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News Date: Sunday 7th March 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
South Park Review - K7 At 600MHz - DVD-RAM
  • Themes, Downloads, and IE5
    Time: 23:14 GMT Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Dennis

    We have updated the Download links on the right, and we have also updated our theme page, because of an obscene theme, so if you reported the Drew Barrymore theme, we have removed it, and we are very sorry for any problems this has caused. We can not view every theme personally.

    Also, on March 10, we will be doubling bandwidth so we may go down for a bit, but we'll be back up as fast as ever!

    We have posted a little countdown to the IE5 release, we would like to remind you about our IE5 chat that will be on March 17, and we will chat until the release, probably the night of March 17, and we will also post an extensive IE5 review on March 18. You can click the Countdown link to reserve your copy of IE5. I did this for the IE4 release, and I found it to be a good asset. The only setback is that you do not receive your cd for about 3 weeks after the release, but its better than trying to download it before millions of people.


  • Microsoft Outlines Win64 Features
    Time: 19:36 GMT Source: The Register Posted By: Byron

    As reported here last week, Microsoft is to send out 100,000 copies of W2K Beta Three on 21 April. But even before it has started shipping that beta, the Great Satan of Software has started talking about Win64. At the Intel Developer Forum, Oscar Newkerk, who runs the developer relations group at Microsoft, outlined the company's plans for Win64. He told delegates that Win64 is not NT 5 style VLM, and has uniform address space, with all pointers 64 bits, and all APIs that accept pointers will accept 64-bit pointers.

  • Microsoft Admits Privacy Problem, Plans Fix
    Time: 19:31 GMT Source: Posted By: Byron

    Microsoft has acknowledged that a feature of its Windows 98 operating system can be used to trace the identity of authors of electronic documents, according to a report. The company acknowledged that Windows 98, and other Microsoft applications such as Word and Excel, generate unique identification numbers that are linked to registered users' names, according to a report in the The New York Times.

  • Micro Flex DVD-RAM Kit
    Time: 17:18 GMT Source: PlanetHardware Posted By: Byron

    PlanetHardware has reviewed the Pinnalce Micro Flex DVD-RAM kit. DVD-RAM is far faster than CD-RWs and holds 2.6 GB on each side. Here is a snippet from the review

    The technology behind DVD-RAM is pretty incredible, and has already proven itself to be faster and more stable than other rewritable-optical technologies on the market. The drive uses a super hot laser (we're talking 600 degrees celcius here) to heat pits in the DVD disk, and change their magnetic properties, allowing you to write, re-write, and erase data as easy as you would a floppy disk, but only a lot faster.

  • Windows 98 FAQ Updated
    Time: 14:24 GMT Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Byron

    We have updated the Windows 98 FAQ, adding more info and fixing the bad parts. We will start to update more of the FAQ's we have later this week.

  • AMD To Demo K7 At CeBIT At 600MHz
    Time: 13:43 GMT Source: The Register Posted By: Byron

    Various hardware sites are reporting that AMD will demonstrate a K7 chip running at 600MHz at the CeBIT trade fair in Hannover in two weeks time. According to AMD Zone, engineers at AMD have also succeeded in manufacturing K7 samples which clock at 650MHz.

    The reports suggest that AMD will show the K7 clocking 600MHz but do not need Kryotech technology to achieve these speeds. When Intel demonstrated a chip overclocked to 1GHz at the Intel Developer Forum two weeks ago, we are reliably assured it needed super-cooling to reach such speeds.

    And in other AMD news, Japanese hardware sites are now reporting that K6-IIIs are becoming available in quantity in the retail market. One has overclocked the K6-III/450 to 500MHz


  • South Park - Review
    Time: 13:30 GMT Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Byron

    I have posted my review of the new South Park 3D shoot-em-up game released this past week by Acclaim. Here is a snippet from the review:

    Now the AI. The AI in South Park is very poor indeed, sometimes (Much later in the game) the AI can be very difficult indeed which is no bad thing at all, but for the majority of the game (From the first level really) Acclaim have decided to just throw large numbers of enemies such as Turkeys, Cows at you. At first when you see loads of turkeys coming over the horizon you laugh because It reminds of you of past South Park episodes, but when it happens over and over through the game you just think, gees can't they think of anything better now? Intelligent it isn't, repetitive it is.

News Date: Saturday 6th March 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Poll - Netscape - Color Palmtop - Pentagon - MS Confidential - Communicator 4.51 Released
  • New Poll Tonight
    Time: 16:03 GMT Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Dennis

    We will have a new poll tonight at 7 PM EST (0:00 GMT) so if you are an Intel lover and haven't voted yet, please vote now. AMD is still in the lead. I personally prefer AMD, but Byron prefers Intel, so we are split here, lets see if the Intel users can fight for respect of the Intel name. You still have 8 hours to vote! Our next poll will deal with upgrading Video cards.


  • Netscape Communicator 4.51
    Time: 16:00 GMT Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Dennis

    We have had a chance to download Netscape Communicator 4.51, we still recommend Internet Explorer, but for your NS hardcore fans, nothing is really changed, looks like probably just bug fixes. Might as well download it if your in a big winter storm, like most of the east United States is (including where I am at, Cleveland, Ohio) and have nothing to do. Check our NS Communicator 4.51 news below to download.


  • HP Releases 1st Color Palmtop
    Time: 12:25 GMT Source: MSNBC Posted By: Dennis

    THE JORNADA 420 IS the first color palm-size PC to hit the market. Others will surely follow. It runs the latest version (3.0) of the Windows CE operating system. There is 8MB of RAM (for operating and storage) and 8MB of ROM (for the built-in applications). The processor is a Hitachi SH7709A, operating at 100MHz. It’s pretty speedy.


  • Military vs. Hackers, Who's Winning?
    Time: 12:18 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Dennis

    The Pentagon has been warning about a future computer war. Well, the future is now, and the war is on. For two days in January, hackers repeatedly tapped into military computers at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio -- the center for the most sensitive Air Force intelligence, the kind of information critical to American troops now on patrol over Iraq and in Bosnia.


  • Is Microsoft Losing Its Leverage
    Time: 11:18 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron

    Microsoft Corp has most certainly lost momentum as a result of the antitrust trial in Washington. Is it losing its leverage in the industry as well? Microsoft's many constituencies -- hardware makers, software developers, corporate customers and service providers -- have wide-ranging opinions on whether the historic federal/state lawsuit, now entering the second week of a six-week recess, has affected their relationships with the software giant.

  • MS Eyes Supply Chain Management
    Time: 11:16 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron

    Last week, IBM made it clear that it wants to run customers' supply chains. On Thursday, Microsoft Corp made it clear that Big Blue isn't the only one. At the Microsoft Commerce Solutions Day here, executives outlined a far-reaching plan to provide the integration points, the software and even the market for electronic commerce.

  • Microsoft Confidential Updated
    Time: 11:09 GMT Source: Microsoft Posted By: Byron

    Microsoft Confidential has been updated, this time with more information on Publisher 2000. Check it out.


  • Netscape Communicator 4.51 Released
    Time: 11:05 GMT Source: E-mail  Posted By: Byron

    Netscape have posted Communicator 4.51 onto their FTP site, so if you feel like downloading another browser before Internet Explorer 5 rules the world on March 18th, go right ahead.

News Date: Friday 5th March 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Linux Threat?
  • Windows 2000 Compulsory Registration Warning
    Time: 19:15 GMT Source: NewsBytes Posted By: Byron

    Intel's inclusion of a traceable number associated with each of its new Pentium III processors, designed to aid in authenticating Internet users online but viewed by many as a privacy infringement flaw, has raised awareness of the issue of computer privacy. Certain to add wood to the fire is a report from Junkbusters Corp. President Jason Catlett that says Microsoft Corp.'s upcoming Windows 2000 may require periodic payment to the company for its use, which would lead to inevitable identification of the user.


  • MS Exec: What Linux Threat?
    Time: 15:09 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron

    Think of it as a burst of cold Redmond rain on the Linux parade. In a far-reaching interview this week with PC Week Online, Microsoft Corp group product manager Ed Muth sounded off on the open-source operating system, outlining what he considers are fundamental flaws with the Linux business model and the OS itself.

    "I see it as more of a threat to Unix. Linux is a challenge, a competitor," Muth said. "The more I study Linux, the weaker I think the value proposition is to consumers."

News Date: Thursday 4th March 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Cable Modems - Y2K - AT&T - IBM & Dell - Microsoft - PlayStation 2 - NT- Dynamic HTML
  • Windows Tweak Guide
    Time: 22:54 GMT Source: PC Velocity Posted By: Byron

    PC Velocity has posted a tweak guide for Windows 95 and 98. It covers topics such as custom batch files for Windows 95 users, faster bootup times, and vcache settings.

  • AW Daily News Update & Site News
    Time: 21:30 GMT Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Dennis

    We have been receiving email regarding the AW Daily News Update, and we would just like to say that we are currently looking into other ways to send it out, in fact, I'm considering BCC maybe as early as tonight. So do not fear, I will try listbot one more time sometime to check speed again, and see if its worth keeping. Our server has a mailing list but we are unsure how to work it. Even the owner of the server isn't sure!

    I'm sure you have noticed that the site has been slow, well I have some good news! On March 10, our server will be doubling bandwidth! So I guess we just have to count down to when the site will be fast again!

    Just a remind of where you should email things to: - AW Daily News Update, Frontpage News, Downloads, Themes, Tips - Everything, except Server problems, AW Daily News Update, Downloads, and Themes


  • Cable Modem Standard to Come
    Time: 20:51 GMT Source: News.Com Posted By: Dennis

    Cable industry trade groups are set to announce test results that are akin to a stamp of approval for cable modem makers, representing a significant step toward wider deployment of high-speed Internet services.


  • Y2K Not good for Piraters
    Time: 20:43 GMT Source: News.Com Posted By: Dennis

    A software pirate's worst enemy might not be the long arm of the law, but the Year 2000 computer glitch.

    Analysts believe organizations in countries using pirated, unsupported software--located mainly in Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe--will be in big trouble at the turn of the millennium.


  • AT&T doesn't want to buy AOL
    Time: 20:43 GMT Source: News.Com Posted By: Dennis

    AT&T chief C. Michael Armstrong today said his company had no interest in acquiring Internet service provider America Online, quashing recent reports of a pending union.


  • IBM and Dell Team Up
    Time: 20:43 GMT Source: News.Com Posted By: Dennis

    IBM and Dell have announced a $16 billion agreement which calls for massive purchases of IBM products by Dell.

    Dell will purchase "storage, microelectronics, networking, and display technology from IBM for integration into Dell computer systems," according to the announcement.


  • Microsoft unveils new E-commerce Strategy
    Time: 20:31 GMT Source: News.Com Posted By: Dennis

    Microsoft said today it is revamping its Web commerce software line and adding new services for consumers and small businesses to its MSN portal in a bid to strengthen its position as an e-commerce technology provider.


  • PlayStation 2 Development To Be Driven By Linux
    Time: 18:42 GMT Source: The Register Posted By: Byron

    Sony has selected Linux as the development environment for PlayStation 2 titles, according to a report in Japanese games-oriented Web site Gamespot.

    The report is in Japanese, which The Register has a bit of a blind spot, but the story essentially suggests Sony is to offer its development tools for Linux.

    It's not clear whether the next-generation games console will use Linux as its on-board OS -- Tuesday's launch focused more on the hardware specs. and the PlayStation 2's graphics engine -- but it would certainly be a good choice given the kernel's portability and the fact that the PlayStation 2's nearest rival, Sega's Dreamcast, is based on Windows CE.

  • DirectX Section Updated
    Time: 16:08 GMT Source: ActiveWindows  Posted By: Byron

    We have completed a slight update to the DirectX section of the website, we have added a few new articles, (Which you can search for) and updated some bad links and information. We will be adding more articles based on DirectX in the coming weeks.

  • Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Reaches 28 Million Desktops Worldwide
    Time: 12:23 GMT Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that the number of worldwide licenses of the Microsoft® Windows NT® Workstation operating system version 4.0 has reached an all-time high of 28 million, and that Ontario Hydro and Unisys Corp. are among the companies that have recently migrated to Windows NT Workstation 4.0 as their primary desktop operating system. Each of these companies has unique business needs and cited a variety of factors behind its decision to migrate to Windows NT Workstation 4.0.

    "The number of customers migrating to Windows NT Workstation 4.0 is simply staggering," said Robert Bennett, group product manager of Windows® marketing at Microsoft. "With an installed base of 28 million, it's clear that there's tremendous momentum behind Windows NT Workstation 4.0 - and it's only growing."

  • Developers Line Up to Use Microsoft Dynamic HTML Behaviors For Easier-to-Build, More Powerful Web Pages
    Time: 12:21 GMT Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the top 15 winners in its Dynamic HTML Behaviors contest. The long list of contest entries demonstrates the growing momentum for this standards-based technology, which makes it faster and easier to build more powerful and functional Web pages.

    The Dynamic HTML Behaviors contest, judged by Project Cool Inc.'s Glenn Davis, invited Web site developers to submit sites created using Dynamic HTML behaviors that demonstrate the technology's uniqueness, maximum usability, robustness and documentation capabilities. The contest was open to all developers participating in the Microsoft Site Builder Web site program between November 1998 and January 1999. For more information on the contest and its winners, please see

  • Thousands of Independent Software Vendors Choose Microsoft Internet Explorer
    Time: 12:18 GMT Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that more than 2,000 independent software vendors (ISVs) have chosen Microsoft® Internet Explorer browser software to provide premier Internet functionality to their customers. The componentized architecture of Internet Explorer enables ISVs including America Online Inc and Qualcomm Corp. to seamlessly incorporate Web functionality into their software without the need to build it from the ground up. With the forthcoming Internet Explorer 5, Microsoft embarks on the third generation of Internet Explorer componentized architecture to further improve this powerful functionality for ISVs and customers worldwide.


  • Will PlayStation 2 Rule The Living Room?
    Time: 12:14 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron

    Sony's next PlayStation could have all the makings of a killer home-entertainment device-if the company takes the cuffs off.

    With a 128-bit processor that runs games three times faster than the Pentium III, a graphics chip two times faster than some high-end graphics powerhouses from Silicon Graphics (NYSE:SGI), DVD capabilities, and most likely, online connectability, the so-called PlayStation 2 could be a dream home-entertainment device when it comes to market late next year.

News Date: Wednesday 3rd March 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
New Drivers - Win 2000 - Voice XML - Intuit - SR Beta 2
  • Readers React To Windows 49.7 Day Windows Glitch
    Time: 22:02 GMT Source: Posted By: Byron

    A bizarre and probably obscure bug will crash some Windows computers after about a month and a half of use. But some jaded Windows users say they would be grateful if their systems could stay up that long. The problem, which affects both Microsoft Windows 95 and 98 operating systems, was confirmed by the company in an alert to its users last week.

  • Industries First Dolby-Certified PCI Board
    Time: 21:57 GMT Source: GA Source Posted By: Byron

    Zapex Technologies announced the industry's first Dolby-certified single PCI board for 2 channel and 5.1 channel audio encoding. The ZP-100 (2 ch) and the ZP-100 (5.1 ch) audio encoders deliver the same Dolby Digital high-end quality that digital audio professionals rely upon. [Read More]

  • Microsoft ships new Windows 98 Beta
    Time: 20:17 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Dennis

    If you purchased Windows 98 today, would your machine freeze before you had a chance to download the Windows 98 Service Pack One? It's a tough call.

    Microsoft Corp. confirmed Tuesday it has delivered the second beta of its Windows 98 Service Pack One and OEM Service Release One to beta testers.


  • Intiuit Sues Checkfree over billing
    Time: 20:08 GMT Source: News.Com Posted By: Dennis

    Intuit is suing Checkfree, claiming that Checkfree is violating an April 1998 contract that limits where Checkfree can offer bill presentment, which allows consumers to view their bills over the Internet.


  • Microsoft To Ship Beta 3 Of Windows 2000 On 21 April
    Time: 18:52 GMT Source: The Register Posted By: Byron

    Reliable sources said today that Microsoft will ship Beta 3 of Windows 2000 to 100,000 end users on April 21st. And the beta will come with support for four way clustering, we are given to understand. A Microsoft executive said at the Intel Developer Forum last week that Win2000 will be ported to the Alpha platform. We understand that NT ProLiant servers in two way and four way Alpha configurations are on track. The same highly reliable sources say that an 800MHz EV67 will arrive sometime this month or early next, while EV68 is to clock at 1000MHz by the end of the year, in real systems.

    Liquid nitrogen, in the shape of Kryotech support, will not be required. But can Microsoft ship Win2000 on time? This is the conundrum currently plaguing both Compaq and bitter rival Hewlett Packard. The old guard, at both companies, have their own Unix interests, with high margins and high prices. As previously revealed here, there will only be two more revs of PA-RISC, while old timers at Compaq say that the Alpha running Tru64 is yesterday's box.

    However, Compaq and Microsoft are betting on NT, with the former giving the latter support, as also revealed here earlier.

  • Voice XML Will Let You Phone The Web
    Time: 11:41 GMT Source: PC Week Posted By: Byron

    Online addicts who get the jitters when they are away from cyberspace, sports fanatics who absolutely need the latest scores from games, opera lovers who want to order tickets--all could soon find their needs met through voice-enabled applications that connect them to the Internet via telephones. AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and Motorola have formed the Voice eXtensible Markup Language Forum. Another 17 companies have signed up to work on a standard for voice- and phone-enabled Internet access, says David Unger, an AT&T product strategy and development division manager.

  • Linux To Hit Desktop Soon
    Time: 11:38 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron

    Linux will hit the desktop soon, according to the operating system's creator. Speaking before the largest Linux gathering ever, Linus Torvalds predicted future versions of Linux will compete on both high-end systems and smaller devices - and become a major player on desktop computers.


  • New Drivers
    Time: 11:31 GMT Source: 3DFiles Posted By: Byron

    AGN3D mentions that Elsa has released new drivers for their NVIDIA Riva TNT powered ELSA Erazor II. DOWNLOAD - 2.1 Megs

    3DFX has just released 3DNow! optimized drivers For the Banshee board. These are release candidate 1, version 1.02.03 for AGP/PCI boards and both Windows 95 and 98. DOWNLOAD - 2.4 Megs

News Date: Tuesday 2nd March 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
WB 0.50 released - Site News - Windows CE - MS/Dialogic Licensing - Computer Telephony - Windows Bug - Playstation 2000- Graphics Submission - C|Net - WindowBlinds 0.50 Released - Wicked3d
  • Wicked3D Asking us what we want!?!
    Time: 23:59 GMT Source: Wicked3D Posted By: Matt

    Wicked3D has opened up the gates for you to SOUND OFF! Currently, both and are hosting Gamer Democracy Polls where Wicked3D asks YOU, the gamer, to vote for the chipset you would like to see their hot new PGC technology used on. Speak now or forever hold your...err, tongue!


  • WindowBlinds 0.50 Released
    Time: 23:59 GMT Source: Stardock Posted By: Cliff

    Stardock has released the new version of WindowBlinds that we reviewed the other day to  So go download it now!  If you haven't read our review, you can check it out here. This is a wonderful download, and its worth a try!


