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Daylight Savings TimeRemember 1999? Remember how everyone was so panicked about Y2K and how their computers would think it was the year 1900 instead of 2000…and all hell would break loose?  Well, this coming March 11—Daylight Savings Time—brings “Baby Y2K”, which will likely cause problems in some Microsoft programs. This is due to a 2005 law that, starting this year, moves Daylight Savings Time up three weeks (and ends it one week later), in an attempt to improve energy savings. But this creates a problem in software programmed before 2005; for example, calendar appointments and transaction dates could now be thrown off. Fortunately, Microsoft has released a patch, available to Windows XP users via it’s “automatic update” feature, or it can be downloaded straight from Microsoft. If you’re running Windows 2000 or an older version of XP, manually go into the Control Panel and change the setting for Daylight Savings Time (Vista users are completely unaffected). By the way, pre-2005 devices such as digital watches and DVD players are vulnerable too, so be prepared!

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Microsoft VistaSometimes it’s tough being an early adopter, just ask a user. Last week, Microsoft’s new operating system made news for it’s incompatibility issues with Apple’s iTunes. Now comes word that hardcore gamers are experiencing slowness and even crashes when playing certain XP-friendly games such as Counterstrike, Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 on their Vista-upgraded PC’s. This despite Microsoft’s promise that Vista would be backwards-compatible with DirectX9, XP’s graphic engine. Problematic software drivers and a lack of video cards supporting Vista’s DirectX 10 engine are being blamed. Fortunately top graphics chip makers Nvidia, Intel and ATI are offering drivers to assuage the situation.

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Sony VIAO G-11Sony has released its new VIAO G-11 series of laptops hot on the heels of yesterday’s release of MS Windows Vista and Office 2007. Designed primarily for traveling business-folk, each comes with 1 or 2GB RAM, a 100GB hard drive, an Intel 945 GMS chipset, a 12.1-inch XGA screen, 2 USG ports, supports SD and MS cards and Ethernet, and of course Windows Vista Business. Check with Sony for price and availability if you just can’t wait to see what’s up with the Vista.

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MS Vista Demo

We know we don’t need to tell you that Microsoft Vista and Office 2007 were unleashed upon the masses today. This is a headline for not only every ezine on the planet, but newspaper and TV news as well. You can even catch the webcast yourself if you weren’t able to attend the gala. What we admire is the glitz and glamour that only a Bill Gates could provide. In a press conference given at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square, Gates actually commented, “Everything is becoming digital. Vista is key to the era.”

Software analysts claim that Windows and Office are Microsoft’s most profitable products and account for about half of its $12.5 billion in 2nd-quarter revenue. So the Olympic-like festivities were used to convince Windows and Office devotees to shift to the new versions. Microsoft expects to sell 200 million copies globally in the next two years. That’s a hell of a cash cow.

 

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|Download| - Windows Media

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We’re not going to lie. We’re in the comfort of a Bellagio suite with a 12 mbps down pipe, watching the Gates keynote stream on a pretty massive TV. And we’re liveblogging it. Some very cool things coming up, including Avalon applications, Xbox IPTV “channels” and hot, Bill Gates action. Stay tuned, refresh a lot, and have fun.

[6:48pm] We’re being welcomed to the social with a cool Vista-esque video showing off some of the new things we’ve seen this year.

[6:50pm] “Sure, I’ll keynote next year, but I’m not sure they’ll want me, because I’d likely talk about infectious diseases.” Oh, Bill.

[6:51pm] “Over 40% of US homes now have multiple computers.” Clearly, a large amount of credit due directly to Gates for this.

[6:52pm] He’s talking about the incredible increase in bandwidth, capabilities, high definition and all the fun we’re seeing lately. “The graphics revolution is letting us think about representing reality on the screen.”

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