Friday, October 30, 2009

Unknown Devices Tool

Unknown Devices helps you find what those unknown devices in Device Manager really are.

By checking Device Manager for unknown devices and extracting information from it, this program attempts to figure out what the device is. You might not have to open your case or look up random numbers off of PCI cards to figure out what they are.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Automatically Dismiss Nag Screens

With free software, it's a given that you're going to encounter the occasional nag screen, those in-your-face pop-up messages that remind you about an enhanced professional version or remind you that you haven't checked for updates in ages.

I know Click-Off would come in handy for the free version of my favorite antivirus software, , because it has that annoyance. Here’s the freebie version if you want a really good free antivirus.

Click-Off is a free download and runs on Windows.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Retinal Implants

Fascinating! The implant contains a tiny array of electrodes. The electrodes prompt the remains of retinal circuits to transmit signals to the brain. A camera that is worn on eyeglasses supplies images to the implant wirelessly. Sounds a bit Borgish eh? I like it!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New York Times – Bay Area Edition

The New York Times recently began a Bay Area print edition, with extra local news, columns and culture articles running in the Friday and Sunday newspapers sold in that area.

And this week, they started a companion blog, called The Bay Area, that offers a roundup of all of those articles, reports on breaking news and links to interesting stories about the region from The Times and other news outlets.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wal-Mart Tech Support

Seriously?! Would you really want an underpaid Wal-Mart employee to setup your home theater or the home office computer? Seriously?!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

20 Best Windows Tweaks

Windows 7 has been released and it’s a huge upgrade from previous versions of Windows. The big question for us geeks, however, is “Will all of my favorite tweaks still work?”

My favorite tweak:

Move To on Windows 7 or Vista Right-Click Menu

Saturday, October 24, 2009

PDF Reference Manuals

This search engine is dedicated to indexing PDF files scattered all over the web. It’s extremely useful for finding technical manuals that you might have thrown away without having to dig through the original manufacturer’s website. It’s also great for finding ebooks and obscure academic documents.

Friday, October 23, 2009

10 Seriously Ridiculous Hacks

Any article I find that has "ridiculous", "seriously" and "hacks" in the same title is worth a post, don't ya think? I mean, really, seriously?! ...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Windows 7, Oh No You Di'int!

Today is the release of to the world. Oh boy! As you know, I said I would migrate off Vista and yes, I am. You should know there will be issues, I assure you, you will have issues.

Let's just review my first issue. My Officejet L7580 (which is about 2 years old) doesn't have a driver that works on Windows 7. Sure, allegedly its "plug and play" but I have been running BETA Windows 7 since the get go and the printer just doesn't work on it.

Here's :

A full feature software and driver package for Windows 7 is currently not available for your product. However, a full feature download will be available for your product in late January 2010 . Until then, the Windows 7 operating system installed on your computer contains a basic driver solution for your product.

Yea, ummmm....that's not helping.

So, I decided to run the , just for hoots and hollers. Keep in mind I did hoops to get Vista to run on this Thinkpad T60p last year. Seems Lenovo utilities have some issues, and I'll need to upgrade ZoneAlarm, Lenovo's Power Manager, ATI Catalyst Install Manager and the BIOS on this box.  No, you just don't stick in the Windows 7 DVD and run it, it's never that easy.

Even though it will be hours of "fun", it is worth it in the long run, because Vista sucks!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

BlueScreenView

BlueScreenView opens, displays, and interprets the data saved in minidump (*.dmp) files which are usually found in C:\Windows\Minidump after a Blue Screen Of Death. Might come in handy. Read on...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

32 Planets Discovered

(CNN) -- Thirty-two planets have been discovered outside Earth's solar system through the use of a high-precision instrument installed at a Chilean telescope, an international team announced Monday.

Although only 32 were announced Monday, the team knows of many more exoplanets, although more observation is needed before they are formally announced and papers are written about them. "We have tons of them," Udry said.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Re-Thinking Your Warm Up Routine

It’s Sunday and another beautiful day in Diego. Time to go play some golf!

Before you go, check out this article regarding a proper warm up. Good news is that it doesn’t need to take a tremendous amount of time, about four to five minutes will do the trick. (However, you won’t see me doing any push-ups on a putting green)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Constant Guard by Comcast

Here is an interesting concept. Comcast announced that it has begun rolling out a service that will warn its broadband customers when they could be infected with malware based on their traffic patterns.

This might be good thing, but then again... it's Comcast. ...

Friday, October 16, 2009

Windows 7 Upgrade Guide

I am counting the days when I can finally migrate off of “BANG” Vista. If you need to know how to upgrade to Windows 7, here is a really great article that walks you through it.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Art and Science in a Small World

Since 1975, Nikon has been awarding annual prizes to scientists and enthusiasts who take pictures through a microscope. Popularly known as a maker of professional and consumer cameras, the company is also a major manufacturer of biological and industrial microscopes. Here are the top 20 images plus the popular vote winner from the 2009 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. Check out the .

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Angry IP Scanner

I do not know why they call it Angry, but I needed to find a quick way to scan for IP addresses without hacking into a router. You know, how sometimes the client has changed the default router password, doesn't know what it is and you don't want to do the reset drill.

Angry IP Scanner (or simply ipscan) is an open-source and cross-platform network scanner designed to be fast and simple to use. It scans IP addresses and ports. Bonus Tool! ...

AVG Free 9.0

The AV maker says version 9.0 runs 50 percent faster than the previous version, while also improving performance and ease of use, as well as improvements of up to 10 to 15 percent for boot times and memory usage.

The freebie version will be made available within the next two weeks.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hot Prototypes: Tomorrow's Coolest Gadgets

We like gadgets, and especially cool ones!

PCWorld searched the development labs and drawing boards of Silicon Valley and beyond to find the most promising ideas in mobile computing.

Check out the Napkin PC! ...

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sony Vaio X

The Vaio X ships with Windows 7, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 64GB solid-state drive, multi-touch trackpad, Memory Stick Duo and SD card slots, GPS (works in the U.S. and Canada only), Ethernet, Wi-Fi (802.11n) and Bluetooth connectivity, 2 X USB 2.0 ports, and MOTION EYE Webcam.

All that computer goodness in a carbon fiber body weighing in at 1.6 pounds and only 0.55-inches thick! ...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Lenovo All-In-One Nettop

There’s a new word in technology I haven’t heard, Nettop.

Nettop is a “desktop” that is powered by an Atom processor.

The Lenovo C300 (3012-2DU) comes the closest (so far) to the ideal all-in-one nettop PC, with a high-resolution 20-inch screen, a dual-core Atom processor, and decent graphics, all for the same price as your average mainstream system.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Virtual Relationships

Found this article about virtual relationships.

Virtual relationships have all the appearances of real relationships, but they are missing essential elements that make real relationships, well, real, namely, three dimensionality, facial expressions, voice inflection, clear emotional messages, gestures, body language, physical contact, and pheromones.

Maybe that’s why I pick up the phone from time to time, schedule face time and stay off off the social networking sites. I’ll stick with what’s real.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Golf Approved For 2016 Olympics

Copenhagen, Denmark (October 9, 2009) – After an absence of more than a century, golf will return as an Olympic sport in 2016 and 2020 along with rugby sevens following their approval by the International Olympic Committee membership during the IOC's 121st Session.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Netgear Wireless Gigabit Router

I have been waiting for a gigabit router that has a USB port so that it can also be used as a network storage drive.

Looks like Netgear will soon be rolling out the RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB, also known as the WNR3500L ...