2009-06-08

New Products and Upgrades At Apple's 2009 WWDC  

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It's that time of the year again. Apple is hosting their 2009 WWDC and unleashing all sorts of new products and upgrades to their old stuff. Every one has been waiting for Apple to release a tablet PC, Snow Leopard, and new upgrades to the iPhone. 5200 developers from 52 different countries showed up to see what Apple had to offer.

Apple released Snow Leopard OSX, it will be $29 for current users to upgrade. Their Macbook and Macbook Pro have gotten some small upgrades. The Macbook Pro has had a price drop, now starting at $1199. This is a really big step for Mac, the price drop is going to sell a lot more units, especially to college kids. As I currently am a college kid, I see their Macbooks everywhere. Now I expect to see more of the Macbook Pros. Apple also stated that their new notebooks are the greenest in the world.

Apple has sold over 40 million iPhones and iTouches, that is quite a lot. But of course what we have all been waiting for, a new iPhone. Well guess what, you got it. It's called the new iPhoneS. It comes in 16GB or 32GB. I've been waiting for a 32GB model to come out, now I'm finally going to buy one. The new iPhoneS is 3X faster than the old iPhone. The iPhoneS comes with a 3MP auto focus camera, It can also now record and edit video. You can also use the new "Find My Phone" feature on the iPhoneS, this allows you to log onto any computer and find the exact position of your phone on a map. This also features a remote wipe, that way if your phone is stolen you can wipe all your data to keep your privacy. New Turn-By-Turn directions from your iPhone could signal the end of stand alone GPS units. You will be able to by a car dock that will keep your iPhoneS charged and make it easy to use as a GPS. The iPhone OS 3.0 will also be released this month, it will come with all new phones and be $9.95 to upgrade older phones. All these new features in the iPhone make it pull far ahead of the competition, will other phone companies be able to compete, we will see this summer.

2009-04-22

New Legalize It Commercial  

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A few days ago I wrote an article on Above The Influence. Well NORML, National Orginization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, had a contest to see who could make the best advertisement for their orginization. This video is the winner of the 2009 AD contest for NORML. NORML is a non profit organization for the legalization of Marijuana. They fight for Marijuana Law Reform. Less people in jail and more money for the government. NORML is run by a host of famous stars like Tommy Chong and Willie Nelson. Founded in 1970 NORML is the premire nonprofit company for Maijuana Legalization. This video will be run across the nation. The advertising campaign is paid for completely by donation. This ad will be running both on TV and the internet. If you would like to donate money to NORML, please click here. I'd like to know what you think about this subject. Should the United States legalize Marijuana? How should it be done? Let me know below.

2009-04-20

The Pirate Bay Verdict: Guilty  

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A while back I did a report on The Pirate Bay Trial. Well the verdict is in. I've known about it for a few days, but I've been putting off reporting on it. The verdict of course if you have not heard is guilty. Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm, and Carl Lundström were all found guilty. They must each pay $905,000 in damages and spend one year in jail. That comes to a total of $3,620,000. These four men will be spending the next year of their life in jail, all for making a website that internet users could connect on. They did not host any of the copyrighted content on their website. The verdict was obviously made due to high political pressure. But this is not the end for The Pirate Bay.


All four of the defendents have vowed not to pay the money, not a single dime. They will also be filling an appeal. This appeal is due by May 9th. The fight is not over. This court case will go on for years before we get a final decision. One amazing thing is that The Pirate Bay is still up and running. You can still download anything you want from them. The site was apparently never on trial, only the defendents.

All of this means that the US Entertainment Industry can now go after all of the torrent sites. Its going to be very easy for them, after all they have one major win in the bag. So your favorite torrent site might be gone in the next year. This is going to end up being a huge deal. Apparently, US Copyright law is now enforced is all contries. Another major problem is that this gives the entertainment industry the ability to start sueing ISPs. If The Pirate Bay is responsible for what it's users post and download, then so are the ISPs. This will be a major problem for the web and may hinder its development.

