If any of you are having trouble getting
to any of the links below with Netscape Communicator, try using M/S
Internet Explorer. Don't like it? US Either. Tell Mr. Bill... And
while we're @ it for Discussion... Do you see your PC as a Product or a
Service? Coming Soon - DRM O/S (Digital Rights
Warren: We've briefly discussed ESD
(Electrostatic Discharge) as it relates to
Building PC's, please take note of PEI -
Petroleum Equipment Institute's Stop
Static Campaign! No joke, this is serious! Please
READ IT! (7/2/2002)
News Headlines, from: www.Crucial.com
9-21-05: "Removing unwanted Windows Components
that Microsoft doesn't want you to remove."
Barlow's BuildOrBuy Presentation will include
SecureClean / WipeDrive
/ MediaWiper &
Acronis True Image.
Presentation Day Only Specials for Meeting Attendees! (3/16/2005)
Boot Problems with Mobile
Racks by George Walker: Updated... (1/5/2005).
12-22-04: As a result of
the AMD Presentation & Special AMD CPU Product Drawing... We Built the
Fastest PC available - AMD Athlon64-4000!
12-15-04: Guest Speaker
- Wed, December 15, 2004 - Featuring Frank Hudziak, Member of
Technical Staff, Field Applications Engineering of AMD. From Joe Whinery: Building
AMD Athlon 64 machines plus...
Special Product Drawing!
Casper Disk Cloning
by Joe Whinery (8-18-04).
WinXP Comparisons And Features List:
Know your PC Specs (Components) -
Dual Channel DDR, RAM
Chart, Hyper Threading
& Thermally Advantaged Chassis...
Offers - CPU & Smart Computing Magazine Subscriptions:
for Free 30 Day Access to
the above mentioned websites!
Highlights: WinXP Service Pack 2 - Yes, No, Maybe or Should we wait?
Bandwidth Calculation Comparisons:
Test your Bandwidth and Compare Results (5/25/2004).
Building a Laptop with Intel
- Build your own Laptop: (6/11/2004).
Building Laptops - Centrino Notebook Specification.
3-17-04: Video & Newsgroups - Tom Tyner & George
Hard Drive Host Protected
Area (HPA) by George Walker & Joe Whinery.
Phillips - Autologon Solution for
Windows XP Pro (10/8/2003).
Pyro 2003 - Digital Media, MP3 & CD Maker - Coming Soon!
Project5 Soft Synth Workstation shipping end of March!
Recording Audio - From Turntable to Hard
Drive by Tom Tyner.
Our Discussion will include Special
Presentations from CPU
Magazine & Smart
Computing - Join us if you can! For those of you who cannot
attend, we'll have a follow-up of the days' activities posted
afterwards. Our Speakers, Chris
McGreer & Erik Egeberg invite you to contact them for
questions regarding their Presentation or the Special Offer
Read Joe's latest
comments (If I were Building a
System Today...) regarding which MotherBoard
to use and why - Either the GA-7VAXP
(FireWire) or GA-7VAXP
Ultra (SerialATA) (2/14/2003).
Maxtor Personal Storage 5000DV, Keyspan
USB 2.0 / FireWire combo PCI card (2/10/2003)!
Comparing USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 - The Nitty
up your hard drive with Retrospect
by Joe Whinery (11/29/2002).
from NTFS to FAT32 in Win2K or WinXP
Letter Assignments in WinXP Pro
Ford Think Neighbor - Electric
Car by Gus
- Audio News: Press
Releases - Pinnacle Systems Agrees To Acquire Steinberg for $24
million in January 2003. Steinberg is a recognized industry leader in
digital audio. This transaction significantly broadens Pinnacle's
digital media offerings. Interesting to note this News since Apple
recently purchased Emagic making that audio solution a Mac only
offering whereas before they had PC's in mind. Steinberg products
should continue to prosper under Pinnacle's oversight (12/19/2002).
M-Audio Revolution Review - High-Definition
Audio, 7.1 Surround Sound: MSRP $99.00 (12/12/2002).
2005 & 2004
After leaving our Index
page, current News Topics reside here for the year, then move onto another
page specific for that year past such as 2003 News
Archive or onto BuildOrBuy News Topics Of 2001.
vulnerability patch and more good news Spyware Confidential ZDNet.com (1/3/2006)
vulnerability - Download the Patch from SANS by Mr.
Guilfanov. Note: When MS comes out with a
real patch, simply uninstall this from Add/Remove programs on the
- SANS also has a
Firms urged to use unofficial Windows patch CNET News.com (1/3/2006)
Microsoft Security Advisory (912840) Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering
Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution. Published: December 28,
2005 | Updated: January 3, 2006
Seagate to buy Maxtor for $1.9 billion in stock InfoWorld News
2005-12-21 By Peter Sayer, IDG News Service "By
sharing expenditure on research and development, Seagate and Maxtor hope
to expand the range of products they offer." Anyone smell a
monopoly in the works? (12/21/2005)
- MSI capacitor class action page up (10/19/2005).
- Is your printer spying on you (10/18/2005).
With new factory, AMD ups ante against Intel CNET News.com: Fab
36 - Dresden, Germany (10/14/2005).
Build a PC with the Best Bang for the Buck--ExtremeTech Build It: "Finding
the Sweet Spot" (10/3/2005).
after Katrina, Rita News.blog CNET News.com (10/3/2005).
- Intel desktop mobos face mass extinction: "While Intel cites
chipset shortages and full capacity as its main reason for the changes,
it has to act fast to put the motherboard infrastructure into place for
2006 and 2007." (9/12/2005)
PC How To Make a Bootable CD-ROM (9\29\2005).
Kicking the Microsoft Office habit InfoWorld Column 2005-09-12 By Neil
McAllister: "If Massachusetts switches to open document formats,
will the business community follow?" (9/12/2005)
Intel Friend or foe CNET News.com: AMD Lawsuit...
"In the end, the most formidable challenge for AMD may be Intel's skill
in walking the line between tough competition and take-no-prisoners
Flaw may hide malicious software CNET News.com:
"Miscreants could hide their malicious software on a Windows PC by using
overly long registry keys, security experts have warned. ...some
applications ...can be tricked by longer registry keys. List includes
AdAware, Microsoft's Windows AntiSpyware, HijackThis, Norton SystemWorks
2003 Pro, Microsoft's Windows Registry Editor and WinDoctor."
Web site gives
e-mail senders a reputation Tech News on ZDNet: (8/30/2005).
senders by geographic region."
WinFS - New Windows file system enters testing CNET
News.com: "Microsoft surprised developers on
Monday by releasing a test version of a new Windows file system."
Power line broadband gets popular with tech firms CNET News.com:
"The Technology allowing internal power wiring in a home to deliver
broadband service is getting heavy-hitting endorsements from large
technology companies including Intel, Motorola and Cisco Systems."
HomePlug Powerline Alliance:
Industry Vision for Connected Home
Powerline Alliance -- Press Release: HomePlug Powerline Alliance Enters a New Phase to
Fulfill Industry Vision for Connected Home (8/24/2005)
Initially, the Promoters’ Groups will address three
key technology areas:
- HomePlug 1.0 + AV (in-home connectivity,
including digital home and consumer electronics applications)
- HomePlug BPL (to-the-home, Broadband-over-Powerline
- HomePlug Home Automation (command-and-control
News - Tech Trends - Broadband Rulings Draw User Concerns:
UPLC - United Power Line Council:
Driving the Development of Broadband Over Power Line (BPL) Solutions
for Electric Utilities and Their Partners...
Broadband Power Line Tutorial: "Broadband
power line (BPL) is the term coined
by the FCC for new modems (BPL modems) used to deliver IP-based
broadband services on electric power lines."
Windows worms knocking out computers CNET News.com:
"Network worms are shutting down computers running Microsoft's
Windows 2000 operating system, security experts warned Tuesday."
Redmond News - Microsoft, Windows Patch Tuesday Brings 6 Bulletins, 3 are Critical:
www.microsoft.com - Security Updates Summary for August 2005:
From Jerry Lee:
ID theft ring
hits 50 banks, security firm says Tech News on ZDNet: (8/9/2005).
TigerDirect - From George Walker:
The Better Business Bureau National Information System - Tiger
Direct report (7/27/2005).
