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Today’s Headlines
Yesterday’s Headlines
MCI WorldCom Lays Off 6,000 Workers
SETI@Home Connection Cut
CPUfx “Core” Review @ ClubOverclocker
Deal of Day – 512MB PC133 $180
8X FSAA on Giants: Citizen Kabuto
KT7E Hoopla
Abit Removed From AMD Recommended Mobo List
Babe Thread
All Your Base
Earthquake in Seatle
BXBoards Closing Shop

Today – Thursday March 1, 2001

MCI WorldCom Lays Off 6,000 Workers
Posted on 2001-03-01 07:20:20 by Mortin Comments:[0]

WorldCom is cutting costs big time and laying off 6,000 workers. Ouch.

JACKSON, Miss.–Telecommunications giant WorldCom, trying to cut expenses and increase profits, has laid off nearly 6,000 workers in the United States. Employees learned of the moves Wednesday, and nearly every segment of the company was affected, said a source speaking on condition of anonymity. WorldCom is the second-largest long-distance company in the United States. The layoffs mark just the second time in the company’s history it has let workers go.

The huge backbone provider hasn’t been doing too well lately. Check it out here.

SETI@Home Connection Cut
Posted on 2001-03-01 07:15:57 by Mortin Comments:[0]

SETI’s fiber optic connection was cut Tuesday, putting the search for extra terrestrials on hold.

The servers for SETI@home, which coordinates the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence via members’ PCs, have been inaccessible since early Tuesday morning. A note on the University of California at Berkeley Web site blamed the problem on a severed fiber optic cable. “Contractors are pulling new cable now,” UC Berkeley officials said in the note. “It’s expected that service will be restored by Friday, 2 March 2001.”

That’s a bummer. Check it out here.

CPUfx “Core” Review @ ClubOverclocker
Posted on 2001-03-01 02:59:41 by Darksword Comments:[0]

ClubOverclocker has some wicked cooling action going on today. They’re pitting the CPUfx “Core” against OCZ’s own Monster II.
Nicknamed the “Core”, this gigantic heatsink is carved out of a solid block of 3″ x 3″ x 3″ aluminum! Yes, this baby is solid CNC Machined Aluminum, unlike those cheap “extruded” heatsinks. The top is beveled for firm mounting of a 60mm Delta cooling fan. The bevel actually creates a seal around the fan to maintain the highest level of cooling air possible flowing through the heatsink. This unit also has two large bevels on the bottom side to help clear the capacitors on some motherboards. The “Core” will come as a kit that will include mounting hardware, copper shim and Arctic Silver thermal paste. As of right now, the cooling fan is extra.

At $70.00, this badboy may end up costing more than the CPU it’s meant to cool! : )

Check it out here.

Yesterday – Wednesday February 28, 2001

Deal of Day – 512MB PC133 $180
Posted on 2001-02-28 20:47:55 by Mortin Comments:[3]

I’m personally gonna order this RAM soon. It’s a 512MB DIMM of PC133 RAM. It’s not the cheap ass value crap either. This is true industry standard and it’s rated at 7NS. It’s also got only $5 same day shipping. Go grab it here. 512MB in one DIMM is something you can bragg about to your friends :). Plus it works on the KT7.

8X FSAA on Giants: Citizen Kabuto
Posted on 2001-02-28 20:38:18 by Mortin Comments:[0]

Here’s a couple pics of Giants: Citizen Kabuto running with 8X FSAA on a Voodoo 5 6000. Looks damn good… but only at 30fps.

Giants is a sweet game. Expect a full review once Icrontic Games goes live (it’s coming… slowly). Shake it fast – and watch yourself now!

KT7E Hoopla
Posted on 2001-02-28 20:31:35 by Mortin Comments:[1]

Here’s another WTF. OC Workbench claims they have some info on a new KT7E motherboard using the KT133E chipset.
AMD Socket A ATX Based Mainboard
With Ultra DMA 100, SoftMenuTM II Technology


lSupport AMD Duron 600MHz ~ 850 MHz or future Socket A Processors based on 200 MHz
lSupport AMD Athlon 700MHz ~ 1.2GHz or future Socket A Processors based on 200 MHz
lSupport 200 MHz Alpha EV6 bus for the AMD Athlon & Duron processors Supports

l VIA KT133E /VIA 686B
l Supports Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface (ACPI)
l Supports AGP 2X/4X
l Supports 100/133MHz Memory Bus Settings

No folks, we haven’t learned anything about the KT133E chipset yet. My guess is this is bull. Notice how it uses “Softmenu II” technology. Uhh… since when did we go back in time to use old BIOS’? Nice try… but don’t beleive everything you read (you’ll get a parking violation and a maggot on your seat!).

