Tuesday, December 06, 2011
While bullish about Microsoft's prospects for selling server editions of the new Windows 8, IDC states that "Windows 8 will be largely irrelevant to the users of traditional PCs, and we expect effectively no upgrade activity from Windows 7 to Windows 8 in that form factor," according to an overview of the report by Computerworld."
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Friday, November 04, 2011
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
So, today we have some real and viable browser choices. Tom's Hardware has tested those choices and announced a winner. Chrome is coming on so fast; but I don't want to give away the winner, even though it was by a nose, so I can't say more. Go read the article.
Monday, October 03, 2011
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Dell is certainly poised to be the winner here, but I personally wonder if Win 8 jeopardize that? Like Vista, if the OS is a flop (and it is poised to be unless we can fully turn of Metro on the desktop without crippling the OS) it will hurt MS Partners, too. Remember back when they offered an XP option when you bought a Vista machine? Companies like Dell had to do that or lose sales. Will they have to do that with Windows 8, too?
As a bonus, I wonder if the Bob O'Donnell in the article is the same guy we used to listen to together. I can't prove it, but I bet he is.
Well, read the article and see what you think.
Monday, September 19, 2011
My thoughts are summed up as this: In other news, CEO attempts to put lipstick on a pig...
Friday, September 16, 2011
Now MS wants to enter the brave "old" world (after all the iPad is 1.5 years old) and has tacked a touchscreen interface on the front of what still looks like Win 7, sort of. It is a jarring and unpleasant experience. I read through the comments on this article and I laughed then I got to the one that simply asked "Microsoft Bob 2?". That nails it. If not Bob then consider this. If Vista was Me 2, maybe this is Me 3?
There is still time MS. Please reconsider and give us the choice to bypass Metro entirely. Make it a touch-tablet option. You can do it MS. Don't shoot yourself in the foot again.
If you are wondering I did download and run the Win 8 preview on Virtual Box (a virtual machine). So I have tried it. I'm sticking with 7 unless this silliness is sorted out.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Monday, September 05, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
- If residents of a chaotic Tripoli were still awake in the early-morning hours Monday, they may have read this:
"Welcome to all our brothers & sisters from inside Tripoli on Twitter... Internet returns to them first time in a long time! #Feb17 #Libya."
Cnet knows that there’s something wrong with what they’re doing, and they’re trying to deceive developers and users. On the Upload.com FAQ, there’s a note posted to let developers know why the bundling is taking place: “for the users.” Yes, Cnet thinks we’re clueless enough to believe that their motivation is really to provide users with a less painful download and installation process. Because opt-out toolbars and homepage changes make software setup less annoying."
Because it is not infrequent to download an update to some tried and true freeware from Download.com it is important to know this. I certainly do not want any software wrapped with Cnet crapware. Frankly, I'd rather have a system with micropayments for clean downloads if that is what it takes. I understand that someone pays for "free" downloads, but in this case the cost is way too high.
Monday, August 22, 2011
"A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 10th at 2 p.m. at DeYoung Shoreline Chapel, 7676 Shoreline Dr., Stockton.
If you wish to make a donation in Rick's memory, the family suggests the Assistance League of Stockton. Online guest book at deyoungchapels.com"
Many of us who were fortunate enough to attend the memorial for AlaskaJoe in Modesto were also able to visit with Rick's mother, Carol, and brother, Ron, this weekend in Stockton, CA. For those who don't know, Modesto and Stockton are very near to each other.
Here is a direct link to the Assistance League of Stockton.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
We will keep you posted with any news or updates we get them.
(email address posted with permission, via Sue)
Saturday, August 13, 2011
There will be a memorial service for Joe in Modesto, CA next Saturday, August 20th at 2:00pm. The location is a clubhouse of an area community. If anyone is interested in going, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org so we can let Shana know.
Monday, August 08, 2011
For those not in Alaska, or unable to travel to Alaska, there will also be a memorial service in Modesto, CA. No date has been set yet.
