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  • Microsoft faces two new lawsuits over aggressive Windows 10 upgrade tactics

    07/30/2016 1:37:44 PM PDT · by dayglored · 64 replies
    PC World ^ | Jul 28, 2016 | Ian Paul
    Microsoft is facing more legal trouble over its handling of Windows 10 upgrades. Microsoft is facing two more lawsuits over the company’s questionable Windows 10 upgrade tactics. Both suits are seeking class-action status. The first suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Florida. It alleges that Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade prompts “violated laws governing unsolicited electronic advertisements,” as reported by The Seattle Times. The suit also says Microsoft’s tactics are against the Federal Trade Commission’s rules on deceptive and unfair practices. The second suit was filed in June in Haifa, Israel alleging that Microsoft installed Windows 10 on users’...
  • Microsoft to make saying no to Windows 10 update easier

    06/30/2016 12:15:46 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 22 replies
    ZDNet ^ | June 28, 2016 | Mary Jo Foley
    Microsoft officials said late on June 27 that the new update experience -- with clearer "upgrade now, schedule a time, or decline the free offer" -- will start rolling out this week. Microsoft will also revert to making clicking on the Red X at the corner of the Windows 10 update box dismiss the update, rather than initiate it, as it has done for the past several weeks. Microsoft officials said they are making the change "in response to customer feedback". Update: Here's the full, updated statement from Microsoft about the coming change, attributable to Executive Vice President of Windows...
  • 5 Unintended Consequences of Windows 10 Upgradegate

    06/13/2016 9:04:11 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 65 replies ^ | June 13, 2016 | Tina Sieber
    One thing that really annoys us about Windows 10 is Microsoft’s aggressive upgrade strategy. Steve Jobs famously said “people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” Microsoft must think this is true for Windows 10. And so its developers keep finding new ways to trick Windows 7 and 8 users into upgrading because surely they will like Windows 10 once the see it. Or they’ll just surrender. ... Microsoft acts as if its goal for 1 billion Windows 10 users supersedes the company’s responsibility for its existing Windows customers. This reckless battle has unintended consequences that...
  • Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY (Samsung laptops don't support a Win10 upgrade)

    05/31/2016 9:38:32 AM PDT · by dayglored · 38 replies
    The Register ^ | May 31, 2016 | Gavin Clarke
    Samsung is advising customers against succumbing to Microsoft’s nagging and installing Windows 10. The consumer electronics giant's support staff have admitted drivers for its PCs still don’t work with Microsoft's newest operating system and told customers they should simply not make the upgrade. That’s nearly a year after Microsoft released Windows 10 and with a month to go until its successor – Windows 10 Anniversary Update – lands. Samsung’s customers have complained repeatedly during the last 12 months of being either unable to install Microsoft’s operating system on their machines or Windows 10 not working properly with components if they...
  • Microsoft Must Be Getting Desperate (V)

    05/17/2016 10:40:44 AM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 120 replies
    5-17-2016 | Orangehoof
    I live by myself and had been away from home for 12 hours. I often leave my home computer turned on even when I am gone. Last night, I noticed my computer screen was on and my computer was downloading Windows 10. I tried to stop it and, when I couldn't, I simply shut the computer off. After turning it back on, it said "restoring to your previous version" and I'm now back to Windows 7. I noticed that somehow my update settings had all been changed to allow Microsoft maximum access and Windows 10 upgrade was now categorized as...
  • Windows 7 users complain of unprovoked Windows 10 auto-upgrades (BOHICA hope ya like it)

    03/14/2016 2:17:19 PM PDT · by dayglored · 91 replies
    PC World ^ | Mar 14, 2016 | Jared Newman
    As Microsoft auto-upgrades more PCs to Windows 10, some users are complaining that they weren’t adequately notified. Reports of unwanted Windows 10 upgrades have been circulating for the past few days on Reddit and Twitter, after the last Patch Tuesday. These users say they never approved or initiated the upgrade, and were dragged away from their Windows 7 (or perhaps Windows 8) installs anyway. This is all part of Microsoft’s plan, of course. Last October, the company announced that it would reclassify Windows 10 as a “Recommended” update from older versions starting in early 2016, at which point many more...
  • Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

