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IBM unveils the industry's first 7nm chips

Question: IBM unveils the industry's first 7nm chips

IBM, in partnership with GlobalFoundries, Samsung, and the State University of New York (SUNY), have been able to produce the world's first 7nm chips through the use of new materials and new manufacturing techniques.

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I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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Answer: IBM unveils the industry's first 7nm chips

A chip installed in every brain,
coming soon to a theater near you.

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Looking for 2 - 1GB PC2100 (DDR266) or 1GB PC2700 (DDR333) laptop Ram on the internet sites and have noticed there are two different configurations (4 chips per side vs. 8 chips per side) for the same thing but with different brand names. Could I use either type in an R40 to upgrade it, or is one type better than the other?  Please pardon the question if it sounds lame, but I am just learning about laptops and really dont know the answer.Thanks for the help!Harrison


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Answer:what is the difference between memory sticks - 4 chips per side vs. 8 chips per side?

hey usaimages,take a read on the following links as it explains about single and double sided memory>> long as the memory that you're getting falls in either one of the conditions as written here >> Pentium 4, Celeron models: 64-bit Double Data Rate (DDR) non-parity SDRAM memory PC2100 at 266MHz Two 200 pin SO-DIMM memory slots, one slot is pre-populated with 128MB or 256MB, leaving one socket available Pentium 4, Celeron models Supports up to two 512MB SDRAM SO DIMMs Supports maximum memory up to 1.0GB Pentium M models: Supports up to two 1GB SDRAM SO DIMMs Supports maximum memory up to 2.0GB You can use the RAM on the R40

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Recently I have become increasingly annoyed with the amount my pc hangs up and slows down when downloading, copying discs and often just surfing with several windows open at one time. I think i'm quite competent with software issues, and believe that - after running a defrag, virus scans, spyware scans, reg mechs, disc cleanup, blah, blah, blah - it's time to upgrade my ram.

I currently have 512mb ddr-sdram
maximum memory for my pc is 4gb

I'm considering buying 1-2gb to boost up performance, but this is were I get stuck.

Although I've looked at all sorts of sites offering this and that ram, I'm not entirely sure what is compatible with my pc. Here is some info on my pc's innards: -

main circuit board:
Board: ASUSTek Computer INC. Amberine M 1.03
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 3.14 01/17/2006

1.80 gigahertz AMD Sempron
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
128 kilobyte secondary memory cache

memory type:
184-pin pc3200 (400mhz)

4 DIMM sockets

memory slots:
slot 'A0' has 512mb
slot 'A1' is empty
slot 'A2' is empty
slot 'A3' is empty

(nb. I havent opened the pc, this info is supplied from 'my computer' and using 'Belarc Advisor')

here is an example of a product I think might work for me:

Patriot 2GB PC3200 Signature (2x1GB)

So my problem is, I'm not totally sure what I need to know to get the correct ram. Is simply knowing 'pc... Read more

Answer:uprading ram. What chips are the right chips?

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Anyone who does IT here? or is thinking of going into IT?

Because i'm just wondering if i should subscribe to Technet

I've been checking out other subscriptions too, but this one so far seems to have the best offer, has anyone subscribed yet? Is it true that they give out free Microsoft Vista and Ultimate Office pack?

Would be great to get your feedbacks. If anyone is interested, the link pasted also has more detailed info.

Sorry for the boring post but need your help!

Answer:Anyone in the IT industry?

I subscribe to Technet. Yes - most MS products are available for download, together with CD keys (I believe you can reapply for new keys 5 times, I havn't tested that - with 10 activations per key thats a lot of opportunity). You don't, of course, get the package glitter if you download and the burning etc is your own responsibilty.
You just have to weigh the advantage of paying a high price for that software, against how much useage you will give it.

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I'm currently doing my general degree, bachelor of arts, in political science at a university which I only took because I wanted to learn something different and to pretty much say that I have a degree. However, I'm a computer a nerd and was always interested in networking and security. I want to take a short cert program for network security after I get my degree, but times' changing and would like to know what the demand is in this industry sector. What is the average pay? and how easy is it to get a job?

I'm interested specifically in forensics IT and network security.

Any information and help is appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Demand in IT Industry

i would say, even with your non i.t. related degree, you are probably going to be looking at starting at the bottom of the ladder... particularly when it comes to security/forensics as these are areas that require a very good understanding of most of the areas within i.t. which can only really be gained through years of experience.

also a cert imo is something that furnishes years of experiences. put it this way - would you employ a 22/23 year old fresh out of uni with no experience who had crammed on some books over a couple of months and somehow blagged an mcse to design your new multi million pound network for you? no, i didnt think so!

i dont mean to sound harsh, but if you think you can take a short cert program and then walk into a forensics/security job then i think you are sadly mistaken.

what skill/experience do you actually have other than being 'a geek' who is 'interested' in networking and security - if you tell us this we may be able to give a more accurate idea of where you should be pitching yourself.

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I wasn't sure if this should be in the Resume Thread or not, so I started a separate thread. If any mod or admin sees this as wrong, I'm sorry and would appreciate the move.

Now on with the topic. I've been aiming high at a job as a UNIX/Linux Net/Sys-Admin position, but this is my goal. I'm soon to be 22, but I've been reading every book, blog, whitepaper, and web-page on the topics of Linux and networking since 2005, in addition to using my home network as a test-bed for learning different network services. I've experience and skills working with Postfix, Dovecot, dhcp3, BIND9, and Apache, as well as Linux in general. I also have my Network+ certification, and have a working knowledge of WIndows (XP and 2k3). FWIW, I've been building and fixing since 2003 also.

I know my skill set isn't up near where it needs to be the get my dream job, but I think it's sufficient for a Jr Admin, Help Desk, or DST position at least. These are what I'm looking for.

While my skills aren't really my current concern, they're the best thing I have. My education and job experience are my weak points. My education consists of a GED, and my job history is complicated to put it best, but I've had 9 jobs since 2005, none of which were the caliber of job I'm looking for. It's been mostly grocery store and fast-food experience, though I've did work for PC Club computers as a tech/sales associate, and at Best Buy... Read more

Answer:Breaking into the industry...

Location? That's a big thing.

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Question: I.T Industry News

I figured this was the most appropraite section for this.

So it occured to me that I really don't have any regular I.T websites besides HardOCP, and well they don't really cover a lot of the industry.

What news sources do you guys use? Looking for some of the best of the best to stay current on the industry. Also what syndication are people using these days?

Basically I'm finding the busier I get the harder it is to keep up. Looking for a nice solution to syndicate as much of the useful news/industry updates as possible.

Answer:I.T Industry News

First, this is not a software related question, so don't be surprised if this thread gets locked.

I frequent:

Toms Hardware
Legion Hardware

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Hello guys,
I got Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro from Microsoft DreamSpark. Can I use this OS for general purposes; surf the web, use different softwares (Mainly media editing softwares) and play video games?

Answer:Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro

It is meant for business purposes Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry officially launched - Neowin

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Microsoft Silverlight is a powerful platform for creating and delivering rich Internet applications and media experiences on the Web. Silverlight 5 builds on the foundation of Silverlight 4 for building business applications, premium media applications and applications that reach beyond the browser.
Silverlight 5 introduces more than 40 new features, including support for running Silverlight applications with desktop features in the browser, dramatic video quality and performance improvements, and features that improve developer productivity.
The Silverlight 5 beta will be available sometime in 2011 H1, and more information will be available at Microsoft Silverlight .

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[DailyTech Source]


ASUS’ Eee PC met with surprising success when it was launched last year, offering users a small, simple and cheap notebook to perform basic tasks such as browsing the internet and creating office documents. The company is now planning to try and build on that success by launching a desktop variant of the Eee PC, currently being called the Digital Home System EP20. Unfortunately there are very few confirmed details – all that’s known is that it will be smaller than a typical desktop PC and come equipped with the same Linux operating system as the Eee PC (based on Xandros Linux). The system is also expected to feature one of Intel’s new Atom processors, which could allow for both single and dual core versions. ASUS commented that prices should start around $199, although DailyTech speculates that the real figure may be closer to $299.

Answer:ASUS Unveils Desktop Eee PC

I am very excited about this. This is an incredible step for the industry, a wide spread pc for $200?! Wow. I plan to buy one and put it in my car.

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My college currently offers me Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro through DreamSpark. I know that this version of Windows is designed to be used in kiosks and business sale systems; but would it work as a general OS for my computer? I've seen other people
use it as a general OS, and they haven't really said it's any different to normal Windows 8.1.
So.. Uh.. I'm not bothered about not having a calendar tile, or any of the other metro apps that aren't included with this edition of Windows 8.1, so would I be able to use it in general for my desktop computer?