Friday, August 05, 2011
"This is Christopher Smith; Shana Smith's husband. With deepest sympathies, Joe Polinsky passed away at 9:20pm August 4th, 2011. We all love him and miss him!"
Rest in peace, Joe.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Another update. It looks like we are probably heading to the end. Joe has not been awake more than about an hour or so in the last 2 days. Nothing to eat or drink today. He is on a massive amount of pain medication and still having some breakthrough discomfort. Everyone is doing their best to keep him resting peacefully.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
British Library offers e-classics app for iPad. The British Library is making digital copies of more than 40,000 classic books available for the iPad.
From the BBC:
I though this was cool and I don't even own an i pad and it ain't free.
The British Library is making digital copies of more than 40,000 classic books available for the i Pad.
Texts appear in fully digitized form, complete with original page markings and drawings, as opposed to the plain formatting associated with other types of e-books.
All of the works date from the 18th and 19th centuries and include novels, poetry and historical accounts.
Users must pay a monthly subscription of £1.99 to access the full collection.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Recently posted on Facebook by Janet Sperber who is currently in Seattle:
Yesterday, Joe really showed signs of his decline. Sores and rashes all over legs and back due to Leukemia. Pain meds every two hrs. This past weekend he did great. We had him out in the sunshine in a wheelchair during BBQ hosted by Elk's Lodge. Yesterday, he was mostly in bed. At this point doctors trying too keep him comfortable. He is aware we are here. No solid food over two weeks. He is dying.With a followup from Joe's daughter Shana:
This is Shana, my dad is declining rapidly. I will be going back up to be with him tomorrow.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Sixteen suspected members of "Anonymous" were arrested this morning in states across the country, from California to New York, in a federal raid on the notorious hacking group.
From the BBC:
"The Commons home affairs committee also criticises News International's "deliberate attempts to thwart investigations" into hacking."
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
As luck would have it, my work brought me to Seattle this week, so I had the opportunity to see him. We had a good visit on Sunday, though I would say he was quite a bit tired and had to disappear for a little bit to go lay down and nap. My understanding from Sue is that it was one of his more "up" days. She thinks it was actually the fact that I was coming by that kept him running. Needless to say, when he was dozing off and needed to take a nap, I fully understood. I had actually not expected to be there as long as I was. While I was there, he asked me for assistance getting his laptop connected to a MiFi so he could get online, which I was happy to do for him. He did have a very difficult time typing once we got him in the chat, but he was very happy to be there and at least say hi to everyone and read everyone's best wishes. Please keep that in mind if you see him in there again, please don't rush him. Its possible he may not even say anything at all, but assume he is reading so please go ahead and say hi.
To be honest, if I had not before seen the recently posted picture of him, I don't think I would have recognized him. Besides his beard being shaved off, he has lost a lot of weight.
Unfortunately, during another visit I had with him this week, he wasn't as "spunky". He was very tired, and unfortunately, his health does seem to be declining. Here is a post from his daughter Shana that was put up on Facebook:
Also, if anyone wishes to send a card to him, they can be mailed to:
This is Shana again. Joe getting very sleepy these days., as is expected. They will be giving him an IV to administer fluids and meds to help with the nausea. Prayers are appriciated. I know if you are on this list, you mean something to my dad and he does to you as well. Thank you for your support in this very difficult time!
Seattle VAPlease continue to keep Joe and Sue in your thoughts and prayers.
1660 S Columbian Way
Seattle WA 98108
Att: Joseph Roy Polinsky CLC #106
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
This MB BTW.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
From the article: "Both companies are seeking as much as a $20 licensing fee per device from handset makers that choose to use Android. That'd be roughly double the amount that Google makes in search revenue, on average, from every Android device, according to Deutsche Bank analyst Jonathan Goldberg. Google gives away the Android operating system in hopes of generating that revenue."