    01/07/2016 10:08:43 PM PST · by dayglored · 71 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 8, 2016 | Iain Thomson
    Official from the Redmond horse's mouth If you're using a PC running Windows 7 or 8 you may be getting a little sick of endless popup screens telling you to upgrade to version 10, and worried about inadvertently installing the upgrade as part of a security update. Microsoft will start pushing out the upgrade as a recommended, virtually mandatory, update very soon (it's right now only an optional download). Some people are tempted to turn off Windows Update completely to avoid getting the new operating system - don't. It'll leave your computer vulnerable to attack as you'll no longer get...
  • Microsoft sunsets Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 for OEM PC sales

    11/10/2015 6:11:02 AM PST · by Utilizer · 25 replies ^ | Nov 4 2015 11:02AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft has given notice to its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners that they must no longer sell personal computers with operating systems older than Windows 10 from the middle of next year. Windows 8 PC sales must end July 1 next year Australian time. Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 can no longer be preinstalled on new computers from November 1, 2016, Microsoft said in its updated Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet. The Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Windows 7 were sunset on November 1 last year by Microsoft.
  • Here are the features that will no longer work when you upgrade to Windows 10

    06/03/2015 7:46:03 PM PDT · by dayglored · 155 replies
    Neowin ^ | June 3, 2015 | Steven Parker
    ollowing the exciting news that Windows will be free for everyone currently on Windows 7 or 8.1, providing they upgrade within the first year, users should also be aware of a few features that will no longer work with Windows 10 after that upgrade. The features that will no longer work are taken from the official specifications page on Microsoft's Windows website, and reproduced below. The good news is that in some cases alternatives are available. If you have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, or Windows 8.1 Pro with...
  • Human Upgrade:Tech titans’ latest project: Defy death

    04/06/2015 4:06:28 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 4, 2015 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    Seated at the head of a table for 12 with a view of the city’s soaring skyline, Peter Thiel was deep in conversation with his guests, eclectic scientists whose research was considered radical, even heretical. It was 2004 and Thiel had recently made a tidy fortune selling PayPal, which he co-founded, to eBay. He had spent what he wanted on himself — a posh penthouse suite at the Four Seasons Hotel and a silver Ferrari — and was now soliciting ideas to do good with his money. The Human Upgrade: (snip) Among the guests was Cynthia Kenyon, a molecular biologist...
  • Windows 'Threshold': More on Microsoft's plan to win over Windows 7 users

    06/30/2014 8:18:40 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 38 replies
    ZD Net ^ | June 30, 2014 -- 14:20 GMT (07:20 PDT) | Mary Jo Foley
    One of Microsoft's main goals with 'Threshold,' the next major version of Windows, is to win over Windows 7 hold-outs. Windows "Threshold," the next major version of Microsoft's Windows operating system due to hit around the spring of 2015, is coming into focus. And not too surprisingly, one of the Microsoft Operating Systems Group's main goals in designing and developing the coming operating system (OS) release — which may or may not ultimately be branded as "Windows 9" — is to try to make it more palatable to hold-out Windows 7 users. In order to do this, Microsoft is working...
  • Microsoft offers Windows XP users $100 to upgrade

    03/24/2014 8:02:11 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 69 replies
    SFGate ^ | 3-21-14 | Julie Balise
    Microsoft hopes to make it easier for Windows XP users to drop their old computers and upgrade to a newer Surface or PC by offering them $100 to do so. The Redmond-based company announced earlier this month that support and security updates will no longer be available for its popular old operating system after April 8. That doesn’t mean the computers will immediately become unusable, but they may be more vulnerable to hackers. Windows XP users can get $100 off when they buy a Surface Pro 2 or select PCs for $599 and more. The cheapest is an Acer Aspire...
  • Why Almost Free May Be Better Than Free In Consumer Reviews

