Saturday, April 25, 2009

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

ZOTAC GF8200-A-E AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Micro ATX Motherboard $49.99AR Free Shipping, Apr. 25 2 PM
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Newegg has the ZOTAC GF8200-A-E AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard, for a low $49.99 after rebate. Free Shipping. Tax in CA, NJ, TN, PR.
Add a processor: Newegg has the AMD Phenom 9950 Agena 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor, for a low $104.99 after $25 off Coupon Code: AMD42325 (Exp 4/30) Free Shipping. Tax in CA, NJ, TN, PR.
$15 rebate Exp 4/30/09

Deal at Western Digital Caviar GP 750GB Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. WD7500AACS, for $59.99 with free shipping ($0.08/GB). That ties a mention from two weeks ago for the lowest total price we've seen for a 750GB 3.0Gb/s hard drive. This "green" product promises reduced power consumption compared to other models by up to 50%. It runs at 5400 rpm and features a 16MB cache.

Deal at Western Digital Caviar GP 750GB Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. WD7500AACS, for $59.99 with free shipping ($0.08/GB). That ties a mention from two weeks ago for the lowest total price we've seen for a 750GB 3.0Gb/s hard drive. This "green" product promises reduced power consumption compared to other models by up to 50%. It runs at 5400 rpm and features a 16MB cache. Outlet Sale: Hard drives from $50 + $8 s&h
Maxtor OT4 Mini 160GB External for $49.99
Maxtor 500GB IDE Hard Drive Kit for $69.99
Seagate FreeAgent Desktop 500GB USB 2.0 External for $79.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB IDE Internal for $89.99
Seagate FreeAgent Desktop 750GB USB 2.0 External for $89.99
PNY GeForce 9400 GT 512MB PCI Express Card for $20 after rebate + free shipping offers the PNY GeForce 9400 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card, model no. VCG94512GXEB, for $44.99. This $25 mail-in rebate chops it to $19.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we've seen for any GeForce 9400 GT 512MB by $17. This HDCP-ready video card features two dual-link DVI-I outputs with a maximum resolution of 2560x1600, 550MHz clock

Acer X233Hbid 23 inch Widescreen LCD Monitor $179.99 + $2 Shipping, Apr. 25 6 AM
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TigerDirect has the Acer X233Hbid 23" Widescreen LCD Monitor for a low $179.99. $1.99 Shipping. Tax in FL, NC, IL.
1920 x 1080; 5ms; 40000:1 (ACM); 300nits; HDMI, DVI, VGA

Windows XP will be Integrated Into Windows 7

Windows 7 is approaching its official release date not too long from now, and this week Microsoft unveiled one of the "secret" technologies that will ship with Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate. Called XP Mode or XPM for short, the new feature essentially virtualizes the legacy Windows XP operating environment within Windows 7

Friday, April 24, 2009

Microsoft Watch - Business Applications - Office 2007 SP2 Arrives in Two Weeks

Office 2007 SP2 Arrives in Two Weeks
"Service Pack 2 adds the ability to open, edit and save documents in version 1.1 of the OpenDocument Format for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. These applications now let users save, open, and edit files as OpenDocument Text (*.odt), OpenDocument Spreadsheet (*.ods), and OpenDocument Presentations (*.odp)."
If your running Office 2007 you need to do your Microsoft updates and get this Service Pack.

Security outfit calls for roll back of IE - The Inquirer

"INSECURITY OUTFIT Kaspersky Labs is apparently so alarmed that so many of its customers are reporting problems with Microsoft's Internet Exploder 8 that it is advising them to roll back to IE7."
Have you tried Internet Explorer 8 yet? You might want to hold off for a little while. I am running IE 8 but only use IE when I need Active X (like in Microsoft updates)


Ubuntu 9.04 as slick as Windows 7, Mac OS X | Business Tech - CNET News

"Here's what the official press release won't tell you about Ubuntu 9.04, which formally hit the streets overnight: its designers have polished the hell out of its user interface since the last release in October."

Here is your chance to play with Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope" . You will need to download the ISO then burning the image to a CD (I use image burn) then just boot to the new CD you burned. If you want to install it on your computer, just click the icon on the Ubuntu desktop. If you only want to play with Ubuntu, when your finished just reboot and take the CD out.
Have fun with Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope"

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Stop using Adobe Acrobat Reader - The Inquirer

"INSECURITY OUTFIT F-Secure has warned people to stop using Adobe's Acrobat Reader and switch to using an alternative PDF reader until the company sorts out its security.

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of F-Secure, told a briefing of journos that nearly half of hacker attacks this year exploited holes in Acrobat Reader, while six vulnerabilities have been discovered that target the program.

He said that users would be better off with an open sauce flavour of PDF reader."

I have been using Foxit reader for years, It's free.


Run Ubuntu as a Portable App on Windows! | Daily Cup of Tech

"Portable Ubuntu for Windows provides the user with the ability to install Ubuntu on a Windows machine and do pretty much everything that you can do on a regular Ubuntu machine! And, you can do the install to a USB device so that you can take your Ubuntu with you and run it from any Windows machine you want!"
This is very cool tool/toy. If you have it on Windows XP: Just click on run_portable_ubuntu.bat and the whole thing will start. In Vista it take a little more, but not a lot.
The second YouTube video shows you how it works. It's very cool!

Monday, April 20, 2009

» Here It Comes: an Internet Sales Tax » Blog Archive   Alice Hill’s Real Tech News - Independent Tech

With states needing as much revenue as possible during this recession, it looks like Congress is now ready to move in the direction of creating a sort of “Internet sales tax,”

It looks like the government wants more of our money. A national sales tax. Up here in Alaska we don't have a state sales tax, however now we might have to pay an internet tax for anything we buy online. I don't like it, but I can see the writing on the walls. (or on the invoice)


Sunday, April 19, 2009

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 04-19-09

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 04-19-09. 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.
1) To start off the week something while not to glamorous, but something with great potential, normally the term scum is not greeted with, “gee that might save the world’’, but then think about “the meek will inherit the earth”. It has always been the simplest concepts that have made the largest changes. Most really great ideas have started as simplistic concepts that were improved on to create great advances. This may be just more, after all the oil we use is the same product, except it takes millions of years, as opposed to less than one. Interesting article here
2) I ran across a mention of the Lyrid meteor shower looking for something to post I found this site; it has a daily what to look for in the night sky broken down for the week. I thought that was kind of cool just check in once in a while to see if there is any thing coming up.
3) I have a cousin who is an avid railroad guy; I ran across this and could not resist sharing it. While I am not sure how many of you out there have an interest in the subject, maybe like me you know someone like my cousin who shares this passion, if so they would surly like this link. Even if it is not your particular cup of tea, you must admit it is the best of its kind.
4) While I am not to sure what I think about this, when I read it I just had to use it. The idea that space can have a smell strikes me as extremely odd. After all how can nothing have a smell, the whole concept of space actually being a vacuum is being challenged on several levels, maybe there is more to this than meets the eye. Can human senses really be more perceptive than our instruments? Interesting article here
5) This granted is a pretty strange idea, and most people would just chuckle and go on about their business, to me it shows just how much the internet can be dangerous. After all when one looks at it with just a little bit of questioning, we say this is something that only the severally challenged would be swayed by. But when you look at the numbers it can be a little scary. As an example look at the political inferences put out over the net, the over the top strangeness of what is out there is alarming. No basis in fact at all, but presented as a fact, complete lies where is this headed. This is just an example, but