Saturday, August 2, 2008


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The fan, while working will puff up your shirt with air as soon as you plug in the USB. Now this sounds cool and but not very convenient. You might have to unplug it everytime you need to get off your seat to reach out to that file or chat with a colleague. Still, it’s not bad to ward of all that heat. Just plug in the USB shirt in your comp and see the chill running down your spine (LITERALLY!)

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Microsoft Ultimate keyboard pictures

Microsoft has released the ultimate in keyboards with its all new Microsoft Ultimate Keyboard. Experts say that this is the most exciting keyboard after the release of Optimus Organic LED keyboard.

The Microsoft Ultimate keyboard is wireless and has rechargeable functionality. The Ultimate keyboard is backlit and has a swanky look to it. the Microsoft Ultimate keyboard comes with a matted black finish and is a pleasure to watch. The Ultimate keyboard also features a sleek design with authentic metal accents.

The most attractive thing about the Ultimate is that it offers an easy way for the user to charge both the keyboard and the mouse at one go. the Microsoft Ultimate keyboard also has ambient backlighting which can be adjusted to the room's lighting conditions. The keyboard has a proximity sensing functionality which turns the lights on, when a user approaches.

The wireless keyboard also features Bluetooth connectivity and can be used from a 30 foot range. So distance will not come in between with the all new Microsoft Ultimate keyboard. the price of the Ulitmate keyboard is not known at the moment.

First Pic and Details Of MICROSOFT Windows 7

Windows 7 (formerly known as Blackcomb and Vienna) is the working name for the next major version of Microsoft Windows as the successor of Windows Vista. Microsoft has announced that it is "scoping Windows 7 development to a three-year timeframe", and that "the specific release date will ultimately be determined by meeting the quality bar." Windows 7 is expected to be released sometime in 2010.[3] The client versions of Windows 7 will ship in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. A server variant, codenamed Windows Server 7, is also under development.

Microsoft is maintaining a policy of silence concerning discussion of plans and aspirations for Windows 7 as they focus on the release and marketing of Windows Vista,[4] stating that Microsoft doesn't want to promise features and then fail to deliver, though some early details of various core operating system features have emerged. As a result, little is known about the feature set, though public presentations from company officials have disseminated information about some features. Leaked information from people to whom Milestone 1 (M1) of Windows 7 was shipped also provide some insight into the feature set.

Windows 7 has reached the Milestone 1 (M1) stage and has been made available to key partners.[10] According to reports sent to TG Daily, the build adds support for systems using multiple heterogeneous graphics cards and a new version of Windows Media Center.[10] New features in Milestone 1 also reportedly include Gadgets being integrated into Windows Explorer, a Gadget for Windows Media Center, the ability to visually pin and unpin items from the Start Menu and Recycle Bin, improved media features, a new XPS Viewer, and the Calculator accessory featuring Programmer and Statistics modes along with unit conversion.

Reports indicate that a feedback tool included in Milestone 1 lists some coming features: the ability to store Internet Explorer settings on a Windows Live account, updated versions of Paint and WordPad, and a 10 minute install process. In addition, improved network connection tools might be included.

A minimalistic variation of the Windows kernel, known as MinWin, is being developed for use in Windows 7. The MinWin development efforts are aimed towards componentizing the Windows kernel and reducing the dependencies with a view to carving out the minimal set of components required to build a self-contained kernel as well as reducing the disk footprint and memory usage.[19] MinWin takes up about 25 MB on disk and has a working set (memory usage) of 40 MB.[20] It lacks a graphical user interface and is interfaced using a full-screen command line interface. It includes the I/O and networking subsystems. MinWin was first publicly demonstrated on October 13, 2007 by Eric Traut. The demo system included an OS image, made up of about 100 files, on which a basic HTTP server was running.

Incidentally, the name MinWin was also used earlier to refer to what is currently known as Server Core in Windows Server 2008. However, the two are quite different. While both efforts are to consolidate and componentize the core of Windows, with server core, the functionality of the OS is constrained according to server roles, and unneeded components (which will never be used as the role isn't supported) are removed from the binary image. However, the dependencies still exist in code, and the code cannot compile without the components. In contrast, with MinWin, the dependencies are consolidated into MinWin and what is not needed is removed at the code level itself. As a result, the code compiles even without any extraneous components and builds a stripped-down self-contained OS kernel image.
The first known build of Windows 7 was identified as a "Milestone 1 (M1) code drop" according to TG Daily with a version number of 6.1.6519.1. It was sent to key Microsoft partners by January 2008 in both x86 and x64 versions. Though not yet commented on by Microsoft, reviews and screenshots have been published by various sources. The M1 code drop installation requires Windows Vista with Service Pack 1, and creates a dual-boot system with Windows Vista.

According to TG Daily, the Milestone 2 (M2) code drop is scheduled for April or May 2008. UI changes are expected to appear in later builds of Windows 7. Milestone 3 (M3) is listed as coming in the third quarter, with the release to manufacturing in the second half of 2009. The release dates of a beta version and a release candidate are "to be determined".

Bill Gates commented in a press conference in April 2008 that a new version would come "in the next year or so". According to additional clarification by Microsoft, he was only referring to availability of alpha or beta versions of Windows 7.

Dell XPS 210: The Gaming Desktop

The World's leading PC Maker Dell has unveiled XPS 210. XPS are Dell's gaming PC's.

The XPS 210 is small, but packs in a punch. It is so tiny, that you should see it to believe it. The rig measures in at 12.5" tall x 14.5" deep and 3.7" thick. But make no mistake, it’s a powerful gaming rig, even though it looks like one of those boring workstations you have at your office.

The XPS is stuffed with 500GB HDD, 4GB of dual channel DDR2 RAM. The XPS is powered by Intel chips; the heart is an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU from an E6300 up to an E6700. Dell XPS 210 can definitely do better in t graphics department. For a gaming rig like XPS the best offering being a single 256 MB X1300 Pro is not good enough. It could not be possible to fit a dual slot X1900 XTX inside that tiny chassis, let alone a Crossfire setup.

The Sound is impressive nonetheless. With an internal 7.1 channel audio sub-system or an integrated SoundBlaster Audigy HD software edition sound processor, the Dell XPS is leaves you satisfied with the overall experience.

