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 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,18 2005 - tech 
Wednesday Tech Reading - tech
(hx) 03:26 PM EDT - Jun,18 2005 - Post a comment

SECURITY...

  • Credit card breach exposes 40 million accounts - In what could be the largest data security breach to date, MasterCard International on Friday said information on more than 40 million credit cards may have been stolen. Of those exposed accounts, about 13.9 million are for MasterCard-branded cards, the company said in a statement. The other brands affected have not been identified. MasterCard has notified its member banks of the specific accounts involved so the banks can take action to protect cardholders, MasterCard said. Another story can be found on CNN Money, the New York Times, Reuters, MSNBC, ZDNet, C|Net, and the Washington Post.
  • Microsoft holds hacker conference - Microsoft has spent a few tough days facing up to the realities of its security problems, by sitting in a room full of hackers and watching the ensuing 'sploits. Microsoft's Blue Hat security conference has seen some of Windows' top executives come face to face with 'security professionals' to look at the problems in the operating system and its apps. Stephen Toulouse, from MS' security unit, said that "You couldn't hear anybody breathe" as hackers brought a Windows machine onto a malicious network with little effort. A News.com report mentions that Microsoft engineers took "body blows" for two days, noting that "Some of the engineers were turning red".
  • Netscape sends out another patch - Netscape has released an updated version of its Netscape 8 browser to fix a bug that broke XML rendering in Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The update, version 8.0.2, addresses a problem highlighted in a Microsoft employee blog a few days after Netscape 8's May debut. In the posting, Dave Massy, a program manager on the IE team, warned that installing the Netscape browser would cause IE to render extensible markup language files, such as RSS feeds, as blank pages.
  • Foreign spooks target UK techies - MI5 has issued a warning that spies are targeting people working in hi-tech companies. The advisory states that Britain's position at the forefront of technology, as well as its membership of the UN, Nato and the EU, makes it a top target for foreign espionage. The UK intelligence service warns that covert intelligence gathering activity threatens Britain's national security.
  • Botnet Hunters Search for 'Command and Control' Servers - Convinced that the recent upswing in virus and Trojan attacks is directly linked to the creation of botnets for nefarious purposes, a group of high-profile security researchers is fighting back, vigilante-style. The objective of the group, which operates on closed, invite-only mailing lists, is to pinpoint and ultimately disable the C&C (command-and-control) infrastructure that sends instructions to millions of zombie drone machines hijacked by malicious hackers.
  • Bluetooth flaw allows DoS attack - A flaw has been identified in the Bluetooth stack which could allow a denial of service attack that destroys the ability to link devices. The flaw was reported on the Bugtraq mailing list by Spanish security consultant Hugo Vázquez Caramés and details have been forwarded to the Bluetooth organising body.
  • Encrypted Lockbox Aims to Clean Up Password Clutter - Bruce Schneier's PasswordSafe lockbox, which provides a free utility for users to encrypt and manage multiple passwords on a computer, is ready for a new phase of open-source development. The celebrated cryptographer, who is credited with designing or co-designing several widely used encryption algorithms, announced the release of Version 2.1 of the database utility as a full-fledged open-source project at SourceForge.
  • Spybot - Search & Destroy 1.4 review - Spybot - Search & Destroy has been unearthing keyloggers, trackers, hijackers, cookies and other adware and spyware for years, so an update is big news. The new version is faster than its predecessor, with a more professional, aesthetically appealing, and less confusing interface than predecessors.

OFFTOPIC...

  • MSN Sponsors Anti-Piracy Film Contest - MSN UK is holding a contest for both youths and adults aimed at teaching the evils of intellectual property theft - an issue Microsoft is constantly battling to protect its software. The short film competition, aptly titled Thought Thieves, requires entrants to make a commercial-length video about how IP theft affects society. Films will be accepted for entry until July 1 on CD or DVD in any format compatible with Windows Media Player.
  • Army displays latest warfighting innovations - The Army showcased its Future Force Warrior system, the latest in war-fighting technology, at Soldier Modernization Day on Capitol Hill June 16. "Under the concept of managing the Soldier as a system, two uniform systems are under development," Moran said. The Future Force Warrior system will be available to Soldiers in 2010. The Vision 2020 Future Warrior system, which follows the concept of the 2010 Future Force Warrior system, will be fielded 10 years later.
  • The Future Of Online Gaming - THG has posted an article called on the future of online gaming.
  • The War of the Worlds Internet Trailer - Paramount Pictures has revealed a new internet trailer for director Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds at Yahoo! Movies. ComingSoon.net has also added four more TV spots, which you can view here. Opening Wednesday, June 29th, the sci-fi adventure thriller is a contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells's seminal classic which reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it.
  • 24 Movie in the Works - The Calgary Sun reports that a movie based on popular Fox series 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, is in the works.

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Sony says new console means game over for Microsoft - Japanese giant Sony said on Wednesday that despite coming later to the bout, its newly unveiled PlayStation 3 games console packs enough punch to deliver a knock-out blow to Microsoft's rival offering. In an interview with the CNBC network, Hirai denied that Sony had already decided to start selling the console only in Japan next spring, before releasing it in North America in the autumn. "We haven't determined which territory we will go with first this time around just yet," he said. "We will have to look at development and how things are coming along in terms of manufacture and all the other logistical things to determine which territory or multiple territories go first."
  • Q&A with Microsoft's Chris Jones: Longhorn coming summer 2006, open beta summer 2005, part I - Longhorn will be released commercially in the second half of 2006, and will include modifications that will help reduce, if not all together eliminate, phishing by engineering the mail client to recognize a phishing email and tell the user they're being duped said Chris Jones, Microsoft corporate vice president of Windows core operating system program management during an exclusive interview with DigiTimes at the mid-May WinHEC in Taiwan.
  • MS boffins use bluetooth for love bites - Scientists at Microsoft Research Cambridge (MSRC) are working on a range of new technologies and gadgets that might find their way into our lives. They've come up with a message board that you can send text messages to, a whereabouts clock that keeps track of where family members are, and in collaboration with Vodafone, a TouchToy, which we will get to later
  • Microsoft builds a better Bit Torrent - Researchers at Microsoft's computer science lab in Cambridge have developed a peer-to-peer filesharing system that they say overcomes the scheduling problems associated with existing distribution protocols such as Bit Torrent. The researchers claim download times are between 20-30 per cent faster, using their network coding approach, than on systems that only code at the server, and between 200 and 300 per cent faster than distributing un-encoded information.
  • Digital Clock as Thin as Paper - Utilizing the electronic paper display technology, Citizen Watch has created a digital clock that is as thin as paper. This unique design is enabled by E InkImaging Film. This easy-to-read, low-power display component is fully conformable, allowing product designers more creative freedom than ever before. The clock boasts twice the contrast of a reflective LCD, Low power consuption, because there's no backlight and a flexible form allowing developers to create curved eye catching shapes.
  • Phones Use GPS to Show You the Way - PCWorld tried out three of the newest services: America Online's MapQuest Find Me, Gate5's Smart2go Mobile Navigator, and TeleNav for Research In Motion's new BlackBerry 7520. MapQuest and TeleNav operate only on GPS-enabled Nextel phones; Gate5's Smart2go is not tied to a carrier and functions on Bluetooth-enabled Symbian Series 60 phones (such as the Nokia 6600 and 7610), Microsoft Windows Mobile phones and PDAs, and the PalmOne Treo 650 and Tungsten T3.
  • Cell Phones Face the Music - Napster's recently revealed plan to extend its music service to mobile phones has a long way to go before cells become iPod killers. On Wednesday, Napster and Swedish phone giant Ericsson announced a deal to develop the first digital music service for cell phones. The service will launch sometime in the next year.
  • Intel talks up universal wireless networking - Intel is set to present a chip at the VLSI Symposium that features both a 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio running on only 1.4 volts. The chip supports up to 40MHz of bandwidth, up from today's 20MHz versions. The higher frequency will support data rates beyond 100Mbps, enough to deliver streaming video over a wireless connection.
  • 2005 Toshiba and Hitachi Line Shows - Toshiba will be rolling out a full lineup of 11 new DLP rear projection TVs in both their TheaterWide Series and Cinema Series lines. Toshiba will offer both 720p and 1080p resolution models. The 720p sets will utilize a new TALEN Light Engine

HARDWARE... 

  • NVIDIA slashes budget GPU prices - Nvidia recently lowered the price of its GeForce 6200 with TurboCache by US$15, according to sources at Taiwan graphics-card makers. In addition, the company cut the price on its GeForce 6600 series US$5 and the prices for all parts from its GeForce 6200, GeForce FX5200 and GeForce MX4000 series were reduced US$1-2, indicated the sources.
  • Geforce 7800 scores 7800 in 3Dmark05 - Geforce 7800GTX scores exactly 7800 in 3Dmark05 score. When you pair two cards you will get as much as 13000 in the same test, but I have to warn you that those forum boys tested with an FX57 clocked at 2960MHZ, up from its original 2800MHz clock.
  • Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 Laptop - The chosen combination of Pentium M 770 and GeForce 6800 Go Ultra 256MB make for, without doubt, the fastest gaming laptop ever!
  • MV Mobeus 1.6M - Specification wise, the Mobeus has a 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M CPU driving it along, which makes up half of the Centrino package. The other half is an Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG WiFi adapter that supports 802.11a b and g standards. There's 512MB of memory installed, but 14MB of this has been dedicated to the Intel integrated graphics.
  • Sony VAIO and HP Compaq: Two Office Notebooks compared - X-bit labs compared two attractive office solutions from Sony and HP: VAIO VGN-FS115ZR and Compaq nx8220. They run office and multimedia applications at high speeds and can handle professional graphics applications, too. They are handy at work and offer you excellent functionality in office as well as on the road.
  • ASUS EN6800 ULTRA DUAL - Almost touching motherboard proportions, it measures 17.5cm by 31.2cm, hits the scales in at 930 grams, and is without a doubt the largest video card we have ever laid eyes on, flooring even the short-lived 3dfx Voodoo 5 5500
  • MSI NX6200TC-TD32E Geforce 6200TC  - PC Stats has posted a review of MSI NX6200TC-TD32E Geforce 6200TC Videocard.
  • Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB SATA150 - PC Modding Malaysia has posted a review of Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300GB SATA150.
  • Logitech MX518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse - Whether you're a hardcore gamer looking for an edge against your opponents or a casual gamer who needs a comfortable and responsive mouse, Logitech's MX 518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse is the right choice.
  • 19" LCD monitor survey - Behardware.com has updated their last 19" survey with two very much awaited monitors, or to be more accurate - because it is the most interesting aspect - two new very much awaited panels: the PVA 8 ms and one TN 6 ms.
  • Olympus Camedia C-7070 - The main feature that sets the C-7070 apart from other semi-pro cameras is its lens. Most digital zoom cameras have a maximum wide-angle setting equivalent to around 35mm, which isn't really very wide at all. The C-7070 has a zoom range equivalent to 27-110mm, which is actually wider than the conventional standard wide angle 28mm lens. Not only that but it uses ultra-high quality Olympus ED optical glass, the same as on the company's professional SLR lenses

GUIDES...

  • Adapting a Playstation Joystick to a PC - Learn how to adapt a Playstation joystick to use it on your computer.
  • Linux Database Server CPU Comparison - In this article, you will find a comparison of the latest Xeon (Irwindale), the previous Xeon (Nocona), the old Xeon (Galatin), the Dual core Opteron, and the "normal" Opteron, of course.
  • Introduction to XQuery in SQL Server 2005 - Discover how XQuery works in SQL Server 2005: the FLWOR statement, operators in XQuery, the if-then-else construct, XML constructors, built-in XQuery functions, type casting operators, and more.
  • Building a Web Site with ASP.NET 2.0 to Navigate Your Music Library - Jeff Key wanted a simple, clean way to listen to music anywhere in his apartment, from any computer. See how he built a website that let him get to his music and listen to it as painlessly as possible.
  • GTA San Andreas - SoundFix  - It seems the EAX Unified Driver v4.0.0.1 doesn't like some cards. If you are having issues with the sound you should follow these instructions: 1. First backup the file eax.dll inside the GTA San Andreas Folder. 2. Download this file and replace it with the eax.dll inside the GTA San Andreas Folder. Note: It's not for Creative Audigy 2!

SOFTWARE...

  • [MS Patch] Outlook Express Update - This update addresses an issue in which messages are improperly handled if the subject line contains the word "begin" and a display issue concerning watched threads in newsgroups. This update also addresses two issues in which Outlook Express stops responding.
  • [MS Patch] Not all memory is available when AWE is enabled on a computer that is running a 32-bit version of SQL Server 2000 SP4 (899761) - Microsoft has found an issue with the final build of SQL 2000 SP4 that impacts customers who run SQL Server with AWE support enabled.
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Performance Advisor - Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Performance Advisor provides several specialized reports, including a System Overview (focusing on CPU usage, Memory usage, busy files, busy TCP clients, top CPU consumers) and reports for server roles such as Active Directory, Internet Information System (IIS), DNS, Terminal Services, SQL, print spooler, and others.
  • Multilingual User Interface Package for Windows Messenger 5.1 - For Windows XP Multilingual User Interface users, the Multilingual UI Pack for Windows Messenger 5.1 is available from this page.
  • Process Explorer 9.12 - Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.
  • Symantec W32.Mytob@mm Free Removal Tool 1.20.0 - W32.Mytob@mm Removal Tool is designed to remove infections of the following threats: W32.Mytob@mm, W32.Mytob.B@mm, W32.Mytob.CY@mm and W32.Mytob.DA@mm.
  • WinPatrol 9.5 - WinPatrol (download) puts you back in control of your computer so you'll know what programs are and should be running at all times.
  • XP-Antispy 3.94-2 - XP-AntiSpy (download) is a little utility that let's you disable some built-in update and authetication 'features' in WindowsXP.
  • Eudora 6.2.3 - Eudora (download) is one of the best email program for people who get lots of email.
  • Netscape 8.02 -  Netscape has released an updated version of its Netscape 8 browser to fix a bug that broke XML rendering in Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
  • SecureCRT 5.0 Final - SecureCRT (download / changelog) gives you an encrypted SSH session with both SSH1 and SSH2 servers. SSH security goes far beyond the basic secure logon, rerouting data or local applications using TCP/IP ports through an encrypted channel. The VCP utility secures file transfers using SFTP.
  • AnyDVD 5.2.5.1 -  AnyDVD is a driver, which descrambles DVD-Movies automatically in the background. This DVD appears unprotected and region code free for all applications and the Windows operating system as well. This new version adds support for a new version of the "Sony ARccOS protection" as found on "Closer" R2 (German) to the option to remove "Protection based on unreadable Sectors" (it should really work now).
  • MHDD 4.5 - Makes very fast (up to 20 Gb per 6 minutes) and precise diagnostics (download) of all the surface and heads of the HDD irrespective of the data which is on the diagnosed HDD.
  • Xtreme G 77.62 HD - These are modified NVIDIA ForceWare drivers for Windows 2000 & XP. Modified drivers simply means that the author takes official or beta drivers from the manufacturer and starts to tweak them for either better image quality and or performance.
Battlefield 2 - GPU Performance:High-end Cards - tech
(hx) 04:36 AM EDT - Jun,18 2005 - Post a comment
FiringSquad takes a look at the performance of the latest high-end video cards from ATI and NVIDIA in Battlefield 2 demo.
First, we ran AA image quality tests with the RADEON X850 XT Platinum Edition and GeForce 6800 Ultra. In our opinion, the RADEON X850 XT PE produced sharper visuals when both cards were running in their 4xAA modes. It’s not that the GeForce 6800 Ultra looks bad, rather the RADEON X850 XT looks ever so slightly crisper. You can also see this in the hillside on the left in our AF screenshots.

Performance results were also close, with the RADEON X850 XT PE outperforming the GeForce 6800 Ultra overall, but the 6800 Ultra did win a few benchmarks. The X850 XT PE clearly performed faster without AA/AF, and came out ahead in 4xAA testing, but the GeForce 6800 Ultra’s superior efficiency at handling 8xAF allowed it to narrow the gap separating it from the X850 XT PE once 4xAA/8xAF was turned on, ultimately coming out ahead at 2048x1536 with 4xAA/8xAF.

Based on our testing, it looks like the X850 XT PE is a little more efficient than the GeForce 6800 Ultra at handling AA, while the 6800 Ultra is more resourceful than the X850 XT when it comes to AF.

Since the GeForce 6800 GT only trails the 6800 Ultra by 50MHz in core and memory clock speeds, it was able to put up a strong fight against the X800 XL, taking the overall performance crown, but again, ATI’s AA efficiency did keep things close in 4xAA testing. The GeForce 6800 GT ultimately pulled away once 4xAA/8xAF was enabled though.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,17 2005 - tech
Battlefield 2 - GPU Performance - tech
(hx) 09:01 AM EDT - Jun,17 2005 - Post a comment
The chaps over at TCMagazine take a look at another system scorcher: the soon to be released Battlefield 2. Word is: "Mainly an online game with a bot-based single player experience, EA's sequel to the popular Battlefield is a purebred PC game which takes advantage of the day's most advanced shading and shadowing algorithms, so much so that the recently released demo comes with a special beta release of nVidia's Detonator series 70 drivers, version 77.30, to enable its graphics technology on the newest cards. The Contenders: GeForce 5200, GeForce 6200, GeForce 6800, Radeon 9800, Radeon X700LE, Radeon x800xl and the Radeon x850xt pe!"
Battlefield 2's rendering engine was purposefully weighed to have extremely high system requirements, so that it could remain competitive a goodly amount of months into the future, against whatever technical wizardry is coming next from the minds of those wonderful, quirky coders that crank out the games we love so much. The result is a game that is almost perfectly balanced in its requirements: modern power boxes will have a fairly smooth gaming performance at 1280x1024 with high detail settings, but the highest resolutions are out of reach to the means and intentions of the average gamer - remember that the PCI-Express test box ran on a ridiculously powerful dual-core 64-bit CPU that's not even out on the market yet, and a massively expensive GPU that currently 0wns all other graphics cards. Battlefield 2 manages to remain gorgeous and playable to power gamers, while leaving the hardware mainstream plenty of room to catch up.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,16 2005 - tech
Thursday Tech Reading - tech
(hx) 06:25 PM EDT - Jun,16 2005 - Post a comment

SECURITY...

  • Asian Trojans attacking U.K., agency warns - Three hundred key U.K. business and government organizations have been threatened by a wave of data-stealing cyberattacks coming from Asia, the British government has warned. According to the National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre, hackers in East Asia have developed Trojan horse programs that attempt to steal information from certain parts of the critical national infrastructure, which includes not only government agencies but businesses in the finance, transportation and telecommunications sectors.
  • Adobe releases patches for Acrobat and Reader - Adobe Systems on Wednesday rolled out patches for security vulnerabilities found in Adobe Reader 7.0 and 7.0.1, and in Adobe Acrobat 7.0 and 7.0.1.  The hole in the products, referred to as an XML External Entity vulnerability, under certain circumstances allows XML scripts to be used to discover a user's local files.
  • Browser Flaws Spoil Opera Tune - Alternative Web browser company Opera Software on Thursday pushed out a new version of its flagship browser to fix several cross-site scripting vulnerabilities discovered by private security researchers.
  • Java flaws open door to hackers - Sun Microsystems has fixed a pair of security bugs in Java that could be exploited by attackers to take over computers running Windows, Linux and Solaris. The flaws are "highly critical," security monitoring company Secunia said in an advisory posted Tuesday. Flaws that get that ranking--one notch below Secunia's most severe "extremely critical" rating--are typically remotely exploitable and can lead to full system compromise.
  • Spyware Floods In Through BitTorrent - According to Chris Boyd, a renowned security researcher who runs the VitalSecurity.org nonprofit resource center, the warm and fuzzy world of BitTorrent has been invaded by a massive software distribution campaign linked to New York-based adware purveyor Direct Revenue LLC.
  • AOL Most Infected Web Network, company states - Prolexic, a provider of security consulting products, has claimed that Deutsche Telecom, Wanadoo and AOL are Europe's top three internet providers for harboring infected PCs.
  • Microsoft sues U.S. stores over pirated software - Microsoft Corp sued four small software retailers in California and Virginia on Wednesday for selling pirated software.
  • U.S. Delays Biometric Passport Requirements - The U.S. is delaying by up to a year a deadline for 27 countries covered by its visa waiver program to begin issuing passports with biometric identification information, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said this week. The country had been planning to require biometric passports issued from October 26 for admission into the U.S. under the visa waiver program. The deadline wouldn't have affected existing and valid passports issued before the date, says Michael Boyle, a spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

OFFTOPIC...

TECHNOLOGY...

