Black backgrounds use less power?

Monday, July 30th, 2007

At least that’s the theory…. someone has done a google sponsored search with a black background thinking they’ll save 750 megawatt hours a year. is the site. Of course, I don’t know if there REALLY would be that significant a difference in consumption (margin of error in observation equipment?) I REALLY would like to [...]

Dell “open source” PC’s for sale

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

I saw yesterday that Dell has a page advertising computers with NO preinstalled OS. Dimension line… n series and they are targetted towards people that want to install an Open Source operating system like Linux. They do ship with a freedos install disc, but come without formatting/preinstalling anything on the hard drives. They do note [...]

Boot up freeze/sluggishness with ubuntu 6.06.1 install cd (on 64bit AMD hardware)

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

I thought I had written about this once before, but when I searched the site to find the solution I had come across before, I couldn’t find my post…. so, sorry if this is a duplication, but I’ve run into this on some AMD 64-bit based system boards. The most recent was based on the [...]

Scanning over the network, or sharing a scanner on a network

Friday, October 27th, 2006

I remember the question from long ago, we had just shared a printer across a windows network and…. wait for it…. “oh, well could I share my scanner too?” On windows the typical answer was NO, at least not unless there was a driver from the scanner manufacturer that supported it, but on linux the [...]

NO, Google has NOT cancelled click-to-call

Monday, October 9th, 2006

It was an odd message that started this on the official google blog. I saw it and thought this doesn’t make sense – it doesn’t sound like an official statement and it claims it was translated from another language???? Posted by “Maximal” here is the original Google Blog post… After concientiously considering, Google has decided [...]

Bizarre Internet Explorer 7 problem – Several of my pages are not displayed AT ALL

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

I’ve been really itching to test this again since I first tried the Vista Beta. In my test of IE7 in the beta of Microsoft Vista, I found that this page came up as “Internet explorer cannot display the webpage.” The error page goes on to suggest a number of connectivity or availability problems. I [...]

New Data Leaks section

Monday, August 28th, 2006

I’ve added yet another category for “data leaks”. This is where I’ll put news along the lines of X company leaked data on yyyyy customers. It’s unfortunate that this is something that likely happens daily. There is no way that I can keep up with EVERYTHING, but I’ll try to post the bigger events in [...]

Skype and USB phones….

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

I’ve seen skype I just haven’t used it personally until very recently. In fact there was a place (dialpad?) that I had used once upon a time for a few free long distance calls online. It was neat, but had some limitations (delay). It quickly became non-free and frankly the microphone I have hooked up [...]

Time for Apple Mac OS X updates again

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

From the look of it Apple has released a bunch of updates for OS X. A number of security issues are detailed. As always, SANS has some good details and links to more info on each of the ~13 issues. Many of them are legacy bugs if you will from older *nix-based systems. This is [...]

Fun with Voice Recognition

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Lately, I’ve tried to make use of my phone’s voice command system for calls. I’ve had a couple long drives and used a headset and tried to do something that works better without the headset…. “Name Dial”…. “please say the number” (sigh…) “1234567″ “did you say 3225467?” “NO” “did you say 3225468?” “NO!” 5 miles [...]


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