The dubious distinction of unlocking the iPhone has been earned by the team from iPhoneSIMFree.com. As proof of their success they posted pictures of the unlocked phone where it can be clearly seen that it is operating under the T-Mobile network. The team, said to be composed of six people, claimed that they worked on unlocking the iPhone since launch day and are quite proud of their feat. The group, however, have not indicated if they plan on releasing instructions or software to break the simlocks on the iPhone.
When it comes to music and my music collection I am quite serious. I may have a very tight budget for indulging in this hobby but I still want to get the best out of it whenever possible. I’ve had my iPod for almost two years now and it has been my constant companion wherever I go. I love bringing my music with me because it keeps me from being bored — like when I have to accompany the wife in her grocery runs or when I’m waiting in line at the bank. But aside from my iPod I also have one constant companion — the cmoy amp that I always pair with my iPod.
Let’s face it, the sound quality that comes out of an iPod is not really that good. Clarity is sometimes very suspect and audio can sometimes sound muddy. I may not have top of the line earphones but I do hear the difference especially since my Rockbox’ed iPod contains mostly high bitrate MP3s or FLACs.
A cmoy amp is a very portable headphone amplifier that makes the audio stream from an audio source (in this case, an iPod) sound louder and clearer. The great thing about cmoy amps is its great portability. There are DIYers that have even used Altoids tin cans as the casing for their amps.
I’ve always told my friends that once you’ve used a headphone amp there is no turning back — and they have unanimously agreed. They are now proud owners of cmoy amps, too!
[tags]cmoy amp, iPod, Altoids[/tags]
I’ve been working at home for the better part of a decade now. A lot of my friends tell me that they envy the fact that I can earn money while staying at home. They then cite all of the attendant benefits of telecommuting. I have to agree it does sound like a good setup, except for one glaring, undeniable downside to this whole gig. I have gotten FAT. Working at home means the most strenuous exercise you will probably get is that short walk to the fridge or the bathroom. I have so much work that going to the gym is not even an option.
That’s why I think the Nintendo Wii is such a godsend for us work at home drones. What better way to shed those pounds than play an actual “game” on your TV with a machine that actually prevents you from just sitting down? Great, eh?
Well, Nintendo does see some potential in the Wii as an actual fitness aide and they are reinforcing it with the announcement of the Wii Fit. This is a new game title, ok, exercise game that lets you do various exercises and physical mini games while monitoring your BMI (that’s body mass index for those who’ve never even seen the inside of a gym).
The Wii Fit will be used in tandem with a new peripheral, the Wii Balance Board that will detect how your weight shifts in response to the commands being issued on screen. The Wii Fit is scheduled for release in Japan at the latter part of the year and will have its US debut during the first or second quarter of 2008.
Until then, I’ll just need to diet and walk up and down the stairs.
Anti-virus softwares have been around for a long time now and after we have installed them in our machine, a Windows-based machine since OS X and Linux are practically immune to computer viruses, we almost forget about them.
We are either lazy in scanning every portable storage device we plug in to our machine or a downloaded file from the web, or we are not that familiar on how to use the AV that’s installed in our system.
Chances are that AV is one of the most popular commercial brands from the big security firms like Symantec, Trend-Micro, McAfee just to name a few. Since it’s from one one these brands, it is of course not for free. Not for free means coughing up something in the region of $30-$100 USD for a license that will allow you to use its full features until a new version is released usually in a year’s time. That amount maybe a bit heavy to some but it still is a good investment since these AVs do get the job done of protecting your PC from viruses, trojans, malware, worms and other digital nasties – most of the time.
It works most of the time if that AV is regularly updated via the web, and this is usually done automatically. Apart from the standard update of its virus database, patches and other updates to the core of the AV is issued every once in a while.
Occasionally, these patches and virus database updates become the source of computer mayhem instead of preventing and fixing them in case ‘badware’, worms and viruses do infect your machine. A particular case in point is the recent problem caused by a recent update to Symantec’s Norton AV has caused the famous AV utility to accidentally “attack” computers it’s supposed to protect.
“Over 1000 customers had reported being affected by the incident in Guangzhou as of Friday noon. The common symptom is that the computer may suddenly encounter a blue screen and then be prompted with an error message. The same problem remains even after a reboot of the system.
A spokesman for Symantec, producer of the Norton AntiVirus software, has confirmed that this incident resulted from inappropriate handling of upgrading AntiVirus software. He promised that the company was now working hard on a possible solution.
The latest virus Norton database was upgraded on May 17. According to some PC experts, this software, after the upgrade, would regard two essential system files (netapi32.dll、lsasrv.dll) as viruses by mistake and clear them away from computers installed with Windows XP. That causes the computer to be locked up even after a reboot. Experts also confirmed that those using the simplified Chinese version of Windows XP and Norton AntiVirus will also be affected.”
Talk about digital cannibalism. This among others has been one of the reasons why alternative and free anti-virus softwares have become popular and has entered mainstream usage. I remember that my very first AV utility was Trend-Micro’s PC-Cillin back in 2000. Today it’s now re-branded as Internet Security and retails at $49.95 for a 1-year license. I loved using PC-Cillin back then, it stopped every known bug that has managed to make its way into my machine all because I religiously updated its database. I even made recommendations of it to my friends who turn to me for computer help, advice and other geeky stuff.
The relationship turned sour when I noticed that the free space on my hard drive was shrinking without me installing new programs or creating new files. Doing an observation for almost a month, I noticed that everytime PC-Cillin downloaded and updated its database the free space would decrease again. To confirm my suspicions, I checked out the system folder of PC-Cillin and I was surprised that all the previous update files from day 1 up to that time were still there! Almost a year’s worth of database update that took place almost 5x a week were all in my hard drive. Sure the update files themselves are no more than 1MB in size but when they pile up it’s like installing M$ Office twice.
