Archives for July 2007

Unboxing Live 021: AXBO SleepPhase Alarm Clock

We know how much everyone loved our SLEEPTRACKER Watch review, so we made sure that when we heard about the Axbo SLEEPPHASE Alarm Clock, we got our hands on it. The SLEEPPHASE Alarm Clock works in conjunction with wireless bracelets which can be worn …continue reading

And Now, Back to “Spammers. Are. Stupid!”

So, I was at my main site, making some overdue posts when I realized there were 50 posts marked as spam in Akismet, the plugin that auto-moderates spam. I went through to scan the list as I always do when I catch it under …continue reading

Simple Ways to Backup Online

A good review by Frantic Industries

Dreaming 101: Lucid Dreaming Part One

What is Lucid Dreaming?

Lucid dreaming(LD) is the art of being consciously aware one is dreaming, while they are dreaming. It can occur spontaneously, from childhood to adulthood, often as the result of a nightmare. In ancient times, until the present, some aboriginal people’s practice/d …continue reading

Divorce Software

Perhaps, in the technological age, this software taps into the cultural zeitgeist. With divorce, there are assets to split and this software helps with sorting through that entanglement:

“The computer program combines artificial intelligence, game theory and an electronic or human external mediator to help …continue reading

The Chronicles of ShadowMyth: Faces

Images silhouetted, hazy aspects of the self…some making appearance when the mind is unaware of subtle changes in the spirit; changes I cannot see, but only feel as reality. Visions without form, words never spoken, emotions seldom formable in descriptive terms of everyday vocabularies.

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Believe The Dehype: Separation Of Media And Community

Upon receiving the invite for this week’s Seattle-area blogger meetup with KOMO TV, Dave Newton put things into perspective for the community-at-large:

I’m flattered that I made a list of Seattle area bloggers, but not starry-eyed enough to accept the invitation to come and …continue reading

Looking for Suggestions for the Flash Chat Applet used on

I have been working on the updated version of the IRC Flash Chat Applet used on Chris’ live page, and I was looking for some more feedback on the original, bugs, features, and annoyances people have with it, and what they would like done about …continue reading

Howto – Use Microsoft Baseline Security Analyser to quickly update multiple computers

Microsoft ofters a free tool that allows you to scan your computer (or via the network, any computer you have administrative authority over) for any security vulnerabilities, these include:

Administrative Setting Vulnerabilities Weak Passwords IIS Vulnerabilities SQL Vulnerabilities Missing Microsoft Updates (Windows, Office, .Net, etc) …continue reading

It’s My Damn Channel!

I haven’t had the chance to look at it yet, because I’m working my tail off this week, but I noticed a press release coming up about My Damn Channel, a new online video offering in an Associated Press article I saw on …continue reading

Kevin Garnett Goes to Boston

It is almost official – Kevin Garnett will join the Boston Celtics. All that is left are the official announcements:

“…The package going back to Minnesota, sources say, is built around two assets Wolves vice president Kevin McHale has long coveted: Al Jefferson and Theo …continue reading

2K Sports Introduces New Gameplay Features For NHL 2K8

2K Sports, the sports publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., today announced new standard setting features for NHL 2K8, the latest edition of the top rated NHL video game series*. The new ProStick gives players precision puck handling movements and all new controls intuitively …continue reading

This Cheap Laptop Won't Last!

I don’t have a problem with cheap laptops. But I do have a problem with mangled marketing messages. An email from from Tiger Direct just landed in my inbox with the title, “Hurry… $399 Laptop w/ Vista…They Won’t Last”… uhhh, okay… is that a promise …continue reading

Nanotechnology Helps Scientists Make Bendy Sensors For Hydrogen Vehicles

In recent years, Americans have been intrigued by the promise of hydrogen-powered vehicles. But experts have judged that several technology problems must be resolved before they are more than a novelty.