Answer:Using Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro

You may want to read some of the documentation on Industry. Links below.
There are things that likely would not work as expected if you attempted to use as a general OS, it's not designed for type of usage.

Thanks, Darrell Gorter [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

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Earlier today, NVIDIA has lifted the covers on a new GPU from their ?Fermi? family specifically targeting gamers: the GeForce GTS 450.

What NVIDIA did with the GTS 450 was look at the latest habits of today?s gamers and designed a GPU that would meet their needs at what will be a good price point for gamers on a budget ($129 according to their blog). According to Valve?s Steam Hardware & Software Survey for July 2010 ? 57% of gamers play between 1280x1024 and 1680x1050 screen resolutions. The Steam Hardware & Software Survey for August 2010 was released as well and that trend still holds true (it?s at 56.03% for August). With that in mind, NVIDIA designed the GTS 450 to provide the best experience on 19? to 22? monitors operating at resolutions between 1280x1024 and 1680x1050. NVIDIA groups their GPUs into ?classes? that gamers would understand:

More: NVIDIA Unveils GeForce GTS 450

Answer:NVIDIA Unveils GeForce GTS 450

Dear Santa...

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According to the December 2010 Hardware and Software Survey by popular online game provider Steam, the GeForce 8800 is the most popular GeForce GPU in use today. NVIDIA launched the GeForce 8800 for Windows Vista nearly 3 years ago in support for DirectX 10. The GeForce 8800 GT was one of the most popular GPU upgrades at the time due to the performance/price ratio. The GeForce 8800 GT and its successor the 9800 (which is the second most popular GeForce GPU) have proven to be excellent GPUs. However, today NVIDIA is giving those who have these older GPUs a reason to upgrade: the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. NVIDIA?s own data shows that people tend to upgrade their GPUs every 3 years or so. And we?re just coming up on the 3 year mark since the GeForce 8800 was released so it?s the perfect time for the GTX 560 Ti to make its debut.

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is a fantastic upgrade from the GeForce 8800 GT. Overall, the GTX 560 Ti shows a 3x performance increase over the GeForce 8800 GT. The GeForce 8800 GT had 512MB of GDDR3 memory, while the GTX 560 Ti has 1GB of GDDR5. The GTX 560 Ti also has an 822MHz graphics clock. The GTX 560 Ti is designed along the same lines as the GTX 570/580 where on a transistor level changes have been made to make it more efficient with power consumption. The basic goal for the new design NVIDIA has chosen with the GTX 500 series GPUs is to have great performance while consuming the least amount of power possible. The GTX 560 Ti is equipped with 384 CUBA... Read more

Answer:NVIDIA Unveils GeForce GTX 560 Ti

thanks for that sarge, interesting improvements, does make crysis look less cartoony, but in regards to clarity, it doesnt look that good, too much happening on screen to make it look authentic might just make it overkill, also, why compare a new card to a card that was released 5 generations ago? strange benchmark comparison TBH.


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Hello everyone, I'm a member on sevenforums and usually post a lot there but its my first time here. I do plan on possibly helping out here on issues in the future but I have a question today.

I got a copy of Windows 8.1 Industry Pro and it seems like a stripped down version of 8. My question is, what app do I need for the Search feature to look for/suggest Apps from the windows store and/or other results?

For example, on a normal 8 install if I search for Netflix and I don't have the App, I get suggestions on where to download it. For me, it will display no results if I don't have the program/app Im searching for locally.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Adding Features to 8.1 Industry Pro

Where did you obtain this version of Windows 8.1? Google seems to think its Windows 8.1 Embedded ? If true what is it installed on?

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Hey guys,

I'm running a Dreamspark version of Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro but it seems that this version is not entitled to a free upgrade to 10. I'd like to move to a retail 8.1 Pro and I was just wondering if I'd just be able to use the 'change key' feature without having to reinstall the operating system.


Answer:Key change from 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro to 8.1 Pro

I did not know Dreamspark provided operating systems, I thought it was apps only. When you choose to upgrade within Windows does it give you the 8.1 Pro option?

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Old Wilders members might remember Placebo Antivirus, reviewed also by Dedoimedo:

It was a great joke, as well as useful for security junkies that want to feel an AV icon on systray. I was sad today to discover that it has been killed... It has zero performance impact and zero false positives. It was giving the warming feeling of the resident AV and it was free. Such a waste... RIP.

This is what's left of the poor Placebo AV at the author's website:

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...when I open up a machine and I see a motherboard that seems to have had a bunch of connectors removed and replaced with little rows of solder dots to fill the holes in the board?

I've always thought of them as "B Stock" boards that failed somewhere in testing and faulty components were removed before the boards were sold off cheap. Is it that simple or are they refurbed that got returned under warranty and then "repaired".

The model numbers are the same as the full boards and a quick glance at an online manual will show that anything up to 50% of the PCI/PCI-X sockets are missing plus parallel connectors, SATA connectors, USB connectors etc, the list goes on.

I am seeing more and more of these boards in clone and branded machines of late and would love to know so that I can better explain it to my clients.

Answer:Whats the industry term for...

They were built that way as it would be way too costly in labour to remove all those parts and the wave soldering process filled those empty holes in automatically. Imagine sitting there with a solder sucker and an iron?:eek We used to build reduced functionality boards like that, but I can't, for the life of me, remember what we used to call them. Maybe someone here is in the business.

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Rambus unveils 8GHz XDR 2
Rambus has announced the second generation of its XDR high-speed memory technology, which the company claims will run five times faster than today's GDDR graphics memory.

Dubbed XDR 2, the technology will provide initial clock speeds of 8GHz. XDR 1 operates at up to 6.4GHz.

The new version of XDR incorporates four key technique, three of which are geared toward eliminating unwanted side-effects within the memory sub-system circuitry that hinder signals.

Rambus said it has tweaked XDR's FlexPhase timing circuits to adapt timing to compensate for "process, voltage and temperature variations during real-time operation". A separate output circuit likewise compensates for "adverse system effects" such as signal attenuation and reflected signals - the latter are further reduced by the architecture's terminated point-to-point topology. XDR 2 also uses a 200mV differential signalling system to suppress noise.

In addition, XDR 2 incorporates micro-threading, a patent-pending technique Rambus introduced last April, when it began licensing the concept. Micro-threading can be added to DRAM chips for a "relatively low incremental cost", the company said at the time, without going into details.

The technique involves partitioning the memory chip's storage into separate addressable areas, to which data requests can be sent in parallel, allowing the memory controller to send, say, four data requests in the time it would ... Read more

Answer:Rambus unveils 8GHz XDR 2!

Hopefully it isnt as expensive as my RD ram... And isnt as hot

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For those of you wondering just what Intel had up its sleeve for the new year, we can tell you this, the company just unveiled sixteen new processors. The good news today is that there is a processor for just about everyone on the list, from the Core2 Duo to the Core 2 Duo Extreme with everything in between (quad core Xeons). Hit the link for all the info. Here?s a quote to get you started: While it seems only yesterday that 65nm process got to the enthusiast, Intel is today telling us about very affordable 45nm processors that are ready to come to market. These are of course not the first 45nm processors we have heard about. Since back in January of 2007 Intel has been talking this up and rightly so.

Intel Unveils 16 New Processors -

Answer:Intel Unveils 16 New Processors

Thats good to know I knew the prices were going to be low, just did not think that there were going to be that low. Thats not all that bad to be honest.

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I'm not going to do this because of the fact I am already guilty, but I have been curious what could happen if someone setup a p2p trap for the RIAA, MPAA or their cronies.

here's the trap. create a bunch of files filled with massive amounts of random text to make it appear as a audio or video file then change the filename and extension. for instance, bait.txt is 673MB. Rename it to Hancock.avi and seed it. Doing this with multiple video, audio, iso, etc. files.

Get your call or letter from one of the companies or their cronies claiming copyright infringment. You have proof that they do not examine the files but simple send in the subpoena. Try a counter suit for the baseless claim.

This is completely out of curiosity.

Answer:A trap for the entertainment industry

I'm not an attorney but that's illegal.

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This has been something I've wondered for many years and today I thought I would try and find out. Unfortunately my Google searching skills haven't been of any use to me on this subject.

