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Date: 2006-09-13
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Measuring Your Internet Connection Speed
You can't be too thin, too rich, or too fast
These free online resources claim to measure the actual speed of your Internet connection — which may be somewhat different from what your ISP promised.

Raising Your Security Consciousness: Application Error Handling
How to Avoid Death by a Thousand Cuts
When an application error occurs, whether due to user input or an internal function, conscientious developers want to present an error message that will help the end user correct the problem. However, it is possible to be too helpful with your error handling approach. Too helpful to hackers, that is.

Working with Microsoft Groove
Collaborate with project members, both online and offline
Microsoft acquired Groove more than a year ago, and will be including the online collaboration system in its next version of Microsoft Office. Learn what the fuss is about.

HP xw9400 Workstation: AMD Opteron vs. Intel Core 2 Extreme
It's two against one as the Core 2 Extreme fights with one hand tied behind its back
HP today released its xw9400 Workstation ($5999), a line of high-performance PCs incorporating next-generation 2000-series AMD Opteron processors. The company sent us a dual-processor dual-core workstation with two Opteron 2220SE processors running at 2.8GHz. Although the outside of the xw9400 looked a lot like its xw9300 predecessor we tested late last year, the inside was a different story. Running our suite of content creation benchmarks, we set out to evaluate the xw9400 and at the same time, see if two of these fastest Opteron processors could beat the speed of one Intel Core 2 Extreme (Conroe) processor.

Dell Precision Mobile Workstation M65: Intel Core 2 Duo Inside
Fastest Merom processor inside a power user's notebook
Just before the release of Intel's Core 2 Duo processors for mobile PCs, we received a Dell Precision Mobile Workstation M65 with one of the new dual-core processors inside (price as tested, $3288). The notebook, aimed at professionals who need desktop workstation-class performance in a mobile form factor, is used by engineers, architects, video editors and those who want to do compositing using Adobe After Effects. Keeping that in mind, we ran our suite of Adobe After Effects benchmarks on the test unit, comparing it to a older Dell laptop with an Intel Core Duo processor on board.

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