Archive for Mai 2007

Champions League – Milan win Champions League


Champions League – Milan gained revenge for their 2005 Champions League final defeat at the hands of Liverpool as they lifted the trophy in Athens with a 2-1 victory.

Filippo Inzaghi broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time before adding a second nine minutes from time.

Dirk Kuyt pulled one back in the final minute but Liverpool could not deny the Serie A giants a seventh European Cup success.

The irony for the Merseysiders was that they played better than they did when lifting the trophy in Istanbul two years ago only to go behind to a fluke goal.

Andrea Pirlo‘s free-kick struck Inzaghi, who was looking to collect any rebound off Jose Reina, and deflected past the diving Spanish keeper and into the middle of the net.

It was tough on the Premiership side who had looked dangerous with Jermaine Pennant and Bolo Zenden causing problems on the flanks.

Rafa Benitez’ side on two occasions came close to capitalising on hesitancy by Marek Jankulovski.

When the Czech was slack in possession, Pennant seized upon it and forced Dida into a sharp low-save and later in the half, the full-back was dispossessed and the ball eventually fell to Kuyt whose goalbound effort was blocked.

Xabi Alonso had also hit a sweet drive just past the far post while hitherto the goal, Milan’s only effort was a long-range shot from Kaka which was comfortably saved.

That goal gave the Rossoneri an obvious boost and they were quicker out of the blocks in the second-half with Liverpool lucky that an errant offside flag denied Kaka a clear sight at goal.

But then talismanic skipper Gerrard came close to an equaliser on two occasions.

After picking up a loose ball, he drove past Alessandro Nesta but was unable to open up his body enough to curl the ball into the far corner from the left channel and Dida got down to preserve his side’s lead.

A 25-yard drive was then just a few inches wide of the far post before Inzaghi showed his predatory instincts to deliver a hammer blow to the large band of Liverpool fans in the Olympic Stadium.

Kaka threaded a precise ball through to the striker who tucked the ball under the advancing Reina to justify his inclusion at the expense of Alberto Gilardino.

Kuyt did give his side a glimmer when he nodded home from close range in the final minute but there was to be no dramatic comeback this year as Liverpool lost for just the third time in 11 European finals.


Preşedintele Traian Băsescu rămâne în funcţie

Mai 20, 2007 2 comentarii


Asta după ce 75 % dintre cetăţenii prezenţi la urne au votat împotriva demiterii sale. Asta spun rezultatele finale ale exit-polului realizat de INSOMAR şi Metro Media Transilvania. În favoarea demiterii preşedintelui suspendat s-au pronunţat 25 % dintre alegători. Prezenţa la vot a fost de 46%, conform aceluiasi exit-poll.

Estimarile CURS arată puţin diferit, dar tot categoric, în favoarea preşedintelui Traian Băsescu. 78,1% dintre alegători au pus ştampila pe NU şi 21,9% din alegători au pus ştampila pe DA.

Românii au intrat şi pe să răspundă la întrebarea „Doriţi ca Traian Băsescu să rămână preşedintele României?”

83,59% dintre utilizatori au răspuns afirmativ la această întrebare, iar 16, 41% negativ. Sondajul nu este unul ştiinţific. El reprezintă doar părerea utilizatorilor care au dorit să participe la acest sondaj.

Susţinătorii preşedintelui au sărbătorit aseară victoria pe străzi şi la sediile Partidului Democrat din Bucureşti şi din ţară.

„Suntem în faţa unei realităţi care nu mai poate fi analizată de politicieni la televizor, suntem în faţa rezultatului votului poporului român”, a declarat Traian Băsescu, după anunţarea exit – poll-urilor la referendum.


LG Flatron L226WTQ-BF

Mai 19, 2007 5 comentarii


The LG Flatron L226WTQ-BF delivers a very sharp picture, excellent color quality, and a lightning-fast pixel response, but its handling of light-gray shading is mediocre at best.Fast pixel response. Good color quality and text readability. HDCP-compliant.Weak light-grayscale performance. No additional multimedia ports. DVI cable not included.

LG Electronics U.S.A. Inc

Type: LCD Monitor

Native Resolution: 1680 x 1050

Screen Size: 22 inches

Pixel Pitch: 0.282 mm

Video Inputs: DVI

PC Interfaces: Analog VGA, Digital (DVI-D)

Built-in TV Tuner: None

Rated Maximum Viewing Angle: Horizontal: 170 degrees

Rated Maximum Viewing Angle: Vertical : 160 degrees

Brightness (Max): 300 cd/m^2

Max PC Resolution: 1680 x 1050 pixels x pixels


The LG Flatron L226WTQ-BF ($350 street) is a versatile 22-inch widescreen LCD monitor with a 1,680-by-1,050 pixel resolution and a speedy 2-millisecond black-to-white pixel response. Extra features are scarce on this display, but it’s more than capable of meeting your everyday work needs. Its excellent motion performance and sharp image quality make it a good choice for after-hours activities, too.With its piano-black cabinetry framed by an ultrathin matte-black bezel, the L226WTQ will dress up the drabbest of desks. The panel rests atop a glossy oval base with tilt-and-swivel capabilities, but the stand lacks height and pivot maneuverability. Mounted at the rear of the display are two PC inputs (DVI-D and analog) and a power plug. The monitor lacks extra connections such as USB ports and additional video ports, but at least the DVI port is HDCP-compliant, so you can view movies from an HD DVD or Blu-ray drive.

