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AMD Spider: overclocking

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Nov-2007 17:29

Yet another AMD Spider video, this time showing how easy it is to overclock the platform. The overclocking was done on the standard AMD Spider platform (AMD Phenom processors, ATI Radeon HD 3800 series discreet graphics and AMD 7-Series chipsets):

UPDATE: check the platform demo video too...

AMD Spider platform video

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Nov-2007 14:04

I got this video from a blogger friendly contact at AMD. The video shows the new AMD Spider platform - worth watching it:

The platform combines AMD Phenom processors, ATI Radeon HD 3800 series discreet graphics and AMD 7-Series chipsets.

Next week I will be attending an AMD Spider Webinar hosted by Patrick Moorhead, vice president of Advanced Marketing for AMD. He will explain the features of the AMD Spider and provide live demonstrations.

UPDATE: check the overclocking video too...

The justification for the terrorism raids (NZ)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 14-Nov-2007 09:05

Keep reading on if you are interested in local (national) politics. This is not a technical post.

The Dominion Post has published the evidence New Zealand police has presented to justify the raids based on the Terrorism Suppresion Act.

It is simply incredible that someone living in New Zealand says things like this:

Suspect tells another it would be good to kill Pakeha to get trainees used to killing. Also suggests making their own tracer ammunition and using tungsten projectiles to go through a "cop vest" and through "his f...... mate".
Bug in vehicle, recorded April 6, 2007.

"Get someone to assassinate the prime minister, the new one, next year's one. Just been in office five days, bang ... Yeah. John Key ... just drop a bomb ... Just wait till he visits somewhere and just blow them ... They won't even find you."
Two suspects in bugged vehicle, August 17, 2007.

"They want to start blowing shit up. You know, they want to blow up power plants, gas plants, Telecom, petrol f...... places and shit like that."

Two suspects in bugged vehicle, June 23, 2007.

"You know like the IRA in England ... it's gonna happen here ... I'm ready to die, mate. I'm gonna hurt this country, I've had a gutsful ... I wanna leave this planet making sure that I've done a f...... huge amount of harm to this country."

Suspect recorded on bugged phone, May 26, 2006.

"It'd have to be a, some sort of f......, sudden f......, because what it'll do, it'll come down on the thinking of the people, they'll think it's al Qaeda ... It's gotta be sudden and it's gotta be brutal."
Other suspect says: "Don't piss around with cities or doing the bush thing ... just go to Parliament."

Two suspects in bugged vehicle, August 17, 2007.

"No, I'm teaming up with the Maoris, we have to ... I'll come and see ya, I can't f...... take the white man on without the c...s ... I'm declaring war on this country."

Bugged cellphone, May 22, 2007.

"There's about 10 manuals ... There's the al Qaeda manual and that's f...... good. That's right up to date."
Later another suspect says: "That last exercise was a bit freaky for me, having a gun in my back."
Response: "High level of secrecy, we needed, you know, we need to test people."

Bugged training camp room, June 23, 2007.

Suspect X tells Suspect Y he is tired of playing games. Suspect Y says they need good planning so they don't die on the first day. Both worry about the enemy within their ranks and talk about needing 20 small squads, such as in Iraq, carrying out their own missions.

There you go. Read the full thing on Dominion Post's The Terrorism Files. Here's the editorial with the justification for publishing the files. Agreed with this:

That is more than empty talk. Police needed to treat that seriously and needed to investigate. To do anything less would have been to fail in their duty to protect New Zealanders. We believe that the police were right to act.

However, we also believe the public has the right to make its own judgment on the police's credibility, and to do that it needs as much information as possible, within the bounds of the law and within the bounds of fairness to all those involved. That is why we decided to publish.


How to get Geekzone up to date information

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-Nov-2007 15:51

Sometimes I am surprised to see how many people frequent our Geekzone Forums but don't realise we have news, reviews and others sections on Geekzone.

To make it easier for people to get up to date information from Geekzone, here is a handy list of features you can use:

Homepage: Yes, visit our Geekzone homepage!

RSS Feeds: We have lots of RSS feeds. The main Geekzone RSS feed provides updated information on the latest articles posted on the site Then we have a Geekzone Blogs RSS feed with all blogs posted by our users. In addition, each individual forum has its own RSS feed, so you can keep an eye on those discussion that interest you most.

Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget: If you run Windows Vista you can then keep an eye on all forum discussions as they happen with our Geekzone Gadget for Windows Vista Sidebar.

Geekzone Friends for Windows Mobile: Lots of Geekzone Friends? Follow the discussions, group messages and more using the Geekzone Friends for Windows Mobile client. In addition, visit your Geekzone profile page and grab the private RSS feeds.

FeedBlitz: You can receive a daily e-mail with new Geekzone items by subscribing to our FeedBlitz e-mail (sample)

Windows Live: We have a custom Geekzone Windows Live page with the latest information that you can add to your personal Windows Live starter page.

Windows Live Alerts: sign up to receive Geekzone notifications via Messenger or e-mail when a new article is posted on Geekzone. If you correctly configure your MSN Mobile account you can even receive a SMS when new articles come up on Geekzone!

And for the more social network inclined between us:

Twitter: Check the Geekzone Twitter feed.

Jaiku: Check the Geekzone Jaiku feed.

Facebook: Check the Geekzone Facebook group - no updates there, but a growing community of Geekzone users from around the world.

Microsoft no longer blocking GMail accounts from Live ID

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-Nov-2007 15:45

Last week I was alerted by a friend about Microsoft not allowing accounts when registering for a Live ID using an existing e-mail address.

I contacted Microsoft during the weekend and was informed that this was not their intention and it was the result of some wrong configuration.

I have just been informed - and confirmed - that are no longer blocked and can be used as a Live ID when registered through their site through the option to use an existing e-mail address.

All in all a very good and quick response from the Microsoft Windows Live team.


By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-Nov-2007 09:36

This is interesting... It looks like Microsoft allows some customisation of its portal. I found through referrals to Geekzone that PC manufacturer Lenovo is offering a Lenovo-branded site (

There aren't or though.

This is interesting because those subdomains are in general reserved for services (,,, and so on).

UPDATE: I found out that Lenovo and Microsoft have a deal since March 2007 on this (through ArsTechnica).

Zune v2 video reviews

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-Nov-2007 08:32

My friend Jason Dunn has published stacks of video reviews on the new Microsoft Zune v2 over at his site Zune Thoughts.

Below is a promotional video Jason's found in the reviewers kit. I won't be sharing his own videos because it is better for you to watch them on his site, with the associated comments.

It's worth checking these out - I won't publish individual links because he's posting a video for each interesting feature, so just hit the Zune Thoughts homepage and go from there.

Android: the first videos and Google $10 million bounty

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-Nov-2007 08:21

Google has setup a $10 fund to award developers who create the best applications for its new mobile platform, Android.

Below you can see a video showing the capabilities of this platform on a reference design device - don't expect to buy this specific handset anytime soon, but if all goes well, by the end of 2008 we should see the first devices hitting retail stores:

For more information visit the Android Developer Challenge webpage or the Android Developers Blog.

New forum on Geekzone: offers and wanted

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-Nov-2007 11:18

A couple of months ago we launched the Geekzone Jobs forum. It's free to post a job offer and to contact companies there. I hae received reports that some have already applied to jobs listed there - which is great.

Then last week we decided to create the Geekzone Offers and Wanted forum. It's just a forum where you can post something you want to sell, or you are looking to buy or trade.

Again there's no fee for listing anything there. But there are rules. Basically the moderators won't accept first time posters. If the post is not coming from someone that has already participated in the community then it will be deleted.

We will be doing this to prevent spam - and because it's a way of giving the known users the credibility they deserve.

In the future we will be working on some system to provide feedback on users' participation in all forums, so the system will be automatic.

Just as an example, Brad sold his HTC Titan only a couple of hours after posting it up for sale in the forum. He used the sale income to purchase the HTC Okta.

So it works, and you don't pay anything. So use it. Ad make sure to grab its RSS feed to keep an eye on new offers (each forum has is own RSS feed).

The Okta Touch on Geekzone

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-Nov-2007 11:03

I got an Okta Touch during the Okta Mobile launch, a week before it hit the retail stores.

During the Geekzone Moderators' Meeting the following weekend I was showing the Okta Touch around (of couse).

Just to show how impressed the moderators were, four out of seven Geekzone moderators now have an Okta Touch - replacing even some brand new PDAs.

A fifth Geekzone Moderator is complaining, but he's almost moving his mobile from Vodafone to Telecom just to get this device.

I can say this device was a big hit in some technical circles...

Review coming soon on Geekzone.

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