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The new 25nm, 2bit/cell chip can hold 8GB of digital capacity, more  than 10 times the capacity of a standard compact dic [700MB]. The chip  measures a mere 167mm2 -- small enough to fit through the hole in the  middle of a compact disc.


Intel and Micron Technology reset the NAND flash capacity bar a  little higher and the chip size threshold a little lower Feb. 1 with the  introduction of the world's first 25-nanometer solid-state processor.


The new 25nm, 2bit/cell chip can hold 8GB of digital capacity, more  than 10 times the capacity of a standard compact disc [700MB]. The chip  measures a mere 167mm2 -- small enough to fit through the hole in the  middle of a compact disc.


"This is not only the smallest NAND lithography in the world, it is  the smallest silicon manufacturing technology in the world," Intel  Marketing Director Troy Winslow told eWEEK on a conference call.

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"This is now the largest capacity multi-level cell device on the  market, at 8GB. We were the first on 34nm, now we're the first on 25nm."


The smaller size allows multiple 8GB chips to be packaged more  economically to increase storage capacity. The new 25nm 8GB device  reduces chip count by 50 percent compared to previous process  generations, allowing for smaller, yet higher-density, designs and  greater cost efficiencies, Winslow said.


For example, a 256GB solid-state drive now can be enabled with only  32 of these devices, versus 64 previously, Winslow said. A 32GB  smartphone needs only four, and a 16GB flash card requires only two, he  said.


NAND flash memory, used in consumer devices such as smartphones,  digital cameras, and personal music and media players, stores data and  retains the information even when the power is turned off. NAND flash  also is gaining market share for use as components in high-performance  solid-state drives for servers and storage arrays.


IM Flash Technologies, Intel and Micron's NAND flash joint venture,  continues to cram more capacity onto tinier pieces of silicon about  every six to eight months. IMFT debuted its 34nm, 3Bit/cell NAND flash  chip last August.


The 25nm/8GB device is sampling now and is expected to enter mass  production in Q2 2010, Winslow said.




The vast majority of people, and even businesses in the country, don’t have to worry about being hacked or spied on.  Even the largest corporations won’t necessarily be at risk.  However, nobody will ever really know if they are being targeted unless they have a pro-active security policy and the staff to enforce it.


For the rest of us, it makes sense to protect ourselves anyway, just in case.  Especially is it doesn’t cost anything or take any extra effort on our part.  Secure email is one such facility that very few of us even know about let alone use.  Those of us who use Gmail may use the HTTPS only option, but that still isn’t foolproof.


For businesses the answer to how to secure email is pretty easy.  You employ someone to do it for you.  That can either be internally, or a third party vendor that offers secure email hosting, or a certificate agency like Thawte or Verisign.  If your organization is involved in financial or medical transactions then things get a little more complicated.  You have to worry about things like SOX and HIPAA which takes an extra level of security and infrastructure to comply with.


For the rest of us there are free digital certificates that can offer verification of identity of the sender and also encrypt the contents of the email.  This secure email methodology is easy to set up, needs no extra administration and best of all, is free of charge.


If you do a Google search for secure email you will find a host of hosted email providers that can offer secure, encrypted email services, for a fee.  There will also be a couple of companies like Thawte and Comodo that offer free digital email certificates for individual use.


Using one of these certificates in your personal email client can protect your personal information, and communications from prying eyes.  The certificate means that the email sender is trusted by the certificate provider who acts as a middleman in the process.  While this may seem a little over the top, if the public took more care over their private information, cybercrime would start to go out of fashion.


So while it may seem a little over the top, protecting yourself in any situation is key to keeping your identity and credit score intact.  Understanding and managing risk is all about identifying perceived threats, then taking action against them.  The other part of it is designing counters to these threats that don’t impact too much on your life, or get in the way of what you’re doing.


Using a digital certificate to secure email, private or business related is a good first step in securing yourself against attack or identity theft.  Even if nobody is watching you, using encryption is a good safeguard for when they do.

