Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Since IE 8 will soon be out of beta and ready for prime time, I thought I would share with you what's new with it.
For example, Microsoft wanted to avoid compatibility problems, so one feature they incorporated into IE 8 was the Compatibility View. This gives you the option of viewing Web pages as if you were using Internet Explorer 7. You will definitely need to use this until web sites catch up with IE 8 code.
I like using Accelerators. This feature allows me to make better use of information from the text on a Web site. Microsoft designed these features to eliminate the necessity of copying text from one page and pasting it into another. I can simply right click on the highlighted text on any web site and send it directly to my blog. Cool!
There's Web Slices and Suggested Sites, along with InPrivate settings.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Google gave iGoogle a makeover that moved page tabs to left side of the screen--where they eat up a small but noticeable chunk of screen estate. (It's less problematic for users of widescreen monitors, but definitely an issue on netbooks, where screen space is at a premium.)
Monday, February 23, 2009
This could be the year I actually get the phone I can only dream about. Could it be the HTC Touch Pro2? (Check out the videos too)
I am not asking for anything out of the ordinary, just give me WinMo, a kick-ass touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard and a bit of hardware meatiness to it. Oh, and if it was on the Verizon network, all would be right in my world.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
BugMeNot is an internet service that provides usernames and passwords to let Internet users bypass mandatory free registration on websites. BugMeNot aims to allow Internet users to access websites that have registration walls (for instance, that of The New York Times) without the requirement of compulsory registration. Read on...
Saturday, February 21, 2009
It’s actually a process that always runs in the background and monitors the active Office program in case it needs support for speech recognition, handwriting recognition, or other alternative user input services.
I am certain my tired little T23 doesn't need anything more running in the background, and since I use OpenOffice.org on it, I found this helpful article to stop ctfmon.exe. Booya! Read on...
Friday, February 20, 2009
Among all the cool stuff at New York's Toy Fair , nothing is cooler than 10 Star Trek toys. Check out the remote-control Enterprise. Trek fans have been able to build models of their favorite starship for decades, and while some have lit up, none have ever actually flown. Not until now! Read on...
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Microsoft has told select testers to expect this week a near-final Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2).
"They" rumor that the final release of SP2 for Vista and Windows Server 2008 will be in April. Read on...
Monday, February 16, 2009
Today at Mobile World Congress 2009, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer along with key mobile partners, HTC, LG and Orange, unveiled new Windows® phones featuring new user-friendly software and services.
The next generation of Windows® phones will be based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and feature a new user interface and a richer browsing experience. In addition, Windows® phones will feature two new services: My Phone, to sync text messages, photos, video, contacts and more to the Web; and Windows® Marketplace for Mobile, a new marketplace that will provide direct-to-phone mobile applications and can be accessed from both the phone and the Web. Read on...
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Humans have ventured into space over the last 50 years, and all manner of junk has been left behind. From tiny bolts to whole space stations, people have discarded lots of stuff up there. Much of it eventually dies a fiery death as it falls through Earth's atmosphere, but some larger debris poses risks for astronauts and spacecraft that could collide with it. Here are some of the quirkier items left in space: Read on...
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Space Junk Orbiting the Earth
Animation courtesy of
The Aerospace Corporation
Houston, we have a problem! Satellites crashing into satellites! There may be over a million pieces of space junk currently orbiting the Earth. However, all but 9,000 of these are smaller than a tennis ball.
Space is now polluted with the flotsam and jetsam of a satellite-dependent civilization. The rubbish is increasingly a hazard for human spaceflight and has put important equipment such as the Hubble Space Telescope and communications satellites at risk of being struck by an object moving at hypervelocity. Read on...
Friday, February 13, 2009
Toshiba has formally announced the latest challenger to the iPhone: A slick-looking Windows Mobile-based touch screen phone with super-high screen resolution powered by a new, high-performance Qualcomm mobile chipset. PRETTY!
Since my aspirations of getting the Sony Xperia have been dashed due to the exorbitant price tag, I have to look elsewhere and hope that I will finally get the smartphone I want this year. Read on...
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Good morning iGoogle! Seems your tabs feature is funky and quirky this morning. Here's what it should look like and how it does on a few tabs:
Checked it out on Firefox, IE7 & IE8. Whatup Google?
Update: Back to normal now, thanks Google!
Monday, February 09, 2009
The 'Shut Down' Button
When you click the Windows 7 Start button, you'll see an actual 'Shut Down' button rather than a cryptic icon--which, by default in Vista, puts your system to sleep instead of turning it off. Though you can't easily change the look of the button, you can change its function. Here's how.
1. Click Start, type Power Options, and press Enter.
2. Click Change plan settings for your selected power plan, and then click Change advanced power settings.
3. Expand the 'Power buttons and lid' tree, then the 'Start menu power button' tree.
4. Change the setting from Sleep to Shut down.
5. Click OK, and then close the remaining windows.
Now, when you click Vista's little power icon in the Start menu, it will truly shut down your PC.
Thanks go to PCWORLD.com for the tip!
Sunday, February 08, 2009
I like to customize the Window Title on Internet Explorer for my onsite work computers. The default Internet Explorer window title is "Microsoft Internet Explorer." However, you can manually customize the window title by editing the registry. Read on...
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
IBM said on Tuesday it is developing the technology for its new Sequoia computer, with delivery scheduled in 2011 to the Department of Energy for use at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
What do they need that much computer power for you ask? How about for use in simulating nuclear tests? IBM says they can also be used for complex tasks like weather forecasting or oil exploration. Weather forecasting, paleeze! Read on...
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Seriously. How about a new Microsoft team, whose sole purpose is to automate the steps in Microsoft KB articles and Windows Error Reporting (WER) solutions so you can click a button and have the issue resolved. No, this isn't a joke, really, its a new "blog".
Take a peek at this article, for example, How do I disable balloon tips in the notification area in Windows XP? You will note the "fix it" button in the middle of the page. Click and done. How sweet is that?
Wouldn't this be something if this actually turns into a useful tech tool? Read on...