Saturday, December 04, 2010

DoT exploring technology that would disable cell phones in cars

The Transportation Department is looking into technology to disable cell phones in vehicles, according to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Friday, December 03, 2010

Iran confirms Stuxnet worm halted 400 nuclear centrifuges -

Earlier in November, U.N. inspectors found Iran's enrichment program temporarily shut down, according to a recent report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog stopping 400 nuclear centrifuges. President Ahmadinejad said it "managed to create problems for a limited number of our centrifuges"
Stuxnet Worm Was Perfect for Sabotaging Iran's Centrifuges

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Net neutrality rules: coming December 21

These rules would protect consumers' and innovators' right to know basic information about broadband service, right to send and receive lawful Internet traffic, and right to a level playing field, while providing broadband Internet access providers with the flexibility to reasonably manage their networks

FTC wants "do not track" button on your browser, pronto

The Federal Trade Commission has released a report urging social networking sites to set up a "do not track" mechanism for consumers to allow them to opt out of online behavioral advertising. . This proposed list would be maintained via the very tool that tracks consumers: cookies

- US cable groups win ground on net neutrality rules

The plan, endorsed by Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, would remove uncertainty about the ability of cable companies to charge internet users and content providers for the amount of network capacity

WikiLeaks: Interpol issues wanted notice for Julian Assange Founder of Wikileaks

Guardian - Assange's details were also added to Interpol's worldwide wanted list. Dated 30 November, the entry reads: "sex crimes" and says the warrant has been issued by the international public prosecution office in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Independent - Despite accusations that Julian Assange is on the run, The Independent has learnt that Scotland Yard has been in contact with his legal team for more than a month but is waiting for further instruction

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

How to run Skype from a USB stick:

How to run Skype from a USB stick:
Running Skype from a USB stick (rather than installing it) can be very useful, because this "portable" version allows you to run Skype on any computer. If you are away from your home or office PC, you can plug your USB stick with portable Skype into any computer (internet cafe, office, friends, etc.) without needing to install Skype and use Skype as normal. Being portable, Skype runs independently without requiring or leaving any information on the host PC.
1. Make a folder named "Skype" and create a "Data" subdirectory
2. Copy the file "skype.exe" into the "Skype" directory (download the latest version for free)
3. In the "Data" subdirectory, create a text file "Skype.bat" containing: skype.exe /datapath:"Data" /removable
4. Run the program from your USB stick... (Double click Skype.exe)
Download FREE 27 page Skype Guide

Sunday, November 28, 2010

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 11-28-10

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 11-28-10. You can listen live every Sunday from 11AM to 12PM Pacific that's 2PM to 3PM Eastern. Join us for the live show and chat.

This weeks show was cut short by 6 minutes, because if technical problems.

Links from the Gregg Zone


1) Wow sometimes they come up with the perfect solution to a problem. I have been rather critical of gene mixing between species. It just seems such a slippery slope this just goes to show I have my price for jumping on board if this works as advertised I must admit I am for this idea. Trees that glow providing street lighting and producing oxygen while at the same time reducing co2. http://www.dailymail

2) I have to admit that if I had run across the concept of storm chasing in my youth it might have developed into a life path. This is a truly great site about storm tracking, stunning photography, combine with a great story, be sure to click on the pictures with links for the full panoramic view.

3) There is so much movement in the phone world I just thought when I saw this it needed to be here. You know me I am not a big mobile phone guy. This is not exactly mobile phone but, quite interesting how about the whole desk top just one big phone, sorry seems totally useless to me.

4) I was torn between this and the link I used as my green link so I just thought I would put it here. I was wondering about this concept for a while now, and I am glad to see someone doing something with it. The idea of just pumping heat energy out of the tail pipe always seemed like a waste to me.

5) Hoping not to steal any of Earl’s thunder, but tomorrow is cyber Monday so I could not resist this article about many deals for my geek spot

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

WD 2TB external $69.00 online at
Western Digital Elements 2TB External Hard Drive

the Vizio E421VA 42" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV ($528 shipped, history, compare) is an excellent choice with its wide viewing angles and built-in surround sound. Specifications

Mwave has the A-Data AC003-16G-RBL 16GB Ultra Slim USB Flash Drive Blue for $20 + $0 shipping = $20 shipped with free "M" Club membership. Includes a $2 gift coupon with purchase. Slider mechanism with retractable USB connector means no pesky cap to lose

Newegg has the Seagate ST95005620AS Momentus XT 500GB Solid State Hybrid Drive for $100 - $10 off with coupon code BTEZZYZ26 = $90 with free shipping. Features SSD-like performance with hard drive capacity, Adaptive Memory technology to optimize performance, and claims 80 percent faster performance than traditional 7200RPM drives in benchmark scores

From Gail: Amazon music sale: $1.99 MP3 albums (and how to get one free) The Get $3 in MP3 Downloads is still running.
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ShopHDE has the 5MP Mini Digital Video Camcorder for $20 - $11 off with coupon code bens3un7bmqy [200 uses] + $3 shipping = $12 shipped. Features built-in li-ion rechargeable battery, 30fps, 720 x 480 video resolution, and supports up to 32GB via MicroSD card

Circuit City has the HP G61-632NR 15.6" Athlon II M320 Notebook for $480 - $30 rebate [Exp 11/30] + $8 shipping = $458 shipped. AMD Athlon II M320 2.1GHz processor, 3GB memory, 500GB hard drive DVD Super Multi drive, ATI Radeon 4200 128MB, 720p, 6-cell, W7HP

HP Home & Home Office Store offers the HP G62t Intel Core i5 2.53GHz 15.6" Widescreen Notebook, model no. WV773AV, for $554.99 with $19 for shipping. Intel Core i5-460M 2.53GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit widescreen LCD, 3GB RAM, 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, 6-cell battery, and Win 7 HP 64bit

Dell Small Business offers the PC bundled with the Dell E1910H 18.5" Widescreen LCD Dell Vostro 230 Slim Intel Core 2 Duo 2.93GHz Desktop Monitor for $429 plus $8 for shipping. Features include an Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, 160GB 7200 rpm hard drive, DVD-ROM, Gigabit Ethernet,Win 7 PRO 32-bit.

Through 12/02, is offering over 50 different software titles for free after rebate. Titles include Norton Internet Security 2011 (3 user), Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 (3 user), Paintshop Photo Pro X3, Corel Home Suite, Berlitz Spanish Premier, and more