17th March 2004- David
you got it. We're back from the dead, sort of, with a review of
a new toy from CoolerMaster; the Musketeer 2. Sporting more cool
retro analogue dials with a smattering of color backlighting, case
mod enthusiasts have yet another gadget to stuff into their spare
26th January 2004- David
first 3 weeks of 2004 were pretty much a hectic time for me. Work
filled up most of my time, leaving little to no time at all for
the site. My apologies for that.
i'm back in action. With the first review out of our doors in this
fresh new year of 2004, we present to you our take on the CoolerMaster
Musketeer. Is it all flash? Or does it actually serve a purpose?
Have a read while we whip up more content to fill our pages.
23rd December 2003 - David
Christmas looming on the horizon, these past few weeks have been
really hectic. To start off, the past weekend was taken up by the
local PCFair2003 event, of which my company had a booth to promote
the magazines we publish; namely PC Plus Malaysia and PC Gamer Malaysia.
We also helped out with the FixIT DIY competition held by Gatum
Dale Sdn Bhd, one of our close associates. Additionally, I went
for the LOTR marathon in between, resulting in me having to haul
ass back to work the next day right after the 12 hour long movie
session. In 48 hours, I only had about 8 hours of sleep. Boo-yah!
To top it all off, right after the PC Fair weekend, we needed to
get cracking on our January issue of PC Plus, as i'll be heading
home to Sabah on Christmas Day and need to get all my writing done
by then. Ooch.
this will probably be one of the last few updates i'll manage for
8BallsHardware for the remainder of this year. What's it about?
Some nice speedy memory from Corsair; the TwinX512-4000 set, which
is a matched pair of 256MB modules rated for DDR500 operation.
been a great 2003, and i'd like to thank each and every one of you,
readers and sponsors alike, for all the support we've been blessed
with over the past few years we've been online. Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year 2004!
12th December 2003 - David
haven't done any case reviews for some time, and now's a good time
as any. We received the Enermax CS-5190AL-061 sometime ago from
the good people over at Enermax. It's a funky case with some unique
features which might appeal to the more non-standard folks around.
Have a read, and a great weekend ahead!
9th December 2003 - David
you're in the market for some quality and affordable memory, you
can check out our review of Crucial's PC3200 256MB modules. While
they're not exactly aimed at the high performance seekers, users
looking for stablility and quality should find exactly what they
need. Have a read.
29th November 2003 - David
you've ever wanted to have UV reactive fans that would glow without
the need for a bulky Uv cold cathode cluttering up the insides of
your case, the Vantec Spectrum UV LED fans are here to save your
day. With UV LEDs embedded into the frame of the fan for that UV-licious
effect, these fans will make a great addition to your case mod.
Have a read on the review we just whipped up.
24th November 2003 - David
(Tuesday) and Wednesday will be two days of public holidays marking
the Hari Raya celebrations for the Muslim people of Malaysia, marking
the end of the fasting month. I'd like to take this opportunity
to wish all our Muslim readers a 'Selamat Hari Raya'!
the review front, here's a quick look at another mousing surface
for all you gaming freaks out there. The Steelpad 4d is a plastic
version of the Steelpad 4s which we reviewed earlier, and a much
more affordable one as well. Have a read, while I spend the next
two days working on more reviews for you guys to read! ;)
a side note, the forums seems to be borked, for some reason. Since
it was never really brimming with activity to begin with, what the
heck. In the trash it goes.
10th November 2003 - David
been looking for a card reader which mounts into a 3 1/2" bay
for ages. Lo and behold, BeanTech drops the 9023 Plus 7-in-1 Card
Reader into my lap. It's a nifty device, with an excellent feature
which distinguishes it from all the other card readers on the market.
Have a read, and you'll know what I mean!
31st October 2003 - David
all you cooling freaks out there, here's our take on Thermalright's
SLK-900U, one of the best air cooling solutions you can get on the
got quite a few reviews in store; some memory, a motherboard and
a PSU are among the bunch we've got piled up. Check back soon for
a side note, awhile ago, our former Prime Minister; Datuk Seri Dr
Mahathir Mohamed, stepped off the podium of power and handed the
reins to his successor, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Being
the only leader i've known throughout my life, I wish all the best
to Dr M. It's been great, and I for one, appeciate what you've done
for Malaysia. You rocked muchly.
26th October 2003 - David
last week was pretty much hectic. 10 motherboards to review for
work, mucho headache. Thank goodness its out of the way. If you'd
like to see what I wrote this month, be sure to pick up the November
issue of PC Plus Malaysia on the newsstands in the first week
a side note, my WD 40Gb which I sent to Singapre came back earlier
this week. Pretty cool, considering it took around a week for
the replacement drive to arrive. Even though the replacement
is a refurb (from the 'recertified' label on the sticker on the
HDD), something is better than nothing.
also managed to rustle up a review of the Crucial Hi-Speed USB
7 in 1 Card Reader. Finally USB 2.0's reached the lowly card
reader, allowing the long suffering flash media users to transfer
their files much faster off onto hard disk. Definitely a boon
to those who usually have high density flash media chock full
a great weekend ahead!