  • PSP Launching September 1st In Europe - Sony today confirmed that the Playstation Portable will launch September 1st in Europe, at a cost of EURO 249 (L179). The PlayStation Portable Value Pack contains an added-value package of accessories and entertainment content, including the PSP system with a protective pouch, 32MB Memory Stick Duo, Battery Pack, Headphones with Remote Control, AC Adaptor, Wrist Strap and a video/music/game sampler Universal Media DiscTM (UMDTM) including several non-interactive game demos. A copy of Spider-Man 2, on UMD Video will be available free of charge to early purchasers of PSP, who register their PlayStation Portable and order their Spider-Man 2 UMD Video through www.yourpsp.com.
  • Firefox creeps closer to Microsoft's IE - The popular product now accounts for 8% of the global market; up from 7.38% in April, after clocking up consistent gains during May.
  • Yahoo Launches Search For Subscription - The new service available through Yahoo's general search page lets people choose the subscription service they want to scour for information. The content provider, however, must be a partner of Yahoo's in order for the search engine to have full access to the site. Subscription services typically don't allow others to search their sites, or provide only a tidbit of information to a search engine.
  • Samsung Introduces 'Bluetooth Voice Recognition Phone' - Samsung Electronics announced that it has released the Bluetooth Voice Recognition Phone (Model: SGH-E620) into the European market, which can make calls using one's voice via a bluetooth headset.

HARDWARE... 

  • Acer TravelMate 4401LMi Turion 64 based laptop - The TravelMate is relatively large and weighs in at 2.84kg, so it's no ultra-portable. The main reason for this is because it's carrying a very large 15in display.
  • AMD Athlon X2 4800+ CPU - At the end of the day it's easy to see AMD as the clear, overall leader of the pack when it comes to having the ultimate desktop CPU - their chip hauls ass, runs cool and is priced very competitively to Intel. One of the biggest challenges as a reviewer is quantifying in words the difference running a dual-core CPU can make in ones overall computing experience.
  • Intel Pentium D 820 2.8 GHz Dual Core CPU - The dual core Pentium D 820 processor (well actually the whole system) pulls in an idle load of 148 watts and 233 watts at a full load in the CineBench 2003 rendering test. This is significantly less than the Pentium 840 XE processor at 291 watts, but it is still higher than the 660 processor which is single core and pulls 207 watts at full load.
  • Corsair XMS XPERT PC3200 Memory - Installation for this ram was like any other, with the notable exception of actually placing the LED's on the ram. What exactly is the purpose of all of those LED's on that display anyway? Well in short Corsair has a hardware controller on the RAM which collects data and then displays it. This doesn't affect the speed of the ram at all as it is independent which is why the DIMMs are so much taller than regular sticks of DDR ram. This controller collects the data and then displays it across the 10 digit alphanumeric display.
  • Corsair XMS TWINX1024-4400C25PT Dual Channel DDR Memory - If you want to get to 600DDR speeds with tight timings, TCCD chips are your only choice. If you want some of the best-implemented TCCD sticks made (and soon to be the only ones made), then Corsair is the deal.
  • Mushkin Redline Memory - Mushkin's XP4000 redline memory is rated to run at 3.3-3.5 Volts, which is above the redline on many boards. To be honest only DFI's DFI LanParty UT NForce4 Ultra-D, DFI LanParty UT NForce4 SLI-DR, and DFI LanParty NForce4 SLI-DR offer the voltages needed to operate correctly.
  • MSI RS480M2-IL Motherboard  - This motherboard supports any Socket 939 AMD Athlon64/FX processor on the market and can be stuffed with up to 4GB of unbuffered non-ECC PC3200 DDR RAM. Onboard goodies include the aforementioned integrated videocard, 10/100 LAN, 5.1 channel audio and IEEE 1394.
  • Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe and Abit Fatal1ty AA8XE Motherboards - Fanless design is a real plus point in our opinion and I personally look for as low a noise threshold as possible when building PC's so the P5ND2-SLI would fit the bill nicely. Despite the silent cooling the board performed to a very high standard and overclocked extremely well, opening the door to the performance fanatics amongst you. Memory performance was another real stand out result and should you pair the P5ND2-SLI with some of Corsairs finest you really will have one of the fastest performing boards money can buy.
  • ATI's All-in-Wonder X800 XT Video Card - When ATI first released the All-in-Wonder X800 XT, the card sold for around $500. Since then, prices have dropped dramatically. The AIW X800 XT is now widely available for less than $400, with at least one reliable online retailer selling the card for $325 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Contrast that with the price of the standard Radeon X800 XT, which sells for about $400 and up, and the All-in-Wonder looks like a phenomenal deal considering its multimedia extras and bundled Remote Wonder II.
  • BFG PCI-E 6800 GT OC 256MB Video Card - Looking past the temperature problems, this is still a fantastic card. It screams through all the current games at 1280 * 1024, max details, with ease. Currently, the only Nvidia card faster than this one is the 6800 Ultra. Not for long though, as the 7800 GTX is supposed to be released within weeks. Chances are, when the new series is released, then this card, and other 6800 GT/Ultra's should go down in price.
  • VisionTek XTASY Theater Pro 550 PVR card - To sum it all up if you are in the market for a new PVR card I would Highly suggest the VisionTek Theater Pro 550. The excellent image quality combined with a great software bundle make this package an incredible deal. There are two things that could have been included in the package that would have made for one of the absolute best packages on the market. One is a DVD decoder to use in a program such as BeyondTV or Media Center to be able to view Live TV. And second would be a remote control of some sort.
  • NEC ND-3540A DVD Burner - The NEC ND-3540A uses Z-CLV, (Zone-Constant Linear Velocity) to write DVD+R9 DL at 8x. Three zones are used to write DVD+R Double Layer discs at 8x. The average speed is 6.54x and total writing time is 18:31 minutes.
  • Crucial 12-in-1 Flash Reader and 1GB Secure Digital Card - Crucial's 1GB Secure Digital card is not much different from the many products out there. Most Secure Digital cards are rated to have up to 6-8 MB/s read speeds and 3-5 MB/s write speeds. Any faster would mean spending more money. For regular uses, such as traveling, the 1GB should suffice.
  • Keeping the Power On: Ultra's 1000VA UPS - In battery mode or when charging the unit does get quite warm, though not hot enough to burn. It also hums slightly when in battery mode-when operating off wall power, its silent. Overall, the unit worked very well. There were no interruptions in the supply of juice from the UPS to the computer, even during real power failures. As far as some of the other features, there are some changes I'd like to see. The software, in particular, could use some fine-tuning.
  • Logitech MX1000 Wireless Laser Mouse -  If you are upgrading from a non MX series mouse, this is the mouse you should get. If you currently have an MX700, it is up to you to decide if it is worth it to have a bit better tracking and a slightly different feel.
  • Logitech V500 Cordless Notebook Mouse - One of the unique things about the V500 is its scroll panel, and this is the very first mouse to actually use this concept. Throughout our testing, we are nothing but impressed with Logitech's new idea. It worked perfectly, and it's actually better than a scroll wheel in many instances. It looks like the era of scroll wheels is short-lived if Logitech applies the same design to its desktop equivalent products.
  • Logitech Z-2300 2.1 Speakers - If you're in the market for a superior 2.1 speaker system, do NOT pass these up. The Logitech Z-2300 is a great system for those who may not have a lot of room for 5.1 or 7.1 setups. They're also perfect for those who don't want to spend $300-400 on speakers.
  • Steel Sound 5H Professional Gaming Headset - Some gamers may actually prefer to go with 5.1 style headphones, which do a better job at simulating surround sound but it is hard to complain at the 5H. The fact that it has a microphone built in and that is can be broken down into three pieces are both superb features that give it a major leg-up over any competitor.
  • OKI C5510MFP colour led printer - The C5510MFP is a C5000 colour LED printer with a 600dpi flat-bed scanner on top. Nearly all control comes from the scanner section, which sports a two-line, sixteen character, back-lit LCD display, colour and mono copy buttons and a number of preset enlargements and reductions for copying.
  • HP PSC 2175 All-in-One & ScanJet 5500c - The HP PSC 2175 All-in-One Printer can now be purchased for $95 US directly from Computer Geeks, making it quite the bargain. This product weighs just 3.5kgs and acts as a color printer, scanner and copier all in one. However, the PSC 2175 does have a few minor flaws, for example it does not feature the ability to fax. There is also no LCD monitor to preview images from the flash memory cards.
  • ASUS WL-500G Deluxe Wireless Router - The router isn't blameless, though. Its performance as of a file server is low, and the structure of the control software is not quite logical. They might also have enclosed a color rather than black-and-white web-cam! But anyway, the ASUS WL-500G Deluxe is worth every cent of its current price which is about $110. For us, it lacks one feature only - an ADSL modem.

GUIDES...

  • Hackers Run Unauthorized Programs on PSP - It appears that the folks over at PSP-DEV have created a swap trick for your PSP 1.50 to play your homebrew applications. It requires two memory cards, which are switched while the PSP is working. (the trick will only work on 1.50 - not 1.51+.)
  • How to enable and disable Microsoft Update - The Microsoft Update Web site provides updates for Microsoft operating systems and programs. Microsoft Update is an optional service that you can use to update both Microsoft Windows operating systems and other Microsoft products. In contrast, when you use Microsoft Windows Update, you access only updates for Microsoft Windows operating systems. This article discusses how to enable Microsoft Update. This article also discusses how to disable Microsoft Update and return to using Windows Update.
  • Battlefield 2: You won't need a new PC - You can play this game on a fairly low end system, however it will look far better on a more powerful PC. We first tested the game with a Gigabyte GeForce 5700LE graphics card on an Abit IS7-V2 mainboard with a 2.1GHz Pentium 4 and 1GB of memory running at a non-standard 133MHz bus speed. This is close to the minimum required system specifications for Battlefield 2. At low resolutions (1024x768), with most of the DirectX 9 effects turned off, the game ran well. However, with these settings, the graphical glory was sadly diminished.

SOFTWARE...

  • Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows XP - The Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer is a free “PowerToy” for Microsoft Windows XP that provides the ability to view, organize, and print photos captured in RAW image formats from supported digital cameras.
  • Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830) - This tool checks your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the infection if it is found. Microsoft will release an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month
  • Privacy Inspector version 1.70 - Privacy Inspector cleans up your tracks left by Windows, your browser, and many other programs.
  • VisualRoute 9.3d - VisualRoute (download) delivers the functionality of key Internet "ping," "whois," and "traceroute" tools, in a high-speed visually integrated package. VisualRoute automatically analyzes Internet connectivity and performance problems, displaying the results in an easy to understand table and on a world map.
  • WinDVD Platinum 7.0 - WinDVD Platinum 7 (download) is the ultimate DVD software player, providing you with the finest quality video and audio playback
  • Fraps 2.6.0 - Fraps (download) is designed as a generic tool for DirectX and OpenGL games. In its current form Fraps performs many tasks and can best be described as: Benchmarking Software, Screen Capture Software and Realtime Video Capture Software.
  • Winamp 5.093 - Nullsoft Winamp (download full / lite) is a fast, flexible, high-fidelity media player for Windows. Winamp supports playback of many audio (MP3, OGG, AAC, WAV, MOD, XM, S3M, IT, MIDI, etc) and video types (AVI,ASF,MPEG,NSV), custom appearances called skins (supporting both classic Winamp 1.x/2.x skins and Winamp 3 freeform skins), audio visualization and audio effect plug-ins (including two industry dominating visualization plug-ins), an advanced media library, Internet radio and TV support, CD ripping, and CD burning
  • PowerArchiver 2004 9.25.02 (shw) - PowerArchiver (download) is an award-winning archive utility for the Windows® family of products that provides support for most compressed and encoded files, as well as access to many powerful features and tools though an easy to use interface that seamlessly integrates with Windows Explorer.
  • DivX 6 - DivX (release notes / download play bundle / create bundle) is a package that includes all the DivX codec, player, utilities, and documentation that you need to play DivX files. DivX codec is based on the MPEG-4 compression standard. This codec can reduce an MPEG-2 video (DVD format) to ten percent of its original size. DivX is a digital video compression technology based on the ISO MPEG-4 standard.
  • Opera 8.01 - Alternative Web browser company Opera Software on Thursday pushed out a new version of its flagship browser to fix several cross-site scripting vulnerabilities discovered by private security researchers.
  • Adobe Reader for Windows 2000/XP 7.0.2 - Adobe Reader is free software that enables business professionals and home users to reliably share information using intelligent PDF files. You can easily view, print, and search PDF files using a variety of platforms and devices.
  • [!] ForceWare 72.14 Media Center WHQL -  This is ForceWare 72.14 for Windows 2000/XP (direct link - NVIDIA FTP / release notes) which has been WHQL certified (Microsoft tested and approved). The WHQL stamp is only for GeForce 6 series GPUs as the release highlights state, we're not 100% sure about the FX series. These drivers are intended for (as release notes state) Windows XP Media Center Edition. They should work just fine on XP though. The driver includes a handy setup.exe. The build date of the drivers is May the 16th 2005.
  • ForceWare 77.40 Windows XP 64-bit - This is the fifth set of drivers that have been made available for WindowsXP x64 Professional. These drivers were built on the 19th of May.The drivers are not WHQL signed.
  • NGO ATI Optimized Driver v1.5.6 (2.6) - The NGO ATI Optimized Driver (based on ATI Catalyst 5.6) is a tweaked version of the ATI Catalyst driver. The main purpose is to satisfy the users with a better performance and better image quality.The Driver has support for all Radeon cards
  • AC'97 Audio CODECs - Realtek has released a new audio package. It is version A3.73 released on 06/02/2005.
Microsoft Security Patches: June 2005 - tech
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  • MS05-025: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (883939) Critical - Vulnerabilities exist in Internet Explorer, the most severe of these could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system.
  • MS05-026: Vulnerability in HTML Help Could Allow Remote Code Execution (896358) Critical - A vulnerability exists in HTML Help that could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system.
  • MS05-027: Vulnerability in SMB Could Allow Remote Code Execution (896422) Critical - A vulnerability exists in Windows that could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system. An attacker needs to authenticate to be able to exploit this vulnerability.
  • MS05-028: Vulnerability in Web Client Service May Allow Remote Code Execution (896426) Important - A vulnerability exists in the Windows Web Client Service that could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system.
  • MS05-029: Vulnerability in Outlook Web Access for Exchange Server 5.5 Could Allow Cross-Site Scripting Attacks (895179) Important - A cross-site scripting vulnerability exists in Outlook Web Access for Microsoft Exchange that could allow an attacker to run a malicious script in Outlook Web Access.
  • MS05-030: Cumulative Security Update for Outlook Express (897715) Important - A vulnerability exists in Outlook Express that could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system.
  • MS05-031: Vulnerability in MS Windows Interactive Training Could Allow Remote Code Execution (898458) Important - A vulnerability exists in Windows that could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system. Microsoft Windows Interactive Training is not installed by default.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,14 2005 - tech
Tuesday's Tech Madness - tech
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SECURITY...

  • Security Patch Watch: Adobe, Macromedia, Symantec - An advisory from Adobe Systems said the vulnerability affects multiple products, including the widely used Adobe Photoshop CS, Adobe Creative Suite 1.0 and Adobe Premiere Pro 1.x. Customers using the latest version (CS2) of these products are not exposed to the vulnerability. The company has provided updates with instructions on its website. Also Macromedia has released patches rated "important" for a privilege escalation vulnerability in multiple products in the Macromedia MX 2004 suite. This potential vulnerability does not affect products installed on machines with a single user, and it cannot be exploited remotely," the company said. And finally, Symantec has rolled out new versions of its pcAnywhere remote control tool to fix a potentially serious security hole. In an online advisory, Symantec warned that the flaw could be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges. Affected products include pcAnywhere 9.x, 10.x and 11.x.
  • Virus flood threatens home users - Virus writers have adopted a new tactic to try to make sure their malicious programs reach as many victims as possible. Instead of releasing Windows viruses intermittently, many creators of worms and trojans are pumping them out with increasing frequency. For a while new variants of one virus, called Mytob, were appearing every hour. Some viruses appear in hundreds of different guises. This tactic is designed to fox security firms that use software to scan e-mail attachments for the signatures of known viruses. The variants are appearing far faster than firms can analyse them and update their scanners to spot the malicious code. The tactic seems to be paying off. Currently, Mytob variants are filling 14 of the positions in the Top 20 threats list collated by security firm Sophos.

OFFTOPIC...

  • James Cameron Takes on Project 880  - James Cameron (Titanic) will start in December on his next big-budget film, which could either be Battle Angel or a parallel project, tentatively titled Project 880. The Hollywood Reporter says both films would be shot in 3-D with custom-designed high-definition cameras. Whichever film Cameron does next, he also plans to use a photo-real version of the performance capture technology used by Robert Zemeckis on The Polar Express. Battle Angel is based on Yukito Kishiro's 12 popular Japanese graphic novels about a nymphette who morphs into an action heroine. Cameron has reworked a script from Alexander screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis that could serve as the beginning of a franchise.

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Skype Adds Voicemail to VoIP Services - Customers with Skype Voicemail can leave unlimited Voicemail messages for all Skype users when they are unavailable or offline, and can receive Voicemails from any caller. Unlike standard voicemail systems, Skype Voicemail also allows customers the flexibility to send pre-recorded voice greetings to any other Skype user, regardless if the recipient is also a subscriber to the service.
  • IBM powers up fastest private supercomputer - With a processing speed of 91.29 teraflops, the system is expected to join its sister machine, the Blue Gene/L supercomputer installed at Lawrence Livermore National Labs (currently the world's fastest), as one of the top three supercomputers.
  • Nanotech to turbocharge PC and mobile data - Scientists have demonstrated for the first time that carbon nanotubes can route electrical signals on a computer chip faster than traditional copper or aluminium wires at speeds of up to 10GHz.
  • Ericsson debuts cell phone network for airplanes - Eircsson announced today that it has created a mini cell phone network for usage in commercial airplanes. The gear, also meant for use on ships at sea, is a much slimmer version of Ericsson's RBS 2000, the wireless giant's most popular lineup of cell-phone network base stations. Ericsson says the new network can accommodate as many as 60 people at a time using GSM, the world's most popular cell phone standard.
  • Sony Ericsson unveils new phones - The K608 is a lightweight 3G handset with a camera, FM radio and digital music player. The other phones, using the GSM standard, were geared toward younger, fashion-conscious users, including the J210 with basic voice and messaging features. GSM phones, or global system for mobile communications, account for a majority of the world's wireless users. The S600 includes a camera and advanced gaming features, while the clamshell Z520 was geared toward young women "who want to carry an attractive accessory just as much as a mobile communications device".
  • Sony Ericsson Announces W600 Walkman Phone - Sony Ericsson has unveiled a new phone that bears Sony's "Walkman" brand name. This is the second "Walkman" phone that the group has released. Many industry analysts believe that the biggest threat to iPods digital dominance will come in the form of a combined mobile phone/music player. The W600 sports a 176 x 220 pixel rotating display, 3d graphics, Bluetooth, 256Mb of memory and of course MP3/AAC playback abilities. The new phone also includes an FM tuner.
  • Nokia 6265 - MP3 player and 2 megapixel camera - Nokia says the new Nokia 6265 is its most feature-rich CDMA phone to date. It has a large 240x320 display, a 2 megapixel camera with LED flash, digital music player, Bluetooth, a mini SD memory slot. The camera is only 22mm thin and has 24MB integrated memory. By using miniSD memory cards users can expand this up to 1GB to store hundreds of 2 megapixel photos or digital audio files.
  • Philips to launch SA255 digital audio player - It supports line-in recording, voice recording and also FM radio. MP3, WAV and WMA audio files are supported and the device has a while backlit 128x48 LCD screen. The SA255 is powered on one AAA Alkaline battery but details regarding battery life aren't mentioned

HARDWARE... 