  • Hewlett-Packard is Reconstructing
    Time: 20:13 GMT Source: News.Com Posted By: Dennis

    Hewlett-Packard will announce a major reorganization this morning under which the company will split off its test and measurement division into a separate company headed up by Ned Barnholt, the company said today.


  • @Home announcing 2 for 1 Stock Split
    Time: 20:13 GMT Source: News.Com Posted By: Dennis

    Cable Net access service @Home Network announced today a two-for-one stock split.

    As reported earlier, @Home's board of directors has voted in favor of the split. The split still needs shareholder approval; a vote is expected at the company's annual shareholder meeting this spring.


  • C|Net Revamped
    Time: 19:26 GMT Source: CNet Posted By: Byron

    I just noticed that CNet has revamped its main layout yet again, looks quite a bit better and easier to read now. Check it out.


  • The Graphics Subsystem
    Time: 19:21 GMT Source: PC Advisor Posted By: Byron

    PC Advisor has posted a "The Graphics Subsystems" article. Here is a snippet:

    When choosing your graphics subsystem, you first need to establish your preferred mode of operation, then match components for best image quality and maximum performance in that mode. If for a given component image quality or performance is poor in your preferred mode, or if the mode is not supported altogether, excellence in the other components won't matter much.

  • Playstation 2000 Details
    Time: 19:21 GMT Source: CGO/CoolInfo Posted By: Byron

    Computer Trade Weekly - a computer gaming trade publication - is reporting that Sony has revealed details about the successor to the PlayStation - the PlayStation 2000 that may make the console system an even more viable competitor to PC markets than the current incarnation of the console system.

    The PlayStation 2000 will be launched in Japan sometime next winter with a European and North American release planned in autumn 2000. The 128-bit console machine will feature both DVD and CD-ROM capabilities and will be fully backwards compatible with the current PlayStation system.

    Of course the PlayStation 2000 will have a fight on its hands, as it will probably find itself up against computer systems that have broken the 800Mhz and higher processing speeds.


  • Windows May Crash After 49.7 Days
    Time: 15:08 GMT Source: Posted By: Byron

    A bizarre and probably obscure bug will crash some Windows computers after about a month and a half of use. The problem, which affects both Microsoft Windows 95 and 98 operating systems, was confirmed by the company in an alert to its users last week.

    "After exactly 49.7 days of continuous operation, your Windows 95-based computer may stop responding," Microsoft warned its users, without much further explanation. The problem is apparently caused by a timing algorithm, according to the company.

  • Momentum Builds for Windows CE in Manufacturing
    Time: 14:55 GMT Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron

    Microsoft Corp. today demonstrated continued momentum for the Microsoft® Windows® CE operating system in process-control applications with a real-world demonstration of more than 10 commercial Windows CE-based control products, in conjunction with more than a dozen corporate associates, including The Boeing Company, General Motors Corp. and Philip Morris Companies Inc. This system, shown here at the Embedded Systems Conference, showcases the small footprint, connectivity and open platform features of Windows CE - requirements for the next generation of embedded systems on the factory floor. [Read More]

  • Microsoft and Dialogic Announce Licensing, Development And Investment Agreements
    Time: 14:52 GMT Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron

    Microsoft Corp. and Dialogic Corp. today announced at the Computer Telephony Expo (CT Expo) Spring '99 that they have entered into an agreement that will extend the Microsoft® Windows® operating system to enable developers to build open, cost-effective computer telephony and converged communications solutions. Microsoft will license Dialogic's CT Media™ server software, and Dialogic will provide development services to Microsoft in exchange for $20 million. In addition, Microsoft has made an equity investment in Dialogic in the amount of $24.2 million. [Read More]

  • Microsoft Innovations Lay the Foundation For Computer Telephony Solutions
    Time: 14:50 GMT Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron

    Today at Computer Telephony Expo (CT Expo) Spring '99, Microsoft Corp. announced agreements and plans to expand opportunities in computer telephony and converged network communications for customers and developers using any of the Microsoft® Windows® operating systems. Microsoft also previewed new technologies expected to increase the use of Windows as the preferred platform for communications solutions. [Read More]


  • Site News
    Time: 12:15 GMT Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Dennis

    The poll on the right is getting very interesting, AMD has a fantastic lead! Also, WB 0.50.3 is still on for release, and I have the exact zip that was released to Download.Com last night, and it is worth the 1.2 MB download. Also make sure you check out the readme, it'll help you get ready for the release, it includes what's new and known bugs.

