(Ed Note:We're currently investigating the RIAA's alleged involvement with the audio problems users are facing on Dell laptops. An official Dell representative has stated that the omission of the Stereo Mix option is most likely an issue with Windows XP, and a driver has been released to fix the problem. We've contacted the RIAA and are awaiting their response. We'll follow up with this story when we have more information.)
Gateway and Pac Bell are the other two manufacturers to have bowed to the RIAA at the expense of their customers’ satisfaction and disabled the stereo mix feature without warning.
The trade group, which comprises leading record labels, has a very controversial past. Although RIAA doesn’t favor home audio recording and file sharing in an effort to prevent piracy, this same, ostensibly prudish organization was all for depriving several musicians of their own musical works by supporting a controversial “work made for hire” clause in 1999 legislation, which unfairly transferred copyrights of musical works to record labels.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and don't mess with her computer either. A recent survey by the Swedish computer magazine PC för Alla (that's PC for Everyone in English) suggests that it's women, not men, who are more prone to being frustrated when surfing the web. Some of the more interesting survey results:
Frustrated by slow load times for web pages Men: 56 Women: 66%
Frustrated if their broadband connection doesn't reach the promised speed Men: 48% Women: 56%
Frustrated by (interacting with) computer support Men: 38% Women: 42%
Looking at the above numbers, does this suggest women are impatient, always want more than what they're getting, and have trouble communicating? Only if you fancy sleeping on the couch!
DreamWorks has decided to drop all of their existing AMD hardware for “future [Intel] chips with multiple processing cores”. According to Tom’s Hardware and Intel spokesman Nick Knupffer, these future chips are referring to the upcoming Nehalem CPU’s and Larabee GPU’s, both of which Intel is hoping to make a splash with in late 2008 to early 2009.
This news comes at the expense of AMD, with whom DreamWorks already had prior contracts. DreamWorks films such as Shrek the Third and Kung Fu Panda were all developed and rendered on multi-core AMD machines and the company was heavily promoting its partnership with AMD as recently as 2007.
“Technology plays a significant role in enabling our artists to tell great stories. By utilizing Intel’s industry-leading computing products, we will create a new and innovative way for moviegoers to experience our films in 3-D” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation.
Exactly what “innovative experience” moviegoers have to look forward to is anyone’s guess but one thing is for sure, this is yet another blow to AMD whose problems only seem to be compiling.
It carries an asking price of $479 and comes with a 3-cell battery pack. Those of you who have your sights planted on the $399 Linux version or the 6-cell version will have to wait till September. MSI is also going to roll out its Wind mini-desktop in Europe and Asia this month, however, the diminutive desktop won’t be released in North America.
Bad news for ZoneAlarm users running Windows XP: the MS08-037 security update for DNS (aka 951748) released Tuesday breaks ZoneAlarm and knocks XP users off the Internet. If you're running recent versions of ZoneAlarm on Windows XP, you should avoid the KB951748 update for now. Grab a list of workarounds (and now, solutions)here.
For what went wrong, and how to fix it if you've already been bitten, catch us after the break.
Internet research and security firm Netcraft has released the findings of its June 2008 Web Server Survey. Netcraft pegged the number of websites at a shade over 172 million, an increase of 3.9 million from the preceding month. Although the main objective of this survey wasn’t to perform a headcount of websites but to size up web server usage trends, it still gives a fair idea of the website population.
Click through to find out how accurate Netcraft's census is and whether you need to make a beeline for that proverbial pinch of salt.
InfoWorld reports that Microsoft will release Windows XP SP3 to Windows Update starting Thursday, July 10. If you don't have SP3 installed and Windows is configured to use the default Automatic (recommended) settings, you'll be upgraded to SP3 on Thursday or shortly afterwards (as usual, Windows Update uses a staggered schedule).
If you absolutely, positively don't want SP3 right now, want to make sure your SP2-loving system is ready to take the plunge, or want to share your SP3 experiences - good, bad, or ugly - you know what to do: we'll see you after the break.
Paring down an extraordinarily long web address into a manageable hyperlink makes it possible to share line-breaking URLs via email, text messages, Twitters, or any other medium without overwhelming the recipient, and therein lies the beauty of TinyURL. Unfortunately, the ugly truth is that while TinyURL makes short work of long URLs, they're also exceedingly difficult to recall for anyone not fluent in Nerglish. Or at least they were.
Of course, standard safe practices still applies. Don't click on hyperlinks from untrusted sources no matter what they're labeled as. And you know that buddy that still finds it amusing to send you a Rick Roll for the umpteenth time? Don't click on his custom TinyURLs either.
Tired of Windows Vista telling you you can't spell? Update KB955020 adds "Friendster," "Nazr," "Obama," "Klum," and "Racicot" to the system's spell-checker (the update also works for Windows Server 2008).
If you run automatic updates or have checked Windows Update manually today, you probably have this update already. But if not, or if you're terminally curious about exactly what gets changed in your system, go to the KB article for more information and links to updated files.
Google launched their take on Second Life called Lively. The idea behind both Lively and Second Life is to bring a better social dimension to online interaction, or chat in 3D basically. Better is the operative term here. Second Life didn’t hold any appeal for me, it got boring in very short order. I’m just not a sit and chat type person and listening to someone laughing repeatedly is so beyond lame that I would rather go deal with the wife’s “Honey do list” than socialize in Second Life. Give me good old IRC every time. Lively is on the same order of things.
Lively does however have different aspects to its similar approach. Where Second Life is an entire world, Lively is compartmentalized with rooms. I am sure that it would be fairly easy for Google to make that jump and sting the rooms together to be seamless, but it really doesn’t need that. I like the feel of Lively better. Avatars are a little more cartoon like than I remember in Second Life. There are a number of preprogrammed emotes set up for the characters, and there are sure to be more things added both by Google and users daily.
Make the jump to see what else Lively has to offer.