Basically I've been working in the IT industry around 8 years now. I started as a trainee, moved onto Helpdesk, Service Desk, 2nd Line and now I'm like and advanced 2nd Line/Novice 3rd Line. Throughout my career I've always been told by my supervisor/manager/boss that we don't install Access, the users don't get Access, we don't support Access, etc. and I've always just gone with the flow. I got sucked into it myself and often find myself feeding our customers and users garbage about why MS Access is rubbish when in actual fact I have no idea why it isn't liked.

It's not just my current company it's been most companies I've worked for. Just this morning someone asked for MS Access to be installed and my boss has told me not to install it. When I ask why I just get the "company policy" rubbish! Does anyone know what MS Access is so hated? The only reason I can think of in my head is that it's complicated to support? I've never actually had the chance to support it and although it's installed on my laptop at work and at home I've never used it. I'm just curious!

Answer:Microsoft Access - Why does the IT industry hate it?

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Yesterday I read an article on the impact of Cloud computing on the gaming industry. Well, it was very nicely written. But I would really like to hear from the great minds present in this forum. I mean I would like to know "How effective is the concept of cloud gaming"?

Kindly share your views! Any relevant information in welcomed

Answer:Impact of cloud on the gaming industry

Is there any reason that you are sharing an IP with amayamartin82? That constitutes multiple accounts, and that can be a bannable offense.



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Unfinished sneak peek runs only on Windows 7 and updated Vista SP2.

Microsoft today unveiled a public sneak peek of its newest browser, Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), aimed at Web developers and the technically brave of heart.

"The Platform Preview, and the feedback loop it is part of, marks a major change from previous IE releases," said Dean Hachamovich, the browser team's general manager, in a statement issued today before he took the stage at MIX10, Microsoft's Web developer conference, to publicly launch IE9.

Hachamovich promised that Microsoft would update the IE9 preview about every eight weeks, putting the first such update in mid-May with another to follow in mid-July. He did not, however, disclose a release schedule for the successor to 2009's IE8, the browser bundled with Windows 7.

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Microsoft unveils IE9 public preview

Answer:Microsoft unveils IE9 public preview.

Great find Jan!
Good job, I think I'll be a Guinnea pig, why not

Wow...some nice graphics in there as well..

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Beset by rampant counterfeiting across Latin America, Microsoft on Tuesday introduced a cut-rate, reduced version of Windows XP that is aimed at first-time, low-income computer users who might otherwise run pirated software.

XP Starter Edition helps users learn to use a mouse and other computer devices, but strips out networking, limits the number of programs that can open and won't work on top-level processors.

The program "is for people who want access to legal software," said Microsoft Mexico General Director Felipe Sanchez Romero. The company sees a large potential market, given that 83 percent of Mexicans don't have personal computers.

The company says most novice users don't need the advanced functions and it says it has designed the bottom-tier version of XP to be "an affordable and simple introduction to personal computing."

Microsoft launched the Spanish language version of the program at a news conference in Mexico City that featured several partners, including a state-owned lending agency, the main phone company Telmex and local computer manufacturers Texa, Lanix and Hergo.

The software will be available only pre-installed on machines, not as a boxed product. Microsoft has not offered it in the United States or western Europe.

The company earlier had released versions in Thailand, India, Russia, Malaysia and Brazil -- other markets where counterfeiting is common.

A report by the Gartner consulting company last year critici... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Unveils Cut-Rate Windows XP

Probally runs faster than regular windows.

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I am new to the windows 8 experience, I am wondering others advice ( besides install other OS :P ) I am wanting to be able to unlock the so called potential win8 has to offer, I dont have a lot of programs besides my basics installed on my current OS of win8 embedded.


eudemons online

avg free edition.

Microsoft office 2010 enterprise w/ business contact manager.

that is the list of software I have besides the default windows embedded 81. pro with update .

so any cool ideas? fun apps, usfull tools, optimization ?

Answer:windows embedded 8.1 industry pro with updates

Tips 3-5 - 5 Tips for Using Windows 8.1 Like a Boss |

62 Windows 8 tips, tricks and secrets | News | TechRadar

Best way to learn is Trial and Error and treat windows 8 like your on 7.
If you do it this way you'll find out what windows 8 can fully do good and bad and adjust accordingly to your needs.

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Are there guidlines or a 'best practices' list somewhere for when a company should be cycling their hardware?

I am primarily concered with monitors, laptops, workstations, etc.

My managment seems to take a 'wait-till-it-blows-up-in-your-face' stance on hardware replacement. I would like to show him that fixing problems before they occur can be cost effective.

Answer:Industry Standard for hardware replacement

I buy spares when I get the best price on them, then they get shelved until needed. I just bought a 19"monitor for $79,a C84 printer for $8 with cartidges from a different retailer for $1ea , a Soyo SY-KT600 Dragon Plus Motherboard $40, etc. That's just this week. When something goes I'm always ready.

Small companies can save a bundle by buying when the gettings good.

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Intel is coming out with new 'green' cpus to replace their celeron cpu. These new cpus will be using much less power in an effort to 'go green'. Read intel's new cpu specs.

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Nvidia unveils GeForce 7800 GTX

Nvidia took the wraps off its GeForce 7800 GTX graphics chip yesterday, as anticipated. The company also launched the second-generation of its SLi multi-card rendering system, pushing the first version down-market in the process, the better to compete with ATI's rival technology, CrossFire.

The new SLi allows two cards to co-operatively render images of up to 2560 x 1600 with 4x anti-aliasing, Nvidia said.

Alongside the latest incarnation of SLi, the 7800 GTX features a new version of PureVideo, Nvidia's video image processing system, which can handle all HD resolutions. The chip also incorporates version 4.0 of its CineFX and Intellisample engines. These bring support for high dynamic range lighting, parallax mapping, transparency supersampling and multisample anti-aliasing, in which the entire image is anti-aliased, not just line edges. CineFX also features an updated programmable shader architecture with a 128-bit floating point core.

As expected, the unit contains 24 pixel processing pipelines, capable of filling up to 10.3bn pixels each second. The 7800 GTX can calculate up to 800m vertices per second.

Nvidia is also touting the 300m-plus transistor chip's power advantage over the previous-generation GeForce 6800 Ultra. The single-slot GTX consumes half the power of a single-slot 6800 Ultra yet deliver 2.3 times the "game application throughput" of the dual-slot 6800 Ultra.

The chip talks to GDDR 3 SDRAM across ... Read more

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Answer:AOL unveils new Netscape/Firefox/IE browser.

Yeah i saw this on another forum. In my opinion it looks JUST like mozilla with some graphics changes, and much uglyier!

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hello i m trying to get
Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro with Update

from dreamspark.

does anybody know that when my dreamspark subscribiton ends aka when finish my univerisity will i still get updates/be able to use windows 8.1

also will windows embedded 8.1 be okay ( im not sure what it does or whats so special about it) for my use which is mostly office including access and some very basic visual studio use for reports.

Answer:Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro with Update

windows embedded is more than you need , this definition from a google search ! I would think win8.1 basic would be good enough for you to get or pro if so desired but you don't need windows embedded
quote-Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro delivers the full power of the Windows 8.1 operating system in a version designed specifically for industry devices within intelligent systems. Gain improvements in power management, connectivity and enterprise integration with a Windows 8.1-based intelligent system that advances business growth.

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The anti-virus industry scam
By Richard Forno
March 12, 2004

One has to wonder how the anti-virus industry sleeps well at night. On one hand, it purports to serve the world by defending our computers and networks from any number of electronic critters and malicious code. On the other hand, sometimes its "cure" is worse than the problem its companies and products allegedly treat. Add to that a decades-old concern over business, market share, and publicity, and you have all the ingredients for a confused industry, product, and service. This situation regularly benefits the antivirus software industry and victimises its customers.

Let's start with malicious code outbreaks in general. Unlike hurricanes and tsunamis, there is no standard way of naming malicious code - and thus is the greatest problem facing the antivirus industry. Gone are the days when simple names like "Jerusalem", "Michaelangelo" and "Stoned" were accepted and used by all antivirus vendors and their products. Today, what one company calls "Worm_Minmail.R" another calls "W32.Novarg" -- someone else calls it "[email protected]" and another may classify the same thing as "W32/MyDoom." What is needed is a return to industry-wide nomenclature for malicious code that can be used by all vendors in describing their products and making the reporting, analysis, and resolution of such outbreaks easier and more productive f... Read more

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I'd take the results with a grain of salt, even the author claims they're far from scientific.

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Mod Comment: Partial post of the above linked article, has been removed as being superfluous.

Answer:Lenovo Unveils the ThinkPad P40 Yoga

Nudge, nudge, well, where is it?

