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Thursday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 11-October-2007  13:44:09 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Telstra has agreed to turn on ADSL to 211 exchanges which until now have not had ADSL coverage. This means that every Australian will have access to ADSL, thanks Travis. EVERY Australian will be able to access broadband after Telstra yesterday agreed to sign up to a government program and flick the ADSL switch on 211 exchanges. Telstra has committed to providing internet services to more than 200 communities, many of them remote, that do not have fast internet yet. In Victoria 62 areas, ranging from Dargo in the east to Lake Bolac in the west, will receive broadband for the first time. In Queensland, 57 areas will get broadband for the first time.

Apple and AT&T have been hit with a $800 million dollar suit. Yet another class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple and AT&T, targeting the two companies' practices when it comes to the iPhone. Extremely similar to the suit filed a week and a half ago by Californian Timothy Smith, California resident Lucy Rivello and Washington resident Paul Holman have accused Apple of entering into an unlawful agreement with AT&T that ultimately caused the two companies to commit a number of illegal acts.

Phoronix have benchmarked the new 2.6.23 Linux kernel. The Linux 2.6.23 kernel has been released today and we have some preliminary benchmarks of the 2.6.23 kernel as we compare it to the past Linux 2.6.22 kernel. We will have more on the Linux 2.6.23 kernel once we have tested it more extensively, but the benchmarks we have ran so far include Quake 4, LAME encoding, Gzip compression, and RAMspeed. If you missed it, among the features for the Linux 2.6.23 kernel include the CFS process scheduler (Completely Fair Scheduler), a variety of virtualization improvements, on-demand read-ahead, and XFS and EXT4 file-system improvements are among the interesting changes.

TechARP have looked at some of the new 65nm Intel processors and upcoming price cuts. It is evident that while Intel is rapidly ramping up the transition from 65nm to 45nm, they are not just going to just abandon their 65nm processors. In fact, Intel intends to introduce several new 65nm desktop and mobile processors over the next few months. We have recently obtained details of Intel's future roadmap and pricing details for their 65nm processors. Let's take a look at what Intel has in store for us in the coming months!

ATI have released PCIe2 graphics cards. WE JUST LEARNED an interesting tidbit about low and mid-range ATI cards, they are all PCIe2. Yes, all cards based on the 610 and 630 chips, that would be the X2400 and X2600 parts, will do PCIe2 now. The catch? You need a mobo that does PCIe2, and those are in short supply. With X38 boards trickling out, and RD780/790 soon to follow, this will change pretty quickly, but the cards have been with us since may.

Maybe Agg should look into one of these blazingly fast 640GB PCI-E solid state drives for the OCAU server. If a measly 64GB solid state drive just doesn’t cut it for your needs, Fusion-io has a new 640GB flash based hard drive that slips into a PCI-Express x4 slot. Fusion-io promises some very swift speeds from the drive in the neighborhood of 600 Mbytes/sec sustained write speed (4000Mbytes/sec random) and 800 Mbytes/sec sustained read (8,000 Mbytes/sec random).

The super fast Internet2 network has hit 100Gbps with 10x upscaling capacity. The prospect of dialing up a dedicated 10Gbps optical link between your office and another firm across the country became a reality today—at least, if your office is a member of Internet2. The research network announced at its fall meeting that it had completed a major upgrade to its national infrastructure, which now operates at 100Gbps and allows researchers to provision their own dedicated links for limited periods of time.

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