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Saturday Morning (11 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 15-September-2007  07:09:48 (GMT +10) - by Rational

For the Steam users who have not noticed, it has gone through a number of changes lately namely with the introduction of the Steam Community and a better interface for friend communication in game. The Steam Community is comprised of people who play all sorts of PC games. Now it's easy to find someone to play with, meet up with friends, connect with groups with similar interests, and host and join chats, matches, and tournaments. Best of all, it's all free.

The German Environment ministry has warned its citizens not to use WiFi due to health risks, thanks Philip. People should avoid using Wi-Fi wherever possible because of the risks it may pose to health, the German government has said. Its surprise ruling the most damning made by any government on the fast-growing technology will shake the industry and British ministers, and vindicates the questions that The Independent on Sunday has been raising over the past four months.

DigitalTrends have looked the advantages of an all in one desktop. With Apple refreshing their market leading iMac line, Sony their wonderful LT and LS lines, and HP their revolutionary Touchsmart (not to mention others coming to market shortly), is it finally time to consider an all-in-one desktop? Im not going to focus much on the differences between products, and instead focus on the benefits of the form factor and why you may want to start considering it for a home or small office PC.

According to this posting new iPods will not work with Linux. This affects Linux users - there's no iTunes for Linux, so popular Linux iPod management tools like gtkpod and Rhythmbox will not work with the new range of iPods. Windows users who just plain don't like iTunes and perfer an alternative like Winamp, Ephpod or many of the other iPod management applications out there.

TrustedReviews have posted a DDR2 and DDR3 memory roundup. The new Intel P35 chipset is an intriguing piece of silicon as it supports both DDR2 and DDR3 system memory. The slots for these two types of memory are mechanically and electrically different to each other so most P35 motherboards support either DDR2 or DDR3. The Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R does things differently as it supports four DDR2 slots and two DDR3 slots so you can use DDR2 today with the prospect of an upgrade to DDR3 tomorrow.

Five recent claims of cyber attack are said to have come from China. It's not exactly the wind-up to World War III, but a curious war of words has erupted recently over alleged "cyber attacks" between China and several other nations. First, a wave of attacks in the UK, Germany, and the United States from Chinese-based computers had the Chinese foreign ministry issuing an official denial that their government had been involved.

HardwareAnalysis have written an editorial on the Intel 45nm process and if it is actually a true mark of innovation. These past few months all eyes were fixed on AMD to provide innovation in terms of a new CPU architecture. When they managed to miss deadline after deadline the initial excitement turned into doubt whether AMD could deliver, and gradually into doubt whether their new architecture would be innovative enough to make a difference.

Tokelau, a small island in the Pacific is reaping the benefits of the sale of .tk domains. An atoll in the South Pacific has come up with a novel way of making money via its domain name .TK. Tokelau may only have 1,500 inhabitants and be a two-day boat trip from its nearest neighbor but selling its .TK domain is reaping benefits. The Dutch entrepreneur who bought the address now offers a free domain name service in return for targeted ads. The deal has allowed Tokelau to add 10% to its GDP as well as gain PCs and net access for residents.



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