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05.28.2003 - Microsoft Slashes Office XP Prices



View Microsoft-Office related news. Microsoft Corp. has begun dropping the prices of some of its flagship software products, starting with the Office XP family. The Redmond, Wash., software company on Wednesday will announce that it is cutting retail prices by between 15 percent and 30 percent on a number of products in its Office XP product family. Microsoft is cutting the retail price of both the Standard and Professional Office XP products by some 15 percent, while also dropping the price for stand-alone applications like Word 2002, Excel 2002, PowerPoint 2002 and Access 2002 by some 30 percent. Retail pricing before the cuts was $479 for the Office XP Standard Edition and $579 for the Professional Edition. The price reductions take effect Wednesday in the United States and Canada; they will also be rolled out globally.
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02.03.2003 - Fujitsu Discloses Cause of HDD Problems



View HardDrive related news. "Fujitsu Ltd of Japan has revealed the results of its investigation into the causes of problems reported with its hard disk drives (see NE Asia, December 2002)."
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01.23.2003 - Sony to phase out 17-inch and 19-inch CRT monitors



View News related news. "Sony officials said the company will quietly phase out all of its 17-inch and 19-inch CRT monitors by March 31, part of the industry's shift away from CRTs to LCD panels. Fans of the popular Sony Trinitron line of monitors and its related aperture-grill technology will be forced instead to purchase Sony's 21-inch and 24-inch CRT displays, which Sony officials said they will continue to produce."
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11.30.2002 - Winevar-A Virus adds insult to damage



View AntiVirus related news. Winevar-A, the latest mass mailing virus, adds insult to injury for infected victims. As well as attempting to delete files and sending repeating HTTP requests to Symantec's Web site (an unsophisticated DDoS ploy), Winevar also displays a rude message.
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11.29.2002 - Softchitect: PicoZip v2.2



View PicoZip related news. PicoZip is an award winning file compression utility for Microsoft Windows users. Its intuitive user interface is extremely easy to use, while its wide ranging support for most file compression formats and comprehensive feature set makes PicoZip the only archive utility you will ever need." "Supports ACE, ARC, ARJ, BH, CAB, GZ, JAR, LHA, LZH, RAR, TAR, TGZ, Z, ZIP, ZOO, XXE and UUE file formats.
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11.26.2002 - ISP download caps to slow swapping?



View WWW-News related news. High-speed Internet service providers are considering adopting new pricing plans that if widely adopted could take a bite out of file swapping.
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11.01.2002 - Popular Linksys Router Vulnerable to Attack



View Alert related news. A denial-of-service vulnerability in one of the most popular cable and DSL routers allows an attacker to crash the router from a remote location.
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10.29.2002 - Apple may be forced adopt x86 technology



View News related news. Apple's "continued technical disadvantage" -- which we assume means the race for computer processing speed -- against Intel is expected to force it to adopt x86 technology by the end of 2003, according to a new report by Giga Information Group Inc., a global technology advisory firm.
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10.25.2002 - Microsoft Office XP Resource Kit Updated



View Microsoft-WindowsXP related news. An updated version of the Microsoft® Office XP Resource Kit core tool set is now available that provides new tools, updates, and a number of minor fixes.
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10.23.2002 - DVD-ROM pick-up heads in shortage



View News related news. The shortage of pick-up heads (PUHs) for DVD-ROM drives is continuing, but some Japanese PUH suppliers indicate no plans to expand output, believing that some relief will come around in November.
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10.23.2002 - DVD Recording format showdown



View News related news. The multiple, competing and largely incompatible recordable DVD formats could be heading to a showdown next year. DVD “Multi” devices - spearheaded by Matsushita Electronics and supporting both the DVD-RAM and DVD-RW formats, will be coming down the pipeline in the current quarter, competing head-on with Sony-sponsored DVD Dual devices, which work with the DVD-RW and DVD+RW formats.
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10.22.2002 - CD burners may have reached their limit



View News related news. CD burners may have reached their limit, thanks to concerns about the structural stability of the media and the simple cost of developing faster drives. Today, most CD-R and CD-RW drives top out at 48X write-once speeds, while a few 52X drives have been introduced during the past two weeks from CenDyne, Lite-On, and Memorex.
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10.22.2002 - Largest Internet Attack Ever



View WWW-News related news. The heart of the Internet sustained its largest and most sophisticated attack ever, starting late Monday, according to officials at key online backbone organizations. Around 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, a "distributed denial of service" (DDOS) attack struck the 13 "root servers" that provide the primary roadmap for almost all Internet communications. Despite the scale of the attack, which lasted about an hour, Internet users worldwide were largely unaffected, experts said.
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10.22.2002 - DDR Prices on the rise



View News related news. Spot prices for 256Mbit DDR SDRAM in North America have surged in the last week on unexpectedly strong demand. The spot prices have risen to US$7.90 from US$7.50 in the region, US-based Converge.com reported. Meanwhile, they hit at least US$7.10 in all major markets, and US$7.60 in Asia, on October 21, according to DRAMeXchange.
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10.16.2002 - Microsoft released new worldwide lifecycle support policy



View Microsoft related news. Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday released a new worldwide lifecycle support policy for almost all of its products currently available through retail purchase or volume licensing and for most of its future products. The policy is effective immediately.
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10.16.2002 - Taiwan's Via to develop 'Pentium 4 clone' processor for high-end PCs



View News related news. Continuing to walk on a legal tightrope, Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. here let it slip out that it is working on a 2-GHz microprocessor, which is reportedly a "clone" of Intel Corp.'s Pentium 4 processor. During a presentation at the Microprocessor Forum on Monday, a Via executive briefly mentioned the processor while curiously raising questions about the need for 2-GHz processors.
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10.15.2002 - Tech-crash threatens to take down SETI@home



View WWW-News related news. The future of SETI@home, an Internet-based distributed computing experiment to find radio signals from intelligent alien life-forms, is in serious danger as academics behind the project face a funding crisis.
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10.15.2002 - Can Mac users switch to Windows?



View News related news. Remember how wonderful everyone thought the “Windows-to-Mac” TV ads from Apple were in the summer? You remember, stories of real people telling their real stories about how a $50 OEM copy Windows on their $999 Dell Inspiron ruined their lives until a $99 copy of OS X installed on their $1,799 iBook offered a kind of salvation previously only available for those baptized in the River Jordan?
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10.09.2002 - Shattered: This CD's in Tatters?



View Alert related news. High-speed drives increase the chances that a defective CD will explode. If you hear an intense vibrating noise or a bang from your superfast 48X CD-ROM or CD-RW drive, beware: Your disc may be shattering.
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10.08.2002 - Security Alert: UCSB bans Windows NT/2K



View News related news. The University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) recently banned student computers running Windows NT or Windows 2000 from the campus network, to which students connect in the school's dormitories. According to this notice, the operating systems were banned because "we have to consider the overall health of our network when dealing with vulnerable operating systems, virus protection, and network security threats."
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