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05-06-2002, 10:48 PM
QuickTime 6 preview edition has been released by Apple. The new version's biggest feature being the inclusion of MPEG-4. The preview is available for Mac OS 8.6/9, Mac OS X v10.1.3 or later and Windows 98/NT/ME/2000/XP. Read more and download here <http://www.apple.com/quicktime/preview/quicktime6/>.

IBM has finally severed ties with it's HDD division with the sale to Hitachi has for $US2.05 billion. Have a read at this little snippet:
The two companies announced in April that they would collaborate in data-storage systems and form a joint-venture for hard-drives, a troubled business segment for IBM recently.

Hitachi will initially own 70 percent of the new company, which will be based in San Jose, California, and will take over full ownership in three years after a series of fixed payments to IBM.

Hitachi estimates that the new company, which will employ some 24,000 staff at 11 locations around the world, will deliver sales of about $5 billion in fiscal year 2003 with a target of revenues of $7 billion by fiscal 2006.
Read the whole thing here <http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=581&ncid=738&e=1&u=/nm/20020603/tc_nm/tech_ibm_hitachi_dc_1>.

Andrew Huang, a computer science grad student at MIT, has cracked the copy protection of the Xbox <http://news.com.com/2100-1040-931296.html?tag=fd_top>. He has released a research paper <ftp://publications.ai.mit.edu/ai-publications/2002/AIM-2002-008.pdf> detailing the process, where he was able to gain access through AMD's Hypertransport, which was not encrypted. Here's part of the paper:
To crack the Xbox code, Huang developed a custom circuit board that he soldered between two key Xbox components. The board intercepted traffic between the components, from which Huang was able to extract the critical security keys.

Huang estimated it cost him $50 and three weeks of effort to break the code.

The primary security flaw in the Xbox, Huang said, was that the keys and other key security codes shared by Xbox components weren't encrypted. Instead, Microsoft relied on high-speed HyperTransport connections, dummy chips and other hardware measures intended to make it impossible for hackers to intercept data.

For a bit of a laugh go here <http://www.guimp.com/> and check out the world's smallest website complete with a html news section and a flash game of pong.

Microsoft has released another patch to fix the following problem in Internet Explorer:
After you connect to a Web site, you may receive an error message. After you receive the error message, you cannot use Search Companion to search for files or folders, or to search the Internet. The options to search for files or folders, or to search the Internet, are unavailable. Download now to prevent the error message from occurring.

For More Information -

<http://support.microsoft.com/support/misc/kblookup.asp?ID=319949>
If this problem affects you grab the patch here <http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?ReleaseID=39318&area=search&ordinal=2>.

The next Alpha release of Sonique2 is out if your willing to install it, bearing in mind that alpha's are buggy, unsupported and unfinished. If you like living on the edge get and install it from here <http://sonique.lycos.com/sonique2/>.

XPTuneup 2.0 is out with the following changes:
1. UNDO option is now available. You can selectively undo each of the four categories.
2. Welcome screen provides realtime display of available physical and virtual memory
3. A log is now maintained of the activities carried out on your system. Tips that have alread been applied are grayed out (disabled) so that you know what has been applied and what has been left out.
4. Also, if it is the first time you have installed the software, it will scan your system and registry settings and would automatically enable/disable tips that have been applied on your computer.
5. Interactive notification of actions taken. Now when you click on any of the buttons. you would be notified via a message balloon. You also hear a sound notification as well.
6. Bringing mouse next to ? icon would change the mouse shape and clicking on it would take you to the portion of the site where corresponding tip has been decribed in detail.
XPTuneup helps you get XP running nice and smooth. Get it here <http://www.majorgeeks.com/article.php?sid=1443>.

