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There seems to be some confusion in the Microsoft camp as to whether or not XP will continue on or not.  A spokeswoman for the Redmond giant had this to say:"We feel we've made the right accommodations for customers in certain segments who may need more time to transition to Windows Vista," she said. "But as [CEO] Steve [Ballmer] noted, we maintain a constant stance of listening to our customers and our partners. That's what is guiding our plan, and will continue to guide us going forward."So to sum it up: The CEO says yes, the spokeswoman says it’s all dependent upon the customers.   Now is the time to let your voices be heard.... Read more...
We know that Microsoft has set June 30th as the drop-dead date for Windows XP (despite their statements yesterday). Despite the fact that after June 30th, manufacturers such as Dell are not allowed to ship PCs with XP pre-installed, Dell has come up with an "escape clause."Dell will take advantage of a licensing option in Vista Business and Vista Ultimate that lets PC makers provide XP under the Vista license, which Microsoft calls a "downgrade" license. (Enterprises with site licenses have these same rights with any version of Vista.) In essence, the user is buying a Vista license that it can apply to XP, and Microsoft can still claim a Vista sale.Dell will preinstall XP Professional as a "downgrade"... Read more...
In anticipation of Intel-based Mac owners updating their Boot Camp partitions to Microsoft’s Windows XP SP3, which will officially be released on April 29, Apple yesterday made available for download update 2.1 of its Boot Camp utility. Apple claims that the 2.1 update must be installed before installing SP3: “This update addresses issues and improves compatibility with Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows Vista running on a Mac computer using Boot Camp. It is highly recommended for all Boot Camp users. Important: Installation of Boot Camp 2.1 is required before installing Windows XP ServicePack 3 (SP3).” Versions of the Boot Camp 2.1 update for 32-bit and 64-bit Vista were also available... Read more...
Just in time for the imminent release of the Windows XP SP3 update, VMware has released an update to its Mac-based Fusion virtulization application, with full support for SP3 Boot Camp partitions. The Fusion 1.1.2 update also includes a number of bug fixes as well as improved support for the MacBook Air--solving a few issues Fusion had with the Air's virtual disc and its Superdrive.Perhaps the most imporant aspect to the Fusison 1.1.2 update, however, is the ability to back up virtual machines with Time Machine:"Prior versions of VMware Fusion automatically excluded virtual machines from Time Machine backups to avoid hitting a Mac OS X-related crash when backing up running virtual machines.Apple... Read more...
Hopefully you read that title the way Steve Ballmer probably meant to say it on Thursday. You know, emphasis on the "HAVE" in a sarcastic way. Although we're sure he didn't say it that way, he probably wanted to.Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer offered a glimmer of hope on Thursday to fans of the company's Windows XP operating system, saying the company may reconsider its decision to stop selling it soon.But Ballmer was adamant that most people who buy PCs today buy them with XP's successor, Vista."That's the statistical truth," he told reporters at a news conference at Louvain-La-Neuve University. "If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter."We hope they wake up soon, period. ... Read more...
You know you have compensation issues when you buy the latest Apple thin & light laptop and feel the need to replace the shell with a 24k gold coated, gem studded variant.Whatever drives people to want such outrageously and expensive mods, Computer Choppers is there to meet those needs.  The company offers so many services and customization options, but here are just a few examples of the plating and polishing to virtually any piece of electronics:Aluminum (polishing)NickelBlack NickelCopperChrome24kt Yellow GoldWhite GoldRose GoldPlatinum The exact price of the gem-studded, 24k mod to the AirBook is unknown at this time, but if we had that kind of money we might spend it trying to actually... Read more...
ASUS Eee PC 4G Windows XP Hits Selected Best Buy Retail StoresFREMONT, CA (April 21, 2008) – ASUS Eee PC 4G pre-installed with Microsoft Windows XP is available immediately in selected Best Buy retail stores in the United States. The wide availability in Best Buy retail stores will provide a hands-on experience for potential users to explore this new addition to the Eee PC family.Easy to Learn, Work and PlayThe portable and affordable, ASUS Eee PC is built on the concept of Easy to Learn, Easy to Work and Easy to Play. Its compact form factor is engineered to accommodate both experienced and inexperienced PC users. With the addition of the Windows XP interface, existing PC users can now utilize... Read more...