The judge was asked if he feared for his safty after the trial, because of the verdict. The judge responded with a no and was surprised by the question. There were of course many protests because of the verdict, both in Sweden and other countries. The internet is abuzz with this outrage. The entertainment industry has won a huge battle against illegal downloads. Right now these corporate leaders are going after The Pirate Bay, but they might be going after you next. 

2009-04-18

Above The Influence: Is Bullshit!  

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We have all seen the Above The Influence commercials. And unless you live under a rock you know that they are complete bullshit. These government funded commercials do absolutely nothing to stop drug use and are a complete waste of money. Millions and millions of dollars a year go into these Anti-Drug programs, yet no matter what we will always have drug use. We need to educate people about the dangers of drugs, meaning the truth not lies. Then people can make informed decisions for themselves about whether or not they want to use them. People have know that smoking is terrible for your health for years, yet still 1 in 5 Americans smoke. So why is it any surprise that people use drugs. The Above The Influence campaign is full of lies that kids can see right through, if you lie to kids they will not listen to you. The commercials always involve some kids smoking a little weed and then killing themselves. Now, I know stoners can do some dumb things, But they usually involve food and no one dies.

The War On Drugs continues in America. We have more people in jail than any other country. The majority of our jails, more than 50%, are drug users. So apparently our solution to drug use is to put people in jail. The Above the Influence campaign is funded by the government, more specifically by Office of National Drug Control Policy. In 2006, The US Government released a 5 year study. This study showed that the government funded anti-drug programs where not working. After the release of this study President George Bush decided to increase funding by $130 million. I guess Mr. Bush thought that if he threw more money at the problem, it would fix itself. This was a trend during his entire presidency.

The government policy has always been that if we scare the crap out of kids they won't do drugs any more. But, as we all know this is not true. Teens have been doing drugs since the 40s and it is not going to stop. Above The Influence has a survey you can take all about drugs. The problem of course is that the survey is completely biased. The US government keeps spending tons of money on anti marijuana commercials because they call it the gateway drug. Apparently if you ever use marijuana your going to be addicted to crack, heroin, and cocaine. The truth is that the type of people that are going to do crack probably don't pay any attention to anti-drug commercials. The way I look at it is this. If people use marijuana before they use heroin, then the same can be said about caffeine. heroin users used caffeine before heroin, therefore caffeine is also a gateway drug. And if caffeine is a gateway drug then it should be banded too. I'm of course just using caffeine to make a point but I thought I would send an email to Above the Influence and see what they thought. The email I sent is below.

"I was checking out your site. I never knew that smoking weed could lead to a heroin addiction. But then that got me thinking. If weed leads to heroin, then so does caffeine. Because people use caffeine before heroin. So we need to stop kids from drinking coke and soda too. Caffeine can lead to a Heroin addiction. We need to spread the word. NO CAFFEINE!!!!!"

I have not received a response yet, but when I do I will post it. There is one website you should check out. Its called Above The Ignorance. A website devoted to trying to showcase the facts about drug use and not be biased. You should check it out. I would love to hear what you have to say about this. Do you think that marijuana should be legal? Have you used Drugs in the past? What is your take on the Drug War? Let me know in the comment section below.

2009-04-08

The Customer Is Not Always Right  

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If you have ever worked any job where you have to deal with the public you are going to love this website. It is called Not Always Right, As in the Customer is Not Always Right. These have got to be some of the funniest quotes I have every read. Here is a sample or two.

Customer: “I’m looking for the autobiography of Jesus.”

Me: “Um, do you mean a biography of Jesus?”

Customer: “No! I want the AUTO-biography of Jesus! Where would it be?”

Me: “Well, I guess you could try the Bible section…”



Me: “Welcome to ***, how may I help you?”

Customer: “Yes, I was calling about a corner fireplace you are supposed to have on sale.”

Me: “Yes ma’am, let me get you a price on that and check our stock.”

(I leave, check the sale price ($299), and come back to the phone.)

Me: “Ma’am?”

Customer: “Yes?”

Me: “Looks like the unit is $299.99 on sale.”

Customer: “WHAT? I have a piece of paper right here that says it should be $315!”

