Archive for March, 2012

Making a Burrito In Space [video]

Monopoly – US Election Edition [comic]

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No Bluetooth – No Problem [video]

Free Woman Calendar – Would You Use This?

I found that HamsterSoft is offering a free “Woman Calendar”. Apparently, it’s a calendar to keep track of all those womanly things. As a man, it seems sort of useful, but will will any woman actually try it? They claim 5,600,000 downloads, but that total is for all 6 of their programs.

Download it HERE

The First Rock n Roll Song – 5 Candidates

From mental_floss –

Though commercially successful singles like Bill Haley & The Comets’ “Rock Around The Clock” (1954), Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” (1955) and Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” (1956) were among the songs that popularized the genre and made it a household word, they didn’t invent it. To find the birth cry of rock ‘n’ roll, we have to go a little further back. And if we define rock ‘n’ roll as the collision of blues, country and Tin Pan Alley pop, with a manic spirit and, as  put it, a backbeat you can’t lose, then the following are all leading contenders for the song that changed popular music forever. The five candidates are :

1. “That’s All Right, Mama” – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup (1946)

2. “Good Rockin’ Tonight” – Wynonie Harris (1948)

3. “Rock This Joint” – Jimmy Preston and his Prestonians (1949)

4. “Saturday Night Fish Fry” – Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five (1949)

5. “Rocket 88” – Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats (1951)

Listen to all 5 songs HERE

 

Rivers of Molten Lava [video]

FreeFile Review – Invisible Utilities

What is an invisible utility? My definition is a Windows application that is completely unobtrusive; transparent to the user, when not needed, but is quickly available via the context menu (right click) when needed. And most importantly, it must provide something that Windows does not. this review will cover three such utilities that I have used for several years –  Eraser – 7-Zip – Unlocker.

Eraser will securely delete any file on your PC. Normally when a file is deleted, it still exists on your hard drive. To truly remove a file, it must be overwritten – that is what Eraser does. Once installed, several Preferences can be set by the user. The most important setting is for the number of times a file will be overwritten – 1, 3, 7 or 35 times. I choose 3x – for speed – and I also disable Scheduled Tasks. To use Eraser, simply right-click on a file and select ‘Erase’, click ‘Yes’ and the file is permanently gone. The contents of the Recycle Bin can be erased also. Right-clicking the Recycle Bin icon gives a list of erasing options.

7-Zip is for opening archive files – about 25 different formats. Windows will open .zip files, but no other archive types. 7-Zip will open .rar, .iso and many others. To use, right-click on an archive file and select ‘7-Zip’ and then ‘Extract files’ (or ‘Extract Here’), click ‘OK’ and 7-Zip does its thing. Most users will not need this application often, but it is handy to have on your computer. 7-Zip is available in 32 bit and 64 bit versions.

Unlocker is a lifesaver when Windows refuses to let you do anything to a file because some program has control of the file. To use, right-click on the locked file and select ‘Unlocker’. In the Unlocker window, select the locked file and click the ‘Unlock’ button. Usually, this does the trick. If the file is still locked, try the ‘Kill Process’ button. It can be difficult to find a download link for Unlocker – here is a good one. Be aware that Unlocker is available in 32 bit and 64 bit versions.

– – – – The Bottom Line – – – –

All three of these utilities are simple to use and effective. They have been part of my Windows PCs for years and I appreciate them on the rare occasions when they are needed. While many similar programs exist, I find these three to be solid performers.

Download Eraser

Download 7-Zip

Download Unlocker

Visit DanKostecki.com for more FreeFile Reviews

 

When Should I Not Use WD-40?

What!? Sometimes, I should NOT use WD-40? Every DIY “expert” knows that WD-40 and duct tape will “fix” everything. However, it seems that there are some situations when WD-40 is not the best tool. The main problem seems to be that it is not a proper lubricant, even though it contains mineral oil.

Read the entire LifeHacker article HERE

Unusual Toothpaste Flavors

BuzzFeed presents a page listing 20 incredibly bizarre flavors of toothpaste. Pork flavored toothpaste – OMG!

Check out all 20 flavors HERE

 

 

Fairly Unbalanced [comic]

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History of St Patrick’s Day [2 videos]

16 Reasons NOT To Buy A New iPad

From ZDnet –

Don’t get me wrong. I acknowledge that there is some value to an iPad. But just because all your friends are buying the latest and greatest “new” iPad (what we previously thought would be the iPad 3), that doesn’t mean you have to, as well. Every other tech pundit and reviewer in the business will be out there trying to tell you why you should buy an iPad. They figure that if they suck up to Apple enough, perhaps, some day, a 20-something, wet-behind-the-ears Apple PR droid will bless them with a returned call or email. At that point, that lucky reviewer will be able to check off the most elusive of bucket list items.

The 16 reasons are listed below. For details of all items,

read the ZDnet article HERE.

Reason 1: You already have an iPad

Reason 2: The retina display is mostly marketing hype

Reason 3: High-res apps will take more memory

Reason 4: 4G/LTE is expensive

Reason 5: 4G/LTE doesn’t work in a lot of places

Reason 6: The porn issue

Reason 7: The size

Reason 8: iPad 2 accessories won’t necessarily work

Reason 9: It’s still not 16×9

Reason 10: There’s still no USB port

Reason 11: You still have to use iTunes too often

Reason 12: There’s still no removable storage

Reason 13: Kindles are still much less expensive

Reason 14: You can still only run software approved by Apple

Reason 15: It still can’t be used as a standalone computer

Reason 16: Apple still won’t let you write or run programs that execute programs

Read the ZDnet article HERE

 

 


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