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This post I’ve read on gizmodo.com. Wow it’s amazing that the current gaming technology can achieve to that level. If I can own one..I hope so…

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>Digital Storm has unveiled their latest line of custom gaming PCs, which employs theSub-Zero Liquid Chilled System, allowing for Intel Core i7 processors to be overclocked at a blazing 4.6 gigahertz while remaining at an icy 0ºC.

The scary thing is that in the press release, Digital Storm suggests it could be overclocked beyond 4.6 GHz (at your own peril, most likely). TEC peltier coolers are at the heart of this cooling system, which will be featured in Digital Storm’s Hailstorm line of PCs. And if you want your own Sub-Zero cooled machine with the Core i7-980x model, it’ll run you around $6900, while lesser models are available for as low as $3800. No big deal or anything.mainimage

 Digital Storm Debuts Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System

Innovatively designed cooling apparatus pumps a deluge of below 0ºC freezing liquid enabling overclocks of 4.6GHz & beyond

Fremont, Calif. – (November 22, 2010) – Digital Storm, the predominant name in computer system integration and engineering, proudly debuts the Formula 1 of high-performance computing: the Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System. With this new system, Digital Storm offers an unrivalled PC gaming experience that unlocks overclocks of Intel’s i7-980X CPU up to 4.6GHz, while idling the processor below 0ºC.

Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System
The Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System delivers freezing liquid to the CPU, completely smothering any heat it encounters. Designed and tested over months of research by the industry’s most performance focused engineering team, the Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System is specifically designed for enthusiasts and hardcore gamers who are driven by the pursuit of more performance and power.

At the core of the Sub-Zero is a series of TEC peltier coolers that work in conjunction with other high-end liquid cooling components. Previously, enthusiasts were relegated to bulky phase change systems to achieve radically low temperatures to maximize performance. Now enthusiasts can achieve unmatched overclocking potential with increased reliability since the core of Digital Storm’s Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System has no moving parts.

“The R&D conducted on this liquid chilled system has been the most labor intensive, but rewarding initiatives ever attempted by our engineers,” commented Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s Director of Product Development. “With constant innovation happening in the hardware space, the demands on our engineers to design systems that optimize these components are unyielding. The Hailstorm gaming computer with the new Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System fully maximizes the potential for each component like no other system we’ve ever built.”

Digital Storm’s Hailstorm gaming PC with the Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System is available for purchase at http://www.DigitalStormOnline.com. The base configuration for the Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System configuration has a starting price of $3,899.

For further information, click on this link

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I think it is better to know the operating system that we are using now (prior to Microsoft Windows products) has come to an end of support (EOS). Here are the attachment from Microsoft Security regarding this issue:
 

Are we ready to migrate from our legacy operating system (Windows 2000, XP or Vista) to newer version i.e. Windows 7 or for servers, Windows Server 2008 R2??

Have you ever think about exact searching, or at least the solution on how to build a good search engine like Google. Google obviously use a method called semantic web to retrieve the data or information that has been typed by a user to seek for something.

Semantic from Dictionary.com indicates that in 1894, the word se-man-tic came from Fr. sémantique, applied by Michel Bréal (1883) to the psychology of language, from Gk. semantikos as "significant," from semainein "to show, signify, indicate by a sign," from sema "sign" (Doric sama). Semantics is also "the study of the relationship between linguistic symbols and their manings" is recorded from 1893. Earlier this was called semasiology (1847, from Ger. Semasiologie, 1829).
 
Meaning thereby, seaching is used to find something that has significant value. The attachment shows how semantic web works and how it can be done by a developer to build in such application like Facebook, Twitter, Tagged, Friendster and others with embedded solution in searching. This so called semantic web also can be applied to the existing tool such as Microsoft SharePoint Server or IBM WebSphere Portal. Let’s check it out!!

 

Here are some example that I’ve taken from the slideshare for your information. Digital Libraries is actually a place where we store most of important information for daily usage. Some for educations, and some maybe for military propose. Let’s check it out what’s new in Digital Library that presented by Sebastian Ryszard Kruk, National University of Ireland.

