Hewlett-Packard yesterday unveiled two new notebook lines and a mobile PC battery that it said will make system battery life last beyond 14 hours. Anyway, according to HP, the new HP Compaq 9400 and HP Compaq 6300 series notebooks feature: a) Wider screens, b) Intel Core Duo processors, c) Several price points and d) A more rugged design. A longer battery life is certainly needed. Short battery life has been a perennial problem with notebook users from across the brands. At least you don’t have to change batter now working with your laptop in a London-Shanghai flight!
A few years back, yours truly was in the camp that believed software shouldn’t have a price tagged to it. However, it takes a great deal of resources, intellect and talent to build an enterprise software without which you can’t move forward. So thinking along those lines, I left that ideology behind and moved forward spending a fortune on proprietary software. Sometimes, we must give the devil it’s due, and on these occasions, money was the due factor. Anyway, there are great many software around and what’s more, they are either free or open source. There is a good list available on the net. Please have a look and let me know if piracy is worth the stink that comes with it when we have so much for free. Check the list out here in 121space.com
Om Malik writes on Apple’s storage products and rightly says that with iPODs sales breaking records of all kinds, with the company’s books looking so damn sexy, it is easy to overlook on what else Apple is going great guns. One such facet of Apple’s honeymoon story is the kind of sales Apple’s storage products are making. In second quarter of 2005, the company had shipped 76 petabytes of storage (one petabyte = 1,024 terabytes). Om writes that Robert Cox, VP Research, Gartner, who tracks the storage business for the firm says that in 2004, Apple grossed 78-million dollars in storage sales and were ranked 12th as storage vendor in the world. However, it grew more than two times within a year and by end of 2005, Apple’s storage sales were around a whopping $185 million and subsequently moving the company two notches up. Also, what augurs well for Apple is that 40% of XServe RAIDs are connected to non-Mac OS servers. So, in the market of network attached storage that is worth $14.5 billion a year, $185 million has the potential to grow many, many folds. Apple is just doing the right things and making the right moves. Let’s see how Apple performs overall this year, then we can find out how much of a difference it has made in Apple’s fortune.
A few hours back I blogged about Microsoft being granted the 5,000th US patent. If you are curious to know on Microsoft got so many patents, then here is the list. Some of the patents raise eyebrows like: a) Template-based customization of a user interface for a messaging application program b) Contact user interface c) Generic parameterization for a scene graph Rest assured, there are hundreds more like the ones above! Anyway, check the full list here in Software Patents in FFII.org Thanks!
Chris Seibold has written an article in Apple Matters where he gave five reasons why Macs will not be around in 2010.They are:a) Windows Vista – The new OS by MS would includes a much better look, Mac like niceties plus enhanced security. That is a recipe for wiping out a lot of interest in OS X. b) Cat names – No cool cat names around, so no reason to have an OS *heh* c) The switch to Intel – When everyone is using Intel, it is hard to make the argument that a Mac is somehow technically superior to another box using identical components. d) The iPod – iPod picked up Apple’s fortune even though Mac was around. It is now the major source of revenue for the company. Smart companies focus on the products providing growth, and revenue, for Apple that product is the iPod. e) Dollars and Cents – If Apple thinks that by opening OS X for any capable machine instead of tying the system artificially to Apple subcontracted boxes would increase software sales enough to offset the loss of hardware revenue they would be foolish to continue making and selling computers.Chris finally says that it will not be a bad thing after all.I can’t help but agree with Chris’s thoughtfulness totally. Well, done Chris.Read the full details and Chris’s conclusion in the very interesting article in Apple Matters.
Surfers in Britain will now be able to bite, chew and digest the internet in its full flavor with the introduction of world’s fastest web service; up to 2,000 times faster download speed than the present services. The new advance broadband technology will first be introduced in Shoreditch, East London. The service will be streamed in via a new set-top box with integrated functions of a television and computer. It is cited that the new service will take just seven seconds to download all 32,640 pages of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. If we compare the existing commercially-available broadband speed of 2 megabits per second (2Mb/s) with the Shoreditch project that offers a speed of up to 2 billions of bits per second (2Gb/s), the breakthrough is remarkable. Around 13,000 square metres (140,000 sq ft) of fibre-optic telecommunications and IT infrastructure has been set up at the Telehouse data centre to fuel the project.
Finnish security researcher Mikko Kiviharju says that Microsoft’s low cost biometric device for consumers Fingerprint Reader doesn’t encrypt the fingerprint image thus, leaving it exposed to be hacked. Kiviharju, who presented his findings at Amsterdam’s Black Hat Europe conference last week, laid out a scheme using ‘sniffers’, hardware or software tools that intercept encrypted data, to fool the Fingerprint Reader. Anyway, MS already has said that the reader is a tool of ‘convenience’. It spells it out in the opening of the product’s Getting Started guide that says; "The fingerprint reader is not a security feature and is intended to be used for convenience only. It should not be used to access corporate networks or to protect sensitive data, such as financial information."
James Brown has a very interesting article where he discusses the eight major trends that will revolutionize enterprise information technology in next ten years according to analysts Gartner. The trends are: 1. Commoditization, 2. Computerization, 3. Tera-architectures, 4. Virtualization, 5. Community, 6. Collaboration, 7. New acquisition strategies and 8. Delivery models. Read why the analyst believes these trends will lead to a fundamental change in relations between big business and consumers.
I remember very clearly how hot was the attempt worldwide to crack Hotmail passwords a few years back especially in the late 90s. Even I attempted it (though won’t tell you whether I was successful) and so did many thousands. Unlike today, everyone back then used Hotmail, so getting an online girlfriend/boyfriend etc by hook or crook was really on the agenda of thousands of internet users. This post in Being Paranoid gives you ten useful ways through which your life-long dream to do that. The ten methods are: 1. Trying basic passwords 2. Trying passwords used in other sites 3. Social engineering 4. Keyboard logging 5. Passwords stored at ISP 6. Sniffing 7. Recovering it from another account 8. Breaking into the user’s computer 9. Bruteforce 10. Stealing files with NetBIOS
I have come across this article in httproxy.net that guides you how to build your ISP with ISPConfig. So whether you are running a single server with a few accounts or a massive ISP infrastructure, managing more than one domain quickly has become not as broing or time-consuming hassle as it used to be before. It is possible with open source and the geeks at ISPConfig will tell you exactly what to do. Actually, ISPConfig is a fully-fledged solution for multi-domain Internet hosts that cover email, FTP, database and Web services through a ingenious control panel. Along with security, customer management and a billing solution, it gets really attractive and professional. So if you are interested to instal ISPConfig (it requires quite a few other apps to offer all of the services) just click here for the guide.