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05-04-2002, 07:45 PM
Monty(thy god) is away on holiday untill aprill 19(even god needs a holiday;-). Have a nice long cool frothy one monty :)

Here's an article spied over at 3D Spotlight <http://www.3dspotlight.com> involving Sony's new copy protection that prevents an audio CD being played on a PC:
Celine Dion's latest release is generating heated discussions on Internet message boards. But the subject under fire is not the star's music -- it's that the CD will not play on computer CD drives.

Epic/Sony released 'A New Day Has Come' embedded with Key2Audio copy protection in Germany and several other European countries. According to a spokeswoman for Sony Music Entertainment, it is clearly stated on the front of the booklet and on the back of the jewel box that the CD 'will not play on a PC or a Mac' in the language of the country in which it is sold. Besides those notices, which the spokeswoman said were readable before purchase, the disc itself bears the same warning.

Can you believe this? Even though they do alert buyers, I just wouldn't buy a CD that can't be played on my PC... read the rest here <http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/bpihw/20020403/en_bpihw/dion_s_new_cd_crashing_party_for_some_users&printer=1>.

AMD had released a new Windows 2000/XP AGP Driver for motherboard with AMD-751, AMD-761, or AMD-762 Northbridge chipsets. The new driver has the following:
***** Version 5.33 *****
- WHQL Certified Driver
- Added support for Windows XP
- Changed settings to only use auto-compensation for the AMD-762 (MP) Northbridge.
If you fall into one of the categories above you can grab the drivers here <http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/TechnicalResources/0,,30_182_871_2336~4233,00.html>.

eDonkey2000 Client version 35.16.60 has been released for download. eDonkey is different from normal file sharing programs in that doesn't rely on one central server for searches and you have the ability to search all the files being shared anywhere on the eDonkey2000 network. Grab it here <http://www.edonkey2000.com/files/eDonkey60.exe>.

nVidia have released new Linux video drivers version 1.0-2880. The new drivers have the following new stuff:
GeForce4 and Quadro4 Support.
OpenGL. 1.3 with NVIDIA extensions.
Compatibility fixes (see the NVIDIA_Changelog installed with the release)
Download em here <http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?PAGE=linux>.

Internet Explorer 6 SP1 Build 2800.1005 has been released to testers. These are the only rela new features from the previous build:
To install IE 6 SP1 build 2800.1005 you must either uninstall your previous tech betas or use a clean machine to install this release of Internet Explorer 6 SP 1.

128-bit doesn't appear when mousing over padlock on https site.

Mousing over the padlock in the status bar on a https site will not cause the 128-bit message to appear. However 128-bit encryption does still occur although the tool tip is broken.
For more info and a screenshot of Internet Explorer SP1 build 2800.1005 go here <http://www.neowin.net/comments.php?id=3779&category=main>.

KaZaA 1.6 is out for download with the following new stuff:
Cool New Interface Our first major interface overhaul in a year! Give your KMD that 'XP Look'! And this is not all we are doing in the interface department... stand by for something special! Recommendations Open New Possibilities
New to the My KaZaA view is a powerful recommendation engine. The first of its kind in a p2p application. Family Filter Lets You Choose
Configure KMD to filter your selections. Password protection on your filters makes KMD ideal for family use and keeps your search results safe. Not Finding Stuff?
More intelligent alerts help you get the most out of your searches
Go here <http://www.kazaa.com/en/download.htm> or here <http://download.kazaa.com/cloudload/kmd160_en.exe> to download.
DON'T FORGET TO UNTICK ALL THE BULLSHIT THAT COMES WITH IT. TO GET AROUND THE SPYWARE BUILT INTO IT SEE <WWW.CEXX.ORG>

BlindWrite version 1.2.5 is out. BlindWrite for those in the dark, is a tool designed to perfectly reproduce most CD's. RAW mode is needed to produce perfect backups of some protected CDs! DAO mode is even better. Almost all protected CD can be perfectly backed up using with DAO. Blindread / Blindwrite are perfect tools to produce backups in RAW and DAO mode. The new version has these new features:
In SAO Cooked writing mode, CD with tracks of several kind had only the first track valid (since version 1.2.4, maybe before)
Get it here <http://www.blindwrite.com/download.htm>.

