Friday, August 17, 2007

New ransomware

Our own Koffeebeanz pointed this out and discussed it with me.

It's out and about and only a few AV applications pick it up yet. This is worth reading about, so you understand the dangers.


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Is my hardware Linux-compatible? Find out here

If you're thinking of doing the Linux installation thing with Joe and the rest of us, you're probably wondering if your hardware will cooperate. In most cases it will. Compatibility issues that dogged Linux in earlier days generally have been resolved, though some few still persist.

Go ahead; satisfy your curiosity.


AMD spec promises better software parallelism

This is mainly a PR thing. However; the fact remains that all the chipmakers are working on how to really bring the benefits of multi-core and multi-processing to the user. AMD, Intel, Sun, IBM and even little VIA are after this "holy grail". The reason is simple; If they cannot bring clear performance gains to the table, sales will suffer as buyers see no real reason to upgrade.

There is a lot at stake here, obviously, and we're going to see a lot more work in this area.


Modder puts PC in art deco wood photoframe

This is a simple case mod and, frankly, one of the nicest I've seen in ages.


Monday, August 13, 2007

High Power Worker

This video has been going around lately, but just in case you missed it, it is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen.

Windows XP: The OS that won't die?

If you feel out of date with your old Windows XP machine, don't feel bad. You are not alone. In fact new copies of XP Pro are still going out the door. So many that Microsoft has to revise SP2 to allow for more activation keys.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 08-12-07

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 08-12-07. You can listen live every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM Pacific thats 1PM to 4PM Eastern. Join us for the live show and chat. If you prefer, you can download the same MP3 file here via ftp.

The Gregg Zone!

1) I owe my first link to that often referred to friend of Joe and me, the one is Southern California, the one who to be kept at arms length from the show, or at least out of earshot. Anyway, this little video he sent me, made me think of our trip to Denali sitting on a tour bus watching a mother grizzly bear teach her cubs how to hunt ground squirrels. The man on this safari bus in Africa shot what had to be a once in a lifetime video sequence. Be sure to watch it all the way through, as it might not end the way you are thinking, nothing is inevitable. All I can say is this is one incredible piece of video. P.S. You might want to also check out that video on the right, “snake swallows hippo”, I had heard that the big snakes could not handle a grown man because our shoulders are to large, this made me put that notion out of my mind.

2) Well it is time to revisit something I posted about a while ago the 3-D printer. Was the price prohibitive for you? Well, maybe not check this one out they are attempting to go after the home consumer market. They say in a couple of years they will have the price under a thousand dollars. Wow! That is less than I paid for my first computer. Maybe this company is going to be the apple of 3-D printing. It might be worth a few dollars to invest in their stock, if it is available. Be sure to watch the video on the right side at the site.

3) This is a link to a free online movie called, “The Race to Zero Point Energy”, you must know by now this is one of my areas of interest. The movie is one hour and fifty min. covers most of the current areas of investigation in the field. I thought was good, and very informative, it made me wonder where we would be today if the worldview in the early days of discovery had been more advanced, less profit oriented, and more in tuned with the planets welfare.

4) For the last link of the week, I found a story about the clone phone in my latest Popular Science Magazine about how the knock off iphones coming out of China may be more advanced, and have better features than our original merchandise. Seems China is now interested in making their knock-off products better than original. It sure brings to mind many questions, political and otherwise.

Many Xbox 360, PS3 owners unaware of HD abilities

Reportedly, "only 30-percent of Xbox 360 owners were aware of the HD graphics capabilities of the machine," and while the figure did rise on the Blu-ray-packin' PS3, it still stopped at just 50-percent.

Many Xbox 360, PS3 owners unaware of HD abilities

I was amazed at this, is blu-ray not the ONLY reason to buy the PS3? ;)
Also heard about this at my favorite HD Theater podcast, HT Guys.