Monday, September 25, 2006

Browser Tip

Since I've kinda ran out of topic and there has been little updates on the PC hardware, I've decided to share a little tip on web browsers to ease up browsing and helping you type less.

If you are trying to access any website which starts with http://www.(sitename).com , you can just type on the address bar as shown on the image below then press CTRL+Enter. The address will automatically be filled with the http://www.(sitename).com and also automatically load the page as shown on the image below.

Another tip is that if you want to open the links on a new window, you can hold shift and click on it rather than right clicking the link and selecting "Open in a New Window". If you have a browser which uses tabs like Mozilla and IE7, to open the link in a new Tab, press control and click on the link. It will create a new tab and open the link on that tab.

These tips should work on IE5.5 and as far as i've tried, Firefox supports it as well. Though many of you may know this already, but i've come a cross many people who asked me. "Eh you just typed yahoo how come suddenly can open

I hope this tip helps you if you have not know it yet.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Microsoft Zune - Ipod killer?

The soon to be released Zune Player from Microsoft is targetted to kill the Ipod monopoly. Will it succeed? Before making any judgements, lets look at the specs...

Battery Life: 12 hours audio, 3.5hours video
Space: 30gb
Colours: Brown, black or white
  • Wireless Zune to Zune sharing
  • Large Colour Screen (3 inches)
  • Zune Pass (Allows full access to the Zune Marketplace)
  • Built-in FM tuner

So there we have it. Since its not released yet, there is no known price and also we're not sure if it will reach malaysia that fast. One thing interesting and has been talked alot is the Zune to Zune sharing.

It seems that if I have a file, I send it to another Zune, that receipient can only play the file 3 times within 3 days. After that, it will no longer be playable and even a resend would not work. It somehow encrypts it with the Microsoft DRM thingy to block the song from playing.

So, someone posted a question. Supposed, he composed a song and wanted to impress his girlfriend with it or serenade it to her. So he sends it to her and she listens it but after 3 times she can't hear it anymore. Microsoft claims that since they can't tell whether the user is sending a protected or an unprotected file, they therefore encrypts all files sent by the Zune player. Microsoft also said that if the girlfriend likes it, she will come to you within 3 days.

Well that makes sense but I think for now, it cannot breach or break the Ipod monopoly with DRM stuff. The Creative Commons License is broken whenever they encrypt files under the CCL as the CCL does not allow their files to be locked by any means. This might spark some lawsuits but we'll see how it goes. And personally if you ask me, I think they should allow all files to be sent without being locked by the DRM nonsense. Thankfully, they allow the player to play unprotected MP3's.

So there you have it, a short review on the new Microsoft Zune player. Before I sign off, here's a picture of what the player looks like

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Intel Outside?

I was looking around for any new interesting IT related news to post but I found nothing interesting except that Nvidia will be launching 2 new graphic cards (7900GS and 7950GT) Unfortunately, its not interesting because its the 7900GS is not as powerful as 7900GT and 7950GT is not a comparison with 7950GX-2. Its just to capitalise on the overclockable GPU they have. So its nothing big, nothing new, nothing interesting.

So I was going through Intel's website to see if there's anything interesting. Nothing caught my eye till I noticed something different. Ever since Pentium 1 or so, the "inside" word is always inside the Intel circle. (as seen on the image below).

However, the newer chips like the Core 2 Duo and the Core 2 Extreme has the "inside" outside the circle. Lol. I wonder if its because of all the spoofing going around with the Intel's original logo.

As seen here, all of the logos have the "inside" outside and here are some spoofed out Intel logo

Is this the reason why Intel changed their logo?