  • Nvidia G70 benchmarks published - A website has published 3DMark05 scores for the G70. According to Hardspell, that amounts to 7703 3DMarks. That contrasts slightly with another benchmark for the G70 that a mole whispered to us - 7737. And for an SLI configuration 12070.
    Which isn't particularly brilliant given the ladles of hype that appear to be sloshing around.
  • Evesham Axis 64 X700 - Media Center PC - After all it's capable of recording TV, playing slide shows, and watching DVDs all of which is controllable from the comfort of a sofa or bed (not supplied). Of course if you do a lot of that you'll probably want to attach it to something bigger than the supplied 17in TFT screen, but before I left home many moons ago I had a 17in CRT TV at the bottom of my bed and at the time it seemed like a home cinema.
  • Sony VAIO VGN-T2XP ultra portable laptop - Inside the T2XP, the specs are pretty impressive considering the size of the notebook. Driving things along is an Ultra Low Voltage Pentium M CPU running at 1.2GHz - no doubt the choice of a ULV chip has helped the Sony achieve very impressive battery life. There's 512MB of memory installed, but 8MB has been dedicated to the integrated Intel 855GME graphics chipset. You could allocate up to 64MB to the graphics chipset, but it really isn't worth it - you're better off keeping the memory accessible by your applications.
  • Toshiba Libretto notebook - The Libretto is powered by Intel's Pentium M 753 ULV processor which, clocked at 1.2GHz, offers plenty of punch for all your portable computing needs. Despite the fact that many notebooks are equipped with PCIe chipsets these days, Toshiba equipped the Libretto with the tried-and-tested Intel 855 chipset which features the built in Extreme Graphics 2 graphics.
  • AMD planning K8 processor with integrated graphics - Apparently AMD has been talking about doing a very integrated, very low cost K8 derivative for 2008. The CPU would feature an on-die memory controller like the current Athlon 64, however it would also feature an on-die graphics core and I/O controller - effectively removing the need for any chipset on the motherboard.
  • AMD Athlon64 X2 Dual Core 4200+ -The Dual core CPUs Perform much better then the FX-55 on CPU intensive tasks, which would be things like DVD encoding, and Photoshop, however they perform about the same in games
  • 3-way nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition Boards Shootout - VR-Zone has taken a close look at 3 nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition boards out there in the market from EPoX, ASUS and MSI. We will touch on the board features, price, performance and overclocking potential to give you a better understanding.
  • Epox 5NVA+ SLI : Intro/Packaging/Layout - As per the benchmarks in the previous pages, the 5NVA+ SLI performed slightly slower than other boards in synthetic benchmarks. However in actual games and applications, the board performed almost as well as other boards based on the nForce4 chipset. Overclocking options on this board are also pretty decent and besides the dead PCI-E x16 slot in our pre-production sample, we did not face any instability or incompatibility problems in the retail version. We like Epox's onboard LEDs for diagnosing problems.
  • Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal Dual Core Motherboard - The entire i945/955 chipset gambit is great for those just getting into a new system, but for those who just bought a 925XE board a few months back, they will be sorely disappointed when they have to buy a new board just to use the new dual-core CPU, especially when the i955 does not really offer significant technological advances to be a, gee I really have to have that product for current 925XE owners.
  • ASUS EN6800GT Dual (6800GT SLi) - The new ASUS EN6800GT Dual makes an impressive enthusiast-level gaming graphics card especially with its rather impressive SLi performance. This is ASUS' answer to Gigabyte's 3D1 and it surpassed the 3D1 in terms of specifications and performance. Although initial news about this particular card said that it's supposed to be based on dual GeForce 6800 Ultra GPUs, the sample we received from ASUS never failed to amaze either. While its default clock speed puts the card at GeForce 6800GT frequencies, overclocking the card to hit frequencies above the GeForce 6800 Ultra speed was a walk in the park.
  • Sapphire Radeon X850 Pro 256MB PCI Express - The Radeon X850 Pro 256MB from Sapphire aims to bring the features of the X850 to the mid-range consumer, offering a solid gaming experience while weighing in about $160 less than the high end Platinum Editions and $110 less than the standard X850 XT, the 16-Pixel Pipe equivalent to the Pro.
  • GeCube RADEON X800XLA-VIVO 256MB AGP - GeCube's X800XLA-VIVO is based on a successful VPU but doesn't make full use of it. Ideally, what I'd like to see is an AGP model outfitted with Uni-Wise cooling and housed on a smaller PCB. As it is, the GeCube X800XLA-VIVO is a simply average implementation of a decent VPU.
  • MSI NX6600-VTDE128 Diamond Edition 6600 VGA - On average, MSI 6600DE PCI-E is 18% slower than a fully-fledged 6600GT PCI-E; at this gap users will notice the difference in performance in game plays. However, once overclocked, it can reach 6600GT PCI-E level, 495MHz core and 1000MHz memory. At this speed, it is just as fast as a standard 6600GT PCI-E.
  • Creative Audigy 4 Pro sound card  - Creative's website has a comparison chart detailing the differences between the Audigy 4 and previous cards, the only difference listed compared to the Audigy 2 ZS is the signal to noise ratio, with an extra 6dB, due to the new professional quality Cirrus Logic DAC CS4398 chips -> The largest difference appears during the 192kHz test with the Audigy 4 putting in a very good showing. At 48kHz, the card also performs as expected, indeed slightly more than the stated 6dB improvement.
  • Sony DRU-800A review - Since this drive can record to DVD-R DL media, it is probably one of the most versatile drives out there, and it will stay cutting edge until sometime next year when you can expect to see HD-DVD and Blu-Ray writers hitting the market
  • OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply - The OCZ ModStream 520W Power Supply is designed and marketed for the style conscious computer user. It is not an extremely high powered or an extremely quiet design. Nonetheless, it is well designed and would definitely fit in with the vast majority of blue light themed computers out there. Modular cabling is a big plus, as it allows the skillful modder to do amazing things, and still keep the view from the side tidy. Airflow is definitely helped by the pro sleeving and the 120mm LED fan and exhaust system.
  • Razer Diamondback 1600DPI Optical Mouse - With a 1600 DPI optical sensor, a superb high end paint job and a long cord and carry case you get a lot for your money.
  • X-Arcade Two-Player Joystick - The X-Arcade truly is a winner and an easy sell if you're looking for that genuine arcade feel. XGAMING's peerless backing of its own product makes it even easier to recommend; it actually makes it impossible not to. With its gimmick-free lifetime warranty, 30-day money back guarantee, toll-free phone support, and online live technical support, XGAMING gives you plenty of reason to be comfortable with your purchase.
  • Juniper Networks NetScreen-5GT - Despite its compact dimensions the 5GT packs a fair punch in the hardware department with a 400MHz Intel IXP425 network processor accompanied by 64MB of SDRAM and 32MB of Flash memory. The WAN port can be used to connect the device to an ADSL or cable modem or be used for a direct link to a router and four Fast Ethernet ports are provided for the LAN connections. The serial port can be used as an Internet backup modem link but this is only available in the Plus version.
  • Panasonic DVD-S77S player/recorder - The Panasonic player allows more customizability over visual results, while the NeuNeo players support several video resolutions including 1080 Progressive Scan. The Samsung player is the simplest to use, since it has very few options that can be configured.
  • Canon PowerShot S2 IS - The original PowerShot S1 was a great ultra zoom camera, but it had several flaws that kept it out of the top spot. Those flaws included poor low light focusing (due to the lack of an AF-assist lamp), a small LCD display, above average noise and purple fringing, a 1GB movie limit, and the lack of a histogram in record mode. The good news is that Canon has fixed most of those things on the new PowerShot S2 IS, earning it a spot at the top of my "best ultra zoom" list along with the Panasonic FZ20.

GUIDES...

  • Voltage Mods on Abit AA8XE with just a pencil! - The plain Jane Abit AA8XE is a very good overclocking board, and only loses out to the Fatality version due to its limited voltage options. However, some easy voltage mods will get your board to keep up with any of the Fatality boards out there. VR-Zone shows you how, with the humble pencil!
  • TCCD 600+ on the DFI Ultra+SLI - Guide - XtremeResources is pleased to publish an incredibly informative guide by our member Kakaroto regarding the setup of TCCD memory on the DFI NF4 boards.
  • ATI Xenos: XBOX 360 Graphics Demystified - Beyond3D take a look at ATI C1 / Xenos - "It will be very interesting to see the performance and quality of graphics it is able to produce once developers have had decent access to development kits based on the final hardware, however we suspect that it won't be until the second generation of XBOX 360 titles before we see developers being able to seriously scratch the surface of understanding the processing capabilities of Xenos and the XBOX 360 as a whole."
  • Battlefield 2 Benchmark Performance: Athlon 64 3800+ and Sapphire X800XL 512MB - The test system consisted of Windows XP Professional SP2 with version 5.6 of ATI's Catalyst drivers and nForce 4 6.53 drivers. Check out results.
  • How to Set Up a Home Windows Server Guide Part 3 - This article will focus on how to access files on your server securely outside of your LAN or home.
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Migrating from Software Update Services to Windows Server Update Services - Step-by-step guidance on how to migrate from Microsoft Software Update Services (SUS) to Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). You will find step-by-step procedures for installation and configuration of the WSUS server on the SUS server as well as procedures for migration of approvals and updates from the SUS server.

SOFTWARE...

  • Fedora Core 4 - Fedora Core (download) has expanded in this release to four binary ISO images and four source ISO images, and is available for both x86-64 and i386.
  • phpMyAdmin 2.6.3-rc1 - phpMyAdmin can manage a whole MySQL-server (needs a super-user) but also a single database.
  • LinkSync 1.0.2.1 - LinkSync is a major re-write of F2e-Sync. It now support multi syncing from one to many browsers on the fly.
  • Skype 1.3.0.45 - Skype (download / changelog) uses P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you to other users. Not to share files, but to talk with them for free.
  • Longhorn Transformation Pack 10.5 - Longhorn Transformation Pack will transform your Windows XP (including XP2) into the upcoming Longhorn (the new Windows edition from Microsoft)
  • RealPlayer 10.5 Build 6.0.12.1212 - download
  • QuickTime Alternative 1.48 - QuickTime Alternative will allow you to play QuickTime files (.mov, .qt and other extensions) without having to install QuickTime Player from Apple. It also supports QuickTime content that is embedded in webpages.
  • VirtualDub 1.6.7 Experimental - VirtualDub (changelog / download / download AMD64 version) is a video capture and processing program. It features fast capturing, process files larger than the 2 gigabyte limit, optimized for linear editing, support for Motion-JPEG, MPEG-1 video and layer 3 audio, real-time and near-realtime video processing, video job queues, and much more.
  • AnyDVD updated to 5.2.4.2 - AnyDVD is a driver, which descrambles DVD-Movies automatically in the background. This DVD appears unprotected and region code free for all applications and the Windows operating system as well.  This new version adds support for a new version of the "Sony ARccOS protection" as found on "Closer" R2 (UK, German, Italian) to the option to remove "Protection based on unreadable Sectors" (it should really work now).
  • RatDVD 0.6 - ratDVD takes a full featured DVD movie and puts it into a highly compressed .ratDVD container format file.
  • DVD Identifier V4.0 adds Blu-ray support with HD-DVD coming - DVD Identifier retrieves and interprets the pre-recorded information that is present on dvd media (DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM) and also on Blu-ray media (BD-R and BD-RE).
  • Nero CD-DVD Speed 4.00 - Nero CD-DVD Speed (download) is a benchmark which can test the most important features of an optical drive. These tests include: Transfer rate, Seek times, CPU (Central Processing Unit) usage, Burst rate, DAE (Digital Audio Extraction) quality & Spinup/spindown time. It can also check the CD (Compact Disk) and DVD (Digital Versatile Disk) media quality.
  • Nero Burning Rom 6.6.0.14 - Nero Burning Rom 6.6.0.14 (mirror1-US / mirror2-US / changelog) adds support of layer jump recording for DVD-R DL, improves usability for DVD-Video compilation (now the VIDEO_TS folder is opened per default so a drag and drop action will add the files to the correct folder) and more. They have also released Nero Media Player 1.4.0.33 and NeroVision Express 3.1.0.11. For more info & download visit the official website.
  • ForceWare 77.50 BETA Win2000/XP- Here's a new set of Forceware Drivers in the shape of 77.50 for Windows 2000/XP! Dated: May 26th, 2005 - WHQL Candidate.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,12 2005 - tech
Sunday Tech Reading - tech
(hx) 03:50 PM EDT - Jun,12 2005 - Post a comment

SECURITY...

  • Microsoft to Patch Ten Vulnerabilities - This coming Tuesday, Microsoft will release 10 security related updates in response to recently discovered vulnerabilities. The updates are part of Microsoft's shockingly stable monthly patch cycle.
  • Apple patches 11 security holes - Apple has released a security update that fixes 11 vulnerabilities in the OS X operating system. The patched vulnerabilities include holes in both OS X Panther 10.3 and OS X Tiger 10.4.
  • Michael Jackson 'Suicide' virus spreads - The British anti-virus firm Sophos said that hackers are infecting computers around the world with a Trojan virus by sending e-mails which claim that pop-star Michael Jackson has attempted suicide. The e-mail message links to a site that contains a Trojan horse program known as Troj/Borobt-Gen. It quickly installs malware onto the user's computer via a flaw in Internet Explorer that can be patched, according to Sophos.
  • Skulls Trojan puts on antivirus mask - A new variant of the Skulls Trojan horse for cell phones is trying to trap victims by posing as antivirus software, F-Secure has warned. The Skulls Trojan horse, which affects Symbian-based cell phones, first surfaced in November. This latest Skulls.L variant is similar to Skulls.C, the only difference being that it's disguised as a pirated copy of F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus, the Finnish antivirus maker said in an alert posted Thursday.
  • Update crashes ZoneAlarm firewall - A bug in a Zone Labs update caused the popular ZoneAlarm firewall to crash late Thursday for about 50,000 users of ZoneAlarm Pro and ZoneAlarm Security Suite products.The faulty update was made available at around 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday. Zone Labs finally discovered the bug after customers began reporting crashes. The problem was replicated in Zone Labs' security lab and was fixed within five hours, according to a news posting on the Zone Labs Web site.
  • $1 amnesty for pirated software - Microsoft has reached a deal with Indonesia over the tens of thousands of pirated versions of Windows programs used in government departments. Ministers said Microsoft had agreed an amnesty under which a token sum of one dollar will be paid for every computer found to be using illegal software.

OFFTOPIC...

  • 30 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do on the Internet - So you think you have the Web all figured out? Well, think again.
  • Gamers turn cities into a battleground - Uncle Roy All Around You is one such game, developed by interactive technology researcher Steve Benford at the University of Nottingham, UK, as part of a European effort called the Integrated Project on Pervasive Gaming, or iPerG. Matt has just an hour to find the eponymous Uncle Roy by following instructions or clues fed to him via cellphone text messages. But every time he moves, the positioning technology on his phone transmits his exact location onto a virtual map of London, allowing other players in the game to track his movements and hunt him down. Meanwhile a small band of performance artists called Blast Theory shadow Matt like spies, interacting and manipulating him in his quest to find Uncle Roy.
  • Supercomputer to build 3D brain - Experts at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, will spend the next two years creating a 3D simulation of the neocortex. This is the part of the brain thought to be responsible for language, learning, memory and complex thought. The researchers believe the project will give them fresh insights into the most remarkable organ in the body.
  • US National Academies fights evolution controversy - The National Academies, the flagship of US science, said on Friday it had set up a Web site to battle attempts to portray evolution as mere speculation about how life developed on Earth
  • The Return of Jennifer Connelly (interview) - It's been almost two years since beautiful Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly graced the big screen with her presence, starring in House of Sand and Fog and playing Betty Ross in The Hulk. After taking time off to have a baby with husband Paul Bettany and staying well out of the negative tabloid limelight of her peers while doing so, she's back with Dark Water, a remake of the Japanese thriller from Hideo Nakata (The Ring), directed by Brazilian director Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries).
  • Christopher Nolan on Batman Begins (interview) - Christopher Nolan, who has received critical acclaim for Memento and Insomnia, has brought back the Dark Knight in Batman Begins, which explores the origins of the Batman legend and his emergence as a force for good in Gotham. TheOneNetwork has posted nine clips from the film, while you can watch 11 minutes of B-roll footage in Windows Media format here and in Real format here.

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Apple's Intel Risk - By now it is a well known fact that Apple Computer is switching to chips designed and manufacturered by Intel within the next year or so. Apple chief executive Steve Jobs confirmed that the company's entire product line will switch to Intel processors by the end of 2007. But where does that leave Apple customers who are looking to purchase a system before that time? Analysts agree that a majority of consumers do not want to invest in technology that will be deemed "obsolete", which is exactly the problem that Apple might face during their transition period
  • Intel, Nokia Team on Mobile WiMax - Intel and Nokia have teamed up to back the development of mobile WiMax technology, and will work together to see that the technology is standardized soon, the companies said this week.WiMax, part of the IEEE's (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers') 802.16 standard, is a wide-area wireless networking technology that promises to deliver wireless broadband access over a range significantly greater than that of IEEE 802.11 WLAN (wireless LAN) technology, commonly known as Wi-Fi.
  • Kutaragi on Blu-ray and HD-DVD Merger -  A Taipei Times article today has a few quotes from Sony's Ken Kutaragi claiming that any sort of merger between the competing Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats is "unlikely".  Sony is counting on the support of film studios and game software developers to make Blu-ray the dominant standard, and already has the backing of Walt Disney Co and Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Windows Command Line to be overhauled  - The command line interface to the Windows Server OS will be changed to the new Monad Shell (MSH), in a phased implementation to take place over the next three to five years. This confirmation comes from Microsoft senior vice president Bob Muglia. Monad was started as a project to provide a more powerful command line competitive with the BASH shell on Unix and Linux, using ideas gleaned from WMIC, but using the .NET Framework as its core component instead.
  • More recalls for Xbox - Microsoft have issued a further safety recall after it was discovered that there are more problems with power cables. Previously Microsoft only issued new power cables to owners of older machines, but now any Xbox bought before 14th January 2005 is afected. To find out if you need to take action, make a note of htye serial number on your console and call Xbox Support on 0800 0289276, or click here to check online.
  • AMD Details Early Quad-Core Plans - In a detailed briefing for analysts in New York on Friday, executives at AMD painted the company as making "irreversible progress" into new architectures, specifically multicore microprocessors and 64-bit processing. Executives confirmed that the company plans to enhance its Opteron enterprise processor line to four cores in 2007, adding focused optimizations to manage power and improve throughput.
  • Seagate's Drive Plans Include 500GBs, Encryption - Seagate Technology unveiled its 2005 lineup on Wednesday, which takes drives to the half-terabyte level and introduces a product family that encrypts data. Over the course of the year, Seagate will unveil 12 new products, executives said, incorporating the company's shift to perpendicular recording, a technique of aligning the magnetic grains within the drive to increase its storage density. That technology will have far-reaching effects, as Seagate transitions its Barracuda desktop and external drives to a top capacity of 500GB and increases its Momentus line of 2.5-inch drives to 160GB.
  • Optware to Release 30 GB Holographic Card for Less than $1 at the End of 2006 - Optware Corp., a developer of holographic data storage systems, is planning to release a Holographic Versatile Card (HVC) media product around the end of 2006. The card capacity is expected to be 30 GB.

HARDWARE... 

  • Nvidia G70 becomes Geforce 7800 GFX - TheInquirer saw a nice document which reveals that Nvidia is going to call its next chip the Geforce 7800 GFX. As for the specs, the Geforce 7800 GFX will be clocked at 430MHz core with 1400MHz memory. It will be equipped with 256MB of 256 bit memory, at least the version we are telling you about will be. It will also feature two DVI's, VIVO and HDTV support.
  • ATI Crossfire preview - The Crossfire seems to be a real viable option for those that are in the mood to upgrade and were disappointed with the SLI gains overall. But it is still a bit early. The X850 version of the Crossfire is estimated at a not so cheap $549, which is expected. Because information on the Crossfire is still scarce pre-release of the cards themselves there is little we know about what bundles may be made available with them and if ATI plans on releasing the Crossfire to support their lower end cards. Another similar article called "DFI's crossfire solution" can be found on Rojak's Pot
  • Mushkin 2GB HP3200 2-3-2 Dual Pack - As the name suggest, this dual pack rated at PC3200 belongs to the High Performance line. It consists of two matched 1GB modules specifically designed for use on dual channel systems. With plenty of RAM at 2GB, this dual pack is also built at very low latencies of 2-3-2.
  • OCZ PC2-5400 EB Platinum Edition - ViperLair takes a look at OCZ PC2-5400 EB Platinum Edition memory.
  • G.Skill DDR600 Memory - These modules performed rock solid for over two weeks in my system running 24/7 and this was the longest time I've ever run any system at 300FSB (HTT) without a random crash or hiccup. I was surprised playing Far Cry, which consumes RAM like America consumes Crude Oil, I didn't experience any crashes. This was a first for 512MB kit.
  • EVGA e-GeForce 6200 TurboCache - The EVGA e-GeForce 6200 TurboCache is simply the fastest card in its class for the money.
  • RAPTOR-GAMING M2 Gaming Mouse - Having played with the Logitech 518, another switchable DPI mouse, I have to say that Logitech's implementation of the DPI switching is easier to handle in a frantic game of COD or HL2 deathmatch. However, I do have to question just how often you'll want to change the DPI when you're playing a game.
  • Three Home Theater Projectors to Show Off - The Sony VPLHS51 has the best quality / price ratio, hands down. Available at less than $3,000, it's an excellent tri-LCD video projector that, for once, won't make you regret not buying a DLP.
  • Altec Lansing inMotion iM7 iPod Speakers (preview) - What's perhaps the most interesting feature of the iM7 is the iPod cradle, as it works more or less like a cassette recorder. You press the frame of the cradle to open and insert your iPod similarly to a cassette. Once the cradle is open, you have the option to "resize" the cradle to fit either the iPod Mini or the standard iPod. Furthermore, the iM7 will charge the iPod while you are playing it via the speaker set.
  • Sorell SF3000 MP3 Player - The Sorell SF3000 ships with 1GB of flash memory and also includes an LCD for the playback of video so one might conclude that it might be bulky or larger than the previous SF2000 model but one would be wrong. The Sorell SF3000 is about the size of a pack of gum and incredibly lightweight.
  • Nokia 6680 3G phone review - It looks so much better than the 6630. A more square shape to the design instantly makes it look like a professional's tool, rather than the slightly gimmicky pear-shape of its predecessor. The keypad, despite still being a little small, doesn't have that slightly odd upwards curve to it. So it's easier to use and just feels better in your hand.

GUIDES...

SOFTWARE...