Me: “Oh, sorry. I said it’s on sale for $299.”

Customer: “What the h***, it says it right here on my piece of paper! Corner fireplace for $315!

Me: “Ma’am, $299 is less than $315.”

(There’s a very long silence.)

Customer: *click*


Go check out more of them here.

2009-04-07

Google Image Trick  

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Alright, Want to see something cool?
Check it out.

1. Go to Google Images.

2. Search for whatever you want. Anything.

3. After Google finds the images and you see the thumbnails type the following into your browsers address bar.

javascript:R= 0; x1=.1; y1=.05; x2=.25; y2=.24; x3=1.6; y3=.24; x4=300; y4=200; x5=300; y5=200; DI= document.images ; DIL=DI.length; function A(){for(i=0; i<DIL; i++){DIS=DI[ i ].style; DIS.position='absolute'; DIS.left=Math. sin(R*x1+ i*x2+x3)* x4+x5; DIS.top=Math. cos(R*y1+ i*y2+y3)* y4+y5}R++ }setInterval('A()',5); void(0)

Let me know if you like it.

2009-04-06

Which Linux Is For You?  

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Everyone should know what Linux is at this point. If you don't well, go here. I suggest that everyone try Linux at least once. But which distribution should you try?

There are a ton of Linux distributions that you can download for free. It can be very confusing as to which Linux is right for you. But, I found this great test. Its a quick two minute test and it will tell you exactly which Linux distribution is right for you. Even if your an expert in Linux the results can be interesting.


Which Linux Is Right For You.
Take the test-
http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/

2009-04-02

Guilty Gamer Moments  

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If you are a gamer you have to check out, 9 Video Game OCD Moments You Know You Are Guilty Of. If you have played the games on the list, which you should have, then you know exactly what the author is talking about. I know for a fact that I am guilty of #4 on the list. Check it out!

2009-03-31

Conficker Computer Virus  

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Tomorrow is April fools day, but you might not be laughing when you try to log into your computer. The Conficker Virus is apparently set to be activated on April 1, 2009. The worm has been very difficult for law enforcement to track down due to the way that the virus operates. No one is really sure what it will do when it activates but you need to make sure that you are protected. All of the major Anti-Virus programs have released updates to counteract the Conficker. One sign that you are infected with Conficker is that you can not update your computer with Microsoft. If you can't get your automatic updates their is a good chance that you may be infected by the Conficker virus. Some people are not even going to be on the Internet on April 1st. This is one of the worst computer viruses since the SQL Slammer. Microsoft is offering a $250,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of those responsible for Conficker. If you do not have virus protection software you need to get yourself protected now. Some experts have suggested turning off your WiFi on April 1st. That is the only way to be 100% sure you are safe. The Conficker Virus may or may not turn out to be a "big deal". It may even been a sick April fools joke, but don't count on it. Get protected from the Conficker Virus now.


AVG Free Anti-Virus Software
- Highly Recommended
Microsoft Update - Update Your Computer Now(Only Usable In IE)
Microsoft Info On Conficker - For More Information

*The Conficker Virus Only Effects Windows Computers.

2009-03-28

Nintendo Wii  

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I really love the Nintendo Wii. It's just so much fun, and its easy to play. Even if I've had 6 beers I can still beat you at Tennis. The graphics are not as good as say a 360 or a PS3, Wii is in a whole other category. The Nintendo Wii has continually out sold both the PS3 and the xbox. The system appeals to so many people Sony and Microsoft just can't compete. I just wish that Nintendo would produce more challenging games for it. Every game on the system seems to be fun easy to play games. Nintendo needs more RPG and action games, which they will hopefully be releasing soon. I hope to see some really good games at this years E3(June,2009). But only time will tell.

2009-03-25

Shameless Blog Promotion  

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As you know my name is Nick. And I am a 21 year old college student. I really have a hard time paying the bills but I get by. There are two types of people who go to college, those who pay for it themselves and those who have other people pay for college. I fall into the first category, I pay for college all by myself. I've decided to start a new blog in addition to this one. It is called Make Money At College. I want to share some tips and tricks I use to make myself some extra money for everything from beer money to paying tuition. This will not be another make money online blog. I just want to help some people and give them some ideas. Plus have a little fun in the process, so if your a college student, or a parent of one, check it out. Thanks very much.

