Netscape finally bows out, browsers no longer supported

Although Netscape was once a mighty pioneer in the world of internet browsers, it didn't take long for Microsoft's Internet Explorer to overtake it and squash its dreams of market dominance. Granted, we highly (and we stress "highly") doubt any viewers reading this now are relying on Netscape Navigator as their primary browser, but seeing it finally bow out is a bit surreal. According to a post on the Netscape Blog, support (and subsequent updates) for it will no longer be provided by AOL (disclosure: AOL is our parent company's parent) after February 1, 2008. Sure, old versions will still be available for those who just hate to move on, but the team is suggesting that any remaining Netscape users (a show of hands, anyone?) make the leap to Firefox, and they even point you in the direction of a Netscape theme should you find yourself uncomfortable with change. Rest in peace, dear Netscape -- it's about time that last heap of dirt was finally flung.

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GPS on deadly autonomous helicopter

The same GPS technology that helps millions of people everyday with driving directions is also utilized in this autonomous (and RC) helicopter with a lot of fire power.

In the fully-autonomous mode it utilizes a GPS system, where the operator uploads a flight plan to the killer machine via a laptop, using GPS waypoints.

In this mode, the operator “starts the AutoCopter, engages the Flight Control System, commands the AutoCopter to takeoff and turns all flight operations over to the FCS.” The operator can regain manual control of the AutoCopter at any time by going back to the semi-autonomous mode. If the AutoCopter flies out of RC range, it will turn around and come back within range. If it runs out of gas (it’s gasoline-powered), a parachute will automatically deploy and guide the AutoCopter back to the ground slowly and safely.

It is nice to see the use of GPS in applications other than driving directions but we still would prefer to see GPS technology help cure cancer somehow then create a deadly weapon… via

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RC 1 vs. Shipping Vista

Microsoft just rolled out the first publicly available release candidate for Service Pack 1 of Windows Vista, and we snapped it up, eager to see if it's faster than the currently shipping version of Vista. To test its speed, we ran a series of benchmarks on exactly the same machine, first with the original version of Vista, and then with Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of the upcoming Service Pack 1 (SP1). For comparison, on exactly the same machine and on an identical hard disk, we also tested those benchmarks using Windows XP. From the perspective of sheer speed, has Microsoft improved Vista with this first iteration of a service pack? Yes and no.

First, we'll briefly describe the monster machine we used for testing. We'll give you the full scoop with pics of this machine tomorrow, but for now, salivate over these specs for a while: It's a dual quad-core Penryn HP xw8600 PC with workstation-class NVidia Quadro FX 4600 graphics, all eight processor cores running at 3.16GHz, a 15,000rpm SAS hard drive and 4GB of RAM. For our testing we had an identical 15,000rpm disk at the ready, that one with Windows XP loaded, which we swapped out and plugged into the same SATA port to compare the two OSes. Anyway, I guess you could say this well-equipped workstation will qualify to run Windows Vista. It's probably the fastest production PC you can get your hands on, and we'll show you pics, compare it to its predecessors with more benchmarks, and describe its superb goodness tomorrow.

Did Vista have speed trouble? Well, yes and no. When we ran the industry-standard PCMark05 benchmark on both Windows XP (SP2, we hear SP3 will be faster) and Vista, Vista came out ahead by a sizable margin on exactly the same machine, scoring a 10,403, compared to XP's score of 9024, a 15.28% speed increase for Windows Vista. That's a noticeable difference. How did Vista feel, speed-wise? We immediately realized we were dealing with increased speed over XP, over a long weekend of mousing around the PC, running Photoshop and Adobe Premiere, running benchmarks and browsing websites.

The only downside we noticed with Windows Vista was when we tried to transfer a large folder full of files over our 100Base-T network. While XP was able to transfer the 1.37GB folder containing 2606 items in a quick 3:37 (minutes/seconds), the Vista transfer seemed to hesitate at the end, taking a leisurely 12:58 to perform exactly the same copy from one PC to another over our network.

Then when we compared the current shipping version of Vista with its upcoming service pack, there wasn't much difference, with the Service Pack speeding things up by 0.865% in the PCMark tests. The only part of it that's bugging us is the network file transfer speed got even slower in the SP1 release candidate. Also continuing that bothersome disk speed problem is the way Vista couldn't read and write on that speedy 15,0000RPM anywhere nearly as fast as XP did

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Windows XP SP3 Release Candidate released for public download

Download – The RC can be downloaded as a stand alone package (336MB) from RTM release will also be available via Windows Update.
Overview –
KB Article –
Deployment – Windows XP SP3 is for x86 editions of Windows XP only. The x64 editions of Windows XP were serviced by Windows Server 2003 SP2. Windows XP SP3 is cumulative, so users can install SP3 on top of Windows XP SP1 or SP2. Windows XP SP3 supports the same languages as Windows XP did in its initial release. Windows XP SP3 does not include Windows Internet Explorer 7.
New Technologies – "Black Hole" Router Detection, Network Access Protection (NAP) client.
Updated (or previously stand-alone) Technologies – MMC 3.0, MSXML6, Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1 v2, Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) 2.5, IPsec Simple Policy Update for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP, Digital Identity Management Service (DIMS), Peer Name Resolution Protocol (PNRP) 2.1, Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2).

I took this from the Nick MacKechnie blog...

Intel announces Z-P140 PATA Solid-State Drive

Ultra-small, fast and lower-power drive aimed at handheld mobile devices.

California computer chip maker Intel announced on Monday its latest Solid State Drive (SSD), the Z-P140. Available in 2 GB or 4 GB capacities, these PATA drives are smaller than a penny and, at 0.6 grams, are designed for manufacturers who wish to build handheld or mobile devices.

Unlike traditional hard drives, which have many moving parts, SSDs use flash memory to store data, obviating the need for moving parts and reducing overall power consumption. The Intel Z-P140 PATA SSD offers read speeds of 40 MB/s and write speeds of 30 MB/s and will add to the current Z-U130 USB SSD Intel introduced last March.

Mass production of the 2 GB version is scheduled for the first quarter of 2008, with the 4 GB version to follow.

ON / OFF Kahve Kupası

on/off coffee mug

Resimde de görüldüğü gibi sıcak içecek koyulmadan önce tamamen siyah kaplaması ve beyaz OFF yazısı varken, sıcağı algıladığında kaplama beyaza dönüşüyor (tutacağı hariç :( ) ve ON yazısı ortaya çıkıyor...
kaynak 1 ve 2. 'dan alınmıştır…