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Archive for September, 2005

Windows XP 64 bit edition and Microsoft IntelliPoint

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I tested Windows for AMD 64bit systems quite a while ago when it was still in beta stadium, I could then live with the fact that drivers for most of the hardware was not available and many off the applications crashed now and then since I was only beta testing the thing for fun…

Fast-forwarding a few months and Microsoft releases the OS; driver support from many companies is still scarce at best so I hold off testing the thing for a while…

After another month or two a friend to me decides to build an awesome AMD killer rig and asks me if I want to help him build it, of course I wont disappoint him, after all I want a feel for the new OS on a fast system… Said and done, spent allot of time installing, tweaking and making this little puppy an as perfect install as I could. Installing all the latest drivers, and tweaking it some more… The fun stops when I try to install drivers for his Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse; there are no 64-bit drivers for hardware made by the same company that made the OS!

After seeing this my friend kindly asks me to install the 32-bit version of XP, me: (sigh) yea sure, I did not spend too much time making that system perfect anyway… So to Microsoft I now ask, where are the drivers we have been promised?

Written by Per Hansson

September 28th, 2005 at 4:34 pm

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Opera Now Free

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In an interesting move, the Opera Internet Browser is now available for free. When I say free, it already was available for free in ad supported form – now those ads are gone. These next few months should prove interesting; Internet Explorer 7’s on the way, while a major new revision of Firefox is too. Perhaps most interesting will be what’ll happen to market share; Firefox grew at IE’s expense, not seeming to have any impact on Opera, will the same hold true now that Opera is also free? Or will it be a case of Firefox diminishing with little change for IE’s share.
Also of interest is that Opera is moving towards a more simplified User Interface for version 9.
Funnily enough, these are moves which Mozilla’s Asa Dotzler has been commenting Opera should do for some time – Make it free, make it simple.

Written by Julio Franco

September 20th, 2005 at 3:15 pm

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Andre, the Giant

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I have always liked tennis and Andre Agassi has been my favourite player ever since I remember. A true inspiration to anyone who plays the sport as a hobby or professionally, it was very unfortunate that he couldn’t beat Federer (another great player, indeed) in the latest US Open final. I’m just done reading his bio available at Wikipedia (a really good read), and I couldn’t resist posting an entry about Andre, arguably the best player in the history of tennis.

Andre, the giant, Agassi

Written by Julio Franco

September 13th, 2005 at 6:00 pm

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Energy gel

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For any of the athletes out there, I have a mini-review of the Fast Freddie Clif Shot! I got the sample at the FF table during the San Francisco Grand Prix. For those of you who don’t follow professional cycling very closely, Freddy Rodriguez is a 3-time U.S. Pro Cycling champion.

This particular sample has 100mg. of caffeine (the same amount as one cup of coffee). I must say that it tastes rather odd, and wish that Clif would consider weakening the taste, mainly because it is actually a little bit hard to eat. If anyone wants any more details about the Clif Shot, or simply wants to chat with me, please e-mail me. (My contact information is on the staff contact page.)

So much for me wanting this to be a mini-review. Oh well!

Written by Julio Franco

September 5th, 2005 at 9:38 pm

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Katrina Cuts

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As you’re probably well aware Katrina has come & devastated New Orleans. Whatever about the responses of the Army & other aid agencies, there’s 1 thing which I’ve not really seen on TV news networks; the government was warned of events like this & the need to repair levees & budgets were still cut. This is something I find really infuriating, despite numerous experts opinions over the years they’ve consistently been ignored when it comes to obtain funding. I’ve mentioned this on the forum but I feel it’s something which more people need to be aware of. There’s a lot of people dead, in part due to government negligence.

Last year an emergency exercise run by the federal, Louisiana & New Orleans governments, featuring a fictional Hurricane Pam, almost exactly foretold the disaster now unfolding. But officials said plans to prepare for an actual catastrophe were abandoned because of cuts. 3 years ago, another study concluded that a hurricane less intense than the 1 that has now hit New Orleans would flood most of the city; in 1998 a less severe 1 still, Georges, produced a 17ft wall of water.

In the print/online media there’s a growing number of articles covering this however, e.g. Independent Online’s detailed coverage as does Reuters, further links being available via Google News. Update – I’ve read a few characters (Bush & Homeland Security’s head I believe) have stated along the lines of no-one could have forseen this happening. Makes you feel sick don’t it?

Written by Julio Franco

September 4th, 2005 at 4:42 am

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