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MS releases DirectX 9 beta

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WindowsDirectX version 9 beta 1 has been released to beta testers and release partners. DirectX 9 have been delayed quite a bit due to the MS inhouse security reviews, but is supposed to be available to the gaming masses this fall. If you are a beta tester with the right credentials, you can get hold of this thing on BetaPlace. If not, you'll just have to wait like the rest if us.

And by the way, the current offering of DirectX is version 8.1.
 
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Opera 6.03 for Windows released

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WindowsAre they on steroids up there? Anyway, Opera has released version 6.03 of their browser. It's for Windows this time.

Two things have been fixed since 6.02:
  • problem with bookmarklets
  • A security issue with file uploading
    You can download Opera for free for a bunch of operating systems. Registrations are about USD39, and shelling out will rid the browser of a (small-ish) advertisement frame in the top right of the browser.
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    Opera 6.02 for Windows is here

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    WindowsOpera 6.02 for Windows was released today. The press release is here, and the changelog is here. As usual, the free version has ads in the top right corner, and an ad-free version is USD39. Owners of registered 5.x and 6.x versions get free upgrades.

    This new version has a number of new & improved things:
     
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    Leaked info on the next MS Office

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    WindowsA Flash-presentation of the next Microsoft Office version, dubbed "NGO" (Next Generation Office) have been floating around the net for some time. Noone seems to know if it's a fake or not, but if it is, it's one of the more elaborate pranks lately.

    So what's the big deal?
    In the presentation, a subscription model is suggested, wherein the Office suite becomes crippled when the subscription runs out. Since all your contacts, documents, schedule, databases and mail are stored online, you are Up Sh*t Creek if you loose connectivity, MS bollocks up the site or 3v33l HaX0rz decides to give NGO a whistle test.

    The leaked info has already sparked some controversy. MS has requested the flash movie be withdrawn from Vibrant Logic, claiming it a "unauthorized release of an MS concept piece". Fair enough.

    More on this at Windows SuperSite, OSNews and ExtremeTech.

    Or, the whole thing could ofcourse be a good old controlled leak from Microsoft itself. They're at least guaranteed some feedback if it is.
     
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    Virtual PC for OS/2

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    WindowsSo you thought OS/2 was dead long ago? Well, think again. Connectix and Innotek has made Virtual PC for OS/2 available. With this, you can run your Windows programs on OS/2. Or, you could run OS/2 as a guest OS on a virtual machine on Windows. Or... oh, well.
     
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    Windows on database filesystem discussed

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    WindowsTwo of the more influential (and highly thought of) engineers from the creation of BeOS, Benoit Schillings and Dominic Giampaolo, talks with the Register in this interesting article about database filesystems ( in general and in Windows in particular).
     
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    Being on time with Win2K Server

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    WindowsWhen was the last time you saw a PC with a clock that gave you the correct time of day? Adjusting the clock isn't something users normally do, because it's annoying.

    If you are behind the wheel(s) of a Windows 2000-domain, help is at hand. MS included something called "Windows Time Service" in Windows 2000, its sole purpose being the master clock for an entire AD forest. The service (surprisingly) operates according to RFC2030.

    Check out Windows and .NET Magazine's Keeping Time with Win2K for all the bits and pieces.
     
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    SP1 for .NET Framework ships

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    WindowsA little less than a month ago, Microsoft released the .NET Framework software, a package containing the .NET runtime environment and the libraries for software development. Two days ago, the first Service Pack arrived - SP1.
     
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    Getting lightly scrambled text in your MS Word documents in windows XP?

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    WindowsAccording to ComputerUser.com, some Windows XP users are finding random words inserted into their text as they write. The problem is caused by XP's speech recognition system, which is turned on by default by some manufacturers. It's listening to the random noise you get even when the mic is turned off. This could be one of the years coolest way of scrambling documents! Say goodbye to PGP/GPG everyone! :)
     
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    Opera 6.02 beta 1056

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    WindowsI'm seeing a lot of activity from Opera 6.02 in my logs here, so I scrambled Google and found some links to it. The beta is build 1056. The Opera beta versions have been very stable lately, so you may want to give it a try.

    There is no mention of what's new in this beta version, so you're pretty much on your own. Follow this link to download Opera 6.02 beta 1056 directly from somewhere within the opera.com domain. The file should tick in at 3287K.
     
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