So does it have any competition? Oh yes, it does and big time that too.

The likes of Apple and Winbook are snapping the heals of Dell for sometime now. These rivals have computers which are tiny, feature-packed, generally sub-$1,000 powerhouses whose strengths are basic computing and serving up digital media for those not overly concerned with performance or video quality. Both Apple and Winbook include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as standard features in media PC's, which are even smaller than the XPS 210. Sadly, Dell does not offer a built-in wireless networking option. It sells all kinds of wireless routers but no internal wireless adapters. We think that this would take them a long way towards making the XPS 210 more living-room friendly.

Plus the fact that the Dell XPS is a reluctant product which wants to please everybody out-there. The competition has already planted their home entertainment flags in the livings rooms. Dell lacks a bit here too. It would be hard for the XPS 210 to blend with your current home entertainment system. Though, it offers some flexibility, but you can not turn it into a true blue performer. But if you are looking for a desktop which looks and performs decently, go for XPS 210.

The XPS 210 looks like a first generation Xbox with those specifications mentioned. It carries one hard drive and one optical drive. With up to four memory sticks, the user also gets two expansion slots (one x16 PCI Express slot and the other x1 PCI slot).

Dell offers a couple of configurations options. It offers the full range of Intel's Core 2 Duo chips (minus the Extreme X6800). With a little more memory, a larger internal hard drive, it also offers the users with a selection of external hard drives. Not to forget it comes with the usual range of software, printers, cameras, and other peripherals.

To sum up, even though the XPS 210 seriously lacks some features, its a powerful performer nonetheless. The new Intel Core 2 Duo E660 and 1 GB memory are the best in its class and a just a step behind the higher end XPS 410.

Pricing for the XPS 210 starts at $1099, but expect to pay much more than that for a fully loaded system.

Alienware Area 51 5500 series gaming PC

The new Alienware Area 51 5500 in word would be "breathtaking". Both in terms of its stunning looks and amazing performance.

Alienware have extended its new P2 case of its Area 51 7500, to this new beauty too. It has also has plans to roll out the new P2 case to its Aurora. What’s more? The chassis come in stunning colors pace Black to Cyborg Green to Saucer Silver. Get ready for some jealousy from family and friends.

The Alienware Area 51 5500 is every worth every penny. This system delivers more than you can ask for. With a few more features in the near future, it definitely has room to grow. Gamers would love the gaming-oriented case; other might want to stay away. Area 51 5500 delivers smooth frames rates, again it could better with time.

It offers some options on the Intel Core 2 chips. The mid-range Area 51 500 comes with Core 2 Extreme X6800 chip. As the prices go up, a higher end Area 51 500 comes with Core 2 Duo E6700 chip, which is the fastest available. Alienware has taken care of the price throughout. It offers 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, a single 250GB 7,200rpm hard drive, and a single DVD burner. With the new graphics card, the 512MB Radeon X1950 XTX from ATI to its configuration, your left to imagine the power and performance Area 51 5500 would give you. Of course, with Alienware you have that option of upgrading all the above-mentioned features for added cost. That includes a new graphics card to go along the ATI 512MB Radeon X1950 XTX. You can pretty much everything on this monster, right from gaming, watching and burning DVDs.

The Area 51 5500's sleek tower comes with four USB 2.0 ports at the bottom and the side vents. Gamers can have them lit up in Astral Blue with the AlienIce Video Cooling System at an upgrade price of $46. They also have an option of cutting out that noise that escapes the system, by adding acoustic dampening. Again, for an upgrade price of $137.

The Area 51 5500 comes with Intel high-definition audio, which is integrated. Its provides high-end sound output with support for 7.1 channels. Gamers, who need a dedicated sound card, can get the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS for an upgrade price. Unfortunately, Alienware do not provide speakers. But they do provide a variety of sets from Klipsch for gamers to choose from.

What more can you do with the Area 51 5500? Well, for starters, how about adding three more hard drives, another optical drive, and two more memory sticks go with the above configuration. Sounds good?? The Area 51 5500 is future ready. The system's 700-watt power supply gives you the muscle needed for future upgrades and hardware additions. In addition, the users are provided with two spare PCI slots and two more slots for PCI Express.

But reports suggest that the Area 51 5500 does not go well with Microsoft Office apps. Its a gamers dream and made for them. Its lets you play high-end graphics demanding games like F.E.A.R and DOOM 3 with ease and its frame rates are mostly playable.

The Area 51 5500 closest rival is the Polywell Poly i570SLI, which comes with a 20-inch LCD screen and costs a bit more. Alienware is directly stealing some gamers from the Polywell Poly stable, by playing on costs. This is nothing but a boon for all the gamers out there. As you move up the price ladder, Gateway's beat offering the FX510XT costs nearly $2,000 more than the Area-51 5500. But unless you are not hell bent on playing games at very resolution, you'll not notice any differance in performance. The Area 51 5500 is an absolute steal, taking into consideration its price and the performance it gives.

Both, the hard-core gamers and budget conscious gamers can look forward to Area 51 5500. The hard-core gamers, for they can always upgrade it and the budget conscious because Area 51 5500 is easy on the pockets!

An Alienware baseline model would cost you not more than $1,599.

Adobe launches Photoshop Lightroom 1.0

With its first commercial version of Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 released, Adobe is now getting ready for more applause.

According to industry analysts, the photographic software has been available as a free downloadable beta for the past few years. However, with the current beta 4.1 staring at the expiry date of February 28, users will have to purchase the full version if they want to continue using it. To add o the charm, Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 version is an improvement over the 4.1 beta.

Analysts say that it indeed is an upgrade talking in terms of advanced keyword tools in the library module that help photographers filter through large collections and more flexible file handling in the import dialogue that allows greater choice while determining file location.

Besides all these, it is new and improved key metadata browser that offers quick access to key information tags, with color labels plus a pick/reject system, they add.

A technology website review says that the new module features virtual copies and snapshot tools for providing multiple versions of the same image for comparison, sans the need to save physical versions. This apart, a new tool gives precise control over hue, saturation, and luminance; and Clone and Healing brushes are provided for sensor dust removal, it adds.

