Thursday, April 30, 2009

Month in Space Pictures: Star Treks

Check out this month in space pics brought to you by MSNBC: Three galaxies are tangled up in this picture of the galactic group known as Arp 274 or NGC 5679. The spiral shapes of two of the galaxies appear mostly intact. The third galaxy, to the far left, is more compact but shows evidence of star formation.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Office 2007 Service Pack 2 Now Available

I have downloaded and installed Office 2007 SP2 on one system and so far so good. Have yet to run it on the production system, but if everything I am reading about the improved performance stands true, I will be installing it this week. ...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

5 Ways To Save On Organic Food

I generally need to shop at 2 grocery stores. One for daily basics and the other just to get my organics. Most stores have some sort of organic fruits and vegetables and maybe organic products scattered throughout the store.
Here are some tips on what to look for as well as how to shop for organics. ...
Also, if you want to find out what's fresh and ripe where you live, right now, check out .

Saturday, April 25, 2009

HTC Touch Pro2 Reviewed

Ok, are you all getting tired of me boasting about the HTC Touch Pro2 yet?
Since I haven't had a smartphone in over a year or more, I really would like to find one. Check out the videos showing an up close review of the phone and wait for it.... T (I won't be buying it) Mobile branding .

Friday, April 24, 2009

Star Trek Goodies For Your Computer

I found some Star Trek icons, in concurrence with the movie release of Star Trek on May 8th. Albeit the desktop wallpaper is like huh?, I did snag a few good icons to dress up my system. ...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Microsoft Fix it Solutions

Microsoft Fix it automates solutions to common software problems. If you are looking for a solution in help or support content, or an error report, Fix it provides a way to apply automated fixes, workarounds, or configuration changes so you don’t have to perform a long list of manual steps yourself.

Geek Tool Of The Day

I was onsite the other day and there was a printer issue. Seems everyone kept printing documents to any and all printers listed but not to the printer that actually worked. I knew right away that I had a plethora of stuck printer queues and remembered that I had this tool on my flash drive.
Stalled Printer Repair is a portable application that detects and effectively removes stuck print jobs that are backing up your printer queue. Cool! ...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pencil-and-Paper Pastimes Online

Crossword puzzles, Boggle, Jumble, logic problems, and more: If you enjoyed tackling it with pencil and paper, you can find it online. Here are some of the best. ...

Monday, April 20, 2009

save2pc 3.58

"save2pc", formerly YouTube Downloader, is a free tool that downloads videos from Youtube or Google Video and saves it as Avi or Mpeg or Flv file to your local computer. ...

Saturday, April 18, 2009

AlternativeTo is a new approach to finding good software. Tell the site what application you want to replace and you will get suggestions on great alternatives. (Or so they say) ...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Apple Should Share the iPhone With Verizon

Bauer is in desperate need of a new smartphone and has been looking at Blackberries and HTC's'. He's so desperate he even looked at a Samsung. (What the ? were you thinking Bauer?)

Bauer!? What if the iPhone came to Verizon? Should we get one then?

"Apple is more likely to bring the iPhone to Verizon once the cellular company deploys its fourth-generation network, claims Verizon's chief executive." ...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Lenovo S10 Label Defective

As I was wiping the fingerprints off the Lenovo S10 the other day, the "E" in Lenovo peeled off, got caught in the cloth and scratched the beautiful blue surface.

Ouch! I've been wiping off laptops for 10+ years and this is a first for me. Thankfully, Lenovo sent me an RMA and I will be replacing it.

Thanks go to Chris Young at Lenovo for being the stand up Lenovo representative that coordinated getting a replacement.


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

CD/DVD Drive Not Recognized By Windows

I know we have all come across this issue once or twice before, the CD/DVD drive just won't play a CD/DVD on Windows.

This is a known problem with a known fix. ...

Monday, April 13, 2009

PDFCreator: 0.9.8 Released

I needed a way to print to a PDF for the new Lenovo netbook, so I found this open source application from

PDFCreator easily creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer in Word, StarCalc or any other Windows application. ...

