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Comment RemoteApp (Score 2) 113

A little known add on for Windows clients: RemoteApp for Hyper-V. It allows Windows clients (XP+) to be used as seamless application hosts for RDP clients.

Caveat: does not require Hyper-V


Submission + - Preparing for a wave of offshoring-related layoffs

PetManimal writes: "The Brookings Institution has released a PDF report that paints a grim picture of the affect of offshoring on metropolitan economies in the United States. The report says at least 17 percent of computer programming, software engineering, and data entry jobs are likely to be offshored in certain metropolitan areas, especially in the Northeast and West. Another estimate of the impact of offshoring on IT found that 49 out of 50 states have cities that will be impacted by offshoring (Wyoming was the only state not affected). One of the people interviewed for the second article gave some advice on detecting layoffs, and avoiding them:

A layoff can come for many reasons, such as a merger or spin-off or economic changes. Most workers will detect some warning signs, such as seeing a manager's office doors closed more often and having formerly positive feedback on job performance suddenly turn negative, [independent IBM consultant Jamie] Giovanetto said. Memos outlining new cost-saving initiatives or "stupid cost-cutting" measures, such as reducing office supplies, are another tip-off, he said. He recommends reading a company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, as well as networking with customers and competitors who may have insights. Avoiding a layoff requires you to give the best you can on the job, but even little things can make a difference, Giovanetto said. Working at becoming a subject-matter expert and keeping a clean, organized and professional-looking work space may lead to better assignments. "It's just an appearance thing, but it does pay benefits," he said.

Submission + - Xbox 360 Kempston Joystick Interface

gtpunch writes: "When I wanted to play Paperboy on my ZX Spectrum, I went out to the shops and bought a Kempston Interface so that I could plug in a proper joystick. Seems only logical then that I should want the same thing for playing Paperboy on my Xbox 360, that's why I cut up a 360 controller to create a joystick interface."

Submission + - New tech makes high speed blu-ray writing possible

Vinit writes: "Nichia Corp. of Japan has announced new development in laser technology which makes possible 10X speed recording on a double-layer disc and 2X speed recording on a four-layer disc. The firm has developed a powerful blue-violet semiconductor laser diode that increases writing speed of high definition media. The new laser diode offers a pulsed output of 320mW compared 130 mW of regular diode. It boost 1000 hours of life time. The high output was achieved with 260 mA and 5 V at a temperature of 80 degrees. Pulse oscillation's threshold current is 35 mA and threshold voltage is 3.7 V. Nichia plans to start mass production of this laser diode in the first half of 2008. pment_in_laser_leads_to_10x_recording_on_duallayer _bluray_media.php"

Submission + - BBC and YouTube in Deal Talks

Algis writes: The BBC and YouTube are in the process of striking a deal between themselves, allowing BBC content to be available on Google-owned YouTube, the world's largest and most popular video sharing service. The Beeb has previously demanded takedowns of a large number of its videos that were posted to the site by YouTube users, resulting in the message, "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by The BBC". Quite what the BBC-YouTube deal will entail is anyone's guess. It is highly, highly unlikely to include full-length current BBC shows. What could be possible is the addition to YouTube of much older shows, such as classics like 'The Young Ones' or 'Faulty Towers', in an effort to boost the shows' exposure and increase DVD sales of these shows.
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Submission + - Wii Tops January Sales

haddieman writes: Nintendo's Wii topped January sales numbers by a large margin according to Seattle P-I.

From the article:

Sales of the Nintendo console came in at 436,000 units, followed by Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 at 294,000 units, and Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 at 244,000 units, according to preliminary NPD Group data cited by Microsoft. Sony's seven-year-old PlayStation 2 remained a formidable competitor, selling slightly less than 300,000 units in the U.S., according to the data.

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