January 20, 2010 (Computerworld) No one should be surprised that the big action in the CPU market this year will be in the mobile and low-power processor segments. Rapid growth in the power-saving all-in-one and small-form-factor desktop PC markets, continued strong demand for portable computers, and new usage models (digital photo and video editing, casual gaming, watching high-definition movies and so on) will all ignite demand for powerful new processors that consume less energy than previous generations did.



What's more, a new category of small portable computer is springing up between smartphones and netbooks: the smartbook. Smartbooks are designed to maintain 3G connections to the Internet and deliver a full day's use on a single battery charge, like smartphones, but they're also designed to run productivity applications (usually via the cloud) and feature much larger screens and keyboards, like netbooks. And while Intel Corp. pretty much owns the netbook market with its Atom processor, it could face a strong challenge on the smartbook front from ARM Holdings PLC with its extremely low-power Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A9 processors and their successors.



All this emphasis on mobile devices is not to say the desktop processor market will stagnate; in fact, Intel announced no fewer than seven new desktop CPUs at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Intel are expected to introduce their first six-core desktop CPUs this year.



Here's a broad look at the road maps from the major chip makers, including their overall strategies and promised technologies for the coming year, as well as a peek what they might offer in 2011.



Desktop processors



Quadcore processors will enter the mainstream this year as AMD and Intel whack down prices to gain market share. You can already find four AMD quad-core CPUs -- the Phenom X4 9850, 9750 and 9150e and the Athlon II X4 620 -- street-priced at less than $100.



At CES, Intel introduced an entirely new series of dual-core processors that were produced using its new 32-nanometer manufacturing process. Moreover, the first six-core desktop CPUs will be introduced this year, perhaps as early as the second quarter, but they will be aimed squarely at the enthusiast market.



At the other end of the spectrum, Intel will continue to dominate the market for ultra-low-power desktop CPUs. AMD is completely out of the picture there, but Via Technologies Inc. has some interesting products to offer.


Standard desktop CPUs



AMD will continue to rely on its K10 microarchitecture and won't ship any 32nm processors in bulk until 2011. As a result, the company's official desktop road map reveals very few CPU introductions this year. That will force it to compete with Intel largely on price in most market segments, since it can't challenge its rival on performance. AMD is, however, preparing to introduce a six-core desktop CPU -- code-named Thuban -- sometime in 2010.



AMD desktop CPU road map
AMD's desktop CPU road map. Click to view larger image.


Thuban is derived from the company's existing six-core Opteron server CPU and will have an integrated DDR3 memory controller. AMD says the chip will be backward-compatible with existing AM3 and AMD+ motherboards. Rumor has it that the CPU will be outfitted with 3MB of L2 cache and 6MB of L3 cache, but clock speeds will likely be slower than current AMD quadcores because of the thermal output of the two additional cores.


"Thuban is coming," said AMD spokesman Damon Muzny, "but we haven't disclosed specifications on the six-core desktop processors yet."

Intel continues to execute its "tick-tock" strategy, introducing a new microarchitecture (last year's Nehalem being the tick), followed by a new manufacturing process (the new 32nm Westmere process being the tock). At CES, Intel introduced seven new dual-core desktop processors (four Core i5 CPUs, two members of the new entry-level Core i3 series, and a new Pentium) manufactured using the 32nm process. Previously code-named Clarkdale, the new chips support hyperthreading, so that multithreaded applications are presented with two physical and two virtual cores.


Intel Clarkdale processor
Intel's new Clarkdale processor. Click to view larger image.

The Pentium G6950, the Core i3-530 and 540, and the Core i5-650, 660, 661 and 670 all feature integrated Intel HD Graphics in the same chip package (but not on the same die). Intel maintains that its new integrated graphics offering is good enough for both mainstream gaming (with support for DirectX 10) and Blu-ray video decoding. It supports DVI, dual simultaneous HDMI 1.3a and DisplayPort; it's also capable of streaming encrypted Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks.


Intel's existing quadcore desktop processors -- everything in the Core i7 series and the upper end of the Core i5 series -- will continue to be manufactured using the older 45nm process. Intel does, however, have a six-core Westmere chip on its official road map. Code-named Gulftown, the chip will supposedly reach the market sometime in the first quarter -- well in advance of AMD's six-core offering -- as part of Intel's Extreme Edition family. Intel has not yet disclosed branding, but rumor has it the chip will be officially labeled the Core i7-980X.


Intel's desktop CPU road map
Intel's early 2010 desktop CPU road map. Click to view larger image.
Low-power desktop CPUs

At the other end of the power spectrum, Intel in late December announced two new low-power 45nm processors for entry-level desktop PCs: the single-core Atom D410 and dual-core Atom D510. Intel expects to see these chips used in all-in-one and small-form-factor PCs. The big news here is that Intel has moved the memory controller into the CPU, as it has done with its Nehalem architecture. This design change reduces the overall chip count from three to two, which lowers design and manufacturing costs as well as power and cooling requirements.


The Atom D410 has 512KB of L2 cache and the D510 has 1MB of L2 cache. Both processors run at 1.66 GHz, have a 667-MHz front-side bus (FSB), and support hyperthreading.


Unlike Intel, AMD won't have any ultra-low-power offerings this year. "AMD needs to enter this low-power market, but it has been too preoccupied," says Tom Halfhill, senior analyst at In-Stat's "Microprocessor Report" newsletter. "With any luck, AMD will be ready for a rebound in 2010."


Via Technologies -- which, according to Halfhill, pioneered the concept of simplified, low-power x86 processors -- does have a promising alternative to Intel's Atom. The company began mass-producing its Nano 3000 series of CPUs in December 2009. The Nano 3300 runs at 1.2 GHz with an 800-MHz FSB, while the Nano 3200 runs at 1.4 GHz, also with an 800-MHz FSB. Both chips are manufactured using a 65nm process, but they offer a number of features that Intel's Atom-series processors do not, including full support for Blu-ray video.


In addition, the processors in the Nano 3000 series support either 800-MHz dual-channel DDR2 memory or 1,066-MHz dual-channel DDR3 memory, while the Atom is limited to 800-MHz single-channel DDR2. And where the Nano 3000 series supports a full range of video interfaces (including LVDS, DisplayPort and HDMI), the Atom D410 and D510 are limited to LVDS and VGA.


For all that, Halfhill predicts, "Via will be lucky to nibble a few crumbs of market share. It's too bad, because Via makes some good x86 processors."

Mobile processors

Intel should notch the most mobile design wins this year, thanks to its ultra-low-power Atom processor and its Arrandale series processors, the latter of which integrate both a dual-core CPU and GPU in the same package. AMD's graphics division, on the other hand, should earn a lot of business in the desktop-replacement notebook market, because it's currently the only company that has a mobile graphics processor that's capable of supporting Microsoft's DirectX 11. In the handheld and smartbook market, ARM Holdings' Cortex-A8/A9 processors should gain significant traction.

Full-size laptop CPUs

AMD will continue to trail Intel on the mobile CPU front in 2010; in fact, the company has just two new mobile processors on its public road map for this year. AMD's first quadcore mobile CPU, code-named Champlain, will have 2MB of cache (512MB for each core) and support for DDR3 memory. AMD also plans to offer Champlain in dual-core trim.


According to AMD's road map, Champlain will be the foundation for its Danube platform for mainstream desktop replacement and thin-and-light notebooks. Danube will feature DirectX 10.1 integrated graphics with an option for a DirectX 11 discrete graphics processor.


AMD's second new mobile offering, code-named Geneva, will be a dual-core processor with 2MB of cache and DDR3 memory support. Geneva will form the basis of AMD's Nile platform for ultrathin notebooks and will feature DirectX 10.1 integrated graphics, with optional support for a DirectX 11 discrete GPU. AMD hasn't released any additional details about Champlain and Geneva since briefing analysts on the new chips in November.


AMD's mobile CPU road map
AMD's mobile CPU road map. Click to view larger image.

Intel's 2010 mobile CPU offerings include the products announced immediately prior to CES: five new Core i7 chips, four new Core i5 models and two new Core i3 offerings. Intel will continue to use its older 45nm manufacturing process to build its high-end Core i7 mobile quadcore CPUs, but the new Core i3 and Core i5 dual-core chips (previously code-named Arrandale) will all use the 32nm Westmere process. These chips will have a graphics processor integrated in the same package as the CPU.


Each of the new chips features Intel's Turbo Boost technology (a feature inherent in the Nehalem microarchitecture), which enables them to dynamically vary their core operating frequency based on demand as long as they're running below their power, current and temperature limits. The Core i3 and Core i5 processors can dynamically vary the frequency of their integrated graphics cores in a similar fashion.


Enlarged 32nm Westmere die
A 32nm Westmere die. Click to view larger image.

What's more, the new mobile processors can dynamically trade thermal budgets between the CPU core and the graphics core (a feature not supported on their desktop counterparts). If the computer is running a CPU-intensive application, for example, the processor will dial back the GPU to let the CPU run faster and hotter; likewise, if the computer is running a graphics-intensive application, the processor will dial back the CPU to give the GPU more thermal headroom.


Intel's new mobile processors will use the same graphics core as their desktop counterparts, so they'll offer all the same features, including support for DVI, dual simultaneous HDMI 1.3a, and DisplayPort interfaces, Blu-ray video decoding, and Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks.


Intel's mobile CPU road map
Intel's early 2010 mobile CPU road map. Click to view larger image.

Netbook CPUs

No vendor seems prepared to challenge Intel on the netbook front this year -- AMD has nothing to offer, and Via's new Nano 3300-series CPUs are aimed at the desktop and thin-and-light markets. And even Intel itself has announced only one new Atom processor for this market segment.


The Atom N450 is a single-core processor with 512KB of L2 cache. It runs at 1.66 GHz with a 667-MHz front-side bus, and it supports hyperthreading. Like desktop-oriented Atom processors, the big news with the N450 is the integration of the memory controller into the CPU, which reduces the platform chip count from three to two. (Computerworld will be comparing four N450-based netbooks in an upcoming review.)


Smartbook CPUs

The outlook is quite different for smartbooks -- but offering any predictions about the smartbook market is nothing more than rank speculation, because this class of machine barely exists today. Smartbooks are expected to be smaller, lighter and cheaper than netbooks, and subsidies from cell-phone providers could even render them "free" -- provided you sign a long-term data-plan contract, of course.


It's widely speculated that ARM's Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A9 processors will become the CPUs of choice for the first generation of smartbooks. ARM doesn't build its own processors; instead it licenses its designs to other manufacturers who incorporate the designs into their own platforms. Cortex chips can currently be found in Freescale's i.MX515, Nvidia's Tegra series, Qualcomm's Snapdragon series and Texas Instruments' OMAP 3 series.


Designing a smartbook based on an ARM processor will entail trade-offs, according to some industry analysts. "ARM-based smartbooks can't run the desktop version of Windows," says Halfhill. "Instead, they will run Windows Mobile or GNU/Linux. My opinion is that most users will prefer a netbook that runs standard Windows apps, but others disagree. Apple could nudge the market in the ARM direction by introducing an iPhone-compatible smartbook."

Looking further out

AMD hopes to begin sampling its first 32nm CPUs later this year and to start shipping in bulk in 2011. The company expects to offer both a new high-end desktop microarchitecture, code-named Bulldozer, and a new low-power mobile microarchitecture, code-named Bobcat.


A single Bulldozer core will appear to the operating system as two cores, similar to Intel's hyperthreading scheme. The difference is that Bulldozer's two cores are based almost entirely in hardware.


A diagram of a Bulldozer chip.
A diagram of a Bulldozer chip.

AMD's first Bulldozer CPU, code-named Zambezi, will feature four to eight cores, which will appear to the operating system as eight to sixteen cores. Zambezi will be paired with an upcoming discrete graphics chip to form AMD's Scorpius platform for the enthusiast desktop market.


AMD also expects to finally ship its much-touted Fusion processor, which will be the first chip to combine a CPU and a GPU on a single die. (Intel's Arrandale and Clarkdale CPUs feature two dies in a single package.)


