Archive for February, 2007

CompUSA Closing Up Shop…126 Shops To Be Exact

February 28, 2007

Following Circuit City’s lead on closing 69 stores, CompUSA is now said to be closing 126.

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A Vista Bug Already? No Way!

February 27, 2007

Way!  Not much more than a little aggravation, but hey, a bug is a bug right?

“A bug in Windows Vista’s built-in antipiracy technology is telling some users that they need to reactivate the operating system after they install new device drivers or run newly installed software.

Microsoft Corp. quietly issued a patch designed to fix the flaw in its Software Protection Platform (SPP) technology late last month. Criticized by some when it was announced last fall, SPP is an updated and more aggressive version of the Windows Genuine Advantage antipiracy tools that Microsoft included with Windows XP. But because of the bug, SPP may suddenly demand that a copy of Vista be “activated” even though the user and/or the computer maker did so earlier.

“You may be prompted to activate Windows Vista on a computer on which Windows Vista activation was not previously required,” Microsoft said in a support document last updated Feb. 15. “Although this problem rarely occurs, it may occur during typical use of a Windows Vista-based computer. For example, this problem may occur under one or more of the following conditions: You install a device driver, you install a program, you run a new program, you remove a program.””

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Army to Test Paralysis Inducer for Crowd Control

February 23, 2007

This would be fun to play with.

“The United States military has been working for quite some time on advanced non-lethal weapons to use in combat situations. Non-lethal weapons can be effectively used against insurgents or unruly crowds of people that could pose a threat to troops.

In December, DailyTech reported on the USAF’s Active Denial System (ADS) which shoots millimeter waves at human targets causing their skin to feel like it’s on fire. The USAF likes to quip that the ADS has a “Goodbye effect” which causes its “victims” to instinctively run away from the source of the beam.

Now we hear that the US Army is working on a non-lethal weapon of its own to use for crowd control. The US Army has developed the Aviation Applied-Technology Directorate (AATD) which uses a 7.3 million candela strobe floodlight system to incapacitate crowds of people.”

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Review of User Startpages (Netvibes, etc.)

February 23, 2007

No love for MyOwnSite.us though. 😦

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Test Your Internet Connection Speed

February 23, 2007

It was pretty accurate at reporting mine, give yours a shot.

Speedtest.net

Google Apps Premier – A Bad Idea

February 22, 2007

Hmm…let’s see, we’ve got downtime, and plenty of security issues, here’s an idea, put all of your business apps in their hands! Yeah right.

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Google Desktop Search exposing user files?

February 21, 2007

“A potentially devastating hole in Google Inc.’s prevalent desktop search product could have exposed personal files on users’ computers to data thieves.”

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Run .NET apps in Linux

February 21, 2007

Now this is something that could help Linux out quite a bit.  Especially if your favorite Windows-only apps are developed using .NET.

Mono – open source tool allowing Linux to run the .NET apps

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Multi-core and multi-CPU aware NICs

February 21, 2007

This week Sun Microsystems announced that it has become the world’s first major vendor of 10gigabit Ethernet network cards. Sun had been working on a project called Neptune for the majority of 2006, which was to introduce 10GbE devices to the market, first and foremost on its own systems. According to Sun, its 10GbE adapter is also the world’s first to employ multi-threading technology. According to Sun, the adapter is aware of multi-processor or multi-core systems, and is able to bind threads to specific processor affinities for greater throughput and efficiency.”

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Apple infringing on more patents?

February 21, 2007

This is a surprise?  It’s how they got their start!

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