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Windows 7 Support Ends January 2015

If you are using Windows 7 until Windows 8 "gets better" or until Windows 9 comes out, you may have to rethink your platform of choice a little bit. According to sources, Microsoft is all set to end "mainstream" support for Windows 7, Office 2010 and Windows Server 2003 as early as January of next year. What does this mean to you? It means that no features will be updated, but there will contiunue to be security fixes until 2020.

Some industry watchers have speculated that Microsoft will end up pushing out Windows 7's support dates the way the company did for XP, given Windows 7's popularity and pervasiveness, but so far, there's been no word from Microsoft officials that this is the plan.

Source: ZDNet

Raspberry Pi B+ Now Available

Raspberry Pi was introduced a couple of years ago and this tiny little DIY board has gained a cult-like following. The reason why is that many programs can be written for this little system and it actually runs Linux pretty well. The original platform is a little dated, and in response to that the crew over at RaspberryPi just released a slightly updated version with more USB ports and a redesigned PCB. Take a look if you've got $35 and want to build a fun XBMC or emulator.

Model B+

  • More GPIO. The GPIO header has grown to 40 pins, while retaining the same pinout for the first 26 pins as the Model B.
  • More USB. We now have 4 USB 2.0 ports, compared to 2 on the Model B, and better hotplug and overcurrent behaviour.
  • Micro SD. The old friction-fit SD card socket has been replaced with a much nicer push-push micro SD version.
  • Lower power consumption. By replacing linear regulators with switching ones we’ve reduced power consumption by between 0.5W and 1W.
  • Better audio. The audio circuit incorporates a dedicated low-noise power supply.
  • Neater form factor. We’ve aligned the USB connectors with the board edge, moved composite video onto the 3.5mm jack, and added four squarely-placed mounting holes.

 

Source: RaspberryPi.org

Comcast Really Doesn't Want You to Leave

If you love Comcast, you're probably in a very small club with yourself. Recently a customer tried to cancel their service on the phone, and this happened.

 

It's pretty fantastic at how igrnorant, arrogant and how much the "Customer Service Rep" was a hoser. Also, it's impressive that the customer was that patient. Well done. Self control level: +7

Source: SoundCloud

 

Light Night Vision

Up until this point, airforce pilots have not had a convenient way to view in night vision, but now they do. British Aerospace Systems have developed what they have name the Striker II. What this does is eliminate the need for an overweight pair of night vision goggles and replaces it with a night vision camera that projects onto the pilot’s visor, making the whole affair a lot less bulky and weighty. Think of this as Google Glass for fighter pilots.

The Striker II, designed and built by British Aerospace Systems, eliminates the need for cumbersome night-vision goggles (NVGs) which attach to the front of helmets. Instead, the Striker II has a tiny digital camera which turns night into day for pilots and projects an image on to the pilot’s visor in 1280x1060 high-definition resolution, along with other critical information such as speed, weapons and target.

Source: Telegraph

PS4 Still Bigger than the Xbox One

As the console wars continue to rage on, one thing seems to be clear; the fact that the Xbox one is still behind the PS4. According to the NPD Group’s monthly report for the physical sales of consoles in the USA during June, the PS4 is still in the lead and this is in light of the fact that the price of the XBox One was cut a bit and the sales have been more than doubled for the same month. It will be an interesting watch to see what sales will do over the next couple months.

That's an especially noteworthy accomplishment given the momentum the Xbox One gained last month. Just yesterday, Microsoft announced that Xbox One sales had more than doubled in June (compared with May) after its Kinect-less, $400 model went on sale. No specific figures were offered, and as a result, it was difficult to tell just how many systems the price drop helped to sell.

Source: GameSpot

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