International Control Of Internet Discussed

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2005 - 06:25 PM |
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ZDnet has an interview with Houlin Zhao, director of the ITU's Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau.  He discusses why he feels that an international body should be in charge of the internet, and what possible changes could come of diong so.

"The International Telecommunication Union is one of the most venerable of bureaucracies. Created in 1865 to facilitate telegraph transmissions, its mandate has expanded to include radio and telephone communications.

Source: ZDNet

PS2 Modchips Legal in Australia

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2005 - 01:19 PM |
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The Australian court has ruled that the PS2 modchip is legal in that country. Seems this is just another page in the continuing story of Sony going after the consumer to stop them from doing unintended things to their hardware (re: PSP hack firmware). However, this ruling is not the end of the road as the recent Australia vs.

AMD to Power NASCAR

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2005 - 12:01 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA - Oct. 6, 2005 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it will become the Official Technology Partner of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR), the foremost sanctioning body of stock car racing in North America. Through this unique relationship, AMD plans to play a critical role in helping NASCAR improve competition on the race track and enhance the safety of its participants.


"Technology is as critical to NASCAR as fuel, tires and communications.

Source: AMD

Have more gaming consoles than TV's?

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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HardwareHell has a review of a device that those of you with multiple gaming consoles will love. It's the Hip Gear S-Video AV System Selector, which is essentially the same as a KVM switch for your PC.  Go and see how the review turned out.

"A couple of people out there may be asking: 'What's an AV system selector?

Source: HardwareHell

A first look at GIMP 2.4 @ Newsforge

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2005 - 06:41 PM |
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If you love modifying photos, can't afford Photoshop, and don't think MS Paint is up to the task, try The GIMP.  If you have used it before, you'll be glad to hear version 2.4 is out.  Newsforge has a breakdown of what's new and improved.

A major update to the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), widely regarded as the leading free software raster image editing program, is scheduled for this month.

Source: Newsforge

Operating Systems Not Related To The Female Lead Of Zorro

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2005 - 06:12 PM |
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YellowTAB's ZETA OS (version 1.0) could be viewed as a revival of BeOS, available at the same price you can buy a retail copy of a Linux distro.  It is a fully functional OS, and includes many small games as well as the Gobe Productive suite, ZETA's own inbuilt office suite.  Head over to XYZ Computing to see what else it can do.

"When looking for an alternative to Windows most people think of either Apple's OS X or Linux.

Free Trade Publications from PCPer.com

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2005 - 03:01 PM |
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Free stuff!!!  PCPerspective has a list of Trade Publications, available free of charge to you if you qualify, and you help out PCPer at the same time.  There are hundreds of titles to try, from InfoWorld to Laser Focus World to Bio-IT World.  You can also choose by geographic availabilty, so you don't have to fill out the subscription form only to be told that magzine is not available in your country.



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Reviews For Your Aural Pleasure

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2005 - 01:49 PM |
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Feeling overwhelmed with the choices for purchasing and downloading music from the interent?  DesignTechnica reviews several of the more popular services that are available, to help you decide.  Then scroll down for reviews of what you might want to listen to your new music on.

"However, all of that means the consumer is presented with a dazzling multiplicity of choices. Where do you go to find the music you want? Which is the best service?

AMD Welcomes Actions by Austria and Ireland to Promote Competition in Government IT Procurement Prac

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2005 - 11:52 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CA-OCTOBER 5, 2005-AMD (NYSE: AMD) supports the publication of new computer hardware procurement guidelines by Austria's Bundeskanzleramt and the National Public Procurement Policy Unit (NPPPU) of Ireland's Department of Finance.

Source: AMD

The Modders Secret Weapon

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2005 - 05:36 PM |
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Think Computers lets you in on one of many modder's favorite weapons, Weldbond. It is adhesive, and will let you build up layers for texture effects, and you can colour it with regular food colouring!  Read the article to get ideas on how to use it, and for an interview with the creators.

'It is my opinion that our community, the computer modding community, should know about this product and what it can do.

