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Developers in the UK have introduced the world’s first zero-emission home, which could set the environmental standard for new homes of the future. The two-bedroom house features solar panels, water efficiency gimmicks such as rainwater collection, and a biomass boiler, which would run on organic fuels. Its advanced insulation ensures that it loses 60% less heat than contemporary homes. What is the significance of a carbon neutral home? According to BBC, about 25% of carbon emissions come from homes in the UK, which means that homes are a significant source of greenhouse gases. Moreover, in March Chancellor Gordon Brown announced that zero-carbon homes will be free from stamp duty, which gives... Read more...
The Folding@Home team is constantly striving to add support for more devices to join the good fight against diseases ranging from Parkinson's to Alzheimer's.  First they added support for alternative OSes, then video cards, and now a second gaming console, the Xbox 360, looks like it has a fair chance at showing its processing muscles off. The PS3’s in the distributed computing project has Xbox 360 owners curious if and how well their consoles would work on Folding@home. Peter Moore, VP of Microsoft’s entertainment division, recently addressed that issue saying, “We continue to look at this and see whether there’s real value,” adding that Bill Gates “quite frankly has had a conversation about... Read more...
After a long wait, the new Folding@home client is here.  No more need to run multiple consoles to get all those cores cranking away.  Keep in mind that HH is team number 32407. "We are pleased to announce the release of our Folding@Home Windows SMP client to open beta! Please keep in mind that this is beta software. There will be bugs. You may lose work. If you are looking for a "safe" way to complete work (and earn points), we do not recommend using a beta client. For those who are willing to risk a little more debugging and the potential of some lost work (and points), this is a wonderful way to contribute to the science and see... Read more...
So, you think you have the most impressive home office workstation this side of the galaxy? Before you say yes, you have to see what Stefan Didak set up in his home.  Up to 9 screens, numerous machines, tons of network equipment, storage galore, and even an Amiga 1000 thrown in for good measure. "The pictures on this page are of my home office desktop which, since I first published these pictures, have been causing a lot of chatter on various web forums and blogs. The attention my home office has received is quite stunning and way more than I would have expected." There are a ton of pics... Read more...
Astek sends word of their new "Low Cost  Liquid Cooling" solutions targeted at the Digital Home SSF PC... Digital Home PC made silent by new OEM liquid cooling solution Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco, September 26th, 2006. Despite the arrival of multi-core CPUs with lower overall power consumption, system level thermal management faces increasing noise challenges. Consumers are displaying clear preferences for diversified and, especially, smaller form factors why the future use of traditional heatsink and heatpipe coolers will be possible only with significant tradeoffs on either noise or performance.    At Asetek's IDF stand (booth # 106) the Low Cost Liquid... Read more...
Now that current and next generation consoles are equipped with processing power equal to a high end PC, we're able to do more than just simply play games on these devices. Now you can actually put your console to good use while its sitting idle, as Stanford's Folding@Home project may soon be available for the PS3(once the PS3 is out, of course). Folding@Home is a program which uses spare CPU cycles to simulate the folding of proteins, in an attempt to help find cures for many of todays worst disease, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. The Playstation 3 version of F@H will also contain some interesting graphical enhancements as well. "The network hopes to apply the new... Read more...
With budgets for top quality games now reaching into the millions of dollars, Microsoft is trying to broaden the developer scene by providing a fairly cheap way for your average joe to start developing his own games. As Joystiq.com reports, Microsoft has big plains for the XNA tools, which will allow developers to program a game on their PC, and port it over for use on a XBox 360. "The $99 subscription grants you access to the (tentatively titled) "creator's club," which will also offer downloadable sample games to help would be game developers get started. Unfortunately, these sample games will not be available outside of the subscription service... Read more...
Here's one that's going to anger many of you. Just when you though Microsoft's image couldn't get any worse, the relative new WGA tool is now a source of scrutiny.  It seems that the WGA tool is phoning home and transmitting data about your PC to Microsoft on every boot.  What kind of data you ask?  Groklaw's got the details. "No doubt many of you saw on Slashdot the article "Microsoft Talks Daily With Your Computer" or in Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols article for eWeek titled, Big Microsoft Brother, about allegations that Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage validation tool phones home daily to report information... Read more...