AMD calls its Fusion product an "accelerated processing unit" (APU). The first, code-named Llano, will combine up to four CPU cores with a DirectX 11-compatible graphics processor. Llano will be aimed at both the mainstream desktop market (as a component in AMD's Lynx platform) and the desktop-replacement and thin-and-light notebook markets (as a component in AMD's Sabine platform).


AMD's Bobcat microarchitecture will finally give the company products that can compete with Intel's Atom processor in the netbook market. Not much is known about Bobcat at this time, but AMD has revealed that two Bobcat cores will be used in its low-power APU, code-named Ontario. Ontario will be aimed at the ultrathin and netbook markets (as a component in AMD's Brazos platform).


Intel won't be standing still either, and it has already announced that it intends to introduce a new microarchitecture (the next "tick" in its ongoing execution strategy), code-named Sandy Bridge, later this year. Intel has not released much official information about Sandy Bridge, other than to say that it will use the 32nm manufacturing process introduced with Westmere and that it will feature a graphics core on the same die as the processor core -- which makes it sound a lot like AMD's Fusion. It's been widely reported in the enthusiast press and on tech-rumor Web sites, however, that Sandy Bridge will include four CPU cores.


Via Technologies declined to provide a longer-term road map for its CPU business, but the company is likely to continue to plug along in its niche markets. ARM Holdings also declined to comment on future products, but at CES, several of the company's licensees announced new products based on its existing CPU architectures. Marvell Technology Group Ltd. announced the first quadcore CPU based on the ARM instruction set, for example, and Nvidia Corp.

announced that its next-generation Tegra system-on-a-chip (SoC) would feature a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU with a clock speed as high as 1 GHz.

AMD won't pose much of a threat to Intel's dominance in either the desktop or notebook CPU markets in 2010, but neither company has a strong portfolio when it comes to smartbooks and other ultramobile devices: Intel sold its handheld mobile CPU division to Marvell in 2006, and AMD sold its handheld business to Qualcomm Inc. in early 2009. And that leaves ARM in a very strong position for at least the next year or so.



In a bright sign for recession-battered Silicon Valley, Santa Clara chipmaker Intel has just handed out its biggest employee bonuses since the dot-com era, reflecting the company’s vastly improved finances.


The extra pay was provided in two larger-that-usual bonus categories, as well as in a third surprise “thank-you” bonus, which was the first time Intel had given that in several years, according to spokeswoman Gail Dundas.


She said the company’s generosity stemmed largely from a big resurgence of business at Intel, which last week reported it earned $2.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009. That’s an 875 percent increase from the same period a year ago and the company’s biggest quarterly profit since the fourth quarter of 2005.


Intel routinely offers two types of bonuses in January. In one of those, the company this time gave its employees 12.4 extra days of pay. Dundas said the last time that bonus was bigger was in 2000, when Intel paid its workers an extra 13.5 days salary.


Intel also routinely pays another type of bonus in January based on each employee’s job level and performance multiplied by a number that reflects how well the company did that year. This time, Dundas said the Intel multiplier was 3.92, the highest it has been since 2000. In other words, an employee whose job level and performance warranted a $1,000 bonus actually received $3,920 using the latest multiplier, verses $2,660 in 2008, when the multiplier was less.


On top of those two bonuses, “Intel U.S. employees each received a surprise $1,000 bonus in December as a thank you for the business results delivered for the company,” Dundas said. Intel employees in some other countries received $500, she added, noting that the last time Intel paid a thank-you bonus was in 2005.


Dundas was vague about the total amount of the bonuses the company paid its worldwide work force of 79,800, as well as the range of compensation it gave to various employees, saying Intel doesn’t normally disclose that information.


Aaron Boyd, research manager at Equilar, a Redwood City compensation consulting firm, said he is unaware of other Silicon Valley companies offering new or increased bonuses like Intel, which he noted “has really bounded back from where they were a year ago when things weren’t so rosy.”


But given that Intel, the world’s biggest chipmaker, is widely viewed as a barometer for the tech industry, he said, other companies eventually might follow its example if their businesses also improve.


