Archive for April, 2006

Xbox 360, finally!

April 24, 2006

I have finally purchased an Xbox 360! So far it is an amazing product that seems to have not fallen into the slump that so many other Microsoft projects have entered in recent years. I am going to try and have a full review up as soon as I can.

Also in the next few weeks I will update the blog with several new features, stay tuned to see what comes.

Virus targets Windows and Linux

April 9, 2006

The proof-of-concept was submitted to Russian antivirus company Kaspersky Lab, which calls it Bi.a. The virus was written in low-level computer code called “assembler” and is limited, as it only infects files in the current directory, Kaspersky said Friday on its Web site. However, it can infect files in the different formats used by Linux and Windows–ELF and PE, respectively, Kaspersky said.

The virus is a classic proof-of-concept, written to show that it’s possible to create a cross-platform virus, Kaspersky said. “However, our experience shows that once proof-of-concept code is released, virus writers are usually quick to take the code and adapt it for their own use,” Kaspersky said.

That concern is shared by Swa Frantzen, who tracks incidents at the SANS Internet Storm Center, which monitors network threats. “The impact of the proof-of-concept at this point is very low in itself, but it is a sign the cross-platform aspects are becoming important,” Frantzen wrote on the ISC blog. “As the developers of viruses continue to research this, we will see more cross-platform malware come about in the future.”

Kaspersky has added detection for the malicious software to its antivirus databases.

Source: ZDnet

Britain’s new FBI-style agency logo compared to ‘Thundercats’.

April 9, 2006

If you’re launching yourself as Britain’s FBI and say you will make the lives of organised criminals “hell” then you need a dynamic logo to match the job. It’s bold, but bears a striking resemblance to the logo of the 1980s children’s cartoon series Thundercats.

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U.S. Rolls Out Plan to Build 125 Nukes per Year.

April 6, 2006

The Bush administration Wednesday unveiled a blueprint for rebuilding the nation’s decrepit nuclear weapons complex, including restoration of a large-scale bomb manufacturing capacity.

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Mac programs to run on Windows starting in 2007

April 5, 2006

In a somewhat related story to my last post, there are rumors that Apple will release software that will allow Windows to run application built for OS X.

Now let me see if I understand this, Apple is letting Windows run on their own hardware, while at the same time they are going to let Windows run OS X software. This to me puts Windows on top. If it can run on any hardware and run almost any software then what is the drive to buy a Mac? I think things are about to get very interesting.

Mac programs to run on Windows starting in 2007

Apple sends Windows to Boot Camp, Apple helps you run Windows XP on a Mac

April 5, 2006

Apple has released software that will allow Windows to run on Intel-based Mac hardware, called Boot Camp. It creates a second partition and includes all the drivers needed for Windows XP to run the the Mac. This move makes buying an Apple even more appealing to those who are thinking about the switch, including myself. Now all I need is the money to do it.

Boot Camp is now in Beta, and will be included in the next version of Mac OS X.

“Apple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on Apple’s superior hardware now that we use Intel processors,” said Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Philip Schiller. “We think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch.”

Learn more about Apple Boot Camp

Video game ban struck down

April 4, 2006

A federal judge has ruled that a Michigan law that bars retailers from selling or renting violent video games to minors is unconstitutional.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032118/

The Simpsons Movie Trailer

April 3, 2006

In an update to the post lastnight about The upcoming Simpsons Movie here is the trailer from our good friends at Apple.

http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/thesimpsonsmovie/teaser/

Firefox at 10% Market Share.

April 3, 2006

Firefox has finally reached market share of 10%. At one time I was a huge “fan-boy” for Internet Explorer. And while IE7 is a very exciting release that I tend to find myself wanting to use more and more I am still a Firefox user and intend of being one for years to come. The browser is, and the facts support it, a much better browser than IE. When the final release of IE7 comes out I will try the product again and we’ll see if its enough to make me switch back to IE. I doubt it.

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Virtual Server 2005 R2 Will Be Free, Linux Compatible

April 3, 2006

At LinuxWorld Microsoft announced it would be releasing Virtual Server 2005 R2 free of charge to all consumers, regardless of use. They also opened it up to Linux compatibility so that Linux can now be run as a virtual OS.

Microsoft is slowly opening itself up to the new world of technology in which Linux is a very important part of that world, and this move may help them in ensuring that Windows Server System will be, and stay, on top.

http://windowsitpro.com/Article/article’s/49864/49864.html