Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Happy New Year

This site says on Dec 31, you will be able to catch all of the LIVE webcam action from Times Square New York City. They have 12 webcams running at the same time on this New Year's Eve. Worth checking out! You can even see the 2005 Footage from a year ago in Windows Media format.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Write to Santa Online!

Netscape and AOL have provided a keen service for writing letters to Santa Online. Save that $.37 cent stamp and give this a try!

eBay Games and Items

I just posted some new items along with a complete Nintendo 64 Game system online at eBay. Just in time for Christmas. I combine shipping of small items for single shipping price. Take a peek and see if there is anything you may like.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Top 100 Best Products of 2005

PC World has a Best of List on their site. The Best 100 Products of 2005. Look through the list to see what you should consider using, or perhaps you already are using all of the 100 items listed.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Barenaked on a Stick

Rather than distribute via CD, DVD or download, the Barenaked Ladies are making their newest selection of songs, videos and exclusive material available on a USB flash drive.

Nettwerk Music Group is releasing "Barenaked on a Stick" beginning today, says the Hollywood Reporter. It plays on PCs, Macs and any other audio product with a USB port -- like some car stereos -- and costs $30.

This 128 reusable drive contains 29 songs, including the band's 2004 "Barenaked for the Holidays" album, in MP3 format along with live tracks, in-concert spoken quips, album art, photos, videos and more.

http://www.barenakedladies.com/holidays/

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/pop/249219_tf222.html

http://www.bnlmusic.com/

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

How to be a Good Democrat!

1. You have to be against capital punishment, but support
abortion on demand

2.. You have to believe that businesses create oppression
and governments create prosperity.

3. You have to believe that guns in the hands of
law-abiding Americans are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons
technology in the hands of Chinese and North Korean communists.

4. You have to believe that there was no art before
Federal funding.

5. You have to believe that global temperatures are less
affected by cyclical documented changes in the earth's climate and
more affected by soccer moms driving SUV's.

6. You have to believe that gender roles are artificial
but being homosexual is natural.

7. You have to believe that the AIDS virus is spread by a
lack of federal funding.

8. You have to believe that the same teacher who can't
teach 4th-graders how to read is somehow qualified to teach
those same kids about sex.

9. You have to believe that hunters don't care about
nature, but loony activists who have never been outside of San
Francisco do.

10. You have to believe that self-esteem is more important
than actually doing something to earn it.

11. You have to believe that Mel Gibson spent $25 million
of his own money to make The Passion Of The Christ for financial gain
only.

12. You have to believe the NRA is bad because it supports
certain parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good because
it supports certain parts of the Constitution.

13. You have to believe that taxes are too low, but ATM
fees are too high.

14. You have to believe that Margaret Sanger and Gloria
Steinem are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson,
Gen. Robert E. Lee, and Thomas Edison.

15. You have to believe that standardized tests are
racist, but racial quotas and set-asides are not.

16. You have to believe that Hillary Clinton is normal and
is a very nice person.

17. You have to believe that the only reason socialism
hasn't worked anywhere it's been tried is because the right people
haven't been in charge.

18. You have to believe conservatives telling the truth
belong in jail, but a liar and a sex offender belonged in the White
House.

19. You have to believe that homosexual parades displaying
drag, transvestites, and bestiality should be constitutionally
protected, and manger scenes at Christmas should be illegal..

20. You have to believe that illegal Democratic Party
funding by the Chinese Government is somehow in the best interest to the
United States.

21. You have to believe that this message is a part of a
vast, right wing conspiracy.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Sony Music CDs Security Threat

URL: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1040_22-5944549.html

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a cyber-rights group, said on Wednesday that it identified 19 Sony CDs containing a rootkit application that disguises the company's invasive copy-restriction technology.

The software is hard to remove from a PC without causing damage and can be used to hide malicious code; antivirus vendors warned on Thursday afternoon the first malicious software to exploit it has been found.

The discovery of Sony's CD rootkit kicked off a furor, but the company has not said which CDs contain the DRM protection.

According to the EFF, the following CDs contain the DRM in question:

• Trey Anastasio, Shine (Columbia)
• Celine Dion, On ne Change Pas (Epic)
• Neil Diamond, 12 Songs (Columbia)
• Our Lady Peace, Healthy in Paranoid Times (Columbia)
• Chris Botti, To Love Again (Columbia)
• Van Zant, Get Right with the Man (Columbia)
• Switchfoot, Nothing is Sound (Columbia)
• The Coral, The Invisible Invasion (Columbia)
• Acceptance, Phantoms (Columbia)
• Susie Suh, Susie Suh (Epic)
• Amerie, Touch (Columbia)
• Life of Agony, Broken Valley (Epic)
• Horace Silver Quintet, Silver's Blue (Epic Legacy)
• Gerry Mulligan, Jeru (Columbia Legacy)
• Dexter Gordon, Manhattan Symphonie (Columbia Legacy)
• The Bad Plus, Suspicious Activity (Columbia)
• The Dead 60s, The Dead 60s (Epic)
• Dion, The Essential Dion (Columbia Legacy)
• Natasha Bedingfield, Unwritten (Epic)

The EFF says it is likely that other CDs also contain the application, although Sony told ZDNet UK last week that discs containing this DRM software had not been distributed in the U.K.

The EFF took a dim view on Sony's actions. "Entertainment companies often complain that fans refuse to respect their intellectual property rights. Yet tools like this refuse to respect our own personal property rights," EFF staff attorney Jason Schultz said in a statement.

"Sony's tactics here are hypocritical, in addition to being a security threat," Schultz added.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

To Apple or NOT to Apple? - Part 2

To Apple or not to Apple! (Part2)
(or Apple iMac G5 from a PC Guys perspective)

Written by Will Wagner

See Part 1



Lets Begin

Now I will attempt to accurately describe my observations while I setup and install my iMac G5 computer. The box it came in had a convenient carry handle on the top with images of my iMac on each side, right on the box. No mistaking what an iMac looked like, or that one was actually inside. I knew this iMac was sleek and had a smaller footprint, but I was even a bit surprised when I took out the keyboard, mouse, and one-piece monitor and CPU. I then had an empty box once the monitor was taken out. That’s all that was in there. I am used to mounds of junk in the PC world. It did come with a small bag containing a manual and some warranty information.

The keyboard and mouse were wireless Bluetooth devices. I anticipated the wired variety. Bonus!

I placed the batteries into each item, the mouse, and the keyboard, which were included. I didn’t need instructions really, since many devices today use AA or AAA batteries. Then I hooked up the power cable, and connected a network cable between the iMac and my router. The power button was on the back of the right bottom side of the system, so I reached my hand around and turned on the iMac for the first time.

At boot up, the screen showed me a wordless representation of how to insert the batteries in the mouse. This was already done, but a very nice touch! No such help screen instructed me on how to install the batteries into the wireless keyboard at this point.

