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No, it wasn't a bad Windows Update patch that caused the massive Skype outage that started last Thursday and continued into the weekend.  It was the semi-synchronized massive reboot across the globe, which exposed a bug in the Skype Code. On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical disruption. The disruption was triggered by a massive restart of our users’ computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine set of patches through Windows Update. The high number of restarts affected Skype’s network resources. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the... Read more...
All cell phones have the ability to make a 911 call even if the service on the phone is disconnected.  This is a requirement of the Federal Comunications Commission, and while this is an obvious safety measure, it's also being mis-used by some to make prank calls to 911. Emergency dispatch operators say they're getting an increasing number of prank calls and hang-ups made by children playing with disconnected cellular phones that can still be used to make 911 calls. "Kids call us and swear at us because they know we can't do anything about it," said Clearfield Dispatch supervisor Wendy Brimhall. Brimhall said dispatchers are helpless such calls come in because emergency-call-only... Read more...
While buying on the Internet is a) easy, b) fast, c) frequently less expensive, it can also be frustrating, particularly when there is a customer service issue or a return to be made.  Granted, some companies such as Amazon.com make returns easy, by making the entire process of a return as easy as the buying process, and even providing free return shipping if the error is theirs. However, sometimes you really, really need to communicate with a human.  Email, while faster than snail-mail, is simply too slow for these types of issues.  This problem has even led to the creation of some websites that post "hidden" customer service numbers.Netflix, after experiencing its first decline in subscribers... Read more...
Subprime mortgage market? Stock market? What are you talking about? I was referring to BusinessWeek's report that municipal wireless networks are colossal money losers, and the companies that partnered with many cities and counties to offer it are tired of losing their shirt on expensive infrastructure and operating costs based on demand that never materialized. And so the taxpayers are being lined up to bear the cost of municipal Wi-Fi, whether they want it or not. For now, a tiny user base can't even begin to cover an operator's costs. Take Lompoc, Calif., population 42,000. The city deployed its 11.3-square-mile Wi-Fi network last September, at a cost of more than $2 million so far.... Read more...
There has been much speculation recently about Windows Vista SP1 Beta, and even rumors and sightings around the web.  There was also a "leak" of some pre-Beta patches a week or so ago.  Microsoft has now officially released them. Microsoft still isn't commenting on when a beta of Service Pack 1 for Vista will be officially released (our money is on November), but the company has posted two updates that are expected to be part of that final package: the "performance and reliability" update and the "compatibility and reliability" update. These are official releases.The "standalone updates" have been posted to Microsoft's support site, and users will need to validate their Vista installs... Read more...
It seems that our speculation yesterday about the new iMac being close to release was correct; Today Apple rolled out their updated and more industrial design for the iMac.Not all of the rumors and speculation was on target, but the good news is that things are even better than expected.  To start with, there are no 512MB options, nor are there any integrated graphics.  That’s right, even the low-end $1,199 20” iMac comes with 1GB of RAM and a Radeon 2400 XT with 128MB of video memory.Considering all the hardware Apple has managed to squeeze into the new iMacs, the starting price of $1,199 actually seems like a reasonable deal. The sleek new aluminum exterior design is certainly a departure from... Read more...
TV broadcasts are going digital. That's fine. Their  former broadcast spectrum, at 700 MHz, is going to be available for other things. That's great. That spectrum is very useful, as the signal can penetrate walls. That's terrific.The head of the FCC, Kevin Martin, thinks that the spectrum should be turned over at auction to wireless broadband services, but only if the services are offered to the consumer using any device.  That's ... hey, that might get expensive. The proposed rules would apply only to the spectrum being auctioned, not the rest of the wireless business, which still makes most of its revenue from voice calls. But Martin's proposal, if adopted by the FCC, could reverberate... Read more...
