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 Wednesday, 13-March-2019  15:59:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The world wide web turns 30 this year, and we owe thanks to Tim Berners-Lee. His proposal, “Information Management: A Proposal,” was the beginning of http, urls and html. Today, roughly half the world is online and nearly 2 billion websites exist. Scary to think that OCAU has existed for 20 of those years.

On that note, the National Library of Australia has an Australian Web Archive going back to 1996. The Australian Web Archive captures over twenty years of website snapshots of our cultural and social history. The oldest snapshot of OCAU seems to be from March 2000.

Microsoft have confirmed a recent Windows 10 patch causes gaming issues. Microsoft claimed that it’s currently working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. Still, and as a workaround, PC gamers can uninstall KB4482887 to regain performance.

Meanwhile Windows 7 will start nagging you about being end of life soon, thanks TJ. For those organizations that intended to keep using Windows 7 beyond its January 14, 2020 cut-off date, Microsoft has up to three years of paid fixes through its new Extended Security Update (ESU) scheme. I am typing this on a Windows 7 Pro PC, hrm.

TechSpot checked out five FreeSync monitors from LG. Earlier this year we first put Nvidia's support for FreeSync monitors to the test, grabbed every FreeSync monitor we had in the office, and verified that in all cases adaptive sync worked as expected. LG recently sent us 5 of their latest FreeSync monitors, which we've used to revisit Nvidia's FreeSync support.

G.Skill have a worldwide overclocking contest. The online qualifier competition stage will be held from March 13, 2019 until April 16, 2019 on hwbot.org. The top 9 winners of the online qualifier will be qualified to join the live competition at the G.SKILL booth during Computex 2019 week from May 29th to 31st and compete for a chunk of the $25,000 USD cash prize pool.

This pretty much just sounds like buzzword bingo, but apparently an Australian company is going to use blockchain to block piracy. “The virtual video files are stored within the blockchain - the way cryptocurrency is today - meaning that the protective power of blockchain can be applied to video for the first time,” he said. Mr Richardson said uploading these virtual video files to blockchain will give rights holders complete control and visibility over access.

GPS might, but probably won't, break soon. GPS was originally designed to timestamp signals using a system that counts weeks using a 10-digit field that tops out at 1024 weeks (~19.7 years). It expresses the time of a signal sent by satellite in weeks and seconds into the week. For a few reasons, a GPS receiver on the ground has to take that signal and calculate the current date as part of the processes it uses to determine location. Once that ten digit field in legacy GPS devices fills up it resets to zero, and that could cause problems. Once again I'm slightly miffed about the way the article downplays the Y2K issue as a hoax, ignoring the hard work of many people to get systems up to date in time for Y2K, which was the main reason why nothing bad happened. But it's been 19 years and I'm over it now. Honest.

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