Saturday, July 26, 2008

High-priority patch fixes critical vulns in RealPlayer | The Register

"The company says versions for Windows, Mac, Linux operating systems are all vulnerable to at least one of the flaws and that users should update as soon as possible."

If your running RealAudio you better upgrade.

Setup CCleaner to Automatically Run Each Night in Vista or XP :: the How-To Geek

If you don't use CCleaner you might want to take a look at it. I found it a year or so back. I like it a lot better than the old RegCleaner we used to use to fix the registry. CCleaner also lets you kill things in Start up.
The author also wrote "Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Run CCleaner Silently" he tells you how to run CCleaner.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Escapee ‘Spam King’ dead in apparent murder-suicide | Zero Day |

Convicted spammer Eddie Davidson, who escaped from federal prison over the weekend, killed his wife and 3-year-old daughter before killing himself in what is being described as a murder-suicide.
A SPAMMER did something right, except he killed his wife and child also. :(

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Parts of San Francisco Network Still Locked out

This story is more than a little strange. I bet in the future San Francisco city network admins have to go through very, very stringent background checks.

Microsoft Drops Player Fees On Games For Windows Live

"Games For Windows Live is 'now offering completely free online multiplayer' service, Microsoft said in a statement posted on the service's Web site. The company previously charged a monthly fee of $7.99. However, the emergence of several free online gaming services may have prompted Microsoft to drop the monthly charge."

When it works, competition can be wonderful!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Computer Mouse R.I.P. In Five Years, Experts Say

We discussed this one the on the show today. I don't believe it. Neither do most of the readers of the article according to the comments. My favorite comment:
i predict the end of analysts in five years.

HP shatters excessive packaging world record

Seeing is believing. Take a look at the picture. I thought I had seen it all. Looks like HP is not getting any awards for being "green" anytime soon. Maybe if they cut back a little on the packaging, they could even charge less. Then again, maybe not.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 07-20-08

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 07-20-08. 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.

Jack 'daWabbit' Imsdahl 1950-2008

It is with deep regret that we must inform everyone that our friend and colleague, Jack 'daWabbit' Imsdahl, succumbed to liver cancer and passed in his sleep during the AM hours on Sunday, July 20th.

Anyone wishing to send regards to Jayna, please send an email to and your comments will be forwarded to her.

There will be a Celebration of Life party in Jack's honor in Ft Worth in the near future. Details will be forthcoming.

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) Going to start off with a link sent to me by our fried Tony in California it is one of those spoof sites to sort of tweak your friends minds a little. The link is the one sent to me, you will just have to click on it to see just how well it is done, do your own at the end. I think you can have a lot of fun, of course that is if you can spell.

2) This is one for those who do not understand just how bad the economy can get. When I read this article I was torn between being scared, and thinking it was a little funny. I would think if you lived there you sure would not see the humor. Zimbabwe has just released 100 billion dollar bills, and yes that is billion with a “B”. If that surprises you how about this one of those bills is not enough to buy a loaf of bread. Worth about one dollar U.S.

3) For the first of two green links this week a site I like quite a bit. Good videos, thoughtful solutions, interesting links. They have a different way of looking at the oil problem, they show industries how they can profit by changing. When you compare the price of a barrel of oil to a wind mill, or solar panel, the ratio changes as the price of oil increases, there by making what was once costly cheaper. If we remove the subsidy’s we give to the oil companies, or start to give them to the green producers, we might have a chance.

4) Here is another green link I thought you might link it is from a radio interview I heard the other night that just floored me. Basically about converting to alcohol. I had no idea how twisted the oil problem is when viewed through the lens of history. The early Fords were alcohol cars, designed for the farms using stills to create their own fuel. It was the oil barons who sold our future for a buck. Did you know that four million dollars were donated to the probation movement by oil people, the legislation pushed through congress by wealthy oil people. Not to stop people from drinking alcohol, but to stop us from fueling their cars with it.

5) Last a link suggested by Joe, I know it was one of Jacks favorites also, he told me once that he went here daily to click the ad button. Every click helps to feed animals in need of care. I thought it might be a good time to ask those of you who might be interested to help with something he cared about.