News Date: Monday 1st March 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Metabyte SLI - USB - Millennium - Pentium III - Pentium II - 300a Celeron - WindowBlinds 0.50 - AMD - @Home - Linux - Unix - WB 0.50 Readme
  • Get ready for WindowBlinds 0.50
    Time: 23:59 GMT Source: Stardock Posted By: Dennis

    With Stardock Systems' permission we have posted WindowBlinds 0.50's readme, this is the readme that is in tomorrows release. We will post here as soon as its released. Now at least you can prepare of it.


  • WindowBlinds 0.50 Delayed 1 Day
    Time: 22:08 GMT Source: Stardock Posted By: Dennis

    WindowBlinds 0.50 is ready to go, but because of the timing of Download.Com updates, it won't be available until tomorrow. It is possible for it to be released tonight, but its all up to Download.Com. We'll keep you updated.


  • Major Unix Bug Emerges
    Time: 20:24 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Dennis

    The vulnerability opens Unix-based servers to a new kind of denial-of-service attack that overloads the servers' ability to answer incoming queries, according to security expert and Internet service provider (ISP) owner Simson Garfinkel. Garfinkel's ISP, Vineyard.Net, experienced such an attack in early 1998, but Garfinkel soon realized the situation was an accident caused by a subscriber's faulty software.


  • Linux: The Little OS that could
    Time: 20:19 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Dennis

    OS/2 couldn't. DR DOS didn't. BeOS won't. Will Linux be the operating system that finally takes a chunk of market share out of Microsoft? The first LinuxWorld Conference & Expo could be the push it needs. It runs Monday through Thursday.


  • @Home Cheif: Access Prices will fall
    Time: 20:19 GMT Source: Posted By: Dennis

    @Home chief executive Tom Jermoluk said he expects access prices for online services trending "towards zero" as advertising and other content more fully cover the costs.


  • AMD moves into Toshiba Notebooks
    Time: 20:17 GMT Source: Posted By: Dennis

    Toshiba, one of the largest notebook PC suppliers in the United States, said today that it will use chips from Advanced Micro Devices, a strong signal that the chipmaker is making headway in the portable computer market.


  • WindowBlinds 0.50 Release Tonight
    Time: 20:12 GMT Source: Stardock Posted By: Dennis

    Stardock Systems has told ActiveWindows, that WindowBlinds 0.50 (NOT WindowsBlinds) will be released tonight. There was speculation of a bug that we found, but we have been unable to reproduce it, so if you get a chance, read our review, and if you find the same bug please email Stardock Systems, so we don't look like idiots. Once 0.50 is released we will post here.


  • Intel 300(A) Celeron NOT discontinued
    Time: 20:08 GMT Source: Intel Posted By: Luis

    Intel posted on its Celeron website that it was discontinuing its 300A, a couple of days later, Intel changed its site saying it was still continuing it. This caused a lot of confusion. We have received word from Intel:

    We have not discontinued the 300A Intel(R) Celeron(TM) processor.
    I assume you are talking about the SEPP (Slot 1) version.

    What IS happening is a rapid conversion from the SEPP Package to the PPGA package (370 pin Socket type)
    This will be the majority type of processor we will be shipping this quarter.

    Hope this clears up some of the confusion.


  • Pentium II Prices Drop
    Time: 20:04 GMT Source: Posted By: Dennis

    Intel, apparently feeling the heat from rival chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices, cut the prices on Pentium II processors between 15 to 20 percent to make way for the new Pentium IIIs and match AMD.