18th October 2003 - David
The broke WD hard drive is winging its way to Singapore to one
of WD's partners who handles RMA-ed drives. Before that, I managed
to recover all my data via a controller board swap from a new
WD 40GB SE drive I bought. Guess I spoke too soon (again... shrug..)
when I said I wouldnt use WD drives again.
look at the current state of the HDD market shows that there
isn't really any difference between one brand or the other. Since
the drive I got was just RM 225, and comes with a 3-year warranty,
compared to similar drives from Maxtor or Seagate which came
with only one year of warranty AND cost a mere RM 5 less. Guess
which one I picked.
my PC back in semi-working order, its back to review time. Boo-yah.
10th October 2003 - David
much for new updates to the site and more new reviews. I spoke too
primary 40GB 8MB cache 7200RPM Western Digital hard drive suffered
a failure for some reason. Now it won't even be detected in the
BIOS. I've made the major blunder of NOT BACKING UP as well. Hopefully
my emails, contacts and documents can still be recovered. I'm still
waiting for a technician friend to check out my drive and see if
anything can be done to retrieve my data. Else, i'll be screwed
out of three years worth work getting contacts in the industry.
much as it's my fault for not backing up, i'd like to thank Western
Digital for a crap hard drive. The damn drive wasn't even a year
old. This time, i'll be trusting my data to a different
Here's a review i'd been working on before the drive crashed. Thank
goodness I had it saved in my work PC. :P Have
fun checking out Vantec's
420W Stealth PSU!
7th October 2003 - David
you've noticed, the site looks a wee bit different. New top banner,
streamlined navigation. Enermax is coming on board as a major sponsor,
so you should see their banner up in a day or two. Catch you guys
in a couple of days. Still a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff to do.
For instance, the forum needs quite a bit more work. Hah. ;)
21st September 2003 - David
the weekend went by so fast. Like poof, and it's gone. Ah well.
5 more days till the next.
for those who'd like to junk the crappy stock cooling solution
on their graphics cards, here's a review on the Vantec iceberq4
Pro VGA cooling kit. Looks good, performs good, what more could
you want. Have a read, and a great week ahead!
18th September 2003 - David
down to Subang Jaya roughly a little over a week ago, my house
was broken into two nights after I moved in on the 5th. Luckily,
I lost only some money, my NEC pocket PC (dammit!) and
my Canon Ixus V2. Goodbye digital camera. Thief even had the
common sense to take the PDA cradle and adaptor along as well.
Wierdly enough, my PC was left alone though my housemate lost
his own PC. Two days later I moved out *again* to a different
house in the same area.
now i've been in the new place a couple of days, with the phone
line just working a day ago and no broadband connection just
yet. Hence the lack of any updates on the site.
I managed to get a quick Multiplayer Guide on Line of
Sight: Vietnam by VoiVod; formatted, edited and uploaded.
Have a read while I get my life back in order. :(
5th September 2003 - David
afternoon i'll be moving house, down a bit nearer to the office.
Actually, work will be within 5 minutes walking distance. Heh. Maybe
that way, I spend more time working on the website and reviews than
sitting in the train on the long commute home. Good for you, good
for me. I hope. :P
the other hand, here's a review of an excellent piece of kit: the
A4-Tech Full Control Wireless Mouse. Its wireless. Its optical.
It also comes with four rechargeable AA batteries. Whats more, the
RF receiver doubles up as a battery charger, so you can always have
two fresh batteries standing by when the ones in your mouse go kaput.
Have a read.
25th August 2003 - David
you're looking for a nice compact fan controller, the Vantec Nexus
NXP-205 should fit the bill. It fits into a 3 1/2" drive bay,
and has four fan channels which each can support up to a whopping
18W of juice. Check out the review!
21st August 2003 - David
de dum. Remember awhile ago, when I mentioned we were going to be
having some changes around here? Well, look sharp 'cause they're
on the way. In a month or so, give or take a week, hopefully the
new project will be up and running.
17th August 2003 - David
our take on Arctic Silver's new kid on the block; Ceramique. This
stuff is taking over from Arctic Alumina in my system, nuff said.
9th August 2003- David
past week has been rather eventful, as I spent Monday and Tuesday
at the lovely state of Penang Island, where NEC had invited members
of the media for a tour of their factory. As a tech writer for the
local chapter of PC Plus I got to go, and came back with pictures
of Packard Bell's watercooled PC system, as well as a NEC MobilePro
E200 pocketpc as a gift. Totally unexpected, and totally cool. Damn
I love my job.