First thing I noticed was the color wheel wait icon. Color! Not gray or white, but color. A simple thing, but we must note the extra effort it took to place color on the simplest smallest place that is often overlooked and which was actually very unimportant to the Operating System. It just stood out to me, so I am passing along my thoughts.

Then, a “TV” commercial began to run showing me Mac OSX Tiger 10.4 highlights with music, right on my desktop. I noted the speakers were loud and clear. They are built into the bottom of the edge of the iMac G5. Amazing that they sounded fine. More on specs later on.

A “Before you begin” screen showed itself and indicated that batteries should be installed, and that we will look for your wireless keyboard. The screen instructed you to type a series of numbers, and hit return, numbers entered, keyboard found!

Then an animated 3D setup box appeared to show, “Welcome”. I correctly choose United States for the default country.

I then selected “Do not transfer any information to this Mac”, since I am a first time owner. But there seemed to be a special setup routine for those who did already own a Mac, and had personal files and preferences to place on this one. I simply chose NOT to transfer anything.

Select US Keyboard.

Enter Apple ID, I don’t have one, so I hit continue with a blank field. I figured I would do this later, I wanted to start computing not take a survey.

Registration Information popped up next, I had to enter my name, address, and phone number, with an email address. I did so though was cautious. I know many companies use this info for marketing and tracking. They said they wouldn’t unless I agreed to that kind of usage. I didn’t agree.

Next screen, enter how you will use this computer. I chose Home use. Then had to indicate my career background, I decided I could be one of a few in the multiple list drop down box, but what best fit me was Engineering/Researcher.

I opted in for email newsletters to be sent to me.

Then once I chose a system password and home account name, the iMac proceeded to “automagically” setup my home directories, and preferences.

It then asked me to purchase .Mac, I opted out. And didn’t want the 60 days free try it out feature. The .Mac service is a service that allows you to place your profile information and any archive files and junk on the Apple servers. This enables you to get the info from any Internet connected Mac. But what many people forget, this also gives Apple permissions to look at and compile notes against your data.

Now the iMac was setup and ready for use. I had to simply Click OK to begin using it now. When I did, I got served a default screen, and the iMac connected to the Internet through my router and connection. It said I had many updates to perform, so I decided now was a good time.

I had 14 updates, decided I was not using the iPod, so reduced that to 13. Then I had to enter my password to allow updates to install, nice touch to protect the system from installing anything I didn’t want! I had to agree to wordy contracts to install the software, ala Microsoft style agreements. I agreed to all.

Now the software began to install which was shown on a software update dialog. I had a few hundred Megs of stuff, and the dialog showed the progress for each part that was being downloaded. The time remaining didn’t randomly increased or decreased like Windows dialog boxes do. Come to think of it, I don’t think the updates from Microsoft provide a time frame. Maybe they do now, I need to verify that one. The time remaining seemed consistent with progress, and was an actual representation or close enough to actual time remaining.

While I was waiting, and typing notes for my review via the PC, I had a good chance to look at each desktop side by side. I have to admit; the iMac had a smooth appealing look to it. Sure my Windows XP system was not just taken out of the box, but the iMac looked better and was appealing. I sure can’t express what I mean, just that the fonts and windows on the iMac screen looked cleaner, sharper, with high letter quality. So much for scientific research, feelings don’t provide much frame of reference. Lets hope I can be a bit more descriptive in the information yet to come.

While software was downloading, a small black box appeared on the Software Update window, near the bottom left most corner. Was this an error in the matrix, or an indicator of poor programming? I was unsure, but didn’t affect the download of anything. Might have had something to do with an update that replaced some important file? But once the software was done downloading from the Apple site, the system asked me to reboot. I said ok and the familiar Mac chime sounded. The block was gone after that.


Actually Using Mac OSX Tiger

Once the system was back after the reboot, what to do next? What can I accomplish and how to be more productive? Well first, my cordless mouse had full power batteries, but the pointer jumped. I suspected the surface of my desk was fooling the laser and making this happen. I moved to a mouse pad, and all was fine. Not an Apple problem really, more my problem. More on the mouse later.

I proceeded to pop in a DVD and the DVD player application started. It was very nice looking and quick and responsive when I pressed function buttons. The movie never jumped or paused, like it does sometimes on a PC. All would depend on what was running, I guess. Right now I was not running a thing really.

I played a factory recorded DVD for about 20 minutes, then proceeded to eject the CD, which was a challenge the first time for a PC person. Mac users know that you can simply drop the CD-DVD folder directly into the trashcan. This folder appears on your desktop when you place any CD in the drive. My past Mac experience helped, but this Mac OS X doesn’t have a trashcan on the desktop. I later learned even Mac fans want the trash can back on the desktop. It is in the Dock. Drop the folder to the trashcan in the dock at the bottom of the screen in the lower right hand corner. Otherwise you can also use the Folders Context menu, normally a right click in Windows, but on the Mac use the Control key when you click on the Folder to get the menu. The player itself has some controls in the bottom left corner, and an Eject button was a welcome site. Needless to say, there were a few ways to simply Eject the DVD.

Just after I ejected the DVD I was viewing, I dropped in a homemade DVD. It played for about 5 minutes then scored an error. So I went to eject the DVD. But heard a click and the servo motor tried repeatedly to eject the DVD. I started to worry, was the drive bad? Nope, the DVD tried to eject several times, and then about the 5th time it popped out. I pulled it out, and boy was it hot! I looked closely and the homemade DVD-R was warping. It looked to be warping into a Convex shape. Not a good sign. I figured that the CD player gets hot, just like a PC, but the iMac was so compact, perhaps the heat was not dissipating rapidly enough. I would have to play a factory movie all the way through, and a homemade movie all the way through. But later on when I test the bundled applications.

I mentioned the Dock. The Dock is a Task Manager sort of object that resides along the bottom by default, which can be moved to the left or right side via some settings in the Finder. But NOT at the top of the screen, the Top is reserved for the Finder. Also the Icons on the Dock show an indication they are running by a small arrow under them. They are not running if no arrow is displayed.

The Finder is the Menu system for your Mac. Just like in Windows where each folder or program has a menu across the top of the Window, the Mac places those menus always at the very top of the screen, just not on the active window itself. It takes getting used to, but in a few days I have found that I never had to goto the Window itself, I always knew to goto the top of the screen to select a Menu option. In all honesty I felt I had to scroll too far to get to the menu at times. If my open window was in the bottom right, I had to scroll to the top left to select a Menu option. No, not a major big deal, just letting you know what I did versus what I was used to. I would like the menu on each Window but can live with this.

