TERMINATOR 2: MAXIMUM HARDWARE

There’s yet another release of Terminator 2 on DVD, the “T2: Extreme DVD” in a cool embossed metal box. One of the features you’ll see advertised is an ultra-high resolution version of the movie with 5.1 sound for your PC, in addition to the regular version for your DVD player.

Now take a look at the “recommended” hardware requirements for the high resolution version:

– A 3GHz processor

– 512Mb of RAM

– 128Mb 3D video card

– 24 bit/96KHz multichannel sound card

– Display settings of 1600×1200 or above

That is some serious hardware. […] continued

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LINUX UNDER ATTACK

The Linux community is quickly realizing that Linux faces a serious threat to its very existence. SCO Group owns various copyrights and patents for Unix, and it has filed lawsuits or sent threatening letters alleging that Linux programmers have incorporated copyrighted Unix source code into Linux – perhaps one reason that Linux has improved so rapidly. […] continued

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COMICS BY E-MAIL

Looking for an interesting kid present? Think about a subscription to comics by e-mail. Ten bucks buys a year of daily e-mails from one of the largest comics syndicators. You choose the comics you want included from a reasonably large selection – not everything you want, but enough to be satisfying. […] continued

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CELL PHONE CONFUSION

If you’ve shopped for cell phone service lately, you’ll sympathize with the points in this article: the offers and services from the competing carriers are so complex that it’s essentially impossible to make an informed comparison. We’re at their mercy. The column is worth reading to get an overview of the things to consider – and to watch out for. […] continued

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WAL-MART TAKES OVER THE WORLD

Every so often some business kowtows to Wal-Mart by changing the cover of a book or magazine or releasing an alternate version of a CD with family-friendly lyrics or the like. Those things seem strange to me, but it’s because I keep forgetting just how big Wal-Mart has gotten. Here’s some interesting statistics about Wal-Mart from a Slate article today. […] continued

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THE GREAT REBATE SCAM

Like most people, I’ve never liked rebates, but I take it seriously – I will pay more if that’s what it takes to avoid a rebate. Slate has a good article about the rebate game – why they’re offered, and what the manufacturers and retailers do to delay, trick you, and bully you out of collecting your rebates. […] continued

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DOWNLOAD CAPS ON CABLE BROADBAND

Time Warner has begun tiered pricing for cable Internet access in a few areas. The idea is that a cable subscriber chooses a monthly download limit – 40Gb, for example. If you go over that amount, you’re charged a fee for “excessive downloading.” Higher-priced plans are available with more generous download caps or for unmetered service. […] continued

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TIME MATTERS 5.0

Time Matters and Amicus are the market leaders for law office case management. Time Matters just rolled out its first new version in two years, version 5.0, along with a new companion product for billing, Billing Matters. It appears that Time Matters is positioning itself as a general business management program, with special versions customized for accounting and law offices. […] continued

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COREL ACQUIRED BY VECTOR CAPITAL

Corel announced today that it has agreed to a takeover bid by Vector Capital, a San Francisco-based company that already owns a substantial stake in the company.

At $1.06 per share, the purchase price almost exactly equals the amount of cash that Corel has on hand.

There’s no word yet on whether Vector intends to keep the company operating and keep the brand names alive, or whether it will close the doors and get its cash out as quickly as possible. […] continued

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AMAZON, APPLE, AND MUSIC

Amazon has been eyeing the market for downloadable music for years, wondering how to jump in. The issue isn’t technology, it’s the business model, availability of content and music industry support.

There was an unconfirmed report yesterday that Amazon is talking to Apple about licensing Apple’s online music store. Apple’s store has been a surprising success, but it’s unlikely that Amazon would be interested until the tunes could be offered to Windows users as well as Mac users. […] continued

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HARDWARE WARS

Dell continues to dominate the computer market, of course. Here’s what some of the other players are doing.

Sony just announced its summer lineup, loaded with multimedia components (DVD rewritable drives, digital video recorder software, and the like), at the higher end of the price spectrum.

Gateway desperately needs to return to profitability, although it still doesn’t have a clearly defined place in the market that would cause you to turn to them instead of Dell.

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