Incorporating features like support for a number of raw image formats, the Photoshop Lightroom 1.0, runs under Mac OS X 10.4 or Windows XP, and requires a 1GHz Power PC or an Intel Pentium processor, 768MB RAM, and a 1024 by 768 resolution screen.

Hitting the racks in the US for $199 as an initial offer, the price would rise after April 30 to $299, Adobe has said. The Mac version of Photoshop Lightroom is a universal binary application that runs natively on PowerPC and Intel-based Macs, said a report on the new software

Microsoft releases Wireless Desktop for Mac and mouse

Wilress Desktop for Mac keyboard and mouse are compatible with Powerpc and Intel Macs.

Microsoft is planning to release its first keyboard - Wireless Desktop for Mac (WDM) - and mouse for Macs. The price is estimated to be $99.95. The products are expected to be released by this summer. The WDM (Wireless Desktop for Mac) will be the first product from Microsoft specially for Macs and the first keyboard which will not have the Windows Start button. The keyboard layout will be such that it will be compatile both with Apple's Power-PC based and Intel based Macs. Analysts see this move from Microsoft as a part of extending their businesses. Says Matt Surgent of Current Analysis, "That segment of the Mac market tends to be very lucrative. Mac users spend more than Windows PC users on these kind of peripherals." This latest mouse from Microsoft will feature its Intelligent Tracking System which is specifically designed to track smoothly without interruptions or skipping over variety of surfaces. The mouse will also have a Tilt Wheel for better navigation when it is on use among documents and spreadsheets. Another feature of this Wireless Desktop for Mac keyboard is the "My favourite keys" feature, a set of ive keys that can be configured for launching favourite photos, folders, files and Web pages. It also includes an Eject key for the ejection of CDs and DVDs. The Wireless Desktop for Mac keyboard also features Hot Keys for immediate access to e--mail, chat, music, photos and the Web. The keyboard is a stylish Comfort Curve keyboard and the mouse is a wireless High Definition mouse. A futuristic silver finish is also provided to give it a Mac compatible look. Using the zoom slider feature, users can zoom in to a particular spot and get a better look. The Wireless Desktop for Mac keyboard will feature Hot Keys to have access to Mac programs such as iTunes and iPhoto

Sony VAIO VGC-VA1 PC Desktop

With a price of £1,337.00 - £1,435.00 the VAIO VGC VA1 is a heavy.

Sony has launched its all new Vaio VA1 desktop PC. This is an all in one system which includes a top specification PC, television, DVD player and hi-fi system. It also includes a wireless keyboard, mouse and remote control.

The new Sony Vaio PC runs Windows XP Media Center edition. The LCD panel is 20 inch and is pretty big. It comes in a 16.9 aspect ratio and X-black technology. The PC has an Intel Pentium D 820 processor and analog and digital TV tuners.

The VGC-VA1 desktop PC comes with a dual layer DVD+/-RW drive which can record up to four hours of TV. Windows XP Media Center means that you can record shows and watch later. It uses Intel 856GV chipset and the installed memory is 1GB DDR2 SDRAM. The 20 inch flat panel inch LCD makes it a pleasure watching movies.

The bus speed is 800 MHz and the RAM memory can be extended up to 2 GB. It has a 4 x 184 Pin DIMMs memory slots. The infrared remote control for use with the Media Center is quite easy to use and is not that heavy. The hard drive offers capacity up to 250 GB and the hard drive interface used is Serial ATA.

For networking, Sony Vaio VGC-VA1 employs Integrated 10/100 Network Card and also integrated wireless LAN. It supports Ethernet , Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g protocols. The price range of this high-end product from Sony is £1,337.00 - £1,435.00.

DiamondTouch tabletop PC from Mitsubishi

Multiuser touchscreen tabletop computer interface from Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi has unveiled a hi-tech tabletop which enables group collaboration and gives you the freedom to make your moves by gesture control. Named the DiamondTouch, it features multi-user, touch and gesture activated screen for communicating among a small group of people.

The DiamondTouch is a screen on the top of a table. There is an electric discharge flowing through the chairs and so the users can use their fingers to make and manipulate projected virtual objects. The equipment will understand whose fingers do what and depending on that, it takes apropriate action.

Mitsubishi believes that the DiamondTouch will be a good tool for games, for governments and education, and in every field where people wants to communicate regularly, says Masakazu Furuichi, chief engineer, Mitsubishi.

Though the price of this tabletop is a bit high- almost $10,000, considering the possibilities that it can be used for, its not that high." It's a futuristic way to use a computer without a keyboard or a mouse. It's simple to use for everybody, including older people and others who aren't very used to handling computers."

The DiamondToucc includes a 42-inch panel and it is housed in a 47-inch tabletop. The DiamondTouch also includes antennas and touch sensors, and all these things are embedded into the tabletop. The users can maintain eyecontact while interacting with the display. A unique electric current passes through each of the person sitting near the table and the system identifies each current passing through each person.The signals are then connected to a computer which in turn shows the table in diferent colours.

Sony's Blu-ray to make debut next week

The much awaited new DVD format, the Blu-ray will make its debut next week. The hype around the new format has been for quite some time. The Blu-ray is expected to make a quiet debut next week, says the industry experts. The device launch has been delayed many times and consumer confusion is also said to be one of the reasons for its muted launch.

Sony has said that it will start to offer different titles in the Blu-ray format to retail from June 20 onwards. This is also the same day when Samsung's first Blu-ray DVD player and Sony's (SNE) own Blu-ray compatible VAIO PC comes to the market.

Other than Sony, Pioneer Corp has also delayed the launch of its Blu-ray DVD player till August. Sony has delayed its set-top Blu-ray DVD player from July to August. Pioneer Corp has also delayed the North American launch of its Blu-ray DVD player to June. It has also cut down its price from $1,800 to $1,500.

The main competitor for the Sony backed Blu-ray is the HD DVD from Toshiba. Both the formats are expected to increase the capacity of the current DVDs. The home video market around the world is expected to be worth $24 million.

Samsung's new flash based PCs

Samsung is all se to rewrite history with the launch of the world's first flash based PCs. Samsung flash PCs use NAND flas instead of traditional hard disks. Samsung has announced a PC and a laptop which uses the flash memories.