Information Week goes beyond asking who would buy used tech gear, -the answer is pretty much everybody- and examines the real-world factors that drive hardware hungry equipment users to look for goods unauthorized by manufacturers, or the so-called "gray market" of counterfeit hardware, to look for bargains or just plain hard to find stuff.  Nearly 46% of respondents to our survey say they occasionally buy secondhand equipment; 14% do so regularly. They buy used products mainly to save money. Preowned gear can be had for as much as 90% off list price, a tantalizing discount for budget-strapped IT departments, which often see an opportunity to get more features or processing power... Read more...
ASUS Announces World's First Hardware Based Real-time Overclocking Device Unparalleled Overclocking with EN8600GT OC GEAR/HTDP/256M Taipei, Taiwan, July 3, 2007 – ASUS today introduced the new OC gear as the world´s first hardware based real-time overclocking device for graphics cards. The ASUS OC gear will be bundled with the ASUS EN8600GT OC GEAR/HTDP/256M which is upgraded with -1 memory modules. With such a configuration, users can expect up to 30% enhanced overclocking performance and gaming experiences. Full support for Microsoft DirectX 10 will also allow users to experience stunning and complex special effects for their applications... Read more...
Surface conduction electron emitter display. SED. We've been hearing about its bright colors, high contrast ratio,  lack of ghosting, and wide viewing angles for quite some time. There's a problem.  It would have definitely been superior to a plasma television back when a 50" plasma cost $10,000. Now you can buy that same plasma for two or three grand, and you still can't buy an SED. And  even if you could, it would still cost ten grand. From a technological standpoint, industry insiders all agree that SED had the potential to gobble up a huge portion of the HDTV market in 2004, 2005 and 2006. The operative words in that last sentence is “had the potential”. While SED production... Read more...
If you're running Windows Vista, and according to Big Billy G. almost 40 million of you are, and you've also got a DirectX10 compatible graphics card in your machine today is a milestone in your PC's life. Capcom has released DirectX10 and DirectX 9 compatible versions of their XBox360 port Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, so you'll finally get to see that GPU of yours work some of its DX10 mojo. The files are being hosted on a number of servers around the web, but NVIDIA's nZone site is dishing them out to me at about 1MB per second at the moment, so I recommend you head that way to grab your copies. Downloads are nice at quick right now and you won't have to deal with any registration... Read more...
Engadget has the scoop on some brand new Asus laptops built around Intel's upcoming Santa Rosa platform. They've got some specifications and pics posted, and even mention some yet-to-be announced NVIDIA mobile GPUs. "Just in case the recent outpouring of Santa Rosa wasn't doing enough to keep you satisfied, ASUS just announced five laptops sporting the new mobile processor. None of 'em break much ground on the design or form factor side of things, but Santa Rosa isn't the only thing these laptops have going for them. The 17-inch A7S-7S006C runs a 2GHz T7300 Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, a 1440 x 900 screen and perhaps most excitingly, the new NVIDIA GeForce 8400G mobile graphics card with... Read more...
C|Net is reporting that a Cingular / AT&T wireless sale rep said that Apple's iPhone will be released on June 11.  There has been a lot of hype surrounding the iPhone since its unveiling. I guess we'll all know how much of the hype is warranted in a few short weeks. "Ever since Steve Jobs' keynote at the Macworld Expo in January, we've known that the iPhone is being released sometime in June. But we haven't known exactly when. Now Cingular is confirming that the release date will be June 11. A customer service manager at Cingular (we called 800-947-5096 and were transferred to sales) gave us that date late Thursday, but, alas,... Read more...
ATI's Catalyst v7.3 drivers have officially hit the web.  There are a boatload of fixes for both Vista and XP integrated into this release, in addition to a number of performance enhancements for X1000 series cards.  Here are some of the more interesting details: OpenGL CrossFire Support Under Windows Vista Catalyst 7.3 introduces OpenGL CrossFire support for the entire ATI Radeon X1000 product series under Microsoft Vista. Users will see significant performance gains in a number of applications when running in CrossFireTM mode under Windows Vista. CrossFire Enhancements for Windows Vista Catalyst 7.3 includes CrossFire enhancements for Windows Vista that enable the Alternate Frame... Read more...
