Microsoft repeats IE8 lock-in warning for XP users with SP3

From InfoWorld: Microsoft again warned users of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) that they may not be able to uninstall either the service pack or Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).

The warning, made by Jane Maliouta, a Microsoft program manager as the company delivered Release Candiate 1 (RC1) on Monday, was a repeat of a caution she gave last August when Microsoft launched the browser's second beta.

Cisco Goes Green With Software Upgrade

From PC World: Cisco Systems is looking to reduce the energy consumption of network attached devices such as IP phones, laptops and access points using a new architecture called EnergyWise, the company announced at its user conference in Barcelona on Tuesday.

Yahoo's quarter: All eyes on Bartz

From CNET News.com: Brand-new Chief Executive Carol Bartz deserves exactly zero blame or credit for the fourth-quarter financial results Yahoo will announce Tuesday afternoon, but the judgment of her abilities will begin in earnest when she bears the Internet pioneer's tidings.

Intel Prepares New Core 2 Duo E8700

From DailyTech: Many programs still don't take full advantage of multiple cores. Those that are, are only optimized for two logical processors.

Additionally, many gamers who don't overclock seek the fastest dual-core CPUs, as they will see faster frame rates if they are CPU limited. Generally, having more cores limits how fast you can clock your processors. If the game doesn't take advantage of quad-Core, then a dual-core solution makes more sense.

Western Digital Updates Green Lineup to 2TB

From DailyTech: Western Digital has announced its latest drive, a 2 Terabyte Caviar Green hard drive with 32 MB of cache and a seek time of 8.9ms. It runs between 7200 or 5400 RPM depending on load, which saves power.

Due to advances in Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), it is able to achieve this using a four platter design, with 500 MB per platter. Having fewer platters reduces power consumption as well.

Microsoft Windows Live Head Among Job Cuts

From DailyTech: Microsoft is still one of the most profitable companies in the technology industry. However, the software giant missed its earning last quarter and took aggressive action to try and prevent that from happening again.

Part of the action that Microsoft took was to announce it would be shedding 5,000 positions from its employee pool. The cuts are affecting some of the people that were key players in Microsoft's PC gaming business.

Microsoft extends Windows 7 beta download deadline

From InfoWorld: Microsoft Thursday extended the deadline for downloading the public beta of Windows 7 by more than two weeks, citing continued interest in the preview.

The move suggests that fewer than 2.5 million copies of the beta have been downloaded since Microsoft launched the Windows 7 preview Jan. 10.

HP readies for Cisco's datacenter assault

From InfoWorld: HP ProCurve will unveil this week its first switches built specifically for datacenter applications, as well as a server module for existing switches that enables users to begin integrating and consolidating switching and application processing.

Despite Layoffs, Moto to Support Windows Mobile

From PC World: Even though it is laying off Windows Mobile developers, Motorola intends to continue to support the mobile platform, a spokeswoman said.

On Friday, Motorola disclosed that among the 3,000 people it is laying off in its mobile devices division are 77 people working in its Plantation, Florida, facility. Those workers are involved in Windows Mobile development, said Maya Komadina, a Motorola spokeswoman.

Apple Update Fixes Issues With Some Nvidia Cards

From PC World: Apple on Monday afternoon released Nvidia Graphics Update 2009, which according to the release notes is designed to improve cursor movement (reducing jumpy or erratic movement) when using Apple's US$99 Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter with the latest MacBook Air, MacBook, or MacBook Pro.

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