Scythe Ninja Copper

Now this is cool.. and yeah the pun was intended.. I’ve just go the new all Copper version of Scythes’ Famous Ninja CPU cooler..

This thing is sweet!! I love the copper color, it’s much better than the original silver colored version.. The box mentions it’s the Anniversary Edition, I’ve got it all installed and running tests now on it, one thing great is that you can run it with no fan at all so you can make your system all that much quieter!

Click the pics to get larger views:

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Here is a picture comparing the Ninja Copper to a few others I’ve got on hand:

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Left to right:

Coolink Silentator, Thermalright Ultima 90, Scythe Ninja Copper, Noctua NH -U12 and of course down front is the stock Intel CPU Cooler.

And here’s a quick shot of it installed in my case, it’s big, but not as big as some…

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I’ll have the review up next week on DragonSteelMods for it..

Blah. Sick. Flu.

Merry Christmas to me I guess…  I got the flu apparently… I’m miserable, I was in bed (sort of, not that really slept) last night at 7:30pm…  actually it was the couch I was lying on not bed as I figure why should I bother my wife with me being sick, and besides all I did was toss and turn all night anyway, coughing and just generally not sleeping..

Three heavy blankets on and I was still shivering and cold, but yet of course I was sweating… I hate being sick… everything hurts… blah

I hate Christmas.

Yep I’m probably considered a ‘Scrooge‘ but I honestly hate Christmas and all that it has become, everything that Christmas was is gone from it, it’s all commercialized now and it’s all about having your hand out to get something. It has become the ‘gimme’ holiday and that’s about it, everyone expects something and the commerce industry has made it so you feel guilty if you don’t go and buy something for everyone.  I can’t wait till it’s all over, I’m sick of dealing with people in more of a hurry and more rude than they are normally are the rest of the year…

-Scrooge image from http://duckman.pettho.com/characters/scrooge.html

anyway I’ve got some cool stuff for review over at DSM, I guess that’s something good, but that’s business as usual..

Thermalright sent me over their Ultima-90 Heatsink:

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Brando sent me over a cool credit card sized2gig mp3 player, it even included some music from Asia as well!

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and I got some other stuff as well… so I’ll be busy for a while, even posting a review tonight…

Christmas… Bah-Humbug!

Digg violates human rights?!

Not exactly violating human rights from what I see, but it’s more of a discrimination thing against gays and lesbians..

To me it doesn’t matter which way you go, I’ve had some best friends that were gay/lesbian, but from what I’ve seen on Digg they are a bit discriminatory against gays and lesbians unless of course it involves a lesbian sex scene or lesbians kissing etc, then of course it’ll hit the front page of Digg….

Becky over at Girl in Short Shorts has been banned from Digg (link HERE to read more), but it gets more interesting when another lesbian related site gets banned from Digg, Lesbiatopia is the name of the site. Apparently the site just doesn’t have enough lesbian sex scenes in it to get dugg by the little boys over there, so of course it gets banned…

There is a mob mentality over at Digg yes, sometimes that’s good but when the mentality is immature then there’s going to be a problem as is happening here now.

So Lesbiatopia is taking things a step further and charging Digg with Human Rights Violations, and is taking their concerns to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission with allegations of homophobia and misogyny. Read about it HERE on their site..

Sometimes we’ve seen the mob over at Digg bury things with their wonderful ‘bury brigade’, but then of course we know for fact that Digg editors bury and/or delete things as well.

Digg is a great site, or at least it was at one point in time, it has changed quite a bit since its humble beginnings, I think they’ve grown to the point where they feel they are above everyone else. What Lesbiatopia is doing might be what’s called for here, maybe bring Digg and its ilk down back to reality, a bit more grounded and bit more understanding to all views..

While I’m sure it will be hard to prove, it will prove to be bad press for Digg though… and that may lead to needed changes in their system.

Nero 8 Ultra Edition Review

What do you use to burn your CDs and DVDs? Personally I use Nero and pretty much have always used it for all or my authoring needs, whether it be creating a movie, or just burning a CD/DVD.

As I mentioned in an earlier post I got Nero 8 Ultra Edition for review over at DSM, and I’ve finally finished the review, despite my massive data loss.. it wasn’t too bad really, I got most of the screenshots back, but I still had to go in and take some more to finish the review..

Stop on over to DSM and check out my review, I’ve tried to cover every aspect of this new version, it’s much better than all the previous versions…

Here’s a snippet from the review:

The product I have for review today really needs no introduction, pretty much everyone knows what Nero is… but today for review I’ve got Nero 8 Ultra Edition and it features many improvements over Nero 7 including a re-designed StartSmart interface.

I personally love Nero and have always used it as my main software for burning and creating CDs or DVDs. Some people out there complain that Nero is bloated and there’s just too much stuff with it, I happen to like having all of these great programs in one suite of tools where I can essentially do most anything I need to with my CDs and DVDs. To get the functionality you get from Nero you’d have to buy and install a lot of different programs which would easily cost quite a bit more than Nero itself does. So continue on to learn more about the new Nero 8 Ultra Edition, I’ve got tons of information and screenshots of everything for you to browse and see what’s new in Nero 8…

 Click HERE to read the review or you can click the above boxshot!

All is not lost! Thank you PhotoRec and CGSecurity!

SO after 10 hours of using every DOS based utility I could get my little paws on, I had no luck, I was at my wits end… Then I did a bit of research and found a program called PhotoRec from CGSecurity. Now I knew I had the DOS based version and for whatever reason it wouldn’t work correctly for me, it didn’t see any other drives besides the one I wanted to get the data from, so in other words I couldn’t save the files it recovered… I went to the PhotoRec site and found that they have a Windows (and Linux) based version as well, downloaded that and it worked! Only took a little over 2 hours to complete and so far it seems I have everything..

The only drawback is that it renames everything to F1,F2,F3 etc etc…

Here’s a screenshot of when it completed it’s recovery for me which you can click to see it larger..

but you’ll notice that it recovered over 26 thousand JPG files for me.. that’s a whole lot of renaming.. not to mention all the other files in there as well.. but I don’t care.. I got my data back!!!!!!!!!

I also used PhotoRec on the two XD Picture cards I used on Saturday, got all that data back and more… PhotoRec recovers even the files that were deleted if they weren’t written over yet…

This program has now become a permanent part of my little toolbox..

After that I spent most of the day doing back ups.. I went a bit overboard with it, saving all my stuff to four hard drives and 10 DVDs but oh well…. I think I’m going to use a RAID Mirror from now on for that hard disk that way I’ll be almost sure that this won’t happen again, of course I’ll still be backing up frequently as well to an external HDD

But if you need to recover your lost files go and check it out:

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Main_Page

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec