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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Palm's Last Stand? - EXCLUSIVE: iPad Competitor Coming Soon From Palm

Three weeks from now we should have a very good idea of what the first offspring of the Palm/HP marriage looks like. Until then we have rumors from supposedly well placed reliable persons. If the rumors are correct, the HP Palmpad will be a very capable iPad competitor. I think the WebOS interface is the best of it's ilk and superior to that of the iPad. The hardware of the PalmPad looks superior, too. As one of many tablets expected to be introduced at CES, HP will have it's market packed with competitors. Will HP/Palm have what it takes to take market share in such a crowded marketplace? What do you think?

Monday, December 20, 2010

The True Meaning of Christmas


I love it! This is how we do everything in my family!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Take your Internet Research to the Next Level

How to Find ANYTHING on the Internet

It doesn't take much to be MUCH more efficient on the Internet. Here are some good tips that will greatly improve the results of your research efforts.

Cool new Windows 7 Themes

Windows 7 themes - Microsoft Windows

Check out the new batch of Windows 7 themes...

MS Security Essentials Screensaver 2.0

Put your screensaver to good use

I am generally not a fan of screensavers because they tend to be resource hogs, and can be manipulated by bad guys to infect your computer.

This one is different. It updates MS Security Essentials and scans your computer for bad stuff when running. Great idea, huh?

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

YouTube - Ind. congressman loses temper

YouTube - Ind. congressman loses temper: "
I am sorry to see this man go. We need truth-tellers like a drowning man needs a life preserver - and this was a "Mr. Smith" truth telling moment. I hope it gets legs. This could be as catalyzing as the Rick Santelli rant on CNBC.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday, November 06, 2010 - 1981 Early Computer Graphics - 1981 Early Computer Graphics
This was as good as it got it '81. Funny compared to Avatar. And the work required was mindnumbing. Tools do so much of the work now. Have a look...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Internet Info War

Cyber Attack Strikes FreedomWorks

I wasn't sure where to put this post. The Truthblog or the Techblog. It's certainly appropriate for either or both.

Unfortunately we still tend to discount the risks we're subject to on the Internet. I think it's clear that the Freedomworks guys didn't realize just how big a target they were. Of course the first thought I had was that the load created by the mention on Beck's program may have been responsible for the crash, but apparently they have forensic evidence that leads them to conclude that it was an attack.

Job #1 is to make sure your servers can handle the actual load. Job #2 make sure you have a complete duplicate backup that can go online instantly should something go wrong. They say they lost $80,000 dollars in donations as the result of the outage - it would have cost much less to have a system waiting to be deployed when the first system crashed. Job#3 have appropriate logging and tracking technologies implemented so that the culprits can be prosecuted. I sure hope they get the bums!

This is truly a cultural and political civil war and this was just one of the attacks. I'm ready for battle!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Top 10 reasons to buy a Palm Pre 2 � News � Top 10 reasons to buy a Palm Pre 2

I couldn't have said it better myself...

Palm announces Web OS 2.0 on Palm Pre 2

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Life in the 21st Century - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9S-4GBRL

Smokin' deal - hopefully you've a computer that can utilize them...

Found by Ray Ozzie: Microsoft Windows 1.0 press kit

Found by Ray Ozzie: Microsoft Windows 1.0 press kit

I remember debating other geeks about the quality of Windows vs. IBM's Topview. The winner was clear and Topview is nowhere to be found. Check it out- looks silly now...

Free DVD ripper software for Windows or Mac

MacX DVD Ripper Pro - DVD Ripper for Mac Rip Copy Protected DVD to MP4 iPhone iPad, Download DVD Converter for Mac OS X

Good free DVD ripper with handy device specific format options. Free until the end of October. You snooze, you loose.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Microsoft codename tracker | ZDNet

Get the latest update to my free Microsoft codename tracker | ZDNet

Ever wonder what the Microsoft Colorado, Aurora and Dryad projects are? Here's the definitive list.

Saturday, October 02, 2010 Canon Pixma MP560 Wireless Photo All-In-One Inkjet Printer/Copier/Scanner: Computers Canon Pixma MP560 Wireless Photo All-In-One Inkjet Printer/Copier/Scanner: Computers

Has it all for a small office or home use. No built in FAX, but who uses that anymore? Super value. Acer Black 15.6" AS5551-2013 Laptop PC with AMD Athlon II X2 Dual Core P320 Processor and Windows 7 Home Premium: Computers Acer Black 15.6" AS5551-2013 Laptop PC with AMD Athlon II X2 Dual Core P320 Processor and Windows 7 Home Premium: Computers

Great cheap laptop for the student or anyone else looking for good performance at a great price. No glaring weaknesses and nothing spectacular about the machine except it's value.

Tenda 11N 150M Wireless USB LAN Adapter -

Tenda 11N 150M Wireless USB LAN Adapter -

$8.99 fro an 802.11n USB LAN adapter. What a gonga! - Open Box: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - Open Box: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Cheapest 1TB drive I have ever seen. Hurry can't last long...

