Friday, March 12, 2010

The FCC Wants You to Test Your Broadband Speeds | Epicenter |

The FCC is asking the nation’s broadband and smartphone users to use their broadband testing tools to help the feds and consumers know what speeds are actually available, not just promised by the nations’ telecoms.

I'm all for this test! I know when I lived in Big Lake, (Alaska) I was told we get 8MB downloads speeds, and I never got over 5 down when I ran a test.

I also think that you can't use a test your ISP supplies, because it might be controlled. ;)

More on this later!

Monday, March 08, 2010

5 surprising ways your TV is slowly killing you - TODAY Health

This is really scary if true. My Dad fixed TVs as a side business and we always had 3 or 4 that he picked up just for use around the house. I'm surprised I'm not dead already!

Sunday, March 07, 2010

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 03-07-10

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 03-07-10. 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) It seems like every time I go looking around these days I find some sort of new revolutionary new item that is going to solve everything regarding our energy problems. I can’t wait for one of these to start making a dent in the market. I think once one of these discoveries like the Bloom box comes out as an ice breaker, making a profit proving market concept, all heck is going to break out. Check out this new one wow!
2) This is a follow up on a link I put up a week or two back about the Nintendo game on ebay selling for $13,000 dollars. Well let’s just say it pays to have an intact factory seal. Might want to check your attic after reading this one.
3) It has been quite awhile since I put up anything about watching T.V. on the computer; this is about Hulu and sort of demonstrates the problem with the internet vs. money. What we eventually wind up with in regards to copyright laws and the internet most likely will not be anything close to what we are used to now. I am already worried, planning to remain calm, but expecting to have trouble maintaining my cool for long.
4) This is a subject I just cannot get enough of these days; I am referring to multiverse theory. The entire world of physics is in constant turmoil these days. If you are following this subject you might want to read this article. Goes into some interesting areas, like comparing infinities which may prove to solve, or at least shed some light on various conflicts.
5) I have started making my own yogurt, and kefir these days stuff I like but find expensive in the stores. Anyway, doing some basic research on probiotics I ran across this and thought I would put it up. Not many people realize just how non-human we humans are.
6) When it comes to these subjects I find out doing each other over and over, nothing competes with computer memory advances. Here is another of those just think about this a moment. I already have a 750gig hard drive, now I read this new advancement will increase that by somewhere between 1,000 and one million times. How long before there is a one million terabyte hard drive at Fry’s, for $99.99?

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

Dell Home offers the Dell Studio Hybrid Pentium Dual-Core 2.1GHz Mini Desktop PC (no monitor) in four colors (Slate pictured) for $299. With $29 for shipping,
Intel® Pentium® Dual Core T4300 (2.1GHz/800MHz FSB/1MB cache)
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
1 Year Basic Service Plan
2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz (2 DIMM)

1 WATT Alfa 1000mW USB Wireless-G Adapter AWUS036H 1w 802.11g wireless USB adapter from Alfa. This is the newest version from Alfa with a 5 dBi antenna, brand new in the retail box! It includes the adapter, a 5 dBi antenna, driver CD, and a USB cable.

Dell Small Business offers the Sharp 42" 1080p Widescreen LCD HD Television, model no. LC42SB45UT, for $549 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $69, although we saw it for $10 less last week (since expired). Sales tax is added where applicable. Features include a 1920x1080 (1080p) resolution, 8,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 500 cd/m² brightness, 6ms response time, three HDMI inputs, and VGA, component, and other video inputs. offers the Toshiba Satellite L550-ST2743 Pentium Dual-Core 2.2GHz 17.3" Widescreen Notebook in Graphite Gray, model no. PSLW0U-0FJ03T, for $509 with free shipping

Newegg has the Centon moVex Black 4GB MP3 Player 4GBMP3-001
for $16 with free shipping. It plugs directly into a USB port for easy file transfer. It runs on a single AAA battery for up to 10 hours of audio playback

HP has the HP Pavilion Elite HPE-180t Core i3 Desktop PC for $750 - $200 off instantly - 5% off with coupon code SVMC84425 [300 uses] = $512 with free shipping. Start with the base configuration and be sure to add the free upgrades. Intel Core i3-530 2.93GHz, 4GB DDR3, 640GB HDD, Windows 7 HP x64
Intel HD graphics, Lightscribe 16X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti, 7.1-ch sound
Integrated 10/100/1000, 6-in-1 memory card reader, keyboard and mouse

Newegg has Crucial JDOD8GB-730 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $16 with free shipping. Features a blue LED data transfer indicator and a 2 year warranty.

ZipZoomFly has the Hitachi Deskstar 0F10311 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (Bulk) for $148 - $15 rebate [Exp 3/15] = $133 with free shipping. Has a rotation speed of 7200RPM, 32MB buffer, 8.2ms average seek time, and uses a 5 platter design.

ZipZoomFly has the Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB SATA Hard Drive WD15EARS (Bare Drive) for $105 - $15 rebate [Exp 3/31] = $90 with free shipping. Features a large 64MB buffer, 100MBps internal data transfer rate, and is covered by a 3-year warranty