Flaw fixed in open-source antivirus program CNET News.com:
www.BusinessWeek.com - The New Science of Siting Stores:
"Thanks to complex mapping and demographic tools, retailers can now
find the perfect location in a fraction of the time it used to take."
Fujitsu pushes limits of data-storage technology - Computerworld:
CRN Breaking News - Solution Providers Say Frustration May Be Behind AMD
Netcraft - Anti-Phishing Toolbar: Traps
suspicious URLs to prevent deception and evaluate fraudulent urls
Netcraft News - Lax Security Cited in Massive Credit Card Data Theft:
"Inadequate security ..." (6/22/2005)
The slow road to Windows XP CNET News.com:
"...nearly half of business PCS still running Windows 2000."
SBC ups the ante in broadband war CNET News.com: "SBC, the
second-largest phone company in the United States, announced Wednesday
that it will reduce the price of its DSL service for new subscribers to
Fighting spam and cyberscams CNET News.com: (5/28/2005).
www.ExtremeTech.com - Networked Storage in the Home: NAS using
Gigabit & CAT6.... (5/25/2005).
www.ExtremeTech.com - Wireless USB By Late 2005: (5/25/2005).
- USB.Org - Wireless USB
Facing 'new world of work,' Microsoft locks up Office CNET News.com:
Bypass found for Windows piracy check CNET News.com: (5/25/2005).
U.S. to launch sex offender registry Web site CNET News.com:
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition trial software
Chipmaker develops denser storage method CNET News.com:
One-Gigabit Memory Chips (5/9/2005).
Harmony-Central.com - Prominy Intros New Guitar Sample Library for Giga:
Over 60 GB of Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitar sounds Library! (5/6/2005)
- Prominy Professional Sampling CD -
Free security scan raises questions CNET News.com: (5/4/2005).
AMD Product Info - New Pricing on Athlon 64 4000+! -
Processor Pricing (5/4/2005)
Microsoft gunning for Adobe's PDF format CNET News.com: (5/4/2005).
Longhorn will run on some older PCs too CNET News.com:
Trade Show Events:
www.ExtremeTech.com - WinHEC 2005 Roundup: (4/29/2005).
www.ExtremeTech.com - Wacom Releases 6D Art Pen: (4/6/2005).
Windows Inside Microsoft's Battle to Deliver Secure Software - eWEEK.com:
Bigger phishes ready to spawn CNET News.com: (4/6/2005).
Harmony-Central.com - Sound Forge 8 Now Available
from Sony Media; Special pricing through April 15, 2005 for only US $279.95!
- From Sharon Hendrix & Tom Tyner,
HEXUS.net Review CEBIT 2005 AMD or Intel Same Motherboard! Page - 1-1
From CeBIT 2005 - ECS PF88 Motherboard supporting both Intel P4 AND
AMD Athlon 64 CPUs by way of a converter card and 3 jumpers
www.ExtremeTech.com - FIC Introduces Piston PS-P4B915G: Cylindrical
small-form-factor (SFF) PC. "The Piston is built around a pico
BTX MotherBoard." (3/11/2005)
- Trade Shows:
CeBIT - Germany - March
10 - 16, 2005 (3/10/2005)
- 64 Bit Windows: From Joe Whinery,
LinuxHardware.org LinuxHardware.org 64-Bit Desktop Battle! (3/3/05)
www.StaySafeOnline.info - NCSA's Top Ten Cyber Security Tips:
Week in review Patches and pirates CNET News.com: "no
more patches for illegitimate" [Windows] (1/28/2005).
- USB Audio:
www.Harmony-Central.com - NAMM- New Guitar Features Built-In USB Port:
iGuitar.USB - USB cable from
Guitar to PC! (1/28/2005)
- www.eWeek.com - Windows Anti-Piracy Program a Genuine Triviality: (1/28/2005).
Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware (Beta): (1/26/2005).
Microsoft to require Windows piracy check - Computerworld: (1/26/2005).
Microsoft Legit Windows or no updates CNET News.com:
www.ExtremeTech.com - CES 2005 in Retrospect:
Sensory Overload (1/12/2005).
Disk Drives to stop shrinking CNET News.com: (1/12/2005).
Microsoft Buys Tools for Fighting Spyware - Computerworld:
www.PCMag.com - News, Reviews, Gadgets and more from CES 2005:
www.TechnologyReview.com - What Lies Beneath:
Predicting Deep Sea Earthquakes & Tsunamis... (1/5/2005).
Disaster Relief: www.Google.com -
Ways to help with Tsunami Relief: (1/3/2005).
Year in review Browser wars, part 2 CNET News.com: (1/2/2005).
Christmas Gifts from
Agnitum: Looking for a
better Firewall? Get Outpost Firewall Pro 2.5! "Anyone who
purchases Outpost Firewall Pro [39.95
USD] from December 20th through January
10th will get Lifetime Upgrades, free of charge. This would save
annual spending of 19.95 for future upgrades of Outpost protection."
www.eWeek.com - eBay to Drop Passport, .Net Support:
"Auction site eBay announced to members on its Web site Wednesday
afternoon that it will drop support for Microsoft's Passport and .NET
Alerts by late January."(12/31/2004).
No-go zone for Passport CNET News.com: "Over the
past couple of years, Microsoft learned a lot working with partners and
customers, and shifted the focus of the (Passport) service to serve as a
great single sign-on solution for consumers of MSN and Microsoft online
services, as well as working with close partners where it made sense for
both parties..." Question: What Solution makes
the best Cent$$$ for the Customer!?! Hassle Factor... Keep It Sweet &
Simple! ;) (12/31/2004)
TECHWEB SPIN 'Tis The Season For Gee-Whiz Tools And Toys:
InfoWorld.com - 2004 Top 10 - The big stories December 20, 2004 By Marc
Ferranti, IDG News Service: (12/28/2004)
Harmony-Central.com - Yamaha to Acquire Steinberg Media Technologies:
being acquired by Pinnacle Systems almost two years ago, Steinberg Media
Technologies will now become part of Yamaha."
www.Roxio.com - Sonic Solutions Completes Purchase of Consumer Software
Division of Roxio:
Combination Creates Digital Media Software Powerhouse "Roxio, Inc., which will retain
the Napster division, has officially changed its name to Napster, Inc."
Did Sonic really gain anything? Will Users? Progress - And so it
Year in Review Dawning of the broadband age CNET News.com:
High Speed Internet - What's Next? (12/20/2004)
Harmony-Central.com: Nuendo 3 Now Shipping:
"Steinberg [Audio Group of Pinnacle Systems] has released the latest
version of its Nuendo Media Production System. Nuendo 3 offers a range
of new features and technologies for post production, surround
production and high-end recording, mixing and editing." (12/17/2004)
www.ExtremeTech.com - Generation 2 PCI Express Transfer Rate Defined:
"PCI Express began replacing PCI in 2003 and
2004, although the technology is not expected to gain critical mass
until sometime in 2005, since it is not backwards-compatible with
existing PCI systems." (12/17/2004)
Road Runner picks up speed CNET News.com: "Time
Warner Cable will raise download speeds on its Road Runner broadband
service next month by 67 percent, becoming the latest cable network to
further open bandwidth for its customers." (12/15/2004)
InfoWorld Microsoft issues five bulletins on Windows flaws December 14,
2004 By APPLICATIONS NETWORKING SECURITY: "Flaws
affect desktop as well as server installations of multiple Windows
Bible Study Software:
Workshop announced for Houston, TX on January 29th, 2005. See Link for
www.eWeek.com - No XP SP2 Security Fixes for Win2K Instead An SP2-Less
'Rollup': "...none of the security enhancements
built into Windows XP SP2 will be back-ported to Windows 2000..."
IBM reportedly puts PC business on the market CNET News.com:
"IBM, whose first PC in 1981 moved personal computing out of the
hobby shop and into the corporate and consumer mainstream, has put the
business up for sale..." (12/4/2004).
