QuoteHitachi expects an increase in demand for HDD, not just for use in personal computers and servers, but also for consumer electronics such as car audio and set-top boxes. The company's rivals include Seagate Technology, Maxtor Corp. and Western Digital Corp.
New in Hitachi's product range is a drive specifically for automotive applications: the Travelstar A4K20. This 2.5-inch hard disk drive offers 20G bytes of storage for car navigation and car audio applications and will be available in the second quarter.
QuoteWhat exactly do you mean when you say it's all going to be there?
You take all the various information media that you have--for example, your correspondence, all the e-mail or letters that you write and print. All the papers that you wrote or read. One of the capabilities we have in MyLifeBits now is that you turn on the browser or the explorer and capture every page you looked at. The system now captures everything that you see that comes to you electronically.
QuoteAs you know that Radeon 9500 differs from Radeon 9700 series due to reduced number of pipelines to 4. However, it is now possible that you can transform it into a Radeon 9700 and overclockability can be improved by much. When you remove the cooler, you can see some resistors on the GPU package. Just re-solder resistor at position 2-3 to 1-2 and your Radeon 9500 will be modded into Radeon 9700. Flash the Radeon 9500 BIOS using the modified BIOS to unlock the core/mem frequency default locked by the ATi to prevent overclocking. The core clock can be pushed as much as to 370Mhz and as a result, it runs faster than the Radeon 9700 Pro.
Quake3 Demo001, 1600x1200 2xAA: 209fps
UT 2003 Asbestos, 1600x1200 2xAA: 140fps
3DMark Game4, 1600x1200 2xAA: 41fps
Radeon 9700 Pro
Quake3 Demo001, 1600x1200 2xAA: 147fps
UT 2003 Asbestos, 1600x1200 2xAA: 119fps
3DMark Game4, 1600x1200 2xAA: 45fps
Quote"The combined gravitational effects of the Earth and sun will nudge the asteroid onto a slightly faster track just inside Earth's, and it will begin to pull ahead," he said.
In 95 years, the asteroid will have advanced all the way around to where it is catching up to the Earth from behind. A similar interaction with gravity from both the Earth and sun will then push the asteroid back onto a slower outside track, and the pattern will repeat.
QuoteThe crush of spam has cost companies enormously as well. A new study expected Monday estimates that the annual cost of spam to U.S. corporations is $8.9 billion and $2.5 billion for European businesses. U.S. and European service providers shoulder another $500 million in costs, according to market researcher Ferris Research. The figures were reported by the Associated Press.
QuoteTopping the pile in December, for the eighth successive month, was an e-mail that urged users to delete a legitimate file called jdbgmgr.exe from their machine. The original version of this hoax claims that this file is a virus spread by MSN Messenger, while a later version claims that deleting it will remove the Bugbear-A worm from a system.
QuoteHoliday sales came in as predicted. Desktop sales were weak, but notebooks were strong. And outside of those categories, products--such as multifunction printer/scanner/copiers--that performed well going into the holiday season continued to do well," Stephen Baker, an analyst with NPDTechworld, said Thursday.
Several manufacturers, including Hewlett-Packard, said they were satisfied with their sales over Thanksgiving weekend. Others predicted that their fourth-quarter sales in 2002 would match the preceding year's, and most did, at least at retail in the United States.
QuoteFrom North America's marmots to Britain's birds, the findings could spell bad news for species already stressed by habitat loss if predictions of global warming over the next century pan out, the authors said in the studies, which appear in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.
Other scientists said the studies, which are based largely on research done previously in Europe and North America, could foretell the extinction of many species in the coming decades as rising temperatures force them to retreat from their historic ranges or face new competitors.
QuoteOn Tuesday, Microsoft plans to officially launch Plus Digital Media Edition (DME), a $19.95 add-on pack for the Windows XP operating system. Microsoft has offered various versions of Plus since the release of Windows 95. But unlike earlier versions, Plus DME is protected by product activation, meaning that consumers will have to enter a 25-key code to install the software and then "activate" Plus DME over the Internet.
QuoteIntel’s Springdale chipsets are set to beat Taiwanese competitors to shipment, with small-volume releases as early as the first quarter of 2003 and motherboards based on the chipsets shipping by the second quarter, according to Taiwanese motherboard makers.
Taiwanese chipset designers VIA Technologies and Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) may not enter volume production of their dual-channel DDR400-supporting, 800MHz FSB (front-side bus) chipsets – the PT600 and 655FX, respectively – until the second quarter.
QuotePrivacy remains a stumbling block for e-commerce as a whole, according to comScore's survey, with 38 percent of the panel describing themselves as "uncomfortable" giving out credit card information online. Roughly the same percentage said they worried about the security of online financial transactions, and 40 percent expressed concern over online privacy generally.
QuoteAbout 60 percent of 2,000 people surveyed in the Pew Internet and American Life Project study said they use the Web regularly. Two-thirds of those had been online for three or more years.
At least 80 percent of the Internet users questioned in September and October said they expect to find reliable information about news events, health care and government services on the Web.
Almost as many Internet users, 79 percent, said they expect to find a business with a Web site that will give them information about a product they are considering buying.
QuoteFor users, the eventual arrival of 16X drives will bring big benefits. At that speed drives will be capable of writing data at 176 megabits per second (mbps) which means a complete 4.7GB DVD disc can be written in three and a half minutes, according to Mitsubishi. That compares with around 14 minutes for today's fastest 4X drives and almost an hour for a first-generation drive.
QuoteGD library is now bundled with the distribution and it is recommended to always use the bundled version
vpopmail and cybermut extensions are moved to PECL
several deprecated extensions (aspell, ccvs, cybercash, icap) and SAPIs (fastcgi, fhttpd) are removed
speed improvements in a variety of string functions
Apache2 filter is improved, but is still considered experimental (use with PHP in prefork and not worker (thread) model since many extensions based on external libraries are not thread safe)
various security fixes (imap, mysql, mcrypt, file upload, gd, etc)
new SAPI for embedding PHP in other applications (experimental)
much better test suite
significant improvements in dba, gd, pcntl, sybase, and xslt extensions
debug_backtrace() should help with debugging
error messages now contain URLs linking to pages describing the error or function in question
Zend Engine has some fixes and minor performance enhancements
and TONS of other fixes, updates, new functions, etc
QuoteAxis Communications, a global leader in network technology, announced today the availability of the AXIS ETRAX 100LX MCM 2+8, a new generation system-on-a-chip that integrates 2MB Flash, 8MB SDRAM and an Ethernet transceiver into a single chip with a 27mm x 27mm footprint. The chip, which is designed for networked devices such as wireless access points, digital video recorders and access control and security systems, enables developers to reduce costs in both the design and production cycles.
By integrating the most common components used in a standard ETRAX-based hardware design, nearly all of the mandatory components for building a networked device are included in an extremely small chip. The integrated approach makes the ETRAX 100LX MCM a competitive choice for developers needing to improve efficiency in the development process. With the most time-consuming components already integrated into the chip, the ETRAX 100LX MCM enables developers to shorten the time to market and focus on product development.
QuoteChina sentenced two Beijing boys to life in prison in August for starting the city's worst fire in 50 years. Police said the boys were angry because cafe staff would not let them surf there.
Web users at the Lanjisu (Blue Hyperspeed) cafe were trapped inside the blazing den because its door was locked and windows blocked by iron bars. A few customers escaped by squeezing through a bathroom window.