Battlefield 2 v1.03 Patch Released

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2005 - 04:19 PM |
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The newest patch for Battlefield 2 is out today. The newest patch is v1.03 and it can be found here at Shacknews

- There is a new tab in the MULTIPLAYER menu that holds a list of the last 20 internet servers you have connected to, plus a list  of servers you have selected as favorites.
- Nickname Prefix You can add a 6-character prefix (such as a clan tag) to your account nickname which will be displayed in-game next to your nametag in the score menu, in game messages, and above your player in the game world.

Source: Shacknews

Peter Jackson to Executive Produce Halo Motion Picture

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2005 - 02:58 PM |
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Last week Bungie was hinting at a big announcement sometime this week. While some others have predicted it as nothing more than some XBOX 360 hype, the reality is far from it! The big news is that Peter Jackson (yes that Peter Jackson) has signed on to Executive Produce the Halo motion picture.

Flaw found in Kaspersky antivirus

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2005 - 05:52 PM |
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CNET has published a story about a flaw in Kaspersky Lab's Antivirus definitions.  Possibly affected by this are such 3rd party software brands as : Aladdin eSafe, Alt-N MDaemon Antivirus, Astaro Security Linux, F-Secure, Sybari, and others.

A "critical" flaw in Kaspersky Lab's antivirus software could let an attacker commandeer systems that use the products, a security researcher warned Monday.


The problem lies in Kaspersky's antivirus library, security resear

The Future Of Computing Is Infectious

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2005 - 01:31 PM |
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How would you feel about a computer whose main processor was mostly E. Coli?  Previously, problems arose in the amount of energy it took to turn a protein from on to off, but nanotechweb reports on 2 researchers from Cambridge University have found a way to make it work.  Feels like you could infect your PC on purpose as a type of upgrade, 50 years from now.

"Theoretical physicists in the UK have shown that it should be possible to use clusters of proteins to perform complex logic operations.

Source: nanotechweb

High Tech Hurricane Preparedness

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2005 - 06:27 PM |
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CNet has an article about high tech survival solutions, like portable water purifcation or warmth.  That may help to protect yourself from physical harm; and they also have 2 articles to help protect you from electronic harm (eHarm?)

"Natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina can turn a high-tech culture into a decidedly low-tech one--where food, water and shelter are what matter most.

DARPA, DARPA, DARPA

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2005 - 11:47 AM |
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No one got the prize ($1 million) last year. The best effort was Carnegie Mellon University's robot Hummer, Sandstorm.  It made it 7.3 miles out of the full 144-mile.  This time, at least in the semi-finals, we actually have teams finishing the course.  The finals are scheduled for Oct.

Multiplayer FEAR demo now available

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2005 - 03:10 PM |
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HardwareHell, and GamersHell are hosting the downloadable multiplayer demo of F.E.A.R.  I believe that it is properly referred to as a "Video System and Network Traffic Stress Test", if anyone asks why there's the sound so many explosions coming from the IT department.


Update: While you're at it, check out the F.E.A.R. mechanima done by RoosterTeeth (the Red vs. Blue people) called "P.A.N.I.C.S".

Source: HardwareHell

Can't blame this mouse for your targeting

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2005 - 11:48 AM |
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The Razor Copperhead is a black mouse with blue LED's, and quite the stats for a lowly mouse.  It's paired with the anodized aluminium eXactMat in this review at PureOverclock.

"The Copperhead boasts some of the best specs of any mouse available. These include the 2000 DPI laser engine, 1000 Hz interpolling and a 16bit data path. This should provide absolute accuracy.

Office 2003 SP3, Mice & A Contest

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2005 - 11:50 AM |
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It's not Patch Tuesday, but CNET is letting everyone know that Office 2003 got a bit of a facelift and a security upgrade.  If you use it, head to Office update to get it.   Even better, it looks like you won't need to dig out the old disks to do it.  Plus, Overclockers Online has a Coolermaster contest going on.

"Microsoft Office 2003 SP2 is designed to prevent "phishing" attacks and improve the han

Even Linux gets expoited nowadays

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2005 - 06:50 PM |
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2 Media players running on *NIX have expolit flaws, story on CNET.

"A flaw has been discovered in RealNetworks' RealPlayer version 10.0.5.756 Gold and Helix Player 1.0.5.757 Gold running on Linux or Unix operating systems, according to a report released Tuesday by the French Security Incident Response Team, or FrSIRT."

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