Friday, November 16, 2007

What Intel Giveth, Microsoft Taketh Away

Even if you don't read much of what we post here, you have just got to read this one. Yes, it savages Microsoft. Yes, it is biased. However; the accusations could as easily be pointed at a number of other software companies.

Jack

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Public takes on Bletchley's Colossus UPDATED!

A rebuilt version of WWII's Colossus electro-mechanical computer used to break German codes is now in competition with PCs. It's kind of cool and will let us see just how powerful those old computers were.

Jack

Update; Here is a site where you can actually get problems generated by the Enigma machines to crack, if that turns your crank.

Overclocker's University

It seems Foxconn has come up with a new scheme to keep in close touch with the overclocker/enthusiast communities. I thought some of you might want to see this.

Jack

Monday, November 12, 2007

Apple charges fortune for memory upgrade

It's not just Apple, though this seems a particularly egregious example.

The whole point in posting this is to remind you all, and inform those who might not know, that the company who "made" your computer is the LAST place you want to look for memory and some other upgrades. You are much better off going to reputable manufacturers and dealers on the web, or even local to you, and getting your parts there.

Jack

Sunday, November 11, 2007

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 11-11-07

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 11-11-07. 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.

How to troubleshoot Windows Home Server problems

This ComputerWorld article is the first on this subject I have seen. It looks pretty useful, too. Have a look for yourself and I'll bet you bookmark it against future need. I did.

Jack

AMD's Phenom/790FX utility could be a jewel

The link is to a fairly detailed review of Gigabyte's GA-MA790FX-DQ6 motherboard. The board is apparently a very good one, but the overclocking/tuning utility that came with it is what really caught the reviewer's attention, apparently with good reason. NVidia and Intel have similar utilities, but the new one from AMD is supposedly the new king of the hill.

I think you will enjoy the review. It's not too long nor overly occupied with the bit-level details. Even so, it gives a pretty good picture of what will probably prove to be a top enthusiast's board on the AMD side of the street.

Jack

Links from the Gregg Zone!

1) This is a video sent to me that I liked it is one of those three minute; make you think type of videos. Not sure how many others will like it, you know me I am just a little twisted in the way I look at the world. However, I think this little video says a lot about who, and what we are just kind of puts things in perspective. http://www.youtube.com

2) Last week, or maybe the week before, geez I seem to have forgot where I left my memory, anyway I posted the link for the 2001 UFO disclosure movie. You know the one with all the airline pilots, air force generals, and government officials coming out about UFO’s, at the National Press Club in Washington D.C... Well they are going to do it again. November 12 that is tomorrow, some of you may have caught the interviews about it on Larry King Friday show. It will be moderated by Fife Symington the Governor of Arizona he was on the show, along with James Fox film maker of the movie “Out of the Blue” one of the better UFO movies, Colonel Chuck Halt, Nick Pope, and Shirley MacClaine. I am putting up several links about this; first, the written transcript of Larry’s show http://transcripts.cnn.com the video is probably on YouTube now, but not at this time. Next, a press release about the 2007 meeting tomorrow http://www.nhne.org/ . And, a link to the movie “Out of the Blue” mentioned on Larry’s show, it is in eight parts, http://www.nhne.org there are several other videos here you might like. You can be sure when the video of the press conference comes out you will find a link here in the Gregg Zone.

3) This strikes me as a sign of our times, I am not sure where I come down on it, but you may have a use or interest in this site. This is a map service updated every 450 to 900 seconds showing worldwide terrorist activity, gang activity, illegal alien activity, and soon to be added Amber Alerts, Bird flu reports, and I assume a host of others. This is a clickable google-earth type map, with various icons showing alerts, and locations of the events. You may navigate, and zoom, I am sure there are other features I did not find when I was there. You can click for related news stories if there is a URL for them. http://www.globalincidentmap.com/

4) I decided to update myself on the red rain phenomena that occurred a few years back in Kerala India off the Malabar Coast. I was curious if they had made any progress proving, or disproving whether or not it constituted an alien life form. I was totally amazed when they had the first incident back in 2001. The subject sort of dropped off my radar, until a few days back I had heard there was another happening recently. Checking into it seems there has been some new research, but not much progress. For those who have no clue what I am talking about there was a red colored rain that contained living cells, about the size of human blood cells, but they were very different form anything found on earth. For starter’s no DNA, they reproduce at temperatures exceeding 500 degrees, and pressures exceeding 300 lbs per inch. And, as yet still no evidence of DNA, the linked article was last up dated November 5, http://www.earthfiles.com/