Economic prospects do seem to be brightening for many local firms according to Carl Guardino, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, who consults regularly with the area’s business executives.


Even in sluggish economic times when companies aren’t hiring, they often feel a need to pay bonuses to keep the top talent they have, Guardino said, adding that his organization also recently awarded most of its employees bonuses. “We wanted to send a message to our own team: ‘We believe in you,’” he said.

Wyse Technology is putting Intel’s Atom processor into mobile thin client device.


Wyse officials said the X90cw thin client is aimed at mobile workers looking to take advantage of the benefits of virtualization and cloud computing.


Wyse, which announced the device Jan. 13, is demonstrating the X90cw at the British Education and Training Technology show in London.


Also at the event, Wyse unveiled its TCX Suite 4.0, which offers features designed to improve the end user experience on virtual clients.


The X90cw brings the user experience of mobile virtual clients to the same level as traditional laptops, according to Ricardo Antuna, vice president of product management, business development and alliances at Wyse. It also offers the same security as other thin clients, given that the data and other key components reside on central servers, not the device itself.


“The Wyse X90cw is now the new wave of compact, lightweight, high-performance Internet devices that assures the end user experience is as good or better than a comparable PC, but the security of a virtual client means that it’s now more dangerous to misplace a smartphone than it is a computer,” Antuna said in a statement.


The device weighs 3.2 pounds and offers an 11.6-inch widescreen display. It runs Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Standard 2009 operating system and are optimized to work with such virtualization platforms as Citrix Systems’ XenApp and XenDesktop, Microsoft’s Terminal Server and Hyper-V, and VMware’s View.


It offers such options as a built-in Webcam, integrated wireless capabilities, Bluetooth 2.1 and support for 3G cards.


The X90cw is available now starting at $699.


Wyse’s TCX offerings are designed to heighten the end user experience on virtual PCs. Version 4.0 brings all existing TCX solutions into a single suite of offerings, and are optimized to work in Terminal Services, XenApp and XenDesktop, and View environments.


The suite also supports Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 environments.


With its Collaborative Processing Architecture, TCX Suite 4.0 also can divide workloads between the server and client.





If there was one thing among many that annoyed Windows Vista users it was the User Account Control. Constant warning messages asking for permission to continue many tasks was no joy to any user trying to even basic tasks on their PC. The tweaking channels were soon inundated with requests for tips on how to stop it nagging you every time you wanted to do something. Fortunately UAC has been improved quite a bit in Windows 7 so that it isn’t quite as annoying as it was in Vista. You can, as ever, tweak it more if you like.


To get started navigate to the Control Panel, User Accounts and Family Safety. Click User Accounts, then Change User Account Control settings. From the next screen move the slider to select the level of protection you want.


Ensure you have a backup or restore Point on your machine before making any changes. If you follow these instructions to the letter you should have no problems, but we can’t be held responsible if things go wrong.


Here are the four levels, and what they mean:


Always notify on every system change. Works like Vista.  A nannying prompt pops up whenever you make changes to your system.

Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer. This is the default setting Make a change while logged in as an Administrator and it stays quiet. When a program makes a change, a prompt appears to check what’s going on.


Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer, without using the Secure Desktop. This setting is identical to the default setting, with one difference: It won’t dim your desktop so that you only see the UAC prompt asking you to take action. This presents a slightly higher security risk over the default settings, as a program could allow another malicious program or code to interfere with the UAC prompt.


Never notify. UAC is turned off. This is an insecure option and not recommended for most users. However if you have a good firewall and anti-virus, you can turn it off if you like.


After you choose your level, click OK.


You can also disable UAC with a registry hack if you have the skills.


Open the registry editor (regedit) and find;




And find the entry EnableLUA, and modify the value to 0 (zero). The find the ConsentPromptBehaviourAdmin value and change that to 0 (zero) too.

The next time you restart your machine the UAC will be turned off and you will never be bugged by it again.


