Microsoft has launched Fix it Center Online – a repository of Fix It solutions offered by Microsoft. Fix It patches are nothing but one-click solutions to common system problems that Microsoft has been offering for quite some time. In the past, we have referred to them on numerous occasions. However, until now there was no central repository for all the Fix It patches released by Microsoft. So, unless you knew exactly what you were looking for, it was practically impossible to locate the required solution. The newly released Fix It Center (FIC) takes care of this problem.
The FIC client packages old and new fixes into a neat utility. Once installed, it will automatically scan your system, detect your hardware and software configuration and offer to fix any detected incorrect system settings. Microsoft claims that FIC can even find and fix issues before they become real problems.
FIC also allows you create an online account, which maintains a record of all the fixes applied by you in the past. You can install Fix it Center client on as many PCs you like, and when you use the same sign-in account during the client setup on each PC, the information about all your PCs will be registered in the same account. This feature may appear unnecessary to home users but it can be of great help to computer technicians and system administrators.
Techie Buzz Verdict
If there is one thing that I didn’t like about FIC, it is the fact that it forced me to use a web installer. It is not hard to see why Microsoft opted to offer just a web installer – they probably just want to ensure that you always install the latest version on any system. However, this also makes deploying FIC on systems with slow internet connection cumbersome. Other than this, I can find very little to nitpick about. Some of the solutions suggested by FIC are quite basic. But then, this isn’t really a tool for power users.
Fix It Center is a beta product. Hence, it may behave unpredictably. However, during my brief testing it worked flawlessly. It’s definitely a great tool and every computer user should have FIC at his disposal.
Techie Buzz Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)
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Is Apple preparing to launch a new line of (possibly cheaper) Macs powered by AMD microprocessors? Apple Insider certainly believes that this is a real possibility.
According to Apple Insider, representatives from Advanced Micro Devices have been spotted on Apple’s commuter coach buses. In addition, AMD executives have been spotted on their way out of meetings with senior Apple employees.
It is no secret that AMD has been struggling to compete with Intel’s offerings. This is just the kind of shot in the arms AMD desperately needs. In fact, a partnership with AMD would be good news for everybody. It would offer Apple some bargaining chips when dealing with Intel. Moreover, it would provide Apple, if they are interested, the opportunity to launch lower priced netbooks. AMD’s offerings can also come in handy in Mac Mini and lower end models of MacBook.
Ubuntu has a system of sending live CDs to enthusiastic users who order it online. This time as well, we have Ubuntu 10.04 live CDs shipping for free through Ubuntu Shipit. To order your free copy of the Ubuntu live CD, visit the Shipit homepage.
You have options to choose between the desktop and the server version. You can also check the status of your order at the link given on the homepage. The request link takes you to a page where you need to login and place your order.
The delivery will take up to 10 weeks and if you have a fast internet connection, you should consider downloading your copy instead of ordering a CD.
The release of the final product is only 12 days from now . If you are enthusiastic about it and want to spread the word, you can place a countdown timer on your website. Get the countdown timer here.
The first ever Twitter Chirp developer conference which was held on Wednesday this week, saw the release of some decisive stats. Updates from the conference are available at this earlier post. However, some more news from the conference has surfaced recently.
Stats show that Twitter is generating 55 million tweets a day and has over 100 million registered users. That size is comparable to that of Facebook and there is a wide possibility that now, Twitter will have its own data center just like Facebook. John Adams, one of the operations engineers of Twitter made this announcement at the Chirp Developer Conference.
Twitter started out in the cloud and later moved to the NTT to host its servers. The cloud service, although sounded impressive, had many drawbacks in reality.
NTT has leased 15,000 square feet in Santa Clara where it will expand its data center. Twitter’s success and the expansion of its host (NTT) indicate that this new unit at Santa Clara is being created because of Twitter.
Twitter traffic has grown 1,358 percent over the last year and whether Twitter develops its own data center or uses the expanded NTT unit, it will definitely help solve the problem of occasional downtime problems of Twitter.
Nokia just rolled out a new firmware update for the Nokia N86. The firmware update is numbered v30.009. Nokia N86 is currently the company’s best multimedia handset in its non-touchscreen line-up. The Nokia N86 features a 8MP Carl Zeiss lens with variable aperture for better night photography. The phone is a dual slider, with dedicated music keys and a 3.5mm jack. The phone got the face detection feature after a small firmware update, late last year.
Users can update the firmware either via FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air) or by using Nokia Software Updater. Since the phone features UDP (User Data Preservation), users can update the firmware without worrying about their data on the phone.
Nokia lists the v30 firmware update as a “Maintenance” release. There is no official changelog available but few changes in the firmware include-:
- Includes the latest Ovi Maps 3.3 (with free navigation)
- Includes the sharing of location via Facebook
- Nokia Messaging improvements and fixes
Users who have upgraded to the latest firmware report that the phone is now more stable and the interface has become more smoother. Personally, I will recommend users to hard reset their device after they update their phone to the latest firmware for optimal performance. The hard reset will also free up significant amount of Phone memory (C:) on the Nokia N86. Keep in mind that doing a hard reset will erase all the data present in the phone including contacts, sms etc. Users should take a backup of their phone, prior to doing a hard reset.
Microsoft Office 2010 along with three other products reached the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) milestone. This announcement was made at “The official blog of the Microsoft Office product development group” at Technet by Takeshi Numoto, the Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Office.
RTM is the final engineering milestone of a product release.