I neglected to charge my digicam's battery before going, so I could
only manage a few token shots of the Packard Bell WC rig. Nevertheless,
it does look cool. Check
here for pics.
a review of the Crucial Gizmo! 64MB USB flash drive for your weekend
reading. Wish I could keep it for my own use, but my girlfriend
staked her claim on it before I could. Ah well, i'll just enjoy
my pocketpc. :P
1st August 2003- David
the past week getting my Intel system ready, had to sell off my
AMD system to raise the funds to be able to afford everything.
at last! Whee!
23rd July 2003- David
resident gamer, Voivod's been busy behind the scenes of late,
and here's his latest take on yet another racing sim; F1 Challenge
16th July 2003- David
all you Springdale, Canterwood and nForce2 users out there, going
dual channel is no longer an option but a necessity. We check
out the Corsair TwinX512-3200LL memory modules. Are they worth
your hard earned jack? Check out the review to find out!
7th July 2003- David
a review of something i've put off for way too long. My apologies
to Gainward for the delay, my work and personal life came and took
over things for a while. Never again! *wink*
the Gainward Ultra/750 review, though it died while I was just about
to test how overclockable it was. Oh well.
29th June 2003- David
you've been looking for a decent hard drive cooler, heres a quick
look at CoolerMaster's CoolDrive3. Sleek looks, but how does it
perform? Read on to find out!
28th May 2003- David
for some memory? With prices being at an affordable level, upgrading
your memory isn't a bad idea. We take a look at some TwinMOS PC3200
Dual Channel DDR memory.
26th May 2003- David
its finally over. For roughly RM 70K including expenses etc, I got
me a piece of paper half an A4 sheet in size, along with a mini-CDR
with my degree on it in MS Word format. Not exactly value for your
thats one thing over with. Now to get back to the daily grind. :P
23rd May 2003- David
my Convocation coming up in two days, this week has got to be
one of the most hectic i've had in ages.
uploaded a new review, this time of something non-hardware; a
software review of Leading Interactive Utilities' SpeedUpMyPC.
While using this particular software may be seen as an insult
to geeks everywhere, I can bet your mom would have little trouble
using it. Have a read ;) and see you guys on Sunday night!
17th May 2003- David
took the chance to watch X-Men 2 and The Matrix: Reloaded back
to back this weekend. One whole night of eye candy. Pretty neat
movies, though the storyline for both were a little lacking in
also took the opportunity to wrap up a review of the Vantec AeroFlow
VA4-C7040 cooler. My NF7-S came back to me last week, so i've
been busy getting my test machine back on track.
be having my convocation (finally....) next Sunday, so updates
will continue to be a little sparse. :( Anyhow, i'll keep working
on finishing up more stuff for you to read. Have a great week
8th May 2003- David
really out of the loop lately, as I spent the last weekend back
in Sarawak for my grandfather's 80th birthday bash. Not surprisingly,
I discovered a whole bunch of relatives I never knew I had. Being
Chinese, this kind of thing is expected when a family gathering
of this size happens :P
work eating up a chunk of my time, heres a review of Sunbeam's rheobus
that I managed to squeeze out. Have a read :)
25th April 2003- David
a summary of the current promos we're either helping to promote,
or specially for our readers and whoever else that cares to stop
Fancy yourself a Malaysian, and want some RatpadzGS mousing goodness?
Ratpadz-SEA is having a promo where Malaysian readers can get some
mousing pad goodness for a promotional price. Check out this thread
for more details: http://8ballshardware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=400
Win some spanking new Corsair Memory if you're a reader of PC Gamer
Malaysia. Check here for more: http://8ballshardware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=403
you might have noticed that both the above are for Malaysian peeps
only. We're working on some more stff to get everyone else a chance
to be hooked up with some swag!
22nd April 2003- David
got the review of the BeanTech BT-84 Acrylic Case online. I took
so many pictures during the course of the review that uploading
look me a little more than half an hour on dial up. Anyhow, the
case looks sweet, check out the review for more eye candy!
deal for all Malaysian 8BallsHardware forum members. There's now
an Asian chapter of the famous RatpadzGS brand
name, Ratpadz-SEA (South East Asia). We've come up with a great
co-op deal for local readers, where you can get yourself a Ratpadz
for just RM 75.
All you need to do is be a member of the 8BallsHardware
forums. All you need is this promo code: 8BallsSlidingOnRatpadzGS
details in this thread:
get yourself some RatpadzGS loving, head on over here:
is the first of many promotions in the works, to give back to you,
the reader, for all your great support!
18th April 2003- David
a look at the Vantec AeroFlow VP4-C7040 heatsink. It's got the looks,
but does it have the performance? Read on to find out!
