Up! – Volkswagen’s New 4-Door Electric Car

Volkswagen is working on a line of New Small Family (NSF) vehicles and the Up! is paving the way. This compact hatchback comes in both 3 and 5 door models that first came as a gas or natural gas powered car, but will be available in an electric version next year.  Just like with computers, quality cars are getting smaller and more efficient without sacrificing comfort and purpose.

A lot about this car, from the wide wheelbase to the roomy front seat make this car feel a little bit like a Mini, but the bonus feature being that the 9-cubic foot trunk can be easily expanded to 34 cubic feet by laying down the back seat.  It’s not the fastest car on the road with a top speed of 107 mph and 0-60 in 12.4 seconds, but that’s not what it’s meant for.  The Up! is meant for the city with it’s 36 mpg.  The Up! line is likely here to say. At the moment it is only in Europe, but the word is that it wouldn’t take much effort to get it in the States.  If you want one earlier and don’t want to have to wait on the US importation, you can secure an auto transport company to ship one for you straight off the line from their production plant in Bratislava, Slovakia.

BlackBerry Services Live Again

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has said that all the services pertaining to BlackBerry, which were down since yesterday in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) owing to a technical glitch, are back again and running as usual. The widespread service outages were faced by BlackBerry users all over the world, including here in India, as people were unable to use BBM, internet, chatting, receive or send email, use instant messaging, etc., though the problems did not appear to be the same for each user, or affect all users.

The Canadian company said in a statement that all services had been restored and apologized again for any inconvenience.

The company did not comment on what caused the problem.

The company’s share price fell 0.56 percent to $23.23 Monday after the outage news, and was down 60 per cent from the beginning of the year. Buck up, RIM!

Google retains most valuable brand ranking, Apple moves up to #2

Google have retained their numero uno status in the battle of the brands according to a London-based research firm, Brand Finance, while “innovative design, loyal consumer base and well-executed marketing activities” have bought Apple to the number two spot behind Google, overtaking Microsoft, Wal-Mart, IBM, Bank of America and GE in the process.

Google tops the chart with a brand value of almost $48.3 billion (up 9%), while Apple follows with a $39.3 billion valuation (up 33%) and Microsoft was down 9% to $39 billion in the top 30 U.S. brands analyzed by the Brand Finance. Here’s the top 16 brands:

Full list available here (PDF)

Speed Up Windows XP

Speed Up Windows XP by Keeping the Operating System in Memory.

One thing you can do to speed up Windows XP is to make sure that key operating system functions stay in memory. Memory (also called “RAM” for Random Access Memory) is much faster than the hard disk. Perform the following steps to boost your XP computer’s performance:

Click the Start button. Click the Run command and type regedit in the Open text box. Click OK. As always, be very careful when editing the Registry.

In the Registry Editor, go to the following registry key:

HKEY LOCAL MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management

Right click the DisablePagingExecutive entry in the right pane of the Registry editor and click Modify.

In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, type the number “1” (without the quotes) in the Value data field. Click OK.

Close the Registry Editor and restart the computer.

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Add Safe Mode to Boot Menu

Safe Mode is most commonly used for troubleshooting purposes. If you find yourself booting to safe mode often, you may find it helpful to include the option for safe mode in your boot menu. Below is a method you can use to save yourself from having to press F8 during startup to access Safe Mode:
Right click My Computer and click Properties.
Click the Advanced tab.
Under Start Up and Recovery, click the Settings button.
Click Edit. The boot.ini file will open in Notepad.
Copy the line that reads as follows: multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /fastdetect.
Paste the line you just copied after the original one.
Change the copied line from “Microsoft Windows XP Professional” to “Windows XP Safe Mode” or something similar.
At the end of this line add the following: /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog.
Save the boot.ini file by clicking File then Save.
Restart your computer and Safe Mode should be available at the boot menu.
Note: Your actual Boot.INI may vary to a small degree. The above is an example only. Be sure to copy your boot.ini file prior to making any changes to it.