Microsoft announces a new set of groundbreaking features in Microsoft
TechNet Plus v2.0!: (12/4/2004).
www.ExtremeTech.com - Setting up Intel's Matrix RAID for the ICH6R:
www.ExtremeTech.com - Fuel Cell Supply Chain Market to Hit $1 Billion by
2012: "Fuel Cell Technology, which uses hydrogen
as renewable energy, looks likely to ultimately replace internal
combustion engines inside automobiles, buses, trucks, and other
CoffeeCup HTML Editor
2005 announced! The Code Editor / Visual Editor - Download 30 Day Trial
Version Now! (12/1/2004)
www.eWeek.com - Desktop Google Finds Holes:
"Google's desktop search software is so good that it exposes
vulnerabilities on your computer that you didn't know about."
Blazing a new data speed record CNET News.com: New
Data Storm - Sending the equivalent of three DVDs per second...
Print Manager Plus (Academic & Corporate versions)- Enables quota and
tracking of all printing activity on a Windows NT/2000/2003 Network
www.EETAsia.com - IBM, HP remain top server suppliers, says IDC:
"Global revenue from server sales grew 5.5 percent year-over-year to
$11.5 billion in the third quarter of 2004, with IBM and Hewlett-Packard
remaining the leading suppliers..." (11/30/2004).
Banner day for attacks CNET News.com: (11/22/2004).
www.eWeek.com - Who's Doing Your Anti-virus: (11/22/2004).
Intel.com: Itanium 2 Processor Family: Intel Launches New
Enhanced Itanium 2 CPU featuring 9MB L3 Cache! (11/22/2004).
XP SP2 Highlights:
www.eWeek.com - So now Will You Install SP2: (11/15/2004).
Hot and bothered over spam CNET News.com: (11/15/2004).
Remote" supports Apple Airport Express - The new USB infrared remote
control includes support for Apple's AirPort Express. Keyspan Express
Remote is a convenient infrared remote that enables users to control
Media Applications on a PC just as they control their TV or VCR. Device
can also control Apple's iTunes over an Airport Express Wireless
Network. Keyspan Express Remote retailing at $59 due to ship in
mid-November 2004 (11/12/2004).
www.EETAsia.com - Electronic suppliers to implement code of conduct:
Electronics Industry Code of Conduct (EICC) "The code was
recently developed to establish and promote unified industry
expectations for socially responsible practices across the electronics
industry's global supply chain. The new working group, facilitated by
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), will develop common mechanisms
and tools that will enable compliance with the Code." (11/7/2004).
SBC speaks of cutting 10,000 jobs CNET News.com: (11/7/2004).
www.EETAsia.com - Intel pushes Pentium 4 bus to 1,066MHz for gamers:
"The new 925XE Express chipset platform is an extension of the 915/925X
line launched earlier this year. The 1,066MHz front-side bus provides up
to 33 percent more performance, compared with systems using an 800MHz
The 925XE also includes Intel High Definition Audio, a DDR2 Memory
interface and PCI Express. The faster System Bus can enable faster frame
rates for both Gaming and Video Editing, according to Intel."
Optical networking The next generation CNET News.com: (10/17/2004).
Viral movies possible with RealPlayer flaw CNET News.com:
"...Windows, Mac and Linux computers" affected by fake movie file
Space Ship Technology:
SpaceShipOne to launch again Monday CNET News.com: (10/1/2004).
www.MeetingNews.com - New U.S. Entry and Exit Procedures Begin Today:
"Beginning today, visitors to the United States from countries
participating in the Visa Waiver Program must enroll in the U.S. Visitor
and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program at all airports and
Microsoft TechNet Subscription Offer - Standard or Plus (9/22/2004).
www.ExtremeTech.com - Building a 64-bit PC: (9/22/2004).
Upgrade through this Offer to ScanSoft OmniPage Pro 14 OCR for only
$99.00! And save $50.00! Offer expires September 30, 2004
Yahoo to buy Musicmatch for $160 million CNET News.com: (9/14/2004).
www.ExtremeTech.com - JMR SATAStor and Escalade 9500S-12:
- JMR SATAStor:
www.pcmag.com - Microsoft Sets a New Deadline for XP Service Pack 2:
"The company's automatic blocking tool for
SP2 will only work until April 2005. After that, Microsoft will push its
security update automatically to all XP customers."
www.microsoft.com - Order XP Service Pack 2
www.microsoft.com - Download details Application Compatibility Guide for
Windows XP SP 2
www.microsoft.com - Download details Windows XP Service Pack 2 for IT
Professionals and Developers: (8-10-04)
www.microsoft.com - Temporarily Disabling Delivery of Windows XP Service
Pack 2 Through Windows Update and Automatic Updates:
SP2 Blocker Tool extended from 120 days
to 240 days (Updated
From Tom Tyner: XPSP2 will limit your max. connections/sec -
EventID 4226 -TCP/IP has reached the security
limit imposed on the number of concurrent TCP connect attempts...
314053 - TCP-IP and NBT configuration parameters for Windows XP:
Add this key to to modify maximum number of simultaneous
connections. Description: This parameter limits maximum number of connections TCP can have open simultaneously. (9/8/2004)
SATA HD Storage:
www.EETAsia.com - Maxtor hard drive includes 16MB buffer:
"The new DiamondMax 10 [SATA] Hard Drive from Maxtor Corp. features
native command queuing (NCQ), the company's proprietary dual-processor
technology, and a new 16MB buffer to deliver "unparalleled speeds
compared to traditional 7,200rpm drives in their class."
Based on an integrated, single-chip native SATA
solution, the new 7,200rpm drives are offered in capacities of up to
www.ExtremeTech.com - Surge Protectors and Uninteruptible Power Supplies:
AMD enters the 90-nanometer zone CNET News.com:
"...the first of those processors to appear in a PC will be members of a
family of low-power mobile Athlon 64 chips..." (8/18/2004).
Harmony-Central.com - Avid to Acquire M-Audio:
Another one bits the dust... "...M-Audio will become a business unit
of Avid's Digidesign audio division and market its line of computer
audio peripherals, PCI sound cards, keyboard controllers and control
surfaces, microphones, speakers, and distributed software and
proprietary sound libraries alongside Digidesign's award-winning Digital
Audio Workstations for the professional and home/hobbyist markets."
New Print Magazine:
ExtremeTech Goes Glossy! "The first issue of
ExtremeTech Magazine, arriving on newsstands in October, will include
brand new features, classics from the ExtremeTech.com archives (updated
to include the latest components and current pricing) and a bonus CD-ROM
with even more goodies." (8/10/2004)
CeBit America 2005 canceled CNET News.com:
Another One Bits The Dust... "Trade Show
CeBit America 2005 has been canceled, despite growing enthusiasm and a
shrinking field of competing shows." (8/3/2004)
Briefly Cox posts lower profit, higher revenue CNET News.com:
Bandwidth... At a Premium! "Road Runner zip-bangs to
GigaStudio Audio Sampler:
Harmony-Central.com - Kirk Hunter Announces New Orchestral Library for GigaStudio: "On completion, Strings/Brass/Winds is projected at
180GB in size, with a list price for the entire library of $995 US, a
price that reflects Hunter's decision to sell direct from
bypassing the traditional distributor/retailer route." (7/30/2004)
Harmony-Central.com - Plugzilla Rackmount Plug-In Player Now Shipping:
"Manifold Labs today announced the general availability of Plugzilla,
the rack-mounted plug-in player, an embedded Linux host optimized to run
VST instrument and effect plug-ins. Plugzilla price: $3,495."
www.ExtremeTech.com - Cedega 4.0 Playing Windows Games on Linux:
"Formerly known as WineX, Cedega 4.0 offers hope for Linux users who
want to play graphics-heavy Windows games..." (7/28/2004)
www.EETasia.com - Pioneer DVD writers with 16x write speed:
"Pioneer Corp. [has] announced... [DVR-A08] the world's first DVD
writers capable of recording at up to 16x write speed on DVD-R or +R
discs and at up to 4x write speed on DVD+R DL (double-layer) discs.
The devices are playback compatible in all DVD
formats, supporting the playback of DVD-RAM, DVD-R, +R and DVD+R DL
discs, and are designed for vertical or horizontal mounting. It can also
be installed in a slim-type PC." To be available in Black, Pure White
and Silver. (7/21/2004).
www.ExtremeTech.com - The Evolving Memory Landscape:
Moving to DDR2 (7/21/2004).
Hi Definition Display Technology:
ExtremeTech Guide to Buying HDTV: (7/19/2004).
