Saturday, November 21, 2009

No Telecommuting Allowed!

"Why on Earth would you hire for a job that requires someone who basically eats, sleeps and breathes online, and then demand they spend part of their time actually going to and from an office instead of being online and in touch with your customers?"

Trial/crapware banished from PCs bought from Microsoft store

"That's not really a great way to show off your new OS. After all, customers are expecting to get their new machines home and see performance from the get-go. While Microsoft can't control what makes it out the door at other retail stores, they're putting PCs they sell at their own store on an application diet."

A lot of people are buying new PC's now that Windows 7 is out. Your Windows XP PC is a bit long in the tooth! Now for under $500 you can get a new PC and LCD monitor, sometimes less.

When you get that new PC it's full of Trial/ crapware, this article has a link to help you remove it and help you install the apps you want and need, apps like Firefox, Skype, Open Office, ETC. In case you are to lazy to read this article here is the link to remove crapware.

Enjoy your new PC with Windows 7, I love mine!


Backup Your Ubuntu Machine Easily with SBackup :: the How-To Geek

"Your computer’s data is very critical and losing it can can occur due to variety of reasons. A complete (or even partial) backup of your system is always a good idea. SBackup is a tool that’ll help you backup and restore data on your Ubuntu machine with utmost ease."
With so many people trying Ubuntu these days, I though this would be a good article to post.

This is an easy way to protect your data. We all know we should always Back-Up our data regularly. ;)

This is just a copy and paste to install SBackup.


Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

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More BlackFriday Ads has a 7 Port USB 2.0 Hub with USB Cables for $9 - 15% off coupon code NM15 [Exp 11/21] = $8 with free shipping. It is powered through either the USB Bus or unobtainium.

Dell Business has the Vostro 220s Slim Tower plus Samsung 2494SW 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor for $419 + $35 shipping = $454 shipped. Add computer to cart to receive monitor. Pentium Dual-Core E5300 2.60GHz, 2GB DDR2, 80GB HDD, 16X DVD-ROM Integrated GMA X4500HD Video Card, Integrated 5.1 Channel Sound Card

Dell has the 15.6" Inspiron Laptop core Duo for $499 - $100 off coupon code 40M?6?W03KFH93 [Exp 12/4] = $399 with free shipping. Intel Pentium Dual Core T4200 2.0GHz, Windows 7 Home, 3GB, 250GB HDD Intel GMA 45 00HD video, CD/DVD Burner, Wireless, 6 Cell Battery

ZipZoomFly has the Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive for $90 - $15 rebate [Exp 12/10] + $0 shipping = $75 shipped.
These drives use less power and operate at lower temperatures and acoustics than standard desktop drives.

Acer Core 2 Quad 2.5GHz Desktop PC for $400 + free shipping
PC Connection again has the Acer Aspire M5700-E5801A Intel Core 2 Quad 2.5GHz Desktop PC, model no. PT.SB90X.009, for $399.95. With free shipping week ago for the least expensive Intel Core 2 Quad desktop PC we've seen. It features an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 4GB RAM, 750GB Serial ATA hard drive, dual layer DVD burner, integrated video plus one PCIe X 16 slot, Gigabit Ethernet, and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit. Of note, it's eligible for a Windows 7 upgrade through Acer

Dell Small Business offers its Dell Vostro 220s Intel Core 2 Duo 2.93GHz Slim Tower Desktop PC with a Dell E Series E1910H 18.5" Widescreen LCD Monitor for $399 plus $35 for shipping. . Sales tax is added where applicable. This PC features an Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, 160GB Serial ATA hard drive, DVD burner, Gigabit Ethernet, and Windows 7 Home Premium

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Anyone can try out the Office 2010 Beta for One Year

MS Office 2010 Public Beta is yours to try out for one full yuear. Here is a link to download it,

News: OCZ Technology Announces 3.5″ 1TB Colossus SSDs

Can we start throwing hard drives away now? I have not yet seen an SSD in a standard desktop system but supposedly OCZ will soon make a 1 TB SSD.....

