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Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2007 - 01:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer and Ars Technica have 2 different takes on the news out of Redmond today, that 1 in 5 Windows installs fail a WGA check. To put it another way, 114 million systems of the 512 million that have installed WGA have failed, and you can add a significant amount of systems that people have never installed WGA on to that total. Of the 114 million that failed, Microsoft has stated about 20% are not due to piracy, and although they do not say
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 06:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Habu gaming mouse is the product of a joint venture between Microsoft and Razer. It has all that you would expect, like on the fly DPI adjustments and multiple buttons. It also has some extras like the ability to move the buttons, and it swings both ways so lefties can use it. If you like your mouse to glow, the side rails and mouse wheel will attract you, as it did in ExtremeTech's case.
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif.â€” Jan. 23, 2007 â€” AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2006. As a result of AMD's acquisition of ATI, fourth quarter financial results include the results of the former ATI operations beginning October 25, 2006.
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Lounge would like you to know about Cowon. They are a little known company with some good offerings. Their D2 is a 2/4 GB flash-based MP3 player with a 2.5' 24 bit TFT LCD screen for video playback, and space for 52 hours of music. It supports MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV and FLAC, as well has having TV out, a voice recorder, and photo viewing. The FM tuner and support for Microsoft's DRM10 is the icing on the cake.
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Storm Worm made an appearance this weekend, and it's botnet is growing quickly. With multiple versions released in a very short time, and with the ability to upgrade itself after it has infected PCs make this one look to be around for a while. CNET has more info on this Trojan that we are likely to be removing from relatives computers quite frequently in the next while.
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 01:47 AM | Ryan Shrout
Newegg sent along word that they have the Windows Vista Home Premium OEM DVD for sale and showing IN STOCK TODAY for $119.99. You can be the first on the block to start testing out the new Vista features with this full version OS; not an upgrade!
Update: Newegg now has just about all of the Vista versions ready and for sale today!
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO , Jan. 22, 2007 — Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Intel Corporation today announced a broad strategic alliance centered on Intel's endorsement of the Solaris™ Operating System (OS) and Sun's commitment to deliver a comprehensive family of enterprise and telecommunications servers and workstations based on IntelÂ® XeonÂ® processors. The scope of the agreement spans Solaris, Java™ and NetBeans™ software and Intel Xeon microprocessors, as well as other Intel and Sun enterprise-class technologies.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO, January 22, 2007 â€” The two leading consortia dedicated to the advancement of LinuxÂ® — the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) — today announced that they have signed an agreement to merge and form The Linux Foundation. The new organization accelerates the growth of Linux by providing a comprehensive set of services to compete effectively with closed platforms.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digitimes has a full list of the processors from AMD, and the expected price changes. The top of the line FX series are unchanged, but dual core processors have dropped in price. Semprons have dropped below $50, for those looking for inexpensive PCs.
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2007 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ever thought about trying open office, for yourself or maybe for a small company? Read on to get an idea of experiences forum members have had. Need some advice on setting up an FTP server? No problems! You can even stream for yourself, from your PC to an XBox360. 64 bit OSs are getting more mature, but what is the best Anti
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2007 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCMODSHOP picked up the new Wii title, "Wario Ware: Smooth Moves", without any expectations of enjoying it. As it turns out, this huge assortment of mini-games provided them with a lot of fun. Read the review, and you might just agree with them, this could actually be a lot of fun.
"I have to admit that I was skeptical of Wario Ware: Smooth Moves. The demo looked stupid, the box looked stupid, and the art
looked stupid too.
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2007 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't open any emails titled "230 dead as storm batters Europe.", or you will find yourself the recipient of a Trojan-bearing attachment. CNET reports on a virus that has just appeared, trying to take advantage of people's curiosity. Since the storms only hit Europe on Friday, this is a very quickly appearing virus.
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2007 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Santa Clara, Calif., Jan. 17, 2007 — Three hundred high school seniors today were named as semifinalists of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2007. The STS, America's oldest and most prestigious science competition, is often called the "Junior Nobel Prize." Each of the 300 Intel STS semifinalists receives $1,000 with an additional $1,000 going to their respective schools, resulting in $600,000 in total awards.
Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2007 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP links to a story on some amazingly fast wireless. 6 gigbits a second isn't quite the wired record of 14 terabits, but it certainly beats current standards.
"CSIRO researchers have announced that they have achieved a six gigabits per second over a point to point wireless connection.
That is fast enough to download almost 10 DVDs a minute. Wow."
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Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2007 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you dream of living the good life working at a game store, you should read this cautionary tale from OCMODSHOP. One of their members was working on the night WoW: Burning Crusade was released. See what the night was like, from the other side of the counter.
Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2007 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has gathered news of Intel into an article you can find here. AMDs profit was hit by the price wars of 2006, and Intel did not get off any easier. On a more positive note, there were samples of the 45nm cores and new of some sell offs.
Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2007 - 05:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Microsoft Wireless Racing Wheel for the XBox360 is definitely aimed at enthusiasts. The wheel itself, and the foot pedals that come with it are scaled to almost life-size, so you don't end up feeling like you are driving a mini-kart when racing in Project Gotham or other hit titles, and the paddle shifters and normal Xbox buttons are within easy reach. Of course, the $150 price tag may limit the number of interested parties. [H]ard|OCP has the full review if you are interested in putting the peda
Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2007 - 04:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The spoils go to the fastest. In this case, be a US resident, and get the best 3DMark06 score with Futuremark approved drivers and win a Dell 30" Ultrasharp widescreen flat panel monitor. Follow this link for all the details.
Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2007 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
KaZaA and Skype co-founders have some together to provide free TV content to the masses. The only catch is that there will be commercials, which are quite familiar to most people who watch TV in the first place. The Tech Report has more on Joost and it's competitors on their front page.
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2007 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LONDON and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 15, 2007 — Accelerating the availability of on-demand, broadband- delivered entertainment to PCs connected to TVs, Intel Corporation and Eros International, today announced the debut of Eros' premium Bollywood service on IntelÂ® Viiv™ technology-based PCs. Eros International is a London AIM-listed leading studio and distribution house within the Indian film industry known as "Bollywood."
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