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 Sunday, 2-November-2008  02:02:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Matt for this one.. busy lad, he is. :)

Dan has more letters! Music routing, quad core, UPSs and killer NICs

The Tech Report have checked out the 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda. One-point-five terabytes is the new hotness these daysóthe next step up the capacity scale. This time it was Seagate who struck first with a version of its Barracuda 7200.11 rippling with four 375GB platters. In addition to raising the bar on the capacity front, the higher areal density of these platters promises to improve performance dramatically. In fact, Seagate says its latest 'cuda can sustain transfer rates up to 120MB/s, which would put the drive squarely in VelociRaptor territory.

Rick Rashid, Microsoft's head of research, is claiming that he invented Apple. If you use a Macintosh or an iPhone, which honestly, I would not recommend, you would be using code that I wrote more than 25 years ago. If you'd asked me 25 years ago if I thought code I was [writing would be] running today on a cellphone, my reaction would have been, 'What's a cellphone?' It just shows you things really do survive and get used in interesting ways.

TechRepublic have opened an old Apple CRT monitor. CRTs arenít the type of things you want to just crack open and look around inside. There are usually high voltage capacitors that donít discharge for a long time. Itís easy to get zapped if youíre not careful. When we got our Apple IIc for the Apple IIc Cracking Open Gallery, it came to us complete with an Apple IIc monitor. Both of them were damaged in transit. The monitorís case was cracked enough that it would have been unsafe to operate. What better opportunity to see what was inside of a CRT.

Call Of Duty 4 has cleaned up at the golden joystick awards. The game scooped "Ultimate Game of the Year", "Online Game of the Year" and "PC Game of the Year" awards. The awards, now in their twenty-sixth year, are awarded in 16 categories, and are voted for by UK gamers. Other winners included Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Super Smash Bros.

Here's a two part guide on how to use your Linux machine as a media center. If you are a Windows or Mac user, you will be familiar with Windows Media Center or Front Row that both have the ability to turn your computer into a Media Center PC. Linux users donít have such luck as most distros do not come with a media center application pre-installed. If you are like me who is a Linux user and owns a huge collection of music, videos and pictures, the world is not over for you yet. There are many open-source applications that you can use to turn your Linux machine into a lean, mean media center.

It is the 20th birthday of the first internet worm. On November 2nd, 1988, Robert Tappan Morris launched an application ostensibly designed to count the number of systems on the Internet. It was designed to propagate across Unix systems by exploiting several vulnerabilities, including a conceptual flaw in how r-services (rlogin, rsh, and rexec) authenticate connections, the archaic remote debug feature in Sendmail, and a buffer overflow in the finger daemon.



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