Each window has three-color buttons in each top left corner. A RED one for closing the window, a YELLOW one for shrinking the window to the Dock (you can also double click the title bar of the window), and a Green one for expanding the window larger, or perhaps even full screen. Different windows handled the GREEN button differently. The RED button closes the open window only, and it does not close the program. This took getting used to as well. In Windows XP/9x I was used to having the top right corner with the X close and exit the current running Window or program. Subtle differences, but noteworthy!

Lets take a look at the Desktop. This Desktop has on it by default, the Macintosh HD icon, which is the Window’s My Computer equivalent. Any other shortcuts, Mac calls them Aliases, you have to put on the Desktop manually. I admit the Desktop sure was clean. No clutter from all the PC junk that is installed in Windows by third party companies. Matter of fact, no third party software was evident anywhere on the system. It was all Apple. You can force the Icons on the Desktop to stay sorted, which they will do for sure. When a new one is created, the Icons adjust alphabetically (or if you choose by size, date created or modified, or by label or kind). You could turn this off, and allow the Icons to Snap to Grid. This means they will line up unsorted but are arranged in block form. Otherwise you can use no sort options.

I love having my favorite background image on the Desktop. On the iMac you can have nice colorful factory made artistic backgrounds as images or your own. Unless you force a full screen of the image, you see a color around the image on both systems. When selecting a different background image, the change takes effect immediately. One click is all it takes. No need to click OK or Apply. Screen Savers are on this dialogue box as well, they are all artistic and different. I especially like the Cosmos saver. They all seem to scroll through images, but add a Pan and Zoom feature to each one, simulating movement. You can also choose your Pictures Folder and they will be displayed in the same manner. Nice touch, something you may not consider important, but the extra little touches are evident. Windows XP allows use of favorite Pictures, but they are more static, and simply sit there. No scrolling action or movement happens.

How about the keyboard? If you have ever seen an Apple keyboard you know it seems to look similar to the PC keyboard. I submit they are almost identical, except for the Apple key, replacing the ALT key. I feel that they could be close cousins, since they seem to do a lot of the same functions. Microsoft should call the Alt key the Windows Key, but they wield so much market influence, they had a new key created on the keyboard with a little Windows logo. I do know that Apple had its own key first, if that matters.

The Macintosh Mouse comes with simply one button. This is a BIG change for those accustomed to the PC. Just about every PC today has a two button Mouse. Have no fear, the Control Key can be used when you click the Mac Mouse, to simulate a right click function. It is not intuitive, but once discovered, it is never forgotten. The wireless Bluetooth Mouse that came with my iMac was gorgeous. It looked like a large white pill that would cure any headache. Of course it was many times the normal dose, based on size. The Mouse felt very nice in the hand. But based on my PC experience, I found myself thinking the Mouse was hobbled or handicapped in some way. Was I less productive? So it was time to experiment. I shut down the iMac, turned off the Bluetooth Mouse, and plugged in a Microsoft USB Laser Mouse. Sorry Mac fans, this could be blasphemy but it worked like a charm. The Mouse now had the feel I was used to, and to my surprise the Mouse pointer didn’t jump and the scroll wheel worked great too. Earlier I said I thought my desk color or pattern was fooling the Mouse. Maybe so, but this new Mouse was not fooled. It ran smooth as can be. I was a little happier. I guess the Apple Mouse will have to go to eBay when I get time.

I wanted to do some browsing around the File System Folders. A double click on the Macintosh HD icon takes you to a file manager of sorts. The left side offers the My Computer view, with Network, and below that the Desktop, My Home Directory indicated by my login name, an Application Folder, Documents, Movies, Music and Pictures. Seems like all the most important stuff was represented! You could also view Icons in the normal single Icon view, or sorted in a list, or even in columns of data.

Clicking on any of the Icons on the left took me to that folder. I looked around at the Applications first. I saw all the Apps in one folder. I know that the Mac doesn’t care what extension the files have, but I wanted to see them. So I did a right click and turned on the extensions, so I could learn what was there and how things worked. Applications were *.app files, and to my shock and surprise, that was all. One file! If I wanted to delete Chess, I simply could delete chess.app. That is all you do. No fooling with a registry, or uninstall routines in the Windows Control Panel. If I wanted to load an application, I could drop the file whatever.app into the Applications folder, and it was installed. I must admit this single enhancement or procedure is almost worth the full price I paid. No more would I have to hope and pray, and run an install routine, hoping all was setup, Icons created, and settings were complete. When you ran a program, settings were created on the fly as needed. I connected to the Internet and downloaded a few apps to test this theory, worked great! More on the net and other Applications in Part 3.

When it came to Movies, QuickTime is the default format. I dropped some Windows Media files from my other system, into the folder, and no luck. They wouldn’t play. I could get Windows Media Player for Mac though! So no worries there. WMP for Mac is at Version 9, and the PC Version is at 10. I am sure Microsoft is working on a Version 10 for Mac.

I wanted to test QuickTime on the PC versus the iMac. I played the exact same file, which was the Matrix Theater Trailer in 1024 resolution. I played them side-by-side, and was astounded. The iMac version was clearer, sharper, and smooth. The PC version of the same movie had just a small amount of choppy movement. It would pause intermittently. I then decided to double the size of the trailer while it was playing. The iMac did it in a second, no problem. Also, the transition in size was smooth, it dynamically increased in size while playing. It almost looked like you had grabbed the sides of the movie, and pulled it like silly putty. But the PC choked badly, and 10-15 seconds later recovered. It went from normal size to 2x without any nice smooth transition. Astounding. I guess my PC could be a bit lower end, but the iMac was no Power Mac, just a lower end Mac. My feeling was that the PC and iMac are very close to equal in dated release hierarchy on the food chain. Both were one-year-old technology except for the software Mac OSX, which was the latest and greatest software. But Windows XP had service pack 1 installed. Hmmm.

On the iMac, while playing a Movie, you can shrink it down to the Dock, and it keeps playing in a tiny window. Not great for normal viewing, but you can see what is happening. Another added enhancement. I could work and wait until my favorite part of the movie to maximize the window for viewing. Lets see Task manager on XP do this! I also noted in the menu for QuickTime there were all these grayed out advanced features, which you can buy in the PRO version. They actually seemed like features I may want. Full Screen, Copy, Paste, and Recording Options. I will consider purchasing QuickTime Pro in a months time. I had considered this on the PC side, but never really followed through.

If you want to look through your digital images, both the PC and the iMac have a small application for viewing them. But the iMac allows you to crop them. The PC allows you to more easily delete them. I like the delete feature. Often I use the image viewer to go through all my image files, and delete the ones I don’t want to keep. iMac doesn’t allow going through all the files and delete them easily while using the viewer. You have to go back to the folder and delete the images. But you could change the folder settings to make the icon thumbnail large enough to see the image, and select them for deletion. Just a little different, but overall equal functionality in different ways.

It is worthy to note again here, that the small speakers inside the bottom edge of the iMac case are very nice. Not much bass, as anticipated, but clear, crisp, and plenty loud for a desktop system. All I needed was a subwoofer!

