Sunday, May 31, 2009

Intel's New Core I7 Chips

The new chips are scheduled to launch on May 31, according to the web retailer PCs for Everyone. According to several sites, the new chips will consist of the Core i7 Extreme 975 (which will have a clock speed of 3.33GHz) and the Core i7 950 (which will run at 3.06GHz). These two will reportedly sell at $1,129 and $649 respectively.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bing This

Microsoft announced that it has rebranded its search engine, again. The new version of this search engine will be called BING.(formerly known as Windows Live Search and then just Live Search) 

I tried Live search a few times, but geez Wally, Google just does it better. Here’s the article if your interested in more about .

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Polaroid Pogo

The Polaroid Pogo merges a digital camera with the . The Zink, noted as “zero ink”,  prints a smudge-proof, water and fade resistant print with a no ink, using a heat activated process.

The Pogo has a 5 megapixel digital camera, although no zoom lens. It will include a 3” color LCD screen and expandable SD memory. Print and share in less than 60 seconds with the 2x3-inch, peel-off, sticky-backed photos.

Cost of the Pogo will run about $200 and $12.99 for 30 sheets of the Zink paper. .

Polaroid Pogo, the instant digital camera of the today!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Service Pack 2 For Vista Ready For Download

Service Pack 2 for Vista and Windows Server 2008 is available to the public today.
SP2 for Vista and Windows Server 2008 is available for download from the Download Center (, and flavors).

Monday, May 25, 2009

Relaunch of

Online retailer Systemax Inc. said Friday it has completed the acquisition of Circuit City's online business and relaunched

For a mere $14 million in cash plus a share of future revenue over 30 months, Systemax acquired trademarks, domain names, customer lists and information of the online business.

So, they rolled out the "new" website with a "new" .

"Products from manufacturers such as Compaq, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Toshiba, Epson, and others are not returnable to FOR ANY REASON."

I don't make this stuff up. ...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Google Chrome 2.0

I last year and forgot about it until the other day when I found that Google released a new version that is “faster than ever”.

Additionally, they've added some useful features like form autofill, full screen mode, and the ability to remove thumbnails from the New Tab page. (I like the New Tab Page)

I had to give it another looksie, since I am doing a lot of surfing on my little Lenovo (netbook) and a faster browser is just what I need. Even though Chrome doesn’t have a whole lot of themes (none) or other features, it’s all about the speed. Vroom!

Friday, May 22, 2009

How to Buy a Netbook

Netbooks are cool! Netbooks are inexpensive, lightweight and just perfect for surfing and checking your email.

PCWorld put out this diddy on "How to Buy a Netbook", which gives you good information as to what to look for.

The only thing I need to note is that out of the "Top 10 Netbooks" I'll give Asus the top spot because that's all they do is netbooks; so you figure they got that right. However, Samsung makes "cheap everything" so ranking their netbook #2, is highly doubtful. Acer listed in at #3, and my Lenovo S10 rated #4. (Please note I paid $100 less than what they listed as the sell price of $449 for a Lenovo)

I still !~ ...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Even MAC's Need Maintenance

Albeit you don't need to run an antivirus application on a MAC, it is still a computer and computers gets slow and sluggish.

Here is an article to clean up, check the disk and get the latest system updates. ...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How To Pin A Folder To XP Start Menu

I just started using XP again, so I am having to reacquaint myself with the "How-To's".

Like, did you know you can Pin a Web Shortcut to your Start Menu simply by dragging it to the START button? I did not know that.

If you want to Pin a Folder to the Start Menu, here is the hack to do that. ...

Remember to use the SHIFT key when you right-click to add the folder.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sugar Stacks

Would you eat a stack of 16 sugar cubes? I don't think I would sit down and scarf up 16 cubes, but I never thought about how much sugar I get in, say a vanilla shake.

A label can tell you there are 39 grams of sugar in your soda, but what does that much sugar look like? ...

Monday, May 18, 2009

TIME Announces "10 Biggest Tech Failures" Of The Last Decade

Over the past decade there has been a few tech failures that I am aware of. Oh you know , like Vonage, which faced lawsuits over some of its intellectual property and settlements that cost the company tens of millions of dollars.

Or YouTube that will lose $470 million this year primarily due to the costs of the storage and bandwidth required to run that website.

Palm, one of the earliest makers of smartphones, was unable to follow up its success in the personal organizer business. Analysts pointed to the fact that the company was slow to realize that consumers wanted wireless voice and data from the same device.

So those are just 3 out of the 10, and you may be wondering who TIME noted as the #1 Top Tech Failure of the Decade? (wait for you can guess and the first 2 guesses don't count) ...

Sunday, May 17, 2009



Is Wolfram|Alpha a search engine?

No. It's a computational knowledge engine: it generates output by doing computations from its own internal knowledge base, instead of searching the web and returning links.

Is Wolfram|Alpha free to use?

Yes, it's free for personal noncommercial use as described in its Terms of Use. Subscriptions will be available in the near future with enhanced features for large-scale and commercial use.

Who is Wolfram|Alpha for?

Everyone! Its goal is to bring expert-level knowledge to everybody.

What can I do with Wolfram|Alpha?

Many, many things. Check out the Examples by Topic page and the Visual Gallery of Examples for a few pointers. Or visit the Blog or Community to see what others are doing.

