Saturday, February 02, 2008

Technometria: Ajax Security

"Billy Hoffman gets excited and scary while discussing how as Web sites and traditional desktop software are rapidly moving to the Web via Ajax, the transition is being made with reckless disregard for security. [runtime: 01:09:08, 31.6 mb, recorded 2008-01-23] "I found this very enlightening, and scary at the same time. As more and more websites become user configurable, aka "ajaxy," this is something that those of us on the bleeding edge of surfing web 2.0 need to be aware of. --MissM

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Friday, February 01, 2008

Smart 'Lego' conjures up virtual 3D twin

No IT angle here, folks. But there are times when stuff turns up that is just too neat not to share. This is obviously one of them.

I could think of a number of real-world uses for this sort of device. As the article points out, though, the first thing that seems to leap to the minds of readers is games. One way or another, I hope this triggers your imagination. It sure did mine.


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A tour of Google's new Experimental Search. Verdict: awesome

"Stuff" is happening at Google. Besides all this new search stuff, helpfully collated at Ars Technica, they are working up to previewing new offline capabilities for Google Apps. Just the search stuff is enough excitement for me, this week, but there is apparently more to come--soon.


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Software Tool Strips Windows Vista To Bare Bones

Using vLite, you can reduce Vista's footprint on disk by 50% or more. That still won't make it as small as XP Pro, but it is a grand start. Of course, that begs the question of whether or not Vista needs to be as small as XP Pro on disk, but evidently some folks think it at least needs a starvation diet for a while.

The appearance of vLite is just the first page in this story. I predict there will be several more tools available to do similar modifications on Vista before long. Microsoft also is saying they will make succeeding versions of Windows much more modular to allow installation customization, though as this needs to be done at the installation and MS is now restricting the number of installations one can do under their activation scheme, this may benefit only those who buy the top version(s), which plays into Microsoft's hands, rather than serving the consumer.

We will be following this one.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Microsoft : Windows 7 STILL in planning stage and will take approximately 3 years to develop.

While hardly a surprise, this is contrary to the rumors we have been hearing about Microsoft rushing to complete Windows 7 (or whatever they end up calling the next version; I vote for "Windows Recoup") in order to sort of "pave over" the problem child that is Vista.

I guess we will just have to wait and see what actually happens.


Sunday, January 27, 2008

Geek Meet 2008 will be the weekend of April 11-13 2008 in Las Vegas.

Geek Meet is ON!!!!

Here is the tentative hotel information. We have not yet signed the contracts, so please do NOT call to make reservations yet. This web page will be changed as soon as the contract is signed. (Later this week)

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 01-27-08

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 01-27-08. You can listen live every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM Pacific thats 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.

Interview with Jeremy Hague

we had an interview with Jeremy Hague from a program made to record Skype calls. This is a very cool and easy to use program.
Jeremy has set up a coupon for us:
"CallBurner Skype call recorder ( special offer: Save 10% off CallBurner ( & CallBurner ExtraHot! ( when you use this special coupon.


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