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"I guess they are starting to catch on... ;-)" Read more
by Jason Flowers on TN bans password shares for Netflix, sites

"This is really incredible technology to experience. If you haven't had a chance yet, take a test drive." Read more
by Jason Flowers on Microsoft Sets Guinness Sales Record with Kinect

"I remember discussing this as a general idea 7 or 8 years ago with Mark and Jeff... Are we there yet?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Exotic nanodevice could let computers ditch slowpoke electrons and run thousands of times faster

"Can I get one that looks like Anakin Skywalker's?" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Human Trials Next for Darpa’s Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm

"Flying Car Gets FAA Approval The Federal Aviation Administration has just removed a major hurdle from the path of a vehicle that may well be the first commercially viable flying car. The agency has agreed to classify the Terrafugia Transition as a Light Sport Aircraft, even though the vehicle is 120 pounds too heavy to qualify for that class. " Read more
by Jason Flowers on The reality of flying cars

"All of this, a 256GB SSD, and a backlit keyboard... hard to resist!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Alienware M11x gets overseas Core i3 / i5 / i7 and NVIDIA Optimus update, US version due tomorrow?

"Don't buy this hypothesis... They would very likely not have a lack for energy resources since they're traveling the stars. They solved that problem. Being that advanced, they'd also likely be able to synthesize any other resource at a molecular level. So I don't see resources as a motivation, unless humans are the resource (slaves). I could see them being nomads as he imagines, but not looking for resources. More likely just a habitual environment to live, in which case, the Hawking outcome might be the same." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Don't talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking

"Cool, but creepy…" Read more
by Mark Hodson on New tech sees dead people

"Does this mean we should keep searching for Bigfoot? I mean, how can you not know there is a 6 foot lizard running around!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on Giant lizard discovered in the Philippines

"Cool, but I still want a flying car!" Read more
by Jason Flowers on It's 2010 - finally my jet pack is here!

"Interesting the technologies used considering that Microsoft is a big investor in Facebook." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Technology Explained: How Does Facebook Work? The Nuts and Bolts

"iTunes is great, but pricey; Netflix is better, but only offers 12K streaming downloads (I know… ‘only’); Perhaps Wal-Mart’s entry into this space will both lower the prices & provide more streaming content." Read more
by Mark Hodson on Walmart Jumps Into Online Movie Rentals, Buys Vudu

"I’ve often found InfoWorld’s commentaries to be anti-Microsoft and often unfounded. " Read more
by Mark Hodson on Fake Windows Expert Unmasked

"They say Spring 2010.. should be good. :-)" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"I wonder when the Wizarding World will be opening??" Read more
by Jason Flowers on New at Disney: It's a Data Center World After All

"Bertie Bott's every scented flower!!!" Read more
by Mark Hodson on Custom-scented flowers may be on the way

"I agree. I notice that they do not dispute the actual findings (that it runs VERY hot), but instead complain about the inferences. Those inferences are nothing more than the viewer’s commonsense and reasoning kicking in..." Read more
by Anonymous on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"Sounds like QLogic has weak case to me. It's conventional wisdom that excessive heat is bad for electronics. The industry spends billions on cooling. Making a case that reduced heat increases reliability is logical." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on QLogic sues Emulex over video of chip frying egg

"That's just wrong..." Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Microsoft Refused to Sell Xbox 360s to the Military for Training

"Cool, I want to play!" Read more
by Jeff Gentes on Keep your 20-sided dice, I have D&D on the Surface

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Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/30/2009 | 0 Comments

A Toronto-based business intelligence (BI) software vendor is giving the frontline worker a tool they can actually use with the newly released enterprise edition of Wabit, which follows the March release of the client version.

SQL Power Wabit BI tool comes to enterprise users

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/30/2009 | 0 Comments

USB 3.0 is well on the verge of changing external storage completely and more than a few manufacturers are trying to find ways of using the new interface. UNITEK is one

UNITEK transforms SATA harddrives into USB 3.0 drives | NordicHardware

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/29/2009 | 0 Comments

Finding itself with a wealth of a additional bandwidth thanks to a new satellite going up today, DirecTV may have already decided its first big addition will be 3D. Citing the always popular unnamed sources, HD Guru says we should prepare for a CES announcement that the bird will be up and running by March beaming down a collection of movies, sports and TV shows in 3D HD, requiring only a firmware upgrade on existing set-top boxes to tune into the new stations. UK satellite provider Sky has already tipped its hand about 2010 3D plans, with a newly freshened HDMI spec expected to ease things along and nearly every manufacturer either already producing compatible displays or planning to announce them in less than a week there's very little doubt remaining about whether broadcast 3D is coming home this year, only how and when.

