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 Thursday, 31-May-2007  18:43:45 (GMT +10) - by Rational

From CeeJay: According to the Inquirer, Valve will be releasing Half-life 2 : Lost Coast and Half-life 2 : Multiplayer for free to all owners of ATI/AMD Radeon cards. Steam have a page describing this offer here. Valve®, a leading entertainment and technology studio, today announced plans to deliver free games to all owners of ATI Radeon™ graphics cards via Steam, a leading online platform for the distribution and management of digital content.

From dazzer: A heads up the new Autopatcher with the long awaited update is available via Bittorrent. How many times did you have to leave your computer, after a format, to download the updates you had before it? How many times did you have to go do something else, leaving your friends computer download the load of updates with their poor little dial-up modem? How many times have you wished for the updates to be portable from one computer to another and not require but a few mouse clicks to install?

Craig sent in a couple of stories about Vista's security compared to XP and how some say it is no better than XP. The strength of Windows Vista's security model is easily the biggest question facing the nascent operating system. While sales will be strong simply on account of the way OEMs have adopted Vista on their midrange and high-end offerings, the place of Vista in the enterprise is not yet clear. Microsoft must demonstrate that its approach to security with Vista is indeed effective; otherwise, IT managers will see little benefit to moving to the new OS anytime soon.

He also spotted this story about the security risks posed by Firefox extensions. Third party extensions including the widely used toolbars from Google, Yahoo, Ask, Facebook, LinkedIn, as well as social bookmark extension from Del.icio.us and two anti-hacking add-ons, the Netcraft Anti-Phishing Toolbar and the PhishTank SiteChecker all put users at risk of having their browser infected with malicious code.

A million people have signed the Do Not Call registry with a further 20,000 registrations each day. The law banning the ringing of numbers on the list was enacted last night. Federal Communications Minister Helen Coonan today said 1,012,813 numbers were registered with the scheme at 9am (AEST) today and more than 20,000 registrations were being received each day. "The national Do Not call register allows families to reclaim their evenings as their own, to once again enjoy uninterrupted dinner times by opting out of receiving telemarketing calls," Senator Coonan said.

Anandtech have posted their high end buyers guide for May 2007. Thanks Craig for the link. Since our last high-end guide was released in October of 2006, major changes have taken place (or are about to take place) in virtually every part of this market segment; this guide will briefly examine those changes, while making recommendations on the best approach to spending your hard-earned money.

Technibble have posted a good list of things to do before you format your PC giving you an idea of how computer techs do it. Formatting computers is a task that busy computer technicians have to do almost daily and it isn’t as easy as slipping the XP disk into the computer and pressing setup. Clients will want to keep their emails, documents and other settings. In this guide, we’ll show you how to format a computer like a computer technician.

From Luke: I might be a bit behind the 8ball with this one and it could be old news, but its new to me and I found it pretty funky - ground view panoramas in 5 major US cities from just about any point on the road.

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have been interviewed together on stage at a technology conference.



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