Tuesday, March 31, 2009

CTIA Wireless 2009

Not exactly sure what CTIA stands for but it is the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry, Dedicated to Expanding the Wireless Frontier.

Seems they are having a convention in Las Vegas this week and maybe, just maybe, we will here about a smartphone (and Bauer you know what special smartphone I'm talking about) and who gets it.

Bauer says T-Mobile and then allot of expletive deletes after that, I'm hoping to hear that Verizon will pony up for the rights to it.

Hey, maybe we won't hear much about anything and its just another "Let's Go Get Vegas'd" convention. ...

Monday, March 30, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lenovo IdeaPad S10

I buy a Lenovo once year. Last year it was a work laptop, Thinkpad T60 and the year before it was the main production laptop, a .

So this year, I thought I would try something a little different, a . Here's the specs:

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Intel ATOM Processor N270 Single Core ( 1.60GHz 533MHz 512KB ), Genuine Windows XP Home Edition, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, 1 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz memory, 10.2 " WSVGA AntiGlare TFT with integrated camera 1024x600, Industry Standard Touchpad, 160GB 5400 hard drive, 6 Cell Lithium-Ion battery and Broadcom 11b/g Wi-Fi wireless.

I bought it for a couple reasons: It did get good reviews, albeit no one was thrilled with the 3 cell battery, and so Lenovo packed this one with a 6 cell battery.  It has Windows XP, which I will probably keep for a little while, since I do support that operating system yet never seem to have an XP system booted up. (once Windows 7 RC comes out, then I may see how the baby lenovo rolls with that).

Another reason to pick up one of these is the price, seriously! For $400!? If I am not happy with it, I am sure one of my nieces would be thrilled with it. And the final reason I bought it, it's a Lenovo.

I should have it next week, and I will snap some pics and give you all an update.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Conficker Worm

Next Wednesday — April Fools' Day — millions of infected PCs, called bots, will begin reporting for further instructions, presumably to begin spreading spam, stealing data or carrying out online scams. And there appears to be little the good guys can do to cut off such communications.

How to diagnose and defeat the dangerous Conficker worm:

Want to quickly find out if your PC might be one of the millions infected by Conficker? Try clicking to Microsoft.com. Next try Symantec.com. Now try McAfee.com.

If you can get to these sites, you're cool. But if your browser will not let you access any of these websites, then you very likely are infected with Conficker. ...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

Regardless of your definition of success, there are, oddly enough, a great number of common characteristics that are shared by successful businesspeople. You can place a check beside each characteristic that you feel that you possess. This way, you can see how you stack up. Even if you don't have all of these characteristics, don't fret. Most can be learned with practice and by developing a winning attitude. ...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cricket USB Broadband Modem A600

Cricket's no-contract, no-commitment $40-per-month EV-DO service is the best deal in cellular broadband you can find. "Find" being the operative word since coverage is limited or not at all in certain areas.

EV-DO does not cover New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or anywhere in New England or Florida, however. You can find full coverage maps at www.mycricket.com. ...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Geek Tool of The Day

RichCopy is a free utility that comes to us from Microsoft. The tool was first developed in 2001 and has been updated regularly to keep pace with evolving needs. For all your file copying needs, ...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

CDBurnerXP 4.2.4.1272

If you are using Vista or Windows 7 and need a Geek-o-licous freeware CD/DVD-Writer program, go get CDBurnerXP.
You can use the CDBurnerXP to write CD-R, CD-RW DVD+R/RW DVD-R/RW discs, and burn your data, audio, ISO's disc, or make copies of discs.
I  have been using it for all my burning needs since NERO or Roxio costs coinage and I am all about the freeware. ...
 

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Five Ways to Put Your Netbook to Good Use Around the House

So you got yourself a little bitty tiny netbook? Once you are done showing it off during the day what can you do with it when you bring it home for the night? Here are five ways to use your netbook at home. ...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Internet Explorer 8 Ready To Roll Out

IE8 I blogged early about and what I thought you might like about it.

Microsoft Corp is set to publicly launch Internet Explorer 8 early on Thursday and you will be able to  download it from Microsoft's web site after 9:00am, Pacific time. As soon as I get the web site link I will update my blog. ... 

Update:

Found some links you might need:

The Best Blu-Ray Disc Players

PCWORLD tested ten of the latest Blu-ray players, including several cheap ones and a few pricey units. Though you can get a good to great high-definition picture from any of them, we identified a few standout models. ...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

MSN Wallpaper

MSN Wallpaper has what they like to call an "amazing collection" of wallpapers from dramatic landscapes to sleeping puppies, action sports to clips from your favorite Xbox games.

You can crop, rotate, and resize your images, add text and speech bubbles to create your own special wallpapers. And a feature that I like in Windows 7 comes to this application by allowing you to set your wallpaper by time. You can also create a slide show of images as your wallpaper. It's worth a whirl if you like to keep it fresh. ...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Oh Brother, Another E-paper Viewer

Brother Industries in Japan has released a 9.7-inch E-paper document viewer with 1200×825 pixel resolution display and a viewing area much larger than the size of . But unlike the Kindle sequel, the Brother’s SV-100B E-paper is tailored to business class users. According to Brother, this product is meant to “allow users to carry around information equivalent to 10,000 sheets of A4-size documents.” ...

Google Mars

In collaboration with NASA researchers at Arizona State University, Google has created some of the most detailed scientific maps of Mars ever made.

