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13-05-2002, 05:17 PM
Rage Software has announced that Mobile Forces <http://www.mobile-forces.com/> has gone gold. Mobile Forces is expected in stores in UK and Europe on the 31st May 2002

Intel is planning to release it's new Celeron processors based on the P4 architecture next week. The new processors will be released at a clockspeed of 1.7HGz and 1.8GHz for desktop computers. You can read more details here <http://news.com.com/2100-1040-909558.html?tag=fd_top>.

A new kind of Web monitoring software that they claim can collect enormous amounts of data on Web surfers while remaining nearly undetectable is starting to circulate. The technology traces Internet use via 'sensors' rather than cookies, or bits of code that sit on computer hard drives that have long been used by Web sites to monitor people's travels on the Web. The technology can be operated on any Web server and can monitor Internet use in real time. In addition, the software can block access to sites, e-mails and documents. Read the full story here <http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1105-909499.html>.

A rumour is circulating that new Detonator drivers from nVidia may be being released on the same day as the new Matrox and Power VR products. The rumour is that the new drivers will offer the same kind of performance boost for GeForce 4 Ti's that was seen with Detonator 4 and the GeForce 3. It goes further to say that the GeForce 4 Ti has an unused texture unit going spare on the silicon which the new drivers will enable, thus improving aniso filtering performance. Stay tuned.

Digit-Life <http://www.digit-life.com/> has posted some info on the new Matrox Parhelia-512 <http://www.digit-life.com/articles/matroxparhelia512/index.html> detailing some of the specs, performance and what the new card can do.

Nullsoft's team of developers working on the new Winamp 3 have released some new information regarding the development of Winamp3 as well a link to the lastest build of Winamp 3, Build 472. Here's a snippet of what they have said:
Winamp 3 beta is getting closer and we are going to burst into flames if we can't start talking about it soon. The good news is that we are finally far enough along that we can start spreading the word about a product so amazing that it may just prematurely bring about the apocalypse.
You can read the full update here <http://www.winamp.com/nsdn/winamp3x/news/betanews.jhtml> and grab the latest build here <http://www.winamp.com/nsdn/winamp3x/sdk/files/wasabi-sdk_build472.exe>.

Tweakers Australia <http://www.tweakers.com.au/> has posted a news item on their forums page that shows you a hack of the registry that is supposed to speed up the Windows XP shutdown/ startup command by altering the WaitToKillServiceTimeout key. Here's part of the post:

My Windows XP took up to 30-45 seconds to shut down until I found this tweak and WOW! Please back up your registry before making any changes. Go to Start -> Run and type 'regedit'. Navigate to 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control' click on the 'Control' folder In the right window you will see this key 'WaitToKillServiceTimeout' Double click that key and set it to a value lower than 2000. I set mine to 100 then Rebooted.
The whole newspost is here <http://forums.tweakers.com.au/index.php?board=2;action=display;threadid=694>.

Daemon Tools version 3.10 has been released for download. Daemon Tools is an application for advanced copy protection emulation that is implemented with a virtual DVD ROM drive, meaning, it helps you to play copies of nearly every CD available. Here's what has changed in the new version:
CD-TEXT support added
Fixed CD+G support for all images (raw P-W and deinterleaved formats)
Fixed Securom emulation problem in some games
DVD support for DiscJuggler images (*.cdi) added
Driver renamed to stealth.mpd (95/98/ME) or stealth.sys (NT/2000/XP) to avoid blacklisting (eg. in Safedisc V2.60.xx)
Fixed compatibility issues with ZoneAlarm Pro and some other applications
Some minor bugfixes
Get it here <http://www.daemon-tools.org/daemon/daemon310.zip>.

Microsoft has posted a page with a list of Windows XP Pre-SP1 Hotfixes and their associated Knowledgebase number. The page is a cumulative list of the articles that have been written to discuss hotfixes that have been released since the release of Windows XP. Have a read here <http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=%2Fsupport%2Fservicepacks%2Fwind ows%2Fxp%2Fpre%2Dsp1%5Fhotfixes%2Easp>.

Mozilla.org have released version v1.0.0 RC2 of the Mozilla web browser, the alternative to IE, Netscape and Opera. the new version of Mozilla contains the following changes:
- A security vulnerability reported in Mozilla by GreyMagic Software has now been fixed. For more information see the mozilla.org statement.
- Fifteen of our most frequently encountered crashes have been fixed. You can help us find any that are left by banging on Mozilla and sending in those TalkBack crash reports.
- Ten of our most frequently encountered application freezes have been fixed (including the dreaded bug 96504 on Linux).
- We finally support CSS2 :hover the way web developers want us to.
- (Bug bug 5693) It is now possible to install colormap on 8 bit displays using -install.
- (Bug 22337) Cookies can now be disabled for Mozilla Mail.
- (Bug 22994) You can now enable in preferences HTTP 1.1 pipelining (not on by default).
- (Bug 93054) Mozilla is working again on Mac OS 8.5 and 8.6.
- The startup hang experienced in RC1 is fixed.
Grab it here <http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla/releases/mozilla1.0rc2/mozilla-win32-1.0rc2-installer.exe> for Windows OS's and here <http://www.mozilla.org/releases/> for other OS's.

