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19-03-2002, 12:05 PM
Abit has released a new set of their customized drivers at version 27.xx detonator drivers for their Siluro video card lineup. You can grab the driver here.<http://fae.abit.com.tw/eng/download/driver/i_adapter.htm#GF3>

For the security conscious who run IE 6.0, you may be interested to know that there is a fifth hidden security zone in Internet Options->Security->Zones know as My Computer. This means that you can protect yourself from your own system. Microsoft has kept this zone hidden as the average Joe doesn't normally need to lock down their system that tight. Enabling this zone may help stop the spread of trojans and bad ActiveX controls through you're systems. To enable the zone follow these steps:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurre ntVersionInternetSettingsones 'Flags'=dword: 0X00000021 (33) ---default
change to
'Flags'=dword: 0X00000001 (1)
Now reboot or logoff and back on. My Computer should now be visible in the IE Security Zones selection

.SiS has demonstrated the first AGP 8x GPU at CeBit. SiS presented their first sample board utilizing their new SiS336 chipset. Here are some of the specs of the GPU:
SiS 33x series specifications:
AGP 8x - AGP 3.0 standard conformity
Hardware Pixelshader - SiS Pixelizer
DirectX 8.1 functionality - Volume Texturing, Bump Mapping, Cubic Mapping, Shadow Mapping
Full Scene Anti Aliasing - Hyper FSAA
De-Interlacing & MPEG-Acceleration
Up to 128 MB DDR memory
Dual Display capability - only with SIS301B Video Bridge
SiS T&L engine - T&L based vertex fog range
The GPU will come in three flavours, the 332, 334 and 336, running core and memory speeds of 200/200, 250/250 and 300/275 respectively.

Morpheus MusicCity the download program for trading media over the net, has added an anti-piracy feature to its site to protect itself and artists from unlawful downloads of their music. Beginning in April, Streamcast Networks, the company that operates popular site, will add technology to erase a downloaded song from a computer after the user listens to it a certain number of times. This technology however will only be applied to those artists who do business with Morpheus directly and in an effort to promote new artists. Here is part what they had to say:
'As we roll out this new way of distributing content over the Internet, you will discover how easy it is to get your music out to millions of people without selling your soul to the bank,' the site says in trying to entice artist participation.
This new service hasn't silenced all of Morpheus's critics however, with them still maintaining that the company is still disregarding copyright law by facilitating trade in protected pieces.

A programmer has hacked into KaZaA and made a new version called KaZaA Light that removes the list of features below from the program, but doesn't affect the actual operation of the service:
- No Adware
- No Spyware
- No banners
- No bitratelimit for mp3 files
- No irritating websites loaded into KaZaA
- No crappy BDE Viewer
- No Bonzi Buddy
Grab a copy from the link above and follow the instructions on the page.<http://kazaalite.infinitehosting.net/download.htm>
(for some unknown reason i can't get this to work or download the full kazaa. anyone???)

A company called Flexstorm has developed a new type of CD called flexCD, that is about 1/10th the thickness of a normal CD, and flexible. You can check the tech specs here and not help but be impressed with a weight of only .6 grams on the flexCD 80 and production time of a flexCD also only takes .3 seconds, less than that of a normal CD.<http://www.flexstorm.com/english/media/technical_description.pdf>