Thursday, July 26, 2007

Byte Into It 25 Jul 2007

HP buys Neoware, eyes virtualized client computing

HP on July 23 announced plans to acquire thin client specialist Neoware, in a deal valued at $214 million. HP expects the acquisition to boost its thin client Linux software, and help it compete in the emergent market for virtualized client computing.

Neoware is the third-largest thin client vendor, after Wyse and HP. Of the three, it alone is "committed to the Linux operating system," it said in February of this year, when it last revised its NeoLinux OS.

Ian Murdock, father of Deb-"Ian" talks about packaging and how OSes have changed thanks to it.

What’s the single biggest advancement Linux has brought to the industry?

Qantas to offer inflight web access

Qantas says its new Airbus A380 planes will offer passengers
both wireless internet access and laptop power sockets in every
seat, including economy.

iPhone news wipes $US7bn from Apple's market cap

AT&T - the iPhone's exclusive carrier - said on Tuesday it
activated 146,000 iPhones on June 29 and 30, a number that
disappointed investors following some analyst forecasts that Apple
would sell 500,000 or more iPhones in its first weekend.

How to hack an iPhone

The iPhone and Apple's desktop computers may be vulnerable to
hackers due to a flaw in their web browser, according to a security
firm, which said it found a way to hack into the iPhone.

Other topics included:

  • Wireless USB

  • E3

  • PS3 new starter kit

  • The wii fit and wii zapper


Thursday, July 12, 2007

Byte Into It 11 Jul 2007

Will It Blend? | Presented By Blendtec -the iPhone

Developer models of OpenMoko open-source smartphone released
FIC has announced the official availability of the OpenMoko Neo1973 smartphone developer handsets. The OpenMoko project was first announced by FIC last year with the goal of creating a comprehensive open-source software platform for touchscreen mobile phone devices. The hackable Neo1973 handset—which features a 2.8 inch touchscreen, a 266 Mhz ARM processor, and WiFi—is the first phone designed to run the OpenMoko software platform.

Putting Google On Your Phone

Search text across multiple files with Windows Grep - Lifehacker

How To: Create an RSS embedded desktop - Lifehacker

New Quicksilver for Windows app Skylight looks very promising - Lifehacker

Podcasting Toolbox: 70+ Podcasting Tools and Resources

Podcasting Toolbox: 70+ Podcasting Tools and Resources

Digg - 15 free security programs that work
From firewalls to antivirus software to tools for combatting rootkits and spyware, here are some great downloads to protect your system against malicious attacks.

Featured Firefox Extension: Upload files to your favorite sites with Fire Uploader - Lifehacker

Major Upgrade for the Flock Browser -
has announced today an upgrade of their browser. Again, there is a
focus on blogging as well as photo, video and bookmark management.
Digg - 10 Alternatives to iTunes for managing your iPod
This overview details the features (with screenshots) of 10 different programs other than iTunes to manage your iPod. Tutorials are included for every program, and they’re all either free or Open Source.

Digg - $1.15 Billion Mistake: Microsoft Expanding Warranty to 3 Years!
The company said it has been required to make an "unacceptable number" of repairs to the game machines since they went on sale in November 2005. Any Xbox customer who experiences a general hardware failure will now be covered by a three-year warranty from the date of purchase.

Sony announces price cut, new 80GB PlayStation 3 model for North America
Effectively immediately, the price of the PS3 has been dropped to $500 for the 60GB unit, and a $600 80GB model bundled with Motorstorm is coming this August. Pricing is for North America only

Featured Download: Get the feel of Photoshop in GIMP with GIMPshop - Lifehacker

BBC NEWS | Business | Google buys e-mail security firm

Digg - Google buys GrandCentral - Prepare to combine all your vmail and phone #'s
You get one phone number that you can set to ring all, some, or none of your phones, based on who's calling. You also get one central voice mailbox and can listen to your voicemails online or from any phone. You can even listen in on messages from your phone while they are being recorded, or switch a call from your cell to your desk and back again.

Linux Tip: Use Google Linux repositories - Lifehacker

Digg - No Samba for Microsoft and Its Linux 'Partners'
Samba will move to GPLv3. The Samba team will continue to provide security fixes to the GPLv2 versions, but new features will be added only to the GPLv3 versions, the team said.

Red Hat wants interoperability without patent pledges, Microsoft says no

Lenovo unveils its highest performing notebook: a Linux workstation - Hardware -
The notebooks is certified to run Novell Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, as well as Red Hat and Turbo Linux operating systems.

BBC NEWS | Technology | strikes Sony music deal
The service, bought in May for $280m (£140m) by CBS Corporation, has signed a deal with the Sony BMG record label.

The partnership will give the web 2.0 service's 20 million users access to the entire Sony catalogue of music.

RIAA sued for using illegal investigatory practices
A grandmother targeted by the RIAA for file-sharing is striking back at the controversial music industry association, arguing that it has knowingly engaged in "one or more overt acts of unlawful private investigation" to further its case.

