Archives for November 2004

This is Barking Awesome

How are my dogs feeling right now? Here, let me find out… ah, they’re in a playful mood. I can’t read minds – but I can read LCD screens. There’s a new product on the market called the Bow-lingual. Gag gift? Yes and no. …continue reading

Gmail Still Has Some Growing To Do!

I’ve been enjoying my Gmail account for some time now. All in all, the good people at Google have made some really great strides with pushing the Web mail envelope. Address importing, inviting your friends, use of filters versus folders; the list of goodies just …continue reading

FastCache Tales Of Woe

Welcome to Just Ask Matt! – The IT industry’s answer to the help column, only slightly more medicated. Today, Hal writes:

A month or so back, Chris suggested people give FastCache a try. For some time now, it has worked really well. But when I …continue reading

Build Your Own Arcade Kit

Now here is a truly innovative idea! Create your own arcade kit, where do I sign up? Actually, I am a bit suspicious as to how difficult this truly is. According to the description, you can ‘effortlessly’ create your own arcade system right there in …continue reading

Halo 2 Excel Workbook

It’s no secret: I suck at Halo. I suck twice as much at Halo 2. Thank goodness our friend Sean Alexander found the Halo 2 Excel Workbook:

For the Halo 2 fan who REALLY needs to prove what a bad-ass he/she is not …continue reading

Knight Beast Damsel 1.5.3

Knights and Damsels galore! This Knight Beast Damsel game looks like it might just be a fun way to kill off an afternoon on a lazy summer day. Described as a bit of a brain teaser, I would have to say that the description …continue reading

The Linux Show is dying

The Linux Show — an original Internet radio offering — is shutting down. It’s been part of the Linux and Internet scene for seven years, but it has run into financial difficulties and lack of sponsors make it impossible to continue.

If You Have a Computer Connected to the Internet, You Must Read This Book!

Anyone who is even remotely interested in the spam issue, how spammers work, why spammers spam, and, perhaps most important, how the rest of us are contributing to the problem, and what we can do about it should run, not walk, to their closest bookstore …continue reading

Paper Mario: The thousand- year door

Nothing says ‘Nintendo’ like taking on the Mario persona and saving the Princess from the evils of the Mario world. In the latest incarnation of the Mario series, Paper Mario, you are a two dimensional characters.

According to the article at Seattle PI, the …continue reading

OEM prices for 16x DVD burners rapidly decreasing, more price cuts to come

It was bound to happen. It is about that time of year that we see hardware prices start coming down a bit. It would appear that DVD burners are no exception to this rule either.

According to, Taiwanese manufacturers are beginning the price …continue reading

Around the World, With 13 Fuel Tanks and a Single Seat

Burt Rutan is at it again… Free registration required to read the article. From the New York Times, by Matthew L. Wald

Outsiders look at the GlobalFlyer, a single-seat airplane designed to make the first solo, nonstop, unrefueled flight around the world, …continue reading

Toshiba SD-H400 DVD-Tivo

TiVo without the fee? You bet! According to this article at Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools, you can get one of these TiVos for about $210. Since I am a Satellite user, I am content to continue using the one that I have with Directv.

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Casio Exilim EX Z50 Review

Earlier this year, Casio introduced the 4-megapixel Exilim Zoom EX-Z40, a thin-bodied digital camera with a large 2-inch TFT LCD screen. This successful model has now been followed up by the 5-megapixel Casio EX Z50 and Z55 models. Both of these cameras represent all the …continue reading

Hardware slump predicted

It always comes down to who can do it faster and more often than not, cheaper. The Inquirer reports that we will likely see another Hardware sales slump that will mean a ‘crash and burn’ for select hardware manufacturers.

