Archives for October 2008

Logitech G51 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers $81 after rebate!

For a limited time and while supplies last, order the Logitech G51 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers for as low as $112.85 (up to 51% off) or as low as $82.85 after mail-in rebate.

The G51 is the first G-series speakers, designed specifically for …continue reading

It’s Halloween – Don’t Forget the Razorblades!

I was never much for Halloween. Yeah, I know.. you’re shocked and awed.

Much like Christmas, I enjoy it in the most crassly commercial sense. Stated another way, I’m only in it for the candy.

My wife loves Halloween. I have no idea why. …continue reading


Before blogs came into the picture, forums used to be one of the primary ways in which people communicated with each other online, and they’re still widely used today. Their popularity may have decreased somewhat because of blogs and social networks, but that doesn’t means …continue reading

The Public Relations Effort Over the Melamine Contamination

The melamine contamination in China could impact upon the profitability of international companies. One such example is Nestle, as the company mounts a security and public relations effort to control the quality and reputation of its products:

“The head of European food giant Nestle said …continue reading

Save $400 on a 50-inch Samsung Plasma HDTV

For a limited time and while supplies last, order the Samsung PN50A450 50-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV for as low as $998.99 shipped with free white glove delivery! (Up to 29% off!)

Samsung presents the next level of plasma HDTV technology and design. A …continue reading

The Unique Perspective of Senator Ted Stevens

Political perceptions often are confusing. Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska had a trial by jury regarding the reporting of financial disclosures. The jury convicted him on seven counts. The verdict was ‘guilty’.

In the face of these court events, Senator Stevens has a unique …continue reading

Contaminating the Food Chain in China

The problem with the chemical melamine can to international attention when thousands of household pets died from contaminated food. Recently there has been concern about melamine being added to milk in China. Now comes reports that melamine is throughout the food chain:

“The toxic chemical …continue reading

High School Dropout Rate – One in Four

No matter what one’s political persuasion, one is hearing campaign rhetoric about cutting government spending. One area where spending cannot withstand further financial trimming is in education. The school system simply is failing. There is ample evidence of this in the student dropout rate, which …continue reading

Sony-made Laptop Batteries Recalled

There is another recall of laptop batteries that may be a fire hazard:

“Laptop-makers including Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Toshiba are recalling 100,000 Sony-made batteries due to fears they may overheat or catch fire.”

link: Fire fear sparks battery recall

This may not be your …continue reading

Financial Woes at the Washington Post

It is a dramatic decline. The Washington Post Company is yet another newspaper organization that is struggling:

“The Washington Post Co. today reported an 86 percent decline in third-quarter earnings compared with the same period last year, as a significant loss at the flagship newspaper …continue reading

Google Sends Out Email About Advertising

I received this email from Google on Thursday afternoon:

Dear Publisher,

We understand that the recent economic turmoil has created a lot of uncertainty in the lives of AdSense publishers. During these difficult times, we’re continuing to invest in innovations that improve …continue reading

‘Guitar Hero is Not Real Guitar’

If you have played Guitar Hero or Rock Band or every talked about it, I’m sure you’re familiar with the following situation. You’re sitting there, eating your lunch while telling another person all about your Guitar Hero: World Tour purchase and how much you enjoy …continue reading

Acronis 2009 – Upgrade May Be Trial Version Key

Yesterday I received an email from reader Don Naphen referencing his experience after he upgrade to Acronis 2009. Don stated:

Hi Ron; Had quite the experience today.  Called up my Acronis 2009 program, which is their latest version.  Lo and behold, I …continue reading

Brain Patents Being Questioned

You may recall that Amazon wanted to patent the so called one click method to make a purchase on the Internet. I remember at the time thinking how ludcrious it was and that the patent should be rejected. It now seems at least one appeals …continue reading

Save up to $50 on PlayStation 3 40 GB Metal Gear Solid 4 Limited Kojima Bundle

For a limited time and while supplies last, order the PlayStation 3 40 GB Metal Gear Solid 4 Limited Kojima Bundle for as low as $399.96 (up to 11% off!)