There are three different types of data in Google Mars:

  • Elevation - A shaded relief map, generated with data from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. This map is color-coded by altitude, so you can use the color key at the lower left to estimate elevations.
  • Visible - A mosaic of images taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. MOC is like the digital camera you have at home. Basically, this is what your eyes would see if you were in orbit around Mars.
  • Infrared - A mosaic of infrared images taken by the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) on NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft. Warmer areas appear brighter, and colder areas are darker. Clouds and dust in the atmosphere are transparent in the infrared, making this the sharpest global map of Mars that's ever been made.

Mars in Google Earth allows you to fly to the red planet in a virtual 3D environment. Check it out! ...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

POP3 Access To Hotmail

I am scratching my head wondering why Hotmail took so long  to get their POP3 access together worldwide. (Better yet, why no IMAP support?) Hmmm... maybe because nobody uses Hotmail accounts except for a few AOL users.

I digress... just in case you want to know how to POP3 a Hotmail account, I'll post it for you. ...

Friday, March 13, 2009

PDF To WORD

Here is your FREE PDF to WORD Converter of the month. (Seems I like to report on these applications for some sort of reason.)

You can quickly and easily create editable DOC/RTF files, making it a cinch to re-use PDF content in applications like Microsoft Word, Excel, OpenOffice, and WordPerfect. ...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Orbiting Junk Causes Space Station Evacuation

 

I did a couple posts sharing with you all the up in our atmosphere and this next article should come as no surprise.

The two American astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut aboard the International Space Station had to duck for cover Thursday as space debris passed perilously close to the orbiting platform. ...

UBitMenu For Office 2007

UBitMenu is a nice tool to ease the transition from 2003 to 2007 while you're polishing your new Office 2007 skills.

This plug-in adds a new Menu entry to the Office 2007 ribbon (specifically in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). When clicked, your ribbon displays the classic Office 2003 menu, complete with the buttons and file menus you're used to from your old Office 2003. ...

Thanks go to Bauer for the heads up on this!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Advanced iTunes 8 Management

Here's how to get a better handle on that overloaded, multi-computer, multi-gadget music library of yours. ...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Geek Tool Of The Day

allows you to setup how many seconds after Windows has started, to load each program.

For Example:
If you have your mail program and a special clock starting up, then you can make your mail start say 10 seconds after Windows has loaded, and then the special clock start 20 seconds after Windows starts up.

Compatible with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista

Monday, March 09, 2009

Adobe Flash Player Update

Adobe Systems has updated its Flash multimedia software to eliminate five flaws affecting Windows, OS X and Linux systems.

The update fixes a critical flaw that could cause a PC to be hacked merely by viewing a malicious SWF (Shockwave Flash) file, according to Adobe's advisory.

So if you get a "pop up" asking you if you want to update Adobe Flash Player, go ahead and do it. Or you can go directly to Adobe to or yourself. ...

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Turning Windows Features On or Off

In the Windows 7 control panel there is “Windows Features” which is where you can choose to turn various features of Windows on or off, such as:

  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows Media Center
  • Windows DVD Maker
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Windows Search
  • Windows Gadget Platform
  • Fax and Scan
  • XPS Viewer and Services (including the Virtual Print Driver)

    Yes, that is correct, you can turn off Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7. ...

  • Saturday, March 07, 2009

    Biotech For Bees

    It has been awhile since I reported on the and . So how are the little fuzzy flying buzzing bees doing with their fungus and Colony Collapse Disorder?

    Beeologics, a Miami biotech startup aims to create vaccines for all viruses that could lead to Colony Collapse Disorder. ...

    Note*** Ja commented 2 years ago on my blog "And then they can have one of the pharmaceutical companies make a pill for it (with known side effects of wings falling off, silent buzz, etc....)"

    Friday, March 06, 2009

    OMG! Shut Up About Twitter Already!

    twiter-01 I had to share this article about Twitter.

    "Suddenly Twitter is the Snuggie of social networking. Everyone’s yammering about it endlessly and  busting out his or her own Twitter feed as awkwardly as wearing a blanket with sleeves." ...

    Thursday, March 05, 2009

    Project Guru

    Symantec announced the pilot release of Project Guru at the DEMO 2009 conference taking place March 1-3 in Palm Desert, Calif.

    Project Guru is a secure, Web-based service that enables tech savvy individuals to provide remote support for friends and family. ...

    Wednesday, March 04, 2009

    Who Is Betty? (cc:Betty)

    ccbetty Betty, is a virtual assistant. You can cc:Betty with any email service so there is no download required. To get started, just include betty@ccbetty.com on your group email and Betty will set up a shared Mailspace page. Everyone in the e-mail chain is then directed to the online space with separate tabs for messages, events, images, links, and video and audio files. Check out the beta! ...

    Tuesday, March 03, 2009

    Hearst To Launch A Wireless e-Reader

    Against a backdrop of plummeting ad revenue for newspapers and magazines, and rising costs for paper and delivery, Hearst Corp., is getting set to launch an electronic reader that it hopes can do for periodicals what Amazon's Kindle is doing for books. ...

    Monday, March 02, 2009

    Future Vision Montage 2019

    Microsoft envisions the future with lots of gadgets that work on tables and walls, small and foldable cellphones and I especially like the digital wallet. For a 5 minute video, ...