This is likely to change many time before SP1 is released. I don't even think MS knows what it really plans to do.
In yesterday's WinInfo Daily UPDATE article titled "Next-Gen Windows Rumors Heat Up," I discussed a report from "Microsoft Windows XP--The Official Magazine" that described Windows XP Service Pack (SP1) and a purported follow-up release called XP Second Edition (SE). This publication is the second to publish information about an XP SE release since I speculated that such a product was possible back in January. However, Microsoft says XP SE isn't on the schedule. "There are no plans for Windows XP Second Edition," a Microsoft representative told me yesterday.
Microsoft will release XP SP1 this fall, and then begin the beta program for the next Windows version (code-named Longhorn). But Longhorn isn't set to ship until sometime in 2004, leaving an empty release slot in late 2003. The fact that Microsoft has shipped a new consumer Windows product every year since 1995 has led to speculation about XP SE.
An Israeli software firm has discovered a flaw in Netscape and Mozilla software that allows code hidden in a Web page to read files from the user's PC. The bug is a more serious variant of one patched in Microsoft's Internet Explorer in February.
[PAGEBREAK] According to the report, verified by other developers, XMLHttpRequest doesn't properly check the security settings for some types of data requests in a Web page, allowing them, if properly disguised, to request data from the user's hard drive. The Internet Explorer bug required an attacker to know the name of a file on the user's PC in order to exploit that file, but the Mozilla bug also allows the contents of directories on the local drive to be listed.
Sun will lose Ed Zander, its president and chief operating officer in the summer.
Zander, 55, will step down on July 1. Sun CEO Scott McNealy will take on Zander's duties. Zander will stay on to assist McNealy with the transition, among other things, for the rest of the calendar year, the company said. - CNET
HomeLAN - Since all of you worked at Dynamix on the Tribes game series, how does it feel to "come home again" for want of a better phrase?
Jeff Tunnell - Our first priority is, of course, GarageGames. We do whatever is best to further the long term development of our vision for helping indie gamers. Working on this Tribes 2 "update" helps this effort in many ways. Beyond that, we still feel a connection to the Tribes community and it feels good to help it along.[PAGEBREAK] Read more at HomeLan Fed
Coolermaster ATCS 200 Version 2 Coolermaster have been around in the case world for some time now and the ATCS 200 was one of the first cases they released, so why are we reviewing this case again? Well Coolermaster have recently announced major price drops on the ATCS 200 and 201 and the new models are slightly different from the old ones. I am going to see what changes have been made and whether they improve the case or not.
AMD 760MPX Chipset Overview As a precursor to our upcoming MSI K7D Master review we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the underlying technology that makes the board possible, in particular the chipset. AMD are a relative newcomer to the multi-processor arena with AMD CPU's traditionally used in uni-processor systems and it's only recently with the launch of the AMD 760MP and the chipset we are covering today, the 760MPX that AMD have offered a multi processor chipset for use with their CPU's.
Looks as though the HP takeover of Compaq will happen.
WILMINGTON, Delaware (Reuters) - A Delaware court on Tuesday ruled in favor of Hewlett-Packard Co. (HWP.N) and against dissident shareholder Walter Hewlett, clearing the path for HP's $18 billion purchase of No. 2 personal computer maker Compaq Computer Corp. (CPQ.N). - EETimes
Today we are going to take a closer look at one of the cards used in those tests - the MSI G4MX440-T (MS-8861). As the name suggests, this card is based on the GeForce4 MX440 graphics solution and is targeted at those who are looking for a good 3D card but are on an even more constrained budget. The MSI card will run you just under $100, and is easier on your wallet than a Ti4400 or Ti4600 card. But what about performance? Will it keep you happy, and is it worth your money? Read on to find out.
Carbon nanotubes will be the future of heatsinks. They offer a great deal of thermal conductivity over todays heatsinks.
