Web servers, clouds and vapourizing your infrastructure

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2010 - 11:19 AM |
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Cloud computing has been poised to change the world now for almost as long as Web 2.0 has been.

Source: Ars Technica

It's a handheld XBox, no a Zune ... wait, no a phone ... really?

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2010 - 11:01 AM |
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The BSoD is coming to a phone near you thanks to the efforts of Microsoft who has made a 90 degree turn from their previous mobile efforts, ditching their mobile OS for Windows 7.  The GUI looks like a ZuneHD (if anyone has actually seen one of those in the wild) as opposed to Windows 7 but there is more to this cellphone than that.  Not only can the Windows Phone 7 do everything a Zune can do, you also get a 'Bing Button' will get you searching on the web, from XBox you get LIVE games, avatars, and profiles all built into the phone, plus social networking integration. 

Source: engadget

The Winter Olympics get a 'warm' reception in Vancouver

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2010 - 06:02 PM |
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At some point once you have become learned in the ways of the computer you will run into something that makes you have second thoughts about what you know to be trueCase and point is the deal that a forum member spotted on Newegg, which features a DDR2 socket AM3 board with a deal for an AM2+ processor bundled with it and that is not even mentioning the RAM. 

Picking headphones is hard

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2010 - 12:57 PM |
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If you go out shopping for headphones you may end up flabbergasted at the amount of choice you have.  Before even thinking about a brand you need to decide what type you want.  Are you a fan of the classic earbud style, or do you prefer the newer ear canal type or perhaps you are a purist and prefer the cans.  Once you have decided on your preferred style then there is the small matter of picking out which of the 100s of brands you want.  Digital Trends tries to help out by offerin

Remember the Windows Genuine Advantage debacle?

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2010 - 11:31 AM |
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Like some sort of bad horror movie villain that keeps coming back from the dead, another phone-home validation program is arriving from Microsoft.  Back in the days of Windows 98 it was the Critical Update Notification Tool that checked for updates but also opened up the possibility of serious security breaches, not to mention that checking every 5 minutes was a little excessive.  With Windows 2000 and XP, we saw the beginning of the Windows Genuine Advantage program, which was intended to keep people honest and drive them to purchase Microsoft's OS instead of pirating it.  Unfo

Source: Slashdot

In house benchmarking tool for AMD's hexacores

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2010 - 11:25 AM |
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AMD's new server benchmarking tool may not come in handy the next time you are testing a family PC, but if you run servers or clusters of servers then you may be visiting that page quite a bit.  What everyone will like to see is the results AMD has published from these benchmarks detailing the performance of six core processors and soon to be eight core processors.  The benchmarks may or may not be biased, it is hard to tell without the hardware in hand to test ourselves but they certainly are impressive.  It is also quite nice to see dual socket systems included;

Source: The Inquirer

Valentine's Day U135 Giveaway

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2010 - 01:26 PM |
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To celebrate Valentine's Day, MSI is giving you the chance to win one of three U135 Ruby-colored 10” netbooks, each worth $329!

To enter, follow these three simple steps:

1) Join the MSI Computer U.S. Facebook group


2) Become a follower of msiUSA on Twitter

Source: MSI

Google wants to give you Gigabit internet

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2010 - 01:16 PM |
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The rumours of Google's plans to become a service provider have gained some veracity with this announcement from the Google Blog.  They are requesting applications from US cities to participate in a test roll out of a 1 Gb/s fiber-to-the-home
service.  Eventually they plan to offer this service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people, so the space is fairly limited.  They are looking to hear from local governments as well as priva

You can go home again, if your Daddy is Big enough

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2010 - 12:17 PM |
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There are any number of gamers in Rapture right now, both emotionally and virtually, as the sequel to BioShock hits the stores.  If you have been hiding with the rock crabs, then you won't know that BioShock 2 puts you in the boots of the original Big Daddy in Rapture 10 years after the events of the first game took place.  There are still Little Sisters, but now some of them have grown up with a bad attitude and an armour suit and are looking to make your life miserable.  Seeing as how you are in the biggest, baddest diving suit ever you can expect to see a more close up view o

Source: Ars Technica