Eleventh week's summary
A short and boring week. We had a long weekend until Monday evening and then all we did was doing an award competition and some preparations for week 12, mainly preparing and counting all the stuff we have to take with us on exercise. (which is a lot). I got an award for shooting long range (300m) and for "ACSD", which basically is a test for medical attention skills and for the chemicals protection suit and behavior in such. Very exhausting, but not really important. Next week we'll leave the barracks and set up our stuff somewhere in the field, once everything is set up we can pack it up again and go home on Friday morning already. Until then, Bensch
xlr8yourmac has various stuff on various topics, mainly reader reports and stuff, but nothing really breathtaking I have seen.
January Macs under the skirt
the register has some interesting new on what the new Macs shipping in January might - or will - feature. Aparently USB 2.0 and 800Mbps FireWire will "definitely" be included, DDR-SDRAM is also sure, but there are some questions remaining about whether it'll be 266MHz oder 333MHz DDR specs. The CPU also has to be determined yet. I'd hope for a G5 above 1 GHz, but probably Motorola won't be ready in time, so Apple might go for the Apollo G4 with up to 1.26GHz. Either way, it sounds like some incredibly kick-ass Macs are coming up.
the register reports that while Microsoft hopes to sell 600-800'000 Xboxes on November 8 (the day of the console's launch), analysts think it's rather going to be 300-400'000 pieces. I think the sales will depend on mainly 3 factors: The consoles price : if it's too high, the sales will be too low. Available titles : Halo alone won't make the console a worldwide success. The marketing : How many people actually know what the difference between console X and an Xbox is?
MG takes a look at the new Wolfenstein (the betatest), takes a first look at Halo and notes that IMG takes a look at Red Faction. (I'm looking forward to that title).
MOSR has some rumors about upcoming slot-loading DVD/CD-RW drives coming up for PowerBooks (as an option I assume).
Nimda for Windows
TechWeb was the only page I found that still had an obvious link to the story about "Nimda", a new worm/virus taht is spreading across the web and doing even more damage than Code Red a while back. Luckily enough, it only affects Windows machines, NT and 2000 I think.