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 Sunday, 15-July-2007  09:55:27 (GMT +10) - by Rational

A Xbox 360 executive sold $US6.1 million worth of his shares before they disclosed the $US1 billion warranty extension, thanks fester2001. Weeks before he announced an "unacceptable number of repairs" to the Xbox 360, the Microsoft executive in charge of the video game console sold $6.15 million worth of company stock, or about 20% of his holdings. According to regulatory filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's entertainment and devices division, sold 200,000 shares in four transactions between May 3 and May 30. The total take: more than $6.1 million.

He also spotted this funny article with 10 ways to annoy your IT department. Believe it or not, network bandwidth and storage are finite resources in your office. So is the I.T. staff that maintains them. Here are 10 ways to get on their bad side.

Phoronix have taken a look at Gnome Desktop 2.19.5. Thanks to the power of GARNOME, this afternoon we decided to take a look at GNOME 2.19.5, which was released this past Wednesday. GNOME 2.19.5 is the fifth development release in the road to GNOME 2.20, which will arrive this September. Among the bits of the GNOME desktop with new features in this release include Eye of GNOME, Evince, Evolution, GDM, gedit, and many other packages.

Bit-Tech have posted their impression of the World in Conflict multiplayer beta. World in Conflict has been most anticipated games of this year, for a very good reason – one look at any of the screenshots or videos from the game is enough to send most PC gamers into a frenzy of OMGWTFs and we’re no exception – once word spread through the office that we’d gotten hold of some copies of the multiplayer beta, everyone started clustering around our screens with excitement. We weren’t even looking at porn either.

HardcoreWare have compared Dell's entry level Vista and Ubuntu desktops. Dell has started selling desktops with Ubuntu Linux, for users looking to save some cash when buying a new PC, or perhaps looking for an alternative to a Microsoft OS. We have compared two similarly configured Inspiron desktop PC's from Dell, to find out just how much you can save by buying a Linux PC. Perhaps Windows users can even save a few bucks by buying a Linux PC, and buying the OS elsewhere if they can find a deal...

Hexus have continued their coverage of 4kings at CPL 2006. So the 4kings are through to the next round at the CPL Finals 2006 in Dallas. They face 69 North from Finland - can they vanquish their Scandinavian foe, or will their assault on the title be Finn-ished? In the last installment of our four-part series, we follow the 4kings through their make-or-break match, and ask what the future holds.

TechARP have updated their PC power management guide. Computer performance have increased at an amazing rate in recent years, and unfortunately so does power consumption. An ultimate gaming system equipped with a quad-core processor, two NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra, 4 sticks of DDR2 memory and a few hard drives can easily consume 500W without doing anything! To reduce power wastage, a few industry standards have been developed to make our computers work more efficiently

Intel has become a partner to the OLPC along with AMD, Google and Red Hat among others. "What happened in the past has happened," Will Swope of Intel told the BBC News website. "But going forward, this allows the two organisations to go do a better job and have a better impact for what we are both very eager to do, which is help kids around the world." Nicholas Negroponte, founder of One Laptop per Child, said: "Intel joins the OLPC board as a world leader in technology, helping reach the world's children. Collaboration with Intel means that the maximum number of laptops will reach children."

A while back Microsoft asked for feedback for Windows receiving a lot of feature requests, changes and defects from users. They have compiled a list of the 70 most requested things with some interesting conclusions. In December 2006, Microsoft requested feedback from a select group of invitees regarding what they would like to see fixed, changed and/or added to future Windows builds. The Windows team got an earful: Nearly 800 new feature requests, another 560-plus change requests and almost 400 defects. That list has been winnowed down to about 70 of the most popular requests and posted the week of July 9 to Microsoft’s Connect beta site. (I had a chance to see the line-up from someone with access to the list.)

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