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 Gameguru Mania News - Oct,03 2005 - tech 
WD Caviar SE 2500JS HDD - SATA vs. SATA-II - tech
(hx) 07:13 AM EDT - Oct,03 2005 - Post a comment
TweakTown take a look at Western Digital's WD2500JS, a 250GB hard drive with a 7,200RPM spindle motor which supports the new SATA-II interface allowing for a theoretical maximum 300MB/s transfer speeds. They compared the drive against a high-performing SATA-150 drive to find out the performance differences between SATA and SATA-II:
In our testing, Serial ATA-II running at full speed doesn't offer any great speed advantage over the SATA-150 drives, so until the magnetic storage components are replaced with high speed non-violate memory, we won't see much in terms of speed upgrades with SATA-II at its current form.

Overall the speed of the Western Digital drive isn't impressive as a single drive not in RAID, but the additional features make SATA all the more enticing as the new storage interconnect standard and in a RAID 0 array we've seen SATA-II drives really shine. Western Digital's implementation of SATA-II is good and drive is built to typical high-quality WD standards however unfortunately our performance benchmarks were not as impressive as we imagined they would be.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,30 2005 - tech
Friday Tech Reading - tech
(hx) 11:42 AM EDT - Sep,30 2005 - Post a comment

SECURITY...

  • Microsoft probes report of IE flaw -  A new flaw in Internet Explorer could be exploited to launch spoof-based attacks, or access and change data on vulnerable PCs, security experts have warned. The problem lies in the way Microsoft has implemented a JavaScript component in its Web browser, security researcher Amit Klein wrote in a research document. Internet Explorer does not validate some data fields provided by a PC when the component, called XmlHttpRequest, is used, he wrote.
  • AntiVirus Filename Bypassing - Several AntiVirus programs do not scan filesnames that contain non-printable ASCII characters, in addition instead of blocking them they are simply ignored.  
  • The VIA StrongBox at Hack in the Box - From the annual Hack in the Box conference in Malayisa, Tim Brown reports on attempts to hack the VIA StrongBox security software for a $5000 prize reward.
  • Visa delays plan to cut ties with CardSystems - Visa USA Inc. plans to delay by three months its plan to cut ties with CardSystems Solutions Inc., the payment processor hit by a large security breach earlier this year.
  • IPSec Policy Agent updated on XP/Server 2003 platforms - Install this update (WinXP / Win2k3 server) to address multiple issues in the IPSec Policy Agent. The IPSec Policy Agent (IPsecsvc.dll) manages Internet Protocol security policy

CRIME...

OFF-TOPIC

  • Road rally hawks hydrogen cars - No more oil changes. No more pricey gas. No more trips to the service station. That is, unless your car needs its fuel-cell stack adjusted. Most drivers would call this crazy talk, but it's the sales pitch for hydrogen-powered cars coming from big carmakers such as General Motors, Honda, Volkswagen, Toyota and Nissan. From Thursday to Saturday, the companies are driving $1 million-plus prototypes of fuel-cell cars, or the "car of the future" as they call it, throughout Northern California, promoting the benefits of fuel cell technology, which among other things if widely adopted, would remove U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Analysts predict Xbox 360 will beat PlayStation 3 - Through to 2008, the analysts predict that the Xbox 360 will shift 19.6 million units whilst the PlayStation 3 will lag behind with 15.5 million units, and Nintendo's Revolution will shift only 5 million units, based on late 2006 releases for both the PS3 and the Revolution.
  • RIAA vs. Online Music Stores- What For? - The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) is yet again up to no good. They are seeing that lots of money can be made from the online music store business and they want a bigger piece of it. So the RIAA is "rethinking" its deal with Apple and other online music stores. Some RIAA members think that Apple is getting double the profits that they should be getting because they sell the iPod and then the music to go on the iPod and the RIAA thinks that that isn't fair. Come on, the RIAA is sounding like a big baby here.
  • US rejects changes to net control - The US has rejected calls by European Union (EU) officials to give control of the net over to a more representative United Nations (UN) body.
  • Sony cracks down on PSP hacks - Sony is engaged in a tug-of-war with hackers who keep cracking its PlayStation Portable software to unlock the device and run their own applications on it. The company is preparing another update to the PSP firmware to fix a recently disclosed bug that lets hackers downgrade the PSP system software and run their own, so-called homebrew code on the device, a Sony representative said Thursday. "It is not...what the device was designed for," said Patrick Seybold, a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment America. "We plan to deal with this issue with the next system update." He declined to say when that update would be ready. 
  • New Skype for Windows gets off ground - Skype for Windows 1.4, first available in beta in August, lets callers forward incoming Skype calls to another Skype account for free. Users can also forward calls to up to three landline or mobile numbers for as little as 2 cents a minute, depending on the country, according to the company's chief marketing officer, Saul Klein.
  • Toshiba confirms US HD DVD delay - Toshiba yesterday confirmed its next-generation optical disc format, HD DVD, will not launch in the US until "February or March". The technology had previously been expected to hit the market before the end of this year. However, HD DVD players will ship in Japan, as set down in the original launch timetable.
  • No AGP for Radeon X1800 - The Inquirer is reporting that ATI will not make an AGP version of its R520-based Radeon X1800. It's expected that the upcoming Radeon X1300, and possibly even X1600, will be available for PCI Express and AGP, but ATI appears content with PCI-E-only for the high end.
  • ATI X1800, X1600, X1300 (R5XX) Pricing - The top dog X1800 XT with 512MiB of memory will be priced at $549, with a 256MiB variant weighing in at $499, while the X1800 XL 256MiB will cost $449. A quick check of a popular US online retailer showed NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GTX selling around the $460 mark, with the 7800 GT costing ~$360

HARDWARE... 

GUIDES...

  • BIOS Optimization Guide Rev. 8.3.5 -  This guide serves as a repository of knowledge on various BIOS options. It also serves as a guide on how best to optimize your BIOS. Every system is different and every user has different requirements.
  • Data Compression Explained - Compression is quite common these days and is used transparently in many computer systems. A simple example for using compression is the web, in which every time we view an image, we in fact decompress it.

SOFTWARE...

  • Norton AntiVirus 2006 - Symantec has released Norton Antivirus 2006.
  • OpenOffice.org For Windows 2.0 RC1 - OpenOffice.org is the open source project through which Sun Microsystems is releasing the technology for the popular StarOffice productivity suite. It is an international office suite that will run on all major platforms and provide access to all functionality and data through open-component based APIs and an XML-based file format.
  • XP Firewall Control 1.6.029 ($19.95) - XP firewall control (for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows) 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.
  • Kerio Personal Firewall 4.2.1 Final - Kerio Personal Firewall (download) helps users control how their computers exchange data with other computers on the Internet or local network. Kerio Personal Firewall is a necessity for all desktop computers connected to broadband Internet, using DSL, cable, ISDN, WiFi or satellite modems.
  • Fasterfox 0.6.5 - Fasterfox - Performance and network tweaks for Firefox. Fasterfox allows you to tweak many network and rendering settings such as simultaneous connections, pipelining, cache, DNS cache, and initial paint delay.
  • MSN Messenger 7.5.0306 (Bug fix update) - With MSN Messenger you can chat online via text, voice, mobile phone or even video conversation -- in real time -- with your friends, family, or colleagues.
  • Skype 1.4.0.71 - Skype (download / changelog) is a little program for making free calls over the internet to anyone else who also has Skype.
  • DivxToDVD 1.99.19 - DivxToDVD (download) is a 1 click solution to convert and burn your movie files to a compatible DVD playable on any home DVD player.
  • PSP Media Player v0.0.5 for PSP - PSP Media Player is a media player which is capable of playing AVI (DivX)/OGG/WMA files, especially DivX AVI files at 480x272 full resolution of the PSP.
  • Virtual Hypnotist 5.3 - Virtual Hypnotist is a free, open source, interactive hypnosis program.  It includes features such as voice recognition, speech synthesis, subliminal messages, completely customizable scripts (featuring a unique scripting language), videos, audio, and lots more. Its purpose is to simulate a real hypnosis session as much as possible.
  • Serious Samurize 1.63a - Samurize (download) is a system monitoring utility with outstanding configuration power. The configuration program is totally separated from the client for minimal memory usage. The program displays almost any kind of information right on your desktop/taskbar and homepage.
  • ForceWare 81.26 Win2000/XP WHQL - Station drivers got hold of the WHQL version of these 81.26 ForceWare drivers. The binaries themselves are dated at August 26, 2005 and 100% similar to the previous beta release, mind you that to preserve the Microsoft WHQL tag only GeForce 6 and upwards are supported in this release
  • ForceWare 81.33 Windows 2000/XP - Station drivers got hold of the 81.33 version of these new ForceWare drivers. Pretty much all GeForce 2 GTS and upwards cards are supported in this release.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,29 2005 - tech
ATI cuts Radeon warranties to one year - tech
(hx) 01:12 PM EDT - Sep,29 2005 - Post a comment / read (8)
A member of the Extreme Overclocking Forums noticed (thanks TechReport) that ATI has dropped the warranty period for its consumer graphics cards from three years to only one. It should be noted also, this new warranty rule counts on ALL ATi products, not just videocards, with the exception of the FireGL cards which have a 3 year warranty.
Purchased after august 31st, 2005...

