Category: Computers

Jul82009

Google takes aim at Windows

Microsoft Google! oO
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Google Inc. is working on a new operating system for inexpensive computers in a daring attempt to wrest away Microsoft Corp.’s long-running control over people’s computing experience.

via TheStar.com… | Business | Google takes aim at Windows.

All I can say is – YES!  Competition is good and Google is good and lean!

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Mar102009

Google tips

Google in 1998
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Got a good tip?  Need a good tip?

Take a Tip. Share a Tip. – Google Moderator.

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Dec272008

The web via Iphone

Safari
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If you do a lot of Iphone surfing the general web, you need this tip for all those sites that don’t have iphone specific pages.  Let’s hope 2009 brings more iphone friendly sites.  Rightonblog.com… is such a site.  I wish all wordpress bloggers would make their sites iphone friendly.

Mobile Safari on the iPhone does an amazing job displaying web pages. However, I find that in the context of viewing some web pages on the go, that this view isn’t necessarily the best way to read some pages. For example, even though the iPhone interface is awesome, I don’t really want to waste time zooming and messing with a page to read the actual content. I’d rather just load up a page, read my content, and move on. (Of course, the best solution would be if web designers designed alternate “iPhone-optimized” views that would look great on the iPhone, but only a few mainstream sites do this as of the time of this post.)

via macosxhints.com… – Reformat standard web pages for better iPhone display.

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Dec112008

Do you know your world?

Map of the Earth
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Geosense: an online world geography game.

This game is pretty interesting.

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Nov242008

Tether 3G Iphone to Vista on Fido

iPhone

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Well, after a couple of failed attempts, it looks like I was able to tether my Fido Iphone 3G to my Vista laptop.  First, I found this howto site to download the QuickPwn 2.2 for windows torrent to jailbreak my Iphone.  Then, I found this site to do the tethering.

I wasted many hours googling to find recent and accurate information, so I am blogging here to save you the aggravation.

Maybe now I can cancel my Telus unlimited plan, which is costing me $92/month and hardly used.

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Oct272008

Can’t happen soon enough

Windows XP

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Of course, Vista was supposed to start faster.  It may be 10% faster than XP at best, but it is still interminably slow.

The most fundamental change to the way people interact with PCs since the advent of the Internet may be occurring.

The Race to Instant-On Computers Begins – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com….

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Oct52008

Free Sound Recorder

Image representing YouTube as depicted in Crun...

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In my effort to tell you about the best software tools out there to get something done easily, I present to you Free Sound Recorder: Download Freecorder Toolbar.  This little gadget allows you to easily record anything you hear from your computer’s VISTA speakers.

I read somewhere via Google that the best music was actually on Youtube, and not Limewire.  If you are looking for a good bootleg copy of an artist’s live performance that they aren’t selling anyway, go to Youtube and Freecorder it.

VISTA so far has been a nightmare for doing the simplest things.  This little investigation took me quite some time to figure out.

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Jun172008

Firefox 3

Download Day

Today is the day to download!  Starting today at 1300 EDT!

Oct82007

Canada slips behind

More bad news for those of us who wonder where Canada will end up in the digital world down the road.

The speed at which the Internet has already transformed the world is truly amazing. The World Wide Web, which made the Internet a mass participation network, wasn’t even developed until the early 1990s and only began to take off in the mid-1990s.

Let’s not even talk about how far behind we are in the mobile data pricing/speed world.

Sep302007

ebay falling behind

Is it just me, or is the ebay interface old and clunky, and unintuitive?

Like all other businesses, ebay needs to be improving their interface.  Clearly, they haven’t, and it’s a pain to use.  Plus, there doesn’t appear to be a site for mobile phones to access ebay.

Get with the program boys!

Sep222007

Wifi not delivering

Now that I have my Tytn, I can sniff out wireless hotspots all over Toronto.  Believe me,

like Dvorak, I find that they are few and far between, and hardly worth the effort to connect to.

With all these wireless fiascos marching lockstep into the toilet, you can imagine my surprise when I heard about the laughable White Space Consortium.

Jun22007

Sad day for piggybackers

Be careful who you connect toPiggybacking may be illegal where you are.

Michigan Man Fined for Using Coffee Shop’s Wi-Fi Network

May292007

Do you Facebook?

I recently signed up, mainly to see what the buzz is all about.  It’s an interesting site, but so far, I’m not sure what the use of it is.  Jeff Jarvis likes it too.

I have spent this weekend in awe of and devoting too many hours to Facebook.

Dec232006

Gmail is the best!

I am currently forwarding all my email to gmail - and it is catching all the spam that spamassassin was letting through.  So I have now gone from 30 spams a day getting through 0.

Chalk up another victory to the big G.

Dec62006

I believe it

Guess I’m not the only one who thought my spam filter fell asleep in the last couple of months.

Hearing from a lot of new friends lately? You know, the ones that write “It’s me, Esmeralda,” and tip you off to an obscure stock that is “poised to explode” or a great deal on prescription drugs.