[Present: W540/K2100/4800QM/24GB. Past: X220, S10, T61P]

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NSS Labs released two test reports of endpoint protection products which reveal new shortcomings in these widely deployed products. They cover multi-vector attacks (malware delivered from the web, email, network file sharing and USB flash drives), memory-only attacks, and anti-evasion techniques.

Key findings from the reports show:

Malware caught via one entry point may not be detected when introduced via another entry point. E.g. malware that is detected via a web download could be missed if downloaded from a USB drive or network file server.
Products missed between 10% and 60% of the evasions typically used by cybercriminals.
Less than a third of the tested vendors had protection for memory-only malware, leaving a significant evasion gap in their products.

More details - link

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Cyberthreat Map:

The trend toward visualizing virtual threat data continues with an interactive cyberthreat map from Kaspersky Lab, which displays cybersecurity incidents occurring worldwide in real time.
The types of threats displayed in the system include malicious objects detected during on-access and on-demand scans, email and web anti-virus detections, as well as objects identified by vulnerability and intrusion detection sub-systems.

?Where do the attacks come from? Where do users click on malicious links most often? Which types of malware are the most prevalent? These are the sort of questions being asked by lots of users,? said Denis Zenkin, head of corporate communications at Kaspersky Lab, in astatement. ?Our new map of the cyber-world threat landscape allows everyone to see the scale of cyber activity in real time and to get a taste of what it feels like to be one of our experts.?

Users can rotate the globe and zoom in to any part of the world to get a closer look at the local threat landscape. Different types of threats detected in real time are marked with different colors. The user can bring a description of each threat up on the screen or disable the display of threat types.

In addition to share buttons for users of social networking sites, there are buttons to switch the background color, the language interface and the display mode (flat map or rotating globe). There is also a handy link to check if a computer is infe... Read more

Answer:Kaspersky Unveils Interactive Cyberthreat Map

Thanks for sharing!

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Hi EF!

I have a dreamspark account and in that I am provided with the Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro . So, I was thinking if there are any differences in that one and also would I be able to use it like a Home User?

I am also getting the Server 2012 Datacentre Edition. So which one should I go with? I plan to use VM's in the future though.


Answer:Can I Install Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro?

Windows 8.1 pro will be more than enough

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DailyTech - CES 2013: Industry Source -- More Than 3 Out of 4 Enthusiasts Reject Windows 8
"But the numbers are troubling. Despite Microsoft playing an interesting licensing sales gameselling a deluge of licenses to OEMs at a rate that would indicate Windows 8 to be outselling Windows 7, the usage numbers indicate that OEMs are only moving a fraction of those licenses. Windows 8 is only drawing around a tenth of the internet traffic Windows 7 did at a similar point in the adoption cycle; in fact Windows 8 trails Windows Vista in internet traffic."

one tenth the internet traffic of w7 sure stands out

Answer:CES 2013: Industry Source -- More Than 3 Out of 4 Enthusia

Originally Posted by DooRules

DailyTech - CES 2013: Industry Source -- More Than 3 Out of 4 Enthusiasts Reject Windows 8
"But the numbers are troubling. Despite Microsoft playing an interesting licensing sales gameselling a deluge of licenses to OEMs at a rate that would indicate Windows 8 to be outselling Windows 7, the usage numbers indicate that OEMs are only moving a fraction of those licenses. Windows 8 is only drawing around a tenth of the internet traffic Windows 7 did at a similar point in the adoption cycle; in fact Windows 8 trails Windows Vista in internet traffic."

one tenth the internet traffic of w7 sure stands out

Hi Doorules

One really needs to understand what these Statistics are really telling you.

When W7 came out things like smartphones were relatively new and for Internet, Chat, email, etc one ALWAYS used a laptop or desktop computer.

Now we use a variety of devices -- sometimes people can go for WEEKS without going near a PC. Their phones provide all the communication they need.

Not only that recent hardware is so much more powerful and reliable that it doesn't need upgrading or changing very often anymore -- and todays economic situation makes people really THINK if they NEED to upgrade before buying a new PC.

This of course alters the whole base line on which data should be presented. - For all GOOD reasons the numbers of PC's being sold today is falling and will continue to fall --although PC's for... Read more

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"Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, unveiled Thursday plans to launch a computer subscription service that would include anti-virus and security updates for personal computers."Click to expand...


Ok look, here's my question:
When is enough enough?
Is this MS product overkill?

Do we really need to "pay" for additional security from M$?
What with our already installed Firewalls, Spybots, Ad-Aware's, Spyware Guard/Blasters, etc. etc.
Plus, will this make Windows Update ineffective or obsolete?


Answer:Microsoft unveils PC security service

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Im using Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro and there is a problem between my operating system and my monitors. I cannot duplicate the monitor with secondary one. I just
can extend. I can chose from Win+ P menu but thats working like extended option. Can you help me please?

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With four versions, how do upgrades work from XP Pro and XP Home? Microsoft has kindly produced a chart to sort everything out.

In short, users of XP Home can do an upgrade install to any of the four Vista versions. However, XP Pro users can only perform upgrade installs to Business or Ultimate. Windows 2000 and Windows XP Pro x64 users can do no upgrade installs at all, and must perform clean installs (either on a fresh hard drive or an empty hard drive partition) for any Vista version.

Answer:Microsoft unveils Vista upgrade matrix

I've danced to this song long enough to be partial to the clean installs.

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Chance to see ATI's Crossfire!

I just got my weekly newsletter from in it was a link to this years "tax free holiday" well in it there was this line: "Be among the first in North America to see ATI's Crossfire!"

WHAT???? It apears that Monarch has once again surprised us all by having ATI at their event and will be Showing the Amazing Cross Fire!!!! HOLY (BLEEP)

Link to page here

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I've been researching the topic of the way the music and movie industries have been dealing with the popularity downloading media online for a paper I'm writing.

Do you have any thoughts or insight on their methods such as suing universities, DRM, putting damaged files on file sharing websites etc? If so, please share, I need opinions, or any interesting information

Answer:Need opinions/info: Music Industry's exploits in MP3 age

You'd probably get some better responses on forums dedicated to something like that.

Mininova has forums, as does the Pirate Bay.

MiniNova Forums

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Trendnet says both kits support the latest Powerline 1200 AV2 standard. This means technically they can offers up to 1,200Mbps. In reality the sustained speed will be around 500Mbps, which is a huge improvement from existing adapters on the market.

Adapters in both kits come with one Gigabit network port and can create a reliable connection between two wall sockets as far as 980 feet (300m) apart and can work in homes as large as 5,000 sq. feet (465 sq. meters).Click to expand...

What are your thoughts? I'm thinking that this may finally be the powerline solution that people were looking for, but that technology just hadn't reached until now. Not going to replace wires, but could be a good solution to provide a fast bridge between wifi routers in your home.

I was thinking I could use two of these, so I'd add another wireless router downstairs and in the garage, three total on the same SSID so that you always have a strong signal. The wireless routers of course have ports for hard wiring static systems there too like a HTPC.

Answer:Trendnet unveils Powerline 1200 AV2 kits

Sorry to resurrect the thread

Are these going to be release in the US? I may not seen them offered for sale yet.

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In a recent post, it was noted that it was not possible to migrate broadband services from AOL or Tiscali.This begs the question "How does one change to a new provider once all contractual obligations have been concluded??I would like to point out that both Tiscali & AOL have signed up to the ?VOLUNTARY? Industry Code of Practise for migration, check the list click hereSo, why would they sign up if they were unable or unwilling to provide broadband migration?I would be interested to hear comments from those that have have indeed tried to migrate from Tiscali and AOLCheck these click hereclick hereclick here

Answer:Broadband migration - Industry code of practice

It might first be a good move to read the Terms and Conditions on both Tiscali and AOL's websites to discover their criteria.

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I am trying to install Windows 8.1 Industry Pro. I have choosen this OS because its the newest Embedded OS I have access via my University Dreamspark account that meats my requirements. I have excluded Windows 10 IoT Core for its limited abilities and probable
lack of compatibility. The computer I have is a ECW218B-945GSE embedded computer sporting a mighty Intel Atom N270 single core running at 1.6 GHz with 1 GB of RAM. The main storage of this system is a Compact Flash drive, which I have swapped from the original
512 MB one to a 32 GB Sandisk drive. It also has two SATA ports and a 2.5inch bay for an HDD or SSD. While it can run the W8.1 system (with minor audio driver issues) on the HDD and SSD, due to the passive cooling and little internal volume the disk overheats.
Therefore I wanted to install the W8.1 Industry Pro on the Compact Flash and here is my problem. Windows installer simply ignores the Compact Flash as it is listed as a removable media eventhough it is listed in BIOS as an IDE drive. However the drive is active
and found by the installer, because when I select "Load driver" I can see it and browse through it.