ATI warrants to the original purchaser of the hardware product, that the product is free from defects in materials or workmanship under normal use and service for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase at retail. If this product is a Workstation product such as ATI's FireGL or FireMV family of products, ATI warrants to the original purchaser of the hardware product, that the Workstation product is free from defects in materials or workmanship under normal use and service for a period of three (3) years from the date of purchase at retail. All cables and accessories provided with an ATI product are warranted to be free from defects in materials or workmanship under normal use and service for a period of for (90) ninety days from date of purchase at retail.
Purchased BEFORE august 31st, 2005

ATI Technologies Inc. warrants to the original purchaser of the hardware that the product is in good working condition, according to its specifications at the time of shipment, for a period of one to five years from the date of original purchase. The warranty term depends on the product. RADEON 7000 and newer products have a three year warranty. DV Wonder cards have a two year warranty. The Remote Wonder has a one year warranty. All other ATI products have a five year warranty.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,28 2005 - tech
GeForce 7800 Go Notebook Benchmarks - tech
(hx) 05:00 PM EDT - Sep,28 2005 - Post a comment
The chaps over at Bit-Tech take a look at one of the first notebooks powered by a 7800 Go mobile chip from Nvidia. They have tested a Pentium M based notebook with the mobile chip against a Pentium M based desktop system with a full 7800 GTX to see whether or not the mobile part really is as fast as the desktop:
The Evesham laptop: This laptop is something of a stunner. It's form factor is the best we've seen for 17" mobile PCs, and the battery life we obtained was pretty damn impressive. We like the fact that hardcore gamers - and let's face it, who else is going to buy this thing? - can have a DVI output for a secondary display. However, the most amazing thing about this laptop is the price. The 2.0GHz model comes in at £1349, which for the graphics power you are getting, is absolutely outrageous. Even with the extra processor speed, the uprated display and the faster hard drive, it's still only £1700 - which for the amount of PC under the hood, is brilliant, in this form factor. Our only quibble is with the design - we would really like something a little racier.

We've said we didn't have enough time with the machine to test it fully, and so we can't call this a review and give it an award. However, we can wholeheartedly suggest you check out this machine if you're in the market for a gaming notebook.

The GeForce Go 7800: Frankly, we didn't believe NVIDIA when it told us that this mobile chip was going to be as fast as the desktop chip. However, leaving aside the fact that desktop enthusiast mainboards and chips are faster than laptops, the graphics chip itself appears to be almost exactly as fast as the 7800 GTX - that's an incredible feat.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,27 2005 - tech
Tuesday's Tech Madness-Vista to boot in 3 seconds? - tech
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SECURITY...

  • SSH Claims for New Secure Shell Draw Open-Source Ire - SSH Communications Security announced this week the availability of Version 5.0 of its SSH Tectia client/server solution and SSH Tectia Manager 2.0. The SSH Tectia is available on Windows, Unix, Linux and IBM mainframe z/OS environments. SSH Tectia can be centrally managed with SSH Tectia Manager.
  • New security proposed for do-it-all phones - The proposed standard doesn't just protect user data. The security hardware also enables copyright protection, according to the TCG, a feature demanded by the entertainment industry. This so-called digital rights management technology could mean access to more exclusive content on cell phones, but it could also limit the content that will play on devices.
  • Symantec updates Norton Suite - Symantec released the latest version of its Norton security software on Monday, adding a new "protection center" to its Norton Internet Security 2006 applications suite. The Norton Protection Center aggregates a variety of security information and offers the selection to consumers so they can choose which security features they need to enable.
  • MultiTheftAuto Privileges Escalation and DoS Vulnerabilities - The MTA server has the remote administration option enabled by default. The problem is the existence of an undocumented command (number 40) which allows the modification or the deletion of the content of the motd.txt file used for the message of the day. This is the only command which doesn't check if the client is an administrator so anyone without permissions has access to it.
  • Detailed Firefox and IE vulnerability report - check it out

CRIME...

  • Teenager foils RIAA P2P lawsuit - Candy Chan, a mother from Michigan, had been facing a heavy fine after she was sued for file sharing by Priority Records on behalf of Sony Music and Warner Brothers. But the court has dismissed the case 'without prejudice', meaning that she cannot be prosecuted again. The case began when Chan's IP address was found on a P2P network, along with an email address. But after the suit was filed Chan pointed out that the email address belonged to her 13 year-old daughter. She objected when the prosecution then tried to sue her child.
  • Sophisticated phishing targets Yahoo users - A new phishing method is targeting users of Yahoo Inc.'s Web site by recording their username and password while logging them into a legitimate area of the portal, according to Websense Inc., a Web security software firm.
  • Swedish warez site shut - Hollywood's top film association said Monday it had succeeded in shutting down a Swedish website alleged to have pirated over 15,000 movies and television episodes. The Motion Picture Association (MPA), the international arm of the Motion Picture Association of America, announced the shutdown of "BlueCrap," described as "a highly trafficked Internet 'warez' server used to swap movies, television programming and other copyrighted materials.
  • Resellers raided over 'fake Cisco kit' - Police have still released no details about computer firms they raided earlier this month netting equipment worth £500,000. The raids targeted a computer firm near Rochdale which was visited by police, trading standards and representatives of several international companies. Companies in Reading, Flintshire and Manchester were also raided. The Rochdale raid saw computer components worth £100,000 confiscated but the police and trading standards are still not naming the firm concerned. Initial reports suggested illegally copied software was the target of the raid, but it now appears it was counterfeit hardware.

OFF-TOPIC

TECHNOLOGY...

HARDWARE... 

GUIDES...

SOFTWARE...

  • 7-Zip 4.28 Beta - 7-Zip (download) is a free file archiver with high compression ratio.
  • AbiWord 2.2.10 - AbiWord (download) is a free word processing program similar to Microsoft® Word. It is suitable for typing papers, letters, reports, memos, and so forth.
  • Messenger Plus! 3.60.144 - Messenger Plus! Extension (download) is a program that adds functionalities to the MSN Messenger/Windows Messenger chat program. Some of the added features are logging, personalized Away Messages, transparency effects, and a feature to minimize all MSN Messenger windows to the system tray.
  • LDC++ 1.00 v2a - LDC++ is a DC++ mod which is based on the DC++. Since DC++ is open source, you can download the source code and start modifying it.
  • Toolbar for Firefox 1.0.20050923 - Google Toolbar increases your ability to find information from anywhere on the web.
  • MozBackup (Mozilla Backup) 1.4.3 Beta - MozBackup (Mozilla Backup) is a utility for creating backup of Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, and Netscape profiles. It allows you to backup mail, favorites, contacts, etc.
  • FuturixImager 5.5 Beta 4 - FuturixImager (formerly Futuris Imager) is compact and simple image viewer. It is capable of opening more then 45 graphical formats, including all popular ones (GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, JPEG2000 and so on).
  • VideoInspector 1.7.1.89 - 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.
  • VideoLan 0.8.4 Beta 1 - VideoLAN main goals is MPEG streaming on a network, but it also features a standalone multimedia player.
  • DVD Region+CSS Free 5.9.5.0 - This program enables you to watch and copy any region-coded/CSS-encrypted DVD movies on any DVD drive. Word is: New: Option "Remove Structure Protection" now supports a new version of "Sony ARccOS protection" as found on "Lords of Dogtown" (US).
  • WinPatrol 9.7.3.0 - WinPatrol uses a heuristic approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. Traditional security programs scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats.
  • CWShredder 2.16 - A small utility for removing CoolWebSearch (aka CoolWwwSearch, YouFindAll, White-Pages.ws and a dozen other names)
  • remover.exe 1.004.0131 - Removal tool detects and removes many worms, trojans and backdoors: Mytob, Mydoom, Beagle, Netsky, Sasser, Blaster Zafi, Mabutu, Startpage and meny others.
  • What's Running 2.1.1.0 - Explore processes, services, modules, IP-connections, drivers and much more through a simple to use application
  • SIV (System Information Viewer) 3.06 - System Information Viewer is a general Windows utility for dumping lots of useful Windows, Network and hardware info - CPU info, PCI info, USB info, Machine Info, Hardware Sensors, Networked computers, Operating System Information and more
  • RightMark CPU Clock Utility v1.8 - RightMark CPU Clock Utility (RMClock) is a small GUI application designed for real-time CPU frequency, throttling and load level monitoring and on-the-fly adjustment of the CPU performance level of the supported CPUs via processor's power management model-specific registers (MSRs).
  • Creative SB Audigy unified BETA driver v2.08.0002 - Creative have released a new unified series Beta driver with OpenAL support, sporting version 2.08.0002 and offering improved OpenAL support for the Audigy series of cards on Windows 2000 (SP4) and XP (SP2).
  • NGO NVIDIA Optimized Driver v1.7805 - The NGO NVIDIA Optimized Driver is a tweaked version of the NVIDIA ForceWare driver. The main purpose is to satisfy the users with better performance and image quality. The Driver has support for all Geforce cards.
  • Radeon Omega Drivers 2.6.71 - Radeon Omega Catalyst Drivers will provide gamers with an alternate set of drivers, ones that have more options and features than the original sets. The drivers contain optimizations, extra features (like OC capabilities), more resolutions and internal tweaks that can give them the edge in a gaming enviroment over the normal drivers, which are often tailored for synthetic benchmarks.
  • ATi Catalyst 8.18 BETA - Station-drivers released a new ATI Catalyst 8.18 beta. They changed it a bit to work on all ATI cards available.
  • New firmware for DVD burners - ASUS: DVD-E616A Firmware v1.06 / LG: GCC-4522B Firmware v1.04 / LiteOn: SOSC-2483KX Firmware, SOHW-832S Firmware, SOHW-832SX Firmware / Samsung: SH-M522C Firmware version TI04, TS-H492C Firmware version CI04.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,26 2005 - tech
ATI's CrossFire dual-graphics solution - tech
(hx) 05:51 PM EDT - Sep,26 2005 - Post a comment / read (1)
The first reviews of ATI's CrossFire Dual Graphics Solution have been popping up on hardware sites across the web today, as the official NDA has lifted.
DriverHeaven: Looking purely at the performance of CrossFire it's hard not to be impressed by how well it works when compared to a single card ATI solution. The Doom3 tests for example show double the performance of a single card and in other titles such as Battlefield 2 the gains are just as impressive. When you look at how Crossfire compares to the same generation Nvidia SLI part, the 6800 Ultra, the X850 XT CrossFire almost always outscores the SLI system. The results are less favourable when you compare the X850 XT CrossFire system to the 7800 GT SLI and it is the Nvidia system which comes out on top in all of our tests. The 7800 GT in SLI is quite astounding and shows just how powerful current Nvidia technology really is .... in fact we can only think of one setup faster than a 7800 GT SLI, that being one based on 7800GTX's.

