BootXP version 2 is now out for download. This nice little app can be used to customize your boot screen on startup with the Windows 2000 or XP OS's. A nice little feature is that you can make your own boot screens quite easily with the program. It's free and if you want to register the product it's a measly $3. A sweet piece of software. Download it here at BootXP. You can get additional pre made boot screens from ThemeXP as well as some very kewl wallpapers.
I'm too lasy to make multiple news posts, so here goes!
Intel "won't engage" in chipset price war Intel was unlikely to get involved in that war. While it produces a number of its own motherboards and while it's quite a big business, Burns maintained that his group uses that arm to advance technology.
Via to buy LSI Logic design centre The move may be related to a rather large telecomms provider just across the water from Taiwan called China Unicom, which is very interested indeed in taking advantage of the surge in consumer demand for handsets, PCs, and the rest.
Todd Bradley will take over the day-to-day operations at the Palm Solutions Group, overseeing the company's handheld computer hardware; software such as enterprise e-mail applications; and add-ons such as keyboards and expansion cards. - CNET
Will biochip implants become the way of the future? Hey, if I don't have to go to college, just insert a chip into my body and know the skills I need to work, I'm game! Of course these 'robo-rats' are a little different than biochips.
The remote-controlled ``robo-rats'' can be made to run, climb, jump or turn left and right through electrical probes, the width of a hair, implanted in their brains. Movement signals are transmitted from a computer to the rat's brain via a radio receiver strapped to its back.
One electrode stimulates the ``feel good'' center of the rat's brain, while two other electrodes activate the cerebral regions that process signals from its left and right whiskers. - CNET
Basically, it is like reigns of the horse, just remotely controlled.
Everquest 2, the sequel to the ever popular Everquest will be targetted to debut in 2003 according to Cnet.[PAGEBREAK] EverQuest II, which is slated to arrive in the winter of 2003, will feature a new 3D engine and will allow gamers to own real estate, ride horses, command ships, and to use new enhanced spells, quests and events.
The game centers on an online fantasy world called Norrath, where players create characters, engage in online activities and gather elements such as armor and weapons. Through the Internet, players can interact with each other, fighting, talking and trading, and building up more power.
The nine states' attornies effectively railed him enough to dismiss his case.[PAGEBREAK] But an attorney for the states, which have rejected a proposed settlement of the landmark case, sought to portray Madnick as unfamiliar with details of the rival remedies and unsure of his facts.
Asked if he knew of any other companies besides Microsoft that made an operating system like Windows with an Internet browser inextricably bound to it, Madnick initially said "yes."
When pressed, Madnick could list only two pieces of software, which he subsequently admitted were not operating systems.
Big Blue is demonstrating a second phase in its eLiza plan to build autonomic computers that can anticipate and recover from problems without human intervention. Now IBM is showing software called Enterprise Workload Manager that governs not just single servers but groups, monitoring the machines and shifting work among them.
IBM is aggressively researching ways to get groups of servers to work together without human intervention, but it isn't the only one. Sun Microsystems in February uncloaked "N1," which treats groups of computers like a single pool of processing and storage power. And Hewlett-Packard plans a " utility data center" to simplify management of data centers crammed with computing equipment.
Hop-On and Intel have a partnership to produce disposable cell phones. These things better have really low costs to be practical. I already have a cell phone, and I'm sure that most people that want a cell phone already have one. But the idea is novel.
Hop-On said Intel will provide chipsets using the TDMA cell phone standard for use in its disposable phones worldwide. Initial target markets will be in the United States and Latin America, the company said.
Hop-On's disposable cell phones, which it says are recyclable, will carry an hour's worth of prepaid calling minutes in the United States. - ZDNet
"It's a videogame console. No, Wait. It's a work of art." Yoshi DeHerrera Has fit every beloved gaming system into one amazing machine. From the Atari 2600 to a custom PC, this piece of heaven has it all.
-Nintendo Entertainment System (8-bit)
-Sony PlayStation 2
-A custom PC
Even though Nvidia is still in litigation with Microsoft over Xbox pricing, it has said in this ZDNet article that they will only make AMD chipset motherboards because they don't want to pursue an Intel P4 bus license.
The company also plans a follow-on to its nForce chipset, which works with Advanced Micro Devices' Athlon processors but not with Intel's Pentium 4. Huang said the company will continue to focus on chipsets for that market, rather than pursue a license to work with Intel's chips.
