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Thursday Morning (13 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 1-October-2009  04:18:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft released their Free antivirus software recently. Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Discussion here. Bear in mind there are existing free options that may work as well or even better, having had more time in the market.

Samsung has announced production of phase-change memory, thanks Henry. The race to bring phase-change non-volatile memory to market in integrated circuit form has been going on for 40 years and the two leading protagonists - Numonyx and Samsung - are only just out of the starting blocks. More info about the technology here on Wikipedia.

It seems the Trading Post will be dropping the print edition. A number of Adelaide staff were told they were being made redundant today, with the business moving completely online.

Hot on the heels of our SSD vs VelociRaptor article (in fact, slightly earlier) comes a firmware fix for an odd "49-day error". Corrected an issue where after 49 days of continuous operation the drive could falsely report an error to the Host. This issue does not result in data loss and only occurs once every 49 days of continuous operation and only if a read/write operation is in progress when the counter rolls to zero. The new firmware resolves this issue but as an alternate workaround, the drive can be power cycled before 49 days elapses to avoid the potential error.

The Ig Nobel awards have been handed out for 2009's most pointless science. In fairness to the researchers, they were trying to find similarities between human infants and other mammals, in order to better determine the evolutionary origins of speech. But what they actually did was show the world that rats donít speak backwards Japanese.

If you like big numbers, how about 100 Petabits? This translates to the equivalent of about 100 million Gigabits per second.kilometer or sending about 400 DVDs per second over 7,000 kilometers, roughly the distance between Paris and Chicago.

SMH have more info about the Australian Pirate Party. "Our policies are all geared towards copyright reform, patent reform, anti-censorship, non-commercial file sharing, policy in regards to having Digital Rights Management abolished and policy supporting the right to privacy of every Australian," Molloy said.

Dell have a new laptop which seems to be the first to offer wireless recharging. The wireless charging is handled elegantly enough. An inductive pad that's built into a laptop stand can accomplish a full recharge in "about the same amount of time" as a standard-issue cabled charger, according to Dell. While smartphone maker Palm has a similar (albeit smaller) wireless charging system for the Pre, and companies like Visteon and Wild Charge have debuted wireless charging accessories for phones, no PC maker has incorporated the idea until now.

Google have introduced Chrome Frame, thanks AirQ. With Google Chrome Frame, developers can now take advantage of the latest open web technologies, even in Internet Explorer. From a faster Javascript engine, to support for current web technologies like HTML5's offline capabilities and canvas, to modern CSS/Layout handling, Google Chrome Frame enables these features within IE with no additional coding or testing for different browser versions.

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