I will be reviewing the bundled Applications that come with the iMac and Mac OS X in the next part of this review, Part 3.

Bundled Application Review

(Next Issue Part 3 available at http://weblinksnewsletter.net)

Thursday, November 03, 2005

What to do with the OLD Jack-o-Lantern?

Ok Halloween is over, you have an old Jack-o-Lantern to get rid of. But wait! Why not turn that useless orange shell into a spiffy PC? Yes, you too can own your very own Jack-PC, not to be confused with Jack-FM!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

To Apple or NOT to Apple? (Part1)


To Apple or NOT to Apple! (Part1)
(or Apple iMac G5 from a PC Guys perspective)

Written by Will Wagner
http://weblinksnewsletter.net

   One of the greatest questions asked in technical and multimedia circles is “which is better, Apple or Microsoft?” In varying degrees, depending on whom you talk to, one is plainly better than the other. But for normal folks who simply want straight unpolished answers, non-technical, plain English communication, and a clear look at the facts surrounding the question; demands a straight forward probing review.
   My attempt will not be to answer the 3-decade-old question. But I plan to offer a look at today’s top and foremost Apple computer offering with my Windows XP experience in mind. Advice will be given after factual experiences are recorded for you, the reader, with which you can base a real decision on.
   I have no connections to either party, have not been financially supported by, or endorsed by either side. I must be forward in presenting my background and experience though, before we begin.


Background

   I have been working with PCs for almost 15 years. I began my computing career with an Apple IIe in High School around 21 years ago. In computer math class, we learned the Basic language to execute routine math calculations and create a snowman with falling snow, and during study time, we would play Pac Man on the back of a 5 1/4 inch floppy a friend brought in from home. How ironic it is that my first computing environment was Apple, only to move to the PC world directly after that, and now years later purchase an iMac G5.
   I have owned a large array of PCs since that time. Beginning with an Intel 8088, 286, 386, 486SX, an AMD 486, a Pentium 1, 2 and 3, as well as a Cyrix 6x86 (Pentium 1 clone). Many of them I purchased with a small budget in mind. Not until more recently did I actually become more concerned with quality parts and software versus cheap parts and flunky clunky applications. I have also purchased a few complete vendor produced systems from Dell and HP, and have been very happy with the quality and added featured software and peripherals they provide.
   Today I own a 3 Gigahertz HP Pentium 4 Computer. Store bought 1 year ago and bundled with software, printer, and a very nice flat screen (LCD). It has been very reliable, allowed me to get work done, run a side eBay business, and support my multimedia hobby while ripping MP3 music and playing it while online or offline.
   With the advent of the newly released and redefined iMac, along with a Unix kernel driven Operating System, my curiosity was peaked. The struggle always came when spending hard earned money for something I just had no idea whether I would like, enjoy, or even use.
   I dabbled with Power Macs in a multimedia setting at work, and noted that for larger file sizes, such as large format print jobs and DVD video output, the Mac seemed to work quite well where our PC counterparts slowed, crashed and muddled through. The PCs that would choke on similar files, we always attributed to poor local configuration, or incomparable feature sets of the hardware (low end PCs). Not for a moment did we consider that perhaps the PC was designed improperly or poorly. Or did we take into account the possibility that the Mac simply was programmed with design stability.
   The question of which is better simply cannot be answered. I could read and search the Internet for such fodder, and fodder I have found. But I always felt bias was a large part of the reviewers content. I wanted a clear comparison of features, abilities, and user friendliness. There was only one way to accomplish this, and that was to do it myself.


Decision

   I made the decision quite by chance. The latest iMac G5 was recently released. It was the iMac that had an all in one hardware appeal, white appliance look and feel, and yes, price played a part in the decision.
   I was at a local mall and happened into the Apple Store. The generic modern white palace of which Apple enthusiasts gathered, invited me in. If not for curiosity, the salespeople would have scared me away. More on that in a minute.
   I began by looking at what was on display, the iMac, iBook (laptop) some iPods, and peripherals and software. The iMac had always drawn my eye. The iMac G4, often called an R2-D2, based on the half circle base and the long silver pole with a monitor on the end, always intrigued me. It was truly gorgeous, perhaps a piece of modern furniture. But this iMac seemed even more compact, modern and appliance like. I started seeing it in TV commercials, movies, and spoke of it in conversations with friends (PC friends as well as Mac enthusiasts).
   The iMac G5 was a work of art, coming from a PC guy, that really says something I think. The iMac was so interesting I decided I would have to get one, one day. While in the Apple Store, I noticed a pile of unopened boxes with a large picture of an iMac on the front. It was a stack of iMacs on sale; all had $250 off each box. They were closeouts. The new model was in town, and they wanted to push out the old.
   The price, my curiosity, and my wife got the best of me. She said “go ahead, you want one; get one”. That’s all it took. After several years, I would finally buy an Apple iMac based on perhaps the best condition ever, the wife approves. Bliss!
   I picked up the box with the iMac inside, and walked to the cashier, then placed it on the counter. At this point, the assistant manager started talking tech geek. I would need the Apple Care plan, .Mac, and a host of other peripherals that would take my deal of a lifetime, $250 off, well over the budget I wanted to spend. I shrugged off the extras, only to have the used car salesman insist I needed these things and I could have them cheaper now than later.
   Listening to the terms, I decided on Apple Care, which he shook his head in regards to (since he knew best what I needed). Only he didn’t want to pay for them to help a lowly PC guy out. The authority here was the wife, and I could see she didn’t want to hear I had to buy a lot of junk, not even knowing for sure if the iMac was something I could really put to use. Honestly, I agreed, why purchase a lot of extra stuff for an iMac I might end up selling later on eBay if my trial went sour. I proceeded to carry my iMac with Apple Care out of the Mall and home to my office.

Lets Begin
(Next Issue Part 2 available at http://weblinksnewsletter.net)

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Happy Halloween

Been a while since I have posted anything. Been kind of busy, and working on an iMac G5 review from a PC guys perspective. I plan to publish Part 1 very soon. In the meantime, enjoy some Halloween Links.

Scary Link1
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Sunday, October 16, 2005

MI6 Website - BOND, James BOND

The famous MI6, aka SIS, from James Bond lore, has put up their own webpage.

"As Britain's secret service, SIS provides the British Government with a global covert capability to promote and defend the national security and economic well-being of the United Kingdom.

SIS operates world-wide to collect secret foreign intelligence in support of the British Government's policies and objectives."

Friday, October 14, 2005

Fake Premise for Flooding Story

I wonder why the liberal media are losing their following in record numbers? Could it be that they are not very reliable in telling an accurate account of what is happening out there? Oh just couldn't be. What happens when your stories impact is lost when the viewership realizes that your premise for a major story was false?