  • Pentium III Ok Now, Gets Better Later
    Time: 18:48 GMT Source: Posted By: Byron

    The Pentium III processor went on sale last week, and the one you may want to buy comes out in September.

    While Intel's latest processor will improve the quality of video, audio, and multimedia on PCs through its new "SIMD" processor instructions, some analysts and observers believe that the premier benefit of upgrading to a Pentium III machine won't appear for seven months.

    By then, Intel will be shipping a new version of the Pentium III, code-named Coppermine, which will run at 600 MHz and contain new architectural improvements that boost performance.

  • Dell Launches Workstations With Two Intel Chips For Price Of One
    Time: 18:43 GMT Source: MSNBC Posted By: Byron

    Dell Computer Corp., continuing the aggressive-pricing strategy that has led to rapid gains in market share, Monday is announcing souped-up engineering workstations using two of the latest Intel Corp. microprocessors for nearly the same price that rivals are charging for single-microprocessor workstations.

  • PC Sales Slowing Down?
    Time: 18:39 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron

    Compaq Computer Corp warned of lower-than-expected demand for its personal computers, compounding concerns by some analysts that growth in the $174 billion world-wide PC market may be nearing an end. The world's largest PC maker said sales for the quarter ending March 31 were running below its projections because of weakness in North America and Europe, which accounts for the bulk of PC sales. "In January, our sales were lower than we expected and it spilled over into the first week of February," said Enrico Pesatori, Compaq's senior vice president for corporate marketing. "We can't pinpoint it to anything special," he said.

  • Ultra ATA/66 Controller Review
    Time: 18:39 GMT Source: Hardware Central Posted By: Byron

    Hardware Central has posted a review of the Promise Ultra ATA/66 controller. Here is a clip:

    When most people think of high performance hard drives they think of SCSI. IDE has been a consumer level technology since the beginning. The speeds were just not fast enough for workstation level machines, and definitely not for servers. In the last several years things have been changing. Several advances were made in EIDE technology to speed up the transfer data from the ever-faster hard drives. Up until recently the fastest method was Ultra ATA/33. The latest offering is Ultra ATA/66. Hard drives that support Ultra ATA/66 have been available for several months now. The problem has been that no controllers or chipsets support it so those owning the new drives had to settle for Ultra ATA/33.

    Promise Technology is the first company to come out with a Ultra ATA/66 controller. Promise has been making hard drive controllers for over ten years. They were originally known for their high performance caching IDE controllers and now for their Ultra ATA/33 and RAID controllers for IDE. Their latest offering is the new Ultra66 PCI controller. The Ultra66 is a small board with two IDE connectors capable of running four IDE drives at up to Ultra ATA/66.

  • Millennium Promises To Revolutionize Computing As We Know It
    Time: 13:56 GMT Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron

    Millennium aims to turn a network of computerized devices into one, giant computer that resembles the human brain, allocating resources efficiently to accomplish each task. [Read More]

  • Universal Plug and Play to Make Network Configuration Easy and Convenient for the Average Consumer
    Time: 13:54 GMT Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron

    Universal Plug and Play will increase the information available to consumers by making it easy to create a seamless network that links home, office and mobile computing devices. [Read More]


  • On Site Visit: Metabyte SLI
    Time: 10:15 GMT Source: Sharky Extreme Posted By: Byron

    Sharky Extreme has posted a hands-on preview of Metabytes SLI technology. Here is a snippet:

    We sat down and played through the particular Quake2 level while it was explained to us that the machine was being powered by "three Wicked3D Voodoo2 boards" simultaneously. The 3D effect was incredibly vivid and engaging. The famous Quake2 "flies" that buzz about a dead body seemed to be genuinely in the room, and itself with the 3D/3-Monitor setup. Railguns left blue particle streams that seemed to float upward and out of the screen after being fired, you could drive a truck through their famous "tunnel" stream signatures. The enemies in the game all had physical shape/size, and looked like plastic action figures running around, ala the movie Small Soldiers.

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