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Friday, May 7, 2004

Royal Bank of Canada Selling SCO

SCO issued a press release that the Royal Bank of Canada is converting 10,000 shares of preferred stock into 740,740 shares of SCO's common stock, presumably to sell it on the open market. It is also selling 20,000 preferred shares to BayStar, who already indicated that it wants to dump its shares. My only question is, who is going to buy three-quarters of a million shares of this company? Let the bloodbath officially begin! Thanks Slashdot.

The Master comments: Well, if they sell for a penny, I'll buy some for use as T.P. >:-)

New Assault Map Screenies

Gaming Horizon snagged some screenshots of AS-Confexia, a new Assault map for Unreal Tournament 2004 in the works by Streamline Studios. They are the ones behind ONS-Torlan and UT2K4's opening cinematic. More Assault maps . . . yummy. Thanks Shacknews.

NGSCB aka Palladium Not Dead

Microsoft Watch got further comment from Microsoft officials denying published reports that the Next Generation Secure Computing Base, formerly known as Palladium, had been dropped by the company. Portions of it will appear in Longhorn. Not surprisingly, they aren't being very clear on what will or will not be included. My guess is that this isn't an attempt to be sneaky. I don't think they honestly know what Longhorn is going to look like.

Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Gmail Account

Thanks to J.t.Qbe, I am now the proud owner of a Google Mail account. It's hard to believe that people are selling their beta accounts for quite a bit of cash on eBay. I'm sure that J.t. and I will keep you posted on how the service progresses.

NGSCB aka Palladium Axed

Microsoft has decided to drop Next Generation Secure Computing Base, formerly known as Palladium. This would have thrust DRM on users who understandably were not exactly willing to give up control of their computers, especially not Microsoft. Check out Ars Technica's news blurb on it for a bit more detail. I just have two words to say: good riddance.

Longhorn "Average" Specs?

It's hard to say how true this is since Longhorn is still a couple of years away (at least), but Microsoft Watch posted what they claim are "average" specs for a Longhorn machine. Read 'em and weep:

Microsoft is expected to recommend that the "average" Longhorn PC feature a dual-core CPU running at 4 to 6GHz; a minimum of 2 gigs of RAM; up to a terabyte of storage; a 1 Gbit, built-in, Ethernet-wired port and an 802.11g wireless link; and a graphics processor that runs three times faster than those on the market today.

The really sad thing with the software industry as a whole is that we've found absolutely nothing interesting or new to do with all of this CPU horsepower at our disposal other than bloat the operating system. I want to know what in the heck Longhorn is going to do with all of this power. No wonder MS keeps pushing it back. Thanks Slashdot.

J.t.Qbe comments: Maybe they're trying to shut out any competition. Well, this should be a real shot in the arm for the hardware industry: when MS starts forcing businesses to move to "Longhorn", they'll need to spend huge amounts of money to throw away the old PCs and buy the latest-and-greatest. Since I'm always way behind the bleeding edge (still running Windows 98 on my game system), I'll probably meet those specs around, oh, 2018 or so. Not that I'll be running "Longhorn" when I get there.

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