I have tried several things. I know Windows XP runs flawlessly , but I want something newer. Both Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 8.1 Industry Pro ignore the Compact Flash. i have tried providing newest available drivers from Intel during instalation
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I am looking for a website that tells me the industry standard cabling guide for CAT5 cable. The networking cable that uses RJ45's.
Does anyone know where I can find the cable coloring pattern?

Thanks for your help.


Answer:Industry standard cabling guide? Where can I find it?

Here's a CAT5 Wiring Diagram, you want to wire to the 586B standard, as that is most universally used.

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I'm a sous chef at a country club and well to keep the story short, I am looking for a HACCP (hazard analysis critical control point) program that will allow me to enter in ingredients, and return to me a HACCP plan for those items.

If anyone knows of or has heard of something like this, any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys.

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IOBit has unveiled Driver Booster 2.0 Beta, a preview of the next major version of its driver update tool for Windows. The utility offers simple updating to free users, while a paid-for Pro version adds the ability to back up drivers along with faster download speeds and other enhancements.

Version 2.0 opens with an overhauled user interface, designed to make the program even simpler to use. Users also gain the ability to make the program semi-translucent via a Transparency slider in the program?s Settings menu.

The new build also introduces a separate Game driver database that provides access to popular software driver updates for improving gaming performance and stability. These are listed below the regular the driver updates and include peripheral hardware drivers as well as gaming components.
Driver Booster 2.0 Beta lets users access all of its functionality prior to the final release.

An online database update feature has also been added to ensure available drivers are always the latest version, while a smart installation mode has been added to provide distraction-free gaming in full screen.

The program also brings together its backup and restore features ? normally limited to Pro users, but available to all users while in beta ? under a new Rescue Center system. Also added is the option to selectively roll back driver updates where supported ? click the arrow button next to a driver to access the feature.

Version 2.0 also gains the ability ? enabled by ... Read more

Answer:IObit unveils Driver Booster 2.0 Beta

IOBit still giving out wrong drivers I see & even when I have drivers updated it still says I have "outdated drivers"

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The Mozilla Foundation has unveiled an early version of its Firefox browser that it says could virtually eliminate one of the most common attack forms now menacing the web.
It implements an inchoate technology the foundation calls CSP, short for the Content Security Policy specification. It allows web developers to embed a series of HTML headers into their sites that by default block some of the most abused features from being offered. Newer versions of Firefox, and other browsers if they adopt the standard, would then enforce those policies across the site's entire domain.

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Mozilla unveils cure for Web 2.0 world run amok ? The Register

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Firefox is a browser that is very well known and popular for its immense library of available add-ons, from themes that change the look and feel or the browser to extra functionality in general. One gripe that users have, though, is that the software needs to be restarted for changes to take effect; this isn't much of an issue for casual users, but for people constantly browsing the collection of modifications, it can become very tedious. Mozilla is well aware of this, and is stepping up the game to make for a better user experience. How? By announcing a new API called Jetpack.


Answer:Mozilla unveils Jetpack API version 0.1 for Firefox

They need to put functionality on the back-burner for a while and focus on speed instead, imo.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre A300 All-In-One Is World's Thinnest at Just 18.5mm
Last year at CES, Lenovo debuted a one-inch thick all-in-one that was the slimmest in the world at the time. It was a fatty compared to this year's 18.5mm-deep IdeaCentre A300.
While Lenovo was busy carving out a super-skinny niche for themselves with the A300, they didn't forget to pack in some decent specs too: up to a Core 2 duo processor, a 21.5" full HD (1920x1080) widescreen LED display, up to 4GB DDR3 RAM and 500GB HDD storage, and HDMI in (which is something last year's IdeaCentre 600 sorely lacked). The A300 will be available in February starting at $600, but expect to dole out a chunk more for optional add-ons like an optical drive and integrated TV tuner.
Other additions coming to the IdeaCentre line-up in February include the C310, Lenovo's first multitouch all-in-one, and the K320, a high-performance gaming desktop. The C310 features an Atom 330 processor, a 20" screen, and up to 640GB HDD storage starting at $650, while the K320 can be customized up to an Intel i7 processor, DirectX 11 graphics, and up to 1TB of storage with prices ranging from $600 to $2000 for a fully tricked-out rig.

Answer:Lenovo unveils its thinnest All-In-One starting at $600 bucks

Looks amazing!

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This looks to be a better case than the Antec 900. I'm putting it on my Recommended PC Components guide. This could be one of my next cases.


NZXT, a company specialized in PC enthusiasts and gamers chassis, is proud to announce the NZXT Tempest. Tempest is a mid-tower steel case which weights 11.2kg without the optional 500W ATX 2.0 PSU and comes with 6 fans included: dual intake (120mm), dual exhaust (140mm) with additional side and rear fans (120mm). With Tempest you'll also get cable managment system inside the case, pre-drilled holes at the back of the case for external watercooling, and support for the E-ATX standard. "With the Tempest's 6 120mm fans, we've created the Airflow King of cases. Combining the cooling capabilities with the space and storage features, the Tempest is designed to be the best enthusiast and gaming chassis in its class." Retailing for $99, the new Tempest case will be available from the first week of April from NZXT.

Answer:NZXT Unveils Tempest - Mid-tower Steel Chassis

i like it alot i may get one for in a build next year.

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The Business Software Alliance (BSA) said in their annual report that 43% of software used on computers worldwide in 2009 was pirated. This is an increase from the 41% recorded in 2008 and high piracy rates in Asia are believed to be the main cause.
AFP on Tuesday released the $51.4 billion figure for 2009 saying the average piracy rate in the Asia Pacific region was 59% of all software installed costing $16.5 billion. The growth of illegal software was blamed on the expanding PC market in the fast growing economies in Brazil, India and China.
However 2009 saw an actual 3% drop in losses compared to 2008 as the rate of pirated software fell in 54 economies of the economies studied, remained even in 38 and rose in 19.
In the Asia Pacific region 530 million of the 900 million units of software installed last year were unlicensed. The top piracy rates were found in Bangladesh with Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Vietnam following. China and India were also cited as some of the worst culprits.
BSA's vice president and regional director Jeffrey Hardee said although efforts to lower piracy rates are seeing some successes in the region the piracy rates were still too high. "This is unacceptable and there is still much to be done to engage governments, businesses and consumers on the risks and impact of software piracy."
Georgia took the crown for the world's top pirate software user with 95% of all software used in the country deemed illegal. Zimbabwe (92%), Banglad... Read more

Answer:Piracy lost software industry over $50 billion in 2009


Very funny read. They must think no one is going to see the gaping holes in their argument.

That kind of thing isn't going to help their case.

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Industry coalition takes stab at defining spyware

Technology companies have formed an alliance with public interest groups to tackle spyware. Membership of the Anti-Spyware Coalition (here) includes large software developers, anti-spyware companies and others. Current members include AOL, Computer Associates, EarthLink, HP, Lavasoft, McAfee, Microsoft, PC Tools, Symantec, Trend Micro, Yahoo!, UC Berkeley, the Business Software Alliance and the Cyber Security Industry Alliance.

Spyware and other potentially unwanted technologies are those that "impair users' control over material changes that affect their user experience, privacy, or system security; use of their system resources, including what programs are installed on their computers; or collection, use, and distribution of their personal or otherwise sensitive information."
That's a bit of a mouthful but ASC hopes its definition will settle a few pub arguments and allow vendors to concentrate on weightier matters, such as fighting the growth of spyware. "One of the biggest challenges we've had with spyware has been agreeing on what it is," said Ari Schwartz, Associate Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, which has led the work of the group. "The anti-spyware community needs a way to quickly and decisively categorize the new programs spawning at exponential rates across the Internet. The definitions will serve as a foundation for all future efforts to help users make more ... Read more

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Toshiba unveils 512GB solid state drive

New range of drives coming in 2009
Toshiba has unveiled the world's first 2.5in 512GB solid state drive (SSD), designed to provide a high level of performance and endurance for use in notebook computers, and gaming and home entertainment systems.
The company also unveiled a broad family of SSDs based on its 43nm Nand chips, offering capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB in 1.8in or 2.5in enclosures or as SSD Flash Modules.
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Answer:Toshiba unveils 512GB solid state drive

Probably expensive compared to SAS and SCSI.