The Q1-SSD is an Ultra Mobile PC which comes with a 32-GB flash based solid state disks (SSD). The Q30-SSD is a 12.2-inch laptop which comes in the same configurations. Since they have no moving parts, the performance offered by SSDs are something which the hard drives cannot dream about.

The SSD can read 300 percent more quickly than a normal drive at 53 MB/s. It can write 150 percent faster at 28MB/s. Samsung had recently launched a hybrid hard drive with flash on it. The SSD also weighs a bit lower than the normal hard drive and it can also boot Windows XP at 25 to 50 percent faster than traditional hard drives. Since they do not spin, there is no sound also.

The only thing that goes in favor of normal hard drives is their price. Q1-SSD costs about $2430 and Q30-SSD costs about $ 3700. Though the analysts are excited about the technological advances they offer, they are not too happy about the price and the lighter capacity. Since a major percent of the total drives that are sold today are of high capacity, it can go against the SSDs.

Other PC manufacturers are also anxiously looking at this new piece of tech. Meanwhile Sony has already announced that it will include an SSD in its new UX50 portable PC. The Samsung PCs will be available in korea by June.

Sony Vaio VGN UX50 microPC

Well, Sony wants to call it a micro PC. We don't care what they call it, but we want one.

Initially, when the first pictures of the Vaio VGN UX50 popped up, many thought these were fakes - Photoshop creations. It was revealed only 2 days back tthat the VGN UX50 was indeed official - and that Sony preferred ot call it the Micro PC. Probably the name, we think, is justified. Lets explain.

The Sony Vaio UX 50 weighs 520 grams. That's good. You have a Centrino 1.06 Ghz processor inside. Decent. It runs - not some little Origami or whatever - but Windows XP. Even better.

The screen is a 4.5 inch one, and you get a resolution of 1024 X 600. So you get real good resolution there, and plus, there is a quick zoom which can help you enlarge the screen quickly for a better reading experience. UMPCs are usually at 800 X 600s, but they have a 7 inch screen. So this one is smaller in size than your average UMPC too.

And it has a frame made of carbon fibre! That, plus the extremely good looks isa killer, we say. We would like to have one delivered to us, right now, hear us, Sony?

The Sony Vaio VGN UX50 MicroPC boasts a startup time of 5 seconds! That is real fast for anything running Windows XP. Thought I suspect that once you download and install a few programs of your owna nd the startup folder gets a little packed, we are going to see real slow startup times. That's what happens with all Windows XP PCs, and I dont think the Vaio VGN UX50 is going to be any exception.

If you are in a country where you have GPS driving directions and navigators available, there is a Bluetooth GPS unit which will turn it into a driving companion. Neat.

What I don't like much is the price. At $ 1800, the VGN UX50 is a little on the expensive side. Now, that is the kind of money I would spend if I really like the looks of somethng, and it really does all that it promises to do. So far, reviews of the VGN UX50 seem to indicate that it really is good - the only two complaints seem to be the thickness, as well as the keys which don't seem to move much and thus reduce any tactile feedback.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Inside the Apple Macintosh Classic

Seagate's 500GB notebook drive and !.5 Tb Desktop Drive

Seagate last week unveiled a 500GB 2.5-inch notebook drive as well as a 1.5TB desktop hard drive, claiming industry firsts for both.

The Barracuda 7200 1.5TB drive is aimed at the desktop market and the half-a-terabyte jump in storage capacity from 1TB marks "the single largest capacity hard drive jump in the more than half-century history of hard drives", according to the company. Both drives use perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology.

At the same time the company is offering two smaller capacity Momentus drives for notebooks in the 2.5in format. Momentus 5400.6 is a 5400-rpm drive, which uses the Serial ATA (Sata) 3Gbps interface and has capacities ranging from 120GB to 500GB with an 8MB cache.

The Momentus 7200.4 hard drive is a 7200-rpm drive and a Sata 3Gbps interface and comes in capacities ranging from 250GB to 500GB with a 16MB cache.

The 1.5TB capacity Barracuda 7200.11 drive has four platters and uses a Sata 3Gbps interface with a sustained data rate of up to 120MBps. The 3.5-inch drive is also offered in capacities of 1TB, 750GB, 640GB, 500GB, 320GB and 160GB with cache options of 32MB and 16MB.

Interesting Facts About Orkut

This is the mastermind behind Orkut community.

Some facts about Orkut:

1) Orkut Buyukkokten(the creator of Orkut) gets $12 when every person registers to
this website.

2) He also gets $10 when you add somebody as a friend.

3) He gets $8 when your friend's friend adds you as a friend & gets $6 if anybody
adds you as a friend in the resulting chain.

4) He gets $5 when you scrap somebody & $4 when somebody scraps you.

5) He also gets $200 for each photograph you upload on Orkut.

6) He gets $2.5 when you add your friend in the crush-list or in the hot-list.

7) He gets $2 when you become somebody's fan.

He gets $1.5 when somebody else becomes your fan.

9) He even gets $1 every time you logout of Orkut.

10) He gets $0.5 every time you just change your profile-photograph.

11) He also gets $0.5 every time you read your friend's scrap-book & $0.5 every time
you view your friend's friend-list.

12) Many Global Financial Consultants think this person might become the

Tata Teleservices to Launch NovaPC

Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Limited (TTML) customers will soon be able to opt for NovaPC of Novatium after the two firms reached an agreement to offer bundled schemes along with TTML’s DSL services.

Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited (TTML) has tied up with technology services company Novatium to launch its thin-client solution bundled with TTML's high speed internet DSL products in Mumbai, Maharashtra and Goa.

The NovaPC is a thin-client based network computer that can be used for both computing applications and accessing the Internet, and supports both Windows and Linux operating systems. NovaPC also runs local applications using USB peripherals.

“We are pleased to partner with TTML. Its width and quality of fibre connectivity in Mumbai and across Maharashtra will enrich the NovaPC user'''s experience in accessing the Internet and other computing applications," Novatium CEO Alok Singh said.

