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Inside a Mac-Mini !!

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Ever wondered what you’ll see inside a Mac-Mini? What kind of gadget wizardry is in there?? Apparently you might be in for some surprises or a nasty shock or two!!

Analysts at a research firm iSuppli too apart the Mac Mini & estimated the cost of the components present in the $499 Mac Mini to be about $275, which rises to about $284 by adding the cost of manufacturing, reports c|net!! 😕 But that’s not something which is surprising, as products sold by any company are almost always cheaper than the price they are sold, otherwise how will the company earn a profit on their sale??

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Amazon Shorts!!

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No, its not something you can wear, so don’t get too excited!! Amazon has started a service called Amazon Shorts which will be selling short works of literature by authors & which will be exclusively available on Amazon.com for atleast 6 months(as per the terms of contract), reports Yahoo! News.

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Schooling goes Hi-Tech!!

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Don’t be surprised if the next time your kid or your neighbour’s kid tells you that he won’t be having any text-books this year at school!! 😀

Empire High School in Arizona, USA, issued iBooks to each of its 340 students this year, becoming one of the first US public schools to do away with printed text-books. This is incidently the schools inagural year & the officals believe that students will be more engaged in learning with electronic texts, reports Yahoo! News. But Empire High isn’t the first or only one to have replaced printed text-books with laptops, students of 23 middle & high schools in Henrico County(near Richmond) have been using laptops for 4 years now!!

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Two Xbox versions this time!!

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Microsoft will be shipping two versions of Xbox this time, reports Yahoo! News. One will be a basic version without a hard-drive, wireless controls & some other features and the other will be as you can guess, a fully-loaded version!! They will be retailing at about $300 & $400 respectively in the North-America while it will be about 300 euros & 400 euros respectively in Europe. The enhancements like a 20GB detachable Hard-Disk, Wireless controllers, TV Remote, headsets for the online service Xbox Live, Ethernet cables for broadband internet connections etc. will be available seperately.

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Stampede for used laptops!!

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There was quite a rush as people tried to knock others on their way to get their hands on one of the 1000 laptops put on sale for just $50 by the Henrico County school system, USA. The laptops on sale were 4 year old Apple iBooks which were being offered to the county residents for $50 a piece, reports Yahoo!.

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Macromedia Studio 8 !!

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The much awaited successor to Macromedia StudioMX 2004, is just around the corner. Macromedia has announced the Macromedia Studio 8 which will ship in September 2005.

This new release will constitute of:

  1. Dreamweaver 8
  2. Flash Professional 8
  3. Fireworks 8

and two new additions to the Studio are:

  1. Contribute 3
  2. Flash Paper 2

I don’t know about all the components of the Macromedia Studio 8 but I can say that the improvements in Dreamweaver 8 and Flash Professional 8 will quite interesting, with enhanced CSS support & more usable interface in Dreamweaver8(did anyone mention code-folding?!) and the enhanced Flash Professional 8 which will help in leverage the new bells & whistles in the FlashPlayer8!!

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Blogging Business Summit?!!

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Blog Business Summit is gonna be held in San Francisco from August 17-19 this year & WordPress is one of the sponsors along with Microsoft, Boeing(Connexion by Boeing) among others!! If you wanna register, you better hurry & you can get a cool discount of $300 for being a WordPress user & if you use this link. Though if I register, I’ll get an additional $100 off as I’ve blogged about the summit & pinged the announcement at WordPress Dev Blog. So you better blog about this summit & trackback/ping the entry at WordPress Dev Blog to get the additional $100 knocked off the registration fees. 😀

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Spam Assassin?!!

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“Die Spammer Die”, this is what you think(or something to the same effect) when you see your a load of that despicable SPAM every morning when you open your INBOX, no? But seriously, have you ever considered doing it really? Well, looks like someone did think about this seriously & he/she seems to have done it by killing Vardan Kushnir, Russia’s notorious spammer who bombed almost all of 17.6 million online Russians in the country, as well as other Russian speaking people in places as far as California, USA and Canada!! Kushnir was found dead in his Moscow apartment on the Monday(25th July 2005) morning, the reason for his death being his head smashed with a heavy object!!

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FireFox users Vulnerable!!

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FireFox users using v1.0.1 or earlier of the browser that took the web blitzkrieg style, are vulnerable to point of their computers getting out of their control, reports c|net.

As noted in the news story, versions earlier than FireFox v1.0.1(including v1.0.1) had a bug because of the way it handled GIF images. An attacker/hacker can take control of a computer by making the un-knowing user to open a malicious GIF image from either a web-page or by way of an eMail. This bug was fixed in FireFox 1.0.2 and 2 more bug-fix updates were released after that, but the code to exploit this vulnerability has been released on internet, so users still hanging on to v1.0.1 should upgrade real fast, ie., only if they want their computers to remain in their control!! 😉

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UNIX un-safe?? Yes!!!

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Its true, the OS that was considered as safe as a vault in the Oval Office, its now open to attacks and possible Computer-Jacking, thanks to the great software from Adobe. Its Adobe Reader, used for reading the popular PDF documents, for UNIX, versions 5.0.9, 5.0.10, that has a security flaw that can allow a hacker to possibly take over a computer’s control by having a gullible user run a malicious PDF file, reports Yahoo! News.

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