It's impossible to capture the scale of our galaxy on your computer screen, but darned if the European Southern Observatory isn't going to try. The observatory has released a 108500×81500 pixel mosaic of the central parts of the Milky Way. You weren't planning on doing anything else with your weekend, right?
To produce stunning images of our galaxy like this, your rinky-dink smartphone camera just isn't going to cut it. No, to generate 9GP masterpieces, you'll need to use the world's largest infrared survey telescope outfitted with the world's largest infrared camera.
Microsoft has spoken: Internet Explorer 10 will not run on Windows Vista—not in its developer form now, nor when the software ships later. Meaning they're officially the first browser developer to drop support for Vista. Ironic. [ComputerWorld]
He may not have the femme fatale appeal of Anna Chapman, but recently deported Russian spy Alexey Karetnikov had something eve more intriguing: gainful employment at Microsoft. Which might explain a lot about Vista, amIright?
Seagate's senior product manager Barbara Craig confirmed rumors that the company will be releasing a monster 3TB drive later this year. That's a lot of disk space! But sorry XP users, the drive will require a 64-bit OS.
More proof we're living in a golden age for space images: Another new telescope, the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (ViSTA) just started up, and already we have some gorgeous images. Click through to see a couple more.
We didn't see much of a difference between DirectX 10.1 and 11, but if you're a Windows Vista user who did and has been waiting impatiently: be happy because DirectX 11 is now finally available through Windows Update. [DailyTech]
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Could Windows 7 accomplish everything that's expected of it? Probably not, but it makes a damn good attempt. We've tested the gold master, the final version going out on October 22. Upgrade without trepidation, people. With excitement, even.
You've read our final verdict, but since there's a ton of new stuff in Windows 7, we've rounded it all up here, in one easy list, with a little bonus opinionating.
The bottom line is this: if you want to upgrade to Windows 7 from RC, you are going to deal with some crap.
It's a small savings (just $5), but if you shop at Costco anyway, they look to have the best price on Windows 7 upgrades that we've seen yet.
Surely this is some kind of innocent SEO-related keyword slip, right? I mean, Microsoft definitely doesn't want one of the biggest online retailers in the world billing its new OS as Windows Vista 7 Home Premium, right? Right?!
We finally received the official word on Windows 7 pricing. For the most part, people itching to upgrade immediately or buy a new Win 7 machine are in luck.
Oops! A leaked Best Buy memo manages to both trash-talk Vista as well as give out the details of Best Buy's Windows 7 upgrade plans.
It's impossible not to be at least a little impressed with the MacBook Air, but who can spend almost $2,000 on that laptop? The solution? The MSI X340, a $900 MacBook Air. And it's a great idea...in theory...