**CRITICAL** Windows Meta File Vulnerability. READ ME!!

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2005 - 11:31 PM |
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A serious exploit has been found that takes advantage of the Windows Meta File Vulnerability. Please drop by this thread that Ned Slider put together in our SVT forum. It contains steps that can help you protect your system from this exploit.

The exploit uses specially crafted Windows Metafiles (WMF) to execute malicious code, usually a trojan downloader, to download and install malicious software onto the users computer. At present, these WMF's are being hosted on a number of malicious websites.

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Wired Picks Worst Comments

Subject: General Tech | December 28, 2005 - 05:48 PM |
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These kinds of articles always crack me up -- Wired has gathered the worst/best comments from tech execs in the year 2005. 

"I'm going to f***ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again.

Source: Wired News

HD-DVD Gets Nod from Microsoft...again

Subject: General Tech | December 28, 2005 - 05:46 PM |
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With all the hoop-lah involved in the new DVD format wars, Microsoft is stepping up to the plate once again in favor of the royalty-free HD-DVD. 

MADISON, Wis. — After months of intense wrangling between the competing Blu-ray and HD-DVD groups, the battle lines in the war over a next-generation high-definition DVD format have moved to the doorstep of Microsoft Corp.

Source: General

Another Xbox 360 Review

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2005 - 04:03 PM |
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Been salivating over trying to find an Xbox 360?  Then this probably won't help any...

Well, one launch down and two more to go. All in all, the Xbox 360 is an impressive piece of hardware. Microsoft has really succeeded in pushing forward the technology in game consoles. With High Definition, wireless remotes, and state of the art technology, the Xbox 360 is a definite winner. However, we suggest waiting it out until the PS3 and Revolution are released, and then choosing the best console.

Source: t-break

Penny Arcade Child's Play Charity Still Churning

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2005 - 04:00 PM |
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If you haven't heard of the Penny Arcade Child's Play Charity before you really owe it to yourself to head on over and read about how you can contribute to one of many children's hospitals across the county this holiday season.  They have just recently passed the $420,000 mark in donations and are looking to break half a million this year!







Source: General

The Year's Top 10 Sexiest Geeks

Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2005 - 04:00 PM |
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You think you're sexy? Go and check out this year's Top 10 Sexiest Geeks of 2005 and see if you're on that list! I haven't heard of most of the people listed there, but I'll take their word that they're qualified to be nominated.


The story is work safe, though some of the wording is suggestive.... how naughty! :)


Geeks are sexy. Big, powerful, lubricious, restless brains are just about as hot as it gets -- the brain *is* the biggest sex organ in the body, after all.

Source: boingboing

RAR Leaves Symantec Vulnerable

Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2005 - 02:00 PM |
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According to Alex Wheeler, Symantec products are vulnerable to heap overflow exploitation caused by RAR compressed files. According to Wheeler, the scanning of compressed RAR files leaves Symantec software (not just their anti-virus software) leaves the software open for possible exploitation by hackers.

Bill Buxton - Usability Icon Joins Microsoft

Subject: General Tech | December 21, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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Not many people may know Bill Buxton, but everyone knows Microsoft. So why would these two names matter to you? It's because Bill Buxton is one of the great researchers and champions in the field of HCI or Human Computer Interaction, and he has been hired by Microsoft.

Source: Microsoft

Show me the Gadgets

Subject: General Tech | December 20, 2005 - 06:00 PM |
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I love my gadgets, but sometimes I can't help but feel some of them are more gimmicky than functional.

Nominate the Worst for WIRED's Vaporware 2005

Subject: General Tech | December 19, 2005 - 10:35 AM |
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It's that time of year again to nominate the worst vaporware offenders of the industry! Cast your votes for the worst vaporware in 2005 by emailing the Vaporware team with your suggestions! When emailing them make sure to:



  • Put the name of the company and product in the subject line of your e-mail, as well as in the message body.
Source: Wired News

Intel And BMW Enter Comprehensive Partnership

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2005 - 03:01 PM |
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MUNICH, Germany, Dec. 15, 2005 — Intel Corporation and the BMW Group today announced a comprehensive partnership that includes technology, co-marketing and Intel's sponsorship of the BMW Sauber F1 Team. As part of this agreement, Intel technology will be deployed throughout the BMW Group and its worldwide dealer network, and Intel will become 'Official Corporate Partner' of the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

Why am I still a button pusher?