"This next-generation technology product, priced less than USD 100 or Rs 4,500 would especially be a boon for middle-class Indians and small and medium enterprises," TTML President, Corporate, Milesh Ruparel said.

Interesting Facts about computers

1.An Amd 1400 chip running without a heatsink gets as hot as 370 degrees.

2. Seagate introduced the first hdd for pcs in 1979.It held 5 M.B of data.

3. If u opened up the case of the original Macintosh, u will find 47 signatures
one for each member of Apple's Macintosh divison as of 1982.

4. The first computer company to register for a domain name was digital
equipment corporation.

5. Did u know Apple & Sun came very close to a merger in 1996.

6. The technology contained in a single game boy unit in 2000 exceeds all
the computing power that was used to put the first man on moon in 1969.

7. Hewlett Packard was started at a garage in Palo Alto in 1939.

8.Tetris has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, since it began in 1982.That provided the creator 800 million in revenues.

9.The superflop (LOL!) sega dreamcast, released in 1999, was the first console game machine to sport a 128 Bit architecture.

10.The most expensive game ever developed was "ShenMue" for sega dreamcast.It costs $20 million.

11.The QWERTY keyboard layout is 129 years old.

12.South korea's SK telecom offers an inaudible ring tone to its customers which, it claims, can repel mosquitoes.

13.In 1971, the first speech recognition software named, "Hearsay" was developed in India.

14.Macquariums are aquariams made from old macintosh computers.

15.The servers r in denmark.The software is from Estonia.The domain is registered in Australia & the corporation is in south pacific island.Ths Kazaa the p2p software.

16.Bill gates & Paul Allen started a company called Traf-O-Data to monitor traffic flow.

17.The four largest software makers in the world are:-

(a) Microsoft
(b) Adobe
(c) Sap
(d) Computer Associates.

18.Top Ten Supercomputers of Today:-

Arranged according to the speed:-

1. Bluegene/L DD2 Beta-system(IBM).

2. Columbia (NASA).

3. Earth Simulator (NEC).

4. MareNostrum(Barcelona Supercomputer Center).

5. Thunder (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory).

6. ASCI Q(Los Alamos National Laboratory).

7. System X(Virgina Tech).

8. Blugene/L DD1 Prototype(IBM).

9. eServer pSeries 655 cluster(Naval Oceanographic Office).

10. Tungsten(National Center For Supercomputing Applications).

19. According to university of california 1,693,000 terabytes of information are
produced & stored magnetically per year.

20.Hard drives in the near future are expected to have a track density of
about 100,000 tracks/inch.This means that tracks are spaced 10 millionths
of an inch apart.

21.One terabyte(1000 gigabytes) is equivalent to storing a stack of
documents that is more than 16 times the height of New York's empire
state building.

22. The 4004 was the first microprocessor of intel.

23. The nVidia GeForce 6800 ultra has 222 million transistors which is the
record for the max. no. transistors on a chip.

24. James Gosling created java at sun microsystems.He came up with the
name Java while debating over it at a coffee shop.

25. The first ISP was Compuserve, established in 1969 which is now under

26. The Palm O.S fits in less than 100 K,which is less than one percent the size
of Windows 98 or Mac O.S.

27. What does 50 G.B of storage really mean?It means we can stack 3 piles of
single spaced type written pages taller than the Eiffel tower and data to
support this information is about 50 gigabytes.

28. The code name for the 12 engineers who designed the IBM pc was :-
'The dirty dozen'.

29. When the cd was invented, it was decided that a cd should be long
enough to hold beethoven's Ninth Symphony at any tempo which was
precisely 72 minutes.

30.128 bit SSL encryption is so strong that it would take much , much longer than the age of universe to crack a message encrypted using it.Even 20 years from now, if computers are a million times faster. it would still take longer than the age of the universe to crack it.

31.Bill Gates math SAT score was a perfect 800.

32.Bill Gates home was designed using a Mac!

33.Disk drive recording head fly height (gap between the head and disc when the drive is spinning ) is less than 1 microinch while:-

A red blood cell is 300 microinches is diameter.
A particle of tobacco smoke is 250 microinches.
A particle of smog is 100 microinches.
A human hair is 4000 microinches.

34.When Windows 3.1 was launched, 3 million copies were sold in the first two

35.Windows 95 can run on 386DX at 20 Megahertz, with just 4 M.B of RAM.

36.David Bradley wrote the code for [Ctr]+[Alt]+[Delete] key sequence.

Security tips -> A warning from Microsoft KB925568 about Hackers

Recently Microsoft announced a warning about hackers in the name of KB925568. Accessing the files from others computer with out their knowledge are called as Hackers. They will enter into our files through Internet Explorer or OS of Microsoft. After that Microsoft find a decision for this.

Recently KB925568 warning declared that the vector graphics is used to designing the graphical website. By using this weaker position of graphics hackers entered into it. Creating a new website for attracting the computer users. When the users enters these sites, hackers easily enter into users computer through graphical pictures when opened, and install spy ware and mal ware. With these they can harm the system. Microsoft has already warned about this issue, but it has not given any solution for the problem. If you ask whether we have to worry about it or not, I would answer both yes and no, because this mode is used by sexual and porn sites only. Till you don’t visit them you can avoid it. But the hackers will certainly try to use normal websites too. We have to be careful. For that you can follow the ways given.

1.Don’t see the e-mails in html page view it as text, because html page contain attractive direct links to websites. It initiates us to view it.

2. Install anti virus in our computer. We also make continuous updates on it.

3. Also install Personal Firewalls in your computer. There are more firewalls available on it at free of cost.

4. Also update the batch files like windows update which Microsoft gives.

5. Don’t open unknown emails. Delete it from your trash box also.

6. Don’t open the emails and links which is comes form unexpected address

7. Visit only the trustable and already visited websites.

Now days these kind of attacks are done again some circle of people and companies. So Microsoft didn’t release batch files for it. Next security update batch file will be released on October 10.

Such type of attacks increases means Microsoft will produce batch files for it. Shall I give a small note on KB925568? Whatever it happen don’t confused go to Microsoft website and clear your doubts.

How to resolve Your Boot-Up and Shutdown Problems

Does your PC hang, complain, or flat-out blue-screen when you start it up or shut it down? PC World's Lincoln Spector has answers to readers' most perplexing boot and shutdown questions.

