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Each issue, News editor Sandra Rossi checks the inbox for hot news tips and awards an exclusive GBU mug for each published item.


Here's a historical milestone worth celebrating; the one billionth PC has been shipped this year. While it has taken the PC industry 25 years to reach this landmark, Gartner claims the industry will ship the two billionth PC in 2008. Just what the world needs, more PCs.

Following our mouse tales in recent weeks the Seaford School in South Australia said it uses grub screws to stop students from stealing mice balls. Sometimes they lose the complete mouse but it has minimised the loss of balls.


The FBI is looking for an IT superhero who wants to create their own legacy as the next Superman. In a Wall Street Journal ad the FBI said it needs a CIO wanting to serve the country and support investigations into terrorism, espionage and international crimes. The crime-fighting IT hero will replace Bob Dies, former IBM executive who took the bureau's top IT job in 2000. The successful applicant will manage a $109 million IT upgrade and $59 million IT security and information assurance project. The salary is under $US138,000 a year, but you might get a badge.


Computer viruses mirror their human equivalents in the way they behave, a year-long investigation by McAfee and the National Institute of Medical Research has revealed. Both types of virus follow similar patterns of infection, with antivirus software and human immune systems working in a similar way. Just as a 10-year-old personal computer with decade-old virus software would not last five minutes against today's viruses, a human from the Victorian era would be rapidly infected if transported to the modern day. Dubbed Virtual Virology, the report has been distributed to medical and computer virus research teams worldwide. One hopes a GP can identify computer-like characteristics when making a diagnosis (ahem).

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