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05-08-2002, 10:00 PM
Microsoft has published a KnowledgeBase article on how some Windows 2000 Hotfixes may cause a conflict with Service Pack 3. This issue affects only a small number of post-Service Pack 3 (SP3 ) hotfixes created between April 2 and July 29, available only from Microsoft Product Support Services and does not affect any Windows 2000 Hotfixes that are available from the Microsoft Download Centre or on the Windows Update Web site, including Windows 2000 Security Updates. If this issue affects your system, the Windows 2000 SP3 Installer will pause during Setup & alert you to the fixes that are in conflict. If you do not receive this alert message, you do not have to worry about this issue. If you choose to continue Setup without taking action, you can still finish the Service Pack 3 (SP3) installation and then apply the updated fix afterward. Read the article and grab the fix here (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q309601).

SmartFTP 1.0.969 has been released with the following changes:
* New "Global Settings" dialog
* SSL Explicit
- ftps:// in address bar
- Queue support
* "Show Log" in the Queue
* Smart Keep Alive
* 64bit file size support
* Rewrote ASCII, Exclusion Filters
-] [/url] Old settings get lost
You can download it here (http://www.smartftp.com), or use the auto-update feature if you already have it installed.

ExtremeOC (http://www.extremeoverclocking.com/reviews/cooling/Aug02_HS_Comp_1.html) have done a Socket-A Heat Sink Comparison with 13 of the newest contenders on the market. The included coolers are:
Thermaltake Volcano 9
Thermaltake Volcano 7+
AOC D5-832
Coolink U2P
Coolink U2L
Coolink U1P2
Coolink U1L2
Coolink H2T
Coolink H1T
Dynatron DY1206BH-625
Alpha PAL8045
Have a read if your in the market for a new cooler.

Tweaktown have posted a DDR400 Duel (http://www.tweaktown.com/document.php?dType=article&dId=329) between Samsung, Geil and a Corsair XMS3000 stick joining in. Here's a slice of the action:
Recently we took a look at our first DDR-400 memory module, Kingmax's DDR-400 DDR SDRAM module - We now take a look at two other memory modules that have arrived in our labs and have tested them against a well known competitor, Corsair XMS3000.
Hop on over and see how the new guys fare against the benchmark Corsair.

Gigabyte has announced that they will no longer be using the integrated Creative CT5880 hardware sound controller in their products. Their announcement states that the Creative CT5880 sound controller doesnít meet the growing user demand any more as it doesnít support 6-channel sound and S/PDIF Out and that from now on they will be using the 6-channel ACí97 codec instead. The ACí97 codec will appear on all new products, as well as the GA-8IEXP, GA-8IEX and GA-7VRXP motherboards which are equipped with the Creative chipset

The XBox Linux Project team have released a new pre-alpha of their XBox BIOS. Here's what they got to say about it:
This is the first release of the replacement BIOS. It initializes all PCI peripherals and performs the PIC watchdog challenge, so that we have full and stable control of the machine. No Microsoft code or keys are used.
Download the source here (http://xbox-linux.sourceforge.net/index.php) if you feel confident enough to to play around with your $400 console

SpamNet version Beta 6 is available for download. SpamNet automatically stops incoming spam to your email client. The new beta includes the following changes:
- SOCKS4/5 firewall support
- Toolbar position memory-
- A fix for the disappearing buttons and much more
Supports Outlook 2000/XP! Coming Soon Support for Outlook Express.
Get it here (http://www.cloudmark.com/products/spamnet/download/).

DVD Region-Free version 1.0 RC3 is out. DVD Region-Free is unique in that it allows you to watch all region DVDs on any DVD drive (especially RPC2 drives) even if it has been locked, you don't need to flash any firmware. It's secret seems to be that it disables region checks for software-based DVD players such as PowerDVD, WinDVD and CinePlayer.
Other features include Region-Free for RCE DVDs, Macrovision-Free, Operation-Free and run self at DVD players startup automatically. grab the new version here (http://www.dvdidle.com/download.htm).

Rage3d (http://www.rage3d.com)have managed to get a copy of two new NitroGL Demos for your ATI Radeon 8500. These are similar to the nVidia demos released for the GeForce 4's and are called Reflection And Refraction which are available for download from here (http://area3d.net/story.php?id=169) and here (http://area3d.net/story.php?id=189).