    "Having been early to the party of Angie's List (ANGI) short sellers, I would be remiss not to update readers to the fact that I changed my outlook for the company. In my columns spanning over the course of a year, my issues with Angie's List were not so much with its business model but with the valuation. I did not believe their subscription model would justify the market cap. Most consumers prefer FREE and the number of those who would pay an ongoing annual subscription of $50 is naturally far less than the 80 million visitors a month who...
  • Air Force Makes $84K Exit Sign Upgrade Days Before Shutdown

    10/09/2013 10:10:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 9, 2013 - 11:14 AM | Eric Scheiner
    Days before the government “shutdown” started, the Air Force contracted for an $84,380 upgrade on its “Exit” signs for the Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station in Goose Creek, S.C. According to the Statement of Work, “approximately 973 existing wall/ceiling mounted exit lighting signs” will be removed and replaced with “0.92 Watt LED lighting signs.” …
  • Any AT&T iphone users or employees out there? (Vanity)

    08/05/2013 12:44:27 PM PDT · by MacMattico · 21 replies
    As some of you know, my mother passed away last Jan. By June we decided to turn off her home phone and because it was my phone number since childhood, I called AT&T and asked if I could have that number as my cell number. They said no problem but there would be a $36 fee to do so. I was fine with that. Within a week, I had my childhood phone number as my iPhone number! They had done all the work and switched me over. I never stepped into a store. In June , 2 of the 5...
  • 10 reasons to drop Windows for Mountain Lion

    07/29/2012 8:43:21 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 125 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2012 | Mark Spoonauer
    I guess you could say I started cheating on Windows back in October of 2010. That’s when Apple debuted the revamped MacBook Air. For the first time, I could resume working almost as soon as I flipped the lid on a laptop, thanks to the way the notebook leveraged its flash memory. (Intel and Ultrabook makers wouldn’t offer a similar instant-on experience until a year later.) The Air was a work of art, but it didn’t feel complete until OS X Lion arrived last year. With key time-saving features like Auto Save and Mission Control for faster multitasking, I started...
  • New Upgrades to B-1B Lancer Fleet (caution — large graphics)

    06/03/2012 8:05:23 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 53 replies
    USAF ^ | 6/2/2012 | Airman 1st Class Charles V. Rivezzo
    6/2/2012 - DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- B-1B Lancers are currently undergoing the most advanced hardware and software upgrades to date as part of the Sustainment-Block 16 program. Sustainment-Block 16 upgrades include a fully integrated data link in the aft station and vertical situation display upgrade in the front station as well as updates to navigation, radar and diagnostic systems. "The B-1 has never seen this many upgrades in one block," said Maj. Thomas Bryant, the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron assistant director of operations. "These upgrades will give us an entirely new aircraft; this is a game...
  • KEY- Sharon claims that Herman Cain upgraded her room at the Hilton 14 years ago?

    11/08/2011 3:04:15 PM PST · by dictatorMA · 38 replies
    Why isn't someone tracking down Sharon's claim that Herman Cain upgraded her room at the Hilton 14 years ago???? Seems to me that if they can de-bunk that claim by her, he is home free as her story will completely crumble. The double standard our people face is unbelievable and highly depressing.
  • Gas for guns program may yield unintended consequence

    10/25/2010 5:22:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 October, 2010 | David Codrea
    Beneficiary may "buy...bigger gun" "More than 250 guns traded for gas," staff writer Steven Ward of The Advocate tells us. The program, Gas for Guns, is a no-questions-asked, voluntary gun buyback program sponsored by Circle K and local law enforcement agencies. "No-questions-asked" means those of you with stolen guns--or even ones used in "guncrimes!"--can not only count on the police to dispose of evidence for you, they'll also act as your fence and reward you for your enterprising ways. And they'll do this knowing it won't make a damn bit of difference in "combating gun violence." Something that's pretty well...
  • Internet Explorer 8?

