Thursday, March 18, 2010

Microsoft removes hardware virtualization barrier to running XP Mode | All about Microsoft |

Effective immediately, Windows XP Mode no longer requires hardware virtualization technology, Microsoft officials said today. XP Mode is a feature of Windows 7 Professional or higher that allows companies to run XP applications that are incompatible with Windows 7 in a virtual environment.
This is great news for those that wanted to run XP on their Windows 7 computer.
I guess I have to try this and see how it works.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 03-14-10

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 03-14-10. 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.

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) One of the big problems with wind, and solar energies is intermittency wind stops blowing, or clouds or night break the sun shine. I was surprised to find that that problem was solved many years ago. Seems there has been an electric company in Alabama using this technology since the ‘80s, basically they are using a technique of storing compressed air underground to balance their energy peaks. Currently, this technology is attracting a lot of attention link here
2) This is a link to an article Troll sent me, thanks Troll, this field of nanotechnology just twists the idea of what is physically possible in so many directions. We have been seeing the trend of smaller and smaller devices defying the concept that smaller is weaker, instead in most cases we see smaller is also more powerful. While there is always going to be a comfort level associated with size reduction, my fingers are already too big for a lot of stuff. The payoff is how much you can get into the box. There has been a new never before seen nanotube phenomenon observed that may lead to many energy applications.
3) One of what seems to me to be a big downside to technology is data mining and its ability to invade my space. Most of this type of thing will never affect me in any way, but I still don’t like it on principal, to me it just seems wrong. This link is to an article is about the new billboard type of sign, hooked to a camera it sees you coming, profiles your appearance then changes the ad to target its assessment of who it thinks you are. How long before it is doing facial analysis looking at what you bought for the last year and checking your bank account as part of its processing.
4) This is sort of a follow up on something I put up a week or two back it was an article about a solar cell manufacturing improvement saving need for rare earths, I referenced China and the coming shortage. This article goes into that a bit deeper. I still think there is some opportunity here for a smart investor.
5) As usual when I get to the geek link I am at definite risk of not having a lot of grip on what it all means. But, I was impressed by some of the claims made by this article. While a little fuzzy about if capability equals reality. Any way check out the new super whatever router

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

HP e9220y Desktop PC AMD Phenom II X4-910,8GB RAM Memory,1TB Hard Drive & Windows 7 Premium REFURBISHED

Pamela Fax for Skype Addon

4 Port powered USB hub $10
ate has the KEYDEX USB 2.0 4+1 Ports Hi-Speed Mini Hub for $10 with free shipping. Supports up to 480Mbps data rates with USB 2.0 and provides up to 500mA per port

Dell Small Business offers the Dell Vostro 220s Intel Core 2 Duo 2.93GHz Slim Tower Desktop PC with the Dell E2210H 21.5" Widescreen LCD Monitor for $439. With $35 for shipping, it's $75 over our January mention, since expired, but it sports a better CPU and larger hard drive. Sales tax is added where applicable. This PC features an Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, 320GB Serial ATA hard drive, DVD burner, Gigabit Ethernet, and Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit.

Newegg has the Logitech RX1500 Laser Mouse for $13 - $5 rebate [Exp 3/15] = $8 with free shipping. Features a 1000 dpi resolution, fast scroll wheel with tilt function, and USB interface.

Newegg has the refurbished Linksys WAP54G-RM Wireless-G Access Point for $27 - $10 coupon code EMCYPZN49 [Exp 3/18] + $3 shipping = $20 with free shipping. Supports 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g standards and features 64/128-Bit WEP, and WPA security.

ZipZoomFly has the D-Link DIR-601 Wireless N 150 Home Router for $30 with free shipping. Features WPA/WPA2/WPS security, NAT firewall, and VPN pass through

OfficeMax offers the 6-lb. Toshiba L505-GS5038 Intel Core i3 2.13GHz 15.6" Notebook for $549.99 with free shipping. That's $30 under our mention a month ago and the lowest total price we've seen. Sales tax is added where applicable. Features include an Intel Core i3-330M 2.13GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 widescreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 320GB 5400 rpm hard drive, DVD burner with Labelflash, media card reader, 802.11n wireless, webcam, 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

ZipZoomFly has the LG GH24NS50 24X DVD+-R DL Writer for $35 - $15 rebate [Exp 3/25] = $20 with free shipping. Features a 24X DVD+/-R write speed, 48X for CD-Rs, and a SATA interface.