11/27/2005

Tip: How to Re-create the Show Desktop Icon

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

We all know the Show Desktop icon on the quick launch tool bar. This is a very handy icon that minimize all the windows to show the desktop icons. But what happens if you deleted this icon. This is not a regular icon and re-creating it is not an intuitive task, although it is not that hard.

Here is how you can re-create the Show Desktop icon on the Quick Launch toolbar.

  • Click Start , click Run, type notepad, and then click OK.
  • In Notepad, type the following text on individual lines:
    [Shell] Command=2 IconFile=explorer.exe,3
    [Taskbar] Command=ToggleDesktop
  • Click File, click Save As, and then save the file to your desktop as Show Desktop.scf.
  • Use the mouse to drag the Show Desktop.scf icon to the Quick Launch toolbar or another location where you want the shortcut to appear.
  • Click Move Here.

Windows Is Pacing The Server Market

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The worldwide server market grew at an 8.1 percent year-over-year rate in the third quarter paced by Microsoft Windows and Linux servers who continue to battle each other for customers, IDC said Tuesday. Total revenue for the quarter reached $12.5 billion.

“Windows showed very strong growth in the quarter,? said Steve Josselyn, research director in IDC’s Server Group. “Linux didn’t grow as rapidly as it did in the previous quarter.? Josselyn noted that Linux’ growth was still impressive, though, as the volume server sector where Windows and Linux compete vigorously grew 14.8 percent.

IDC said Linux servers logged double-digit growth of 34.3 percent for revenue and 20.5 percent for units. Windows servers grew 17.7 percent in revenue and 15.3 percent in units. (The Linux numbers are calculated on a smaller base than the Windows figures.)

Microsoft Windows servers recorded revenue of $4.6 billion, representing the largest single segment of the server market.
Unix servers showed a 13.7 percent decline in units shipped and had $3.9 billion in revenue.

Source: Yahoo

Web site offers Saddam uniform for sale

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A U.S. auction house is trying to sell one of Saddam Hussein’s military uniforms online, calling it an “ultimate artefact” of the U.S. war in Iraq.

Manion’s International Auction House is offering the olive green dress uniform, complete with Saddam’s special rank on its shoulder straps, at a starting price of $5,000, but expects it to sell for much more.

“We have only seen one other Hussein uniform here at Manion’s, and it realized over $20,000 at auction,” the auctioneer says on its Web site.

The company says the uniform was obtained by a soldier in the U.S. army’s Third Infantry Division after American troops seized Baghdad airport in April 2003.

Source: News.com

Designer of Supercomputers Leaves Cray to Join MS

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Burton Smith, a longtime supercomputer designer and chief scientist at Cray, has resigned to take a position at Microsoft.

Mr. Smith was a founder of Tera Computer, which in 2000 acquired Cray Research from Silicon Graphics. The company, which was based in Seattle, was renamed Cray.

A Microsoft spokesman said Friday that Mr. Smith would work for Craig Mundie, one of Microsoft’s chief technology officers and formerly chief executive of Alliant Computer Systems, a maker of an early minisupercomputer.

Microsoft announced two weeks ago that it planned to introduce a new version of its Windows software for scientific and engineering users, and that Mr. Smith would be involved.

Source: NY Times

Online retailers await ‘Cyber Monday’

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

U.S. online holiday sales are expected to hit nearly $20 billion this year and should take off on Monday, when consumers return to work and their fast Internet connections after the long Thanksgiving weekend.

“Cyber Monday,” the term coined for the Monday after Thanksgiving, comes on the heels of the busy “Black Friday” shopping day when many brick-and-mortar retailers begin turning a profit.

The good news for online shoppers this year, is that “Cyber Monday” is becoming the Web shopping equivalent to “Black Friday” when retailers launch major sales and discounts to drive traffic, analysts said.

Consumers are seen spending $19.6 billion on non-travel goods on U.S. Internet sites during November and December, up 24 percent from $15.8 billion during the same period last year, according to comScore Networks.

Source: Reuters

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