As hard as it may be to believe, Windows XP SP3 has finally shipped to manufacturing.  Users will be able to download it on 4/29.Keroack confirmed that date today. "We are also in the final stages of preparing for release to the Web on April 29, via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center," he said.Users will be able to update their XP systems to SP3 starting next week, but they will have to select the optional download in Windows Update or download a much larger, stand-alone installer from the Microsoft site. The company won't begin pushing XP SP3 to users who have Windows Update set to automatically download and install important patches or fixes until "early summer," said Keroack.... Read more...
It's Tax Day, and we could hardly be blamed for last-minute filing and not paying attention to the news.  However, rumor has it that 4/21 is the day: XP SP3 Release Day, that is.Today, however, Neowin was able to get the release schedule for the Release to Manufacturer (RTM) version of Windows XP SP3. According to Neowin, OEMs, Volume License customers, Windows Connect users and MSDN/TechNet subscribers will have access to SP3 on April 21. The public will have to wait until April 29 to access SP3 via Windows Update and Microsoft's Download Center.Microsoft will not push SP3 via Automatic Updates until June 10 which should give IT managers enough time to work with the service pack should... Read more...
VIA Moves into COM Express Embedded Module MarketVIA to introduce first COM Express modules with VIA processor platform, enabling cost effective, flexible customization and faster time to market Taipei, Taiwan, April 14th 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of embedded silicon and platform technologies, today announced the extension of embedded board portfolio to include COM Express modules that will be the first to harness the power and thermal advantages of VIA's processor platforms. Measuring 95mm x 125 mm, COM Express is an industry standard embedded form factor developed by the PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group) to provide greater connectivity... Read more...
InfoWorld's petition to save Windows XP has picked up steam, and not only is now over 111K signatures, but also has attracted the attention of mainstream media.InfoWorld, a publication that covers the information technology industry, launched a “Save Windows XP” petition drive in January. Microsoft originally planned to stop selling XP to retailers and computer manufacturers at the end of 2007, but extended that deadline to this June 30. Galen Gruman, executive editor of InfoWorld, said the petition drive was partly the result of his talks over the past year with companies’ chief technology officers and IT managers. Most were unenthusiastic about moving from XP to Vista, and found “no compelling... Read more...
It has been a somewhat slow weekend for tech news, but I just came across an interesting article over at the Live Science site that I wanted to share.  The article centers around a cutting edge MIT robotics project dubbed Nexi.What makes Nexi so interesting is that "she" has been designed to communicate with not only the spoken word, but with facial expressions too."MIT's Nexi robot expresses emotions the same way you do - with your highly mobile face. Nexi's head and face were designed by Xitome Design with MIT. The expressive robotics started with a neck mechanism sporting 4 degrees of freedom (DoF) at the base, plus pan-tilt-yaw of the head itself. The mechanism has been constructed... Read more...
You had to see this coming (and it was rumored, too), with the popularity of low-cost ultra-portable laptops such as the Asus Eee PC, the OLPC, and the Classmate. Microsoft has given Windows XP another reprieve, but only for a class of devices they call ULCPCs or Ultra-Low-Cost PCs.Microsoft said on Thursday that it will continue to allow Windows XP Home edition to be sold for a class of computers it calls "ultra-low-cost PCs." It's a category that covers machines with slower processors, smaller screens, and in many cases flash memory for storage, rather than a traditional hard drive.Microsoft will give PC makers the option of using Windows XP or Vista on ULCPC devices, said Michael Dix, general... Read more...
We're always on the lookout for Asus Eee PC updates and today we've come up with some breaking news for you relative to the Windows XP variant that is due to hit the market in April.  Actually, it's more than just some breaking news; we've got one.  Though the machine isn't due out until sometime mid-next week, we were able to get our hands on a full retail bundle well before they hit store shelves in the US. More here... Read more...
We're always on the lookout for Asus Eee PC updates and today we've come up with some breaking news for you relative to the Windows XP variant that is due to hit the market in April.  Actually, it's more than just some breaking news; we've got one.  Though the machine isn't due out until sometime in the next few weeks, we were able to get our hands on a full retail bundle well before they hit store shelves in the US.  The included operating system, software and add-in bundle is really the only thing that differentiates this Eee PC version, versus the Linux-based 4G model that we looked at for you back in November 2007.  Let's take a... Read more...
