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OK, there is a way to set this up under Windows XP, I haven't found anything in Vista yet, although I've been activaly looking for it for 8 months, ans I can't speak for Linux etc. (chances are you're not running this Aspect thingamajig on Linux, am I right?)
Control Panel>Sounds and Audio Devices>Hardware tab>Properties>Properties tab(redundant but true)>Mixer Devices>Select sub-branch>Click on Properties(trust me)>Select "Do not use mixer features on this device".
This will cause the foreground application to monopolize your hardware and cut off whatever else is generating sound on the PC. I think we've got it now. Pls test and confirm that it works for ye.
The interesting part about vascular-scanning technology under this particular implementation is the relatively small network traffic impact:
"Our (hand vascular) template is 280 bytes fully encrypted. It's a very, very small template so it really doesn't have an issue with congestion on the network,"
according to Gord Helm, head honcho of marine security and cruise operations.
"For our purposes, the environment that we're working in, the temperature and the weather parameters that we are dealing with, plus the stakeholders that we're dealing with, iris scanning and fingerprint (biometric) weren't really an option," he says.
The Halifax Port Authority also evaluated other biometric technologies, including iris scanning, fingerprinting and hand geometry. Although popular with consumers, the former two were found to be intrusive by the port staff, and were thus excluded as options for the major upgrade rollout. Read the rest of the article at IT World"
VMware is seemingly trying hard to segregate from the mother-ship, and with such a strong buzz, it looks like the stock holders are going to pay for it. Story at http://www.crn.com/storage/199201854;jsessionid=GData storage company EMC's fast-growing VMware software unit filed Thursday for an initial public offering, which analysts said could be one of the hottest IPOs since Google.[...] VMware's net income rose 30 percent to $86.95 million last year, while revenue climbed 82 percent to $703.9 million.
Revenue growth accelerated to 95 percent in the quarter ended March 31, which could boost investor interest in the IPO.