News for 2011-01-21

Internet News

* TechPowerUp reviews MSI HD 6850 Cyclone Power Edition (with dual mode BIOS performance/quiet) RBE might let you make it quieter but it's nice for casual users not to have to bother. BIOS switch requires opening the case and rebooting afterward but you can set it and forget at time of installation. This is a great way to sell a video card to gamers and SPCR aficionados both.

* Western Digital Hybrid Hard Drive in the Works? John Coyne, CEO of Western Digital, casually mentioned the hybrid drive during the company's Q2 2011 earnings call.

* The Quest Of Finding Linux Compatible Hardware - Phoronix.com gives an introduction to OpenBenchmarking.org which launches in February of 2011 in tandem with the release of the Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 "Iveland" software.

* NEC makes a mirror that checks for fever with an IR sensor. It's not cheap but technology prices drop fast enough that this will be affordable in a few years.

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