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Crucial Memory SSD Firmware Updates Now Available

I’m pleased to report that after much testing and evaluation within our Crucial Performance Lab, firmware 1819, with support for the TRIM command in Windows 7, is now available at: http://www.crucial.c...

If your Crucial M225 Solid-State Drive has firmware 1711, you must first revert back to the 1571 firmware prior to updating to the new 1819 firmware version. Instructions and the 1571 firmware are available on the Crucial.com support page as well.

Sony Vegas 9c Update Released

The Vegas Pro 9 collection integrates two powerful applications that work seamlessly together to provide an efficient and intuitive editing environment for video and broadcast professionals. From acquisition to delivery, from camera to Blu-ray Disc™, the Vegas Pro 9 collection delivers exactly what you need to produce outstanding results.

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Bring Halloween to Your Firefox

Bring Halloween to your browser by selecting from over 40 different community-created persona designs. And if you don’t have Personas installed, get it in less than 60 seconds and begin asking yourself: What will my Browser be this Halloween?

Pystar's Rebel EFI Reviewed

Psystar's Rebel EFI is an interesting tool, but it is very limited when it comes to the selection of hardware that you can use. The company really needs to create a compatible hardware list and post that on its Web site -- and it also needs to create some usable documentation.

Hasta la Vista, baby: Ars reviews Windows 7

With much fanfare and even a few parties, Windows 7 has arrived. In this extensive review, Peter Bright dives deep into Microsoft's new OS offering to see what's new, what's still the same, and whether it's worth upgrading.

Psystar Software Will Make Your PC Run OS X

Apple is a company that likes to control the experience of its customers. It likes to craft its products from top to bottom, both in hardware and software.

Ever since Apple went with Intel processors, the hardware differences between Macs and PCs became minimal. The software that runs on the hardware, however, remains very different mostly due to Mac OS X.

7 Reasons to Stick with Windows XP

Windows 7 is out today! Huzzah! But wait; if you're still rocking Windows XP, you might want to think twice before upgrading. Here are some reasons to stick with an old OS.
1. Updating will be a huge pain

You do realize that you can't just pop in the disc and install the OS, right? Coming from XP, you're going to need to backup all of your data, format your hard drive, install a clean version of Windows 7, and then start from scratch, reinstalling all of your old programs—and that's assuming Old Faithful even meets the system requirements. Sounds delightful!
2. Software investment

Windows 7 promotion raises cholesterol

If you didn’t know that Windows 7 was released yesterday, I’m glad to see that you have finally awakened from that coma. The Microsoft marketing machine has been in full gear leading up to the launch date, and the internet was abuzz with all sorts of news surrounding launch events. The Japanese chain of Burger King’s decided to get in on the action as well. The Windows 7 Whopper burger is stacked with 7 beef patties and a sprinkling of vegetation, and puts any other burger offering to shame, towering over them at 5” tall. The heart stopping delight costs 777 yen, which is about R65. A rather contradictory product tie-in, considering that Windows 7 is supposed to be less bloated, and this burger will no doubt induce the meat sweats. Of course, as with all Microsoft related products, one should read the fine print. The burger is only sold at 777 yen to the first 30 customers. After that, it goes for R120. No prizes for guessing how long the promo burger will be available, but suffice to say, you better get to Japan within the next 6 days if you want to wrap your chops around this Whopper.

First DirectX 11 benchmark shows up

While Futuremark is busy with its Shattered Horizon game, Unigine has come forward and released the first ever DirectX 11 benchmark, dubbed Heaven.

In addition to DirectX 11 support, the Unigine engine also supports DirectX 9, DirectX 10, OpenGL as well as ATI's Eyefinity multi-monitor feature. In order to fully utilize ATI's HD 5000 series, the new Unigine benchmark uses tessellation technology, advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion), dynamic sky with light scattering, volumetric clouds that are rendered by a physically accurate algorithm and interactive experience with fly/walk-through mode as well as the benchmark mode.

Mozilla tries to build the ultimate in-box: Raindrop

Mozilla's Thunderbird team has been working on software called Raindrop that aims to unify communications channels such as e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter into a single interface with enough built-in smarts to separate the important messages from the routine. "E-mail used to house the bulk of the conversations that took place on the internet, but that's no longer the case today.

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