Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Internet Explorer 8's Malware-Blocking Madness - PCWorld

Since its launch, Internet Explorer 8 has blocked access to over 560 million sites that it determined were serving malware, or about 3 million blocks per day, said Brandon LeBlanc in a blog post on Friday.
Some people say not to use Internet Explorer at all, this article talks about how well IE8 works.

Remember today is Windows Update Tuesday so DO YOUR WINDOWS UPDATES!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 04-11-10

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 04-11-10. 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.

Apple Goes Where The Portals Failed: It’s The Hardware, Stupid | Epicenter | Wired.com

Apple morphs itself again -
Most of its money still comes from selling computers, iPhones, iPods and iPads. But with its move into advertising, the spike in revenue from selling iPhone aps (four billion downloads and counting), as well as its move to take a percentage of book and other content sales on the iPad have NEW MEDIA COMPANY written all over them

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) Cars that run on air have been a subject of interest to me since I saw a video on Youtube quite a while ago. I was very interested to see a man in Australia who was powering a fork lift in his warehouse with compressed air. I was struck by the fact the engine needed no oil or lubricant of any kind of due to air pressure filling in any and all gaps between moving parts thus zero friction, meaning the engine should last just about forever. This is an interesting site on air powered vehicles that delves into several areas dealing with the pros and cons of the technology. http://auto.howstuffworks.com
2) This is something I have seen mentioned several times lately on the net in different venues. Seems NASA is currently searching for what they are calling the Death Star. There is a lot of evidence pointing to the discovery we have a sister sun; somehow I never considered we might have a duel star solar system. The death star reference comes from the theory that stars gravity is slinging comets at us from a distance. Interesting read here http://www.telegraph.co.uk
3) It would appear there is some rumbling going on with the theory of evolution. I’m not talking about the religious debate, this is pure science. Actually the research is pointing to a challenge in the area of natural selection being the only driving mechanism of evolution. The article is about the new field of epigenetics, and discoveries dealing with environmental information being transferred through the epigenome which is part of DNA causing changes in the offspring. The unsaid thing that struck me about the subject which is of interest to me is how this might relate to the concept of cell memory. This is a fascinating read http://www.guardian.co.uk
4) Time for something a little edgy, over the years I have heard stories about raining fish, frogs, and the like, well it may have happened again in Australia raining fish, in the desert yet. The usual explanation for this phenomenon is a tornado, or water spout in a nearby lake or ocean, they say they eliminated that possibility. The other oddity is the fish were still alive, if they were caught in a massive updraft of some kind at seventy thousand feet they should have been frozen, or died due to lack of pressure. http://www.ntnews.com.
5) My geek link for the week is kind of a bookend link; I could have used it as a green link, that’s a first. Anyway it seems we can save toner and printer ink just by changing the font we use. This article is about how the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay is saving quite a bit of money by changing to a greener font. I think I may do the same heck if I get another 3-5% for what I do it might get me another month or two. http://www.greenbiz.com

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

Dell Small Business offers the Dell PowerEdge T105 Athlon 64 X2 2.3GHz Server for $438. Coupon code "Q5QJ$3Z5NS9Z9?" knocks it to $229. With $25 for shipping, it ties last month's mention for the best deal we've seen on this system. Sales tax is added where applicable. It features an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4450B 2.3GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, Serial ATA DVD-ROM drive, and Gigabit Ethernet. An operating system is not included. Coupon ends April 28 or after 200 uses.
best bet is the Studio One 19 Desktop Intel Dual Core 2.7GHz 18.5" Desktop PC in Charcoal (pictured) for $728 before the coupon, $546 after. With $12.95 for shipping, that's $53 under February's mention and among the best total prices we've seen for any new Studio One 19 system. It features an Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 2.6GHz processor, 18.5" 1366x768 touchscreen LCD, 3GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, dual layer DVD burner, webcam, keyboard, mouse, and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit.

Dell Home offers the 5.8-lb. Dell Inspiron 15 Pentium Dual-Core 2.2GHz 15.6" Widescreen Notebook in Jet Black for $399 with $19 for shipping. That's tied with our mention earlier in the week, since expired, for one of the least expensive Inspiron 15 laptops we've seen with a dual-core processor. Sales tax is added where applicable. This notebook features an Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4400 2.2GHz processor, 15.6" 1366x768 widescreen LED-backlit LCD, 2GB RAM, 250GB hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, 802.11g wireless, 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

Newegg has the Samsung EcoGreen F2 HD103SI 1TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive for $70 with free shipping. Features Samsung's Eco-Triangle technology, designed to use less energy in read/write and idle modes.

Staples has the Acer X223WDbd Black 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor for $140 with free shipping. Features 1680x1050 resolution, 250cd/m2 brightness, 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 5ms response time, and Energy Star rating

TradePub has the Free How to Choose a Hosting Provider that Fits Your Needs Guide. This guide will help explain the differences between the various hosting options as well as help you understand how much of your time and efforts will be focused on managing servers or driving innovators for your business

Newegg has a 100 pack HP 4.7GB 16X DVD+R Media Model 2041 for $17 + $2 shipping = $19 shipped. Ideal for general purpose recording.

HP has the HP Pavilion Elite HPE-180t Core i3 Desktop PC on sale for $550 - $20 off with coupon code DTAL89741 [Exp 4.30] = $530 with free shipping. [Compare]
Intel Core i3-530 2.93GHz, 4GB DDR3, 640GB HDD, Windows 7 HP x64
IntelHD graphics, Lightscribe 16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti, 7.1-ch sound
Integrated 10/100/1000, 6-in-1 memory card reader, keyboard and mouse

Newegg has the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1500GB (1.5TB) 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive for $110 - $15 off with coupon code EMCYRYX29 [Exp 4/11] = $95 with free shipping. This drive uses their 2nd generation Perpendicular Recording technology

Newegg has the Toshiba Satellite L505D-LS5002 15.6" Notebook for $360 - $10 off with coupon code EMCYRYX77 [Exp 4/11] = $350 with free shipping.
AMD Sempron M100 2.0GHz, 2 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD
ATI Radeon 4100, 802.11b/g, DVD-R/RW, Win 7 HP, 6 cell battery