Wednesday, August 12, 2009

DailyTech - Texas Judge Bans Microsoft From Selling Word in the U.S.

"Microsoft's Office 2003 and 2007 wove XML into Word, with the introduction of .docx, otherwise known as Office Open XML, as the format of choice."

You should notice no more Microsoft Office will be sold until this is worked out. That could be a real boost to Open Office and it's free for the download and most people can't tell the difference between Microsoft Word and Open Office writing program.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

First Wi-Fi pacemaker in U.S

Aug 11 - After relying on a pacemaker for 20 years, Carol Kasyjanski has become the first American recipient of a wireless pacemaker that allows her doctor to monitor her health from afar -- over the Internet. VIDEO Article

Panasonic, NEC unveil 9 Linux phones

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Panasonic Corp and NEC Corp unveiled nine new cellphone models on Tuesday that run the open-source LiMo operating system, wireless Linux group LiMo said.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Is Updated with New Default Options

"Microsoft is offering users the upfront option of making Internet Explorer 8 their default browser, or else staying with a rival browser, as part of a Patch Tuesday update. The new version of IE 8 comes as Microsoft finds itself losing browser market share to Firefox and other rivals, and negotiating with European antitrust officials over the inclusion of IE 8 in the upcoming Windows 7."

Didn't we always have the option of what is our default browser? What is so special about this update? I think we are all getting Internet Explorer 8 weather you want it or not.

Remember to do your Windows updates today!


You Deleted Your Cookies? Think Again

I've known about this for a while, but if you didn't, or if you just want more information about "Flash" cookies, read this.

As to Flash itself, I wish it would go away forever. It has constant security holes, and needs constant updating for security reason. Sadly, half of the web doesn't work without it.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Patch Tuesday Will Soon Be Here - Computing News - Digital Trends

"Five of the patches are deemed critical, three of them affecting Windows Vista, Windows XP and Server 2008 users. Windows 2000 and Server 2003 are vulnerable to four of the flaws, while the last of the critical vulnerabilities affects Office XP, 2003 and the Client for Mac component."
Tomorrow is Patch Tuesday, don't forget to do your Windows updates.


Sunday, August 09, 2009

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 08-09-09

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 08-09-09. 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) This is a green site that I hope will be a trend setter, I very much like the whole concept of goofing around with stuff in the backyard, I very much like green stuff, I like saving money by doing things cheap using DYI. This guy wraps it all up, and he is even using EBay to support his hobby, this guy could be a hero in my book. The whole thing just fits my style, makes me long to give up my condo for a backyard.
2) This is one that I consider a ray of hope, sent to me by Earl I was very happy to read that there is serious movement going on by the administration regarding changing over to electric cars. The new administration is releasing 2.4 billion in stimulus monies to promote this new industry, news article here Earl also sent me this from San Diego California, they are testing an answer to one of the major stumbling blocks to setting up an electric car recharging grid, this is a very promising idea
3) A few years back there was a big deal about the “Taos Hum”, a generic term for one of those unsolved mysteries; it was heard in various locations around the country. Well it seems scientists have found what they consider the answer; I like it when they find the answers for these anomalies. Kind of like the traveling rocks in Death Valley, the Nazca Lines in Peru, even if I choose to harbor some doubt, well that’s just me. Story here
4) This is one close to the edge, but that is where I like to hang out. Right out of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey seems a photo of a monolith on Mars has shown up. The site here has a CNN interview with Buzz Aldrin referring to another monolith on Phobos a small moon of Mars. Sometimes the movies seem to predict our future, makes you wonder where the writers get their material.
5) This is another of those geeky, techie items that just sort of blew my mind. Not to sure how many applications this will have, but the implications seem endless when it comes to possibilities. We are talking about a tactile hologram, the demonstration video and article shows being able to feel holographic rain drops on your hand. Sort of adds thoughts of magic motion rides at amusement parks, game writers should have a field day, remote surgery, maybe pet the dog while you are away, I will leave the thoughts of porn sites to your imagination. Anyway a very interesting new technology coming soon, check it out here