Marilyn Monroe (1926) and Brigham Young (1801) were born on this day.
- AMD announced several new chips at Computex in Taiwan today. The chips, based on Socket 939, include the Athlon 3500+ and 3800+ are clocked at 2.2 GHz and 2.4GHz repectively and carry 512 KByte of L2 cache and dual-channel memory controller. The new 64-bit Athlon FX-53 processor, clocked at 2.4 GHz, continues to ship with one megabyte of L2 cache. All three chips have AMD’s NX technology, which when used in conjunction with Windows XP SP-2, prevents buffer overflow attacks by limiting access to memory.
- China is clamping down on online games. The government has established a censorship committee to review existing online games. Publishers must get approval from the Ministry of Culture before selling any new games in China.
- Good news for Vonage and the cell phone companies. Verizon has been letting customers keep DSL access even when they cancel telephone service. Naked DSL (yes that’s what they call it) from Verizon is $34.95/month.
- Time-Warner CEO Richard Parsons says its important that some “Internet fairy dust gets sprinkled on AOL.” America Online has been losing members – 2.2 million last year – to broadband, but Parsons hasn’t given up on the online service. “Our challenge is to articulate to Wall Street that there is a Yahoo inside AOL.” AOL launches a new broadband ad campaign today. Time-Warner’s stock price has tumbled from $57 three years ago to $17 today, chiefly on concerns about the future of AOL.
- Robert X. Cringley has a great article about hacking the Linksys 802.11g Wireless Access Point to turn it into a complete WISP solution. Slashdot notes similar projects like EWRT and Wi-Fi Box.