Friday, March 30, 2007

Video: Secrets of Success

IMHO: If you want to know how to be successful, then watch, learn, and follow the advice that this guy gives.

Background: "Why do people succeed? An unmissable 3-min. talk from the TED Conference on the real secrets of success (Hint: Passion, persistence, and pushy mothers never hurt) Delivered by Richard St. John (Recorded February 2005 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 3:40) More TEDTalks at"

Article: Yahoo to Offer Unlimited Email Storage

PC Magazine reports: "The world's biggest e-mail service is scrapping its free e-mail storage limit of 1 gigabyte, or about a billion bytes of data, responding to explosive growth in attachment sizes as people share ever more photos, music and videos via e-mail."

Article: RIP: Community Linux (1991-2007)

Linux-Watch reports: "The idea that Linux is primarily a community-based project based on the work of thousands of independent, idealist hackers died a quiet death at home on March 27. ... The proximate cause of death was the Linux Foundation's naming of its new board of directors. This leading non-profit Linux organization's board included many Fortune 500 executives from around the world -- but not one representative from a purely community-based Linux organization."

Very interesting article...

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Article: Microsoft Announces Elite Xbox 360 reports: "'Think about these [the three versions of the Xbox 360] as if they are bundles. The console is the same, we did some neat stuff because a lot of people said they liked black,' Albert Penello, Director of Global Platform Marketing for Xbox, says, while he explains the new Elite version of the Xbox 360. 'We think it's cool to try something interesting. When you're a new customer, what configuration makes sense for you? All three of these consoles are different bundles.'"

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Article: AT&T Launching Cell-Phone Banking

PC Magazine reports: "AT&T Inc. said on Tuesday it had taken a step toward the long-promised notion of phones replacing credit cards, checks and cash by signing agreements with Wachovia Corp. and several other banks."

Silverbrook Memjet 60 PPM Inkjet Printer

Here is a video of a new desktop printer that is suppose to print 60 A4 pages per minute, from Silverbrook. This revolutionary printer is suppose to cost about $200. Let's hope its not vaporware.

Here are more videos, and information.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Article: The Google phone revealed

ComputerWorld reports: "You've heard that Google is working on a cell phone everyone is calling the Google Phone. And you've also heard that they're not working on one. Well, which is it?"

To quote again from the article, the sub-headline says "It's real, it's spectacular, but it's not what you think". This sums up the article, but its worth the reading.

Video: The Big Brother State (Privacy Issues)

The Big Brother State is an educational film about what politicians claim to be protection of our freedom but what we refer to as repressive legislation. Since terrorism has become a global threat, especially after 9/11, governments all over the world have started enforcing laws which, so the governments say, should increase national security. These laws obviously aim at another goal: the states gaining more and more control of their citizens at the cost of our privacy and freedom.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Video: The New AT&T

American comedian Stephen Colbert does a great job of explaining the recent merger between SBC and AT&T, and then comparing to the T1000 in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. "No matter how many pieces you break it into, it always comes back together," says Colbert.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

First Video: Setting Up Apple TV

Gizmodo shows you what its like to setup and play with the new Apple TV. Personally I am not too impressed with it because all it really is a media extender created by Apple.

Video: Star Wars Gangsta Rap Special Edition

Quote from the site: "The intergalactic gangsta rap now has a whole new flava in this Special Edition! This remake features all new and improved animation that would blow away any Death Star. Check it, yo."

Video: Japanese Land Walker

It is a US$300,000 walking robot suit, you have to see it to believe it. RoboTech its not, but hopefully this will not be the only generation of this technology. Its very rough in its current state, but just the sheer fact that they got it working is kind of cool. Maybe by the 5th or 7th generation they might have a practical product.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Slideshow: Cracking open the Sony PlayStation 3

If you like taking things a part to see how they work, or just look how its made then you will like this article. The site TechRepublic opens a Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3), and shows you all the components inside.

They also have a few other slide shows that you might find interesting, such as:

Monday, March 19, 2007

Video: What is Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is good for everyone from individuals to large corporations.