DirecTV 3D broadcasts coming in early 2010?

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/29/2009 | 0 Comments

The hole can apparently not be exploited in standard installations. It remains unclear when a patch will become available, but there are instructions for first aid security measures

Microsoft confirms IIS hole

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/29/2009 | 0 Comments

Even if the site still is not updated, the Microsoft BI Conference 2010 will be joined with TechEd 2010 in New Orleans, LA. The conference will start on June 7, 2010, with a pre-conference day on June 6 (there are still no updates about BI Conference on the TechEd site too). I think this is a good way to optimize content delivery. Several (technical) sessions can really be shared across TechEd and BI Conference, and there is the opportunity to add sessions less technical and more business-oriented...(read more)

Microsoft BI Conference 2010 joins TechEd 2010 North America

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/29/2009 | 0 Comments

Cybercriminals will shift their attention from Microsoft Corp. to Adobe Systems Inc. in 2010, according to a prediction from security company McAfee Inc. (MSFT) (ADBE) (MFE) (CSCO)

Report: Criminals eye Adobe in 2010

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/29/2009 | 0 Comments

But it's coming, dear fanbois, it's coming

While here in the States Apple-tablet rumors are churning the waters as turbulently as a pool of piranhas into which has been dumped a truckload of honey-dipped hamsters, over in the Far East the iWhatever's impending release is being treated as a fait accompli.…

Bad glass delayed Apple tablet?

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/29/2009 | 0 Comments

AMD is adding RAID data protection to its server chips, thanks to an OEM deal with Dot Hill. Dot Hill's will be embedded into platforms based on the AMD SR5690/SP5100 server chipset. AMD will bundle two new SP5100 chipset models with a license to Dot

AMD Builds RAID Into Server CPUs

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/29/2009 | 0 Comments

According to the rumor mongering financial news site, software giant Oracle - not even finished with its $7.4bn acquisition of Sun Microsystems - is sniffing around middleware and virtualization maker Citrix Systems and may be interested in

Oracle sniffing around Citrix, HP around Rambus

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/29/2009 | 0 Comments

I've done a number of network assessments in which I find that the customer insists on manually configuring the interfaces for full duplex. I did a little research on the topic and found an interesting paper by Jim Eggers and Steve Hodnett at Sun...(read more)

Auto-negotiate Duplex or not?

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 12/28/2009 | 0 Comments

By implanting an electrode into the brain of a person with locked-in syndrome, researchers led by Boston University and Harvard/MIT scientists have demonstrated the first brain-machine interface to wirelessly transmit neural signals from implanted electrodes to a speech synthesizer for real-time synthetic speech production.

(Guenther, et al.) (Source:

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/28/2009 | 0 Comments

We recently spent a little time with MSE and think it’s a good (though maybe not great) antivirus option. (See page 75 in the January 2010 issue of CPU.) AV-Comparatives, a well-known nonprofit that subjects antivirus software to rigorous testing, also took MSE for a spin and liked it a lot. In fact, its recent performance test of the top AV software ranked Microsoft’s free suite sixth, beating out industry heavyweights such as Symantec, Eset, and McAfee. Read the full report after the jump.

Microsoft Security Essentials does well, very well.

Posted by: Mark Hodson on 12/28/2009 | 0 Comments

Amazon has announced it's hit some pretty big milestones with the Kindle. The two bullet points it's currently touting loudest is that the reader has become "the most gifted item" in the company's history -- quite an achievement given the size of the online retailer, but what's missing here is any quantitative sales data to give us even a ballpark of the number of units sold. The other big news is that on Christmas Day (we're guessing not Christmas Eve, else the press release surely would've mentioned it, too), e-book sales actually outsold physical books. Those brand new Kindle owners needed something to read, right? It'll be interesting to see if that momentum is maintained through next year, especially with some major publishers starting to show some teeth with digital delays.

Kindle most gifted item in Amazon's history, e-books outsell physical tomes on Christmas Day
Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 12/27/2009 | 0 Comments

When synapses are strengthened during learning, one of the proteins wrapped around the synapse's silencing complex (keeps a synapse from being strengthened) gets degraded, freeing RNA to synthesize a new protein, scientists at UC Santa Barbara have discovered. (Source:

Posted by: Jeff Gentes on 12/27/2009 | 0 Comments

The first transistor made from a single molecule has been created by researchers from Yale University and the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea. The researchers were able to manipulate a benzene molecule's different energy states, depending on the voltage they applied to it through gold contacts, to control the current passing through the molecule. 


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