Tech News Bento Box, Post Christmas Edition - Dec. 29, 2009

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2009 - 10:25 PM |
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The tech news is slowing down as the industry slowly recovers from a massive Egg Nog hangover... or is this the calm before the CES 2010 storm?

Christmas aftermath - It's always interesting to hear what readers of PC Per got for Christmas. If you got something really cool you'd like to share, drop me a line at jon@pcper.com and tell me about it.

OnLive gaming technology demonstrated at school

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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Just not YOUR school.  In this case, some students at Columbia University got to hear from CEO Steve Perlman about OnLive's upcoming game streaming technology.  Someone was able to grab some video from the event and shared it with the world so we can all see how the tech works, what the user interface is like and how the iPhone will likely integrate into it.

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Introduction

This week we decided to take a break from the usual computer hardware reviews to evaluate a couple products for creative artists and graphics professionals from a well-known company called Wacom. Wacom was kind enough to send us two products from their line of digital art tablets that meet a wide range of free-hand artist's needs and desires. We received a medium-sized Intuos4 professional tablet and a Bamboo Pen and Touch tablet to review.

Tech News Bento Box - Dec. 23, 2009

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2009 - 10:06 AM |
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@ DigiTimes:USB 3.0 controller chip prices drop below $3 USD which is down almost 50%. Manufacturers are expecting USB 3.0 to overtake USB 2.0 by 2012 / 2013.

Source: Digitimes

Microsoft going to be barred from selling Word

Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2009 - 04:54 PM |
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In what must come as an unwelcome stocking gift to CEO Steve Ballmer this holiday, a Federal Circuit Court has upheld a ruling that will prevent the software giant from selling new copies of its Word word processor (ugh) due to a patent infringement.  From the engadget posting:

Source: engadget

Tech News Bento Box - Dec 21, 2009

Subject: General Tech | December 21, 2009 - 03:25 PM |
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After posting the first Bento Box on Thursday, someone asked me what a Bento Box was. A Bento Box is a traditional Japanese lunch where the meal is compartmentalized into different portions. This way you get a variety of distinct flavours in one meal. So with that backgrounder, it's time for another installment of the Tech Bento Box.

Tech News Bento Box - Dec. 17, 2009

Subject: General Tech | December 17, 2009 - 04:22 PM |
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@ Intel - While most companies prefer calling employees into an office to give them a pink slip, Intel prefers to fire their employees by shooting them from a cannon.



Careful with those pdfs

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2009 - 12:28 PM |
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Yet another zero day exploit has appeared, taking advantage of a flaw in the way Acrobat and Acrobat Reader parses JavaScript.  Adobe found out about the problem Monday so it is likely that exploits are already running around the net.  Even better, most antivirus programs cannot spot the problem yet.  For now the advice Slashdot offers is your best defence, disable JavaScript in Acrobat.

Source: Slashdot

Accept the ribbon, or else!

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2009 - 12:41 PM |
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Users of Office 2003 that have been avoiding the change to 2007 were in for a nasty surprise over the weekend. If their company uses Microsoft’s Rights Management Service to protect their documents then thanks to an expired security certificate then when a file was accessed, instead of the file opening they were greeted with "Unexpected error occurred.

Source: 3DCenter

Ponzi thought small, the Madoff scheme is superior

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2009 - 04:24 PM |
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We here at PC Perspective are nothing if not topical, for instance those of you living far enough from the equator that water occasionally turns solid and falls from the sky in a strange white power can certainly benefit from Jon's latest contribution to the front page.  If you don't end up stuck in a snowbank because you stayed at home, there are still things you can do to increase your comfort and productivity.  It is not just about personal improvement,