Recently, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have used their …continue reading

The Green Bean Revolt

It is democracy in action, even if it is played out in the lunch halls of William V. Wright Elementary School:

“LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — Even someone who believes you can fight city hall might think twice before taking on the lunch lady. But …continue reading

Microsoft Announces DirectX 10.1, New Sound Standard

Announced today, Direct X 10.1 will be available as a demo, along with XAudio 2, which will be a replacement for DirectSound.

I’m sure a lot of Vista users would be happy just getting some indirect sound.

The DirectX 10.1 model shows off a new …continue reading

Hacking the Vote

It seems that the electronic voting system in California can be hacked:

“Researchers from the University of California found IT and physical security vulnerabilities in three electronic voting systems as part of a study for the top election official of the nation’s most populous state.”

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Law & Order's Fred Thompson Auditions For The Biggest Role Of His Career

Frederick Dalton (Fred) Thompson, with his candidacy to be declared just after Labor Day, is described by Republican pollster Frank Luntz as the “Six-million-pound gorilla” of the Republican primary race. At 64 years, Thompson is best known for his role as New York CityDistrict Attorney …continue reading

Lazy Geek's Guide To Moving?

It’s taken me a bit, but I think I have it figured out. All a geek is really concerned about possession-wise is their computer equipment. So in reality, the idea of renting a dump truck with a portable conveyor belt going upward inside of the …continue reading

Mozilla Firefox v2.0.0.6

Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured Web browser that makes browsing more efficient than ever before. Firefox includes pop-up blocking; a tab-browsing; integrated Google searching; simplified privacy controls that let you cover your tracks more effectively; a streamlined browser window that shows you more …continue reading


Whether you work at a company or are self-employed, it’s almost a sure thing that you’re going to be involved in meetings and conference calls on a regular basis. After all, it’s the nature of the beast, so why fight it? Unfortunately, the time spent …continue reading

Less Television Viewing – More Internet

Are you watching less television? Perhaps you are listen less to the radio too. At home, being on the internet takes you away from the television. If the television is playing in the background, you may be multitasking but your primary focus is the computer …continue reading

Set The Default Font In Word 2007

When you create a new document, Word automatically uses a default font. If this is not the font you want to use, you can easily change it. If you are constantly changing the default font, you may want to change the default font permanently.

To …continue reading

Password Protect Your Presentation In PowerPoint 2007

PowerPoint is a great application to use for putting together wonderfully creative presentations. Imagine this though – you have just spent hours upon hours putting together the PowerPoint presentation of a lifetime only to find out that another user has come along and made some …continue reading

Comodo Firewall – On Again, Off Again

I have been working on computers for so long, that it is sometimes difficult to remember a time when I wasn’t doing some type of a build, repair or software install. I have also learned that when it comes to software, for some odd reason, …continue reading

Considerations For Running Multiple Virtual Machines Part III

In the previous installment of this article, I outlined some of the specific settings you need to pay attention to when running multiple VMs with Virtual Server 2005 R2. In Part III of this series, we’ll continue looking at various settings that may require …continue reading

‘Synthetic’ Identity Theft

This is a form of identity theft that is very difficult to detect and may not involve the immediate loss of finances. Nevertheless, the repercussions may be just as serious:

“…She was a victim of synthetic identity theft. Unlike traditional ID theft, crooks steal your …continue reading

Port Of Call And Other Outlook Adventures

I got home from work the other day, and wanted to fire off a few quick e-mails before dinner. For some strange reason, I couldn’t get any mail to send successfully from Outlook. Weird… I never had a problem before that moment. My connectivity was …continue reading

DIRT Headed To PS3 In September

Colin McRae: DIRT will launch this September for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Codemasters announced today. Thanks to a spectacular damage system, gamers will experience the game’s high impact moments through detailed visuals, force feedback steering wheel functionality and a top-spec audio system exclusive …continue reading

Big Vista Patch Coming Soon? Maybe or Maybe Not

More FUD is coming our way courtesy of Microsoft with the latest rumor being that some type of a patch or patches are currently being tested for Windows Vista. The rumor mill also has it that these patches may become available on or about August …continue reading