Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Mobile Phone Projectors

Remember the days when projectors were huge, heavy and you had to be careful not to burnout that very expensive bulb?

You might just be able to get a projector in your new cell phone by the end of the year and it will be capable of displaying an image of up to 50 inches. ...

Monday, January 28, 2008

UltraPortable Laptops

The is thin and light and has been in the news for the thinnest laptop ever. Here's a slide show of the other ultraportable laptops that are out on the market. ...

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Geek Tool Of The Day

You know you are going to need it, so check out the Vista downloadable recovery disc image.

It contains the contents of the Windows Vista DVD's "recovery center" that provides you with the option of recovering the system via automated recovery (searches for problems and attempts to fix them automatically), rolling-back to a system restore point, recovering a full PC backup, or accessing a command-line recovery console for advanced recovery purposes. Sweet! ...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Zero Ink Printing Technology

Instead of storing ink or toner in the printer, the Zink paper itself is impregnated with dye crystals that are colorless until treated with heat. The Zink printer is nothing but a thermal transfer engine that stimulates the crystals into the correct colors to produce a full color print. ...

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Kite Powered Cargo Ships

SkySails is now offering a wind propulsion system based on large towing kites, which, for the first time, meets the requirements of shipping companies. ...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Vista's Most Annoying Feature

For those Vista users out there, you know what it is and you want it to go away. Yes, it's that obnoxious User Account Control pop up.

It's always there asking you if you want to do common, everyday, simple little tasks on your computer.

Make it go away! ...

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Automatic Login for XP

I have come across a few computer systems that only have one user account. Even so, I end up having to click on that user name to get into XP. (Note* I don't have to enter a password and I would like it to automatically login. And no, using the User Account application in the Control Panel and unchecking the "welcome screen box" didn't work)

Looks like it's just a simple step...

Go to the Start menu, click Run, and type in the following:

control userpasswords2

Uncheck the box that the user must enter a name/password, and click the OK button. You will be presented with a password dialog for the currently logged in user. Now when you reboot your system, you will automatically be logged in.

Thanks How-To Geek! ...

(Can anyone tell me another way to access the "control userpasswords2" box?)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Keyboard Shortcut Of The Day

To reopen a closed Firefox tab, just use CTRL + SHIFT + T in Windows or COMMAND + SHIFT + T in Mac OS X.

And if you'd like to close the tab currently up, use CTRL + W or COMMAND + W in Mac OS X. (This is handy when you have a boatload of tabs opened)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Clone Free Please!

Ok, so we have had less sugar, no salt, gluten free, no fat, no cholesterol and lord knows what else in our store bought foods options, why not start looking for the "clone free" label too? Seriously!

The U.S. government ruled on Tuesday that food from cloned animals and their offspring is as safe as other food, opening the door to bringing meat and milk from clone offspring into the food supply. I can't make this stuff up. ...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

What Works/Certified For Vista?

I blogged last year in February, and shared an on Windows Vista Software Compatibility List.

As it's now 2008, over a year later and I thought it might be time to see if there is a newer list of what works with Vista.

I found from Microsoft dated November 5, 2007 and now they have 2 lists. and . (Please note - you need to use Internet Explorer browser to read these lists)

Most products appear to be upgraded versions and still there are some programs not on either list, such as previously mentioned in my blog post. Hoyle Casino, Avira Anti Virus PE, Sonic CD burning software, older versions of NERO CD burning software, Syncback, Kodak Camera software...etc.

And what about your Internet Service Provider or Cell Phone? Are they ready yet? ( is working on it)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Microsoft Silverlight

I have been seeing little pop ups to download Silverlight when visiting certain web pages. Well, what is it?

In a nutshell, Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET-based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web.

Oh, I see, it's like Adobe Flash, QuickTime, Windows Media Player, JAVA and just like those annoying web page clutter ads . I get it... I mean, I'll pass on getting it.

But if someone out there wants to give it a whirl and let me know, I'm down with that. ...

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Tip Of The Day

I use my USB flash drive almost everyday in one computer or the other. I use to have to hunt and peck, shall we say, to find which drive it attached itself to on my clients computers.

With this simple little tip, I can now go into "My Computer" and easily recognize where it resides.

Simply find an .ico file you want to use, name your .ico file autorun.ico and put it in the root of your USB flash drive. Then create a text file, type in the text below, save it as autorun.inf in the root of the USB flash drive.

[autorun]

icon=autorun.ico

[Thanks to lifehacker.com for this tip] ...

Friday, January 11, 2008

Gadgets Powered By Sun & Water

A few companies at CES 2008's Sustainable Technologies TechZone introduced new products that use the sun and water to power up our gadgets. [via PC World] ...

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Office 2008 For MAC

Office 2008 for MAC is now available at the Apple Store. ...

Internet Browser Problems

If your net connection is working fine, but your IE browser is displaying 404 pages, it might be time to flush and restart Windows' DNS cache. In the Command Prompt, type in:

ipconfig /flushdns
net stop dnscache
net start dnscache

More info can be found at the How-To Geek. ...

I also found this helpful tip:

Copy and paste this into the RUN box:

"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" –extoff

Now IE will open with no add-ons.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Recycle San Diego

FREE e-waste collection event at Recycle San Diego on Saturday January 12, 2008 from 9am to 2pm. Half of the proceeds will be donated to I Love A Clean San Diego. For more information, here are the and .

Vista Blocked Program Pop-Up Balloon

I have used the MSCONFIG utility in Vista to disable some unnecessary start up programs. Then, of course, I kept getting a nag balloon pop-up message stating that I did so. How annoying! Thanks to lifehacker.com for pointing out that the How-To Geek has a solution to get rid of that nonsense. ...

I am also going to try out that works with VIsta. Click on to download it.

Monday, January 07, 2008

SanDisk USB Drive Offers Web Backup

Although I am a huge proponent of Kingston USB drives, I might consider checking this new USB drive out for the backup and encryption features. It would be nice to have my geek tools accessible from the web but I am not throwing my QuickBooks or TurboTax info up on any web based server any time soon. ...

Sunday, January 06, 2008

CookieSafe

Bauer reports in to let me know that he has been using for Firefox for 2 years. But instead of giving me the grief he could about how long it took me to adopt that handy little add-on, he suggested I also try . This add-on will allow you to easily control cookie permissions. It will appear on your statusbar.

Just click on the icon to allow, block, or temporarily allow the site to set cookies.

Thanks Bauer for the tip!

Friday, January 04, 2008

IdeaPads

Lenovo has a new line of notebooks for consumers. The new line will be called “IdeaPad” and it will be kicked off with three models - the 17″ Y710, the 15″ Y510, and an 11″ 2.4lb ultraportable, the U110. All the models will be widescreen and some features include VeriFace facial recognition, frameless screens, touch controls, and Dolby speaker systems. This means that the IdeaPads, specifically the Y models, are something that many people have been looking forward to for some time, a ThinkPad for the home user. ...

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

PC To MAC

No, I'm not posting another MAC commercial, but a useful site that will help you acclimate yourself to your new MAC that you got for Christmas.

Thanks go to lifehacker.com for the article. ...