Archives for February 2009

Einstein’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches


Universal Studios’ new studio re-do: Harrison console powered by Linux.  Wow…

Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) Alpha 5

Video: Ted Ts’o on Ext4, BtrFS, First Steps with Linux

Thunderbird 3, Beta 2 available.

Dog, missing 9 years, returned to …continue reading

Time to Look North

This country is so busy usually telling the rest of the world how to live, yet somehow we aren’t always doing the best at setting the example. A look at the Wall Street meltdown might serve as a primer of what not to do.

Our …continue reading

NIMH AA Batteries

While I’m a big fan of rechargeable NiMH AA batteries, I’ve noticed something odd (and quite honestly, disappointing) in the last few months. A bunch of the NiMH AA batteries here at ranchero indebto are draining awfully quickly. This problem  cropped up with the NiMHs …continue reading

Toward Better Speech

Poor speech has become something that is on the mind of many. Perhaps it is because we just finished eight years of having a president that couldn’t string five coherent sentences together at one time to save his life. Perhaps it is because we have …continue reading

Using Double Quoted Identifiers In Linked Servers

The other day I was trying to obtain connection information from master.dbo.sysprocesses via a linked server call using SQL Server 2005. So the statement I was running looked like this: INSERT INTO connection SELECT DISTINCT [name], hostname, program_name, loginame, nt_username, net_address, last_batch,  getdate() FROM OPENQUERY(“SQL1V01″, ‘SELECT d.[name], p.hostname, p.program_name, p.loginame, p.nt_username, p.net_address, …continue reading

Hearst To Launch Wireless E-Reader

We have all read recently of some of this countries largest and most famous newspapers going under. Lack of revenues have forced some of the oldest, Colorado Rockies since the 1860’s, to close shop. The Heart publishing giant has also come under the gun and …continue reading

Vista Wins Another Award

Microsoft must be very proud. Its Vista operating system is winning international awards now. Who would have thought that this scrappy little operating system that gets no respect in the United States would rise to be honored in the international arena?

from Scientific American

It’s …continue reading

Can Someone Steal Your Car With Another Remote?

Most newer vehicles now come with key less remotes that at a click of a button open up your vehicle. So I found it interesting over the weekend when someone asked whether another remote could open their car? You see, once you have been labeled …continue reading

2-28: Sword Swallowers Awareness Day


New XFCE release is out (4.6.0)

updated desktop, panel, rewritten multiple display+clock setup, kill unresponsive windows, faster session manager – take the tour….

Making NetworkManager work with suspend/resume

VMware, Novell hatch virtual appliance scheme

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Are Japanese Mobile Devices Cooler Than The iPhone?

From the perspective of available applications and abilities, the iPhone is impressive to be sure. But as it turns out, rumor has it that collectively speaking, the Japanese are less than impressed with the famed Apple Mobile phone. So unimpressed in fact, that …continue reading

Windows 7 or Snow Leopard…?

Both companies, Microsoft and Apple, have announced their new operating systems: Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard. With both companies competing for sales, Apple has proved to be a clear winner with OS X Leapord over Microsoft’s disappointing Windows Vista. With the release …continue reading

The One Time I’m Like Rush Limbaugh

Limbaugh doesn’t want President Obama to succeed. For me, I think that President Obama is a breath of fresh air, and wish him every success. On the other hand, I fervently hope that Windows 7 fails miserably. Not because I have that many problems with …continue reading

Has April Fool’s Day Arrived Early?

After seeing the features included with the Pomegranite smart phone, I think so:

But it’s a very clever promotion.

A Fast Five For You

Got an extra Mac laying around? Set up an awesome media center with Boxee… and I mean awesome.

