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Polaroid introduces inkless portable photo printer

Posted on June 9th, 2008 in Cameras/Printers, Computer software/hardware, Photos/Videoes, Software/Hardware Reviews, Tech News | 4 Comments »

“Polaroid recently announced it will launch its PoGo portable photo printer later on this summer. First seen
at CES 2008, the printer, whose name is short for Polaroid-on-the-go
according to Polaroid, achieves its compact 4.7- by 2.8- by 0.9-inch
size by not requiring any ink cartridges. Instead, it uses Zero Ink technology and ZINK Photo Paper as its medium.”

http://www.electronista.com/articles/08/06/06/polaroid.pogo.printer/

The printer (Shown above) can spit out a 2×3 color photo in under one minute. The “ZINK” paper gets its color from clear cyan, yellow, and magenta dyes that are activated and turn color by heat (applied inside the printer), which causes the ink to change color. The printers will be available @ Target on July 20, for $149 each. Paper is 10 sheets/ $4, or 30 sheets / $10.

I think its about time we finally saw a new innovation in digital photo printing. I mean, we’ve seen some neat things come around with digital photography, like the ability to email photos, and do our own touch-up and cropping, etc., etc. But nothings really changed in the past year or two. I mean, this new printer isn’t revolutionary. Theres a few odd things about it, like the fact that it does 2×3 prints, and not 4×6, which is pretty much the standard these days. (The small print size may be due to the small size of the printer – 4.7 x 2.8 inches, by only .9 inches thick.) I’d love to see one, and see what the print quality is. It would be neat if you could get pre-done sticker paper, or something like that, so that you could directly print and stick your photos anywhere.

Regardless of what the quality may or may not be, or the price of the paper (33 cents a print isn’t bad, especially realizing theres no hidden ink costs), its nice to finally see a truly portable photo printer.

Check out the Zink website here
http://www.zink.com/

PS3 uses as much power as a medium fridge!

Posted on June 5th, 2008 in Software/Hardware Reviews, Time Wasters | Comments Off on PS3 uses as much power as a medium fridge!

“According to a study by Australian consumer group Choice, video game
consoles such as Sony Playstation 3 consumes five times more energy
than a medium sized refrigerator.

They found out that a medium sized refrigerator of about 12 cu. ft.
volume (60 inches in height) will cost $50 a year while Sony
Playstation 3 will cost $250 a year even if it is not in use and only
turned on.”

“…Incredibly, the Playstation 3 consumed over ten times as much power as the Nintendo Wii.”

(http://www.intology.com/computers-internet/playstation-3-consumes-more-power-than-a-medium-sized-fridge/)

People always say that being “green” costs too much money. Green, or energy-efficient (whatever you want to call it) products sometimes do cost a little bit more upfront. But the cost of an appliance, game console, etc., isn’t just the cost to purchase the unit. It’s the cost to run it as long as you own it. You don’t buy a car and NOT consider how much you’ll spend on gas for it. You must make the same considerations with video game consoles and other electronics. At least, remember this : If you leave it on, you’re paying for the power to run it.

Microsoft says Safari on Windows isn’t safe

Posted on June 3rd, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Dumb Things That Happen, PSA-Types, Software/Hardware Reviews, Tech News, Viruses spyware and other nasty things | Comments Off on Microsoft says Safari on Windows isn’t safe

“The Windows version of Safari has a bug that’s been dubbed the “carpet
bombing” flaw. It would allow a Web site to place an infinite number of
shortcuts on a user’s desktop — the default download location in the
Windows version — effectively covering the screen with links to
potentially harmful Web sites or code. The same flaw exists in the Mac
version, except that the default download location in the Mac OS is the
user’s downloads folder.”

(http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2008/05/ah_the_irony_
microsoft_says_safari_isnt_safe_1.html)

Security researcher Nitesh Dhanjani, who found this flaw, contacted Apple about it, and got this reply :

…the ability to have a preference to “Ask me before downloading
anything” is a good suggestion. We can file that as an enhancement
request for the Safari team. Please note that we are not treating this
as a security issue, but a further measure to raise the bar against
unwanted downloads. This will require a review with the Human Interface
team. We want to set your expectations that this could take quite a
while, if it ever gets incorporated.”


(http://www.dhanjani.com/archives/2008/05/safari_carpet_bomb.html)

So, apparently, Apple doesn’t feel that this could be harmful in any way.
What would you think if Safari let your desktop look like this, and get covered in spam, viruses, and other junk?
(Image from Dhanjani)

“Now, Microsoft has issued a security alert
regarding the flaw, calling it a “blended threat.” Microsoft isn’t
supplying technical details about just how the threat works, but does
provide some basics:

What causes this threat?
A
combination of the default download location in Safari and how the
Windows desktop handles executables creates a blended threat in which
files may be downloaded to a user’s machine without prompting, allowing
them to be executed. Safari is available as a stand-alone install or
through the Apple Software Update application.

