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Gaming notebooks are often the trappings of the wealthier geeks — or at least those that forgo food to afford a pr_msi_gx630_f

MSI GX630

high-priced rig. But now you can afford a decent gaming notebook, even if you aren’t the type who has a season pass at Aspen and a Lamborghini. You don’t need a dump truck full of cash to afford the $800 MSI GX630, and it can actually hold its own in the most heated frag-fest.

Granted, it can’t go head-to-head against a $3,500 Alienware 17-incher, but it isn’t a dollar-menu double cheeseburger either. MSI included a 2.3-GHz AMD X2 and 4 GB of RAM to give it a respectable 100.4 frames per second in Quake 4, and its business performance score put it in league with a Sony FZ or Apple 15-incher.

Then again, you can’t offer such an affordable gamer without cutting corners. There’s no Blu-ray option, so you won’t be piping any hot hi-def out to your TV with this machine. The keyboard is also a weird mix of thoughtful accents and blundered control placement. The addition of a numpad is smart, but some gamers will fume at the misplacement of the left Control button (there’s a Fn button in its stead). There are also only 2 USB ports, and the fan blows right on your mouse hand (unless you’re a southpaw).

The system’s 1.5-hour battery life is poopy at best. It gets a little leeway by being a gaming machine, but for a 15-incher, the battery life should be better. But for all these shortcomings, the GX630 receives an executive pardon for its price — ramen-eating game junkies everywhere should rejoice.

WIRED Cheap, cheap, cheap. Offers decent but not astounding gaming performance combined with solid business skillz.

TIRED Mushy keyboard with a misplaced Control key. Hot fan makes for sweaty mouse hand. Where’s our Blu-ray drive?

  • Style: Budget
  • Operating System: MS Vista
  • Manufacturer: MSI
  • Price: $800 (as tested)
  • Release Date: January 26, 2009

    from: Wired Product Review Network

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Soon we may get the first ever glimpse of the dark side of the sun.

Well, no, there’s no actual dark side of a luminous ball of burning gas, but there is an effective dark side, as in, the side of the sun we can’t see at any given time.

Scientists aren’t content to get just half of the picture, so they’ve launched the STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatories) mission, a pair of NASA spacecraft that will orbit the sun simultaneously to provide a complete view of all sides of the star at once.

“Then there will be no place to hide and we can see the entire sun for the first time,” STEREO project scientist Michael Kaiser of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center told Wired.com.

The perfect spherical view will come on Feb. 6, 2011. Right now the satellites, which were launched in October 2006, are about 90 degrees apart, which allows a picture of about 270 degrees of the sun — the fullest view yet.

“The who goal of all of this is to try to get a better handle to try to predict solar storms, which cause cell phone disturbances, and disruptions to communications and power.” Kaiser said. “We’d like to be able to predict these things as far in advance as possible to give us a longer warning time.”

Solar storms are magnetic disruptions on the sun that release violent sprays of charged particles into space. These storms can produce magnificent displays of the Northern Lights. But some past storms have also cost airlines and satellite communications industries millions of dollars, and have led to large scale power blackouts (including one across the entire province of Quebec, Canada). Being able to reliably forecast these tempests in advance could make a huge difference in preventing disturbances on Earth.

Predicting solar weather is also important for the future of manned spaceflight. If astronauts are exposed to the intense radiation from solar storms while traveling beyond the protective magnetic field of the Earth, they could suffer serious harm. Even astronauts close to home who venture out for a spacewalk during a storm are put in danger.

“For future missions going to the moon and Mars, that’s very important,” Kaiser said. “Some of these solar storms can be very intense. If the astronauts were completely exposed to one of these storms the radiation could be high.”

The STEREO mission also aims to improve our basic scientific understanding of the dynamics within the sun, which could shed light on the workings of stars in general.

from:Wired Blog Network

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FINDS AND RECOVERS DELETED, LOST, AND DAMAGED DATA FROM ALL DRIVES AND FORMAT TYPES, INCLUDING:

  • Hard drives
  • Floppy drives
  • Music players
  • Digital cameras
  • PDA’s
  • Formatted, damaged, or repartitioned media

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System Requirements
Microsoft Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP or Vista
128 MB RAM
10 MB of available hard disk space
P2 400MHz (600MHz recommended)

Windows security looks like it’s already on track for its worst year this decade. The latest attack is a worm called Downandup, Downadup, Kido!, or Conficker (all the same thing), and it primarily seems to be being delivered via infected USB drives.

How’s it work? By tricking you into running the virus by modifying the way “autorun” works when you plug in a drive. Look closely at the screenshot above and you’ll see two entries for “Open folder to view files.” The one at the top is a phony entry that actually installs the virus on your machine… but of course it’s the default selection that pops up when you plug in a drive. Once installed, the virus spreads like crazy via a separate flaw in Windows networking system (now patched, so be sure to run Windows Update if you haven’t lately) and can quickly infect a whole office. F-Secure has more analysis on the clever way it tricks you into installing the malware yourself.

How bad has it gotten? Estimates range from 3.5 million infected in the first four days after it bean spreading to 9 million impacted… and gettng worse. By now I figure the numbers could top 15 or 20 million.

