Friday, August 20, 2010

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals $100 offers the Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. ST32000542AS, for $114.99. Coupon code "CLASS15" drops it to $99.99. With free shipping, that's $0.05/GB It runs at 5900 rpm and features a 32MB cache. Deal ends August 22.

Newegg has the Hitachi Deskstar H3IK10003272SP (0S02860) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive for $80 - $15 rebate [Exp 8/22] + $0 shipping = $55 shipped.

$17 PQI 8GB Class 10 SDHC Secure Digital Card for $17 + free shipping
SuperMediaStore offers the PQI 8GB Class 10 SDHC Secure Digital High-Capacity Card, model no. 6AEH-008GPR35B-32, for $20.99. Coupon code "5PPEA57C" cuts it to $17.37. With free shipping, that's $2.17/GB Coupon ends August 23. offers the ViewSonic 23.6" 1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor, model no. VA2431wm, for $188.99. Add coupon code "geico10" to your cart to cut it to $178.99. With shipping around $9, Features include a 1920x1080 (1080p) resolution, 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 5ms response time, 300 cd/m² brightness, built-in speakers, and DVI and VGA inputs.

For its "M" Club members only, offers the Zonet 802.11g Wireless Cardbus Adapter, model no. ZEW1505, for $10. ("M" Club membership is free;.) This $10 mail-in rebate drops it to $0. With free shipping, It supports WPA and 64/128-bit WEP encryption. Rebate ends August 31.

For its newsletter subscribers only, offers the Samsung SMX-F40 Secure Digital Card Digital Camcorder in Black for $169. Coupon code "EMCYWNY28" cuts it to $99. With $4.99 for shipping, . The SMX-F40 features 720x480 MPEG4 (H.264) recording, 52x optical zoom, 2.7" LCD, SD/SDHC card slot, USB 2.0 connectivity, and more. Coupon code expires August 26. has the RiDATA 4.7GB 16X DVD-R 100 Packs Cake Box Disc Model DRD-4716-RDCB100E for a good price.$15.99

HP Pavilion Slimline s5510f Desktop Computer
With AMD Athlon™ II 240 Dual-Core ProcessorItem # 505977
Compact, space-saving desktop PC $380•Large 3GB memory lets you run your demanding programs. •Huge 640GB hard drive holds thousands of songs, photos and documents. •Plays and burns CDs and DVDs.
•Memory card reader for 6 types of memory cards.
•Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit. processor speed 2.8 GHz
frontside bus speed 4000 MHz

Circuit City has the Mach Speed Eclipse V424 4GB MP4 Player for $30 - $10 rebate [Exp 9/9] + $5 shipping = $25 shipped. Features 2.4-inch color display, microSD card slot, USB connection and plays back WAV, MP3 and AVI files.

Newegg has the Aposonic A-CDBI03 Outdoor Waterproof Camera for $50 + $1 shipping = $51 shipped. Features 28 IR LEDs and has a 510 x 492 maximum resolution. Wired Camera Sensor:1/3" Sony CCD Image Sensor Video Capture Resolution:NTSC: 510 x 492, PAL: 500 x 482 Lens Type:Lens=3.6mm, F2.0 Shutter Control:Auto 1/50 or 1/60 ~ 1/100,000 Sec Power:DC 12V

MWave has the refurbished Asus 1000HE EPC1000HE-BLU002X 10" Ultra Mobile PC (Blue) for $200 + $0 shipping = $200 with free "M" Club membership. Intel N280 1.66 GHz processor, 160GB SATA HDD, 1GB DDR2 memory 802.11b/g Wireless, 6-cell (9.5 hr) battery, Windows XP Home

Newegg has the Sapphire 100292L Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) 1GB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card for $55 - $10 rebate [Exp 8/31] = $45 with free shipping. Features HDMI, D-SUB, and DVI ports, 2560x1600 offers the refurbished HP Pavilion p6347c AMD Athlon X4 Quad-Core 2.8GHz Desktop PC, model no. AY614AAR#ABA, for $389.99 plus $28.49 for shipping. AMD Athlon X4 630 2.8GHz quad-core processor, 6GB RAM, 640GB hard drive, DVD burner with LightScribe, flash card reader, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

Researchers craft algorithm to turn mesh networking green

After dismissing fiber-to-the-home as "cost-prohibitive," they suggest that a wireless mesh is the best way to solve many of the last-mile problems. In an appropriately dense environment, a few fiber-fed access points, either 4G or WiFi, could allow the signals to be propagated out through the networking hardware of individual users

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Asian Computer Shipments Signal Extended Consumer Spending Slump in U.S. - Bloomberg

At Taipei-based Acer Inc., the world’s second-largest maker of computers, sales plunged 38 percent in July from a year earlier. Micro-Star International Co., a maker of boards that connect computer components, recorded a 15 percent drop.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lawsuit: Disney, others spy on kids with zombie cookies

Disney wouldn't spy on us, would they??

Data-gobbling Android users will likely see bandwidth capped

The most obvious reason that Android users watch 72 percent of their mobile video over a 3G connection, while only 56 percent of iPhone video streaming happens via 3G, is that in addition to AT&T’s relatively new data limits, Apple and AT&T have taken steps to discourage users from streaming video over 3G. They do this by requiring some apps to use WiFi rather than 3G.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Microsoft Links New Smart Phones To Xbox Live -

Microsoft says a dedicated group inside of Microsoft Game Studios will develop video games for Windows phones, help outside game publishers and scout out small, independent game makers.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 08-15-10

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 08-15-10. 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.

Today's App Corner

Today we will be talking about IRC applications for your Smartphone.

For Android, there is AndChat. It works quite well, and has a great price, free.

For iPhone/iPad, there is Rooms. It works pretty good, but it does cost $1.99. There are versions for both iPad and iPhone.

For anyone with Windows Mobile, there is PocketIRC. This app worked well when I used it. It used to cost money, but now, its free.

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) About the most important technology necessary for the transformation of our infra-structure to a future dominated by the electric car is going to be the batteries necessary to replace the gas tank. This is a decent article about solid state batteries, there seems to be an endless array of new battery concepts these days, it is going to be interesting to see who wins.
2) Sometimes things come along that just make me think how weird the future can get, when you think about the societal changes necessary to adapt to technological advancements. In some areas like genetics it looks like a very bumpy road ahead. Interesting article here dealing with large companies patenting parts of the genetic code. At this moment they control 20% of you, and me.
3) Not sure why someone would do this, actually do the drive and everything. Usually these sorts of stunts are done for a proposal or something. I just thought it was an interesting use of Google Earth linked to a G.P.S.
4) Okay what’s up with lasers these days? I remember the first ones; we just read about them in magazines, all of a sudden I am using one as a cat toy. Now there seems to be more coming soon. When I opened this page I glanced at the picture, had to look back when I read in the caption there was someone working there. That’s one big laser they got there.
5) Ran across this and thought it might save someone a buck if I passed it on. How to properly coil the power cord for your Mac power brick to avoid damaging it. Looks to me like a way to overcome a poorly designed part of the product package.