Archive for the ‘Tech News’ Category

Run Windows 7….Remotely

Posted on March 4th, 2009 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Tech News | 1 Comment »

Windows 7 Beta has gotten alot of press time, I’ve personally played with it quite a bit, and have it on my main laptop. It was, to be honest, more stable than Vista, with the acceptable incompatible issues that should be fixed by release. But…what if you want to play with 7 but not install it on your main computer? Windows 7 can be made to allow concurrent connections, and you can use RDP to run it remotely.

Downloadsquad has a post and a link to an enabler file. Check it out if you want to play with 7 but not install it on your main computer.

Downloadsquad: Run 7 on two computers, on one install

Yawffer

Posted on February 19th, 2009 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Tech News | 1 Comment »

This is a very nifty program especially for people who play around with lots of programs.
Yawffer monitors and freezes Windows processes which are resource hoggers, CPU, memory, and disk usage.
You can go in and pause a process which seems to be hogging alot of CPU, finish up work, and then resume the program. Of course, this doesn’t kill the program, it’s just on pause.
This would be pretty useful if you are multitasking, and your productivity is being hampered by another program running which you can’t really close, but would like to chill for a few minutes.
Check it out: Yawffer

Drive Manager

Posted on February 5th, 2009 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Tech News | 1 Comment »

To continue the theme…Drive Manager is another computer tool. This program gets you detailed info about your drives, HDD or optical, even USB.
It tells you the size/format/name/volume number/read write speeds, and even better, SMART info, system flags, and analyze disks. An interesting but I doubt very secure form of privacy is also included, letting you hide drives so they don’t show up in Explorer. Its a nifty little thing, which is relatively useful, but not something you would go out looking for.

Check it out, save it for just the right time to shave off a few minutes of looking for the data: Drive Manager

WhoCrashed?

Posted on February 5th, 2009 in Downloads, Tech News | Comments Off on WhoCrashed?

I would like to assume that the name of this program is quite self-explanatory, but…let’s elaborate.
WhoCrashed is a program for Windows that analyzes crash dumps and tells you what drivers were responsible for crashing your computer. Granted, its not a fool-proof app, there are times when its wrong, but it has been quite useful troubleshooting computer crashes, especially ones that aren’t giving you a google-able error code that actually gets you results.
Check it out, WhoCrashed?

Synergy

Posted on December 3rd, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, For Macs, Linux, Software/Hardware Reviews, Tech News | 2 Comments »

No…not what your probably thinking.
Instead, synergy allows you to use a keyboard and a mouse to control several computers. What this lets you do on a network is use 3 or 4  computers, as a 3 or 4 monitor setup.
To make it better, a clipboard is shared across them.
You install the server software on the main computer that has the keyboard and mouse, and client software on the others. What is quite nice and lets everyone have the fun, is that you can use Macs in this wonderful array too.
Check it out, Synergy

Aaaaaand We’re back! Celemony

Posted on November 4th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Tech News | 1 Comment »

Our sincerest apologies to our sudden disappearance. We ran into some real life issues that needed to be solved.

And so, without further ado, introducing Celemony.

Celemony is a program/company which has made something truly revolutionary for musicians and dabblers in music editing.
Celemony’s suite called Melodyne has algorithms which allow a user to individually edit each note within a chord. This is the applicable to chorus recordings, piano, essentially all instruments. You can shift an individual note out of the chord, move it out completely, change a chords key, etc. With a suitable library, you could concivably make a recording based solely on previous recordings.
Check it out, Celemony

Firefox Extension: Ubiquity

Posted on September 8th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Tech News | Comments Off on Firefox Extension: Ubiquity

Now, we are all crazy about chrome, but theres one main thing I won’t like about chrome until its implemented, and thats extensions. Speaking of which….
Firefox extension: Ubiquity. Its an extension that is like launchy for firefox, so that commands can be typed with a few letters instead of clicks or searching. Check out some of the commands on their site, Ubiquitous Interfaces

Google has a browser?!

Posted on September 3rd, 2008 in Google, Software/Hardware Reviews, Tech News | 1 Comment »

Yes, Google has recently released the beta of its new browser Chrome. It has been designed from the ground up for web applications with a focus on security and performance. Some of the features include a UI with tabs on top, an integrated privacy mode, and a task manager that can monitor and restrict individual tabs and plugins like processes. For more information take a look at the comic book Google produced to explain every aspect of Chrome.  I have been using the browser since yesterday, and it does seem to be faster than firefox especially when loading a whole bunch of tabs at the same time. Being that it is still in beta, Chrome is not without some issues. There are reports of some security flaws, even though Chrome is supposed to be more secure than other browsers. I experienced some problem with the controls in flash videos, but this was easily fixed putting the tab in its own window. Chrome still has a lot less features than Firefox, most significant being its lack of extensions. This is something Google is working on, and will perhaps be included in the final release. Even though it will not yet replace firefox, Chrome is a good, albeit minimalistic alternative.

NimbleX

Posted on August 20th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Linux, Tech News | 4 Comments »

After returning from a quick trip to Alaska…
Presenting…NimbleX, a portable linux system thats a 200 mb live cd that has…550 packages and a quick boot time. Installation is really quick and easy although it comes with VirtualBox so you can run another OS ontop of it out of the box. Of course…you can customize your own live CD on their site, which is… NimbleX
Check it out and let us know how you like it.
Oh, and once I get settled in, I’ll post a small collection of photos from Alaska 😛

Dell’s Pocket Projector?

Posted on August 6th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Tech News | 3 Comments »

Sources indicate that Dell *might* be releasing a Pocket Projector weighing at 1.1 pounds, LED based in Q4 of this year. It’s the size of a coffee mug, and if its cheap enough…its *mine* 😛
We’ll keep you informed hehe