He found that the light restructured the tubes into horn-shaped configurations, surprising since carbon bonds need temperatures between 1,500°C and 2,000°C to break and reform. Also, multiple-walled carbon nanotubes, carbon soot and samples of Buckminsterfullerene (C60) were not affected by the light, which came from an ordinary photographic flash lamp. Ignition in the presence of oxygen required a local temperature of 600°C to 700°C, which could be achieved at a threshold illumination of 100 milliwatts/cm2.
PDA watches are finally coming down the pike. Here is what ZDNet had to say.
The watch has 190KB of memory -- the equivalent of 1,100 contacts, 800 appointments, 5,000 to-do notes or 350 memos. It uses an application on the Palm device, which can be installed directly from the Wrist PDA, to customize which information to relay to the watch's memory. It is also capable of displaying the time and date. It better display the time and date, it is a watch.
Hexus.net has a review of the 1.8aGhz. The move to 0.13 micron along with all the benefits including reduced cost, reduced power consumption, reduced heat and the overclocking possibilities make the Northwood a very attractive proposition at the moment. The cheaper CPU's are excellent overclockers and the cost per unit is quite low for an Intel CPU although the 2.2 is still very costly.
I just got this in my email this morning. Everyone that registered thier domain with Go Daddy should be careful.
Dear Valued Go Daddy customer,
Tuesday morning, alert Go Daddy customers notified me that another scammer is after your personal information. Our legal team is already working with the FBI to take any and all appropriate action.
In the meantime, I want to make sure you're informed and protected. Here are the details of the scam:
Someone is sending emails to our recent .US domain registrants. The emails are disguised as coming from " email@example.com ". This is a legitimate Go Daddy email address, but these emails are not coming from us.
The scammer's email instructs recipients to divulge - via fax - their Go Daddy account login, user name and password; their Social Security Number; and proof of address. The pretence provided is that this information is needed to verify eligibility for the .US domain. Again, the scammers are requesting this information be sent to a fax number in Nevada.
I want you to know two things: First, Go Daddy would never ask for this information, in any form, period. We'd never ask for your Social Security number. And we never ask you to fax or mail us your personal information.
Second, the scammers did not get your email contact information from Go Daddy. Scam artists constantly probe the "Whois" database, the central repository of ownership information for all domain name owners. (You can think of the Whois database as being the Internet equivalent of your local County Recorder's office. Real estate ownership information is required by law to be public; it's the same with domain name ownership
I won't speculate as to the intent of these scammers, but it can't be good. So please: If you receive one of the emails I've described above (or any other communication that makes you suspicious in the future) please do not respond to them! Instead, forward them to the special address I've set
Your best protection against scammers is awareness. So please stay on guard, and if you receive any communication that strikes you as suspicious, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Soyo is back with the latest in their popular Dragon series with the KT333 Dragon Ultra. As the name alludes this board uses VIA's KT333 chipset which adds DDR333 support. Will this new offering be as impressive as the K7V Dragon Plus and K7V Dragon? We will no soon, but first lets take a quick look at the board.
And I'm glad to see Warp2Search back up and running.
Nowadays personal computers are almost an embedded part of the electronic equipment in a household. PC's as other accessories represent a picture of the personal taste of their owner and, especially if custom build, these are a unique piece. Add to it that many enthusiasts are looking for a PC case with lots of space, good handling and superior cooling compared to factory cases. If you do make that count you'll probably end up looking at an aluminium case. Today we will be looking at the new Lian Li PC-6083A. This case is about to hit store shelves and retailers in June. I would like to thank James Wu of Lian Li for providing the test case.
The next major version of Windows is pushed back. Hey, I still use Win2k, XP is a bit to much for me.
While this week's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference has been host to exciting new product announcements and upcoming technologies, Microsoft executives delivered disappointing news to Windows enthusiasts. In his keynote address, group vice president Jim Allchin disclosed that Longhorn, the next major version of Windows originally scheduled for 2003, would not ship before 2004. Windows .NET Server will not meet its timeline either, due in part to delays Microsoft attributes to the massive security review that took place in February.
