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Saying goodbye to ZDNet

ZDNet blogs has been my online home since 2004.  With the help and a lot of guidance from David Berlind, Stephen Howard-Sarin, and David Grober, I was brought in to the world of blogging and journalism.

March 27, 2008 by George Ou

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55W PC power supply powering the dual-core computer

Most computer builders in the world think I'm nuts for endorsing the use of 330 watt power supplies for a high-end performance computer.  Conventional "wisdom" says that anything under 500 watts is inadequate for an enthusiast PC.

March 25, 2008 by George Ou

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Fixing the unfairness of TCP congestion control

Bob Briscoe (Chief researcher at the BT Network Research Centre) is on a mission to tackle one of the biggest problems facing the Internet.  He wants the world to know that TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) congestion control is fundamentally broken and he has a proposal for the IETF to fix the root cause of the problem.

March 23, 2008 by George Ou

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HDMI survival guide for home theater

There's a lot of money to be made in the HDMI cabling and switch aftermarket and unfortunately that means a lot of consumers are getting tricked in to paying outrageous prices.  I've spent quite a bit of time helping my friends set up their home theaters recently and I thought I'd share that knowledge with my readers.

March 20, 2008 by George Ou

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The cheapest way to do VoIP is still analog

What happens when you want to just want a bunch of phones in your business, hotel, or organization and you don't need a bunch of fancy and complicated features on the phone?  It's simple, just get a bunch of cheap analog phones.

March 19, 2008 by George Ou

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Fraunhofer IIS shows audio technology at VON.x 2008

In the world where chip technology improves exponentially, acoustic engineering isn't so simple and it presents a huge hurdle to overcome to the world of telephony and video conferencing.  Fraunhofer IIS (inventors of MPEG-1 Layer 3 AKA MP3) seeks to tackle this challenge and showed off some of its research and upcoming products at VON.

March 19, 2008 by George Ou

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Japan's ISPs agree to ban P2P pirates

Four of Japan's largest Internet provider organizations have come to an agreement with copyright holders on how to tackle the illegal file trading on P2P (Peer to Peer) networks.  Comprised of about 1000 major and smaller Japanese Internet providers, the four organizations agreed to target flagrant copyright violators by first warning them and then banning them if their behavior doesn't change.

March 16, 2008 by George Ou

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AMD Shanghai won't get HyperTransport 3

HyperTransport 3 which was once slated for AMD's Barcelona server processors seem to be delayed again on Shanghai until some time in 2009 when it finally arrives for the "Montreal" quad- and octal-core CPUs.  According to page 21 of Mario Rivas' slides, the roadmap clearly indicates AMD's first 45nm processor Shanghai won't get the newer inter-processor interconnect and it will instead use the older HyperTransport 1 interconnects.

March 13, 2008 by George Ou

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Building the 200 inch 1080p HDTV

Yesterday I helped my friend build his 200 inch 1080p HDTV for his entertainment room and it was a beast of a task. But when it was all said and done, I think he was quite happy.

March 11, 2008 by George Ou

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Early photos of AMD Shanghai CPU

Credit: Fuad Abazovic, FudzillaPhotos of CPU-Z highlighting AMD's 45nm Shanghai quad-core processor appeared on Fudzilla last week.  It confirms that AMD's latest processor will have a total of 2 megabytes L2 cache (512 KB per core), and 6 megabytes of shared L3 cache.

March 9, 2008 by George Ou

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