An open source file format called Ogg Vorbis (wtf) may benefit from this whole Winamp glitch deal.[PAGEBREAK] Although the vulnerability is a setback for Nullsoft, it could help the team of programmers behind the Ogg Vorbis format. The group has been attempting to convince a crowd of online music fans to make Ogg Vorbis their format of choice instead of MP3 or other proprietary formats such as Microsoft's Windows Media. While MP3 is the best-known and most popular online music format, developers must pay royalty fees to patent holder the Fraunhofer Institute to include support for the technology in their products.
Emmett Plant, chief executive of the Philadelphia-based Xiph.org Foundation, a nonprofit that serves as a parent for open-source development efforts, said the Ogg Vorbis group was sorry to hear about Winamp's security vulnerability. However, he said if somebody gains access to the group's codec by way of an upgrade that happened because of a security vulnerability, "that's OK with us."
In two recent cases involving domain name disputes, the judges ruled in favor of the big coporation or the celeb. That is wrong, while I don't like squatters, but many people that aren't squatting stand to loose their family website because some big coporation wants the name, or it sounds like them...[PAGEBREAK] The organizations charged with mediating domain name disputes issued two rulings last month against individuals who registered their family names, turning over the sites to guitarist Peter Frampton and to Miller Brewing.
The issue of whether people have the rights to their name in Web addresses has been a tricky one. Several celebrities, including singer Madonna and actress Julia Roberts, have won such cases. However, others, including President George W. Bush and Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, haven't succeeded.
Apple said the $999 and $1,199 prices it announced are for educational institutions, which will make up the vast majority of eMac purchasers. Apple typically offers college students prices that are better than the retail price, but not as low as those offered to schools and colleges.
The two models listed for college students were the high-end model, at $1,249, as well as a $1,516 custom-built model that included more memory and a tilt-swivel stand.
Following their 6 month product cycle, Nvidia will release the NV30 sometime in August.
Also on Monday, Nvidia raised its financial outlook for the just-ended quarter, and Huang said he sees continued market share gains this year leading to more growth. Some of that will come from a new graphics chip slated to arrive in August.
The new chip will be manufactured on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s latest 0.13-micron manufacturing process, Huang said. Huang did not reveal the name or specific features of the chip, but did say it was a fundamentally new architecture from the GeForce 4 Titanium introduced earlier this year. - CNET
The NV30 will feature 3dfx technology, this should be interesting to see.
Lavasoft has released a new version of thier popluar spyware removal tool Ad-aware. Version 5.8 upgrades are available from the Lavasoft site. As always the software is free to all who would like it to remove those nasty bits of software that invade our computers unknowingly or through wordinging buried in the EULA argeement you agree to when installing software. The new update includes....[PAGEBREAK]
Ad-aware 5.8 uses a new referencefile format.
This change was necessary to handle more tasks through the referencefile, and avoid too frequent
updates of the Ad-aware binary. The new referencefiles are named "reffile.awr".
The manual installation is performed like with the old "reflist.sig" files.
A new Refupdate application is in progress, and will be available shortly.
Ad-aware 5.8 features the same user interface like the previous 5x versions. It has been further improved to perform additional checks, and to handle the
The referencefile included in this distribution (005-29-04-2002) targets DownloadWare, NetworkEssentials, IEPlugin, OpenMe.exe, GoHip and several additional browser hijackers.
According to Digitimes, VIA is losing some ground on their AMD chipset business.
Affected by its declining share in the Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)-platform market and the product transition to new Pentium 4 PCs, VIA Technologies reported its revenues fell 30.4% to NT$7.301 billion and its pre-tax profits 53% to NT$1.091 billion in the first-quarter compared to a year earlier. -Digitimes
I thought the news was that 9.1 would be released instead of 9.
Dear DirectX 9.0 Beta Tester:
The DirectX team would like to thank you for your patience as we prepare to release DirectX 9.0 Beta 1. We are currently working on the final stages of Beta 1 for DirectX 9.0 and plan to release it to you for testing very soon. When the beta has released, you will be sent email with further instructions. We appreciate your willingness to test DirectX and look forward to working with you.
SEARCH-ENGINE TECHNOLOGIES WERE among the first services to appear on the Internet, and their popularity continues today. More searches continue to be performed through Yahoo's Web portal, but Google's site is quickly closing in on the leader.SEARCH-ENGINE TECHNOLOGIES WERE among the first services to appear on the Internet, and their popularity continues today. More searches continue to be performed through Yahoo's Web portal, but Google's site is quickly closing in on the leader.
