Archive for March, 2012
Tags: astronaut, Burrito, International Space Station, ISS, Mexican food, orbit, Taco Bell, video, weightless
Tags: cartoon, comic, Community Chest, contribute, corrupt, election, funny, graft, humor, Monopoly, Republican, super PAC
Tags: Bluetooth, cell phone, dumb phone, feature phone, GoJo, hands free, handsfree, headset, look like a dork, technology, video, wtf
Tags: Aunt Flo, birth control, conception, cycle, female, freeware, life plan, menstrual, monthly, pregnancy, rhythm method, software, Woman Calendar
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.
Tags: Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Bill Haley & The Comets, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Good Rockin’ Tonight, Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, Jimmy Preston and his Prestonians, Little Richard, Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five, race music, rock and roll, rock ‘n’ roll, rock music, Rock This Joint, Rocket 88, Saturday Night Fish Fry, That’s All Right Mama, Wynonie Harris
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)
Tags: erupt, Hawaiia, Kalapana Gardens, Kilauea Volcano, lava, Leigh Hilbert, nature, pahoehoe lava, Pu`u O`o, video, volcano
Tags: 7-Zip, 7zip, application, archiver, download, Eraser, Free File Review, FreeFile Review, freeware, Invisible Utilities, kill process, overwrite, program, secure delete, software, technology, Unlocker, utility, Windows
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.