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Wednesday Evening (15 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 7-February-2007  21:49:20 (GMT +10) - by Rational

For those who are on the East coast and are interested you can check out the BOM Radar Loop for the storm we are experiencing right now.

DailyTech has posted an interesting article about extending the Vista activation grace period to 120 days without any cracks. This allows somebody to potentially run any Windows Vista edition without a product key for 120 days. "Unlike other methods that freeze the activation countdown timer, extending the trial to 120 days requires no hacking, cracking or illegal third party files. All one needs to do is log into Windows Vista with administrator rights, launch the command prompt and type in: slmgr Ėrearm. After a restart, the countdown timer will have reset to ď43200 minute(s) (30 day(s).Ē Windows Vista will allow you to perform this operation a maximum of three times."

For those who want to play it safe and stick with XP, here are some optimization tips for Windows XP. "I thought that now that Iíve already moved one of my PCs over to Vista, and the second one will be moving over next week, itíd be nice to pull all of these tips into one single guide for all of you who know better and are sticking with XP! Iíve also updated these tips based on the feedback received through comments."

The Chinese anti satellite test has raised concerns over space debris and the danger to other satellites. NYTimes has a nice picture which gives you an idea of what is happening. "Scientists fear that the number of objects in space means that a collision with a craft or an orbiting satellite is now inevitable, leading to a chain reaction and a cascade of collisions."

The Tech Republic has posted ten Vista myths ranging from the genuinely logical to crazy FUD. "Now that Windows Vista has officially launched and is available to consumers, everybody's talking about it. Unfortunately, a lot of what I'm hearing--from both Windows fans and the ABM (Anybody But Microsoft) crowd--needs to be taken with a grain of salt. In many cases, what the information lacks in accuracy, it makes up for in sensationalism. But how do you sort through all the hype and get a real picture of what the new OS will and won't do for you?"

A study has shown links between action games and improved eyesight. I wonder how many people will now use this as an excuse to relax and play some BF2? "The study - overseen by Daphne Bavelier, a professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the university - examined the eyesight of non-video gamer students at the university (a tall order to find in this day and age) and tracked changes that took place after they played either Unreal Tournament or Tetris several hours a day over the course of a month."

According to ExtremeTech AMD will be one year behind Intel in the race to a 45nm process. "Computer processor maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has made test chips using next-generation techniques and is on track to launch those products in the second quarter of 2008, the company's new manufacturing chief said. AMD, the No. 2 computer processor supplier behind Intel Corp., also said it will hit a key production milestone in the next few months when output of chips using current state-of-the-art gear surpasses production of those made with older techniques."

With all the talk of space junk and other crazy space stuff I thought that this article might be interesting. It is about project West Ford which aimed to create a ring of little antennas around the Earth. "The US Military looked to space to help solve their communications weakness. Their solution was to create an artificial ionosphere. In May 1963, the US Air Force launched 480 million tiny copper needles that briefly created a ring encircling the entire globe. They called it Project West Ford. The engineers behind the project hoped that it would serve as a prototype for two more permanent rings that would forever guarantee their ability to communicate across the globe."

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