  • Symantec Client Security 3.0 review - The Client Security 3.0 software package consists of a complete virus checker, firewall, antispyware and ad-blocker solution, it comes on one CD, and its installation wizard has been designed to quietly and unobtrusively do its job without fuss.
  • Acrylic Beta - Microsoft has launched a public beta (77MB, WinXP SP2 required) for a new piece of software, code named 'Acrylic'. Acrylic is a design tool that will feel reasonably similar to anyone familiar with Adobe Photoshop.
  • PHP 5.1 Beta - PHP 5.1 Beta 1 is now available
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2006 (Beta) - The Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2006 represents a new generation platform for creating applications specifically designated for complex protection of personal computers and workstations.
  • Belarc Advisor 7.0m - The Belarc Advisor (download) builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, including Microsoft Hotfixes, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.
  • VisualCron 2.0.7 Beta - VisualCron (download) is windowsbased program that works like the integrated task scheduler but have more features and flexibility. VisualCron is based on the Unix/Linux version of cron
  • Pdf995 7.4s - Pdf995 (download) is a printer driver that works with any Postscript to PDF converter.
  • MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search 2.0.2.1007 - Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser will not have to wait until IE7 to experience tabbed browsing. MSN has shipped a new build of its MSN Search Toolbar that adds basic tabbed browsing support to IE6. But the feature is not fully integrated into the browser, instead relying on the toolbar to create tabs.
  • GAIM 1.3.1 - Gaim is a multi-protocol instant messaging client (download) for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM (Oscar and TOC protocols), ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, and Zephyr networks.
  • K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 1.33 - The K-Lite Mega Codec Pack is a free software bundle which includes latest recent codecs and directshow filters to play most video files. Includes QuickTime Alternative, Real Alternative, BSplayer, Media Player Classic, Lame Encoder, DivX, Xvid and many others.
  • QuickTime Alternative 1.50 Beta 1 - QuickTime Alternative will allow you to play QuickTime files (.mov, .qt and other extensions) without having to install the official QuickTime Player. It also supports QuickTime content that is embedded in webpages. The latest final build can be found here.
  • Real Alternative 1.40 -  Real Alternative will allow you to play RealMedia files without having to install RealPlayer/RealOne Player.
  • FileZilla 2.2.14a - FileZilla (download) is a fast FTP and SFTP client for Windows with a lot of features. FileZilla Server is a reliable FTP server.
  • Computer Cleaner v1.6 - Computer Cleaner is one of the fastest and effective cleaners on the net. It cleans out many programs log files, unneeded windows files that slow down the computer and many other things in very short time.
  • Style XP Update 3.09 - Style XP (download)  v3.09 is now available for download.
  • cladDVD.NET 3.5.7 - In cladDVD.NET (download) there are two modes of ripping, 'PGC Mode [AVI]' and 'DVD Mode [DVDR]'. DVD Mode decrypts the VOB files in a traditional way leaving everything intact, you end up with the same files and sizes e.t.c. on you hard drive. PGC Mode is much more advanced and allows you to extract and decrypt exactly what you want, this mode is used for conversion to a DivX AVI whilst the former is for replicating a DVD.
  • Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025 - The Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility installs the Windows* INF files. The INF files inform the operating system how to properly configure the chipset for specific functionality, such as AGP, USB, Core PCI, and ISAPNP services.
  • Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2/Audigy 4 x64 2.03.0003 WHQL - These are the drivers for 64bit people (EU mirror)
  • nForce4 Standalone Drivers 7.12 - NVIDIA has released a new NFORCE 4 driver.
  • Xtreme G 77.13 HD (ForceWare) - Based on 77.13 (ForceWare this is the updated bugfixed version B. This is the Xtreme G driver which includes many performance and Image Quality tweaks.
  • ForceWare 77.30 Win2000/XP - Beta or not this very new 77.30 ForceWare driver is being distributed with the release of the new Battlefield 2 Demo, and thus EA released it. Battlefield 2 requires NVIDIA users to have the very latest drivers. So they highly recommend you upgrade to the latest NVIDIA drivers. Another mirrors: NGOHQ, TweaksRus.
  • Firmware / BIOS updates - Many new firmware/BIOS updates can be found here (German language)
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,10 2005 - tech
Xbox 360 + ATI interview - tech
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Bit-tech.net let us know they have posted an interview with ATI's Richard Huddy talking about the architecture behind the Xenos graphics chip in the Xbox 360, how it rates compared to the PS3's RSX, unified shader architecture and the future of PC hardware:
"I'd be very surprised if these hardware features were implemented on the PC any time soon," we're told. "Microsoft has a very specific revision of DirectX (or Windows Graphics Foundation) for Xbox 360, just as they did with Xbox 1. DirectX for the PC includes no hardware specific instructions, because DirectX has to be 10 times more generic to work on a PC platform and the myriad of hardware configurations. I don't think it will happen. Plus the architecture of the Xbox 360 is closed box - that means we can do special things there which have no comparison in the PC space.

"We practically have AA for free on the PC anyway right now. If the difference between 1280x1024 with no AA and 1280x1024 with 2x AA is 90 FPS and 70FPS, who wouldn't turn the AA on? The performance hit isn't going to be noticeable to most gamers - and with an X800 or X850 those kind of frame rates are common place."
They also get the lowdown on backwards compatibility with Xbox 1, and the problems therein:
Richard: "Microsoft weren't focused on hardware backwards compatibility early on… that wasn't in the specification. They believed that any compatibility they could get would come in through a software layer, and they didn't want to compromise this generation's hardware for the sake of last generation's games.

"They have implemented compatibility purely through emulation (at the CPU level). It looks like emulation profiles for each game are going to be stored on the hard drive, and I imagine that a certain number will ship with the system. They already have the infrastructure to distribute more profiles via Live, and more and more can be made available online periodically.

"Emulating the CPU isn't really a difficult task. They have three 3GHz cores, so emulating one 733MHz chip is pretty easy. The real bottlenecks in the emulation are GPU calls - calls made specifically by games to the Nvidia hardware in a certain way. General GPU instructions are easy to convert - an instruction to draw a triangle in a certain way will be pretty generic. However, it's the odd cases, the proprietary routines, that will cause hassle."
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,09 2005 - tech
CATALYST 5.6 and beyond-ATI's driver future - tech
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EliteBastards take a look at today's ATI driver release. In addition, they also also had an opportunity to look ahead to what is in store for the Canadian companies next few driver releases, taking a look at the CATALYST roadmap to bring you a peek of what you have to look forward to in the coming months, from CATALYST 5.6 through to 5.8. Here's an excerpt:
For the gamers out there, this is the big one for you - CATALYST 5.6 sees an extension to the number of titles which make use of ATI's CATALYST A.I feature to leverage specific optimisations for certain titles, and thus boost performance in these games. Here's the list of what benefits from these additions, and the changes which have been applied.

- Doom 3 benefits from more efficient memory usage
- Chronicles of Riddick utilises the more efficient storage of vertex data
- Call of Duty makes use of optimisations previously limited to Doom 3 to increase its rendering efficiency
- Lock On: Modern Air Combat force enabled texture compression within the game without sacrificing image quality, making for massive performance gains

Away from CATALYST A.I., ATI have also implemented some Z-optimisations - These affect all titles across the board, but the benefit from these changes can be seen most specifically in the likes of Halo, AquaMark 3, 3DMark 05 and Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness.

ATALYST 5.7 is slated to be the first WHQL driver release to support ATI's multi-GPU technology, CrossFire. This means that the CATALYST A.I. feature will be expanded upon to choose the appropriate rendering mode for game titles, and extra anti-aliasing options will be available to CrossFire users allowing them to select 8x, 10x, 12x and 14x 'SuperAA' modes. You can find more information about CrossFire in our article dedicated to the subject here.
ATI CATALYST Drivers v5.6 - tech
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ATI has released a new ATI Catalyst drivers (release notes / download ~ 24.9MB) bringing them up to version 5.6. The package contains: RADEON display driver 8.14, Multimedia Center 9.08, Catalyst Control Center 5.6 (requires .NET Version 1.1 Framework), HydraVision Basic Edition 3.25.9006, Remote Wonder 3.02, WDM version 5.03 (6312) and Southbridge/IXP Driver.
The following section provides a summary of the issues that have been resolved in the latest version of Catalyst. These include:
  • MS Works 8.0: Running the application under a German edition of Windows XP no longer results in an error message being displayed when clicking on the calendar
  • MVP Baseball 2004: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI PCIe product installed no longer results in brief display corruption being noticed when there is a transition between certain frames
  • Shadow Vault: Setting the desktop resolution to 1280x1024 and the D3D slider to Optimal Quality in the ATI 3D tab no longer results in corruption being displayed in the opening cinematic and no longer results in the game failing to respond along with a VPU recover message
  • VirtualSkipper3: Launching a challenge in the game no longer results in the game failing to respond while the challenge is loading
  • Assigning a hotkey to increase the overlay gamma no longer results in the hotkey not functioning properly when playing an MPEG using the Windows Media Player
  • Installing the display driver and the Catalyst Control Center, no longer results in a runtime error and the system tray failing to start when attempting to create multiple user accounts and enabling fast user switching
  • The Catalyst Control Center installation now checks for the installation of the Microsoft .Net Framework before preceding with the install of the Catalyst Control Center. This resolves an error message that was displayed when attempting to launch the Catalyst Control Center
  • The Scale to Full Screen option found in the Theater Mode settings of the Catalyst Control Center is now available when using multiple display devices and enabling clone mode
  • The text that describes the preferred setting for the Plugged-in option found under the Powerplay settings of the Catalyst Control Center is no longer missing
  • Catalyst Control Center: The Apply and Discard button are no longer disabled when disabling Overdrive
  • Moving the TV to desktop2 and selecting swap device or double up no longer results in the CRT being in panning mode and display corruption being seen on the TV
  • The Optimal Performance text string is no longer missing in the Standard settings of the 3D options found in the Catalyst Control Center
  • The Color option found under Smartshader is no longer missing when selecting the option No Preview for the Catalyst Control Center
  • Changing the regional option found in the control panel to Japan followed by installing the display driver no longer results in the TV format failing to change in accordance with the regional option
  • Selecting German as the language for the Catalyst Control Center no longer results in the heading for the Digital Panel Attributes page being cut-off
  • Creating a hotkey to adjust any video overlay option no longer results in the overlay option not changing when executing the hotkey
  • Black text boxes are no longer displayed in the Overdrive option of the Catalyst Control Center when selecting the Windows XP Silver Color Scheme
  • The language translation of Hide Toolbar Text in the Preferences tab of the Catalyst Control Center is now correct for the Korean language
  • Paragraph truncation is no longer noticed in the confirmation dialog box when using the Korean language option and making a change to the Graphic Settings in the Display Options of the Catalyst Control Center
  • Changes to the Overlay Display in Clone Mode option found in the Theater Mode settings of the Catalyst Control Center are now retained
  • The Scale to full screen option found in the Theater Mode Settings of the Catalyst Control Center is now working properly
  • The title for the ATI Setup Wizard failed dialog box is no longer missing when running the installation under Windows XP Korean version
  • Display corruption is no longer noticed when resuming from a full screen DOS session and attempting to run a 3D application under Windows XP in a system containing an ATI Radeon Xpress 200 series product
  • Connecting an HDTV to an ATI Radeon Xpress 200 series no longer results in the selection of D3 and D4 in the HDTV properties
  • Connecting both a DVI display device and an HDTV to an ATI Radeon Xpress 200 series no longer results in the DVI monitor failing to enter power save mode
  • The back lighting is no longer disabled after the installing of the display driver in a system containing an ATI Radeon Xpress 200 series
  • Setting the Anti-Aliasing option to 4x and running an application that supports non-standard modes such as 1360x1024 no longer results in the application being displayed incorrectly
  • LCD Response Time Composition is now enabled and automatically turns off if video playback is below a predefined threshold
  • Adding a secondary ATI display adapter to a system contain an ATI Radeon Xpress 200 series on board no longer results in hesitation being noticed when using the hot-key function to switch between display devices
  • Having a TV connected as the only display device and clicking the OK button in the ATI displays tab found in the Advanced section of the Display Properties no longer results in a flash of the TV image being noticed
  • Having a TV and CRT connected and clicking on Preview Automatic adjustment in the Optimize Media Center no longer results in both display devices displaying a black screen
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,08 2005 - tech
Wednesday Tech Reading - tech
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SECURITY...

  • Microsoft Planning 'Lower Rights' IE 7.0 - A senior Microsoft executive on Monday confirmed that the upcoming Internet Explorer 7.0 browser upgrade will ship with reduced privilege mode turned on by default to help thwart browser-based hacking attacks. The new browser will also feature major changes in the way files are executed and new anti-spoofing and anti-phishing technology to let users identify fake scam Web sites.
  • Alleged Pentagon hacker arrested - British man accused by the United States of hacking into scores of military computers and disrupting operations was arrested in London on Tuesday to face an extradition hearing, police said. Unemployed programmer Gary McKinnon, 39, is accused of gaining illegal access to 53 computers owned by the Pentagon, NASA and the U.S. Army and Navy between February 2001 and March 2002. He was taken to a central London police station and is due to appear in court on Wednesday for an extradition hearing brought on behalf of the U.S. government, London police said in a statement.
  • Hotmail threatened by MSN flaw - A cross-scripting security hole allowed malicious hackers to steal cookies from Hotmail users and get access to their accounts. Microsoft took part of its MSN Web site offline over the weekend, after it learned of a flaw that could let an attacker gain access to Hotmail accounts, the company said. The MSN Web site, http://ilovemessenger.msn.com/, contained a so-called cross-site scripting flaw, a Microsoft representative said on Monday. In its initial review of the issue, the company found that an attacker could use the vulnerability to obtain "cookies" from Hotmail users by getting them to click on a malicious URL. That could then grant access to those e-mail accounts, the representative said.
  • Shanghai Cracks Down on Pirated Movies - Shanghai is cracking down on pirated videos ahead of the city's international film festival, putting illegal copies of the latest "Stars Wars" movie and TV shows such as "Friends" out of reach - at least for now. Stores have temporarily closed or boxed up unauthorized DVDs to avoid having them seized in police raids. Sidewalk sellers who peddle copies out of suitcases are also lying low.
  • Quantum cryptography network gets wireless link - The world's first quantum encryption computer network has been expanded to include a wireless link that uses quantum communications codes. The wireless connection was added to the DARPA Quantum Network, a quantum fibre-optic network buried beneath the ground in Massachusetts, US. Quantum cryptography guarantees security by encoding information as polarised photons which can be sent down a fibre optic cable or through the air. Intercepting these photons disturbs their quantum state, alerting both sides to an eavesdropper's presence.

OFFTOPIC...

  • Japan unveils "robot suit" that enhances human power - Japan has taken a step into the science-fiction world with the release of a "robot suit" that can help workers lift heavy loads or assist people with disabilities climb stairs. The 15-kilogram (33-pound) battery-powered suit, code-named HAL-5, detects muscle movements through electrical-signal flows on the skin surface and then amplifies them.
  • The "Star Wars" Worlds: More Science Than Fiction? - Everyone knows the Star Wars galaxy is located "far, far away." But how realistic are the alien worlds (see pictures) described in the science fiction saga? To find out, National Geographic News checked in with two experts on everything extraterrestrial: Bruce Betts, a planetary scientist at the Planetary Society in Pasadena, California, and Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, California.
  • Mission: Impossible 3 Start Date Announced - Mission: Impossible 3, starring Tom Cruise, will commence principal photography on July 18th in Italy, it was announced today by Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Brad Grey. The film, to be directed by J. J. Abrams and filmed on locations across Europe, the U.S. and Asia, is scheduled to be released May 5, 2006. Cruise and his partner, Paula Wagner, will produce for Cruise/Wagner Productions.
  • Genes blamed for fickle female orgasm - Is this the ultimate excuse for poor performance in bed? "Sorry, darling," the man says, just before falling asleep. "It's your genes."

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Nintendo Revolution downloads NOT for free - According to a recent article in Famitsu magazine downloading classic Nintendo games onto your Revolution will not be free. Boss man, Satoru Itawa, explicitly stated the fact, but added that some games might be available for free download as a bonus for purchasing a Revolution title or through special promotions.
  • Intel-inside Mac benchmarked with mixed results - Mac developers have already begun testing the performance of Apple's limited edition Mac based on a 3GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor. The Xbench tests show the performance of PowerPC software running in the Rosetta environment. The resultant cores of between 65 and 70 are a long way behind the 200+ rating achieved by the fastest Power Macs, though since Rosetta does not support Altivec instructions - there being no Altivec processor in the Intel machine.
  • Longhorn Microsoft improves graphics by 55% - It's interesting to see Microsoft making another step towards total control of the graphics market development - from now on accelerators will have to offer almost identical features and the difference between them will be only in their quality and performance. No CAPS, no tyranny of formats - all cards support everything. That's all, these are all features that Microsoft decided to include into the next version of its graphics API.
  • Longhorn biggest release since Win95 - Ballmer: I think Longhorn is going to be the biggest release we have done since Windows 95. It's going to be a big thing, but I don't think we should have expectations that we will have people lined up at midnight to buy a copy, necessarily, despite the fact that Longhorn is a huge deal. I think it's bigger than anything else we've ever done--except Win95. In a sense, technically, it's much bigger than Windows 95.
  • Sprint, Yahoo To Offer Pay Email Service On Cellphones - Sprint Corp. launched a pay email service with Yahoo Inc. for its mobile phone customers, as the companies look to tap into the rapidly growing wireless data-service market. Starting Wednesday, Sprint users with select handsets will be able to download a program that greatly speeds up the delivery of Yahoo emails through a more user-friendly interface. It will also allow the storage of emails onto the phone, so users won't have to constantly go online to review old messages. Both Sprint and Yahoo are banking that consumers will pay the additional $2.99 a month for the new features.
  • iTunes more popular than many P2P sites - Apple Computer's iTunes online music store is as popular as most music-swapping networks, according to a study released Tuesday. The survey by market research firm NPD Group found that approximately 1.7 million U.S. households downloaded a song from iTunes in March. That was good enough to earn the store a second-place ranking with peer-to-peer downloading service LimeWire.

HARDWARE... 