We all have too much stuff on our drives. We all want bigger drives. Find out what the largest files taking up space on your Mac …continue reading

Take A Survey – Win An Xbox 360 Elite

Welcome to the Chris Pirillo TD visitor survey. Please help us to make our site even better by answering some questions about your technology needs. As a thank you for participating in the survey, you can enter a drawing for a chance to win …continue reading

Chris Pirillo TD Visitor Survey

Welcome to the Chris Pirillo TD visitor survey. Please help us to make our site even better by answering some questions about your technology needs. As a thank you for participating in the survey, you can enter a drawing for a chance to win …continue reading

Global Seed Vault Marks 1-Year Anniversary

Four tons of seeds — almost 90,000 samples of hundreds of crop species — from food crop collections maintained by Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, USA, and three international agricultural research centers in Syria, Mexico and Colombia, were delivered today to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault as …continue reading

CO2 Drop And Global Cooling Caused Antarctic Glacier To Form

Global climate rapidly shifted from a relatively ice-free world to one with massive ice sheets on Antarctica about 34 million years ago. What happened? What changed? A team of scientists led by Yale geologists offers a new perspective on the nature of changing climatic conditions …continue reading

Why California Should Consider Australia’s Wildfire Policy

Even as debate rages over the safety of Australia’s “Prepare, stay and defend, or leave early” policy of wildfire defense, fire researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and in Australia say that the strategy is worth consideration in California and other regions in the …continue reading

Yahoo Fires First Shot Across Google’s Bow

Remember Yahoo? They are the original company that started the entire search thing on the Internet. They are also the company that Microsoft threatens to buy weekly. Now with a new CEO at the helm they are now getting serious and have decided to become …continue reading

Tough Talk from Yahoo

After the shake ups and changes at Yahoo, the new CEO, Carol Bartz, is talking tough about the future at her new company. The talk about brand identification is rather odd, considering how little the name Yahoo means to most these days. Most people seem …continue reading


There are a lot of tools that make the skill of programming desktop software accessible to many people, but developing Web applications is still intimidating in a lot of ways. Plenty of options exist, but newcomers need something that is easy and produces immediate results. …continue reading

Twitter… I Don’t Get It!

Q: Dear Ken,

I heard you discussing Twitter on your radio show and I am hearing lots of people talk about it but I still have one problem: I don’t get it!

Can you please explain what all the hoopla is about to a …continue reading

Disable The Run Command In Vista

Users can launch programs, run commands, open folders, etc. from the Run dialog box. Knowing this, you can probably see how it could be used to make unwanted changes to your computer. Although it is useful to have the Run dialog box on the Start …continue reading

Happy Monday!

In a speech to the UN Security Council during a session on Iraq, Susan Rice said once the US withdraws its troops from Iraq, it would ‘seek an end to Iran’s ambitions to acquire an illicit nuclear capacity, and its support for terrorism’.

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Hackers with Destruction in Mind

Apparently, there is some joy to destruction. It is purposive. And it is malicious. The assumption has been that hackers are motivated by financial incentives. A recent study shows that simply causing havoc remains the end goal of some hackers:

“A study of 57 …continue reading

Blogging – Finding The Time

With full time jobs (sometimes more than one), families, and other activities, how do people find the time to consistently blog without having to do so at 3 a.m.? It took me a long time to start my own blog for the simple fact that …continue reading

Virtual Villagers 2: The Lost Children

Continue the epic story of the castaways of Isola in Virtual Villagers 2: The Lost Children!

Guide your tribe as they rescue a group of lost children and help them survive new adventures. Lead your villagers as they solve all new puzzles and …continue reading

The Last Edition: The Rocky Mountain News Closes

It’s a sad day. For those who love newspapers and honor the role of the print media, it is heart wrenching to see an established publication like the Rocky Mountain News go under. Today, February 27, is the last edition and a long tradition ends:

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Will Microsoft Really Ship Windows 7 In September?

There is a strong possibility that Microsoft may, just may, ship Windows 7 early. With this latest rumor in place by some who allege to be in the know, could this really happen? I believe it can. Microsoft needs to separate itself from Vista ASAP. …continue reading