(Unless I missed this on the install, there is yet another toolbar that an application wants to deliver with their package. I thought I unchecked the option to have it NOT install, but I ended up going into Add/Remove programs to uninstall the "pdftoolbar")

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Conficker Eye Chart

A common tactic used by malware is to block the infected computer from connecting to the Web sites of antivirus and security companies. Such blocks are meant to prevent you and your antivirus program from getting help in removing the infection. ...

"Conficker Eye Chart" pulls images from three sites that Conficker is known to block and displays them in a box. Below the box is a guide to interpreting how you see the images -- if they all show up you're in good shape, but if one or more doesn't display it could indicate a Conficker (or other malware) infection.


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Microsoft's Automatic IE8 Update & More

“Starting on or about the third week of April, users still running IE6 or IE7 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008 will get will get a notification through Automatic Update about IE8. This rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over time to the entire user base. On Windows XP and Server 2003, the update will be High-Priority. On Windows Vista and Server 2008 it will be Important.” ...

A quick reminder: is going to end next week, on April 14th.

Microsoft also announced Thursday that it will start pushing Service Pack 2 (SP2) to customers this month. ...

Bailout Application Form

With the federal government doling out our taxpayers monies to whom ever asks for it, and I'm not too proud to beg, like and , (that's right folks, BILLIONS), I ask where is my bail out?

Here's an EZ-CASH Form for a piece of the Federal Bail Out Program. Good stuff! ...

Friday, April 10, 2009

50 USB Gadgets

You can pretty much get anything in the world as a USB  gadget, from fun office games to foot warmers — even USB-powered friends. The best part? They're usually cheap, and they all plug in the same way, via the USB port on your computer. ...

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Segway For 2

GM has shown off a new concept built in a partnership with Segway. This prototype vehicle, named "Project PUMA" (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility), is an electrically powered two-seater with two wheels that can travel up to 35 miles between recharges. ...

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

HTC Touch Pro2 Released to UK

I have been watching since February, waiting ever so patiently until the HTC Touch Pro2 got a release date overseas.

Low and behold, The cost is about $700 US dollars and the phone of my future is ready for pre-order. It has an expected release date of June 5th 2009.

Could this mean that we will have it in America by then? And if it costs that much will I actually get it? Which mobile carrier will pick it up first? Stay tuned for more.

Windows 7 Users Can Downgrade to XP

Microsoft and its PC partners are going to allow Windows 7 users to downgrade not just to Windows Vista, but also to Windows XP, Microsoft officials are confirming. ...

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

D-roll Laptop

The D-roll, or "digital roll," is what designer Hao Hua considers to be a "next generation laptop design," as it does away with the book-like form factor in favor of one mimicking an artist's scroll. ...

Monday, April 06, 2009

Prepare To Get Backed Up

Are you done checking your email? Had enough face time on your computer? You have nothing more to chirp about? Finally some free time to set up your backup process. (If you have a backup process in place, you may want to double check it and make sure it’s doing the job correctly)

I have an article on how you can get can get backed up! ...

Sunday, April 05, 2009

All-time Top 10 Astronomy Pictures

The Eagle Nebula was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995 (The giant pillars are light-years-long columns of dense gas and dust that condense to form stars) and there is more fascinating pictures from the all-time top 10. Read on...

Friday, April 03, 2009

IE New Window Maximizer

Now that I have a laptop using XP, I forgot how Internet Explorer browser doesn't maximize correctly, unlike Firefox. I do remember however using this handy little tool to make it seamlessly work the way it is suppose to work. ...

Thursday, April 02, 2009

IdeaPad S10 In The House

BabyLenovo is here and configured. Took some snaps so you could see how it compares to a regular laptop.

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Overall the laptop is responsive, the screen is easy to view, the keyboard isn't too cramped, albeit I now know how often I use the right shift key because its a key or two over. The battery life is good, though I am definitely not use to laptops going to sleep or into hibernation.

The only thing that I sort of don't like is using Windows XP. Yes, you heard me say that. I guess I have moved to the other side because I like the features of Vista and/or Windows 7.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Klingon Language Support for Office 2007

I wanted to put something out there today for the first day of April.

So this is perfect and maybe true? Office 2007 is localized in 37 languages and offers proofing tools for even more languages. A new language will be added; Klingon. Seriously?! Read on...