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Wednesday Morning (25 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-February-2006  02:49:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AOL and Yahoo's recently announced plans to charge for emails to pass spam filters has been snubbed by Australia's largest online media company and security experts. "Premium spam is still spam," said James Turner, security analyst at Frost & Sullivan, who believes that a better idea would be to turn the situation around and allow users to choose the spam they receive -- and keep the one cent charge as a reward. Man, I'd be making a fortune!

Darkness spotted this movie quiz. I got about 17/30 before I needed help. He also sent in this intelligence test.. 29/33 so far.. hmm.. and part 2, etc.

Intel and AMD have given us a sneak peek at their latest server chips. Presently, Intel and AMD dual-core chips sport segregated caches; dual-core chips from IBM come with a unified cache.

If you happen to buy the billionth song from iTunes, you could win a swag of stuff.. a 20-inch iMac, 10 60GB iPods, and a $10,000 iTunes Music Card to jumpstart your digital music collection.

IBM and Freescale reckon their Power Processor business will be better off now that Apple isn't buying loads of them anymore. Hmm, ok then. The two vendors ships tens of millions of the chips a year and say business will improve now that they don't have to devote resources to slow-selling Apple PCs.

Thetron spotted this hilarious trailer of Fight Club, one of my all-time favourite movies, remixed as a romantic comedy.

TheTechZone have a guide to choosing an LCD for gaming. Meanwhile LaptopLifestyle consider the best gaming laptop from Alienware, Rockdirect or Dell. LaptopGamers cover building a custom laptop for gaming.

Phoronix consider Xinerama vs TwinView. Eh? When it comes to a multi-headed environment under Linux, there are two popular options for consumers -- Xinerama and TwinView. Ahh.

I spotted this free Photoshop competitor in my wanderings. Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

Hitachi have created the smallest IC to date, so small you could embed it in a sheet of paper. The enhanced compactness and thinness of this new chip has further broadened the range of possible applications, including securities like gift certificates and a large variety of certificates.

Wired have their Vapourware List for 2005 published. Lots of votes were cast for the nifty-looking Optimus keyboard -- a configurable keyboard with a little screen on each key to denote its function.

An interesting little snippet from Draffa: "I was pretty surprised to hear an executive from Microsoft describe his company's strategy as intentionally anti-competitive and intended solely to freeze out certain classes of operators rather than maximizing its profits through producing a better product and charging a fair price for it."

T-Break tackle HTPC building. After looking at a couple of HTPC chassis, today we take a look at some of the components that we feel would make a good HTPC.

From White Rhino: Yay for the RIAA. Their top dollar lawyers have sued yet another evil doer - one with no computer. I wish I could access the internet with no computer - that'd save me bundles on hardware - let alone sharing music. They've already sued a corpse, so what next? Inanimate objects? Maybe my old fridge :/

XYZComputing have an interview with a moving to linux book author, while PCMech suggest how to deal with blue screens of death in Windows.

NordicHW spent some time overclocking X1900XTX and X1900 CrossFire setups, while the Linux port of X2 - The Threat BETA 4 with ATI hardware is covered on Phoronix.

From jz: Forget Microsoft's monthly updates and Sony's DRM issues - check out the results of the worlds first Aussie Security Geek Band, RootKit, and their debut single "Patch Me Up". Patch Me Up music video here. Referenced by blogs here and here.

Interesting Forum Threads:
Holophonic sound - scary stuff in PC Audio.
Warranty please, I left my card on the BBQ :( in Video Cards.
The Incredible 920! in Intel Hardware.
6280 Mini Review in Mobile Phones.
Computers in the bedroom in Sport, Fitness & Health.
2006 R6 - 17,500rpm! (or not) in Motoring.
Today I discovered the reason for warning labels on spraycans in Motoring.
Wasps make zombie slave roaches in The Pub.



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