Thats just what happened, as viewed on the Drudge Report earlier today. Michele Kosinski staged a dramatic report from a flooded area in a rowboat, only the water was one foot deep. How terrible save us from the massive biblical flood!

Friday, October 07, 2005

What Time Is It?

It is about time. Yes it is! If you want to know just what time it is, no better place to check out than the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This is a Java applet that runs on a webpage, so ya need Java installed. Give it a try!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Music: Harvey Danger

Now this is a totally new idea! How about musicians actually releasing their music for free? The band Harvey Danger has done just that. Why? They explain themselves on the website. I urge you to check out the album, then donate if you like it. The music industry is making unprecedented profits, time to give back to the musicians themselves. This is a start!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Orbiter's Long Life Helps Scientists Track Changes on Mars

I sure wonder what kind of man made emissions could be causing the Mars icecaps to melt. Sure is a huge coincidence I say, that the Mars and Earth Polar caps are melting in parallel. What could be causing this? Man made emissions? Unlikely! Probably a temperature or emissions increase in the Sun. So much for "experts" who know a lot about global warming.

..."for three Mars summers in a row, deposits of frozen carbon dioxide near Mars' south pole have shrunk from the previous year's size, suggesting a climate change in progress."

Thursday, September 15, 2005

God's Cake

God's Cake

Sometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this?" or "Why did God have to do this to me?" Here is a wonderful explanation!

A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.

Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, "Absolutely Mom, I love your cake."


"Here, have some cooking oil," her Mother offers. "Yuck" says her daughter.

"How about a couple raw eggs?"

"Gross, Mom!"

"Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?" "Mom, those are all yucky!"

To which the mother replies: "Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!

God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!
God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.

Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.


Well Said! - Will

Sunday, September 11, 2005

9/11

The Anniversary of 9/11 is upon us. Lets take time to remember those civilians attacked for no reason, and understand why our military MUST be overseas to stabilize a Middle East that is on a run away train!

Here is a graphic that explains why the Twin Towers collapsed. I visited them years ago in 6th grade, like many children. It was awesome to be so high, and terrible to think how far they fell.

See the 9/11 Graphic

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Wow, Another Anti New Orleans Rant!

This time from a Black writer at the Jamacan Times. I am shocked, and in full agreement.

Fred Does It Again! His Views on New Orleans and Riots

I must say this has to be the most controversial and bold of any of the articles I have ever seen Fred do. He risks much by speaking out boldly about the riots in New Orleans, and about the entitlement society we have created. If you have any time at all, you must read this article.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Who is to BLAME for New Orleans?

Just who's fault is New Orleans slow humanitarian response? I say NOT the President, how about the slack jawed mayor of New Orleans, or the meek tiny Governor of Louisiana.

"The vultures of the venomous left are attacking on two fronts, first that the president didn't do what the incompetent mayor of New Orleans and the pouty governor of Louisiana should have done, and didn't, in the early hours after Katrina loosed the deluge on the city that care and good judgment forgot. Ray Nagin, the mayor, ordered a "mandatory" evacuation a day late, but kept the city's 2,000 school buses parked and locked in neat rows when there was still time to take the refugees to higher ground. The bright-yellow buses sit ruined now in four feet of dirty water. Then the governor, Kathleen Blanco, resisted early pleas to declare martial law, and her dithering opened the way for looters, rapists and killers to make New Orleans an unholy hell. Gov. Haley Barbour did not hesitate in neighboring Mississippi, and looters, rapists and killers have not turned the streets of Gulfport and Biloxi into killing fields."

How about this...

"The race hustlers waited for three days to inflame a tense situation, but then set to work with their usual dedication. The Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, our self-appointed twin ambassadors of ill will, made the scene as soon as they could, taking up the coded cry that Katrina was the work of white folks, that a shortage of white looters and snipers made looting and sniping look like black crime, that calling the refugees "refugees" was an act of linguistic racism. A "civil rights activist" on Arianna Huffington's celebrity blog even floated the rumor that the starving folks abandoned in New Orleans had been forced to eat their dead -- after only four days."

"Condi Rice went to the scene to say what everyone can see for himself, that no one but the race hustlers imagine Americans of any hue attaching strings to the humanitarian aid pouring into the broken and bruised cities of the Gulf. Most of the suffering faces in the flickering television images are black, true enough, and most of the helping hands are white."

Thanks Wes, we appreciate the truth! read the link above for the whole article.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Help Hurricane Katrina Victims!

FEMA lists the following agencies as needing
monetary donations to assist hurricane victims:

American Red Cross
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English
1-800-257-7575 Spanish

Operation Blessing
1-800-436-6348

AmericaƂ’s Second Harvest
1-800-344-8070

Adventist Community Services
1-800-381-7171

Catholic Charities, USA
703 549-1390

Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
1-800-848-5818

Church World Service
1-800-297-1516

Convoy of Hope
417-823-8998

Lutheran Disaster Response
800-638-3522

Mennonite Disaster Service
717-859-2210

Nazarene Disaster Response
888-256-5886

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
800-872-3283

Salvation Army
1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440

United Methodist Committee on Relief
1-800-554-8583

For some additional Katrina Info from FEMA, this link shows maps and FAQ info.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Get Opera FREE!

But only for a limited time. The 10 year anniversary has prompted the guru's at Opera to give away free license codes. Submit your email address for the codes on all platforms! For some kind of limited time only!

Cindy Sheehan Empty Protest

Remember the news coverage of Cindy Sheehan, the woman who is so against the war after her son died volunteering? Well, seems that all is not always as it seems. Take a look at the link and see how a no show of protesters is orchestrated into a full slam bang turn out. Funny thing is that the turn out is all news media. I don't see any real protesters. The liberal media strikes again.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Can you pass the 8th Grade Math Test?

Found this link online, and boy was I surprised, I actually scored 10 out of 10. I stink at Math, but have no fear it is the basic stuff. I wonder how many 8th graders can actually pass this 8th grade test! Try it for fun!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Batman Hits DVD In October

The Rope of Silicon Web site reported that Batman Begins will hit DVD on Oct. 18. The hit film will be available in three formats: single-disc widescreen and full-screen editions and a two-disc deluxe set with eight documentaries, the site reported.

The documentaries will deal with Batman Begins' production, the batsuit, the Batmobile, the monorail chase, shooting in Iceland, fighting and the incarnations of Batman over the past 20 years. The deluxe set will also contain featurettes on characters and weapons, an interactive comic book, a stills gallery, trailers and a collectible 72-page comic, the site reported.

Fred on Slavery!

Fred wonders, what would you do today if faced with profiting of slavery? How about if moral injustices were happening, but you could easily turn your head and think things would be ok? Read the link above to see if you agree or not.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Brosnon OUT of BOND Role?