Adaptec buys Snap Appliance for $100M - Computerworld:
"Snap Appliance makes network-attached storage servers for file
- Aircraft Technology:
Air Force Times - News - More News: Assembly of
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter test version begins at Fort Worth-based
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. (7/14/2004).
www.LinuxInsider.com - Linux News - IBM's New Server Partitions Itself
Like a Mainframe: "IBM sees the P5 as an
opportunity to move out of third place in a hotly competitive Unix
server market..." (7/13/2004)
www.ExtremeTech.com - Requiem for a Motherboard:
"...Jim Lynch changes cases and destroys his first motherboard."
Harmony-Central.com - VirSyn Ships CANTOR Vocal Synthesizer:
CANTOR - The vocal machine... 'CANTOR allows you to enter your lyrics
in plain English and then "sing" your lyrics instantly just by playing
the melody on your MIDI Keyboard.' (7/9/2004)
Wallpaper: From Tom Tyner:
eaa.org - Desktop
Wallpaper: White Knight carries
E-mail glitch exposes private data in California - Computerworld:
"The investigation was launched after Computerworld notified the
county that Robert Carlesten, a 26-year-old managing director of
Internet company Ord&Bild, based in Karlstad, Sweden, could produce
dozens of e-mails he said have been arriving at his Internet.ac
domain regularly for the past two years." (7/7/2004)
CRN - Breaking News - Dell To Offer Linux-Loaded PCs In Europe:
"The computers being sold online by Questar of Milan, Italy, will
ship with Lindows' Linspire Operating System... " (7/7/2004)
InfoWorld - New Microsoft patch doesn't plug all holes July 07, 2004
By Wilbert de Vries and Paul Roberts, WebWereld Netherlands:
"We discovered that by simply switching components, the exploit is
back in business," Kuperus said. (7/7/2004)
Defense bill could stifle computer trade CNET News.com: "Today,
computer sellers are required to get a license to export any
computer with performance equal to or greater than a system with 32
Intel Itanium processors. The current version of the defense
authorization act would lower that limit to systems deemed
"militarily critical" by the Department of Defense. That level is
currently set to the equivalent of a computer using a Pentium 3
processor running at 650MHz, state of the art in 1999 but
considered feeble today." (7/3/2004)
Microsoft posts work-around for IE flaw CNET News.com: "an
ActiveX scripting component... Microsoft's configuration change
blocks the ability of the ADODB.screen ActiveX component to write to
the PC's hard drive..." (7/3/2004)
Microsoft.com - 870669 - How to disable the ADODB.Stream object from
Internet Explorer: Latest Microsoft Security Alert...
Critical Update for ADODB.stream (KB870669) (7/2/2004)
Maxtor to ax hundreds of jobs - News - ZDNet: "Rough times
are continuing for Hard Drive companies." (7/2/2004)
Death to Comdex - Computerworld: Keep an eye on
Comdex founder Sheldon Adelson for the next big thing in a Computer
Distributors Exposition (7/2/2004).
www.EETasia.com - Intel finds flaw in some new chipsets: "Intel
is recalling selected lots of its 915 G/P and 925X chipsets, also
known as Grantsdale and Alderwood, that were shipped before the
chips were officially released on June 21. Some of the chips in
those lots were found to have a manufacturing flaw in that some of
the thin-film material was not properly removed from etch pads in
the chips. The flaw could force some systems to hang or not boot
www.EETasia.com - Disk drive makers in Singapore feeling the squeeze:
"Reports that Seagate Technology will eliminate about 3,000 jobs
worldwide and trim operating costs by $150 million prompted contract
workers to seek work elsewhere." (7/2/2004)
www.ExtremeTech.com - 'Industry-Wide' DRAM Glitch May Be Old News:
"Kingston has reproduced the problem in-house and has done extensive
testing to determine the extent of the problem," she added. "Our
findings are that the problem is isolated to a particular revision
of modules that were discontinued in Q3 of 2002. We've tested the
various revisions of modules that we are currently shipping and
found that they do not exhibit this problem." (7/1/2004)
www.ExtremeTech.com - Industry-Wide DRAM Glitch Spurs HP Recall:
"Specifically, the flaw resulted from a poor self-refresh exit
timing circuit, HP's Hockey said, which governs an execute refresh
cycle. When the timing was thrown off, he said, the DRAM could
become corrupted." (6/30/2004)
StorageTek gets set for tape release CNET News.com:
Tape Lives! "StorageTek plans
to unveil a Tape Device for Midsize Businesses..." (6/29/2004)
IE flaw may
boost rival browsers - News - ZDNet: "The suggestion to use
other browsers also underscores some security researchers' arguments
that software diversity can improve security. (6/28/2004)
Harmony-Central.com - Minnetonka Ships discWelder Chrome II:
www.eWeek.com - Glitch in Intel's Grantsdale Can Prevent Bootup:
"The glitch is somewhat complicated. Normally, when a chip is
being fabricated, an insulating layer of film is deposited to
electrically isolate the chip. That film is normally removed from the
die pad area, where the chip interfaces with the pins that connect it to
the outside world.
In this case, the thin film on a pad area was only partially removed,
causing the real-time clock circuitry to be susceptible to excessive
leakage, according to Howard High, a spokesman for Santa Clara,
Calif.-based Intel." (6/28/2004).
HP says as many as 900,000 notebooks buggy CNET News.com:
"Hewlett-Packard has discovered a memory flaw that could be in as
many as 900,000 of its notebook computers and is offering customers free
memory modules as a remedy." (6/28/2004)
www.MeetingNews.com - Comdex Cancelled for 2004: "Last year,
Faurot said, Comdex attracted about 40,000 qualified buyers and sold
approximately 150,000 net square feet of exhibit space to about 550
By comparison, in 1997 the show boasted 212,000 attendees, 2,480
exhibiting companies, and 1.38 million net square feet of exhibit
Corporate Web servers infecting visitors' PCs CNET News.com:
"...uncovering evidence that widespread Web server compromises have
turned corporate home pages into points of digital infection."
Intel.com - Chipsets:
New 915 & 925 Chipsets for 12 MotherBoard improvements
designed to lower heat output (less impedance) and increase I/O throughput. Includes: PCI
Express x16 / x1; DDR2 RAM; Gigabit Ethernet on PCI Express instead of
on CSA; LGA775 socket (No more 478-Pin Package
CPU pins!) supporting 90 nm CPU's with new CPU Numbering scheme
(marketing); High Def Audio - DVD-Audio (24 bit / 192 KHz) on the
MotherBoard; ICH6 Controller Hub supporting Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
currently supported on Seagate & Maxtor HDD's; SATA Matrix RAID support;
Intel Wireless AP on Desktop; etc. Whew! Consider this to be Phase One!
Our main concern will be LGA775 socket CPU Installation. Following
proper ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) Guidelines
for Component handling Intel also suggests using
ESD antistatic white gloves. To that we would ADD using a
Suction Pen to prevent touching the CPU underside. We'll be using
'Thermal Interface Material' for HSF placement. The new HSF is easier to
install than prior renditions since orientation is now generic.
Intel.com - 915G Express Chipset Boosting IT Efficiency and Business
www.PCmag.com - The Virus Wars: (6/23/2004).
Monitor Calibration Products:
"Color Correct your monitor in minutes with... ColorPlus."
From Ernest Knipp: WSJ - CD/DVD stabilities... NIST Special Publication
CD, DVD Care & Handing Guide" PDF file (6/23/2004).
From Joe Whinery, 'Shrink
DVD Tutorial' (6/22/2004).
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies
Release Candidate 2 Fact Sheet: (6/22/2004).
reconfigure with new Intel chipsets - News - ZDNet:
DDR2 & PCI Express... (6/21/2004).
Technology - DDR2 SDRAM Components: Get ready and get acquainted
with DDR2 (6/21/2004).
www.micron.com - DDR2 Memory Modules:
Linspire P2P Distribution:
From Lindows - "...get the Linspire Operating System -
a complete Office Suite and at the same time, experience the power of
the latest peer-to-peer (P2P) Technology - BitTorrent. Using P2P means
your download can start immediately at great speeds. You'll be tapping
the newest P2P Technology to Download the easiest Desktop Linux
Product!" Use Coupon Code: linspire4benelux
- Don't bother! (6/21/2004)
www.pcmag.com - Buy or Build Your Perfect PC:
"...make the right decision by examining the current technologies."
www.EETasia.com - STMicro launches read-write channel technology for
www.microsoft.com - Windows XP Service Pack 2 Release Candidate 2
Technical Preview Program:
Release Notes for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, Release Candidate
- Linksys, Maxtor Team Up For NAS Device:
Connecting Storage to the Network ...