PC Perspective: The ATI CrossFire platform with the X850 XT setup overall performed quite well. In Doom 3, Far Cry and Half Life 2 we saw very noticeable gains in performance that would allow users to up their IQ if they wished or just enjoy the smoother game play. In Battlefield 2, as long as we kept AA turned off, we saw a very nice gain in performance on the CrossFire platform as well. However, EverQuest 2 saw basically no gains, as seems to be common among dual GPU platforms. The other issue of performance is how the CrossFire platform (and 6800 Ultra SLI for that matter) looked against the 7800 GTX single card we threw into the mix. In most cases, the 7800 GTX was overshot by the ATI X850 XT CrossFire cards, though not by very much. Being as we are looking at similar prices for either configuration, you should really think hard about where you plan on going with your system before deciding to go either way.

Hexus: However everything else is pretty much a downer. X8-series Crossfire is limited in resolution and refresh rate on LCD and CRT alike. A maximum of 1600x1200 at 60Hz on a CRT will displease many of the gamers that'd consider a Crossfire setup for high resolution gaming. I'm often remiss at not testing higher resolutions in our reference hardware evaluations here at HEXUS but it turns out that even if I wanted to with Crossfire, I couldn't. The noise and heat given off by a pair of X850 XTs that sport the ATI reference cooler is something I don't think many would tolerate in the long run. I'd be looking to cool them differently immediately, should I run Crossfire myself.

TechReport: For those of you who currently own Radeon X800 or X850 cards and are pondering an upgrade to CrossFire, my advice to you is this: wait for ATI's new graphics cards before making the leap. You will quite likely decide you'd rather upgrade to one nifty, new graphics card than plunk down the cash for a Radeon X800 or X850 master card and motherboard. The first generation of CrossFire is probably too little, too late for most would-be upgraders.

 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,23 2005 - tech
Friday Tech Reading-PayPal Glitch - tech
(hx) 05:58 PM EDT - Sep,23 2005 - Post a comment

SECURITY...

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 embedded content cross site scripting - Sven Vetsch found a cross site scripting vulnerability in the current releases of Microsoft Internet Explorer. Thus, it is possible to use a manipulated embedded content to run arbitrary script code in the security context of the website.
  • Spoof email tricks AOL users - An email scam is targeting AOL customers in an attempt to steal personal details, according to web monitoring company Websense. Users receive a spoofed email purporting to come from the security department at AOL claiming that the company suffered a security breach over the weekend and that confidential information may have been compromised.
  • Platinum Secure Smart Card security bypass technique  - The Acer notebooks include a smart card reader, two smartcards and a security application called Platinum Secure. The smart card security system should prevent access to the console while the smart card is not present or when password has not been entered. This test was conducted on the aforementioned notebooks with the latest versions of the software downloaded from the Acer website and the latest BIOS upgrade
  • Kerio ServerFirewall Unspecified Denial of Service Vuln. (v1.1.1 and older) - Kerio ServerFirewall is prone to an unspecified vulnerability which may result in a denial of service. They recommend to install version ServerFirewall 1.1.2.
  • Security Fix for DirectX 8 on 98/ME/W2K - There are two buffer overruns with identical effects in the function used by DirectShow to check parameters in a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) file. A security vulnerability results because it would be possible for a malicious user to attempt to exploit these flaws and execute code in the security context of the logged on user.
  • Firefox Update Squashes Bug - The Mozilla Foundation has released a new version of its Firefox browser that contains fixes for two critical security bugs in the software that were reported over the past week. According to a Secunia vulnerability report, this still leaves Firefox with 3 out of 23 unpatched advisories
  • Microsoft Anti-phishing White Paper - The focus of this white paper is to describe the basic workings of a new capability, the Microsoft Phishing Filter, which will be included in the upcoming release of Internet Explorer 7, and as an add-in to the MSN Search Toolbar
  • PayPal Glitch Sparks Customer Anger - Online payments company PayPal is working to fix a glitch that has been causing duplicate debit card withdrawals and deposits on some customer accounts since the beginning of September. The problem first surfaced on Sept. 6, when some PayPal customers noticed duplicate withdrawals from their debit cards that sent their accounts into the red. Two weeks later, more PayPal customers also reported duplicate withdrawals and deposits into their accounts.
  • Apple plugs ten 'critical' security holes - Apple has released a security update for its OS X 10.3 and OS X 10.4 operating systems.

OFF-TOPIC

  • The History of Microsoft Internet Explorer - The first version of Internet Explorer was not included with Windows 95 when the operating system was officially launched on August 24, 1995. Rather, we were introduced to Microsoft's first Web browser when the Windows 95 Plus! Pack was released.
  • Microsoft 30th Anniversary Factoids - 40 years ago, in 1965, a 2311 Disk Drive sold for $2,057 per Mb. In 1971, it went for $300 per Mb. In 2003, one Mb cost $0.005...more facts.
  • Grand Theft sales to resume in October - Take-Two's Rockstar Games publishing house said that starting Oct. 18, it would sell a special edition of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" for Sony's PlayStation 2 console system. It will include a DVD with a backstory to the game and a documentary film called "Sunday Driver."
  • Nintendo to cut 10% off DS price - Nintendo UK is to knock a tenner off the price of its DS handheld console, the videogames company announced this morning. The cut will come on 7 October and leave the standard DS retailing for £90.

TECHNOLOGY...

HARDWARE... 

GUIDES...

  • What To Look For When Buying a Computer Case - TechZone will show you what to look for when buying a new computer case.
  • AMD64 Overclocking Guide - It's a visual guide aimed to increase your system performance without killing your rig.
  • Sharky Extreme's September value gaming PC buyer's guide - check it out!
  • BIOS for Beginners - Here is a step-by-step guide to setting BIOS parameters, using a popular Asus motherboard as an example.
  • Firefox Tweak Guide (updated) - The guide is designed specifically for those running Firefox on Windows XP, however most of the tweaks in this guide apply to Firefox on other platforms

SOFTWARE...

  • Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 - Internet Explorer 6 SP1, the latest version of Internet Explorer for users not running Windows XP, provides a flexible and reliable browsing experience with enhanced Web privacy features for all Windows users. This version includes a full installation of the Web browser and the most recent version of Outlook Express, the e-mail client that is included with Internet Explorer.
  • Mozilla Suite 1.7.12 - Mozilla is an open-source Web browser, designed for standards compliance, performance and portability.
  • PHP-Nuke 7.9 Final - This version (download) includes a new variables validation and filtering system more effective and more secure, potential security vulnerabilities generated from the wysiwyg editor has been fixed, BBtoNuke 2.0.17, added banned IP edit function, improved search module internals, and more.
  • 7-Zip 4.27 Beta - 7-Zip (download) is a free file archiver with high compression ratio. This new beta allows to unpack CHM/HXS (MS HTML HELP) archives, multivolume CAB archives and deletes files to the Recycle Bin by default.
  • AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic 6.31.00.07 - A pretty decent free antivirus package...
  • Google Talk 1.0.0.70 Beta - Google Talk (download) enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free-anytime, anywhere in the world.
  • YPOPs! 0.7.7 - YPOPs! (download) is an application that provides POP3 access to Yahoo! Mail. It is available o­n the Windows, Linux, Solaris and Mac platforms.
  • AIM Fix (9/23/05) - AIM Fix was created to remove all known AIM viruses in one consolidated removal tool.
  • Picasa 2.1.0 Build 27.54  - Picasa (download) is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC
  • HyperSnap-DX 5.63.01 - HyperSnap-DX 5 (dowload trial) is a screen capture and image editing tool for MS Windows. It captures screens from standard desktop programs and even those hard-to-grab DirectX, Direct3D, 3Dfx Voodoo and Glide mode games.
  • VirtualDub-MPEG2 1.6.10 build 23784 - VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit Windows platforms (95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
  • AutoGK (Auto Gordian Knot) 2.18 beta - AutoGK (Auto Gordian Knot) is a DivX / XviD backup utility. With support of DVD sources and other MPEG2 sources (such as DVB captures and transport streams) encoding into your favorite MPEG4 format was never as easy as now.
  • VSO PhotoDVD 2.0.11 - VSO Software has released a newer version of the program PhotoDVD bringing it up to 2.0.11 (download)
  • DVD Region+CSS Free 5.9.4.5 fixes a problem with external drives - A new version of DVD Region+CSS Free fixes a problem with external USB and Firewire drives and DVDFab lets you now choose the write type of DVD-R media.
  • AnyDVD 5.4.4.1 - This program runs in the background automatically unprotecting DVD-Movies and removes pesky region coding as well. Once in this state, you can use any of your Windows applications you wish with the movie. When coupled with CloneDVD, Pinnacle Instant Copy, InterVideo DVD-Copy, etc. you are now able to copy CSS protected movies. This new version adds support for a new protection as found on "Lords of Dogtown" R1 (US) to the option to remove "Protection based on unreadable Sectors"
  • VSO Inspector 1.1.0..47 - VSO-Inspector is a free add-on to report various information about your hardware configuration.
  • NvTempLogger - This is a simple program that is used to watch the temperature (Core and Ambient) of Nvidia Based GPUs. You Have the options to check the graph for the last 10 mins approx. and/or make a log file for as long as you like.
  • XTreme-G WarCats 5.9 PRO  - WarAnakin took what he developed in the WarCat 5.8 drivers and applied it to the Catalyst 5.9 drivers and out came a great set of WarCats.
  • Creative Audigy 2/ZS/4 Beta Drivers - This beta driver is recommended for gamers who want full OpenAL support for their audio devices. Try only at your own risk!
  • nForceRemix 2.5.1 - Windows 2000/XP - This remix package is primarily for users of the NVIDIA nForce1 and 2 Platforms
  • nForce Drivers 6.67 WHQL - Here's a new set of nForce4 Drivers version 6.67 WHQL (microsoft tested and approved) for Windows 2000/XP
  • NEC 3540A firmware v1.03 - Liggy has patched the official firmware and published a unmodified, riplock removed and rpc1 version of the original firmware together with bitsetting firmwares on the Liggy & Dee website.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,22 2005 - tech
ATI Catalyst 5.9 Performance Analysis - tech
(hx) 03:02 PM EDT - Sep,22 2005 - Post a comment / read (1)
Yesterday ATI released their latest Catalyst driver (v5.9) for users of Radeon graphics cards. The new driver promises plenty of bug fixes but what about performance? The chaps over at TweakTown have compared the drivers on a Radeon X550, X700 and X850XT:
After all is said and done, we have a slight increase in our higher end cards this time around and one would tend to assume that this is due to the Radeon X1800 series (R520) coming out soon as ATI are going to squeeze as much performance out as possible.

