If you’re using Microsoft Outlook as your email client, here’s a nifty utility that will check your email message for the keyword “attach” and will display a popup reminder if you forgot to specify the attachment. It’s a simple VB Macro that you can cut-n-paste into MS-Outlook and forget about. I’ve often forgotten to attach documents, and this little VB Code offers a nice simple popup reminder.
I noticed that Dell announced their new slim laptop, Adamo, was available for sale today. It’s a very thin laptop with an Apple-esque design, created to compete with the Apple MacBook. It looks great to me, but has a rather large price tag starting at $1999.00 US. What really caught my eye, was the 128 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) inside the Adamo. SSDs are popular with the smaller Netbook laptops since they are very low-powered and are much smaller than most conventional laptop hard drives. The 128 GB size of the Adamo SSD is quite amazing, since most Netbooks only have 32 or 64 GB of space. A very pricey component that certainly increases the overall price of the new Dell laptop.
Also, SSDs don’t have the access speed of the normal spinning disk drives, so you’ll probably notice some performance hits when reading and writing to the drive. Installing 2 or more GB of RAM should help with the SSD slowness, as it should limit how much virtual space (disk space being used as slow RAM memory) is used by the operating system when running multiple applications.
So, if you want the latest and coolest laptop for running Windows Vista 64-bit, check out the new Dell Adamo!
I use the Firefox web browser almost exclusively on all my computers and laptops, as I find it works much better for me than Internet Explorer. Although Firefox has its own built-in pop-up blocker, it seems that a few pesky pop-up windows appear in the background whenever I visit certain web pages. For example, I like to read the spoilers for Battlestar Galactica at this site, and when I do so I almost always get a pop-up window in the background for http://www.doublediet.org, http://www.double-diet.com, etc. So, it seems that Firefox’s built-in popup blocker can’t seem to stop this particular pop-up window.
As such, I’ve searched around and found a Firefox ad-on plugin called AdBlock Plus that is suppose to block specific web addresses listed in a file. You can either create your own list from scratch, or “subscribe” to a growing list of ad sites. I chose to subscribe to the “EasyList (USA)” subscription which contained hundreds of known ad sites, and so far the troublesome doublediet pop-up window no longer appears! In the Firefox statusbar you can hover your mouse cursor over the AdBlock Plus Icon, and a notification window will appear showing how many pop-ups were blocked on a specific page (see below):
Hopefully, this add-on plugin for Firefox will help with blocking ad sites and not block out the good ones! 🙂
Since about 2001, I’ve been developing applications for the Microsoft Pocket PC and now Windows Mobile devices. It’s been a part-time effort, where I spend evenings and weekends creating the Windows-based applications. Since the Pocket PC/Windows Mobile OS is basically a slimmed down version of Windows, all the programming structure, function calls, etc. are the same. So, if you know how to develop executables for the Desktop Windows machines, it’s nearly the same thing for the Windows Mobile devices.
Originally, writing Windows programs meant you needed to use a C++ or Pascal Compiler to create binary executables. After a few years, Microsoft introduced their .NET product which was suppose to make it easier for developers to create applications that will run on both the Desktop Windows systems and Windows Mobile systems. I never got into the whole .NET thing, since it required certain libraries, DLLs, and modules to be installed on systems to run the .NET applications. I liked the executable method, since you can compile everything into a single, compact application executable. The only problem with that approach, is that the binary executable you create will only work for a specific CPU processor, but fortunately Microsoft standardized on the ARM processor after 2003 for the Pocket PC/Windows Mobile devices.
Moving forward to 2009, you don’t see many people using Pocket PC devices. Instead, they use their cell phones (or, smartphones) for tracking appointment, emails, and reminders. Although some smartphones run the Microsoft Windows Mobile OS, there are plenty of other devices running the Blackberry OS, Nokia OS, Apple iPhone OS, and Android OS. Read the rest of this entry »
As you may have read in some previous postings, I’ve examined and reviewed several of the available online file storage offerings. Currently, there’s several different systems that will auto sync files or do auto backups, or allow you to upload files for online storage. For my needs, I want a method for storing files off my Desktop PC for safe keeping (in case my hard drive blows up, or my house burns down). So, I don’t need the file syncing features. Most of the online file storage solutions that I’ve come across don’t allow you to directly upload folders containing files or other subfolders. You have to select and upload individual files, or a group of files. For me, that would be very time consuming and not acceptable. I wanted a system that would allow me to select a folder and have it and its contents uploaded to an online storage system.
Luckily, I came across one solution called DriveHQ (offered by Drive Headquarters) that does what I need. It has an easy-to-use interface that allows me to simply drag-n-drop my folder into my “DriveHQ” drive on my PC, and begin the uploading process. It will actually upload the files in the background so I can continue working on other things and leave it unattended. Great!
DriveHQ currently offers 1 GB of free storage, which works fine for me since I just want to upload client web page files for safe storage. If you want to backup large files (such as video files, pictures, etc.) you’ll probably fill up your 1 GB allotment very quickly. Then, you’ll be looking at paying for more storage space as explained on DriveHQ’s web site.
In contrast, SkyDrive (by Microsoft) offers you 25 GB of free online storage, however, you can’t upload folders. You have to upload individual files (or a group of files) which is a time consuming process. So, I’ll probably stick with DriveHQ for a while and see how easy and effective it is, and will decide whether to upgrade for more storage space when the time comes.
Sometimes I’m out of town on a business trip or are too busy and forget to watch one of my favorite evening TV shows. I normally set up my Vista Media Center to record the show, but in some cases I forget or my computer is shut off for some reason. Well, never fear– you can watch your missed show online!
For example, I missed one of this season’s episode to Teminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, so I went to http://www.fox.com and was able to watch it online on my Desktop PC in a web browser. I’ve done this a few times before, but I noticed last night that Fox has some new player technology that produced a really clear video on my monitor. I’ve got a 1600×1050 wide-screen LCD display, and I was able to play the streaming TV show full-screen with great clarity. It was amazing. Now, I do have relatively high-speed Internet access via a Comcast cable connection, but nevertheless, I was suitably impressed.
It seems that with today’s technology, we might see more and more Internet streaming of TV shows and movies. It may be that in a few years, we all have a digital media center connected to our big, flat screen TVs (or monitors) and watch all our programming via the Internet. I can’t wait! 🙂