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Monday Night (8 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 14-April-2008  20:08:20 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

The ABC's Good Game had an exciting night at the recently held IT Journalism Awards. We're proud to announce that Good Game took home 2 trophies from the IT Journo awards (the Lizzies), winning not only Best Multimedia Title but also the Gold Lizzie for Best Title! Episode 10 airs tonight on ABC2 at 9:00 p.m. and will be available on their site if you miss it.

HP have issued an advisory after viruses were found on the the 256MB and 1GB USB flash drives which can be used to configure their ProLiant servers. It is not known whether the malware got on the drives as part of a targeted attack against HP's products or if it was accidentally introduced due to problems on the manufacturer's side with infected machines. Thanks Iain.

Ultra Products are suing 22 power supply manufacturers claiming they have infringed their patent for modular power supplies. Ultra argues that since the other manufacturers were informed in 2006 and early 2007 (shortly after the patent was granted) they willfully infringed on Ultra's intellectual property. Thus, Ultra is seeking up to triple damages against the power supply manufacturers -- the maximum allowed by law.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, has announced that the first $100 million-worth of computers will be delivered to schools with a ratio of one computer per eight students or less by June 30. "What we're trying to do is pick them up off a dreadful base and get them to one-to-two in this first emergency use of $100 million to fix the worst problems."

Gamepyre have reviewed Sins of a Solar Empire, the real-time strategy game from Stardock. Lately, there has been an overabundance of bad RTS games being released (at least in this reviewer's opinion), so the question is whether Stardock was able to create a new RTS worth playing.

Pro-Clockers have a mini roundup of 1800MHz DDR3 SDRAM kits. Pricing of these kits could be a more important factor when trying to figure which one to spend your money on. The prices of higher end DDR3 kits are fast dropping and we will see more than just overclockers and gamers jump the DDR2 ship and swim over to the DDR3 yacht.

Ars Technica look at whether Internet traffic growth is increasing or falling. A prominent strain of recent argument has claimed that the Internet is headed for an "exaflood" of traffic (which will soon be measured in exabytes), largely coming from the rise of online video, and that the ISPs and backbone providers are in danger of having their levees knocked down. … To get more context on the issue, I sat down with Andrew Odlyzko of the University of Minnesota, one of the top US experts on Internet traffic patterns.

Polaroid is to release a battery-powered printer which can be used with cameras (via a cable) and Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. Inside, no cartridges or toner take up space. Instead, there is a computer chip, a 2-inch-long thermal printhead and a novel kind of paper embedded with microscopic layers of dye crystals that can create a multitude of colors when heated.



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