Well as for me, for the past 6 months, I’ve deal with many things that involved development of application and workgroup portal using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS’07). One of them is generating report for Site Collection Administration from the portal for my company TM. The Site Collection reports are actually to diagnose for the usage of the portal in terms of how many hits that enters the page, who enters the page and much more.

TM 1Intra – Intranet Application for TM Staff

Somehow, technology always change, currently Microsoft Corporation has upgrading the version of MOSS’07 to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010 or the abreviation is SP2010.

I’ve done some research on SP2010 features, and it seems that this software match the criteria that my company acquired. There are soe features that make ease to the administrators of the site to manage the whole farm based. It also include some new features on diagnosing the server performance and health. Some of the features that meets my company criteria such that:

  1. Visual Upgrade
      – Upgrading from MOSS’07 to SP2010 without any impact of changing the existing user configuration on their site.

  2. Usage Reporting and Logging
      – All in one center, database schema fully documented and the generated reports can be modified easily

There are much more that applied to the requirement of my company that in the past couldn’t be shown in the portal itself. Hopefully, if the SP2010 has became RTM, my company will the first in Malaysia to deploy this software

Thanks and farewell to MOSS’07 for its contribution to my company and Welcome to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Office 2010 and Windows 7.

Additional read, go to: http://sharepoint2010.microsoft.com, SharePoint 2010 Blog

Using your laptop to get work done away from your office or on the road is becoming widely accepted. But this rapid growth in laptop computing has made portable systems the target for theft around the world. If your laptop computer is stolen, company information can be exposed, as well as your personal and financial information.

Use these 9 tips to learn how you can keep your laptop more secure when you’re on the road.

1. Avoid using computer bags

Computer bags can make it obvious that you’re carrying a laptop. Instead, try toting your laptop in something more common like a padded briefcase or suitcase.

2. Never leave access numbers or passwords in your carrying case

Keeping your password with your laptop is like keeping the keys in the car. Without your password or important access numbers it will be more difficult for a thief to access your personal and corporate information.

3. Carry your laptop with you

Always take your laptop on the plane or train rather then checking it with your luggage. It’s easy to lose luggage and it’s just as easy to lose your laptop. If you’re traveling by car, keep your laptop out of sight. For example, lock it in the trunk when you’re not using it.

4. Encrypt your data

If someone should get your laptop and gain access to your files, encryption can give you another layer of protection. With Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 you can choose to encrypt files and folders. Then, even if someone gains access to an important file, they can’t decrypt it and see your information. Learn more about how to encrypt your data with Windows XP, encrypt your data with Windows Vista, or encrypt your data with Windows 7.

5. Keep your eye on your laptop

When you go through airport security don’t lose sight of your bag. Hold your bag until the person in front of you has gone through the metal detector. Many bags look alike and yours can easily be lost in the shuffle.

6. Avoid setting your laptop on the floor

Putting your laptop on the floor is an easy way to forget or lose track of it. If you have to set it down, try to place it between your feet or against your leg (so you’re always aware it’s there).

7. Buy a laptop security device

If you need to leave your laptop in a room or at your desk, use a laptop security cable to securely attach it to a heavy chair, table, or desk. The cable makes it more difficult for someone to take your laptop. There are also programs that will report the location of a stolen laptop. They work when the laptop connects to the Internet, and can report the laptop’s exact physical location. One such tracing program is ComputracePlus.

8. Use a screen guard

These guards help prevent people from peeking over your shoulder as you work on sensitive information in a public place. This is especially helpful when you’re traveling or need to work in a crowded area. This screen guard from Secure-It is just one example of a screen guard you could use.

9. Try not to leave your laptop in your hotel room or with the front desk

Too many things have been lost in hotel rooms and may not be completely secure. If you must leave your laptop in your room, put the "do not disturb" sign on the door.

