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Japan's largest electronics show opens its doors on Tuesday ... Sun says its new UltraSparc T1 microprocessor is creating a big splash ... Taiwan's AU Optronics has completed its two billion dollar acquisition of Quanta Display
News: European airlines in legal limbo as data talks collapse
News: Fujitsu details Sony battery exchange plans
News: Acer in talks with Sony about battery recall
News: Sun says OpenSparc is gaining traction
Windows Tip: Locking a desktop at logon
ITwhirled: German director boxes online critics
European airlines in legal limbo as data talks collapse
An agreement sheltering airlines from European privacy laws, allowing them to hand over passenger data required by U.S. authorities, expired Saturday, leaving most European airlines in legal limbo.
Fujitsu details Sony battery exchange plans
Fujitsu Ltd. will offer owners of some of its laptop computers replacement batteries as part of Sony Corp.'s global battery exchange program, it said Saturday.
Acer in talks with Sony about battery recall
Acer Inc., the world's fourth-largest PC vendor, is in talks with Sony Corp. over joining its voluntary laptop PC battery recall, but said Acer users haven't reported any problems so far.
Sun says OpenSparc is gaining traction
Sun Microsystems Inc. says its new UltraSparc T1 microprocessor, nicknamed Niagara, is creating a big splash.
Following Verizon, Cingular sues HP investigators
On the heels of a similar suit filed Thursday by Verizon Wireless Inc., Cingular Wireless LLC on Friday sued private investigators used by Hewlett-Packard Co. to obtain phone records of a CNET News.com journalist.
Apple ships Mac OS X 10.4.8, security patches
Apple has released a series of updates for Mac OS X 10.4.8, including a wide system update and a security patch. All updates are available through Software Update, and also for direct download from Apple's support website.
VOIP users court DNS disaster
Companies installing VOIP may get the quality of service and capacity of their networks right, but are likely to overlook the knock-on effects on supporting identity infrastructure such as DHCP and DNS, according to Infoblox.
Locking a desktop at logon
By Mitch Tulloch, MTIT Enterprises
A reader recently contacted me with an interesting question: Can you configure Windows XP so that it logs on automatically but into a locked state? In other words, if the AutoAdminLogon registry value found at HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon has been set to 1 and the DefaultUserName and DefaultPassword values have been configured appropriately, is it possible to make Windows lock the desktop immediately after automatic logon occurs?
German director boxes online critics
Uwe Boll, the director of such critical non-darlings as BloodRayne and Alone in the Dark, felt that his films were savaged so badly by online critics before their release that they had no chance to succeed, so he challenged four of his Web-based foes to an exhibition boxing match in Vancouver. While some enjoyed taking part in the spectacle, others weren't so keen. "I feel great. I feel like a very angry German man punched me in the head repeatedly," said the CEO for the Something Awful website. "He kept saying it was PR stunt and a joke, but then he comes on just murderizing me."