Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Microsoft Ready To Layoff 17% Of Staff

The rumor that Microsoft was set to lay off people on January 15th, 2009 is no longer a rumor but a fact. Staff at Microsoft have been informed that the company is readying major layoffs to its worldwide operations and it's not a small cut, either. ...

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Tech Resolutions and More

It is a brand new year and that means it is time to game plan the best strategies and techniques for a safe and secure computing 2009.

Malware, trojans, scareware, crapware, spamware, isn’t going to stop, isn’t going away, and isn’t getting any better.

So, what are we going to do differently? You can’t do the same thing and expect different results, right? ...


Saturday, December 27, 2008

Fix Windows Updates

A repair/reinstall of Windows XP can be the last resort when you've got a really have a problem, like a major malware infestation. What I have found is you can't get the latest Windows Updates even after you've cleaned out the infection.

There are two ways to fix this problem. First, you can kick-start the file by re-registering it with the system. Launch a Command Prompt and enter these commands:

net stop wuauserv

regsvr32 %windir%\system32\wups2.dll

net start wuauserv

That stops the Windows update service, registers the file with Windows, and restarts the service.

Second, you can download and install a small utility called the . Depending on how long this problem has been going on, you may have a lot of new updates to install once you've fixed it. Go to , click Custom Install, and accept all of the critical and security updates.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Free e-Waste Drop Off Event - San Diego

It's time to drop off all that e-waste you have accumulated over the year or perhaps you got some new equipment for the Holidays.

Recycle San Diego is hosting a FREE electronics recycling event which is open to the public and businesses. Bring by any amount of e-waste to have it recycled for free. ...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays 2008

To everyone who stops by and reads my blog, I just wanted to say Happy Holidays to you and yours this season.

I look forward to what 2009 brings us all and hope it continues to be truly blessed and as much fun as this past year.

Thanks for your continued support and Happy Holidays to you all!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Yule Log For Your LCD

I am fortunate to have a wood burning fireplace living here in Diego.

But  some of you may not and are wondering what happen to the Yule Log you could fire up on your computer screen to get some holiday ambiance. ...

(Thanks go to Ed Bott & Sean Alexander)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Play Doom 1

Oh, this takes me back to the days of playing games on a computer.

I don't play games anymore, I golf. (it's a better game)

When I saw this of the old favorite DOOM 1, well, I had to play it. ...

Thanks go to the Download Squad for this post!

Cheat Notes:

IDDQD activates "degreelessness" and IDKFA will enable all weapons, keys, and ammo, and boost your armor to 200%.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

ThinkPad W700ds With 2 LCD Screens

The first laptop ever to sport two LCD screens -- a 17-in. primary and a 10.6-in. secondary screen.

The souped-up "mobile workstation," as Lenovo calls it, also comes with customers' choice of quad-core Intel Core 2 processors and Nvidia Quadro mobile graphics CPU with as many as 128 cores. It also comes with as much as 8GB of DDR3 memory and a pair of hard drive/solid-state drive bays for up to 960GB of storage.

No, I won't be buying one any time soon, but thought I would share what they are doing with the desktop replacement "laptop". ...

Friday, December 19, 2008

The First Lady of Star Trek Passes On

A moment of silence today for Majel Barrett, widow of Gene Roddenberry and the voice of the Enterprise's computers, who passed away today at 76. ...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Security Update for IE Now Available

Microsoft has issued an emergency patch for the IE vulnerability. It is relatively unusual for Microsoft to issue what it calls an "out-of-band" security bulletin and experts are reading the decision to rush out a patch as evidence of the potential danger of the flaw.

The best way to get patched is to visit the site and install it NOW. If you prefer, you can download the appropriate patch for your system .

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Convert PDF to WORD - Free

ConvertPDFToWord, as the name implies, does only one thing. The service is currently free and works very quickly. Just click Browse and choose your PDF file and then click the Convert and Download button.

Thanks go to Online Tech Tips!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

RadioShack's $99 Netbook

Starting today, RadioShack is selling the 2.44-pound Acer Aspire, one mini-laptop at the awfully aggressive price of $99, provided you also sign up for a two-year AT&T DataConnect mobile broadband plan at $60 a month. ...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Workaround For IE Vulnerability

You have got to see this. The latest vulnerability in Internet Explorer effects all versions of IE and until Microsoft patches it, the workaround is intense.
If you don't want to play the "Patch Your Browser Game" and need to stay on the safer side of the browser net, use . ...

