SERIAL ATA

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Serial ATA (SATA) is the new disk interface for consumer and business computers. SATA has several advantages over the older EIDE  with smaller lower cost lower cost cables. SATA supports hot plug which means that with proper support, disks can be swapped with the machines still running. SATA has advantages with servers which use vast …

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MOTOCROSS MADNESS 2

Motocross Madness 2 was released May 26, 2000 by Microsoft Game Studios. The game was developed by Rainbow Studios. Motocross Madness 2 is a motorcycle racing game. This game has issues with Windows 8 and above. In Motocross Madness 2, there are six types of racing: Stunts, enduro, Baja, supercross, nationals and the campaign-style pro-circuit …

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LCD MONITORS

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We use portable computers and they really made the LCD possible for the PC. When our Dell P991 monitor finally failed we replaced it with a parade LCD panels. Modern LCD displays are called active matrix. Each pixel is controlled by a transistor making it much brighter. Modern LCD panels now use LED for backlighting …

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CHASSIS NOISE CONTROL

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Many gaming boxes with several fans can experience excess noise. The CPU fan may also be noisy. There are some simple and easy steps to deal with the problem. A thin sheet of rubber like that used with a bicycle inner tube can do wonders. Cut into small ¼ inch squares, the rubber can be wedged …

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Paid to surf has been making a growing amount of money. How much we can make is not yet known. At least we are earning some much needed cash now while we work on the web site conversion from HTML 2 and HTML 3 to the new HTML 4 format. HTML 4.0 is generally a …

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DUAL GPU CARDS

Dual GPU cards for gaming started with the 3dFX Voodoo 5000 AGP card. The card needed a Molex power connector as the AGP slot power was grossly inadequate. Modern PCI Express slots have the same problem of inadequate power. MOTHERBOARDS One of the advantages of PCI Express was the ability to have multiple …

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STARLANCER

Starlancer was released March 31, 2000 by Microsoft Game Studios. The game was developed by Digital Anvil. Starlancer is space combat simulator. Starlancer is a video game that simulates combat in space.  The game is spectacular considering its release date. It is the year 2160. Mankind has colonized the solar system and two political entities …

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HAVOK

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Havok is a software company based in Ireland. They developed a middle-ware package which make it easier for game engine developers to make games look much more realistic. Havok Physics is their original package which povides collision detection and dynamic real time solid body action. Havok FX was a specialized version of the Physics that was …

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THIEF  II: THE METAL AGE

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Thief II: The Metal Age was released on March 21, 2000 by Square Enix. The game was developed by Looking Glass. Thief II: The Metal Age is a role playing game. The ultimate thief is back! with 15 new non linear levels full of things to steal and guards to sneak past. Gameplay is from the …

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DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT

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Digital Rights Management (DRM) has been associated with PC games starting shortly after the rise of the CD recorder. Early blank disks from Taiyo Yuden of Japan first came to market at around $20 per disk. Over time the cost of blank disks fell to below $1 each. PC games currently sell for about $30-$40 …

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