    08/15/2010 7:31:37 AM PDT · by Young Werther · 22 replies
    Young Werther times ^ | Aug 15, 2010 | Anon
    Internet Explorer Upgrade
  • F-15 Silent Eagle scores two firsts with export license, flight test

    07/09/2010 4:14:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 7/8/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    Boeing on 8 July received a license to export the F-15 Silent Eagle to South Korea and tested in flight one of the key upgrades for the stealthy new design. "It was a big week for the F-15," says Brad Jones, Boeing director for F-15 development programmes. The US Department of State awarded the license after a two-month review based on an undisclosed export policy established in May, Jones says. South Korea is expected to issue a request for proposals for the F-X3 contract in the first quarter of 2011, Jones says. The F-15SE will compete with the Lockheed Martin...
  • Ministry of Interior electrical upgrade initiated

    02/15/2010 1:01:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 165+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Mike Scheck, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
    BAGHDAD - Sustainable electrical power has been in short supply here for years. But for the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, charged with protecting the Iraqi public, having uninterrupted electrical power to its 11-story headquarters building is not an option; it’s a necessity. And when faced with an aged, deteriorating electrical distribution system, the MoI turned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region District for solutions to upgrade the system. Tim Ernster, GRD Loyalty Resident Office electrical engineer, says the goal of the $6.5 million electrical distribution project is to both upgrade the MoI’s electrical system and double its...
  • 5 Tips for Better Air Travel (including how to Upgrade to First Class for as Little as $50)

    01/08/2010 8:30:15 AM PST · by brianhumeck · 19 replies · 1,232+ views ^ | January 7, 2010
    Everyone wants to save money when they travel, especially with the economy these days. The travel experts at have come up with 5 tips to get the best seats for the lowest fare – simply by using a few tips that many travellers have known for years. While these tips aren’t advertised to the public, anyone can certainly take advantage of these tricks to getting the best seat and cheapest flights.
  • Let's kill the OS upgrade disc

    11/02/2009 1:58:54 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 93 replies · 2,288+ views
    TECH ^ | October 30, 2009 | Rafe Needleman
    I love upgrades. But I hate upgrade discs and upgrade pricing. Let's find a way to do away with both, or at least make the upgrade transaction a bit cleaner. The reason I'm writing this column won't be a surprise to anyone one who follows technology: Windows 7. I bought the upgrade disc (on the pre-order special price). When it arrived, I started the upgrade process for my Vista desktop. Knowing that the disc was licensed only to upgrade an existing Windows installation, I pressed the big button for a "Custom" installation and the disc set up my computer more-or-less...
  • How To Upgrade to Windows 7 from XP or the Beta or RC versions

    10/22/2009 5:55:55 PM PDT · by papasmurf · 39 replies · 1,339+ views
    HOW TO UPGRADE WINDOWS 7 BETA OR RC TO WINDOWS 7 RTM (RETAIL VERSION) You can’t upgrade directly from a pre-release version—at least, not without a quick and easy workaround. Here is that workaround...The ProblemWindows 7 checks whether or not the current version you are running is a pre-release copy, and prevents you from upgrading further. For reference purposes, this is the error you’ll see when you try and upgrade.The SolutionThe solution is to edit a file inside the Windows 7 DVD—which you’ll have to extract to the hard drive to proceed. If you are using an ISO image for...
  • Systems in Israel’s F-15 Jets Upgraded for Long Distance Attacks

    06/29/2009 3:18:17 AM PDT · by MestaMachine · 54 replies · 1,807+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | June 28, '09 | Gil Ronen
    The Israel Air Force’s F-15 fleet is undergoing an upgrade, with systems that make it better equipped for complex long distance attack scenarios. The systems are being installed in both the F-15 and the F-15I -- a model of the F-15 that was developed by its U.S. manufacturer specifically for the IAF. According to IDF journal BaMachaneh, the F-15I model is currently being fitted with two new systems – one called “Barad Pelada” (“Steel Hail”), and another named Lightning. The Barad Pelada advanced weapons system has been operational in the IAF’s F-16s for almost four years, but had to be...
  • Microsoft To Kill Vista, XP Upgrade Blockers