Friday, December 12, 2008


FILExt is a great site for finding exactly what program was used to create a mystery file. In a world were anything can be printed or converted to PDF format you would think this doesn'tt matter much. But the truth is when you are dealing with clients, you have no control over getting them to use widely accepted file formats and so FILExt is a great resource to save you time and headaches trying to figure out what they used. ...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere. Wow, does that sound like a handy tool to have! ...

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The Day The Earth Stood Still

They can keep remaking these old movies because I never saw the originals, like this classic 1951 Sci-Fi film. I am partial to newer technology films and not goofy old ones. And we got Keanu Reeves, for pete's sake! Enter the site after this link and trailer preview. Good stuff! ...

Monday, December 08, 2008

Free Shipping Day

A few online retailers at will give you free shipping and guarantee delivery by Christmas if you shop there on Thursday, December 18th. The retailers include Amazon, Nordstrom, Dell, Target, Macy's and other big names, with perhaps more joining before the 18th. Nothing like getting rewarded for waiting until the last minute. ...

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Windows Market Share

I occasionally get asked whether I know how to repair a MAC, and I always answer, "do I really need to know"?

Here is the latest figures on the top operating systems and the market share they have. Microsoft has slid a bit, but still dominants the market. ...

Friday, December 05, 2008

Safely Remove Hardware Shortcut

So I finally got you backing up your data to your flash drive, your portable drive, your big mama USB drive! But wait, you aren't safely removing that hardware once you are done?

Did you know on some of those USB drives you may end up corrupting the data or hosing out the drive itself?

In the system tray is an itty bitty icon that you can click on to Safely Remove Hardware (remove your USB) or your can create a shortcut to do it. ...

Bonus Tip: If you want to change the icon once you have created the shortcut, get the "official" icon by right-clicking on your new shortcut and go to "Properties." In the resulting dialog, go to the "Shortcut" tab and click on the "change icon" button. Browse for the %SystemRoot%\system32\hotplug.dll file (or just copy/ paste that path into the file name) and select one of the icons of your choice.

Holiday Gift Hint Of The Day

I know You want it!

(Maybe it will find it's way into your stuffed stocking)


Thursday, December 04, 2008

XPS Documents

Since I use Office 2007, I couldn't help but notice the ability to save documents in XPS. What is that? After some review, it's Microsoft's answer to the PDF. Just in case you get an XPS document, here's what it is all about. ...

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Bauer's Tip - Error Message "0x80071A91" Fix

Bauer shares his tip on fixing an error message when you try to install a Windows update, a hotfix, or a service pack after you perform System Restore in Windows Vista: "0x80071A91"

"I just encountered this and I am adding it to my knowledge bonnet. I thought you might like your bonnet a little fuller also. The user has been having windows updates failing for months and didn't notice for a while and ignored it for the rest of the time. Windows updates installed fine then asked for a reboot. After the reboot it tries to finish the update, fails and rolls back the updates. If you aren't watching you miss the message about the roll back and just think you have more updates unless you check the update log and see the failures. This worked perfect first try". ...

Thanks Batman!

Holiday Gift Hint Of The Day

I know You want it!

(Maybe it will find it's way into your stuffed stocking)


"The idea is to drop the mouse and let hands do what they’re fully capable of. That is to describe and push, poke and pull and manipulate the world.”

Here's what I'm talkin' about:


Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Top 5 Netbooks

Netbooks (aka mini-notebooks, mini-notes or "laptops") meet basic computing needs, including e-mailing, Web surfing, and document creation. Best of all, these low-powered machines cost less than the standard-issue laptop. ...

Monday, December 01, 2008

Cisco Shutting Down For The Holidays

Another world class company looking for ways to suck in the gut and tighten the belt.

For the first time ever, Cisco will be shutting down during the year-end holiday season to save money. ...

Holiday Gift Hint Of The Day

You know I want it!

(Maybe it will find it's way into my stuffed stocking)