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Microsoft Weaves Windows 7 Into 'Family Guy'

With the Windows 7 launch looming, Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) is sponsoring Fox's upcoming "Family Guy" comedy special in an apparent bid to market Windows 7 to viewers in a way that's unconventional and creative.

The astonishingly irreverent Family Guy show often pokes fun at Microsoft, and Bill Gates and the Zune have been targets in the past. But while Family Guy's raucous content might seem a bit outside of Microsoft's typical marketing purview, Microsoft seems to think that the right kind of edgily-crafted Windows 7-related marketing content will resonate with the show's audience.

A review of the Dell Mini 10v, Ubuntu Moblin Remix edition

When Asus launched the Eee PC in 2007, we recognized that netbooks had the potential to be a major game-changer for mobile computing. Two years and several iterations later, the evolving netbook form factor is better and more compelling than ever before. Hardware vendors have found ways to deliver longer battery life, bigger displays, and more usable keyboards without compromising the mobility advantages of the little laptops.

Enermax launches Tech Support Forum

City of Industry, CA - Oct 13, 2009. Enermax is proud to launch it's global technical support forum. By offering this worldwide communication tool, ENERMAX product manager & engineers continue publishing great tips & tricks for the PC & answer questions directly to users.

New Ad-Aware offers behavioral detection

Lavasoft has updated its popular malware and spyware detection and removal tool Ad-Aware. Rather than a dramatic redo, version 8.1 builds on the improvements made in the previous version. The new version is faster, has better removal abilities, and introduces a behavioral detection engine.

D-Link DGL-4500 Beta firmware 1.21 Beta (2nd phase) 1 week

Here's the run down.. If you can wait one more week we will conclude our results of the beta firmware that's been handed out to several customers for testing. So far it has been 4 weeks since the first customer to try it and seems 80% of users have reported positive feedback. By next week if that number holds up we will go into our 2nd stage and release the code as beta here in the forums for you to try and get your feedback.

New moblin 2.1 preview Image posted

Moblin v2.1 adds new features and developments and will be used as the base for future new user experience support for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), and embedded devices, such as media phones. The release target for Moblin v2.1 for netbooks and nettops is expected to release to the community in Q4 2009.

Study: Vista Startup Time is Faster Than Win 7

Even if Windows 7 isn't proven by benchmarks to be the fastest, bestest version of Microsoft's operating system yet, it certainly feels a lot better. We'd use it over Windows Vista any day of the week, but new findings show that it's not the performance king – at least not yet.

Sure, there have been many tweaks under the hood to make it better than Windows Vista, but it seems that boot time is actually longer in Windows 7 – at least according to a certain standard.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday for October 2009: 13 bulletins

According to the Microsoft Security Response Center, Microsoft will issue 13 Security Bulletins on Tuesday, and it will host a webcast to address customer questions about the bulletin the following day (October 14 at 11:00am PST, if you're interested). Eight of the vulnerabilities are rated "Critical," and the other five are marked as "Important." All of the Critical vulnerabilities earned their rating through a remote code execution impact, meaning a hacker could potentially gain control of an infected machine. At least six of the 13 patches will require a restart.

Microsoft mulling 128-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 9

Believe it or not, Windows 7's successor(s) have been in the planning and early development stages for a while now. We haven't posted anything about any of them yet, but we've been watching closely to see if anything really interesting turned up. Exactly two weeks ago, it did. A LinkedIn profile, which has already been taken down, for a Robert Morgan, Senior Research & Development at Microsoft, has shone a sliver of light on the possibility of 128-bit support coming to Windows 8.

Top 11 Reasons for DirectX 11

Windows® 7 is just around the corner. Is your PC ready to take full advantage of the new operating system? Top 11 reasons why you should get a Microsoft DirectX® 11-compliant graphics card for your PC running the Windows® 7 operating system

11. Shader Model 5.0

* How it works: Latest compute and shading language developed by Microsoft, comes equipped with a new, more flexible instruction set, and also supports an object-oriented programming model that simplifies code development.

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