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Google Chrome Adverts

Posted by on May 17, 2009 in Web | 0 comments

So Chrome has not really been heard of since its release a couple of months ago, and Google has decided to create some hype around it again. They have commisioned a few short ads to try and push the browser into a greater share of the market. There are eleven adverts, and here is one that I particularly like: 

Simple, yet clever. It show cases some of their features very nicely.

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Google Chrome on Windows 7 64-Bit

Posted by on May 15, 2009 in Web | 0 comments

I have been running the Windows 7 64-bit beta for a few months now and am finding it a really nice OS. With it being a beta version it will obviously have a few compatibility issues with certain programs, but surprisingly the list is actually much smaller than what I thought it would be.

In the beginning, firefox or chrome did not work, and I was forced to use IE8 for a while. I could not stand it! It was absolutely horrible, and I decided that I had to change before I broke my pc, or actually killed someone. I was running out of ideas, and then I remembered that I had the flock installer on my computer still. I have been using it for a while now, but my frustration has now grown to a new level of madness.

I decided I had to try to get chrome to work again. I had grown quite comfortable with it when I was on XP, and wanted to return home. That is when I found this little trick to get chrome to work! YAY!

Run Google Chrome on Windows 7 64 bit Version

1. Right Click on Google Chrome Icon

2. Add –in-process-plugins after chrome.exe in Target field.

It should look like this:

google-chrome-windows-7-64-bit-version

I am glad to announce that I am browsing in peace once more.

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France Passes Anti-Piracy Law

Posted by on May 15, 2009 in Politics, Web | 0 comments

A bill requiring French ISPs to disconnect people who are caught downloading or sharing illegal content three times has been given approval by Senate. The controversial legislation will mean that illegal file-sharers will receive a warning through email first, then through a letter, and on the third offence, will face disconnection, according to an article by TorrentFreak.

The bill attempts to reduce online piracy by deterring users from illegally file-sharing, and was supported by the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. Users who are disconnected may have to continue paying for their internet for the duration that they are disconnected, which can be up to a year.

The bill has faced a lot of heat from groups concerned that the new system will wrongly punish people, particularly if their computers are hijacked by hackers or malware. According to an article by the BBC, the legislation is “dangerous, useless, inefficient, and very risky for us citizens”, according to socialist parliamentarian Patrick Bloche.

However, John Kennedy, chairman of the IFPI, stated that the bill was “an effective and proportionate way of tackling online copyright infringement and migrating users to the wide variety of legal music services in France”. The law was passed by Senate with 189 votes for, and 14 against.

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I think that this is a good move! The more countries that pass this law the better!
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Intel Fined $1.45 Billion

Posted by on May 14, 2009 in Gossip, Technology | 0 comments

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Ouch! In these tough economic times, that is a seriously large amount of money! Wow. They have appealed the decision, but this process is still costing them dearly. Take a look at the article below that I grabbed from the New York Times.

Here is an extract from the article which might help you understand things:

The European Union’s competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, said the penalty against Intel, the equivalent of $1.45 billion, was justified because the company had skewed competition and denied consumers a choice for chips.

Ms. Kroes said Intel had “used illegal anticompetitive practices to exclude its only competitor and reduce consumers’ choice — and the whole story is about consumers.” She said Intel’s practices had “undermined innovation.”

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AMD Reorganizes

Posted by on May 13, 2009 in Gaming, Technology | 0 comments

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AMD

I picked this up from engadget the other day, and found it quite interesting. I thought that they had already done this, but obviously not. I wonder how it will impact things, and if it will allow AMD to kick on and try and take the market by storm.

“It looks like the final step in AMD totally subsuming ATI has been taken. The company announced a reorganization around four specific pillars: products, future techology, marketing, and customer relations. The restructuring also marks the end of Randy Allen’s tenure, as the SVP of the Computing Solutions Group has decided to leave for unspecified reasons. ATI holdover Rick Bergman, who had also be head of the subsidiary known internally as the Graphics Product Group, will head up the products division with the goal of unifying the GPU and CPU teams (not necessarily the products). We highly doubt this means ATI branding is going anywhere — it’s far too valuable for AMD.”

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Facebook Trick

Posted by on May 12, 2009 in Humour, Web | 0 comments

No longer is it the PlayStation or other consoles with combination codes to unlock cool features. Facebook has joined the party. Now they have a trick to impress your friends.

Once you put in the code, you will be able to a lens-flare effect on your facebook page. This effect is very similar to the one available in Photoshop. Simply enter the code, and click your mouse and boom, you have an awesome lens flare effect which is sure to make your friends gasp in amazement at how truly awesome you are. It is nothing too amazing, but should at least keep your friends entertained for about 5 seconds or so.

Facebook Lens Flare

Facebook Lens Flare

I take it you want that code now? UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT,  B, A, ENTER.

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