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Tuesday Afternoon (14 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 30-June-2009  14:05:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apparently about a week ago marked 20 years of internet in Australia, thanks David. I was in Year 9 in 1989, and I'm pretty sure I had very rudimentary internet access at school, because I remember being on a NASA mailing list, but I had to dial into a machine and use a shell client to read the mails. You'll be amazed to hear I was something of a nerd at school.

AB sent in more info about Microsoft's screaming deals for Windows 7. In the United States, you'll be able to buy a Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade for $50 or get Windows 7 Professional for $100. Outside the U.S., Microsoft says, "the special low pre-order price will vary by country."

Speaking of which, from HAGAR: On Microsoft’s website today is pricing for pre-purchase of Windows 7. Unlike the US & UK, where you can get an upgrade (from XP or Vista) for $49.99US (Home Premium) or $99.99 (Professional) it costs $29.95 here but you have to buy Vista Retail first (not OEM). No mention of upgrading from 32 bit to 64 bit at the same time on their FAQ’s. They send you DVD Media between 4-6 weeks after the 22nd October after you produce your Serial #, sales receipt, and Microsoft redemption receipt. I assume this is the page. Danny spotted more info on Gizmodo.

Simon has an article about grey-market Samsung drives. Long story short, Samsung says some of its hard drives being sold in Australia are gray market drives that it will not support and will not honour warranties. But it cannot say which drives are unsupported. Not a good look if you are building a system around them!

PCPerspective ponder Propos. Recently the first die shot of the upcoming Propus class of processors showed up, and I took a good long look at it to figure out how it will affect AMD's lineup, and if it will be the next big thing in the budget quad core market. From what I have seen, things look surprisingly good.

A Sydney datacentre lost its water supply on the weekend, affecting its airconditioning. Macquarie told its customers, including iTnews, using text messages on Saturday morning when it was clear that the servers would need to be shut down.

Apparently a trojan has been capturing FTP login details from major corporations. A trojan has reportedly been uncovered that is harvesting FTP login data of major corporations, including the Bank of America, BBC, Amazon, Cisco, Monster.com, Symantec and McAfee.

From ChrisH: The voting for June's Iron Musician is now open. This month's topic was Faith, and it produced four killer entries. Come listen to some homegrown music, and vote for who you think has the right to wear the Iron Musician title.

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