Make Money At College

2009-03-21

TweeterGetter: Get More Twitter Followers  

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Tweeter Getter is a cool new web 2.0 tool for twitter users. It gets you free twitter followers, yep free. All you have to do is go to the site and put in your twitter user name and password. Then you start getting more and more twitter followers. Gary McCaffery is the designer behind the tool, you can find his twitter account here. If your a web entrepreneur or just want more friends on twitter go and try out the tool. Twitter is still relatively new, it will be interesting to see what people do with it in the future.

2009-03-20

Site Build It: The Scam  

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Just thought I would give people a heads up. If you want to start your own blog or website there are a lot of free resources out there. You should never pay a company money to make a website for you(There are exceptions to this). Site Build It is a company that you pay $300 a year to and they make a website for you. They promise that there way will make you money. The truth is that you could do exactly what they are doing for around $5 a month, and everything that Site Build It does you can do. Most of the products Site Build It sell are free on the internet. So really Site Build It is a scam, please don't waste your money on it. There are tons of free resources out there that can help you get started with a website or blog.

An interesting thing happened over at Lis Sowerbutts blog, she wrote a review of Site Build It. She wrote about what a big scam it is, and guess what. A bunch of Site Build It cheerleaders showed up and bad mouthed her in the comments. These cheerleaders of course make money with Site Build It, they make about $75 every time someone uses there affiliate link. Well of course if they make money from the website they don't want people telling the truth about the fact that it is a scam. The interesting thing is, that the CEO of Site Build It even left a comment on Lis's blog. They really must not want a bad review out there, sounds a lot like what Scientology does. Go and check out Lis's Review Of Site Build It. Make sure to read the comments, it's really funny that these people felt the need to bombard Liz with comment after comment, they even call her stupid. Site Build It is a SCAM plain and simple. Don't buy any of there products, it is a waste of your money.

Disclaimer: This is completely opinion, please do your own research.

2009-03-19

Moot: 2009's Most Influential Person?  

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As we speak the anon's from 4chan.org are voting on Times 100 most influential people of 2009. Who are they voting for you ask, well Moot of course. Moot is the creator and owner of 4chan.org. Moot's real name is Christopher Poole. 4chan is responsible for basically every Internet joke ever made, including the rick roll and lolcats. So really moot is a very influential person. Though at the same time 4chan has done some crazy things too. You can see the full list of candidates here. Currently Moot is number 1 followed by John Stewart. Both of whom are beating out people like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Everyone should go and vote right now, you can vote as many times as you want. If 4chan pulls this off, it's going to be one of there greatest raids ever.

2009-03-15

How To Download Torrents  

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A torrent is a file type that is used in P2P data transfer. It is one of the fastest and most efficient ways to transfer data. Torrents are the most popular file transfer system in the world. They work by sharing data small or large, one piece at a time. The file is not hosted at any one particular server but on users computers who are downloading or have already downloaded the file. Everyone who is downloading a torrent is known as the swarm. The larger the swarm the faster the download. One person can upload a torrent and within hours millions of people could have downloaded it. The system only works if people share, you need to upload as much as you download. It's a very easy system to learn.

First thing you need to do is download a torrent client. The client you download will depend on your operating system. You may pick from the list below, go to the website and download which ever one meets your needs. Then install the client. For Windows, My favorite client is uTorrent.

Windows
Original BitTorrent
ABC
BitBuddy
BitTornado
uTorrent

Mac
Original BitTorrent
Tomato Torrent
Bits On Wheels

Linux
ABC
BitTornado
Original BitTorrent
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Okay, So now you have your torrent client downloaded and installed. Next thing we need to do is find some torrents for you to download. Finding torrents is not like other P2P file sharing programs. Torrent info is kept in small text files, (.torrent). Torrent files can be found all over the Internet, you can even search google for torrents. One of the best places to search for torrents is Torrents TO. Torrent TO searches the popular torrent networks for whatever you want. So the first thing to do would be to decide on what you want to download. You can download a movie, music, books, photos, or TV shows. So make a choice on what you want.

