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Sunday, January 16, 2005
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New Microsoft Security Tools

Microsoft has introduced new tools for better securing PCs.
  1. Microsoft AntiSpyware - A spyware detection/removal tool just like Ad-Aware and Spybot. I can definitely say that no one spyware removal tool is good enough. I have been using Ad-Aware and spybot. I will also start using Microsoft tool from now on. It is good and it did detect a couple of spyware that were not detected by Ad-Aware. It also features online updates just like the rest.

    The tool is still in beta, but very stable. I have been using it for about 3-4 days and I haven't had any issues with it. You can download it directly from Microsoft AntiSpyware

  2. Windows® Malicious Software Removal Tool - Another small tool from Microsoft that can be used to detect and remove Malicious Software like Blaster, Sasser, Mydoom and a few more. I think Microsoft has planned to release a version of the tool every month. Check it out at Malicious Software Removal Tool. The PC can be scanned either by downloading the tool (very small in size) or through an online scan.

Mac Mini

Mac Mini
Originally uploaded by vsankarv.

Apple has introdued a mini version of Mac called Mac mini. It truly is a mini version. It is just 2" tall and 6.5" square.

But it still houses 1.4GHz processor, 40/80GB HDD, slot loading CD-R/DVD-ROM Drive and an ATI Radeon 9200 graphics chip. It also has all the necessary inputs including Ethernet, Modem, USB and Firewire. Pretty impressive considering the size. It also weights just 2.9 lbs.

It retails for $499, but does not include keyboard/mouse/monitor. A great deal for those mac fans who are looking for a upgrade.

Check out the Apple site

Friday, January 14, 2005
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iPod shuffle

Originally uploaded by vsankarv.
Apple has come out with a new mp3 player called iPod shuffle. This is a USB/flash based player about the size of regular USB based flash drives.

The drive sports the signature iPod navigation wheel and comes with headphones. It has a built-in rechargable battery that charges itself when plugged onto the USB drive of your comp.

There are two versions of the drive (512MB and 1GB) and the prices start from $99. Let's wait and see if this is as successfull as the iPod.

Thursday, January 13, 2005
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Google helps with tsunami relief

It's a great feeling to see Google having a link on its homepage related to Tsunami relief. They have also put up a separate page that lists ways to help and contribute towards the relief efforts.

Check out Tsunami Relief

Saturday, January 08, 2005
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Better driving tips

Shiva has posted an excellent write up on tips to make you a better driver. Do check it out.

Drive better...

Wednesday, January 05, 2005
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IT Predictions for 2005

I came across a funny article at The Inquirer about IT predictions for 2005. It predicts catastrophic IT events for 2005. Don't take it seriously. Rather, its a funny take on the IT industry.

Ryan's IT predictions for 2005

Tuesday, January 04, 2005
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Age of Empires 3...

The next game in the Age series (Age of Empires 3) has just been officially announced. For those who are not aware, the Age series of games is one of the most succesfull series of RTS (Real Time Strategy) games. I am a huge fan of Age series of games and the last one Age of Mythology was truly amazing.

I have started another blog exclusive for posting information about this game. The game is scheduled to release sometime in the second half of 2005. Visit http://ageofempires3.blogspot.com for latest information about the game as they surface.