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Friday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 24-July-2009  13:21:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A zillion people sent word that Microsoft have released Win7 to manufacturing. With the completion of this development phase, industry partners are readying products in time for the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 worldwide general launches. Windows 7 will be generally available to customers around the world on October 22, and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be generally available on or before that date.

Intel's "generation 2" X25-M solid state drives are in the wild too, with reviews on HotHardware and PC Perspective. Today we've got a look at Intel's second generation of SSD products, the recently announced 34nm version of the Intel X25-M SSD. At 160GB and a significantly lower price point, Intel is also claiming performance has been taken up a notch or two as well. Meanwhile HWZone compared five SSDs.

It seems they're making a sequel to Tron, the classic "cyberspace" movie from 1982. Tron: Legacy is a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital world that's unlike anything ever captured on the big screen.

There's an article on PCPro about dodgy PC repair shops in the UK. We also installed Digiwatcher. This devious little tool auto-runs on start-up and quietly tells any connected webcam to secretly film whoever is at the machine. The process is invisible and the video file is hidden on the hard drive and password protected.

From Darmok: Just found this nifty Computer Hardware chart, listing pretty much every socket/interface for the last 20 years! Small version here, Large version here. Careful.. this is a 4000x6000 image... 24meg! Lots of interesting plugs to look at, to satisfy your inner nerd! :)

On Good Game tonight: Exclusive to the show for gamers by gamers, Good Game, Valve Softwares founder and CEO Gabe Newell has revealed an idea for a community-based funding model for games, made possible by the digital distribution platform Steam. Late night before Rage on ABC1 or: Any episode or segment can be downloaded/streamed from www.abc.net.au/goodgame - where we'll also be hosting an extended, 24-minute version of the Gabe Newell interview.

Tweaktown have an article on building a mATX gaming rig. I've been wanting to build a "tiny god" box for years, but it's easier than ever nowadays with quad-core CPUs and enormous hard drives. You can take it one step further like Statts is doing, and build a mini-ITX powerhouse.

Despite the recession, Apple's profits jumped, thanks IntelInside (oddly appropriate username!). Apple said it sold more than 5.2 million iPhones in the quarter, more than seven times what it sold in the 2008 quarter, thanks to a newly-released version of the device. Apple's Mac computers also bolstered results. Apple sold four per cent more Mac computers than a year ago.

Here's a simple little timewaster, a golf putting game.

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