10 Ways to Use Internet Explorer Safely

March 26, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Lifestyle

So what do you get from the collective wisdom of hackers bunched within the same area? Why, tips on safer computing of course! Software security engineer Jeff Forristal asked people during the last pwn2own what your average user can do to better protect Internet Explorer from hacker activities. Here’s what they came up with. Read more


What’s Exciting About OnLive’s Gaming Model

March 26, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Gaming, Home Entertainment

onlive_tech_diagram_610x471Basically, OnLive brings cloud computing to gaming. In non-geek speak, the planned service will stream games to customers’ PCs, Macs, or TVs. OnLive runs the games on its own high-end servers—independent of the users’ hardware—while accepting controller inputs and streaming video of the gameplay through the internet. So conceivably, customers will be able to play the latest graphics-driven first-person shooter, even if they’re doing so on a two-year old computer barely creaking by.

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Useless But Cool: iDaft

March 25, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Toys

idaftFans of Daft Punk—and sample pad enthusiasts—will find iDaft entertaining. Basically, iDaft is a website that presents samples from Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger in a clean grid format. Each cell plays an individual sample when clicked on or its corresponding keyboard shortcut is pressed. It’s cool being able to imperfectly replicate the intro of Kanye West’s Stronger, which by the way, used samples from Daft Punk’s original.

This isn’t really something that will change your life or boost your productivity tremendously. But like I said, it’s cool. What’s amazing is that no one’s attempted to turn this into a mobile app! I can imagine iPhone and iPod touch users need another reason to back-up their gadgets’ professed superiority, though it wouldn’t hurt to see a Java version of this online app, made for mobiles.

Also, it would great to see other versions of iDaft, like iBritney iJustin, or whatever you can think of.

(image is screenshot of iDaft)

Why PETA is Wrong About Dogs Getting Shot

March 25, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Gaming

So PETA finds animal cruelty in a video game. Yes, there are parts in Call of Duty: World at War where you have to shoot dogs to progress. Yet PETA’s complaint is a good example of the misunderstanding plaguing video games: the lack of understanding that video games are all about context. PETA sees dogs dying and immediately attacks Activision for animal cruelty.

From 0s and 1 s to the latest hardware-powered affairs, video games have always been about progressing, fulfilling a certain set of conditions to achieve objectives and ultimate victory. The best games turn this formula into a memorable and entertaining affair, while sucky ones make it feel like a chore. Read more

What are Your Most Important Gadgets?

March 24, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Digital Cameras

Perhaps within our lifetimes, the kinds of gadgets out there will become so many that it will become hard to keep track of all of them. But I also think that my Nokia E63 and my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3 will continue being my important gadgets.

In other words, I believe the cell phone and camera will remain crucial in my life, regardless of whatever gadget-related developments we’ll face over the next few years.

Obviously, cell phones allow people to communicate with each other. And who wouldn’t want to take snapshots of important events in their lives for posterity? I bet a lot of you agree with in this regard, and would feel a bit naked without their mobile and camera.

On my own “most important gadget” list, the laptop follows the two items mentioned above. That’s because, as someone who makes a considerable living online, being able to access the internet wherever connectivity is available is very important.

But enough about me. I’m actually interested in you. What are your most important gadgets, and why? You can list only one item or five, just be sure to explain yourself!


C’mon Gmail, You’re Still Missing Something

March 23, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Tools

Email undo is a great feature. But it needs to be available on-the-go as well. And, Gmail still lacks one feature I’d like to see on email clients in general.

As explained by User Experience Designer Michael Leggett, Gmail holds your message for five seconds, and I agree: that’s enough time for your sensible self to kick in, and immediately pull back messages written from the hip. And don’t you hate accidentally sending confident info to the wrong person? That’s something that I’ve done at least twice, unfortunately.

But it isn’t clear if this new features is available on mobile platforms. At the very least, they could apply it to their Java app. I bet that a growing number of those oops mails are sent away from the computer.

More importantly though, where’s that browser-free Gmail client I so very want?

HP Mini 2140 Reviewed

March 23, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops

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To make a long story short, the HP Mini 2140 is a bit expensive, but you get what you pay for. At least according to Liliputing:

Sure, the processor isn’t any faster than the CPUs in lower priced netbooks like the HP Mini 1000. And it’s not the thinnest and lightest mini-laptop available. But for a reasonable amount of extra cash you get a sturdier case, an accelerometer, a spill resistant keyboard with DuraKey finish, an ExpressCard slot, and a decent if not spectacular 3 cell battery. A 6 cell battery is also available, which reportedly runs for up to 8 hours with a standard hard drive, and up to 10 hours if you opt for the $575 80GB SSD.

Personally, I’m happy that HP didn’t make the same mistake they did with the Mini 1000: engineering a proprietary VGA-out port. That setup required a relatively expensive adapter to be remotely useful for presenters on-the-go, and limited the potential appeal of that netbook.

(Image courtesy of HP)

Movies From Samsung: £5 to Keep

samsung-movie-storeUK peeps may want to visit Samsung’s new movie store. These 16:9 movies for download are obviously legit, and for £5 are yours forever! You get 1 license for PC/TV use, and another for viewing on your portable device.

Shiny Shiny reports that 500 movies are currently available through the store, with plans to include another thousand. That’s once deals with the other studios are made. Of course you’ll need a fast connection to maximize the store, since movies take up 1.5GB on average.

To keep things weighted in their favor, only Samsung portable devices (mobiles and media players) within the current compatibility list can play these movies on the go. Though according to the FAQ: “Any PC user can download and enjoy our films”. Windows Media Player 11 required.

5 Things to Clean Up Your PC for Spring

March 21, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops

PC Magazine has a somewhat useful feature for those who’ve let all the dirt build-up on their computers over the past months or year. A snippet describes the total grossness of a dirty PC:

What do the inside of your PC and the back of your refrigerator have in common? You’ve probably never seen or cleaned either. Of course, nobody else can see the scary accumulation of sloughed-off skin, pet hair, food particles, insect parts, mold spores, and other disgusting nasties. So should you care? If the health of your equipment and family matters to you, the answer is absolutely yes.

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Read the whole article here. If you’re too lazy to read the whole text:

  • The author swears by Audiovox’ Surface as a display cleaner
  • Use a can of compressed gas to blow dust off—but never turn the can upside down!
  • Wipe fans with a damp cloth, and use WD-40 to keep them running smoothly
  • Use your printer’s cleaning utility (duh!)

(Image from PC Magazine)

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