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Tuesday Evening (16 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-June-2007  19:45:08 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Andrew spotted these pictures of an unusual micro picture on the hologram of a Windows Vista disc. The text is in Spanish so if you cannot read Spanish here is the translated version.

Intel is readying massive multicore processors by making them easier to write software for. Researchers at Intel are working on ways to mask the intricate functionality of massive multicore chips to make it easier for computer makers and software developers to adapt to them, said Jerry Bautista, co-director of Intel's Tera-scale Computing Research Program.

Check out this informative article about the reason Australia lacks unlimited broadband plans. Thanks ojk007 for the link. Australia is the "Land Of The Wide Open Spaces". Because of the sheer distances involved, it costs an arm, leg, six puppies and your first three children per kilometer to lay cable anywhere. God's Own Earth Mate might have almost the same amount of land-mass as the USA does, but our national population is on par with that of the state of Texas.

Robert sent in this article with confessions of a former Dell sales manager giving tips and tricks for dealing with Dell. A former Dell kiosk manager writes us to share helpful tips about doing business with Dell. He has no particular problems with Dell, he just wanted to share some helpful tips for consumers looking to get the best deal.

He also spotted this Team Fortress 2 preview. Team Fortress 2 really has been in development for going on ten years, or so I was told by Valve's Robin Walker and Charlie Brown during a recent trip to the company's Bellevue, Seattle offices. Production of the long awaited game, for years presumed by many to be vaporware, never completely stopped or restarted, despite the drastic changes it has seen to its gameplay and visual style.

Certain Microsoft software running on Ubuntu under compatibility layers is identified as genuine Microsoft software, thanks mpot. I just did this for a laugh and didn't expect it to work. I went to microsoft.com using IE4Linux and tried to download Windows Defender, on Xubuntu. Of course, I was asked to do the Genuine Advantage test. I used the alternate authentication method (IE4Linux doesn't support Active X), downloaded and then ran the genuine advantage application (which took quite a while to start). It gave me a code that I pasted into the authentication box, and to my surprise it verified me and forwarded me to the download page.

Dell is ramping up their bloatware opt-out options, thanks Craig. We've expanded our opt-out offering on XPS products as well as through our Dimension desktops and Inspiron notebooks. This means when you configure a system on Dell.com, you have the option of choosing "No software pre-installed" for things like productivity software, ISP software and photo and music software. On most XPS systems, the no software options are the default choice.

An "Italian Job" Trojan is rapidly spreading to peoples machines. According to Trend Micro, tens of thousands of unaware users have already accessed compromised web pages, infecting their systems with the Trojan. The downloaded malware takes advantage of a vulnerability in so-called " iFrames " that are commonly used and exploited on websites.

OCZ has revealed a new PSU market strategy after their acquisition of PC Power and Cooling. However, this acquisition aroused a lot of questions. And these questions were caused not only by the fact that OCZ Technology and PC Power & Cooling pursue different approaches to PSU development.

Check out this cool Xbox 360 Elite triple screen setup. VRX has introduced a swank new racing sim of its own designed with a Forza Motorsports 2 theme and a trio of 37-inch Sharp Aquos 1080p LCD TVs. The frame is constructed from CNC machined polished aluminum, and envelopes the gamer by curiously including just one Sparco seat along with four Xbox 360 Elites, four copies of Forza Motorsport 2, an Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on player, camera / wireless headset, a Zune, force feedback wheel, and surround sound as well.

Today's timewaster is from Aaron with Double Wires where you need to guide the swinging stingman along.



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