Thursday, May 06, 2010

New U.S. Push to Regulate Internet Access -

It was difficult to get the ultimate importance of this new rule but it looks like a good thing for us users......see the video above link. Earl

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

TECHNET Plus Subscription - 25% OFF - Software Evaluation & Technical Resources

Moicrosoft has a Deal going on for Technet Plus subscriptions at 25% off the normal price. Good until July 31st.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 05-02-10

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 05-02-10. 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) Having been a cab driver in the past I can relate to the concept of test marketing a green, or any other concept that involves moving people around. Utilizing a controlled fleet of vehicles in an urban setting that operates 24-7 makes sense. This is an article about such a project underway in Tokyo, using electric taxis with easy swap batteries. Sounds like a winner to me, hope they do well.
2) Last week I posted about the air forces new space plane, this week I found this article about how the Pentagon lost their Mach 20 Glider somewhere at sea. The phrase Mach 20 Glider caused me to do a mental double take… glider 20 times the speed of sound, did I read that correctly. Well that was what it meant, yes it is a glider, and the test was take off in California, land at an atoll 4,100 miles out in the Pacific Ocean with a 30 min travel time. But, they lost it after nine min.
3) Another example of how we are no longer leading the world when it comes to advancing space technologies anymore. Japan has just announced they will launch a space yacht this month, to sail the galaxy powered by solar particles from the sun. Makes you wonder if we will ever do anything like that, no military application why spend the money.
4) Not at all sure what to make of this virtual currency idea, after all money these days is basically a virtual currency since we went off the gold standard. And, for that matter gold only has value because we agree in aggregate to the concept, same as diamonds. So maybe this is just a first step in creating a new monetary system, look at how some third world countries use phone min to pay for groceries.
5) This is an interesting article about social media as an addictive problem facing the upcoming generations. I see this all around me these days, I see it as just another arena of the new technologies that do not fit my lifestyle. Personally I don’t have any concern one way or the other problem or no problem all the same, it is an interesting trend to watch though.

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

Dell Small Business offers the Dell Vostro 230 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.93GHz Slim Tower Desktop PC together with the Dell E2210 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor for $449 with $8 for shipping . Features include an Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz processor, 3GB RAM, 250GB 7200 rpm hard drive, DVD-ROM drive, and Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit.

New: Polaroid 8GB SDHC Card for $8 after rebate + $2 s&h
Fry's Electronics offers
the Polaroid 8GB Secure Digital High Capacity Card, model no. P-SDHC8G4-FS/POL, for $17.99 with $1.99 for shipping. (Free in-store pickup This $10 mail-in rebate cuts it to $7.99 ($1.25/GB).. Rebate ends May 31.

Tiger offers the factory-refurbished Corsair 32GB Flash Voyager USB 2.0 Flash Drive, model no. CMFUSB2.0-32GB, for $49.99. This $20 mail-in rebate chops it to $29.99 ($.94/GB). With $6.99 for shipping, factory sealed unit. A 30-day Corsair warranty is included. Deal ends May 13.

Tiger Direct has the Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM for $150 - $20 off with coupon code QUE1891 [Exp 5/7] = $130 with free shipping. [Compare]
• Windows 7 Professional 32-bit = $130 shipped w/ code SCG1888

ZipZoomFly has the Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB Hard Drive for $75 - $5 off with coupon code ZZF1104 [Exp 5/5] - $10 rebate [Exp 5/5] = $60 with free shipping. Sports a 7200RPM rotational speed, 32MB buffer, and 7.7W average power consumption at idle.

Dell Business has the Western Digital Elements 1.5TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive WDBAAU0015HBK-NESN for $120 - $20 off with coupon code R$V4SKSMSNLJ1K [Exp 5/3] = $100 with free shipping. USB 2.0 interface and backwards compatible with USB 1.1.

Tiger Direct has the Toshiba Satellite 15.6" L505-ES5034 Core i5 Notebook for $600 with free shipping.
• Core i3 330M 2.13Ghz processor, Windows 7 HP x64, 4GB memory
• 320GB hard drive, DVD SuperMulti drive, 802.11n wireless, webcam

MWave has the 18" SATA Cables 5 Pack for $2 + $0 shipping = $2 shipped with free "M" Club membership. Features data transfer speeds of up to 150Mbp/s.