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Windows 8 to run on more than Intel chips

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A lot came out of the Microsoft CES presentation today with twitter a buzz with highs and lows regarding what they had on offer this year and results of last year. Majority of the presentation was what we already knew about products like XBOX Kinect and Windows 7, however the big thing was that we will soon see Windows 7 running on low-end processors like Intel Sandybridge and AMD fusion, which signals to a future in mobile and tablet-based computing. The other major point was the future for Microsoft and their development with SoC or System on a Chip. Windows 8 will be developed with the ability to be coded directly on a microprocessor such as Intel, Snapdragon and the NVIDIA Tegra. A big concert of future computer engineering. Those two point for me were the major factors of the presentation that shows that Microsoft as a company has just shown the world that they are serious about innovation and consumer technology. Some Twitter comment included remarks about Apple have someth

IT Intern Story you must read

If you have ever been the supervisor for a work experience kid in IT, this story is your worst nightmare. Rob's employer didn't need a summer intern, let alone a paid intern. This absence of need conflicted directly with the Director of Engineering's need to find his son a summer job while he was home from college. In the battle between Frugality and Nepotism, there could be only one victor, and plenty of collateral damage. On his first day, Chris arrived wearing jean-shorts and a stained Boba Fett t-shirt that wasn't quite long enough to reach his waistband, which itself wasn't quite broad enough to completely contain his waist. He exuded the faint aroma of Cheetos and basement, and had the dazed look of someone unused to full sunlight. Rob decided the first order of business was to get a feel for Chris's technical background. The Director of Engineering assured him that Chris was a computer whiz, but he didn't intend to throw Chris at their servers with

iPhone alarms continue to not work

Further articles are dominated the internet with iPhone users continuing to not being woken up from their one-off alarms set on their iPhone. Since the 1st, iPhone users have found their alarms to not be working with once-off alarms not activating at their designated times. Further reports and tweets from users of their missed flights and their latenesses to appointment and work. Unfortunately, Apple does not regard the issue as high-priority but will be looking into the issue. Source: http://bit.ly/fZLcF9 

Aussie Retails Giant Push for Online Tax

Retail giant like Harvey Norman and Myer are pushing th government make changes to Australia Tax due to recent trends in online shopping internationally. Due to recent surge in the Aussie dollar (and other factors) have encouraged spending overseas online, which also comes with the added benefit of no tax with spending sub-$1000. Gerry Harvey, and other retail outlets, are pushing the government to either remove local taxes from sub-$1000 goods or apply the same tax to international purchases. Harvey Norman and Myer claim that to these lack of taxes, long-term results will include reduction in part-time/casual hours, and manufacturing and logistics just to name a few. The government has said they have little interest in modifying Australia Tax law and see no immediate concern. Consumer group Choice have said that this push from the big retailers is nothing but scare tactics and retailers should recognize that consumers are simply sourcing lower prices. Source: http://bit.ly/iaB

NSW Government support Digital Development

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In an article by the Game Developers Association of Australia, the NSW Government will be funding $4.5 million to digital projects and creations. As par of the NSW Digital Media Intuitive, NSW Industry and Investment is providing grants for a wide range of projects from small, early-stage projects to large scale developments. The intuitive is in an effort to boost digital creation and encourage competitive development within certain industries such as Film, Gaming and software development. For more information see here: http://www.business.nsw.gov.au/industry/ict/Digital+Media.htm Source: http://bit.ly/fhIahg

iPhone alarms not working

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Reports out today that since the new year, iPhone users are finding that their alarms aren't working. In an article from Gizmodo, this is a bug that has been discovered since the new year and applies only to One time event alarms, while reoccurring alarms will continue to work fine. As a temporary workaround, set all alarms to reoccur and simply manually disable the alarm once it has gone off. Users should expect a fix for the bug on Jan 3rd. UPDATE: In an article from AppleInsider, Apple has confirmed the alarm bug with the phone, but believes the problem will be resolved on its own by the 3rd. Source: http://gizmo.do/fDsavR, http://bit.ly/gevchC Pic Source: Gdgt.com

2011: The Future for this Blog

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Another year has clicked around and fatties everywhere are vowing to loose weight while chowing down on a BigMac, loners are saying they will spend more time with the family while leveling up on World of Warcraft, and that rich dude in his sports Mercedes-Benz thinks about buying another car for the weekends while still declining the extra cost to a bluetooth stereo. In other words, new years resolutions are bullshit and that's why I am not making any promises. For the Tech blog this year though I will be looking to getting an actual domain name and losing the blogspot.com URL. Every time I look at this sites address I can only imagine people laughing at the ridiculousness of such an address. Not sure what it will be yet but I am brainstorming. I am also hoping to give the blog and overhaul and new look this year. Although Blogger last year introduced the new layouts and looks for blogs, it is still dated and you just know that it is a Blogger blog and I hate that. And I spos

Updated the "What I Use" Page

I have made some changes to the What I Use page with some changes to how I do things as well as some easy links to the websites of the hardware and software. I no longer use Seesmic as my twitter client and have come to like TweetDeck some more as it is also a great app on my Android phone.