According to HKEPC, and one of their Taiwanese inside-sources, Intel plans to launch new Celeron and Pentium processors in June based on the Core microarchitecture. These new processors would differ from the Core 2 Duo in their cache sizes and bus speeds, but would still offer significant performance improvements over current Netburst-based Pentiums and Celerons. "We have been told by our source from Taiwan manufacturer that Intel would officially release Pentium E and Celeron 400 product lines on June 3. At that time of release, Core micro-architecture will then cover all range of desktop processor segment. Pentium E2160 (1.8GHz/1MB L2/800MHz FSB) and Pentium E2140 (1.6GHz/.1MB L2/800MHz FSB)... Read more...
For those of you who remember our school teacher friend Mr. Ponosov it may make you happy to know that recently a Russian court in the city of Perm threw out the charges of piracy brought against him. Ponosov's lawyers claimed that the twelve PCs that arrived at his school came with the pirated Microsoft software pre-installed and therefore he could not be held responsible. The case, probably a response to international pressure on Russia to crack down on piracy, may have been triggered by the fact that Russia has been ranked by industry experts as second in the world for illegal use of software and media only after China.  ... Read more...
Microsoft released Windows Mobile 6.0 for all your PDA needs. But it's competition isn't really other PDA operating systems. It's the smartphone market it's got to fight for market share with. Ars Technica has the rundown: Windows Mobile 6 has a decidedly Vista-like look and feel, but some of the largest upgrades have been under the hood. However, Microsoft says that the OS will not require significantly more RAM and CPU power than the previous version. Version 6 comes with features designed to improve integration with Office 2007 and Outlook 2007. It also comes with Office Communicator, a mobile version of Microsoft's enterprise-level... Read more...
In a interesting twist, a New York boy accused by the Record Industry for being a 'pirate' is fighting back. Claiming he was downloading songs that he already owned on CD and that his accusers have no real way of proving he illegally downloaded, the now man and his attorney are demanding a trial by jury intended to seek among other things compensation for damage to his reputation, distracting him from school, and his family's legal fees. A New York teen, dubbed a pirate by the Record Industry, is counter suing them for defamation, violating anti-trust laws, conspiring to defraud the courts and making extortionate threats. In papers responding to a lawsuit filed... Read more...
Thinking about making the switch to Windows Vista? One of the guys over at [H]ard|OCP took a look at the newly released Vista and gives his opinion on making the switch. It is now here, "it" being the new Windows Vista operating system. Monday morning Bill Gates was on NBC's Today Show promoting the new operating system. Had I not known who he was or what Vista is, I would have thought Bill was just another politician dodging the direct question and answering with the standard, "It is going to protect the future of our world...our children." Well, not exactly, but I still half-expected Hillary and Rudy to show up and break into a song to save our "Global Village." Okay, that is coming... Read more...
NVIDIA has released a new version of their ForceWare GeForce 8800 Drivers, bringing the official version to 97.92. The new drivers fix various game errors, adds new PureVideo features, and a new NVIDIA Control Panel(click here for release notes). The new drivers are for GeForce 8800 cards only, so if you have anything less, don't bother with them.... Read more...
This probably won't affect many of you, but its interesting news nonetheless (especially for nostalgic older geeks like me).  Hyperion Entertainment has released the final build of AmigaOS 4.0. "Originally released in May of 2004, Amiga OS 4.0 is the most stable, modern and feature-rich incarnation to date of the multi-media centric operating system launched by Commodore Business Machines (CBM) in 1985 with which it still retains a high degree of compatibility. Amiga OS 4.0, The Final Update is the culmination of 5 years of development and takes the form of a stand-alone ISO image which contains a full installation of all Amiga OS 4.0... Read more...
The latest version of the Army's own FPS, America's Army, is out, bringing with it a tool to make your maps and missions. Along with the 2.08 update being released, the new Mission Depot is also available, allowing aspiring map creators to submit their work for review, with the chance of it becoming the next official mission distributed through the Honor network. For more information and download links, Click here. "This release coincides with the opening of Mission Depot. With Mission Depot, you'll be able to submit the missions you have created. After a short review process, approved missions will become the next Official... Read more...
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