Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Intel Microarchitecture Demo

Take a look inside the technology that drives Intel Duo and Intel Duo 2 CPUs with a great multimedia presentation from Intel.

Early in 2007 Intel will be launching QUAD core CPUs for servers!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

New movie services arrive on Internet

Apr 10, 2006 3:29 PM, Beyond The Headlines e-newsletter

Six major Hollywood studios started selling digital versions of movies on the Internet last week � the first time they have allowed U.S. consumers to buy films online and store them indefinitely with no viewing expiration date.

Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and MGM are offering films for sale on a co-owned Website called Movielink.com. Prices range from $10 and $30 per film, with the average being about $20.

In a separate announcement, Sony and Lionsgate said they would sell films through the CinemaNow site. Films from the Walt Disney Co. were not available. Both groups said they are negotiating with Disney for rights.

Both CinemaNow, which began by offering nearly 300 films this week, and Movielink, which offered about 75, will offer films the same day they are released for sale on DVD.
Many have noted that the studio's sales through iTunes have been much greater than he expected. Moreover, Universal's research showed that the majority of those downloads were watched on computer screens, not video iPods, indicating that people are willing to watch video on their PCs.

The New York Times said Apple, Amazon.com and other online retailers are also busily trying to cut deals with Hollywood to sell downloads. In general, the studios want to make downloads available on largely the same terms, in as many places as possible.

For now, these movie downloads are a bit cumbersome and the studios have limited the way they can be watched. A movie will need about one gigabyte of hard-drive space and will take an hour or two to download using a high-speed Internet connection.

CinemaNow will allow the movies to be played only on a single computer. It prevents users from burning a DVD. Movielink will allow the movie to be copied onto a DVD, from which the movie can be downloaded to two other computers, but it cannot be played on a conventional DVD player.

The movies also cannot be copied to Apple's video iPod or the handheld video players that use software from Microsoft. The studios are expected to permit downloads to portable devices later this year.

Mitsubishi unveils new HDTV technology

Apr 10, 2006 4:04 PM, Beyond The Headlines e-newsletter

Mitsubishi has developed a new commercial television technology that uses colored lasers to display images on large, thin, lightweight screens-surpassing images seen on film, the New York Times reported.

The television sets are expected to reach stores sometime late next year.

At the heart of the new television is an existing rear-projection technology called digital light processing. In the past, this technology, developed by Texas Instruments, used white-light mercury lamps as the television's light source.

With laser technology, separate red, green and blue lasers are used in conjunction with an HDTV chip, Frank DeMartin, vice president for marketing and product development at Mitsubishi, told the Times.

In terms of performance, DeMartin said the laser television promises a greater range and intensity of colors. He said the new sets would be made with compact, sculptured cabinets and remain relatively light because the screens would be advanced plastics rather than the glass common in plasma television flat-panel units.

Solid-state lasers, DeMartin said, will greatly outlast lamps. As a light source, he said, they are practically permanent, meaning that the lasers should last for the set's lifetime."

IBM to inject devices with security

Apr 11, 2006 11:16 AM

In an effort to boost the level of data security on portable computers, cell phones and other gadgets, IBM Corp. is unveiling a method for injecting encryption capabilities into the heart of the machines' circuitry, The Associated Press reports.

There are ways to achieve encryption. Specialized software can do the trick, as can hard-wired chips inside computers.
But IBM researchers contend that unless the encryption function is performed by a computer's central processing unit, a supremely savvy hacker can tap into the pathway between the machine's brain and the encryption engine. [Ed - For more infomation on how to break into this side channel visit the RUXCON security conference]

To guard against that, IBM has developed 'SecureBlue,' encryption circuitry that can be integrated into any processor, regardless of its maker.
'This thing is trying to be one of the most paranoid devices on the planet,' Charles Palmer, IBM's head security researcher, tells The AP.

IBM is not the first to seek to integrate encryption into central processing functions. Intel Corp.'s upcoming 'LaGrande' essentially does that, though it requires interaction with a separate chip. The IBM researchers say they know how to skip that step.

Richard Doherty, an analyst with the Envisioneering Group, said SecureBlue's design appears flexible enough to bring strong encryption to such settings as cell phones.
That could mean enhanced security not only for users who keep data on portable devices, but also for owners who can use encryption to lock down copyrighted material."

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Security Articles

A bunch of interesting PDF articles on a variety of security issues including rootkits, spyware and viruses.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

iPod nano - What's Inside

Ever thought your iPod nano looked a bit fragile? Think again after you read this review.

Also have a look inside to see what makes an iPod nano tick.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

EVENT DETAIL - Make 2006 Your Best Year Yet

Hope you had a great Xmas and holiday break, welcome to 2006!

Made any New Year Resolutions yet? How did your 2005 ones go? Study harder, Save more money, Get fit, Spend more time with loved ones, etc. Did they kinda disappear by the start of Feb 05? :)

It's probably because they were actually dreams - things that would be "nice" to have and not concrete things you were determined to achieve. It's time you turned new year resolutions into achievable GOALS.

My friend Dale Beaumont is presenting a fantastic goal setting seminar and workshop this Sat (7th Jan) afternoon from 6pm to 10:30pm at a Sydney CBD venue (Wesley Centre, 220 Pitt Street) just 10 min walk from Town Hall station.

The seminar is open to everyone and is great value at only $20 to cover venue costs, and you even get a free book!. A commercial seminar like this would cost in the $hundreds$. I can highly recommend this seminar and would suggest you make the effort to come along and bring some friends to kick start 2006 and make some great achievements this year.

Download the brochure and let me know if you can make it and i'll grab a ticket for you.


Saturday, October 29, 2005

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Outside Looking In: The BSD Operating Systems

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

A while back, someone asked me why the open-source BSD operating systems aren't as popular as Linux. It's a good question. Technically speaking, the BSDs are often every bit as good as Linux. Indeed, when it comes to security, OpenBSD is the best of breed.

Indeed, you can argue that BSD is actually more successful than Linux on the desktop. I'm referring, of course, to MacOS X, which is based on Darwin. Darwin, in turn, is built on top of Mach 3.0 operating-system services, which runs on top of the 4.4 BSD operating system.

However, developers usually see Darwin simply as the foundation for MacOS X and its Cocoa and Carbon toolkit-based application. Apple says it would like Darwin to become an operating system in its own right for both its native PowerPC and Intel's architectures. In practice, though, Darwin has made little progress as an independent operating system.

So why hasn't mainstream BSD become widely popular? The answer is that there is no mainstream BSD. Like the many Unixes of the past, it shot itself in the foot long ago by dividing into several different variants: SunOS, Wind River's BSD/OS, FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD. With five major forks, not counting Darwin, only SunOS, which became part of Solaris, has had great commercial success.

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