Friday, December 21, 2007

Man Surfs the Biggest Wave You May Ever See on Earth

Mike Parsons surfs a gigantic wave at JAWS Bay Maui, off the coast of Hawaii at the World Two-in Champsionships. "Jaws" is an underwater ridge that acts like a "giant magnifying lens," bending and enlarging Pacific Ocean storm swells to soup up monster surfing waves as high as 70 feet.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

More Windows Errors Take Over the World

Reports all over the world confirm the worst: the best Windows error ever was just the beginning of a planetary invasion by alien forces using time-space-twisting software code. There's no other explanation for this gallery of demoniacally absurd errors [PICS]

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

22 Mathematical (and Physics) Curiosities in 'Futurama'

Just because it's prime-time animation, doesn't mean you won't learn a thing or two. (Some entries are in Spanish-- See! You're learning foreign languages, too!)

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Windows 7 taking shape

A senior Microsoft engineer recently demonstrated the core of the next version of Windows, codenamed Windows 7, at the University of Illinois. Microsoft admits that its work is cut out for them, thanks to virtualization, multicore, and more.

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WARNING: device driver updates causing Vista to deactivate

Microsoft has confirmed: something as small as swapping the video card or updating a device driver can trigger a total Vista deactivation.

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If you spent $399 on AAPL instead of an iPod in 2001, it'd be worth $10,000

Even if you waited until April 2007 to buy, you're up about $100 per share. Happy Birthday iPod.

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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Top 40 Demotivational Posters

Fatherhood - If you kill that hooker, you can get your money back.

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Friday, October 5, 2007

Top 10 Wi-Fi Boosts, Tweaks and Apps

No doubt you've got a home wireless network or you've connected to hotspots at the local coffee shop or airport—but are you getting the most out of your Wi-Fi? Whether you want to strengthen, extend, bridge, secure, sniff, detect or obscure your signal, today we've got our top 10 best Wi-Fi utilities and tweaks for the power wireless user

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

70% of Computer Repair Companies Don't Know What They're Doing

CBC Marketplace did a kickass hidden camera investigation into computer repair companies and found only 30% were able to correctly diagnose their problem.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Critical Excel 2007 bug cripples users

What is 850 x 77.1 ? a calculator will tell you it's 65535, but a critical flaw in Microsoft's Excel 2007 causes it return 100000 as the answer to this, and any other calculation for which the result is 65535.

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Saturday, September 15, 2007

How to install 145 operating systems on one PC

3 versions of DOS, 5 versions of Windows, and 137 flavors of Linux on 152 partitions. He created on 4 hard drives to get his system up and running. He probably has the longest GRUB menu you've ever seen. We're guessing the slowest part of the boot process on this system is the amount of time it takes to find the operating system you want to use.

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Mac OS X Browsers Benchmarked

Andreas has a great article at macintalk that puts Mac browsers to the test against one another. He bases the test around intel Macs but also throws in a few things for PPC Macs. The tests cover HTML, CSS, Javascript, and Image loads in all the major browsers. The graphs don't hurt either.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

50 Vista Tips And Tricks

We'll walk you through Vista's many neat features and more than 50 tips on installing Vista optimally, configuring it for you and your family, improving system speed, and turning up its coolness.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

If programming languages were cars...

Ruby - is a car that was formed when the Perl, Python and Smalltalk cars were involved in a three-way collision. A Japanese mechanic found the pieces and put together a car which many people think was better than the sum of the parts. (List oddly misses off PHP).

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Monday, August 13, 2007

'Jesus' image fetches $1,525 on eBay

A garage-floor slab of concrete with a driveway sealant smudge that resembles Jesus Christ's face sold Wednesday for $1,525.69 on eBay.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Leopard gets UNIX 03 certification

OS X's commercial credentials recently got a major boost from the Open Group. Thanks to the efforts of Apple's OS boss Kevin Van Vechten and his team, Leopard has cleared all of the hurdles required to attain UNIX 03 certification. That places Apple in elite company. Only Sun, IBM and HP are certified, so OS X turns the Big Three into the Big Four.

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Creative charging $9.99 for Vista drivers?

