Nigel Page, strategist for Microsoft Australia, has clarified the hardware needs for effectively running the upcoming Windows Vista. Speaking at Microsoft’s [url=http://apcstart.com/teched/pivot/entry.php?id=6]TechEd[/url] conference, he indicated the following in response to questions asked. Vista, we are told, is much more graphics focused. There is a fundamental shift from bitmap images to vector graphics, much more focus on shifting workload from the CPU to the GPU, and will require a serious display card to be included in the machine. A 128 megabyte display card will be good, and a 256 megabyte or better display card will be ideal. The graphics capability will …

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On August 17, CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) released information about Apple Mac products facing several security Vulnerabilities. Systems affected: Mac OS X 10.3.9 and 10.4.2 (both workstation and server) Apps affected: Apple Safari Web browser. Apple has addressed these issues in "Apple Security Update 2005-007" According to CERT's writeup, the most serious vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code, and may open the door to bypassing security restrictions and a denial of service. Some of the cited errors and corrections-- * A buffer overflow error in OS X Directory Service * Buffer overflow error in OS …

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Attention Microsoft Users -- As of late Tuesday afternoon Chicago time, major news networks are reporting being affected by a new bug called Zotob. It affects Microsoft systems, as described in a Microsoft Bulliton MS05-039, a document that was released earlier this month. CERT sources say that they have seen several variets of the Zobot [sic] worm. The Worm is reported to scan for vunerable systems on port 445. Port 445 is part of the protocols that Microsoft uses for directory services. Interestingly enough, as I am typing this to you, Microsoft has not made any publications on it's main …

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I love CNN – it’s a great network, and although all Cable News Networks slant their news, it’s still very entertaining to watch. But today, I lost a great deal of respect for the network. Wolf Blitzer’s, “Situation Room

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The purpose of Marketing is simple: get your message to a customer, with as little cost as possible, and motivate them to purchase your product. As an engineer / scientist, I thought some of the gizmos such as free pens, the little footballs, the shirts and coffee cups were all neat gestures, and nice subtle advertising. The most useful thing that I ever picked up at a tradeshow was the retractable telephone cord. But these products cost things. What about the marketing team that comes up with free, or renewable forms of advertising? I caught a brief blurb the other …

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According to hardware.silicon.com, Microsoft revealed Longhorn Server (Windows Server 2007?) to 5000 people this week. Microsoft confirmed the release that these people will receive a beta for the next-generation OS. The Longhorn Server is not available for public download. There is no date schedule for when a beta may or may not be made available to the general public. As a recent certification graduate for Windows Server 2003, I am interested in the release, and would not mind having my hands on it. Windows Server 2003 (W2K3) features many new improvements from Windows 2000 Server, such as improved IIS tools, …

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It looks like internet access prices will remain steady, and could even rise, in the near future. The [url=http://www.fcc.gov]Federal Communications Commission[/url] ruled in favor of corporate America today, saying that phone companies no longer need to share high speed data lines with independent internet service providers at discounted rates. The decision was immediately hailed by lobbyists and corporate telecommunications companies, such as Verizon, and SBC Communications. It’s not surprising they’re ecstatic – the decision was a huge score for them and their team of lobbyists. In a nutshell, phone companies who own the large telecommunication networks in the United States …

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There has been a lot of hype about former Vice President Al Gore’s revolutionary television network – [url=http://www.current.tv]Current_[/url]. In late July, Current_ went live after being anticipated since early April. The network is said to be like no other TV network around; it’s not news, it’s not fiction, and it’s "not boring." Using short video segments of 1-5 minutes, current_ aims to keep a tech savvy audience interested and informed. [b]Shows are [i]‘Drippy’[/i][/b] But is it all that its cracked up to be? The answer is yes, and no. I tuned into current on DirectTV (channel 366) to see it …

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Has the next major upheaval in PC hardware reared it’s head? Every once in a long while, a new type of component arrives which dramatically changes how we consider our computers. The development of components such as video capture cards and TV tuners have added functionality, but that functionality is very much task oriented. Such add-ins don’t really change the way we work with out PCs – they simply add an extra function for those who need it. The most recent really major change in PC hardware came with the introduction of 3D acceleration. Manufacturers of the first 3D acceleration …

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Today, Yahoo! introduced their new Publisher Network, a "new self-serve platform that will provide small- and medium-sized web publishers with easy access to yahoo! advertising and content." In other words, it's a direct alternative to Google AdSense. The program, which the webmaster community initially caught wind of nearly a year ago, is currently invitation only. It's a program that I would love to participate in, if I could ;) Unfortunately, I don't have much more information to share at the moment. Are you listening, Yahoo?!

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Redmond, Washington based [url=http://ww.vista.com]Vista, Inc[/url] – a custom software developer and e-commerce solutions provider, said in a recent news article it is considering all options against Windows creator Microsoft Incorporated. [url=http://www.microsoft.com]Microsoft[/url], which is also based in Redmond, said it does not feel it has violated any copyrights. “The name Vista is commonly used by a variety of companies in a variety of industries,

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In a recent survey conducted by ACNielsen International Research, record numbers of entrepreneurs are using eBay ([url]http://www.ebay.com[/url]) to supplement or earn their living entirely on the site. According to the survey, over 724,000 Americans use the site to earn their primary or secondary source of income, and another 1.5 million supplement their income by selling goods and services on the site. Since 2003, the number of US entrepreneurs making money on eBay has increased by 68 percent. Over 10.6 billion dollars with of merchandise was sold in the first six months of 2005 on eBay. "In just 10 years, eBay …

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I came across this article at Appleinsider.com. [url]http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=1143[/url] Lawsuits like that really make me unhappy. Honestly people! Every music store in the world organizes music by genre, artist, title, etc! And have done it for DECADES! How greedy and self-absorbed can people get? Suits like that make me ask myself if software should even be patentable.

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Hey there everyone. Long time no post... and that's because I just went out and bought The Sims 2 the other day, and I just have to say how much [b]I love it![/b] I'm not a gamer by any means. The only games I really ever play are simulations ... Simcity, Simcity 4, The Sims with all the expansion packs, and now The Sims 2. For anyone who is a fan of The Sims, I highly recommend this sequel. You can zoom in unbelievably close, it's entirely 3-dimensional, and there are just so many details! It's unbelievable how detailed Electronic …

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The End.