Windows Vista didn't have an easy launch, and as a result Microsoft and their partners had to prolong the life of Windows XP until June of this year in an attempt to keep system builders and their customers happy.  One line of reasoning behind this was that Vista would have all of its kinks ironed out by June of this year, and for the most part that task seems to have already been accomplished.  But yet XP looks like it's still not ready to retire, and the reasons for it are somewhat surprising and unexpected:“The biggest area where XP is likely to stick around is in the nascent but growing market of low-cost, flash memory-based notebook computers, such as the Asus Eee PC. These devices... Read more...
You may recall that Chris Avenir, a first-year chemical engineering student at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, faced expulsion after it came to light that he had created a Facebook-based chemistry study group.  The horror, the horror!Chris Avenir's apparent exhortation to fellow Ryerson University engineering students to "input solutions" to assignment problems on the social networking site raised the ire of a professor.On Tuesday, the 18-year-old was told that while he wouldn't be expelled he would receive a zero on the assignment section of the chemistry course, which was worth 10 percent of his final grade.Despite that, Avenir still passed the course.He still passed the course... Read more...
Many, many people have said that Windows XP is just fine, and while Vista's great (DX10 comes to mind), it's not necessary for most.  Can an outcry of public sentiment save XP?Windows Vista was supposed to be a shot in the arm for Microsoft, which had gone five years without a new desktop operating system. It hasn't worked out that way. Instead, Vista sales have been slower than XP's (when adjusted for market size) and there's been a distinct lack of passion for the new OS. In Vista's first year, InfoWorld detected a deep anxiety over Vista among technologists and consumers alike. We decided to do something about it, launching a petition drive to ask Microsoft to keep selling XP after the... Read more...
Monday the Massachusetts Bankers Association (MBA) issued a press release announcing a major data breach at what Visa and MasterCard said was an unnamed "major retailer."  The details were far worse than the original news, though.A security breach at an East Coast supermarket chain exposed more than 4 million card numbers and led to 1,800 cases of fraud, the Hannaford Bros. grocery chain announced Monday.Hannaford said credit and debit card numbers were stolen during the card authorization process and about 4.2 million unique card numbers were exposed, placing the case among the largest data breaches ever.The breach affected all of its 165 stores in the Northeast, 106 Sweetbay stores in... Read more...
Apple's usually so very careful about updating its site, generally taking it down when they introduce a new product.  But the Swiss version of the Apple Store appears to have accidentally leaked information about an update to the Airport Express which adds 802.11n support.We had heard reliable reports that Apple will be launching a new version of their Airport Express next week, likely on Tuesday. Apple Retail stores should have stock of the new Airport Express by mid week. The new model will be priced at the same price as the current model ($99). Though details have not been confirmed, it appears the upgrade will most likely include support for 802.11n wireless networking.MacGeneration... Read more...
Rolling Rock, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch, has come up with an interesting ad campaign: offbeat, though definitely high-powered.  Or requiring a lot of power, anyway.It appears to be a teaser to a new advertising campaign for Rolling Rock beer. According to their “Moonvertising,” web site: “…we’re trying a new, more tasteful advertising campaign this year: Putting our logo on the moon.” It goes on to invite readers to “broadcast your own message on the moon as well.”Why, of course! There has to be a social media aspect to the campaign in this day and age. The web site is clever, but painfully slow — especially the videos.Of course, being able to supply enough power to really burn something... Read more...
A little birdie tossed this one over the wall to us and we just had to pass this along to you.   Asus has done so well with their new little ultra-portable, ultra-miserly computer, that they're continuing to flesh out the product family with more flavors than an jacked up all-night rave at Baskin Robbins.  Word is the Windows XP variant of the Eee PC is due out "soon" and of course larger screen format versions have been seen in the wild as well.  However, we've got the first unveiling of the Asus Eee PC 4G-X model right here for you...  Asus' Eee PC 4G-X  - Click for full view Notice the sleak little Windows key there on the lower left of the keyboard? ... Read more...
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