15th April 2003- David
posted a quick review of the Xoxide 6 Port Baybus. A nifty gadget
for those who would like a one-flick solution to switching between
high powered cooling for gaming and lower powered cooling for work
a side note, i'm currently suffering some setbacks, as my Abit NF7-S
appears to have suffered a dead BIOS. Initial testing reveals my
XP1700 should still be alive, though I don't really have concrete
evidence to support that. Oh well. At least I still have my Duron
and MSI K7T 266 Pro in service. Still, it's going to suck. Ah, life!
6th April 2003- David
a look at a new release from CoolerMaster, the Aero 7. While the
looks are sure to remind you of the Noisecontrol Silverado, this
copper heatsink looks to perform rather well. How well? Read on
to find out!
3rd April 2003- David
month, and lots more in store. How was your April Fool's Day?
30th March 2003- David
for some thermal compound to replenish your stock? We checked out
some thermal paste from ESG Associates of Nanotherm fame, including
a sneak peek at some of their experimental Nanotherm EXP. Have a
read, you might find something you like.
today i'll be heading to the first installment of PCFair 2003 here
in Malaysia. I'll be snapping some pics to share with you all, so
check back soon!
23rd March 2003- David
contribution by Anion, about how he lapped his heatsink. Not exactly
the definitive guide to lapping, but this guide shows the basic
details of getting started with lapping.
2: Heres another review for you guys to read; the Crucial
USB 6-in-1 Portable Card Reader. Nifty gadget, really. Makes downloading
the pictures from my new Ixus V2 all the more easier :P
22nd March 2003- David
there's a little update on the Speeze CoolCat heatsink review we
posted earlier. This time, we manage to scrounge up an Intel system,
courtesy of Anion, who helped out with P4 testing. Check out the
20th March 2003- David
a little note; within the next month or so, you should start seeing
major changes around here. We've got major plans for the future
of 8BallsHardware, and we hope you'll stay to enjoy the ride :)
16th March 2003- David
I should really start updating the front page more often. I haven't
been posting news much, sorry about that. :P
site news up first. We've just started off a Folding@Home effort,
aptly titled Folding@Malaysia. Now though this is named as such,
we aren't strictly only for Malaysians. Anyone can join up. We're
just naming it like so because three local web presences, namely
and DXPose have
teamed up in our efforts for a joint F@H collaboration. Find out
more about it in our forums, this
section to be more precise!.
posted up a review of Skyhawk's PSR5601 Aluminum case. A pretty
decent case, though it could do with some improvements. Go have
the meantime, more reviews in the pipeline, have a great week ahead!
9th March 2003- David
been an interesting week so far, with some new items arriving in
the 8BallsHardware testlabs for evaluation. What's in? Among others,
a Thermalright SLK800A. Hopefully, within the next few days I should
begin rebuilding my main machine, and then finally overclocking
my XP1700+ Tbred B. I've some friends who have the exact same CPU,
stepping and all, and they all hit at least 2GHz on average, so
hopefully mine should do the same.
posted up a review of a racing wheel, the Logitech MOMO Racing Wheel,
to be exact. Voivod checks out the latest addition to his gaming
setup. Read the review so see what he thought of it!
4th March 2003- David
up, a review sent to me from Anion, a shot at Lamps Electronics
UV cold cathodes. Neat stuff, providing you have UV reactive stuff
inside your case.
up will be a review of a gaming wheel, namely the Logitech MOMO
Racing Wheel. I hope to have that one edited and posted in the next
day or so, courtesy of Voivod, our resident gaming nut and contributor.
Keep those peepers peeled!
1st March 2003- David
comes March. February had its ups and downs. On the downside, I
lost my job. Bleh. On the upside, our traffic jumped to an all time
shy of 200K pageviews. Also, I managed to land a new job with
a publishing house that handles the local version of PCPlus, originally
a UK fave.
hope March turns out even better!
27th February 2003- David
something I got from Gainward, pics of their NV30 box!
23rd February 2003- David
a review of the Spire CoolCat, a combination cooler which supports
not only socket processors, but P4 systems as well.
offline for a few days, modem got hit by lightning, but the rest
of my stuff was safe! Phew! More content coming up, keep coming
20th February 2003- David
an update to the A7N8X Deluxe article, with a bit of information
pertaining to DualDDR, which also corrects a statement I made in
the original review.
heres a quick look at a Tricolor Cold Cathode kit from Lamps Electronics,
including their Sound Sensitive module. It's got short video clips
of the items in action, courtesy of Anion!
17th February 2003- David
something to start your week off, a review of the A7N8X Deluxe.
I'm pretty much very impressed with this motherboard, to the extent
I awarded it an Editor's Choice Award, the first time ever we've
given out such accolades to any product. My first experiences with
an nForce2 board were nothing short of excellent.
a good week ahead!
