Saturday, July 18, 2009

How Microprocessors Are Made

I thought this Tom's article was very interesting. We all know something about how microprocessors are made. Intel provided the photos and explanations. Worth a five-minute walk-through. Not too technical.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Mozilla Developer News » Blog Archive » Firefox 3.5.1 update is now available for download

"As part of the Mozilla Corporation’s ongoing security and stability process, Firefox 3.5.1 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux users as a free download from"

I just received my update to FireFox 3.5.1 Update now!


Microsoft Retiring Support for WinXP SP2 in a Year - News and Analysis by PC Magazine

"Microsoft will retire support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 one year from 07-13-09.

Windows XP is not being retired, but support for Service Pack 2 is. It may be the case, and in fact I would guess it would be the case, that from them on you will have to have Service Pack 3 in order get support, including patches to subsequently disclosed vulnerabilities."
I think you should have updated to SP3 long ago.

Windows Update Update Will Require You to Update - News and Analysis by PC Magazine

"If you have automatic updates set to install download updates then you will receive this update as well."
Starting in late August, Microsoft is planning an "infrastructure update" to the Windows Update and Microsoft Update services, requiring changes in the update code on users' Windows systems. As Microsoft puts it: "Updates to the services and Windows code are required from time to time to maintain and improve service quality, reliability, and operations."

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Dell's retail game not ready for windows 7 - The Inquirer

"Dell has said that PCs purchased after 29 June 2009 will be granted a free update when Microsoft's newest operating system arrives in October.

However when punters go to register their new PC purchased from third-party retailers like Best Buy and MicroCenter, the date of purchase appears much earlier than the real date."
There is a work around for this problem. read about it here.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 07-12-09

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 07-12-09. You can listen live every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM Pacific that's 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.

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

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Links from the Gregg Zone

1) I do not remember the last time I was this excited about the possibilities of one of my green links. This is nothing short of revolutionary; the potential for this is nothing short of staggering. The article says it is a paradigm shift comparable to the shift from main frame computers of the eighties to the best present day laptops. And, I have to whole heartily agree. We are talking about advancement in batteries capable of running your house, storing power from any off grid source, wind, and solar, geothermal, temperature fluctuation, tidal, whatever. Capable of recycling over 3,600 times, or once a day for ten years, at a cost of about $2,000 dollars. We are talking about replacing a smart grid technology with no grid, and saving money doing it, you just got to check this out, can you say stock investment this could be really big.
2) This is another link I thought to have some serious interest, there seems to be more and more movement into touch screen technology. Even the name has a sort of oxymoron sound when you consider that in order to use it you need to use sight. If you cannot see the screen visually it is almost useless. Well it seems the people at Carnegie Mellon are working on creating a sort of Braille touch screen. This may have some real advantages over the current type of screens, for people across the board. When going to the link be sure to check out the video link there very interesting
3) I touched on this last week just as a point of interest when we were talking about search engines, from the comments I guess several people looked into it during the show and were impressed. Because of that, I decided to put up a link for anyone that may have missed it. This is a new search engine that is really cool, aimed at the tech, and math people, but I even with my low pay grade have found t very useful.
4) I was sort of surprised to hear Joe say he had not heard of this, as I found it on Daily Rotation, and I know he is there daily. Anyway when I ran across it I thought it was kind of interesting from a computer tech show aspect, while I did not follow a lot of what they were talking about, I liked the format. A couple of guys on video talking tech stuff, keeping it short. but when it comes to computer tech my attention span is short, but with links on the side if you wanted more information on one of the topics.
5) For my geek link on a rather geek oriented week I am using this for YouTube fans who may not know about it. Seems if you want to change a low quality video to a high quality video on YouTube you just have to ad &fmt=18 to the end of the url. There are several other tricks dealing with YouTube on this link bottom of page under related links.