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#855| source: Greg Hess by crossbow on Thu Sep 12 2002 
Techbits in Da House Baby!
Hey guys,

If you haven't noticed, the pimpest of the pimp, Mr maximum3d himself has been slamming out some fantastic bits of techno savy information for you all. I've been er...

I've er...well I have...I had a list of excuses for not doing techbits but I lost them. I think some software company ate them. Anyway, so here I am giving it another go on a whole new fantastic redesigned site!
Go Pedja Go!
#854| source: TechTV by maximum3d on Wed Sep 11 2002 
Win-XP Help Center request wipes your HD
A malicious Win-XP Help Center request can easily and silently delete the contents of any directory on your Windows machine, we've learned. Worse, MS has rolled the fix silently into SP1 without making a public announcement.
#853| source: New Scientist by maximum3d on Wed Sep 11 2002 
Intel plans secure microprocessors
New computer hardware designed to keep sensitive information locked in a "virtual vault" has been announced by the world's largest microchip maker, Intel. The new hardware will not only protect data against hackers but also stop PC users copying and distributing copyright-protected digital files via the internet, the company claims. However, Intel has not provided details of how the anti-copying feature would work.
#852| source: ExtremeTech by maximum3d on Wed Sep 11 2002 
Dense Pixel LCD delivers 200 DPI
This 22.2-inch LCD panel being sold by Viewsonic uses the same panel developed and marketed by IBM last year. The difference is that IBM charged nearly $20,000 for their its version; Viewsonic plans on selling theirs this one for around $8,000. That's still pretty pricey -- what makes this panel so special? Try 9.2 million pixels, for one thing. This 16x9 aspect ration panel has a native resolution of 3840x2400 pixels.
#851| source: Microsoft by maximum3d on Tue Sep 10 2002 
Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 Released
MSIE 6 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available for WinXP, WinME, Win2k, Win98 and WinNT 4.0 SP6a. This critical update includes a well-tested collection of updates that focuses on a variety of customer-reported concerns with Internet Explorer 6. Internet Explorer 6 SP1 includes all prior patches and updates as well as enhancements to security and reliability. This is not needed for XP users who have installed the Windows XP SP1. IE 6.0 SP1 in included
#850| source: Maxtor Press Release by maximum3d on Tue Sep 10 2002 
Maxtor Announces 320GB HDD
Maxtor announced Maxtor MaXLine, its newest generation of ATA drives designed specifically for rapidly emerging enterprise storage applications including near-line, media storage and network storage. The MaXLine family features two critical differentiators: huge capacities up to 320 GB for corporate archiving and media recording; and unique manufacturing and quality for 24/7 operations with mean time to failure (MTTF) rates exceeding one million hours.
#849| source: ZDNnet by maximum3d on Tue Sep 10 2002 
AMD floods the transistor gates
Like Intel and IBM, AMD says it's has developed a new multiple-gate transistor, which will create more-powerful, energy-efficient processors
#848| source: Microsoft by maximum3d on Mon Aug 26 2002 
More flaws found in Internet Explorer
Microsoft has announced that it has found more security flaws in several versions of Internet Explorer 5.01, 5.5 and 6.0 software programs. The Redmond giant said some of the flaws are rated critical and could allow attackers to access and run unauthorised commands on users' computers. The company has issued patches, available on its website, to fix the flaws
#847| source: Elite HW by maximum3d on Wed Aug 14 2002
A Guide to Stealthing your CD-ROM
#846| source: The Inquirer by maximum3d on Wed Aug 14 2002 
Intel's 90 nano technology to use strained silicon
We know that Intel has planned to move from its current 130 nanometer to 90 nanometers for some time, but Barrett will describe a process called "strained silicon" which is already used by IBM. Strained silicon will increase the speed of transistors, while copper interconnect technology, which competitor AMD has used for some time, also increases performance. The firm claimed that it used a 90 nano process to make SRAM chips at 52 megabits last February, with around 300 million transistors in a 109 square millimetre area. The SRAM cell size is one square micron, claims Intel, which is 100 times smaller than a red blood cell. This SRAM technology will help inprove cache sizes in the future chips.

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