While this is a shame …continue reading

SoftPerfect Network Protocol Analyzer v2.1

SoftPerfect Network Protocol Analyzer is an advanced, professional tool for analyzing, debugging, maintaining and monitoring local networks and Internet connections. It captures the data passing through your dial-up connection or network Ethernet card, analyzes this data, and then represents it in an easily readable …continue reading

AirMagnet, Engim Partner for Three Radio Platform

Engim and AirMagnet are going to be working closely together to bring us a powerful three-radio-in-one solution. Wi-Fi Networking reports that Engim’s chipsets have the capability of bringing multiple wireless solutions into one design.

Now AirMagnet comes into the loop in the problem prevention …continue reading

Film studios snub Sony DVD format

Looks like HD-DVD is taking the lead with the movie studios. According to the BBC, Sony’s new DVD format was given the thumbs down by three Hollywood studios. Personally, I am surprised, but have decided not to rule out Blu-ray just yet.

Sony’s DVD …continue reading Pins Wi-Fi Woes on Sprint Communications

I think that this move by Sprint really stinks. Apparently there have been issues connecting to the Wi-Fi access points at enabled locations. I can only imagine the frustration of this as the customer goes to login only to get nowhere fast.

Sprint …continue reading

Linux+ Certification Opportunity

Certification vendor CompTIA is revamping their Linux+ certification, and they’re looking for user feedback on their new tests. The beta test period has been extended through 12/31/04, during which you can take the test for only $75.00 (approximately half off if I remember right).

Burn Rubber

Do you ever find yourself searching for a file you know is on your hard drive somewhere? Or maybe you need to find a file on the network, and you don’t know where it is? Tired of using Windows file search and find it horribly …continue reading

Why Modern Marketing Loves Open Source

There is little doubt that Open Source has truly changed the face of Online marketing. No longer are we only bound by pop-up ads and banner ads. No, these days we use the ultimate targeting method available to us – word of mouth.

Firefox …continue reading


The world is a surprisingly small place, and as a species, we’re unusually messy and destructive. But the last few years have seen an impressive increase in awareness of the importance of recycling. Instead of just throwing things away as soon as we’ve finished with …continue reading

MasterYourWindows v5.3

MasterYourWindows is a system check tool that continuously checks auto-run-entries, BHOs, etc. You can deactivate or delete the entries to detect or get rid of viruses, trojans, and hijackers. It will auto-maximize selected application windows, as well as auto-minimize or close annoying dialog windows, applet …continue reading

Tom's Hardware Guide

When you’re in the market for some new hardware, how do you usually go about buying it? Do you just walk into your local computer store, close your eyes, and point at a random product? If you do, then you’ve probably experienced some major heartache. …continue reading

Tackling the Scanner

Q: I just purchased a scanner, and I’m going to try to scan in a bunch of my family photographs. I don’t know anything about scanning, but I really want to make sure that my picture scans come out as good as they possibly can. …continue reading

Houses Full Of Mouses

Instead of considering broad issues, today I will concentrate on a single part of the problems some seniors have becoming comfortable with using a computer: the mouse. Achieving unconscious skill with the mouse and clicking is essential, yet we tend to forget that this is …continue reading

Lock Down Those Samba Shares

Anyone running a mixed environment including Linux/Unix and Windows machines is undoubtedly familiar with Samba, the Open Source software package that allows SMB/CIFS clients to access shares on Linux/Unix machines. However, just as Windows File & Print Sharing, aka NetBIOS, needs to be locked …continue reading

Windows Server 2003 Security Templates

Security Templates are basically subsets from the overall Group Policy menu that are security specific. Security Templates are basically examples of various granularly-applied security features. The idea is that, instead of manually building a security policy and run the risk of missing a vital element …continue reading

Certification Success – Certificates Part II

Windows Server 2003’s implementation of PKI offers several options and configuration features that enhance both the security of the data and communication, but also user functionality and ease-of-use.

As in real life, Certificates aren’t just granted for anything and everything. Instead, they are usually requested …continue reading

Securing Secure Digital

I picked up a 1GB SD card the other day… for $60 and a $15 mail-in rebate. I only have one device that supports Secure Digital at the moment, but it seems to be the “removable media” of choice for products today. I’m not …continue reading