I said back on April 28, 2005, that Pierce Brosnon would play BOND one more time. Looks like he won't. For some reason he received a call saying they no longer needed him. Shame, I was looking forward to seeing him as Bond one more time.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

BBS Documentary

In the 1980's there was a huge sharing of data, that happened before this thing called Internet. It was built on the backbones of private individuals, and depended on the phone lines of America. Called a BBS (Bulletin Board System) one could link up, transfer files and images, as well as play online games. Now you can listen to those most responsible for jumpstarting an Internet Industry before we even knew the term Internet. Check out the website, and for $50 one can purchase a copy of the documentary. The BBS software I used to use was called WWIV for the PC. Take a gander at all the types of software and hardware BBS systems back then.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Latest Weblinksnewsletter Blocked

Well the latest edition of my newsletter has been blocked by AOL. This includes AOL itself, netscape.net, and Walmart.com (Netconnect). Seems that the size of my newsletter is the trigger. It must be a new package that evaluates the size of the email, and decides if it is too big, or too much text, it must be Spam. What a shame that actual subscribers of a Newsletter has the content blocked, but I wager that they get hammered by Breast increase pills, Free Software, and Penis Enlargement gimmicks, by the truckload. I am considering what to do next, but perhaps I will pare down the newsletter, and release more frequently. Techies, lend me your ideas!

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Bush Needs to be LOCKED UP?

"They all need to be locked up because they are all criminals and they are all thieves," said Judge Greg Mathis, the star of the syndicated television program "The Judge Mathis Show."

Just words of a crybaby loser, who never could accept the simple fact that 51% of the voters actually voted for the opposition. Not one legal case, NOT ONE, has ever been brought up in Florida or Ohio against the Bush Gore Election, or the last Bush Kerry election. Why? It is just this simple. There are NO cases to try. There was no voter fraud, there was no deception, there was no cheating. If anything, this broad proclamation of wrong doing was simply instituted by whiner loser Democrats that couldn't simply win an election on the up and up. They had to place this into the psyche of the American Left, and they will forever be led by shallow people who can not simply state their goals or plans, rather they attack the good Right. The Conservative Right will always win when it comes to simple ideas that make sense, and when Liberals try to redistribute wealth that we have worked very hard for.

Keep whining losers, that just locks in the next major election for the Right! Read this link above for laughs if nothing else!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Is It Wrong to Love Microsoft?

I really like this opinion. You hear many tech people bash Microsoft, and Microsoft does deserve some grief for certain bonehead ideas that place burdens on customers. However, this person loves Microsoft, and tells you why. Glad to see someone with the courage to speak in support of the most popular software company around. With 95% market coverage, regardless of why, they must be popular!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Schmidt Wins 2nd District Special Election!

Ohio Republican Jean Schmidt destroyed the Democratic challenger Paul Hackett to win Tuesday's Second Congressional District special election. She won by a margin of 52%. Earlier the Democrats hinted at a landslide by Hackett, which would indicate Democrats were on the upswing back to power.

So much for Liberal values winning votes!

The election was to replace Congressman Rob Portman who was appointed by President Bush as the US Trade Representative.

Congrats Jean!

Air America Stealing from Poor Kids?

Ok so where is the outrage? Where is the 24-7 coverage on CNN? Why do we only hear about this one on conservative websites? I will tell you, Liberal Democratic leaders are simply lying, coverup stooges. They insist on pointing fingers, but have a double standard. They won't look at scandals that involve themselves. Shame!

Michele Malkin asks "Will Air America's self-proclaimed champions of the poor and downtrodden--Franken? Garafolo? Springer?--touch this story with a ten-foot pole? Will Randi Rhodes trot out her gunshot sound effects to blame the messenger? Or will the gabbers continue maintaining their radio silence?"

Good Question!

Monday, July 25, 2005

Thanks Yahoo, Konfabulator is now FREE!

From their site:
Konfabulator is now free. Yup. If you download version 2.1 you know what you'll never ever see? That's right a registration reminder. Fear not, there's nothing sneaky in there, no spyware, no ads, nothing that's keeping track of information and sending it to us... it's pure, uncut Konfabulator goodness.

Awesome!

Fred on Rocks and Little Girls

Fred has a cool Blog all about the destruction of Political Correctness, and a fine Blog it is. I just hope he is not too late to educate the masses. Seems little girls get arrested for throwing rocks at antagonists, not just arrested, but from a virtual SWAT Team of cowards.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

James "Scotty" Doohan Dies

Recently James Doohan, at age 85, passed away in his Redmond, Washington home. Best known for his role as Scotty on the famed Star Trek TV Series, his wit and swashbuckling technical skills, kept Captain Kirk and his Crew from certain doom! I have a chance to meet James a few years back, at a local Computer Show. He was not even announced, so it was a surprise to see him sitting in the corner. The crowd was small, since no one knew he would be making an appearance. I went over to get an autograph and talk with him. I told him how great it was to see him on the Star Trek: Next Generation show, and that he did a great job as Scotty. He thanked me. I went on to ask if he really had a negative feeling for William Shatner. He seemed to want to blow into a tirade about "That son of a ..." when his publicist stepped in, and said they had some differences in the past, but look forward to working on joint projects. I hope Shatner and Doohan had a chance to reconcile. None-the-less I enjoyed his character as Scotty, and will now look back at the old shows with kind reverence for him and his family!

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Fantastic Four Movie - Fantastic!

I saw the Fantastic Four Movie this week, and I now know why it is called Fantastic! The movie was a great story, excellent realistic effects, with intermixed comedy, and fun. It had my attention through the whole thing. Sometimes I roll my eyes at the science of these movies, but it was believable, and as realistic as a fantasy movie can be. I urge you to see it, and this one is sure to be one a strong DVD purchase when it is released to home video.

IBM OS/2 to be Discontinued

By Years End, IBM has decided to finally throw in the towel on OS/2 officially. Many will claim that IBM threw in the towel over 10 years ago. OS/2 was the once flagship competition to Microsoft Operating Systems. It had superior multi-tasking, which was called pre-emptive. This Blogger had the pleasure and displeasure of testing and using OS/2 years ago. It was not all that bad, but had many issues with poor hardware drivers support, and very few available applications. I have always felt that IBM could have gained market had they taken a page from the Linux community, and released the source code. But IBM was more interested in short term profit instead of long term money in support and licensing!
Goto the OS/2 BBS site for Some great OS/2 info.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Vacation Fun

Your Weblinksnewsletter.net updates have been a bit slow in coming these last few weeks. Mostly due to work and planned time off for Vacation. Yes, Weblinks faithful, even I take time off to smell the roses. Even more so, I like to smell the surf and the diesel engine smoke. To the Southern end of Delmarva to Assateague Island, in Virginia, what is known as Chincoteague. As far as the Diesel Engine Smoke, you can get a good dose from the Western Maryland Railroad. Both sites were very enjoyable, when I am not walking the Beach or the Rails, I am simply relaxing at home, eating out at local buffets, and sweating to the summer searing heat! Hope your Vacation is as much fun!