  • Lenovo shows off its first Thinkpad - The first laptop, the Thinkpad X41T, is an ultraportable with a swivelling screen that turns it into tablet. Lenovo claims that the X41T is 20 per cent lighter than its closest competitor and, with the extended battery pack, has the longest working time of any 12in laptop, at up to 6.3 hours. It uses a built in graphics accelerator, and can be ordered with an Intel Pentium M processor and up to 1.5GB of DDR2 Ram. UK prices start at £1,290 and models will be available from July.
  • ATI Unveils Mobility RADEON X800 XT for DTR Laptops - ATI Mobility RADEON X800 XT incorporates 16 pixel and 6 vertex pipelines as well as 256-bit GDDR3 memory interface. According to ATI's performance tests, the part features performance, which is on par with that provided by ATI RADEON X800 XT graphics card. ATI's latest mobile graphics chip is designed for PCI Express bus and will be available in AXIOM (Advanced eXpress I/O Module) form-factor. The chip is manufactured using 0.13 micron low-k process technology and features power-saving capabilities, such as POWERPLAY 5.0.
  • Single-chip ULi Athlon 64 chipset to come in July -  DigiTimes is reporting that mass production of ULi's upcoming M1697 Athlon 64 chipset will begin next month. Like NVIDIA's nForce4 family, the M1697 is a single-chip solution. The chipset will support dual-core Athlon 64 processors, 3Gbps "Serial ATA II" transfer rates, 20 lanes of PCI Express, High Definition Audio, and RAID 0, 1, 0+1, and 5 arrays.
  • Maxtor announces 500GB hard drives - Maxtor has announced that it will begin shipping 500GB ATA/133 and Serial ATA hard drives in the third quarter of this year. The half-terabyte drives will spin at 7,200RPM and be available across Maxtor's QuickView, MaXLine, and DiamonMax lines. 300MB/sec transfer rates will be supported on the Serial ATA models, and since Maxtor's current generation of desktop drives already support Native Command Queuing, it seems likely that the new 500GB drives will as well.
  • ATI's CrossFire System Scores 15 498 in 3DMark05 - ATI Technologies proclaimed the world's record 3DMark05 score that was achieved by the company's CrossFire platform featuring two presumably overclocked graphics cards. The new record is 15 498 marks, which is around 6% higher compared to the previous record held by a multi-GPU system based on NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra SLI platform.
  • AMD's Opteron 275 Dual-Core Processor - AMD's dual-core Opteron processors are extremely impressive, not only in terms of the amount of their raw performance capabilities, but as the basis for a well rounded multi-core workstation / server platform. They are extremely feature-packed processors (SSE-3, NX-Bit, x64 support) which do not create much heat and consume very little power. The chips are pin compatible with Opteron platforms of the last two years, and will require nothing more than a BIOS update in order for older motherboards to support this new architecture. 
  • Mushkin Redline XP4000 DDR RAM - XtremeResources takes a look today at Mushkin's latest high performance DDR offering, their Redline XP4000 RAM modules.
  • Mushkin 2GB-Kit HP3200 DDR - Viper Lair posted a review of Mushkin's latest memory kit
  • ABIT Fatal1ty AA8XE motherboard - If you are looking for a top overclocking board for Pentium4 LGA775, you have found the right one. The layout is well thought out and the board has ample overclocking headroom - more than most people would ever need. Compatibility issues could not be spotted and gaming performance is rock solid. Another review can be found on Guru3D.
  • Gigabyte Silent-Pipe Radeon X800 XL (GV-RX80L256V) PCIe - My first thought when asked to review a completely silent X800 XL was, 'Hey, that would be a perfect HTPC card. Good gaming and silent! Sign me up!' Unfortunately, the height of the Silent-Pipe X800 XL (GV-RX80L256V) due to its heatpipes will prohibit it from fitting in my current HTPC case (an Antec Overture) and many others. Nevertheless, it still seems like a top media PC option to me. Keep reading to find out if the performance is on par with other X800 XL PCI Express cards and to learn more about this cool and silent offering from Gigabyte.
  • HIS X850XT IceQII Turbo and Platinum Series VIVO 256MB AGP - Based on the performance of the two cards, it doesn't make much sense to pick the Platinum Edition over the Turbo model. At the default speeds, the Turbo was only a slight step behind the Platinum Edition in most tests, and the Turbo can be manually increased to run at the Platinum speeds using iTurbo anyway.
  • 10 Mammouth CPU Coolers: Size Does Matter - The Vanessa (L-Type) by Titan stands out, for its particularly good cooling capacity and extravagant design features. The Sonic Tower by Thermaltake also boasts an impressive cooling capacity, and if passive operation isn't feasible, an optional 120 mm fan can be added, albeit at an additional cost. If you don't have a lot of space in your computer, the CNPS7700 Cu from Zalman is a good option, offering good cooling capacity with minimal noise emission at a reasonable price
  • Seagate 400GB Pushbutton Backup External Hard Drive -  It's called Pushbutton as you can kick off a backup job simply by pressing the button on the face of the drive. The drive comes in both USB-only and a dual USB-Firewire version to meet your needs. With that kind of capacity and connectivity, this drive sure sounds like a winner. You can pickup the Seagate 400GB Pushbutton Backup drive for about $310 which is actually only a couple bucks more than a 400GB Seagate internal drive
  • DVD Burner round-up: Top 16x drives tested - TechSpot has posted a DVD Burner round-up testing three of the most acclaimed 16x drives currently available in the market: Plextor's PX-716A, NEC's ND-3520A and LG's GSA-4163B - As far as king of the hill goes, the NEC drive lists the best performance specifications from the manufacturer. However, if you take the benchmarks under consideration, you have to be impressed with LG's low CPU utilization. I don't know about you, but I am a pure breed multi-tasker, and I put very high demands on my PC.
  • Sony DRU-800A 16x DVD±RW - Sony's new drive did pretty well in our DVD read tests. The DRU-800A was able to read both single layer DVD-ROM's and DVD-Videos at 16x and had some relatively good seek times. It also read DVD±R and DVD±RW media at a respectable 8x, but slowed to only 5.7x when reading DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs.
  • Pioneer DVR-109 DVD-Writer  - The key point is that the media compatibility with this drive is horrible, media that have been on the market for over a year and more is still not supported at certified speed, even from large known manufacturers like Ritek and CMC Magnetics.
  • Logitech V200 Cordless Notebook Mouse - CoolTechZone posted a review of Logitech V200 Cordless Notebook Mouse.
  • Logitech Formula GP Racing Wheel for the PC - If you don't want to spend over $60 for a wheel/racing combo, then this is the racing wheel for you. Whether it's your bank account or your games, you can't lose with this value combo.
  • Finding the Best 19" LCD Monitor for Your Application - Given the performance of the latter, it's hard to recommend one of these panels in comparison to what a ViewSonic 191b can offer. If you can't afford a ViewSonic 191s (now available for less than $500), the best choice is a Hyundai L90D+. It's a little less responsive than the 191b/s, but it costs less.
  • DoubleSight DS-1900 Dual 19 Inch LCD Monitor - With a retail price of $1399 the DS-1900 has to do a lot to convince people that it is a worthy investment. One on hand, it does have two high quality LCDs, an adjustable base, and a very small footprint but there are a few tradeoffs. For example, the base is small but possibly too small as it does include a restraining bolt and seems unweighed when the displays are too far forward.
  • Nokia 6230i review - Tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz connectivity isn't all the Nokia 6230i has to offer: there's also support for EDGE and GPRS Class 10, HSCSD, and a range of applications such as an XHTML/WAP 2.0 browser, support for Java MIDP 2.0, a Java-based e-mail client, voice commands, polyphonic ringtones, a voice recorder and spacious phone book with Wireless Village instant messaging support well in place. The Nokia 6230i also offers USB support through its proprietary Pop-port, however for this purpose users must disappointingly purchase a quite expensive data cable.
  • HP iPAQ hw6515 - Not only harbouring GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz and support for GPRS Class 10, the hw6515 is also the first Windows Mobile communicator to support EDGE for high speed data transfers, where applicable. Performance, both for data and voice, proved very good, with above-par signal reception as compared to previous Windows Mobile communicators as well as favourable speakerphone quality. The HP iPAQ hw6515 (photos) is slated for availability in major European markets in June.
  • Sony VRD-VC20 - The VRD-VC20 is Sony's 2nd generation stand-alone DVD recorder. The VRD-VC20 adds a DV (1394) digital video input and dual layer writing capability to the previous generation VRD-VC10. The VRD-VC20, like similar products, is directed at the consumer who has amassed a library of analog video recordings and would like to convert them directly to a DVD - without connecting to a PC.

GUIDES...

SOFTWARE...

  • MS patches XP for HD video acceleration - Microsoft has patched Windows XP (download) to allow the operating system to decode Windows Media Video HD movies using an Nvidia GeForce 6 series GPU. Nvidia calls its WMV-HD acceleration technology PureVideo, and it claims the system can reduce the host processor's video decode load by up to 40 per cent, by getting the GPU to shoulder the burden. The upshot, it says, are CPU resources that can now be dedicated to other tasks.
  • AntiAlias demo - This demo implements supersampling antialiasing by rendering the scene multiple times with just a tiny tweak to the projection matrix between the renders and accumulating the results in the accumulation buffer. It allows you to change between 1x (no AA), 2x, 4x and 11x (default). If you enable antialiasing in the control panel you can get really large AA modes, for instance 6x multisampling + 11x supersampling, which would give you essentially 66x AA.
  • Win32Whois 0.9.7 - Win32Whois (download) is a free, small and efficient tool that lets you retrieve registration information for a particular domain or website.
  • BitComet 0.59 - BitComet (download) is a p2p file-sharing freeware fully compatible with Bittorrent, which is one of the most popular p2p protocol designed for high-speed distribution of 100MB or GB sized files
  • BitTorrent 4.1.2 Beta - BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing/distribution protocol designed for transferring files from multiple locations.
  • XPlite/2000lite 1.6 - XPlite and 2000lite are powerful configuration utilities for Windows creating a modular Windows operating system where YOU are in control.
  • FreeRIP 2.942 - FreeRip (download) is a freeware application that lets you save audio CD tracks to Wav or MP3 or Ogg Vorbis audio files. FreeRIP is also an audio file converter since it can convert and encode Wav files to Ogg Vorbis (.ogg) or MP3 (.mp3), and back.
  • CloneCD 5.2.4.1 - CloneCD (download) is a powerful CD-Copy program. It writes in Raw mode, which allows it to have total control on the data written. Therefore, it will produce real 1:1 copies of your CDs.
  • DVD Region+CSS Free v5.89 - DVD Region+CSS Free (download) enables you to watch and copy any region-coded/CSS-encrypted DVD movies on any DVD drive. DVD Region+CSS Free decrypts not just DVD's, it now allows you also to play, copy and rip protected Audio CD's
  • CDCheck 3.1.5.0 - CDCheck is an application that checks your CD-ROM and tells you which files are corrupted. It can also do a binary compare with copy on disk.
  • VideoInspector 1.5.0.83 - VideoInspector (download) is a tools designed to provide you with as much information as possible about your video files. With VideoInspector you'll know why your video files has no sound or refuses to play correctly.
  • INTEL Matrix Storage Manager driver 5.0.1.1001 - This driver provides support for SATA RAID 5/10 on ICH7R-based chipsets, as well support for AHCI & SATA RAID 0/1 on ICH7R/ICH6R/ICH5R-based chipsets.
  • ForceWare 72.13 WHQL - The good news is that it is a WHQL approved driver (Microsoft tested and verified). Even better news is that almost any GeForce and Quadro graphics cards is supported.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,07 2005 - tech
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ review - tech
(hx) 06:48 PM EDT - Jun,07 2005 - Post a comment
The chaps over at Digit-Life.com take a look at AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ processor:
Summing it all up: AMD Athlon X2 4800+ has swept in Pentium XE 840 essentially because AMD was ready to design two cores on a single die. Alas, Intel turned out not ready for this concept de facto: the current mainstream core based on NetBurst architecture (another reincarnation of basic Prescott) consumes too much power and dissipates too much heat. That would do for a regular CPU (top Pentium 4 processors work all right!), but that's too much for a dual core processor with the same clock as top single core CPUs. That's actually the reason of Pentium eXtreme Edition 840 running at a rather low clock (compared to top Pentium 4 processors). It's the low clock of the Intel dual core processor that left it no chances to victory: if it had been 3.8 GHz instead of 3.2 GHz, everything could have been different.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,06 2005 - tech
Monday Tech Madness - tech
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SECURITY...

  • Microsoft releases software update tools - Microsoft Corp. today made available the much-delayed Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) patching tool and Microsoft Update software patching service, which the company had originally planned to ship in the first half of 2004.  Shipping in mid-July will be two other software update tools currently in beta: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.0 and Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft.
  • Osama spam spreads new malware - Computer users are being warned about new malware that purports to be pictures of a captured Osama Bin Laden. The emails arrive with a variety of headers such as 'God Bless America' or 'Captured at last' and contain an attachment with the malicious code. The message reads: "Turn on your TV. Osama Bin Laden has been captured. While CNN has no pictures at this point of time, the military channel (PPV) released some pictures. I managed to capture a couple of these pictures off my TV. I've attached a slideshow containing all the pictures I managed to capture."
  • Are Virus Writers Creating a Super Worm? - Virus writers responsible for the recent rash of Mytob worm variants could be working on creating a super worm, a security researcher warns. The "HellBot" group behind the Mytob worms write programming instructions in their code that mirror the way developers work, says Sophos Security Consultant Carole Theriault.
  • Spoofing flaw resurfaces in Mozilla browsers - A 7-year-old flaw that could let an attacker place malicious content on trusted Web sites has resurfaced in the most recent Firefox browser, Secunia has warned.  The flaw, which also affects some other Mozilla Foundation programs, lies in the way the software handles frames, which are a way of showing Web content in separate parts of the browser window. The applications don't check whether the frames displayed in a single window all originate from the same Web site, Secunia said in an advisory on Monday. Firefox 1.x, Mozilla 1.7.x and Camino 0.x versions are vulnerable to the flaw, the security monitoring company said.
  • Online gamers targeted by Korean MSN hack - Last week a hack on MSN's South Korean portal left users of the MMORPG Lineage vulnerable to password stealing malware. The game has around 4 million users worldwide, but the number of users that have been attacked by the hack is unknown. The South Korean portal of MSN is now back online after removing the malware that took up residency on the news pages of the site. Microsoft blames the firm that run the site, claiming they failed to apply security patches that would have discouraged the attack.
  • DVD Decrypter is dead - The popular DVD ripping tool DVD Decrypter has ceased all activities following an order by an as yet unnamed company. It is thought that it could be Sony who have served this notice, as it is rumoured that he broke their new copyright protection within 72 hours of its release. The author of the program, known only as LIGHTNING UK! had originally put up a notice on his website but that his since been taken offline. (thanks CDFreaks) Needless to say it was one of the easiest most reliable programs to use. /The latest version of DVD Decrypter can still be downloaded from here./

OFFTOPIC...

  • The Open Season Teaser Trailer - Columbia Pictures have revealed the new teaser trailer online for the animated comedy Open Season, coming to theaters September 29, 2006. In the film, a deer buddies up with a domesticated grizzly bear when the two animals are alone in the woods during hunting season. Meanwhile, Beth, a forest ranger who raised the bear, embarks on a desperate search to find her friend.
  • King Kong Trailer with War of the Worlds - KongisKing.net has confirmed that you'll get your first look at Peter Jackson's King Kong in theaters with Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds on June 29th. The trailer is expected to be released online on Tuesday, June 28. The trailer will reportedly give you a first peek at King Kong in action. The movie stars Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody, with Andy Serkis performing the movements for Kong, much like he did for Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Universal Pictures will release King Kong on December 14th.
  • Mission to build a simulated brain begins - An effort to create the first computer simulation of the entire human brain, right down to the molecular level, was launched on Monday. The "Blue Brain" project, a collaboration between IBM and a Swiss university team, will involve building a custom-made supercomputer based on IBM's Blue Gene design. The hope is that the virtual brain will help shed light on some aspects of human cognition, such as perception, memory and perhaps even consciousness.

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Xbox 360 To Sell For $75 Loss Per Unit? - The company provided little financial information when it unveiled the device last month, but Patrick Parr and Martin Cecchetto, analysts at UBS Securities LLC, expect Microsoft will pay its manufacturing partners about $375 (U.S.) a unit and sell them to consumers for $299. In a research note, they estimated that two of the contractors, Flextronics International Ltd. and Celestica Inc., will share revenue of between $350-million and $450-million this year and between $900-million and $1.1-billion in 2006.
  • Revolution's downloadable games listed - Over at the Nintendo Forums is an unconfirmed list of games that will be downloadable for play on Nintendo's Revolution console.
  • Laptops outsell desktops for first time - In a sure sign that the era of mobile computing has arrived, notebooks have for the first time outsold desktops in the United States in a calendar month, the research firm Current Analysis says. After tracking sales from a sampling of electronics retailers, Current Analysis says notebook sales accounted for 53 percent of the total personal computer market last month, up from 46 percent during the same period last year.
  • [!] Apple shifts to Intel chips from IBM - Apple Computer on Monday said it will shift to using Intel microprocessors in its Macintosh computers, severing its long relationship with IBM, which had supplied chips to Apple. Apple said it will begin delivering Macintosh products using Intel microprocessors, the number-crunching nerve centers of personal computers, by this time next year and will have all of its flagship Macintosh computers using Intel processors by the end of 2007. Apple has publicly expressed frustration with IBM as a supplier in recent quarters. IBM had problems producing enough working versions of its PowerPC 970 chip, which Apple calls the G5. Also, IBM has yet to produce a version of the G5 that consumes less power and would be suitable for use in Apple's laptop personal computers.
  • Intel says there's no DRM in 945 chipset - The Intel Pentium D Processor and the Intel 945 Express Chipset family do not have unannounced embedded DRM technologies. The DRM technology referred to in a recent report was not a secret or an embedded DRM from Intel. Intel does support various content protection technologies including DTCP-IP technology, which is publicly offered by a number of companies in the industry to enable protected transport of compressed content within a home network
  • AIM e-mail debuts - America Online has launched free Web-based e-mail with 2GB of storage for AOL Instant Messenger users. AIM users can access e-mail with one click and can use their screen name as their e-mail address, the company said. The e-mail service, dubbed AIM Mail, is part of an updated version of the AIM 5.9 software, released Monday.
  • Microsoft lets IT managers wipe your phone - Just weeks after releasing its latest operating system for mobile devices, Windows Mobile 5.0, Microsoft has unveiled a security and messaging features update.  Among the changes in the Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 are faster access to the Outlook e-mail client, the ability to wipe data on devices remotely and certificate-based identity authentication, the company said Monday.

HARDWARE... 

  • ATI R520 scores 10K+ in 3Dmark05 - The Inquirer got some numbers from this card and it turns out that R520 scores more than 10000 in 3Dmark05. This is actually even better or equal to two 6800 Ultra cards in SLI which kinds of makes it looks ridiculously fast.
  • VIA K8T890 incompatible with dual-core chips - It looks like VIA's K8T890 chipset is incompatible with AMD's dual-core Athlon 64 X2 processors. VIA apparently has a new revision of the chipset that resolves the incompatibility, and intends to ship the new silicon to motherboard manufacturers "shortly." There's no telling when the new chipset revision will actually make its way onto the market, though
  • BenQ previews Blu-ray DVD burner - BenQ demonstrated its BW1000 prototype blue-laser DVD burner at the recently concluded Computex 2005 and the company plans to start volume producing the product in the first or second quarter of 2006, depending on how quickly the market for blue-laser products develops. The BW1000 features writing speeds of 2x for Blu-ray single-layer and DL (single-sided double-layer) discs, 12x for DVD+R/-R, 4x for DVD+R/-R DL, 4x for DVD+RW/-RW, 32x for CD-R and 24x for CD-RW, as well as reading speeds of 2x for Blu-ray, 12x for DVD and 32x for CD, according to BenQ.
  • Dell Latitude D810 notebook - The Dell Latitude D810 sports an Intel Pentium-M processor with 2MB of L2 cache (Dothan core), riding on the i915PM chipset, with ATI Radeon X300 or X600 powered graphics.
  • AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 'Venice' Overclocking - If you've already got a decent S939 motherboard on your hands it would be almost criminal not to try an Athlon 64 3000+ E3-stepping CPU. Sure, it's not hugely fast at default speeds, but I'd be amazed if 2.5GHz wasn't a given and 3GHz on the cards with better cooling. There's just something rather naughty but nice about 50% overclocks with near-default voltage. For once, you can have your cake and eat it! Yum.
  • OCZ PC5000 DFI edition - The modules are rated at an astonishing PC5000, which is roughly 313MHz (626MHz DDR) in laymans terms. OCZ guarantee the memory to run at 3.0-4-4-10 at those speeds, and we suspect that you will be able to achieve more than what you pay for if OCZ's reputation is anything to go by.
  • GeIL 512MB DC UltraX-XL DDR400 CAS 1.5 - Techniz.co.uk has posted a review of the GeIL 512MB DC UltraX-XL DDR400 CAS 1.5 memory.
  • Asus A8V Deluxe WiFi G Motherboard - The amount of peripherals Asus have bundled with the board is incredible: I have all 8 USB ports being used, the WiFi card works a treat, and the SATA raid configuration is extremely fast. 
  • Mushkin 2GB HP3200 Dual Channel Memory Kit - Adrian's Rojak Pot has posted a review of Mushkin 2GB HP3200 Dual Channel Memory Kit.
  • Albatron K8SLI - The K8SLI is bundled with some very nice features, but some additional accessories would be nice. The ABS was a real nice touch, in case you're one of those people who happen to corrupt their BIOS occasionally. The jumperless SLI switching will be very handy for those using the full capabilities of the motherboard. The space saving, smaller layout has both advantages and disadvantages that won't be much concern to many end users.
  • PowerColor Radeon X700 256MB Bravo Edition - The price of the X700 has dropped to around $149. The Nvidia 6600GT is still hovering around the $199 mark, a $50 difference. Whether you want to sacrifice the performance for the $50 is up to you. I personally would spend the extra $50. PowerColor's bundle also includes a decent, but outdated, game. Including a copy of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero would have sweetened the deal. The main focus of the X700 Bravo Edition is cooling. The silent heatpipe and heatsink design is great, much better than the reference fan and heatsink design.
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6200 AGP (NV44A) Roundup - As regards the overclocking, the Chaintech's board proved to the best buy at that - we were able to overclock it from 385/500 MHz (standard for OC Version) to 475/600MHz. That is the best chip overclocking result of all the three specimens. The second honorable place is taken by XFX GeForce 6200 whose overclocking shortcoming is made up for by the memory overclocking - we were able to overclock it to 650MHz DDR, thus the boost proved to be 150MHz DDR. As regards Leadtek's GeForce 6200, we were able to overclock it to 450/600 MHz.
  • Samsung TS-H552U DVD-Writer - The 16x DVD+R/-R media compatibility and quality did not impress us, meaning there is room for improvement to make the write quality on both DVD-R and DVD+R media at 16x better. One positive point though is that the latest firmware added support for Traxdata 2.4x DVD+R DL media with media-code RITEK D01 to be written at 4x. Another point is the DVD-ROM bitsetting support for DVD+R media under Nero and Pinnacle, which make the media more compatible with i.e Standalone DVD devices.
  • Corsair COOL Water Cooling Kit - It did an excellent job of cooling the Athlon 64 3200+ processor with minimal noise and was very user-friendly and easy to setup and install. Corsair attempted to select a combination of the best components available based on performance and reliability. It is unfortunate that an issue with the DDC pump had to tarnish this otherwise enjoyable review experience.
  • Thermaltake Big Typhoon Silent CPU Cooler - Obviously, there are drawbacks to it, mainly just the physical size of the Big Typhoon. Should you choose to uninstall the Big Typhoon, you will basically have to go through the installation steps in reverse. It is not as easy as removing the regular SocketA heatsinks, but it is no big deal to do so anyway. This is not a heatsink/fan combo for just anyone, pretty much only for those with tower cases. In the end, I think the noise level trade-off was worth it.
  • Seasonic "S12" 430w PSU - If you're looking for a power supply to handle the rigors of an enthusiast system, then keep the Seasonic S12 series in mind as one of your choices.
  • Saitek P3000 Wireless Gamepad - The P3000 is well worth the money and performs flawlessly. This is without a doubt the best gamepad on the market for PCs. The buttons were firm and responsive and I experienced no lag when gaming with the pad. The existing batteries could use some overhauling or tweaking to eliminate the odd behaviors when they are low.
  • Samsung Digimax V700 camera - In many cases the V700 is just as good as other 7 mega pixel cameras priced significantly lower. It has superb image quality as well as being coupled with a strong good quality lens. This is a great camera for the average point and shoot user who doesn’t go too into detail and tweaking.
  • Sony Ericsson Z800i review - In open mode, the Z800i offers a bright and clear 262K colour display with a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels. Its keypad provides low audible noise and the navigation keys are comfortable in use, but unfortunately, horizontal edges separating the rows of the numeric keypad cause a feeling of inresponsiveness. The same key layout is used for three shortcut buttons placed just above the numeric keys, activating the video telephony application, the main menu and the music player. Some nice pictures of the phone can be found here.