When reading the release notes we didn't think it was going to be much more then another bug fix driver with a load of fixes being concentrated on in the Catalyst Control Center. While we wouldn't say this is one of the best releases as of late, we would say it's one of the more notable ones as it's nice to see a few extra (free) frames and 3DMarks on the higher end cards and the newly released X550 also gets a slight bump in performance.
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast Benchmarks - tech
(hx) 04:43 AM EDT - Sep,22 2005 - Post a comment / read (7)
The chaps over at Bit-Tech have posted the first benchmarks of Half Life 2: Lost Coast. They have tested on various high end pieces of kit, and  they've also worked out the performance hit you take for enabling HDR. They also have comparison screens between Nvidia and ATI cards, and they also have an awesome preview video of the level that they have cut together:
Here is a quick overview of what we found:

Low-end: Less than Radeon 9600, GeForceFX 5900 - not playable, less than 5FPS
Mid-range: Around Radeon 9800, Radeon X700, GeForce 5950, GeForce 6600 - playable at 800x600 with AA turned off
High-end: Radeon X800, GeForce 6800 - playable at 1024x768 or 1280x1024, with AA and AF depending on the exact model of card
Bleeding-edge: GeForce 7800 - playable at 1600x1200 with full AF

Tough requirements? Sure. Worth it? Definitely. Quick note: there is no SLI support at the moment for Lost Coast, partly because we couldn't get the driver to recognise our batch script as the HL2.exe application. Expect this to be fixed soon. As for CrossFire, we'll tell you on Monday when we publish that article.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,21 2005 - tech
ATI CATALYST Drivers v5.9 - tech
(hx) 04:36 PM EDT - Sep,21 2005 - Post a comment
ATI has released a new ATI Catalyst drivers (release notes / download ~ 25.2MB) bringing them up to version 5.9. The package contains: RADEON display driver 8.172, Multimedia Center 9.08, Catalyst Control Center 5.9 (requires .NET Version 1.1 Framework), HydraVision Basic Edition 3.25.9006, Remote Wonder 3.02, WDM versions 8.17 and 4.07 and Southbridge/IXP Driver.
Issues Resolved in Catalyst Software Suite 5.9

- Battlefield 2: The game no longer exits to the Windows desktop after the game logo is displayed
- Endorphin: Running the application under Windows XP no longer results in hesitation being noticed during simulation or playback
- Max Payne 2: Erratic mouse pointer behavior is no longer noticed within the game's menu after a short time period of game play
- MU: Opening a chat window and playing the on-line game no longer results in Hesitation being noticed when pressing the Enter key
- Silent Hunter 3: Enabling all video options within the game and setting the particle density to 100, along with setting Anti-Aliasing to 6X and Anisotropic Filtering to 16x, no longer results in display corruption on the left portion of the display
- Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: Running the Dantoonie level of the game no longer results in hesitation being noticed
- Terminator 3: The game no longer fails to respond and a VPU Recover message no longer occur after loading the game character
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,20 2005 - tech
Tuesday's Tech Madness - tech
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SECURITY...

  • Worm creates fake Google site - A worm that modifies a user's HOSTS file to redirect visitors of Google.com to a spoof website has been discovered. The worm was found by Panda Labs and is currently circulating on P2P networks Shareaza and Imesh. It is masquerading as an executable of popular Star Wars game Knights Of The Old Republic 2. If infected, several Google domain names will be redirected to an unofficial German version of the search engine. Although the site looks identical to the original, the results have been modified in such a way that certain companies will gain an unfair higher ranking, and therefore will appear at the top of search results
  • New Trojan rides into town - Experts at SophosLabs said that the spammed out email messages, which have no subject line, typically carry the message text "new price" and an attached file which can have one of several names, including "09_price.zip", "price_new.zip", and "price2.zip".  The attached ZIP files all contain the malicious BagleDl-U Trojan horse. If launched, the Trojan horse makes changes to the registry, and attempts to turn off anti-virus and security-related software on the infected computer, opening the door for attack by remote hackers.
  • Symantec: Mozilla browsers more vulnerable than IE - But the report, released Monday, also found that hackers are still focusing their efforts on IE.
  • MasterCard To Distribute RFID Credit Cards - Reuters is reporting that MasterCard expects to have 4 million "pay pass" cards in circulation by year's end. These new cards will be equipped with a radio-frequency chip that allows customers to pay for purchases by simply waving their cards at readers posted near cash registers or gas pumps.
  • AVIRA Antivirus ACE Archive Handling Buffer Overflow - The vulnerability is caused due to a boundary error when reading the filename of a compressed file from an ACE archive. This can be exploited to cause a stack-based buffer overflow when an ACE archive containing a compressed file with an overly long filename is scanned. Successful exploitation allows arbitrary code execution, but requires that archive scanning is enabled.

CRIME

  • Microsoft Accuses Eight of Piracy - The software giant filed suits against BWT Industry Technology Service (also called Computer Max) in Arizona; Data Day USA, MicroCity4Less.com, and Winvtech Solutions in California; Global Computing in Illinois; Ion Technologies in Minnesota; and Compustar and Chips & Techs in New York.
  • Chinese search engine fined for file sharing - A Chinese "court" has decided the homegrown search engine Baidu.com will have to pay an EMI partner for allowing free downloads through its web site.
  • X-Box pirate gets jail time and huge fine - The owner of a major retailer of pirated games and modded Xboxes called Pandora's Cube has been caught by Washington authorities and was sentenced to five months of prison with three years of supervised release, including five months of home confinement. Besides that he was also fined nearly $250.000 and has to complete 80 hours of community service.

OFF-TOPIC

  • NASA going back to the moon in 2018 - NASA going back to the moon in 2018 for "only" 100 billion dollars spread over 14 years. A huge amount of money but still half of what the Apollo program costs. NASA saves money by reusing Apollo and Space Shuttle techniques and experience. There will be two rockets, 1 for the to moon transport vehicle and 1 for the crew. BTW: Check out this QuickTime animation
  • Commodore Geeks re-release Quantum Link - Commodore geeks has relaunched the Quantum Link which was the pre-AOL service for Commodore 64 and 128 personal computers. The new Q-Link, or Quantum Link Reloaded runs on the Internet which replaced it. It can be accessed using the VICE Commodore 64 emulator on Windows or Linux or else on original Commodore hardware or PC.
  • Inventor of the laser dies at 85 - Mr. Gould died at the age of 85, and he left a lot of money due the payments of royalties by those enormous amount of companies who use lasers

TECHNOLOGY...

HARDWARE... 

GUIDES...

SOFTWARE...

  • Office 12 Beta Invite & Video Preview  - Nominate yourself to be a beta tester for the upcoming Microsoft Office 12. The official name for the new Office is not yet known. The invite ID is "PDCOffice". For other beta ID's and instructions on how to use the ID to be a beta tester, visit the Beta Invites List link here // Office 12 Previewed at PDC (video ~ 618MB) / In related news, Rafael Rivera managed to snag a few interesting yet rediculously blurry photos though before getting forcefully removed from the area...
  • AutoPatcher XP September 2005 - This release (162MB) is based on the all-new AutoPatcher 5.1. Although it was made with Windows XP SP2 English in mind, it will load on any (English) Windows version, showing only the items which match the running environment.
  • Microsoft Windows Messenger 5.1.0.701 - Windows Messenger 5.1 (download) replaces Windows Messenger 5.0 and is the required version of Windows Messenger to take advantage of certain new features in Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005.
  • Opera 8.50 FREE - download
  • ExplorerXP 1.07 - ExplorerXP (download) is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non - commercial use) file manager for Windows 2000.
  • QuickTime Alternative 1.62 & 1.51 - QuickTime Alternative 1.62 is based on QuickTime 7.0.2.120, which adds support for H.264 and more, but it does not support Windows 95, 98, 98 SE and ME any longer. QuickTime Alternative 1.51 is compatible with Windows 95, 98, 98 SE and ME because it is based on QuickTime 6.5.2.10.
  • K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 1.38 - This package (23MB) is a combination of three codec packs: K-Lite Codec Pack Full (a slew of different codecs like Divx, etc.), QuickTime Alternative, Real Alternative and other encoders/decoders. Plus some extra features like: BSplayer and Media Player Classic (Open Source not Microsoft's)
  • CloneAD avi.NET 1.1 - avi.NET (download) is an MPEG1/MPEG2 to AVI converter using AVS scripts. avi.NET is a 'AutoGK' type program but has a top priority of making AVI files that are Standalone Player Compatible.
  • GMail Drive 1.0.8 - GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google GMail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your GMail account directly from inside Windows Explorer.
  • Shareaza 2.2 - After almost a year of development, Shareaza version 2.2 has been released.
  • Win32Pad 1.5.9.1 - Win32Pad (download) is a feature filled text editor that is written with a programmer in mind. Its main purpose is to provide enough functionality that is missing from notepad without sacrificing file size and performance.
  • Google Earth 3.0.0616 Beta - Google Earth is free for personal use. No registration is required. You may (optionally) choose to upgrade to Google Earth Plus.
  • SpamPal 1.72x Beta  - SpamPal (download) is a mail classification program that can help separate your spam from the mail you really want to read.
  • RightMark RAMTester Utility - The RAMTester tool checks reliability of memory modules under MS Windows (x86 and x64), working with virtual addresses. It writes various bit patterns into memory cells and then reads them and compares with reference.
  • DVD Identifier 4.1.1 - DVD Identifier retrieves and interprets the pre-recorded information that is present on all DVD+R/+RW and DVD-R/-RW and DVD-RAM media.
  • PCI Latency Tool 2.7 - Utility to set PCI Latency and possibly prevent game stutter or improve FPS. This version of the PCI Latency Tool is compatible with Windows XP x64. You must be logged in as an administrator for the tool to install. Most devices support latency values which are multiples of 8 (which means any other value will be rounded).
  • NVIDIA ForceWare 81.26 -  A brand new ForceWare release this time coming from AsROCK (Driver is not WHQL)
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,17 2005 - tech
Saturday Tech Madness - tech
(hx) 09:21 AM EDT - Sep,17 2005 - Post a comment

SECURITY...