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Researchers at Palo Alto spotted a new campaign of the Russian Fancy Bear APT using a new Mac OS X Trojan against companies in the aerospace industry.

In the last weeks, we have discussed a lot about a string of attacks that targeted the US Democratic National Committee (DNC), security experts collected evidence of the involvement of Russian nation-state actors.

In particular, security experts at threat intelligence firm ThreatConnect have conducted an analysis on the IP addresses listed in the flash alert issued in August by the FBI that warned about two cyber attacks against the election systems in two U.S. states.

The experts from ThreatConnect discovered some connections to a Russian threat actor alleged linked to the Government of Moscow. One of the domains hosting the phishing content was registered with an email address associated with a domain known to be used by the infamous APT28 group (aka Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm, Sednit, Sofacy).

Full Article.

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December 22nd, 2009

Mozilla unveils Windows theme/UI update for Firefox 3.7/4.0

Posted by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes @ 12:18 pm

Mozilla have unveiled some mockups of the Windows theme/UI updates that is scheduled to hit Firefox users over two stages - 3.7 and 4.0.

Stephen Horlander, a designer and contributor to the Mozilla project unveiled some details of the refresh.

Cornerstone to the revamp is the App Button that appears in the top-left of the mockup. Here?s what Horlander has to say about the origin of this new addition:The new proposed approach to this problem is an App Button which is similar to the single menu approach taken by Windows 7 native applications (Paint, WordPad) and by MS Office.

More at: Mozilla unveils Windows theme/UI update for Firefox 3.7/4.0 | Hardware 2.0 |

Answer:Mozilla unveils Windows theme/UI update for Firefox ...

I'm telling you...

Version 3.7 = biggest release in Firefox history.

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So stay with me here guys, I know this is kind of a weird question.

So yesterday at work I came across a PC that was running this OS (Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise) and upon further inspection (services.msc, gpedit.msc, dxdiag, etc), it seemed to me like this OS is actually the same (to the naked eye) as Windows 8.1 Pro but without much of the fluff that comes with 8.1 Pro (Modern UI apps, etc).

So my question is:

Would this OS be suited for gaming? Would it have problems running DirectX 11.1 and Mantle games?


Answer:Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise suited for games?

This OS is not a retail product. Embedded operating systems are sold by OEMs for special purposes. This is an Enterprise edition available only to large organizations with volume licensing. Using this OS for home gaming would likely be a violation of the license terms.

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Toshiba unveils 512GB solid state drive

New range of drives coming in 2009

Toshiba has unveiled the world's first 2.5in 512GB solid state drive (SSD), designed to provide a high level of performance and endurance for use in notebook computers, and gaming and home entertainment systems.
The company also unveiled a broad family of SSDs based on its 43nm Nand chips, offering capacities of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB in 1.8in or 2.5in enclosures or as SSD Flash Modules.

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Answer:Toshiba unveils 512GB solid state drive

It wont be long before SSD will become a standard and we can finally say goodbye to the old HDD, they had a good run but it's time to move on.

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Intel unveils energy-efficient 48-core chip

Research chip said to be 10x to 20x more powerful than chips in multicore Core family

By Sharon Gaudin
December 2, 2009 03:46 PM ET

Computerworld - Intel Corp. is honing its sights on many-core chips that are far more powerful than today's dual and quad-core processors.

As expected, Intel took a big step in that direction today by unveiling a 48-core research chip that it says is 10 to 20 times more powerful than current the top end offering in its multi-core Core line of processors. Intel also noted that the experimental chip uses the same amount of energy as two household light bulbs.

With its eye on the data center and the cloud, Intel built fully functional cores in the new chip as part of what it calls its "terascale" mission.

"With a chip like this, you could imagine a cloud data center of the future which will be an order of magnitude more energy efficient than what exists today, saving significant resources on space and power costs," said Justin Rattner, Intel CTO and head of Intel Labs. "Over time, I expect these advanced concepts to find their way into mainstream devices, just as advanced automotive technology such as electronic engine control, air bags and anti-lock braking eventually found their way into all cars."

Today's unveiling of the 48-core research chip comes about two years after Intel showed off an experimental 80-core chip. That research chip had teraf... Read more

Answer:Intel unveils energy-efficient 48-core chip

This is why I always scoff at people who are trying to build a machine that is "future proof". There is no such term in the computer industry. Instead, I find it better to buy middle of the road most times and simply upgrade more often down the road.

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Hey guys, I've read many stories about this OS from microsoft dreamspark (I'm a student and can get this for free) being OK to use for a regular desktop OS, however I'm worried about the driver issues I've been hearing about. Mainly the normal drivers from nVidia / AMD not working with this OS. Can anyone elaborate on what I should do? $109 is a fair amount of money for me at the moment haha

Answer:Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro with update good for gaming?


Originally Posted by luke127

Hey guys, I've read many stories about this OS from microsoft dreamspark (I'm a student and can get this for free) being OK to use for a regular desktop OS, however I'm worried about the driver issues I've been hearing about. Mainly the normal drivers from nVidia / AMD not working with this OS. Can anyone elaborate on what I should do? $109 is a fair amount of money for me at the moment haha

From what I can tell, you should be able to run it as a normal desktop OS.

It's the same as Win 8.1 Pro, with Embedded features preinstalled.

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From now on you don’t need to look at battery positive and negative sign while putting it into you Digicam or remotes etc because Microsoft Corp. today announced a new technology aimed at improving the battery installation process called InstaLoad battery installation technology, which allows users to easily install a battery without regard to positive and negative polarity. Never again will people have to squint to see battery installation diagrams — the device simply works regardless if the battery is installed positive-side-up or positive-side-down.
InstaLoad is a patented battery contact design now available for license by third-party device suppliers, with companies like Duracell already lining up to endorse the technology for use in their own products

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Yesterday Microsoft has unveiled the newest addition to its mobile line of hardware device products - Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000.
This is a slim, slick and thin (just a few millimeters thicker than a AAA battery) keyboard with a separate Bluetooth Number Pad and that can be used with the keyboard or by itself alone.
You can real the full press release here - Microsoft Unveils Company?s Thinnest Keyboard, Designed Exclusively for Bluetooth Computers.
And can visit the page of the product itself as well - Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000.

Answer:Microsoft unveils Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000

Wow !What a natural design... I like the separation of NumPad.

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As almost all of our regular readers are aware, browser exploits are lately delivered heavily obfuscated. The main reason for this is, of course, to evade AV or IDS detection.As the Anti Virus industry moved a step forward and improved detection of obfuscated exploits, the attackers started a trend of creating obfuscated exploits on the fly...detection of such exploits still seems to be only in the early phases. Only 5 out of 32 AV programs represented on VirusTotal were able to detect this file as malicious (and of those 5 some share scanning engines so the number is even lower!)

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MICROSOFT HAS UNVEILED a host of security features in its upcoming Windows 10 operating system in a bid to lure enterprise users into upgrading when it's released.

One of the major updates is to two-factor authentication, which Redmond says will provide more robust security than traditional single passwords that make more recent iterations of Windows vulnerable to data theft.

Microsoft seems to think that enhanced security should be a key focus for the new OS, as such issues are "central to many of the customer conversations" the firm has had since announcing the availability of the Windows 10 Technical Preview

Microsoft unveils tighter security plans for Windows 10- The Inquirer

Answer:Microsoft unveils tighter security plans for Windows 10

hope it will not be mandatory.

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Bitdefender has announced the availability of Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool for PC, the first public beta of its portable program to detect and remove unwanted software.

The Removal Tool arrives as a single 41.8MB executable file. There are no supporting files, and it doesn?t download anything else: just run it and go.

Program usage is just as straightforward. There?s no choosing a scan type, or location, no advanced settings to consider: agree to the user licence, click ?Get Started?, and that?s it.

There isn?t much power or configurability here, and presumably that?s the point. Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool is aiming to be a program that absolutely anyone can use to check and clean up their system, and it does that very well.Click to expand...

Product still in BETA.

Mod Edit: Added source.

Answer:Bitdefender unveils portable Adware Removal Tool


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Asus is diving head-first into the PC-on-a-stick market with a new product it's calling the VivoStick. Fashioned in the image of Intel's Compute Stick, the VivoStick outpaces the trendsetter in nearly every category.

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Answer:Asus unveils the VivoStick, a $129 PC-on-a-stick loaded with Windows 10

This will help the people who think the Intel one is ugly even though it's behind your TV or monitor

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I need a professional or industry-grade wireless access point for a friend of mine. He wants to connect a bunch of users and the distance can be quite far (within a building).