11th February 2003- David
The wonders of dial up internet access.
Here's a quick tutorial on how to make your own DIY rounded IDE
cables, submitted by a regular reader.
there's any of you who'd like to see your work/articles published
here, feel free to send them in!
5th February 2003- David
Its good to be back in Kuala Lumpur, though the holidays back home
were stupendous. One of the more relaxing holidays i've had in ages.
Year of the Goat sees me literally losing my job, as i've been relegated
to contract worker status for the next month. After that, i'm gone.
Whee. So much for working my ass off the past month, ay? This says
lots in terms of employee loyalty nowadays. Its all about the money.
Sure, give the head honchos a raise, while booting off us small
fry. On a more positive note, this can be somewhat of a blessing
in disguise, making me think about what to do now. Find another
job? Continue my studies? Ponder ponder. Can you hear those gears
in my brain grinding yet?
the review front, heres a quick look at the Akasa PaxMate Acoustic
Absorption Mats, courtesy of Xoxide. This comes from a guest writer,
Anion, who makes his debut to the world of reviewing.
26th January 2003- David
uploaded a review of the Asus V8420 Deluxe Geforce4 Ti4200 graphics
card. It's basically a Ti4400 or even a 4600 in a Ti4200's body,
while carrying the cheaper pricetag. Check it out!
a side note, i'll be heading back home to Sabah on the 30th for
the Chinese New Year celebrations, and back to Peninsular Malaysia
on the 5th. I hope to have more reviews for you by then.
15th January 2003- David
around to picking the winners from the recent Forums giveaway, if
you think you're one of them, check
it out here!
13th January 2003- David
posted Voivod's look at GT Racing 2002, the latest hot mod for Electronic
Arts F1 2002. Looks like a pretty interesting game, I might just
pick up F1 2002 and download GTR2002 and try it out!
11th January 2003- David
is quite belated, but Happy New Year 2003! First off, i'd like to
apologise to everyone who keeps coming back to the site to find
that it's been left for dead for the past month, with only the forums
giving any indication of life. Work's been hectic, and rather demanding,
given that my job specifications have changed. For the worse, or
for the better, I can't really say, except that this beats being
jobless anytime. :P
just uploaded a short review from Jerome, of the iRock BLiNG CD-MP3
player. Pretty cool gadget, and looks way better from the alternatives
available locally. Check it out, if its your thing ;) I'm also in
the middle of editing a game review, GT Racing 2002, which should
up uploaded later tonight. It's 3am, and i'm off to bed.
good to be back, i'm hoping that this coming year will be a better
one than the last, both for everyone, myself, and 8BallsHardware.
I haven't forgotten the Forums contest, winner details will be up
10th December 2002 - David
away for quite a bit, the holidays were wonderful, a chance to catch
up on sleep as well as finish up a bunch of benchmarks. The week
is turning out to be a bit of crap, as i'd just discovered my probation
period at work was extended by another 2 months. Whee. Just cause
I was reassigned from one boss to another. Some excuse that was.
I uploaded a quick take at CoolerMaster's copper and aluminium ramsinks.
Pretty spiffy stuff, although a little on the small side. Check
5th December 2002 - David
uploaded a review of the CoolerMaster ATC 4000 SX-1 case. Swank,
fricking huge, and also functions as a rackmount case. Style, functionality
and a bleeding wallet, all in one package. Check it out!
I probably won't be around till Monday next week. The reason? 'Hari
Raya' holidays here start Friday. FYI, 'Hari Raya' is the
Malay term for the celebration of the end of the month of Ramadan,
and the start of Syawal (i think), for Muslims over here. I'd like
to take this opportunity to wish our Muslim readers a very happy
Hari Raya. :)
2nd December 2002 - David
month, and pretty soon, a new year. We'll be roughly 2 years old,
and we've come quite a long way since then. I should be posting
up news of a competition later in the day. Keep your peepers peeled!
a side note, our Malaysian-flavored buds, Adrian's
Rojakpot have sprouted back up from the dead. They've got a
new look, a new back-end, and are raring to go! Head on over and
OK, Just launched the compo, see
here for details.
29th November 2002 - David
the links page today, cleared off some junk from it too. I'll be
at work on more reviews this weekend, be sure to check in next week
for more! Have a great weekend!
Also uploaded a quick look at Xoxide's 80mm acrylic laser cut fan
grills. Check it out.
28th November 2002 - David
a good friend of mine, wrote up a review on a software by Leading
Interactive Utilities, WinBackup. It seems like something every
computer would find useful in backing up important files. Check
27th November 2002 - David
is nearly coming to an end, and what a month it was! We broke our
previous traffic record, plus hit 100K pageviews for the first time
ever. I'm bogged down with lots of stuff to review, we've got a
forums competition to launch in a few days, and things have never
looked better. Except for the fact that i'm dead broke. You can't
have everything, I suppose. :P Cheerio!
