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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
Bob from Warp2Search let me know via e-mail that they have uncovered a new, previously unreleased Nvidia Detonator driver version 44.65. This is the latest known build from the 44.xx series. This driver is a generic release and works on most nVidia graphics cards from the TNT onwards.
- Supported cards: nearly all; check nv4_disp.inf for detailsMore information @ Warp2Search
- No word yet on performance and compatibility.
- Beta release. Use at your own risk and discretion.
The SCO Group (formerly Caldera), the owner of the UNIX operating system, has issued this press release warning that Linux is an unauthorized derivative of UNIX and that legal liability for the use of Linux may extend to commercial users. SCO issued this alert based on its findings of illegal inclusions of SCO UNIX intellectual property in Linux. The company also indicated that until the attendant risks with Linux are better understood and properly resolved, the company will suspend all of its future sales of the Linux operating system.
Read the full press release @ SCO Group
I just noticed over at Warp2Search that Microsoft has released a new service pack for Windows XP users, named SP1a which includes a bunch of the latest security and reliability updates to the Windows XP family of operating systems, and includes Internet Explorer 6 SP1a.
Windows XP Service Pack 1a (SP1a) provides the latest security and reliability updates to the Windows XP family of operating systems, and includes Internet Explorer 6 SP1a. Windows XP SP1a is designed to ensure Windows XP platform compatibility with newly released software and hardware, and includes updates that resolve issues discovered by customers or by Microsoft's internal testing team. To determine whether to install Windows XP SP1a, we recommend reviewing the Windows XP documentation and information below.More information @ Warp2Search
Over the past day or two there has been some on-going discussion in our forums regarding spyware and a whole bunch of other nasty-wares which companies are using without the majority of us Internet users even having a clue about it - which is the unfortunate part. One of our forum moderators, Mr.C (our legendary spyware master), let us all know about a little, unknown program called Spybot Search & Destroy which some are considering better than Ad Aware since it is updated more regularly than it.
I wanted to see what all the fuss was about...So I went ahead and downloaded the much talked about program thinking my system was fairly clean, but not 100% certain. After a two minute search of my file system and registry, it found 233 cases, including a bunch of horrid Gator registry entries and others which performed tasks I had no idea were happening - but explained the unexplained network activity when my computing sessions were inactive and advertisement pop-ups.
I tell you, its sure good knowing your system is clean and safe from all the crap which can invade it from time to time! You can download Spybot Search & Destroy from the following URL and let all your anger out regarding malicious use of these xwares by various companies over here in our forums.
More information @ Spybot Search & Destroy
Adek over at Tech Connect just let me know that they have mirrored the preview release Service Pack 4 for Windows 2000 on their servers for registered members only - registation is free.
Take caution when downloading this monster 135mb service pack, treat it as a BETA and don't come running back to me crying if it messes up your system - I will have no pity.
Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) provides the latest updates to the Windows 2000 family of operating systems. These updates are a collection of fixes in the following areas: application compatibility, operating system reliability, security, and setup.More information @ Tech Connect