1/16/2006

Windows XP Service Pack 3: Not Until 2007

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft has gone public with a tentative date for its third service pack for Windows XP. And that date — the latter half of 2007 — is considerably later than many company watchers were expecting.

Microsoft has published the due-date for Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) on its Windows Lifecycle Web site. While Microsoft characterized the date as “preliminary,” it is still as much as a year later than a number of customers, partners and industry analysts had been anticipating.

Last April, according to at least one Web report, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Microsoft was consideringreleasing SP3 before Longhorn (now Windows Vista) shipped. Windows Vista is expected to ship in the second or third quarter of 2006.

Microsoft also has published “latter half of 2006″ as the tentative release date for the second service pack for Windows Server 2003. The “preliminary” due date for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) date jibes with what industry experts were expecting.

Microsoft has not made public an official list of planned fixes (and new features, if any) that will be part of either the Windows Server 2003 SP2 or Windows XP SP3 releases.

Source: Microsoft Watch

New Technology Boosts Hard Drive Capacity

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Seagate Technology LLC has started shipping a notebook PC hard drive that overcomes an obstacle many feared would be a major roadblock to the further expansion of disk capacity — and the overall growth of the storage industry.

The new approach that aligns bits of data vertically rather than horizontally enables Seagate — and other drive vendors — to further boost the density of drives without increasing the risk of scrambling data.

Since the first hard drive was introduced 1956, bits have been arranged in a flat, horizontal fashion on the spinning platters. To boost capacity, engineers reduced the size of the particles whose magnetic state is what actually remembers data.

But with some drives now topping out at 500 gigabytes, the miniaturization is nearly at its limit. Made any smaller, the particles can begin to interfere with the magnetism of their neighbors. The result is disastrous for data.

By storing bits in a vertical, or perpendicular, arrangement, engineers are able to boost capacity by taking advantage of the real estate that is freed up.

It’s a major change that all drive makers are in the process of undertaking, said John Donovan, vice president at the research firm TrendFocus.

“It a whole new way of doing things,” he said. “Not only do you have to change the thinking, but the tooling, the way the heads and disks interact with each other.”

Seagate’s new drive, the Momentus 5400.3, was being shipped as of Monday, the Scotts Valley, Calif.-based company said. The shift to perpendicular recording allows it to bump up the maximum capacity of its notebook drive to 160 gigabytes from 120 gigabytes.

Source: AP

Sony BMG rootkit still widespread

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Hundreds of thousands of networks across the globe, including many military and government networks, appear to still contain PCs with the controversial copy-protection software installed by music discs sold by media giant Sony BMG, a security researcher told attendees at the ShmooCon hacking conference this weekend.

Building on previous research that suggested some 570,000 networks had computers affected by the software, infrastructure security expert Dan Kaminsky used a different address used by the copy protection software to estimate that, a month later, 350,000 networks - many belonging to the military and government - contain computers affected by the software.
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“It is unquestionable that Sony’s code has gotten into military and government networks, and not necessarily just U.S. military and government networks,” Kaminsky said in an interview after his presentation at ShmooCon. The researcher would not say how many networks belonged to government or military top-level domains.

The latest research results comes as Sony BMG is attempting to finish up this particular embarrassing chapter in the company’s use of digital-rights management software. Earlier this month, a New York district court judge gave the nod to a settlement penned by Sony BMG and the attorneys for six class-action lawsuits in the state. More than 15 other lawsuits are pending against the media giant, according to court filings.

Source: The Register

Google AdSense Revenue Share Percentage Unveiled

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The NY Times published an article named “Google’s Shadow Payroll Is Not Such a Secret Anymore” in which it discuss Google ad revenue sources. In this article NY Times revealed that for every dollar the company brings in through AdSense and other places that distribute its ads, it pays roughly 78.5 cents back to sites that display the ads.

Jobs suggests Dell should eat his words

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

It may not be the last laugh, but on Friday afternoon, after the close of the stock market, Steve Jobs, the chief executive of Apple Computer, shared an e-mail chuckle with his employees at the expense of Dell, a big rival.

The message was prompted by the 12 percent surge in Apple’s stock price last week, which pushed the company’s market capitalization to $72.13 billion, passing Dell’s value of $71.97 billion.

In 1997, shortly after Jobs returned to Apple, the company he helped start in 1976, Dell’s founder and chairman, Michael Dell, was asked at a technology conference what might be done to fix Apple, then deeply troubled financially.

“What would I do?” Dell said to an audience of several thousand information technology managers. “I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.”

On Friday, apparently savoring the moment, Jobs sent a brief e-mail message to Apple employees, which read: “Team, it turned out that Michael Dell wasn’t perfect at predicting the future. Based on today’s stock market close, Apple is worth more than Dell. Stocks go up and down, and things may be different tomorrow, but I thought it was worth a moment of reflection today. Steve.”

Source: News.com

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