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Now, from Rick:
First a disclaimer: I will not swear to the accuracy of anything here; best I recall from med school and the reading I have done for Joe and just sorta a summary off the top of my head.
This is just a short summary of the medical condition that has led our good friend AJ to find himself in his current dire medical straits, where, to be frank, with the withdraw of Dialysis treatments Joe has but days or at best weeks to live. His disease is now causing significant pain in the bones of his spine, and with the kidneys no longer filtering the metabolism products from his blood and the Narcotics used to treat his pain no longer being removed, he will just drift to a state of lesser mental acuity, and kind of a sleeping, "mead-like" not really drunkeness, but sort of lack of awareness. It really seems a pretty nice way to go, when your time is up. And in his current situation, there will be none of that shoving plastic tubes down your throat, cracking ribs with CPR, that too many people suffer in their last few moments of life in an acute care hospital as the Lord
comes to take you to his arms.
Joe has had for years a long term low grade type of blood "disorder" sort of like a low grade lymphoma where his platelet making cells are too active, they are very low grade "cancerous", one might say. His body's immune system, which is the function of the immune system, is chronically attacking these bad crazy cells, causing inflammation and scaring - and over the years, he has been on various low grade anticancer drugs to slow the crazy cells, but there really is no "kill the cancer" treatment for his condition.
Over time, with the chronic inflammation of the places you usually make white and red blood cells and other blood elements, the scaring is making your back, and your pelvis, and your sternum just scar filled spaces rather than sites of active blood element production. Thus, your normal "protected" places to make blood elements are being slowly anatomically eliminated.
In response, your spleen is getting bigger. First, it is grabbing some of these weird, large irregular atypical platelet cells and trapping them; this fills it with lymphocytes and other white cells essentially containing these low grade cancer cells.
IN ADDITION, your body has to find other places now to make your red blood cells, white cells, normal platelets, etc -- this would be the SPLEEN AGAIN, as well as spaces in the LIVER. As the spleen grows bigger, it pushes and squeezes other organs, and becomes more fragile and less effective as a lypmphocytic
organ itself. Thus, both the liver and spleen swell, becoming less efficient and more fragile to fracture from say external trauma.
So, these are definite problems. as the problem grows beyond the ability of the body to cope, and the low grade anti cancer drugs to help, the blood is more screwed up for carrying oxygen, and can get "sludgy", and all kinds of stuff. As things in your normally healthy blood become more "messed up", this is bad for all of your organs..... most specifically of concern, the heart and kidneys. So, as this disease progresses, you finally get to the stage Joe is at; you have multiple organ failure, a huge spleen, limited normal function of any organ, etc. From then on, the cause of your tiredness and lethargy is not a single problem like heart failure, but just a big blubbery mess of low efficiency and function, and in essence you just sort of "spiral down".
The usual only exception, which did not happen to Joe, is that the crazy platelet cells go totally wacky, and multiply like crazy, and fill your blood stream -- we call that LEUKEMIA... [The process is call a Blast process, as in mekakaryocytic blast cells, not as in "it's a blast to do this"] and the leukemia is pretty instant, massive, and usually you die of sepsis within a few days.
But that is pretty much the basic medical issue, best I can put it in lay terms.
Hope they do a better job in getting the identities right than they did with the lawsuits.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Joe and Sue are aware that all of the On Computers listeners are keeping them in their thoughts are are very appreciative of that fact. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts/prayers/etc as we get through the next few weeks.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Australia's two biggest telecoms companies have joined the government's A$36bn (£24bn) plan to roll-out high-speed internet across the country.
Telstra and Optus will close down their infrastructure and transfer customers to the state-owned National Broadband Network Company (NBNC).
About 60% of households have broadband, but speeds are slow compared with many industrialised countries.
The plan is to connect more than 90% of households to a super-fast network.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Have a geeky day!
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
I still get questions from people about things advertised in spam. Is this legit? I tell them, no.
