Saturday, June 06, 2009

How the Unknown Digital TV Transition Could Screw You

As cable companies move toward their own digital transition, your tricked-out home theater setup could lose favorite TV channels and functionality

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

Brand-Name LCD HDTVs Get Cheaper
No one expects the top-shelf brands to come down in price faster than the value brands.

Samsung 2333SW 23" Widescreen Black Flat Panel LCD Monitor - Only $161.99 Use this CODE:
VBGH?K188CBWMC Dell Small Business

ASUS 24" 1080p Widescreen LCD Display with HDMI for $180 + free shipping offers the ASUS 23.6" 1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor, model no. VH242H, for $194.99 free shipping. Applying coupon code "DAD15" makes $179.99. Resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p), integrated speakers, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m² brightness, 5ms response HDMI DVI VGA

Hitachi 1TB SATA 3Gbps Internal HDD offers the OEM Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B 1TB Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. 0A38016, for $74.99 with free shipping. Coupon code "ZZFHT805" cuts it to $69.99 ($0.07/GB). has the Cavalry 2TB eSATA & USB 2.0 2 Bay External Hard Drive (CADA002SA2) for a low $179.99 after rebate. Free Shipping. 2TB capacity with built-in raid controller (raid 0,1, 0+1), mirrored, and hard drive swappable. $20 rebate Exp 6/21/09

Dell Home has the Dell Inspiron 15n Intel Dual Core T4200 15.6" Notebook Computer for $334.00. $29.00 Shipping. Tax in most.
5.8lbs; 15.6" 1366x768; Intel Dual Core T4200 @ 2.0GHz; 2GB RAM; 160GB HDD; 802.11b/g; DVD burner; Ubuntu (Linux); 4-cell battery; 1yr warranty CLICK HERE (1) Select Processor - Intel Dual Core T4200 @ 2.0GHz (+$35) (2) Click on Review tab at top (3) Click on Add To Shopping Cart The Windows OS IS NOT offered on this system.

Lots of good deals at the Fry's stores (walk-in) this weekend.

Windows 7 Upgrade Program starts June 26


At least, if you have any intentions of upgrading to Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system this. Leaked memos from Best Buy suggest that PCs purchased after June 26th will get the free upgrade to Windows 7, when available in October. That's a $110 value.

Better yet, wait a month until the best-prices-of-the-year back to school season starts in July, with a new set of products.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

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I am using this to drfrag Windows 7, I also used it for Vista. The best part is it's FREE.
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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Windows 7 Arrives October 22nd

Microsoft Corporation on Tuesday announced the date the latest version of the Windows operating system, Windows 7, will be in general commercial availability: Oct. 22. Guess that means the Release Candidate process is going well.  My reading of the 'Net tea leaves is that it's going just fine.  So mark your calendars: October 22nd is the birth of Windows 7 and the assured demise of Vista.

Meanwhile at Computex in Taiwan, Acer announced it will ship a netbook this year with Google's Android operating system.  Head up, Linux and Windows! Of course, I will predict here that by 2012 Google will be defending Android for not supporting alternative search engines in the European Union anti-trust bureaucracy's quest for competitive purity.

Lifehacker - Lifehacker Pack 2009: Our List of Essential Free Windows Downloads - Lifehacker Pack 2009

This is an interesting web site, I looked just for the fun of it. To my surprise I use most of the programs it recommends.


Monday, June 01, 2009

Windows Vista SP2: Readers Report Big Increases in Free Disk Space - PC World

"Windows Vista Service Pack 2 went final earlier this week, with numerous fixes and tweaks to improve performance, bolster security, and squash bugs. But some PC World readers are seeing another welcome change to SP2: a lot more free disk space."
Everyone should upgrade and install Vista's Service pack 2, this is just another benefit.


Sunday, May 31, 2009

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 05-31-09

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 05-31-09. 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.
The link to the web site on the video editing Greg Jetter and Buzz talked about in the third hour are at

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

New: Dell S2309W 23" 1080p Widescreen LCD Display for $169 + free shipping
Dell Home offers the Dell S2309W 23" 1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor, model no. F906G, for $169 with free shipping. That's a $20 drop since our mention from three weeks ago, although it was slightly less in April. Sales tax is added where applicable. Features include a native resolution

Altec Lansing BXR1120 2-piece Speaker System w/ iPod/MP3 Player Cradle, 6W RMS, Black $14

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) Okay this seems just a little weird, even to me. Link one from the Gregg Zone if I can find one is usually green, and a car, or power source. So this week I start off with a Hummer? Oh no Mr. Bill, well it is a 100 mpg electric hybrid hummer. When I first saw this I looked at several links that kind of put it down, but I thought where there is smoke and all. This is a possible keeper, I need to keep an eye on this company, when you go to the link be sure to watch the video, I was impressed with the potential of their product. After all I do not care if you want to drive a motor home to the 7-11 to buy beer, if it gets 100 mpg that’s okay with me.
2) Another green car link, well maybe not so green but defiantly different Seems the Termite has landed. This is about a wood burning car the article I found is here this caught my curiosity because I remember quite a while ago the news following a wood burning car cross country, but they were pulling a trailer and using a chemical reaction to create the wood gas. I have been trying to find something on that for quite a while now. If you have any info please contact me. This is the termite main page about their journey
3) This is for the news junkies, of which I am one I just found this, and I kind of like the format. Called a News Map you just move your cursor around for the headline, click on it and it will take you to the story, want to change the map just click on the subject links at the bottom. This is really just a different format for looking at the news but I have to admit I like it.
4) This is one sent to me from Troll, I am afraid I do not have much to say about it now, as I keep checking it out after dark, and looking at a black box. Due to the timing of the show I am sure I will be looking at it during my segment. I will offer more on it then. It is a Bald Eagle web cam, comments coming tomorrow.
5) Okay this is about as geeky as I get, I am not sure I am ready for this, I may request the planet stop and let me off. It is common knowledge how I feel about cell phones, and GPS they are in the same folder labeled save for next reincarnation not this time around. Now I read about cell phone enhanced reality, I am sorry when life turns into a museum tour complete with head phones telling me what I am looking at, well it is just too much. But, because this is just me doing what I do for your enjoyment, if you have not seen this check it out. Point your phone at an object, and get a history and total run down on it,