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Reminder: Windows 7 RC shutdowns

This is a reminder post for all the Windows 7 users still using the Release Candidate (build 7100) that was released to the public in May 2009. Bi-hourly shutdowns of this build will begin on March 1, 2010, or four weeks from today. This means that the user will be told to install a released version of Windows and their PC will shut down automatically every two hours. On June 1, 2010, if you are still on the Windows 7 RC, your license will expire and the non-genuine experience will be triggered.

Open-Source ATI Evergreen Support

"Months after the ATI Radeon HD 5000 series (known by the "Evergreen" family codename) was introduced, AMD has finally pushed out the first bits of open-source code. This morning if you are to checkout the xf86-video-ati DDX driver branch there is initial user-space mode-setting support for the Radeon HD 5000 series GPUs. The ATI kernel mode-setting support that we really care about these days is also about done, but it isn't yet published.

iXBT Labs Review: i3DSpeed

"The i3DSpeed informs you about performance of popular graphics cards and the best price/performance deals in the market. In this issue we updated the list of benchmarks and added test results for Radeon HD 5670..."

Install Windows 7 on a Mac

So you picked up your shiny new copy of Microsoft’s latest OS offering – Windows 7 and want to install it on your (cue dramatic music)…….. Intel based Mac. Mac fans will view this as blasphemy and Windows lovers will probably ask; “why didn’t you get a PC if you wanted to run Windows”. Well there are numerous valid reasons for having Windows 7 installed on one’s Mac and today we will guide you through the set up.

Chromium reward for bugs: $500

In designing Chromium, we've been working hard to make the browser as secure as possible. We've made strong improvements with the integrated sandboxing and our up-to-date user base. We're always looking to stay on top of the latest browser security features. We've also worked closely with the broader security community to get independent scrutiny and to quickly fix bugs that have been reported.

Some of the most interesting security bugs we've fixed have been reported by researchers external to the Chromium project.

ATI Catalyst 10.1 Driver Analysis

"Let's not kid ourselves. Just days before the end of the month comes to a close, ATI squeezes out a Catalyst driver, I think it's safe to say that this driver is more so to keep the flawless monthly release record than to bring massive improvements or new features.

The driver seems so rushed out that someone forgot to update the Catalyst Control Center to actually say 10.1. Instead it still says 9.12. Terry Makedon @ CatalystMaker even said on Twitter that this is just a standard release driver to fix some bugs."

Record quarter for Microsoft

At the close of trading Thursday, Microsoft announced the results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2010, which ended December 31, 2009. Revenue of $19.02 billion, a 14 percent increase from the same period of the prior year, set a new a record for the company. The three other financial measures—operating income ($8.51 billion), net income ($6.66 billion), and earnings per share ($0.74)—all were up year-over-year, 43 percent, 60 percent, and 57 percent, respectively.

So what is Microsoft's explanation for the positive growth across the board? Its latest client operating system.

ATI Catalyst™ version 10.1

ATI Catalyst 10.1 is out!
http://game.amd.com/us-en/drivers_catalyst.aspx

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System:

* [ATI Catalyst™ Control Center] Enabling LCD Overdrive will no longer cause
mouse cursor to magnify when moved overtop of the "Calibration Preview"
* DisplayPort™ "Lower Setting Applied" and "Link Failure" messages will no longer
appear after driver installation and reboot with DP displays connected to the mini DP
port
* Firefox now works properly and video no longer drop frames when playing Youtube
clips with Adobe Flash Player 10
* CrossFire™ logo now a

Apple Patches 12 Serious Mac OS X Flaws

Apple's first Mac OS X security update for 2010 is out, providing cover for at least 12 serious vulnerabilities.

The update, rated critical, plugs security holes that could lead to code execution vulnerabilities if a Mac user is tricked into opening audio files or surfing to a rigged Web site.

With Security Update 2010-001, Apple also fixes flaws in the Adobe Flash Player plug-in that ships with the operating system.

Here's the skinny of the vulnerabilities:

* CoreAudio (CVE-2010-0036) -- A buffer overflow exists in the handling of mp4 audio files.

Why Firefox's future lies in Google's hands

Firefox has just turned five, and it’s doubtful anybody outside of Redmond begrudges Mozilla’s celebrations. The open-source browser now accounts for 25% of the global market, according to figures from Net Applications, and has brought a radical rethink in what we expect from a browser.

However, as Mozilla blows out the birthday cake candles, it might also be reflecting on the curse of getting what you wish for.

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