Saturday, December 30, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
(no 3rd party cookies).
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Apparently the retail versions, to be released in January will be released on time ready or not. We can safely predict that as Microsft working with Computer manufacturers will provide upgrade coupons for Vista to anyone now buying a new PC with Windows XP installed. The coupon will provide a free or reduced price copy of Vista (when available). Story here .
What will be interesting is to see what happens with these coupons. Will they be counterfeited out of Ukraine? Will they, or can they be resold on eBay?
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
They have removed the ability to block 3rd party cookies/tracking cookies/Spyware.
Others have noticed this perfidy also. Read here: I will continue to use Firefox 188.8.131.52, and perhaps being open software, someone will add back the necessary feature Mozilla has removed from Firefox 2.0. The released final version of Internet Explorer 7 still allows blocking of 3rd party cookies.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
No Salespeople Needed ? At a Macy's in Houston, TX, I happened across an iPod vending machine. Swipe your credit card, and select an iPod or any of a large variety of accessories. Strangely it was placed at the edge of the shoe department. Such machines apparently have been around for 18 months.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
MS Windows Vista is likely to be the most insecure Operating System ever published.
Two main reasons.
1. Microsoft wants a piece of the antivirus program market and has locked competitors out of its Security Control Panel in Vista. Symantec and McAfee are playing chicken, and refusing to release a Vista compatible AntiVirus product. Not easy finding antivirus software for Vista RC2.
2. For security reasons Microsoft makes the user confirm EVERYTHING whenever you run an executible or download a plug-in. It's so annoying that quickly a user will likely blindly click OK for everything, thus totally negating the benefit of Microsofts' planning.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
It took far too much time to get it in a usable condition, but it does now do all I need it to. I can run MS Money, MS Access and IE 6 (which some websites require because they never learned about anybrowser.org). FrontPage 2003 provided authentication grief with Microsoft, they sure know how to alienate customers, but a barely intelligible CSR in India finally provided a code. Working just fine for the apps that I need most, I'll be using Parallels in preference to Boot Camp, (and Parallels never has a SATA slowdown, like Apple's Boot Camp 1.1 does without hacking your Windows Install CD), so I orderd a copy of Parallels (through MacInTouch at Amazon) at a discount.The 15 day trial copy is a great way for folks to evaluate software. http://www.parallels.com/en/download/desktop/
Friday, September 08, 2006
NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
I told him: Let me try and fix it, it's probably just the hard drive", and if he decided to stay with the Comcast DVR he got in the meantime, I could sell it on eBay for him. Frys had 300 Gig Seagates for cheap to use to replace/upgrade his OEM hard drive so I got one.
When I got the unit, I plugged it in, and despite lighting up, nothing to the TV screen, upon opening it up, the Hard Drive wasn't spinning up. I tried a different hard drive, and it too lay dormant. I went to the Weaknees.com site where it confirmed my suspicion that the Power Supply was bad, so I ordered a replacement from them. It came today, and I swapped it in, and voila : TiVo LIVES. Then I restored the 3 1/2 year old OEM 60 Gig HD onto the new 300 Gig HD, which saved all my son's settings and recording (took about 90 minutes). His TiVo now has ~ 370 hours recording time, and still has its Lifetime Subscription. Instructions here.
My son wants it back, telling me his Comcast DVR only recorded 80% of what he told it to.
I own a DirecTv unit with TiVo, so I have no need for it, and it's being shipped now.
It's nice to be able to do things for ones' children.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Download the ringtone here.
Friday, June 09, 2006
Windows Vista, Beta 2. Story here.
Five other things you should know.
1. GHOST your hard drive before installing Vista.
2. Create a new partition for Vista so you can dual boot.
3. Download your Soundblaster Drivers from Creative Labs.
4. Turn off Energy Savings on your Network Card. Turn off Vista Sidebar.
Configure settings for your Domain/Workgroup.
5. Firefox 1.5.0x works great, use it.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Thank you for your interest in Windows Vista Beta 2.
We are currently experiencing a high level of demand and cannot process your request at this time.
Please check back later for availability. We apologize for any inconvenience.FOLLOWUP: Luckily third parties have mirrored it. You may have more luck downloading it here. Don't forget to get an install code from Microsoft. Thanks to that mirror I downloaded it quickly. Read one opinion of installing Vista in the June 8 posting on a blog here, and here .
