New Vista Laptops Take Ages to Boot

The Wall Street Journal did a piece on a new Sony Vaio that the author got with Windows Vista on it and how sluggish the laptop is overall. My favorite quote from the article is: I also was shocked at how long this machine took to restart and to do a cold start after being […]

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Wear a Cup While Swiming In the Congo

Ok so this post over at Digg linked to some pictures of ended up being the Goliath Tiger fish: Which led to someone posting the Wikipedia entry for Candirú, a type of fish that is small, transparent and a parasite. It will swim into any orifice and then erect a spin that keeps it anchored […]

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Amazing Wave in Ocean

This is the exact moment, I would start crying:

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JSR 296: Swing Application Framework

Dean Iverson just put together an excellent introduction to JSR 296 (Swing Application Framework) over on his blog. For those that don’t know, JSR 296 is an attempt to create a simple application framework to build your Swing applications on top of. Word on the street is that it will be part of the Java […]

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New Theme

Ok so Breakitdownblog got a new theme thanks to N.Design Studio. Hopefully it makes things a bit easier on the eyes for all of us.

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Firefox 3.0 – All About Offline Web Applications

PCMag did a damn interesting writeup of the new features coming in Firefox 3.0, namely the offline functionality is getting a swift kick in the pants and will make the first steps necessary to allow full web-application offline application… think of Gmail offline, Google Docs, Docs & Spreadsheets, etc… all offline. It looks like the […]

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Olyphant to Play Agent 47 of Hitman Fame

Kotaku reports that Hitman is going to get made into a movie with Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47. I’ve always liked the character in the Hitman series and actually disliked the dialog they gave him and personalization that eventually leaked into his character. I envisioned him in my mind is a merciless machine with a […]

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Top 10 Horror Movie Deaths of All Time

Maxim has put together an awesome collection of the top 10 horror movie deaths of all time. As a horror movie buff (mostly for the gore) this was great.

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Server Virtualization Cuts Performance in Half

I don’t think there are too many surprises here. Using server virtualization makes managing the servers easier, but cuts performance roughly in half (43%). I never quite understood the craze with virtualization. I suppose the enterprises here are pushing this adoption, wanting to have the ability to manage their servers independent of physical boxes in […]

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HD-DVD Consortium Fires Back Against BluRay Successes

It looks like HD-DVD group is getting angry and are going to fire back in the next month or so against the success the BluRay crowd is seeing. That includes 2 new “low-cost” ($500 and $600) versions of the Toshiba HD-DVD player and then 70 HD-DVD title releases over the next 3 months or so. […]

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World Declares Shenanigans on DirecTV's "100 HD Channels" Claim

We have covered DirecTV’s lies about it’s “superior HD quality” and customer/competitor’s reactions to those claims. Now it seems that the true story behind DirecTV’s “100 HD Channels” ad campaign is out as well over at Engadget HD. As anyone that likes HD and is a DirecTV customer knows, DTV has been promising “more” HD […]

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Don't Clean Your HDTV Screen with Windex / Glass Cleaner

So you’ve heard the techies say to you for years now, but you never understood why (that goes for me to): “Don’t use Windex or anything else to clean your HDTV screen!” I really wish there were a warning somewhere prominent on the box… how’s this for a warning on a $4k TV: What you […]

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Grand Theft Auto 4 Trailer Due Thursday

1up has a story up speculating what could be improved in GTA4 with the first trailer (for the XBox 360 version?) scheduled for release this Thursday (3/29/07). I think the only thing people should be concerned with is if the franchise will add full multiplayer (versus AND co-op… almost co-op more importantly). The reason I […]

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Java Swing LNF: Nimbus

There has been some buzz recently surround a new LNF (look and feel) being worked on at Sun called Nimbus. Over all I think it looks fantastic and doing a great-looking LNF is something I’ve always wanted to do, but never set down to actually work on. Here are some quick shots of what Nimbus […]

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Choosing a Toilet

Strange topic for today isn’t it? But we all poop… so hey. I think for all the folks that live in one of the new-built homes that are going up a dime-a-dozen across America, one thing you’ll likely notice is the $50 blue-light-special toilets these builders use. One of my least favorite toilets on earth […]

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XBox 360 DVD Comparison Shot

XBox 360 DVD Playback is Trash

ExtremeTech just did an extensive comparison between the XBox 360 DVD playback (apparently either the built-in DVD drive and HD-DVD addon both produce crap) and a standard Denon DVD player. The result is that the 360 is trash. It nails a HQV (max score of 130) score of 20 (for comparison, sub-$50 DVD players from […]

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