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Start-up touts keyboard made of lightStart-up touts keyboard made of light
A Californian company will next year release chipsets that beam a working keyboard onto a flat surface
A California-based start-up has joined other companies in embracing the concept of a portable computer keyboard made of light.
Canesta will release chipsets next year that will beam a fully functional keyboard onto a flat surface, Carlo Tomasi, the company's chief technical officer, said on Tuesday at the Siggraph 2003 conference here. Siggraph bills itself as "the world's largest marketplace of computer graphics and interactive techniques."
Bill Gates is the biggest hoax on the internetBill Gates is the biggest hoax on the internet, says Sophos
Sophos reported today that Bill Gates of Microsoft has become a chart topper, taking first place in the list of most commonly encountered email chain letters, virus hoaxes and scams.
The Bill Gates fortune email chain letter claims that Microsoft's chairman is sharing his wealth with everyone who forwards the email to a friend.
Full sentence for virus writer after appeal failsFull sentence for virus writer after appeal fails
A computer wizard who devised three viruses which between them attacked 27,000 computers in 42 countries must serve his full time behind bars.
Simon Vallor, 22, who devised his trio of "worms" between June and December 2000, was jailed for two years in January after pleading guilty to three counts of releasing a computer virus on the internet.
Gruel worms launch cruel attack on MicrosoftGruel worms launch cruel attack on Microsoft, Sophos Anti-Virus says beware
Sophos has reported that the new Gruel worm (W32/Gruel-D), the latest in a number of variants of the worm - which poses as a critical security patch from Microsoft - actually attempts to launch a double edged attack on the Windows operating system. In addition to attacking the Windows installation, the worm displays a message abusing the Microsoft operating system.
MS alerts users to Windows DirectX vulnerabilityMicrosoft yesterday warned of security flaws with DirectX's DirectShow component that might be used by an attacker to run hostile code on vulnerable Windows machines.
Redmond has issued a patch - designated as critical - which users are urged to review.
The list of affected software is extensive: Microsoft DirectX 5.2 on Windows 98; MS DirectX 6.1 on Windows 98 SE; DirectX 7.0a and DirectX 9.0a on Windows Me; DirectX and DirectX 9.0a 7.0 on Win 2000; DirectX 8.1 and DirectX 9.0a on Win XP; DirectX 8.1 and DirectX 9.0a on Win Server 2003 are all potentially vulnerable.
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Iomega touts 1.5GB micro drive as Flash killerIomega is having another go at getting its removable disk technology incorporated into devices other than PCs.
This time it's touting a micro-drive system based on a 1.5GB disk encased in a stainless steel cartridge that's a couple of inches in diameter and weighs 9g.
Iomega calls the unit a Digital Capture Technology (DCT), and it's pushing the product at consumer electronics vendors as an alternative to Flash-based solid-state storage technologies. DCT drives, it says, will offer higher capacities, be more resilient, offer faster data access times and consume less power than today's portable storage solutions. They're also too expensive - Iomega says the DCT will be a "low-cost" solution.
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Cracking Windows passwords in secondsCracking Windows passwords in seconds
If your passwords consist of letters and numbers, beware.
Swiss researchers released a paper on Tuesday outlining a way to speed the cracking of alphanumeric Windows passwords, reducing the time to break such codes to an average of 13.6 seconds from 1 minute 41 seconds.
Schools stay mum on file traders' namesSchools stay mum on file traders' names
Some universities are balking at stepped up demands from the recording industry to unmask alleged student file swappers, citing procedural uncertainties over an avalanche of subpoenas filed with the courts in recent weeks.
Evesham dangles condoms in student PC promoStudents gearing up for the next academic year can get free condoms when they buy a PC or notebook from Evesham Technology.
The gimmick is part of the company's latest venture to target the UK's 3.2m students in higher education.
As part of a promo students can get a 5 per cent discount on all Evesham PCs and notebooks bought before September 30.
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Dell axes high-end serverDell axes high-end server
Dell once argued that an eight-processor server was powerful enough for most folks. Now, the company has backed off plans for systems even that size, canceling an Intel partnership in the process.
Dell had been funding Intel to build a chipset to yoke together as many as eight Intel Xeon processors for larger servers that are used for such demanding tasks as housing sales databases. But improvements in smaller two- and four-processor systems outpaced that of eight-processor systems during the "extended time" it took to develop the larger machine, said Neil Hand, a director of product marketing at Dell.
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