If no one bought from spam that would shut it down, too. Sadly only a very, very small percentage of people have to buy from spam to make it very, very profitable. So barring people suddenly getting smarter, if we could shut down the banking end of it, it might help. Then again it might just be another form of whack-a-mole.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Days after being bought by Microsoft, Skype starts installing crapware on Windows systems without consent
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
TY rant over.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Don't know if there's a bug report, the only related thing I found was this
Originally Posted by ShadowKyuzo
But i think i just solved it here on my pc.
Do you have Compiz Settings Manager?
I did this and video playback seems normal now:
1. Go to Compiz Settings Manager
2. On the "general" options, go to COMPOSITE
3. Disable "Detect Refresh Rate"
4. Set "Refresh Rate" to 60 (or your monitor's refresh rate)
5. Go back to the "general" options and now go to "OpenGL"
6. Disable "Synchronize to VBlank"
Thanks to the original poster. It help me a bunch.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I sometimes wish that spectrum could be allocated by impartial bodies whose only concern was the best frequencies being put to work for the highest purposes. Of course with humans who want to put spectrum to use to make profits, this seems to be impossible. Still spectrum allocation by the highest bidder seems to be leaving us with a royal mess that we will all be dealing with for years to come.
I wonder what will happen if all the people in cars in Las Vegas find their GPS units become paperweights during these tests. I guarantee you they don't have the warning systems that aviation does and there may be some unhappy surprises. Nor do they have the maps in their cars that pilots have in their planes. Most people I know no longer carry a map in the car. Do you?
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Here's just hoping that MS doesn't screw it up. Hopefully they will take what users know and love about Skype and make it better. Let's also hope that they don't limit the platform to Windows either by design or neglect. Certainly MS has the people power and know-how to do Skype right, but do they have the vision? Only time will tell.
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Oh and even though it is his first name, the fact that the pilot is Captain Kirk is kind of neat.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
If you do use LastPass do change your password as soon as you can (which do to overload may be a few days).
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
"Several recent government raids on computer users suspected of sharing child porn online hit the wrong targets. Instead of getting the perpetrators, some of the raids nabbed a neighbor with an open WiFi network instead. One obvious takeaway: letting total strangers use your Internet connection for any purpose comes with some risk. But there's another lesson: IP addresses simply don't identify the people behind the computers."
I'm glad that at least some courts are taking a closer and more critical look at the issue.
Wired.com attempted to install the application on a number of devices, and was only able to do so on a Sprint-carried Evo 4G and Galaxy Tab, as well as WiFi-only products. Our Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T devices were unable to receive the app for installation.
How can people be so mean? ;) Earl
desktop, kinda macish looking, which I'm not a big fan of but, you can choose the classic (old) desktop before you log in. So, I'd say no big rush if you are happy with 10.04 or 10.10 but, worth a look to see the new type desktop.
Monday, May 02, 2011
From the article:
After learning of bin Laden's death, Sohain tweeted, "Uh oh, now I'm the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it."
Saturday, April 30, 2011
From the File menu select "Select Server...". That will take you to the "Servers" page of mIRC options.
From the list of "IRC Servers" choose the "StarChat" folder and click the "Select" button. That will take you to the "Connect" page of mIRC options.
Check that everything on that page looks correct for your Nickname. Double check that the it says Server:StarChat: Random server. Check "New Window" if desired. Click the "Connect" button.
Once connected type "/join #oncomputers" to join the On Computers room or "/join #icug" to join the ICUG room, omitting the quotation marks.
The generic connect instructions are as follows:
If you have an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client, connect to StarChat by opening the client and typing "/server irc.starchat.net" omitting the quotation marks.
Once connected type "/join #oncomputers" to joing the On Computers room or "/join #icug" to join the ICUG room, omitting the quotation marks.