    02/02/2009 9:29:54 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 69 replies · 3,697+ views
    Information Week ^ | Feb. 2, 2009 | Paul McDougall
    The software maker is warning customers that tools designed to prevent automatic installation of service packs are nearing expiration. Microsoft wants users of its Windows operating systems to move to upgraded versions of the software, so it's killing a tool that prevents upgrades from automatically self-installing. "I have some important information for those of you who have installed the Service Pack Blocker Tool for Windows XP or Windows Vista," wrote Brandon LeBlanc, Microsoft's in-house Windows blogger, in a Friday post. "The Service Pack Blocker Tool temporarily prevents the installation of a service pack through Windows Update, typically for one year...
  • Major PC Hardware Upgradce

    12/20/2008 6:59:49 AM PST · by wendy1946 · 28 replies · 993+ views
    Putting new computers together from scratch is relatively easy. A much bigger trick is totally moving an existing software system including the OS and every piece of software on the computer to a totally new hardware base. Symantec offers a commercial product (Ghost) which is supposed to do that but which is problematical for several reasons. The Free Software Foundation offers a stunningly good piece of software along such lines: I've used Clonezilla for work projects which have mainly involved cloning linux systems, and last week put it to a kind of an ultimate test which it passed easily....
  • (tech vanity) Upgrading a PC with minimal system disruption

    11/27/2008 8:44:51 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 38 replies · 1,391+ views
    11/27/08 | marty_f
    I'm considering upgrading an older PC to a faster PC -- faster CPU, more RAM -- but with minimal disruption to my installed programs and without having to "upgrade" from XP to Vista. Current PC uses include: Internet surfingSome graphics editingEditing/burning home movies onto DVDNot much gaming Current system specs:  CPU: AMD Athlon 2600+    Graphics card: ATI All In Wonder 9000 Pro (64MB DDR AGP)    HD: Western Digital WD1200AB 120 GB     Am also considering getting a Mac, but for this thread I seek feedback on whether I can just migrate my current HD and Graphics Card...

    05/18/2008 8:30:30 AM PDT · by RebelTex · 46 replies · 269+ views
    VANITY | 05/18/08 | Self
    RECOMMENDATIONS WANTED FOR REBUILDING MY COMPUTERI built this system 7 years ago and it has performed well until now.  The motherboard won't post, so I have decided to upgrade but would like to use as much of the legacy devices that I have as possible.  Here's the main specs on the system I want to upgrade: Motherboard (non-posting now): Soyo SY-KT333 Dragon Ultra Platinum (ATX form factor - Soyo no longer makes motherboards) Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2100 (socket A) Video card: BioStar GeForce 6800 (128mb, AGP) Ram: Corsair DDR 3 1024gb dram sticks   HHD: 2 Maxtor 80gb ATA...
  • Scrapped vessels haunt Coast Guard

    05/06/2008 11:49:47 AM PDT · by JZelle · 26 replies · 244+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-6-08 | Jen Haberkorn
    Eight ships that were supposed to be the government's latest, best weapon for stopping terrorists, illegal immigrants and smugglers now float unused in a U.S. Coast Guard shipyard in Baltimore, the symbol of a nearly $100 million taxpayer debacle. Instead of patrolling, the ships were deemed unfit for the high seas after just a couple of months of use and eventually will be dismantled without ever fulfilling their promise. The Coast Guard hopes to finally put the problems with its much maligned "Deepwater" program behind it, taking ownership this month of a brand new 418-foot national security cutter that was...
  • About the new & improved 630 WMAL web site....