Netscape Communicator 7.0 Preview Release 1 is now available to download with the following features:
Netscape Navigator
Netscape Mail
Integrated AOL Instant Messenger
One-Click Radio
If you're still loyal to Netscape, grab the preview version from the following links:
- Netscape's homepage for more information (http://channels.netscape.com/ns/browsers/7/features.jsp)
- Netscape Communicator v7.0 PR1 Full version (31.3Mb) (ftp://ftp.netscape.com/pub/netscape7/english/7.0_PR1/windows/win32/sea/NSSetupB.exe)
- Netscape Communicator v7.0 PR1 Webinstaller (28Mb - 31Mb) (http://ftp.netscape.com/pub/netscape7/english/7.0_PR1/windows/win32/NSSetup.exe)

ATI has selected Cyberlink to supply DVD Player Technology for it's branded DVD player. Here's the announcement:
CyberLink Corp., a leading developer of digital video software and e-learning solutions, announced on July 31st that a License Agreement with ATI Technologies Inc. has been met. As a result of this agreement, CyberLink will license its PowerDVD engine for ATI's software DVD player.
"ATI selected PowerDVD technology because of its innovative feature-set and architecture as well as the complete support for ATI's industry leading hardware video technologies," said Godfrey Cheng, Director of Marketing, Multimedia Products, ATI Technologies Inc.

"With the fastest hardware acceleration in the industry provided by ATI's RADEON (TM) 9700, RADEON (TM) 9000 PRO, and RADEON (TM) 9000, more consumers can experience the richness of DVD playback on a PC."
The new ATI DVD player will be included with RADEON9700, RADEON 9000 PRO and RADEON 9000, including the ALL-IN-WONDER family of products. You can read more here (http://www.gocyberlink.com/eng/press_room/press_view.jsp?id=410).

It looks like the final release version of Internet Eplorer 6.0 SP1 may be ready. Microsoft has the final version as bld2800.1082 and all files are on their WindowsUpdate server. You can download the whole package or 77 individual files from the links below as the web installer is not working yet:
- Internet Explorer 6 SP1 Final (80 Individual Files) (http://www.braziliantech.com/)
- Complete Internet Explorer 6 SP1 Package (68.8 MB) (
You can download the Web installer (http://www.download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/v3/static/ie6sp1/x86/en/IE6SETUP.EXE) in anticipation of Microsoft activating the link.

05-08-2002, 10:08 PM
68.8MB for XP SP1. That is one huge update.

That's larger than the browser itself if I remember correctly.

06-08-2002, 10:07 AM
> 68.8MB for XP SP1. That is one huge update.
> That's larger than the browser itself if I remember
> correctly.

nowhere near as big as the browser itself, -=JM=-... bigger than any upgrade you could get though. I think the whole browser on its own is close to around 150-200mb.


06-08-2002, 10:14 AM
> > 68.8MB for XP SP1. That is one huge update.
> >
> > That's larger than the browser itself if I
> remember
> > correctly.
> nowhere near as big as the browser itself, -=JM=-...
> bigger than any upgrade you could get though. I
> think the whole browser on its own is close to around
> 150-200mb.
> Mike.

Let me clarify :) When I had an IE5.5 CD, to install fully it installed around 200mb. When you go to MS and download the update to IE6 you download around 12mb (on ME) or 26mb (on 98). This just updates files that need to be updated etc., not install a full fresh browser.


06-08-2002, 06:07 PM
Good point Mike. I never thought that around half of windows is IE.

Graham L
06-08-2002, 07:02 PM
Bloody hell. And Tim whatsit invented the Web as a simple and efficient way to share information. I bet he regrets it now. :-(

06-08-2002, 07:36 PM
Yeah Tim Berners-Lee sure did invent it to be simple and efficient. By the way have a look at this.

What not to email
Email is safe unless it contains programs. (Data and documents are fine, programs are not). If you send me a program, I will not run it, as it could damage my system and could be a virus.

Note: Documents for Microsoft word, Excel, and possibly other Office programs tend to execute programs (scripts) in what you would expect to be harmless documents. These can expose my machine to viruses, because these programs do not (it seems) prevent scripts from running within a document when it received by email. Please do not send me Microsoft Office documents.
If you are sending text, please send it as plain text or HTML. If you use your favorite word process, slide tool, etc, and send it in that program's format, then you are forcing me install proprietary software on whatever machine I read them on. .
If your email is sent from Microsoft Outlook, and contains an attachment, I will be more likely to discard it as I understand that a famous series of viruses in 2001 resulted from Outlook's tendency to execute scripts in email, and used up a huge amount of my and my colleague's time.

Here is a page of his here (http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/#Before)