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.
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Paul from WinSupersite.com got his hands on the final version of Mac OS X Tiger and put it through the paces. He has posted his review, which goes surprisingly in depth, and seems to walk away a bit underwhelmed. Not that there is a major problem with Tiger, but rather he notes that the 200 additions really don’t amount to much. Rather, Spotlight and Dashboard are really the only significant upgrades to an already solid OS platform.
Contrary to Apple’s hyperbolic claims of “200 new features,” Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger includes, in my opinion, only two major new features, Spotlight and Dashboard, and both were clearly influenced by other existing products and services. In this section, we’ll examine both of these major new features.
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Amazon has a couple of good deals where Mac OS X Tiger is concerned. You can pre-order Apple OS X Tiger for $94.99 after a $35 savings. If you have multiple Macs in the house, the OS X Tiger Family Pack covers five computers, and comes out to $150 after a $50 savings. You will need to fill out this form to get your money back. We know, rebates suck - but you just can’t beat this pricing, unless you qualify for the Mac OS X Up-to-Date program.
If the few games that come preloaded onto the Apple iPod have worn thin in your eyes, iPod Arcade provides free game downloads for use exclusively on the Apple iPod. The downer here is that the coolest games like Pong, Othello, and Tetris are only available for third generation units. If you have a fourth generation iPod, you aren’t left out in the cold, but you are relegated to text games and stories. Still cool nonetheless. Hey Apple, how about some official iPod game updates?
It appears that students at universities that use the Internet2 ultra-high speed infrastructure have become targets of both the RIAA and MPAA. The RIAA has even gone so far as to say that they have 405 lawsuits against individuals at 18 different college campuses which they plan to file tomorrow. Those in question have been using a file-sharing application called i2hub, which allows for songs to be downloaded within 20 seconds and movies to be downloaded within five minutes. The MPAA hasn’t started to file any lawsuits yet, but they have made it known that they are watching.
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All of you salivating Mac fanatics can now stop the constant refreshing of Apple’s homepage. Today it was announced by the company that the next version of their Mac operating system, OS X Tiger, will be launching in just 17 days. April 29, 2005, will be a big day in the computer world. With Apple making more and more mainstream headway, this one could be a blow to Microsoft who is still working on getting their next OS out of the door on time. As for me, I am just upset that because I got my PowerBook four days ago, I am now ineligible for the $9.95 Tiger upgrade. That, my friends, sucks.
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Round Two is one of several companies involved in the Mozilla Development Business Ecosystem Group. On Monday, they announced that in about one month they will be releasing at least 4 newly upgraded Firefox extensions:
- FlashGot is the most popular Firefox add-on. FlashGot allows Firefox to function with popular third party download managers.
- Bandwidth Tester allows users to test the speed of their Internet connection.
- SwitchProxy allows users to configure Firefox to function in environments with multiple web proxy servers and lets users surf the Net anonymously.
- ExtensionsMirror.nl is a community web site that offers the largest selection of extensions for Firefox and Mozilla’s Thunderbird.
These new exiting features and more are in development - even an integrated anti-virus is planned.
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In news that just boggles my mind, it appears that Microsoft may delay the next version of the Windows operating system, Longhorn, to 2007. Friends, that is two years away. Now, Windows XP was released in 2001, so you do the math. Now, Microsoft Windows users aren’t the only ones suffering in this situation. If Longhorn is pushed back by a few quarters, Microsoft partners are going to be left out in the cold yet again. Sales projections, which they have been counting on, will once again be thrown off. My goodness Bill, can’t you fix this? I guess we can expect even more features to be stripped from Longhorn. Yet another reason to make the switch I guess.
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We may be close to the day where cars won’t require steering wheels, at least according to Milan-based Parodia Electronica. They have developed a satellite navigation system on test vehicles which responds to data generated from dGPS (differential GPS). Simply put, the software can determine the position of the test vehicles to within +/- 50 centimeters. It uses servo commands from the navigation system to actuate an electro-hydraulic steering mechanism. They have successfully navigated on public roads in Southern Italy between a set of fixed points without any steering input from the driver, as they only control the brake and accelerator. Parodia’s technical director said, “The steering wheels are for show only.” Sounds like in years to come, we may be able to snooze all the way to work.
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We told you about Gmail Drive before, but now that just about everyone has a Gmail account, we thought a reminder was in order. If you don’t need 2 GB of storage for email, why not take advantage of all that extra space Google provides? With Gmail Drive, you can move files to and from your Gmail web space through Windows Explorer. This is completely experimental and Google has blocked older versions of the Gmail Drive shell extension, so don’t expect this to last long. This version should still work with the new 2 GB update, as we have tried and succeeded.
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