Friday, February 05, 2010

eSATA is faster than USB 3.0 — at least right now

USB 3.0 brings a host of other improvements over the 2.0 spec and eSATA, more power efficient, allowing more power-hungry bus-powered devices and better power management when devices are idle. USB 3.0 also can theoretically hit 600 MB/s. But right now it’s not the ultimate external data transfer protocol. That title belongs to eSATA.

Monday, February 01, 2010

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 01-31-10

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 01-31-10. 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.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sorry About the Amish Heater Scam

Sorry about the Amish heater scam, hope everyone was smarter than me. I should have learned by now that, anything sounding like a very good deal needs to pass the Google test. Hope no one was taken in. Here is a link to a site describing the scam.

Links From The Gregg Zone

1) This is an article about the advancement of car sharing companies. I have linked several of them from Agassi’s electric car company, to the Zip Car here in the Zone. This article is sort of encouraging, seeing interest in this area. How long before the perfect business plan is developed and put into action. There are several links in the story worth looking at.
2) I am going to toss in an extra green link this week; this is to an article in Science Daily discussing the problem of growing crops for bio fuels instead of food. Basically another approach of using waste products, I think this may be part of the solution, I like recycling in any form.
3) I ran across this yesterday and thought it was interesting in several ways. When it comes to material science, and the discovery of new materials necessary to build new technology there are few more important factors than weight, and strength. So finding a new metal lighter than aluminum, but stronger than steel, impressed me. The applications seem endless, the article references run from body armor and prosthetics, to car bumpers, but is seems like there would be many more.
4) I saw this earlier in the week, have not had time to look into it, but plan to soon. I first linked to this at least a year ago, the availability dates went by, and I forgot about it. Well evidently I missed the debut, looks like it is up and running. I am referring to Microsoft’s World Wide Telescope, much like Google Maps, but for the night sky, stitching most of the world’s telescopes together, and putting them on your computer. I am looking forward to that next big meteoroid shower, solar flare, and more.
5) This is something Joe sent me, I was going to set up the free trial this morning, but got side tracked. Planning to do it soon though, talking about using Windows 7 media center for XM Radio. I listen to more radio than watch T.V., so this may be very cool for me. My biggest question is can I run it in the background while using the computer to surf, or play games. Guess I will find out, anyway here is a link for instructions at How to Geek.
6) For my geek link this week I ran across this rather cool search site, what it does is tile Google and Bing side by side. Enter one search term, in one box and you can compare the results, or just find more results. I played with it a while and like it quite a bit, now I have to figure out how to make it my default search site. Or at least find out if I can, know how let me know.

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

ZipZoomFly has the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM Software for $100 - $10 rebate [Exp 3/5] = $90 with free shipping. For users who do not require remote desktop hosting, XP mode, or automatic backup utility.

Dell Home offers the Dell Inspiron 15 Pentium Dual-Core 2.2GHz 15.6" Widescreen Notebook in Jet Black w FREE MEMORY UPGRADE for $449 plus $12.95 for shipping This 5.8-lb. notebook features an Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4400 2.2GHz processor, 15.6" 1366x768 widescreen LCD, 3GB RAM, 250GB 5400 rpm Serial ATA hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, 802.11g wireless, 6-cell battery, 2GB of Dell Online Backup for one year, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

Dell Small Business offers the Dell Vostro 220 Core 2 Duo 2.93GHz Mini Tower Desktop PC with the Dell E2010H 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor for $439 plus $35 for shipping. That's $50 over last week's mention, although this configuration features a faster processor, larger hard drive, and DVD burner. Sales tax is added where applicable. It features an Intel Core 2 Duo E5700 2.93GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, 250GB hard drive, DVD burner, and Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit.

Newegg has the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive for $60 with free shipping. Includes 3-year manufacturer limited warranty.

Newegg has the Rosewill RNX-N300 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless-N 2.0 PCI Card for $20 with free shipping. Good Newegg user reviews for a budget-priced card.

Newegg has the Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB SATA Hard Drive WD15EARS for $109 with free shipping.
Features a large 64MB buffer, 100MBps internal data transfer rate, and is covered by a 3-year warranty. If you prefer, Amazon also has it for $105 shipped.

Surplus Computers has the Sabrent TV-PCIRC TV Tuner Capture PCI Card w/ Remote for $15 + $0 shipping = $15 shipped. Functions include Video Capture, TV Tuner, DVR, Personal DVD/VCD, Remote Control. [Compare]

Deal:Netgear 4-Port Web Safe Router with Switch $13 at has the refurbished Netgear 4-Port Web Safe Router with Switch for $13 with free shipping. Connects all computers on your home network to a single broadband connection and features double firewall protection. [Compare]