Daylight savings causes woes..The change to daylight savings seems to have caused more grief than Y2K. Not only were computer systems affected, so were phones, PDA’s and even the iconic Nylex clock – which has been turned off until April 6 as technicians cannot override the satellite link.
Microsoft is revamping its Windows Mobile, in direct competition to the release of Iphone last year. The new version, 6.1 to be released soon is aimed at being easier to use, and is rich with new features.
Ubisoft Entertainment has released its new Lost game, based on the TV series Lost. For Lost lovers, this is indulgence. There are versions for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and the PC.
Grand Turismo 5: Prologue demo for the PS3 has been released. Sales of 50 million of Grand Turismo highlight it popularity for the hard core enthusiasts, though they may baulk at $60 for a demonstration version. The full release is due out next year.
“Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don’t need to be done.”
– Andy Rooney
“Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”
– Popular Mechanics, 1949
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
– Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
AMD has just announced that it’s releasing its Phenom X49000 processors, designed for high end desktop systems. Also included in the series are a 65 watt quad core, Phenom X49100e, and the Phenom X3 8000 triple core processor. The low watt processors are timely with most of the big vendors going green.
BAA opened it’s new £4.3 billion Terminal 5 in March, only to be plagued with problems, including terminal logon problems and staff not being in place because of car park lockouts. This led to a large number of flight cancellations. These problems were the second major issue for Terminal 5 operator BAA, as the Information Commissions Office force BAA to drop plans to fingerprint domestic passengers. You can visit website at Terminal 5.
VOIP – Are you ready to take the plunge?
Voice over IP is a means of transferring voice calls over a converged voice and data network. Why use Voip – with the growth of the internet infrastructure and its reach into homes and businesses globally, Voip is an attractive alternative to have phone to phone conversation across an existing network at drastically reduced rates – compared to traditional phone call costs. Technology connects calls between Voip and traditional phone lines (pstn). Since Voip can use existing internet connectivity, users can make Voip calls in 3 ways:- Voip to pstn, pstn to Voip, and Voip to Voip. Many ISP’s are beginning to offer Voip services bundled in with internet packages. So what are the savings: calls anywhere within Australia point to point can be made for as little as 9c un-timed (or free in some cases), whilst calls to overseas can be made for as little as 2-3c per minute.
Many businesses are starting to take up Voip, whilst setup costs will vary, they all enjoy discounted calls, slashing phone bills by as much as 60%.
To see the cost savings, have a look at one of Australia’s largest Voip providers Engin.
Gizmos and Gadgets
Do you hit the snooze button each morning, do you need something to get you out of bed? Well, maybe you should check out the Chumby. Chumby is an alarm clock with wi-fi capability, allowing you to wake up to real time weather reports, internet radio, it is also a digital photo frame, and it can also play mp3’s. Check out the Chumby at www.chumby.com
On The Lighter Side
Think back to what life was like before computers:
*Memory was something you lost with age.
*An application was for employment.
*A program was a TV show.
*A cursor used profanity.
*A keyboard was a piano.
*A web was a spider’s home.
*A virus was the flu.
*A hard drive was a long trip on the road.
*A mouse pad was where a mouse lived.
*And if you had a 31/2 inch floppy…you just hoped nobody found out.
In MS Office products try these shortcuts:
F7 – Spell check word and document.
Shift + F7 – activate thesaurus on current word.
Control + P – activate print dialog window.