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Thursday Afternoon (11 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 26-April-2007  15:28:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A town in Iowa has laid claim to being Captain Kirk's future birthplace. "Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry wrote a book saying Kirk will be born in Iowa, but didn't say where," said Miller. "So I thought 'why not here?"'

Turns out CD sales are NOT plummeting, as some would have you believe. The volume of CD albums shipped in by the Australian arm of the global music business jumped by 7.9 per cent to 49.8 million last year. Only 2003 was a better year, with 50.6 million units moved here. Look again at the numbers: the two strongest years came after the iPod.

A warning from SecretSquirrel: A good mate who is an IT geek at work got hit with an MSN live hijack in vista. I got a msg from him " i found your perfect partner xyz.perfectpartner.com ......." I clicked and it asked me to D/L a file. I didnt because i found it out of the ord that he would send me to a site like that. I called him and he was blown away. He did open it when he got the link because it came from a trusted friend. The hijack opens msn windows and sends the link to everyone on your contact list. There seems to be a fix, with a description of the problem here. I dont know much more about the payload or damage. I am just sending this as a warning, even with ppl you know.

Apparently there's a vulnerability in Photoshop too, according to Secunia. The vulnerability is caused due to an error within the handling of Bitmap files (e.g. .BMP, .DIB, .RLE) and can be exploited to cause a stack-based buffer overflow via a specially crafted Bitmap file.

Marc spotted some photos from a recent I Am 8 Bit show celebrating oldschool gaming. We took over a hundred photos of the show so you can check out most of the classic game creations that were on display. MANY pics on that page.

Tweaktown checked out a 16GB solid-state hard drive from Team Group. Since there are no moving parts inside an SSD, the reliability and operating shock resistance is much higher than those of hard disk drives. The Team SSD is able to withstand up to 1000G of operating shock whilst most notebook drives are only able to withstand 300G.

Justin spotted a new high-performance processor prototype called TRIPS. TRIPS is a demonstration of a new class of processing architectures called Explicit Data Graph Execution (EDGE). Unlike conventional architectures that process one instruction at a time, EDGE can process large blocks of information all at once and more efficiently.

HotHardware checked out Intel's Dual Quad "V8" Xeon setup. The enterprise platform that this box was built around is based on Intel's 5000X chipset, aka Blackford, and it supports up to 32GB of FBDIMM serial memory. HotHardware has a component build-up of a more current Intel V8 machine here, with preliminary benchmarks, pictures and more details on this 8-core dual Xeon powerhouse.

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