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24.com Messenger July 7, 2006

Posted by cbeech in Adobe - Flash, Fun Stuff, News, News - Tech, Tech.
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Finally done!! About time too! This is the official release of the instant messenger we’ve been working on for the past 6 months.
Please download guys and girls and let me know what u think!

Avaliable via: http://www.messenger.24.com
Will post more on my involvement in the project soon, so stay tuned 🙂

You can add me: chrisbeech@24.com

Isn’t it supposed to be harder than this? June 15, 2006

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ATHENS (Reuters) – A helicopter landed in the middle of the high security Athens Korydallos prison, picked up two prisoners and flew away in a Hollywood-style escape that has left Greek police stunned.

A criminal on the run hijacked the helicopter Sunday to get his brother out of prison, police said. Vassilis Paleokostas, 40, who was serving a 25-year sentence for kidnapping and bank robbery, and an Albanian convict escaped.

“The guards thought it was a surprise inspection by ministry officials and did nothing,” a police official said.

The helicopter pilot, who said he was forced at gunpoint to undertake the mission, flew the inmates to a nearby cemetery and they made their escape on motorbikes. Greek police have launched a manhunt for the convicts.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060605/od_nm/greece_escape_dc;_ylt=AigzFWuD1EzwOrYreE5ZX7ntiBIF;_ylu=X3oDMTBjMHVqMTQ4BHNlYwN5bnN1YmNhdA–

Magnetic tape prototype makes data leap June 15, 2006

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Magnetic tape isn’t dead, IBM and Fuji Photo would like you to know.

Researchers at IBM’s Almaden Research Center and at Fuji Photo have devised a prototype storage system utilizing a dual-layer magnetic tape that can hold 6.67 billion bits of data per square inch. That’s 15 times greater than most popular types of magnetic tape on the market today.

The achievement helps bolster the argument that tape will continue to remain an economical means of archival storage for years to come. The low costs and relatively small size of tape are tough to beat. A linear tape open (LTO) cartridge–an industrial tape storage cassette about half the size of a VHS tape– equipped with the new tape could hold the equivalent of about 8 million books, according to IBM. Housing that many books in a library would take 57 miles of shelves.

Storing data in massive tape libraries also consumes very little energy, especially when compared with hard drives. The tape market accounted for around $4.82 billion in revenue in 2005, according to statistics from IDC.

Storage systems equipped with this new type of tape could hit the market in about five years, according to IBM.

The tape, created by Fuji, consists of a thin layer of barium ferrite crystals dispersed uniformly. Barium ferrite does not corrode or change chemically over time, making it a good choice for long-term storage. Fuji has produced storage tape with barium ferrite crystals for several years but has continued to refine the formula and deposition process. This experimentation has led to the current results.

http://news.com.com/2100-1015_3-6072590.html?part=rss&tag=6072590&subj=news

New Zealand’s not for sale – eBay May 19, 2006

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Sydney – New Zealand is not for sale, despite somebody in neighbouring Australia trying to offload the nation of four million to the highest online bidder.

With a starting offer of just one cent, brisk bidding for the prime chunk of South Pacific real estate quickly boosted the price to 3 000 Australian dollars before eBay pulled the plug on the auction this week.

"Clearly New Zealand is not for sale," eBay Australia spokesperson Daniel Feiler told the New Zealand Press Association, adding that 22 bids had been made before the company acted.

"It is mostly household items we have for sale, but there are the occasional quirky items put up," he added. "We have a look at them and if they are OK we leave them, but if it is something that can’t be sold, we take them off."

The trader has not been named, but apparently was unimpressed with the country he was trying to sell.

The rivalry between the two countries is intense and in his advertisement the man said New Zealand had "very ordinary weather."

http://www.news24.com/News24/Technology/News/0,,2-13-1443_1931757,00.html