24 November, 2009

On Windows 7

I’ve put my hand on Windows 7, and I was fortunate to be able to install the 32-bit version in my old desktop machine, purchased last 2003. Then, with my newer (1 1/2 yr or so) laptop, I was able to test the 64-bit version. These are both Windows 7 Ultimate OSes.

So with those 2 versions come problems that are uniquely their own, specific to the 64-bit OS: though basically breaking the 3GB RAM barrier, I immediately faced the problem of Zonealarm firewall not being able to install, so I searched, and sure enough, we have PC Tools Firewall Plus free edition to take its place. AVG 9 has a free version for Win 7.

The rest, they work. The main precaution when thinking of installing 64b Win7 is antivirus and firewall softwares. The rest of the softwares, they usually work – I was able to install back my old softwares (Harmony Assistant, Noteworthy Composer, CCleaner, Defraggler, etc) without a single issue being encountered.

So I’m now on Windows 7.

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02 November, 2009

Gamers, rejoice! Intel releases Core i7 mobile processors

Original Pentium Extreme Edition logoImage via Wikipedia

by Trevor Tan

Mobile professionals or gamers who lust for the most powerful laptops now have their wish granted - Intel has unveiled the fastest laptop chips ever, the Core i7 mobile processors.

Ported from its powerful desktop cousins, the new Intel Core i7 Mobile Processor, Intel Core i7 Mobile Processor Extreme Edition as well as Intel PM55 Express Chipset allow a speed boost of up to 75%, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost and better utilisation of multi-threaded applications with the power of Intel Hyper-Threading technology.

The quad-core processors in these chips and the support of up to 8MB smart cache make running of multiple applications a breeze, saving you time and increasing productivity.

The new chips offer two-channel DDR3 1333MHz memory support and full 1 x16 or 2 x 8 PCI Express 2.0 graphics support, giving gamers faster frame rates and smoother performance.

Hardcore gamers can use Intel Extreme Memory Profiles and Intel Extreme Tuning Utility to finetune and overclock their laptops blessed with the Core i7 Mobile Processor Extreme Edition.

According to Intel, top computer manufacturers like Dell, Toshiba and HP will begin shipping laptops based on the Intel Core i7 mobile processors today. Other manufacturers are expected to follow suit soon.

We hope the Core i7 mobile processors will find their way into all-in-one desktop systems as well, like Apple's iMac or Lenovo IdeaCentre, so that more users can enjoy the speed and benefits they bring.

From TODAY, Tech – Thursday, 24-Sep-2009

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