News Bits: MSI GX600 Gaming Notebook, OS X Leopard Video, Beer Reward for Stolen Laptop

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MSI GX600 gaming notebook now available

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MSI has announced that the GX600 gaming notebook it demonstrated in July is now available. The GX600 has a unique ‘turbo’ button that allows the Santa Rosa front side bus to be overclocked from the stock 800MHz to 920 – 960MHz, while the CPU and memory frequency will be increased at the same time. The GX600 features an Nvidia 8600M-GT graphics card.

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New Zealand brewery offers free beer for life if their stolen laptop is returned

A New Zealand brewer is offering a lifetime supply of free beer in exchange for the return of a laptop stolen in a break-in. Croucher Brewing had a laptop stolen from their premises on October 15th that contained all of their financials, business contacts and label designs for new beers. This data was not backed up anywhere else. According to brewery co-owner Paul Croucher, "We decided that if anyone does come into possession of the laptop we’ll be happy to offer them a reward — a dozen (bottles) of beer a month for the rest of their life. We’d love it back. We’re at such a critical stage in our little business that every hit like that is quite big."

So far the laptop has not been recovered, but the business owners are confident that with such an offer the laptop will eventually be found. The moral of story is of course to always keep an eye on your laptop and to always backup critical business data. Oh, and drink in moderation.

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SATA Stage Rack fits 2.5- and 3.5-inch drives

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The SATA Stage rack is a new external device that allows users to connect 2.5- or 3.5-inch hard drives to a PC without having to open the case. It works with Mac and Windows and retails for $47.

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OS X Leopard video walk-through posted

Apple has posted a video walk-through of the new OS X Leopard operating system. See the full video here.

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Dell to ship Ubuntu 7.10 on laptops

Ubuntu 7.10 officially arrived on October 18th and Dell has promised to start shipping this version of Linux on laptops and desktops. According to Anne Camden from Dell, "We will offer Ubuntu 7.10 preinstalled on our systems soon." No specific date is set yet for shipping PCs with the new Ubuntu because Dell needs to test the OS on all of their systems first.

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A new type of spam – audio spam

A new type of spam email has emerged – mp3 audio spam. Email security firm Proofpoint based in Sunnyvale, CA, discovered the new spam this week. The messages only contained the MP3 clips measuring about 95kb, or the size of a cell phone ring tone. It is unclear what kind of impact the audio tones will have on spam’s future.

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