Hammer speeds set to debut at 2Ghz. Good starting speed.
Meanwhile, AMD's chairman, Jerry Sanders, told an audience at Merrill Lynch's Hardware Heaven conference in San Francisco that Hammer, the company's forthcoming chip for desktops and servers, will debut at 2GHz or higher.
Hammer will ship to PC makers in the fourth quarter and will be released to the public in the first quarter of 2003, Sanders added. - CNET
GameSpot Australia: Marc Laidlaw, thanks for taking time out to speak with us. First of all, on the topic of writing for interactive media, is the majority of your role actually spent writing? How does your fiction author's role blend into a game development environment?
Marc Laidlaw: Most of the design challenges I deal with daily have very little to do with storytelling. That's fine. One of the reasons I moved into game design was because I wanted some new tools to play with, and new problems to think about. Sometimes the tools are useful for telling stories; sometimes they're useful for building traps or puzzles or exciting combat sequences. When I can figure out how to do all those things at the same time, it's most gratifying. Although my background is in writing, more and more my skillset has come to revolve around pure game design. I don't know quite what to think of the writer/designers who "only" write. I actually don't know if such creatures exist. Most game development environments seem to involve a lot of hybridization of disciplines. I believe the writer for Deus Ex programmed a fair bit of the dialog system. I'm not that hardcore, and I have no coding background, but I do a lot of level prototyping, tinkering with entities, and endless amounts of talking about design.
Jim: “Duke is immensely appealing…he’s a shoot first, ask-questions-never kind of guy. He’s a confident hero, and the ladies flock to him like housewives falling over Mel Gibson. Who couldn’t admire that? The demographics of Duke followers are mostly male, (though I do stumble across a few female Duke fans from time to time) between the ages of 18-40, who like blood, bullets and babes.”
There are certain companies in this industry that focus on producing good looking hardware, while others tend to chose features or maybe pricing as their weapon of sales. Leadtek is a company that focuses on performance. They don't make a lot of products, but whatever they do make, tends to be right up there as far as performance is concerned. Thus we had high hopes when we received the Leadtek Winfast A250TD GeForce4 Ti 4400 graphics card but we wondered if it could match the standards set by Gainward.
Thrustmaster has launched a new joystick, the HOTAS Cougar, which will is destined to become the Rolls Royce of peripherals for PC-based games. This is partly due to the price - a massive $299! The high production quality and programming options are just as mind-blowing! So this is the question: is the Cougar worth such a huge investment? It's our job to try and find out.
Some of you may remember my posting a thread about a week ago on OCZ and it's so called memory manufacturing capabilities. For those who didn't see it then click here!
Well since that time I have been doing some research and such and have tracked down what I believe to be a company shell game fronted by only a few individuals. The name of the companies to which is all associated with the shell game are as follows.
In the listing you will see the name of the company, their URL address, their physical location address, their phone. You will also see their Info Space Info and Onfo Space MAP and their VeriSign/Network Solutions Info.
They had 2 Sledgehammer servers running there, running 64bit version of Windows Server. They had 2 Clawhammer clients connected to them. The Sledgehammer - Opteron servers were fairly big boxes, housing a new motherboard they call Melody. The boxes were closed, so I couldn't see inside. The guy presenting these said these were just development versions (these boxes) and they are largely empty). He said the production boxes will be more like the ones in the rack he pointed to (which was a full rack of 1U systems, each with 2 Athlon MP CPUs).
Tide Water is a computer of small form factor, smaller than the Serial Micro ATX standard and will integrate a new power regulator, thermal solution and case. Intel will develop the product next year and debut the ready-made products in 2004. Tidewater will first be based on the 0.13 micron Northwood that will run at a speed of 3.xGhz. It will be based on the next generation Prescott processor based on 0.09 micron during second half of 2003 that may reach at a speed grade of 5Ghz or more. The cooling used is passive with two 80mm fans blowing across the system thereby cooling the huge CPU cooler with copper core, the memories, the chipset as well as the hard drive. - VR-Zone