I'd like to get maybe 2 or 3 that will overlap nicely... if I can't get 3, then 2 is enough, but I'd like the signal to be rock solid.

I don't want to just get a WRT54GL and put on DD-WRT... or, do you think that would really, really be a good idea??? I can probably increase the signal strength from the 25db or whatever they have it as default, but I'd still like it to be ROCK SOLID. I don't mind paying extra; I just need to make sure it works so that I don't have to go in and fix it every other day (especially since these will be non-billable hours).

I'm looking at NewEgg and CDW and other places. Cisco? 3Com?

Budget: $250 to $500


Answer:Need professional and/or industry-grade wireless access point; what do you guys use?

HP ProCurve 420

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Today at IFA, Dell revealed a suite of holiday wish list worthy devices for an immersive and comprehensive computing experience, including the Dell Visor Windows Mixed Reality Headset, Inspiron 7000 2-in-1s and laptops, and performance enhancements to the XPS 13.

Let?s take a look at everything Dell announced today:

Dell Visor looks to the future

Dell announced the new, sleek and comfortable Dell Visor ? its first-ever virtual reality headset for Windows Mixed Reality. Engineered with a flip-up visor for convenient transitions, it features well-cushioned head and face padding, thumbwheel band adjustment for personalized comfort, and smart weight balancing that takes pressure off.

The Dell Visor features inside-out tracking cameras, with a 360-degree panoramic view so the headset can scan surroundings instead of satellite emitters positioned inside the room. Dell Visor Controllers offer complete flexibility with six degrees of freedom of movement in a three-dimensional space, and allow total control with haptic feedback, thumb stick and buttons fully tracked by sensors in the headset.

Pricing and availability: The Dell Visor will be available this holiday in the US at, Microsoft Store and select Best Buy stores for $359.99, or with the Controllers for $459.99.

New Inspiron Laptops and 2-in-1s offer stunning visual experiences & performance in sleek, affordable packages

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Albatron Technology has unveiled three new Nvidia GeForce 8-series graphics cards that use the practically outdated PCI slot. While the appeal of the PCI8600GT-256X, the PCI8500GT-256X and the PCI8400GS-256 may not be obvious for anyone who has a PCI Express or even AGP slot on their motherboard, there are still quite a few systems (particularly small form factor or HTPC ones) where expansion options are limited, creating an niche market for these cards.

The graphics cards are all low profile designs allowing them to fit in smaller cases such as HTPC design that try to match the form factor of tradition consumer electronics devices.

Of the three versions, the PCI8600GT and PCI8500GT models adopt faster DDR3 memory and also feature HDMI connectors for higher quality output, highlighted the Albatron.

Albatron unveils GeForce 8-series graphics cards for PCI slots

Answer:Albatron unveils GeForce 8-series graphics cards for PCI slots

Looks like the x1300 isn't the best PCI card anymore

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Microsoft is working on Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, a new service aimed at enterprises for detecting and responding to advanced attacks.The client piece of the service will be built into Windows 10, and will be available soon to Windows Insiders as part of a "Redstone" preview test build, officials said.Microsoft already offers an antivirus service called Windows Defender. It originally was a free download for Windows XP, and is currently built into Windows 10.Source:

Answer:"Microsoft unveils new Windows 10 threat protection service", via ZDNet

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection is powered by a combination of Windows behavioral sensors, cloud based security analytics, threat intelligence, and by tapping into Microsoft’s intelligent security graph. This immense security graph provides big-data security analytics that look across aggregate behaviors to identify anomalies – informed by anonymous information from over 1 billion Windows devices, 2.5 trillion indexed URLs on the Web, 600 million reputation look-ups online, and over 1 million suspicious files detonated every day.


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WOW a 1.3Gbps wireless router!

Answer:Trendnet unveils 1.3Gbps wireless router using 802.11ac spec

802.11ac is definitely [H] level


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 I have been searching and reviewing computers to buy. Came across the K430 but after reading horror stories about Video Card Replacement, Power Supplies and Turbo Switch not working, I decided to call support and seek advise or a simple opinion. The Support Specialist shockingly informed me that she did not know anything about Card Upgrade and recommended that I speak with Sales. Called sales, waited for 30 minutes and was also informed that they know nothing about Video Cards. This is what kills a company, the fact that it's own employees are distancing themselves from their products is a disgrace. Wake up Lenovo, Wake up!!

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In-depth article in Information Age:

Security and privacy: necessary for the next generation of vehicle

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TRUSTICA Technology | Blue Planet Works

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Lord have mercy, Intel has just created a laptop that's as pretty as a supermodel, and thinner, too. Codenamed the Intel Mobile Metro Notebook, this prototype was designed by Intel along with Ziba Design, and it's a mere .7 inches thick and weighs just 2.25 pounds. It's no dumb blonde, either, packed with Intel's speediest and most efficient components, which will probably be plenty fast by the time this machine is manufactured, maybe even as soon as the end of this year.


Answer:Gizmodo: Intel Unveils World's Thinnest Laptop, Almost Skinny as a RAZR

It is an absolute beauty, I love it..!

Unfortuanately probably going to be exceptionally expensive.

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According to new data published this year in the Lancet Global Health journal, there are around 252.6 million people affected by blindness and moderate-to-severe visual impairment worldwide. *

At Novartis, we are committed to helping people with challenging healthcare issues. As one of the world?s largest pharmaceutical companies, we are harnessing the power of technology to discover and reimagine how it can improve and, in some cases, extend people?s lives.
Today, I am excited to announce that Novartis is making available a new app called ViaOpta Hello powered by Microsoft Cognitive Services and the Windows 10 Universal App Platform. The app ? which is the latest installment in the suite of ViaOpta apps ? is aimed to empower people who are blind or have a severe visual impairment to experience the world. The Windows 10 PC app is available to download for free today** from the Microsoft Store, and the app is also available on Android and iOS platforms for smartphones.

We developed ViaOpta Hello to empower people with severe vision loss with the opportunity to engage with the world in new ways. Accessible via a Windows 10 PC and Android or iOS mobile device, it can be used to recognize an individual from a list of people who have given permission to be identified by the app, and to identify objects around the user. During the initial start of facial recognition set up, the app will send a request to use your smartphone camera. After set up, you can ask frie... Read more

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The ROG Zephyrus delivers next-generation gaming experience for the enthusiast gamer. Built with Windows 10, these devices arrive equipped with the Xbox app and Direct X12, can take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere and have Cortana* ? your digital personal assistant who can help you complete tasks, set reminders and more ? and comprehensive security with Windows Defender built-in.

Powered by the latest Intel Core i7 processor, the ROG Zephyrus gives you the gaming performance you need while also providing portability. It also has the highest NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics (GTX 1080) for supreme visuals and is VR Ready.

The ROG Zephyrus has enhanced keyboard features with a new type of trackpad located to the right of the keyboard for ideal gaming usage that doubles as a numeric keypad. The keyboard also has a new feature called ROG Aura that lets you customize dynamic light effects on the WASD and QWER key groups as well as the entire keyboard for customized gaming. It features ultra-slim and portable design at 0.7 inches thick and 4.85 lbs, and has special hinge design that increases air flow to cool and stable gaming marathon sessions.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus features Sonic Studio II, an audio suite that offers 6 audio controls: Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer, Voice Clarity, Smart EQ (Smart Volume) and Surround. Surround is dedicated for 2-channel headset and offers one of the best virtual surround technologies for gaming.

To learn more about everything ASUS ROG announced ... Read more

Answer:Computex 2017: ASUS unveils new ROG Zephyrus for gaming, powered by Windows 10

Very nice I must say.

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IBM launched Hosted Mobile Device Security Management service to protect confidential data of organization against the risks of using corporate data in mobile. This service helps protect against mobile device risks like theft, malware, spyware and inappropriate applications across mobile platforms

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Company urges users to run single-click tool before hackers exploit 'decently wormable' SMB 2 flaw.
With attack code that exploits a critical unpatched bug in Windows likely to go public soon, Microsoft wants users to run an automated tool that disables the vulnerable component.
The bug in SMB (Server Message Block) 2, a Microsoft-made network file- and print-sharing protocol that ships with Windows, affects Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and preview releases of Windows 7.

