What happened after Microsoft took a little blue pill

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2006 - 11:44 AM |
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Slashdot has put together several links covering the results of Microsofts invitation for "black hat hackers" to take a poke at Vista's security.  It could spell a more open mindset at Microsoft, at least during betas, on the benefits of listening to that particular crowd.

Source: Slashdot

Prey makes it to the Xbox360

Subject: General Tech | August 4, 2006 - 11:36 AM |
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Prey has made it to a console that wasn't even a twinkle in Microsoft's eye, when the original programming was done.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP to see how well it made the transition from PC to console.

"Over a decade in development, Prey's innovative portal technology and unique game play finally land

on the Xbox 360. Today, we step through the portal and see where Prey will take us."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Giving VoIP a hard time in the name of security

Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2006 - 11:59 AM |
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CNET reports on the goings on at the Black Hat conference.  Yesterday tools to test the security of VoIP were discussed, and handed out.  Read about the kinds of vulnerabilities VoIP has, before you go out and switch.

Perhaps they heard about someone wielding a cluebat

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 05:21 PM |
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EMI, Vivendi and BMG have recently started experimenting with the new fangled internets in a way to make money by selling customers what they want.  Drop by eCoustics to see what they are trying, and some good places to go to buy albums and songs.

Source: eCoustics

Hard drive with serious theft deterrent built in

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 02:43 PM |
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In the old days, if we dropped a hard drive we didn't worry about us killing it ... we worried about it killing us ... kids these days and their 2.5" harddrives.

"What is 340MB, weighs 85lbs and cost almost $18,000 when it was new? Here's a few pictures from [H]

reader extraordinaire, JLangejans, to help you figure it out."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP

Smile at a Mac user

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2006 - 12:27 PM |
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On this day of the 286, CNet reports 26 Mac OS flaws have just been fixed, including remote code execution vulnerabilites.  Add to that the Macbook Pro issues [H] links to, and it's not a good day to be a Mac fanatic.

Stop laughing! It IS a real mouse

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 04:23 PM |
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In the search for a better mouse, many odd shapes and designs have been considered, in the hopes of banishing RSS and carpal back to the tennis courts and assembly lines, where they belong.  Extremetech will not give up until they find the newest mouse, in this case the "Zero Tension Mouse" which looks like ...
well ... umm....
Go look for yourself, I'm not going to say it.

Source: Extremetech

Intel Announces NOR Flash Memory Products for Emerging Low-Cost Handset Segment

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 02:07 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 1, 2006 —
Intel Corporation
today introduced its first NOR flash memory products
aimed at the emerging low-cost cell phone segment. The new products
have a new pin sharing package to minimize pin count and are configured
to work with low-cost, single-chip baseband and RF solutions from
leading chipset suppliers.

A super way to re-encode your day

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2006 - 12:23 PM |
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To Linux users, ffmpeg is probably a program you have heard of, but not if you are a Windows user only.  That is all about to change, The Inquirer has spotted Super, a FOSS video converter able to change files from any one codec to another.  Check this out before you go nuts from re-encoding files 8 times before getting it in the format you want.

Source: The Inquirer

Previous Versions could save you, or catch you

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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Ars Technica looks at the new incarnation of Sahdow Copy that will likely ship with Vista.  Having 5 previous versions of files can be very handy, if you've mistakenly changed and saved a file, but it can also making getting rid of files difficult.  You will also have to be careful the backups don't bloat your hard drive to death.

Source: Ars Technica