Saturday, January 06, 2007

Hitachi Shatters Capacity Record with World's First Terabyte Hard Drive

Press release from Hitachi about a Terabyte (TB?) Hard Drive announced at CES.
Hitachi Shatters Capacity Record with World's First Terabyte Hard Drive

[h/t TechMeme ]

update: Wellll, apparently Seagate released the information first according to Daily Tech. Seagate Confirms 1TB Hard Disk Drive
I hadn't seen that the first time, but Techmeme referenced Daily Tech on Hitachi's TB HD.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Bribing Bloggers - So, that's why people are saying nice things about Vista.

Amazing how much "press" Free Laptops can buy... Must be nice to have them pre-loaded, so that no hardware nightmares can raise an ugly head to discourage the would be free kudos...

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Windows Vista in Your Ford?

Just what I need for my morning commute, a Vista-powered navigation and information system built into the dashboard of a new Ford. But that's what the story says will be available on two models this year and the entire 2008 Ford lineup.

So start practicing -- with one hand...assuming you use the other one on the steering wheel. And while the thought of malware taking control of my computer is disheartening, the thought of malware takig control of my car in motion is, well, a heart attack.

Net neutrality push expected to resume in Congress

The nation's soon-to-be largest telephone company may have caved to certain Net neutrality commitments for the sake of a merger blessing, but a renewed push for more sweeping rules could return to Capitol Hill as soon as this month.
If you haven't sent a letter or email to your person on Capitol Hill, DO IT NOW!
This is very important !

This worm wishes you a Happy New Year

An e-mail worm disguised as a New Year's greeting is making the rounds on the Internet.

Worm-laden messages are titled "Happy New Year" and contain an attachment called either postcard.exe or, according to experts at VeriSign's iDefense Labs, which provides information on security flaws and exploits. If the attachment is opened, malicious software is downloaded from the Internet and can infect computers running Windows operating systems.

Acrobat Reader plugin vulnerable to attacks

Security researchers are poring over what one vendor has called a "breathtaking" weakness in the Web browser plugin for Adobe Systems Inc.'s Acrobat Reader program, used to open the popular ".pdf" file format.
The problem was first highlighted by Stefano Di Paola and Giorgio Fedon, researchers who presented a paper in Berlin last week on security issues related to Web 2.0 technologies such as AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and extensible markup language).

Tuesday, January 02, 2007; Open Source as Alternative

I'm a cheapskate. You all know it and are usually too kind to rub it in (except for Joe and Riley :P ) I am also a fan of Free and Open Source software. FOSS appeals to my sense of economy and rightness. I'm not too adamant about FOSS ethics, but I do lean that way and practice them at every opportunity. And an awful lot of FOSS offerings are simply good software, meeting my needs or the needs of those I recommend it to.

I track freeware and Free and Open Source software, trying to keep up on what it does, how well it does it and what it runs on. This is real work. Once you get out of the "mainstream" of operating systems, office suites and browsers, there are no central repositories where the average Jane or John can explore FOSS alternatives productibely. Yes, I know all about and Source Forge, but those sites, good as they are, are still very much oriented toward the geeks among us. is trying to address that and to some real degree they succeed. I recommend the site. Now that you know about it, the next time you are thinking about prying open your wallet and buying software to which you really have no rights, check at and see if you can find what you need or want in the FOSS ranks. Odds are that you can. You will save money, aggravation and time. What's not to like?


Monday, January 01, 2007

Wake up: quad-core is overkill!

This confirms my thinking that the average user can now easily afford far more computing power and capabilities than they will ever need. Trust me when I say this is something very hard to communicate to many users. Evidently they think they are still in 1998 and have to buy every single FLOP they can afford in order to get anything done.

That mindset is 'way out of date and will lead to an almost uncountable amount of money being spent unnecessarily. More than ever before; users and those of us who help them make purchases need to think carefully about what they need and simply buy to fulfill their needs, plus some indeterminate amount of power to accomodate the future needs. Almost none of the users I serve needs the power available in many affordable machines now and I don't want them to pay the freight or the added energy bills over-buying will impose on them.


OnComputers Radio show Podcast 12-31-06

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 12-31-06. You can listen live every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM Pacific thats 1PM to 4PM Eastern. If you prefer, you can download the same file here via ftp.
We from the OnComputers show wish you all and happy and Safe New Years!