From the "that's gotta be a dumb PR move" files, Creative Labs decides to try to charge $9.99 for Vista compatible drivers for the Audigy range of sound cards.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Me and My Mac

John C Dvorak finally comes around on Apple and the Mac

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Michael Moore's new documentary "Sicko" leaked on BitTorrent

Won't have to worry about copies getting seized by the Feds after all.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Second DX10 Strike for ATI HD 2900 XT

Legit Reviews has posted up another article showing image quality downfalls of the newly released AMD/ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT, this time running a DirectX10 demo of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. This article really drives home how far AMD/ATI (now pronounced 'DAAMIT') has to catch up in order to realistically play any DX10 titles! Check it out!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Vista Game Performance: Vista vs. XP and ATI vs. Nvidia

A Vista upgrade may mean you'll lose a little game performance. How much slower can you expect your games to run? Which has the better Vista drivers: NVIDIA or ATI? Read this article and find out.

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Vista: Whatever happened to fast boot?

Anyone else remember when Microsoft used to talk about making Windows Vista (or Longhorn, as it was then known) a fast-booting operating system. Fast, as in cold boots that were 50 percent faster than those possible with Windows XP? Something obviously went awry.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

weird winxp BSOD

Ok WinXP finally took a dump on me and I have to blog about it since it hasn't done this for quite a while. Actually the last time XP has bluescreened on me is trying to play abacuspubs commuter express addon for flight simulator.
Also I think it might be related to latest MS tuesday patch update since there was a patch to ntfs for 3rd party programs or something like that. I think it had something to do with diskeeper 10 since I got the BSOD right after I did a bootime defrag of the MFT. The actual stop code was either stop 0x24 or stop 0x25. So I tried last known good and that didn't work so I tried booting into my Vista install and that when it detected the hard disk corruption and automatically ran a diskcheck on my winxp partition. The error it detected was security incorrect on file resetting to default or something to that effect. Ok so after that I was finally able to boot back into winxp without bluescreen. Only problem then was that diskcheck totally screwed up ntfs permissions on my xp partition and login was all jacked up since didn't even have permissions to access xp partition. So I had to manually readd system,user,authenticated users to regain acess! Hopefully this never happens again since it was a royal PITA!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Digg This: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0

Digg won't go down without a fight. Thanks Kev for changing your mind and amplifying the voices of many! Let freedom ring, or at least go out with a bang!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

BFGTech and XFX GeForce 8600 GTS Evaluated using STALKER!

NVIDIA’s DX10 answers to the mainstream video card market are finally here with new GeForce 8 series GPUs ranging from $89-$229. We have the BFGTech GeForce 8600 GTS OC and the XFX GeForce 8600 GTS XXX we put to the test playing real games and the newest STALKER.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

HandBrake 0.8.5b1 Released

After a 14-month hiatus, a brand new development team, a project forked then unforked, and literally hundreds of revisions… a new (beta) version of HandBrake is available! (HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded DVD to MPEG-4 converter available for MacOS X, Linux, and Windows.)

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Kernel Comparison: Linux (2.6.20) versus Windows (Vista)

"This aims to be the most comprehensive kernel, comparison of the latest most popular Unix style kernel versus the latest most popular kernel. In Q2 2007, this means Linux 2.6.20 kernel versus Windows Vista kernel." This comparison provides great insight into the workings of both kernels, and their respective strengths and weaknesses.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Notes On Windows Vista Forensic

It takes a high level look at what changes in Windows Vista which seem likely to have the most impact on computer forensic investigations, starting with the built-in encryption, backup, and system protection features. Also, it explored the different editions of Vista available. Part 2 continues the discussion with a concentration on typical user...

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Windows XP to be phased out by year's end despite customer demand

Computer makers have been told they'll no longer be able to get Windows XP OEM by the end of this year, despite strong ongoing demand for the OS. Analysts and computer makers are wondering if the move is premature given Vista's ongoing issues -- Dell has even reintroduced XP on a range of machines due to customer resistance to Vista.

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Sunday, April 8, 2007

Useful list to find drives for wireless usb devices

wireless usb chipset list

back to dualbooting

I'm going back to WinXP and waiting for Vista SP1 to come out before I try using it 24/7 again.
Vista doesn't seem to want me to go because now it's popping up a new error message about winload missing due to the new bootloader Vista uses!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

30 Days with Vista

Comparisons, conjecture, and controversy. Microsoft's new operating system is here, but is it ready for primetime? From the same folks who brought you "30 Days with Linux," we spend 30 days with Windows Vista to see if it's worth the leap or if Microsoft should go back to the drawing board.

