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Friday, March 30, 2007

New Articles On [Geeks Are Sexy] 2.0

Since [GAS] has moved to its new location, we've published 2 new articles that could be of interest to you, dear readers. Our first one tries to explain how the binary system works using some simple techniques. The second one is a post about how bloggers can make money online by taking advantage of their traffic to help them win a few extra bucks each month. As always, our blog is updated daily and is read by over 150k people each month!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Intel Honors Ten Companies

Intel Corporation today announced the 10 winners of the company's most prestigious award for suppliers, the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award. The award, for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence in 2006, recognizes companies that provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success. This select group will be honored at a ceremony tonight in Burlingame, Calif.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

We moved! Geeks Are Sexy 2.0

Right here: Geeks are Sexy 2.0

Please update your bookmarks accordingly!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

SiS Presents Full Line of Vista Ready Chipsets

SiS, as a pioneering chipset innovator, announced today that it will unveil the most advanced chipsets supporting Windows Vista™ at CeBIT 2007. The SiS672FX series, SiS671FX series, and SiS771 series chipsets are SiS special innovations. They are designed for optimum compatibility with Windows Vista™, and support mobile PCs and desktop PCs platforms. All of these chipsets have received certification from Microsoft.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Best Articles of [GAS] 1.0

Here's a quick recap of some of the best articles we've pubbed on [GAS] 1.0.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Hey, what are you doing here?

Still checking this old blog? :)

Move over over to
[GAS] 2.0!

Still reading us via the Blogger Atom Feed? We've been running
the feed on Feedburner for a while now, didn't you know?

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Important Notice: [GAS] Has Moved!

Just a quick post to let everyone know that we moved! We will not be migrating our old content from this blog to the new one, so everything that was published on [GAS] before now will remain here. The feed address will remain the same, so if you're reading us via an RSS reader, you don't have to change anything to continue receiving content from us.

This blog will continue to be occasionally updated with important events related to [GAS]. We do not want to let it die with all the work that was invested in it.

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Warning to Wordpress 2.1.1 Users

Just a few words of warning to all you Wordpress blog operators out there: If you are currently running version 2.1.1 of the popular blogging platform on your site, you better hurry up and upgrade to version 2.1.2 as fast as you can. Here's why:

This morning we received a note to our security mailing address about unusual and highly exploitable code in WordPress. The issue was investigated, and it appeared that the 2.1.1 download had been modified from its original code. We took the website down immediately to investigate what happened.

It was determined that a cracker had gained user-level access to one of the servers that powers wordpress.org, and had used that access to modify the download file. We have locked down that server for further forensics, but at this time it appears that the 2.1.1 download was the only thing touched by the attack. They modified two files in WP to include code that would allow for remote PHP execution.

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Amazing Water-Powered Battery Demonstration

After watching the clip, can anyone here explain how this thing works?

I know the theory behind the battery must have something to do with the generation of static electricity, but since there is no contact between the cans of paint and the water, I fail to see how this whole phenomenon can actually happen.

Vista Offers Nothing to Gamers

From the feedback I've heard from the gaming community up to now, gaming on Vista isn't entirely bad, but it isn't the "walk in the park" Microsoft promised it would be before its release. If you're a gamer and are planning to install Vista on your box, The folks at TwitchGuru just pubbed an interesting article taking a look at installing and running a few choice titles on Microsoft's newest OS from a gamer's point of view.

Much has been written about the recent launch of Microsoft's Windows Vista and all the problems users are experiencing. A lot of that coverage has been very analytical in nature with lots of graphs and math, but very little in the way of user experience. I wanted to see how games played under Vista, so I grabbed a machine in the office, a copy of Vista Home Premium, a stack of games, and set to work.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

PayPal Security Key Video Overview

PayPal Security KeyFor those of you who haven't heard about this yet, PayPal has recently introduced a new "secure-ID" like security key that can help you secure all of your PayPal transactions online. We already explained how the thing is supposed to work in a previous blog post, but if you're feeling too lazy to read it, Ben Popken from consumerist.com has produced a short video giving some basic answers to questions you might have about the device.

Yes I know, Mr. Popken should definitely not be thinking about starting a career as a stand up comic. His sense of humor is just... just... so bad! :)

If you're interested in getting your hands on one of those security keys, you can do so
right here for only $5.

Geek Squad Charges $415 Dollars To Replace Perfectly Good Hard Drive

Yes folks, according to this article on the Consumerist, Best Buy's Geek Squad charged $415 dollars to a customer simply to replace a supposedly defective hard drive with a new one, and only issued him a partial refund when showed that the real problem wasn't about the hard drive.

  • Price to diagnose: $69.00
  • OS Install: $129.00
  • Back up transfer:$99.00
  • New Hard Drive: $118.00
  • NO Guarantee
  • Estimated repair time seven to ten days.
What's the moral of this story? It seems that despite the fact that Geek Squad bills itself as a friendly alternative to scary computer repair places who'll rip you off, they're not even as good as your friend at work. Maybe O. would have been better off if he'd just offered his friend $250.00 if he could get the computer to work.

The AMD 690G: First Fruits of AMD/ATI Merger

Only four months after the acquisition of ATI, AMD can now play a card that Intel doesn't have in its hands to gain an addition share of a market that has always been dominated by Santa Clara's giant. This card is AMD's newest product: The AMD 690 Series Chipset.

Today, AMD/ATI officially delivers on part of the promise of their merger with the announcement of the AMD 690G chipset with integrated graphics. The 690G is essentially an ATI-designed product that has been rebranded and renamed in light of the merger.

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