Of all search referrals worldwide, 36.35 percent come from Yahoo, while Google trails close behind with 31.87 percent, according to figures from market researcher WebSideStory, which released the results of a tracking study by its StatMarket division Tuesday.
Microsoft's MSN network placed third with 12.73 percent of worldwide search referrals. - InfoWorld
Tweak news just put up a review of a task program for Windows.
LI Utilities was founded in 1999 by a small group of IT professionals with the goal of creating a complete solution for remote support. After nearly three years of development and a large number of smaller projects, we are now about to release our enterprise series of support tools which radically change and improve tech support in larger corporate, academic and and government computing environments. By integrating error reporting, advanced search capabilities and remote control softwares into one package, we can offer a complete solution for anyone interested in lowering tech support costs, while improving response time and support quality.[PAGEBREAK] Tweaknews
I was looking at Symantec's official website and came across this virus. I check Symantec.com a lot to see what's out there, but most viruses do very little damage- this one's a killer.
Trojan.Fatkill is a DOS program that overwrites the File Allocation Table of the hard disk so that it becomes corrupted. This may result in the computer being unable to restart.
Both the wild and distribution on this virus are low, however, so there is an extremely low chance that you will be effected by it. Remember to keep your virus definitions updated, and even if you have an auto-protect feature on your anti-virus, it's good to run scans on your system frequently.
For more information on Trojan.Fatkill and other viruses, click Here.
According to The Age, KaZaA now comes with a trojan horse and no, it doesn't come with TROJAN MAN!!![PAGEBREAK] KaZaA Media Desktop is software bought by Sharman in January that lets computer owners swap music and other digital content. Technology boffins call it filesharing or peer-to-peer (P2P) because users communicate directly with each other.
Hidden inside KaZaA, however, is Altnet - Trojan software that aims to harness the spare processing, storage and communications power of the millions of computers connected to KaZaA's FastTrack network, a concept known as "distributed computing".
GameSpot UK has a preview of the new Warcraft, version 3![PAGEBREAK] Thanks to its extensive beta testing program, much of the recent focus on WarCraft III has been on the multiplayer aspect, but that's only one part of the game. The whole storyline, the introduction to the new races - Night Elf, Undead and Demon - and the progression of the Human and Orc timelines are all encapsulated in the single-player campaign. Unlike WarCraft II, but like its sister product StarCraft, you won't just play the campaign as a race that you choose from the outset, you'll be exposed to all four of the playable races in WarCraft III (the Demons being the only one to remain computer-only), and with methods and tactics varying considerably for each one it should prove engrossing and constantly challenging. We recently had a demo of the single-player game, and a chat with Bill Roper, Blizzard's director of developer relations.
From the creators of Star Office comes the new and improved Open Office. The Open Office suite will lay the ground work for future version of Star Office as well.[PAGEBREAK] Pre packaged downloads here
It is funny to think that MIT would take Microsoft's side. But, whatever, his arguements are still flawed.
Stuart Madnick, professor of information technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said the states' demand for a version of Windows that can be customized by computer makers and other software makers would be difficult to achieve and sap resources devoted to improving the operating system.[PAGEBREAK] Read More at CNET
They were showcasing two servers built with Sledgehammer processors (Opteron) and two workstations connected to them built on ClawHammer processors. They used 64bit Windows Server OS version for both and were running IIS and Terminal Server software. On the client systems they were running 64bit Internet Explorer. Also AMD demonstrated how well these systems coped with 32bit applications.
According to AMD officials, ClawHammer DP and SledgeHammer processors will use the same Socket 900+ and feature the same amount of HyperTransport (HT) channels: 3. As you remember, SledgeHammer is planned to come out in Q1 2003, and ClawHammer – in Q4 2002.
20 months isn't that long. But it isn't that important that he wrote the virus itself, it is important that the great creator of software has so many security flaws.
THE AUTHOR OF THE Melissa virus received a sentence of 20 months in federal prison and a $5,000 fine in a federal court today.
David Smith (33), apologised for creating the virus in a court today and his cooperation with the authorities after he was arrested saved him a possible five years prison sentence.
He was arrested in 1999 and pleaded guilty late that year to some specimen charges.
According to the Wall St Journal, Smith made the viruses in his flat and using a stolen password posted files in various alt groups which contained the virus.
Melissa helped expose both the inadequate state of security in some Microsoft software and also the unpreparedness of many corporate and other users for such an event happening.
Melissa mailed itself to the first 50 names in Microsoft's Outlook's address book