If you're planning on purchasing a new PC with XP preinstalled, do it before the end of the month. June 30th marks Microsoft's end-of-availability deadline for XP, but some OEMs plan to still ship PCs with the aging OS by taking advantage of downgrade rights built into Vista's Business and Ultimate flavors. However, buyers of Dell's Vostro line of desktops and notebooks will pay a $20 to $50 premium for the downgrade compared to just sticking it out with Vista. This begs the question, how deep (in your wallet) is your devotion to XP?
Script kiddies, move over. Now there's a toolkit that can turn any executable file into a worm, and it's so easy "even a caveman could do it." Find out what makes this new malware creation kit so scary, where it might have originated - and why.
The Register.co.uk website ('Biting the hand that feeds IT') isn't just an industry gadfly: concealed beneath its British-accented snark is a lot of useful news – including this report about a new malware-creation tool that's point-and-click easy.
Firefox fans were bristling with enthusiasm on Tuesday, June 17, and with good reason -- it was Firefox Download Day. Two days later, Mozilla is already reaping the rewards. According to analysis conducted by StatCounter,
usage of Firefox 3 skyrocketed from 7.8% of total Firefox users to
18.9%. Meanwhile, Internet Explorer felt the pressure of Firefox 3's
newly expanded girth, dropping from 56.3% market share to 55.4%, while
Firefox moved up to a cool, breezy 36%. So let's give it up for
Mozilla. Their creative marketing strategy has certainly earned them
some applause and a pint of Guinness -- a joke which I totally did not
steal from the press release.
Ace corporate raider Carl Icahn - who has been vigorously pressing upon Yahoo’s board for a deal with Microsoft - has launched his blog The Icahn Report. He might use his blog to announce his course of action in the Microsoft-Yahoo takeover saga.
Although his blog doesn't currently feature anything regarding his on-going proxy battle with Yahoo, it does have fervid posts like "Corporate Democracy is a Myth" with Carl Icahn stamped all over them. Only time - and perhaps his blog - will tell whether he still favors a deal with Microsoft or is statisfied with the recent deal between Yahoo and Google.
Gamers have become quite the pampered bunch in recent years, drawing manufacturers' attention with everything from precision sensitive mice to ultra light gaming headphones. Now thanks to LapWorks, video gamers can now add an ergonomic lap-spanning gaming platform to the pantheon of peripherals aimed at increasing your fragging ability from the comfort of your couch. Weighing less than 2 pounds, the Gamers Desk purports to ease back strain by alleviating the need to hunch over your coffee table while you line up that perfect headshot in front of your swank HDTV.
There's never been a better time to get more GPU bang for your gaming buck, but if you're shopping for an Nvidia graphics card, be prepared to be inconvenienced. Why? Because for some inexplicable reason, Nvidia has decided to enforce Manufacturer Advertised Pricing (MAP), which prevents e-tailers from advertising a price below a pre-determined cutoff point. So instead of seeing the actual price you can expect to pay, you must first add the item to your shopping cart before seeing the final cost. E-tailers that choose not to comply will face a series of penalties, but it's you, Joe Consumer, that really pays for this new pricing strategy.
Back in November, the Darpa Urban Challenge video demonstrated the state of the art in autonomous automotive technology (...that's robot cars to you and me).
Today, General Motors and Carnegie Mellon announced the continuation of their programs to press towards making the Johnny-Cab driver from Total Recall a reality.
"Autonomous vehicles will change the face of transportation" says Carnegie Mellon professor Raj Rajkumar, co-director of the new $5 million Collaborative Research Lab (CRL). "Imagine being virtually chauffeured while doing your e-mail, eating breakfast and watching the news." says GM R&D VP Larry Burns.
...Or imagine your car deciding to blow you out the airlock and then drop massive megatonnage on your homeworlds. Buckle your seatbelt anyway...
(image credit: alfredsmind.ca)
Standing accused of two separate federal cases involving drug distribution and securities fraud, ex-Broadcom Corp. head and current billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III entered pleas of ‘not guilty,’ while William J. Ruehle, Broadcom’s former CFO, also pleaded not guilty today in the securities case. Federal narcotics charges allege Nicholas III slipped ecstasy into drinks of business associates, and both men stand accused of securities fraud through stock-option backdating. If convicted on all charges, Nicholas could face a 340+ year prison sentence – yikes! Broadcom makes microchips for cell phones and broadband internet devices.
Couldn't download Firefox yesterday? You still have time to help set the world record. Get clicking!
Thanks to the redefinition of "Day" as "a 24-hour period" - and thanks also to the problems everyone in the world had in logging onto the Spread Firefox website yesterday, Download Day continues, with close to 7,000,000 downloads as of posting time.
Originally, Download Day was scheduled to start at 10:00AM PDT yesterday, and end 24 hours later. However, if you read yesterday's installment of "how to bring a website to its knees", you know that things didn't work out exactly as planned.