Sites that I found interesting for August 26th 2009 through August 29th 2009:
IBM 'X-Rays' A Molecule – IBM scientists claim to be the first to image the inner structure of a molecule, opening up new possibilities in building smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient computing components.
The Evolution of Retweeting – Twitter has announced that a user-generated communication technique called retweeting–reposting someone else's message, similar to quoting–will be formally incorporated into Twitter. Some experts say Twitter's approach will hinder the conversational aspect of retweeting; others predict that it will create a new way of communicating.
Fewer Unencrypted QAM & Analog Cable Channels Coming Soon – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled to allow cable companies to use cheap, one-way digital set top boxes with encryption on them via a three-year granting of a waiver to the FCC rule that had prohibited the use of set-top boxes with integrated security functionality. Sounds harmless enough, but its really a bad thing for many consumers – especially HTPC users.
Sites that I found interesting for August 24th 2009 through August 25th 2009:
How To: Run an ‘Honesty Trace’ to Counter Roadside Bombs – Changing up routes is standard in military operations, but creating “honesty traces” (a term borrowed from the British in Northern Ireland, who did the same thing with tracing paper) can help troops avoid falling into unexpected — and potentially deadly — patterns. via @MitchWagner on Twitter.
Supercook: recipe search by ingredients you have at home – Supercook is a new recipe search engine that finds recipes you can make with only the ingredients you have at home. To begin, simply start adding ingredients you have in the green box on the top left. The more ingredients you add, the better the results will be. via @nicmcc on Twitter.
Avoid the top 10 mistakes most commonly made building and HTPC – The gang at MissingRemote.com have compiled a list of the top 10 mistakes people most commonly make during their build process of an HTPC. I can't stress that this applies for novice users as well as experts, as its usually the obvious things that are forgotten that cause the most hassle!
Wakali Wa Downtown – In the fall of 2008, Urban Project, a grass roots Canadian charity helped a group of talented Tanzania street youth record this Bongo Flava hip hop album. By purchasing this album, you are contributing to a fund that goes directly back to these artists.
Sites that I found interesting for August 18th 2009
Windows 7 includes support for Dolby Digital Plus – Microsoft has added support for Dolby Digital Plus in most versions of Windows 7. The Plus version of Dolby Digital not only supports higher bit rates than the classic Dolby Digital, but it also offers better sound quality at the same bit rate — it is not lossless like Dolby TrueHD though
There has been a lot of talk lately among Windows Media Center enthusiasts and other Home Theater PC users about getting your computer to go to sleep. The advantage here would be to save a few bucks on your power bill at the end of the month rather than powering beast 24/7. Also, it could help your home be a little ‘greener’. Both causes worth while, no?
Andy VT has but together a nice how-to for getting your computer on its way to cyber slumberland.
My main HTPC uses around 130 watts at idle, 7 watts in standby (S3), and 4 in hibernate (S4) so the case for having it take a nap whenever it can is quite clear. There was a time when getting S3 standby working properly was a black art involving careful motherboard and device selection, registry hacks, and some pixie dust. When Vista came out and even low-end motherboards included full standby support all of that changed; setting up your PC to properly take a nap, and wake up when you need it, is something anyone with a few minutes can do.
Have a look at his whole post for screen shots and configuration.
Whether you are a spreadsheet jockey, a gamer or somewhere in between, Windows 7 is for you. I’ve been using it as my sole OS on my laptop and have even gone as far as deploying the beta as my family’s Media Center server. We get all of our TV, Music and Video content via Windows 7 and you can’t make me go back. Truth be told, I wasn’t a Vista hater. People had issues but for some reason they never surfaced for me the way they did for others.
Are you going to make the upgrade? If you are still on the fence, Maximum PC has a great run down and side-by-side-by-side comparison between XP, Vista, and Windows 7. Recommended reading.
As we start August, I note that I have just completed month 2 of my Bing Challenge. I still use Bing as my primary search engine. Do I still use Google? Sure, from time to time. But I am getting nice results with Bing.
This afternoon I did a search that is a good case for Bing. We needed to go to Sport Authority (sporting goods store) for something so I entered the words Sports Authority in my Firefox search bar.
Here is my result on Bing:
The same search on Google:
Both are smart enough to know I am searching for a store and not some guru who knows his sports trivia. But Bing gives me a map with all the closest stores to my location. The Carmel Mountain store is closest to me so I click the details link to get to this page:
I now have directions, a phone number and (if I scroll down a bit, not pictured) the latest ratings from users who have been to this store and are complaining or praising it.
So, I’ll continue to use Bing, not because it is from Microsoft or because it is not from Google but because it works for me. I still love my Gmail and my Open Office and Firefox. Figure out what works best for you.
Sites that I found interesting for July 29th 2009 through August 1st 2009:
No more Windows 7 Europe Edition – Microsoft: "In the wake of last week’s developments, as well as continuing feedback on Windows 7 E that we have received from computer manufacturers and other business partners, I’m pleased to report that we will ship the same version of Windows 7 in Europe in October that we will ship in the rest of the world." via @windows7center on Twitter.