Archive for: December, 2006

DIY Service Pack

Dec 30 2006 Published by under Ramblings

This will save a lot of time for those who need it…

Looking for manageable Windows updates even without an internet connection? Our offline update 3.0 script collection downloads the entire body of updates for Windows 2000, XP or Server 2003 from Microsoft’s servers in one fell swoop and then uses them to create patch packages on CD, DVD or USB stick. Those in turn allow you to update as many PCs as desired.

DIY Service Pack

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LED holiday lights!

Dec 29 2006 Published by under Ramblings



LED holiday lights!

I missed on the the clearance sales for LED lights last year so I made a point to pick them up in time this year… I got sixty 50-LED strings at about $3 each at Walmart. So in 2007 I’ll be all lit-up and environmentally conscious as well! πŸ˜€

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No Auto-Reboot

Dec 29 2006 Published by under Ramblings

The automatic reboots after an overnight Windows update are pretty annoying. After some search, I found the comments in this blog post to be most helpful in changing the behaviour…

Now – I still get the nag screens reminding me to reboot, but it doesn’t do it automatically.

Sweet! πŸ˜€

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Gmail Deletion Problems

Dec 28 2006 Published by under Ramblings

For those of you using Gmail:

Just a week after I wrote “Uh Oh, Gmail Just Got Perfect” a number of users started screaming that all of their emails and contacts were auto deleted.

Gmail Disaster: Reports Of Mass Email Deletions

Update: Fixed the link

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What we learned last year

Dec 28 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Its good to see that we’re making progress!

You know how it is.

You go through life thinking you’ve got your head wrapped around the world and all of its knowable information.

Then one day you read that since 2005, scientists have discovered more than 50 new species of animals and plants on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo. These new members of the List of Animals We Previously Didn’t Have a Clue About include a catfish with protruding teeth and suction cups on its belly that help it stick to rocks.

50 Things We Know Now (That We Didn’t Know This Time Last Year) 2006 Edition

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Original iPod Online Ad

Dec 27 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Here’s the original ad for the first generation iPod…

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RFID Passports

Dec 26 2006 Published by under Ramblings

All passports issued by the US State Department after January 1 will have always-on radio frequency identification chips, making it easy for officials – and hackers – to grab your personal stats. Getting paranoid about strangers slurping up your identity? Here’s what you can do about it.

How To: Disable Your Passport’s RFID Chip

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Working Teens

Dec 24 2006 Published by under Ramblings

I’ve always wondered if working when you’re young was a good or bad thing…

Teenagers are working their tails off in school and at everything from violin lessons to swim team, but fewer are working for the money these days, and that means they’re missing out on a key rite of passage.

If teens don’t work, they’ll pay in the long run

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HAM Radio

Dec 16 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Maybe its finally time for me to get my license!

The FCC has dropped the Morse Testing requirement for amateur radio certifications. The public announcement was made on Friday. Ham radio operators will no longer have to study Morse, in a move patterned after other western nations

FCC Drops Morse Code Requirement

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Vista

Dec 15 2006 Published by under Ramblings

I haven’t decided to make the jump to Vista quite yet, but for those of you who have – this may be useful:

Early adopters of Microsoft’s new Vista operating system may notice that it will not connect to Samba share folders out of the box. This will be a bit of a pain for many enterprise customers. The technical reason is because Microsoft Vista’s default security policy is to only use NTLMv2 authentication. According to a Google search Samba doesn’t support this yet.

To get Vista to work with Samba follow the simple instructions below

Get Vista and Samba to work

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Sony e-book

Dec 15 2006 Published by under Ramblings



Sony e-book

A live shot from the camera on my phone.

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Math Nerds

Dec 14 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Personally, I have no idea what a finite simple group of order two is, but I bet its safe to assume that these guys do…

Here are the words if you’d like to follow along… πŸ™‚

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De Beers

Dec 13 2006 Published by under Ramblings

An interesting article about the diamond industry…

An unruly market may undo the work of a giant cartel and of an inspired, decades-long ad campaign

Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond?

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Zach Kaplan from Inventables

Dec 12 2006 Published by under Ramblings



Zach Kaplan from Inventables

A live shot from the camera on my phone.

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Nokia store

Dec 10 2006 Published by under Ramblings



Nokia store

A live shot from the camera on my phone.

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Motorola Store

Dec 10 2006 Published by under Ramblings



Motorola Store

A live shot from the camera on my phone.

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Geek Squad

Dec 09 2006 Published by under Ramblings

I had a hunch, but didn’t know for sure… 8)

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Higher-Speed Broadband

Dec 08 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Now you’ll get 10mbps (up from 6mbps) on Cablemodem with Time-Warner… for the same price!

Time Warner is quietly notifying some of its customers that it plans to double the download speed of its Road Runner broadband service to 10Mbps starting in Q1 2007

Road Runner Service to Double Download Speed in Q1 2007

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Instant Message

Dec 08 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Got IM?

Almost half of teens, 48 percent of those ages 13-18, use instant messaging, according to the poll. That’s more than twice the percentage of adults who use it.

Poll: ‘IM-ing’ divides teens, adults

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25peeps

Dec 07 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Wow, I made 25peeps…

Hey 25peep’ers!

Check it out: 25peeps.com

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Go Gen-Y, Go!

Dec 06 2006 Published by under Ramblings

I love it when I read about people starting companies…

“Hey Kid… Wanna start a company? Everybody’s doing it!”

They’ve got the smarts and the confidence to get a job, but increasing numbers of the millennial generation — those in their mid-20s and younger — are deciding corporate America just doesn’t fit their needs.

Gen Y makes a mark and their imprint is entrepreneurship

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Real Estate Auctions

Dec 06 2006 Published by under Ramblings

Friend of mine sent me this… the price difference from the standard “usual” market and the auctions are astonishing.

One three-bedroom ranch house with a pool sold for $671,000. In 2005, the same house sold for $809,000. Another house, just steps from Naples Bay, sold for $880,000 at the auction., compared with $1.35 million a year earlier. On average, the houses that changed hands at the auction had fallen about 25 percent in value since 2005, according to Thomas Lawler, a real estate consultant who analyzed the auction’s results.

What Statistics on Home Sales Aren’t Saying

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Personal Wine

Dec 04 2006 Published by under Ramblings

My buddy’s company, Personal Wine, was on Good Morning America this past saturday… Check it out:

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$400 Laptop

Dec 02 2006 Published by under Ramblings



$400 Laptop

A live shot from the camera on my phone.

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