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I have been messing around with the new iChat AV messaging client for a couple of hours, and it is impressive. AOL, and many of the other IM client suppliers in fact, has seen their AIM client become antiquated. They are currently at work on Tritan, their new messaging client which plans to improve upon the experience currently enjoyed by AIM users of today. Moving ahead into the 21st century, AOL plans to add more than just textual improvements. Look for audio, video, and file transfers to be vastly improved and simplified. Also look for a “spam catcher” that will put any messages received from those not on your Buddy List into a specified tab for your review.
I am thinking that, while only 5% of computers sold are Mac’s, today’s Tiger release is going to be a big deal. Despite the efforts of some to see that it didn’t happen, Apple is going to be launching Tiger in a big way. Be sure to hit your local Apple Store to be a part of the festivities.
I love stupid lawsuits - they put a smile on my face. This is why I chuckled with glee as I read the email telling me of how Tiger Direct - one of the worst IT resellers around - has decided to sue Apple over the Tiger moniker. Apparently, they don’t like how Apple has been referring to their new operating system as “Tiger”, and go on to say that the suit is meant “to stop further damage to Tiger Direct’s well-known Tiger brand.” Wow. Good thing they waited until the day before Tiger is set to be released to drop that one on us. Good show.
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For those not keeping track, today marks the two year anniversary of Apple’s launch of the iTunes Music Store, accompanied by its proprietary DRM format which would only play on an iPod. Sure, Real has tried and tried again with Harmony to get onto Apple’s popular little player, but Apple doesn’t like it. Alas, I await the day that iTunes offers a choice of format to download, so the tracks can be played on any player I want. Bah, who am I kidding? Ever since I discovered sites like this, I haven’t had a need for iTunes.
After a very long wait, software has finally caught up to hardware. Well at least when it comes to Microsoft. Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition has been shipped on Monday. These operating systems are set to function on AMD’s and Intel’s 64-bit microprocessors and cost the same as the 32-bit versions of the OS. Finally we get a Windows tailored to the chips, but early adopters beware. Since this is basically a re-write of the OS, all the drivers need to be re-written as well. This means that even thought the OS comes with over 16,000 drivers there’s a chance there will be at least one driver you need and cannot find. Check the OS out and tell us what you think.
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Okay, this one might be a bit late, but it;e good to see nonetheless for those frightened of upgrading their PC’s. The Windows XP Setup Simulator basically walks you through the setup process you would go through if you were actually installing the OS, but without making any changes to your PC. It allows you to get acquainted with the steps involved before taking the dive. We should just be hearing about this a bit sooner than a year and a half before Longhorn drops. Nonetheless, you can download it here.
Read More | Herald Software News
The URL is unlisted, but this is the Dashboard widget download site. Not everything is complete, as clicking on filenames for descriptions may lead to a blank page. Download links should be mostly functional. Oh, wait, you shouldn’t even have Tiger running on your system yet. Check back in a few days.
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Microsoft is ready to take Windows further into the digital lifestyle and they want you to do the work for them. They have announced a PC Design competition and if you are the creative type, you could walk away with $125,000.
Rethink the Windows-based PC experience today and the role it plays in people’s lives. Envision how the digital lifestyle—from personal productivity at work or home, to entertainment, mobility, lifestyle and form—all play a part in development. Think big, be bold, and inspiring, but pay attention to sustainable technologies, and ecological and environmental innovation.
Check out the trailer for the competition - good stuff.
Read More | StartSomething PC
As you can imagine, Apple isn’t too happy about the fact that their latest OS X update, Tiger, is making the rounds on the Internet via BitTorrent. In fact, Apple has had their lawyers send cease and desist letters to a few known torrent distribution sites linking to the 8A428 Tiger release.
“Apple also demands all information related to the identity of the persons who created such torrent files and/or who uploaded the software referenced by those torrent files, as well as the identities of all individuals who participated in the uploading and downloading of Apple’s software.”
Apple says they will not support these illegally obtained versions of the Tiger software - nor will they support those versions that were accidentally shipped out a week early from resellers. My question is, how will they know which version you are using since they don’t have any sort of activation protection?
Read More | MacRumors
If you are someone always looking to gain as much speed from your PC as possible, you will likely appreciate a few of the tweaks offered by Hacking Windows XP. In chapter 8, which is featured on ExtremeTech, it goes through many different ways of optimizing the settings in Windows XP and your computer BIOS which result in faster boot time. This is probably more for the casual PC user, rather the the elite geeks out there. While reading, I didn’t really come across anything I personally didn’t already know. Still, it’s a good read.
Read More | ExtremeTech
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