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Is Windows 8 worth it?

Windows 8 is great!

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What is windows 8?

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Sunday 24 February 2008
Microsoft Makes Windows XP SP3 RC2 Publicly Available
Christo [PCD] , Sunday 24 February 2008 - 18:00:48 //

Microsoft opens the floodgates for XP SP3 RC2

While Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) has received the bulk of the attention for the past few months, there's another service pack eagerly awaited for Windows users: Windows XP SP3.

Microsoft released SP3 to testers last week, but the general public can now download the service pack via Windows Update. Users have to first download a small registry file from Microsoft which gives them special access to Windows Update to download SP3.

"The script sets a registry key on your system. The registry key is required for Windows Update to recognize your machine as a valid target for Windows XP Service Pack 3 RC2," states Microsoft. "It is recommended that you apply the resulting update package to an activated, genuine copy of Windows XP, in a test environment."

Users are also asked to remove any previous beta or release candidate versions of SP3 before proceeding with the latest update.

Some of the new functionality included with SP3 include Black hole router detection, Network Access Protection, Credentials security service provider and the Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module.

Microsoft says that the RTM version of Service Pack 3 will be available during the first half of 2008. If all goes well with RC2 testing, we should see the final code shortly.
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Tuesday 20 November 2007
Microsoft Releases Vista SP1 RC Preview to Testers
Christo [PCD] , Tuesday 20 November 2007 - 18:52:12 //

Microsoft rolls along with SP1 updates

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While Apple is using its latest round of TV commercials to further push the butcher knife into Windows Vista -- specifically, Microsoft's decision to extend the sales of Windows XP and allow users to downgrade Vista to Windows XP -- the boys in Redmond are hard at work on the first service pack for the operating system.

Microsoft released the Service Pack 1 (SP1) beta to a select group of testers in late September. The update cured many of the ailments that afflicted Windows Vista since its retail release on January 30.

"Improvements were also noticeable in resuming from Hibernation or Sleep on both my desktop PC and laptop running SP1," remarked Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc in September. "I discovered copying files from one directory to another is a bit faster. And on my laptop - battery life seems to be improved since running SP1. I have also noticed that transferring files to my shares on my Windows Home Server are a bit faster than they were previously without SP1. Overall performance in accessing my mapped network shares is improved as well."

Yesterday, Microsoft released a new Release Candidate (RC) build (6001-17042-071107-1618) of SP1 to testers. The latest build weighs in at 434.84MB for the x86 version and 734.3MB for the x64 version.

Testers who already have the previous SP1 beta installed, however, will run into somewhat of a roadblock when it comes to the new RC build.

"Windows Vista SP1 does not support build-to-build upgrades," states Microsoft. "Therefore, if you have installed a previously release build on your machine, you have to uninstall this old build before installing the next build of Windows Vista SP1."

Windows Vista SP1 RC is currently available for download from the Microsoft Connect website for current SP1 testers.

Apple pokes fun at Microsoft's Vista woes in its latest advertisements... again
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Study: No Real Link Between Violent Video Games and Aggressive Behavior
Christo [PCD] , Tuesday 20 November 2007 - 18:51:54 //

Meta-analytic study finds no link between violent video games and aggressive behavior and links violent games to beneficial effects

The video game industry takes more than its share of bumps and bruises for violent content. Much debate in Washington has happened over violent video games and exactly what sort of effect these violent games have on gamers who play them.

As more and more states consider video game regulations to prevent the sale of violent games to minors, we see more and more studies reporting to link video games to violent behavior. Other studies claim to show that violent video games only affect gamers who are prone to those behaviors to begin with. Another study claims that violent video games leave gamers paranoid. Who is to be believed?

ArsTechnica reports that Christopher John Ferguson from the Department of Behavioral, Applied Sciences and Criminal Justice at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas has devised a meta-analytic review of the studies published since 1995 relating video games to good and bad effects in those who play them.

Ferguson says that one of the most cited studies of violent video games conducted by Anderson and Dill, which claimed to show a causal link between violent video games and aggression was flawed. Ferguson says that the Anderson and Dill study when inspected closely actually supports the exact opposite of the publicized findings that video games don’t correlate to aggressive behaviors in players.

Four measures of aggression were used the Anderson and Dill study, provided by a “noise blast? program that wasn’t standardized. According to Ferguson, the fact that the study authors only found correspondence to one of the measures and the confidence measures around the effect size for the findings actually crosses zero and can’t be considered proof of a positive finding.

A similar study by Ferguson et al. using a standardized version of the “noise blast? program found no relationship between violent games and aggression. What was found from these study reviews was that once predication of family violence was eliminated by players of violent video games, there is no correlation between the two.

In other words, gamers who play violent video games are more likely to be aggressive due to family violence than by playing video games. Some studies looked at by Ferguson suggest that the relationship of violent video games and reduced aggression needs to be researched in the future.

Ferguson says that some of the studies he looked at in the meta-review suggest a beneficial relationship between specifically playing violent video games and improved visuospatial cognition.

That would mean that violent video games actually help gamers rather than sending them into aggressive tendencies. When Ferguson gets down to the results of his meta-analytic study he finds that there is only a two percent overlap in variance between violent video games and aggressive behavior and that once corrected for publication bias, that relationship drops to a number of r += 0.04 with a confidence interval crossing zero.

This does not support a relationship between violent video games and aggressive behavior according to Ferguson.
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Tuesday 06 November 2007
Google's OpenSocial Platform Releases
Christo [PCD] , Tuesday 06 November 2007 - 14:39:44 //

Slashdot says:

"Google just announced that starting tonight(Friday 3rd November), developers can start writing applications using the social API for Orkut, MySpace,, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, Ning, Oracle, Plaxo,, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING at

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Friday 19 October 2007
PC Doctors DVD
Christo [PCD] , Friday 19 October 2007 - 23:45:01 //

We here at PC Doctors have compiled our knowledge and advice into a customized Diagnostics, Overclocking and Benchmarking DVD that we sell for the reasonable price of R80 (±$12 USD). The DVD includes the following:

This DVD is a full featured benchmark and troubleshooting solution which enables you to troubleshoot and test the pc's performance and to run diagnostics when the pc is not bootable. You will be able to test hard drives, ram, display adapters, cpu, etc...

8 E books with tweaking information for todays overclocking enthusiasts.
83 Benchmark, testing and burn-in utilities, including 3dmark 2006.
11 Gaming tweak guides.
1 Full game kkrieger.
All the essentials you might need ie. Winzip, Acrobat, Quicktime, Media Player, DIVX etc..
Ultimate bootdisk for testing and diagnostics in iso format.
Autopatcher for Windows XP it includes all updates until December 2005.
Via, Intel and nForce4 chipset drivers with support for 64 bit windows.
Latest vga drivers, beta and third party for nVidia and Ati cards.
15 Minute invitation demo's with sound just 64kb in size check this out it is unbelievable. !!

You get all this for R80

The DVD demo can be viewed here! PLEASE NOTE: No files are downloadable from this server. Order now to get this DVD!

We will ship anywhere in SA with speed post R42-00.
For the guys in Pta and Centurion area we accept local pick up.
To order the DVD, send a Private Message to Christo (Cell 082 418 2646) or Bulvey (Cell 082 417 0796).

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