    04/21/2008 11:46:56 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 52 replies · 217+ views
    WMAL just updated and improved their web site last week. Next to the "What's Hot" red tab section, there's an "Insider Central" red tab on the right side of the screen. I see nothing inside that Insider Central box, which is perhaps 2" x 3", except a blank powder-blue colored box. I was told that I should see a 7-tab slide show under "Insider Central". In the "What's Hot" box I see all kinds of things going through -- Top News, Local News, G&A, Chris Plante & Insiders ( a 5-tab slide show). I contacted Comcast customer service (I have...
  • Can you still buy Windows XP?

    12/26/2007 8:18:00 AM PST · by djf · 41 replies · 600+ views
    Anybody know? Walmart? Circuit City? Ain't got the patience for Vista.
  • Review: Windows XP [the advantages of upgrading]

    12/15/2007 4:33:44 PM PST · by antiRepublicrat · 92 replies · 985+ views
    Coding Sanity ^ | December 14, 2007 | codingsanity
    I have finally decided to take the plunge. Last night I upgraded my Vista desktop machine to Windows XP, and this afternoon I will be doing the same to my laptop. Look & Feel Windows XP has quite a cartoony look and feel compared to the slick look of Aero Glass, this is mostly offset by the lack of strange screen artifacts caused by malfunctioning graphics code. You know, almost like static on the screen. This was a once or twice monthly occurance on my laptop, and happened on my desktop whenever I logged in, and also whenever I played...
  • Air Force Completes Transition of GPS Fleet to Upgraded Control System

    09/18/2007 12:21:36 PM PDT · by TChris · 6 replies · 134+ views
    Los Angeles Air Force Base ^ | 9/17/2007 | (Not Given)
    The Air Force completed a four-phase transition of the Global Positioning System ground segment to the new Architecture Evolution Plan on Sept. 14. AEP was delivered by the Space and Missile Systems Center's GPS Wing to the 50th Space Wing to replace the legacy 1970s-era mainframe computer at Schriever AFB, Colo. SMC managed the development, integration and test with the Boeing Company, who led a joint Boeing-Lockheed Martin contractor team, to design and build the new system. The transition was executed by the 2nd Space Operations Squadron from the 50th Space Wing and the 19th Space Operations Squadron from the...
  • State may give insured more time to upgrade

    03/20/2007 7:01:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 637+ views ^ | March 16, 2007 | Alice Dembner,
    The ambitious goals of the state's universal health insurance law collided with reality again this week, as officials struggled to balance broad coverage for the uninsured with concerns about forcing those who already have coverage to buy more. In the end, state officials yesterday recommended dropping one of their key requirements for comprehensive basic insurance and allowing residents extra time -- perhaps more than a year -- to obtain higher-quality insurance. All state residents, however, will still have to buy some insurance by the July 1 deadline set in law or pay a penalty.
  • Corpse Placed In First Class Aboard Flight

    03/19/2007 1:39:04 PM PDT · by edpc · 107 replies · 2,207+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 19, 2007 | Unattributed
    LONDON (AP) -- A first-class passenger on a flight from New Delhi to London awoke to find the corpse of a woman who had died in the economy cabin being placed in a seat next to him, British Airways said today. The flight's economy section was full, and the cabin crew needed to move the woman and her grieving family out of that compartment to give them some privacy, the airline said. The first-class passenger, Paul Trinder, told the Sunday Times newspaper that he was sleeping during a February flight from India and woke up when the crew placed the...
  • Thinking about upgrading to Vista or getting a new PC?

    03/03/2007 7:11:05 AM PST · by aft_lizard · 37 replies · 1,217+ views
    I have decided a short guide is in order for anybody who is wondering about Upgrading to Vista or purchasing a new PC with Vista. I will do this in a question/answer format to make it easier on my pre-coffee morning mind. The very first question everybody should be asking themselves is, Do I need to?If XP is working fine for you and your computer is working fine, don't upgrade. Adopting early on usually means that you will have to deal with the craziness of incompatibilities with some of the older software you may have or some of the older...
  • Get Vista upgrade, never pay full price.

