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Friday Morning #2 (8 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-July-2007  11:28:35 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Caspian sent me an informative email in reply to the article I posted a few days ago about Bigpond blocking VOIP on their new modems, this is what he said: That's hardly news - I was part of the team that ordered the thing with the ATA locked out in firmware, and for a damn good reason. Look for them to be unlocked sometime in 2008 when everyone's favourite ISP releases a VoIP retail product. :)

Mattt wrote a RSS feed that grabs daily product recall information. There is a thread discussing this here. I wrote a python script to scrape the Product Recall website to produce an RSS feed of recent recalls. The feed updates daily. Enjoy or ignore.

BonafideReviews posted an article about cross console interaction and some future possibilities for it. Cross console interaction, has been a hotspot on the market ever since companies figured out it could be done reliably. The Dreamcast sold tiny LCD games/memory cards which interfaced with games and allowed the player to advance their progress outside of the home console. The Gamecube had several games which took advantage of cross console interaction including several of the Pokémon remakes, and even Metroid prime.

PCMech have written about how you can convert documents to PDF. This week's Freeware Frenzy is dedicated to the PDF. PDF stands for Portable Data File and is very popular online for distributing published information in a professional format. Due to this popularity, many of us use PDF readers such as Adobe Acrobat or Foxit Reader. But how do we create PDFs without pricy software? With the tools in this article, you will have everything you need to create PDFs.

Hexus has followed around 4kings during the CPL 2006. We follow the 4kings to the second group stage of CPL 2006 in Dallas. Will they sail through as they did in the first group stage, or will their complacency get the better of them? Find out if the 4kings make it through to the semis in the third installment of our four-part series on the UK's leading professional gaming team.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google are trying out green cars in celebration of the installation of the largest corporate solar installation at the Google HQ, thanks Dobly. “Symbolically, this event is very important” said Stephen Schneider, one of the authors of the recent United Nations report on climate change. Dr. Schneider, a professor of environmental studies at nearby Stanford University, was at Google's headquarters to observe. “We have to get people to stop thinking big is cool, and start thinking efficiency is cool” he said.

Microsoft is set to extend the Xbox 360 warranty costing them US$1 billion. The Register also reported this. Microsoft is taking a $1bn hit to fix Xbox 360s, conceding residual hardware faults in its games console are causing users frustration and an "unacceptable number of repairs." The software giant said Thursday it's extending the Xbox 360's current one-year warranty to three years from date of purchase to cover a hardware crash that generates a trio of red warning lights, branded "the red ring of death." Microsoft is also reimbursing customers who've previously paid for repairs.

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