Office 2010 has reached the RTM milestone alongside Visio 2010, Project 2010 and SharePoint 2010. The flagship Office suite from Microsoft saw the public beta release of its latest version in November last year. Since then, more than 5,000 partners and testers have continuously evaluated the product. Stats at the Office blog indicate that the testing of Office 2010 was the largest ever for a software product.
As far as availability of the final product is concerned, Volume License customers with active Software Assurance will be able to download the latest version from April 27. Others may get their hands on it from 1st of May onwards.
This time, Office 2010 will have a virtual launch at the 2010 event website. You can expect to see product demos, customer and partner testimonials, and interviews with product managers and executives at this virtual launch.
Even though Office 2010 along with SharePoint and other 2010 products is available online only two weeks from now, it will hit the stores only in the US in June 2010. The India launch is also expected to be sometime in June this year.
Do not forget to check the pricing and edition details to choose your Office 2010.
You know when you get games so dirt cheap that you buy them the moment you see their price? Well, the Madballs inâ€¦ Babo: Invasion sale on Steam is one of those games so dirt cheap that you buy them the moment you see their pricemoments. For $2.49 you can enjoy this crazy game filled with multiplayer goodness right now on Steam. If you’re willing to shell a little more (88 cents, to be exact), you get two DLCs along with the main game for $3.37. If you are being miserly and want to play it for free, you can do so over the weekend too!
This is the 3D arena shooter with bad-looking orbs with legs that go about shooting things randomly. Being the spiritual successor to the massively popular BaboViolent 2 (which is free, my friends) this game promises oodles of fun while delivering its money’s worth and that was when it was priced at $9.99.
For 75% off this game is an insane amount of godly awesomeness that you can play when you are bored of hardcore games or spreadsheets. It also has an Invasion’ mode where maps are generated or created by a user on the fly resulting in absolutely unique gameplay every time! Fun times ahead!
Buy Madballs inâ€¦ Babo: Invasion on Steam today!
Samsung India has just launched two new handsets – Corby TV and Metro TV, that will let users watch live television on their mobile phones. The MimobiTV mobile TV application used by the aforementioned CDMA handsets was developed by Samsung in partnership with Apalya technologies.
Corby TV will retail for Rs. 9,699. It features a 2.8-inch QVGA TFT display along with a two mega-pixel camera. Corby TV is OMH (Open Market Handsets) enabled, which means that the handset is unlocked and users can switch service providers later. Other features include support for microSD cards up to 8 GB, 32 touch widgets and active mail sync for push mail.
Metro TV is the cheaper model out of the two and is available for Rs. 6,999. Like Corby TV, it features a two mega-pixel camera along with support for microSD cards up to 8GB. Other features include Indian calendar, nine regional language support, advanced mobile tracker and SOS alert.
Samsung is also offering attractive data plans with both these handsets. Users can get a free Mobile TV subscription for 3 months along with 15 GB of bandwidth per month, for 2 months on post-paid connection and 1 month on prepaid connections, from Tata Photon Plus. Alternatively, users can opt for a free Mobile TV subscription for two months from Reliance Mobile. 15 GB of bandwidth per month for two months on post-paid connections and 10 GB bandwidth for 1 month on prepaid connections is also included with this offer. This offer is valid only til July 30.
This week has been profitable for Open Source. We have seen the open sourcing of two software products and a lot more.
- Lightworks, an Academy Award winning software goes open-source
Lightworks is an academy award winning non-linear video editor. It has recently been open sourced by the holding company Editshare. Editshare has released Lightworks as a platform. This allows developers to write code for Lightworks plugins as well. We had covered the news of this open-sourcing. Also see OMG!Ubuntu.
- Nvidia Releases First OpenGL 4.0 Driver
Nvidia has released its first OpenGL driver for Linux. This driver is labelled 195.36.07.04 and will support all Fermi GPUs. The deprecated functionalities of older drivers will not be discarded though. Read more here.
- On2 might become open-source, thanks to Google
Newteevee has shed light on the possible open-sourcing of the On2 video codec Google acquired earlier this year. Currently, H.264 and Ogg Theora are fighting to get the open-web standard. If this goes through, Google will introduce an unbeatable contender in the video codec race. Read more here.
- Oracle stops free OpenSolaris CD. Will others follow?
Oracle has stopped distributing free OpenSolaris CDs. Though, you can still download the CD image from the website. The OpenSolaris community is also planning on forking OpenSolaris. Read more at the H-Online.
- Connect Tata Photon Whiz of Plug2Surf in Linux
Connecting Tata Photon Whiz with Linux is easy. You just need to install wvdial and proceed with the tutorial given here.
Sony Ericsson Spiro is the second Walkman phone out of two announced by Sony Ericsson recently. It is expected to be released by Q3 this year. Here is the specification of Spiro.
Size: Dimensions– 92 x 48 x 16.8 mm
Weight– 90 g
Display: Type– TFT, 256K colors
Size- 240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches
Memory: Internal– 5 MB
Card Slot– microSD, up to 16GB
Data: GPRS– Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE– Class 10, 236.8 kbps
Bluetooth– Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
Camera: Primary– 2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels
Video– Yes, QVGA
Features: Messaging– SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser- WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (Obigo Q7)
Radio- Stereo FM radio with RDS
Java- Yes, MIDP 2.0
– Walkman 4.0 player
– MP3/eAAC+/WAV player
– Track ID
– MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– Facebook, Twitter applications
– 3.5 mm audio jack
Battery: Standard battery, Li-Ion