Saturday, March 28, 2009

Windows Run Commands

There always seems to be less and less time each day to get things done. So, whenever I can, I try to find quicker ways to perform various functions on the computer. One way to do this is to be able to start different applications in Windows from the command line or the run box.
This is a very handy list if you use the Run command.

Friday, March 27, 2009

JBidwatcher - a Free eBay Sniping Program That Will Bid, Monitor Auctions and Snipe For You

I have been using JBidwatcher to snipe my bids on eBay for about four months now and it works great. If you like your bid to activate in the last few seconds of an auction this tool does it very well. It can also monitor multiiple auctions and bid on only one of many auctions to get you the best price. Download and information at the above link. Available free for Linux, Macintosh and Windows since it's Java based & Open Source.

Cornflicker and the April Fool's Day Joke of Doom (Geek News Central)

How many of the geeks out there are safe from Conflicker, a nasty little worm set to go all doomsday on us on April 1st?
This is another example of why you need to run Windows Updates and have a good current Anti-Virus.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Earth hour

Well I cannot think of a better subject for my first non-Gregg Zone post, I would have saved it, but the timing would have been late. I am referring to Earth Hour, link .This is a world wide effort to show support for saving our planet. At 8:30 PM March 28, 2009 just shut off all of your lights for one hour. That is what ever time zone you are in at 8:30 PM, shut down your lights and what ever else you might want to. Google and many satellites will be following around the world, this is going to be big, if you have not heard about it, look into it. Enough small noises can result in a great roar. A small chance for us all to make a statement, cost you nothing actually you might save a dime. Thanks for listening Gregg

Sunday, March 22, 2009

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 03-22-09

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 03-22-09. You can listen live every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM Pacific that's 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.

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) Wow this just may be it, and I mean the big it. One of the major problems with the electric car concept has always been that nasty recharging time. We have gotten so used to just going to the gas station and filling up in a few minuets. That idea of even four hours, much less overnight just did not cut it. Well there may have been a major breakthrough announced last week. How about a full recharge in nine seconds, if it works as well as it sounds that is faster than any pump I ever pulled up to. It also means you would have charging stations selling electricity instead of gas, so if you were going coast to coast, it would not be a problem, check it out here, wow can we find out where to invest a buck or two.
2) This is one that Troll sent me a week or two back, I meant to use it last week while Gail was traveling, with a cute remark of some sort, but I forgot. Getting old is a pain in the…..well everywhere. Any way it just reinforces my lack of interest in the whole cell phone thing. Title says it all $27,000.00 to watch a Bear game.
3) I was at a old favorite site a couple of days ago looking for something new about dark matter, and it dawned on me that I never put it up so I thought I would correct it here. If you have not been to the main Hubble site, you really should check it out, a lot of interesting stuff.
4) As if my mind has not been sufficiently twisted trying to keep up with what is new in technology, I had to run into this. I have been talking off and on about nano-tubes since week one or two, when I first brought up the space elevator. There have been several applications that I thought were exceptional, but this, wow. The article is about the worlds lightest material, a sheet covering a full acre would weigh one ounce. That is only the beginning, push it one way it is stronger than stainless steel. Pull it another way it stretches more than a rubber band. Apply an electrical current and it can be used as artificial muscles. Anyway here is a link to a most interesting article.
5) Not sure what to make out of this one, could go in many directions I suppose. On some levels it makes me shutter, and laugh at the same time, but the link seems to be a good fit here. Man has a USB drive embedded in his finger.