When something causes a system failure at shutdown, Windows responds by rebooting. Thus, instead of telling you what's wrong, it gives the impression that it can't tell the difference between shutting down and restarting.Fortunately, you can turn off that silly behavior. Select Start, Run (just Start in Vista), type sysdm.cpl, and press Enter. Click the Advanced tab, and then click the Settings button under 'Startup and Recovery' (as opposed to the other two Settings buttons on that tab). Uncheck Automatically restart.

That will stop the reboots, but it won't fix the underlying problem: the system failure causing them. Still, it might give you an error message that you can research to find a solution.

Today, the problem is more likely to be caused by a hardware or driver issue. If the problem started soon after you added a new peripheral or updated an old driver, try removing the recent addition. Check vendors' Web sites for updated drivers for your new hardware, or use Windows' Device Manager to roll back to older ones if you suspect an update has caused the trouble.

Turning the password feature off is simple: Select Start, Run (just Start in Vista), type control userpasswords2, and press Enter. Uncheck Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.

When you click OK or Apply, a dialog box will ask you which user should be logged on automatically. Entering your name and password this one time will free you from having to type in the info again.

Trick to Show ur Name After Time in Taskbar...!

A trick to add up ur name in place of AM and PM beside time and make urself to feel proud among ur group of frnds.
Its simple

Start -> Control Pannel -> Regional and LAnguage option -> Customize (beside English US) -> Go to TIME tab -> Change AM symbol and PM symbol from AM and PM to ur name -> Apply -> Ok ...

IS it changed ??? Might be not ...Now go to time in taskbar and Double Click it to open "Date and time property" ...Look place where time chnges in digital form i.e. 02:47:52 AM , click to arrow to cnage the AM or PM by selecting and press arrow. It will Show ur name or name that was entered by u, Apply -> OK

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Best Mozilla Firefox shortcuts keys

In Mozilla Firefox, you can use the combination of different keyboard keys to accomplish your routine task. With shortcut keys, you can speed up your surfing without lifting your hands from the keys; otherwise require a conventional mouse to select menus and buttons options. Basically keyboard shortcuts keys help you to save time and you can perform any tasks without leaving the keyboard keys.

Useful Mozilla Firefox shortcuts keys

Shortcut keys Action

CTRL+A Selects the all items on active page

CTRL+B Display the "Organize Bookmarks" dialog box

CTRL+D Include the active page to your Bookmarks list

CTRL+F Display the "Find" dialog box to search text

CTRL+I Display the Bookmarks pane

CTRL+H Display the History sidebar of Mozilla Firefox

CTRL+N Use to open new Mozilla Firefox page

CTRL+P Use to print the active web page

CTRL+R Use to reload the active web page

CTRL+T Display a new Tab in active Firefox window

CTRL+U View the source code of active web page

CTRL+W Closes the active Mozilla Firefox window

CTRL++ Use to increase the font size of active page

CTRL+ - Use to decrease the font size of active page

CTRL+Tab Move to next Tab in Mozilla Firefox

ALT+Home Use to open the home page of internet explorer

ALT+Left Arrow Go to previous page of active page

ALT+Right Arrow Go to next page of active page

ALT+B Go to Mozilla Firefox Favorites Menu

ALT+D Go to address bar of current Firefox page

ALT+E Go to Mozilla Firefox Edit Menu

ALT+F Go to Mozilla Firefox File Menu

ALT+S Go to Mozilla Firefox History Menu

ALT+T Go to Mozilla Firefox Tools Menu

ALT+V Go to Mozilla Firefox View Menu

Tab Move forward between all items on active web page

F5 Refresh the active web page

F7 F7 activate the cursor to move with keyboard

CTRL+SHIFT+DEL Use to clear all Private Data history

CTRL+SHIFT+D Use to Bookmarks all Firefox Tabs

F11 Press F11 key to view any webpage in full-screen view and then again press for normal view.

Speed up IE7

Today tip will help you to increase the speed of Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 7 by modifying the maximum number of connections per server. This should allocate the additional bandwidth and reasonably improve internet browsing performance. Using registry editor, you can implement this task in all windows versions with minimum effort. Make sure before modifying your system Registry about its backup because Registry contains all information how your system runs. This backup will help you to restore Registry in case any problem occurs after modifying.

Follow the given steps to increase the explorer speed:

To use this feature, you will need to be logged into your computer with

administrative rights.

Click Start button and type regedit in Run option then press Enter for next.

Here locate the location to:


Here in right side panel, locate the values called "MaxConnectionsPerServer" and "MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server".

If these values are not present then in right side panel, right-click to create new DWORD value with the name "MaxConnectionsPerServer" and "MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server" then assign number 6 in value data for both keys.

Now close the registry editor and restart your computer after any changes to go into effect.

How to Buy a Desktop PC

Before you go shopping for a new desktop computer, ask yourself this question: "What am I going to do with it?" Most people buy a PC to browse the Web, to check and send e-mail, and to juggle the occasional Word document or spreadsheet. Today, even the least-expensive, lowest-of-the-low-end system can perform any of those jobs admirably--and do it for well under $1000.

If you have particular needs, many PC vendors allow you to customize and upgrade their base-model PCs with a mind-boggling selection of features. Require extra storage? Pick a larger hard drive. Want extra memory? Load up with 4GB of RAM. Ready to burn Blu-ray Discs or to watch HD DVD movies? Choose an optical drive that supports your preferred format.

We recommend that you take your time and select only what you need today, based on the following guidelines. If your budget allows, buy what you anticipate needing within the next year.

The Processor

If you plan to use your PC for standard office productivity and basic Internet tasks, almost any processor will do. But if you want more power, an Intel Core 2 Duo chip is probably your best bet over an AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor. Though both are dual-core processors, which will allow for faster multitasking and speedier performance on certain kinds of graphics and video applications, Intel has wrested the edge in performance back from AMD. To save a couple hundred dollars, buy one or two levels down from the top--you're unlikely to lose more than 5 to 10 percent per tier in performance.