What might an attacker use this function to do?
An
attacker could trick users into visiting a specially crafted Web site
that could download content to a user’s machine and execute the content
locally using the same permissions as the logged-on user. “

(http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2008/05/ah_the_irony_
microsoft_says_safari_isnt_safe_1.html)

.htaccess Editor

Posted on April 12th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Software/Hardware Reviews | Comments Off on .htaccess Editor

Any of you guys run a web server at home or have a host that allows you to edit .htaccess?
Here’s a nifty little thing that makes it easier for people who know next to nothing of htaccess to protect pages. It’s also for people who *could* do this by hand, but really could be doing something better than text editing .htaccess.
Theres a nice web utility that allows you to setup the basic password protection, error pages, redirects, etc. Nice and simple 🙂

Check it out: .htaccess Editor

Backuping software…..alot of it :)

Posted on April 12th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Software/Hardware Reviews, Tech News, Things we should do more of | Comments Off on Backuping software…..alot of it :)

Heres some good backup software, each with its own strengths.

Hinx Backup Easy, is a small utility that lets you do local backups or FTP backuping, with schedules. Theres the option for incremental backups, and thats about it. Simple, and small 🙂 Hinx Backup Easy

DocShield has a different niche. What happens if you’re working on a giant paper, and it just goes horribly wrong? DocShield scans marked folders for changed files and saves archived versions. Its like code versioning, but for allpurpose files. This also lets you backup your versions on an ftp server. DocShield

Finally…on a slightly different note, File Alert Monitor, does what any sane human being would be able to pull out of the program name. It works on networked drives too 🙂 Check it out: File Alert Monitor

17 Google Easter Eggs, Gags, and Hoaxes

Posted on March 29th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Google, How To's, Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Software/Hardware Reviews, Time Wasters | 3 Comments »

I’m just going to let this speak for itself.

Okay, i can’t keep my mouth shut.
I reccomend the following from PCWorlds list as particularly interesting and worthy of exploration.

#3 : The three AM one looks pretty cool.  I haven’t been up till 3 to test it out, but it looks neat.
#4 : I remember reading about Gmail Paper.  There may even be a FLB post on it.
#7.  The Google Earth flight simulator.  The first time I heard of it, i didn’t believe it.  Surprisingly, Brian or Joe hadn’t heard of it either.  So off to Google Earth I went . . . and there it was.  No lie.
#8. Google calculator. One of the things i love about Google.
#12. The Picasa Bear. Just how many it will show is a mystery. . . but its a lot.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/142620-1/googles_top_17_easter_eggs_gags_and_hoaxes.html

Random Utility: IE Retitler

Posted on March 25th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Dumb Things That Happen, Software/Hardware Reviews, Tech News, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

This is a REALLY useless utility. This isn’t even like there’s a possible use for it, this program honestly, was made because it COULD be made.
IE Retitler does exactly what it says. It lets you retitle the screens of IE to whatever you want.
Funny…there aren’t any preferences, plugins, or help files. Really…all you can do with it is leave cute messages to yourself when you glance down at your taskbar or the IE bar. Have fun with it 😛
Check it out: Brenton Fletcher’s Portfolio

To be frank though, there are some pretty nice little apps in this portfolio. Have fun flipping through it and downloading a few 🙂

Just…EndItAll!

Posted on March 24th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Software/Hardware Reviews, Tech News | Comments Off on Just…EndItAll!

Indeed…sometimes, I have these bouts of insaneness and I open up task manager, and start killing memory hogging processes. This usually takes some time as I scroll through XP’s 60ish processes and Vista’s obscene 100 processes. Well…I shall do that no longer!
What you do with this little app is mark up system and critical processes, etc, that you want to keep. Press the big kill button and everything else goes poof!
However, what you really want to do before you do this, is know what you’re killing first. Because, honestly, for your own sanity, don’t kill processes you dont even know 😛
First, figure out what all those nasty processes are, THEN do this. 😉
Check it out: EndItAll

One-Handed Xbox controller

Posted on March 21st, 2008 in Labs/Experiments, Photos/Videoes, Software/Hardware Reviews, Tech News | 5 Comments »

Ben Heck has made another one-handed Xbox conroller.   All the buttons are in easy-to-reach places, and the controller still manages to incorporate two joysticks.
Read more about it here :
http://www.joystiq.com/2008/03/19/ben-hecks-one-handed-xbox-360-controller-refined/

Capster

Posted on March 16th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Software/Hardware Reviews | Comments Off on Capster

An interesting application for today…this little app starts applications at startup according to if your Caps Lock button is on or off.
I know, this sounds a bit weird and probably useless…but…think about this.
For example, most people, open up IE (GASP) or FF, outlook, etc, once their computer turns on. Its kinda like your default workspace. Well…what if some days, you honestly just want to check something real quick and don’t want everything popping up, while most days you want everything there?
Capster! Set it so all your daily programs run if caps lock isn’t on, and if caps lock IS on, nothing loads. That way, when you’re logging in, you can determine how much stuff you want to load when you login. It could come in nifty 😛

Check it out: Capster