Apple machines are less reliable - The Inquirer

"Laptops from Toshiba and Sony were nearly 40 per cent more reliable than those from HP."
This is interesting, I have been saying Dell or HP, I guess I need to rethink my recommendations. "Acer, Gateway and HP had failure rates significantly higher than the average," the report said. I know Acer/Gateway/eMachine support is not one of my favorites. I had a customer with a new Acer desktop in 6 weeks the hard drive failed, I contacted Acer for the customer and was told they (Acer) would not ship me a new hard drive we (the customer) had to ship the whole computer back to them for replacement. That cost my customer an extra $50 for shipping.
I know Riley has a Toshiba and is very happy with it and has been for a few years.

I hope my new Netbook last. I got it from Costco and they give you a 2 year warranty.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Credit Card Scam Bilking Users of "Club" fees

Just using your credit card at sites like can be dangerous if you click on any "extra" offer as the site may give your credit card number to a club that bills you every month. VIDEO

Sunday, November 15, 2009

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 11-15-09

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 11-15-09. 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) To start off the week as usual something green, or car, or the way I really like it a green car idea, or in this case a reality. Coming soon to Austin Texas, like very soon if not already there. The article I am using is from March this year, and they are calling for a roll out this fall. I am talking about “car2go” kind of like a zip car but better, and easier. With the zip you need to return it, and pay until you do. With car2go you just park it anywhere in the city limits, and you are done, just lock and leave. Sign up on line; locate a car using your phone, or computer. Reserve or just go on the fly, pay by min., hr. or day, gas, insurance, repairs, everything provided. This really sounds like a very user friendly system.
2) Sticking with favorite subjects, I am going to offer one on food. This is a very nice site for anyone who is concerned about what you eat. It is put up by Whole Foods a clickable listing of the worlds healthiest foods. There are 129 foods listed, you click on one and you get, a description, nutrient chart, health benefits, history, how to select and store, recipes, health concerns, and a reference list of where the info came from. I have not found anything as easy to use and informative when it comes to understanding what you are eating as this
3) Now we are going to step into one of the more interesting areas of the zone. There has been quite a bit of rumor, and speculation floating around the net lately about whether or not Obama is going to be the disclosure president. The entire UFO situation is going off the charts these days, for some reason the U.S. is holding back, activity worldwide is increasing expediently, and a lot of other countries are wondering what’s up with us, why are we holding back? Some of this is coming from sources not usually considered to be that far out. Like the Vatican there are some very interesting links in this article. The main argument is that they are releasing bits and pieces to prepare us for disclosure
4) Here is another extremely interesting link dealing with the subject of computers, and mind. The article titled “Mind Reading (Neural Decoding) Goes Mainstream”. Along with some very interesting reading are four super videos, the first is a segment from Sixty Minutes on what is going on in the field. I liked the part where they read Lesley Stahl’s thoughts and got ten for ten correct. The second is a video from a tech show showing “Geek Girl” using the “Star Wars Force Trainer”. The third is from Emotive on their new headset, I did a link on this last year, but they seem to have come a long way. You can use the headset to give your avatar facial expression to match yours, or in a game change the intensity of the action by its reading your thought process, even control the game with out using your hands, thought alone. And the last video is from Honda connecting your mind to a robot, wheel chair, or your house you think it is a little cool in here and the house reads your thoughts, adjusts the thermostat. Check them all out here, very cool site
5) This geek link comes from Troll, thanks again. I was particularly caught by the line Intel will pay AMD 1.25 billion dollars in cash within thirty days. Like they will just take it out of petty cash, or what. I have to admit I am not familiar with this action at all, have not had time to read the article in full yet. But, I think tomorrow I will have to check out a graph of AMD’s stock chart just out of curiosity. Sometimes numbers can be a little unsettling.