Linksys $99 NSL (Network Storage Link)
claims to work with any USB enabled HD (6/15/2004).
- www.Linksys.com - Network
Storage Link: Share you
External Hard Drive on the LAN!
- Maxtor &
Linksys Establish Strategic Alliance Promoting Easy Home Network Storage:
Linksys NSLU2 - Network Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives:
Bell tolling for DSL CNET News.com: "The
suspension this week of rules regarding local phone competition could
play havoc with fast-growing broadband services, experts said,
bolstering the position of the Bells at the expense of smaller players
and of consumers." (6/15/2004).
www.eWeek.com - Free and Open Port 25 Use Is Doomed:
Comcast Blocks Port 25 to thwart Spammers (6/15/2004).
Get 40% Off Selected IT
Professional Books from Microsoft Press through June 30!
Computing's May Focus - To Build Or Not To Build:
"Shedding some light on the subject of making a 'Home-Brewed PC' and
gives reasons why you should and shouldn't assemble your own PC."
Published in May. Read and see if you agree with their observations (6/12/2004).
www.ExtremeTech.com - AMD Sempron To Replace Duron: "...the Sempron
will replace the existing 32-bit Duron processor in emerging markets." "Semper",
Latin for "always", is more commonly used in the phrase "Semper fidelis",
or "semper fi", a slogan used by the
United States Marine Corps meaning "always
X-bit labs - Hardware news - AMD Sempron Described in Details: "The
initial AMD Sempron processors will be designed for Socket A
infrastructure and will contain cores used in the current AMD Athlon XP
microprocessors. The Sunnyvale, California-based chipmaker plans to
replace AMD Athlon XP processors with AMD Sempron chips in the third
quarter of the year..." (6/12/2004).
Xandros launches free version of its desktop Linux software -
Xandros Open Circulation Product Page:
- Analyst Intel Reverse-Engineered AMD64: (6/9/2004).
Computing in the year 2034 CNET News.com: (6/9/2004).
Universal Imaging Utility- PC Software - Cloning Software:
On the road to Disk Drive Imaging Recovery Success... From the
people who brought us Ghost Disk
Drive Imaging for Windows Users - Changing
Hardware Platforms requires changing the HAL -
Hardware Abstraction Layer. Binary Research has
simplified the process for us with this new Tool! "Welcome to the next
evolution in disk imaging - easy universal imaging!"
Simplify System Management Tasks...
creating the Master Image, run the UIU on your Source Computer. The
resulting Image file will be Hardware-Independent, suitable for nearly
any Desktop or Notebook in your Environment. Older, non-ACPI
compliant systems (generally pre-1999) may require a separate image due
to Power Management issues. Before everyone gets too excited over this
Tool - The catch: Pricing. Do the math. $19.00 Per License for 10 -
99 License Price = A Minimum Order Price of $190.00! All that just
for changing the HAL. (6/8/2004)
Cell Phone Directory to be Released (6/4/2004).
Events - Houston TX :
Windows XP Service Pack 2 System Builder Roadshow in Houston, TX:
In Houston, TX on
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM;
Register to attend!
AMD 2004 Spring Tech Tour: In Houston, TX
on Thursday July 1,2004, 4:00 PM to 9:15 PM;
Register to attend! (6/4/2004)
Events: AMD 2004 Spring
Server Symposium: Same Day in AM. And... Same location as AMD Event
above. 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Register once to attend both AMD Events!
www.PCmag.com - ZoneAlarm Security Suite 5:
ZoneAlarm Pro evolution... "A Total Security Solution" Love it!
Or leave it? Some Users finding the new Version Problematic. (6/4/2004)
Labels to dampen CD burning CNET News.com: (6/3/2004).
www.ExtremeTech.com - Nvidia Reworks Chipset For New AMD Socket:
'Everything' Sound Card from Creative's
www.EMU.com - 24-bit/192kHz
Desktop Sampling Systems (6/1/2004).
www.ExtremeTech.com - AMD Moves to Socket 939:
Athlon 64 Progress Path (6/1/2004).
www.ExtremeTech.com - Computex To Highlight Intel's Grantsdale Chipset:
Driving PCI Express (5/28/2004).
Magazine: Organization reaches critical mass for Member Services
as Membership declines from 13,000 Members down to 7,802 Members as of April
20th, 2004 (6/1/2004).
www.eWeek.com - Spammer Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison: "Before
spammers send one more spam e-mail, we think they should remember that
what happened to Howard Carmack can happen to them," said Karen Casion,
Earthlink's assistant general counsel. (5/28/2004)
64 Bit Computing:
InfoWorld Symantec nabs first 64-bit virus May 27, 2004 By SECURITY:
'Proof of Concept' Virus (5/28/2004).
InfoWorld Good-bye PCI, hello PCI Express May 21, 2004 By Ephraim
Schwartz HARDWARE NETWORKING: Readying for PCI Change... "According
to Jim Pappas, director of technology initiatives at Intel, one of the
main reasons for the switch is to enhance network performance."
Microsoft behind US$12 million payment to Opera - News & Technology -
CNETAsia: Something rotten in Denmark? (5/25/2004)
- Build Your Own PC: Info & Tools To Help Build A P4 Based PC:
Selector Guide: Compare Intel Architecture Based MotherBoards from
Intel & Third Parties.
If you have trouble with the Intel links above using
Internet Explorer 6,
click here for a Browser Selection change.
Pick your take - Enjoy!
Antispam framework scores Microsoft endorsement CNET News.com:
Bandwidth Calculation Comparisons:
Test your Bandwidth and Compare Results (5/25/2004).
Special Offer for retail users of McAfee VirusScan version 3 or 4 -
Class Action Settlement...
For details, click here.
Expires July 16, 2004
Cisco bets on new high-end Router CNET News.com: (5/25/2004).
www.eWeek.com - Symantec to Buy Anti-Spam Firm Brightmail: (5/21/2004).
www.eetAsia.com - Broadcom preps GbE for small business: "Gigabit
Ethernet (GbE) is rapidly becoming the standard interconnect for
enterprise networks, as its costs approach those for older 10/100Mbps
Ethernet while offering plenty of headroom for highly interactive or
streaming-data applications." (5/20/2004).
Microsoft on the Issues Making Connections To End Domestic Violence:
"Technology can play a crucial role in helping to protect battered
women and children." (5/20/2004).
SAMSUNG's Digital World - Semiconductor DRAM: DDR2 Components -
Advanced Memory for Tomorrow's Platforms (5/20/2004).
Demand for memory to stay strong, Samsung says CNET News.com:
"Prices of dynamic random access memory, or DRAM chips, which are used
mainly for computer memory, have soared since the start of the year on
tight supply, as chipmakers switch to making flash memory and hit
problems introducing new production technology." (5/19/2004)
www.ExtremeTech.com - Sony DRU-700A Dual-Layer DVD Burner:
Industry's First DVD+R DL (Dual Layer) Drive to Market (5/17/2004).
Longhorn goes to pieces CNET News.com: "Microsoft
does plan to include WinFS in the client version of Longhorn, which is
expected to ship by mid-2006." (5/17/2004).
Antivirus companies muting false alarms CNET News.com:
"They were wrong, and they were annoying, so now they've been
www.eWeek.com - CDs and DVDs Not So Immortal After All:
Deterioration or Rot? (5/7/2004)
Processor Numbers: New Feature Introduction - Intel's new
Numbered Processors for Desktops and Notebooks - How To Choose the Right
Processor... Composition of a Processor
Microsoft's show-and-tell at WinHEC CNET News.com: (5/4/2004).
Gates calls for 64-bit software support CNET News.com: Comments
from WinHEC (5/4/2004).
www.ExtremeTech.com - Network Card Theft Causes Internet Outage:
Can You Hear Me Now? (5/4/2004)
The FBI's listening to your keystrokes Perspectives CNET News.com:
threat overstated, says security researcher CNET News.com:
Wired News - TCP Flaw Affecting Routers Could Be Used to Bring Down
Entire Internet (4/22/2004).