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
The reason I know it's baloney is this April 16, 2002 Microsoft Press Release announcing that the Microsoft keyboards work with Macintosh.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
1. Doesn't work as advertised or not fit for purpose.
2. Way overpriced.
3. Commercial failure.
Interesting discussion topic, however
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Saturday, April 29, 2006
A good friend of my son has a Canon S2, and produces remarkable pictures for her website, but the S2 is about to be replaced by the S3, and such cameras are larger and heavier than I wanted, as is a soon to be available Sony H5 . I wanted one of the new under 8 ounce models. The small form factor camera will be great as I go on land excursions from a cruise this summer. A 2 gigabyte memory stick now costs less than a 128 Meg memory card did 4 years ago.
I finally chose a Sony DSC-W100 over similar Canon models, due to a lower cost, 8.1 megapixels instead of 7.1, higher effective ASA, and a good protective shield over their LCD screen on the back of the camera, which I proceeded to further protect with a Belkin PDA screen protector sheet (which Belkin apparently no longer sells). Reviews of Canon models tell of grief with failing LCD screens, and Canon's refusal to cover such under warranty. The Sony comes with Windows software, but none for the Macintosh, so I was pleased to discover that despite not being on the list of supported cameras, Apples' iPhoto software works perfectly with the W100, plug in the camera, turn it on, and "## pictures ready to import" pops up on the computer screen.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Apple Computer has now released software to allow anyone to install Windows XP on an Intel based Macintosh. Download here.
Of course I'd like it the other way around. I want to be able to run OS X 86 on my Dell PC.
One set of instructions for doing that is here.
Followup: PC World tests out Apple's XP Install, and finds it works great. Read the review here.
Monday, April 03, 2006
In order to lighten weight and squeeze in components, a laptop:
1. Is typically one year behind a desktop in technology on day one, but costs more anyway.
2. Has less capacity in terms of memory and storage;
and costs far more and/or be more difficult to upgrade either.
3. Typically has a battery life of half of
what the manufacturer may claim.
4. A used laptop likely may have a (or a new laptop after 2 years)
"geriatric" battery that when it fails will
- be expensive to replace
- may be difficult to find immediately
5. Will have a smaller screen with less resolution than a desktop.
6. With exception of a couple of specifically designed models
a laptop is exceedingly fragile and subject to major damage
from a minor "bump"
7. Is susceptible to theft or attracting a mugger. Never
carry one in a case with a big bold label of the
computer company. It's the same as having a badge on it
saying "STEAL ME FIRST" .
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Sunday, March 26, 2006
FOLLOWUP 3/29 : Why wait for Microsoft to do the right thing? A program developed outside of Microsoft is discussed here. Turns out it's BLINK, an overly agressive firewall, that I quickly uninstalled. Next to try. IE 7 beta isn't supposed to be vulnerable. Get it here.
Followup 4/6: I quickly gave up on Internet Exploder 7 beta 2.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Saturday, March 18, 2006
1. Siteadvisor - Download a plug-in or Firefox and/or Internet Explorer that will warn you about websites that will install Spyware. Review here.
2. WinPatrol - Realtime protection against having your Windows taskbar clogged up. Basically a user friendly version of msconfig. They sell a $25 version with a great database thats ommitted from the free version. Review here.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
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Sunday, February 19, 2006
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
1. You have to pay for a set top box.
2. You have to pay an activation fee.
3. You have to pay for each movie you wish to view. Currently $3.98 for new releases.
4. Only Disney Movies are available as current releases. Some older Warner titles also available. At present no Sony movies are available. Other studio movies
will be available later, as they are released to Pay-per-view.
5. "Upto" 10% of 100 movies stored on Moviebeam are replaced each week,
if it's one you rented POOF, you can't watch it anymore.
6. You can watch a rented movie as many times as you want, but only for 24 hours.
7. If you live out in the stix, you can't receive OTA datacasts to update the box.
Elsewhere, hopefully the antenna will work OK.
8. Will they leave you holding the bag when they shut down again?
9. Why does the 800 number on their website not work?
10. CNN panned it on their morning news show on 2/14.
11. Why does 100 movies seem like less than 50,000 of Netflix?
12. Only some of the movies are HD format, and their rental currently is $1 extra.
13. You have a 14 day trial period, during which you can opt out and return the hardware, BUT there's a $39.99 restocking charge in the fine print.
Monday, February 06, 2006
Sony calls it a Walkman phone, but its everything an iTunes phone should have been but wasn't. Only shortcoming is you can't add memory.
256 Megs Memory .................5 Megs Memory
400 Hours Standby ..............175 Hours Standby
.....battery Life .............................battery Life
18 bit color screen ...................16 bit color screen
1.3 Megapixel Camera ................VGA Camera
Flash for Camera
Supplied USB Cable......................USB Cable extra cost
Supplied software .......................software extra cost
for PC transfer