Windows Server 2008 will be Launched on February 27, 2008

Yup, February. 27, 2008 date announced for Server 2008

Just announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Windows Server 2008 will be launched jointly with Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 on Feb. 27, 2008, in Los Angeles. As the most important enterprise launch in company history, this will kick off a “launch wave” of hundreds of worldwide events hosted by Microsoft.

Windows Server 2008, with built-in Web and virtualization technologies, enables you to increase the reliability and flexibility of your server infrastructure. New virtualization tools, Web resources, and security enhancements help you save time, reduce costs, and provide a platform for a dynamic and optimized datacenter. Powerful new tools like IIS7, Windows Server Manager, and Windows PowerShell, allow you to have more control over your servers and streamline Web, configuration, and management tasks. Advanced security and reliability enhancements like Network Access Protection and the Read-Only Domain Controller harden the operating system and protect your server environment to ensure you have a solid foundation on which to build your business.

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40 Gbps world’s fastest broadband in central Sweden

The world’s fastest internet connection is in Sweden at 40 Gigabits per second connection – thousands of times faster than the average ADSL / DSL / Cable home Internet connection.

According to this article:

A 75 year old woman from Karlstad in central Sweden has been thrust into the IT history books – with the world’s fastest internet connection.

Sigbritt Löthberg’s home has been supplied with a blistering 40 Gigabits per second connection, many thousands of times faster than the average residential link and the first time ever that a home user has experienced such a high speed.

But Sigbritt, who had never had a computer until now, is no ordinary 75 year old. She is the mother of Swedish internet legend Peter Löthberg who, along with Karlstad Stadsnät, the local council’s network arm, has arranged the connection.

People in India still struggling to get 256k connection.

Sigbritt, 75, has world’s fastest broadband

World’s richest man: Carlos Slim has overtaken Bill Gates

Yup, Microsoft founder Bill gates is no longer richest man. Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim overtakes Bill Gates as world’s richest man.

From the article:
Mr Gates has headed the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest for more than a decade. But, like Mr Buffett, he is rapidly becoming as well known for giving his money away as he is for accumulating it. Both he and the “Sage of Omaha” have promised to give most of their money to charitable causes.!

Wifi longest link record set to 237 miles i.e. 381 kilometer

Wifi is short for wireless fidelity. WiFi has gained acceptance in many environments as an alternative to a wired LAN. Many airports, hotels, and other services offer public access to WiFi networks so people can log onto the Internet and receive emails on the move. These locations are known as hotspots.

However wifi network puts restrictions – you must be within the range of the WAPs, the wireless end user has a full network connection with the benefit of mobility. One IEEE 802.11 WAP can typically communicate with 30 client systems located within a radius of 100 m.

A Venezuelan techie apparently has set a new record for longest WiFi link. Networking guru Ermanno Pietrosemoli established a wireless connection between a PC in El Aguila, Venezuela, and one in Platillon Mountain, a distance of about 237 miles, mostly using off-the-shelf equipment and a few hacked parts.

Apple iPhone vs Nokia, blackberry phones

The iPhone is a multimedia and Internet-enabled mobile phone from Apple computers.

The iPhone’s functions include those of a camera phone, a multimedia player, mobile phone, and Internet services like e-mail, text messaging, web browsing, Visual Voicemail and wireless connectivity. iPhone input is accomplished via touchscreen with virtual keyboard and buttons. The iPhone is a quad-band GSM phone.

Apple today announced that iPhone will deliver significantly longer battery life when it ships on June 29 than was originally estimated when iPhone was unveiled in January. iPhone will feature up to 8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback or 24 hours of audio playback. In addition, iPhone will feature up to 250 hours—more than 10 days—of standby time. Apple also announced that the entire top surface of iPhone, including its stunning 3.5-inch display, has been upgraded from plastic to optical-quality glass to achieve a superior level of scratch resistance and optical clarity.

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I’m pretty much impressed with apple iPhone details and just waiting to hit this baby to stores :D

No coconuts at Siddhivinayak temple

Ganesha’s Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir will not allow coconuts and big garlands. This is due to terrorist threats.

The sources at the temple say, is based on Israeli intelligence advice given to Indian agencies. The Israelis have apparently told Indian authorities that terrorists may use garlands and coconuts in their attacks on Hindu shrines.
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This is really a bad news for most of us. Just imagine going to mandir without coconuts. This kind of act shows that how much we are terrified. Given that over 10,000 coconuts pass through the temple doors each day temple authorities say it’s practically impossible to check every one of them. This temple has tremendous importance and status in our society and especially in Mumbai. The Siddhivinayak Mandir evolved from a small, tiny place of worship to the Grand Temple that stands today in the later half of the twentieth century. The glory to the temple was bought not only by the politicians who frequented the temple but also numerous bollywood filmstars who continuously visit the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesh.

I hope terrorist will never ever able to win and destroy peace loving society by the the blessings of Lord Ganesh :D

Largest Treasure Haul Ever Found worth $500 million

Deep-sea explorers said Friday they have mined what could be the richest shipwreck treasure in history, bringing home 17 tons of colonial-era silver and gold coins from an undisclosed site in the Atlantic Ocean. Estimated value: USD $500 million i.e. half billion USD.

The richest ever shipwreck haul was yielded by the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which sank in a hurricane off the Florida Keys in 1622. Treasure-hunting pioneer Mel Fisher found it in 1985, retrieving a reported $400 million in coins and other loot.

A lot of the details are still being kept secret, but they have the coins in hand and the haul appears to have come from just off the UK coast.

It is believed that this recovery constitutes the largest collection of coins ever excavated from a historical shipwreck site. They were recovered in conformity with Salvage Law and the Law of the Sea Convention, beyond the territorial waters or legal jurisdiction of any country. The Company does not believe that the recovery is subject to sovereign immunity by any nation pursuant to the Law of the Sea Convention.

The work accomplished to date on this site has diligently followed archaeological protocols using advanced robotic technology, and the artifacts are now undergoing a meticulous conservation process by some of the world’s most experienced coin conservators.

Shipwreck Yields Estimated $500M Haul

AOL India launches its portal – WWW.AOL.IN

My friend told me about AOL India portal.

According to their site statement:

AOL India provides products and services ranging from the renowned AOL Messenger and free e-mail to compelling content that includes News, comprehensive coverage of Cricket, Bollywood, Hollywood, International Music and scintillating ringtones. AOL India especially caters to the informational needs of Kids and students; not to forget sage advice from Gurus from around the world.

The first thing I’ve noticed that it is not all compatible with Firefox. Many things are not rendered correctly. They need to fix this issue as well as add more content. AOL India has city guide.

AOL India launches its portal

Visit AOL India Online.

Use Windows Vista ReadyBoost Feature with any USB drive

For those who aren’t keen on opening up their PC to put in more memory, Windows Vista has a handy little feature called ReadyBoost that can use USB sticks for additional memory.

From the article:

Sooner or later, everyone’s computer tends to slow down. Call it old age or simply doing too much, but even the most cutting edge PC’s seem to lag after a year or so of use.

Unfortunately, Windows Vista doesn’t take kindly to the slower sticks on the market and refuses to use them. Proving once again that we control the computer and not the other way around, here’s four simple steps to get around this limitation and use any USB stick you have to increase your computers memory.

Use any USB stick to ReadyBoost your computer