The five clearly labeled function buttons hidden beneath the lower left bezel help you navigate the on-screen display (OSD) menu, where you can change image settings and manipulate screen properties. Color temperature, tracking (clock and phase), brightness, contrast, and gamma levels can all be tweaked via the OSD. If you’d rather not use the function buttons, the included LG forteManager software lets you make all the same adjustments from your keyboard and provides wizards to help you obtain the best picture quality for your environment. One of the buttons is used to invoke the auto-adjust function. Another takes you to the f-Engine screen, where you can choose one of three preprogrammed image settings for specific applications: Text, Movie, and Normal. A User setting lets you program and save your own custom brightness and color management properties. There’s also an EZ Zooming button, which is supposed to let you switch resolutions on the fly. According to LG, however, it may not work with all video cards. I tried it on a system with an nVidia GeForce 6600 GT in both digital and analog modes and could not get it to work. It also didn’t work with an ATI X1650 XT graphics card.

Overall, image quality was impressive. The L226WTQ delivered a bright, sharp picture with a good balance of dark-black and bright-white levels, thanks to a high dynamic contrast ratio (3,000:1). It’s worth noting that most LCD monitors of this size have a contrast ratio of under 1,000:1, such as the ViewSonic VX2245wmb, which is rated at 700:1 but is still plenty bright. The monitor had no trouble displaying small fonts, and colors were vivid and uniform across the scale with no evidence of tinting. But my DisplayMate ( testing revealed a weakness with light grayscale reproduction. Light shades of gray appeared white, and highlights were blurry on my photo test as well. I also noticed a slight problem with dark grays. Fortunately, the flaws didn’t affect color quality. If you work with photos and require a higher degree of grayscale integrity, Samsung’s SyncMaster 225BW may be a better fit (as long as you can run it in digital mode).

The L226WTQ really shines when it comes to displaying moving images. I was blown away by how it handled motion while I was playing a few rounds of F.E.A.R., a notoriously fast game with lots of explosions and detail. The monitor showed no signs of ghosting or background noise, and game play was as smooth as can be. Likewise, movies looked awesome on the widescreen, although the viewing angle was closer to 160 degrees (horizontal) than LG’s claim of 170 degrees.

A three-year warranty covers parts and labor, but LG chintzes out on the backlight, which is covered for only one year. Also annoying is the lack of a DVI cable (an analog cable is included). This means you have to part with another 20 bucks or so to run in digital mode.

Superb gaming and video performance and a razor-sharp picture make the LG L226WTQ-BF a solid choice for anyone in the market for a 22-inch LCD. If superior grayscale performance is vital, however, you may want to check out alternatives.

By John R. Delaney



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Adobe Photoshop CS3

Mai 18, 2007 3 comentarii


Adobe Photoshop CS3 offers some killer new features, such as non-destructive filtering, a newly flexible interface, excellent monochrome conversion, and terrific cloning enhancements. Photoshop remains the best option for getting anything done in the field of computer graphics.Nondestructive filtering; outstanding animation features; overhauled interface; increased platform support; myriad excellent new features and tools.Weak interface support for two-monitor setups; a little feature bloat.

Type: Business, Personal, Professional

Free: No

OS Compatibility: Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS

Notes: Price: Standard version $649; Extended version $999; upgrade to Extended $349; upgrade to Standard $199 8)



Just about anyone who’s serious about using a computer as an art tool has Photoshop, or wishes to have it. This 800-pound graphical gorilla has been tooling up for a refresh for quite some time now, and the early signs were quite good, as my review of the beta showed. With Photoshop CS3, Adobe has delivered on that early promise—and then some.The public beta version of Photoshop CS3 may have revealed most of the program’s new features to registered users, but Adobe still held a card up its sleeve. Little did we know, then, that the beta represented only one of the two versions of Photoshop CS3 now shipping. The beta I reviewed was of the Standard version of Photoshop CS3; it costs $649 ($50 more than version CS2, but a return to the price of version CS). An additional $350 gets you Photoshop CS3 Extended, with everything included in the Standard version plus major new tools for animators, medical professionals, and scientists.

The Extended version is found in four of the six permutations of Creative Suite 3, those being the Design Premium, Web Premium, Production Premium, and Master Collection. The Standard version of Photoshop CS3 is bundled only in the Design Standard; Web Standard users get no Photoshop at all, having to rely on Fireworks CS3 instead.

I tested Photoshop CS3 (Extended and Standard) in Vista, in Win XP, and on Mac OS X 10.4. The program performed well on all platforms, but MacIntel users will experience the greatest leap in speed, because of the software’s Universal Binary status



Adobe Fireworks CS3

Mai 18, 2007 2 comentarii


Fireworks has found a much-deserved place in CS3. Adobe has made significant steps toward integrating the app with rest of its suite and has added some tools to enhance its usefulness as a prototype builder for Web sites.Strong Photoshop and Illustrator integration. Multipage support. Nine-slice scaling.Interface not updated. No Windows Vista-style rich symbols.

