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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Apple releases iTunes 9.1

iTunes. That’s entertainment.

iTunes is a free application for Mac and PC. It plays all your digital music and video. It syncs content to your iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV. And you can add to your collection anytime, 24/7. Learn more

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

'Toxic Dust' on Computers Tied to Disease

 

By RACHEL KONRAD, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO - "Toxic dust" found on computer processors and monitors
contains chemicals linked to reproductive and neurological disorders,
according to a new study by several environmental groups.
The survey, released Thursday by Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Computer
TakeBack Campaign and Clean Production Action, is among the first to
identify brominated flame retardants on the surfaces of common devices in
homes and offices.
Electronics companies began using polybrominated diphenyl (PBDEs) and other
flame retardants in the 1970s, arguing that the toxins prevent fires and
cannot escape from plastic casings.
"This will be a great surprise to everyone who uses a computer," said Ted
Smith, director of the Toxics Coalition. "The chemical industry is
subjecting us all to what amounts to chemical trespass by putting these
substances into use in commerce. They continue to use their chemicals in
ways that are affecting humans and other species."
Researchers collected samples of dust from dozens of computers in eight
states, including university computer labs in New York, Michigan and Texas,
legislative offices in California, and an interactive computer display at a
children's museum in Maine. They tested for three types of brominated flame
retardants suspected to be hazardous.
The most toxic piece of equipment discovered by the researchers was a new
flat-screen monitor in a university in New York, implying that newer
equipment isn't necessarily cleaner.
Penta- and octa-brominated diphenyl will be taken off the market by the end
of the year. Environmental groups are demanding legislation that would ban
deca-brominated diphenyl, too.
PBDEs, which have caused neurological damage in laboratory rats in numerous
studies, are related to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs have been
used in fire extinguishers, fluorescent lights and liquid insulators since
the 1920s.
PCBs were outlawed in the 1970s, but the toxins don't erode and still
persist in the environment.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, part of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (news - web sites), and several
other organizations have confirmed that PCBs damage brains of human fetuses.
Scientists have not directly correlated exposure to PBDEs with specific
diseases or developmental impairment. Researchers at University of
California, Davis, and elsewhere are studying possible links between
brominated flame retardants and autism, but results are years away.
Independent researchers who reviewed the new study say consumers shouldn't
throw out their computers, and they needn't wear special gloves or minimize
exposure to computer monitors. There's no known way to remove dust-born
PBDEs, so special wipes or sprays wouldn't reduce chemical exposure.
"The levels in the dust are enough to raise a red flag, but not enough to
create a crisis," said Dr. Gina Solomon, senior scientist at the Natural
Resources Defense Council and assistant professor of medicine at University
of California, San Francisco. "I have an old computer monitor in front of me
now, and I'm not about to throw it away. But when I get a new one, it darn
well will be free of these chemicals."
The electronics industry has been reducing or eliminating some brominated
flame retardants since the late 1990s, when European countries began
prohibiting the sale of products that contain the chemicals.
Dell Inc. and many other computer makers continue using a flame retardant
related to PBDEs on circuit boards. They use lead, mercury and other toxins
in central processing units and monitors. But Dell, along with Apple
Computer Inc. and others, stopped using PBDEs in 2002.
"People can be very confident about their new computer purchase," Dell
spokesman Bryant Hilton said. "We've worked a lot with suppliers, and we
require audits and material data sheets on all our products. It's an
important topic to be aware of, and brominated flame retardants are
something we've been very focused on and will continue to be focused on."

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition: http://www.svtc.org

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

windows 7, windows explorer doesn't expand tree view


Win7 by default does not auto expand the tree view when you navigate between folders.

The result being you don’t see the usually tree hierarchy on the left pane. Which makes it quite painful if you want to go up a few levels or see the other parent folders.Windows7-Explorer

Luckily there is a new Folder Option called Navigation Pane to switch them back on again. You need to press Alt + T or Organize –> Folder Search Options in Windows Explorer to get to the dialog.

 
Windows7-FolderOptions

Switch both of them on and get the tree view back.

Windows7-Explorer-Expanded


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Monday, March 22, 2010

MakeMKV Rips DVDs and Blu-Rays With Just Two Clicks

MakeMKV Rips DVDs and Blu-Rays With Just Two
 Clicks

Windows/Mac/Linux: It's still slim pickings when it comes to finding a good freeware application for ripping Blu-Ray discs, but ripping and converting tool MakeMKV is free for as long as it's in beta—and it's undoubtedly the simplest ripper around.

