Operating System software is an entity that lives and breaths on it's own. It requires little tweaks and enhancements here and there to make it better, and to fix problems. Such is the case with Apple's Tiger OS X, 10.4, and the release to 10.4.3 Let's look at some of the highlights of the update. Available by web or via Apple's Software Update, the software is available in 2 formats: a Delta Update that will work with 10.4.2 --> 10.4.3 or a Combo Update that will 10.4.0 and all inbetween --> 10.4.3 Apple's website details all of the updates -- …

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Apple has had a busy month -- a new iPod, new iTunes, new iMac G5, and now, 3 new ultra-cool Powerbooks! Available in the standard 12, 15, and 17" models, these new laptops have new features and performance levels not seen before in Apple's line, and after taking a look at them, I want one for Christmas! Let's start with the basics available across all of the models: -- built in 54 Mbps Airport Extreme: 802.11g -- built in Bluetooth 2.0 -- built in 56K V.92 modem -- full-sized keyboard. 15 & 17" midels feature ambient lighting -- built in …

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Sleek. Powerful. Graphic. Capable. Stable. Portable. Clean-design. This new iMac G5 Rocks. At a special event today (Oct 12, 2005), Apple Computer released two new awesome pieces of hardware -- an iPod that can play video, and a new awesome iMac G5. Let's talk about this new G5 and why I want one on my desk. The new iMac G5 an all-in-one computer that features an LCD on the front, and houses the computer on the back. The keyboard and mouse plug right into the display -- the computer uses almost no deskspace, aside from the keyboard and the mouse. …

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Launched September 5, 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft has crossed the Termination Shock* of our solar system, and has entered a new region of space at extreme distances from our sun. According to researchers at the University of Maryland, Voyager made this transition December 16, 2004, and it took researchers several months to track the latest data and confirm that the explorer made the transition. Voyager will need to travel through the Heliosheath*, pass through the Heliopause*, and then it will be in pure interstellar space, and completely out of the solar system. As of mid-July, Voyager 1 was 8.9 …

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There will doubtless be a lot of disappointed gamers, but it seems the Nvidia 6800 Ultra and the ATi Radeon X850XT are the 'end of the road' for AGP gamers. Those who have been waiting for updated and improved cards to arrive have been waiting in vain, it appears. Although Nvidia announced a while back now that it will not be producing an AGP version of its 7800 series cards, there have been quite a few AGP gamers waiting for the arrival of ATi's R520 series cards. ATi, it was rumoured, had provided for the new cards to be available …

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Windows Workflow Foundation, Microsoft's framework for managing workflow, is reportedly ahead of schedule and could well be available for Windows Vista next year, rather than not ready until Longhorn Server is released in 2007 as previously believed. WWF will also be made available for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2003. Managing workflow on systems is, of course, a difficult technology to develop and implement. Automatic applications interaction, or [i]system workflow[/i] is generally a predictable and somewhat static process. The underlying logic is well defined and consistent. Interaction between the people involved in tasks, or [i]human workflow[/i] is …

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Microsoft messed up Update Rollup 1, that caused compatability problems with several vendor applications such as Citrix, Sophos, and some parts of Microsoft Office. Programs were unable to access floppy disks, or even crashed more often, or simply didn't work. Microsoft earlier remarked that only a handful of applications failed after Update Rollout 1 was installed, but was later forced to acknowledge more incompatabilities Microsoft has patched the Update Rollout 1, now at version 2, and has posted the repair on their websites. Microsoft has removed Windows 2000 from active mainstream support on June 30.

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Things don’t get easier, do they? Windows ‘prophet’ Paul Thurrot suggests that there are going to be no less than seven different versions of Windows Vista! Vista will be offered in ‘Home’ and ‘Business’ varieties, with three ‘Home’ versions and four ‘Business’ versions: [b][i]Windows Vista Home[/i][/b] [b]Starter Edition.[/b] This will be a cut down version, 32-bit only, and will be made abailable to emerging markets only. [b]Home Basic Edition[/b] Roughly equivalent to Windows XP Home, this version will be aimed at single PC households. [b]Home Premium Edition[/b] Adds Media Centre features to the basic Home version, as well as numerous …

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WinFS is Microsoft's new Relational File System, and the company released a Beta 1 edition of the software to members of the Microsoft Developer Network. Originally planned for a Windows Vista release, the software runs on Windows XP. A forthcomming Beta 2 release should work on the beta releases of Vista. The driving goal behind WinFS is a new filing system paridgm: allow a single file system to store documents such as email messages, your scanned photos, music, and databases in a common file format that other programs could access more quickly without a conversion utility. Applications coded to work …