GUIDES...

  • Build an $800 Gaming PC - If you are on the market for a decent PC and don't have a ton of cash to throw at it, following the recommendations of this guide might be just what you are looking for.
  • Apple's G5 versus x86, Mac OS X versus Linux - In this article, you will find a pedal to the metal comparison of the latest Xeon DP 3.6 GHz (Irwindale), Opteron 250, Dual G5 2.5 GHz and Dual G5 2.7 GHz.
  • NVIDIA CoolBits For Linux Guide - Although CoolBits for Linux is a great utility all around, it still has its problems. One such option we would like to see added is the ability to apply the overclocked settings at startup, saving the time from having to go into nvidia-settings each time to re-tune the frequencies. The auto-detect function is also very nice, as it was able to sufficiently detect the optimal clock frequencies for the GPU and memory without losing stability.
  • Secret TiVo Tips and Tweaks - If you own a TiVo digital video recorder, you know that this magic appliance can change the way you watch TV. But, with a little work from you, your TiVo is capable of much more. With several innocent gimmicks, you can make using TiVo even slicker. Whether it's a simple trick, like turning your TiVo into a clock, or a serious hardware hack to increase the amount of storage space in the device, we're here with several tips, tricks, and pointers to more information, so you can get more out of your TiVo time.
  • Hack can upgrade XP Home to XP Pro Lite - German computer magazine C'T claims that by changing only 2 bytes from the file setupreg.hiv in Windows's XP Home kit, users can get access to certain functions only avalaible in Windows XP Professional, such as Remote Desktop, User management and enhanced security features.
  • QuickTime infects PCs with iTunes - Visiting the default QuickTime Download Site greets you with only two options: 1. QuickTime 6.5 with iTunes for Win 2000/XP / 2. QuickTime 6.5 for Win 98/ME. No big deal right? Solution: You need to download and install the iTunes Software and then uninstall it. iTunes and the crap iTunes Service it installs with it, will be effectively purged from your system. The problem is you still don't have QuickTime installed! Not a problem, simply get the Standalone QuickTime Player. (Conveniently not obvious on the default download page) Alternatives: Yes you can use an alternative, in this case the QuickTime Alternative.
  • The Simple Way to Back Up and Reinstall Your Device Drivers - A clean Windows reinstallation involves deleting everything in your system's Windows folder, including your hardware's device drivers. These batch files copy your drivers to another folder on your hard drive that won't be deleted by the Windows revamp. The file for PCs running Windows 98 or Me also copies your data from the Windows folder to a safer location. (Note that this step isn't necessary when reinstalling Windows 2000 and XP because these operating systems don't store user data in the Windows folder.)

SOFTWARE...

  • Knoppix 3.9 - The Debian-based live-cd Linux distribution Knoppix (torrent links) has been updated to version 3.9. Among the most notable changes are the update to kernel 2.6.11 and the inclusion of OpenOffice 2.0 BETA and KDE 3.4. This is likely the last single-CD version of Knoppix before the split into 'Light' and 'Maxi' versions.
  • AMD CPUInfo - This Windows application executes and displays the return data from the CPUID instruction set and displays Hypertransport information if the processor supports it. This application also shows the maximum speed of the processor.
  • CPU-Z 1.29 - CPU-Z (download) is a freeware detection program base on the Panopsys hardware detection engine. It allows to get some information on your system.
  • AOL Instant Messenger 5.9.3797 - download
  • EfreeSoft Boss Key 3.10 - EfreeSoft Boss Key (download) allow you to hide active program window immediatlly using a hot key! You can hide the browser windows,folder windows,applications windows,all your desktop icons and taskbar when your boss or anyone else you don't want to see your screens comes in.
  • RSVME - a free outlook-based personal feedback/survey tool - RSVME (download) is a free application that integrates with Outlook and other email packages, and makes obtaining feedback from people a snap.
  • Opera 8.01 - Opera (download) is an Internet browser with a pop-up blocker, multiple-windows navigation, mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts, e-mail client with Spam filter, and integrated search all for user security and speed. The cross-platform browser includes a multitude of other functions such as integrated built-in e-mail client, IRC-compatible chat, support for RSS newsfeeds, password manager, one-click customization and privacy protection settings.
  • FastStone Image Viewer 2.12 Beta - FastStone Image Viewer (download) is an image browser, viewer, converter and editor with an easy to use interface and a nice array of features that include resizing, renaming, cropping, color adjustments, watermarks and more. It also includes an intuitive full-screen mode that provides quick access to EXIF information and thumbnail browser via hidden toolbars that emerge when you touch the edge of your screen with the mouse.
  • AbiWord 2.2.8 - AbiWord (download) is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft Word. It is suitable for typing papers, letters, reports, memos, and so forth
  • Task Coach 0.39 - Task Coach (download) is a simple todo manager to manage personal tasks and todo lists. It grew out of a frustration that well-known task managers, such as those provided with Outlook or Lotus Notes, do not provide facilities for composite tasks.
  • WinRAR 3.50 Beta 5 - WinRAR (download) is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.
  • Driver Cleaner Professional 1.2 - Driver Cleaner Professional Editon is a program which helps you to remove parts of drivers that are left after uninstalling the old drivers. The program is for ATI, nVidia, Creative, Realtek, SIS, 3Dfx, S3 and more drivers.
  • ATI Tray Tools 1.0.2.685 - ATI Tray Tools is a small utility that can be found in the windows tray which then allows instant access to options and settings.
  • NVIDIA Linux drivers 1.0-7664 - download - IA32 | IA64
  • Forceware 77.13 Win2000/XP - This is ForceWare 77.13 for Windows 2000 and XP. It was build on May 13th, 2005 making this an extremely new driver. The drivers comes with a setup.exe for easy installation. All GeForce Series based GPU's seem to be supported.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,03 2005 - tech
Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX spotted - tech
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According to THG, the chip, code-named G70, was shown behind closed doors at the Computex trade show today. This desktop GPU will be very similar to the one they've designed for the PS3, dubbed the RSX or Reality Synthesizer, which has been said to be more powerful than two combined GeForce 6800 Ultras. The RSX has a 550MHz core clock and 300 million transistors, but both Sony and nVidia have been mum on other features. The graphics processors will be equipped with up to 512 MByte memory, support SLI and will be built in an 110nm process by TSMC. There is no reliable information on the potential of the cards at this time. However, manufacturers claim the 7800 will "clearly" outperform the 6800. Sources mentioned that pricing of 7800 cards should be in line with the 6800 series and come in between $550 and $600 for the GTX model. The first pictures can be found on AnandTech.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,02 2005 - tech
Nightly Tech Reading - tech
(hx) 08:14 PM EDT - Jun,02 2005 - Post a comment

SECURITY...

  • Top ten viruses reported to Sophos in May 2005 - The report, compiled from Sophos's global network of monitoring stations, reveals that the new Sober-N worm has toppled Zafi-D, which dominated the top of the virus chart for the previous five months. The bilingual Sober-N virus, which poses as tickets for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, was detected at the beginning of the month and rapidly spread across 40 countries - accounting for 4.5% of all email at its peak.
  • Commwarrior cell phone virus marches on - Network security experts F-Secure say there's a relatively simple reason why even the savviest cell phone owners are falling prey to a new virus. Phone owners are duped because the virus, known as Commwarrior, is attached to premium cell phone e-mail known as MMS, which makes incoming e-mail look as if it was sent by someone the victim knows, according to F-Secure's analysis of an interview with a Commwarrior victim in Finland.
  • Window of exposure lets viruses run rampant - More than 295,000 virus-infected emails were sent to companies in the UK in May before anti-virus vendors could issue signature updates, according to email filtering firm BlackSpider Technologies. It's long been known that there is a ‘window of exposure' - the interval between when a virus begins spreading and signature updates are issued by anti-virus vendors.
  • Anti piracy strikes swedish torrent page - Today, one of the most popular torrent places on the net was stormed by Swedish anti piracy officials. All the server trackers was obtained and destroyed. Now, at 23:00 pm GTM they announced that they will be back in a new version. ThePirateBay had the worlds
    biggest collection of torrent trackers, since supernova.org was shut down. (thanks Shorty)
  • Vulnerability in OLE and COM Allows Remote Code Execution - A privilege elevation vulnerability exists in the way that the affected operating systems and programs access memory when they process COM structured storage files. This vulnerability could allow a logged on user to take complete control of the system. The following exploit code can be used to determine whether your system is vulnerable or not.
  • Scan6 - IPv4/IPv6 Port Scanner for Windows - Scan6 is a simple high multi-threading console application IPv4/IPv6 single host port scanner for Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP. It can check for ANY open port on a single IPv4/IPv6 host or you can specify a port range. Scan6 requires a mandatory option in order to specify if you are going to scan an IPv4 or an IPv6 address.

OFFTOPIC...

  • X-Men 3 Director Down to Two Names - Ain't-It-Cool-News has learned that 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios have narrowed the position for X-Men 3 director down to two names. Matthew Vaughn left the production earlier this week due to personal reasons. The site says that the director's chair will either go to John Moore, who helmed both "Behind Enemy Lines" and "Flight of the Phoenix" for Fox, or to Brett Ratner, best known for the "Rush Hour" films and who has also directed such films as "After the Sunset" and "Red Dragon".
  • The Matrix: Ripped Off - Sophia Stewart, a black woman residing in Salt Lake City, is alleging that the internationally successful film that we all know as "The Matrix," was actually taken from her screen treatment and epic, "The Third Eye." Stewart also says that in the process of investigating her copyright infringement case, the FBI discovered that there was strong evidence linking "The Terminator," a film Stewart had never seen and therefore never sought compensation for, to "The Third Eye" as well.
  • Fantastic Four Soundtrack Track Listing - Wind-up Records, in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Enterprises have announced the complete track listing for the July 5, 2005 soundtrack "Fantastic Four - The Album

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Office 12 to Get New File Formats - Microsoft is introducing the new formats as part of Office 12, officials said, and will share more details about them at next week's Tech Ed 2005 conference in Orlando, Fla. The new Word, Excel and PowerPoint formats will be designated as .docx, .xlsx and .pptx , respectively. Microsoft is referring to the family of new formats as "Microsoft Office Open XML Formats." For users of older versions of Office - specifically Office 2000, Office 2003 and Office XP - Microsoft will make available software downloads that will allow them to read, edit and save using the new file formats. Microsoft also plans to release a conversion tool that will allow users to point to files in an older format and convert them en masse to the new Office 12 XML format.
  • New ITU Standard Delivers 10x ADSL Speeds - The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has finalized work on new technical specifications that will allow telecoms operators around the world to offer a 'super' triple play of video, Internet and voice services at speeds up to ten times faster than standard ADSL. The ITU-T Recommendation for very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line 2 (VDSL2) will allow operators to compete with cable and satellite providers by offering services such as high definition TV (HDTV), video-on-demand, videoconferencing, high speed Internet access and advanced voice services like VoIP, over a standard copper telephone cable. The new VDSL2 standard delivers up to 100 Mbps both up and downstream, a ten-fold increase over "plain vanilla" ADSL.
  • Internet Group OKs 'Xxx' Web Addresses  - A proposal to create net domains ending .xxx has been approved by the body that oversees the net's addressing system. Sexually explicit sites will be encouraged to move to the new domains to make it easier for people to filter and avoid them. The .xxx approval reverses earlier decisions to block it over fears that it would be ineffective and controversial. Domains are currently planned to be offered at 60.00 each for registration. The .xxx joins the recently approved .jobs and .travel."
  • Thunderbird gets podcasting support - Developers of the Mozilla Foundation's open-source e-mail client have added a podcasting feature to its arsenal and improved its defense against phishing attacks. The changes were highlighted Tuesday in a Mozilla blog that discussed modifications to the software before its upcoming 1.1 release. They are not available in the current 1.0.2 release
  • AMD executive casts doubt on Intel's dual-core claim - Intel's dual-core platform consists of two separate cores in individual dies packaged together using multi-chip packaging in a single chip, which is not a true dual-core solution, according to Henri Richard, senior vice president for worldwide sales and marketing of AMD at Computex 2005 (May 31-June 4)

HARDWARE... 

  • IRam Speeds Windows XP Start Up - Taiwanese hardware maker Giga-byte Technology has stumbled upon a faster way to boot up PCs based on Microsoft's Windows XP operating system. Giga-byte's IRam is a PC add-in card with four DDR DRAM (double data rate dynamic RAM memory) slots that's designed to be used as a PC drive. Because the IRam uses DRAM rather than a hard disk to store information, data can be retrieved from the drive up to 60 times faster than is possible with a hard drive, according to Giga-byte, which showed the board at the Computex exhibition in Taipei this week.
  • Samsung unveils high-powered wireless laptop - Samsung has launched a notebook computer that uses multiple radios to boost wireless networking speeds. Using a technology called Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO), not only is the data transmission speed doubled from 54 to 100Mbits, the maximum signal range is also increased from the current 300ft to 900ft.
  • Compaq Presario V4000 notebook - There are two main groups that this notebook will attract. People needing the high end performance with low levels of mobility should find this notebook attractive for the price. This also goes for those looking for a reasonably priced multimedia platform (the V4000 with BrightView). The catch is going to be that this is, after all, is a relatively inexpensive machine, and is not a top of the line multimedia notebook. Even with a BrightView screen, it isn't completely up to par with the glare-type displays found on the competitive models we have seen from some other companies.
  • Pentium Extreme Edition 840 Processor - The Pentium Extreme Edition 840 still uses an LGA775/Socket T package, but due to the changes in the Smithfield core, requires a new platform base. This is a bit different from the Athlon 64 X2, which can be used in many current Socket 939 motherboards.
  • Corsair XMS PC4400 1 GB TwinX DDR - OverclockersOnline take a look at a matched set of DDR modules rated for 550 MHz operation at 2.5-4-4-8 timings in the form of Corsair's XMS TWINX1024-4400C25PT.
  • Leadtek GeForce 6600GT 128MB (PCI Express) video card - Looking at the GeForce 6600GT as a whole, it really becomes almost impossible to fault it. NVIDIA have managed to transition the full, excellent, feature set of their high-end parts into the mid-range, and done so without sacrificing performance in any real fashion. Shader Model 3.0, a full floating point pipeline, SLI support, good overclockability and a very intelligent pipeline structure makes the 6600GT a nigh-on perfect card for almost any situation that is thrown at it - If you're gaming on a budget, then it's hard to put a checkbox against it.
  • PowerColor Bravo X700 PCI-e - If you are looking for a mid-range card with passive cooling system, Tul is one of the companies that offer such solution on X700 based cards. With good performance in its class and okay bundle, PowerColor Bravo X700 is an interesting product to consider.

SOFTWARE...

  • Scan6 - IPv4/IPv6 Port Scanner for Windows - Scan6 is a simple high multi-threading console application IPv4/IPv6 single host port scanner for Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP. It can check for ANY open port on a single IPv4/IPv6 host or you can specify a port range. Scan6 requires a mandatory option in order to specify if you are going to scan an IPv4 or an IPv6 address.
  • Notepad++ 3.0 - Notepad++ is a free source code editor which supports several programming languages running under the MS Windows environment.
  • MR Tech's Local Install 2.5.0 Firefox Extension - This extension adds "Multi-extension installation support, just hold the ctrl, cmd or shift keys to select multiple XPI's" and more.
  • Thunderbird 1.1 Alpha 1 - This release is intended for testers ONLY, to get some early exposure on some of the new features under development for Thunderbird 1.1
  • Exact Audio Copy 0.95 Beta 2 - Exact Audio Copy allows you to get audio tracks off a CD and save them to your hard drive. It uses the Windows ASPI Interface, so both SCSI and ATAPI CD-ROM drives are supported. It supports hidden sector synchronization and has a secure, fast and burst extraction method selectable
  • CloneCD 5.2.3.2 & AnyDVD 5.2.2.1 - SlySoft.com has released updates for Clone CD and Any DVD. Clone CD allows you to create backups of games that are protected by a copy protection. This new version adds support for a new version of the "Sony ARccOS protection" as found on "Closer" (Italian) to the option to remove "Protection based on unreadable Sectors".
  • XP firewall control - XP firewall control uses all the present abilities of the firewall and extends them with application level security model. XP firewall control introduces per-application named security zones and allows security zone management at application level.
  • Total Commander v6.53 Final  - Total Commander (changelog / download) is a file manager for Windows, a program like Windows Explorer to copy, move or delete files. However, Total Commander can do much more than Explorer, e.g. pack and unpack files, access ftp servers, compare files by content, etc
  • Realtek AC'97 Sound System Software 3.73 WHQL - This driver supports all ALC series audio chipsets from ALC101 up to ALC861. It is used as onboard sound on many motherboards. Chips covered include ALC101/201/202/203/250/650/653/655/658/861.
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor Driver 1.2.2.1 -  This driver supports AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core processors on Windows 64 bit OS..
Inside the Xbox 360, Part II: the Xenon CPU - tech
(hx) 09:05 AM EDT - Jun,02 2005 - Post a comment
ArsTechnica takes a very detailed look at the 360 CPUs:
Like the Playstation 3's Cell processor, the Xbox 360's Xenon processor represents a fundamentally different approach to performance than that which characterized the previous generation of consoles - and the previous generation of PCs for that matter. The Xbox 360 will rely on multithreading and procedural synthesis to make visual environments that are more immersive than anything that's possible on the present generation of either game consoles or PCs. Still, with all that pixel-pushing power at its disposal, there are a few probable flies in the Xbox 360 ointment.

Rumors and some game developer comments (on the record and off the record) have Xenon's performance on branch-intensive game control, AI, and physics code as ranging from mediocre to downright bad. Xenon will be a streaming media monster, but the parts of the game engine that have to do with making the game fun to play (and not just pretty to look at) are probably going to suffer. Even if the PPE's branch prediction is significantly better than I think it is, the relatively meager 1MB L2 cache that the game control, AI, and physics code will have to share with procedural synthesis and other graphics code will ensure that programmers have a hard time getting good performance out of non-graphics parts of the game.

Furthermore, the Xenon may be capable of running six threads at once, but the three types of branch-intensive code listed above are not as amenable to high levels of thread-level parallelization as graphics code. On the other hand, these types of code do benefit greatly from out-of-order execution, which Xenon lacks completely, a decent amount of execution core width, which Xenon also lacks; branch prediction hardware, which Xenon is probably short on; and large caches, which Xenon is definitely short on. The end result is a recipe for a console that provides developers with a wealth of graphics resources but that asks them to do more with less on the non-graphical side of gaming.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jun,01 2005 - tech
Wednesday Tech Reading - tech
(hx) 11:59 AM EDT - Jun,01 2005 - Post a comment

SECURITY...

  • Three Bagle-related downloaders spotted - F-Secure have several reports about a new Bagle-related downloader, which dropper was spammed in e-mails to a large number of people. So far 3 variants are reported and they all have the same functionality (they are just recompiled and repacked versions of the original dropper).
  • Trial date set for Sasser suspect - A German court has set aside three days in July to try the teenager accused of creating the Sasser worm. Sven Jaschan faces charges including computer sabotage and disruption of business. The trial of the 19-year-old will start on July 5 and will be held behind closed doors because Jaschan was a minor at the time of the alleged crime, according to the court in Verden.
  • Israel police hold 18 in industrial spy probe - Israeli police investigating industrial espionage involving leading companies have detained 18 people, including company executives and private detectives. The probe by the Tel Aviv fraud squad began several months ago and found evidence that Trojan horses, viruses designed to spy on computer systems, had been planted in computers of some of the country's top companies, an Israeli police representative said Sunday.
  • Change 2 Bytes and Windows XP Home becomes XP Professional - German Computer magazine C'T (Heise) is describing in its current print issue how to change Windows XP Home to a Windows XP Professional version before install. Microsoft is not going to like this. The C'T magazine apparently found out that by changing 2 bytes in the installation file of Windows XP Home, it will install a Windows Professional. Some functions are missing, but Remote Desktop and User management and enhanced security features are present.
  • Cell phone crypto aims to baffle eavesdroppers - An Australian company last week launched a security tool for GSM mobile phones that encrypts transmissions to avoid eavesdroppers. The SecureGSM application uses 256-bit, triple cipher, layered encryption based on AES, Twofish and Serpent ciphers.