Those of you with large Blu-Ray collections have probably already invested in a good ripping tool, but those running a bit behind on the format changes (or that don't have the space on your HTPC to hold all those 50 GB files) should take advantage of this limited time opportunity. MakeMKV is a two-click decrypting, ripping and converting tool for DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. Literally all you do is pop in the disc, click the DVD or Blu-Ray icon, and then hit Make MKV—30 minutes later, you've got yourself a high-definition MKV file that can be played in most media players (like VLC or Gomplayer). You can opt to rip only certain chapters, as well as edit a few advanced preferences, but the default settings work just fine for those not well versed in DVD ripping lingo.

MakeMKV is a free download for all operating systems. DVD ripping will always be free, but Blu-Ray ripping is only free as long as it's in beta, after which it will go to a to-be-determined price, so get ripping now!

Related downloads

 

MakeMKV [via AddictiveTips]

Friday, March 19, 2010

Microsoft removes VM hardware requirements, improves XP mode

Microsoft made a slew of virtualization announcements today, affecting both current and future products.

Arguably the most important tidbit is that the company has removed the virtualization layer's hardware requirements for the XP Mode available in Windows 7. Those already running XP Mode don't need to bother updating since they already have it working, but users who were unsure of their PC hardware can grab the update and try out XP Mode on Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, or Windows 7 Ultimate. The update is available for Windows 7 32-bit (3.7MB) and Windows 7 64-bit (4.1MB).
Microsoft has been criticized for complicating things by having XP Mode only work on processors that supported either Intel's VT or AMD's AMD-V. This requirement was troublesome and confusing, as many Intel owners weren't sure if their CPU supported hardware virtualization, and if it did, whether it was turned on in the BIOS. Now that problem has been eliminated, removing a barrier to the adoption of Windows 7 among small and mid-size businesses that still cling to Windows XP.
Redmond revealed two new features that directly affect Microsoft's desktop virtualization platform. Microsoft Dynamic Memory is an enhancement to Hyper-V that will allow users to adjust the memory of a guest virtual machine on demand. IT administrators will thus be able to pool all the memory available on a physical host and dynamically distribute it to virtual machines running on that host as necessary. Based on changes in workload, VMs will be able to receive new memory allocations without a service interruption.
Microsoft RemoteFX, which is based on the IP that Microsoft acquired and continued to develop since acquiring Calista Technologies over two years ago, enables users of virtual desktops to receive a rich, 3-D, multimedia experience while accessing information remotely. It functions independently of any graphics stack and supports any screen content, including Windows Aero, full-motion video, Flash and Silverlight content, and 3D applications. Because it uses virtualized graphics resources, RemoteFX works on a wide array of target devices, which means it can be deployed over both thick and thin client hosts and a wide variety of network configurations.

 

source: arstechnica.com

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I protest!!! Everybody’s gone mad!

 

 

MJ

This is not about computers, but since its my blog I can post anything right? This is about Michael Jackson…. Poor Michael…. What did fate have in store for you? 

I read 2 headlines today:

Michael Jackson's syringe 'up for sale'
http://www.ananova.com/News/story/sm_3715057.html

The syringe that allegedly administered Michael Jackson's fatal dose of drugs is reportedly set to go on sale for £3.3million.

and

Jackson estate signs record deal with Sony

http://money.cnn.com/2010/03/16/news/companies/sony_jackson/index.htm?eref=edition

“NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The administrators of Michael Jackson's estate and Sony Music Entertainment said Tuesday that they have reached a deal concerning the sale of the late singer's recordings. The deal was worth about $250 million, the Wall Street Journal reported.”

“The Journal said the deal will distribute 10 albums over seven years guarantees Jackson's estate $200 million, and is being heralded as the most profitable recording contract ever.”

“The agreement covers unreleased recordings, DVDs and possibly other projects such as video games, reports said.”

