Monday, June 19, 2006

Linux 2.6.17 Released

Linux 2.6.17 Released: " writes 'After almost three months, Linux 2.6.17 has been released. The changes include support for Sun Niagara CPUs, a new I/O mechanism called 'splice' which can improve the performance greatly for some applications, a scheduler domain optimized for multicore machines, driver for the widely used broadcom 43xx wifi chip (Apple's Airport Extreme and such), iptables support for the H.323 protocol, CCID2 support for DCCP, softmac layer for the wireless stack, block queue IO tracing, and many other changes listed at the changelog'

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - Apple surpasses beer on college campuses - Jun 7, 2006

In a rare instance, Apple Computer Inc.'s iconic iPod music player surpassed beer drinking as the most 'in' thing among undergraduate college students, according to the latest biannual market research study by Ridgewood, New Jersey-based Student Monitor.

Nearly three quarters, or 73 percent, of 1,200 students surveyed said iPods were 'in' -- more than any other item in a list that also included text messaging, bar hopping and downloading music.

In the year-ago study, only 59 percent of students named the iPod as 'in,' putting the gadget well below al"

(Via .) - Slick Apple MacBook Does Windows Too: "

With its new MacBook, Apple has filled out its Intel-based portable line with an entry-level model. But this mobile Macintosh packs so many clever, practical features into its compact case that using it never feels like a compromise. In fact, the $1499 matte-black version I tried out is one of the best-looking, best-designed laptops I've ever used, regardless of cost. (An otherwise identical shiny-white configuration goes for $1349; prices start at $1099.)

“Advice to Students: Pack a Mac”: "‘In a few months, nearly 3 million freshmen will head off to college,’ writes Stephen Wildstrom for BusinessWeek. ‘Included in the gear most of them lug along will be a computer, often brand new. This year I have some advice for the college-bound: Unless you have a compelling reason not to go with a Mac, an Apple laptop or desktop offers the best combination of features, ease of use, and value.’ [Jun 15, 2006]"

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Malware’s commercialization driving security challenge | InfoWorld | News | 2006-06-13 | By Paul Krill: "
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Security remains a problem because of commercial incentives to build malicious software, but progress is being made, panelists say

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Apple debuts new U2 iPod | CNET "

Apple debuts new U2 iPod
By Candace Lombardi
Staff Writer, CNET
Published: June 6, 2006, 9:45 AM PDT
Apple Computer on Tuesday released a new version of its U2 Special Edition iPod music player, with a 30GB storage capacity and 14-hour battery life for $329.

Like the first version, the black and stainless steel iPod has a red navigation wheel and is engraved on the back with the signatures of U2's four band members. The new model holds up to 7,500 songs, 25,000 photos or up to 75 hours of video, Apple said.

The first U2 iPod, which was released in October 2004, held 20GB, had a 12-hour battery life, and did not have video functionality. It was priced at $349. As part of an Apple partnership with Universal Music Group, the device came with a

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Google voices Microsoft browser-grab concern

Google voices Microsoft browser-grab concern:

The next release of Internet Explorer continues to worry Google, despite having no plans to develop a competing browser, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said on Wednesday.
Microsoft is currently beta testing IE7, which contains a search box with a drop-down menu which by default uses the company's search engine. Google executives have complained about this, and Schmidt reiterated their concern on Wednesday.
"We want to make sure that the use of the power of Windows is done in a correct and legally appropriate way," Schmidt said in a question-and-answer session with financial analysts and investors.

Steve Jobs Should Quit Apple and Head Disney

Steve Jobs Should Quit Apple and Head Disney:

think that Mr. Jobs has done a wonderful job bringing Apple back from the brink of death. He has completely revolutionized the industry and set Apple on sound financial footing for many years to come. In fact, even if Apple just cruises through the next couple of years without doing anything terribly ground breaking, it will still continue to gain market share and increase profits based on the work that Jobs has already done. In fact, I don’t think its unreasonable to say that Jobs’ most innovative years are now behind him and that anything else he produces won’t have the same impact or response as his two most iconic creations, the iMac and the iPod. Thus I am suggesting that perhaps Mr. Jobs leave now, while he is still at the top of his game. Let Mr. Ive and the rest of the staff he has trained handle things from here because it is time to move on to bigger and better things.…