MediaDefender denies entrapment accusations with fake torrent site
Antipiracy agency MediaDefender strongly denies recent claims that it set up an entrapment scheme in order to catch so-called pirates downloading illegal movies and software.

A neutral 'Net needs up to twice the bandwidth of a tiered network
Recent research suggests the obvious: that building an undifferentiated network requires far more capacity than one in which traffic is prioritized, throttled, and controlled. But when AT&T researchers are involved in writing the paper in question, the results seem a bit more sinister. Is the research just another attempt by a major backbone Internet operator to justify a non-neutral Internet?

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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Byte Into It 04 Jul 2007

Digg - iPhone shatters AT&T record, dwarfs RAZR
Apple over the weekend sold more than 700,000 iPhones to rocket past analyst predictions and shatter AT&T's record by selling more iPhones in three days than Motorola's RAZR did in its first month.

Corporate PC users are the weakest link - Security -
Trend Micro uncovers irresponsible attitude to IT security in the workplace.

FireWire to burn out by 2008 - Hardware -
The IEEE 1394 interface, also called FireWire or i.Link, is facing a slow lingering death as its market share stagnates, experts have warned.

ISP as copyright cop: Aussie ISP kills all user multimedia files nightly

FTC abandons net neutrality - Internet -
The US Federal Trade Commission has decided to abandon net neutrality and allow telecoms companies to charge websites for access.

Get real: SoundExchange's latest offer just a "stay of execution"

Digg - Is Parallels violating the Wine GPL?
Parallels Desktop for Mac contains Wine ’s Direct3D code according to

For broken computers

*Byteback* is a free service, available to residents and small business

owners in Victoria who want to dispose of unwanted, old and unused computers

in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

When dumped in our landfills the materials and chemical components used to

make computer equipment can leach into, and harm, our environment.


City of Boroondara Waste Transfer Station

648 Riversdale Road, Camberwell (Melway 60 B1)

Phone: (03) 9278 4444

*Opening hours *

Byteback is open weekdays from 1pm-4pm and weekends from 8am-4pm.

*What can I take to Byteback?*

Personal computer systems including desktops, laptops, computer mice,

monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, computer power supplies, printed

circuit boards, motherboards, network and memory cards, disk and CD drives.

A limit of 20 items per visit applies.

*The following items are not accepted:*

Joysticks, Play Stations, electronic games, software, digital cameras,

electronic equipment, TVs, videos, hi-fi equipment, mobile phones, printer

cartridges and copiers.

*What happens to equipment after collection?*

The equipment is transported to a specialised electronic recycling and

recovery centre. Equipment is disassembled into its parts (plastic, precious

metals, batteries, cathode ray tubes, printed circuit boards, insulated

wiring) and sent off to various parts of Australia and the world for

recovery and recycling.


Save or delete important documents or files from your computer's hard drive

prior to recycling it.

Observe safe lifting procedures by using your leg muscles, not your back.

Ensure there is no broken glass or sharp, protruding objects on the


Byteback, an initiative of Sustainability Victoria, the City of Boroondara,

Hewlett Packard (HP), Sims E Recycling and K&S Environmental, is the first

long term computer takeback pilot of its kind in Australia.

For computers in working order

If your equipment is still in good working order we recommend you donate it

to a charity, organisation or person who is able to reuse it.

Here is a list from Clean Up Australia on where to take your computers in


Sims E-Recycling

275-281 Boundary Road


Phone: (03) 8586 7777 or (03) 8586 7708

Computerbank in Victoria

483 Victoria Street


Please call before visiting

Phone: (03) 9600 9161

10am-5pm Thursday and Friday only



Com.IT Computer Recycling

Refurbished and donated to state charities

Phone: (03) 9416 2604


Mission Australia

Refurbished by Work for the Dole and donated to disadvantaged groups

Phone: (03) 8615 2214


RPDS – Rural and Peninsula Disability Service

Program for Mornington Peninsula disabled and elderly

Phone: (03) 5978 5055


Website: <>

Australian Computer Recyclers

Phone: 1300 727 787



Chemsal Pty Ltd

83 Dohertys Road


Phone: (03) 9369 4222; Fax: (03) 9369 4380

HMR Melbourne Branch Address

Unit 1/653-661 Waterdale Road


Phone: (03) 9458 4888

Fax: (03) 9458 5550

Contact: Murray Hughes


MRI (Aust) Pty Ltd

20-24 Dennis Street


Phone: (03) 9305 4611

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm

*Ink cartridges*

Australasian Cartridge Remanufacturers Association

Visit to find a directory to link you to a local


Phone: (03) 9249 9259

GreenWorld Pty Ltd

13/14 Miles Street


Phone: (03) 9545 0700

Fax: (03) 9545 0711


Planet Ark

Collected through post office and Harvey Norman.

Visit website for collection locations.


Corporate Recycling

Based in Langwarrin, Victoria.

They provide and collect free cartridge recycling box to businesses.

Phone: 1800 737 328 toll free


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