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Sunday Morning (6 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 18-June-2006  03:08:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

From David: In light of your podcast, this may be interesting news and something the OCAU community would want to get behind. I have posted this up in Current Events. Hope this is the best method to reach the OCAU community for this type of issue. The issue in question is overly-harsh anti-circumvention laws being enacted in Australia as part of our Fair Trade Agreement with the USA. As noted, there's some interesting commentary on this issue in Episode 10 of the OCAU podcast.

A zillion people sent word that Bill Gates is stepping down from Microsoft and focussing on his charity work. Microsoft chief technical officer Ray Ozzie will immediately assume Gates' title as chief software architect and begin working with Gates on overseeing all software technical design.

Bit-Tech toured the ECS factory in Shenzen, China. We track the progress of a motherboard from the start of the production line to the finish. See how it gets soldered, coppered, scanned, tested, etched and polished off.

Phoronix have an article on Intel DDR2 FB-DIMM performance. FB-DIMM is short for Fully Buffered Dual Inline Memory Module, and is primarily designed for mission-critical server environments that require maximum performance with minimal errors. FB-DIMMs are designed to bring the best traits from DDR2 memory while combining a new point-to-point serial memory interface.

WindowsSecrets reckon that Windows Genuine Advantage is nothing less than Microsoft spyware, thanks Gecko. The WGA Validation Tool contacts a Microsoft server every time a PC is booted up and every 24 hours after that.

An ancient device found in a 2000-year-old shipwreck has turned out to be an ancient computer, for astronomy calculations. Scooped out of a Roman shipwreck in 1900 by sponge divers near the southern Greek island of Antikythera, and kept at the Athens National Archaeological Museum, the Mechanism contains over 30 bronze wheels and dials, and is covered in astronomical inscriptions.

This PCWorld article says that Vista will require hybrid disks, but my reading of the details is that hybrid disks (being hard drives with large flash memory caches) are encouraged and if used will need to meet certain guidelines, but normal HDD's will still work. Certainly useful for laptops etc, minimising power usage from spinning the HDD motor.

Zerro sent in this floppy drive RAID experiment. Bored geeks can be scary sometimes. We learned a couple important things...first...floppys can't keep up with streaming video. Streaming audio is okay but if you want it better...use a hard drive. :-)

From DavoRulz: “Weird Al” Yankovic has released a new track ripping off James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful”. Al’s “You’re Pitiful” is available as a free download on his website, forum thread here. Another funny song from Al. :)

A timewaster from Alex, where you can make your own ad for the Socceroos. Speaking of which, 2AM Monday morning (ie, Sunday night) is kickoff for the Aus vs Brazil game!

Another timewaster, this time from PodgeSSS.. it's a real-world shooting game. Seems a glue company is proving how strong its glue is, by letting internet users shoot a hanging test dummy with an internet-controlled ball gun. Interesting..

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