Archive for May, 2005

AMD Delivers Dual-Core Desktop Chips

Tuesday 31 May 2005 @ 5:46 pm

As expected in the post “AMD’s Dual Core Athlon64 X2 Debut” early this month, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) plans to launch four dual-core Athlon 64 X2 processors–the 4800+, the 4600+, the 4400+ and the 4200+ in Taiwan on Tuesday, May 31, 2005.

The 4200+ chip, for instance, is about 10 percent faster than the Athlon 64 4000+, the best, fastest single-core Athlon. The 4800+ is about 22 percent faster, according to the Jonathan Seckler, Athlon 64 product marketing manager for AMD.

Seckler pointed out a very valid reason to go for Dual Core processors – It drives down the software licenses costs, because with Dual Core you can do more with less. :)

As compared to the price listed in previous Intel Pentium D processors, AMD Dual Core chips seem to have high price tag. However, Seckler said: “We are going to appeal to people who appreciate the performance benefits.” :) Anyway, just in case the company runs out of people who appreciate performance, AMD will also strive to bring down the price over the next 18 months, Seckler said too.

The debut of the dual-core chips also means the beginning of the end for the Athlon 64 line, because AMD doesn’t have immediate plans for new Athlon 64s yet. There are also no current plans to come out with a dual-core chip for the Sempron line, AMD’s budget processor.

The chips are available now, dealers in Singapore and Taiwan can already get processors to put into house-brand PCs. However, PCs won’t be expected to hit the shelves for a few weeks.


Broadband Router With VoIP

Tuesday 31 May 2005 @ 3:18 pm
VoIP Router

Aztech Systems Ltd, announced the introduction of its V300ATA VoIP Broadband Router bundled with Global Village Internet Phone Service to provide broadband users with a new, low cost way to call anytime and anywhere in the world via an existing telephone instead of using a PC.

Powered by Conexant’s industry-leading voice processing technology and chipsets, Aztech’s V300ATA VoIP Broadband Router allows users continue to use their broadband to surf the Internet while making simultaneous Internet voice calls with their telephone, thereby maximizing the value of the existing ADSL or Cable Broadband connection.

The package consists of the following:-

  • Aztech V300ATA VoIP Broadband Router that allows users to connect any Analog Corded/Cordless Telephone or DECT Phone to make calls
  • Global Village Internet Phone Service with free 60 minutes call time included upon registration
  • Low cost long distance calls at S$0.05 per min to 27 countries
  • Free Calls to any Global Village users and many other Voice over IP users around the world
  • Free Premium Features like Caller ID, Caller ID Blocking, Call Return, Call Forwarding, Do not Disturb, Call Block, Voice Mail and Conferencing
  • User friendly instructions to set up and register

In Singapore, V300ATA VoIP Broadband Router is priced at S$139 and will be available at major stores like Harvey Norman, Best Denki and Challenger Superstores as well as retail and computer outlets in Sim Lim Square and Funan Centre, Singapore in early June 2005.

According to Aztech, users can make high-quality phone calls over their broadband connection for as low as S$0.05 per minute anytime for 27 countries. FYI, S$0.05 (Singapore Dollar) is equivalent to USD$0.03, according to X Rate Calculator.

For Malaysia users, try calling Aztech branches for further information.


TM Net Customer Service Go 24/7 (Local News)

Tuesday 31 May 2005 @ 4:30 am

Good news (not sure is it good new :p ) to TMNet Streamyx users,

TMNet announced on Friday, May 27, 2005, that the operation hours of its Customer Interaction Centre (CIC) will be extended to 24 hours, 7 days a week to handle increasing customer calls.

The implementation of the extended operation hours of TM Net’s call center will be begin on May 30th 2005. The contact number for the tmnet streamyx Customer Interaction Centre remains unchanged at 1-300-88-9515 and operational 24/7/365, Mondays to Sundays.

One thing annoying me is :
Why can’t TMNet provide a Toll-Free number for us to dial?

TMNet is owned by Malaysia’s largest telco, TM, formerly named Telekom and yet they can’t provide a toll free number for customer support, like what Dell, DHL etc are offering. What a shame !! I just can’t magine how frustrating it will be when customer support can’t solve your problem and still you are paying for it.


WMP 11 Go Beta This November

Tuesday 31 May 2005 @ 3:50 am

New Windows Media Player (WMP) 11, code-named Polaris, formerly called Aurora, will now be shipping in a public beta this November, coinciding with Longhorn Beta 2.

The final release of Windows Media Player 11 is roughly scheduled for early 2006.


No IE7 For Windows 2000

Tuesday 31 May 2005 @ 1:37 am

Internet Explorer
With Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1 set to debut next month, Microsoft has confirmed Windows 2000 will not be adopting the new Web browser. IE7 will require Windows XP Service Pack 2 due to internal security changes that rely on Microsoft’s latest operating system release.

It should be no surprise that we do not plan on releasing IE7 for Windows 2000. One reason is where we are in the Windows 2000 lifecycle. Another is that some of the security work in IE7 relies on operating system functionality in XPSP2 that is non-trivial to port back to Windows 2000.

Besides, support for both IE 5.01 SP3 and IE 6 SP1 on Windows 2000 SP3 will expire. Users running IE 5.01 or IE 6 SP1 on Windows 2000 should upgrade to Windows 2000 SP4 in order to continue to receive security updates.

[Source – IEBlog]

New Instant Messenger Threat

Tuesday 31 May 2005 @ 12:38 am

I believe some of us have experienced Microsoft’s MSN Messenger worm in the past couple of weeks, spreading message Once you click on the link in your messge box, it will drop a variant of W32.Spybot.Worm into the system and start propagate to your friends in your MSN list.

If you’ve infected by the MSN worm, W32.Bropia Removal Tool is what you need.

Now here comes another Instant Messenger (IM) worm targeting AOL’s Instant Messenger (AIM) software that could potentially allow an attacker to gain control of a user’s system, according to security researchers.

Users are sent a message containing a reference to the Star Wars film and a hyperlink, which, when clicked, downloads a worm onto the PC.

The AOL worm sends the message “hehe i found this funny movie,” encouraging users to click on a hyperlink that downloads malicious code to the user’s desktop, according to an advisory released Monday by IMLogic. From there, the worm connects to a public IRC (Internet Relay Chat) server and continues to spread through AIM messages.

What’s interesting about the worm is that its topical and appears to be timed with the hype around the release of “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” Mikko Hyppönen, director of antivirus research at F-Secure, says.

AIM users are advised not to click on hyperlinks sent from unknown users (sometimes known users are more dangerous :D ), and to make sure they have a firewall in place and get the latest security updates for when a fix is available.

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