25th November 2002 - David
a tutorial for all you UT2003 mapbuilder-wannabes out there, specifically
for those who'd like to create those cool teleporters in your own
UT2K3 maps. Jerome's been working on this one for some time, so
here's his first tutorial (hopefully more to come ;)
) for your perusal!
22nd November 2002 - David
another cooler review, also from a Fanner subsidiary. Check it out
:) I'm putting the finishing touches on the competition that i'm
about to launch. Probably going to announce it on Monday. Till then,
have a great weekend!
19th November 2002 - David
a cooler review, haven't seen one of those on the site for ages
;) I've got one more to complete writing, then its a bunch more
stuff, including 3 different rheobus kits. My primary concern is
to get the Asus A7N8X review out. That's one kick-ass board, by
the look of the box and it's contents.
month's traffic has been tremendous, partly due to the DDR comparison
review as well as the A7V8X review. This is extremely encouraging,
to say the least. Lets hope it keeps up!
18th November 2002 - David
weekend was, to me, rather uneventful. Aside from finishing up some
heatsink testing my time was spent meeting up with probable future
collaborators for a tech-review site.
to work, I checked out a couple of the big name sites, like I usually
do each day. Surprisingly, [H]ardOCP was in quite a bit of a quandary,
after some readers discovering flawed numbers in their P4 3.06Ghz
review. Suffice to say, a whole bunch of their regular forumers
were banned for voicing their opinions and the offending benchmark
numbers image was replaced with another (without any notification
or updates on the site). A furor erupted on forums of other sites,
complaining about the lack of transparency, as well as a lot of
speculation on the reasons why Kyle & Co. edited the numbers,
as well as the banning spree that occured. Numerous threads on the
HardForums concerning the topic were deleted, the thread starters
Big trouble for the [H]ers.
reading through a whole bunch of discussion threads, only one stood
out as making the most sense. Post 790 in here.
He sums up the whole idea pretty well too.
Kyle might have screwed up, neither did he attempt to explain the
rash of bannings on the forums. I'd like to think that his actions
up to this point don't really justify the rest of the hardware world
dumping on him just because of '48 hours of crap', to quote
from Zroc. I mean, most of the finger pointing done by the majority
of the newly anti-[H] haven't been really civil either. Nevertheless,
the damage has been done. We'll just see what else happens from
this point onwards.
14th November 2002 - David
something different for a change. A reader, who goes by the nick
'voivod', submitted a game review, Hitman2: Silent Assassin.
Check out his take on the game, and discuss it in the forums if
you have anything to say about it. Lots of screenshots, also in
large high res versions.
welcome contributions from everyone out there, so long as it's well
written and interesting.
11th November 2002 - David
the site logo for a bit last week, feedback was basically that it
sucked. Heh. I suck at photoshop anyway. Changed back to the previous
logo as a result. Anyhow, here's another look at some more cold
cathodes, this time from Lamps Electronics. Expect a heatsink review
or two by the week's end.
8th November 2002 - David
posted an article comparing the Corsair XMS 3200, Corsair XMS 3500,
Mushkin DDR400, Crucial PC2700, as well as my older Crucial PC2100.
Have a read.
do check out our forums,
i've got a competition planned for it. Should have something about
it by next week. Registration is free, so come on in!
a good weekend ;)
5th November 2002 - David
was a public holiday, Deepavali, the Festival of Lights. Best wishes
to all readers who celebrate the occasion.
the forums up, still tweaking here and there, but so far, it looks
good to be officially launched next week. Check out the forums (linked
in the nav menu above), hump around and get back to me if you find
any problems with it.
also just completed testing out 4 sticks of memory, the Corsair
XMS 3200, Corsair XMS 3500, Mushkin DDR400, Crucial PC2700, as well
as my older Crucial PC2100. the review should be done in a day or
31st October 2002 - David
a quick look at the Sunbeam 4" Cold Cathode Kit. For something
so small, it puts out a decent amount of light, and can fit in really
snug spots. Check it out!
30th October 2002 - David
OC article I wrote for InTech finally appeared here: http://star-techcentral.com/tech/story.asp?file=/2002/10/29/prodit/mywordup29&sec=prodit.
good feedback from some readers, so far. The best thing I like about
the whole thing is, my site just got a whole lot more exposure to
local readers. Keep it coming, fellas!