  • IE flaw puts Windows XP SP2 at risk - A flaw has been discovered in Microsoft's Internet Explorer that could launch a remote attack on systems running Windows XP with Service Pack 2, according to an advisory issued Thursday by security firm eEye Digital Security. The flaw, which also affects systems running Windows XP, is found in the default installations of IE, according to eEye's advisory
  • Security Vendor Warns of Google-Spoofing Worm - The worm, called P2Load.A, is being spread on P-to-P (peer-to-peer) programs like Shareaza and Imesh, masquerading as a free version of the Lucasfilm game Knights of the Old Republic II, says Forrest Clark, senior manager of consumer product marketing with antivirus vendor Panda Software. P2Load.A first began spreading on Wednesday and is most widely spread in the United States and Chile, Clark says.
  • Spybot Search and Destroy Detection Update - Don't forget to update your Spybot S&D detections!
  • Huge surge in ID theft using spyware - A study of the top 2,000 known spyware threats, conducted by security firm Aladdin, has revealed that spying techniques are increasingly being used for ID theft. The report noted that 15 per cent of spyware threats are now designed to log keystrokes, as well as steal user passwords, logged-on user names, administrator passwords, instant messaging content and email addresses.
  • Steganos Internet Anonym 2006 Review - Techgage News published a new review on the updated version of Steganos Internet Anonym.
  • Microsoft Scraps Old Encryption in New Code - Microsoft is banning functions that use algorithms that have become creaky at the edges
  • Microsoft talks up Longhorn Server security  - The software maker shares more details on security, identity management features planned for upcoming Windows Server

CRIME

  • Calif. laptop with personal data of 98,000 recovered - A stolen laptop computer holding personal information of more than 98,000 California university students and applicants has been recovered, but it uncertain whether the information had been tapped, the University of California, Berkeley said on Thursday.
  • Paris Hilton hacker sent to jail - A 17 year-old who earlier this year hacked into Paris Hilton's mobile phone has been convicted to an 11-month jail term in juvenile prison, the US Attorney of the District of Massachusetts said in a statement. In the high-profile hack last January, the computer whiz-kid gained access to Hilton's mobile device by hacking into the operator's computer systems.
  • RIAA claims P2P-operators to take actions against illegal music download - Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has send out a cease and desist order to several filesharing platforms. Operators like LimeWire, WinMX and BearShare should immediately take care that thier users are not longer able to share copyright protectet contents.

OFF-TOPIC

  • .Tiniest remote-controlled robot - The tiniest mobile robot ever has been created by US researchers. It is a sliver of silicon one hundredth of a millimetre thick that can be precisely steered like a remote-control car to move in any direction across the surface of a special plate. Powered by a grid of electrodes underneath a surface layer and steered by its tiny silicon paddle, the bot crawls around at a speed of about 200 micrometres per second and can push specks of dust, or other 'dead' robots.
  • Dune Tunes...the greatest hits - It might not knock Coldplay or Kanye West off the top of charts, but physicists who say they have cracked the riddle of "singing" sand dunes are compiling a CD of sand music. The team say their new theory allows them to predict the notes that different dunes will make
  • Website seeks 2,000 men called Pete - Enter Pete Trainor, a 'Pete' seeking to bring the record to the UK. His Pete Collective calls on all Petes to register their interest in meeting up next year in a mass joining of 2,000 Petes. He is also planning something of a rehearsal at Christmas with a meeting of 99 Petes.
  • U.N.: Antarctic ozone hole nears record size - The hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica has grown to near record size this year, suggesting 20 years of pollution controls have so far had little effect, the United Nations said on Friday.

TECHNOLOGY...

HARDWARE... 

GUIDES...

  • How to Overclock a Socket 775 Pentium 4 - Overclocking socket 775 Pentium 4 processors has some particularities, comparing to overclocking done in other platforms.
  • X800 GTO² to X850 XT Mod - Sapphire's special version of the X800 GTO is called X800 GTO². As you can see in the following picture it uses an R480 core, which is also used on the X850 Pro, XT and XT PE. The GTO² comes with 12 pipelines enabled by default, but the only lock which limits it to this number of pipelines is located in the Bios. No cards with defective pipelines have been found yet, which means (so far) the success rate is 100%.
  • Destroy Your Computer in 7 Easy Steps - Every time you open your computer case, new risks arise. There is always the danger of you doing something wrong (knowingly or unknowingly) that can cause major, and usually permanent, damage to the computer. It is a horrible feeling to find out that something you did has now ruined your computer. So in order to reduce the number of stupid mistakes people make, we need to educate the people.
  • SLI Optimized games  - check it out
  • Solving Problems in Windows XP File System - Learn how to solve Windows XP file system problems.
  • BIOS Optimization Guide Rev. 8.3.1 - Adrian's Rojak Pot has posted 2 new BIOS options for the BIOS Optimization Guide. This release features these 2 new BIOS features: L1 Data Cache Context Mode and PCIE Spread Spectrum.
  • Optimize XP - A Windows XP Optimization Guide v2.0.5 - This guide is not designed to be used in combination with other Windows tweaking guides or other Windows tweaking software. It is also not designed to be used in parts. Read and Follow the instructions Carefully.

SOFTWARE...

  • Slackware 10.2 - The final version of Slack 10.2 (download) has been released
  • Automated Deployment Service 1.1 - Microsoft released yesterday Automated Deployment Service (ADS) 1.1. It now includes Virtual Server Migration Toolkit (VSMT) and the package is in fact called ADS_VSMT_1.1.exe
  • Unofficial Windows XP SP3 Preview Pack #2 Released - The unofficial Windows XP SP3 Preview Pack #2 has now been released.
  • Java 2 Runtime Environment Standard Edition 5.0 Update 5 - download
  • PSP Video 9 v1.71 - PSP Video 9 is a free PSP video conversion and management application. It can convert regular PC video files (avi, mpeg, etc) into PSP video files, as well as manage/copy these PSP video files between your PC and PSP.
  • Intervideo WinDVD 7.0 B27.115 - As the world's most popular software DVD player, WinDVD 7 continues the tradition of excellence by including the latest in high definition audio & video technologies, TrimensionDNM for the smoothest motion playback, and fun new features such as Quick Clip and Reverse Playback, to create the ultimate DVD experience.
  • LAME MP3 Encoder 3.97 beta 1 - LAME MP3 Encoder is the best mp3 encoder and is available for free! LAME originally stood for L AME A in't an M p3 E ncoder. LAME is an educational tool to be used for learning about MP3 encoding.
  • SpamPal 1.72v Beta - SpamPal (download) is a (free) mail classification program that can help separate your spam from the mail you really want to read.
  • Pdf995 7.54 - Pdf995 makes it easy and affordable to create professional-quality documents in the popular PDF file format. Its easy-to-use interface helps you to create PDF files by simply selecting the "print" command from any application, creating documents which can be viewed on any computer with a PDF viewer.
  • Foxit Reader 1.3 - Foxit Reader (1MB only!) is a free reader for PDF (eBook) documents.
  • XPize 4.0 MCE - XPize is a GUI enhancer for Windows XP and above. It replaces most of the non-XP icons, avis and bmps that Microsoft has always overlooked
  • Actual Title Buttons 3.7 - Actual Title Buttons (download) is intended both for home and corporate users who would like to optimize common windows management activities by utilizing hidden power of modern operating systems with just one mouse-click.
  • xpy 0.9 - xpy is a small tool which disables the default threats of a windows xp installation.
  • HD Tune 2.50 - HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which measures the performance,checks the health status by using SMART Error Scan: scans the surface for errors and more.
  • NVIDIA nForce 4 - 6.67 64-Bit - This nForce WinXP 64-bit driver package contains the below components: Audio driver version 4.62 (WHQL), Audio utility version 4.51, Ethernet NRM driver version 4.82 (WHQL), Network management tools version 4.85, SMBus driver version 4.48 (WHQL), Installer version 4.77, WinXP IDE PATARAID driver version 5.52, WinXP IDE SATARAID driver version 5.52 (WHQL), WinXP IDE SATA_IDE driver version 5.52 (WHQL), WinXP RAIDTOOL application version 4.82.
  • VIA AC97 Vinyl Audio driver 6.20m - The latest audio driver for VIA chipset motherboards with integrated sound.
  • Realtek AC'97 Drivers 3.76a WHQL - This driver supports all ALC series audio chipsets from ALC101 up to ALC861.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,16 2005 - tech
R520 benchmarked - tech
(hx) 01:36 PM EDT - Sep,16 2005 - Post a comment / read (5)
The chaps over at Hardware Analysis have posted pretty interesting benchmarks of ATI's R520-powered Radeon X1800 XT and Pro graphics cards. The cards are tested in Half-Life 2, DOOM 3, Far Cry, and Splinter Cell against a number of GeForce 7800s and 6800s, and ATI's own Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition:
Our conclusion is a mixed bag really. The benchmarks were run on release candidate drivers for the Radeon X1800 Pro and XT, hence performance is not likely to change much before launch. On the other hand ATI has been able to wring extra performance from their drivers in the past, so we'd expect them to be able to pull that off here as well. Overall it looks like the Radeon X1800 XT is good match for the GeForce 7800GTX, although in most games the GTX clearly takes the lead. The Radeon X1800 Pro is slightly slower than the GeForce 7800 GT, although not by much. Considering the fact that we've used a top-of-the-line AMD Athlon FX57 processor, with 1GB of OCZ DDR400 memory on the popular Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard your mileage may vary, we honestly don't know how these cards will do in a lower spec-ed system. With more pipelines, 24 vs. 16, the GeForce 7800 GT and GTX should have the advantage here.