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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The Tech Zone asks about one of my pet peeves.  Why is the only difference between the input devices I used on my Apple IIe and the ones on my current rig, the number of buttons?  No neat holographic table to interface with, I push more buttons now than I did then.

"So why haven't interfaces changed much in the last 20 years? One possibility is that the desktop

is in some way an optimal representation.

Valve dreams of video cards from the future

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP got a tour of Valve, and likely ran into Ryan while they were there.  If you haven't seen the pictures and movies of their proposed implementations of motion blur, colour correction, film grain, depth of feild and more, check it out at [H], and here at PCPer, too.  The only problem is that you will need a video card capable of at least 600 frames per second ...

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Put your mouse where it don't belong

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2005 - 06:48 PM |
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HardwareXL has come up with an innovative idea for a contest.  Head on over to see just where you'll need to put that mouse to have a chance at a Glidz QPAD.

"…Place your mouse where it does not belong and take a picture of it and post it in here.

Source: HardwareXL

This message will self destruct in 40 seconds ...

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2005 - 11:35 AM |
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According to CNet, a UK based security company has discovered a way to send sensitive emails, that delete themselves after a certain amount of time.  If, like me, you have a boss who's Exchange mailbox file is over 3 Gigs, I can think of another use for it too!

"Staellium UK said its StealthText service will allow business executives dealing with sensitive

information to send texts that will delete themselves from the recipient's mobile phone soon after

the person has r

Get some late night gaming done, quietly

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2005 - 01:08 PM |
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Unless you live alone in an isolated area, you have probably had someone yell at you to put on your headphones during an artillery barrage in BF2 or a similar game.  Well, if you've bought a good sound system so that you can feel the bass, and hear the guy sneaking up on your 6, that can be kind of annoying.  The solution is to find a set of headphones that sound as good as your 5.1 speakers, and CoolTechZone may have found a pair that fit that description, the Shure E3g Gaming Earphones

Source: CoolTechZone

Intel Chairman Urges U.S. To Address Healthcare For Aging Society Through Technology Innovation

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2005 - 12:55 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 12, 2005 — Intel Corporation Chairman Craig Barrett today urged U.S.

It's time to wax nostalgic again

Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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The Inquirer starts off the "Looking back at 2005" season with an article on Intel's fairly lackluster year.  While AMD has been pumping out dual cores and new pinouts, it feels like Intel didn't do too much in the retail market.  It may not last for long, next year the effects from the sale of Spansion by AMD, and the death of Intel's Itanium could indicate big changes for 2006.

CHIP FIRM Intel began this year as it meant to endian it, in a blizzard of confusing chip numbers

that no-one could make sense of while it trod water and hoped AMD didn't gain too much market

Source: The Inquirer

Great Charity Auction at HardOCP

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2005 - 10:42 PM |
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HardOCP is setting up to have a hell of a charity auction.  How does a system full of an "unreleased" Athlon 64 FX processor, dual 7800 GTX video cards, 700 GB of storage, 2 GB of Corsair memory and Koolance water cooling system!  Holy heck!  And best of all, it all goes to a good cause -- the Penny Arcade Child's Play auction.

Just to make sure you are not getting "my old junk" when it ships, AMD, BFGTech, and Falcon Northwest have stepp

Source: [H]ard|OCP

If you liked Silent Storm ...

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2005 - 01:37 PM |
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you will love Nival's newest game, done in concert with CDV.  Hammer and Sickle isn't really a sequel to SS or Sentinels, but the style of play, the character progression and the fact that you can blow a hole through just about anything will be very familiar.  Read the full review at Think Computers to get an idea what to expect.


'Lately, the theme of a lot of games has been World War II. Most of them have been first person

shooters.