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ATI have just given us the heads up on a BETA 2 release of their 64-bit CATALYST drivers. These are said to add support for all their newest "X" line of RADEON cards. You can get to the download page here should you like to give them a whirl.
Do not even bother asking for it, I'll probably get yelled at just for this. Let's just say it would be safe to bet Windows XP 64-bit final is not too far away from release.
More information in our Windows Forum
While checking out AMD Zone I noticed the following picture of a CD-ROM which confirms Windows XP 64bit (albeit pre-release) does actually exist and is out there for AMD 64 customers.
More information in our Windows Forum
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Google Toolbar 2.0 beta for Internet Explorer 5.5 or later: Download
I noticed this link to MSFN over at Driver Heaven today which allows you to install Windows XP unattended with pre SP2 fixes and so forth. MSFN has all the information which you shouldn't miss.
Have you ever wanted a Windows XP CD that would install Windows XP by automatically putting in your name, product key, timezone and regional settings? Followed by silently installing all your favourite applications along with DirectX 9.0a, .Net Framework 1.1 and then all the Pre-SP2 hotfixes, updated drivers, registry tweaks, and a readily patched UXTheme.dll without any user interaction whatsoever? Then this guide will show you how you can do just that!More information @ MSFN
Microsoft has released a new set of Windows XP Power Toys today bringing them up to version 2 which includes, most importantly, a new 64-bit version.
PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released to manufacturing. They add fun and functionality to the Windows experience.More information @ Microsoft
Yesterday a former Microsoft employee pleaded guilty to falsely purchasing six million dollars worth of server software and selling it for personal gain.
Kori Robin Brown, 31, is the third person accused of taking advantage of an internal Microsoft system that allowed employees to order unlimited amounts of software meant for internal use.
Brown, a former administrative assistant in Microsoft's Xbox division, now faces up to five years in a federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
More information @ The Inquirer
PC Pro reports that a new Linux kernel has been released, version 2.5.75 to be exact.
With Linus Torvalds and Andrew Morton already starting work on a 2.6-pre series, this will be the last 2.5.x release. The changes in this release mostly involve maintenance bug fixes and performance tweaks.
More information @ Linux HQ
If you've only just came out of hibernation from the past couple days and use Windows 2000, you will please to discover Microsoft has released Service Pack 4 for the aging OS which seems to keep on keeping on.
Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) provides the latest updates to the Windows 2000 operating systems. These updates are a collection of fixes in the following areas: security, application compatibility, operating system reliability, and setup. Windows 2000 SP4 is a recommended update that includes the updates contained in previous Windows 2000 service packs.More information @ Microsoft
Today SiSoftware released their newest installment of their popular synthetic benchmarking program, Sandra MAX3! The updated version has support for a bunch of new hardware including 64-bit version of Windows and AMD's upcoming Athlon 64 processor and a range of new benchmarks to choose from.
When you buy this version of Sandra by clicking on either of the links below, you will be supporting TweakTown since we get a cut one each sale.
More information @ SiSoftware
UPDATE - I almost forgot, you can download the trial version of MAX3 from our server here - it weighs in at 6.84mb