For those interested in facts, here are some facts on Windows XP:
Number of days it took to develop Windows XP: 600 (12/20/99 ? 8/24/01)
Number of focused team members: 5,736
Number of testers per developer: 1.4
Number of babies born during the project: 452
Number of interns employed: 504
Amount of macaroni consumed during 40 ?Windows Info Meetings?: 6,000 lbs
Number of Frappuccino?s. served: 86,400
Dollars raised for Seattle Ronald McDonald House (local charity): $2 million
Number of test cases for system restore feature: 1.6 million
Number of Direct3D graphics test cases run since Windows XP RC1: 43,114,143
Number of applications tested for compatibility: 5,500
Number of devices supported out of the box: 12,000
Percentage of the most popular PC applications distributed in the last three years that will be compatible with Windows XP: 90%
Number of track in the largest Digital Media Library test case: 31,000
Length in hours of longest single file captured by Windows Movie Maker: 114
Number of languages we are localizing to: 24 fully & 9 partially
Number of countries participating in the launch on 10/25: Over 50
Number of people attending launch events worldwide: over 580,000 in seats ? plus online audiences 5,120 system builders worldwide

Tom's Hardware <http://www6.tomshardware.com> has posted up what they call 'The Final Battle: P4/2400 vs. Athlon XP 2100+ (2400+) <http://www6.tomshardware.com/cpu/02q2/020402/index.html>'. Here's some of the beginning of the test:
Intel's strategy for CPU models focuses on the Pentium 4 as the leader in the mass market, as well as a continual increase in clock speed. Previously, this meant that since the introduction of the P4, the user has had to change platforms at least once. Nevertheless, the P4 chip has brought in a good profit margin (in tough times) for the company and has contributed to its positive record. On the other hand, the sales figures for the retail component market are still too low - among the real PC enthusiasts, hardly anyone goes for the P4. In this market segment, AMD remains the leader, offering its Athlon CPUs at a significantly lower price. The root of this problem lies in the hardware platform, which is much more expensive for the P4 than for the AMD Athlon XP. This scenario changes, though, if a large quantity of PCs equipped with the P4 are sold through discount chains. This is because typically in such cases only the cheapest components are used. This results in disappointment, however, because the high performance expectations for the P4 systems are never met. The inexperienced user is unable to compare this with a more powerful system equipped with the same processor.

Microsoft has posted up a Windows XP Patch to update the CD Burning facility within the OS. The update addresses several CD Burning issues that are discussed in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article Q309691 and Q320174 <http://support.microsoft.com/support/misc/kblookup.asp?ID=320174>. Download the patch here <http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/Patch/Q320174/WXP/EN-US/Q320174_WXP_SP1_x86_ENU.exe>.

Microsoft has also released an update to their Application Compatibility Toolkit, bringing it up to version 2.5. The Toolkit consists of tools and documents that enable both application developers and IT professionals to resolve application compatibility issues with Windows XP and 2000. Grab it here <http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/Install/2.5/NT5XP/EN-US/act25.exe>.

Still with Microsoft and it's another security Patch for Windows XP/2000 that fixes a Multiple UNC Provider Buffer Overflow Vulnerability. The vulnerability results because of a flaw in the Multiple UNC (uniform naming convention) Provider (MUP), which is a network file system resource locator that runs in kernel-mode memory in Windows. Download this update will prevent a malicious user from causing your computer to restart or to run unauthorized programs. You can read more here <http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms02-017.asp> and download the update for XP here <http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/Patch/Q311967/WXP/EN-US/Q311967_WXP_SP1_x86_ENU.exe> and 2000 here <http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/critical/q311967/default.asp?FinishURL=%2Fdownloads%2Frelease%2Easp %3FReleaseID%3D37555%26area%3Dsearch%26ordinal%3D7 %26redirect%3Dno>.

05-04-2002, 08:28 PM
Tweak's always got the news! You da man!

For those interested in just what Kazaa are actually doing check this interesting read out:
http://australianit.news.com.au/articles/0,7204,4076974%5E15306%5E%5Enbv%5E,00.html

Apparently some company called Altnet are selling users of Kazaa's computer space to companies.

05-04-2002, 09:06 PM
yep daniel, as reported in the previous news ;-)

what shall we do with no monty news....time to tweak out the pc ;-)