Friday, February 29, 2008

Tips & Tricks For Your Car

Whether you need to fix a dent, got a little ding you want to prevent from rusting, or need a that makes your need-within-reach gadgets stay put. from lifehacker.com

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Migrate from Outlook Express to Windows Mail

As you know, Vista has Windows Mail instead of Outlook Express.

I thought you might find this article useful when migrating user email data and Email identities.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Gmail Notifier

Sure, we know that Gmail Notifier is a downloadable application that alerts you whenever you have new Gmail messages. Once it is installed you will be able to:

  • Automatically check for new messages every two minutes.
  • See a snippet of text from up to 30 unread messages.
  • Select a sound to indicate when you have new mail.
  • Make Gmail your default email application.

    That is correct! So now when you click on a mailto: link your Gmail account will be the default. (Not everyone uses Outlook, Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail)

  • Saturday, February 23, 2008

    Vista Service Pack 1 Lead Balloon

    I hoped that Vista Service Pack 1 was the answer to making Vista an operating system I could thumbs up. But alas, it is not to be.

    Microsoft watchers portrayed as bad news, a list of applications that worked with Vista but break when SP1 is installed is now out from Microsoft.

    Even installing the service pack has lead to the balloon of and gosh, even the who marketed Vista is out of there.

    Friday, February 22, 2008

    Not So Identical Twins

    I always believed being an identical twin that I had the exact same DNA and from time to time wondered if I could provide an alibi if I had to. (Not that my twin might be up to no good, but the thought has always been there) Researchers studied 19 pairs of identical twins and found differences in copy number variation in DNA.

    Whew! What a relief! ...

    Compatibility Pack for Office 2007

    It is going to happen here shortly. Someone is going to send you a document, spreadsheet or PowerPoint presentation from Office 2007 and you don't have Office 2007.  You won't be able to open that document. What to do, what can you do?!

    No worries...just download and install the Compatibility Pack and you will be good to go. 

    Thursday, February 21, 2008

    Lunar Eclipse Photos

    If you missed the lunar eclipse or like me, couldn't see it due to cloud cover, here are some pics for you. ...

    Wednesday, February 20, 2008

    Film & Slide Converter

    The Veho Film and Slide Converter turns 35mm negatives and slides into files that you can store on your computer. Just plug it into your USB port, load in a slide and convert it with a touch of a button. ... [DVICE]

    Monday, February 18, 2008

    Total Lunar Eclipse

    On Wednesday evening, February 20th, it will be the last lunar eclipse until December 2010, and it should be spectacular. Shades of turquoise and red will pour over the moon's surface as it moves into the Earth's shadow around 8:43pm EST. ...

    Saturday, February 16, 2008

    Note for Outlook 2003 users

    When Microsoft shipped Outlook 2003, they only included holiday information through the end of 2007. Since it’s now 2008, you’re probably wondering how you can get holidays back on your calendar again. An update is now available to fix this issue by downloading and installing a patch for Outlook 2003.  More information is available through knowledge base article 924423.

    This update will replace the holiday file (Outlook.hol) with the latest holiday information.

    Adding holiday items to your calendar is pretty easy:

    From the Tools menu, click Options, then click Calendar Options.
    Click the Add Holidays button under Calendar options.
    ...

    Thursday, February 14, 2008

    Minutes Left On Your Cell Phone Monthly Plan

    I always get a little panicky a few days before the end of my monthly cell phone statement. Why you ask? Because going over my monthly cell phone minutes costs major bucks and I  really don't need to go over the allotted minutes, there are always LAN lines available to use. (I just get a little lazy)

    So, from now on, I can dial the following numeric and symbol combinations into my mobile phone to find out how many minutes I have remaining on my plan for the current month.

    AT&T: *646#
    Sprint: *4
    T-Mobile: #646#
    Verizon: #646

    Hope this helps you too!

    Wednesday, February 13, 2008

    Self-Powered Nanotechnology

    Imagine if you will, brush-like fibres that generate electrical energy from movement. These new fibres could be used in smart fabrics with the ability to generate power for personal electronics using the clothing we wear. ...

    Tuesday, February 12, 2008

    Update Windows XP From A CD

    Whether building or rebuilding a new system, watching "paint dry" while waiting for Windows to update the computer is arduous and annoying.

    Sure, I would like to think that was the answer, but if you review the comments on downloadsquad.com, you'll see what I would be fearful of, crapware. ...

    So, is there any other answer out there to snag those 100+ updates to SP2 and put it on a CD or flash drive? Or just forget about it and wait for SP3?

    Sunday, February 10, 2008

    XPERIA™ X1

    Sony Ericsson, the world's fourth-largest mobile phone maker by sales, Sunday unveiled a range of new phones, including its first phone using Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) software and a rival to Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone.

    Now this is definitely getting closer to my phone of the future. ...

    Friday, February 08, 2008

    Songerize

    is the perfect tool for clarifying misheard lyrics, quickly playing a song for a friend, or just listening to music one track at a time. [via lifehacker.com] ...

    Wednesday, February 06, 2008

    Foldable Screen For Your Mobile Phone

    I have been waiting to upgrade my mobile phone and have yet to find anything out there that has exactly what I am looking for and on a reliable cell phone network. (You know how I feel about AT&T)

    Sure, Verizon has a few new phones out there, and .

    Take a look at what we might be available by the middle of this year. ...

    Monday, February 04, 2008

    Windows Vista SP1

    Alas, the first service pack for Vista has been released to manufactures, which means it will be available via Windows Update to your Vista machine in mid-March. Or will it? Customers who visit Windows Update can choose to install Service Pack 1.

    "If Windows Update determines that the system has one of the drivers we know to be problematic, then Windows Update will not offer SP1.  Since we know that some customers may want to update to SP1 anyhow, the download center will allow anyone who wants to install SP1 to do so." (Yeah, at your own risk)

    So if the update service is telling you not to do it, DON'T. Seems there are still issues with it.

    "In mid-April, we will begin delivering Windows Vista SP1 to Windows Vista customers who have chosen to have updates downloaded automatically.  That said, any system that Windows Update determines has a driver known to not update successfully will not get SP1 automatically.  As updates for these drivers become available, they will be installed automatically by Windows Update, which will unblock these systems from getting Service Pack 1.  The result is that more and more systems will automatically get SP1, but only when we are confident they will have a good experience." ...

    I am confident about sticking with XP.

    Sunday, February 03, 2008

    Moldable Mouse

    Moldable Mouse is made of non-toxic lightweight modeling clay, covered with nylon and polyurethane blend fabric. It can be kneaded into any shape the user prefers, and the shape is self-retaining. The click buttons and touch-sensitive scroll pad of the mouse are stick-on parts with built-in RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device), which can be repositioned for maximum comfort. ...

    Friday, February 01, 2008

    Microsoft & Yahoo

    Microsoft just sent an unsolicited bid to acquire Yahoo for $44.6 BILLION dollars. Microsoft is making no secret of the fact that it wants Yahoo not so much for its technology but its members. ...