Abit Removed From AMD Recommended Mobo List
Posted on 2001-02-28 20:27:38 by Mortin Comments:[8]

WTF? AMD has removed all Abit motherboards from their recommended motherboard list for Athlon and Duron processors. Here’s what they had to say in a reply about the situation:

AMD continually updates its motherboard validation testing suite for the AMD Athlon and AMD Duron processors to ensure that all of the recommended motherboards listed on our public web site abide by our product specifications for operation. In recent testing, we detected that a few of the motherboards recommended on our site were not operating within our specifications and therefore removed them from our recommended list.

AMD makes no representations or warranties with respect to any information provided on our motherboard recommendation lists for the AMD Athlon and AMD Duron processors relating to the products of other companies, and expressly disclaims any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement with respect to such products. Furthermore, the inclusion of such information does not constitute an endorsement by AMD of the product.

If you are having difficultly booting your system with a board that you purchased and it was previously included on our AMD recommended motherboard list, we would recommend that you return it to the reseller to exchange it for one that is currently listed.

< Regards, < AMD OK WTF? I think AMD got pissed because everyone was overclocking their sh*t. Boo hoo hoo. Babe Thread Posted on 2001-02-28 20:22:20 by Mortin Comments:[0] Go have some fun in the babe thread. All Your Base Posted on 2001-02-28 20:21:30 by Mortin Comments:[0] has an article on the All Your Base dealio. PRODUCT A cult Internet rock video showing the syntax-mangling phrase incorporated everywhere on earth HOW IT STARTED Drawn from the 1989 video game Zero Wing, known for its awful Japanese-to-English translations JUDGMENT CALL This hip catch phrase are a mystery for us Check out the fun here. Earthquake in Seatle Posted on 2001-02-28 19:02:46 by Celcho Comments:[3] I hope you guys aren't so geeky that you didn't know about this, but... There was a 6.8 earthquake in the Seatle area today. The Sea-Tac airport is closed, so I hope you weren't going there or going through it to another destination. Anyone in the Seatle area, I hope you didn't suffer any damage. FLF Posted on 2001-02-28 12:12:31 by Celcho Comments:[0] Hope you guys enjoy Frontline Force 1.2, I am. I am sick as hell, but I will be sure to drink a lot of water :) BXBoards Closing Shop Posted on 2001-02-28 12:10:42 by Mortin Comments:[0] One of the best tech sites in the business is closing shop. As many of you who have been with us since May 1998 know, BXBoards started out as a hobby, and without any grand design on my part, grew into something much, much larger. Since 1998 the reviewing industry has changed, and I use the word "industry" because that is what it has become. Unfortunately page impressions are now king, with thorough testing now taking a back seat. The first review is vital, and unfortunately "first" and "thorough" are not compatible. As many of you know I've held down a full time job during my tenure and BXBoards and have often been working 18 hour days or more to give products the thorough testing they deserve, but after 3 years doing this its now time to move onto pastures new. Read the rest of his goodbye at the BXBoards Site. In other news the forums are back online. Tuesday February 27, 2001 FLF 1.2 Released! Intel Dropping 900MHz P3 Geforce 3 Previews Cyclone 5000 Case Review @ Overclockers Online x86 History @ Tweak 3D KDE 2.1 Released Two Version of Geforce 2 Go To Be Released Shugashack Changes To Shacknews Intel Buys VxTel EB Buys Up Barrysworld MSI StarForce 822 GeForce3 Press Release @ Digit Life Monday February 26, 2001 eToys Files For Bankruptcy FLF 1.2 Tonight/Tommorow Sequel To Asheron's Call Announced Home LAN Building Guide @ Sharky Extreme Sunday February 25, 2001 Triple-Boot without more than one partition on a drive! Awesome Socket A Cooler Shootout @ Overclockers Is 2-phase power enough for the Palomino's? Will The GF3 Have 256-bit Memory? Choosing Memory For Your Athlon Motherboard Global Win WBK38 Review @ Legion Hardware VIA 4-in-1 4.29 Saturday February 24, 2001 CStrike Action New Detonator & Motherboard Monitor What Not To Do To Your KT7-RAID