OFFTOPIC...

  • "Star Trek" To Return - In Two or Three Years - Star Trek producer Rick Berman plans to revive the movie franchise in two or three years. "I think that timeframe for a new, fresh feature with a whole different outlook would be fine," he told the British Star Trek Magazine. He also suggested that the Star Trek television productions might be revived. "[It] certainly would be possible," he told the magazine. "And the answer is that the powers that be at Paramount seem to feel that the time has come to give things a rest."
  • Self-wiring supercomputer is cool and compact - An experimental supercomputer made from hardware that can reconfigure itself to tackle different software problems is being built by researchers in Scotland.
  • Scientists Fret over nanotech breakthrough -  A breakthrough in nanotechnology has enabled doctors accurately to measure the levels of crucial chemicals in living brain cells in real time and at the level of a single cell. Scientists at Stanford University and the Carnegie Institution's Department of Plant Biology claim to be the first successfully to apply genetic nanotechnology using molecular sensors to view changes in brain chemical levels.
  • Heroin addiction gene identified and blocked - Scientists have not only identified a critical gene involved in heroin addiction relapse, but they have also successfully blocked it, eliminating cravings for the drug. The study was conducted on heroin-addicted rats. But the researchers now think that, within a few years, better treatments will become available to human heroin users who cannot quit due to insidious cycles of relapse.

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Google's "Summer of Code"  - Google has launched a bid to attract more students to the open-source software world by offering a cash award to those who complete a project by the end of the summer. The "Summer of Code" project sees the search giant team up with a number of open-source foundations and offer a $4500 reward for those taking part. Applications will be approved on June 14, with September 1 the deadline for work on projects. A number of possible jobs for students have already been posted.
  • Nintendo takes on iPod with Game Boy Micro - Cool factor. Something associated with Apple's iPod and something not associated with the veteran video game maker Nintendo. The company hopes to change that with the new Game Boy Micro. The smaller, hipper Game Boy is about as big as an iPod but plays a huge collection of Game Boy Advance games. It can also play MP3s and videos with an additional cartridge, to let Nintendo inch toward a brand new status in video games.
  • Xbox 360 keeps its voice - Despite additions to the Xbox 360, you'll still be able to trash talk your friends via the new console. That's because Microsoft is keeping the same voice recognition software found in the original Xbox for its next-generation game and entertainment device.
  • Skype enables video calling - Skype users can now download a free plug-in from Dialcom that will enable video conferencing using the Skype P2P engine. The Spontania Video4skype, allows any users with a webcam connected to their PCs and a Skype account and broadband internet access, to make video-calls using the Skype client.
  • PalmOne Unveils "Life Drive" - It's their first PDA to include a hard drive for storage. The Hard drive contains a whopping 4 Gb of storage space. The LifeDrive boasts a nice, 320x480 high-resolution color screen which can flip from landscape to portrait mode, and a very fast 416MHz Intel XScale processor with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless networking. The matchbook-size 4 GB hard drive is a Hitachi Microdrive, and it can transfer data 30 percent faster than the previous-generation Microdrive. That means you can access your stored music, images and data much more quickly.
  • Hitachi unveils three new 55" plasma HDTVs - Expanding its already extensive flat panel offerings, Hitachi has unveiled its line-up of televisions for 2005 which include three new high-end models with 55-inch screens. All based around Hitachi's VirtualHD 1080p II video processing technology, the UltraVision CineForm 55HDS52, 55HDT52 and 55HDX62 incorporate new histogram processing algorithms which Hitachi claims allows for enhanced contrast, sharpness, gamma and colour for a clearer, sharper picture as compared to previous models.

HARDWARE... 

  • Computex '05 coverage - TechwareLabs Day 1 coverage / TweakTown Day 1 coverage / Day 2 / AnandTech / FiringSquad || NVIDIA holding back an Ultra G70?  / Crossfire still months away?  / VIA K8T890 Pro runs NVIDIA SLI  / Ulead and InterVideo to unveil HD-DVD and Blu-ray software / New VIA mainboards might be needed for dual-core / Acrox Pro 3D Laser Mouse
  • RAM disk add-in card - Gigabyte's fast data storage - The add-in card currently supports up to 4GB of DDR1 memory, and we understand that it is possible to link two cards together for a RAM Disk with a RAID array. That should prove to be interesting, and we wonder what transfer speeds could be achieved with two of these cards together.
  • No plans for new single-core Athlon 64s - C|Net has coverage of AMD's official Athlon 64 X2 launch, including word that we may not see any new single-core Athlon 64 processor models: The debut of the dual-core chips also means the beginning of the end for the Athlon 64 line. "We have no immediate plans for new Athlon 64s," Seckler said. (The top chip right now goes at 2.4GHz). There are also no current plans to come out with a dual-core chip for the Sempron line, AMD's budget processor.
  • Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 840 CPU - It's odd that the Extreme Edition processor lineup was originally conceived to make Intel stronger in the gaming sector, whereas with their latest generation Extreme Edition processors are simply not very strong here. The EE 840 performs about as well as a Pentium 4 640 (3.2 GHz) processor which costs one fourth the price of the EE 840. Clearly, AMD's chips are still the way to go for gamers, but the EE 840 makes a strong case for itself as a workstation processor. Performance in these areas is simply fantastic.
  • AMD edges Intel in early dual-core benchmarks - Both Anandtech and Tom's Hardware--two hardware benchmarking sites--have published reports stating that, in their own tests, the dual-core Athlon 64 X2 chips generally edge out the Intel Pentium D and the dual-core Pentium.
  • A64 Winchester Vs. Pentium M Dothan Power Consumption and Performance comparison - AMD's "Winchester" Athlon64 will typically consume about 1/3rd more power compared to the Intel Pentium-M, whether sitting idle or under full load. In addition, when looking at raw performance numbers between the two, we found that at the same clock speeds, Intel's Pentium-M processor typically outperformed the "Winchester" Athlon64 by about 10% in real-world games and applications.
  • Corsair 1GB XPERT Series 3200XL Memory - Called the XPERT series, Corsair has taken their best low-latency PC3200 RAM and mated it to an advanced programmable LED display
  • ABIT Fatal1ty AN8 nForce 4 Ultra Motherboard -  If you want to overclock your socket 939 processor, then you won't be disappointed with ABIT's Fatal1ty AN8 nForce 4 Ultra board. This is one board that will surely take your overclocking to the limits. It lived up to our highest expectation. This board is a must have for all hardcore gamers and enthusiasts looking at an extreme non-SLI setup. /The only issue we had was the inability of the board to function at 1T command rate when all 4 DIMMs are populated. However this is not the board's fault as this issue can be blamed on the Athlon 64 processor's memory controller. You will find that this is a common problem with any Athlon 64 motherboard.
  • Sapphire RADEON X850XT Platinum Edition AGP Video Card - The results are in and the verdict is pretty clear, there is no real need to upgrade from a halfway decent platform to PCIe and SLI in order to get superior gaming performance. The interesting aspect here is the price erosion occurring at the very high end of graphics cards, that is, the RADEON X850XT is available for approximately US$ 450,- and change - a price point at which only a few weeks ago not even a "skimpy" X800XL was to be found on the shelves or online.
  • Matrox Parhelia AVPe graphics card - Matrox is aiming the AVPe at a video editor that already has a dual screen setup, but wants to be able to output HD and SD content to a dedicated video monitor. The AVPe will drive dual TFT screens at  resolutions up to 1,920 x 1,200 over DVI and still manage to output Standard Definition video to a dedicated monitor. However, if you want to take advantage of the high definition video output, you're going to have to forsake one of your DVI connections - ultimately leaving you with the option of using two screens via analogue connection or one analogue and one DVI.
  • Danger Den DD12V-D4 External Water Pump - This Danger Den DD12V-D4 pump is one of the best 12V pumps on the market. It will run off of a standard computer power supply. This tiny pump will fit in almost any case. The flow rates at various pressures proves to be better then any of the 110V pumps offered at Danger Den.
  • Arisetek home theatre PC case - Bit-tech has a review of the Arise Accent home theatre case. It's a full-ATX size with a custom DVD faceplate and some interesting design features.
  • Samsung SyncMaster 710N 17" LCD TFT Monitor - With a pixel pitch of 0.264mm and a contrast ratio of 600:1, this monitor is no slouch in the image quality department and is better than even some of the most expensive digital LCD monitors Samsung currently have in their lineup. Although the above photo doesn't convey the real picture quality witnessed, you have to take my word on it, it is perfect. Colors are vibrant, text and photos are sharp and image flicker is unnoticeable even at 60hz. A CRT set at 60Hz will have even the smallest task turning into a headache. For best viewing, always run your LCD monitor at the highest resolution and refresh rate available which in this case is 1280x1024 @ 75hz. With everything set at maximum, everything will be silky smooth and sharp and eye strain will be nonexistent.
  • Samsung SyncMaster 910MP 19" LCD - The 910MP comes in a silver finish with a swivel/tilting base and has two three Watt speakers built into the bottom of the monitor. The power supply is built in to the unit as well as the TV tuner. The 910MP is capable of a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024 and has a response time of 8ms.
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7 Digital Camera - It's significantly cheaper than the Canon IXUS 700 and about the same price as the excellent Nikon Coolpix 7900, both of which are direct competitors. However you certainly get a lot of camera for your money. It has an all-metal body, a huge 2.5-inch LCD monitor screen and a high quality Carl Zeiss 3x optical zoom lens. It is a big heavy camera, weighing in at a chunky 250g which is a lot for a compact. You can carry it in your jacket pocket, but you'll definitely know it's there.

SOFTWARE...

  • New Catalyst 5.6 to give big boost to PC games - While most of ATI's driver updates are just bug fixes, this time ATI will give you a much needed free performance increase, coming with the new Catalyst 5.6 driver. The Chronicles of Riddick will work up to fifteen per cent faster than with the old Catalyst 5.5 drivers and ATI did more efficient storage of vertex data and gained some performance that way too. Doom 3 will work almost twenty per cent faster than with Catalyst 5.5 as ATI made more efficient use of memory.
  • KDE 3.4.1 (linux) - KDE 3.4.1 has been just released to the public.
  • PhotoFiltre 6.1.2 - PhotoFiltre (download English version) is a complete image retouching program. It allows you to do simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it. It is simple and intuitive to use, and has an easy learning curve. The toolbar, giving you access to the standard filters with just a few clicks, gives PhotoFiltre a robust look.
  • Windows Media Bonus Pack for Windows XP - Tireless Microsoft afficianado Ken finally came up with the REAL download link for the MS Windows XP Bonus Pack, which includes the PowerToys for Media Player for Windows XP.
  • K-Lite Codec Pack Full 2.48 - K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of codecs and related tools. Codec is short for Compressor-Decompressor. Codecs are needed for encoding and decoding (playing) audio and video.
  • 3d Traceroute 2.0.21.52 - Replace all your ugly ping plotters and traceroute programs with a full blown three dimensional traceroute program (download).
  • SpeedGuide's TCP Optimizer 2.01 - The TCP Optimizer (download) is a free, easy Windows program that provides an intuitive interface for tuning and optimizing your Internet connection. Just download and run, there is no installaion required. The program makes it easy to find the best MTU and RWIN values, test latency and tweak all the important broadband related registry parameters
  • xpy 0.8.12 - Small tool which disables the default threats of a Windows XP installation. Besides disabling Windows and some of its components to communicate with Microsoft servers, xpy improves privacy settings and your system's security.
  • PowerShell XP 3.01 - PowerShell for Windows XP is the newest verison of PowerShell. It adds all the shown items to your context menus (right click). Now you can logoff/re-start/shutdown, drop to dos, edit the registry and much more, faster.
  • FireTune 1.04 - FireTune for Mozilla Firefox v1.x was developed for an easy and fast optimization of your browsing experience with Firefox. It is based on a collection of optimization settings collected and tested by Tweakfactor.
  • Mozilla Firefox Deer Park Alpha 1 released - This is a pre-beta software release (download), branded as Deer Park in the title bar and official graphics. If you can't deal with it being buggier than 1.04 or some themes and extension no longer working, just skip it!
  • Maxthon v1.3.1 - Maxthon (MyIE2) (download combo / standard) is a powerful web browser with a highly customizable interface. It is based on the Internet Explorer engine (your most likely current web browser) which means that what works in IE, works the same in Maxthon but with many additional efficient features.
  • LinkSync 1.02 - LinkSync is a major re-write of F2e-Sync. It now support multi syncing from one to many browsers on the fly. Supported browsers are as follows: IE /maxthon detection, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape 8, K-Meleon, Opera 8.
  • QuickTime Alternative 1.47 - QuickTime Alternative will allow you to play QuickTime (.mov .qt) files. This way there is no need to install the offical QuickTime Player. It also supports QuickTime content that is embedded in webpages. The QuickTime plugins include iPIX and QuickTimeVR. The QuickTime Browser plugin supports Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla and Netscape.
  • Real Alternative 1.39 - Real Alternative will allow you to play RealMedia files without having to install the official RealPlayer. You do need a media player that is capable of playing RealMedia files. The included Media Player Classic supports it. Supported are RealAudio (.ra .rpm), RealVideo (.rm .ram .rmvb), RealText (.rt), and ReadPix (.rp). Not fully supported are: Streaming smil files (.smi .smil) and Realmedia embedded in webpages.
  • Spybot Search and Destroy 1.4 final - Spybot Search and Destroy searches your hard drive for so-called spy- or adbots; that is, little modules that are responsible for the ads many programs display. Many of these modules also transmit information, including your surfing behavior on the Internet. If it finds such modules, it can remove them. In most cases the host still runs fine after removing the spyware/adware.
  • EVEREST Home Edition 2.01 - EVEREST Home Edition (download) is a freeware hardware diagnostics and memory benchmarking solution for home PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. It offers the world's most accurate hardware information and diagnostics capabilities, including online features, memory benchmarks, hardware monitoring, and low-level hardware information.
  • AMD Athlon 64 Processor Driver (XP200364 Bit) 1.2.2.2 - Driver for AMD Athlon 64 processor on Windows XP SP2 and 2003 SP1 and Windows 64 bit systems.
 Gameguru Mania News - May,31 2005 - tech
ATI announces CrossFire multi-VPU platform - tech
(hx) 10:56 AM EDT - May,31 2005 - Post a comment / read (5)
ATI has finally unveiled their answer to NVIDIA's SLI solution to pair up videocards: Crossfire. ATI's solution allows you to buy a Crossfire edition of an X800 or X850 powered videocard, and mix that with any regular card with the same chipset from whatever manufacturer. It means that those who already own a X800 or a X850 PCIe based video card already have the first component of a CrossFire solution. The second component is a CATALYST driver that supports CrossFire. The last two components unfortunately, do cost money and they are the following - A RADEON CrossFire Edition Graphics Card with Compositing Engine
CrossFire certified motherboard
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How it Works?
Because ATI does not have an internal connector piece between the two cards, they require an external dongle much like the Voodoo 2. The DVI out of the original RADEON X card gets fed into the CrossFire Edition's DMS port which is basically a digital input feeding the compositing engine. End users however, will not lose the use of the DVI port as ATI will provide a Y connector that will still allow an output. There is system memory overhead to help with the synchronization of the two cards. After each card is finished rendering, the combined output of the video cards is sent out of the video card and shown on the display.

Breaking things down here, ATi is claiming an approximate 25% performance boost in aging game titles like Unreal Tournament 2003. Further they are reporting a ~ 75% increase in the OpenGL based Return To Castle Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Lastly we see a near 100% increase in performance for Splinter Cell, which we assume to be the original title, as apposed to the recently released Chaos Theory addition to the series. The main take-away here is that depending on whether the game engine is CPU or Graphics bound, you'll see varying degrees performance improvements afforded by CrossFire Multi-GPU rendering. Again the flip side of that is, if you have a game already running at blazing frame-rates with a single card, with CrossFire you can turn up to new levels of 10X and 14X "Super AA" and see the benefits of the image quality, while multiple GPUs keep up high frame rate. This of course is all theoretical commentary for us at this point.
The first previews can be found on Neoseeker, HardOCP, Beyon3D, AnandTech, T-Break, AMDZone, TechReport, HotHardware.
 Gameguru Mania News - May,30 2005 - tech
Nightly Tech Madness - tech
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SECURITY...

OFFTOPIC...

  • Steering Wheel Checks Alcohol Consumption -  If the car doesn't start, you are too drunk to drive. That is the premise behind a $600 sensor that can be installed in a steering wheel or in gloves and will test a driver's skin to determine alcohol consumption. Inventor Dennis Bellehumeur, 54, says his device prevents a vehicle from starting or running if the driver is over the legal alcohol limit.
  • Spielberg & Lucas Approve Indy 4 Script - According to an article on ComingSoon.net, the script for the fourth Indiana Jones movie is moving forward. Lucas and Spielberg have agreed on the writing, with only Harrison Ford still required to sign off on the project before it can go into pre-production. Ford has yet to read the script
  • Start working the first telescope searched for alien life - The Allen Telescope Array, named after its most generous donor, Microsoft`s co-founder Paul Allen, will be made up of 350 or more small silver aluminum dishes spread across 90 acres, tells the Washington Times.
  • Molding a Nebula From a Star - Looking for a good show? You could do worse than directing your gaze to the Carina nebula in the southern sky, a maelstrom of creation and destruction some 10,000 light-years from here. There, in the swirl of gas and dust and starry detritus, are some of the hottest and largest stars in the galaxy tipping the scales at a mass 50 to 100 times as great as the Sun. Astronomers estimate that there may be as many as 100,000 stars in the cloud, which is roughly 200 light-years across

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Next-gen Microsoft Web server details emerge - The next version of Microsoft's Internet Information Services Web server (IIS7) will integrate the ASP.NET development technologies and turn many core features into optional modules. In addition, the software's admin tool has been completely revamped, allowing more secure and complete Web-based remote administration. Details of the upgrade are gradually emerging as Microsoft gives key industry partners access to sneak previews of IIS7, which is due to be released with the company's next major operating system -- dubbed Longhorn -- late in 2006.
  • Sony sells over 1 million CDs featuring "sterile burning" DRM - Since March the company has released at least 10 commercial titles -- more than 1 million discs in total -- featuring technology from U.K. anti-piracy specialist First4Internet that allows consumers to make limited copies of protected discs, but blocks users from making copies of the copies. The concept is known as "sterile burning." And in the eyes of Sony BMG executives, the initiative is central to the industry's efforts to curb casual CD burning.
  • SuSE 9.3 Professional review - Of course, if you are new to Linux, you may have a few hurdles, but that's part of the fun. Installing programs, understanding the file system, and my favorite, getting DVD movies to play (Damn copyrights), are things you will have fun figuring out. However, once you figure things such as these out, your road ahead is easy. If you are already familiar with Windows, especially the command prompt, you are a step ahead.

HARDWARE... 

