Microsoft is once again offering a block utility for one of their service packs. Just like its Windows XP SP2 block they offered last year, this one blocks SP1 for Windows Server 2003 until March 30, 2006. This will give companies plenty of time to prepare and test their systems for company wide deployment of the service pack. While this utility blocks SP1 it does not block the rest of Microsoft’s security updates. The utility is available for download from the Microsoft website.
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With the growing number of people who own an iPod or a similar portable audio device, each user has access to a storage device capable of transferring a wealth of information in an extremely portable fashion. The double-edged sword is that it poses a great threat to big businesses where loss of data is as easy as someone just walking in and taking all they want through the computer’s USB port. A lot of people are urging enterprises to disable USB ports or Window’s Universal Plug and Play. Should we really sacrifice accessibility for security? Has security become so bad that we must some day do away with hard drives all together and move to data storage in one central location?
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Panasonic just went retro on us and announced their very first car deck that includes a tube amplifier! The Panasonic CQ-TX5500D features dual tube amps to give that old fashioned warm sounding sound stage. The CD deck can read CD-R and CD-RW discs and play MP3’s. Now I realize that true audiophiles really like tube amps and think they offer the cleanest warmest sound (and I have to agree) but can anyone figure out why you would care when you are listening to digital audio with it? If you are listening to an MP3 that’s been compressed to begin with why would you care about how natural sounding the amp is? Well if you do care you can pick one up later this year for a little under a grand and be the first guy on your block with this awesome looking deck.
It’s been a while since sub $100 ink jet printers were first available, you know, the ones that cost $65 and suck down $55 worth of ink cartridges every couple of months. Well, thanks to Dell, you can now swap out your ink guzzler for a more cost effective laser printer without having to shell out $300 or more. Their new Dell Laser Printer 1100 does 15 pages per minute at a resolution of 600 dpi, and can print 2,000 pages per $65 toner cartridge.
Of course, this printer won’t be printing color at this price, but for those of you looking for a good home office/small business workhorse for printing text, give the new Dell a look.
Continuing with the top ten so-and-so kick I have been on over the past few days, I actually really liked this one. While it really can pertain to anything, it certainly holds well in the entrepreneurial environment. These are ten things that anyone can do to ensure that they are successful. One thing is certain - you must realize that you yourself are in charge of your future, and no one else can affect it unless you allow them to. Focusing back on the list, I actually think the most powerful one on there is that it is important to remember who you meet. Everytime I get someone’s business card, I take the information and throw it into my Address Book. I sync it to my cell phone from my computer so that I always have the names and contact details of everyone I have met. You never know when the networking you have done will pay off - but you will never find out if you forget who you meet.
Tired of wearing your iPod Shuffle around your neck? If looking like the business end of a surge protector isn’t your thing, check out DLO Direct’s much more fashionable Flip Clip. You can clip it just about anywhere your heart desires, and it also allows for easy access to the control switch located on the back of the small music player. The Flip Clip also keeps your headphone jack on top for easy access, and protects your USB connector as well. It retails for $19.99 and can be bought straight from DLO Direct. Now that’s how you make a third party accessory.
Ever since the iPod was released, companies from all over have come out with various gadgets to further enhance Apple’s top selling portable music player. Nyko has come up with a device to help turn your iPod into a movie player. That’s right, come November you’ll be able to fill up your iPod with as many movies as you can, then watch them on the go with the Nyko Movie Player. The player is expected to retail anywhere between $200-$250 and will feature a 3.6” high resolution screen, 2 headphone ports, a video-out port allowing you to view your movies on any TV, and a video-in port giving you the ability to record directly from your television. As you can see, the iPod plug right into a slot beneath the control panel.
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In a move that isn’t really all that surprising, Logitech has commercialized the wireless, Bluetooth enabled headphone that was once exclusive only to the HP iPaqs. This new, lightweight set, which will retail for about $150, is for use with only the Apple iPod. It features iPod controls on the headphone unit itself, and an internal, rechargeable battery(that is not removable) which is said to fully charge in 2 1/2 hours. Not willing to spend so much money on something you don’t know much about? Check out CNET’s review here.
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This week, The Final Cut takes a look at a zombie-lovers’ dream come true, and a movie based on a 1960’s sitcom classic. Other films out this week include Herbie: Fully Loaded starring Lindsay Lohan; and Rize, a film about “krumping” (a form of dancing, just in case you didn’t know) directed by David LaChapelle. Check out our thoughts after the jump.
World of Warcraft has reached an absolutely mind-boggling number of users: over two million players for what was deemed by many to be a niche genre. But not satisfied to rest on their laurels, Blizzard has a lot of new features in store. More specifically, the next patch promises to include improvements to the much-maligned Honor System, as well as Battlemasters, NPCs that can allow a player to enter the recently added Battlegrounds from a city, instead of travelling to the location of the Battleground.
There was also a progress report of sorts from Shane Dabiri (Ordinn to WOW forum-goers), which discussed a myriad of topics, including the astronomical growth of WOW (a near 10-fold increase in realms offered over six months), and confirmation of the inevitable: an expansion for World of Warcraft is indeed in the works. “Some have asked about an expansion and what it might hold. I wanted to let players know that it is in the works, and we’ll release details as soon as we can.” If you have yet to venture into Azeroth for yourself and spend hours on end slaying the merciless Murlocs, now seems as good a time as any, assuming you have no children, family, or personal life to speak of.
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