Episode 160

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GLENN’S SHOWNOTES

HP’s Windows Home Server systems finally reach Australia
HP’s Windows Home Server systems finally reach Australia

The former is a super-compact box – codenamed Boxster, in fact, after Porsche’s peppy roadster – sporting Intel’s 1.6GHz Atom 230 processor. and 1GB of RAM.

The Atom is nimble enough to run WHS for relatively ‘simple’ server and networking tasks such as file and printer sharing, backup, serving photos over the Web and streaming audio through the inbuilt iTunes Server.

Hard disk capacity is fixed at 1TB, as there are no spare drive bays – expandability beyond this relies on adding external USB hard drives.
HP has opted to bring in the low-end LX-197 ($599)

The EX-490 also packs 1TB of storage but had three spare drive bays, and is powered by a 2.2GHz single-core Celeron processor with 2GB of RAM

mid-range EX-490 ($899)

First Look: Apple’s new MacBook
Apple’s new MacBook

$1,299 the new 13.3 inch MacBook in the US it breaks through the all-important psychological ‘four figure’ barrier to hit US$999 ***Recent MS adds for laptops under $1000-

Some key specs have predictably been given a bump: a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (up from 2.13GHz) and a 250GB hard drive (formerly 160GB). Memory remains unchanged: this was already sitting at 2GB, which is sufficient for the fleet-footed Mac OS X 10.6.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard + iLife ’09

Apple has added Intel’s latest quad-core silicon Core i5 and Core i7 powerplants into its mainstream desktop line, while even the entry-level Core 2 Duo systems now start at 3GHz – previously the top speed for the most expensive iMac.

Last week the cheapest iMac was a 20 inch 2.66GHz system with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive, for $1,999

Today you can walk away with an iMac for $1,599 – and it’s got a 3GHz Core 2 Duo, 21.5 inch HD (1920 x 1080) LED-backlit display, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. Oh, and a long-overdue SD Card reader slot plus Apple’s new multi-touch ‘Magic Mouse’.

Microsoft: “No Windows 7 Family Pack for Australia”
Microsoft: “No Windows 7 Family Pack for Australia”

Microsoft has confirmed this won’t be offered to its Australian customers.

The Windows 7 Family Pack allows users to upgrade up to three PCs to Windows 7 Home Premium edition. It marks the first time that Microsoft has embraced a multi-user consumer licence for Windows, although a similar arrangement has been in place with a Student & Teacher Edition of its Office suite.Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack (3-User)

Price: $149.95 US from amazon

Apple continues to do brisk business with its OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Family Pack, which permits five installations of OS X 10.6 for $69.

More Tassie towns get broadband | Australian IT
More Tassie towns get broadband

Sorell, Deloraine, George Town, St Helens, Triabunna, Kingston Beach and South Hobart will make up phase two of the Tasmanian NBN

$4m ATM fraud at McDonald’s | Australian IT
$4m ATM fraud at McDonald’s

Criminals snatched EFTPOS devices at McDonald’s outlets across Perth and replaced them with bogus card-skimming versions, fleecing at least 3500 customers.

More than 3500 people’s cards were compromised..

Spokesmen for Australia’s two largest retailers, Woolworths and Coles, both also said they had no need to change their security protocols on EFTPOS terminals because their machines contained more advanced technology.

Apple puts touch “Magic” in mouse | Australian IT
Apple puts touch “Magic” in mouse

Magic Mouse lets people use finger gestures instead of buttons, wheels, or balls to navigate computer screens. A$99

Windows 7 system requirements – Microsoft Windows
Windows 7 system requirements

If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC, here’s what it takes:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

RUN the upgrade advisor: useful to ensure your system will run and tells you if new drivers are needed or if some software will not work.

WAYNE’S SHOWNOTES

DEAL OF THE WEEK MICROSOFT OFFICE 2007
http://www.topbuy.com.au/tbcart/pc/Microsoft-Office-Home-and-Student-2007-Retail-Pack-79G-00007-OFFH732CD-p19423.htm

MICROSOFT WIN 7 PRO 32BIT AND 64 BIT $50.00 FOR STUDENTS
http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts/itsnotcheating/default.aspx

LEFT 4 DEAD 2 STAYS CENSORED
http://au.xbox360.ign.com/articles/103/1037964p1.html

MULTIPLE OS ON 1 PC SOFTWARE TRIAL

http://store.psystar.com/rebel-efi-preview.html

PS 3 GAME RELEASE TODAY BORDERLANDS ALSO FOR XBOX 360
http://au.ps3.ign.com/articles/103/1037098p1.html

FORZA MOTORSPORT 3 XBOX 360 RELEASE
http://au.xbox360.ign.com/articles/103/1033110p1.html

PSP RELEASE ASTRO BOY OCT 28
http://au.psp.ign.com/objects/142/14296147.html

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-10381354-260.html?tag=newsLeadStoriesArea.1

NOKIA FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST APPLE

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13845_3-10378872-58.html?tag=rtcol;pop

FREE SOFTWARE TITLES CNET

http://reviews.cnet.com/windows/microsoft-windows-7-professional/4505-3672_7-33704140.html?tag=contentMain;contentBody WIN 7 PRO CNET REVIEW

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