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(From The Editor’s Desk) READ: I Got A New Computer!…

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c01739970Source: DNN (OMG! DNN plagiarized itself instead of Newser or The Huffington Post how bout that?) hee hee.

Woo Hoo! I finally broke down and got a new computer!… But I’d like to share my horror story with you before I reveal which one I got.

How I managed to make something do something that it wasn’t designed to do in the first place, and lived through it:

So I took a 4 or 5-year-old Dell 2400 dimension and tried to turn it into a Digital Video/Audio workstation by editing HD Sony video files (AVCHD)… No laughing allowed! It actually works remarkably well, just slow as hell; (Took about 10 minutes to import the file to Sony’s Picture Browser, then another 10 or so for it to analyze the file, and a few minutes to import the file into Sony’s Vegas PRO software, and this doesn’t even include the time it takes to actually edit the movie’s sound, removing unwanted pops/hisses or whatnot, edit out unwanted visual shots such as the camera was aimed wrong, focus was poor, ETC.) But I did all that on a single core processor, and a really antiquated video card, hard drive… PAIN! much pain.

So last night I went to BestBuy. Now normally I avoid that store like the plague for a few reasons: #1 the crowds, 2. The noise, 3. The $7.50 making sales associates or whatever they call themselves these days, I don’t mean to pick on low-wage making people, it’s just they tend to be rude, uneducated and just plain don’t care about the products they’re selling. I can say that because I was one of “Those” kinds myself for many years! 😉

Anyways, so yeah after 10 minutes I managed to stomp and kick loud enough that a sales rep finally noticed me. I told him what I was basically looking for: a decent computer that could handle HD video editing without choking too much… at first I was eye-balling some of their laptops (Toshiba), but I spotted a HP TouchSmart and noticed they have come down in price quite a bit since last year (I think they were about $1700 then, now they’re like $1000). However the guy that was helping me said that it would not be a very good computer for what I needed, and he recommended me a Quad-Core, they only had one:

HP – Pavilion Elite Desktop with AMD Phenom™ II X4 Quad-Core Processor

Model: e9120y | SKU: 9366553

Nope that’s not an advertisement link, remember kids, DNN doesn’t advertise (if we did you might as well just get your news from CNN or FOX, its money that corrupts them…bah, I got off track sorry about that!)  that’s my new computer. 🙂

Well I think I’ll close with that, I will try to write up a review soon, I’ve only had it for less than a day so I don’t know what it’s capable of yet. So If I may use the cliché: STAY TUNED!

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September 12, 2009 at 3:01 pm

(POLITICS) READ: Online politics reserved for rich…

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news.bbc.co.uk_President Barack Obama__46306914_000552892-1US civic engagement remains in the hands of the middle-class despite hopes that the internet would democratise political involvement.

Those are the findings of a report from the Pew Internet Project.

Online political engagement such as contacting officials, signing petitions and making donations is skewed towards richer and better educated Americans.

The report found signs that social networks could be encouraging younger people to get involved in politics.

According to the report 35% of US adults on incomes of at least $100,000 (£62,000) participate in two or more online political activities compared to just 8% of adults on incomes of less than $20,000 (£12,000). READ MORE

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September 2, 2009 at 8:43 pm

(TECH) READ: The Internet Turns 40!…

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us.123rf.com__319197(Newser Summary) – Forty years ago, two UCLA scientists exchanged data via computers, arguably making today the 40th anniversary of the birth of the Internet. “It would be more accurate to say some important seeds of the Internet sprouted with that data transfer,” writes Stephen Shankland on CNET, but no matter. It’s a good time to take stock. “Woodstock embodied the rising power of a new generation. … Men on the moon showed us how small the Earth is. But the Internet changes everything—and it will be instrumental in the next chapters of humanity’s future.”

There are negative aspects, of course: The abundance of communicative possibilities can be overwhelming. Privacy issues abound: Evolution never made allowances for a social circle that spans the whole planet. The Internet can serve the interests of repressive governments just as it does the disenfranchised. “But it’s only gaining in importance, power, and reach,” Shankland writes. “So my advice is to embrace it and try to shape it for the better for the next 40 years.”Source: CNET

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September 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm

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(READ): U.S. is 15 years behind South Korea in Internet speed (also behind 27 other countries)…

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computerSource: Albany News

A report on Internet speed in the United States says the country isn’t likely to catch world leader South Korea for 15 years.

Or for much longer — at current growth rates, the United States will only reach South Korea’s speed today in 15 years.

