[cts-newsletters-html] Pat's Lab in Pieces/Hacking Exposed

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  • Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 23:12:56 MST

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Read the second installment of Russ Pitts' set diary.
Pat misses his lab, and Leo wants what's his.

The report from the January 29 production meeting
has been updated with video clips. Watch the crew.

Pitch your idea for The Screen Savers
on our message boards. We'll consider them.

Use our spycams to watch the crew
work on the Screen Savers set.

George Kurtz, author of Hacking Exposed,
talks about hackers and the art of hacking.

Leo Laporte reviews The Annotated Alice
and American McGee's Alice in the Geek Library.


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The Screen Savers Show Notes for Wednesday, January 31,
2001 (repeat of 01/17/01)...

* Athlon Mobo Recco!

Ralph from Montezuma, Iowa has an upgrade on the way, and
needs a motherboard to go with a new 900 MHz Athlon processor.
What would we recommend? Russ, our beloved line producer, just
built an 800 MHz Athlon (Please, be like Russ and get the
Socket A version, not the Slot A!!!) and bolted it to an ASUS
A7V motherboard. It runs the KT133 chipset.

If you can wait (how long, we don't know) for a mobo with
AMD's 760 chipset, you'll have the option of DDR RAM, which
will give you a boost in performance over the KT 133!

* How does Napster make money, er...  do they?

James from Baltimore, Maryland wants to know how Napster stays
in business, given that they don't post advertisements, or any
other visible revenue stream. Well, Napster, like many 'new
economy' companies, survive on money they receive from venture
capital firms. VCs invest money in companies in the hope of
making a huge return on their investment.

Recently Napster announced new deals with record companies
where users would pay a monthly fee to access Napster to trade
music from that company. The conspiracy nuts out there
(Leo!!!) suggest that creating such deals was the goal for
Napster all along. The subscription system isn't in effect
yet, but a link to CD-Now has been set up. You can learn more
about that here:


Prager found a history of Napster by the folks at Ball State
University here:


* Does Corel make a good Linux?

Tim from Eauclair, Wisconsin wants to know if Corel Linux is
any good. It's a great Linux for newbies, Tim. Corel
customized KDE extensively for the distribution, and it makes
Debian (a very choice Linux distro) installable for us mere
human beings.

Leo's fave is still Mandrake 7.2, at least for (slighly) more
advanced users. It's based on Red Hat and packs KDE 2.0.
Either one offer a great start and an easy install.

* CPU temp troubles...

Michael from Macomb, Michigan just built a system with a 900
MHz Thunderbird Athlon and an Asus mobo. How hot should it
run? Good question!

Most chip manufacturers have information on their websites,
thermal specs that tell you how hot the chip can run safely.
For the Athlon, you're pretty safe if you're around 60 degrees
Celsius. If you aren't overclocking, you don't need to worry
too much.

But you do want to make sure that you get a heatsink/fan combo
that's approved for the Athlon... you can break the chip
trying to force a PIII or Celeron fan to fit on the Socket A
Athlons! Good thermal compound and decent airflow inside the
case are also important.

Here's an a nifty article on Athlon temps from the AthlonOC


* Dual Monitors

Gavin from Canton, Michigan can't get dual monitors to run on
his system. He's using an ATI All-In-Wonder Pro and an ATI
Rage Pro. The cards load just fine, but when he applies the
settings, it crashes. Just for fun, we'd try moving the PCI
board from the slot closest to the AGP slot. (That PCI slot,
slot 1, tends to fight a lot with the AGP bus.)

You should also check out these websites on multi-monitor


Unfortunately our fave collection at realtimesoft.com seems
was down when I typed this. Hopefully you'll be able to access
this amazing multi-monitor FAQ:


* IDE channels: where do I put the fourth drive?

Catherine from Smyrna, Tennessee wants to add a CD burner to a
Compaq system that has its hard drive on one channel, with its
CD and an IDE Zip drive on the secondary channel. She knows
that putting a CD on the same channel as the hard drive can
slow it down. So what is the best configuration?

We'd put the HD and the Zip on the first channel and the two
CD drives on the second channel. That could change if the CD-R
supports UDMA 66 (or if the Zip drive does!), in that case,
you could put it on the same channel as the HD.

If it feels as if you've slowed the HD performance, we'd
suggest spending the $25 or so a Promise PCI IDE control
costs. That'd give you 4 more IDE channels to work with.

Here's a link to Sandra, the disk performance software that
Leo mentioned on air:


* USB The Netx Generation

Patrick from Alexandria, Louisiana wants to know the
difference between the new USB 2.0 and the USB 1.1 that's out
now. Well, not much. 'Cept, as Leo points out, USB 2.0 runs at
480 megabits per second compared to USB 1.1's 12 megabits per

We haven't seen any USB 2.0 devices yet. But the word is that
USB 2.0 will be backwards compatible with all your older USB
devices. As far as we're concerned, USB 2.0 is designed to
compete with FireWire... which is what most digital video
cameras currently use to connect to your PC or Mac.

* Linux audio troubles...

Myla from Hawthorne, California has installed Linux Mandrake
7.2 on her Dell notebook. Everything works fine, except for
audio. Mandrake didn't recognize the ESS Maestro setup in her

Bummer! Mandrake should have installed this module. According
to the RedHat website (Mandrake is based on RedHat's Linux)
this chipset is supported:


In fact, it says the same thing on the Mandrake site:


You need to find HardDrake in the DrakConf utility on your
desktop. It should help you configure the card from within the
desktop. Here's a link to a basic online tutorial:


If that didn't work, Myla, you're about to learn something new
and exciting about Linux: how to install modules! Here's the
HOWTO on installing sound devices. Set aside some time for
this one; here's the link:


You could also try reinstlling Mandrake, though there's no
reason it might pick up the sound support on the second try.
You should also check out the Mandrake users site. Chances are
someone there can help you through this one!


Finally, since I'm a linking fool tonight, here are some Linux
sites working on sound support:



I'm gonna go see if I can build a PC with 500 GB of storage!


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