My protest comes with lyrics and song from Michael himself:

They Don't Care About Us lyrics, the music video (banned prison version) is BELOW

Skin head, dead head michael-jackson-portrait_ztV2n_52
Everybody gone bad
Situation, aggravation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
Bang bang, shot dead
Everybody's gone mad'


All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us

Beat me, hate me
You can never break me 
Will me, thrill me
You can never kill me
Jew me, Sue me
Everybody do me
Kick me, Kike me
Don't you black or white me

All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us

Tell me what has become of my life
I have a wife and two children who love me
I am the victim of police brutality, now
I'm tired of bein' the victim of hate
You're rapin' me of my pride Rest-In-Peace-Michael-michael-jackson-6856595-800-600
Oh, for God's sake
I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy...
Set me free

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
trepidation, speculation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food 
black man, black mail
Throw your brother in jail

All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us

Tell me what has become of my rights
Am I invisible because you ignore me?
Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now
I'm tired of bein' the victim of shame
They're throwing me in a class with a bad name
I can't believe this is the land from which I came
You know I do really hate to say it
The government don't wanna see
But if Roosevelt was livin'
He wouldn't let this be, no, no

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, speculation
Everybody litigation
Beat me, bash me
You can never trash me
Hit me, kick me
You can never get me

All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us

Some things in life they just don't wanna see
But if Martin Luther was livin'
He wouldn't let this be

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, segregation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
Kick me, Kike me
Don't you wrong or right me

All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us

 
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us


All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us

 

This video is the BANNED Prison version that was never released….


Micheal jackson appears in a self destruction scene, in the full version of the music video Ghosts…

-Michael: “So you still want me to go?”

-Fat ugly white man: “ YES YES!”

-Michael: Fine, I’ll go……

 

saddest scene…. a prophecy….

michael jackson ghosts (11)

 

On youtube,

 

I love you Michael…. you were too sensitive for this world…

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Apple's iPad estimated to have brought in $54M in 6 hours

 

When Apple's CEO Steve Jobs first unveiled the company's long-awaited and much-hyped tablet device, the tech community as a whole remained somewhat unimpressed. It wasn't quite clear what everybody was expecting to see, but it certainly wasn't the iPad, which ended up causing weeks of arguments and disappointment. Perhaps it was all the rumors which set everybody up for a let-down, as they got rather extreme to say the least, but either way, the initial wow factor simply wasn't there. Whilst a large number of technology enthusiasts continue to let everybody else know about their hatred for the device (as seems to be the trend with anything Apple), the iPad pre-orders that were opened up earlier today indicate that the device might not be such a dud after all.

According to Mashable, a group of people over at the AAPL Sanity board have done the math and come up with an estimate of the iPad pre-order sales today, based on order numbers (which are listed sequentially). What that means is the numbers are in no way accurate, though the estimates have taken other Apple Store orders into account, and have been made from various sources. Victor Castroll, an analyst with the Valcent Financial Group, backed the estimation, and suggested that there have so far been 90,000 pre-orders in the time that has passed since the iPad was made available, with 50,000 in the first two hours, which doesn't include reservations made at local Apple Stores as no order numbers are given.

It'll be interesting to know how well the device really does coming up to launch, as customers aren't charged until an order ships, and there's still a couple of weeks left before the iPad ships. Perhaps sales are genuinely as good as many are saying, though there's really no way to find out for sure. Jobs is usually happy to share sales details when one of Apple's events is held, so we'll be able to get a bit of insight then, whenever that may be.

 

via http://www.neowin.net/

Friday, March 12, 2010

Solved: parsing error C\program files\hp\digital imaging\bin\hpqscloc\1033.xml

 

Problem:

Device> HP Deskjet F380 All-in-One Printer    (but the same error can be found many models)we install the driver for the multifunction and when we attempt to run the icon on the destkopcalled : hp solution center

we get the error  > parsing error C \program files\hp\digital imaging\bin\hpqscloc\1033.xml

NOTE:  The printer and scanner works normally, but we only get this error when clicking on the solution center icon.

THE USER INSISTS ON HAVING IT WORK! And I agree... why should it not be working. HP has to give us answers.After searching on the internet for many hours and looking around there seems to be only one solution described but this does not apply to Vista

For example to install the MSXML 4.0 Service Pack 2. This cannot be installed on vista (is only for XP )also some other people tell you to install an update for the xml on vista, but I can see its already installed and I cannot reinstall it.

We have tried uninstalling - reinstalling the all on one driver 10 times (by also cleaning the temp files)!

The driver is HUGE and you can imagine how much time has been lost.