Opera Software have released the next beta version of Opera 6.02 (Build 1101) which is available for download here <http://people.opera.com/~windows/snapshot/o602_1101.exe>. Unfortunately there is no word on the changes.

LimeWire version 2.4.3 is out. Limewire is one of the few remaining reliable peer-to-peer download managers still circulating. The new version has the following changes:
- New 'add to wishlist' feature for searches that do not return results.
- Fixed bug where download would stall at 99% complete, automatically switching to faster uploaders when this situation occurs.
- Detects corrupt files when downloading from multiple host (by checking overlapping regions).
- Connects to the network faster (using socket timeouts and increased parallelism).
- Increased ultrapeer connectivity.
- Reduced bandwidth from re-queries.
- Incomplete files are no longer deleted with certain expiry times.
- New 'about' menu lists contributors, including contributors from the open source project.
- Sends 'Remote-IP' header when handshaking.
- Turns of uploads when in 'shutdown after transfers' state.
- Vendor column in connection tab.
- Fixed issue on the Mac where using custom fonts could make the options window unusable.
You can download it from the following links:
- LimeWire for Windows <http://www9.limewire.com/beta/2.4.3/LimeWireWin.exe>
- LimeWire for Linux (no Java VM) - Installer <http://www9.limewire.com/beta/2.4.3/LimeWireMacNoVM.bin>
- LimeWire for Linux (no Java VM) - tgz <http://www9.limewire.com/beta/2.4.3/LimeWireMac.bin>
- LimeWire for Mac (with Java VM) <http://www9.limewire.com/beta/2.4.3/LimeWireOSX.sit>
- LimeWire for Mac (no Java VM) <http://www9.limewire.com/beta/2.4.3/LimeWireLinux.bin>
- LimeWire for MacOS X <http://www9.limewire.com/beta/2.4.3/LimeWireLinux.tgz>
- LimeWire for SUN Solaris (no Java VM) <http://www9.limewire.com/beta/2.4.3/solaris/LimeWireSolaris.bin>

German site Chip.de <http://www.chip.de> has posted a guide which shows you how to defeat current copy protection systems like Cactus Data Shield 100/200 and Key2Audio that prevent an audio CD from playing on a PC CD-ROM. The trick is a simple as using a permanent marker pen. Here's the scoop on what you do:
With the use of copy protection a corrupt data track is added behind the audio tracks. This confuses CD-ROM drives in such a way that they refuse playing. Normal audio CD player are not sa smart as PC drives and therefore play them without taking note of the data track at the outside edge. If one now simply covers the data track then the PC drive cannot find anything at the place indicated in the TOC (Table Of Contents) and treats the medium like a normal audio CD.
You can read more here <http://www.chip.de/praxis_wissen/praxis_wissen_8725919.html>.

XBITLabs <http://www.xbitlabs.com/storage/120gb-ide/> have posted a three way hard disk shootout for those hankering for 120Gb drives. They compare two drives from Western Digital, the WD1200BB and WD1200JB and the IBM DeskStar 120GXP.

For some GF4 goodness, ComputerBase <http://www.computerbase.de/article.php?id=81> have reviewed the ASUS V8460 and V8440 to see how they perform and to show what advantages they may have, they have also thrown in some GF3 benchmarks. You will need the services of the Babelfish for this one as the site is in German.

Hardware Luxx <http://www.hardwareluxx.de> has thrown together a DDR Ram Comparo <http://www.hardwareluxx.de/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=6&t=000015>, featuring the Corsair XMS2700 256MB,
Kingmax TinyBGA PC2700 5ns 256 MB, TwinMOS PC2700 256 MB, Samsung PC2700 256 MB, OCZ PC3000 256 MB, Nanya PC2700 256 MB, Corsair XMS3000 256 MB, Crucial PC2700 256 MB Evaluation Sample, Kingmax TinyBGA PC2700 5ns 256 MB, Kingmax TinyBGA PC3200 5ns CL 2,5 256 MB, Samsung PC3200 256 MB and finally Kingston PC2700 256 MB RAM. This is a detailed review of the best stock out there and for those that can't be bothered reading the whole thing, the Corsair XMS3000 was the highest performing and most consistent of the bunch.