Cable Modem Troubleshooting Tips

Cable Modem Troubleshooting Tips

Great site for Cable modem users. Not for the inexperienced, but info here is often more accurate and helpful than your cable company.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thank Goodness the Bad Guys Don't Take My Advice

Zeus botnet bank thieves were careless with own security

I've not seen a virus, trojan or other nefarious software that couldn't be made infinitely worse with a trivial change. But the bad guys don't seem to get it, thankfully.

This seems to be the ultimate case of that denseness. Leaving evidence of your crime that can be traced back to you is a real no-no for criminals looking for a lengthy career.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Microsoft issues emergency patch for Windows Web bug

Microsoft issues emergency patch for Windows Web bug: "overview of what issues are driving SIM..."

Windows web server users patch today, or else!

Iron Man - Science or Science Fiction?

Raytheon Unveils Wearable Exoskeleton Suit | ECN: Electronic Component News

The future of man has incredible promise. Our physical powers will be incredible. If only we could invent a similar structure for our thinking, morality and behavior...

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Revisiting a Revolutionary OLD Concept for Productivity.

A Case for Singletasking: The One-Task-At-a-Time Method
The more we are all pulled in a million different dirctions, the more we realize that it's a major productivity killer.

This Lifehacker article discusses the traps of multi-tasking and the solution to the problem. You'll find yourself feeling a bit sheepish as the author describes you to a "t".

Batch files to turbocharge your system.

Create Service-Stopping Batch Files to Optimize Your PC for Specific Tasks

What a nostalgic feeling to be using batch files in 2010 to more effectively use your system. It really works and makes the process a doable one for less than expert users. Still some care and understanding required, but hey, that's what I'm for!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Free Utility: Windows Memory Diagnostic

Free Utility: Windows Memory Diagnostic

Many computer errors are created by malfunctioning memory. Those errors can be very difficult to identify. Video card and driver problems often produce similar symptoms. Don't waste time troubleshooting software or hardware issues until you have confirmed the proper function of your memory. Here's a FREE utility from Microsoft that creates a boot CD or floppy automatically that will then allow you to use it to reboot and test your memory for reliability.

Duplicate Cleaner - Find Duplicate Files

Duplicate Cleaner - Find Duplicate Files

Another little Internet gem. Free, fast and easy. Download it now. You will be astonished how many duplicates you have. But be careful about deleting duplicate system files. If in doubt don't. Otherwise you may make your computer inoperable.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Sculptris - Digital Sculpture Software

ZBrushCentral - A Gift From Pixologic

Incredible development from Pixologic - free digital sculpture using your PC and Mouse. Takes some practice, but amazingly flexible. You gotta try it!

How to Encrypt single files in Windows...

Axantum Software AB | AxCrypt | File Encryption Software

Axcrypt is a very simple elegant way to encrypt single files in Windows. Here's what the website says:

"Right-click integration with Windows Explorer makes AxCrypt the easiest way to encrypt individual files in Windows.

Double-click integration makes it as easy to open, edit and save encrypted files as it is to work with unencrypted files.

Many additional features, but no configuration required, just install it and use it.

AxCrypt encrypts files that are safely and easily sent to other users via e-mail or any other means. Self-decrypting files are also supported, removing the need to install AxCrypt to decrypt."

Lenovo - Desktops - IdeaCentre - A Series - all-in-one PCs - A300

Lenovo - Desktops - IdeaCentre - A Series - all-in-one PCs - A300

Here's the link for the beautiful A300 that I talked about on the show...

Free AND Legal Microsoft Money Plus Download

Microsoft Money Plus 'Sunset' Versions

MS Money was discontinued some time ago, but is now available free. The on-line activation, which was the most annoying feature of Money has been eliminated now you get a better MS Money absolutely free. So much for the "evil empire". Download at the link above

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Back up Your Blogger Accounts - or Else

bloggerbackup - Release: v1.0.9.23 Beta

Download this free and VERY easy to use utility to backup your on-line brilliance. Carbonite and Mozy can't do it. This FREE utility does. It's fast, free and easy. What else could you want?

Saturday, July 31, 2010



This is a great site for Palm Pre freeware and the Uberkernel overclocked WebOS that turns your Pre into a speed demon. A little geeky for newbies, but lots of fun. Check it out...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Deskjet F4480 Multifunction Printer - CB745AB1H - Multi-Function Printers - HEWLETT-PACKARD Multi-Function Printers -

Deskjet F4480 Multifunction Printer - CB745AB1H - Multi-Function Printers - HEWLETT-PACKARD Multi-Function Printers -

Good deal on a college dorm printer. Cheap and small. When it gets beer spilled on it, at this price you can just go get another...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The world's best phone that wasn't

Consumer Reports Electronics Blog: Lab tests: Why Consumer Reports can't recommend the iPhone 4

Typical situation where Apple gets it 98% perfect then completely falls down. This is the most extreme example in a while, maybe ever. The iphone 4 is a lousy phone.

I think it's related to production personnel that were testing the device prior to it's release wearing gloves. It's a very common requirement for workers to protect the devices, but it prevented them finding out about the faulty antenna.

