Saturday, July 17, 2010

Steve Jobs Offers Free Case and/or Bumper AND new IOS 4.0.1 OR full refund

Steve Jobs avows to take care of everone...... Video. Also - new IOS 4.0.1 to fix bug in signal strength algorithm.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Time to Trash That Old Pentium 4

I'll admit to still having Pentium 4 machines around the house. One is my original Windows Home Server. Others still run at charities I support.

Tom's Hardware did a head to head between Pentium 4 and the new Intel dual-core Atom 510. The short answer to the question "How's my P4 doing?" is to seriously look at putting that old silicon out of its misery for anything but light computing duties.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Consumer Reports: Bumpers fix iPhone 4 reception issue

The Bumper solves the signal-strength problem. So does a piece of duct tape, as we reported earlier, or just being careful how you hold the phone. But these options all put the onus on consumers to solve or pay for a fix

Mozilla yanks password-stealing Firefox add-on

"It was discovered that this add-on contains code that intercepts login data submitted to any website, and sends this data to a remote location," Mozilla confirmed. "Anybody who has installed this add-on should change their passwords as soon as possible

Class-action Suit Against Apple and AT&T gets Green Light

The lawsuit reportedly merges several suits filed by iPhone buyers starting in late 2007 and seeks an injunction to keep Apple from selling "locked" iPhones, which can be used on the AT&T mobile network only, in the United States. It also seeks to prevent Apple from maintaining its authority to dictate what iPhone programs users can and can't install on their devices.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Apple faces backlash over latest iPhone

Consumer Reports, the non-profit magazine, on Monday published a review online that stated it had tested three iPhone 4s in controlled settings and found that touching the lower left corner “can significantly degrade” the signal, causing dropped calls.

Windows XP gets yet another reprieve from Microsoft

Originally, downgrade rights — the sanctioned ability of Windows volume buyers to apply their new Windows licenses to older versions of the product — were due to expire around 2011 for Windows XP. But on July 12, the Softies gave XP yet another reprieve.
Users who purchase new PCs installed with Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate will now be able to downgrade to XP up until January 15, 2015 (for Windows 7 Professional) or January of 2020 (for Windows 7 Ultimate>

Sunday, July 11, 2010

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 07-11-10

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 07-11-10. 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.

Remember this coming Tuesday is Windows update day, do your updates!

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

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Borders has launched their eBook store, and with it they are offering over 1 million free ebooks!

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Links from the Gregg Zone

1) With the obvious direction we need to move in concerning getting off of oil there are so many interesting articles out there it is a little overwhelming at times. This one grabbed me; imagine 1,500 miles on a single gallon of gas. That is what a team in Ottawa achieved in a contest for most miles per gallon. The catch they came in second because as they put it they had an enormous gas leak. What gives me hope with this kind of research is we will need to use gas for at best another ten years; it is encouraging to think we may get the mileage high enough to make the transition easier.

2) I rarely use links involving doomsday projections, but this one just seemed to be needed. It is a very current article talking about just how bad the gulf oil situation may turn out. I have heard and read several stories on the net speculating along these lines. But, this one just sort of put into perspective how bad it could be. I guess I will just have to hope it is not going to turn out that way, but the idea that there is a precedent for this type of event I have been hearing about is scary enough.

3) Hope I am not stealing a little thunder from our newest show segment here, heck they may have beat me to the punch already. Anyway this is an article about a phone app the people at MIT have come up with that may bring a major medical boost to third world countries. They have come up with a simple device that clips onto the screen of a cell phone to analyze the vision of a person in the field. We seem to be getting a little closer to Star Trek technology every day.

4) If you think it is just cars that are moving into greener technology pastures this might make you think a little different. A electric bicycle company has new product prototype they are in process of trying out, a hydrogen powered bicycle. Looks to be a while before they can get it into production, but nice to know it may be in our future. Maybe next a Mr. Fusion bicycle running on banana peels, and old sandwiches like in Back to the Future.

5) I think this is a first a crossover geek link and a medical link. Just thought it was interesting that a computer game could save a child’s eyesight. Although it sort of makes sense, I have a feeling this will not be the last story we see about this treatment. Kind of makes me wonder if there are not more of these simple fixes out there.