Bloodline Coverage: LAN Guide, The (Un)state of 3D.
Well it's 1AM right now, and my only mental functions consist of 'News' and 'Sleep', so I'll proceed in that order. Firingsquad has announced the final winner of their contest, so be sure to check out their site to see if it's you... after you check out our news of course :)
"The new Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 motherboard is based on the VIA K8T800 Pro chipset, and with a sticker price of $135CDN is quite a steal next to the competition. Like most Athlon64 motherboards these days, the SL-K8TPro-939 is very nicely equipped with IEEE 1394, 7.1-channel audio, Gigabit Ethernet, a Promise PDC20579 SATA/IDE RAID controller and the always useful Port 80 diagnostics card. There are five 32bit PCI slots, four 184-pin DDR slots, as well as a standard 8XAGP port. The Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 is probably a case modder's dream motherboard to work on. Its midnight black PCB and colourful expansion slots, IDE/Floppy connectors, DIMMs and CPU retention bracket give it a distinctive appearance."
"The MSI DR16-B is easily one the most affordable DVD writers around that doesn't skimp on performance. Our lengthy media tests concluded the drive to be high on the scale of media compatibility, something you should be mindful when shopping for a DVD writer."
"The current (un)state of 3D is about as confusing as it has ever been. Shader wars between 2.0 and 3.0, API wars between OpenGL and DirectX are already known and have polarized those who need to be polarized. AGP vs. PCIe is already getting kind of stale since there is really not much to argue about. But what about SLI vs. single card speed enhancements? Not to mention the necessary infrastructure of it all. And who was it who swayed the votes in favor of PCIe, to enable - in the final analysis - SLI? Last not least, whatever happened to product launches?"
"Ok, so you've booked your ticket and you're already to go to your first commercial LAN. This is going to be a big event with more than the usual few mates that you've had at other LANs. There's going to be far more to do, more to see and more to play than you've experienced before. It's essential that you go well prepared or you'll flake out after the first day so with this in mind, here's a quick guide on how to survive."