If you're in the need for more hard drive space, but don't want to add another drive to your computer, you can always opt for an external hard drive. Network storage drives are a conveniant thing to have, especially if you've got a home network going. "When looking for additional storage for your PC there are 2 choices; internal or external. When going the external route most people opt for USB or Firewire drives. They are fairly inexpensive and very easy to setup. How about storage that you can access from any PC in your house and even from anywhere via the internet? Yes I'm talking about network storage. Today I am taking a look... Read more...
The world's largest electronics firms have decided to use Bluetooth wireless technology to send high quality video between devices in the home, two industry associations said on Tuesday. The decision is expected to determine how hundreds of millions of televisions, video recorders and personal computers will be connected without wires by the turn of the decade. Until now, the global electronics industry has been struggling to choose a single wireless connection that is fast enough to connect a new generation of digital devices.... Read more...
CES 2006 is over and done with, but the last bit of coverage is still being published. Tonight Desightechnica shares their experience with their Home Video Wrap-Up, covering the latest in display and disc technology. "The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was a tough show this year, with two large convention centers to cover, plus all of the manufacturers' suites in hotels. As always, it was a tiring but exciting show. As I noted in my most recent blog ("Post Partum CES"), the two major themes of the show were 1080p displays in all screen technologies and the looming next-generation optical disk format war. Will this format war play out... Read more...
Sorry E.T., but SETI@home, as we knew it, is no more. On December 15, 2005, the classic SETI@home project will stop issuing new work. However the project isn't entirely done with, as they are merging with BOINC for other distributed computing projects(yes, aliens are still on the menu). You can get more information(and the BOINC software) at the SETI@home homepage. "The old SETI@home Classic project will stop issuing work on December 15, 2005. Anyone still running SETI@home Classic should deactivate it and install SETI@home/BOINC (see instructions under 'Getting started' on this page)."HotHardware is certainly no stranger to distributed computing... Read more...
Gaming news has been flooding our news box since the release of some major titles in the past month. F.E.A.R. is still one of the hottest topics, and today is no exception. Mr. Ghazi from TweakGuides has put up his F.E.A.R. tweak guide, which fortunately has some image comparisons for various quality settings in the game. FiringSquad is also indulging in the craze, and today they've released their "F.E.A.R. CPU Shootout" article. Enjoy the news! ATI Radeon X1800 Performance and Image Quality Article @ Beyond3D "The X1800 XT is able to open a reasonable performance gap to the other boards here, with it performance up to 38% faster than the previous generation high end board and... Read more...
Hey! I think my internet is working now. You know what that means? More news for you! Anyway, for your nightly news fix, we've a got Home Theater article from eCoustics, Logisys UV Reactive Molex Sleeve Kit from LAN Addict, and as usual... a little more. After this i'm going straight to bed, so goodnight! Home Theater Article @ eCoustics.com "Instructions on getting good bass from a subwoofer in any given room usually begin by suggesting corner placement of the subwoofer. And it's true: placing the subwoofer in a corner will equally energize all the room's resonances and maximize the subwoofer's output. However, one of the more bizarre aspects of how subwoofers couple with the specific dimensions... Read more...
The Actiontec Wireless Ready Home Gateway SOHO Connectivity - Copper Need Not Apply By, Dave Altavilla November 5, 2001     SOHO (Small Office Home Office) products have certainly gotten sexier with the advent of Broadband ISP services brought to the home and small businesses.  No longer are we limited to the primitive functionality of a simple ethernet hub.  Now we have technologies like Routers, Gateways and Access Points, which were historically thought of as higher end "enterprise" solutions, making their way to suburbia and the average home user or small office.  This new area of opportunity for various OEMs, as we mentioned in our review of a similar... Read more...
Home Grown Networking and Modems from ActionTec Electronics https://www.actiontec.com   Not long ago, "Home Networking" was a segment of the PC and Peripheral Market that did not even exist. However along with the huge success of the Personal Computer and the Internet within the mainstream and "Family/SOHO" (Small Office/Home Office) space, came the Multi-PC Household. Soon, for today's average family, one PC was not enough. It was as if the "Great Telephone Line Battle" was raged again but this time on a different precious commodity, "Computer Time". Now instead of hogging the phone lines for voice calls, Teens are sucking up MHz. and bandwidth in the Chat Rooms and Web Pages of the Internet.... Read more...
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