Saturday, April 23, 2011
Meritline has the Focus Zoom Lens Cree Q3 Flashlight in Silver (also in Black) for $10 with free shipping. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster, it features advanced focus system with a fisheye lens, 200 Lumens of output power from a white LED Cree Q3 bulb, and a black aluminum body.
Newegg has the Patriot Signature 16GB PSF16GMCSDHC43P Class 4 MicroSDHC for $25 - $5 rebate [Exp 4/24] = $20 with free shipping. Includes a full-sized SD card adapter and comes with a 5 year warranty
AMD Athlon II X4 630 Quad Core Processor $75
AMD Phenom X4 9850 Quad Core 2.50 GHz $54 $54
AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core AM3 5200+ CPU $33
AMD Phenom II X4 965 AM3 Processor $140
Newegg has the Corsair XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory (CMX6GX3M3A1600C9) for $75 - $25 rebate [Exp 4/30] = $50 with free shipping. Features timings of 9-9-9-24 with a CAS latency of 9 at 1.65 volts
Buy.com has the Kingston 32GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card - Class 6 - SD6G2/32GB for $65 - $15 rebate [Exp 4/25] = $50 with free shipping. Features storage and speed designed for high definition digital still and video cameras
Today only. Woot! has the refurbished Panasonic DMC-ZS6KCP 12.1MP Camera w/ Leica 12X Optical Zoom and HD Video for $140 + $5 shipping = $145 shipped. 12.1MP, 12x optical image stabilized zoom, 720p HD video w/ HDMI 3" LCD screen, 2GB SD card, 0.3 second AF, Intelligent Auto, Power O.I.S
eBay with Tiger Direct has the ARNOVA by Archos 501732 4GB 10.1" Android 2.1 Tablet for $170 with free shipping. Features built-in 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 1024x600 10.1" resistive touchscreen, 4GB memory, front VGA camera, G-sensor, USB 2.0 and Android 2.1 Eclair
MWave has the Avexir AVD3U13330902G-1B Budget 2GB 2048MB 240-pin pc3-10600 DDR3 1333mhz DIMM Desktop Memory Module for $15 + $0 shipping = $15 shipped with free "M" Club membership
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Friday, April 22, 2011
"Thursday's crash happened at Amazon's northern Virginia data center, located in one of its East Coast availability zones. In its status log, Amazon said that a 'networking event' caused a domino effect across other availability zones in that region, in which many of its storage volumes created new backups of themselves. That filled up Amazon's available storage capacity and prevented some sites from accessing their data.
Amazon didn't say what that 'networking event' was."
All I have to say to that is "oopsie", or should that be "giant beyond all comprehension how Amazon could have let that happen oopsie"?
Thursday, April 21, 2011
"As reported Wednesday, the two programmers presented details of an iOS 4.0 database file, usually unencrypted, created on the iPhone and then synced to a user’s Mac. This file contains thousands of time-stamped latitude and longitude pairings, apparently based on cell tower triangulation calculations. The data is a very detailed track of where the iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) has been. The programmers created an open source application, called iPhone Tracker, that plots the data on a map, so the user can see the track of the device's locations."So far I've been unable to find this file on my Windows 7 computer though I have no doubt that it exists. I'd actually enjoy seeing what is there, but I wouldn't be too happy about anyone else seeing it without my consent.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
According to the article:
Actually Dropbox has merely aligned its terms of service with reality. If you have your stuff in a safe deposit box, law enforcement can go in there to with a "valid legal process". Or they can take your hard drive with a "valid legal process". Law enforcement can also dig up your back yard with a "valid legal process". As for me, I don't have any state secrets stored in my Dropbox. Anything stored in the cloud is vulnerable not only to "valid legal process", but to anyone who finds a way to hack into and decrypt any data you store in the cloud. That's a good thing to remember.
With the new terms of service, Dropbox now says that it will “United States law enforcement when it receives valid legal process” and may, if necessary, decrypt the files in private Dropbox folders, allowing them to be read by government investigators.
Monday, April 18, 2011
As an aside, remember most browsers allow you to override the font of the web page with your own font selection. So for those with particular vision problems, I suggest setting your own default text font that will appear in place of that already selected by the web page. Also, most browsers allow you to zoom at will. I know that my mouse has a button that when pressed turns the scroll wheel into a zoom wheel. But if you don't have that try something like
Anyway, let me (and all of us for that matter) know your thoughts about it.
First it was Star Office, then it was Open Office and now it is LibreOffice. So if you are a user and haven't already, it is time to download and install LibreOffice.
That Oracle is discontinuing commercial development should come as no shock. It really was bound to happen and in the light of Open Office's successor, LibreOffice, I see this as a good thing.
For a change this app is available on many platforms, not just iOS and Android, but Blackberry, and Palm as well. Stitcher is a comprehensive aggregator of live and on demand audio feeds. It includes streaming versions of many of the top podcasts and radio shows out there. It is well laid out and hasn't crashed yet. You can save your favorites, which is a good thing since the listings are so comprehensive, it may be difficult to find something again through the menus. Of course you can always do a search.
This app does what is does very well. Oh and I almost forgot, but if you subscribe to a premium podcast that you want to hear through Stitcher, it will allow you to input your username and password for that, too. In my opinion you have everything to gain and little to lose by setting up a free Stitcher account and trying it out.
You can find it here: http://www.stitcher.com/home.php
Sunday, April 17, 2011
1) I first saw interest in this idea a couple of years ago. I was glad to see that it is still coming along; the idea here is to use a building’s windows to generate solar power. If I remember correctly the last time I referred to this idea it involved tinting the windows color, this is transparent, that looks like an improvement to me. http://www.physorg.com
2) I saw several stories on this, so there must be something to it. The idea of quantum anything seems to be almost beyond my comprehension, now add teleportation to the mix, reality is becoming science fact at an alarming rate. If this continues I may still be here to announce warp drive in a month or two. http://www.physorg.com
3) If you had any desire to visit the very room where the internet was born, this is your virtual opportunity to check it out. http://la.curbed.com
4) Sometimes the scale that mother-nature operates on just blows my mind, seems they have found a relationship between weather and tectonic plate movement. Granted it is on a geologic time scale still something about the idea caught me off guard. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/
5) As usual the geek link is something just outside of my easy reading world, my understanding of the whole virus thing is superficial at best, but I thought this might prove interesting to some. http://www.physorg.com