Archive | January, 2007

What Software Programs Slow Down Your PC The Most?

Very cool article by thepcspy. The site is getting hammered right now, so check out the Google Cache of the results page. Also in the comments section of Digg folks posted their favorite utilities for cleaning garbage off your computer, it’s a great reference. Just for reference I duped the final results here, this is […]

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Casinos Stop Paying Out Jackpots: "It's a software glitch"

Let me get this straight… it’s fine for you to walk into a casino and gamble away your earnings because you are a consenting adult. The casinos have NO responsibility to warn you or tell you about machines that have “software glitches” or put a disclaimer anywhere stating that there is a X% chance that […]

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Verizon FiOS Internet Service

So I was sitting here thinking that if there was a god in heaven, I would have FiOS service available in my area… but I have no such luck at the moment. Todd Swarthout did send me an interesting resource however, it’s a Google Maps of FiOS service areas from DSLReports, very handy to see […]

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New Super Battery in the Works (This Year)

The company is called EEStore and they are being incredibly tight-lipped about their new battery technology that they are going to roll out this year into some hybrid vehicles and eventually down into consumer electronics (my guess in the next 2 years), for a quick summary of the battery tech: The company boldly claims that […]

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Stuff on My Cat

Oh god, not another site where you can’t stop browsing the pictures for hours the first time you run across it… but it’s hilarious so I can’t stop: Update #1: Ok just save yourself the time and look at the Best of 2005, example:

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Chinese Proverb: The Internet is a Series of Tubes

So we all know where that quote comes from. I was chatting with Todd Swarthout today about some of his upgrading woes that happened recently. Fortunately the light at the end of the tunnel was that after calling his ISP, it seems they doubled his download speed for +$5/mo, not too shabby. Then he threw […]

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Apple Gets the Anti-Monopoly Microsoft Treatment

Looks like Apple is getting the Microsoft-treatment from Germany, France and likely more. I’m actually happy to see this for two reasons: It is incredibly frustrating that using an iPod requires iTunes. On Linux? Tough luck. I think it’s fair that a company that completely dominates a market needs to play by some different rules […]

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Super Mr. Friendly the Cat

Everyone, meet Super Mr. Friendly the Cat:

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Toddlerpedes

This is hilarious AND scary… Wonderland has the poop:

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Why Windows Vista Sucks

IntelliAdmin put up a pretty good review of 5 things that are maddening about Vista and why it still sucks and I agree with every single one of them. I’ve ran Vista since Beta 2, and RC2 and now RTM and I will sum up the entire Vista experience for you in a nutshell: Vista […]

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Addictive Flash Game: Flash Element TD (Strategy)

Ok I’m sorry to do this to any of you that are having productive days, but this game just has me hooked and I can’t stop playing. The way it works is you build towers (a-la Warcraft) using the buttons on the right, and perform upgrades to them, and can also research new technology along […]

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The Samsung Saga

This is a great blog setup by this guy that has been, for 2 months, given the run-around by Samsung. It seems that he got a Samsung HPS-5073 that was dead on arrival, it just flickered strange images, a high pitched squeal and from what I could tell, wouldn’t display a picture: After calling his […]

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IBM, Intel, HP + Community Form 'Linux Foundation'

Interesting… it looks like the big commercial Linux folks are getting together and forming the Linux Foundation, not unlike what happened with IBM and the Eclipse Foundation. It will be nice to see more competition on this front for everyone.

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Netflix Throttling

So we’ve been customers of Netflix for a while now and always liked the service. In fact, we bumped our plan from the 3-at-a-time to the 5-at-a-time just because we were consistently not having movies for the weekend and were getting angry about it. Now after having the 5-at-a-time for a little over a year […]

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Who Will Win the HD Media Wars?

HD-DVD or BluRay? I have no idea. But ‘zzap64‘ over on AVS has an awesomely detailed analysis of the current situation including all announced movies for both formats and declares BluRay the winner. Check out a snippet: Blu-ray has 72 movies scheduled to be released with 60 of those being exclusive HD DVD has 24 […]

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Google Switch (iPhone-like Device)

Engadget has the scoop as usual… the idea being that we are all skeptical at this point and are assuming this is a photoshoped hoax, but if it’s not… that’s a slick device! Lemmings HO! They also mention that the device has GPS built in (for Google Maps) and also streams apps, contacts, information, etc. […]

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Flash Player 9 for Linux Arrives

I completely blanked on covering this yesterday. It seems that Adobe came through and released Flash 9 for Linux which has apparently been quite an undertaking for about a team of 3 or 4 guys internally for the last year to do. We appreciate it Adobe! Here is a tutorial on how to install it […]

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Applied Geometry: Costco Shopping Carts

How long does something like this even TAKE to put together? It’s not just a circle, but a damn nice looking one too:

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Wii Sports: Golf, Strange Congratulations for Hole-In-One

This is apparently the German version of Wii Sports: Golf, but still… what does “Ass” mean in German? Update #1: I’ve been spelling “Congratulations” wrong for about 6 years now… I need to get smarter…

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Nokia Aeon: iPhone Sexiness With RAZR-ish Form Factor

Techfresh has the scoop on this story. It looks like Nokia unveiled a concept phone called the “Aeon” recently, but have a look at this beauty: The key thing to recognize in the screenshots above is in the green version of the phone, notice how you have a “keypad” on the bottom then on the […]

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Best Buy Scams More Customers

In my years reading AVS I have seen time and time and time again the basic theme of “Best Buy screwed me…” reiterated throughout the posts. Wether it’s a service call that they won’t honor, or a warranty (most popular), or a unit replacement or anything else, this store runs on the corporate policy of […]

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MySQL Windows Binaries No Longer Free

Interesting. It seems the MySQL group is continuing to shrink the binaries they provide for platforms, now Windows, with the excuse of “Hey, it’s open source, go build your own binary”. I think this will give a much-deserved shot in the arm to the PostgreSQL folks for the hell of a Oracle-clone database they have […]

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Netflix Starts Internet Rentals This Week

I guess the rollout will take a few months (250k per month up to their 6 million subscribers… that’s it?), but it looks like renting online at Netflix will start this week. The way it works is depending on your account level, you get a certain number of hours of content you can rent, you […]

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Apple iPhone Does Not Support Java

Well this sucks, apparently Jobs doesn’t think much of Java: Java’s not worth building in [to the phone]. Nobody uses Java anymore. It’s this big heavyweight ball and chain. That’s unfortunate to hear, especially with Java becoming such a ubiquitous language for a lot of software, some really good on the Mac. If he doesn’t […]

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