It's surprising it wasn't caught by the personnel that were using the product it outside the company's facility. Perhaps there was fear that it couldn't be brought to the company's attention that late in the game, or those personnel wear gloves normally as they go about their day. Who knows.

So Consumer Reports makes the tough decision to take the winner as a device, but completely falls down in phone function off their recommended list. Good for them.

Apple needs to feel the heat take responsibility and get it together. Software is not the problem, and AT&T's network is not the problem. Apples iPhone 4 is the problem.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Maximize wifi speed and reliability with inSSIDer

  • Inspect your WLAN and surrounding networks to troubleshoot competing access points
  • Track the strength of received signal in dBm over time
  • Filter access points in an easy-to-use format
  • Highlight access points for areas with high Wi-Fi concentration
  • Export Wi-Fi and GPS data to a KML file to view in Google Earth.
Free download at:

inSSIDer Wi-Fi Scanner | MetaGeek

Logitech Squeezebox Super Deal

Electronics Expo is offering theLogitech Squeezebox Radio for $138.58 with couponcode JUL5. The coupon code is valid until July 31, or while supplies last. That's $110.41 in savings from the list price of $249.99!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

iPhone 3 Downgrade to Upgrade speed

Here's a how to for those of us who have regretted upgrading to iOS 4 on our iPhone 3. If your iPhone has slowed to a crawl since the iOS4 upgrade, here's how to go back to a zippy old iPhone.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Are you on the "Hurtlocker" lawsuit list?

 Is your IP included on the list of illegal "Hurtlocker" downloaders?


Saturday, May 08, 2010

Proven: Shouting at your disk drive can hurt performance

When things are going badly, don't compound the problem by shouting at your computer. You could make things worse. Here's the video...

I stole your pictures - so pay up sucka!

Haitian photographer is sued for having his pictures stolen. But they picked on the wrong "little guy". He has bitten back - hard. Here's the details...

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

U.S. Treasury sites Hacked - Passing on Malware to Visitors

Drive by installs of malicious software are happening all over the web. Administrators really need to systematize checking and protection of their sites, especially the US Treasury! How do we stand a chance?

Bumpstop still available for download

Google bought Bumptop and has left the download link up for the time being. I don't know how long it will remain up. It's a neat desktop interface that resembles a room. Kinda like MS Bob only slicker. I'm not a huge fan, but it is kind fo fun. The paid version is no longer available. Here's the link. Download it now or forever hold your peace ( or is that piece?).

Laptop deal at

Great deal on a couple of Lenovo laptops. One with HD video and bigger drive. The other with a little more RAM and no HD video. Take your pick, they are both good machines at good prices.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Brother HL-2170W Laser Printer - HL2170W -

Brother HL-2170W Laser Printer - HL2170W -

Great deal on a great little wi-fi laser printer. Less than $100!

Free Orion IP Address Tracker

Register for Orion IP Address Tracker

Free IP address tracker helps you manage IP's on your network.

End Firearms Registration in Arizona

AZCDL Home -- End Firearms Registration - Contact the Governor

The Real Story of Todays Windows Mobile

End of the line for my T-Mobile HD2, I just can't take Windows Mobile anymore Smartphones and Cell Phones

Matthew Miller tells the truth about his experience with a top notch device and a cobbled OS. We don't often get such a honest expression of frustration by a technology expert. Worth a read if for no other reason than to chuckle at the travails of an expert. Makes you feel a little less stupid when an expert has such struggles.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Forget HP's Corporate Clout End Users Drive Adoption

HP Partners: Palm Deal Spells Big End-To-End Opportunity - Mobile - IT Channel News by CRNl

Enterprise technology sales people are drooling over the prospects of selling Palm smartphones to their clients. It's believed that HP's powerful presence in that space gives them a unique advantage.

It is an advantage to be so strong in that market, but it isn't a substitute for producing very compelling products for end users. It was the case when PC's took over the mainframe/dumb terminal enterprise market in the '80's, the Apple iPhone corporate invasion now, and will be the key to success for HP with Palm. End users drive adoption, the product's management friendliness defines whether it will be a happy and speedy adoption or not.

Palm has some compelling products, but their marketing has been atrocious. HP's biggest favor it could do for Palm is spend some money (which Palm hasn't had for years) on good old fashioned aggressive marketing.

At least Palm's demise isn't hanging over it's head and smart phone buyers and third party developers can once again look at it as a legitimate potential choice.

Now if Palm can get it's lineup on more carriers, we may have a real rebirth.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

UPDATED: Comodo Time Machine for Painless System Restoration

BEWARE: Some  users (including me) have experienced catastrophic disk failure when doing uninstalls of this software. I  recommend that you DO NOT use this software until it's problems are better understood and addressed.

Comodo offers a FREE system restore program that has the benefit of allowing you to do a restore even if Windows won't boot. Very helpful when your computer life has fallen apart and you need to get it back without spending hundreds on a pro. Works with XP, Vista & and some of the Server versions of Windows. Download it here.