Popular Torrent Sites
The Pirate Bay
MiniNova
isoHunt
BTjunkie

Torrentz

Once you know what you want, preform a search for the file. A list of search results should come up, choose the one you want. Next there should be a link that says "Download This Torrent" or "Click Here To Download". Click on the link and it should download a small file, less than 1mb. It will ask if you want to open it. The file should default to open with your bit torrent client, if it does not you will have to manually open it with your client. Then bit torrent will read the file and start downloading your torrent. You are now part of the swarm. Congratulations on downloading your first torrent.

One thing to always remember about using torrents is that the system only works if everyone shares the file. It is considered bad form to close your torrent client immediately after you download the file, these people are refereed to as leechers. You should try to maintain a 1.0 ratio. Your ratio is your upload to download comparison. One should always try to have a higher upload ratio than download ratio. In the future you may want to join sites like Demonoid and WhatCD. These are member sites and not open to the public. If you do get invitations to these sites make sure you maintain a good ratio. If you don't you will be kicked off the site. If you have any questions just leave a comment and I will get back to you. Now go find more torrents to download!

2009-03-12

The New iPod Shuffle  

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The New iPod Shuffle is a big jump from the old one. It got 4 gigs of space and a new sleek design. The cool new feature is Apple's VoiceOver. Though iPod Shuffles have never had a screen, you now can know what song your listening to. VoiceOver will tell you the name of the song and the artist that sings it. It will also tell you the name of your playlist. The new iPod Shuffle has no buttons on it, so how will you change songs? The buttons are on the headphones, duh! Now this does mean that you will have to use Apples earbuds. The 4 gigs lets you hold about 1,000 songs. It still uses a USB cord to connect to your computer and it has about 10 hours of battery life. Currently it only comes in light gray and dark gray, bleak choices I know. The Apple iPod Shuffle is gonna set you back about $80 US.

Apple iPod Shuffle

Capacity: 4GB (Flash)
Screen: N/A
Battery: 10 Hours
Connection: USB

Height: 1.8 inches (45.2 mm)
Width: 0.7 inch (17.5 mm)
Depth: 0.3 inch (7.8 mm)
Weight: 0.38 ounce (10.7 grams)
Whats In The Box:
iPod shuffle
Apple Earphones with Remote (no mic)
USB cable
Quick Start Guide

You can buy one here.

2009-03-09

Robots Can Love?  

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I read a story earlier this month over on GeekoLogie.com about a robot that was programmed to love. The robot, built by Toshiba, apparently malfunctioned and went into stalker mode. The robot trapped a female in a room and would not let her go. Toshiba has decided to decommission the robot so that it does not hurt anyone. Read the full story here.

I think this is one of the coolest stories I have seen in a long time. We really are living in the future now. Robots that can love, that's a insane task for Toshiba to take on. Yet, I'm so glad that someone is putting research and money into Artificial Intelligence. Maybe one day we will all have our very own robots.

2009-03-08

Impenetrable  

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Since the dawn of time man has tried to armor himself in combat. Man has used everything from shields, suits of armor, helmets, and most recently Kevlar. But the days of Kevlar may be numbered. A brand new substance made by d30 Labs is out on the market, and no it's not a force field. The new product is called d3o Gel, That's right it is a gel. Great Britain's Ministry of Defense has even given £100,000 to a small company that developed the gel. If all goes according to plan the gel may be able to replace the bulky plates that our soldiers have to wear in combat. It will be used in helmets, gloves, and body armor. It may even be modified to reinforce vehicles.

