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[H] Enthusiast Archives: August 2007Archive Listing

Friday August 31, 2007

AMD Teams up with Virtual Desktop Pioneer

AMD has invested an undisclosed sum of money in a company named Nivio. According to the article, AMD will help Nivio work on its ambition of making virtual Windows XP desktops and software accessible from any connected device, even a Linux PC or a smartphone.

The Nivio service uses virtualization to provide users with a virtual PC, which they can configure and even synchronize with their own PC, if they have one. The virtual PCs are hosted on AMD servers at data centers in Geneva and New Delhi, and streamed out over broadband.

Another Apple Store Burglarized

It seems criminals like Macs. In fact, they like them so much that they bashed in a storefront and made off with $25,000 in goods.

The break-in was the third at an Apple retail store and fourth at an Apple facility this month, underscoring a brewing problem for the Cupertino-based company as it prepares to stock its retail outlets with millions of dollars in additional merchandise ahead of the holiday shopping season.

Then again, how much can you get at an Apple store for $25k…two computers and an iPhone?

Embassy E-mails Hacked

A Swedish computer security consultant, after stumbling onto information for accounts belonging to a handful of major corporations, posted the information online in hopes of prompting the companies in question to take corrective action.

Egerstad told Computer Sweden: "I did an experiment and came across the information by accident." He said he tried contacting a few of the administrators responsible for the sites he posted, but so far they have all ignored him. He hopes that by posting the information the agencies will take corrective action.

Who's Afraid of Google?

Sure, Google is everyone’s favorite search engine, but not everyone thinks so highly of the search giant.

The list of constituencies that hate or fear Google grows by the week. Television networks, book publishers and newspaper owners feel that Google has grown by using their content without paying for it. Telecoms firms such as America's AT&T; and Verizon are miffed that Google prospers, in their eyes, by free-riding on the bandwidth that they provide; and it is about to bid against them in a forthcoming auction for radio spectrum.

Win Prizes For Reviewing Your COSMOS

Cooler Master is giving away $4,000 in prizes, with prizes being given away each week. How do you win? You can create a review of your Cooler Master COSMOS (written or video) and you are automatically entered to win. There will be awards for Best Reviewer, Most Creative, Most Popular and Most Active Participant. Hit the link above for more information.

For the first draw on 7th Sept, 2007, five participants will be drawn out from participants who are current CM members or register the activity from 03rd Sept till 07th Sept, 2007, and the winner list will be announced on 10th Sept., 2007 at Cooler Master Website and COSMOS Blog. If you don’t get any luck for the first draw, don’t worry, you may still be our lucky winner for the other draws. For the other draws on 14th / 21st / 28th, Sept, 2007, other twenty-one lucky winners will be drawn out and the winner list will be announced on 17th /24th Sept / 01st Oct. at Cooler Master website.

Dumbest Tech Bill So Far This Year?

I’m not sure which is worse, this stupid bill, the fact that it had backers or that it passed the Senate 28-9.

So it is that California State Senator Joe Simitian introduced a bill that would "prohibit any person from forcing any other person to undergo an implant in their body of a radio frequency identification device."

Gaming News

BioShock: The Spoiler Interview @ Shacknews

Haze Cancelled For PC and 360 @ GameSpot UK

Stranglehold Goes Gold on Xbox 360 @ GameIndustry

Take Two Warns Jack Thompson Over Manhunt 2 @ GamePolitics

Apple Escalates NBC Spat Over ITunes

According to this article, Apple has responded to NBC’s announcement earlier today, saying that the company will not sell any of the network’s programs for this fall season.

Apple Inc. escalated a dispute with NBC Universal over the pricing of television shows by announcing Friday it would not sell any of NBC's programs for this fall season on iTunes.

Copyright Violations For Just Having P2P Program?

Here is an interesting bit of reading for anyone with a P2P program installed on their computer. Does this mean anyone that uses a P2P program is committing copyright infringement?

This landmark case means that anyone who has contaminated P2P network programs on his computer is committing copyright infringement, since the only reason to have them installed is to make copyrighted files available to all other P2P users,” said Pasquale Giordano, President/COO, SafeMedia Corporation.

AMD Highlights Hardware Feature Key to Managing Virtualized IT Infrastructures

In a new white paper made available this week and at an industry address at KVM Forum 2007, AMD today disclosed details about “AMD-V™ Extended Migration”, a feature dating back to the First-Generation AMD Opteron™ processor that enables virtual machines to migrate between different versions of AMD processors. AMD has worked with VMware, the industry leading virtualization software provider, to refine this feature in order to enable a key functionality designed to help IT managers fully leverage the benefits of virtualized IT infrastructures. In addition, to further contribute to the industry discussion around how to implement and manage virtualization capabilities, AMD will be showcasing AMD-V Extended Migration using VMware Infrastrucutre at VMworld in San Francisco, September 11-13, 2007.

[H]ardware Round-Up


Western Digital WD7500AAKS 750GB Hard Drive @ PC Perspective

Power Supply

FSP Blue Storm II 500W PSU (German) @ Technic3D


ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv and Intel E4400 Performance @ MadShrimps


Kingston 2GB HyperX DDR3-1375 CL7 @ Techgage

SCO Appeals Unix Decision

Fighting to the bitter end, SCO has filed an appeal to the U.S. District Court decision that ruled Novell is the owner of the copyrights to Unix.

On Aug. 12, U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball ruled that Novell, not SCO, owns Unix's IP rights. Without Unix's IP, SCO's other cases against IBM, Red Hat and other Linux-using companies cannot be sustained.