29th October 2002 - David
my Overclocking article published in the local technology section,
InTech, in the local paper, TheStar,
today. (Try saying that 5 times as fast :P)Don't
know if it'll be included in the online edition of TheStar, but
when I checked, whetever was online was last week's stuff. The article
was a rehash of my original Duron
Overclocking article. Realised that I left quite a bit out,
beats me how I could have left the article a tad incomplete. Hopefully,
they'll let me submit a follow up.
cool to see my name in print for the first time ever :D
28th October 2002 - David
got all my stuff moved into my new room, with the exception of the
bed. That'll have to wait till I can get a lorry to move it to the
new place, thus leaving me with the floor and a mattress to sleep
on. On the bright side, the new room is 4 times the size of the
old one, and is better ventilated. This means I can set part of
the room aside as a 'test lab' of sorts.
I can finally start on the multitude of reviews that were supposed
to be done last week :P
24th October 2002 - David
my stuff is in my new room. The other half is in my current room.
My digicam is in the new room. So, no reviews this week. Bugger.
Shifting is a bitch when they won't let you move in just yet.
21st October 2002 - David
got the A7V8X review done. Man, this is one kick-ass motherboard.
I also discovered a few things about my hardware I never knew. For
instance, did you know that my 2x 256MB PC2100 Crucial memory can
hit 190 MHz at aggressive memory timings? W00t!! Man,
I don't regret spending all that dough getting those sticks when
Crucial memory first hit Malaysian shores in retail shops.
next few reviews will primarily be based on either cooling or casemodding
accessories. Lots of stuff in the works. The next few weeks are
going to be busy!
16th October 2002 - David
writing the A7V8X review, though I haven't started on the OC-ing
tests just yet. The week so far has been busy for me, especially
since i've been getting home around 9pm or so each night after work,
which leaves very little time for the site. Nevertheless, once I
get this over with, everything should be as peachy as before.
has also agreed to sponsor 5 blue LED fans for the upcoming forums
launching giveaway. I'm still trying to round up a couple more sponsors,
to sweeten the pot.
11th October 2002 - David
weekend will be spent finishing up the A7V8X review, just a couple
of benches more to go, and the I can commence overclocking the hell
out of it. After the mobo, i've got a rheobus, a few heatsinks,
and a fan roundup in the works.
on a forum too. Hope to get it done soon, and as usual, i'll be
holding a giveaway to commemorate the forums. Possibly anothe redesign,
though that's for much later.
a good weekend :)
10th October 2002 - David
it Thursday already? Man. Time flies by really fast. I discovered
my MSI KT266A ARU mobo i'm using to compare to the Asus A7V8X has
problems with Geforce4 cards. Probably an isolated incident, but
it wouldnt work with my MSI Ti4200 I sent in for RMA the other day,
neither would it work with an Asus Ti4600 I got on loan from Asus.
Luckily, a friend of mine from OP Multimedia saved my ass with a
128MB Radeon8500, which worked in the MSI board. Bugger. That means
I RMA-ed my MSI card for nothing. Bugger.
7th October 2002 - David
working on a motherboard review at the moment, so things might be
a tad slow around here. Jerome is working on the forum software
for the new 8BallsForums (or whatever we'll call it later). Things
are looking up for us, though it's still me and Jerome handling
the site. Jerome, buddy, if I didn't know you, i'm pretty much sure
i'd be so bogged down I wouldn't know what to do :D
a bunch of new contacts and new stuff in for review soon, the hookup
with local distributors is definitely a good one this round. Keep
your eyes peeled for new developments around here. Till the next
2nd October 2002 - David
hour or two after I posted the irock! 520 article, the server was
taken down by some wacko hacker. Actually, not just the 8BallsHW
server, but the server farm where our server is colocated, had some
problems, and a couple of other servers were also taken down. About
7pm local time last night, the server was back up, with no data
loss whatsoever. Phew.
during the day i'll be posting the ShatteredWeb appliques review,
just a little more fiddling to go with the article!
The appliques review posted, have a read. I'm just about to leave
work, so i'll post the news tomorrow. ;)
1st October 2002 - David
a review of the irock! 520 mp3 player from Jerome. It looks sweet,
though it's design reminds me a lot of a similar model from Compaq.
Go and have a read :)
be done with the ShatteredWeb appliques review by tonight. I could
have gotten it done earlier, but I had scalded half my left hand
with hot soup last night. Now its tingling, itchy, and uber-tender.
I now know how it feels to be cooked. Strangely, I felt the urge
to sprinkle some salt and pepper on my boiled extremities and have
a taste. Or maybe not.
24th September 2002 - David
In Tech article should be done by today hopefully. Then the next
step is hoping that it's approved. If all goes well, I should see
my name in print pretty soon :P
a little shuffling with the site. Re-added archiving. I guess for
now news will continue to be done manually, since I have some free
time during work each day.
ShatteredWeb review is still in the works, pics all taken, just
the writing left to do. Keep your peepers peeled!