The gel works by hardening on impact, yet its light weight and fld3o-orang-gel-hardensexible. Anything moving at high speed that impacts the gel causes it to become a solid, when the pressure is released it becomes a gel again. It is still being tested for military use. The defense contractors that work for the government still have to test and work with the gel, it may be 5 to 10 years before we have bulletproof soldiers. Yet, the gel is already being used by athletes. The gel can be found in sporting goods, racing suits, gloves, shin guards, and even ballet shoes. You may already own it and not even know it. This is exactly the type of innovation and technology our world needs.

2009-03-05

The Pirate Bay  

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The Pirate Bay(TPB) is a popular file sharing website using torrents to allow users to connect and share files, information, photos, video, and just about everything you can imagine. The site was launched on November 21, 2003 and currently has 3 million registered users, though you do not have to register to use the website. The site has had over 25 million unique peers.

The content available for download is not hosted on the Pirate Bay's website. Users connect via the Pirate Bay and download the content from each other. There has always been controversy associated with The Pirate Bay due to the fact that users can share anything, whether it is copyrighted or not. On January 31st, 2008 charges were filed by the big record companies against The Pirate Bay. Universal, Warner Brothers, Sony BMG, and EMI are seeking over $13 million dollars, The trial was protest-pirate-bay-crowdset for February 2009. The defendants are facing over $180 thousand dollars in fines and 2 years in prison. But the pirate bay is not going down without a fight. The first day of the trial was February 16th, it was met with protesters and press. Lines of people were outside the trial cheering on The Pirate Bay and telling them that the people were with them. The website Filesharer.org even let people upload a picture of themselves so that the record industry can see what a criminal really looks like. In my opinion the music industry is desperate, there profits have been going down for years. With many artists leaving the big record companies to start there own, and the music industry being down 30% since 2001.

The prosecution says that The Pirate Bay is the "number 1 source of illegal music" and the the owners of The Pirate Bay are profiting off of the illegal file sharing, through advertising. The Pirate Bay plead not guilty. The defense states that they can not control what there users post and because they do not host the content they can not be held responsible. The trial lasted 9 days, with both sides not willing to submit. The closing statements were on March 2nd and March 3rd was the trials official last day. It is unclear at this point who will win this battle. The verdict is due by April 17, 2009. Neither side is willing to lose this fight so an appeal is inevitable. I only hope that the music industry decides to concentrate on making music instead of going after Innocent people.

2009-03-04

The Bong Cat  

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Stoners do a lot of dumb things, but this one has got to take the cake. On Sunday March 1st, Acea Schomaker was caught smoking marijuana through a device that he had put his kitten inbong-cat-police. Yes, he put his cat in his bong. The 20 year old faces misdemeanor animal cruelty charges and a $400 fine. The funny part is that the police caught him doing it, they were in his house responding to a domestic disturbance. When you know the cops are in your house, you don't put your cat in a bong. Schomaker insists that he was trying to calm the cat because it was "hyper". The cat is currently in good condition and was not hurt at all, just a little high. The device was a box modified with some hose and glass, with a small chamber for cats. The kitten had 12x6 inches of room in the bong, not much space for a cat. Last week kids beat a cat and now they are getting them high. There really is nothing a stoner can't think up.

2009-03-02

Windows 7  

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I don't know about you but I hate Windows Vista. All the compatibility issues and the fact that is likes to hog system memory have made Vista my enemy. I recently got a peek at Windows 7 and it looks like Microsoft might have some good ideas this time, and some bad ones. Microsoft says that Windows 7 will be out by Vista's 3 year consumer release. That would put the release date around January 10th, 2010.

People got a first look at Windows 7 with the beta program. All of the keys have already been given out so beta is closed. The beta expires on August 1, 2009, so be prepared if you do have the beta. My impression from all the reviews online is that Microsoft has learned a lot from Vista. The OS is much faster and a lot of useless fluff has been removed. But, this is not the final build, it is only a beta. So I do not want to judge the OS just yet.

One interesting fact is that Microsoft has removed some of the programs that come with Windows. Namely, Windows Messenger, Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, and Windowswindows-seven-7 Mail are all gone. They have all gone into the new Windows Live Essentials Pack, which is a free download for Windows 7. The Essentials Pack also come with some great new apps. Windows Media Player has also had a full overhaul to improve performance and reliability, the mini media player has been removed. If Microsoft can make the Windows Live Pack an essential and useful part of 7 they will quite a product on there hands.

