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[H] Enthusiast Archives: May 2007Archive Listing

Thursday May 31, 2007

Gates & Jobs Videos

Last week, when we told you that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs would be sharing a stage together, most of you thought hostilities and violence would erupt. Gizmodo has posted several videos of the two together and, much to my dismay, not a single punch was thrown.

Now that all seven parts of the Gates vs. Jobs videos are available, we thought we'd give you easy one-stop access to them all right here. Above is a highlight reel of the festivities, and after the jump, starting with the first video, watch all seven of the excerpts of Gates and Jobs going at it in the All Things D.


Armarac at Interop Las Vegas

Check out this enclosable clamshell server housing Brian saw at Interop in Las Vegas.

Call it the “iRack.” Actually, no, wait, that’s a horrible name. Call it Armarac, a 6u server rack in four square feet of space, launched recently at Interop Las Vegas. Who says enterprise hardware doesn’t look cool?

Three New Windows Live Betas

The Windows Live team has announced the release of three new betas today. The betas include Windows Live Messenger 8.5, Windows Live Writer and Windows Live Mail and all three are available now.

As mentioned before, Windows Live Mail is the successor to Windows Mail in Windows Vista (and Outlook Express on Windows XP). Windows Live Messenger 8.5 presents a brand new look-and-feel that's more in tone with Windows Vista. Windows Live Writer is a tool for composing blog posts and publishing them on several of the web's biggest blogging platforms (such as Windows Live Spaces, Community Server, WordPress, and TypePad).


Gaming News

Carmack Back With New Engine, New Franchise @ GameIndustry.Biz

Manhunt 2 Trailer @ Kotaku

Medal of Honor: Airborne Screenshots @ Shacknews

Video Game Bill Passed In A Single Day @ GamePolitics

Motorola Cutting Another 4,000 Jobs

It looks like IBM isn’t the only one cutting jobs, Motorola just announced another 4,000 job cuts bringing the total to 7,500 this year.

The company, which expects to complete its previously announced 3,500 job cuts by June 30, forecast $600 million in annual cost savings in 2008 as a result of the additional job cuts, other spending controls and site rationalization.


2007 Dual Core AMD vs. 1986 Mac

If you pit a brand new dual core AMD system against a 20 year old Mac Plus running every day tasks…who do you think would win? Hit the link and see for yourself.

In order to keep the hoots and hollers of "unfair comparison" at a minimum, we designed the tests to be as fair and equitable as possible. There was no point running PCMark or Sandra Sisoft-type benchmarks on the two computers as the AMD would have the Mac for lunch. We focused on running tests that reflect how the user perceives the computing experience.


Fedora 7 Is Out

All you alternative OS types out there will be thrilled to know that Fedora 7 is out.

Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that showcases the latest in free and open source software. Fedora is always free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute. It is built by people across the globe who work together as a community: the Fedora Project.

[H]ardware Round-Up


EVGA e-GeForce 8800 Ultra Superclocked @ Bit-Tech


Cyber Snipa Intelliscope Laser Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUP!

Patriot PEF4G200USB Xporter XT Flash Drive @ Overclockers Club

Ultra V-Series 400W & 500W PSUs @ Hardware Canucks

High-Tech vs Loud Movie Patrons

Regal Cinemas is using something called the Regal Guest Response System, a hand held remote device, to report obnoxious people in the theater. I think this is a great idea and you don’t even have to leave your seat to take care of rude movie goers.

A hand-held pager is given to a random member of the Regal Crown Club Loyalty Program who's attending each movie. "If any situation does arise they can just press a button which goes directly to the pager which the manager will have and they'll signal it and they'll go right into the theater and handle the situation."


Qualcomm To Pay Broadcom $19.6M

A federal court has sided with Broadcom in its patent suit against Qualcomm. The jury has ordered Qualcomm to pay $20 million in damages for infringing on three patents owned by Broadcom.

The lawsuit was originally filed way back in May of 2005 and alleged that five of its patents had been violated, but during the course of the trials, Broadcom ditched one of the claims while the court stayed the case with respect to a second. Notably, none of the patents that were infringed upon were "developed specifically in connection with cellular technology or standards," but the seemingly willful wrongdoing will indeed cost Qualcomm just shy of $20 million -- that is, until a trial judge mulls this thing over and determines if the firm should face any additional financial punishment "based on the finding of willfulness."


Hacking Firefox via Add-Ons

If you are a Firefox user, and I know a whole bunch of you are, you’d better read this.

According to Chris Soghoian, the Indiana University doctoral candidate who discovered the weakness, the vulnerability exists for some of the most popular Firefox add-ons, including Google Toolbar, Google Browser Sync, Yahoo Toolbar,, Facebook Toolbar, AOL Toolbar, Toolbar, LinkedIn Browser Toolbar, Netcraft Anti-Phishing Toolbar, PhishTank SiteChecker and a number of others, mainly commercial extensions. Ironically, at least two of the toolbars listed here are designed to help protect users from new security threats.


Pirated Software Per Computer Statistics

The Economist has put up a chart today that shows pirated software per computer (by country) and the results are a bit surprising to say the least.

America and China lead the world in terms of total losses from piracy at $7.2 billion and $5.4 billion respectively. But when calculated according to the number of computers in each country a different picture emerges.