  • Manufacturers expect NVIDIA G70 in June? - AnandTech's early Computex coverage reveals that NVIDIA's next-gen G70 graphics processor may arrive soon: "NVIDIA plans on sticking it to ATI with G70 and offering widespread availability of their new GPU very soon. Manufacturers at the show have already indicated that the first shipments of G70 boards will be in their hands by the second week of June."
  • Samsung and Toshiba to supply 8Gbit NAND flash for Apple Shuffle - Samsung Electronics and Toshiba are aggressively planning to ramp up their output of 8Gbit NAND flash chips, as Apple Computer plans to roll out 2GB and 4GB versions of its iPod Shuffle this June and August, respectively, according to sources at NAND flash makers.
  • Intel quietly embeds DRM in it's 945 chips firmware - Officially launched worldwide on the May 26, the new offerings come DRM-enabled and will, at least in theory, allow copyright holders to prevent unauthorized copying and distribution of copyrighted materials from the motherboard rather than through the operating system as is currently the case. While Intel steered clear of mentioning the new DRM technology at its Australian launch of the new products, Intel's Australian technical manager Graham Tucker publicly confirmed Microsoft-flavored DRM technology will be a feature of Pentium D and 945.
  • Athlon 64 X2 4800+ and 4400+ - BeHardware takes a look at the Athlon 64 X2 4800+ and 4400+ dual core processors.
  • Mushkin 1GB DC DDR400 Redline - These lower latency modules use major brand, tier one chips; built on Mushkin's Black PCB, and are designed to offer the greatest range in system compatibility. All Mushkin High Performance memory modules come with an installed heat spreader to eliminate localized hotspots, further enhancing lifetime and overclockability.
  • NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra Shootout : MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum - Moving on towards the motherboard features itself, the K8N Neo4 Platinum covered all grounds with a decent set of components that compliment the nForce4 Ultra chipset. Marvell controllers were used to power both of the board's available Gigabit LAN ports
  • The Great and Last AGP Graphics Card Roundup - ATI vs. nVidia - Tweaktown compared all eight of the current AGP graphics from ATI and nVidia including the Radeon X700PRO, X800XL, X850XT, X850XT PE and GeForce 6600GT, 6800, 6800GT and 6800 Ultra.
  • Samsung HD160JJ Serial ATA2 -  This drive by Samsung is by no means a poor performer, but it only presents minimal gains from SATA drives. In my personal opinion if you are still hooked on Ultra ATA it is time to upgrade. Even if you're not big into transferring large files around or you don't think you need a new hard drive, the gains from Ultra ATA to SATA2 are pretty significant. For a price of around $150 you can't go wrong. 3D Accelerated is interested to see what new SATA2 drives will have to offer in the future.
  • Hiper Type-R Modular Blue Line 580W PSU - To sum this review, I do not believe that the only negative point of the unit (short cables) can compare to all the positive points that the Hiper Type-R Modular Blue Line 580W has. Since the only negative point applies only to a few cases available on the market where most power supply units have the exact same problem.
  • Saitek X52 Flight Control System - For those of us who are hardcore into flying games and simulators you're going to want a controller with the most authentic feel you can get to add to the overall effect. Individual joystick units with a small slider for the throttle aren't much like a real airplane is it? Saitek has come out with what they call their "X52 Flight Control System"
  • Samsung SCX-4100 printer - Having gone through all the basic features of the SCX-4100, this is one of those products that every house hold could use. Printing is a necessity in many households and once you get use to using the scanner and copier, you'll be wondering how you lived without it. Perhaps the same can be said about the other MFPs where faxing is an option.
  • Datexx Pavio PVR30T 30GB Portable Video Player and Recorder - Lastly, for you TV fanatics, the Pavio makes your viewing pleasure fun and easy. Break out the docking station, open the "bomb bay" door (docking connector) on the bottom of the PVR and set it in the dock like a glove. Now, just decide what source you wish to record from or play to.
  • Nokia 3230 smart-phone review - Retreating to take a closer look at the connectivity capabilities of the 3230, we find a relatively comprehensive offering with tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz as well as GPRS and EDGE on the slate. Data transfer performance is excellent, as we've come to excpect from Nokia, as is signal reception and voice quality, with the loudspeaker also performing admirably.

GUIDES... 

  • PCI Express technology backgrounder - Hexus.net has a new article looking at PCI Express, how it works, and there's a bit of bus history in there too!
  • Poor Man's Kinesis Keyboard: The K'nexis Keyboard - These beautiful keyboards move the Shift and Ctrl keys to your thumbs, which have more power than the lowly pinkies. This eliminates the physical pain, but it does add financial pain: $240 US -- double that if you need one for home and one for work. So like any geek would, I decided to make my own Kinesis keyboard. I used a building toy called K'nex (it's like Lego but it uses rods).
  • How-To: Wireless Network Security - Several different types of wireless security exist, but which one is the best for you? A simple checklist of wireless needs and available system resources should answer this question. If you have the resources and the time to learn new software, RADIUS would be a good choice. If you have limited resources, but need the security, WPA is the way to go. And if you really don't care about security or your network...WEP is your answer.
  • id Software Doom 3 1.3.1302 Linux Performance - Overall, Timothee Besset (Doom 3 Linux port maintainer) has done a great job with this new patch, however, are there any performance benefits or losses from this latest patch? The id Software Doom 3 1.3.1302 patch performance is the focus of this article.

SOFTWARE...

  • [MS-patch]: DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) for WMP10 on XP - This update (download ~3.4MB) enables Microsoft DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) of Microsoft Windows Media Video (WMV) content in Microsoft Windows Media Player 10 for video cards when the drivers of those video cards are designed to take advantage of this feature.
  • NewSID v4.10 - NewSID has two new automatic run switches: /n, which omits the reboot after the SID is changed, and /d, which you use to specify a delay between the SID change and the reboot.
  • 7-Zip 4.20 Final - 7-Zip (download) is a file archiver with high compression ratio. The main features of 7-Zip: High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression, Supported formats: 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, GZIP, BZIP2, Z, TAR, CPIO, RPM and DEB
  • Foobar 0.9 Beta 4 - Foobar2000 is an advanced audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include ReplayGain support, low memory footprint and native support for several popular audio formats
  • VirtualDub 1.6.6 Experimental - VirtualDub (changelog ~ download) is a video capture and processing program. It features fast capturing, process files larger than the 2 gigabyte limit, optimized for linear editing, support for Motion-JPEG, MPEG-1 video and layer 3 audio, real-time and near-realtime video processing, video job queues, and much more.
  • Ad-Aware SE 1.06 - In the launch of version 1.06, Lavasoft introduces a new extensive revision to the Threat Assessment Chart (TAC) which has been improved with a more fine grained technical analysis of the target criteria, which aids users to better understand why applications are detected by Ad-Aware.
  • FileZilla 2.2.14 - FileZilla (download) is a fast FTP and SFTP client for Windows with a lot of features. FileZilla Server is a reliable FTP server
  • nLite 1.0 Beta 1 - nLite lets you choose which components to remove from your Windows 2000, XP or 2003 before installation. Removing unneeded components you gain on your system speed and security. It supports removal of almost any component and few services. You can make a bootable ISO with it and even easy slipstream Service pack with a click of a button. Now added easy cd-key implementation so you don't need to enter it during setup
  • NVPerfHUD 2.1 - NVPerfHUD analyzes your graphics pipeline performance one stage at a time and displays real time statistics that can be used to diagnose performance bottlenecks in your Direct3D 9 application.
  • VIA HyperionPro Driver Package Version - 500A - The HyperionPro package  (download) supports 64 bit Microsoft Windows XP and 64 bit Windows Server 2003 whilst the Hyperion 4in1 package only supports 32 bit operating systems. The HyperionPro package does not contain the IDE Filter driver. For Win9X/ME/2K the IDE filter driver is needed to support UDMA 6. The IDE Filter driver is not needed for WinXP SP1 and later Microsoft operating systems. Version 500A of the HyperionPro package includes the following driver components: INF 2.40b, AGP 4.43h, RAID V4.30c, RAID tools V4.06.
 Gameguru Mania News - May,27 2005 - tech
Friday Tech Reading - tech
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SECURITY...

  • Microsoft advises IE users to uninstall Netscape 8 - Dave Massy, a senior program manager for IE, warned users in a blog posting that after installing Netscape 8, IE will render XML files as a blank page, including XML files that have an XSLT transformation. Microsoft did not make clear what versions of IE were affected, but a user of the DeveloperDex forum said he experienced the problem on version 6 of IE, which had been patched with Windows Service Pack 2. Microsoft said it is investigating the problem and will work with Netscape to resolve it. It advised a "workaround" of uninstalling Netscape 8 and editing the registry settings.
  • Firefox users snap up Netcraft's antiphishing toolbar - Users of the Firefox Web browser have been flocking to Netcraft's Web site to download the security company's new antiphishing toolbar, a company representative said Thursday. The free toolbar, released Tuesday, was downloaded more than 60,000 times within hours of its release, according to Netcraft Internet Services Developer Paul Mutton.
  • CIA war game simulates major Internet attack - The CIA is conducting a cyber-war game this week geared to simulate a major Internet attack by enemy computer hackers, an intelligence official said today. Dubbed Silent Horizon, the three-day unclassified exercise is based on a scenario set five years in the future and involves participants from government and the private sector.
  • Microsoft Delivers New Tools to Help Reduce Spam - Microsoft has announced new MSN Hotmail tools and services designed to expand e-mail industry collaboration in fighting spam - MSN Postmaster and Smart Network Data Services. These new services complement ongoing industry efforts supported by Microsoft, including e-mail authentication mechanisms such as the Sender ID Framework, to help protect MSN Hotmail customers as well as the overall e-mail community from online safety concerns such as spam, phishing and viruses.
  • Robin Hood hackers hunt down phishers - Hacking teams are targeting phishing websites in a spate of online vigilante attacks. UK security firm Netcraft has spotted two recent phishing sites that were quickly taken down and replaced by pages warning customers of the attempted fraud. A hacker known as 'sickophish' took down a site targeting PayPal customers, while a group known as 'The Lad Wrecking Crew' has defaced a number of phishing sites and even offers a website of images for others to use.
  • Bank of America to Launch ID Theft Protection - Bank of America will protect 13.2 million online banking customers with a new authentication service it calls "SiteKey," the company said in a statement. The free service will be launched in Tennessee in June and will eventually be rolled out nationwide.  SiteKey uses a combination of an image, user-created phrase and three challenge questions to authenticate both the customer's identity and the authenticity of Bank of America's Web site when customers log on, Bank of America said.
  • Fraud expert becomes victim of credit card crime - The founder of an anti-fraud website has himself become the victim of credit card fraud. Andrew Goodwill, managing director of Early Warning UK, a scheme set up to help retailers avoid credit card fraud, is down $600 (£329) after crooks used his credit card to pay for services online
  • Federal agents shut down network that leaked "Star Wars" - U.S. law enforcement officials have shut down a computer network that distributed illegal copies of Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith before it appeared in movie theaters. Federal agents executed 10 search warrants and seized the main server in a network that had allowed people to download nearly 18,000 movies and software programs, including many current releases, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said.
  • Internet Check Services Let Anyone Write Fraudulent Checks on Your Checking Account!? - check it out!

OFFTOPIC...

  • Airport screeners could see X-rated X-rays - Get ready for electronic portals known as backscatters, expected to be tested at a handful of airports this year, that use X-ray imaging technology to allow a screener to scan a body. And yes, the body image is detailed. Let's not be coy here, ladies and gentlemen:
  • Nanotubes help neurons get chatty - Italian researchers have managed to persuade brain cells to grow on a nanotube-coated surface - a breakthrough that could provide immediate help to good, old humans. The team found that the nanotubes actually boosted communication, or neural signal transfer, between the cells, which were taken from the hippocampus.
  • Nanoscale light tricks promise huge DVD storage - The US patent describes a disc that could store 40 to 100 times more information that a conventional DVD, using more nanometre-scale sloped ridges to diffract light. US patent number 6879556 - entitled "Method and Apparatus for Optical Data Storage" - was issued to Iomega on April 12 2005.

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Microsoft Opens x64 Upgrades to Retail - Following confusion surrounding its Windows x64 Advancement Program, which offers a free upgrade from the standard 32-bit version of Windows XP to the recent 64-bit release, Microsoft has clarified the language on its Web site. All users, whether they purchased or built their PC, are now eligible for the 64-bit upgrade.
  • The "Dirty Little Secret" About Longhorn - Developers say there's a dirty little secret about Longhorn that few Softies are discussing publicly: Longhorn won't be based on the .Net Framework. We're still expecting that the .Net Framework will ship with Longhorn - on the CD and/or "in the box" in some way. But the .Net Framework won't be at Longhorn's core, we hear. Instead, the .Net Framework will be the core for a small subset of Longhorn, specifically the Windows API Platform (WAP), which consists primarily of the "Avalon" Windows presentation system and the "Indigo" Windows communications system, our tipsters say.
  • Yahoo says rolling out new PhotoMail service - Yahoo Inc. is introducing a test version of a new service called PhotoMail that lets users insert up to 300 digital photographs into the body of an e-mail and store an unlimited numbers of photos on the Web and media company's computers

HARDWARE... 

  • VIA announces C7 processor  - VIA today announced the new VIA C7 processor family based on the 'Esther' core, the world's smallest, lowest power and most secure native x86 processor.  With a tiny die size of a mere 30mm2, the VIA C7 processor idle power is as low as 100mW (0.1W), while 2.0GHz will run at about 20 watts peak power, an average of 40% cooler than competitor solutions.
  • Chipset Roadmaps from NVIDIA, ATI - This summer, Intel, ATI and NVIDIA will all be vying for the IGP market - not just on the AMD platform, and not just on the desktop. Intel's 945G, NVIDIA's C51/C60 and ATI's RS482/RS410 will turn the second half of 2005 into a market with options again.
  • R520 set to deliver H.264 decoding - The H.264 is a new compression standard designed to be two to tree times more efficient than the MPEG-2 codec that we are using to watch DVDs. H.264 video will take more space but you will be able to store 30 to 50GB if not even more on HD-DVDs and Blu-ray disks.
  • XBox 360 to sport 48 unified graphics pipelines - Compared with desktop parts this chip will be more advanced than the R520 and it should be comparable with the R600 generation of cards - the one scheduled for autumn of 2006. This one will have WGF 2.0 compliance and will be able to deal with Shader model 4.0 at the same time.
  • Acer debuts black Ferrari-series notebook - Acer unveiled its Ferrari 4000 carbon-fiber black Ferrari-series notebook in Taiwan yesterday, with the notebook expected to be available worldwide in June. The new 15.4" Ferrari 4000 is based on the AMD Turion 64 processor and features ATI Mobility Radeon X700 graphics with 128MB DDR memory, as well as a DVD Super Multi double-layer drive and a 5-in-1 card-reader.
  • Intel Pentium D 820 - There are two downsides to the Pentium D 820, though. The first of those is that while it is a dual-core processor, priced at a premium, it is still only a 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 when it comes to individual, single-threaded tasks. It is a slouch when it comes to office-application and compression performance, but it is especially disappointing in game performance
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ - The magic of AMD's Athlon 64 X2 is that it sports the same 939-pin package in the current Athlon 64 processors meaning that you can experience the sorcery of dual-processors by swapping out your current Athlon 64 for an X2, and upgrading your BIOS. Voila -- instant SMP! Of course, there are exceptions to that rule. AMD's official statement is that motherboards capable of delivering enough power to happily keep an existing 90-nm Athlon 64 humming along should drive an Athlon 64 X2 without problems. Heat will also not be an issue, as the thermal design power (TDP) of the X2 is not any higher in most cases than the 104W of the FX-55 at 2.6 GHz.
  • OCZ 2x 512 MB PC3200 Gold (2:2:2:5) - The memory performed beautifully at very aggressive 2-2-2-5 timings and we pushed memory bandwidth towards ~5100 MB/sec on a (normally) 800 MHz FSB Pentium 4 processor which really needs memory bandwidth. It would have gone much further with a higher Voltage. This product uses Winbond BH chips. The nature of these chips is such that they do very firm 2-2-2 timings at 200mhz with 2.8v, yet for a good overclock at 2-2-2 timings, they generally require 3.4v to 3.5v
  • Intel 945G vs. 955X - So where do these two new chipsets stand? I would say that with the current system configuration, it would be a hands-down victory for the Intel 945G chipset simply because it performed consistently throughout the benchmarks, while the 955X chipset wasn't as stable with the results.
  • ATI RADEON X800 XL 512MB PCI-E - Indeed, in many cases the X800 XL 512MB outperforms the 6800GT, but the same can be said about the X800 XL 256MB, which is much cheaper. That's why it's hard to make a cold evaluation of the new product. Let's see what other tests and new games will show. One thing is clear: if you buy an expensive LCD monitor with the maximum resolution of 1600x1200, you will surely want to play games in this resolution and probably to buy a video card with extra capacities as a reserve for future upgrades (there need be no doubt that 512MB will be a must in future!).
  • ATI's Latest TV-Tuner Cards (First Look) - ATI's All-In-Wonder X800XT is replete with toys. In addition to its formidable gaming capabilities, it has a DVI connector and a VGA connector (you can connect two monitors at the same time), plus an analog TV tuner, an FM radio, and an incredible array of input connectors, both on the card itself and on three separate breakout boxes--one for inputs, another for outputs, and another that adds component-video-out so you can connect the card to an HDTV set.
  • Hitachi Deskstar 7K80 SATA II - Hitachi's DeskStar 7K80 can be picked up for $59 from retailers on the net, an excellent price for the drive and storage capacity. Competitors like Western Digital come in at $70 in this price range giving them a slight advantage though prices of course fluctuate highly from retailer to retailer.
  • NEC ND-3540A DVD writer - Looking at the specs of the ND-3540A it's clear that NEC was looking to create a very fast DVD writer. Both DVD+R and DVD-R discs are burned at 16x, while DVD+R DL media can be written at 8x and DVD-R DL discs will burn at 6x. For DVD+RW the ND-3540A is rated at 8x and it can write DVD-RW media at 6x. CD performance is up there with the best too, with 48x CD- R and 32x CD-RW ratings.

GUIDES... 

  • How to Install a Motherboard - Installing a motherboard seems to be very easy, but there are many tricks involved in the process. If your motherboard isn't correctly installed you will face problems like overheating and system crashes (computer "freezing", "locking", "reseting" - you name it). This tutorial is a step-by-step guide on how to correctly install your motherboard, avoiding such troubles.
  • Access Hidden Files on Your iPod - Apple keeps the music files on your iPod hidden, but with a little hackery, all your music will be revealed, allowing you to copy the files (legally, of course) from one machine to another.
  • 10 Windows registry hacks for Microsoft Office - This download contains 10 useful registry hacks for Microsoft Office.
  • Troubleshooting drivers with XP's hidden Driver Verifier Manager - Microsoft provided Windows XP with several high-profile tools for troubleshooting potential problems with drivers, namely File Signature Verification and Device Manager. However, Windows XP also includes the tool called the Driver Verifier Manager, which is mainly designed for developers but it can provide you with useful information during a troubleshooting operation
     

SOFTWARE...

  • Debug Diagnostics 1.0 - RC1 - The tool, called Debug Diagnostics 1.0 (Login in with your passport id -> Login using the guest ID "DebugDiag" (it's case sensitive) -> Click on the "IIS Debug Diagnostic Tool" link -> On the left hand side expand survey and select "IIS Debug Diagnostic Tool Nomination Form") is the next generation debugging utility that extends on the functionality of previous tools such as IIS Debug Toolkit 1.1, Debug Matrix, and IIS State. This tool will be the only fully supported tool for debugging applications that run on IIS upon release and is supported on the IIS 4.0, 5.0, 5.1, and 6.0 platforms.
  • Sysinternals Process Explorer 9.10 - Another Process Explorer update unifies 32-bit and 64-bit (x64) compatibility into a single image and adds 64-bit user and kernel-mode stack information, in-memory image string scanning, packed image highlighting, window manipulation (minimize, maximize, etc), and a new column option for information on signed images
  • Longhorn Transformation Pack X - Do you know about Codename Longhorn? It's an upcoming operating system from Microsoft in the nearby future. Now this software pack will try to emulate possible Longhorn alike graphics from the alpha OS screenshots. But it is just a possible emulated eye candy so it's not what Longhorn actually will be.
  • Firebird 2.0 public Alpha - This release contains a large number of new features, including derived tables, support for Execute Block, increased table sizes, new improved index code (the 252-byte index length limit is no longer applicable), expression indices, numerous optimiser improvements, enhanced security features, support for on-line incremental backups along with numerous other improvements and bug fixes.
  • AOL AIM Triton Beta 2 Build 0.2.11 - AOL AIM Triton is the next generation release of AOL Instant Messenger. It is an all new user experience with an elegant, tabbed look and feel.
  • MR Tech's Disable XPI Install Delay 1.0.0 Firefox Extension - It does one thing, disables the delay (download) when installing Extensions.
  • BitTorrent 4.0.2 - Another original BiTorrent release (download) and there's also BitTorrent v4.1.1 Beta
  • Aim Ad Hack 4.0.7 - AIM Ad Hack (download) is the only program that fully removes the ads and options you don't want in AIM instead of just hiding them. Thats why you may still get pop ups and audio ads in other AIM programs. Also AIM Ad Hack actually modifies AIM itself, it is not a program that loads every time along with AIM like deadaim and after you run AIM Ad Hack once it never needs to be run again until you upgrade to a new version of AIM.
  • Earthlink releases hacked firmware for Linksys routers - Earthlink, has released experimental firmware for the popular Linksys WRT54G routers (currently selling for $59 greenbacks), modified by them to add IPv6 support. This removes the need for "NAT" translation and can in fact make every device in your home have a public IPv6 address (if such devices and computers support IPv6).
  • DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) Patch - This update enables Microsoft DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) of Microsoft Windows Media Video (WMV) content in Microsoft Windows Media Player 10 for video cards when the drivers of those video cards are designed to take advantage of this feature.
  • Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility 7.2.0.1006 WHQL -  The Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility installs to the target system the Windows* INF files that outline to the operating system how the chipset components will be configured. This release adds Intel Lakeport, Glenwood, and Mukilteo Chipset support
  • NVIDIA nForce 4 drivers 7.11 beta - NVIDIA has new nForce 4 drivers available on NVIDIA FTP server with the following driver details: Audio driver version 4.62 (WHQL), Audio utility version 4.51, Ethernet NRM driver version 4.82 (WHQL), Network management tools version 4.88, SMBus driver version 4.45 (WHQL) with updated uninstaller files with updated uninstaller files, Installer version 4.72, Win2K IDE * driver version 5.33.
  • ForceWare 72.12 WHQL - The good news is that it is a WHQL approved driver (Microsoft tested and verified). Even better news is that almost any GeForce graphics cards is supported. Although WHQL these drivers are of course considered somewhat beta, so try only at your own risk.
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