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 Friday, 12-October-2007  16:08:51 (GMT +10) - by Rational

PCMech have looked into syncing mail between computers. A common issue that people have today is keeping their email in sync among more than one computer. For example, you may have a computer at your office and another at home. Ideally, you would want all email that is on one of the computers to also be on the other.

Here is a Vista optimization guide, on a similar note Tweakguides have revised their Source engine tweak guide. Over two years since its original release, with the coming of HL2: Episode 2, I've completed a major revision of the Half Life 2 & Source Engine Tweak Guide. The guide is now fully up to date with the latest build of the Source Engine; I've retested and documented a range of existing and new settings, including several new advanced tweaks, and even updated all the screenshot comparisons.

Nvidia have confirmed some 8800GT details and 3DMark benchmarks have also leaked. Featureing 112 stream processors each individually clocked at a blazing fast 1.5GHz and an impressive 256 bit framebuffer interface running at 900MHz. GeForce 8800 GT delivers a level of price/performance that hardcore gamers have been demanding at the $199-$249 price point.

The Pirate Bay still has its sights set on buying an island as a piracy refuge. But what happened to all the donations so far? We spoke to The Pirate Bay’s brokep to find out, and he told us: “Well, we’re going to do something, lately has just been so stressed out and we have had no time. The Sealand project took all of our time and we couldn’t do anything else basically.” However, brokep assured us: “The money will be spent on an island, but first of all we need to focus on the upcoming court cases we have.”

Mozilla is planning a version of Firefox for mobile devices. A planned version of Firefox for mobile devices will support extensions and the XUL language used to create user interfaces for web applications. Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla's engineering vice president, recognised the growing use of mobile devices for web access and pointed to the way devices outsell computers by 20 to one.

A company has worked out a way to make pourable solar panels. Innovalight essentially creates silicon nanoparticles, inserts them into a solvent, and pours the solvent on a substrate. The solvent is then extracted. What is left can sort of be analogized to a snowflake or a large sugar cube: a highly organized structure made up of tiny parts.

The latest quarterly broadband report has shown that competition is bringing down ADSL2+ prices. The Internet Industry Association's latest quarterly broadband index shows competition starting to bring down the price of ADSL2+ services, to the point that they can offer better value than lower speed services. "This competition is leading to some counter-intuitive pricing. Customers using between 500MB and 2GB of data per month are better off taking a 17Mbps service than any other speed of service except 256kbps," IIA says.

According to an independent poll, Google gives the best search results in blind tests. Six days ago, I posted a poll that asked you to evaluate the quality of the first results from Google, Yahoo, Windows Live. You had to enter a query you were particularly interested in and decide which result is the best. If you found two or three equally good results, you were allowed to select all of them.

The Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) Release Candidate has been released. The desktop CD allows you to try Ubuntu without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later. This type of CD is what most people will want to use. You will need at least 320MB of RAM to install from this CD.

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