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  • 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 £25 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 £25 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...
  • Mozilla Releases Firefox and Thunderbird Version 1.0.6

    07/20/2005 11:22:10 AM PDT · by zeugma · 5 replies · 526+ views
    The Mozilla Foundation ^ | 07-20-2005 | Mozilla
    The fine folks at Mozilla have released an update today for both the Firefox web browser, and the Thunderbird email clients. Links here. This is a bugfix/security update. All users are advised to upgrade to the latest versions. For a list of vulerabilities addressed in this release, click Here.
  • CA: Bond agencies upgrade state credit rating

    07/17/2005 9:44:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 283+ views
    OC Register ^ | 7/17/05 | Hanh Kim Quach
    SACRAMENTO – Moody's Investor Services and Fitch Ratings, two of three Wall Street bond agencies, upgraded the state's bond ratings last week in the wake of a nearly on-time budget. The upgrades, from A minus to A, are slight, but they help give investors more confidence that the state is trying to dig itself out of a hole. Q: Why did they upgrade California bonds? A: Both agencies cited the state's improving economy and effort to close its budget gap. California started off the year with a $9 billion ongoing structural deficit, which is now between $5.7 billion and $7.5...
  • 64-bit upgrade is right move for Microsoft

    05/31/2005 8:50:26 AM PDT · by bedolido · 38 replies · 1,562+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | May 30, 2005 | Mike Langberg
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sometimes true leaders must boldly proclaim a new direction to their followers, then walk off a cliff to prove their determination. For me, that explains Microsoft's introduction of the awkwardly named Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. This new version of Windows will almost certainly never attract more than the tiniest sliver of existing Windows users. And it will evaporate as soon as Microsoft delivers the next full Windows revamp, a long-overdue project code-named Longhorn, in the second half of 2006. But I still think Microsoft is doing the right thing. Here's why. Personal computing is undergoing...
  • Mueller: Cost of FBI cyber upgrade unknown

    05/24/2005 4:50:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 283+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 5/24/05 | Mark Sherman - AP
    WASHINGTON - FBI Director Robert Mueller told lawmakers Tuesday he still doesn't know how much it will cost to complete the bureau's computer overhaul, already well over budget and behind schedule. He also refused to state publicly the cost of the initial phase of the Sentinel system, the planned successor to a failed project that was supposed to greatly improve management of terrorism and other criminal cases. "There are certain sensitivities involved," Mueller told the Senate Appropriations Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science subcommittee, explaining that the FBI soon would invite contractors to compete for the work. The FBI has yet...
  • Lockheed Martin Is Named Principal Contractor in Program to Upgrade Turkish Fighter Planes

    04/27/2005 2:19:55 PM PDT · by Turk2 · 2 replies · 298+ views
    AP ^ | 26-Apr-2005 | N/A
    Associated PressLockheed Gets Turkey F-16 ContractTuesday April 26, 12:56 pm ETLockheed Martin Is Named Principal Contractor in Program to Upgrade Turkish Fighter Planes   FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Lockheed Martin Corp. said Tuesday that it will be the principal contractor for a $1.1 billion program between the U.S. and Turkish governments to upgrade Turkey's F-16 aircraft.Lockheed, the world's largest defense contractor, said the upgrade involves creating common configurations for Turkey's fleets of different types of F-16 craft. The plan includes radar systems, cockpit displays, avionics processing and data links. The company said the upgrades will bring Turkey's fighter plane...
  • In Brownstones, Taxes Suddenly Rise

    02/21/2005 9:03:47 PM PST · by TBP · 103 replies · 2,147+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 20, 2005 | JOSH BARBANEL
    AFTER struggling to fix up a brownstone in Harlem for the last 16 months, Meyghan Hill, a model and actress, and her husband, Daniel Scarola, a ballroom dancing instructor, are thinking about giving up and moving out. But what may drive them away is not the neighborhood, which they have come to love, nor their four-family house, where they have painstakingly stripped a century of varnish and paint from doors and balusters, but the shock of a tax notice they received last month from the New York City Department of Finance. The notice indicated that the taxes on their 19-foot-wide...
  • Motherboard Machinations

    01/02/2005 3:13:35 PM PST · by bikepacker67 · 11 replies · 336+ views
    Vanity Times
    I have decided to upgrade my 4 y/o comp, and am looking for a >$250 motherboard and a >$150 AGP graphics card (budget is $450, and I'll need new memory). It has to be an mini-ATX MB. C'mon Freeper Techies... give me the info I crave.