Flat panels take some beating

, posted: 18-Jul-2003 21:42

When I measured how much power my computer set-up drew, the 19in monitor guzzled 110 to 135 watts. It was suggested to me that I should consider a flat-panel display instead.

Panels draw much less power: the 15in ones typically consume 20- (read the entire post)...

Liquidator chases e-subscribers

, posted: 8-Jul-2003 21:40

A multilevel marketing plan, described last year by the Commerce Commission as in breach of the Fair Trading Act and possibly an illegal pyramid scheme, is in liquidation - and its liquidator is chasing subscribers for money.

About 12,900 (read the entire post)...

Mango defends business

, posted: 24-Jun-2003 21:38

Australian phone-card vendor Mango has denied any link to two firms facing court action by the Australian competition regulator for misleading and deceptive trade practices, and fears the implied association could ruin its business on both sides of t (read the entire post)...

Computing your power savings

, posted: 23-May-2003 21:34

How much power does your computing set-up draw? I was staggered to find my new, highly specified 3GHz PC with 19 inch monitor, laser printer and speakers drew on average almost 2kWh (kilowatt hours) a day.

Looking over the past few power b (read the entire post)...

Game Boy Advance model leaves older relative for dead

, posted: 25-Apr-2003 21:29

Nintendo's hand-held Game Boy console has come a long way since the original was released in 1989. Back then, you got a plasticky device with a black and white screen, blocky graphics and beeping sounds.

In 2003, the Game Boy Advance S (read the entire post)...

Meet a 'VCR on steroids'

, posted: 11-Apr-2003 21:26

What do you get when you marry a DVD player to a 40GB hard disk? You get the DTH 7000E Digital Media Recorder from Thomson of France, a VCR on steroids.

The device plays audio and video DVDs, VCDs, audio CDs/CD-Rs/RWs, plus mp3 music and j (read the entire post)...

Spammer hijacks Tower Group's network

, posted: 28-Mar-2003 21:24

An audacious spammer hijacked a large block of unused IP (internet protocol) addresses assigned to Tower Group in Wellington, and used them to re-route traffic to servers in Florida, United States.

Some 65,000 IP addresses were taken over (read the entire post)...

Haikus have sting in the tail to stem the tide of spam

, posted: 14-Mar-2003 21:22

A novel idea to combat spam without blocking legitimate email is coming to New Zealand and Australia this month. Devised by US company Habeas, it consists of a haiku - a traditional form of Japanese poetry - inserted into the headers of each email m (read the entire post)...

Hole-in-the-wall digits showing cracks

, posted: 7-Mar-2003 21:17

A paper published by Cambridge University Computer Laboratories researchers Mike Bond and Piotr Zelinski details a method that allows automatic teller Machine PIN numbers to be readily cracked. PINs are generated from customers' account numbers, (read the entire post)...

Suspect web scheme complains of fraud

, posted: 2-Jan-2003 21:12

(Originally published in the NZ Herald Tuesday October 22, 2002)

Cashevolution, a scheme offering "financial freedom" via the internet, was hit last week by large-scale credit card fraud.

As reported in the Herald a week ago, Au (read the entire post)...


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