Article: CPU roadmap: 2007 and beyond reports: "Megahertz will take you only so far. Desktop processors topped the 1GHz mark in 2000, 2GHz in 2001, and 3GHz in 2002. Nearly five years later, we've yet to see a chip leave the factory clocked at 4GHz. Power demands and heat concerns meant that AMD and Intel couldn't simply keep ramping up clock speeds with each new CPU generation without running into design obstacles with desktops and especially with laptops."

Find out what features may be ahead in new CPU designs of the near future...

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Video: Web 2.0 in just under 5 minutes.

Do you understand what Web 2.0 is? Here is a 5 minute tutorial.

Article: One Number That Will Ring All Your Phones

New York Times reports: "If you have only one telephone with one phone number, this column won’t be of any interest to you. Skip to another article, you eccentric you. ... A new service called GrandCentral can unify your cellphone with phones at work and home."

This is an old idea with a new twist. It you think this service could simply your life, then read the following article.

Article; 'Embarrassed' Gun Suspect Sues Microsoft After FBI Finds Sex Videos On His PC

InformationWeek reports: "Michael Alan Crooker, currently in jail in Connecticut, says security features advertised by Microsoft and its business partners should have kept federal agents from accessing the files on his PC. In court papers filed this week in Massachusetts Superior Court, Crooker says he 'suffered great embarrassment' as a result of Microsoft's failure to keep the FBI's prying eyes off his computer."

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Windows Vista: Understand the Windows Experience Index

When I first install Windows Vista on a computer one of the first things that I like to check is the 'Windows Experience Index' (WEI) score. This feature gives me a good idea of how well the computer will perform with the new operating system.

To understand the WEI score, you may want to read the following article from Microsoft. Here is an excerpt: "When presenting at a user group meeting last week, someone asked me if a low Windows Experience Index (WEI) score of 1 or 2 means that he should not use Windows Vista on that computer. The answer is 'not at all.'

One of my favorite capabilities of Windows Vista is that it scales itself to fit your computer to help give you the best possible performance. For example, if your computer doesn't have the graphics capability to effectively display the new Windows Aero visual effects, Windows Vista won't enable those effects on your computer."

Article; Own an Analog TV? You're Eligible for a Discount

PC Magazine reports: "All U.S. households with televisions that use analog technology will be eligible for $40 discount coupons to buy digital converter boxes, the Commerce Department said on Monday."

By February 17, 2009 all U.S. television stations are required to switch to all digital broadcasts. There is an estimated 20 million households that still rely solely on free over-the-air television broadcasts.

Article: The Web smiley's motto: Grin and bear it

CNET reports: "Author Vladimir Nabokov said in a 1969 New York Times interview that 'there should exist a special typographical sign for a smile--some sort of concave mark, a supine round bracket.' ... Now, nearly four decades later, there is just such a typographical symbol-- :-), or :) for the minimalists, and it'd be tough to find a tech-savvy person who hasn't leaned on it. "

Learn the history of the emoticons...

Side note: Doesn't the word 'emoticons' sound like an emotional Transformer? ;-)

Monday, March 12, 2007

Article: Intel Enters Market for Flash-Based Hard Drives

ExtremeTech reports: "On Monday, the world's leading producer of microprocessors announced it will be entering the hard drive market with new solid-state drives based on NAND flash memory. ... According to Intel, the Z-U130 value solid-state drive (VSSD) will feature standard USB interfaces and offer storage for a wide variety of computing and embedded platforms."

Sandisk was the first to announce this type of drive being commercially. Although, the more competition in the area means higher capacity drives for a lower cost.

Article: HP Launches Energy Star-Compliant PCs

PC Magazine reports: "With the updated Energy Star specification set to go into effect this summer, Hewlett Packard announced on Monday that three of its business-class PCs are now available in Energy Star 4.0 configurations four months ahead of the July deadline."

The personal computer is evolving again, this time its going to be a race for the most energy efficenct PC.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Article: Allegre's second thoughts

A prominent French scientist reverses belief in the global warming theory.

