Well, that won't cause controversy

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2007 - 10:01 AM |
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The Inquirer and Ars Technica have 2 different takes on the news out of Redmond today, that 1 in 5 Windows installs fail a WGA check.  To put it another way, 114 million systems of the 512 million that have installed WGA have failed, and you can add a significant amount of systems that people have never installed WGA on to that total.  Of the 114 million that failed, Microsoft has stated about 20% are not due to piracy, and although they do not say

Source: The Inquirer

So long Intellipoint, Microsoft and Razer join forces

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 03:06 PM |
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The Habu gaming mouse is the product of a joint venture between Microsoft and Razer.  It has all that you would expect, like on the fly DPI adjustments and multiple buttons.  It also has some extras like the ability to move the buttons, and it swings both ways so lefties can use it.  If you like your mouse to glow, the side rails and mouse wheel will attract you, as it did in ExtremeTech's case.

Source: Extremetech

AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 02:53 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.— Jan. 23, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2006.  As a result of AMD's acquisition of ATI, fourth quarter financial results include the results of the former ATI operations[1] beginning October 25, 2006.

Source: AMD

A little known Digital Media Players

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 10:25 AM |
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The Tech Lounge would like you to know about Cowon.  They are a little known company with some good offerings.  Their D2 is a 2/4 GB flash-based MP3 player with a 2.5' 24 bit TFT LCD screen for video playback, and space for 52 hours of music.  It supports MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV and FLAC, as well has having TV out, a voice recorder, and photo viewing.  The FM tuner and support for Microsoft's DRM10 is the icing on the cake.

Storm Warning

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2007 - 09:20 AM |
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Storm Worm made an appearance this weekend, and it's botnet is growing quickly.  With multiple versions released in a very short time, and with the ability to upgrade itself after it has infected PCs make this one look to be around for a while.  CNET has more info on this Trojan that we are likely to be removing from relatives computers quite frequently in the next while.

Vista Home Premium For Sale Today - Update for All of them!

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 10:47 PM |
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Newegg sent along word that they have the Windows Vista Home Premium OEM DVD for sale and showing IN STOCK TODAY for $119.99.  You can be the first on the block to start testing out the new Vista features with this full version OS; not an upgrade!

Update: Newegg now has just about all of the Vista versions ready and for sale today!

Sun and Intel Announce Landmark Agreement

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 01:12 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO , Jan. 22, 2007 — Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Intel Corporation today announced a broad strategic alliance centered on Intel's endorsement of the Solaris™ Operating System (OS) and Sun's commitment to deliver a comprehensive family of enterprise and telecommunications servers and workstations based on Intel® Xeon® processors. The scope of the agreement spans Solaris, Java™ and NetBeans™ software and Intel Xeon microprocessors, as well as other Intel and Sun enterprise-class technologies.

New Linux Foundation Launches - Merger of Open Source Development Labs and Free Standards Group

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 09:56 AM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, January 22, 2007 — The two leading consortia dedicated to the advancement of Linux® — the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) — today announced that they have signed an agreement to merge and form The Linux Foundation. The new organization accelerates the growth of Linux by providing a comprehensive set of services to compete effectively with closed platforms.

Price drops from AMD

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2007 - 09:14 AM |
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Digitimes has a full list of the processors from AMD, and the expected price changes.  The top of the line FX series are unchanged, but dual core processors have dropped in price.  Semprons have dropped below $50, for those looking for inexpensive PCs.

Source: Digitimes