Friday, July 08, 2005

Attack on London

It seems to me that Americas War on Terror is succeeding! To many this may at first seem strange, however, lets really look at what happened in London. A small bomb was exploded in a double decker bus. No buildings fell, a relatively small amount of people died, even though 1 dead is a terrible count. The large mighty AlQaeda Terrorist forces are weak. They perpetrated something school children could have done with common household chemicals. Seems that if they risk a strike, they would do one worthy of the name Terrorist. Alas, they are shrinking in strength and resolve. Thanks to President Bush for taking the war to the enemy, or this bombing may have been even larger than a pipe bomb.

Congrats to the Londoners who have extreme determination, and who have faced truly ruthless attacks from above in World War 2. No doubt that this last attack is but a fly in the ointment of the London people. They have endured much more.

I especially like the words of Ken Livingstone, when he said...

"...however many of us you kill, will stop that flight to our city where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another."

Now that is determination, and a glowing view of what Freedom is really all about. Read the whole address at the link above, to the people of London.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

US Supreme Socialist Court Rules in Favor of Property Seizure

The United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote, upheld the Connecticut case of condemning property so the State can take it from the rightful owners. It gets harder to believe day after day, but I am just not surprised anymore. When our personal rights to be protected by seizure of our own property, guaranteed by the 5th Amendment to the Founders version of the US Constitution, comes under fire, they may as well repeal it all together. The CIA factbook says that we are a nation that is Constitution-based federal republic with a strong democratic tradition. So much for that fact.

Here is Artitcle V which states:

Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings. Ratified 12/15/1791.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

If we do not act now and throw these Liberal Judges from their entrenched benches, we will have an America that our founding fathers would not be able to recognize as the United States, in a few decades. We must revise our Constitution to some how limit the lifetime appointments that a Supreme Court Justice enjoys. Perhaps there should be some confirmation of continuing service which is overseen by the House of Representatives. Contact your rep to complain today or risk losing the rest of your God given rights.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Schwarzenegger Jeered at Graduation Speech

I have to admit right now, I was blown away to learn that California students were protesting against Arnold. Not because he insisted that he have full reign of control to do whatever he wanted, but rather to insist that the citizens VOTE. Only in America would the puke students even think of protesting the right to vote and decide their destiny. The Socialist doctrine is creeping in on America. I would expect Chinese students to protest FOR the right to vote, or perhaps land owner rights, maybe citizenry to urge their government to allow freedoms to a populace that has seen little reform. BUT to have citizens protest elected officials who are FORCING them to vote, simply ridiculous! Click the link above.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Batman Begins In Theaters

I recently saw Batman Begins and to my pleasant surprise the story was fantastic! Bruce Wayne was a very complex and interesting character for once in a Batman movie. The acting was top notch, and the effects were good. I was not impressed with the shaky camera fight scenes, where I found it hard to see anything. I also didn't like the MTV style camera quick takes and cinematography, but for the most part it didn't take from the story. The movie deals with many flashbacks and memory recalls, which I could have done without. Start telling the story from the beginning, and give us the whole chronological view, instead of going back and forth trying to confuse the viewer. The flashbacks didn't add anything special from what I could see. This movie #5 from the Batman Quintilogy is, however, one of the better attempts to tell the Batman story. An obvious sequel will be in the works, in an attempt to bring back Joker. This major review is one of the first I read, and turns out to be pretty close to my own take on the film.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Apple Going Intel Inside!

In what seems to me to be the biggest announcement in the computer world in the last 10 years, Apple has decided to partner with Intel to replace the IBM/Motorola processor which is currently shipping inside the famed Mac computer. It was announced June 6th at the Apple World Wide Developer Conference. You may be asking, what's the bid deal? The rivalry between Intel with Windows versus Mac has been going on since Windows copied the first Mac computer with Windows 2.0 way back when. Microsoft settled and Apple never looked back. Best known for the iPod music device today, Apple set the standard for modern interfaces on personal computers. Now Apple has decided, under the direction of Apple guru CEO, Steve Jobs, to supplant the Power PC chip with Intel. The implications for the long term development of the company is at first obvious. Intel is light years ahead in low power consumption designed processors. But an added benefit is a possible inroads into the 95% market share that Windows software enjoys on the Intel platform. For us PC chip users, we could have a huge choice to make for a robust Unix based Operating System with a tried and true, solidly built Graphical User Interface in June 2006. If Apple was ever going to take a bite out of the Intel market, this may be Apple getting ready to set the buffet table.



See what my favorite tech pundit, John Dvorak, has to say about this one.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Carrie Wins Idol 2005!

Carrie Underwood, farm girl from Oklahoma, took the title as American Idol this Wednesday evening. Season stats were huge, and a half a million calls were placed in the seasons worth of voting which saw the final round between Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood. Carrie will now be the recipient of a Million Dollar Recording Contract, private jet, and no doubt world wide notoriety. Congrats Carrie!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Rednecks: The Virtues Thereof

Fred is one of those guys who has a very unique point of view. I must say that this latest edition of his web newsletter is near right on the mark. Seems that not long ago, America on the whole, was a self sufficient country, its people, its economy, its ideas, and its independence. He takes issue with the idea of Rednecks as a lower form of life. Also takes issue with citizenry that has little skills to do anything for themselves. That of course is the main point he tries to make. In his own colorful way. Click on the title link above to read the full article.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

American Idol

The Most Popular Reality Show on TV, 2nd only to Survivor, is American Idol, and it is about to wrap up next week. I actually rarely make a point of watching a recurring TV show, only Idol and Battlestar Galactica have that honor. If you have been watching it, even if you haven't, for all the latest news and recap information along with exclusive performance videos, you should check out the link above. This official website is a MUST SEE for any Idol Fan. Get images, information, and buy stuff from the Idol store.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Microsoft XBox 360 Revealed

Microsoft is working on the XBox 360, which could be the Living Room application server that we have been waiting for. Take a gander at the sleek design and bundled devices that might come with it. This XBox is not just for gaming, but that is the main purpose of this speedy demon. It will also act as a movie and music component. If it does TiVo functions well, I think they will have something here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

AVID Home Software Tryout

Multimedia Professionals know and live with the word AVID. This is the most widely used and trusted software solution to Movie and DVD Multimedia Video editing and compilations. Now you can actually download a version of the AVID software for your home PC. For years it has been a Mac only product, but now it is available to those of us in the PC world. The "tryout" available at the link above is not a full feature version, but will allow you to get more familiar with the software or at least have a PC copy at home for personal use and practice. Grab this software now if you don't mind providing your personal info.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

ebay Suffers Power Outage

Now this may not be Earth Shaking News, but eBay suffered a power outage earlier this week. Though these things can happen, I wonder if eBay is really telling the whole truth. Don't they realize you can purchase Battery Backup Systems aka UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplies). Matter of fact, you can get them on the eBay site itself!

