Friday, April 03, 2009

Google Makes It Easy for Blind to Dial on Touschscreens - Eyes-Free Android Project

Here's an idea whose time has come. Finally a touchscreen for a phone that blind users can use. It is good to see Google taking the lead on this.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Howto Stop Conflicker In Its Tracks Immediately | Daily Cup of Tech

Everyone is in full Chicken Little mode these days with April 1 just around the corner and the Conflicker virus poised to bring down civilization.
It's easy to protect your PC from Conflicker.

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 03-29-09

This is re-post the On Computers Radio show podcast for 03-29-09. 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.

Microsoft accidentally confirms Windows 7 RC date in May

Microsoft has posted prematurely a download page for the Windows 7 Release Candidate.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $60

Seagate Barracuda 640GB SATA 3Gbps Internal Hard Drive for $60 + free shipping Faster than the Green WD below, more cache and 110gb smaller..

Western Digital Caviar "Green" 750GB SATA Hard Drive for $60 + free shipping
Slower at 5400 RPM and less cache but more storage and quieter.

AMD Phenom II X4 2.8GHz Quad-Core Socket AM2+ CPU for $134 + free shipping, offers the AMD Phenom II X4 920 2.8GHz Quad-Core Socket AM2+ Processor (pictured), model no. HDX920XCGIBOX, for $164. Coupon code "AMD32530" drops the price to $134. With free shipping, that's $40 under our mention from last month and the lowest total price we've seen. This retail-boxed CPU includes a heatsink and fan and features four 512KB L2 caches and a 6MB L3 cache.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz Processor for $232+ free shipping
Dell Small business offers the retail-boxed Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz Processor, model no. BX80569Q9550, for $309.99. Apply coupon code "5NSKFK1HL?CRDN" to cut the price to $232.49. With free shipping,

Acer 22-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor
22-Inch LCD Monitor 2500:1 Contrast, 16:10 Aspect Ratio and 3-Year Warranty!

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) Starting off the week I need to do a follow up on the Earth Hour link I blogged on earlier in the week. I put it up on the blog early before the show, because I wanted anyone who found it to be able to observe it. The news of the event has not been easy to find tonight, as it is still going on some places. The link I posted is from the local paper about the strip, I shut down most of the house and went to the roof of the parking garage at the Palms, I hate to say it but I was disappointed. From where I was I could not see much, but I was not moved enough to go to the strip, in retrospect I should have, maybe next year. I will try to find more during the week, maybe report back next week, R.J.'s link here Also a cool picture of what the night sky should look like, also a very cool site, for astronomy geeks to find wall paper.
2) Speaking of darkness, I ran across mention of “New England’s Dark Day” in an article a while back that set me to Googling, turned out to be an interesting read. This was May 19th 1780, reported in all the papers of the time, it was pitch black at mid day. The cause has been speculated on ever since, main contention forest fires. Seems like if that was the cause it should have repeated many times since then. Link is to the most complete article I found on the subject,
3) My next link is for those who just cannot quit smoking. Seems like you may not have to, enter a technological solution. Well maybe, electronic cigarettes are hitting the market. I remember when I was smoking they came out with several fake cigarettes, they did not impress me much, maybe these are better. It has been so long I find the whole thing kind of humorous, but then I no longer have the problem.
4) For my Troll link of the week, thanks for the help Troll. I like this one a wind powered car that set a speed record, 126 mph no less that’s moving right along. While not practical for the road, I still think it is pretty cool. The power of the wind presents a fascinating array of possibilities. There is a venturi tube effect at one of the casinos caused by the shape of the building that just amazes me every time I go there.
5) Geek link of the week also thanks to Troll; seems that streaming gaming is getting a boost. An article dated last Tuesday says a new start up company OnLive launched at the game developers conference, will offer high quality gaming on low end machines via the cloud. Sounds very cool, even to me, I mean I’m still on Spider, and Minesweeper, but the article impressed me, so check it out here.