For maximum performance when multitasking or when using demanding, multithreaded applications, you may wish to investigate quad-core CPUs such as the 3-GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor QX6850, or the dual-core 2.93-GHz Core 2 Extreme X6800; both processors are popular in high-performance gaming machines and power PCs.


The more installed memory your PC has, the more applications you can run smoothly at once, and the better the system will perform. Upgrading memory in a desktop after you purchase the PC is a snap, but usually it's worthwhile to buy the amount of memory you want preinstalled with the system.

We ran a few Vista-versus-XP comparison tests with 512MB of memory installed on our low-end test machines. Though the multitasking test didn't slow down much, the times for our Photoshop test nearly doubled under Vista. The moral of the story: Don't run Vista with less than 1GB--and even with that much, you should approach Vista with caution.

In our Vista RAM boost report, we noted that moving up to 2GB produced significant gains only in our Photoshop test. On an old, low-end Pentium 4 system, the upgrade to 2GB generated a 10 percent performance boost. Meanwhile, a dual-core desktop showed a more modest gain of around 5 percent


A new motherboard can provide cool new technologies that your PC might be missing: faster, second-generation SATA connections, which currently reach 3 gigabits per second (gbps); gigabit ethernet; high-definition audio; and even dual-card graphics (SLI or CrossFire).

Rather than attempting to make an apples-to-oranges comparison between AMD- and Intel-equipped motherboards, we split the chart into two lists: seven boards based on AMD's socket AM2 (for use with the latest AMD chips requiring DDR2 memory) and seven boards employing Intel's socket LGA775 (for use with that company's latest dual-core and quad-core processors).

Make sure your motherboard has at least one or two USB ports on the front, to plug in your digital audio player and a USB memory drive, for example. You'll want additional USB ports in back, for attaching everything from an external hard drive to a printer. Higher-end systems and Media Center PCs should also have audio/video inputs and FireWire ports within easy reach.

The Case

A good case can make your everyday work easier and can simplify the task of upgrading or servicing components--an especially valuable perk in offices with multiple systems. A well-designed case will offer tool-less access to the interior, hard drives mounted on easy-to-slide-out trays, and color-coded cables for internal and external parts.

If you plan to keep the system for a while, leave some room for expansion. You'll want at least a couple of open drive bays and a free PCI slot as well. And since motherboards come in different shapes and sizes, commonly known as a form factor, so do case designs.

The most common form factor is ATX. The ATX specification not only dictates where the connectors on the back of the motherboard should be (to line up with the holes in the case), but also encompasses details such as the power-supply connector. Form factors have variations--for example, MicroATX follows the basic ATX specification but has fewer expansion slots to allow for smaller cases. Other motherboard formats exist. AT was the de facto standard before ATX, and NLX is used in slimline PCs. A new size to emerge, designed to replace the ATX standard, is BTX. Intel is the driving force behind this new form factor, which features some radical design changes to increase cooling. The BTX range has its own variations, too, such as picoBTX and microBTX.

Graphics Cards

Responsible for generating all of the images on your monitor, the graphics subsystem in a PC ships either as a removable expansion board or as a chip that's integrated onto the motherboard. Though we recommend buying a discrete graphics board for gaming, integrated graphics (common on value-priced PCs) are adequate for most other uses. Just make sure to choose a motherboard that has an available PCIe x16 slot so that you can add a graphics card later if necessary.

If you want games, graphics, and other multimedia programs to run faster, a dedicated graphics card should be a priority. And Microsoft's Windows Vista, with its 3D-accelerated Aero environment, gives you another reason to upgrade. To run Aero, you'll need a DirectX 9-capable graphics chip and at least 128MB of dedicated memory. Our advice is to consider nVidia's GeForce 8800 GT; it's the most cost-effective graphics card and, with full DirectX 10 support, it ensures that you won't need another upgrade immediately.

Hard Drive

The minimum size of a new hard drive these days has risen significantly over the past 12 months, and consumers should be able to find a sub-$1500 desktop PC with a drive of 200GB to 500GB. Single drives with up to a whopping 1 terabyte of space (such as Hitachi's $400 Deskstar) are currently available, although you pay a significant premium for hard disks at the top end of the capacity spectrum. If you plan on storing large amounts of data, such as digital images or multimedia files, on your PC, the bigger the drive, the better.

Most business users don't need a hard drive larger than 80GB, but for mixed use you'll want more capacity. People who work with big databases, spreadsheets, or digital photo, music, or video files should think larger--drives are available in up to 750GB capacities. Two drives in a striped RAID 0 array can offer a boost in performance; alternatively you can get two drives mirrored together in a RAID 1 (or similar) configuration, to provide fault-tolerance against hardware failure.

Most drives today are Serial ATA and spin at 7200 rpm; serious gamers and other users who thrive on speed will appreciate the 10,000-rpm high-performance drives of Western Digital. The Western Digital Raptor X maxes out at 150GB, though, so you must make a trade-off in capacity to obtain the performance edge.


Don't take your eyes--or your computer--for granted. While monitor shopping, a lot of people become transfixed by huge, beautiful displays and don't take into account a very important number: the native resolution (the average resolution of low-end displays is 1024 by 768 pixels). This is the optimal resolution intended for the monitor. The higher the resolution, the better the graphics card you'll need if you intend to run any video-intensive applications. Keep those factors in the back of your mind as you deal with the temptation to buy a 30-inch panel.

Many people can get by just fine with a 17- or 19-inch LCD monitor, but we recommend buying a 22-inch wide-screen model, many of which now cost only a little more than their 19-inch counterparts do. Look for a digital monitor with DVI (you'll enjoy a sharper image with digital) instead of an analog-only model (often, the sort that comes by default with the cheap PCs advertised online). Wide-screen monitors are an increasingly popular option, as are dual-monitor displays (if you want to go the latter route, look for a graphics card with dual-DVI ports).

Removable Storage

All PCs need an optical drive--a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM model at the bare minimum--to read CDs and DVDs, respectively (a DVD-ROM can also read CDs). For a few dollars more, you can add a rewritable drive for backing up your data to CD or DVD (low-end systems sometimes provide only a CD-RW drive; most PCs offer a multiformat, dual-layer rewritable DVD burner). For standard DVD, the best drive you can buy is one that handles writing to double- or dual-layer DVD discs and offers LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling.