Microsoft is doing all it can to learn from Vista. They are stripping off any pointless fluff that was apart of Vista. 7 will also be fully compatible with Vista, in fact that is marketing plan, selling it as an upgrade. Microsoft stated that the release candidate for 7 will be a huge improvement from the beta, and will have quite a few changes. If Microsoft can work out all the bugs and improve performance they may have quite an operating system on there hands. If they have a solid and fast OS they will do very well. I can't wait to see what the final release looks like. I have a hope that Microsoft will pull through and give us a great product, at a good price.

2009-02-26

Escape From City 17  

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I am a big fan of the Half-Life series by Valve. And when I recently heard that someone was making some short films based on the game, I assumed it would be terrible. But then I heard it was the Purchase Brothers doing them. They have done some pretty cool commercials in the past. It got me interested, so of course I watched the first episode. And wow, it was great. And they are going to make more. The coolest part is that Escape From City 17 is the top rated video on Youtube of all time, yes all time. This is a testament to how many people love the half-life series. The film was created independently of Valve and with almost no budget, $500. The film was shot in Toronto, Canada. It was released on Youtube on February 13th, and had over a million views by the 15th. The Purchase Brothers made the film, "to showcase and promote their talents further, and experiment with several post-production techniques they'd developed." The next episode should be released early to mid March. I just hope that they keep up the good work. I can not wait for the next installment.

2009-02-24

5 Facts: Bill Gates  

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Bill Gates.

He was born October 28, 1955 in Seattle Washington. We all know he as one of the richest men is the world and the man behind Microsoft. But what else is there to this computer giant.

1. After the administrators at his school became aware of his programming ability they asked him to write a scheduling program for classes. He tweaked the code in his own favor so that he would be placed in classes with more females.

2. Gates told the teachers at his university that he would be a millionaire by at least age 30, when he turned 31 he was a billionaire.

3. Every second Bill Gates earns $250, that's about $20 million a day and almost $8 billion a year.

4. Gates was arrested in New Mexico for a traffic violation, the details of the violation have been lost in time. But this mugshot is here to stay.

5. If Bill Gates wanted to pay off the national debt, he would have it all payed off within 25 years.

2009-02-18

The Power Of Anonymous  

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On Sunday February 15th two boys posted videos on youtube. Now we all know that kids do stupid idiotic things, but what happened to these kids is amazing. The videos they uploaded depict them beating, slapping, and abusing there cat. The cat's name is Dusty. The boy in the video called himself Timmy, thinking no one would know who he was. The video received over 30,000 views before being taken down. The video was soon linked to 4chan.com. 4chan members are know for all sorts of things, they call themselves Anonymous or Anon, you can read about them in the news. Whatever you may think of 4chan, most people don't think of them as heroes. Well as it turns out Anon happen to be cat lovers. When they saw the videos they immediately took action. They started working together like a giant army of PI's and hackers. They used information in the videos to figure out who these kids where. They eventually even found the kids myspace and facebook. Using all the info that they had gathered and started a website, (kenny-glenn.net). This website has links to the abuse videos and information about the children involved, and numbers to the local police and news station in the area. Within hours people where calling the news and police. The local sheriff took a look at the tapes and arrested the boys. They where taken to jail and booked, they where then released to there parents. Some people and websites are urging the county to try the boys as adults, they met wcat-avenge-me-dustyith the District Attorney on 2/17/09. This proves that you can't do anything on the Internet with complete immunity, if people want to find you they will. Following Operation Dusty many Internet groups and websites have pronounced February 15th international "Dusty Day". People from all over the world and from all walks of life came together to save a cat, now if only we could do that to save people. I believe these kids are going to get exactly what they deserve. Next time you think about posting something on the Internet remember, Anonymous is always watching.


