investigation and took corrective steps, and so far, have not detected misuse of the information. The company also says users may soon be required to change your password upon logging onto the site, but when I logged in after reading the bulletin, I was not prompted to change my password in any way.
It must also be noted that as a registered user of the site, I was not e-mailed or notified by Monster.com directly about the breach, and only found it doing my normal news-gathering rounds on the web. This is not exactly best business practice for a breach of this nature; it should be noted that Monster has a poor history of waiting before notifying users of its site of security risks.
Intel shows off Core 2 Duo E8700 specifications
If you point your browser towards Intel.com you'll notice the magic appearance of a Core 2 Duo E8700, which apparently Intel is prepping for release. The new Core 2 Duo E8700 processor will be clocked at 3.5 GHz, making it the fastest dual-core processor on the globe.
In the Xeon family there already was a 3.5 GHz processor, yet it's based on socket lga771. This new processor obviously will have a LGA 775 package. The processor will run on a1333MHz FSB, comes with 6MB L2-cache and has a 65W TDP, not bad.
SunBeamtech Acrylic HTPC chassis review [Guru3D]
A review on the SunBeamtech Acrylic HTPC chassis. A fully functional HTPC chassis, with proper cooling, front panel, UV lit fans all at a very sharp price of just 79 USD. Sunbeamtech offers their Acrylic HTPC case in two versions: a clear non-UV reagent acrylic (HTPC-T) or using a blue UV-reagent acrylic (HTPC-HUVB), the model we reviewed.
Though a Acrylic HTPC chassis might not be a logical choice for many unless you are living in Miami, at 79 USD is might make a really fine desktop chassis as well.
You can read this Guru3D review right here.
MS may owe $8.5b for misleading Vista logo
At the heart of a suit is an accusation that many of the PCs factored into the damages were given the Vista Capable logo despite lacking the graphics chipset or other hardware necessary to run all of the features in more advanced Vista versions, such as the Aero Glass interface.
Microsoft has publicly denied any attempts to mislead the public and already claims the damage values are exaggerated beyond what would be granted if the plaintiffs won the case.
However, internal Microsoft e-mail published by the court shows Microsoft as having bowed to repeated requests by Intel to certify a low-end mainboard chipset as Vista-capable despite Microsoft objections both before and after the certification took place. Intel chief Paul Otellini is believed to have met his Microsoft counterpart Steve Ballmer as part of this pressure and would thus suggest knowledge of the plan at the company's highest level
Danamics drops LM10 liquid metal cooler
Not really a surprize if I have to be honest. Danamics has given up on the LM10 cooler, which was world's first liquid-metal processor cooler. The cooler was released about two months ago but its very high price and disappointing performance made it an unattractive choice.
Danamics says the LM10 was meant as a limited edition product, and suggests a new range of high-end liquid-metal computing products are slated for later this year.
AMD Phenom II Overclocked to 6.5GHz With Liquid Helium -220C
Download FEAR 2 - Project Origin demo
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin tells the story of an escalating paranormal crisis that threatens to destroy a major American city. At the center of the calamity is the mysterious Alma, whose rage against those who wronged her triggered a chain of events that have spiraled completely out of control. Now that she has free reign, the consequences will be unimaginable.
Download the F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin demo for Windows XP and Vista
Thermaltake Element S Chassis
ThermalTake launched its Element S series cases, the S stands for silence, sophisticated, spacious, stream & speedy. The Element S case has anti-vibration and noise reduction material on the side panel, a stealth black interior, room for seven HDDs and three 5.25" devices, along with enough room for up to seven fans, including two large 230mm models.
In the beginning of a new 2009, Thermaltake presenting a whole new line of chassis
Palit launches custom GTX260 Sonic 216SP
Palit introduces their Palit GeForce GTX260 Sonic 216SP. The overclocked edition Palit GTX260 Sonic 216SP is the first custom designed graphics card that combines the innovative DUAL FAN cooling system with the high performance ad power efficiency.
Continuing the Sonic brand
Memory maker Qimonda files for bankruptcy
Owned by Infineon, Qimonda's bankruptcy will result in the majority of its 12,000 employees losing their positions, which is on top of the 3,000 job cuts the company announced back in October. Some of these jobs are in the US, though an unspecified number of the employees may be absorbed by Infineon. Qimonda is expected to continue its admittedly crippled operations and restructuring program with the support of a court-appointed preliminary administrator.
Download CoreTemp 0.99.4
Core Temp is a compact, no fuss, small footprint program to monitor CPU temperature. Intel and AMD published detailed, public information about the "DTS" (Digital Thermal Sensor), which provides much higher accuracy and more relevant temperature reading than the standard thermal diode sensors do. (How it works).
This feature is supported on all Intel Core and Core 2 based processors as well as the whole AMD's Athlon64 line of CPUs. For a full list of supported CPUs see the CPU Support List.
Download - click here
Download HWMonitor 1.13
The program handles the most common sensor chips, like ITE IT87 series, most Winbond ICs, and others.
In addition, it can read modern CPUs on-die core thermal sensors, as well has hard drives temperature via S.M.A.R.T, and video card GPU temperature. Special hardware monitors such as abit uGuru and Gigabyte ODIN power supplies serie are supported too.
HWMonitor does not need to be installed. Just unzip the files in a directory and run the .exe. In order to remove the program, just delete the files.
The program does not copy any file in any directory, neither writes in the registry.
New in Version 1.13:
- Preliminary support of Apple MacBook & MacBook Pro.
- Support of new mainboards.
Download - click here
Corsair Dominator 6GB 1866 MHz DDR3 review
Corsair Dominator 6GB 1866 MHz DDR3 review
Dominator 6GB PC15000 DDR3 RAM Tri Channel, 1866MHz, DHX test and review - DDR3 memory has become a every important and integral part of the Core i7 eco-system and obviously memory vendors jumped on that. Corsair released its a 6 GB (3x2GB) 1866 MHz Triple Channel memory kit at CAS latency 9, it's available under SKU (product code) TR3X6G1866C9DF and comes with a Dominator airflow fan.
To date this is one of the best DDR3 memory kit we have had in our hands.
You can read the full Guru3D review right here.
Intel 320GB SSD in Q4; new Turbo Mem & Havendale CPUs 2010
Intel are planning on producing 320GB solid-state drives within a year, based on the success of the company
Dell ships UltraSharp 22-inch 2209WA with IPS panel
With recent releases like S2209W, S2309W and SP2309W, We lost faith at some point if all DELL Ultrasharp has gone with cheaper TN film panel fabrication, boosting ridiculous dynamic contrast and fast panel response rate for the expense of color accuracy. Not so, apparently, there
chip claims multi-gigabit transfers on 60GHz RF
The Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology has announced a CMOS chip that is capable of transmitting 60GHz RF signals. The technology is claimed to be capable of wireless data-transfer speeds in the multi-gigabit range. Potential applications include high-speed short-range communication between desktop computers, data centers, wireless home audio or video systems, or moving gigabytes of photos and video to and from mobile devices.
The single-chip component integrates a low-power radio with an embedded antenna, while drawing only 100 milliwatts of power. GEDC researchers have experimented with a variety of configurations, reaching speeds up to 15 Gbps at one meter, 10 Gbps at two meters, and 5 Gbps at five meters. Tests also successfully streamed uncompressed 720p or 1080i video.
Ecma International recently announced a global standard for the 60 GHz RF technology, with the full specifications expected to be published as an ISO standard sometime this year.