A KaZaA Cydoor Spyware removal guide has been published to show you how to remove the Cydoor parasite that comes with KaZaA versions 1.5 and up. If you don't want to read the whole guide, here is the important stuff:
FIRSTLY, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE NOT INSTALLED THE OTHER SPYWARE PRODUCTS INCLUDED WITH KAZAA (E.G. NEW.NET), OTHERWISE YOU WILL STILL HAVE SPYWARE LOCATED ON YOUR SYSTEM.
1 Download Ad-Aware here! <http://www.windowsmax.nl/download/aaw.exe>
2 Install Ad-Aware, and run it. Scan your computer using Surface Scan, Deep Scan and all your drives.
3 When the program has stopped scanning, it'll list all spyware located on your system. REMOVE IT ALL
4 If you attempt to run KaZaA now, it'll say you have uninstalled a component and then it'll quit.
5 Extract the CD_CLINT.DLL <http://www.windowsmax.nl/download/cd_clint.dll> file in to your WINDOWSSYSTEM directory.
6 Thats it! KaZaA will run and it'll not have Cydoor active anymore.
The only difference this .DLL makes, is that when KaZaA starts, it shows a small splash screen. Thats it! It does nothing else! The .DLL terminates, and leaves you to download to your hearts-content without KaZaA spying on you. You might have to repeat steps 2-6 if KaZaA bring out an update, as it might re-install the real Cydoor program (and other nasties).

Please be aware, that if you run Ad-Aware again, it'll display this CD_CLINT.DLL file as spyware. It says this because of the file name. It has no communication with any software, and does not attempt to access the internet.
DO NOT REMOVE IT OTHERWISE KAZAA WILL NOT FUNCTION!!

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THIS FILE IS 100% LEGAL. WHAT KAZAA IS DOING IS ILLEGAL AND SO THIS IS RECTIFYING IT. IF KAZAA OR SHARMANN NETWORKS START BITCHING ABOUT THIS FILE, THEN IT IS THEIR OWN FAULT. SOFTWARE COMPANIES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO INSTALL PARASITE/THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS ONTO USERS SYSTEMS WITHOUT THEIR CONTENT. PLEASE SPREAD/MIRROR THIS FILE AROUND. KAZAA MUST BE STOPPED.
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If you still need to read the rest click over to Windows MAX <http://www.windowsmax.com>.

MadOnion has released its MobileMark2002 benchmarking program. Here is the announcement from MadOnion on the release:
Burlingame, CA - June 4, 2002 - MBAPCo. and MadOnion.com. today announced the release of MobileMark 2002, a new benchmark to evaluate notebook user experience by measuring both performance and battery life at the same time. Performance and battery life are among the top purchase criteria for notebooks users, yet no method existed for evaluating both criteria with the same workload.
Here is a bit more detail on what the program does:
MobileMark 2002 addresses the need for a simple to use and broadly deployed industry standard benchmark that can measure and report performance as well as battery life at the same time. Until now, notebooks have been evaluated on performance in the AC mode and battery life in the battery mode. MobileMark 2002 will allow notebook OEMs, IT departments, reviewers, publishers, testing laboratories and notebook users to evaluate mobile systems in today's more realistic mobile environment.
Go to the MobileMark2002 <http://www.madonion.com/products/mobilemark2002/> homepage for more info.

MajorGeeks has a program for download called The Windows Registry Guide 2002. The Windows Registry Guide is a Windows help file that reveals all the best tweaks, tricks and hacks for the Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000 and XP registries. The guide includes tutorials and internet links to help any beginners along in their quest. You can download it here <http://planetmirror.com/pub/majorgeeks/registry/registry.exe>.

Tweakers Australia <http://www.tweakers.com.au/> has published a DDR Memory Performance Roundup <http://www.tweakers.com.au/articles/cpu_mem/ddr_roundup/page1.asp> that looks at the ever increasing role that DDR has in today's systems. Here is a piece of the roundup:
Tweakers Australia has come up with an article that will address several of these queries, including the different brands and models on the market, how they perform, and how they compare to each other. We'll be starting off with 4 DDR333 sticks and 1 DDR266 stick, and adding more as we get a hold of them. The DDR Memory Performance Roundup will also feature regular updates and new testing procedures when they are available? but for now we'll be checking out the bandwidth and timing of the models we have here today, so lets get started!

