Friday, May 30, 2008

Vacation Time

Holographic Video Conferencing

Cisco On-Stage TelePresence was an ambitious collaboration between Cisco and Musion Systems, which took place during the opening of Cisco’s Globalization Centre East in Bangalore, India.
Musion seamlessly integrated their 3D holographic display technology with Cisco’s TelePresence’s system to create the world’s first real time virtual presentation.

(Carol, is this the same Cisco you work for?)

Check out this video:

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Save Our Site Sweepstakes

I found a sweepstakes offered up by Microsoft that is easy to enter. (And they only ask for a year range on your birthday, not your actual birth date)

It's your chance to win a complete Web site makeover, an ASUS laptop, and $1,000 cash! They are giving away a prize package every week, so register to win today. The sweepstakes ends on June 9, 2008. ...

Monday, May 26, 2008

AVG Free 8.0

If you have AVG Free 7.5, you have been prompted numerous times to upgrade to 8.0 by May 31, 2008.

The new is a couple clicks buried on their website, so here is the . Save it to your desktop, and double click to install it.

No, I am not using AVG Free 8.0 on Vista because all I wanted was an antivirus and not an all-in-one antivirus and spyware application, since Vista already runs a free spyware application called .

For my Vista system, I am currently testing out which is free for 90 days, registration required.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

USB MP3 Player Wireless FM Transmitter

This MP3 player wireless FM transmitter allows you to enjoy the MP3 music saved on your USB device in your car, truck, boat or RV. You can now enjoy your MP3 music collection without having to spend money to upgrade your car stereo. This device uses FM radio frequency to broadcast the MP3 file format from any attached USB device to a pre-selected radio channel on your FM stereo. Simply plug into the cigarette lighter outlet, press play, and your MP3's will automatically start playing through your car stereo. Cool huh? ...

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

I don't know exactly where I find this stuff, but I came across the that is set to launch no earlier than November 24, 2008. So what's different about this space "future debris" equipment?

You can sign up to send your name to the moon. Names will be collected and placed onboard the LRO spacecraft for its historic mission bringing NASA "back" to the moon. You will also receive a certificate showcasing your support of the mission.

The deadline is June 27, 2008 for the submission of names.

LRO's objectives are to find safe landing sites, locate potential resources, characterize the radiation environment, and demonstrate new technology.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

PDF Image Extract

This tool "PDF Image Extract" can easy help you to extract images in PDF files to TIFF, JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, etc. ...

Monday, May 19, 2008


So you signed up for unlimited wireless minutes on your cell phone and you're just itchin' to put that $99.99 to good use a month.

Foneshow delivers audio content directly to your cell phone. With automatic notification, the content is always fresh; it's great for news, finance, and sports programming. You don't need a data plan or a smart phone to use Foneshow! ...

Thanks go to Carol for this article!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Mozbackup 1.4.8

has been released (a final version should be coming soon) and to get ready for it you will need a way to backup your Firefox profiles, including email, bookmarks, history, saved passwords, address books, and other details.

will do just that and is a nice addition to my geek toolbox.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

XP Service Pack 3 Endless Reboot Patch

I was on its way to your system a month ago and advised you to wait a bit before delving into this major upgrade to your operating system. Now, aren't you glad you listened to me? ...

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Top 10 Lesser-Known MAC Tips

Hey all you MAC users out there. I thought I would post 10 lesser-known Mac tricks. ...

And one of my to date from the MAC team.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

WorldWide Telescope

WorldWide Telescope is an application designed to turn your PC into a "virtual telescope" by stitching together terabytes (soon to be petabytes) of high-resolution images of the universe. Massive amounts of data are generated by the various scientific and research facilities and WorldWide Telescope brings the catalog of that data together for anyone to access using the power of the Internet.

Zoom, pan, and explore the solar system, galaxies and more using WorldWide Telescope. ...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Geek Tool Of The Day

Even though this tool has been out since 2005, it is another handy tool to keep in your Geek Kit. WinDirStat can help you figure out why you are running out of hard drive space, specifically what file/folder is taking up the most space. You can download it from by .

Monday, May 12, 2008

AVG FREE 8.0 Upgrade?

I am getting questions on whether you all should upgrade from AVG Free 7.5 to the new 8.0.

As you may know, I always like to wait to upgrade anything and by the forum posts I have read, you all might want to rethink upgrading your AVG Free anti virus application. ...

Sunday, May 11, 2008

American Customer Satisfaction Index

I found this website that provides statistical information about the quality of goods and services purchased in the United States and produced by both domestic and foreign firms with substantial U.S. market shares. The Index was developed to provide information on satisfaction with the quality of products and services available to consumers.

So, just in case you want to know what Airline, Bank, Pet food...etc ranks in the top satisfaction index, ...

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Gas Coupon

In case you are having trouble figuring out how you're going to pay for gas, not to worry: The Feds came up a new, handy-dandy Gas Coupon.






Thursday, May 08, 2008

Add Copy To / Move To On Windows

I still use the "SEND TO" command, a very old Windows 95 PowerToy from Microsoft which works on my XP systems. Good luck trying to find it out there. But if you post a comment with your email address, I will zip it out to you.

So, of course, any Windows 95 PowerToy is NOT going to work on Vista and I wanted some way to copy or move files with a simple right click. Thanks go to the for setting a sister up. ...


Wednesday, May 07, 2008

How To Downgrade From Vista To XP

I found this article on PC Magazine and thought it would be a good read for you all. Of course this downgrade process isn't for the basic computer user to perform, but does give you an idea of the process that needs to be done. ...

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

ClearType Tuner

The fonts on one of my laptop just didn't look crisp enough and I wanted to find something to improve the display quality.

This PowerToy from Microsoft lets you use ClearType technology to make it easier to read text on your screen, and if you download the Powertoy, it installs a Control Panel for easy access. ...

Monday, May 05, 2008

Vista Start Menu Tweak

The Instant Search feature in Windows Vista Start Menu offers two choices - "Search Everywhere" (for finding files on your desktop) and "Search the Internet" (for web search).

Why not add another option to Vista Start Menu that will allow you to use Google's "I'm Feeling Lucky" command? ...

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Pretty Wallpaper

If you are looking to change your desktop wallpaper, here is a link with really pretty pictures. ...

Friday, May 02, 2008

Foxit Reader 2.3

Foxit Reader 2.3 has been just released. The new version 2.3 includes a multimedia player feature allowing Foxit users to not only read PDFs, but to watch and listen to the audio/video elements coming with PDFs as well. for download link.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

AVG Free 8.0

knows there is such a thing as a good anti-virus application. The latest version adds a bunch of new features like anti-spyware, anti-rootkit, and linkscanning protection.