Archive for April, 2008

Wireless security, USB tools, and Bush

Setting up a wireless network can be a hassle … ok, it IS a hassle. Once you finally get everything up and running you’re still not done. Wireless security is a must for any network. (ABC’s of securing wireless networks) Despite the unlikely event that someone is tapping into your network, it’s better to be safe, than sorry.

On another front, Microsoft has been developing a forensic USB tool capable of bypassing PC security. Maybe this answers why there are so many bugs in the Windows OS? Hmm. So I encrypt my laptop, passwords all over, biometric security, and Microsoft is selling a USB tool for $99.99 that will undo all of that. *&^%$#@!!

Losing data? How about accidentally deleting data? Take a look at how the Bush government lost incriminatory emails, how convenient. I’m sure they went to great lengths to contact IT specialists, 2nd and third opinions while failing to contact an established data recovery company. What about the backups? Oh I see, accidentally wiped those too huh? (cover-up)

Gadget: power bar that monitors power usage

Cut down on energy costs and reduce your electric bill. Simply plug the easy-to-use Power Cost Controller with surge protection into the wall and connect your electronics to the power strip to see how efficient it really is. Large LCD display will count consumption and cost by the kilowatt-hour, same as your local utility. Monitor your electric consumption by hour, day, week, month, even an entire year. Also check the quality of your power by monitoring voltage, line frequency, and power factor. Measures 8-1800W appliances. Now you’ll know how much your computer network or home media center really costs! Replaceable 1.5V battery included. (link)

Sharp WHDI tv’s, (hot model not included)

SHARP To Offer Ultra-thin LCD TV with Wireless HDTV Link by AMIMON

AMIMON’s WHDI Technology Enables High Quality and Robust Wireless Uncompressed HDTV Link to Sharp’s New X-Series LCD TVs

Santa Clara, Calif. and Osaka, Japan – April 30, 2008 – AMIMON Inc., an emerging leader in semiconductor technology for wireless high-definition (HD) video, has partnered with leading LCD TV manufacturer Sharp Corporation to offer a wireless HDTV link for the new X-Series ultra-thin LCD TVs. AMIMON’s WHDI™ technology, capable of delivering uncompressed HD video streams wirelessly, will simplify the installation of Sharp’s ultra-thin LCD TVs by eliminating the need for an audio/video cable between the TV panel and the separate tuner unit. (Gizmodo)

Fastest non-pc NAS?

Synology’s new SATA NAS servers offer up to 4TB storage capacity and Synology is claiming they’re the fastest non-PC RAID 5 NAS servers there are. The desktop Disk Station DS508 takes five hot-swappable drives, while the rack-style Rack Station RS408 fits in four drives for up to 3TB RAID 5 capacity. (Gizmodo)

GTA IV: did you get your copy yet?

It appears that Take-Two Interactive, the video game publisher EA has been trying to buy for the last couple of months, has a potentially record-breaking hit on its hands with Grand Theft Auto IV. And EA isn’t pocketing the cash.

While it’s too early to know exactly how many copies of GTA IV sold Tuesday, the game’s launch day, anecdotal evidence suggests it will likely be one of the most successful launches in the entertainment industry’s history–if not the most.

“We are saying that the launch of this game is tracking to be one of the top three best-selling games,” said Chris Olivera, vice president of corporate communications for GameStop, “not of just this year, but the top three games in (our) company’s history.”

The latest title in what was already one of the most blockbuster game franchises of all time, GTA IV hit store shelves Tuesday morning with midnight madness events nationwide. The game had sparked controversy, with some politicians and critics calling for retailers to avoid selling it, but that didn’t seem to dissuade consumers. (link)

Apple specialist confesses

Yet another great post from the Consumerist, “7 confessions of an Apple Specialist“. Apple fanboys, you may commence flaming.
Apple care – total waste of money. (yup, thought so. most extended warranties are)
iPod – reset or restore or trash it. Not many solutions when you’re dealing with flash memory or hard drives of that size. There’s always data recovery.
Salepeople – don’t have any gossip for you so stop asking.
Customer satisfaction – Apple takes it very seriously. After all, they want to keep their bragging rights over PC’s and Windows, am I right?

iPod + Lego = cool stuff

Generally speaking, we leave the Lego posts to Joel, but with him flying off to Costa Rica for the next week, we’re missing our in-house expert on interconnecting, brightly colored plastic bricks.

So you’ll have to take this Lego post without Joel’s superlative ability to illuminate the latest Star Wars Lego set with a profound quote from Sartre. Perpetual Kid is selling a series of iPod Building Block Speakers. They aren’t Legos legally speaking — Lego’s attorneys have fervently fought the good fight against brand dilution for thirty years — and the speakers aren’t powered, which probably means they sound pretty terrible, but at $25 each, they are almost as expensive per brick as real Legos, which should count for something. (link)

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