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Microsoft's troubles don't all revolve around Vista.  In fact the Redmond firm's Windows Home Server has been corrupting user's data for  few months now with no end in sight.  Microsoft claimed to burning the midnight oil during the holiday season in order to resolve this issue.  So what are the results of all that burnt oil?Two months have passed and the issue has not been resolved.  Instead, Microsoft conceded that the scope of the problem is much bigger than initially estimated.  Microsoft acknowledged numerous customer reports of corruption in the following programs,... Read more...
I remember the good old days when banks would offer new customers gifts like toasters or other housewares when you opened up an account. Of course, the good old days weren't really very good, because you had to stand in line at the bank fairly often instead of using direct deposit, internet banking, credit and debit cards, and ATMs to manage your finances remotely. The final reason to visit a bank regularly might become a thing of the past, as CheckFree Corp. is equipping banks with the tech they need to allow customers to scan checks slated for deposit, then deposit them electronically.Called... Read more...
What good is a file server if you can't store files on it?  Uh, huh.  Microsoft has posted a Knowledge Base article, KB946676, which warns of file corruption issues with Windows Home Server. "When you use certain programs to edit files on a home computer that uses Windows Home Server, the files may become corrupted when you save them to the home server," Microsoft said in a support document posted last week. The document went on to list the software, which includes Windows Vista Photo Gallery, Windows Live Photo Gallery, OneNote 2003, OneNote 2007, Outlook 2007, Microsoft Money 2007 and... Read more...
We're still at a loss as to how so many computers (especially laptops) with sensitive data end up getting stolen.  One would think that anyone entrusted with such data would know that a major law suit and bad press were just lurking around the corner in the guise of a thief.All that being said, about 10,000 employee records were on a laptop that was stolen recently from a Home Depot in Massachusetts.“The retailer tells Team 5 Investigate[r – sic]s it is confident that this personal information was not the thief's target, but that is little consolation to thousands of Home Depot workers, including... Read more...
While it might not sound as fun as bashing in an opponents face with a well placed move in Virtua Fighter 5, the Cell CPU at the heart of each and every PS3 can also be put to use helping researchers understand diseases such as various forms of cancer, Alzheimer's & even Parkinson's disease.Due to the highly parallel nature of the research project and the aptitude of the Cell CPU for such tasks, it isn't very hard to figure out just why the project supervisors are giving the PS3 such praise:"The recent inclusion of PS3 as part of the Folding@home program has afforded our research group with... Read more...
There's bad, and then there's evil. But spammers are worse than evil. And the worst version of evil is to use our beloved Homer Simpson to trick you into giving up your e-mail address, and then signing you up for a spam barrage. Don't click on that survey about the Simpsons movie. The spammed e-mails try to lure unsuspecting users to a Web site, where their e-mail addresses will be harvested for later spamming attacks, according to researchers at Sophos. To get users to visit the site, the spam claims recipients will be given a $500 Visa gift card if they click on... Read more...
Windows Home Server, officially announced earlier this year, is already at the release candidate stage.  The software is designed to allow users with a home network to have a single, quick, and easy to use interface that will allow users to access media from other PCs, NAS boxes, and even Zunes.  The idea is make life easier for families that might have everything from videos to music spread out across multiple machines where it can be confusing to remember where everything is.  That's assuming that the users are even computer savvy enough to know how and where to look.There's even a contest for... Read more...
Developers in the UK have introduced the world’s first zero-emission home, which could set the environmental standard for new homes of the future. The two-bedroom house features solar panels, water efficiency gimmicks such as rainwater collection, and a biomass boiler, which would run on organic fuels. Its advanced insulation ensures that it loses 60% less heat than contemporary homes. What is the significance of a carbon neutral home? According to BBC, about 25% of carbon emissions come from homes in the UK, which means that homes are a significant source of greenhouse gases. Moreover, in March... Read more...
The Folding@Home team is constantly striving to add support for more devices to join the good fight against diseases ranging from Parkinson's to Alzheimer's.  First they added support for alternative OSes, then video cards, and now a second gaming console, the Xbox 360, looks like it has a fair chance at showing its processing muscles off. The PS3’s in the distributed computing project has Xbox 360 owners curious if and how well their consoles would work on Folding@home. Peter Moore, VP of Microsoft’s entertainment division, recently addressed that issue saying, “We continue to look at this and... Read more...
After a long wait, the new Folding@home client is here.  No more need to run multiple consoles to get all those cores cranking away.  Keep in mind that HH is team number 32407. "We are pleased to announce the release of our Folding@Home Windows SMP client to open beta! Please keep in mind that this is beta software. There will be bugs. You may lose work. If you are looking for a "safe" way to complete work (and earn points), we do not recommend using a beta client. For those who are willing to risk a little more debugging and the potential... Read more...
So, you think you have the most impressive home office workstation this side of the galaxy? Before you say yes, you have to see what Stefan Didak set up in his home.  Up to 9 screens, numerous machines, tons of network equipment, storage galore, and even an Amiga 1000 thrown in for good measure. "The pictures on this page are of my home office desktop which, since I first published these pictures, have been causing a lot of chatter on various web forums and blogs. The attention my home office has received is quite stunning and way more than... Read more...
Astek sends word of their new "Low Cost  Liquid Cooling" solutions targeted at the Digital Home SSF PC... Digital Home PC made silent by new OEM liquid cooling solution Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco, September 26th, 2006. Despite the arrival of multi-core CPUs with lower overall power consumption, system level thermal management faces increasing noise challenges. Consumers are displaying clear preferences for diversified and, especially, smaller form factors why the future use of traditional heatsink and heatpipe coolers will be possible only with significant tradeoffs on... Read more...
According to the Entertainment Software Association, the average video gamer is now 33 years old. And your average 33 year old doesn't have the time to spare to learn the ropes and explore all the nooks and crannies of your average video game any more. The industry is starting to look at releasing video game in episodes, like a TV show. The idea is to keep interest in the characters and action high, and keep the content fresh and in manageable chunks for the poor people that can't play Doom 3 for eight hours at a stretch anymore or they'll lose their job, house, car, wife, and children.... Read more...
Now that current and next generation consoles are equipped with processing power equal to a high end PC, we're able to do more than just simply play games on these devices. Now you can actually put your console to good use while its sitting idle, as Stanford's Folding@Home project may soon be available for the PS3(once the PS3 is out, of course). Folding@Home is a program which uses spare CPU cycles to simulate the folding of proteins, in an attempt to help find cures for many of todays worst disease, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. The Playstation 3 version of F@H... Read more...
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