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 Saturday, 28-July-2007  16:13:31 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Mozilla Thunderbird is no longer being managed by the Mozilla Foundation due to thier focus on the Firefox project, thanks Fester2001. On her weblog, Mozilla Corporation CEO Mitchell Baker has announced that Mozilla Thunderbird is to move to a "new, separate organizational setting" as the Mozilla Foundation continues to focus ever more closely on Mozilla Firefox. While the Mozilla Foundation supports a number of projects, its taxable subsidiary the Mozilla Corporation is responsible for only Firefox and Thunderbird. However, it has become increasingly clear that Firefox is the priority. The resources allocated to Firefox dwarf those allocated to Thunderbird and recent projects such as the initiative to improve Mozilla support exclude Thunderbird.

XYZComputing have checked out some small form factor Linux computers. Until recently, small form factor computers were mostly restricted to people who were able to build their own system. Maybe you could buy a Micro-ATX computer from Dell or HP, or something small from Shuttle, but if you wanted a Mini-ITX (or smaller) system, you were on your own. Building your own computer is not particularly difficult, but working with small form factors means specialty parts, costly components, and the difficulty of negotiating with low-power processors.

AMD have revealed a rival to Intel's FB-DIMM, thanks aerospyke. Advanced Micro Devices on Wednesday unveiled a new technology that would enable next-generations of servers to utilize massive memory capacities, something, which will substantially boost server performance. Besides AMD, IDT and Inphi, some of Intelís FB-DIMM backers, also participate in development. The new technology currently called Socket G3 Memory Extender (G3MX) is a part of AMD Opteron platform infrastructure due to be unveiled in 2009.

Microsoft is claiming 60 million sales of Windows Vista. Microsoft Thursday moved to counter criticism about the uptake of Windows Vista by announcing it now has shipped 60 million copies of the operating system. "By our math, we eclipsed the entire install base of Apple in the first five weeks of shipment," Kevin Turner, Microsoft's COO, said at the company's annual financial analysts meeting. Turner said there are 42 million PCs covered by volume-licensing annuity agreements for Vista. He said strong renewals for enterprise agreements are driving the uptake.

Gambling is no longer allowed in Second Life. The operators of the Second Life virtual world have issued an edict that effectively puts an end to most forms of gambling in the online 3-D playground. The new policy forbids wagering in games in Second Life that rely on chance or random number generation to determine a winner, or rely on the outcome of real-life organised sporting events, and which provide a payout.

Three people have died in an explosion during the testing of engine systems of SpaceShipTwo. A fatal explosion occurred on Thursday 7/26/2007 at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California where a new rocket motor was being tested for space tourism spacecraft SpaceShipTwo, a part of Richard Bransonís Virgin Galactic. The company Scaled Composites LLC, founded by American aerospace engineer Burt Rutan, was conducting the test. Two employees were killed at the time of the explosion and four others were transported to the hospital. One has since died.

AMD has been talking of details of their new CPU core, codenamed "Bulldozer". AMD plans to launch its third-generation Opteron platform in 2009 with the Sandtiger octal-core processor. Beneath Sandtiger is AMDís M-SPACE modular approach towards CPUs. M-SPACE allows AMD to mix and match CPU features for specific tasks.

You may think that our internet is pretty bad, but we have it lucky compared to Kazakhstan where DSL costs US$3355 per month. Consider the prices for Internet access, for one. Most users (and only four percent of the country even has access) hook up through state-owned Kazakhtelecom, a company not concerned with competitive pricing for its services. An unlimited dial-up plan costs about Ä82 ($111) in a country where the average monthly wage is Ä292 ($399). As for DSL, an unlimited 1.5Mbps connection costs Ä2,458 ($3,355) a month, and doesn't even included the required ADSL modem.

This guy has got himself a Windows BSOD tatoo, thanks Craig. Or is it an anti-Windows tattoo? Iím not sureÖ Paul got this Windows 98 bluescreen tattoo done by Sam Rulz at Two Hands Tattoo in Auckland, New Zealand.

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