To connect to the StarChat java chat open your browser and type "http://www.starchat.net/channels.php" into the address bar. Look at the list of rooms and find "oncomputers" or "icug" Click on the name of the room to join the java chat for that room.
It is a good idea to register your nick when using StarChat. The instructions from Star Chat as to how to do that are as follows:
If after you log on you are asked to identify your registered nick type in "/msg nickserv id password" without the quotation marks and your actual password instead of "password". Please be careful to make sure others do not see your password.
If you are not on AOL, Compuserv, Prodigy, or Wal-Mart Connect as your Internet Service Provider, connect to StarChat and type:
/msg nickserv register [your E-mail address here] [create your own password here]
Example: /msg nickserv register email@example.com twinkle
Use your real E-mail address as StarChat mails you an access number to complete registration. Once you receive that number, follow the directions in the E-mail to activate the nickname. You need to activate your nickname in 24 hours after you register, otherwise the registration will expire and you will need to register again.
You can find the complete StarChat help page here: http://www.starchat.net/help.htm
And you can find more advanced information here: http//www.starchat.net/services/index.htm
If you need further help with StarChat you can "/join #StarChat" which is the irc.starchat.net official help channel.
As we discussed last week, we have produced the final live edition of the On Computers Radio Show.
As we move on, we need to decommission the server that hosts our chat server and our newsgroups.
We are migrating our chat over to the Starchat IRC Network. Our new rooms are created and ready for you to join us in both #oncomputers and #icug. Connect to irc.starchat.net. Our existing chat server will be going down next Saturday, May 7. At that time, references to our chat server will be changed to point to Starchat.
Our newsgroup server, unfortunately, has not seen much traffic in recent months, and as such, we have decided to decommission it completely. It too will be going down next Saturday.
If anyone has any questions, please let us know.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
We have one of these and I can vouch for it being a nice little unit. Only we paid a whole lot more for it.
(I know Earl usually does the deals, but since this was iphone related I went ahead and posted it.)
I think the major mistake Real has made though, is in the pricing. This program should be $19 tops. It doesn't do enough to be worth what they are asking in my opinion.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Today is the end of an era. After just over 10 years, today was the last live edition of the On Computers Radio Show. We would like to thank our listeners for their continued support over the years.
Keep an eye out here, on our blog, as we will be doing the occasional podcast as well as continuing to post news items of interest.
It's been a great 10 years.
The On Computers Radio Show
The Royal Wedding by NBC is an iPad only app, but if you are going watch the nuptials later this week, this is a very nicely done TV companion app. Yeah I know it is not geek to admit I'm going to watch the big event, but heck I'm a romantic and I love weddings so why not?
Here are the links:
Crackle Web Site
The Royal Wedding by NBC
1} Now, I think this is great news. Hertz has announced that starting very soon (like next week), you will be able to rent electric cars. If you have wanted to try driving one, you may now have that opportunity. This may be a very big step allowing people to test a car for a few days to help make a large decision. http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/06/hertz-to-start-renting-all-electric-smart-fortwo-eds-next-week/
2} I thought this was very interesting, while I do not know enough people in both camps to decide for myself it seems somehow logical to me. The idea that Mac, and PC people are different seems obvious, but how and where is interesting, and may prove of use to the observant. http://mashable.com/2011/04/23/mac-vs-pc-infographic/
3) This is a video about the inner workings of Google’s data center, for those who might see that as interesting as a trip to the back gate of area 51. http://mashable.com/2011/04/22/google-data-center-video/
4) We covered passwords several times in the past. When I read this article going into the breaking of them I was sort of comforted and relieved by the difficulty, but not sure if that is dangerous thinking or not, I suppose time will tell. http://www.baekdal.com/tips/password-security-usability
5) Last link of the day, just an article about the tit for tat, Samsung /Apple law suit back and forth going on over phone design. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1379632/Samsung-sues-Apple-just-days-accused-slavishly-copying-iPhone-iPad-designs.html?ito=feeds-newsxml