Symantec Worm Simulator

Here is an interesting Weblink for ya. Symantec has created a Spreading Worm (which is almost like a Virus) Simulator. This model shows the speed and process that an Internet Worm will cover the Globe. Symantec is the author of Norton Antivirus, so no wonder they are interested in showing you how naughty a Worm really is. If you become scared enough, you may be interested in purchasing one of their latest products. I prefer Norton Antivirus myself, for ease of use, smooth integration, and normally low system resource demands. That was not always the case, and they have some great competition online right now. If you don't have a Virus Scanner, it really is time to get one, no matter your preference.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Mac Think Secret Rumor site

Seems that this site is so on the mark, and accurate, that Apple and Steve Jobs is suing them for "irreparable damage". If you really want the news and info on Mac hardware and software, as well iPod information, you have to take a look at...

http://www.thinksecret.com/

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Parents to Collect Children's DNA

Of all the things a parent can do to protect their child, this new home kit DNA collection package has to be the lamest. Could someone tell me just what having a little bag of their child's DNA will do to help protect them? Imagine if you will, your child has been abducted or worse murdered. Bang, you pull out the clear little bag of DNA and poof all is better again. Ridiculous! The best thing for all of us to do, as well our activist judges, is LOCK away the Criminals! If the criminals are locked away, no parent has to swab their child's cheek for DNA. Does this make sense to anyone? Why are child predators even allowed to inhabit our neighborhoods where kids play and live? This is just another "feel good" activity for parents, but the reality is that no DNA sample will save your child's life, it will only confirm their death.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Pierce Brosnan as 007 Once More!

Not sure about you, but I am actually thrilled about the latest news that Brosnan will reprise his role as 007. It was reported last year he would step aside, but the actor who has been one of the best Bond's since Sean Connery, and actually uses a British accent, will return as 007. James Bond appears to be a role created for Brosnan, in my opinion. It is due to be officially announced this summer.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Windows Longhorn Preview

Paul Thurott apparently seems to be a favorite of mine when it comes to technical reviews of software packages. He has already reviewed Mac OS X 10.4 and now he has taken a good in depth look at the Windows Longhorn Preview or BETA as it is normally called.
Longhorn is the next version of Windows, which is planned to replace Windows XP. Based on the screenshots that Paul provides I don't really see any special features. Matter of fact all I see is a new shell graphical interface. I am sure things are different under the hood, and Paul speaks about some of that. But I have to admit, it had better provide the normal user a faster and easier environment to get work done or it will sink for sure and Windows XP will hang on for a long life much the same way Windows 95 did.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Return of Superman

The new Superman movie was announced today. Seems that the hero will have more of an older look based on the classic comics from the 60's. Brandon Routh is relatively unknown, but after the release of "The Return of Superman" next year, I am sure he will propel to stardom. Only issue I see is that his red trunks are simply too short. I sure hope he doesn't have to bend over to pick anything up.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Google Maps w/ Satellite Images

If you have not seen this most awesome map site that Google has put together, you must take a look. Not only is this site a normal Map generator, but a click away converts your map right to a satellite image which directly matches your map. This site by far blows away any other map site I have seen for the FREE price! You can also drag and move with the mouse, versus waiting for a page to reload for the next map,most awesome!

http://maps.google.com/

Speed Up Windows XP

If you are a user of Windows XP, you may not realize that there are many services that run in the background, many of which you will never use. This article from Extreme Tech is a great in depth series of tips that will help you get the most bang for your buck while running XP. Learn how to change and shutdown these hidden services, reduce boot time, and work to make XP as stealthy as possible.

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,1785996,00.asp

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Mac OSX 10.4 Review

There sure is alot of chatter going on surrounding the latest Mac OS X release. The Mac OS seems to be the darling of the technical and creative genre right now. I venture to say that even Linux is not as popular, though it could be more widely used. Here is a review from a PC professional that gives a truly non-biased view of what the OS has to offer, and whether it performs well enough for us PC people to switch to a Mac.

I myself think Apple is tainting the OS with idiot "PC-like" features that are not really as seamless as they should be. Read on for yourself to see what Paul Thurrott has to say about this latest $129 upgrade.

http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/macosx_tiger.asp

Monday, April 18, 2005

Costello and Abbott - Computer Sales - Funny


ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking
about buying a computer.

ABBOTT: Mac?

COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.

ABBOTT: Your computer?

COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.

ABBOTT: Mac?

COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou.

ABBOTT: What about Windows?

COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?

ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?

COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows?

ABBOTT: Wallpaper.

COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.

ABBOTT: Software for Windows?

COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write
proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?

ABBOTT: I just did.

COSTELLO: You just did what?

ABBOTT: Recommend something.

COSTELLO: You recommended something?

ABBOTT: Yes.

COSTELLO: For my office?

ABBOTT: Yes.

COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!

ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.

COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say
I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I
need?

ABBOTT: Word.

COSTELLO: What word?

ABBOTT: Word in Office.

COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.

ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?

ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue "W".

COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue "w" if you don't start with
some straight answers. OK, forget that. Can I watch movies on the
Internet?

ABBOTT: Yes, you want Real One.

COSTELLO: Maybe a real one, maybe a cartoon. What I watch is none of
your business. Just tell me what I need!

ABBOTT: Real One.

COSTELLO: If it's a long movie, I also want to watch reels 2, 3 and 4.
Can I watch them?

ABBOTT: Of course.

COSTELLO: Great! With what?

ABBOTT: Real One.

COSTELLO: OK, I'm at my computer and I want to watch a movie. What do
I do?

ABBOTT: You click the blue "1".

COSTELLO: I click the blue one what?

ABBOTT: The blue "1".

COSTELLO: Is that different from the blue w?

ABBOTT: The blue "1" is Real One and the blue "W" is Word.

COSTELLO: What word?

ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

COSTELLO: But there are three words in "office for windows"!

ABBOTT: No, just one. But it's the most popular Word in the world.

COSTELLO: It is?

ABBOTT: Yes, but to be fair, there aren't many other Words left. It
pretty much wiped out all the other Words out there.

COSTELLO: And that word is real one?

ABBOTT: Real One has nothing to do with Word. Real One isn't even part
of Office.

COSTELLO: STOP! Don't start that again. What about financial
bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?

ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.

COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?

ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.

COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?

ABBOTT: One copy.

COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?

ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.

COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?

ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!

(A few days later)

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?

ABBOTT: Click on "START

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Welcome!

Ok I have resisted the move to Blog. Up to this point I have been creating my site locally, by hand, the old fashioned way. I realized that I got alot of my info for my Weblinksnewsletter from Blogs all over the place. So I decided to give this Blog a try, using the standard tools, to see what you all think about this.
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