64-bit Computing - www.Route64.net -
The Microsoft Windows 64-bit Community: "To pave the road to 64-bit
computing, Microsoft is sponsoring free, one-day seminars in 14
locations around the world focusing on Microsoft's 64-bit Windows
platform. The intent of these seminars is to help developers take
advantage of the sweeping change in technology offered by 64-bit
computing." Sign up for a FREE Developers Route 64 Seminar Today (4/21/2004).
www.ExtremeTech.com - Format Woes: "...8x-recordable DVD
www.eWeek.com - Researcher Claims Online Anti-virus Scanners Buggy:
Problems with On Line Virus Scanners using Active X Controls from
Symantec, McAfee and Panda (4/9/2004).
www.azcentral.com - Downloading music gets more expensive:
Whatever the Market will Bear? (4/9/2004)
www.ExtremeTech.com - E-MU 1212M and 1820M Digital Audio Systems:
Pricey Sound Blaster (4/7/2004).
www.eWeek.com - Stopping Spam: "The solution is
SMTP authentication." (4/2/2004).
www.ExtremeTech.com - Seagate Next-Gen HAMR Storage Due In 2010: "...Seagate
Technology ...Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording Technology (HAMR) is due
to come to market in 2010." (3/26/2004).
www.ExtremeTech.com - Intel, Alcatel Team On WiMAX: "WiMAX
(IEEE 802.16 standard) is expected to complement WiFi, as a wireless
broadband solution for the home. Expect products in 2005."
Web Mail Services:
- Web-based Mail Threat Looms: "...a vulnerability
in Web-based e-mail services could lead to the theft of password
information as well as open a user's machine to attack by worms or other
PC Recycling from Microsoft...
3 PC ways to get
rid of an old PC: 1-2-3 When getting ready to
Build a new PC! (3/25/2004)
Toshiba introduces dual-format DVD writers CNET News.com:
www.pcmag.com - Tech Summit: Reviews and buying
advice for products demonstrated on MSNBC's Tech Summit (3/21/2004).
sound of science CNET News.com: Science of
Compressing Digital Audio files (3/21/2004)
www.ExtremeTech.com - Sony Ushers in Double-Layer DVD Burners: "An
internal DRU-700A drive and an external DRX-700UL drive represent the
company's move into double-layer recording." (3/17/2004)
www.eWeek.com - Fixing the E-Mail Mess: (3/16/2004).
10-Gigabit Ethernet comes alive CNET News.com: For Corporate
CNN.com - Microsoft trying to fix Hotmail problems - Mar 12, 2004:
www.microsoft.com - Microsoft Virtual PC 2004: "Run multiple
PC-based Operating Systems simultaneously on One Workstation." 45 Day
Free Trial Available (3/12/2004).
adds to wiretap wish list CNET News.com: "The FBI's request to
the Federal Communications Commission aims to give police ready access
to any form of Internet-based communications."(3/12/2004)
pushes for broadband wiretap powers CNET News.com: "...a new
proposal from the FBI." (3/12/2004)
www.ExtremeTech.com - Video Codec Shootout: Defining Digital...
Messenger flaw allows hard-drive access CNET News.com: (3/10/2004).
InfoWorld Windows XP SP2 could break existing applications:
Register: Linksys clarifies Netgear comms breakdown
Trade Shows & Events:
Come Together over
WinHEC 2004 - Keeping up with PC Technologies Today &
Tomorrow? "WinHEC allows Device Engineers to come together over
Windows Technology Solutions, May 4-7, 2004. Register by March 22, 2004,
and save $300!" (3/2/2004)
Harmony-Central.com - Acoustica 3.1 Update Adds LP-to-CD Transfer Tools:
"Acon Digital Media released a new version of the audio editor Acoustica,
version 3.1. Most of the improvements in version 3.1 are aimed toward
using Acoustica to transfer LP records or tape recordings to Audio CDs."
Need help on How to do Digital Video Editing?
Digital Video with Windows XP
in a Snap by Greg Perry from Sams Publishing. ISBN: 0672325691; MSRP:
$24.99. "Learn how to work with digital video using the tools built
right into Windows XP. Digital Video with Windows XP in a Snap is
organized into a series of bite-sized, quickly accomplished tasks that
lets the reader zero right in on the tasks they are trying to accomplish
and get back to making great videos." (3/2/2004)
Search: Do you Google?
Easy Google by Shelley O'Hara
from Que Publishing, ISBN: 0789731045; MSRP: $19.99. "Easy Google is
the perfect book to search the Web successfully using Google, teaching
individuals how to narrow their search so they get ONLY the information
they want." (3/2/2004)
www.extremetech.com - Exceptional Cases: "Bye-bye,
beige..." Looking for something different? (2/29/2004)
Audio VST PlugIns:
Voxengo releases Soniformer 2.0 - An
innovative (spectral balance) Mastering Tool for DAWs (Digital Audio
Workstations) allows Users to form and reform (compression and
expansion) the sonic structure of any sound material. (2/27/2004)
Microsoft considering update dubbed 'XP Reloaded' CNET News.com:
"Calling it an interim release is overstating the current plan,"
Sullivan said. "We are exploring ways to add value to Windows XP." Sure.
www.eWeek.com - Microsoft Adds More Features to XP Service Pack 2:
"Service Pack 2 (SP2)—due out around mid-2004, according to Microsoft's
timetable—will include so many new features that it is practically a new
version of Windows. Some Microsoft executives have admitted as much."
www.ExtremeTech.com - DVD Owners Fight the Power!:
DVD X Copy by 321 Studios is off the market. No more Backups!
www.eetAsia.com - The trouble with Rover is revealed: "When
the Mars rover Spirit went dark on January 21, 2004 a Jet Propulsion
Laboratory team undertook to reprogram the craft's computer only to find
themselves introducing an unpredictable sequences of events.
rover has a radiation-hardened R6000 CPU from Lockheed-Martin Federal
Systems at the heart of the system. The processor accesses 120MB of RAM
and 256MB of flash. Mounted in a 6U VME chassis, the processor board
also has access to custom cards that interface to systems on the rover.
The operating system is Wind River Systems' Vx-Works version 5.3.1, used
with its flash file system extension. In operation, the real-time OS and
all other executable code are RAM-resident.
The flash memory stores executable images that are loaded into RAM at
system boot. Separately, about 230MB are used to implement a flash file
system that stores "data products," or data files that are created by
the rover's subsystems and held for transmission to Earth." Murphy
strikes on Mars - When in doubt, reboot, reboot, reboot... (2/25/2004).
Zone Labs Special Offer: Capture and Analyze
Activity Passing Through Your Network with CommView, from TamoSoft
www.eetAsia.com - Intel proposes hybrid fuel cell for notebooks:
"Intel Corp. is proposing a concept for a hybrid fuel cell that could
drive a thin-and-light notebook computer for eight hours. The chipmaker
is trying to rally notebook, battery and component makers to turn the
idea into a viable product by 2007." (2/24/2004)
- Smart Battery System
Sheffield Today: Computer technology gives
sufferers a voice - Motor Neurone Disease (MND) patiences using
their Laptops to communicate through the help of voice synthesizers.
"MND affects a lot of younger people and it is quality
of life issue. The system works with a metallic silver sticker, which is
put onto the rim of the patient's glasses (or dummy glasses if they
don't wear spectacles). A camera on top of the computer screen follows
the movements of the sticker and converts this information to move the
cursor on the screen. When the patient moves his or her head they can
move the cursor onto a keyboard on the screen and select the letters and
words needed to spell out what they want to say. The patient can ask the
computer to 'speak' the words for them." (2/23/2004).
www.ExtremeTech.com - Dolby Turns Motherboard Audio Up to Eleven:
"Intel's HDA Spec [Azalia]
provides three basic things for MotherBoard Audio:
- Support for up to 7.1 channels
- DVD-Audio support (multi-channel 96KHz/24-bit, two-channel
- Dynamic jack configuration (jack-sensing)
The spec is currently at version 0.9 and plans call for HDA audio
devices to ship with Grantsdale motherboards later this year."