    02/01/2007 1:24:24 PM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 16 replies · 508+ views
    Windows ^ | 1/31/07 | Brian Livingston
    Many people are upset by the fact that the economical, "upgrade" version of Vista won't accept a Windows XP or Windows 2000 CD-ROM as proof of ownership. Vista Upgrade is said to install only to a hard disk that already has XP or 2000 already on it. But I've tested a method that allows you to clean-install the Vista upgrade version on any hard drive, with no prior XP or W2K installation — or even a CD — required. Save by avoiding the 'full' version Windows Vista, in my opinion, is a big improvement over Windows XP in many ways....
  • Updated British aircraft Carrier sails back with new muscle

    10/01/2006 9:51:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies · 7,353+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 30 Sep 2006 | SHÂN ROSS
    Updated Ark Royal sails back to sea with new muscle SHÂN ROSS THE Royal Navy's biggest warship passed under the Forth Bridge and headed out for sea trials yesterday after a comprehensive Ł25 million refit to transform her into the service's only combined troop and aircraft carrier. HMS Ark Royal has had an internal refurbishment which will enable her to transport up to 600 Royal Marines to any flashpoint in the world. The impressive aircraft carrier is now considered "one of a kind" following the Ł25 million upgrade at Babcock's shipyard in Rosyth, Fife. The upgrade includes a third mast...
  • Al Wathba Water Treatment Plant Gets Upgrade

    08/09/2006 4:20:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 363+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Norris Jones
    The Al Wathba Water Treatment Plant has undergone a $22 million upgrade to bring more fresh, potable water to Baghdad residents. The facility serves the Rusafa area in northeast Baghdad. Courtesy photo Al Wathba Water Treatment Plant Gets Upgrade Renovations include state-of-the-art pumps, pipes, filters and a new chlorination system. By Norris Jones Gulf Region Central District US Army Corps of Engineers BAGHDAD, Aug. 9, 2006 -- For nearly two years, the Al Wathba Water Treatment Plant has been undergoing a $22 million upgrade to bring more fresh, potable water to Baghdad residents. That facility serves the Rusafa area...
  • MiG 27 Fighter Bomber Will Have New Engines

    07/21/2006 10:10:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies · 1,595+ views
    Kommersant,Russia ^ | July 21, 2006
    MiG 27 Fighter Bomber Will Have New Engines General director of the Salyut Moscow Machine Building Production Plant Yury Eliseev has announced at the Farnborough Airshow in Great Britain that a new engine will be used in modernized MiG 27 fighter bombers, the main aircraft of the Indian Air Force. The new engine, the AL-31F, will be 200 kg. lighter than the R-29B-300 used previously, and have one metric ton more propulsion (12,300 kg./sec.) than its predecessor. It will also use 15 percent less fuel. The Indian Air Force has 150 Mi G27 Bahadur models and will modernize 60 of...
  • Mars Robots To Get Smart Upgrade

    05/28/2006 1:43:32 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 452+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-28-2006 | Jonathan Amos
    Mars robots to get smart upgrade By Jonathan Amos BBC News science reporter, in Baltimore Dust devils on Mars: Catch them if you can The US space agency's rovers will get a software upgrade to allow them to make "intelligent" decisions in the study of Martian clouds and dust devils. The new algorithms will give the robots' computers the onboard ability to search through their images to find pictures that feature these phenomena. Only the most significant data will then be sent to Earth, maximising the scientific return from the missions. Nasa says its robotic craft will become increasingly autonomous...
  • Mozilla Firefox Released

    05/03/2006 10:58:33 AM PDT · by zeugma · 19 replies · 762+ views ^ | 5/3/2006 | Mozilla Foundation
    Mozilla Firefox has been released. This update fixes a publicly disclosed denial of service weakness. All users are encouraged to upgrade to this version. The bugfixes previously planned for Firefox were shifted to, and a quick update was released shortly after the recent release to address the publicly reported issue.
  • (Tropical Storm) Cindy Receives Hurricane Upgrade