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2009-02-16

Facebook: Conspiracy or Just Fun  

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Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites. But what are they doing with all your information. If you have an account you should go check out the new Terms Of Service. February 2009, this month, they changed there TOS. The new TOS states that they can use your information for whatever purpose they want, even after you delete your account. Also, all your information is retained in the system. That means they own the rights to use all the information about yourself that you post. They also own the right to use your pictures and videos for whatever they want. This means that they can sell you information or your pictures. Facebook claims to have never sold any of the user data to third party's. Mark Zuckerberg posted a blog recently explaining that they will never sell your info. But, all this does make me wonder. If they plan on never selling my info, why do they keep it around. Just be careful about what you post on Facebook or any social networking site. You never know where it might end up.

Update: As of 2/18/2009 Facebook has returned to there old terms of service.

2009-02-13

We All Need A Little Extra Money  

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Times are tough and we all seem to be in the same boat. That is if you live in the US. People are losing jobs left and right. We all need a little extra money right about now. The new president is doing what he can, but remember change takes time. So don't expect everything to be back to normal in a few weeks. So to help you out I've made a little guide to making money over the Internet. These are some easy ways to make money over the Internet without spending any of your own money.


A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Dollars

Well not really. But you can make some extra money by putting your pictures on the web. There are tons of companies and individuals who are looking for photos of just about anything and they want to pay you. They browse the pictures using key words so this gives you a good shot at getting your picture chosen. There are a few sites out there that do this for free; Shutterstock, Dreamstime, istockphoto, and Fotolia. These are just a few of the sites that are out there. Its very simple, just make an account for free and upload your photos. Make sure to add some good key words and your done. These sites are nice because once you put up your pictures you don't have to worry about them anymore, The sites do that for you. Whenever someone buys one of your pictures they add the money to your account, very simple and easy.


Einstein Here, How May I Help You?

Ever had a question and couldn't find the answer? Ever been out and needed to look something up on the Internet? Well, there is a new service in the US called the kgb, yes lowercase. They are know as The Knowledge Generation Bureau is a text service that will answer any question for you, and that answer is from a live person. This can really help some people out, especially if you don't have a smart phone. People simply text 542542 and ask them a question, it does cost 50cents per a text. Here is where you come in. The kgb is always looking for more agents, yes they use the job title agent. You get paid for each question you answer and you can do it in your underpants. In order to apply you have to answer the questions on there test, which is quite a fun little test. If you pass the first test, you go on to a super hard question. The super hard question is reviewed and if they liked your answer your in. You just have to do there special agent training. And the great thing is if you get hired you can tell all your friends that your a secret agent that works for the kgb.


To The Courtroom

No one like getting a juror summons in the mail. But what if you could be a juror from home. Sites like OnlineVerdict and JuryTest will pay you to review mock trials from home. Online Verdict pays about $20-$60 per a case and jury test a little less. But this means you can sit at home and get paid to read. They just want you to read the case and then answer a questionnaire about it. This helps lawyers decide if they have a strong case. And its another easy way to make money.


Oh Yes Surveys!

Thats right, surveys. I'm sure everyone has heard of online surveys and getting paid to take them. You just have to be careful. Some of the sites won't pay you cash, they only enter you into contests. A good survey site I found is American Consumer Opinion. They pay out cash when you want and have no limit. You just have to fill out a small questionnaire about yourself and when they get a survey that falls into your category they email you, very easy.


Your A Writer?

There are some websites out there that will pay you to write and even blog. They do require you to be good at doing both. Associated Content and Helium are both good sites. You write the articles, put them up on the websites and your done. The more people that read your articles the more money you make. If your good at at writing this could net you some good money.


Start A Website

Yeah you heard me. If you think your an expert or know something that others don't, start a website. Then advertise on that website. Apps like Google AdSense make it very easy to put ads on your website. Sites like Blogger, Google Sites, and Webs can help you get a site up and running. And after a few weeks you'll be a webmaster. The more people that come to your site the more money you make.


Well there you go. A few ways to earn yourself some extra money. It may not get you a new house or that fancy car you've been wanting. But it can get you those extra things you want. Or you can just use it to pay the bills. Try them out and see what works for you.

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