Low-tech 'hack' takes fizz out of Pepsi-iTunes promo CNET News.com:
No Peeking! (2/19/2004)
Sharon Hendrix, BuildOrBuy Member:
the Windows Security Update CD: Free! (2/19/2004)
Register for the Microsoft Security Newsletter for Home Users:
www.ExtremeTech.com - Intel's Alderwood Chipset A Rocket Sled For
Enthusiasts: "Both Grantsdale and Alderwood share the
following characteristics: support for Prescott and Tejas processors
using 800-MHz and 533-MHz front-side buses; dual channel memory; four
Serial ATA ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports; RAID 0 and RAID 1, which Intel has
architected to run on only two drives, not four; four PCI Express x1
lanes for use with ExpressCards; and Intel's High-Definition Audio,
formerly code-named Azalia. The chipset also includes a soft access
point for wireless communication." (2/19/2004).
- Intel Chipsets
for Intel Processors:
Intel uncorks home-networking plans CNET News.com: "Intel
on Tuesday unveiled a variety of product ideas and design guidelines
aimed at making it easier to shuttle media throughout a networked home."
- Digital Media Adapters (DMAs):
May Trade Shows:
your PC ready for Longhorn CNET News.com: Longhorn
Requirements to be revealed in May @ WinHEC (2/19/2004).
RIAA steps up file-trading suits CNET News.com: "The record label
group has accelerated the pace of its legal action considerably, filing
more than 1,000 lawsuits since the beginning of 2004, compared with less
than half that amount in the last four months of 2003. The increased
pace comes after evidence arose early in January that the initial
dissuasive effects of the RIAA's legal threats were wearing off. "
Pepsi anyone? (2/18/2004).
Intel reveals new 64-bit server chip CNET News.com: "Technically,
the chips are code-named Nocona for dual-processor systems,
Prescott for single-processor systems and Potomac for
four-processor systems, and the 32/64-bit capability goes by the code
name Clackamas Technology." (2/17/2004)
- www.pcmag.com - We're Stuck with MP3: Alternatives?
www.pcmag.com - Spam Blockers: MailWasher Pro did
not fair so well! (2/17/2004)
New lawsuit targets DVD copying CNET News.com: 'The Macrovision
lawsuit is "completely baseless and frivolous on the merits," said 321
Studios President Robert Moore.' (2/16/2004).
www.ExtremeTech.com - IDF Session Preview: Intel Developer Forum
www.eWeek.com - No Rumor Windows Source Code Leaked on the 'Net:
"...portions of the Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0 source
code were illegally made available on the Internet." (2/14/2004).
- Security: Microsoft
warns of widespread Windows flaw CNET News.com: "The latest
flaw exists in Microsoft's implementation of a basic Networking
Protocol known as Abstract Syntax Notation One, or ASN.1."
- IDF Are You Ready For The Tera Era: And... Offering IT
- Storage and I-O Products:
Disk Based Sampler: Harmony-Central.com
- Upgrade Pricing for GigaStudio 3 Announced: "TASCAM has
announced upgrade pricing for the new version of the GigaStudio 3
software sampling workstation. GigaStudio 3 comes in three versions --
GigaStudio 3 Orchestra, GigaStudio 3 Ensemble and GigaStudio 3
- ATI Licenses Intrinsity Tech For Faster Chips: Four Times
Inc., Austin, Tex., is a fabless semiconductor company whose
Fast14 technology enables semiconductor logic to run at very high
clock rates while using standard design tools." (2/7/2004)
- MS TechNet:
Apply Critical Security Patch for Internet Explorer Now Microsoft has
just released a critical security update to eliminate newly discovered
vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer that could allow remote code
- IEEE gears up for Ethernet backplane standard: "The effort,
focused on 1- and 10Gbps data rates, will have to come to grips with
an industry split over binary versus multi-level signaling approaches
to the issue." (2/4/2004)
- Super Audio CD:
Sonic - Studio Ships DSD.1 with Lower Price: "Developed in
cooperation with Sony and Phillips, the format's creators, DSD.1 is
comprised of a full length PCI interface card supporting 8
bi-directional channels of DSD via the SDIF-3 protocol or DSD-raw."
- Processors: www.pcmag.com
- Prescott Brings More Cache to Intel's Future: "Intel has
introduced its next-generation Pentium 4 chips—code-named
- SCO Launches New Site Following DDoS Attack: "Battered
by the MyDoom distributed denial-of-service attack, SCO on Monday took
down its old Web site and launched a new one for the duration."
Register: Microsoft wins Lindows fight in the Netherlands - "Resellers
of the Linux distribution Lindows in the Netherlands were ordered
today to stop selling the product." (2/2/2004)
Register: Microsoft wins Lindows fight in the Netherlands - "Resellers
of the Linux distribution Lindows in the Netherlands were ordered
today to stop selling the product." (2/2/2004)
- SCO's MyDoom DDoS Hammering Begins: "The
SCO Group Inc. confirmed that by midnight EST today, a large-scale,
DDoS (distributed-denial-of-service) attack had rendered its Web site
completely inaccessible." Both SCO and Caldera seem to be
Off-Line and possibly removed from DNS for the time being. (2/1/2004)
Hardware Report Big Changes Coming For PCs January 23, 2004:
"The year 2004 will bring tumultuous transformation to the market
that will forever alter the nature and appearance of PCs," said
D'Elia. "PC and motherboard makers [will] flood the market
with a host of new products in 2004." Reported on 1-23-04
scam taps antiterrorist push, says FDIC CNET News.com:
"The link to the Web site provided in the e-mail message leads to
a server in Karachi, Pakistan, CNET News.com has discovered. Moreover,
the link is formatted to take advantage of an Internet Explorer flaw
allowing an attacker to hide the true destination of the link..."
- Steps that you can take to help identify and to help protect
yourself from deceptive (spoofed) Web sites and malicious
hyperlinks: Pay Attention
to URL Link Details! Know where you're Browsing!
Java Desktop System - Other Boot Options... "Join the
Desktop Revolution and save a bundle. Get 50% off the price
through June 2, 2004. This offer is open to any customer
interested in replacing their existing desktop with Sun Java Desktop
System a comprehensive, secure, and highly affordable desktop system.
There is no requirement to submit a proof of purchase or
ad campaign takes aim at rivals CNET News.com:
"Microsoft plans to launch a multifaceted advertising campaign
this year that touts the advantages of its software over rivals,
including the Linux operating system." Microsoft's 'Get The
Facts' Campaign promoting 'Office System'. (1/30/2004)
shifts 64-bit emphasis CNET News.com:
"Intel plans to demonstrate a 64-bit revamp of its Xeon and
Pentium processors in mid-February--an endorsement of a major rival's
strategy and a troubling development for Intel's Itanium chip."
memory format gets set for launch CNET News.com:
"A new year, a new portable memory card format! The format is
the brainchild of a newly founded group called the Universal
Transportable Memory Association (UTMA)..." (1/28/2004).
Intel price Drop on selected boxed Desktop Processors expected
February 1, 2004. Further details to be made available same date
offers $250,000 reward for arrest of Mydoom worm author -
have said ...the Mydoom worm is spreading faster than last year's
Sobig.F, which topped the charts as the most widespread e-mail worm of
- Breaking Virus News MyDoom Hobbles Internet E-mail:
"The virus will also open a backdoor on TCP ports 3127 thru 3198
to allow an attacker access to the system." (1/28/2004).
- MyDoom E-Mail Worm Spreading Quickly:
"A fast-moving Windows worm..." Suggestions for
virus infects PCs, whacks SCO CNET News.com:
MyDoom worm "A mass-mailing virus [masquerading as an
e-mail error] quickly spread through the Internet Monday planting a
file instructing infected computers to attack SCO Group's Web server
with a flood of data on Feb. 1" (1/27/2004)
Prescott makes multimedia play CNET News.com:
New CPU in February followed by new Chipset in June
- MSN Toolbar Appears To Take Cues From Google:
Another Market Takeover in Progress from Microsoft (1/27/2004).