Smart stuff!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Gliffy Online Visio

Gliffy is a free diagramming tool that works entirely in your browser. It has enough functionality today to serve as a good sketching tool for creating simple flowcharts, network diagrams, or user interface mockups. Bonus price! ...

Thanks Bauer!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Unable To Open Mdi File in Office 2003

When I was unable to open up a .mdi file that I just saved, I had to find the fix. I already knew that I had installed the feature () correctly, but I double checked that.

When the newly saved “mdi” file wouldn’t open in WORD or Internet Explorer, I back tracked and found the little nugget that runs that command.

Search for MSPVIEW.exe in your Programs folder. I actually found mine in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MODI\11.0.

Ok, now right click on your mdi file, choose OPEN WITH, CHOOSE PROGRAM… and browse to the folder where the MSPVIEW.exe is located. Double click on it to select it, click OK and your file will open. However, to make it ALWAYS open with the document viewer, right click on your file again,  select OPEN WITH, CHOOSE PROGRAM… and now this time the Microsoft Document Image Writer is a listed program. Click on it to select it and then put a check in the box next to Always use the selected program to open this kind of file, click OK and shazam! Good to go!


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Linksys Technical Troubleshooter

I got a question the other day from a user regarding their Linksys wireless settings.

I wanted a simple way of telling them how to check the issue without going into mundane and "it's too early to think" detail and ran across this troubleshooting guide from Linksys.

I found the instructions on the correct page and sent it over to them. Bonus guide! ...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Listen & Record Online Radio Stations

If you listen to online radio and want to record the broadcast, the How-To Geek has found a great free application that allows you to easily browse over 12,000 online radio stations and record them with one click. ...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Star Trek Mall

If you want to get your Trek on, check out the Star Trek Mall. It's got nearly everything from autographed photos, trading cards, a monopoly game, Batleth (In case you need one of those) and my favorite, "What Would Spock Do?" t-shirt. Fun stuff! ...

(Ok, enough about Star Trek already!)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Star Trek (USB) Communicator

About 10 years ago I had to have a flip cell phone because it resembled a Star Trek Communicator. Of course, even today I carry around a flip phone with trek whistles and communicator tones.

The Star Trek USB Communicator Internet Phone is a VoIP handset  making it compatible with most common software including Skype, MSN, AIM, Ichat and others. It also comes with a built-in microphone and earphone, alongside an integrated speaker with 21 sound effects.

It's a geek thing. ...

Friday, May 08, 2009

How to Reset Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)

I found this article and had to chuckle a bit. Here's the introduction to the "Fix":

One of the components of the Internet connection on your computer is a built-in set of instructions called TCP/IP. TCP/IP can sometimes become damaged or corrupted. If you cannot connect to the Internet and you have tried all other methods to resolve the problem, TCP/IP might be causing it.

If you don't have an Internet connection, you'll never find the article. Just thought that was funny.

Here is the manual Fix:

The reset command is available in the IP context of the NetShell utility. Follow these steps to use the reset command to reset TCP/IP manually:

To open a command prompt, click Start and then click Run. Copy and paste (or type) the following command in the Open box and then press ENTER:


At the command prompt, copy and paste (or type) the following command and then press ENTER:

netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt

Note If you do not want to specify a directory path for the log file, use the following command:

netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt

Reboot the computer.

The full article uses a FIX THIS PROBLEM link, but I still don't see how that helps if you don't have an Internet connection. (I clicked on the FIX THIS PROBLEM link and snagged the .msi file) ...

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Geek Tool of The Day

Two tools in one:

TestDisk is a powerful free data recovery program. It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting your Partition Table).

PhotoRec is a File Recovery program designed to recover lost files; including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs and lost pictures from digital camera memory (thus, its Photo Recovery name).

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Google Search Filtered By Date

Sometimes when I do a Google search I would like to see what has been recently posted. This is helpful when researching computer issues and you are looking for up-to-date resolves.

File this under, "I did not know that" but there is a tag line you can add to your search that will provide a drop down date box. Is that cool or what? ...

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Star Trek: The Experience

Star Trek "The Experience" closed down at the Las Vegas Hilton last September, but since October they have been reporting that it may have new life at a new location in Vegas. It looks like a new STTE will be back in 2010 at Neonopolis in downtown Las Vegas. ...

Monday, May 04, 2009

Get Windows 7 RC Starting May 5th

I will be moving past the beta build to the "RC" aka as the "Release Candidate" build of Windows 7 sometime this week. If you all are interested in trying Windows 7 out, grab a spare system, new hard drive, make sure you got enough RAM and give this operating system a whirl. You will be able to use it until June 2010 and then you will have to pay for the final release. ...

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Annika Sorenstam Launches Her Wine Brand

Annika Sorenstam, one of the most celebrated female golfers  in history, launches her wine brand in partnership with Wente Vineyards on May 1st with the release of her namesake Syrah, ANNIKA. ...

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Two Other Earth Planets

After locating more than 340 planets orbiting other stars, astronomers have identified two that are the most similar to Earth so far.
Both orbit the same star, 20 light-years from Earth, called Gliese 581. The larger of the two orbits in the 'habitable zone,' and could have oceans. ...