Alienware, longtime PC manufacturer of high-end high-powered machines aimed primarily at gaming enthusiasts, has been bought by Dell. This will surely give Dell’s machines a credibility boost amongst the gaming community, if they can keep manufacturing the machines to the same quality.
Alienware products will continue to sell through their own website and will not be promoted on the Dell site.
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Linux Fedora Core 5 is now available for download from the Fedora porject site.
As well as the usual upgrades to the kernel, Gnome and KDE, there are some interesting new features added, particularly the addition of the virtualization software Xen, which allows you to host multiple installed OSes on one install of Linux (similar to VMWare).
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Windows has had the monopoly on Blue Screen of Death crash screenshots from machines in various unlikely places for the longest time, but here’s a screenshot of a Linux crash of the multimedia entertainment system on an Airbus.
I’m actually less interested in the crash itself since I’ve been running Linux on my desktop, my laptop (although I do run XP as well) and my webserver for a number of years now and have *NEVER* had a single crash where the whole OS went down or hung, similar to what you get accustomed to on Windows. I found this picture more interesting for the fact that I never would have guessed that Linux was being used for the inflight entertainment on planes.
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To get a real understanding of how far the gaming industry has developed, check out these screen shot comparisions of similar games from the 1980s, compared with similar games on the XBox360. The level of detail in the next-gen consoles really is truly amazing.
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Microsoft have announced a further delay in the release of Windows Vista which was supposed to ship in November this year. It will be now 5 years since Windows XP was released, and some are wondering whether Microsoft can keep up their cashflow from milking the same product despite growing gaps between product releases.
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Sun has a Java library for download that helps with the parsing of RSS feeds.
RSS is XML that describes news items or articles. RSS feeds are used for aggregating content from other sources, such as other websites. As the data is in XML, it can be transformed and processed very easily for display in a number of different ways.
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Sun has a great article on their Sun Developer Network site showing how to develop a WebService using annotations on the Glassfish EE5.0 server, and then use the JMX facilities to monitor the performance.
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RegHardware.co.uk have a great review of the Western Digital Raptor X 150GB drive. If you’ve been following the hard drive market for the last year or so, you’ll already know about WD’s 10,000rpm drives, that up until this point only came in relatively small capacities of 36 and 72Gb.
Until now. Now you can get a 150Gb drive with the same outrageous 10,000rpm spin spead and 15Mb cache – this is a drive that you’ll be hard pushed to match. Only a RAID 0 with 2 decent 7200rpm drives will come close to the performance of this drive.
Of course 150GB is still small compared to the 500GB drives currently on the market, but if you’re looking for speed, then this is the drive to go for.
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Sun has been working on this one for some time now, but news is that a massive grid computing site (with more to follow) is almost ready for customers. The site offers 5,000 dual-core CPUs, and if the pricing plan annouced in September 2004 still stands then customers will be able to rent processing power by the CPU, $1 per CPU on a pay-as-you-go scheme.
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