Corel Graphics Suite 12 - Arriving in February! A bundle of
applications for illustration, page-layout, vector-drawing,
digital-imaging and animation... $399; $179 Upgrade & $99
- Audio Soft
Synth: Cakewalk, FREE
Project5 (soft synth workstation) 1.5 update announced at NAMM Project5.com
settles for an Xbox CNET News.com:
"Rowe's new Web site, which is called MikeRoweForums.com, already
has more than 700 members and carries advertising banners for
file-sharing service Warez P2P." 1/26/2004
Register: Microsoft prepares
Mike Rowe legal exit [www.MikeRoweSoft.com]
Audio Sampler: www.Harmony-Central.com
- NAMM- GigaStudio 3.0 Announced: "Version 3.0 of Tascam's
software sampler, [GigaStudio] is a complete rewrite, delivering
support for 24/96 samples, VST plug-ins, ReWire, sample recording, and
more. Available in three versions - Orchestra, Ensemble and Solo -
Offering unlimited polyphony..." (1/21/2004)
- Foxconn penetrates U.S. motherboard market:
"Foxconn has entered into the U.S. channel motherboard market.
Foxconn's products include the Intel 865 and 875 series core
logic-based motherboards in both microATX and ATX form factor."
Audio Extraction Tools: High
Critieria, Total Recorder Standard Edition 4.4 Released! Available
in Standard, Professional and Developer Editions. "New
Standard Edition upgrade has a number of new features including the
ability to play and record Windows Media Audio (WMA) files, the
ability to normalize mp3 files and a number of other minor
- I'll Never Buy Another Computer Again!:
"A lousy Compaq and crashing games drive Jim Lynch to go the
do-it-yourself route and build his own machine." For the first
time Builder! (1/20/2004)
- Fuel Cells: Membrane
could rev up fuel cell industry CNET News.com: "Start-up
PolyFuel has commercially released a membrane for creating fuel cells
for laptops and cell phones, a milestone in the budding fuel cell
- DVD-Audio: www.Harmony-Central.com
- NAMM- DVD-Audio Authoring Gets Affordable: Create DVD-Audio for
Under $100 with Minnetonka's Latest - discWelder BRONZE, a
basic DVD-Audio authoring program that allows consumers and prosumers
to deliver surround and high-resolution audio on DVD-Recordable media,
at the affordable price of $99. (1/17/2004)
- Athlon64: www.ExtremeTech.com
- Review Athlon 64 FX Motherboards: Pricey Processor! Gigabyte
K8NNXP-940 MotherBoard (1/17/2004).
- Wireless: Intel
updates Centrino with new Wi-Fi part CNET News.com: "Chipmaker
Intel is making new Wi-Fi parts available in its Centrino bundle of
chips so that PC makers can use the latest Wi-Fi standard in their
notebooks. The 802.11g-based component gives Intel and its PC
manufacturing partners access to the most popular segment of the Wi-Fi
market, something the company did not have previously."
- Wireless: www.ExtremeTech.com
- Intel Begins Shipping 802.11b-g Module: "The new Intel
PRO/Wireless 2200BG modules will be included in new Centrino notebooks
due this quarter, Intel said. Another open question is whether
customers will actually require triband 802.11a/b/g connectivity,
which Intel will offer sometime around mid-2004." (1/16/2004).
- Win9x Versions: www.ExtremeTech.com
- Microsoft Bows to Pressure, Extends Support for Older Windows
Versions: "Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition and for
Windows Millennium Edition (ME) until June 30, 2006."
Windows Life Cycle Resource Center
testing finds weak links CNET News.com:
"At least one in every four Wi-Fi products examined by the
Wi-Fi Alliance has failed its certification test - A sign that
many pieces of wireless equipment on the market are incapable of
working as well as users might expect." As well can be witnessed
and expected by those who were fortunate to attend the Demos during
our BuildOrbuy Meetings. In short, keep your wireless gear philosophy
a 'one brand' solution for now (1/14/2004).
issue dogs CD protection CNET News.com:
Copy Protected CD Royalty Rights Disputed (1/13/2004).
Announces Name Of Next-Generation Audio Specification - New Audio
Technology, New Name. "The High Definition Audio
specification [Azalia] is currently at
the Rev. 0.9 level. Intel expects to release the final
specification by midyear under royalty-free license terms. The
technology will also be featured with the "Grantsdale"
chipset scheduled for release in the first half of 2004." So
which is it? Azalia, as Intel would have to believe or Azalea like the
Press, Book - First Mile Access Networks and Enabling Technologies
- "Refers to the connections between business / residential
subscribers and the public network's Central Office (CO) or Point of
Presence. The massive growth of Internet traffic and simultaneous
increase in computing speeds has led to a high speed Network core and
high speed Desktop Computing, leaving a void in the access region.
This access region, popularly known as the first mile area (sometimes
also called the last mile) is a market segment witnessing phenomenal
growth even in bearish times. This book discusses the multiple
technologies in the first mile area, thus showcasing network solutions
that help solve the first mile bottleneck." (1/10/2004)
- New DVD Helps You Build Your Own PC:
Entire DVD is approximately 15 minutes (1/9/2004).
- From www.pcAudioLabs.com:
More Setup Tips for PC DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)... Plus pcAudioLabs
Audio Storage Calculator!
2004 Digitizing entertainment CNET News.com:
"Technology companies large and small descend on Las Vegas as
competition for a piece of the digital living room heats up ...in a
market marked by rapidly falling prices." (1/9/2004).
98 support shifts to CD CNET News.com:
"Before Microsoft removes the live update function for Windows
98, Users will be able to download and burn the patches onto a CD, in
case they are needed at a later date." (1/9/2004).
Keyspan introduces USB Server -
"Easily connect USB devices to a PC via a wired or wireless
Ethernet-based LAN. The USB Server enables attached USB devices to be
used and shared by client PCs on a LAN. In addition to printers, the
USB Server supports other USB devices such as hard drives, scanners
and more." USB Server ships in late Q1 2004, MSRP $129.
Showcased @ 2004
International CES this week! (1/7/2004)
- Bible Study
Software Research Tools: Logos
Pre-pub announcement - The Interlinear Literal Translation of the
Greek New Testament: Logos Bible Software Series X Suggested
Prepublication Special: $19.95 (1/7/2004).
- Portable Storage: XIMETA:
NetDisk™ with NDAS Technology... External Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
connects directly to PC through Local Area Network (LAN) using either
Ethernet (CAT5) cable OR directly using a USB cable! NDAS - An
acronym for Network Direct Attached Storage, XIMETA's patented disk
storage technology. (1/7/2004)
- Portable Storage: Hard
drive summons up memory power CNET News.com: WDC Media Center
HD - Reads Eight Memory card types. Functions as USB 2.0 Hub
The Year of the Upgrade: Pointers
to remind us of what to expect... (1/5/2004).
an end to the bio of BIOS CNET News.com:
"Intel and Microsoft are gearing up to move toward the
first major overhaul of the innermost workings of the personal
computer--the boundary where software and hardware meet--during
2004." Talks of Ditching the Bios (1/5/2004)
News In-Stat-MDR Research Highlights:
PCI Express to be
Rapidly Adopted (1/5/2004).
2003 News Logs:
- Storage: www.eetAsia.com
- Toshiba to show 0.85-inch drive at CES: "Toshiba Corp...
developing a 0.85-inch diameter Hard Disk Drive with a capacity of
between 2GB to 3GB for use in mobile devices." (12/24/2003).
- Security Tools: Update your Security Toolkit
- 2.1 Speaker Smackdown Xhifi versus Logitech: New Speaker
Manufacturer, Xhifi's Xducer 2.1 - Pricey PC Stereo Speakers
- Windows XP SP2's Firewall Will Be in Your Face: (12/19/2003).
Point to buy Zone Labs for $205 million CNET News.com:
Expect the FREE version of Zone Alarm to disappear soon! Article
modified 12-15-03 (12/19/2003).
- New Microsoft unit will focus on core of Windows:
"They have been studying Linux extensively. Part of their
study has been on how Linux has been able to maintain a high level of
consistency in the kernel while groups around it maintain maximum
- Virtual PC:
- EMC's Latest Acquisition VMware: "VMware's technology
enables multiple Operating Systems—including Microsoft Corp.'s
Windows, Linux and Novell Inc.'s NetWare—to run simultaneously and
independently on the same Intel-based server or workstation and move
live applications dynamically across systems with no business
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