Archives for August 2004

When Your Sync Gets Sunk…

Over the weekend I found myself coming to the conclusion that using a standard POP account was becoming a real pain. Since I retrieve my e-mail on my cell, laptop, and my main desktop PC, I had to have my settings poised to delete my …continue reading

Caller ID: Do you really know who’s calling?

When a number appears on your Caller ID, you take it at face value, right? Well you might wish to rethink this policy after reading this article. Apparently it works much like an anonymizer for your telephone. I think this is pretty scary. Imagine, …continue reading

Startup fits 12-node Linux cluster on desktop board

Imagine, a 12-node Linux cluster to a single large motherboard. Though this may seem like something that would be many years off, one start-up company figured that this highly condensed idea might just pay off. If it proves to be successful, this could be …continue reading

IBM, LG winding down joint venture

I guess it is true what they say, all good things must come to an end. This proves true for the IBM / LG Electronics partnership based in South Korea. While the specifics are not being confirmed, it is possible that it has something …continue reading

Loving the Linspire Desktop

LinuxPlanet really seems to have a thing with Linspire. Granted, I have not tried it myself. However, I have found myself wondering if Linspire is really all that the they claim it is. Now let me be clear. I am talking about from a …continue reading

Broadband and Digital TV Will Drive Global Consumer Services

As broadband Internet continues on its course to becoming the “norm”, there is little doubt that companies are looking for methods to drive home a profit. I think that within the next two years, we will see services like Vonage and Skype triple in …continue reading

Controversy heats up over electronic voting machines

According to Ars Technica, about a third of the US will be using computer based voting machines come voting season. One third, people! I guess our best bet is to hope that the people that figure out a way to hack into these machines …continue reading

Best free popup blocker?

So what is the best pop-up blocker of them all? Well the guy in this post from ExtremeTech seems to be asking that same question. Personally, I believe the answer is bordering on obvious with all the press both of these options have received. …continue reading

Guinness recognises jet record

Forget supersonic jets of the past, NASA’s X-43A hypersonic aircraft has already made short work of the old Guinness Book of Records’ fastest jet in the world. The new record will make its appearance in the 2006 Guinness World Records book.

Burapha Linux 5.4

A Linux distro based on Slackware, Burapha Linux is a project from a computer science department in Burapha University, Thailand. This has to be the truest proof of hands on Linux experience that I have ever seen. From what I have read about, it …continue reading

First Implementation of Sender ID for Public Testing

Sendmail Inc. has officially released the first version of the Sender ID authentication specification for beta testing. Basically, it is like a “caller ID” for email. Believed to be a major victory in the war against spam, this authentication method could be a useful …continue reading

The Mystery of History

Is it science fact, science fiction, or something in between? This weekend, I was up north for a few days at a relatively unconventional convention. It all started a few months ago, actually, when I happened to meet Michael Tsarion (having subsequently read his …continue reading

How-To: Use a Pocket PC PDA as a WiFiphone

This article caught my attention with its interesting title; “How-To: Use a Pocket PC PDA as a WiFiphone“. Sounds pretty cool to me. Once you get started reading this article, you will learn exactly what is needed to call someone right from your Pocket …continue reading

Coming Soon: Microsoft GPS

Apparently Microsoft has decided to expand into the world of GPS (global positioning systems). I can see why this would be an attractive move for them to get into this market, however I for one have no intentions of riding. flying or having any …continue reading

Sputnik Manages FreeNet Cloud

The reports that SoCalFreeNet of San Diego, California is going to be using Sputnik software and hardware to maintain their ever-growing network of free access wireless users. Not to be confused with something from the Russian space program, Sputnik is a “San Francisco-based …continue reading


Freeware. Another follow up to my earlier posts on msconfig on Windows 2000 – if you don’t have access to a Windows XP computer, you can always use Autoruns from Systernals. Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell have been writing utilities to make …continue reading

Keyboard with 512k of memory, 700h battery life

Check this out! Looking for a keyboard with a little pizazz? Then the AlphaSmart Neo might just be what you are looking for. This bizarre keyboard mutation comes with 512k memory cache and runs on 3 AA batts. Not sure that is something that …continue reading

Store ‘n’ Go Pro flash drives

Flash drives that go zoom! The Verbatim Corp. just announced that they are offering USB thumb drives that would make any geek drool as they are worth their weight in hard drives. Storage capacities to blow ones mind along with blazing transfer speeds, this …continue reading

Search as it is Today

I guest blogged over at Backcountry Conservative (further blurring the lines between tech and politics).

I discussed the status of the search engine industry as I know it today. I’d highly recommend checking it out.

Search as it is Today

1 Click Add n Remove

1 Click Add n Remove is easy to use, it has an intuitive interface, and it guides you step by step through the process of installing and uninstalling Windows programs. 1 Click Add n Remove offers you tips and advice on the status of …continue reading

Opera serves up some mobility

Sometime ago, browser company Opera made it clear that they will not allow their browser onto mobile devices running Microsoft’s operating system. Well it looks like their day for change has finally come. According to CNET, pressure from mobile companies has convinced Opera to …continue reading

Is Microsoft Mellowing Toward Open Source?

“A recent blog posting by a Microsoft project manager spawned a blizzard of discussion on one of the Internet’s major tech forums and generated speculation that Microsoft may be ready to improve its relations with the open-source community.

Samsung to add payment function to cell phones

Samsung has decided that mobile devices ought to be able to talk to POS (Point of Sale) systems through the use of Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology. I not sure that I dig this too much. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about new …continue reading

Time for a Court Ruling on the GPL?

“Michael Newdow may not be a household name to the open-source Latest News about open source community. The California atheist sued a Sacramento school district to prevent his third-grade daughter from having to recite or listen to the Pledge of Allegiance because it includes …continue reading

A Mobile Call to Filmmakers

Catch your favorite movie moments on your cell phone? According to the Feature, this is a coming thing along with a swarm of small movie festivals designed just for your cell phone.

I must admit that this seems sort of silly to me personally. …continue reading

Linux Now top Choice of Embedded Developers

The latest embedded market research data from Venture Development Corp. shows that Linux is now firmly in first place as the operating system of choice for smart gadgets and embedded systems. VDC’s latest data indicates that Linux now accounts for 15.5 percent of embedded …continue reading

Roku SoundBridge Network Music Player – now with Wi-Fi

For those of you that are not familiar with the Roku SoundBridge network music player, it is a device that allows its user to enjoy music from just about any room in the house. Well apparently Roku has opted to offer their customers a little …continue reading

Microsoft takes on iTunes

Microsoft appears to finally be going after the growing digital music market with a planned release of a public beta of its MSN online music service.

Amsterdam Start-Up to Offer WiFi Internet

Amsterdam is known for many things. The atmosphere, the people and now it will be known for the city-wide Wi-Fi. According to Yahoo news, Amsterdam will soon become a series of localized “hotspots”. Now since something like this does take money, accessing this new …continue reading

Evil Genius Demo

Elixir Studios has recently released a demo version of their new game, Evil Genius. The game places you in the role of an evil mastermind, developing your evil lair, complete with evil traps and evil minions, allowing you to launch a host of …continue reading