Archives for May 2008

AT&T Prorated ETF Take Effect Today

Today AT&T begins prorating ETF (Early Termination Fees).  This means that any contract entered into today and after will include a clause which will lower the initial $175 early termination fee by $5 every month the contract remains active.  Any contract entered into before today will not …continue reading

Browser Speed Test

This os the test I ran on Firefox and Safari while opening this page from an empty tab with no other pages open.

Safari: 18 Sec. Firefox: 25 Sec.

Children’s birthday parties: What do you do when you’re invited to many on the same day?

Today has been one very busy day.  We were invited to two large birthday parties for our friends’ children.  Both of these families we consider close friends and want to be a part of the lives of their children.  But what do you do when …continue reading

Usain Bolt: World’s Fastest Man

Usain Bolt became the world’s fastest man. In a race that is not his specialty, Usain Bolt set the present world record:

“…The Jamaican runner, who doesn’t even consider the 100 meters his best race, set the world record tonight with a time of 9.72 …continue reading

How to Get Found Online Part 2 – Why Go Beyond Search?

So you probably already know that I’ve been out of pocket due to my on-going illness. The tide is shifting, though, and I’m having a bunch of really good days. I’m gonna continue this series now, though it may not be a daily update. …continue reading

DS Download Service inside the Nintendo Channel

I talked about the Nintendo Channel earlier this month here on my blog now I will talk more on the DS Download Service that’s inside the Channel. The DS Download Service let’s you download demos for you to try out on your DS. Now while …continue reading

CAPTCHA Broken At Microsoft – Who’s Next?

A couple of students at the School of Computing Science, in Newcastle, England, have gotten a success rate of 92% on attacking the CAPTCHA validations for such sites as Hotmail and Windows Live.

In a recently published paper they describe how it was done, and …continue reading

2008 NBA Finals on ABC

Fatigue should not be a factor in the championship series between the Lakers and the Celtics. The first game, in Boston, is not played until June 5. And the games are spaced so there is ample time to recover from one game to the next. …continue reading

Apple Missing the Mark

It is a mere oversight on my part, but disturbing none the less. It was made blatantly clear to me yesterday that, unless activated, the iPod Touch features of the iPhone are locked. What is Apple thinking? This may not appear to be an issue …continue reading

Microsoft Windows 7 – Is Touch Technology The Only Difference Between Vista & 7?

Over at ZD-Net they are sharing with all of us a press release from Microsoft which addresses the changes between Vista and Windows 7, that appears to indicate that Touch Technology will be the main difference between the two operating systems. Microsoft also goes on …continue reading

From Cryptography For NATO to Satellite Hacking

Christopher Tarnovsky has led a wild existence in the last few years. At thirty-seven, he seems to be the pre-eminent cracker of existing smart card technology.

In an amazing tale told to Wired, Mr. Tarnovsky outlines exactly how being given a satellite dish …continue reading

Joke of the Day 5/31/08

What do you do when you see an endangered animal that is eating an endangered plant?

Solid State drives are here to stay

Have been testing some Solid State Drives lately and I have to admit they are doing well in all of my performance tests. I will be touching briefly on these; there is not enough time right now to go too deep into the topic. You …continue reading

AVG 8 – More Helpful Information

I received this from reader Merna [under comments here]  and checked out the links provided. I believe for those who are having issues with AVG 8 this site may be helpful. I will also be doing a second part covering additional information. Thanks …continue reading

Why I Love Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

After reading his latest installment over at ComputerWorld, I can’t help but feel that this is one of those guys who wakes up each morning with a thought, put there by God, in his sleep. Sort of a modern day Moses, with the burning …continue reading

Rising Costs, Medical Concerns and You

To those in the medical field it has long been known that stress is the enemy of good health as it raises blood pressure, gastrointestinal disease, and tends to exacerbate mental conditions. Given that it is only a matter of time before the struggle to …continue reading

Jumble Me

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can …continue reading

Free Things to do With your Cell Phone

Cell phone companies charge for everything from information (up to $1.79 per call) to downloading ring tones.  this is a list of things you can do with your cell phone completley free of charge.  Ok, so it does use your minutes in some cases, but …continue reading

Mitsubishi 60" DLP HDTV At $1399 – Deal Or No Deal?

I received this ad this morning from Tiger Direct which is offering what appears to be a good deal on a HDTV. The ad is for a Mitsubishi 60″ DLP HDTV, with an instant discount of $200 [no rebate required] and is listed for $1399 …continue reading

3 am

So who am I? I’m somewhere between tech savvy and the average user.  Currently, I’m a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering, and I plan to use this blog to discuss anything from tech, to….well…. ramen. I’ll be working hard to take full advantage of this new blog layout, …continue reading

Sameer Mishra and ‘Numnah’

Sameer Mishra is the Scripps National Spelling Bee champion. This little clip made it to YouTube in record time. Without doubt, young Mr Mishra’s friends are going to tease him about this. Here is Sameer Mishra spelling ‘numnah’:

Now you can see why his …continue reading

Lakers Versus Celtics: David Stern’s Dream Comes True

The Lakers and Celtics pairing for the NBA championship means loads and loads of revenue. It is Commissioner David Stern’s dream come true. It matches two storied franchises with well known superstars on each team. The matchup will generate a huge viewer audience in two …continue reading

HP HDX Dragon Computer Package Giveaway!

That’s right friends – we are a part of the 31 Days of the Dragon giveaway, and that means that you (yes, you…) have the opportunity to win an amazing HP HDX Dragon computer package worth over $5,000. To see the goods, check …continue reading

Web Apps

What Web apps does everyone use, and why?

Can people please post in the comments saying what and why they use them.



Congratulations to Sameer Mishra

It was high drama and significantly difficult. It was the Super Bowl of spelling. And Sameer Mishra was brilliant:

“…The 13-year-old from West Lafayette, Ind., who often had the audience laughing with his one-line commentaries was all business when he aced “guerdon”—a word that appropriately …continue reading

Mario Kart Wii Online Play

Mario Kart Wii has a lot of things to do when you play online. You can even have another person join you in online play by doing split screen. Mario Kart Wii also has tournaments going on, so you can see if you get the …continue reading

Free Broadband – It Might Happen Here In The States

Remember back in the 1990’s when you could get free access to the Internet from a growing number of dial-up ISPs? Well these days, broadband is “it” and unlike its dial-up ancestors, today’s internet options are so restricted that it is nearly impossible to enjoy …continue reading

.Mac Question

I have back to my mac enabled on both computers under the same account. I have all the network and router settings set correctly. In this example house A is mine and B is my grandparents. I can see the computer located in House …continue reading

No BlackBerry? Your Cellphone May Do the Trick

A message for those of you with no iPhone or BlackBerry: Your cellphone is smarter than you think.

In fact, your boring old cellphone has enormous potential. Here is a guide to checking your email, looking up information and updating your calendar, just by sending …continue reading

Apparent Problem With Global Warming Climate Models Resolved

Many scientists, including Allen and Sherwood, have long argued that temperature data were flawed for many reasons such as the change of instrument design over the years. “These systems were never designed for measuring climate change,” said Sherwood. However, some global warming skeptics had argued …continue reading