Optimize BIOS Settings Explained

TomsHardware.com CPU Level 1 Cache: Enabled. CPU Level 2 Cache: Enabled. Quick Power On Self Test: Enabled. This will skip the repetitive memory count that occurs when you turn on your PC; chances are that if you really do have bad memory, this basic test won’t catch it anyway. First, Second, or Third Boot Device: Set your boot order, and disable any boot device here that you do not want to boot from. Boot Other…

What is Light Scribe CD / DVD Burners

TomsHardware.com … It’s not strictly accurate to call the surface “printable,” because the technology works by etching – the laser actually burns the surface. That’s why it’s limited to monochrome results. The results are effective, but for simple tasks like backups, it’s hard to justify the time it takes apply the label. There are three different quality settings corresponding to three contrast levels; from the lowest to the highest, the time ranges from 18 to…

RadioShack to sell AMD’s US$299 Internet terminal

betanews.com RadioShack said on Friday it plans to sell AMD’s low-cost Internet terminal in its stores next week. The $299 USD device, dubbed the Personal Internet Communicator, was launched last year in an effort to bring Web access to low-income families in developing countries. The unit is part of an initiative by AMD to put computers in the hands of half the world’s population by the middle of the next decade. Running on Microsoft Windows…

Microsoft Acrylic & Expression Studio

betanews.com Microsoft is ramping up efforts to take on rival Adobe by relesing on Monday a second beta of Acrylic, a program intended to ease the process of creating graphics for Web pages. Microsoft initially released a preview of Acrylic in June, and since that time the application has been downloaded close to 200,000 times. Microsoft has described Acrylic as the “codename for an innovative illustration, painting and graphics tool that provides exciting creative capabilities…

Amazing Virtual Earth To Compete with Google Earth

computerworld.com …MSN Virtual Earth , first announced in May, is similar to Google Maps in that it provides both street-map and satellite views of locations and provides driving directions between locations… …In a later release of the product due out before the end of September, Microsoft will add a “bird’s eye” view of locations that lets users view aerial images not only from directly above but also from an angle. That allows them to not…

Microsoft Releases MidMarket Promotion

computerworld.com …Companies with 25 to 250 PCs will be targeted with the new discounted offer for a single SKU that combines three copies of the standard edition of Windows Server 2003, one instance of Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition and the workgroup edition of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. The promotion, due to start next month and announced at its Worldwide Partner Conference here, knocks about 20% off Microsoft’s Open volume license program prices. The…

MICROSOFT RELEASES VISTA 2006 BETA 1 (FORMERLY "LONGHORN")

Here are the key features: For complete details and screen shots go to our Windows Vista page: http://www.commodore.ca/windows/vista/windows_vista.htm GUI: New interface called Aero which appears to be me to be little more than a simple new skin. DEPLOYMENT: Windows Imaging Format (WIM) which stores images (like Ghost and RIS, including the Windows CD image) as files rather than copies of sectors. This results in different images sharing files thereby dramatically reducing image sizes. For example,…

AMD Delivers Dual-Core CPU: Athlon 64 X2

betanews.com As expected, AMD has announced the immediate availability of its dual-core processors for desktop PCs. The Athlon 64 X2 was unveiled at the Computex conference in Taiwan and pits AMD against rival Intel’s Pentium D, which launched late last week. Swapping their usual positions, however, Intel is taking the value-oriented approach with its dual-core offerings. The Athlon 64 X2 includes two CPU cores on a single processor, which enables the chip to better handle…

Funny Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Stuff

Note that many of these will take several minutes to download and that none of them are hosted on OUR servers. Killer funny Darth Pitching a New Film QuickTime Conan O’Brien: Return of the Nerds MediaPlayer M&Ms Join the Dark Side QuickTime Beware Darth Tater just an ad for a real product StarWarz Ganster Rap flash PointlessWasteOfTime.coms Flash Remake flash NOTE: Offensive Language The Lonesome Menace QuickTime 25 Star Wars Lines that are Better With…

Microsoft Giving Away 9,072 Xbox 360s

betanews.com Microsoft and Pepsi have announced a way that Xbox fans can get their hands on an Xbox 360 earlier than its planned holiday release date. Starting August 28, Pepsi will give out an Xbox 360 every 10 minutes – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for nine weeks. With the contest is ending October 30, the console is likely set for a public launch in early November. For those wondering, 9,072 Xboxes…

CommVEx 2005: Commodore Vegas Expo

To see what is old and new with (primarily) 8 bit Commodore machines, go to http://www.commodore.ca/forum. It contains information and provides you with a place to ask questions about the Commodore Vegas Expo schduled for late July 2005.

Top Spammer Gets 9 Years in Prison

By Nate Mook, BetaNews A Virginia judge has sentenced spammer Jeremy Jaynes to nine years in prison for sending over 10 million e-mails a day with the aid of 16 broadband lines. Because the case marks the first felony prosecution for spam, however, Judge Thomas Horne postponed the sentence while the ruling is appealed. Jeremy Jaynes, who was considered one of the top ten spammers in the world by Spamhaus, was found guilty last November…