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Monday, April 2, 2007

How To Make A Solar Power Generator Using Parts from Local Stores

Using parts easily available from your local stores, you can make a solar power generator. Great for power failures and life outside the power grid. Here are some step-by-step instructions with photos as well.

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Sunday, April 1, 2007

How To Choose CD/DVD Archival Media

One of the hardest things to is actually find good media, or even understand why it is good media. This article focuses on the history of Compact Discs, writable CD/DVD media, and why DVD+R is superior to DVD-R. If you want to just know what media is worth buying, skip to the summary at the bottom.No wonder I alway get some failed burns with other brands!

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Top 5 Impossible Structures

Here are some of the impossible structures, though they appear to be impossible for construction but they are made possible. These pictures have not been edited.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Vista and Quicktime don't mix

I don't know if anyone else out there has run into this and I guess it's not totally unexpected since even Apple is still saying Itunes/QT is not supported on Vista yet but c'mon now how can playing a quicktime file bring down the whole OS?
Did MS build quicktime into the kernel or something?
Well if you want to know more about what I'm talking about check out more detailed info on quicktime causing BSOD on Vista here

Lack of Mac malware baffles experts-Exploit authors continue to ignore OS X

Apple's Mac OS X remains almost completely free of any sort of malware threat despite several years of availability, a significant market share, and even an entire month dedicated to pointing out its flaws. And security experts are not exactly sure whyThat's right in the 6+ years I've been using Macosx I've never once had to deal with a virus/spyware,etc!Read it and weep windows users!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Living on the cutting/bleeding edge

If you want to play with the latest tech I guess you have to be willing to put up with random and unexpected bugs like when I turned on my Vista PC today I was greeting with a BSOD, how nice!!!
Anyways it looks like it's not as bad as it would have been with XP since Vista's registry hasn't completely taken a dump to the point of having to do a reinstall.
The BSOD I got looks to be a known bug with Vista and Nvidia hardware that will hopefully be fixed soon:
"An update: this is bug in nvstor.sys. We are planning to release an updated
driver via Windows Update. I don't have an ETA though."

Save Internet Radio from the RIAA

Earlier today the new royalty rates for streaming radio stations were announced. A station with 1000 listeners will now have to pay $150,000 a year in royalties. This effectively forces independent webcasters off the air. The worst part: the rates are effective retroactively to the beginning of 2006! Help us get this senseless policy overturned!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Another Vista driver workaround

If you have a HP deskjet 995C and upgraded to Vista expecting it to work it doesn't.
HP's official reponse it to buy a new Vista compatible printer but if you are cheap and resourceful as I am you just workaround annoyances like this:
Find your printer in device manager and just manually install the drivers this time by selecting the builtin HP printer driver for the 990c printer and tada the printer you thought was rendered a paperweight by Vista and time is ready to print!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Scanner drivers for vista

If you got a device that Vista can't install drivers for and you can't find them on the US sites try Europe. That's how I found Vista drivers for my Epson Perfection 2450 Photo scanner.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

DVD burner problems

While burning some cd's in vista one of my 2 dvd burners disappeared while using on fly copy with latest version of nero 7. Don't know if it's a problem with Vista,Nero or starforce which some of my games use?
I just did a scan for new hardware in device manager and missing dvd drive reappeared so kind weird and scary since this happened all of the sudden and out of the blue.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Upgrading iPod Hard Drives

A number of people have asked about upgrading iPod hard drives.I guess this is what I'll need to do to my original iPod if I ever want it to work again!

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Why HTML renders differently in different browsers

A very thorough article about why browsers render HTML differently.

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Great place for PC help

The EVGA forums is one of the main places I go for tech help and is a great place to hang out and talk tech.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Also my old mac powerbook keeps on ticking

I thought my 6 year old apple G4 titanium powerbook bit the dust about the same time I upgraded to Vista and was about to write it off as a lost cause but Vista isn't that good so I ended up buying a new laptop HDD and now it's faster and works as good as ever!
When it does eventually die hopefully I'll have enough money to upgrade to this

Running Vista on main computer now

I decided to take the Vista plunge and upgrade my main WinXP system to Vista Ultimate and it's not as bad as I though it would be so far!
Who'd of thought.
But I'm going to post all the snags I do/have hit along the way so I can save others endless fustration and time.
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