The report, by the Communications Workers of America, details Internet download and upload speeds all over the United States and some of its affiliated territories. In the last year, the average upload speed in the United States “barely changed,” the report said, and download speed only grew a little, from 4.2 megabits per second in 2008 to 5.1 megabits per second in 2009.

In South Korea, average download speed is four times faster — 20.4 megabits per second. The United States also lags Japan (15.8 mbps), Sweden (12.8 mbps), the Netherlands (11 mbps) and 24 other countries.

The report said U.S. speeds aren’t sufficient for the needs of in-home medical monitoring, distance learning programs, or to run a modern business from home.

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The report calls for more investment in the nation’s Internet infrastructure. It also suggests shifting the outdated universal service payments that support voice telephone service over to pay for better and cheaper high-speed Internet service for everyone.

Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/stories/2009/08/24/da…

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August 29, 2009 at 2:22 pm

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(READ): Cloud Looms Large As Future Of Computing…

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Source: SKY News

Historically the home or business PC has been the central hub for storing data and running programs, whilst the internet was a rich resource for information and communication – only services like Hotmail and Gmail offered us a glimpse into the world of cloud computing.

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In recent years email services like these have been joined by other applications running through the web browser – from photo editing to business databases, most applications are now available online.

This experience is quickly evolving to something commonly known as ‘cloud computing’, ‘Web 2.0’ or ‘Software as a Service’.

But what is the cloud? Quite simply it is having your applications; data and software reside online, on remote computers that you can access to, in real time from any device with internet access. Read More

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August 26, 2009 at 9:46 pm

(READ): Where Yahoo Leaves Google in the Dust…

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money2Source: Nytimes

GOOGLE has an outsize image as the deft master of information. Its superior technology seems to pitilessly grind up its rivals. But Google’s domination in search has proved hard for it to match in some information domains. When serving financial news and information, for example, Yahoo draws 17.5 times the traffic of Google, according to comScore Media Metrix.

James Pitaro of Yahoo says users become anxious if too much financial information is presented on a page.

Yahoo Finance, which has occupied the top spot in the category for 19 consecutive months, drew 21.7 million unique United States visitors in July; Google Finance drew only 1.2 million unique visitors, placing it 17th in comScore’s rankings for the category, one slot above a site called FreePressRelease.com.

Yahoo understands that information about money — a user’s own money — presents some tricky psychological issues. James Pitaro, vice president of Yahoo’s audience group, said, “In our research with users, we found that the more information that was displayed on the page, the greater the anxiety.”

He said Yahoo deliberately adopted what he calls “the Apple model — simplicity in design; a clean, simple look, not overburdening our users with too much information on the page.”

Google seems to pay no heed to such psychology. Google Finance, which was introduced in 2006 and shed its “beta” label earlier this year, hews to its original strategy: offer the best data and charts. And when that doesn’t work, offer still more data and charts.

Yahoo Finance is organized into sections: investing; news and opinion; personal finance; customized portfolio tracking; and “Tech Ticker,” short video features that have supplied an average of 450,000 streams a day in recent months, Yahoo says. When you click on a link to a news story accompanied by a Tech Ticker video, it starts automatically and seems intended to insert a warm human presence on the page. The video player is on one side of the page and is stationary; the visitor scrolls down on the other side to read news articles.

“It’s made for multitasking,” Mr. Pitaro said. More Info

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August 23, 2009 at 9:21 am

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READ: Netscape Founder Backs Next-Gen Browser…

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Source: Yahoo!

The browser wars have gotten livelier with new entries and updates, with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera, and Apple’s Safari all scrambling for attention. But a warrior from the first browser war is apparently gearing up for battle once more. Netscape founder-turned-investor Marc Andreessen is backing a new company, Rockmelt, that is developing a next-generation Web browser, according to the New York Times.

Like Google’s approach with its Chrome browser, Rockmelt is optimizing the Web browser for the current demands of the Internet, such as running Web-based applications or Web apps.

“There are all kinds of things that you would do differently [today] if you are building a browser from scratch,” Andreessen told the New York Times earlier this year. Rockmelt was founded by Eric Vishria and Tim Howes, both of whom were executives at Opsware, a company co-founded by Andreessen and sold to Hewlett-Packard in 2007.

