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Amiga. The computer that changed the Galaxy…

The story of the Commodore Amiga is the story of highs and lows. Like a Hollywood star burning out in front of our eyes. The Amiga built on Commodore’s momentum, the C64′s success and managed to go from the lofty heights of the being the number one selling computer in 1990 to being a part of a bankrupt company by 1994. The life of the Amiga had many twists and turns.

If you walked through the Myers department store – electronics department – in Australia during the late 80′s you would have seen a Commodore Amiga, chances are it was running one of the Boing Ball graphics demonstrations. These simple animations of a chequered ball rotating and bouncing around a window or three boing balls being juggled on the desktop was one of the great wow moments of computers in the 80′s. It was also one of the greatest pieces of marketing ever, these demo’s alone sold millions of Amiga’s.

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HOT NEW AMD 6990, Über Video Card…

AMD does foot long sub.

Do you always have to have the fastest, always want the best. Do you have a spare $700 floating around to spend on a video card? Well AMD has just released the AMD 6990 and it ticks ALL the boxes, it is the new king of video cards.

With 4 Gig of Ram shared between 2 video chips – graphics processing units – this is a serious beast of a video card. Hell I know of many desktop machines that don’t have that much memory in total. There are 5 video ports to drive 5 displays. More importantly this card will drive your ultra hi-def monitor – 2560 x 1600 resolution, actually this card could drive two of these ultra hi-res monitors.

If you have a desktop case or even a normalish sized case you can forget about this card. At just over 30cm long – 12inches – this card needs lots of space in your case. Even with an Antec 183 – an extremely large case – a drive cage needs to be removed to accommodate the video card. Power also needs to be considered before buying a card like this. In overclock mode this card will use 450W, so an 800W power supply is going to be a necessity.

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Solid State Investment…

Upgrading your hard drive to an SSD – Solid State Drive referring to the Flash memory as Solid not moving – is the best bang for buck upgrade there is. Upgrading other parts can be costly and involve many parts – upgrading cpu will often require new motherboard and ram , even then it may only give you a small percentage improvement. Changing to a fast video card can gain a lot of improvement in games but top end video cards are an expensive habit – over $1000 for top of the line. SSD upgrades can be quite cheap, and will bag you a considerable speed improvement. The speed you get with an SSD only improves certain aspects of your computer but it is all the good bits. Boot up time, applications loading and switching will al become a lot snappier.

32GB is not enough, no matter what the salesman tells you. Say to him no, bad salesman, 32 is not enough. If you buy a 32GB SSD and install Windows 7 Ultimate you will have 7Gig free, I have movies that take up more space than that. 64GB is the minimum for a Windows PC, if you want to actually install applications on top of windows go with 64GB. I can see the advantages of 128 as well, big apps like Photoshop, Premier, Cubase would quickly fill a 64GB drive, so for workstation type machines 128GB would be the minimum. Buy as much as you can afford over 32GB, if all you can afford is 32GB don’t bother, keep saving and buy the cheapest 64GB you can afford. In-fact the price difference between 32GB and 64GB is only $35.

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XBMC Media Centre Software, 10 Feet Tall and Twice as Wide…

So you’ve decided to build that media centre PC, spent the big dollars on the hardware, finished the marathon build, installed windows, now what. Very quickly you will find out that the normal windows interface isn’t so great when viewed on a TV, even a big TV. That’s where the 10 foot interfacemeaning visible from 10 feet away – of XBMC comes in. XBMC’s interface combined with the ability to bring together all of your hardware in the one place gives you the perfect way to work with you multi-media PC. Add in a remote control and you have the perfect multi media PC.

XBMC has a long history, starting out life as an upgrade to the original Xbox media playing software, a version for the old beast can still be downloaded. XBMC source code has been used as the framework for projects such as Boxee, MediaPortal, Plex, 9×9 Player, and Voddler. Many of these products display the “Designed for XBMC” or “Powered by XBMC” official XBMC logo denoting certified approval from the Team-XBMC developers and the XBMC Foundation.

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Just Be Thankful Boobs Don’t Run on Windows…

Just be thankful boobs don’t run on Windows.

At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, ‘If Ford had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.’

In response to Bill ‘s comments, Ford issued a press release stating: ‘If Ford had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:’

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