Internet Service Provider Earthlink said this week that they are in the process of negotiating a contract with the City of Atlanta to build, own and operate a municipal wireless network. Atlanta, home of Earthlink for many years, is also making efforts to provide qualified residents with discounted Internet access. Earthlink will offer upload and download speeds of 1Mbps.
This is part of a definition for the noun “Vista.” And as the release date for Microsoft’s new operating system approaches I am, like many of you, begining to do my research as to whether I should buy Vista or not. In my research I am feeling an undertone of a sentiment creep into my mind as to “why should I be bothered with this?” Let me explain. Let’s say computers as we know them didn’t start to take off until 1995 with the introduction of windows 95 culminating with XP. Every new rendition promised so much, and in fits and sputters they mostly delivered. Except that each release or new product was a flawed product.
Now Vista is supposed to be “fixed” and protected. If history shows anything is that it won’t be. The only thing it will have going for it is that it is new. And really are we doing anything better with our computers that we weren’t already doing? Editing video, writing, number crunching, database building and on and on into the great cyber vistas. Which I remind you is a “view or prospect, esp. one seen through a long, narrow avenue or passage, as between rows of trees or houses.”
Macromedia Flash surely has some valid uses on a web site. I just haven’t found any of them yet. Well, that’s not exactly true. If, after I click on a search result, I’m presented with a Flash intro — especially one that takes two minutes to load over broadband — I know immediately that this is not a site I’m interested in.
A recent poll show Americans less than concerned about illegal movie downloading. Most Americans regard the illegal downloading and distributing of Hollywood movies as something on par with minor parking offenses, according to a report issued Wednesday. The Digital Life America survey polled about 2,600 Americans between June and late September.
Do you need the internet to feel sane? Then you need a Nokia N800 NSeries Internet Tablet. The Nokia N800 Internet Tablet exemplifies the epitome of technology, style and portability. The N800 easily connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or compatible cellular phone.
Enjoy the Internet on a portable size tablet with a high-resolution widescreen display in the palm of your hand. Effortlessly make Internet Phone calls, check & send e-mail, instant message and so much more with the Nokia N800. You can also access Internet media at home or on-the-go with the Nokia N800′s high quality stereo audio.
With so much news in one week, it’s nearly impossible to get it all in one article. TigerDirectNews Feature Editor John G. brings us more. Ed.
The Worldâ€™s First Purpose Built Fuel Cell Motorcycle With fuel prices on the rise, maybe itâ€™s time for a change. Weâ€™ve seen hybrid cars from manufactures like Honda, Toyota and Lexus â€“ but how about something even better. Introducing the worldâ€™s first purpose built fuel cell motorcycle â€“ the ENV. The ENV is nearly emission free because it runs on Hydrogen. A single tank can last up to 100 miles in urban use. The ENV only has one gear, so itâ€™s easy to ride for the novice and fun to ride for the advanced. The frame of the ENV is created out of hollow-cast aircraft grade aluminum and the rear mono-shock suspension is hidden in the swing-arm itself.
Black Hats Up On Current Events Launch Virus Wave
Virus writers attacked thousands of computers on Friday with a Malware program that a security company has dubbed the â€œstorm wormâ€.Â The difference between this attack and others like it was the tag line of infected emails sent to victim computers: â€œ230 dead as storm batters Europeâ€.Â While the worm essentially functions as a Trojan horse, allowing unapproved access to the computer for theft or spam production, this marks one of the first times virus writers have used such relevant current events to legitimize their spam email.Â The storm in question blew winds up to 120 mph through Europe, causing deaths across the continent due to falling debris and traffic accidents.Â The actual death toll is well, well under 230, however.
TigerDirect will appear on the nationally syndicated Computer America radio show tonight, January 19, 2007, from 10 to 11EST. Join TigerDirect Director of Internative Media, Lonny Paul, and the Computer America team as they discuss the evolution of online video.
Computer America is heard on hundreds of stations across the country on the Business Talk Radio Network and the Lifestyle Talk Radio network and is now celebrating it’s 16th Season on air. To tune in, click here to listen on the live stream. A video simulcast is also going to be available courtesy of Stickam.com – check back for details at 10PM!
The Computer America podcast is available here for hour 1 and here for hour 2 if you didn’t get to catch it live with Carey, Lonny and Will (Executive Editor at Maximum PC Magazine).
If there is one component vital to the operation of a computer, it is the power supply. Without it, a computer is just a box full of metal and plastic. The power supply converts the alternating current (AC) from your home to the direct current (DC) utilized by a computer. Your power supply is the heart and soul of your PC system, although it doesnâ€™t get nearly as much press as sexier components like the processor, hard drive and memory. It is essential that you know the difference between a good power supply and a barely adequate one before you shop. So, what should you look for in a power supply? Thatâ€™s the question our editors seek to answer with this valuable guide.
PCI Express 2.0 is the newest incarnation of theÂ ”bus”, a deviceÂ by which the CPU connects to the chipset, and allows all of the PC components to talk to each other. PCI Stands for Peripheral Component Interconnect.
According to the Web site of the PCI Express Special Interest Group, also known as PCI-SIG, one of the most significant features of 2.0 is the doubling of the interconnect bit rate, which substantially kicks up bandwidth. As a result, the CPU can communicate with other components faster than before.