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 Tuesday, 3-April-2007  21:22:34 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Telstra has revived its plans to install fibre to the node (FTTN) costing at least $4 billion. TELSTRA has dusted off its project to build a residential broadband network worth at least $4 billion, laying out a proposal for competitor access at a closed industry meeting in Sydney last Wednesday. The updated network plan for a fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) network features the latest copper-wire-based broadband technology, VDSL2, which offers speeds of up to 100Mb per second, five times faster than currently available ADSL2+. The plan is also likely to strand up to $500 million worth of investment in ADSL2+ technology by Telstra's rivals, including Optus, iiNet, Primus and Internode, people at the presentation told The Australian.

It seems that the Dutch are planning a open source car in a similar fasion to the open source cola recipie from a while back. Thanks Matt for the link. We've started seeing some of the effects come through too, even if not in true collaborative models, at least in the sharing of information (you could argue that generic drugs legislation is opening the source code of pharmaceuticals). Now, according to this article on the Core 77 blog, a project in the Netherlands is trying to bring about an open source car. The c,mm,n (pronounced "common" - awful name, all those commas) is a joint project kicked off by the Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment and three universities:

Ambush sent in this guide for adding an external antenna for your ASUS WL-176G USB WiFi adapter. This might be useful for people interesting in wardriving (the legal kind ;)) or improving your own weak WiFi signals.

PureOverclock have posted a guide to choosing a flat panel monitor. The aim of this article is to make the process simpler for you, the buyer, by demystifying some of the more important aspects to consider when looking for a TFT monitor, as well as looking at some of the recent trends in the market which may impact your purchasing decision -- Which panel technology is most suited to your needs? Does bigger mean better? What else should you consider when choosing a screen? I'll attempt to answer these questions, and along the way we'll look at some specific models worth looking out for.

Australia has maintained its world technology ranking coming in at 15th out of 122 nations surveyed. The United States, which topped the World Economic Forum's "networked readiness index" in 2006, slipped to seventh in the 2007 survey. The study largely blamed increased political and corporate interference in the judicial system. Meanwhile, Australia remained unchanged at 15th out of 122 nations surveyed in the report, trailing Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Canada. The index, which measures the range of factors that affect a country's ability to harness information technologies for economic competitiveness and development, also cited the US's low rate of mobile telephone usage, a lack of government leadership in information technology and the low quality of mathematics and science education.

The venerable x86 standard is still managing to hold up even after the many processor advancements in the last 30 years. Few computing technologies from the late 1970s endure today, with one notable exception: the fundamental marching orders for the vast majority of the world's computers. The x86 instruction set architecture (ISA), used today in more than 90 percent of the world's PCs and servers, hit the marketplace in 1978 as part of Intel's 8086 chip.

Check out this this funny little device from Thermaltake that provides additional power to devices in your PC, like a secondary power supply to take load off the primary one. With each new generation of high-end video cards the demand for power just keeps growing. Not only does the separate video cards need more power, using two in SLI or Crossfire mode increases the power demand even more. It is of course possible to just buy a new more powerful PSU every time you upgrade but that is not always practical, especially if you have a PSU that you are happy with and do not want to have to replace.



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