Free Processors for expert modders!

Intel is giving away free processors and other goodies to the winners of the Intel Modding Competition. For those of you who remember the ’60’s – ‘Modding’ has nothing to do with riding around on scooters picking fights with guys on motorbikes.

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Skip this bit if you are geeky enough: Modding is in fact the art of modifying (or in some cases building from scratch) computers . Modding can be either purely aesthetic (nice graphics or lights on a chassis) or also functional, such as implementing a water cooling solution for your CPU and VGA card.

To enter your mod into the competition, just upload it to www.youtube.com/group/intelmodder, make it less than a minute long and make sure it is cool. Among the judges is Will Smith! So that is excellent news… Not sure how come he has time to judge the competition in between his busy Alien splatting films but good news nonetheless.

One of the modding benefits of Intel’s Core 2 Duo processors is the extremely good power efficiency, which means smaller cooling solutions, less heat and the option of cramming components into smaller and more imaginative spaces.

Check out the video for more details:

PS: I have been informed that it isn’t Will Smith the actor who is doing the judging, but an even greater celebrity: Will Smith the editor of Maximum PC!

PPS: An extra prize (composed of my admiration) for those who can tell me where the term ‘Leet’ comes from. (I won’t spell it with 3’s, it doesn’t feel right since I am over 30…). Leave your definitions in the comments below.

18 Responses to Free Processors for expert modders!

  1. gunther says:

    not into modding, but Leet comes simply from “elite” , basterd up in “hacker writing” to show off that you’re special/in the scene. Wikipedia has (as always for such stuff) a very extensive write up, which I’m not going to copy paste here :). Aldo I was into BBS’s in the 80’s I did not saw it in the EU BBS scene then. First saw it on Irc.

  2. Magnus Persson says:

    Leet originated within bulletin board systems in the 1980s where having “elite” status on a BBS meant that you could accsess hidden files that normal users could not

  3. Magnus Persson says:

    Leet originated within bulletin board systems in the 1980s,[1][2] where having “elite” status on a BBS

  4. F3nix says:

    Leet came from hidden groups websites, that tried to make their sites unseen for search engines. Writing in leet way helped some communities to stay in a shadow. After that leet was used to trick spam filters or just to look smarter than others.

  5. Daniel says:

    Well like everyone else have mentioned it stims from “LeetSpeak” which is a combination of letters and numbers to form common words or words formed by gamers such has “pwn”, l33t or 3l33t which stands for elite is one of those words commonly used.

  6. Rann Fox says:

    “Leet” was a derogatory term that the wantabes called BBS hackers and sysops cuz we had unlimited file access and program control. The wantabes were usually kids who got a kick outta locking their buddys out of the system. Something the more mature of us called the “God” complex. And that is why now one of the most commonly used passwords IS god. As a BBS operator and sysop in the ’80’s I found that the most asked for and coveted badge that a user could have was sysop access. The old BBS software took a lot of low level programming and DOS batch editing and creation just to work. Those were the days

  7. mythbuster420 says:

    actually the term “1337” that we see in most gaming chat now actually started by people ACCIDENTALLY hitting the “3” key instead of the “e” key (so close together that its a pretty common typo) and it spread throughout the gaming community and has became the widely accepted “cool” way to say leet ( elite ).. But it was all started by a typo.

  8. Zack says:

    This new one he has a very good idel there going on i love trucks and when i seen that i love it good job guys

  9. Aurangzaib says:

    Hacker “Sp33k” for leet, or elite. Originating from 31337 “eleet”, the UDP port used by Dead Cow Cult, a hacker group, to access Windows 95 using Back Orifice, a notorious hacking program.

  10. Jhangir says:

    A derivitave of the 80’s software piracy scene. Originally “elite” was used to show status on a BBS. Commonly the people who cracked the software, or had sysop access on a board would be referred to as Elite. Later it became common to just use “leet.” With the internet explosion it was later used to describe hackers as well as crackers. Due to it being great to be known as leet, newbies started adopting the term and using to describe themselves, often with numerical variations. Anyone who considers themselves “leet” should be able to tell you who/what Razor1911 is, anyone failing to answer this question should be laughed at.

  11. Jhangir says:

    A derivitave of the 80’s software piracy scene. Originally “elite” was used to show status on a BBS. Commonly the people who cracked the software, or had sysop access on a board would be referred to as Elite. Later it became common to just use “leet.” With the internet explosion it was later used to describe hackers as well as crackers. Due to it being great to be known as leet, newbies started adopting the term and using to describe themselves, often with numerical variations. Anyone who considers themselves “leet” should be able to tell you who/what Razor1911 is, anyone failing to answer this question should be laughed at.

  12. Kirun says:

    Leet speak can be used to bypass text parsers and to encrypt certain expressions. It can be useful in constructing passwords that are easy for the originator to remember, but difficult to steal by means of dictionary attacks.
    One of the most common, and annoying, uses of leet speak is in the dissemination of spam.. Although spam filtering programs have become good at detecting leet speak in subject lines and rejecting e-mail messages that contain it, they often have less success detecting it in e-mail text, where it is abundant and may be used to get pornography or other undesirable content past filtering programs.
    Leet speak is often used in chat rooms and is also favored by computer-literate children who want to conceal the content of their online conversations from parents or teachers. It is also sometimes used just for the fun of it.

  13. Eli says:

    leet originiated in the 80’s, when having elite status meant you could access files, games, and chat rooms, often associated with pirated software, mainly games.purposeful missspelling was to show you were knowledgeable about computers and tech in general. More obscure forms of leet, are spelled without using numbers as a way to continue to use for it’s original encryped communication. Razor1911 is the most infamous pirated game circle. They were originally razor2992, but changed it to 1911 as a jab to lamers in the scene, who often overused 666, 1911’s hexadecimal translation is 777. Anyone that calls themselves leet should know that…