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Server benchmarking lone wolf bites Intel again

Neal Nelson, an independent engineer who conducts server benchmarking tests, is claiming that Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processors are generally more energy efficient than Intel's Xeon processors.

Legal fight over 'Vista capable' PCs gets trial date

A lawsuit alleging that Microsoft Windows Vista Capable users were misled about the capabilities of the operating system will go to trial Oct. 28, 2008, a federal judge in Seattle decided last week. That starting date will be close to the two-year an...

AMD says for Opteron, it's 'Barcelona' in August

Advanced Micro Devices said Friday that it will start shipping quad-core versions of its Opteron microprocessor in August and that it expects hardware vendors to follow in September with servers based on the new chips.

Is it time to ditch your desktops for PC blades?

The desktop unit that is part of Hewlett-Packard's PC blade system is about the size of a thick hardcover book, and it might be mistaken for a modernist vase if not for the various ports for connecting thumb drives and other USB devices. The device i...

IBM announces the Power6 chip

IBM Monday officially announced its Power6 chip, saying that the next-generation microprocessor for its Unix and Linux systems offers double the performance of the earlier Power5+ device while consuming roughly the same amount of electricity.

Flash memory not ready for main PC storage technology

Flash memory is a wonderful thing: It's shock-resistant, it doesn't have moving parts, it uses battery power more efficiently than disk drives do and its price is crashing. Even so, it isn't likely to replace hard drives on mainstream PCs anytime soo...

Dual-monitor users benefit from having more

Stefan Thibeault, a programmer at a clothing manufacturer in Montreal, is convinced of the value of using dual PC monitors. Doing so has given him a much larger electronic workspace, eliminated such annoyances as the need to frequently alt-tab betwee...

AMD upgrades Athlon chips, outlines road map

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) last week unveiled a performance upgrade for its Athlon 64 X2 dual-core high performance processor, the 6000+, with a clock speed of 3 GHz and 2 MB L2 cache. AMD has also disclosed plans to release desktop chips later thi...

Asteroid hunt: What else is coming our way?

The asteroid Apophis, named after an Egyptian god representing darkness and chaos, has, at the moment, a 1-to-45,000 chance of striking Earth in 2036. But those odds will soon change, probably in a good way for mankind, while the hunt for near-Earth ...

'Windows Vista Capable' barely hits the mark

Configuring a PC around the minimum hardware requirements of an application or operating system is lot like agreeing to live in a basement apartment. Sure, it will work as a place to live -- if you don't mind damp and dim living conditions.

Flu pandemic could choke 'Net, force usage restrictions

Many companies and government agencies are counting on legions of teleworkers to keep their operations running in the event of an influenza pandemic. But those plans may quickly run aground as millions of people turn to the Internet for news and even...

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