As always with Windows, there is a downside and that is that you can no longer use Windows Gadgets and MS think that the system is too open to attack with UAC off and gadgets running in the background. I personally never used the gadgets anyway…


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With all these "bailouts" and such, you hear the words bailout, billions, and trillions, and people act like it's no big deal. Have you ever seen a trillion dollars? Well, it IS a big deal...



The full post is much better, it shows you what all different amounts of money looks like from $10,000 to $100 million. Also, if you look closely at the picture you will notice a little red dot at the bottom left corner, it's not a dot though, it's a human being and each square is a full pallet of $100 bills.


You can join the discussion on reddit here and here is the source of this post.

Google late Thursday unveiled a new Gmail Labs feature that allows users to have more than one inbox in their default Gmail view.

The new feature--called Multiple Inboxes--allows users to have multiple viewing panes open simultaneously without having to open another browser window. The upgrade gives users a quick view at important labels as well as saved searches.

Google software engineer Octavian "Vivi" Costache explained in a company blog post why he used his "20 percent time" to develop the feature:


I'm seriously into filters and labels. All the email I get related to Flash goes under my "flash" label, everything about paragliding goes under "flying," and they all skip my inbox because that's how I like to stay organized. But when new email arrives I have to switch to the "flash" label first, then click on "paragliding," etc. I wanted a way to see it all at once.

For those who use their Gmail accounts for multiple personal e-mail lists, as well as for work, this is a huge step up.



The COD5 BETA has been released for the PC. It's about time too, I've been waiting for this for like 3 months. I even pre-ordered a copy of COD5 from GameStop because apparantly that was supposed to gaureentee you a spot in the BETA but then after I ordered I found out that all you had to do was signup for an account on the COD website. I ended up doing both and, as luck would have it, I didn't get my gamestop key yet, only my COD key. So good thing I pre-ordered.





I've already taken some FRAPS vido of the game, I wanna be one of the first to get a good sniper montage uploaded to youtube. I'll come back and edit this post to include the youtube link once the video is all done. OK, so here's how to get your key BTW:








In order to take part in the BETA you needed to signup at the CallofDuty website with a free account, or pre-order the game from GameStop.





If you haven’t already signed up for your fre account at CallofDuty

forums, you can do it now but I don’t know if that will score you a

BETA key or not. For everyone who had an account at the CallofDuty site

before todays date, you can find the BETA key in your profile.





Here are the official directions and official BETA download links:






  1. Download the PC Beta Installer from the below mirror links.

    1. FilePlanet

    2. GameSpot

    3. WorthDownloading

    4. Big Download

    5. GameZone

    6. FileShack

    7. Call of Duty HQ

    8. Filefront

    9. Gamershell

    10. Planet Call of Duty


  2. Install the game using the CD-KEY you received in your email. If
    you’ve confirmed your community account, you can also find it in your profile page.

  3. Download the in game instruction manual.


Xbox 360


  1. Receive your Xbox Live™ Marketplace Token and write it down. You will not be able to download the Beta without it

  2. Log into Xbox Live with your gamer profile

  3. Access Xbox Live Marketplace through the Xbox 360™ Dashboard

  4. Click Redeem Code

  5. Enter your Xbox Live Marketplace Token when prompted





Source: Call of Duty






There are huge problems with the BETA. Everything from DX errors to black screens and sound driver errors. You may want to take a look at this post if you're having any problems and perhaps it will help you. Lucky for me I haven't had any problems what so ever...I like COD5 way more than COD4 too ;D


Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have added to their air fleet.


They are nw the proud owners of a fighter jet. They purchased a Dornier Alpha Jet like the one pictured. They are storing it in a hangar at Moffett Field in Mountain View.


Our news helicopter flew over the hangar and found a closed door, but the control tower confirmed the jet was inside. The New York Times says the plane is outfitted with scientific instruments to help out with NASA missions. The Google founders also own several other jets including a Boeing 757.


All of the planes have landing rights at Moffett, which is within a few miles of the Google campus.


Brin and Page are not the only Silicon Valley moguls to buy a military plane. Oracle's Larry Ellison owns several aircraft, including fighter jets. If you click on the video link above you can see raw video of Ellison flying his MiG 29.









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