From an antivirus standpoint, fixing Downandup isn’t easy. The worm is particularly problematic because of the tricky way it involves the user in installing the software, bypassing auto-installation safeguards, plus its sophisticated way of avoiding detection, as it morphs its code constantly (using randomized elements) to make traditional, signature-based detection almost impossible.

Your best strategy for avoiding Downandup? Turn off AutoPlay/AutoRun on your computer (with Windows XP, TweakUI is the easiest way to do it). If you do see an AutoPlay dialog box like the one above, just close it and eject the disc or thumbdrive; browsing the drive manually for individual files should keep you uninfected, but you’re best off not using the drive at all. And of course, make sure your system is fully patched via Windows Update.

What if you already have Downandup infecting your machine? Try your standard antivirus utility as a fix.

We’ve officially reached a new level of creepy virtual interconnectedness, folks. If a recent study by Intel is to be believed, our society is thisclose to trading good old-fashioned carnal pleasure for the sweet humming of our laptops. That’s right—our daily google search sessions are officially (almost) as satisfying as sex. According to the study, a whopping 46% of women said they’d rather give up sex for two weeks than their Internet connection. Men, believe it or not, weren’t too far behind, scoring 30% in favor of the Internet. So it may be safe to venture that a solid 1 out of every 4 would rather wake up to a list of CNN news blurbs than sore and sweaty after a night of passion. Interesting. Scary. But perhaps this will cut down on STI’s? The Internet has been slowly and steadily taking over our lives for awhile now, but who would’ve ever thought our favorite gossip blog would etch such an unapologetic groove in our daily comfort zones? The Internet was also, not surprisingly, in the top position for most coveted extraneous expense. Eating out, shopping, cable television, and gym memberships were no match for the mighty world wide web. Of course, this just reinforced and green lighted the tech-heads’ vision of pitching products by intel chips. While I will never underestimate reading about the plummeting Dow, YouTubing all those “Put A Ring On It” Beyonce impersonators (don’t act like you haven’t), and the root and cause of all time wasted—Facebook, one last question remains: Would that male 30% remain steady without Internet porn? Now that’s the million dollar question.

Miko Morning Sky › Tools — WordPress.

“Fellow Americans we must stop investing in roads, highways and parking lots. The automobile must go the way of the horse as an antiquated way of getting around. Find a better way now before desperation forces us to do so. Let’s lead the country to a better future not follow the status quo into pollution and sprawl.
I worked in the oil and gas exploration and production industry for 25 years. Few citizens fully understand the scope of the current oil and gas production infrastructure in this country. There are tens if not hundreds of thousands of oil and gas wells across this country all pumping oil and gas continuously around the clock. Pipelines criss-cross the sea bottom and the landscape carrying
millions of gallons of fuel, yet the domestic production meets only a fraction of the current demand for the products. No amount of domestic drilling can meet the country’s demand. This world must change its energy infrastructure and transportation system and America should lead the way.
Imagine not needing to invest huge portions of your income to buy automobiles, maintain them, insure them and fuel them.
Imagine not spending a couple of hours a day stuck behind the wheel of a car trying to avoid getting killed or maimed by someone not responsible enough to drive safely.
Imagine, rather than having a network of trash strewn asphalt roads and parking lots, instead, having tracts of wooded gardens, parks, pedestrian paths and bikeways.
Imagine cleaner air and water.
Imagine being self reliant and not at the mercy of foreign entities.
It is possible. All we need is the commitment to do it.
Imagine a park around the mall instead of a parking lot.
Imagine spending your commute time reading the newspaper or surfing the net or working.
Imagine a casual walk to work through a wooded park.
If we don’t spend money on roads and traffic infrastructure and instead invest it in a communal transit system we could make America a better place to live and work. Lets tear up all the asphalt. Make gardens where roads now exist. The rights of way for a convenient and reliable transit system require much less area than that required for personal automobile transportation. Install a fuel efficient and quiet monorail or ground rail system. These systems already exist. We just need to invest in them. Initially the cost may be more than the cost of building roads, but there are so many hidden costs to maintaining an automobile economy the overall cost will be less. Besides the change is inevitable.
It’s time to start electing our leaders for their vision not for their competence at wealth accumulation. Invest in a new kind of infrastructure and it will enhance the economy, attract business, create jobs, and control growth in a beneficial and viable way. A real and working community of the future would enhance the lives of those living here.
Do we want a city like Atlanta or Los Angeles to be our model? Don’t be resigned to the past, take control and seek a new future.”

http://faculty.washington.edu/jbs/itrans/tomtrans.html

Speedtest.net

Posted: December 8, 2008 in links, technology
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What is Speedtest.net?

Speedtest.net is a free broadband speed test with servers located all over the world. Compare your results with others and easily share them.

link to http://speedtest.net/

Speedtest.net Mini

Now you can host a free speed test on your own server that uses the same technology as Speedtest.net! Setup is very simple, and the only requirement is that your web server supports PHP, ASP.NET or ASP.

This application is offered “as is” free of charge without any support – use it at your own risk. We will introduce new features to it every few months in required updates. As such you will have to download it again periodically.

While Speedtest.net Mini will work on almost any web server, some require minor settings changes.


http://link to www.speedtest.net/mini.php

ubetunes

Posted: December 3, 2008 in music, people, Strategy, technology, work
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