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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FISCAL 1999

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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 slots that …

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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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WINDOWS 2000

Windows 2000 was released generally on February 17, 2000. SP4 is now available. Extended support expired in 2010. Windows 2000 can use 2048MB of memory easily. It needs at least 64MB of memory but realistically 256MB is a more practical amount of memory. The IBM PC 300 GL came with 128MB of memory which is typical …

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WINDOWS BACKUP

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PC gamers frequently have to erase their hard disk and install Windows fresh to recover game performance. Windows has included a backup tool from Windows 2000 onwards. Problems with backwards compatibility can be dealt with using a virtual machine to run the previous version(s) of Windows as needed to restore files to a shared storage …

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THE SIMS

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The Sims was released on February 4, 2000 ny Electronic Arts. The game was developed by Maxis. The SIms is a simulation game. The game centers around a simulated suburban neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is close to a major metropolitan area. The inner structure of the game is actually an agent-based artificial life program. The influence …

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HARDCORE-GAMES.TK

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We claim proprietor trademark for the name “Hardcore Games” and the banner design which is present on every page on the site. Passing off as Hardcore Games™ is a common law tort enforceable in Canada. Its also a criminal offence which contravenes several statutes. The company handling the TK country domain ended up with a …

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OUR 1999 DIY PLATFORM

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We use a gaming grade desktop PC in the shop. During the day we use productivity tools. On the weekend we like to play games. The flexibility of the PC makes this possible. THE CURRENT SETUP CHASSIS iCute 640 MB GA-586TX3 430HX CPU AMD K6 RAM 32 MB EDO RAM GPU PCI Video PSU 350W OEM MON …

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