Altavista reports that the free mail service that is provided by the site will be stopped in March. On the 31st of March 400000 mail users will no longer have Altavista mail accounts. The company admits that the service is stopped due to financial reasons, thus ridding of the mail service will cut operational expenses.
Altavista is one of the most popular search engines, and this measure is undertaken by company to stay in business.
One of the biggest game publishers Interlay is on its way out of the NASDAQ index due to financial problems. Interplay has time until May 15 to straighten out financial matters, or else it will be excluded from the listing. The official warning came from NASDAQ stating the reason for this action. Interplay's price per stock and total stock cost dropped below allowed minimum ( 3.00$ and 15 000 000$ correspondingly).
Sad news for game fans, Interplay is known for some of the greatest titles published (Fallout , Baldur's Gate, Planescape Torment, Descent )
Anandtech posted a review of VIA KT333 chipset. To shortly sum up the review: Anand says that KT333 is a platform for future that can utilize potential with 166 FSB, at the moment KT333 is meant as a replacement for KT266A chipset, but those who own a board with KT266A should not switch to KT333, since there will not be a tangible performance boost. Read full review.
If you like to tweak your XP/2000 rig as many do to get that optimal prerformance, you may want to peruse Black Viper's pages, as he has updated a few things since the last time I looked. He has a listing for XP/2000 background services settings that can be changed to improve performance. Many are turned on by default and sit in the background doing nothing but hogging resources.
Tom's Hardware Guide has put up thier reader's choice awards for 2001. Readers of the site were asked to vote on a number of different components they considered thier favorites from the past year. Check it out here at Tom's Hardware Guide.
It is a great pity that 3Dfx is officially dead and so is their official web site. Visit the site to read the official announcement of discontinued support for 3Dfx products and a little ad of Nvidia products. Starting February 19th the site will be officially closed. Too bad, 3Dfx was the first one to bring quality 3d to masses. Let's hope no other company will follow their path.
One of the most respected and long living turn-based strategies that is scheduled for release in March-Heroes of Might and Magic 4 has a fan site that has published a map with units that are going to be used in upcoming release. If you can not wait till release date, then you can take a peek at the joint high quality map or low quality map.
If you own Pioneer DVD drive you might find this utility quite useful. The utility allows DVD-A06S, DVD-106S or DVD-116 drives changing speed when viewing DVD, exctracting music from audio CD. Other features include changing the DVD region code and flashing firmware in Windows.Pioneer DVD utility works with above mentioned models and supports Win 98/98SE/Me/2000/XP. Size: 4.5 MB. http://www.pioneer-eur.com/support/utility/dvdutils_103.zip\">Download
This follows up the rumors on the net that AMD have been burning away the L1 contacts instead of just the bridges to ensure that the chip couldn't be overclocked. Well, AMD has reiterated that they want you to overclock . How about that?
Want to get full summary of your system configuration take a look at this program that is Win XP compatible. User friendly interface and ease of use make this program a definite asset to your utilities. The porgram is rather small and has freeware license. Although utility is made available by Russian server the interface is in English. Download
Newly released Intel Application Accelerator version 2.0 is aimed to offer performance boost to systems based on Intel core logic and CPUs. The utility boasts Accelerated Operating System Load Time feature, which supposedly speeds up booting process along with improved disk performance in games, graphic intensive applications, and games. The utility also features improvements for P4 (Data Pre-Fetcher).
Intel Application Accelerator supports Win 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP and is also meant as a replacement for Intel Ultra ATA Storage Driver.
You can get Intel Application Accelerator ver. 2 here or if you are upgrading from Intel Application Accelerator ver. 1.1.2 read developers comments here.
Intel has revealed thier roadmap for thier upcoming motherboad offerings and thier various supporting chipsets. It's a bit confusing to go through with all the different variants. But then again I guess that's why I have been keeping my distance from Intel products. You can find the list here.
Come one, come all for ASE Labs' new venture: Software News! Now, you have a one stop location for all your computer needs! DMIAD will be heading this section up. Give him a pat on the back and post in the forums!
Well, this surely must be a sad day for Microsoft. The Inquirer is reporting that MS must hand over its Windows code (Yes, including WinXP) to 9 states for review. They will see if MS is justified in stating that Internet Explorer was to tightly integrated in the OS and couldn't be removed. I suspect that there will be some leaks of code here and there possibly .
Yes, it has been released. Grab the download here. I'll run some tests and report any changes also. Update: The only change I see is that they added an 'Advanced Pixel Shader' test. My Score went down 100 points, but that could be caused by my drivers. I will run more test soon.
M$ and it's new found concern for bugs has unleashed it's army of programmers armed to the teeth with cans of RAID in search of buggy software and lo and behold we now have a new patch for IE 5, 5.5 and 6. For your downloading delight get it here.
John Carmack has come out and flamed nVidia in a way, over the new GeForce4MX video cards. Apparently they aren't to hot if you intend to run Doom.(New version?) He states that support for the Radeon 8500 has been added and that the game will run far better on a GF3 or ATI 8500. Further details at the Inquirer.nVidia-0 ATI-1