Multi Desktop version 2.00 is out. Multi Desktop help you to run more programs and open more windows without getting your desktop too crowded. It is a virtual desktop manager which will create up to 4 virtual desktops allowing you to have different windows open on each of them. Some of the main features are:
It has a simple Drag & Drop interface to move windows.
Different wallpapers can be set for each Desktop.
Stability
Needs little resources, runs very quickly
More features
You can read more and download the program from 8848 Soft <http://www.8848soft.com/multidesk.htm>.

Hardware reviewness:
ABIT AT7 Motherboard on Hardware-test.dk <http://www.hardware-testdk.com/test_show.asp?id=950>.
ABIT KX7-333 Motherboard on Serial Addiction <http://www.serialaddiction.net/reviews/kx7333/index.shtml>.
ABIT Siluro GeForce 4 Ti4400 Video Card in Video on 3dGameMan <http://www.3dgameman.com/vr/abit/abit_g4_ti4400/video_review.htm>.
Albatron GeForce4 MX440 Video Card on PC STATS <http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1118>.
ASUS P4S533 vs. Asus P4B533-E Motherboards (in German) on TecCentral <http://www.teccentral.de/reviews/mainboard/asus/p4s533_vs_p4b533-e/>.
Card Cooler Electric Iceberg Watercooling Kit on Tweak3D.Net <http://www.tweak3d.net/reviews/watercooler/>.
Clear PC Lucite Case on AMDZone <http://www.amdzone.com/articleview.cfm?ArticleID=1114>.
Coolermaster ATC-410-SX1 Hybrid Aluminum Case on GamePC <http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_content.asp?id=cm410&page=1&bhcp=1>.
Gigabyte GA-7DXR+ RAID ATX Socket A Motherboard on SocketA.com <http://www.socketa.com/reviews/gigabyte/7dxr+/>.
Leadtek K7N420-DA nForce Motherboard on TweakTown <http://www.tweaktown.com/document.php?dType=review&dId=275>.
Logitech Wingman Cordless Gamepad on bit-tech <http://www.bit-tech.net/review/99/>.
Plextor Plexwriter 40/12/40A CD-RW on MBReview <http://www.mbreview.com/px40.php>.
Samsung SW-232 CD-RW on Bytesector.com <http://www.bytesector.com/data/bs-article.asp?faq=4&fldAuto=99> and I am Not a Geek <http://www.iamnotageek.com/cgi-bin/reviews.cgi?name=sw232&p=1>.
Shuttle AK35GT-R ATX Socket A Motherboard on SocketA.com <http://www.socketa.com/reviews/shuttle/ak35gtr/>.
Super Flower SF-201-1 Green ALU Case on PC PowerZone <http://www.pcpowerzone.co.uk/reviews.php?id=107&page=1>.
SkyHawk MSR-4610 Aluminum MidTower Case on casejunkiez.com <http://www.casejunkiez.com/reviews/cases/skyhawk/skyhawk_msr4610.shtml> and Explosive Hardware <http://www.explosivehardware.net/reviews/skyhawk4610/index.shtml>.
VIA C3 1 GHz CPU on PC PowerZone <http://www.pcpowerzone.co.uk/reviews.php?id=108&page=1>.
Xoxide C6 BlackHawk Pre Modified Case on Inside Project <http://www.insideproject.com/showreview.cfm?reviewid=71>.
Zalman CNPS Cooling Kit on BlargOC <http://blargoc.co.uk/reviews/zalmancnps/>.

06-06-2002, 10:04 AM
Brillinat and informative once again tweak'e. I've read every news bulletin you've posted and have learnt a lot from them all, thanks for doing it and keep it up please

Dipstick01
p.s. GO CSI

06-06-2002, 10:07 AM
Brillinat and informative once again tweak'e. I've read every news bulletin you've posted and have learnt a lot from them all, thanks for doing it and keep it up please

Dipstick01
p.s. GO CSI

08-06-2002, 03:09 PM
BEWARE: make sure keep a copy of the original CD_CLINT.DLL for backup befor you replace the dummy CD_CLINT.DLL
If not you may encounter difficulty of removing the KazaA program for ADD/Remove window.