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One not-so-great outcome of the Federal budget this week was that the fringe benefit exemptions have been tightened on laptops. So the practise of salary sacrificing to get a laptop is on its way out, unless you use it "primarily for work". If you were thinking of rushing one through before June 30, apparently that's not an option either - the changes have already taken effect. Thanks, Mary, for that tip.
Trying to kick a bad texting habit? Here's some news that should help you say no to SMS: The SMS data rate is four times as expensive as sending data from the Hubble Space Telescope. Ouch.
Here's a twist on the tale of the Windows XP phaseout - Microsoft has confirmed it's going to keep selling XP on certain ultraportable computers, including the ASUS Eee PC, until 2010. Microsoft had already extended the XP phaseout once, to June this year, but it will be sold on the Eee and similar form factor products until 2010. Interesting!
The security of your personal information is so supposedly tenuous on social networking sites that one legal expert has described it as: "like the situation in East Germany - you never know who's spying on who". Wow. It's not Godwin's Law, but I think I can see it from here. Do you think your info is that exposed?
Data portability seems to be the buzzword of the moment. We've already heard that Facebook and MySpace will let users take their profile data to other sites. But if you're a Google-head, you will probably be excited to learn that the Big G has been tipped to announce something similar, called Friend Connect. Tech Crunch has speculated that Friend Connect will be "APIs for Open Social participants to pull profile information from social networks into third party websites."
Web-based image editor Photoshop Express adds Flickr to its list of importable sources. Now you can grab images from your Flickr account, edit them in PS Express, and put them back all prettified without downloading a thing. It's not full-on Photoshop, but still a great web-based editor for your Flickr photos.
Microsoft warns Internet Explorer 6 stragglers users that upgrading to Service Pack 3 with IE7 installed eliminates the ability to uninstall IE7, so wait until after SP3 installs to put it on. (Phew.)
Yahoo's testing out a new kind of search page layout: when you search for broad-reaching terms (like Einstein, and happily, Lifehacker), you may arrive on their beta "Glue Page," which groups web page results, images, Wikipedia, news, blogs, and video clips into separate areas on the page. See it for yourself.
Argh! The Engineers over at Google Australia have launched a treasure hunt for geeks - they'll be releasing four puzzles "drawing from computer science, networking, and low-level UNIX trivia", with prizes for the first people to solve them. The blog post is scant on details but it's enticing - check it out to see the first clue.
Developer David Heinemeier Hansson says he loves working with family people, because when there's a daily deadline—like his co-workers having to get home to their kids—people's jobs get done during the workday, period.
A Nielsen Online study has found that Australians now spend more time online than watching TV. We spend an average of 13.7 hours per
week web surfing, and 13.3 hours per week in front of the TV. Does that fit with your net and TV habits? The silly thing is I bet it doesn't take into account people watching downloaded shows on their computers or streamed to their TV. My question is - how do people find 13.3 hours of TV worth watching each week? :)
VMware makes the first beta of Fusion 2.0 available to download and try for free. The next generation Windows-on-Mac virtualization software includes support for multiple displays (up to 10!), better printer drivers, networking, and USB support, and improvements to Unity (which runs Windows applications integrated within OS X). The beta is a free download for brave testers only—here are the release notes.
News just in from Australian Macworld - Vodafone has announced it will be bringing Apple's iPhone to Australia. Mixed feelings - at least it's not Telstra, but couldn't Apple have gone with a network that supplies, you know, decent network coverage? :)
Here's some fun for the starry-eyed amongst us -
NASA has invited people to submit their names to be transported to the Moon onboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Visit the website to add your name, and you can print out a certificate of participation. Nice one for the kids.
Today the Associated Press launches an iPhone-friendly mobile news site at apnews.com.