Source -
Microsoft unveils shield for critical Windows flaw as attack code looms | Security Central - InfoWorld

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The group typically gains a foothold in sensitive networks by attaching booby-trapped documents to e-mails, according to a 62-page report published Monday by Crowdstrike, a firm that conducts forensic investigations on behalf of customers who have suffered security breaches. When employees click on the documents, the attackers are able to gain control over their PCs. The attackers then use the PCs to take control of servers housing blueprints, customer lists, or other sensitive data This is a perfect example of why you should never click on attachments from unknown sources. If you ever get a email from unknown/ suspect source's JUST DELETE it. You can't rely on your antivirus to protect you, even email's from family and friend's are suspect especially the ones with those stupid joke attachments. PC security starts and ends with you. Nick

Answer:Chinese military tied to prolific hacking group targeting US aerospace industry

My uneducated, but perhaps rational, response to this and other attacks using Office would be:
1. assume that Office will not be free of vulnerabilities for 'quite a few years'
2. MS - make a secure version that always runs inside a sandbox (built-in to Office)
3. Equip it with detection abilities, such as provided by buster sandbox analyser
4. Take action when 'buster' is suspicious e.g. abort Office
5. Always empty the sandbox when Office closes
How much easier is that than reactively fixing vulnerabilities as they arise ?
It just seems to make more sense ???????????

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Active Media Products (AMP), manufacturer of SSDs and unique USB drives including the Obama drive, today began shipping a WWF Polar Bear USB flash drive that is compatible with Windows? 7 and benefits WWF. Under its licensing agreement with WWF AMP develops and sells a series of portable USB flash drives in the likeness of endangered species, and contributes five percent of the retail price of this product line to WWF.
The Polar Bear drive is a fun way to carry all your important data. Offered in capacities up to 16GB, the Polar Bear drive can store thousands of MP3 songs, photos and presentations and still have space for your favorite video clips. This precision crafted drive is an accurate 40:1 scale model of a real polar bear, and even has 'hair texture'. The non-toxic silicone rubber casing is completely free of PVC, lead and mercury - toxic materials commonly found in USB drives. The keychain hole in the tail is perfect for attaching the Polar Bear drive to a keyring, backpack or briefcase. The drive can stand on all fours or, at only 2.6 inches long and 1.5 inches tall, is small enough to carry in your pocket.
According to Jerry Thomson, VP of Sales, "The WWF Polar Bear drive is an awesome drive. We strived to make every detail physically consistent with a real polar bear. It's more than just a square USB drive, it's a storage device that computer users will love to own and enjoy using, and every purchase benefits WWF." The Polar Bear drive joins the P... Read more

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Meet the new Always Connected Lenovo Miix 630 2-in-1 Detachable

Meet the new Miix 630, Lenovo?s latest Windows 10 S 2-in-1 detachable that gives you the power and productivity of a laptop with the always on, always connected mobility of a smartphone.1 With integrated 4G LTE, you don?t have to just rely on slow, public Wi-Fi hotspots.

The Miix 630 is built with Qualcomm?s innovative Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform and Windows 10 S, so you can get work done on the go. Its full-sized backlit keyboard with precision touchpad gives you a comfortable and convenient typing experience to compile reports, design presentations or crunch numbers. It?s also equipped with a Lenovo digital pen with 1,024 levels of sensitivity so you can draw, sketch or annotate with Windows Ink for a natural pen-on-paper experience.

Other features include:
Even with its keyboard, the Miix 630 is just 15.6mm (0.6 in) and featherlight weighing just 1.33kg (2.93 lbs).
Battery life of up to 20 hours2, letting you leave the power cord at home.
Fan-less design packs more power with efficient heat processing into a smaller Snapdragon 835 mobile chipset.
Infrared camera enables Windows Hello for faster and more secure log-in

Pricing and availability: The Miix 630 (keyboard and Lenovo digital pen included) starts at $799.99, expected to be available beginning in 2nd quarter 2018 on lenovo.com3 and will be compatible with select local carriers (prices may vary per market).

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I bought an old HP-Compaq dc5800 microtower from a friend to replace my even older pc. My question is, the machine at the moment has 2 X 1GB DDR2 PC2-640 and I would like to additionally install the 2 X 1GB DDR PC2700 from the old pc, can I do this or would it fry my "new" machine?
N.B. I got the above info running Crucial software and the mobo is: Hewlett-Packard 2820h.
Any advise will be very gratefully accepted
Please don't laugh at the old machine I have, I just don't need a new one! I only use it for surfing and email and occasional downloading but I would like to use my old machine's parts instead of just junking it! And yes I will be using the old hard drive as a backup.
I am also running Windows 7 Home Premium x64.

Answer:Can I mix different different ram chips

No, because DDR and DDR2 are not compatible with each other and they have a different number of pins.
One would not fit in the socket designed for the other.

DDR = 184

DDR2 = 240

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Question: Pc Chips 841

Answer:Pc Chips 841

Hi. I have built a system using the above mobo and a 2000xp. Everything is fine and dandy. I am really impressed with the ease and simplicity of the build. This has got to be a beginners dream!! Problem is that my new case has 8 wires coming from the two front usb ports, but the manual does not show where they should go. It talks about an optional extension bracket and headers. Founfd header, but dont know where they all go. As there are 8 wires (2 sets duplicated) I assume that they are to go one after another(1-4 and 5-8) but what goes where??Help.

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Question: RAM chips

Hey does anybody know if I could use a 72-pinn silver connecting point in one slot and a 72-pinn gold(copper) connecting point in another slot?

Answer:RAM chips

At the moment, I forget the EXACT reason why, but it is not a good idea to mix the gold and silver (actually aluminum) connectors. The two different metals will interact with each other and cause problems after a period of time.

Hopefully someone who is thinking more coherently at the moment will read this and give the (detailed) explanation as to why it is not a good idea.

If I stuff Viagra in my floppy drive, will it become a HARD drive ?

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i'm looking for a new lappy for my Aunt. Scowering newegg and ncix, I'm seeing the newer systems with the new su mobile chip at like 1.3Ghz and a 220m. So on the scale of say the T chips, how are they rated?

I know theyre ment for great battery, but for cpu power, how are they?

Answer:How are the new su chips?

eek....... this good eh?

So nobody has any experience with them?

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My employer provides phones to all workers. We had BlackBerrys then branched out to iPhones (Android is not allowed per IT). I am the lone wolf among my co-workers. I have a Lumia 928. I am up for renewal and find myself torn between another Windows Phone and the iPhone 6. I really enjoy the Live Tiles/Home Screen vs the static screen/waving left & right that is iOS (my wife has an iPhone). Personally, I think iPhones are for those who grew up on AOL.
The 928 takes great pictures; so much better that I have all but stowed away my Canon point & shoot. I have the Denim update and while everyone raves about the fast start up of Lumia Camera, it is just not happening on my 928. I have switched back to Microsoft Camera. My wife is due for an upgrade, too. While looking to upgrade to the iPhone 6+ she was using the camera. That camera = Amazing! As fast as she could tap the screen, it was taking pictures! And the pictures came out clear and in focus! I was stunned! Also, dont get me started on the comparison between the panorama feature. Windows Phone didnt hear the starters gun.
Apps. I didn't think Apps would be a big deal to me. Im not a gamer. However, I find myself longing for Apps (or in most instances, the features in Apps) that are on the iPhone. Enough said.
What I want in a phone:
1.) Universal Search feature. Case in point: at work, on our PCs, we use the desktop version of Outlook. I have an Outlook Contact who runs a cleaning business, Winston Wolf. While his n... Read more

Answer:And a bag of Chips??

I had a bag of chips with my dinner tonight, so I can make a pretty fair comparison. What Windows 10 for phones promises is way better than a bag of chips, trust me. :)
Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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Question: chips

Not that important but its been bugging me for a while.
I am a printer engineer and i also remanufacture cartridges a couple of years back hp brought out the "smart cartridge" this aparently made it better but what it really did was try to stop people from recycling it didnt.

This is all very boring but the way they made these cartridges smart was they put a chip on the cartridge to tell the printer that it is a hp cartridge and how much toner was left in the cartridge now that sounds easy but the chip is encapsulated inside a plastic enclosure it cant touch anything at all no wires or contacts how the hell is it powered and how does it work?


Does it work the same way a RFID tag works?

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Question: 754 amd chips

ok i have a e-machines m6811 laptop and it has the amd 64 3400+ mobile chip. i was wondering if all the 754 pin packages are the same or is there a mobile and a regular desktop chip and if so can i interchange them or not?

Answer:754 amd chips

Technicaly you could probably put a desktop chip in that unit, but you'd have seriiuos heat issues and your battery life would suffer.
The fastest S754 CPu is te 3700, and the preformance difference wouldn't be that noticeable. Stick with your 3400. If you want to make the unit faster consider adding more ramm, or upgrading your current HDD to one of the faster laptop drives available.

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