    01/28/2006 4:31:14 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 464+ views
    Mobile Register ^ | 1-28-2006 | Kim Lanier
    Cindy receives hurricane upgradeHurricane center says review finds July storm was stronger than first thought, adding a 15th hurricane to record 2005 season Saturday, January 28, 2006 By KIM LANIER Staff Reporter Cindy, a tropical cyclone that hit the northern Gulf Coast last July, officially became a hurricane this week -- the 15th of the record-setting 2005 Atlantic season -- after experts re-examined the strength of its winds. Cindy was thought to have struck southeastern Louisiana late on July 5 with winds close to 70 mph. But National Hurricane Center forecasters reviewing Slidell, La., radar data determined that a small...
  • Australia on $52bn arms shopping splurge

    01/15/2006 7:17:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 681+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | January 15, 2006 | Frank Walker
    Upgrade launches forces on a $52bn shopping splurge By Frank Walker January 15, 2006 AUSTRALIA'S Defence Force is about to embark on its biggest weapons buying spree since World War II, spending $52 billion on new planes, ships and tanks. The massive expenditure will make Australia's navy, army and air force the most powerful and high-tech military in the region well into the 21st century. The spending splurge comes not to combat the war on terror, but because much of the Defence Force's most costly equipment is 30 years old and has to be replaced. Pressure from international arms firms...
  • Thunderbird 1.5 Released

    01/12/2006 8:56:10 AM PST · by zeugma · 29 replies · 991+ views ^ | 01/12/2006 | Mozilla Foundation
    Thunderbird 1.5 Released Scott MacGregor writes: "The final release of Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5 is now available for download from Users of RC1 should see the update soon. If you are using RC2, then you already have 1.5 final.""Thunderbird 1.5 introduces several new features including a software update system, spell check as you type, built in phishing detector, auto save as draft, and support for deleting attachments from email messages. Message filtering has also been improved with new filter actions for replying and forwarding. Saved search folders can now search folders across multiple accounts." "More details can be found in...
  • Windows chokes on latest Microsoft patch

    10/19/2005 10:54:59 AM PDT · by Prime Choice · 62 replies · 1,692+ views
    VNUnet ^ | 10/17/2005 | Tom Sanders
    Some computer administrators are reporting issues with Microsoft's latest security update which is designed to fix a critical flaw in Windows. The SANS Internet Storm Centre warned that in some cases security update MS05-051 will cause a host of problems, including blocking access to the Microsoft update website, displaying a blank log-in screen without icons, and issues with Office applications.  A Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed the glitch to, explaining that the problems are "isolated deployment issues" and that the company is working with the affected users to resolve the issue. Microsoft issued the security bulletin and patch on 11 October....
  • Bagram upgrade taken on by Red Horse engineers

    10/03/2005 7:47:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 559+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Oct 3, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Marcus McDonald
    10/3/2005 - BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- Aircraft parking space is getting a boost from the ground up here as a team of Red Horse engineers remove and replace 60,000-square meters of ramp space. Once complete, the $4.4-million airfield construction project will provide U.S. and coalition aircraft supporting Operation Enduring Freedom a better place to park, said Capt. Todd Williams, officer in charge of Bagram’s detachment of the 1st Expeditionary Red Horse Group from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. “Our Red Horse team is removing the Soviet steel planking that currently covers the site,” said Captain Williams, a native...
  • Japan: Council seeks intelligence service modeled after British spy agency MI6 (Spook Upgrade)

    09/14/2005 3:53:10 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 481+ views
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 09/14/05
    Council seeks intelligence service modeled after British spy agency MI6 09/14/2005 The Asahi Shimbun Japan needs a more effective intelligence agency modeled after Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) that would engage in activities beyond the diplomatic norm, a report by an advisory council said. The report said the entity would be under the control of the foreign minister and would specialize in collecting information on international affairs. The council is an advisory panel to Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura. Currently, the Foreign Ministry's Intelligence and Analysis Service is in charge of collecting and analyzing information on international affairs, as well as...