Abandoned again, this time for good

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2006 - 09:21 AM |
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Well, it looks like Microsoft has well and truly abandoned Win98 and ME, as they have been threatening to do for about 4 years according to CNET.  Guess it's finally time to upgrade to Win2K, eh?

Tune in next week for the exiting continuation of ...

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2006 - 09:16 AM |
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Steam has revived an old radio show and T.V. technique, episodic content.  With Episode One finally available over Steam, Elite Bastards ran through it so that they can tell you all about it.  Read on to find out if they will revive another old technique, the cliff-hanger.

"It is thankful therefore, that the advent of their Steam distribution system has helped to persuade Valve to move away from producing major new games every half dozen years or so, and rather to make use of their existing (and ever improving Source engine) to work on episodic content, which can be released as small chunks of gameplay (typically five or six hours or so) as and when it is ready."

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Tech Talk

Is it a bug if it's tough to exploit?

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2006 - 09:02 AM |
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There is a java exploit recently discovered; reported by CNET.  It is very difficult to exploit, in order to get at your files, a malicious webpage has to trick you into typing in the full path of the file it wants to try to upload.  On the other hand, this flaw affects Firefox, Mozilla SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite, Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer, so it could be a problem for anyone.

Intel Sales Chief Readies Industry With New Products, Technologies Ahead Of Widely Anticipated Proce

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 6, 2006 — During a speech at Computex today, Intel Corporation executive Anand Chandrasekher introduced products and technologies that will surround the company's upcoming family of powerful and more energy-efficient Intel® Core™2 Duo processors, telling attendees that all of this innovation will redefine how PCs are used today and attract more buyers around the world.

VIA's Press Release on CEO's keynote today

Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2006 - 08:46 AM |
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Centered around the key theme of how
miniaturization and integration on the PC platform is accelerating the
extension of the PC platform into new form factors, new usage models
and new markets, thereby prompting the proliferation of digital
intelligence, Mr Chen outlined VIA's comprehensive strategy covering
silicon, platform and system level innovation in driving the transition
of the PC to devices with consumer electronics appeal.

Source: VIA Arena

Intel Expands Commitment To Multi-Billion Dollar NOR Flash Embedded Market Segments

Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2006 - 08:38 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 6, 2006 — Intel Corporation today disclosed that it will expand its portfolio of NOR flash memory products for the growing multi-billion dollar embedded market segments. The company outlined plans to introduce a 3-volt (3V) version of its Intel StrataFlash® Embedded Memory architecture.

Leading Health & Tech Companies Form Alliance To Improve Personal Health Through Connected Devices

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2006 - 03:04 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, June 6, 2006 — Given the rise of chronic conditions and the rapid aging of the population, the methods of managing health will need to shift from traditional institutional settings to peoples' everyday environments, including the home.

Who needs 87 buttons to play an RTS

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2006 - 02:57 PM |
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TECHGAGE reviews Razer's newest mouse, the Krait.  With a nifty orage glow, and only 3 buttons, it is perfect for late night empire building, if it doesn't require a 10 button mouse.  They keep the 2000dps accuracy, and the on the fly sensitivity switching, but dropped the price.

Source: TECHGAGE

Where to get your movie fix

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2006 - 09:43 AM |
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Ars Technica felt like staying home a watching a movie, so they headed off to a local brick and mortar video rental store ... but it didn't turn out so well.  Join them as they try out the various new ways you can rent or buy videos, without ending up filling your house with DVDs.

Source: Ars Technica

It's the PC Show, with special guests, The Hardware Zone

Subject: General Tech | June 2, 2006 - 08:58 AM |
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HardwareZone has snapped a picture of just about every single booth and display at the 2006 PC Show.  Drop by and see what they have spotted, some of it you may have heard of, and some which you might never have imagnined ... a 9-in-1 printer?

The pre-view from up here

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2006 - 08:57 AM |
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Ars Technica takes a comprehensive look at the second beta for Vista.  Covering everything from the new IE and Media Player to Aero and Windows flip.  Take a look at what Microsoft has in store for it's next OS.

Source: Ars Technica

What's new with Windows Media Player 11

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2006 - 09:06 AM |
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Windows A to Z! examines the new Media Player from Microsoft.  Find out what improvements have been made to this player, and if it might drag you away from your favorite open source player.

Thinkpad with a Sempron?!?

Subject: General Tech | May 31, 2006 - 08:55 AM |
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In what is probably a totally unforseen consequence of the sale of IBMs hardware division to Lenova, it looks like we may be seeing the old IBM brands with AMD chips inside.  The Inquirer gives a bit more information on the possible change here.

Source: The Inquirer

Google's got a file system

Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2006 - 08:57 AM |
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OS Weekly takes an introductory peek at what would seem to be a file system designed and used by Google.  It's not likely that a Google OS is included in with all the other projects Google is working on, this is probably just the biggest distributed file system going.

Source: OS Weekly

Monarch Hot Deals Available in Forums!!

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2006 - 03:16 PM |
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Please join me in welcoming Monarch Computers as a sponsor to PC Perspective.  He brings with him amazing daily deals and specials from Monarch Computer Systems, and you can find out about them before anyone else just by keeping an eye on the thread

Enough about Vista, what's up with Linux?

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2006 - 09:59 AM |
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Vista news is becoming much like a Soap Opera, with new characters and devious plots introduced almost weekly, and a story line that could drag on for years.  So switch your channels to XYZ computing, and check out what's new on Linux.

Oblivion's lead designer speaks

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2006 - 09:02 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP sits down with Ken Rolston, a designer at Bethesda who has lead the past 2 Elder Scrolls installments.  Learn about the design of the game, and what a designer does in his spare time.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Make every surfing session as safe as if you were at home

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2006 - 09:40 AM |
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Think Computers reviews the StealthSurfer II Privacy Stick, a USB stick that comes in four sizes, all loaded with Thunderbird, Firefox, RoboForm and Anonymizer.  
It should be enough to protect you form whatever spyware or malware migth be on a public computer.

Intel Computer Clubhouse Opens At Boys & Girls Club In Heart Of Atlanta

Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2006 - 08:45 AM |
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ATLANTA, May 24, 2006 — Intel Corporation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA) today are celebrating the opening of a new Intel® Computer Clubhouse, a unique after-school learning center for youth ages 10 to 18. The clubhouse is located at the John H. Harland Club in the city's southwest area.
'Intel and the Boys and Girls Club's collective goal is to help open up the world of opportunities to the youth of southwest Atlanta through access to the latest technology and support of dedicated staff and mentors,' said Rosalind Hudnell, Intel director of diversity.