Overall ATI has managed to finally bring the R520 architecture to market, although over 6-months late. If they had launched it earlier they'd have taken the market by storm, much like the GeForce 7800GTX did at launch. However it will now be a tough sell, the MSRP is around $599 for the Radeon X1800 XT, which is up to $150 more expensive than the GeForce 7800GTX which is faster overall. Same applies to the Radeon X1800 Pro, which will retail at $449, you can buy a GeForce 7800GTX for that amount of money, which honestly hands the Radeon X1800 Pro its own behind. For now it is clear that ATI has managed to launch a new line of graphics cards that keeps pace with NVIDIA's, kudos to them for staying competitive.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,15 2005 - tech
Western Digital's Caviar RE2 hard drive - tech
(hx) 06:10 PM EDT - Sep,15 2005 - Post a comment
TechReport take a look at Western Digital's Caviar RE2 hard drive that offers more than five times the capacity of the 74GB Raptor. Weighing in at 400GB, the RE2 spins at 7,200RPM, boasts 16MB of cache, supports Native Command Queuing, and is covered by Western Digital's five-year enterprise warranty. Best of all, the drive's cost per gigabyte is actually lower than 400GB desktop drives from other manufacturers. Here's a taster:
In the world of enterprise-ready 7,200-RPM Serial ATA drives, the Caviar RE2 has few competitors and no equals. Our IOMeter results paint a clear picture of the drive's performance under multi-user loads, and while it's not quite as fast as the Raptor, it dominates everything else. Combine that with a high storage density and an affordable price tag that's very un-enterprise-like, and the Caviar RE2 comes out as a definite winner for the workstation, server, and network attached storage applications that it was designed to tackle.

The Caviar RE2 a winner for a whole lot of other systems, too, in part thanks to that affordable price tag. Selling for only $220 online, the drive is less expensive than its closest competitors, Hitachi's Deskstar 7K400 and Seagate's 400GB Barracuda 7200.8. Not only is it cheaper, but the Caviar RE2 also has double the cache of the Hitachi and Seagate 400GB drives. Hitachi's drive lacks a five-year warranty and NCQ support, too.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,14 2005 - tech
Evening Tech Reading - Bill Gates takes on Google - tech
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SECURITY...

CRIME

  • Fake DVDs worth £1m seized in raid at west London home - They took away £400,000 worth of counterfeit stock and equipment as well as more than 50,000 CDs and DVDs which included Bollywood hits Salaam Namaste and My Wife's Murder. Also seized were 24 multi DVD burners, three photocopiers, three computers, a labelling machine and thousands of blank CDs and DVDs, said police.
  • Mass. teen pleads guilty in ISP, telecom hacking case - A Massachusetts teenager has pleaded guilty in federal court to hacking into the networks of Internet and telephone service providers, stealing someone's personal information and posting it online, according to a statement from Michael Sullivan, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts.

TECHNOLOGY...

  • Bill Gates takes on Google - Gates said: "So Google is not offering development capabilities yet. Of course, I expect they will. But they're not in that game at all today. In fact, they have this slogan that they are going to organize the world's information. Our slogan is that we are going to give people tools to let them organize the world's information. It's a slightly different approach, based on the platform-ization of all of our capabilities and not thinking of ourselves as the organizer.
  • Microsoft gets into the gadget business - Microsoft announced at PDC today that it is getting into the "gadget" business putting it in direct competition from a feature stand point with Apple's Dashboard and Yahoo's Widgets (Konfabulator). Gadgets, like widgets, are mini-applications that typically provide useful information or perform very simple desktop functionality. However, unlike widgets, they do not require a widget enabling program (i.e. such as Konfabulator, DesktopX Standard, Kapsules, etc.). They are stand-alone programs requiring on additional downloads.
  • Microsoft Demos with 'Expression' Design Tool Suite - Developers get a look at the Expression Studio Suite, which includes 'Acrylic' for graphic design, 'Sparkle' for animation and 'Quartz' for Web design.
  • New Yahoo Mail beta to be unveiled - Yahoo was set to unveil on Wednesday a limited public beta of its new Yahoo Mail service, featuring a new interface more like that of a desktop e-mail application and faster response time.
  • Google Launches New Blog Search Tool - The new search service, called Blog Search, went live on Wednesday in test (beta) form. Users can access it through various Web addresses, including one through Google and one through Blogger.com.
  • AMD64 Longevity Program - AMD has announced the addition of two new processors to its AMD64 Longevity program for embedded systems. The AMD64 Longevity program guarantees processor availability for five years, and currently covers several single- and dual-core Opteron processors.
  • TiVo 7.2 OS adds content protection, blocks transfers, and auto-deletes some shows - PVRblog has a story about TiVo's addition of content protectionin to its latest OS update.
  • AnandTech's R520, RV530 and RV515 Pre-NDA Extravaganza - Despite rumors that R520 may have as many as 32 pixel pipelines, AnandTech maintains that cards will launch with 16 pipes. These R520 cards will carry a Radeon X1800 moniker, and high-end XT and XL variants will be equipped with 512MB of memory. For the mid-range market, cards based on the RV530 will be known as the Radeon X1600 series. Equipped with 12 pixel pipelines, a 128-bit memory bus, and between 128MB and 512MB of memory, these cards are purported to have very low power consumption.
  • Intel gets licenses for both SLI and CrossFire - Intel's forthcoming high-end 975X chipset, which is expected to be launched in the first quarter of next year, will support both Nvidia's SLI and ATI Technologies' "CrossFire" dual-graphics technology, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.

HARDWARE... 

GUIDES...

  • 64-Bit Windows' Performance on Dual-Core - For this first installation of a two-part series investigating the performance of 64-bit Windows, ExtremeTech loaded up a test system with 2GB of RAM, an Athlon 64 X2 4800+, and a bunch of applications and benchmarks in both 64- and 32-bit flavors
  • Microsoft Knowledge Base article to help search the Knowledge Base! - Using keywords and query words in Knowledge Base articles may help you find the content that you are looking for more quickly. This article lists some of the most frequently used keywords and query words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.
  • MR Tech's Recommended Mozilla/Firefox Blocking Ads Methods - check it out!

SOFTWARE...

  • Microsoft Codename Max - Microsoft Max (Requires WinFX Runtime Components 3.0 Beta 2) lets you make lists of your photos and turn them into beautiful slide shows to share with your family and friends. Max is the codename for Microsoft's flagship application based on WinFX and Microsoft's new user experience.
  • phpMyAdmin 2.6.4 - phpMyAdmin can manage a whole MySQL-server (needs a super-user) but also a single database. To accomplish the latter you`ll need a properly set up MySQL-user who can read/write only the desired database.
  • Firefox 1.6 Alpha 1 - Please note this is a nightly/test version ~ download
  • FileZilla 2.2.16 - FileZilla is a fast FTP and SFTP client for Windows with a lot of features. Fixed bugs: - Fix parsing of URLs of the form ftp://user@host in the quickconnect bar; - Create empty directories if dropping files from Windows Explorer into FileZilla.
  • Macromedia Flash Player 8.0.22.0 - Macromedia Flash Player is the standard for delivering high-impact, rich Web content. Designs, animation, and application user interfaces are deployed immediately across all browsers and platforms, attracting and engaging users with a rich Web experience.
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver 8, Fireworks 8, Flash 8 Trials - download trial versions
  • FastStone Image Viewer 2.25 Beta - FastStone Image Viewer 2.25 (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 and more.
  • PSP Video 9 1.71 - PSP Video 9 is a free PSP video conversion and management application. It can convert regular PC video files (avi, mpeg, etc) into PSP video files, as well as manage/copy these PSP video files between your PC and PSP.
  • SpeedFan 4.26 - SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors fan speeds, temperatures and voltages in computers with hardware monitoring chips.
  • Rage3D Tweak CCC v1.1 - Rage3D Tweak CCC is a brand new tweak application that integrates directly into ATI's Catalyst Control Center (CCC) driver application and adds key tweak functions to the existing interface.
  • Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS and Audigy 4 Pro series driver 2.08.0002 WHQL - download - Changelog? We can only guess :(
  • Omega Catalyst 5.8 Drivers - After a long wait, the newest Omega Drivers for ATI have been released. For those of you who aren't familiar with these drivers, they are basically modified versions of the official ATI drivers to include more options and performance optimizations.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,13 2005 - tech
ATI's Crossfire technology benchmarks - tech
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After months of hype ATI's answer to SLI is nearing release. APC Labs has the scoop on how it perform.

For this first look they have run a limited set of benchmarks focused upon 1280x1024 screen resolution, so chosen because it is the standard resolution for the vast majority of LCD screens on the market. Alongside the dual X850XT cards our test setup used the ECS PA1 MVP Extreme motherboard, Pentium 4 3.73GHz Extreme Edition and 1GB of DDR2-667.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,10 2005 - tech
Saturday Tech Reading - tech
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SECURITY...

  • Mozilla offers temporary fix for Firefox flaw - The downloadable fix protects (download) against attacks that take advantage of a new, unpatched flaw that could let attackers secretly run malicious software on users' PCs. The flaw was disclosed late Thursday by security researcher Tom Ferris, sending Mozilla staff into damage-control mode.
  • Securing Mac OS X Tiger - Corsaire has released a guide to Securing Mac OS X Tiger (PDF) which addresses the new security features introduced through Tiger and presents some security good practice guidelines
  • Microsoft Windows CSRSS Local Privileges Escalation exploit - CSRSS is the user-mode part of the Win32 subsystem. Win32.sys is the kernel-mode portion of the Win32 subsystem. An attacker may gain a local elevated privileges by exploiting a vulnerability in CSRSS.