Here is an excerpt from the article: "His break with what he now sees as environmental cant on climate change came in September, in an article entitled "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" in l' Express, the French weekly. His article cited evidence that Antarctica is gaining ice and that Kilimanjaro's retreating snow caps, among other global-warming concerns, come from natural causes. "The cause of this climate change is unknown," he states matter of factly. There is no basis for saying, as most do, that the "science is settled.""

Opinion: India or China--who will prevail?

CNET opinion: "China versus India: which one is destined to rule the 21st century? ... When it comes to divining the future, only a sucker or a veritable oracle would dare handicap that burgeoning geopolitical rivalry. Ignoring my own warning, let me try to give it a shot."

Only time will tell who will be the next superpower of the 21st century...

Monday, March 05, 2007

Video: Principles of Economics, Translated

"Mankiw's 10 principles of economics, translated for the uninitiated", by Yoram Bauman, Presented at the AAAS humor session, February 16, 2007.

Video: Penn And Teller Get Hippies To Sign Water Baning Petition

Video: Conan and Jim Carrey Talk Quantum Physics

FlightAware: Free Flight Tracker

FlightAware is a free live flight tracker web site that allows you to track most commercials (non-military) flights happening in the U.S. The site allows you to find out information about individual flights, airports, and carriers.

Video: Shift Happens - Globalization and The Information Age

This video was created by Karl Fisch, and modified by Scott McLeod.

Slide Show: Corel WordPerfect Lightning

eWeek reports: "Corel has released the beta of WordPerfect Lightning, a lightweight collaborative word processor that can be downloaded for free. WordPerfect Lightning includes a Navigator and a Viewer, and has an online component that allows users to synchronize files online. eWEEK Labs Senior Writer Anne Chen takes WordPerfect Lightning through its paces here."

eWeek did a slide show of Corel's new WordPerfect Lightning beta software. The nice thing about this article is it will give you quick preview of what you're going to see before you download and install it.

Article: Two visions for delivering PCs to emerging nations

CNET reports: "In its effort to bring computers to emerging nations, the nonprofit trade organization One Laptop Per Child has linked up with some of the world's largest contract manufacturers and component suppliers to build its low-cost machines. ... Chipmaker Intel, meanwhile, is working with companies like Zinox, a hardware maker from Nigeria you've probably never heard of."

Want to know more about the two laptops that are competing to be the low-cost computer that will be used educate the next generation of children in third world countries?

Friday, March 02, 2007

Video: The Truth about Bottled Water

Article: Record power for military laser

BBC reports: "A laser developed for military use is a few steps away from hitting a power threshold thought necessary to turn it into a battlefield weapon."

This type of technology can change the battle field of tomorrow in ways that are hard to imagine now...

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Video: Laser Graffiti

Video: Top Gear builds, launches Space Shuttle car

The folks at Top Gear have completely outdone themselves, building their own Space Shuttle out of a Reliant Robin, roughly the British equivalent of a Pinto or a Gremlin (minus a wheel). As you can see, it all came together quite nicely, complete with an external fuel tank, solid rocket boosters, and a spot-on paint job, although there doesn't seem to have been any room left for passengers, with the whole lot remotely-controlled instead. That proved to have been for the best, however, with the impressive launch followed by a less-than-successful landing, though that was still more than enough to claim the title of the largest rocket flown in the U.K. While it's unclear if they'll ever have another go at it, you can check out the complete rise and fall of this attempt in the video after the break.

This is an amazing video to watch...

Article: How To Unlock Your Phone

PC Magazine reports: "Now that the Copyright Office has given a green light to unlock your GSM or iDen phone, you can save money on a new phone – provided you can find it unlocked, or unlock it yourself. Depending on your phone, you might be able to do that by punching in a code, by buying a cable, or by sending it to a professional unlocking service. This applies to Cingular, T-Mobile and Nextel phones; Sprint, Verizon and Alltel subscribers are out of luck, for reasons I'll explain below."

This is a great article on how to unlock several different types of phones. Some require codes, others cable and software. Some can't be unlocked at all.