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November 2002

Thursday, 27 November 2002

"Hammer" to Hold 100 Million Transistors. Hammer is a "100 million transistor machine," AMD CEO Hector Ruiz said in a recent interview.  The chip will debut at around 2GHz and come out with a performance rating number in the mid-3,000s...  Or, a little faster than the current Intel P4? Yes, but it's the first one...

MSI Introduces New Dual-channel DDR Motherboards. The GNB Max series is able to support the latest Hyper-Threading Technology, AGP 8x graphics and dual-channel DDR memory.

New Worm, Winevar, Damaged but Dangerous. Could delete all the files on a computer's hard disk drive... may contain the subject "Re: AVAR (Association of Anti-Virus Asia Researchers."  Vulnerability allows attachments in HTML-format e-mail messages to be opened without user interaction.

Microsoft Unveils Licensing Discounts To Counter Linux. Microsoft has unveiled a licensing discount policy to discourage its business customers from switching to Linux or other open source alternatives.  Microsoft Bends on Small Business Software Licenses.

17-inch and Larger TFT LCD Prices Falling

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Economy Grows at Brisk 4 Percent Rate. Economy's 3rd-quarter pace is better than expected. Consumer Confidence Rises in November

Conexant, Jungo Team on CableHome Platform. Under the agreement, the companies will build a joint reference design using Conexant's recently announced HomePlug chipset and Jungo's Linux-based OpenRG software suite.  The CableHome project is developing the interface specifications necessary to extend high-quality cable-based services to network devices within the home.

ISP Download Caps to Slow Swapping? High-speed Internet service providers are considering adopting new pricing plans that if widely adopted could take a bite out of file swapping.

Linksys Seeks Norton 'Protection'. Burned by well-chronicled security flaws within its products, Linksys on Monday announced it would use software from Internet security specialists Symantec on its line Cable/DSL routers sold in the U.S.

Feds Crack Huge Identity Theft Ring. Federal investigators have uncovered a massive identity theft scheme that is thought to have spanned nearly three years and involved more than 30,000 victims.

Monday, 25 November 2002

What Can You Squeeze Into a USB Pen Drive?  Vendors of the key chain-sized drives get creative, cramming music, biometric locks, tiny cameras and other extras into the storage devices.

Controller Pushes Ethernet Into Everyday Equipment. Motorola has introduced a 32-bit microcontroller with an Ethernet interface. Fast-food restaurants could monitor dishwashers, ovens and refrigerators featuring the chip, experts said.

How to Choose Your Bells and Whistles. Industry jargon attempts to distract the buyer from a plain truth: Computers these days are largely commodity products, built from third-party components and stuffed with mostly identical programs.

Affordable MP3 Players

Top 10 LCD Monitors

Friday, 21 November 2002

Future of the Notebook. Yes, portable PCs will get smaller, lighter, faster. But you're also in for some surprises, like an organic display that bends or even folds.

Nvidia Unveils K8-supporting Single Chip. The Crush K8 for the Upcoming AMD 64-bit processors will be a single chip solution with the AGP controller interface integrated into the south bridge chip (media communications processor, MCP).

Taiwan's Electronics Exports Surge. Exports of notebook PCs, handsets and PDAs surged to a record monthly high, totaling $2.84 billion, up 28.0% from October 2001. Semiconductors, flat panel components, and consumer electronics products rose 12.6% to $2.64 billion.

Thursday, 21 November 2002

New, 'Nimda-like' Microsoft Vulnerability Found.  Microsoft has issued a software patch for what it described as a "critical" new security vulnerability affecting most versions of its Windows operating systems.  Internet Explorer versions 5.01, 5.5 and 6.0 are also affected by the new vulnerability.

Hewlett-Packard Rises on Strong Quarter

Intel Launches 2.2 and 2.1GHz Celerons

Wednesday, 20 November 2002

AMD and Epic Demonstrate Power 0f 64-Bit Gaming. At Comdex, AMD today demonstrated a 64-bit developmental version of Unreal Tournament 2003 from Epic Games on a system based on the upcoming AMD Athlon 64 processor.

U.S. Broadband Growth Steady. 28 percent of U.S. online households connect to the Internet via broadband connections.

Internet Use Booming Globally. Internet users could total 655 million by the end of 2002, a year-on-year increase of 30%.

Why Red Hat Owns Linux. Every so often, someone will state that Red Hat is "the Microsoft of Linux."

Comdex 2002 - Day 2: Intel's CPU Roadmap & Hammer Performance

FPD TVs to Completely Replace CRT TVs in 10 Years

Chance Discovery Could Dramatically Increase the Efficiency of Solar Cells

Robot Repairs Heart Without Opening Chest

Tuesday, 19 November 2002