Price $274.00 – $339.00

Rewiev When Adobe acquired Macromedia, most observers correctly predicted that Adobe GoLive would be replaced in the Creative Suite lineup by Dreamweaver, and that Adobe Illustrator would similarly prevail over Macromedia FreeHand. The fate of Macromedia’s Web-image optimizer Fireworks, however, was a question mark. As things have shaken out, Adobe’s competing app, ImageReady, has vanished completely. That left the door open for Fireworks, and Adobe further broadened the appeal of the former Macromedia app by refocusing it as a Web-site and Web-app prototype builder. You can use it to do the graphic design and layout that goes into creating a complicated Web site—the sort of thing you’ll want to do before you move on to Dreamweaver. As a result, Fireworks CS3 has become an important part of the new Creative Suite. You can find it in the Web Premium, Web Standard, and Master Collection editions. I tested Fireworks CS3 in Vista, Windows XP, and on an Intel-based Mac. To earn that spot in the Creative Suite, Adobe first had to teach Fireworks how to play nice with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and it’s succeeded there very well. Fireworks now opens the native file formats of both applications, preserving things such as layers, names, layer groups, blending modes, and transparency. Better still, it not only preserves Photoshop’s layer styles, it also lets you apply them within Fireworks. One complaint: Fireworks doesn’t share the new docked palette interface that I like so much in the new Photoshop and Illustrator. I wish it did, both for consistency’s sake and because that’s a very useful enhancement.

Fireworks’ strongest new prototyping ability is its true support for multipage documents. The pages can vary in pixel dimensions, you can create links between pages, and you can even share layers across multiple pages. I’m glad to see this feature, which is a huge improvement over the clunky old workaround of using frames to create a crude approximation of multipage support.

The new Common Library is a repository for Fireworks’ rich symbols—design and interface components for Web-site designs that you can edit and reuse. It’s easy to add symbols to the Library, where they can be reused and even shared among coworkers for consistent design. Included in the prebuilt rich symbols that ship with the program are graphics and buttons in the style of Windows XP and Mac OS X. I was disappointed that it doesn’t ship with those for Windows Vista, however.

Another of Firework’s great new content creation tools is the ingenious new nine-slice scaling feature. What is nine-slice scaling, you ask? It’s a solution to a common problem. In general, without this ability, if you take a rounded rectangle button and scale it horizontally, you stretch every part of the button equally, and the rounded corners will be unattractively out of proportion. Nine-slice scaling cuts objects into a grid of nine squares, which lets you manipulate individual „slices” of the image, such as the parts that fall in the slices that run from 1 to 9 on a number pad. You can specify which slices are allowed to stretch and which should stay frozen. If you stretch horizontally, only the slice made up of the central vertical squares (corresponding to keys 2, 5, and 8) stretches. The other squares don’t and therefore retain their original proportions. If you’re having trouble visualizing this, check out this visual explanation on Adobe’s site. This nifty feature shows up in Illustrator CS3 as well.

Adobe Fireworks isn’t the sort of program that’s designed to „wow” you with knockout features. It’s much more utilitarian in nature, and given its integration with the rest of the CS3 apps, it probably makes more sense to buy Fireworks as a part of the Creative Suite than to buy it on its own. Either way you purchase it, however, I’m sure you’ll agree that Adobe continues to impress with this useful and impressive tool.

By Galen Fott


ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT


If the promised driver update can fix the noise issue, we’d gladly call the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT the best $400 card around, even though the power requirements are steep. Until then, we have to ding it for power and noise issues.

Forward-looking DX10 features and more. Advanced video processing. New AA modes. Blazing fast performance.

Power-hungry and loud (for now). DX10 performance is hard to predict.


Last summer, if you asked us when we would see new graphics cards based on the next-gen R600 architecture from ATI, we’d have told you „this fall.” All signs pointed to a release ahead of Windows Vista. Then last fall, Nvidia released their DX10 graphics cards, the GeForce 8800 GTX and GTS. Microsoft followed up with the release of Vista at the end of January (required to run DirectX 10), and still no word from ATI. Now acquired by processor giant AMD, ATI finally pushes their DirectX 10 products out the door. The first to be released is the Radeon HD 2900 XT, a $400 top-of-the-line card. Midrange and budget cards, the HD 2600 and HD 2400 series, are announced today as well, though cards won’t be available until the second half of June. There’s even a full line of notebook graphics, also hitting the market in the June/July timeframe, based on this new architecture.

So what’s new? Just about everything. R600 (the codename for the graphics processor in the HD 2900 XT) borrows quite a bit from the GPU built into the Xbox 360, also designed by ATI. It’s certainly much more than just „the PC version of the Xbox GPU” though. We have broken the details of the 3D architecture down in a separate article, here we provide performance details in a full review of the Radeon HD 2900 XT.

by Jason Cross