This problem can be found everywhere on the internet, so many people are having it and only a few has found the solution (only xp users), HP has to give us a SOLUTION or an update for their drivers!

I have run out of ideas... and I still dont know what is the cause for this.

Please help!

 

SOLUTION:

Here are the steps to resolve this issue (was tested):

Disconnect printer USB from the computer.

Inside the HP software/driver cd, go to "util" directory > "ccc" directory.

In here run Uninstaller_L1 through L4 in order.

Check Add/Remove programs inside Control Panel for additional HP programs that weren't removed and remove them.

Delete HP and/or Hewlett-Packard directory inside Program Files.

Goto Program Files > Common Files and delete HP and/or Hewlett-Packard directory there as well.

Go to Start>Run and type "temp". inside this folder delete all files.

Go to Start>Run and type "%temp%". inside this folder delete all files.

For additional cleanup when using Vista, you can download Cleanup Utility and search for additional HP components that weren't removed. Here's a link for the program: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301

Restart and reinstall the driver using the CD or web driver.

The issue should now be resolved.

Write here if this helped/didn't help!

 

Additional tip:

Problem:

The files on the  driver/software CD supplied with my printer were packed.  When I insert the CD they automatically unpack and the installation screen appears.  Can you please tell me where I can the unpacked files so that I can carry out the procedure described.

Solution:

Search for full web drivers for your model.

(this also applies to unpacked folders from cd): In most cases, when you run the exe file that you downloaded, it will unpack all the contents inside a directory that can be found here:

Start>Run>type %temp%

Now search for any folder that starts with hp_web_release or 7z.....

Inside the folder (which contains all the files of the cd) you can find "util" directory and there "ccc" directory.

Friday, March 5, 2010

New Microsoft Courier tablet pictures and video leak

 

ms-courier-03-2010

 

Remember Microsoft's new tablet concept that was revealed last September? Well, the book-like Courier device - or "digital journal" as it has now been labelled - may be on the shelves as early as the second half of this year, according to new information leaked to Engadget.

The Courier looks like it will be set up in a direct battle with the Apple iPad. It has been designed to be a very portable and mobile device with a weight of just over a pound and a thickness of under an inch. When closed its footprint will be a little larger than a 5" by 7" photo.

Unlike previously believed, the device isn't based on Windows 7 and instead will run a similar mobile operating system to that used on the Zune HD, Windows Mobile 7 Series and the recently confirmed "Project Pink" devices, why could suggest use of Microsoft's Metro UI. As with the Zune HD, the Courier is expected to use a Tegra 2 chip.

The Courier will also include a built-in camera, headphone jack and stylus, the latter to support its pen-centric interface, which is also designed to include finger touch and gesture controls. The device will feature handwriting recognition and be based around writing and drawing, and could also include e-book support, providing Microsoft's offering to an ever-crowded market.

Said to be led by J Allard -  the Microsoft executive who was involved in the original Xbox and Zune teams - the project has been kept fairly secret for a while now, but Engadget's source has given a possible launch date of Q3 or Q4 of this year. They didn't, however, provide any indication of the price. Gizmodo report that their sources have indicated that it won't appear any time this year.

Two videos of the Courier's interface have also surfaced. One is included below or head over to Engadget to check out the other, along with new pictures of the device.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

TIP: Annoyance, disable the auto-eject of cd dvd when clicking on the icon in windows explorer! Works for vista and windows7

In Windows 7 you can burn and write any DVD and CD without the need of any third party application. Furthermore when you double click the CD/DVD ROM drive icon in Computer and if the drive is empty then the system will eject the tray. If you want to use your own burning software or you just want to limit the access of the burning feature to other users using your computer, then you can disable them.

You can perform the burning operation by right clicking the CD/DVD drive and choosing Burn to disc option.

Burn the Disc

To disable the burning and auto ejection feature in Windows 7, there is a small change that is required in the registry configuration. Click Start, type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.

Gpedit.mscc

Now navigate to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components > Windows Explorer in the left sidebar and locate the key Remove CD Burning feature in the right side bar.

Remove CD Burning

Double click it and choose Enabled on the next step.

Enabled

Click OK and you are done. Now the default CD burning feature of Windows 7 has been disabled and surprisingly the CD/DVD drive tray will also not be ejected when you double click the CD/DVD ROM drive icon.

Disc Burning Disabled