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A little discussed feature of the upcoming Windows Vista is called 'Freeze Dry', and it's sure to be a blessing for all of us who leave our PCs running rather than shutting everything down when we move away from the keyboard. Have you ever come back only to find that an update has rebooted the system and you've lost the data you were working on? Have you ever clicked 'Yes' to a restart request only to realise you hadn't saved our data? There's no need to worry about that frustrating circumstance any more. Built on a core of software technology …

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In between Service Packs a lot of 'Hotfix' updates are developed and made available. A number of them get made available via Windows Update as Critical updates because they relate to security issues, but most don't. Instead, the 'Hotfixes' which relate to specific problems get mentioned or linked in Knowledgebase articles. Quite a few are only made available following a specific request for them to Microsoft Product Support Services. "Only apply it to systems that are experiencing this specific problem" you are told, and "..if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the …

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My friend Darren from Google just informed me a couple of minutes ago that Google Notifier is out in beta ... for the mac! You can check it out at: [url]http://toolbar.google.com/gmail-helper/index?promo=gdl-en[/url] Now comes the time when I thank Darren for considering the fact that I'm a mac girl and messaging me the minute he got the official word :) While the official Google Talk app is Windows only, the non-voip features are available via third party clients. Now this comes the time when I give yet another shoutout to Sean from gaim.

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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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For many people, the trend in desk décor recently has been to reclaim the desk space. Flat panel monitors and small form factor cases or the placement of the system unit down off the desk top has given us room to spread all the paper computers were intended to eliminate. But it seems the change might have come at a cost. We seek to express our individuality, after all, and when the PC isn’t there to show off out classy taste in design there’s not much left to work with. Never fear, hardware manufacturers are intent on helping out. Recent …

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Only [url=http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry267.html]a couple of weeks[/url] have passed since Microsoft announced that its 'Windows Genuine Advantage' program had been put in place and was in effect. Already, Microsoft has bowed to the pressure of 'hackers' and admitted it is shirt of adequacy. According to a statement made to the [url=http://www.smh.com.au/news/breaking/microsoft-back-to-drawing-board-on-piracy/2005/08/08/1123353252441.html?oneclick=true]Fairfax Corporation[/url], it's 'back to the drawing board' for WGA! Several 'hacks' available on the internet make bypassing the legitimacy checks a quite simple procedure, apparently!

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Several days back I had a look at some of the forward looking aspects of the upcoming [url= http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry270.html]Windows Vista[/url] and made mention of Digital Rights Management. The protection of encoded media content is a consideration which will increasingly have implications for hardware as well as for software, and it seems that we will need to look beyond the components in the PC case when planning future upgrades. Up until now, it has been common for people to retain their favoured PC monitors far longer than they do other parts of their PC systems. Purchasing a high quality monitor is …

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Ladies and Gentlemen, stop the presses! Well, in today's world, I should change that... Stop uploading the websites! This is BIG News. Ever since Apple came out with the Macintosh (1984), they have only shipped with one-button mice. Even mice prepared for the Apple IIe / IIc / IIgs had one mouse button. The reason was clear enough -- the OS was designed to be simple and effective to use. It would just take one button. With the development of USB, PC-based mice would work with Macintosh, and Apple built right-button functionality into OS 9 and OS X. WOW. Check …

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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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John C. Dvorak has a vision and I suspect it may be myopic. Over at Ziff-Davis’s PCMag, the renowned John C. Dvorak has witnessed Windows Vista’s arrival as an almighty dull thud, and sees recent events as a potential portent of the demise of the mighty Microsoft. [url]http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1840480,00.asp[/url] Windows Vista is a hollow shell of what it should have been he considers, and the omission of the previously discussed Windows File system the empty space in that shell. With Apple’s move to the x86 platform future versions of its OS may reign supreme, according to John’s prediction, and become dominant …

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Microsoft's much talked about Windows Genuine Advantage scheme is now in place and active. Windows users who download updates from Microsoft now need to undergo verification checks in order to get the downloads. The only exception are Windows security updates, which will still be distributed regardless. The verification checks will effect downloads from Windows Update, Microsoft Update and Microsoft Downloads sites, and as well as Windows itself will impact on updates to such software as Windows Media Player, DirectX and the new Microsoft Anti-Spyware program. Those people who have inadvertantly purchased a copy of Windows which is not legitimate will …

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The End.