What to do if your laptop is stolen

  • Change your network password to help secure access to corporate servers.

  • Report the theft to local authorities (police, etc.) and to your company’s IT department.

  • If customer data was on the laptop, contact your account representative, legal representative, or appropriate person at your company so they can take the appropriate actions.

Source: Microsoft at Work

Internet search giant Google has lifted the lid on its operating system, known as Chrome OS.

The free and open source system is initially aimed at low-cost netbooks and does away with many of the features of a traditional program. All applications are designed to run in a web browser and all the user’s data is stored on Google’s servers. Engineers from the firm said the first computers running the system would be available before the end of 2010.

"We are trying to offer a choice for users," said Sundar Pichai, vice-president of product management, during an event at the firm’s headquarters in California.

"This model of computing is fundamentally different."

The event follows the recent launch of Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Apple’s operating system upgrade, Snow Leopard.

Speed test

Google first announced its intention to build an operating system in July this year. The firm has designed the system around its Chrome browser. The program was released 14 months ago and already has 40m regular users, the firm said.

We want Google Chrome OS to be blazingly fast
Sundar Pichai, Google

"It’s very familiar and intuitive to users – most people know how to use the browser," said Mr Pichai.

All programs or applications – such as word processing and e-mail – run in different tabs in the browser.

"There are no conventional desktop applications," said Mr Pichai. "That means you don’t have to install or update software.

"It’s just a browser; a browser with a few modifications."

Mr Pichai said the system was based around speed, simplicity and security.

He showed it booting up in seven seconds.

"We’re working very, very, very hard to make that time shorter," he said. "We want Google Chrome OS to be blazingly fast."

He said they wanted it to be like a television, where a computer could be switched on and instantly running and connected to the web. Google has been able to boost the speed of the system by designing it for specific hardware. The firm said that it would only run on computers using "solid state drives" instead of traditional hard drives.

In addition, the firm has been talking to hardware manufacturers to specify which components to include on finished machines. This means that the company could "optimise" the code to run as quickly as possible, said Mr Pichai.

Memory games

He used the demonstration to show the machine doing many common tasks such as playing games and music, as well as reading books and writing text.

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The system is a direct challenge to Microsoft Windows

Any documents and files created on the computer were automatically synced and saved on Google’s servers, said Matthew Papakipos, an engineer working on the system.

As a result, he added, anybody who lost their computer would be able to buy a new machine and easily recover all their data.

"In a matter of seconds, all the data syncs back to the machine."

Although the firm envisages most tasks will be done online, it will also offer the capability to use some programs when there is no connection.

It already offers a similar feature for programs such as Gmail and Google Docs using its Gears program. Initially, the firm envisages people will use the operating system on a second, portable machine. Memory intensive tasks, such as video editing, would require a more powerful machine.

Open offer

The demonstration could dramatically change the market for operating systems, especially for Microsoft, the biggest player with about 90% share of the market.

Netbooks on sale in California (file image)

Chrome OS will at first be aimed at low cost netbooks

When it was first announced, Rob Enderle, industry watcher and president of the Enderle Group, described it as "the first real attempt by anyone to go after Microsoft".

The fact that it is free could encourage many users to try the system. Currently, Mr Pichai said the company did not have a business plan but admitted that encouraging people to use the web and Google services "benefits us as a company". Google derives most of its revenue from selling advertising around search and its other online products. Most consumers will have to wait until 2010 to get their hands on a device running the system. However, the firm used the event to release an early version of the code for developers.

"You can get Chrome OS up and running today," said Mr Pichai.

They said they had chosen to release the code and the designs for the system because it was based on a variety of existing open source projects such as the Linux and Ubuntu operating systems. Open source systems allow people to tinker and use the underlying code to build and customize applications. It is normal to publish any modifications to allow other people to take advantage of the changes.

"We’re looking forward to feedback from the open source community," said Mr Pinchai.

By Jonathan Fildes, BBC News