The new LG BL40 Chocolate: iPhone killer?

Honestly, can anything kill the iPhone? Users are entrenched, they’ve “invested” loads of cash in apps from the Apple App Store, and even though there are constant complaints about the quality of AT&T’s network, iPhone users aren’t likely to move. But the new LG BL40 Chocolate, due for release in 54 countries in late 2009, […]

Quick Looks: Uhuru’s Earpiece Now in Widespread Use

Remember the soda can that Lieutenant Uhuru had stuck in her ear while she was at her post as Communications Officer on the USS Enterprise in the original Star Trek TV series? Now everybody’s got one; only they’re smaller, less silly-looking, and probably cheaper. Today you can get an in-ear Bluetooth headset for as little […]

How to prevent or remove PC virus infestations

Section I: Why are we here, or, how did we get into this mess? Microsoft Windows is the operating system of more than ninety percent of the personal computers connected to the Internet. It’s also the least secure operating system available, because it was designed before the advent of the public Internet, and after Internet […]

How to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7: A Twelve-Step Program

Those of you still using the antique OSes coming out of Redmond, WA are probably looking forward to Windows 7. OK, in all seriousness, I use Windows too; it’s great for playing World of Warcraft. If your PC is still on Windows XP, though, Microsoft doesn’t think you need to upgrade directly from XP to […]

“This message will self-destruct in 10 seconds…”

In the TV series Mission Impossible, the team leader, one Mr. Phelps, received his instructions on a cassette tape that destroyed itself after one listening (mighty inconvenient if a jet happened to roar overhead just as the tape was telling Phelps who his team was supposed to take down, but I guess the meetings were […]

NASA: Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter Photographs Apollo Landing Sites

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has returned its first imagery of the Apollo moon landing sites. The pictures show the Apollo missions’ lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon’s surface, as long shadows from a low sun angle make the modules’ locations evident. Please take a look at the amazing images in the […]

R2Q5 USB Hub

Found at the Blister web site this is the ultimate Star Wars geeky gadget; who can identify the time hack and in which Episode the “real” R2Q5 appeared? Assuming you can read Japanese Kanji (or find a translator who does), this hub will set you back a cool 7,140 Yen (76.28376 U.S. dollars at the […]

SciFact: Advances in Data Storage for Personal Computers

In the beginning was the paper tape, and it was horrible. Tape punches were noisy, tape readers were slow (about 10 characters per second, or 100 bits per second), paper tape was fragile and prone to disintegrate even without being abused. And yet it was vastly better than toggling a program in on the front […]

Steve Ballmer comments on Google’s Chrome OS

On Reuter’s Web site today, it’s reported that Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, has commented on Google’s Chrome (and Android, the Google mobile platform OS): “I don’t know if they can’t make up their mind or what the problem is over there, but the last time I checked, you don’t need two client operating systems,” […]

Upgrading from Windows Vista 64 to Windows 7 RC 64

Upgrading from Windows Vista 64 to Windows 7 RC 64 Or, How I Learned to Believe Some of Microsoft’s Advice I’ve just finished resurrecting Ursula, my Frankenputer. She was originally an HP Pavilion a1747c, with a nice dual-core AMD Athlon 64 CPU, 4 gigs of RAM, 250 gig hard drive, and reads-and-burns-everything-but-HD-DVD-and-Blueray Lightscribe optical drive. […]