Few details are available about how Rockmelt’s browser is different. The Times reports one interesting tidbit: Rockmelt’s Website reportedly posted a privacy policy, since removed, that mentioned some sort of Facebook integration. The policy said you could “use a Facebook ID to log into RockMelt.” It’s not clear what this means, but I wonder if Rockmelt plans to store your Facebook credentials as an automatic login feature for Facebook Connect-enabled Web sites. Andreessen, it should be noted, serves on Facebook’s board, but the Times says Rockmelt and Facebook are not working together on the Web browser. Read More

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August 16, 2009 at 12:06 am

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READ: New Office 2010 is Proof Microsoft Sabotaged Macintosh

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computerSource: CIO.com

FRI, AUGUST 14, 2009 — PC World — There was a time when a new version of Outlook for Macintosh would have been big and welcome news. Now, it and the rest of Office for Mac 2010 are a big yawn. With Apple poised to finally make its own Mail, iCal, and Address Book fully compatible with Exchange servers, who needs Outlook?

Microsoft: Next Mac Office Due Late 2010 with Outlook
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For a decade, Mac users who needed access to Microsoft Exchange servers were given a truly second-class client, Entourage, to do it with. It has been part of MacOffice since 2000.

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Many Mac users simply gave up, choosing Outlook Web Access over Exchange. That’s what I did for a while.

At any time, Microsoft could have created a real Outlook for Mac, fully Exchange-compatible, but chose not to, apparently hoping the lack of tight Entourage support would hobble the Apple platform. And it did.

So, Apple began developing replacement programs–Mail, iCal, and Address Book–that despite their success never reached full Exchange compatibility. That is, until the release of the new Snow Leopard OS. In a matter of weeks, Macs should become full players on Exchange-based e-mail systems. Read More

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August 14, 2009 at 4:00 pm

READ: Palm Pre Snoops on Users…

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palm-preSource: wired.com

Palm Pre users watch out. Palm may know a lot more about you than you would like to share.

Programmer Joey Hess found that Palm Pre’s operating system webOS sends his GPS location back to Palm every day. Hess also found code that sends Palm data on which webOS apps he has used each day, and for how long he used each one.

“I was surprised by this,” Hess, who bought the Pre about a month ago, told Wired.com. “I had location services turned off though I had GPS still on because I wanted it to geotag photos. Still I didn’t expect Palm to collect this level of information.”

In its defense, Palm says the data is used to offer better results to users. For instance, when location-based services are used, the Pre collects information to give users relevant local results in Google Maps, says Palm.

“Palm takes privacy very seriously and offers users ways to turn data collecting services on and off,” says Palm in a statement. ”Our privacy policy is like many policies in the industry and includes very detailed language about potential scenarios in which we might use a customer’s information, all toward a goal of offering a great user experience.”

Palm’s actions trigger questions about consumer privacy and the extent to which handset makers and developers are gathering and using data about buyers’ behavior. In this case, some of the concerns may be overblown, says Charles Golvin, an analyst with Forrester Research. Read More

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August 14, 2009 at 12:16 pm

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Wikipedia-style website to record every species on Earth

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environmentSource: Guardian.co.uk: A complete list of all the species on the planet is, for many biologists and conservationists, the natural history equivalent of the Holy Grail. So therecently-launched EoL (it stands for ‘Encyclopedia of Life’), which aims to create not just a list, but an individual web-page, for every single one of the world’s plant and animal species, is bound to cause a buzz.

Make no mistake, this will be a truly Herculean task. There may only be about 5,000 species of mammals, 8,000 species of reptiles, and 10,000 or so species of birds. But once we get to groups like flowering plants (about 250,000 species, and that’s not including hybrids), insects (over 1m species described, with perhaps another 5m new ones waiting to be discovered), let alone micro-organisms such as viruses and bacteria, it’s easy to see why EoL might seem little optimistic.

So how does EoL work? Well, like its forerunner Wikipedia, EoL is a self-perpetuating encyclopedia, written by and refereed by anyone who wants to contribute. In practice, the contributors are likely to be mainly professional scientists or talented amateur naturalists – in some cases the leading experts on a species or group. Others can add text, images and even video clips to each entry, with the ultimate goal of making information about all the world’s organisms freely available.

Accuracy will be ensured (hopefully, at least) by an expert team of curators, who will weed out any inaccuracies and clarify any confusions. Like Wikipedia, there will be no charge for anyone wishing to access the information, so writers must be willing to share their knowledge with anyone else under a ‘creative commons licence‘. Original sources will also be credited where possible. Read More

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August 13, 2009 at 7:23 pm

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