Windows is so slow, but why?

“Back in 1998, the federal government declared that its landmark antitrust suit against the Microsoft Corporation was not merely a matter of law enforcement, but a defense of innovation. The concern was that the company was wielding its market power and its strategy of bundling more and more features into its dominant Windows desktop operating system to thwart competition and stifle innovation.

“Eight years later, long after Microsoft lost and then settled the antitrust case, it turns out that Windows is indeed stifling innovation — at Microsoft.

“The company’s marathon effort to come up with the a new version of its desktop operating system, called Windows Vista, has repeatedly stalled. Last week, in the latest setback, Microsoft conceded that Vista would not be ready for consumers until January, missing the holiday sales season, to the chagrin of personal computer makers and electronics retailers — and those computer users eager to move up from Windows XP, a five-year-old product…

“So what’s wrong with Microsoft? There is, after all, no shortage of smart software engineers working at the corporate campus in Redmond, Wash. The problem, it seems, is largely that Microsoft’s past success and its bundling strategy have become a weakness.”

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LED car rims display images while you drive

“Forget the spinners: pimp rims go high-tech… In the last few days you may have read about some high-tech rims called ‘Pimpstar’. They’re available from CustomWheel and they’re unlike any rims we’ve seen before. Using built-in color LED lights, they can display any digital image on the wheels. Of course, none of this is too interesting unless you can see it in action. Luckily, we have a video after the jump…”

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Microsoft admits Internet Explorer mistakes

“The browser isn’t everything when it comes to Microsoft’s platform strategy for next-generation Web applications, but it remains key, Chairman and Chief Software Architect
Bill Gates made clear Monday at MIX 06.

“Microsoft made a mistake in waiting to build new innovations in its own browser technology, Internet Explorer, he admitted.

“‘In a sense we’re doing a ‘mea culpa’ in saying we’ve waited too long for a new browser release,’ Gates said during his talk to kick off Microsoft’s first show for designers and developers of high-impact Web sites. ‘We are very immersed in the browser as a platform.’

“Microsoft’s lackluster attention to the browser allowed competitors like Firefox maker Mozilla and Opera Software to challenge IE’s dominance in the browser space.

“Now Microsoft is answering that challenge, Gates said. The company is building innovations into IE to improve the user experience, enhance security, and add next-generation technologies such as RSS (Really Simple Syndication), he said. Microsoft already is looking ahead to the next two releases of IE, and expects the next version, IE 7, to be broadly adopted once it is released later this year.”

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Free and legal programming book downloads

“Highest quality computer books all of which are available for free download.

“Please remember that all titles are copyright © the author or the publisher. The author / publisher has generously allowed them to be available for free online. Please respect the terms and conditions of the copyright.

“We are constantly adding new titles so check back often. Aim is to eventually have 1,000’s of titles.”

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Trailer for “High Score”: Breaking the ‘Missile Command’ record

“Although technology continues to evolve, a group of die-hard gamers refuses to abandon the classic arcade games of yesteryear. The 80’s live on for these enthusiasts, who compete against each other and history to record the world’s highest scores. Portland gamer Bill Carlton is one of the most brazen, fearlessly taking on some of the toughest records on the books.

“‘HIGH SCORE’ follows Bill as he attempts to take down the Atari classic Missle Command and its twenty year-old record. To get the 80 million points he’ll have to play the game on one quarter for over two days straight. There is no pause button. There will be no sleep. There can be only one victor in this classic story of Man versus Missle Command.”

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“X-Men: The Last Stand” theatrical trailer released

From IMDB: “The X-Men, mutant heroes sworn to defend a world that hates and fears them, are back! This time, with the help of new recruits The Beast and Angel, they must face evolution itself in the form of their former teammate, Jean Grey. Possessed with the cosmic power of the Dark Phoenix, the resurrected Jean Grey has become a danger to herself, her mutant comrades, and the entire planet. To stave off this imminent threat to humanity, a potential cure is discovered and processed to treat — and ultimately eliminate — genetic mutations, once and for all. Now, as the battle lines are drawn, the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, must contend with both Jean Grey’s world-consuming powers, as well as the malevolent Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier’s former ally, Magneto.”

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Top 10 geek watches

“Considering the wealth of geek chic wristwear out there at the moment, we started thinking about the point where nerd-tech meets personal style. As far as we’re concerned, no one embodies the aesthetic better than James Bond, a character who has effortlessly turned dorky into dapper at the flick of a wrist. While much of the tech that Bond has had access to was fictional in scope, there is a variety of watches available now that carry on the tradition of tech incorporated into effortless cool. In honor of Bond, we’ve compiled a list of our current nerd-style wristwatch favorites, which we hope will help you channel your inner geek-gent.”

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A secret “spaceplane”?

“For 16 years, Aviation Week & Space Technology has investigated myriad sightings of a two-stage-to-orbit system that could place a small military spaceplane in orbit. Considerable evidence supports the existence of such a highly classified system, and top Pentagon officials have hinted that it’s ‘out there,’ “but iron-clad confirmation that meets AW&ST standards has remained elusive. Now facing the possibility that this innovative ‘Blackstar’ system may have been shelved, we elected to share what we’ve learned about it with our readers, rather than let an intriguing technological breakthrough vanish into ‘black world’ history, known to only a few insiders. U.S. intelligence agencies may have quietly mothballed a highly classified two-stage-to-orbit spaceplane system designed in the 1980s for reconnaissance, satellite-insertion and, possibly, weapons delivery. It could be a victim of shrinking federal budgets strained by war costs, or it may not have met performance or operational goals.

“This two-vehicle ‘Blackstar’ carrier/orbiter system may have been declared operational during the 1990s.

“A large ‘mothership,’ closely resembling the U.S. Air Force’s historic XB-70 supersonic bomber, carries the orbital component conformally under its fuselage, accelerating to supersonic speeds at high altitude before dropping the spaceplane. The orbiter’s engines fire and boost the vehicle into space. If mission requirements dictate, the spaceplane can either reach low Earth orbit or remain suborbital.”

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