All of the talk about the next wave of optical formats--Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD--might make you think that the venerable rewritable-DVD drive is passé. Not so fast: DVD burners, and the media you use with them, remain a significantly less expensive option for writing discs than those costly new formats. Plus, you can get superior performance from a dedicated DVD burner, as the write speeds top out now at 20X.

Rewritable DVD's advantages over CD-R are long established: Single-layer DVD media lets you store up to 4.7GB on a disc, while dual-layer (also referred to as double-layer, for the DVD+R format) media lets you pack up to 8.5GB on a single disc. Like CD-RW drives, rewritable-DVD drives support both write-once and rewritable media; write-once discs are best for creating movies playable on standard DVD players and for data archiving, while rewritable discs are well suited for regular file backup.


Most PCs come with a modem for dial-up Internet access and an ethernet port for broadband access. If you want to connect to the Internet wirelessly, you'll need a wireless network adapter.

To share your broadband connection or to network your PCs, get a gateway or router. A PC and router with gigabit ethernet will give you a faster local network connection than products with 10/100 ethernet. If you go wireless, you'll also need a card or an external adapter for each PC.


In the office, the basics should suffice; integrated sound in your PC is more than adequate for most work. At home, though, you'll probably want surround sound. If your PC doesn't already support surround sound, for $100 or more you can upgrade to a dedicated sound card with Dolby 5.1 support, plus a decent set of speakers that includes a subwoofer.

Most modern PC motherboards deliver extremely high-quality sound, because they all integrate Intel's High Definition Audio standard. Hardware that conforms to the standard can produce up to 7.1-channel, 24-bit output (32-bit internal processing) and 192-kilohertz sound. Compared with the older AC'97 specification's maximum output of 20-bit, 48-kHz audio, the newer standard provides substantially better audio quality. To take advantage of the more advanced audio capability, of course, you need to have content that has been encoded at the higher quality level--for example, songs on DVD-Audio or DTS audio discs--as well as software that can play it.

Keyboard and Mouse

Almost all systems include these commodity components, usually a Windows-compatible 102-key keyboard and a two-button mouse with a scroll wheel. Many vendors are switching from PS/2-connected devices to USB models that offer more features, such as additional programmable keys that can launch favorite applications or Web sites. Wireless keyboards and mice are also common; Windows Media Center PCs generally include wireless keyboards and mice, as well as a remote control.

3 Laptop Upgrades You Can Do By Yourself

Your notebook may be old, but that doesn't mean its days are numbered. We'll show you how you can give new life into your portable by opening the hood and upgrading some basic components.


Time: 10 minutes
Adding or replacing memory has always been one of the simplest upgrades to perform on a laptop; even novice computer users should have no difficulty with it. And in our tests, this upgrade gave the most bang for the buck.

Most laptops have a panel on the underside that, when removed, exposes the DIMM slots for RAM (see photo 1 at left). (On some models, however, you must remove the keyboard to reach the slots; see the next paragraph.) To remove the panel--which is often labeled either with an M (for memory) or with a picture of a RAM chip--unscrew the holding screw or screws. Usually a single screw holds the panel in place, though some laptops may use as many as eight.

If you need to remove the keyboard, follow these steps:

  • Remove the laptop's hinge cover by prying up the plastic.
  • Detach the keyboard by taking out the two screws beneath the hinge cover that secure it, lifting it off, and then unplugging the connector.

(Reverse these steps when the new RAM is in place.)

Hard Drive

Time: 60 minutes
Replacing a laptop's hard drive is almost always an uncomplicated affair, and the actual swap can be done in just a few minutes. Transferring the data from the old drive to the new one requires a little more planning, and typically takes an hour or so. This simple task is likely not only to give you more storage, but also to improve performance.

Hard drives are usually accessible via a side panel in your laptop and held in place by screws on the bottom. Remove those screws, and then slide the drive out of the machine (as in photo 1 here). The drive will most likely be attached to a sled (photo 2, at left). Remove the screws that are holding the drive in the sled, and remove the drive. Put the new drive where the old one was, and replace all of the screws in reverse order.If you are reinstalling Windows from scratch, boot from your installation disc and go to town. On the other hand, if you want to reproduce your old data and programs exactly the way you had them before, consider using cloning software to make an exact copy of the old disk.Finally, clone your old (now external) drive to your new (now internal) drive, and boot normally. You're done.

Wireless Card

Upgrading a wireless card is usually about as easy as upgrading RAM. In fact, on some machines, both the Wi-Fi card and the RAM are located under the same panel.

The trick is to make sure that you install a compatible part. Most laptops that were made a few years ago use Mini PCI cards, while newer ones use the Mini PCI Express standard. The latter type of cards have two separated sets of connectors along the narrower side; Mini PCI cards have only one set.

Even if the card you get has the right connector, it may not automatically work in your laptop: It's unlikely that you can upgrade your old 802.11b card to an 802.11n one (since few 802.11n Mini PCI cards have been made), but it's very likely that you'll be able to find an 802.11a/b/g card that works. Also, many systems that shipped with 802.11g cards can be upgraded to meet the latest 802.11n standard. To avoid firmware incompatibilities, we advise you to get this part directly from the manufacturer of your laptop; in any case, it should be sold specifically for your computer.

Once you have the right part, the upgrade is a snap. If your wireless card is under the keyboard, as ours is, remove the keyboard (see the next paragraph), locate the card (photo 1 at left), and disconnect the two antenna wires (one white, one black) by pulling straight up on the connectors; don't pull on the wires themselves (see photo 2, below).

If you need to remove the keyboard, follow these steps:

  • Remove the laptop's hinge cover by prying up the plastic.
  • Detach the keyboard by taking out the two screws beneath the hinge cover that secure it, lifting it off, and then unplugging the connector.
(Reverse these steps to replace the keyboard when the new card is in place.)Remove the old card by pulling apart the two holding clamps on the card's sides and then pulling the card straight out (photo 3, below). Insert the new card, and reattach the antennas by pushing the connectors straight down on the plugs. If your wireless card is located on the underside of the machine, flip the notebook over, remove the appropriate panel, and follow the instructions above.
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