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 Wednesday, 24-January-2007  20:51:48 (GMT +10) - by Rational

According to the SMH Microsoft has paid a blogger to edit Wikipedia in favor of Microsoft. Thanks Simon for the link. "Microsoft has landed in the Wikipedia doghouse today after it offered to pay an Australian blogger to change technical articles on the community-produced web encyclopedia site."

Some Aussie bloke has tried to sell his life on eBay. "An Australian man who agreed to sell his "life" on eBay for 7,500 Australian US dollars (US$5,875; euro4,500) said Wednesday he is prepared to go through with the deal if the buyer pays cash."

Apparently winds blew in the opposite direction over North America during the last ice age significantly changing the way weather formed. "'In this study, we found evidence that during the last glacial period, about 14,000 to 36,000 years ago, the prevailing wind in this zone was easterly, and marine moisture came predominantly from the East Coast,' said lead study author Xiahong Feng of Dartmouth College."

This article takes a look at UPSs and what they do. "Most people notice power fluctuations only when light bulbs flicker or when there is a complete blackout. But power supply is rarely without glitches. From time to time there are surges, spikes, and brownouts - extended periods of low voltage - that people don't even notice. For electronic equipment even such minor aberrations can be fatal. As far as computer equipment goes, disk drives are among the most susceptible to power supply problems. With a drive goes your data. Therefore, UPS can be one of the smartest investments you can make."

Bit-Tech has taken a look at classic games which should be remastered with modern technology. "The 256-colour, 320x200 graphics of yesteryear are a little hard to look at no matter what the game. So, time and energy goes into developing the sequel. But by definition, a sequel has to somehow be different from the original - as if it needs to warrant a new release. Try as they might, the publishers often can't seem to get a sequel that feels enough like the original to even deserve the same name."

With the upcoming release of Vista there are a few links you may be interested in. Techgage has done a Vista version comparison and listed a few Vista annoyances. Matt has sent in this article which looks at the adoption of Vista and how long that will take.

Today's timewaster is DXBall which in my opinion is one of the best breakout style arcade games ever. Requires DirectX 3.0 or greater.

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