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 Saturday, 26-April-2008  13:31:06 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

Bit-tech have compiled a list of things they believe we can all do to make gaming a better experience, with their biggest issue being online gaming. Give someone a mouse and keyboard and an anonymous Internet account and watch the sparks fly. We've all seen people in online games act like a jerk, and to be honest we have probably all lost it once or twice ourselves, but it doesn't have to be that way.

They've also published a guide to using wireless networking in Linux. Wireless networks, as prevalent as they are nowadays, are not exactly the strong suit of Linux but they're actually a lot easier than they seem. Just don't expect a cookie cutter fix-all solution to appear as much as it pains me to say, some wireless chipsets just aren't supported at this point.

Ambush noticed that version 8 of AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition has been released. This version adds fully integrated spyware protection for speedier scanning and also checks all links in search results using AVG's LinkScanner technology.

A tool available from NGOHQ bypasses Windows Vista 64-bit's requirement to have drivers and system files digitally signed before they can be run. Unlike other workarounds, you don't have to mess with your boot files or remove security updates that may degrade security and stability of the Windows Vista operation system.

Phoronix look at Ubuntu 8.04 and Windows Vista to see which operating system consumes less power. While it's difficult to accurately compare the power consumption between two operating systems, we had monitored the power consumption using a SeaSonic Power Angel with both systems and both operating systems as the system was idling on the desktop.

X-bit labs compare the performance between two solid state drives from Samsung (as well as the Gigabyte i-RAM) against conventional hard drives. So, what are the advantages of Solid State Drives? … What applications can be suggested for these rather expensive (in terms of the cost of storing 1GB of data) drives? … How do things stand with modern SSDs in practice? Let's check it out.

A telephone survey by Accenture of 800 U.S. and U.K. residents found that 12% had "borrowed" free Wi-Fi. Logging on to open Wi-Fi signals is most popular with 18- to 34-year-olds, Accenture said. … The practice is apparently more common in the U.S., where one in seven have piggybacked on free Wi-Fi networks, than in the U.K., where Accenture found that it was attempted by one in 11.

HP have announced that they are teaming up with DreamWorks and will offer a monitor capable of displaying 1 billion colours at a fraction of the cost of other manufacturer's models. It will offer 30-bit color using LED-backlighting technology on a widescreen display that will work with a Mac or PC--not just HP products. The displays are intended to keep colors consistent throughout the creative process: from a display on a workstation to film and/or to print.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics have released the latest Internet activity report. From Australian IT: The number of broadband connections capable of speeds in excess of 1.5Mbps more than doubled in the 15 months to December 2007 to 2.51 million services, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said in its latest internet activity report released today.



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