Another factor was that it uses too much system resources for my preference and would often get in the way of installing new softwares and games, I know it’s protecting my machine but it’s now protecting it from me as well. It’s was getting annoying back then.
To make things worse, my 1 year license has just expired and thus my access to free automatic updates ended as well. I wanted to upgrade to the newer version which was PC-Cillin 2002 back then but the $50 USD price tag just stopped me in my tracks. Sure I could get a hacked or “pirated” version of it for less than a dollar from the local software pirates here in the Philippines or completely free from the internet, but since I’m too much of security freak I wouldn’t trust my computer’s well-being to a pirated or hacked version of an AV.
So after reading an article in PC Magazine back in 2000 about how free alternative anti-virus softwares were getting better at protecting PCs and receiving recognition for it, I decided to brave the waters of free Anti-virus softwares. It was venture I never turned back from and I’m loving it up to this present times.
My first try was Avast! Home edition, it was fast, lightweight and simply worked. Stuck with it for almost a year until I switched to a more powerful and still free AV, AVG anti-virus by Grisoft and I’m using it as of now.
Friends and schoolmates would often raise their eyebrows and even laugh at me whenever they hear that I’m using a free anti-virus while they’re still on the commercial ones. Of course every now and then they would ask me for help about their AVs, that it wasn’t detecting viruses from their USB drives or can’t “heal” infected files etc. and soon after, they eventually switched to AVG Free as well. Let’s hear who’s laughing now?
Digital camera resolutions increase each time manufacturers upgrade their camera lines. And with this, the storage media also have to increase proportionally. Back when I bought my first digital camera, 128MB is already enough for your vacation photos and day to day use. That was during the time when 2 megapixels were the norm. Today, though, even entry level cameras can give you up to 7 megapixel images. And with lots of adjustments like low ISO shooting, superfine quality (low JPEG compression) and the like, you’re bound to have larger filesizes per image.
While previously, card sizes above 1 GB were limited to the CF and CFII type cards commonly used in digital SLRs, today we’re seeing an influx of postage-stamp sized cards that store several times more than that. For instance, Sandisk has upped the ante with its latest 8 Gigabyte (yes you read that right) SD card. They call it SDHC or SD High Capacity. DPReview has some info:
HANNOVER, GERMANY, Mar. 16, 2007 – SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today introduced an 8-gigabyte (GB)1 SD™ High Capacity (SDHC™) card—the highest capacity now available in the SD format. The new card, which SanDisk is showing in Hall 23, Stand B28, at the CeBIT show here, holds more than 4,000 high-resolution pictures, as many as 2,000 digital songs or up to 15 hours of MPEG 4 video2.The 8GB SDHC card will come bundled with a SanDisk MicroMate™ USB 2.0 reader at no extra charge. SDHC cards require an SDHC-compatible reader, so providing the MicroMate reader with the card ensures that users will be able to connect the card to their computers. The MicroMate reader also works with standard SD cards.
Sandisk has doubled the capacity of its previous 4GB SDHC line, which was introduced less than a year ago.
However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The SDHC standard supports up to 32 GB! The 8GB SDHC card also adheres to the SD Speed Class 2 rating, which guarantees a minimum data-transfer rate of 2MB/sec. One caveat, though: these SD cards are not backwards-compatible. This means you can’t just plug it into your old camera and expect it to work. SDHC cards will only work on SDHC-capable slots.
The 8 GB SDHC comes bundled with a USB 2.0 reader, so users won’t have to worry about slow file transfers. The bundle will be sold at an SRP of $189.
You’re minding your own business – albeit in a war torn country. You are on your way to work when you hear gunfire, so you naturally duck and try to find cover. Suddenly, you’re hit with incredible searing pain. You stumble back, and suddenly the pain is gone. This is now the reality – Raytheon (a US based defence company) has built a weapon that fills the gap between ‘shout and shoot’.
Whilst this technology is pretty cutting edge, there’s been some discussion about it for some time. Silent Guardian (one of a range of products for non-leathal defence) projects a beam of microwave energy at a frequency of up to 94GHz up to a range of 250 metres. Testing shows that it can penetrate even tiny cracks in clothing/barriers to ensure that it hits the target.
Raytheon states there is no comparison between the defence products it manufactures and that of microwaves and their radiation – and in fact to receive a burn one would have to be in the ‘firing line’ for over 4 minutes – a long time of agony by anyone’s estimation. The weapon works by stimulating the nerves in the first layer of skin of 0.4mm, even if you’re right up to the source of the beam.
On the even of halloween a sacred holiday for millions, ok Gazillions of kids in the US. I’ve compiled a list of the top Geeky Costumes for your reading enjoyment. Don’t get me all worked up but I’m not going to dress up as the naked Yoda again this year folks. Sorry to disappoint.
I’ve been thinking of dressing up my buddy’s Golden Retriever as The Yoda Dog
Star Wars Costumes
Don’t deny it you are dressing your kids up as Baby Stormtroopers
For more Star Wars Costumes check out Costumes Etc.
I think I could have spent half of my grown life wearing this type of costume, except it wouldnt have been a costume. I swear I didn’t hang out at Renaisance Fair every day in my early twenties. No, really I didn’t.
No really I won’t be celebrating halloween. I will be hiding away in some seedy bar in New York hopefully dressed up as myself. But what will you be dressing up your kids in so that you can collect their best candy?