HD-DVD Gets Nod from Microsoft...again

Subject: General Tech | December 28, 2005 - 05:46 PM |
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With all the hoop-lah involved in the new DVD format wars, Microsoft is stepping up to the plate once again in favor of the royalty-free HD-DVD. 

MADISON, Wis. — After months of intense wrangling between the competing Blu-ray and HD-DVD groups, the battle lines in the war over a next-generation high-definition DVD format have moved to the doorstep of Microsoft Corp.

Source: General

Another Xbox 360 Review

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2005 - 04:03 PM |
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Been salivating over trying to find an Xbox 360?  Then this probably won't help any...

Well, one launch down and two more to go. All in all, the Xbox 360 is an impressive piece of hardware. Microsoft has really succeeded in pushing forward the technology in game consoles. With High Definition, wireless remotes, and state of the art technology, the Xbox 360 is a definite winner. However, we suggest waiting it out until the PS3 and Revolution are released, and then choosing the best console.

Source: t-break

Penny Arcade Child's Play Charity Still Churning

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2005 - 04:00 PM |
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If you haven't heard of the Penny Arcade Child's Play Charity before you really owe it to yourself to head on over and read about how you can contribute to one of many children's hospitals across the county this holiday season.  They have just recently passed the $420,000 mark in donations and are looking to break half a million this year!







Source: General

The Year's Top 10 Sexiest Geeks

Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2005 - 04:00 PM |
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You think you're sexy? Go and check out this year's Top 10 Sexiest Geeks of 2005 and see if you're on that list! I haven't heard of most of the people listed there, but I'll take their word that they're qualified to be nominated.


The story is work safe, though some of the wording is suggestive.... how naughty! :)


Geeks are sexy. Big, powerful, lubricious, restless brains are just about as hot as it gets -- the brain *is* the biggest sex organ in the body, after all.

Source: boingboing

RAR Leaves Symantec Vulnerable

Subject: General Tech | December 22, 2005 - 02:00 PM |
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According to Alex Wheeler, Symantec products are vulnerable to heap overflow exploitation caused by RAR compressed files. According to Wheeler, the scanning of compressed RAR files leaves Symantec software (not just their anti-virus software) leaves the software open for possible exploitation by hackers.

Bill Buxton - Usability Icon Joins Microsoft

Subject: General Tech | December 21, 2005 - 09:00 AM |
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Not many people may know Bill Buxton, but everyone knows Microsoft. So why would these two names matter to you? It's because Bill Buxton is one of the great researchers and champions in the field of HCI or Human Computer Interaction, and he has been hired by Microsoft.

Source: Microsoft

Show me the Gadgets

Subject: General Tech | December 20, 2005 - 06:00 PM |
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I love my gadgets, but sometimes I can't help but feel some of them are more gimmicky than functional.

Nominate the Worst for WIRED's Vaporware 2005

Subject: General Tech | December 19, 2005 - 10:35 AM |
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It's that time of year again to nominate the worst vaporware offenders of the industry! Cast your votes for the worst vaporware in 2005 by emailing the Vaporware team with your suggestions! When emailing them make sure to:



  • Put the name of the company and product in the subject line of your e-mail, as well as in the message body.
Source: Wired News

Intel And BMW Enter Comprehensive Partnership

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2005 - 03:01 PM |
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MUNICH, Germany, Dec. 15, 2005 — Intel Corporation and the BMW Group today announced a comprehensive partnership that includes technology, co-marketing and Intel's sponsorship of the BMW Sauber F1 Team. As part of this agreement, Intel technology will be deployed throughout the BMW Group and its worldwide dealer network, and Intel will become 'Official Corporate Partner' of the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

Why am I still a button pusher?

Subject: General Tech | December 15, 2005 - 11:51 AM |
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The Tech Zone asks about one of my pet peeves.  Why is the only difference between the input devices I used on my Apple IIe and the ones on my current rig, the number of buttons?  No neat holographic table to interface with, I push more buttons now than I did then.

"So why haven't interfaces changed much in the last 20 years? One possibility is that the desktop

is in some way an optimal representation.