Saturday, August 01, 2009

Microsoft sticker shock: Anytime Upgrade, Family Pack details

"The upgrade prices from consumer editions are reasonable; the prices for Ultimate edition are not."

Here's all the info on Windows 7 pricing you've been waiting for from Ed Bott. For those who skipped the Pre-sale in early July in favor of the family pack, it's basically a wash.

P.S. though similar, this article has more information than the article Joe posted a day or so ago.

Jury awards $675K in Boston music downloading case

Boston student who admitted downloading, sharing music ordered to pay $675K to record labels

Friday, July 31, 2009

How to avoid the “500 worst passwords of all time” - SmartPlanet

"A strong password should be two things: easily recalled by its owner and difficult to guess by someone who doesn’t know it. So even non-hackers can guess a few on the worst list."
We have talked about using a secure password on the show. Here is a site that talks about some things to do and some things not to do, in making up a password and or secret question.


Remove the usage restrictions from Adobe PDF files by sending to Gmail account

You can lift the usage restrictions from Adobe PDF files by simply forwarding them as attachments to your Gmail account and opening them in HTML mode right from your inbox. That way, you can copy whatever the ’secured’ PDF contains to a text editing program

GeekDad Parents, Kids and the Stuff We Obsess About 100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About

Very interesting article as to tomorrow's generation.....

Thursday, July 30, 2009


"CCleaner (or Crap-Cleaner as it is also known) describes its function in the title of the software. Simply put, CCleaner helps you get rid of junk and unwanted files from your PC. There are three different functions which the software can perform, two of which are very useful indeed:"
I have been using and recommending CCleaner for a while now, I like it and it does work. The new version even has an system restore button.


Windows 7 Family Pack and WAU pricing - SuperSite Blog

"Details confirming both the availability and price of the Windows 7 Family Pack and three Anytime Upgrade products for Windows 7 ... a set of product listings from Expercom includes a WINDOWS 7 FAMILY PACK/ HOME PREMIUM UPGRADE (GFC-00236) with a listed price of $136.95."

This looks like a good deal for someone that needs 3 licenses of Windows 7.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 07-26-09

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 07-26-09. 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.

“Electric Bicycle Links”

CURRIE Technologies

E-Zip 2008 Mountain Trailz Hybrid Electric Bike $298

Currie Electro-Drive Electric Bicycle Motor Conversion Kits From
Pictures Specifications and Information

The Electric Commuter Bike – Ezip Trailz

Blogger’s Review - E-Zip Trailz electric bEicycle

New Electric Bike Federal LAW

Electric Bicycles: Best Buys in Add-On Kits – Old Prices Electric Bicycles - Older but good INFO

Rise and Fall of EV Global Motors

EV Global Motors Co. Announce Recall of Lithium Batteries in Electric Bikes

Electric Star article on the Rayos Electric Bicycle

Electric Bike Conversion Kits, Crystalyte Phoenix, RoadRunner, Sparrow Hub Motors

EV Deals Motor Replacement Kits and Parts

UK Ebike with stackable Li batteries

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

Canon Laser Multifunction ImageClass D480 Copier $299.99 $149.99 after rebate at Fry’s
Kingston 8GB SDHC Card (Class 4) $17.17 Free Shipping, Jul. 23 12 PM has the Kingston 8GB Secure Digital High Capacity (Class 4) Memory Card for a low $17.17 Free Shipping.
Dell Inspiron 546 AMD Quad Core 2.4GHz Desktop PC for $429 + free shipping via 1-day
Dell Home offers its new Dell Inspiron 546 AMD Phenom X4 2.4GHz Mini Tower Desktop PC) for $429 with free shipping via overnight delivery. (You must select "Next Business Day Delivery" at checkout.) AMD Phenom X4 9750 2.4GHz quad-core processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, ATI Radeon HD HD 3200 video card, DVD burner, Ethernet, and Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit. Deal ends July 30

Finepix Z200fd 10MP 5x Zoom Digital Camera for $110 + free shipping Best Buy offers the Fujifilm Finepix Z200fd 10-Megapixel Digital Camera in Silver, model no. 15831038, for $109.99 with free shipping.. Features include 5x optical zoom, face detection, trimming mode, image stabilization, video mode, xD-Picture and SDHC card slots, USB connectivity, and more.

Samsung 22" 1080p Widescreen LCD Display for $135 + free shipping, more
Dell Home offers the Samsung 21.5" 1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor, model no. 2233SW-Dell, for $134.99. (Add it to your cart to see this price.) With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $25. Sales tax is added where applicable. Features include a 1920x1080 (1080p) native resolution, 15,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 5ms response time, 300 cd/m² brightness, and DVI (with HDCP) and VGA video inputs. Of note, this $20 mail-in rebate is available that could potentially reduce the price to $114.99. However, the rebate lists the model number as "2233SW", and the Dell product page lists this as the "2233SW-Dell". Rebate expires July 31.
Seagate Barracuda LP 1.5TB SATA 3Gbps Internal Hard Drive for $110 + free shipping offers the OEM Seagate Barracuda LP 1.5TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. ST31500541AS, for $119.99 with free shipping. Coupon code EMCLVNP28" knocks the price to $109.9
newegg CPU Roundup: AMD Phenom II X3 2.5GHz for $109 + free shipping, more discounts select retail-boxed Intel and AMD processors, as listed below. Those with coupons are for newsletter subscribers only, and expire July 29. With free shipping, each is at the lowest total price we could find. The deals:
AMD Phenom II X3 705e Heka 2.5GHz Triple-Core AM3 CPU (pictured) for $109 after code "EMCLVNP39"
Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz Dual-Core LGA 775 CPU for $119.99
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz Quad-Core LGA 775 CPU for $169.99
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz Quad-Core LGA 775 CPU for $189.99

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) I heard a rumor that Earl may be including some electric bikes in his segment, so when I ran across this article I thought it might be a good fit. With all of the talk about China becoming the next mega auto pollution country, there may be a ray of hope stirring due to a new popularity in E-bikes, and not just China, India is right there. What I like about this is that, with markets that large; and increasing interest in the U.S. we may see an increase in technology, and design, coupled with a lowering price.
2) Ever have doubts about the monies spent for space exploration, thinking we do not get much bang for the bucks we spend. Well I was listening to a radio show someone was complaining about just that. Then the interviewed guest started talking about research, and spinoffs that are regularly given away by N.A.S.A., he mentioned N.A.S.A has a yearly publication listing all of them. The publication is free if you request one, they also have a free searchable archive at the site, great item for those interested.
3) Medical advancements seem to really be taking off these days; I heard a story on N.P.R. last week about the trafficking of human organs from poorer countries to people who do not wish to wait for a donation. Taking advantage of poor people who get $10,000 for a kidney, but the brokers sell them for $100,000. An even scarier story out of China, they are using mobile death vans for capital punishment by using lethal injection, they leave the body intact for the organ trade, story here All that made this story about growing organs in the lab, look like a very good thing to me. They have already grown hearts for rats, say people coming soon,
4) Like those printable batteries this is another one of those discoveries leading to wearing your computer like a undershirt, or maybe just packing a lot of electronics for medical purposes in wearable clothing. Amazing what we can learn from observation.
5) This one has been bouncing around in my maybe folder for a while now, so I thought I would use it to day. It is about the Loebner Prize. While I would guess it is not new to most of you, it was to me. I had no idea they had a prize for A.I., but I suppose it makes sense, the x-prizes seem to get results. I would guess with A.I. realistic robo telemarketers are right around the corner. I may have to regulate my land line to the cell phone drawer.