OFF-TOPIC...

TECHNOLOGY...

HARDWARE... 

GUIDES...

  • BIOS Optimization Guide Rev. 8.3 - This guide serves as a repository of knowledge on various BIOS options. It also serves as a guide on how best to optimize your BIOS.
  • ATI Shimmering - The shimmering issue rages on and ATI's new Catalyst 5.8 drivers are no exception.
  • How to avoid of detection of server application on Windows XP SP2 firewall - This trick use only modification of registry keys.Windows Xp SP2 firewall have list of allowed program in register which are not blocked.If you add new key to it,your server (malware or trojane) can run freely.

SOFTWARE...

  • Kernel 2.6.13.1 Final - Linux Kernel (changelog) has been updated again
  • Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 - download  ~ also known as the 1.8 Beta 4 milestone, this is the first beta release of the next major Firefox update and is aimed at testers, extension/theme authors and Web developers.
  • Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 Beta 1 - Mozilla Thunderbird is a redesign of the Mozilla mail component. In related news, Phoronix has just posted a new article on the beta.
  • QuickTime Alternative 1.61 - QuickTime Alternative 1.61 is released today. This new version is based on QuickTime 7.0.2.120, which adds support for H.264 and more, but it does not support Windows 95, 98, 98 SE and ME any longer.
  • FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder 20050909 - ffdshow is a DirectShow decoding filter for decompressing DIVX movies.

  • Azureus for Windows 2.3.0.5 Beta 23 - Azureus (homepage) is a Java based BitTorrent client that offers multiple torrent downloads, queuing/priority systems (on torrents and files), start/stop seeding options and instant access to numerous pieces of information about your torrents.
  • Shareaza 2.2.0.0 - Shareaza is a Gnutella file sharing program, allowing you to find and share audio, video, images, books, software and more on the net's coolest peer-to-peer network.
  • RivaTuner 2.0 RC 15.7 - Rivatuner is one of the (if not the) best Tweak Utilities available for NVIDIA GeForce and ATI Radeon based videocards.
  • zer0point Catalyst 0.5.8 - Based on The ATI Catalyst 5.8 Drivers ~ download.
  • NGO ATI Optimized Driver v2.5.8 - The NGO ATI Optimized Driver 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. This new version adds PCI Latency Tool by Audiotrak.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,08 2005 - tech
Thursday Tech Reading - tech
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SECURITY...

  • Symantec Patches Security Flaw - Symantec has issued a patch for a vulnerability in its corporate antivirus software that could allow an unauthorized person to access a company's servers. The flaw, in version 9 of its AntiVirus Corporate Edition product, exposes the server login name and password used by the administrator who authorizes updates to the software, Symantec says.
  • Microsoft Windows keybd_event validation vulnerability - As is Known, with the current Microsoft Security Model, applications that share the destkop are able to send messages between them. Every Desktop application is able to obtain the handle of every process executed in the same desktop. This feature and the possibility of any application to emulate a virtual keyboard by sending key strokes, allows every process to send messages and keys as if there were an interactive user.
  • Cisco IOS Firewall Authentication Proxy for FTP and Telnet Sessions Buffer Overflow - The Cisco IOS Firewall Authentication Proxy for FTP and/or Telnet Sessions feature in specific versions of Cisco IOS software is vulnerable to a remotely-exploitable buffer overflow condition. Devices that do not support, or are not configured for Firewall  Authentication Proxy for FTP and/or Telnet Services are not affected. Devices configured with only Authentication Proxy for HTTP and/or HTTPS are not affected. Only devices running certain versions of Cisco IOS are affected. Affected devices are those running IOS versions 12.2ZH and 12.2ZL, 12.3, 12.3T, 12.4 and 12.4T. Users can log-on to their Cisco device and enter the 'show version' command to determine which version of IOS it is running.
  • Internet satellite imagery under fire over security concerns  - Asian governments have expressed security concerns about easy access to detailed satellite images on the Internet, such as those used by rescuers in New Orleans, saying the technology could endanger sensitive sites.

OFF-TOPIC...

  • News Corporation buys game sites for $650 million - IGN Entertainment, the owners of super-popular gaming website IGN.com, has signed a definitive agreement to be bought out by Murdoch's News Corporation. News Corp will pay $650 million for a set of sites. For those not in the know, sites under the IGN network include IGN.com, GameSpy, GameSpy Arena, FilePlanet, TeamXbox, 3D Gamers, Direct2Drive, GameStats.com and a handful of sites under the Vault and Planet networks.
  • Scientists develop 'clever' artificial hand - Scientists have developed a new ultra-light limb that can mimic the movement in a real hand better than any currently available. The new hand, called the 'Southampton Remedi-Hand', can be connected to muscles in the arm via a small processing unit and is controlled by small contractions of the muscles which move the wrist.
  • $1bn pirates - The music industry will push for more than $1 billion in damages after its landmark court victory over internet music pirates Kazaa. The Sydney-based internet file-sharing company has had $30 million of its assets frozen as record companies try to recoup some of the estimated $3 billion lost in pirated music.
  • The BBC releases early videos for public use - The BBC has finally made good on its long standing promise to release its video archives on the internet - for free. Almost 100 clips, mostly from documentaries and science shows, were made available to the UK public for free - with an encouragement to viewers to mix and match the old footage for new creative endeavours.

TECHNOLOGY...

  • ATI Radeon X1800 "R520" - Interestingly, there are 16, 24 and 32 pipes versions but there are only 10 pieces of the 32 pipes versions exist currently. The core clock of the card is 650Mhz+ and memory at 1400Mhz. The R520 card uses 1.26ns GDDR3 memories. The 32 pipes R520 performance will exceed the GeForce 7800GTX. Another quick look at a REV02 sample of ATI's upcoming R520 graphics chip can be found on HKEPC
  • S3 Graphics Announces Chrome20 Series - The Chrome20 series of products use 90nm process technology. S3G have gone for low voltage and cool operating temperatures with Chrome20. They're also claiming the 'highest core clock of any GPU to date'...heh.
  • Logitech Unveils Smart Mouse - The new fangled mouse is capable of two-way communication with the PC, it can inform users when their mouse battery is low, and notify them when they receive an email or instant message. Other features include laser tracking, 10 buttons, volume control and probably too many other things.
  • Hefty hardware requirements for Windows Vista - Hardware vendors are going to love the news that Windows Vista is going to need very beefy hardware to run well. Nigel Page is a strategist with Microsoft Australia. He told APC that Vista would work best on a video card with more than 256MB RAM, 2GB of DDR3 memory and a S-ATA 2 hard drive.
  • Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer webcasts from Microsoft Business Summit - Bill Gates Shares Microsoft's Vision for Helping Midsize Businesses (56 Kbps / 100 Kbps / 300 Kbps)  / Steve Ballmer on Delivering Business Value to Midsize Companies (56 Kbps / 100 Kbps / 300 Kbps)
  • iTunes 5 announced - iTunes 5: Available today the player that has 85% market share globally will come with a new refined look. Users will be able to organise folders of playlists, Sync with Microsoft Outlook for contacts/calendar, parental tags and album reviews amongst the many new features.
  • iTunes Phone announced -  iTunes phone: Available in the US today with Cingular and due to hit globally by the end of September the iTunes Phone (Motorola ROKR) features an iTunes client inside. The phone has quad band GSM, camera, 100 song capacity and instant access to iTunes.
  • Harry Potter iPod announced - Available today the latest addition to the iPod family is the "potter pod". The iPod has the crest engraved on the back and Apple are exclusively distributing Harry Potter audio books via the iTunes Music Store.
  • iPod nano announced - Available today Jobs has announced a new flash based iPod Mini. The iPod nanois equiped with a color display and can support photos, uses a grey click wheel, and is 80 percent smaller in volume than the original iPod. The new device is flash based and will plug-in to existing iPod accessories. The device will include a 14hr battery and will be released in a 4GB version ($249) and a 2GB version ($199).
  • D-Link unveils wireless 'G' DVD player with Flash reader - The D-Link DSM-320RD supports component video, optical digital audio and coaxial digital audio connections. The MediaLounge DVD Player also sports a Multi-format Flash Card Reader. The device can play DVD, DVD±R/RW, Video CD, Kodak Picture CD, Music CD, MP3 and WMA audio files on CD-R/RW.
  • Father of Athlon 64 leaves AMD - Fred Weber, the chief technology officer at AMD and one of the executives often cited as being behind the company's turnaround, is leaving to invest in start-ups.
  • DVD reaches speed barrier - Panasonic and Hitachi-LG Data Storage have introduced 16x DVD-Ram drives for PCs, while Panasonic and Hitachi Maxell have introduced 16x DVD-Ram media. However, this looks to be the upper limit of DVD recording speeds for the time being.

HARDWARE... 

GUIDES...

  • Everything You Need to Know About Chipsets - Everything you need to know about chipsets is covered in this tutorial.
  • PCI Express Bus Tutorial - Everything you need to know about PCI Express bus.
  • Putting together a system for Media Center - Bit-Tech has published a 7-page guide to putting together a self-build system to run Windows Media Center.
  • Benefits of Upgrading Notebook Memory  - With memory being quite cheap at the moment compared to times of the past, now is a good time to consider adding extra memory to your notebook or desktop system.
  • The Different Levels Of RAID & What They Do - Techzone list all the RAID levels available and explain what they do.
  • Audio Restoration 101 - If you have dusty vinyl, crusty cassettes, disco-era 8-tracks, reel-to-reel tapes, or any other music media that need a digital face-lift, fear not; breathing new life into old formats is easier than ever.
  • VoIP 101 - At this point most people have probably heard of VoIP, and many may have used it, but they may not fully understand the basics of this rapidly expanding technology. This Tech Tip will take a look at some of the basic features, modes of operation, and other background information on one of the latest ways technology can be used to connect people.
  • Battlefield 2 Optimization Guide - The range of cards used in the guide is completely different this time around. Battlefield 2 is a very graphically intensive game requiring a fairly powerful CPU, a good amount of memory, and a strong graphics subsystem.

