July 2008: PC Hardware Hacks


July 2008: PC Hardware Hacks

July 08 Maximum PC pdf - click to download!In the PDF archive of the July 2008 issue, you can find:

  • 12 DIY Hardware Hacks
  • Budget Case Roundup
  • Midrange GPU Deathmatch
  • How To: Organize and Tag Your Videos
  • Awesome Product Reviews, including the excellent Thermaltake Duorb
  • Ask the Doctor
  • Rig of the Month
  • The Watchdog
  • And a whole lot more!

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From: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/history-of-august.html

Augustus for 'August'

After Julius's grandnephew Augustus defeated Marc Antony and Cleopatra, and became emperor of Rome, the Roman Senate decided that he too should have a month named after him. The month Sextillus (sex = six) was chosen for Augustus, and the senate justified its actions in the following resolution:

Whereas the Emperor Augustus Caesar, in the month of Sextillis . . . thrice entered the city in triumph . . . and in the same month Egypt was brought under the authority of the Roman people, and in the same month an end was put to the civil wars; and whereas for these reasons the said month is, and has been, most fortunate to this empire, it is hereby decreed by the senate that the said month shall be called Augustus.

Not only did the Senate name a month after Augustus, but it decided that since Julius's month, July, had 31 days, Augustus's month should equal it: under the Julian calendar, the months alternated evenly between 30 and 31 days (with the exception of February), which made August 30 days long. So, instead of August having a mere 30 days, it was lengthened to 31, preventing anyone from claiming that Emperor Augustus was saddled with an inferior month.

To accommodate this change two other calendrical adjustments were necessary:

* The extra day needed to inflate the importance of August was taken from February, which originally had 29 days (30 in a leap year), and was now reduced to 28 days (29 in a leap year).
* Since the months evenly alternated between 30 and 31 days, adding the extra day to August meant that July, August, and September would all have 31 days. So to avoid three long months in a row, the lengths of the last four months were switched around, giving us 30 days in September, April, June, and November.



August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.

This month was originally named Sextilis in Latin, because it was the sixth month in the ancient Roman calendar, which started in March about 750 BC under Romulus. It became the eighth month either when January and February were added to the beginning of the year by King Numa Pompilius about 700 BC or when those two months were moved from the end to the beginning of the year by the decemvirs about 450 BC (Roman writers disagree). It was renamed in honor of Augustus
in 8 BC because several of the most significant events in his rise to
power, culminating in the fall of Alexandria, which fell in this month.
Lore claims August originally had 29 days in the Roman Republican calendar. Augustus took two days from February and gave it to August when Sextilis was renamed in his honor. See Month lengths how this commonly believed lore was proven wrong.

August's flower is the gladiolus or poppy, and its birthstone is the peridot.

From wikipedia.



I have a subscription to Maximum PC and really enjoy the fact that I don't have to continue worrying about keeping my magazine issues.  Now I can just download all of the PDFs of the back issues and they will always be with me.  Pretty cool.



One of the best ways to look back on what's changed in technology is to have the ads, and for whatever reason, the ads are not found in the PDF versions of the magazine. It might not matter now, but if you're looking back in a couple of years and wondering how much a particular memory module or gizmo cost, or who had the coolest ad campaign, only the dead-tree versions will tell you.


It's amazing how illogical a business built on binary logic can be.



What can i say. u r the best. keep up the good work, hoping some day we will have complete MPC PDF archive.

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