Your PST file wants to be free

Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2010 - 02:36 PM |
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One of the biggest and most convincing arguments against Microsoft's Outlook email is that the PST files which it uses as a store for all information pertaining to an email account, not just the emails.  That PST file is almost impossible to get at without the credentials of the account which created it.  This makes moving your own email from Outlook to any other email program annoying but makes it almost impossible to switch an entire organization.  Microsoft has recently released some tool using Apache License 2.0.

Source: Ars Technica

PC Perspective - Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2010 - 08:00 AM |
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Epic Blames Piracy for Shift to Console Development. Follow the money.

Source: General

30 years of TaunTaun and Clyde jokes!

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2010 - 06:18 PM |
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Over the past week a few visitors to PC Perspective may have received a warning about a suspicious advertisement from your antivirus program and we would just like you to know that the those responsible for that have had awful things happen to them.  You are safe again and thank you for letting us know.

Microsoft is in a beta release mood

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2010 - 12:32 PM |
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Earlier this month the Office 2010 beta became available to most people if they were interested in seeing what the new Office offers in the way of ribbons.  Then Hotmail underwent an upgrade for many people, in part to allow people to use the new office to edit attachments in the cloud.  Now they are releasing betas for professional IT gurus in the form of the BizTalk Server 2010 and Server AppFabric.  BizTalk Server is an upgrade from the previous version, used to deal with database integration and backups.  AppFabric is new, and is targeted at increasing the efficiency o

Source: Ars Technica

Industry Leaders Announce Open Platform to Bring Web to TV

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2010 - 02:48 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (May 20, 2010) - Today at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, leading industry players announced the development of Google TV-an open platform that adds the power of the web to the television viewing experience, ushering in a new category of devices for the living room.

Get a glimpse of the state of the gaming mouse market

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2010 - 12:32 PM |
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Tweaktown is herding mice today, with four different gaming class mice up for review.  There is

Source: TweakTown

nVIDIA's open secret, the 'unreleased' GTX465

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2010 - 11:51 AM |
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For a card that is still supposed to be under NDA we certainly know a lot about the upcoming entry level graphics card from nVIDA.  The GTX465 will have a total of 352 stream processors, 92 less than the GTX270, the 1GB memory will be clocked to 3,206MHz on a 256bit interface, again slower than the the 270.  The core will remain the same as the more expensive card at 607MHz, as will the process used to make the card.  Perhaps the only thing we are not truly sure of is the power draw of t

Source: Hexus

ASUS has updated their Eee nettop lineup

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2010 - 02:27 PM |
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The Asus EeeBox EB1501 keeps the cute angled stand on the outside but has new insides intended to provide you with the performance for 1080p playback.  You will find an Atom 330 @ 1.6GHz, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB hard drive, nVidia ION Integrated video card, a DVD drive and runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64.  On the back you will find an Ethernet port, eSATA port, HDMI and VGA out put and an S/PDIF for feeding 7.1 sound to a receiver. 

Can the hype and deliver some content for a change

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2010 - 12:15 PM |
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Ars Technica is a little upset at the gaming industry and those attached to it like professional game critics or those who send hatemail to a reviewer that only gave their favourite game eight stars.  They discuss why it is impossible to give an accurate overview of a game from a preview at E3 and other meetings because in most cases the preview does not include any hands on time with the game.  At best you get a heavily scripted presentation and if you are really lucky you might get to spend 5 minutes playing a particular section of a game with the PR rep back seat driving for you.&

Source: Ars Technica

Windows Aero, resource hog and now a security risk too

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2010 - 11:52 AM |
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The Canonical Display Driver is a little display driver that Windows uses to allow it's graphics device interface (GDI) communicate with DirectX, so if you use later versions of Windows it is on your PC.  It is not a case of AMD Catalyst versus nVIDIA's drivers, it lives further down in the depths of the OS passing data from the kernel level to the user level.  Apparently an exploit has been discovered that could allow an unexpected reboot to occur, which you could probably use to drive someone nuts, but also could result in remote code execution if the attacker found a way around a

Source: The Register