Tuesday, 17th September 2002 - David
still hurts, but nowhere as bad as on Sunday. Must be the cheapo
mattress I got when I moved into my rented room. *&^$^%#^%#^$^&
the Coolermaster LED fan, and it looks darn sweet. Expect a review
by tomorrow ;)
16th September 2002 - David
how some companies can offer to sponsor giveaways, and then keep
silent when contacted about the prizes for the winners. The Siteworks
Pro giveaway ended sometime ago, after a few extensions given my
lack of time to work on the site. Now they claim the prizes have
been sent, whereas I had never even contacted them about the winners
yet. I'll see if I can dig up some stuff I may have lying around,
and send that to the winners instead.
a side note, I've posted a review of a Spire alumiun heatsink, performs
pretty well. Had this done awhile back but was lacking a working
computer to actually finish editing the review. Next up is a review
of the Coolermaster LED fan, a short one, in the next day or two.
After that is a look at some window appliques from the Shattered
got my back hurt last Saturday night doing some laundry. Handwashing
bent over a pail will do that to ya. Now i'm sitting in my work
chair, and it hurts like heck. Hope it's just a pulled muscle. Ouch.
Thursday, 12th September 2002 - David
my system into the PC12 yesterday, I had to use a spare MSI kt266A
board, as my Soltek was sent for RMA. As my lousy luck would have
it, somehow my MSI ti4200 128MB baby decided to screw up on me.
Wierd vertical colored lines abound each time I tried to post the
machine. Brought it to the office, it works fine. Wierd. Tested
it at a friend's PC store during lunch, also fine. Double wierd.
Brought it back to where I bought it from, crapped up. The result?
I need to rip out the TNT2 Vanta a friend loaned me from my office
machine to bring back. Hope I didn't bork anything else. Bloody
OS seems borked too. Prolly from all the resetting I did trying
to get the machine to post.
I guess that puts the brakes on the couple of reviews i've been
11th September 2002 - David
the first anniversary for the WTC incident, my thoughts go out to
all who lost loved ones in the tragedy. Lets hope nothing else on
this scale happens ever again.
a side note, I got a second hand Lian Li PC12 with window + 92mm
blowhole cut in it, all for RM 250! Thats roughly USD 65++ for the
non-Malaysian readers :) Got a great deal on it, as the case is
in quite good condition, a minor scratch here and there, but nothing
obvious. Planning to replace my CPU with an XP1600 if I can find
one, so I wont need to unlock the bugger. Most XP1600s nowadays
are ARIOA stepping CPUs, and can hit 166Mhz FSB out of the box.
*me crosses fingers*!
site's a wee bit slow nowadays, but rest assured i'm working on
getting content up from me and Jerome too. Keep your peepers peeled!
Friday, 6th September 2002 - David
waiting for the Siteworks people to reply. Haven't done much recently,
been occupied with work related stuff, as also with an online store
i'm coding for a friend. l'm planning to maybe get a new case, or
a motherboard, for the gaming/test rig i'll be needing to use. I
can't consistently rip up my work rig to install stuff, so i'll
probably relegate my Soltek board and my old Duron to the work rig.
Thinking of getting either an Epox 8K3A, or a Lian Li PC07. Suggestions?
next week, hope you all have a great weekend!
Tuesday, 3rd September 2002 -
get to updating the site since Thursday, as the Dreamweaver trial
edition I was using at work expired on me. I don't like working
using notepad, as the last time I did so, I screwed the website
tracker. Anyhow, here's a review of Sunbeam Tech's latest product,
the Multi COlor CCFL kit. Pretty sweet, i'd say, to combine 2 colors
and more into one CCFL tube.
Siteworks Pro giveaway is over, i'm finalising things with the sponsors
at the moment. I just need to get in touch with them, seeing as
I lost my entire contacts when my harddisk crashed a few weeks ago.
I'll anounce and contact the winner in a day or two, hopefully.
new week is beginning, as well is a new month. Lets hope this month
will be a good one for all of us! Cheers!
Wednesday, 28th August 2002 - David
some pretty encouraging feedback on the DIY Spiral Wrap article.
I'll be kicking out mini-mod articles from time to time, so keep
your eyes peeled for more. If there are any of you out there who'd
like to contribute in terms of modding write-ups, feel free to contact
just finished watching a couple of good DVDs, namely John Q and
Rules of Engagement. I only noticed today at the coincidence between
both movies; the working man / loyal patrot gets screwed over by
his own country and government. Pretty ironic. No offense to anyone,
but the 'victim' in both movies also so happens to be African Americans.
What gives? Major props to the actors for their superb performances.
IMO, Sam L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones and Denzel Washington are two
of Hollywood's best actors at the moment. It's funny though. Each
time I see Sam L. Jackson, I think of Pulp Fiction.