Weekend tech reading (5.10)By Julio Franco
Microsoft to Limit Capabilities of Cheap Laptops Microsoft plans to offer PC makers steep discounts on Windows XP Home Edition to encourage them to use that OS instead of Linux on ultra low-cost PCs (ULPCs). To be eligible, however, the PC vendors that make ULPCs must limit screen sizes to 10.2 inches and hard drives to 80G bytes, and they cannot offer touch-screen PCs. PC World.
Tab Mix Plux extension for Firefox 3 Beta If you have moved on to use Firefox 3 Beta 5 (as I recommended) then you know how much speed was left untapped with previous versions of the browser. There are still a quite a few popular extensions that are not compatible however, Tab Mix Plus, being perhaps one of the most general purpose and useful out there. TechSpot Blog.
Stolen Laptop Helps Turn Tables on Suspects (...) using a feature called "Back to My Mac," was able to gain access to her missing laptop remotely. She could see that that the person who had her computer was shopping for beds, Mr. Jackson said. Then it occurred to her that she could activate a camera on her laptop and watch the thief live. NY Times.
Asus creates new GPU future with upgradeable graphics cards The vision of upgradeable graphic cards goes back to the late 1990s, when Micron Technology was experimenting with removable sockets. In 2006, both MSI and Gigabyte showcased upgradeable graphic cards, but their concepts, which were based on GeForce Go MXM boards, never took off. Earlier this year, Asus introduced a single board with three MXM slots for ATI Mobility Radeon 3850 or 3870 cards (upgradeable with future parts), and has now unveiled its single-MXM product. TG Daily.
Lawmakers Eye Net Neutrality As Anti-Trust Issue The Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act would require carriers to promote competition and allow people to use any device they want to on the carriers' networks. InformationWeek.