Still no news...
...of a UK launch!
I want a UK launch!
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The reduction in power consumption and enhanced cooling is not that big a surprise when you take into account the fact that this newer version of the card uses the same updated board layout that the dual-slot cooler model uses. In the photo of the dual slot cooler version you can clearly see that the ram cooling heatsink and power circuit capacitors are located towards the duct end of the card like in the latest review model. This enhanced board layout requires less power and with the addition of the dual slot fan produces a lot less heat. This review is mostly a testimony to the effectiveness of the new cooler.
not McDonalds, but all the people who choose to hate on Vista and then love up Server 2008. You're clearly firmly sat on the vista-hating bandwagon because if you had paid attention you'd know that as of SP1, both Vista and Server 2008 use the same kernel.
I'm using server 2008 as a desktop OS, set to use Aero themes and do everything vista does, and I also have a desktop running Vista proper. No noticeable difference.
I'm sure it's something they don't grow tired of; last time I went to america I had long hair unlike now, I wore predominantly black and probably worst of all, I flew out of Belfast International Airport here in Northern Ireland - I was "randomly" selected for two different searches, during which they x-rayed literally everything I owned seperately, X-Rayed my shoes and the empty case and even had some goon from DHS pat down my hair (presumably incase I had stiletto knives hidden in its length). It's absurd and it's not getting any saner.
will they please start issuing laptops to Civil Servants that are just thin clients with no useable hard drive to speak of. I worked in the civil service for a while doing tech support and time and time again people ignore the security policy or whatever reason stuff is meant to be kept on the servers, then work on a local copy for days and cry when their hard drive dies or they delete it and it's all gone and not safe on the server. Jeez.
Is celebrities being prosecuted when they break the law and generally act like assholes expecting everything on a silver platter and rules to be ignored just for them.
Still can't get over the CPS not prosecuting Amy Whorehouse for smoking crack, when The Sun literally handed them a video of her doing it. Unbelievable.
Am I the only one not amazed by most of Samsung's latest offerings? In the last year and a half about 90% of their slider phones are almost identical, with tiny differences supposedly telling the £30 from the £300 ones apart. I don't like their design and they're certainly doing nothing new with it. Boo to Samsung. Go back to making hard drives, I say.
This thing is basically an inspiron 1500 with better build quality, sturdier case and they try and get you to buy the 3 year warranty with it. It's marketed as a "small business" laptop but for whatever reason they've stuck the 8600M GT gaming graphics chip in it, and it's great for HL2:Ep2 and the like. Don't overlook the Vostro, unlike the seeming flippancy with which the XPS are built, the Vostro is put together with care.
I'd like to get back into linux, even if just for the experience with using something I'm not too familiar with. Trouble with any time I install linux (ubuntu, really) is if I'm ever having any problem with it the 'community' support seems to consist of my asking "I'm trying to do XYZ" followed with "you're trying to do XYX? Did you RTFM first? Jeez" regardless of my actual problem or how many manuals I've read.
Still, better than trying to do something different in OSX: any time you say "I want to do XYZ" they just say "XYZ? Why would you ever want to do that?"...
To be fair, when Nokia get it right, it's great. I had a Nokia 6300 before an unfortunate incident occurred in the bathroom and it fell into the "sink" (that's my story and I'm sticking to it) and became rather unfortunately waterlogged. It's easy to use and a nice, simple candybar design. No wonder that every Joe Schmoe in the street has one now.
You wouldn't install Windows XP on a Pentium 2 233MHz with 64MB of RAM, would you? So you wouldn't install Vista on a Pentium 4 2.4GHz with 512MB of RAM and expect it to work miracles either. I've got a Core 2 and 2GB in the desktop at home, with Vista Ultimate, and in my experience while Vista does indeed eat up more resources, it'll do more with high-end hardware. I've been using vista for over a year now and have neither had driver problems (and I'm using x64!) nor compatibility issues nor stalling/freezing/performance trouble. It's a new OS designed for new hardware. Keep on using XP on your current PCs, but Vista is perfectly acceptable for anything bought off the shelf in the last year.
However, anyone without the brains to set up WEP/WPA (ie: Joe Schmoe) is probably just trying desperately to get all their stuff plugged in and working without having to phone up PC World to get one of their guys to charge for the installation. An open wireless access point is usually just the result of a default setup by a naieve user; someone who actively wanted people to come along and use their wifi would advertise the fact. Bottom line is, just because there's no-one around to ask doesn't mean that you have permission to do it. Like stealing from a car with an open window - just because it's easy and no-one will know, doesn't mean it is right. The law is clear on this.
There have already been previous prosecutions in the UK for people piggybacking on unsecured wireless connections; the point is that the person accessing the network did not get express permission or consent beforehand and therefore broke the law. The Register in fact ran an article on this in 2005:
The reviewer recommends upgrading to PC2-6400 memory so that it can "match the processor's FSB speed". Actually, this is twice as fast as the processor needs, as the FSB will communicate with the standard PC2-5300 memory (PC2-5300 = DDR2-533 = 266MHz effective speed) after downclocking in a 1:1 ratio with the memory controller; the memory will essentially be run as PC2-3200 (PC2-3200 = DDR2-400 = 200MHz effective speed) so that it synchronises with the FSB. This is because the FSB actual speed is 200MHz, quad-pumped to 800MHz as is the fashion with current Intel CPU schemes. There is no _noticeable_ performance gain in running the FSB with a 2:1 memory ratio, something that would need to be changed in the BIOS by someone buying this laptop with the upgraded memory.
In short: save your cash, the PC2-5300 is literally more than enough.