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tweak\'e
07-10-2002, 09:04 PM
StyleXP 1.01M released
Anew version 1.01M of StyleXP has been released for download. StyleXP is an XP add-on that customises the way your XP system looks. Instead of lines and gradients for the desktop an windows like Control Panel, the Windows XP GUI supports the use of bitmaps. StyleXP utilises this by adding its own set of bitmaps giving you greater flexability.
StyleXP 1.01M released (http://www.tgtsoft.com/download.asp)

SMS-it, the program that can send SMS messages to a mobile phone using your computer, version 2.4 is out with no word on changes. SMS-it supports Picture messages, Caller Group Graphic, Operator Logo, Ringtones and Flash SMS and the messages can be sent through an attached modem, through an internet connection or directly through an attached mobile phone. If a mobile phone is attached to the computer (IE through the IR port), the contents of the inbox can be downloaded and stored in folders. The phonebook can also be downloaded and synchronized with SMS-it. If your into SMS then this is the program for you.
SMS-it 2.4 out
(http://www.mawnet.com/download1.html)

Here's another all-round media player for you, Ashampoo Media Player+ is a media player that includes support for over twenty major media file formats, which it can play on any Windows computer without additional codecs. In addition to this it can play many, many more sub-formats in combination with additional freely-available codecs. (DivX for example). In addition to enabling you to play a large number of different formats out of the box, this also means that you can add support for new and different formats as and when the plugins become available. This is a good program to have.
Ashampoo Media Player+ version 1.81 released (http://www.ashampoo.com/products/0014/)

InterVideo to announce new WinDVD version at VIA Technology Forum
InterVideo is set to demonstrate its latest enhancement for WinDVD at the VIA Technology Forum in November. The new technology will enable WinDVD to support 24/96 content that will bring DVD audio quality for a software DVD player to the PC. In order to demo this support, the WinDVD software will rely on VIA’s Envy line of controllers to provide 24-bit playback support. You can read more on this advancement over at VIA Technologies (http://www.via.com.tw/en/vtf2002/honda.jsp).

GDDR-3 - Special Standard for graphics card memory

ATI has been working with DRAM vendors to define GDDR-3 memory standard, an alternative to DDR-2 that should hit the market next year. This standard will allow memory speeds on graphics cards to hit 500MHz. Michael Litt, technical manager for strategic marketing at ATI said that GDDR3 was born out of the desire and the necessity for ATI to gain more control over where memory technologies were heading. Here's a bit more on the story posted over at ATI website:
GDDR-3 in many ways is similar to the DDR-2 specification that has already been defined and is expected to succeed the current DDR, but there are some key differences tailored for the needs of high-bandwidth graphics controllers, Litt said.
"The bottom line is that the demand of system memory and the demands of memory for graphics are diverging. You can't just overlay the work done at Jedec that was intended for 200-MHz," Litt said, referring to the standards-making group that has defined DDR and DDR-2. "With GDDR-3 for graphics you're running at 500-MHz and up to 800-MHz and you're looking at data rates of 1- to 1.6-gigabits per second per pin."
Check the rest here (http://www.ATI.com).

What is Girder you say, Girder is a program that can take any input (keyboard, remote control, internet) and translate that into an action on your computer. The action could be to run Winamp, a software DVD player or even shutting down windows itself. Here's a selection of some of the actions available:
Task switch detection
Keypress simulation (IMPROVED)
Sentence type simulation
Monitor off/on
Screensaver
Powerdown/Shutdown/Logoff/Reboot
Play Wav files
Recording and Playback of the most important window messages ! Almost every button click, menuclick, keypress generates this type of message. Girder captures these and plays them back.
Mouse movements
Closing windows
Hiding/Showing windows and controls
APM
Button clicks and double clicks.
Full control of the Volume of all soundcards.
On Screen Display
Talking Clock
Conditional execution of commands
(Sleep) Timer
Controlling your Canon digital camera.
This is a pretty versatile program that I have tried and found to be very handy.
Girder released (http://www.girder.nl/index.php)

Version 0.50.824 of myIE2, the program that can open more web pages in one MyIE instance, is out with the following changes:
- Favorite Speed
- New translation settings. Update yours by click default at proxy setting-] [/url]translate
- Can not use '+' in default search
- Can not display '&' in status
- A new line is added into myie.ini file
- System menu bar will not lock correctly after customization
- Right click while draging favorite item at left panel will not release drag action
- Undo menu lost when open from extenal links
- Toolbar size problem under XP
You can read more on the program at the myIE2 (http://myie2.yeah.net/) hompepage and download it from the link below.
myIE2 version 0.50.824 released
(http://www.ruihehang.com/myie2/files/MyIE2Final.zip)

If your running Linux and need a DVD ripper program dvd::rip may be what you need. dvd::rip is a Perl Gtk+ based DVD copy program build on top of a low level DVD Ripping API, which uses the Linux Video Stream Processing Tool transcode. dvd::rip makes copies of your DVDs using a four step process:
- Specify file system storage locations.
- Read TOC from DVD, select a title and rip it.
- Adjust clipping and zooming parameters.
- Set transcode options and go!
dvd::rip 0.46 released (http://www.exit1.org/dvdrip/download.cipp)

Updated AMD Overclocking Guide
TweakTown has posted an updated AMD Overclocking Guide to extract the most speed out of that Athlon of yours. Here's a clip of the introduction:
After hearing all the writings and arguments between the Intel -vs- AMD folks, you have finally decided to go the AMD route. But how can you overclock it? Come join TweakTown as they bring you an updated AMD Overclocking Guide. It will cover the process of overclocking the processor, setting the BIOS and even some general troubleshooting tips and hints. Let's revisit just what makes the AMD line of processor so special!
Check out the full guide here (http://www.tweaktown.com/document.php?dType=guide&dId=376).

WindowBlinds version 3.41 has been released with the following changes:
WindowBlinds 3.41 is designed to improve reliability on Windows 98 and ME. It also is more integrated into Windows XP - no more Windows classic title bar showing when programs are not responding or hung.
If your not sure, WindowsBlinds lets users completely customise the Windows user interface. Change your title bars, push buttons, scroll bars, borders, radio buttons, Start bar, and virtually every other part of Windows. It works by applying skins. It turns Windows 98, ME, and 2000 into fully skinnable operating systems. On Windows XP, it integrates natively into the Windows XP visual style engine and extends it to support new features and increase performance via hardware acceleration. Visit the WindowsBlinds (http://www.windowblinds.net) homepage for more info and download the program from the link below.
WindowBlinds version 3.41 released (ftp://ftp.cso.uiuc.edu/pub/ftp/ftphost.simtel.net/pub/simtelnet/win95/graphics/wb341pub.zip)

Computer game promotion gone wrong
Acclaim Entertainment's promotional stunt for the PS2 game Burnout 2: Point of Impact has been hammered by the US Department of Transport. Acclaim offered to refund the fines of any driver caught by speed cameras on 11 October to mark the launch of the new game. After the criticism from the government, Acclaim said they did not condone speeding but wanted to "ease the financial pain a bit". But the Department of Transport insisted that the campaign was likely to promote speeding and encourage dangerous driving. You can read more at VNUNet (http://www.vnunet.com/News/1135668).

thx monty (http://www.ozquake.com/montysdump/index.html)