As DVD playback made the PlayStation 2 more than just a game machine, hefty …continue reading

Secrets From Within Planets Pave Way For Cleaner Energy

Research that has provided a deeper understanding into the centre of planets could also provide the way forward in the world’s quest for cleaner energy.

An international team of scientists, led by the University of Oxford, working alongside researchers at the Science and Technology Facilities …continue reading

Red State Blue State Blues

First, it was Harry Smith with his song on The Early Show. Next it was the huge maps in red, pink, grey, light blue, and blue to show where the race might be going, and now someone has gotten an idea from the Palin household …continue reading

Anti-Inflammatory Medications May Become Schizophrenia Treatment

Many of the structural and neurochemical features of schizophrenia are present long before the full syndrome of schizophrenia develops. What processes tip the balance between the ultra-high risk states and the development of schizophrenia? One candidate mechanism is cerebral inflammation, studied by Dr. Bart van …continue reading


It’s always interesting to see how things change over time. You can focus in on certain periods of time, but once you see the big picture, everything starts to make more sense. I enjoy reading stories about these big picture accounts of how things change …continue reading

Those Wacky People at Exxon Mobil are at it Again.

It’s not that repeating the same old news stories quarter after quarter breeds familiarity or contempt, but our friends at Exxon Mobil just posted the biggest profit in US history.

This quarter’s figure surpassed even the past analyst estimates at $14.83 billion.  Some …continue reading

Progress Toward New Storage Media

In this information age, increased storage capacity is a central challenge for science and technology. A team of German and Italian researchers has pursued this by exploring the concept of “nanostructured storage domains.” As the scientists, led by Massimiliano Cavallini at the National Research Council …continue reading

Share Your Thoughts And Build A New PC

Intel and Asus have teamed up and want you to share your ideas of what a perfect PC would be. Over at their site called, users can share their ideas of what they want in a computer. It is a great opportunity to let …continue reading

Change My Mind, Give Me New Perspective

One of the things I tend to take pride in is the open minded attitude I have about life. I try to live and let live, knowing that there are many ways to live a life, that my life has been far from perfect, …continue reading

Up to 40% off Logitech Speaker System with Subwoofer as low as $61 shipped!

For a limited time and while supplies last, order the Logitech Z-4 2.1 Speaker System with Subwoofer for as low as $55.79 (up to 44% off!)

Enjoy the elegant styling and premium sound of Logitech´s Z-4 speaker system, featuring a modern, home-audio inspired …continue reading

6 Unlocked Cell Phone Deals

For a limited time and while supplies last, order the following unlocked cell phones:

Motorola RIZR Z8 Unlocked Cell Phone for as low as $206.84 (up to 48% off!)

NEC E132 Unlocked Cell Phone for as low as $54.99 (up to …continue reading

Semi-Guilty non-Guitar Pleasures

Being a guitar player above most else, my music collection tends to reflect this (to what some would say is an extreme).  After many years of playing, I discovered that every song did not, in fact, have to feature primarily guitars and solos.

It’s not …continue reading

Resistance 2 Beta

A while back I signed up to be in the Resistance 2 beta that is out right now and a couple of days ago I got an email from Sony sending me a code so I could download and play the beta.

I have played …continue reading

Study Reveals Factors Of Exceptional Health In Old Age

Elderly people who have a positive outlook, lower stress levels, moderate alcohol consumption, abstention from tobacco, moderate to higher income and no chronic health conditions are more likely to thrive in their old age, according to a study in the October issue of The Journal …continue reading

Save on Belkin KVM Switches

For a limited time and while supplies last, Save on Belkin KVM Switches with special instant savings and mail-in rebate savings.

Here’s a small sampling of the KVM deals:

Belkin F1DG102P Flip 2-Port KVM Switch with Audio Support for as low …continue reading

Halloween Cursor Themes

Want to dress up your desktop with even more Halloween goodies aside from just changing the wallpaper?  Here are some of my favorite Halloween inspired cursor themes.  These themes do require CursorFX to use, and a free version is available for download.  Check out …continue reading