SOFTWARE...

  • PHP 5.0.5 Final - PHP 5.0.5 is now available for download. This version is a maintenance release, that contains numerous bug fixes, including security fixes to vulnerabilities found in the XMLRPC package.
  • Fiddler 1.0.1 - Fiddler is a HTTP Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP Traffic, set breakpoints, and "fiddle" with incoming or outgoing data. Fiddler is designed to be much simpler than using NetMon or Achilles, and includes a simple but powerful JScript.NET event-based scripting subsystem.
  • Paint.NET 2.2 Alpha 2 - Paint.NET is a photo and image editing tool designed for computers running Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000.
  • Remote Printer Manager ($50) - Remote Printer Manager (demo) is a sophisticated network management tool that allows network administrators to add, modify and remove printers on any Windows-based computer on their network.
  • ACDSee 8.0 (shw) - ACDSee (download) digital photo software makes it easy to import, view, organize, print, enhance, share and archive your digital photos.
  • XnView for Windows 1.80.3 - XnView is an efficient multimedia viewer, browser, and converter. It supports more than 400 graphic file formats (PNG, JPEG, TARGA, TIFF, GIF, BMP, and more). This utility also supports animated GIF, multipage TIFF, multiimage icon and MPEG, AVI, WAV, AIFF, and QuickTime files.
  • FastStone Image Viewer 2.24 Beta Build 2005-09-06 - 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 and more.
  • QuickTime 7.02 - QuickTime 7 (download) is Apple's cutting-edge digital media software for both Mac and Windows-based computers delivers unparalleled quality for creating, playing and streaming audio and video content over the Internet. Besides playing MPEG-4 and MP3 content, it supports timecode tracks as well as MIDI standards such as the Roland Sound Canvas and GS format extensions
  • Apple iTunes 5.0 - iTunes 5 (download) lets you enjoy all sorts of sounds, from podcasts of your favorite radio shows to new music to bestselling audiobooks.
  • Jet-Audio 6.22 - Jet-Audio (release notes / download) features an impressive home audio system interface, including independent A/V components for Digital Signal Processor, Audio CD Player, Digital Audio (MP3, RA, etc.), MIDI (MID, MOD etc.), and Digital Video (AVI, MPG, MOV, etc.), along with a Mixer and a Remote Controller.
  • DVD Region+CSS Free 5.9.4.0 - DVD Region+CSS Free enables you to watch and copy any region code CSS-encrypted DVD movies on any DVD drive! It fully supports region-protected (RPC2) DVD drives, and does not require any firmware modifications. It will work, even if you can not change the DVD drive's region anymore.
  • ratDVD v0.76 - ratDVD is rapidly becoming popular on the internet. The software takes a full featured DVD movie and puts it into a highly compressed .ratDVD container format file - while preserving all the features of the original DVD. This release adds an ISO Image Plug-In, new playback components and of course some bug fixes.
  • Winamp 5.1 Surround Edition - In this release they have added 5.1 surround sound, aswell as new encoders (ACCPlus & WMA). Also they have added a new playlist generator
  • ZoneAlarm Free 6.0.667.000 - ZoneAlarm includes five interlocking security services that deliver easy-to-use, comprehensive protection. Unlike any other security utility, it incorporates a firewall, Application Control, an Internet Lock, dynamically assigned Security Levels and Zones. Combined, these elements yield the strongest security possible
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,06 2005 - tech
Microsoft Unveils Laser Gaming Mouse - tech
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Microsoft today unveiled its first wired laser mouse, outfitted with enhanced gaming performance features as part of its new Game Precision Series. Word is: "delivering superior performance and control, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000 is sure to give every gamer an edge when battling on the PC."
Microsoft's first wired laser mouse delivers maximum precision and superior control for work and play on the PC. Its ergonomic design provides outstanding comfort, and the advanced laser technology delivers superior accuracy and performance, making this mouse ideal for everyday use on a desktop.

Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000 has advanced software features that include a Precision Booster, enabling users to shift between ultrafast speed and precision control for targeting, and a Gaming Toggle that lets users easily switch between favorite weapons or program frequently used action sequences -- all with the touch of a button.

The thin, flexible cord is great for agility and movement -- the closest feeling to wireless while still having a wire. The scroll wheel with detents is great for desktop navigation and gaming, for amazingly accurate in-game weapons changing and scrolling. In addition, productivity-boosting features including a new Magnifier tool, for real-time enlargement and editing, deliver maximum efficiency on the PC.

Consistent Game Control
Joining the Game Precision Series later this year will be the new Xbox 360 Controller for Windows, a wired gaming controller that works with Windows XP-based PCs and the new Xbox 360 system to deliver a consistent gaming entertainment experience across Microsoft's gaming platforms.
The new Laser Mouse 6000 will be widely available by October 2005, and the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows will be widely available in November 2005 for the following estimated retail prices: Laser Mouse 6000: $54.95 (U.S.), Xbox 360 Controller for Windows: $44.95 (U.S.).
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,05 2005 - tech
Monday Tech Madness - tech
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SECURITY...

  • Arabic Trojan butts into porn surfing  - Security experts today issued a warning after detecting a malicious Trojan horse which tries to interrupt the surfing of adult websites by displaying messages from the Koran. The Yusufali-A Trojan monitors users' surfing habits by examining the title bar of the active window. If the Trojan finds a key word such as 'teen', 'xx', 'sex' or 'penis', it minimises the window so that the user cannot see its content and displays a message from the Koran instead.
  • New technology may increase ID theft, scientist says - Identity cards and chip and pin technology for credit cards will force fraudsters to be more creative and are unlikely to alleviate the problem.
  • OpenSSH Two Security Issues - Two security issues have been reported in OpenSSH, which can be exploited malicious users to gain escalated privileges or bypass certain security restrictions.
  • mod_ssl "SSLVerifyClient" Security Bypass Security Issue - A security issue has been reported in mod_ssl, which potentially can be exploited by malicious people to bypass certain security restrictions
  • OpenSSH 4.2 - OpenSSH 4.2 has been released. OpenSSH is a 100% complete SSH protocol version 1.3, 1.5 and 2.0 implementation and includes sftp client and server support.

TECHNOLOGY...

  • ECS Editors' Day Coverage - @ Bjorn3D / @ Legit Reviews
  • Via Announces the P4M800 Pro - Via announced the launch of the Via P4M800 Pro chipset, providing affordable and scalable IGP (Integrated Graphics Processor) solutions, with multimedia and connectivity features for the mainstream and fast-growing entry-level PC markets
  • Intel's 65nm Pentium Extreme Edition to get 1066MHz FSB - Intel's dual-core Pentium Extreme Edition will gain support for the chip maker's 1066MHz frontside bus when it enters the 65nm era, if a company roadmap slide leaked onto the Web is to be believed.
  • Europe is not ready for HD TV - So why has HDTV been so long in taking off in Europe? Thomas Wrede, VP of product management for SES Astra, speaking at the HDTV DisplayForum in Berlin argues that consumers need confidence that new HDTV devices can really display high defiition pictures and are fully interoperable. This was far from clear two years ago, when existing HDTV in Europe via satellite had a vast difference in quality on some of the displays, with apparently HD ready devices only having around 576p resolution or below.
  • Kazaa hit by file-sharing ruling - An Australian court has ruled that the popular file-swapping program Kazaa urged its users to breach copyright. The Federal Court ordered Kazaa's owners, Sharman Networks, to modify the software to prevent further piracy.
  • Macrovision Attacks P2P Networks - The recording, movie and game industries are hoping to disrupt activities on P2P networks by flooding them with fake files and corrupted search results: Welcome to the world of Hawkeye - Macrovision's latest weapon in the War on File-Sharing.
  • Microsoft and Google: Anything you can do...- UK newspaper The Times has reported that Microsoft has bought Teleo, a provider of Internet telephony software and services. Microsoft plans to 'incorporate and expand' on Teleo products, linking them into the software behind its MSN portal. Microsoft could now add 'click-to-call' features to Outlook or Internet Explorer, its Internet browser, so users can call online contacts.
  • Skype gets first mobile users - Skype has signed its first ever deal with a mobile phone company in a move that integrates VoIP calls with a traditional cellular mobile phone service.
  • Mini-projector Prototype Developed - Epson has announced that it has succeeded in developing a prototype postcard-sized mini-projector using an LED light source. With a footprint of 13.8 by 10.3 centimeters, the 500-gram prototype can fit into the palm of a hand.

HARDWARE... 

GUIDES...

SOFTWARE...

  • OpenSSH 4.2 - OpenSSH 4.2 has been released. OpenSSH is a 100% complete SSH protocol version 1.3, 1.5 and 2.0 implementation and includes sftp client and server support.
  • FreePortScanner v2.0 - Free Port Scanner (download) is a small, fast, easy-to-use and robust port scanner for the Win32 platform. You can scan ports on fast machines in a few seconds and can perform scan on predefined port ranges.The tool is designed with a user-friendly interface and is easy to use. FileZillla Server 0.9.10 - FileZilla Server is a reliable FTP server.
  • KeePass Password Safe 1.02 - KeePass Password Safe (download) is a free/open-source password safe or manager which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key-disk.
  • BSPlayer 1.36 Build 825 - BSplayer is a Windows player that plays back all kinds of media files ( avi / mpg / asf / wmv / wav / mp3...) and specialises in video and divx playback
  • DHzer0point 0.7803 (based on the Nvidia 7803 Beta Drivers) - The DHzer0point philosophy is Quality First, Last and Always. Image quality, Driver quality and Performance quality. You're games should run as fast and look as good as possible, with as few problems as you've ever seen.
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