Release of Windows 7 Beta 1


It’s been a few days now since the first beta of Windows 7 was released for public download.  Microsoft have said they will stop the distribution of product keys at 2.5 million people and it will remain a closed beta. After some problems with Microsoft servers following the intitial release to the public on 9th January,  they will be adding more servers to greater serve the large amount of traffic requesting downloads and product keys.

It seems Microsoft aren’t very strict to this limit of 2.5 million users as they are only generating and distributing ten unique keys in total (5 for 32 bit and 5 for 64 bit). This means that keys will be freely available around the internet even after the 2.5 million user limit has passed.

The immediate reaction from some early beta testers include being impressed by the start-up time and the new GUI (graphical user interface) of Windows 7. They also admire the quick installtion of drivers and the compatibility with existing programs (with the exception of games running punkbuster as it will cause players to get kicked) . Some of the complaints include memory usage and the fact Windows 7 appears to be using the same resources as its predecessor; Vista.

Incase Microsoft have any more problems with giving out keys, here are the five product keys for both 32 and 64 bit computer for use with Windows 7 Beta 1.



Disable Programs that Start with Windows

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During the installation of software, it is usual for a program to automatically configure itself to initiate once you boot your system. This may cause programs to completely open or open and minimize to the system tray without you even knowing. The more programs that open when the computer is booted, the longer it will take before you can use your computer properly. Some of these processes are needed for your computer to run (like drivers etc) however the rest are not needed and slow your computer down.

Using CCleaner, it is very simple to disable programs that start with Windows. As long as you are careful to only remove programs that you know are not crucial to the running of your PC, CCleaner can easily disable them. It is also good to use CCleaner as it may be tricky to configure every program by itself and some programs don’t even give the end user the choice of disabling at start up. Use the following steps to do so:

Open CCleaner > Tools > Startup.

Once here just select a process, click ‘disable’ located at the bottom. Just incase you want to change your mind in the future it is a good idea to only disable such processes instead of deleting them. Here is an example below:

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Reasons Why Your CPU is Running Too Hot or Overheating

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If you have recently upgraded your CPU and noticed the temperatures are quite high or higher than what others are experiencing with the same CPU, there are a few things to check first.

  • Make sure you are using  a reliable program to monitor temps like Speedfan or CPU-Z found here.
  • Your heatsink has poor contact with the CPU and isn’t providing adequate cooling.
  • Too much or not enough thermal paste.
  • Haven’t pushed all the pins on the heatsink down.
  • Some CPUs simply run hot. Either from a poor quality batch or some other reason.
  • You are overclocking too much.

Simply upgrading the cooler and quality of thermal paste will make a major difference to the temperature in which your CPU operates at. Coolers which operate with heat pipes keep your CPU cooler as they disperse the heat better. You can also choose to run liquid cooled setups, but they are generally expensive and dont make that much of a difference from a good Heat pipe fan cooled CPU cooler.

Amongst different components in a computer, the CPU is one of the most important to keep cool. The central processing unit is the place where all your activites are processed. This might be as simple as running a word processor to running a high detail game. This is why it needs high priority to be cooled most efficiently. CPUs are one of the most expensive parts to a computer.  Extra care should always be taken to make sure there is no overheating present, else you could find yourself having to replace it.

Awesome PC Setup Saturday Week 7

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This is a monster setup, and is probably the best setup posted so far purely because of the size of the massive screen. Who needs three monitors when you have a screen this big? A setup like this has many advantages like being able to use it as a TV. Plus the sound system that is setup would mean it could be used for mutiple purposes; like gaming, listening to music or watching movies. Even though this is more like an entertainment setup then PC, I’d still rather it any day.

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The Pirate Bay launches new, free blog hosting service.

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It’s called Baywords. Baywords is a free wordpress blog hosting service provided by The Pirate Bay to protect freedom of speech. They claim you can post whatever content you like as long as it complies with Swedish law. Once you sign up you will be provided with your own subdomain ( and TPB will enforce minimal advertisements.

Demonoid is back!!!


Demonoid, the highly popular bittorrent site and tracker has returned with a new admin. Users of this invite-only site would know it has been down for months and there was doubt it would ever return.

Here is the message from new admin Umlauf:

Welcome back!

Since a few months ago, Deimos, the site administrator, lacks the necessary time to take care of the website, because of personal matters he’s been needing to attend to. For this reason, he has decided to leave the site staff.

Before leaving, he assigned a new site administrator from among his friends to take care of the site. The old moderator team will continue helping with the site, unchanged. We will try to keep running everything just as it always has been.

The trackers and website seem to be working properly, and should any issues arise, they will be taken care of as soon as possible. The site might be going on and offline over the next days as we work out any problems.

Welcome back, and enjoy your stay!

Demonoid Site admin

You really can blend a whole computer.

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Well I stumbled along this video and thought I would share it. Wouldn’t we all like one of these blenders in our office?

Torrentspy is gooooone!


Well most internet users have probably heard of It was a very large p2p (peer to peer) torrent site that allowed sharing of all types of material including copyrighted files. It appears the site has now been shut down to legal reasons. Torrentspy will join Demonoid on the list of sites that have been shut down to pressure by anti p2p organizations like the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America.)

Here is the message displayed on their site:

Friends of TorrentSpy,

We have decided on our own, not due to any court order or agreement, to bring the search engine to an end and thus we permanently closed down worldwide on March 24, 2008.

The legal climate in the USA for copyright, privacy of search requests, and links to torrent files in search results is simply too hostile. We spent the last two years, and hundreds of thousands of dollars, defending the rights of our users and ourselves.

Ultimately the Court demanded actions that in our view were inconsistent with our privacy policy, traditional court rules, and International law; therefore, we now feel compelled to provide the ultimate method of privacy protection for our users – permanent shutdown.

It was a wild ride,

The TorrentSpy Team

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