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Posted by Suntrekker on December 10, 2007


The Video Electronics Standards Association or VESA has announced a new digital display interface, dubbed DisplayPort.

This new interface will supplant DVI and VGA connections eventually and its micropacket architecture offers significantly more bandwidth with multi-monitor support over a single cable. Like HDMI, a DisplayPort connection can carry 8-channel 24-bit audio, but also offers a dedicated auxiliary link for control communications of things like panel I/O and microphone connections. There are hundreds of big brand name companies behind the standard that is set to compete with HDMI for desktop and notebook dominance, including the likes of AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, Samsung and Dell.


AMD’s RV635 XT With Dual DisplayPort And DVI-D

However, DisplayPort is more likely to co-exist with HDMI, since HDMI is specifically targeted for consumer electronics like set-top boxes, DVD players etc, while DisplayPort was designed from the ground up for computing.


Left To Right – DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D (from LCD display)

Though we’ve heard through the grapevine that NVIDIA is readying DisplayPort capable graphics cards for sometime early next year, AMD has stepped up with the first DisplayPort-enabled graphics card to hit our test labs.


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How to send free sms from Gmail

Posted by Suntrekker on December 7, 2007

This was taken from Star newspaper.

I want to share this to you.

Here’s a neat trick for Gmail users and fans of free text. While signed-in to Gmail, they can send SMS to mobile phones.

Add mobile buddies by clicking Add Contact on the embedded chat client.
Type in a buddy’s mobile number followed by (for example:
63917 The mobile buddy will then be included in the Gtalk buddy list. Double-click the buddy’s name and fire away with text messages!

This feature is powered by Chikka, creator of the popular gateway to texting mobiles from a PC via a mobile instant messenger (IM).

Chikka actually announced its Chikka Messenger’s interoperability with Google Talk (Gtalk) last year. Thus one may now also “Chikka” from Gtalk and vice versa. Messenger’s interoperability with Google Talk (Gtalk) last year. Thus one may now also “Chikka” from Gtalk and vice versa.

Messages sent from Gmail or Gtalk will be received by a Chikka chat buddy on his mobile as SMS when he is logged off from his PC.

Happy texting ^_^

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Coming soon: Windows Server 2008

Posted by Suntrekker on December 4, 2007

Hmmm… I know this is confilict of my interest since I would prefer more to use linux but since I have this info and I would like to share this to all of you.

Microsoft is releasing on Feb. 27 next year Windows Server 2008 .

Remarkable features of the new system based on customer feedback: the Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) and Restartable Active Directory for Directory Services.

The RODC is a new type of domain controller that hosts a read-only replica of the Active Directory database. “If you combine RODCs with the BitLocker Drive Encryption feature first introduced in Windows Vista, you no longer have to worry about thieves (or silly employees) walking off with one of your domain controllers and all your goodies,” says the book authored by Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Windows Server team.

The Restartable Active Directory Domain Services let the administrator stop AD services on domain controllers so that updates can be applied or offline de-fragmentation of the database can be performed, and this can be done without rebooting the machine.

More than 30 customers were involved in the production of Windows Server 2008 and hundreds of scenarios were considered in coming up with its features.

“Customer input was crucial to the design and features of Windows Server 2008. We meet with customers regularly and get their feedback,” Microsoft spokesperson says.
Aside from the NAP, Server Core Installation Option and Read-Only Domain Controller, new technologies are introduced with the Windows Server 2008 – Microsoft Windows Powershell, Internet Information Services 7.0, Server Manager, and Windows Server Virtualization. Enhanced technologies include Terminal Services, Windows Firewall, Failover Clustering, Dynamic Partitioning, and Auto-Tuning Networking.

What ever OS infrastructure it is, it SHOULD be “extensible, stable, flexible and also predictable.”

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Intel compatibility tool

Posted by Suntrekker on December 1, 2007

If you are planning to buy an Intel based desktop unit, Intel has a new tool in their website  to match compatibility  of its Desktop processors and desktop boards…

Here’s the link.

Hope this help for those who want to assemble their rigs  from the scratch 🙂

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