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Is Windows 8 worth it?

Windows 8 is great!

Back to Windows 7!

What is windows 8?

Posted by Christo [PCD]
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Monday 06 February 2006
New Kosmix Search Engine to Challenge Google
Christo [PCD] , Monday 06 February 2006 - 08:23:00 //

Two students that studied with Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford could end up being Google's biggest challenger

Larry Page, Sergey Brin and their famous search engine have become household names throughout the world, and rightly so. Considered to be the world's most powerful search, some of the things its able to dig up have started becoming quite controversial. However, no matter how good Google is, staying at the very top is the hardest thing to do.

During their college years, Page and Brin were students are Stanford University -- just two regular students developing a project. Of course, that project has become one of the most important resources on the net. But during that time, Page and Brin were not alone. While public media were focused squarely on Google and its success as well as power, two other Stanford students were right alongside Page and Brin, developing their own engine., the new search engine that promises to revolutionize results, is the brainchild of Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan. But instead of being another seach engine, Rajaraman and Harinaryan promise Kosmix to be different. Google indexes massive amounts of web pages on the net, and it determines a page's relevance to queries by measuring how often it is linked from referring websites. A website that has many incoming referrals will be deemed highly relevant, even if another page containing more real relevant information is out there but doesn't have anyone linking to it. Kosmix promises to deliver better results by analyzing the content of a website, and not only its URL referrer popularity. Results are categorized similiar to Yahoo, but the categories are answers to questions rather than general tags. Right now, Kosmix has launched as a health-related search engine, but Rajaraman and Harinaryan claim new categories will launch every few months.

Right now, entering a search is just as easy as it is on Google, but Kosmix promises a higher level of accuracy for users. Usually, users tend to enter more than one keyword anyway if they wish to achieve relatively accurate results. On Kosmix's unassuming search home page, the engine claims an index of over 2.7 billion pages and growing. Oddly enough, Kosmix currently uses Google's AdWords program on its site. Rajaram and Harinarayan will officially launch Kosmix next week.
[Submitted by Kcarrim]

Sunday 05 February 2006
Analysts are certain Dell will ship AMD this year -- Seriously
Christo [PCD] , Sunday 05 February 2006 - 19:35:20 //

According to a Piper Jaffray analyst, Dell will begin shipping AMD systems in the second half of '06

It seems as though every few months we receive word of another rumor concerning Dell's wishes to sell computers with AMD processors inside. Well, this is the beginning of 2006, so isn't it appropriate that we start the year with fresh AMD-Dell talk?

Les Santiago, an analyst from Piper Jaffray, claims that Dell will ship AMD based systems in the second half of 2006 with as much as 10% of Dell's server shipments featuring Opteron processors. Mr. Santiago goes on to state that "Dell's sales force is demanding Opteron-based server offerings to be able to better compete in the market."

We've all heard this talk before. Dell talks about the possibility of using AMD processors in the future, and for whatever reason the deal is never made. Many enthusiasts seem to think that Intel and Dell may have possible marketing or other contracts that restrict Dell to using only Intel processors, but in reality it's more an issue of supply. Given Dell's business model, the question is does AMD have the capacity to ship Dell as many processors as it can consume without interruption? Can AMD provide Dell with funds for development of new systems? These are the questions that must be answered before any kind of deal can be made between these two companies.

Will we see Dell shipping systems with AMD processors in them this year? My best bet would be no, but I've seen stranger things happen. I mean, who would ever think that Apple would be using Intel processors...
[Submitted by Kcarrim]

Google and NVIDIA Help Make Next Gen Volkswagen Car
Christo [PCD] , Sunday 05 February 2006 - 13:47:58 //

Volkswagen's future cars could come equiped with Google Earth running on NVIDIA 3D accelerated hardware

Google is making quite a splash in the industry in the last year and it doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. According to Reuters, Google and Volkswagen are jointly developing a 3D navigation system for future VW vehicles. The new system will be based on Google Earth and will offer drivers a 3D view of the surrounding roads. Unfortunately, the system doesn't offer real-time tracking of surrounding traffic.

The system, which was on demo at CES this year, is having its hardware developed by VW and NVIDIA. There is no detail on what kind of hardware NVIDIA is using for the system but it will offer true 3D acceleration.

Two years ago, Google purchased a company named Keyhole, which had developed the original 3D satellite imagery engine that Google Earth is based on. Unfortunately, once Google made the service available to the public, government bodies all over the world raised concerns on the system, citing that Google Earth posed a risk to national security. Vocal groups in the US were also concerned that the level of detail offered by Google Earth would allow terrorists to plan attack routes better than ever. Previous to this, Microsoft's highly acclaimed Flight Simulator series were also called out for posing a similar risk.
Although today Google's satellite service does not have detailed images of all areas of the Earth, it's only a matter of time until this is completed. Most major cities and surrounding areas, especially those in the US and Canada, are fully mapped with up to date road names. The system is also being developed to show map areas in true-to-life 3D. Currently, Google Maps features a 2D viewable image of popular global areas.

No further details were given about the system but Volkswagen says that at this moment, there aren't any solid plans on which vehicle this system will be used in, if at all.
[Submitted by Kcarrim]

Saturday 04 February 2006
Unofficial Windows XP Service Pack 3
Christo [PCD] , Saturday 04 February 2006 - 10:23:48 //

It's a 100+ hotfix pack of many of the Windows XP SP3 fixes up for download.

These are fixes that you would have to call Microsoft and get through their support center.

Although all of these hotfixes are directly from Microsoft, some have not been tested and may cause system instability. Use at your own risk! Visit our forums to find out which hotfixes have been causing problems. We do NOT recommend using a bulk installer to install all of these at once. It may cause system instability. Although it may be time consuming, a one-by-one restart approach is best.

What's New in This Release:

ยท change name from SP3 Preview to WindowsXP Unofficial Pack

Download Here

[Submitted by Kcarrim]

Man Sues Apple Over iPod Hearing Loss
Christo [PCD] , Saturday 04 February 2006 - 08:35:50 //

A man is taking Apple to court over potential hearing loss because of the Apple iPod

Apple Computer Inc. is being sued by a Louisiana man who claims the Apple iPod can cause hearing loss in people who use the popular MP3 player. The person who filed the suit, John Kiel Patterson, wants the case to be a class-action lawsuit that will force Apple to make upgrades to future models of the MP3 player.

According to part of the complaint, the iPods are "inherently defective in design and are not sufficiently adorned with adequate warnings regarding the likelihood of hearing loss." Each iPod already ships with a warning label declaring that high volume can result in a loss of hearing, but to many that just isn't good enough. In France, for example, all new iPods have limiting software inside the unit to govern the volume below 100 decibels -- the current models in the US can reach upwards of 125 decibels.
[Submitted by Kcarrim]

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