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Friday Afternoon (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 1-July-2005  13:17:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Well, here we are in July. That means one thing: Tax time. A few people sent word that there's a new version of ETAX available from the ATO. Doesn't seem to be a Linux version.

Xbit compared a huge pile of DVD media. We did our best to take into account most of your comments and suggestions and today we would like to offer you another extensive test session of over 20 different DVD media disks burned on four different drives.

Dan has a gargantuan letters column. In this issue: Dell backlights, buzzy fans, headset options, anti-PHB telephone technology, metallic printing, zinc-air batteries, ergonomic clicky keyboards, how to royally screw a Windows filesystem, parser problems, electrifying yourself for Halloween, the House That Kills Computers, making magnets, hydrogen cars that don't work, hydrogen cars that DO work, mysterious powers, more magnets for the gullible, I-C3 in detail, more magic battery stickers, and entertainment from the spam brigade.

Phoronix interviewed someone from XGI, maker of somewhat obscure video processors. Among other things, we learned that XGI Tech will finally be supporting the Linux 2.6 kernel in September of 2005

Nick spotted this Windows 2000 update rollup for SP4, containing: All security updates produced for Windows 2000 between the time SP4 was released and April 30, 2005, when the contents of the Update Rollup were finalized for testing by Microsoft.

From Dinuc: The July Iron Photographer Challenge is now up, a very interesting one set by koma_white, winner of the May challenge. Also the Top Ten list is open for selecting the final ten for the June challenge.

TheTechZone have some more info about the AMD vs Intel lawsuit, including some of the specific allegations.

HotHardware compared a couple of i945P-based LGA775 motherboards, the Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 and Gigabyte GA-8I945P-G.

BigBruin have a Gaming Graphics Glossary, in case you still think artefacts are things you dig out of the ground.

Today's timewaster actually comes from my Mum - it's an IQ puzzle thing on the Ripleys site. Hi Mum! (Mrs. Rolfe, James keeps hitting me! - Sciby)

Interesting Forum Threads:
Pure MySQL database server? in SMP & Clustering.
Google Earth has just been released in General Software.
Very critical Exchange problem in Windows Operating Systems.
Microsoft Sets Visual Studio, SQL Server, BizTalk Server Launch Date in Graphics and Programming.
PC upgrade or console? in Games.

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