Tagged: Windows

HP Elite X2 with Wacom Stylus Pros and Cons Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe first thing I ask anyone that is looking for a new laptop is “What are you going to do with it?” This is important because a gamer doesn’t want a business laptop and an executive might not want a laptop geared toward video production. The HP Elite X2 is a Business laptop. Running documents, getting your books in order, and of course email and web functionality. With the Wacom stylus and military grade standard, it can handle the situation. So let’s go through the pros and cons, then we’ll look at the overall specs. PRO – HP Elite X2 The x2 is light weight and no bigger than a standard tablet. The precision-crafted device is meant for funcitonality and style. A high-level enterprise executive will definitely look good with this accessory. Inside is the Intel Core M processor series. From...

First Look at Wirecast 7 from Telestream

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTelestream released version 7 of their popular video software switcher Wirecast today. Along with a new logo, they redesigned some of the basic features to streamline the product. They also improved the software so it will work better on a PC or Mac. I take you though a first look at the new version. What is Wirecast? Wirecast is a video software switcher and layer system. With this software, you can set up scenes to record or stream to your favorite platform (e.g. Facebook or YouTube, Livestream, UStream, etc). You can layer a video with graphics, photos, other videos or one-on-one conversations via Skype or Google Hangouts. There are two versions. Wirecast and Wirecast Pro. The software starts at $495 and you can get Wirecast Here. Changing of the Source Settings   The biggest change is how you set up scenes....

HP Pavilion x2 is a Laptop, Tablet, Kiosk and More

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHP calls it their most versatile detachable PC. It’s a laptop that easily converts to a tablet and even a table tent for kiosk options. The folks at HP gave me one to play with and although I am getting compensated for this review, the review itself is my own opinion. So let’s get started with the specs, then see if this machine is worth the sub-$500 price tag. Pavilion x2 12 inch comes in 2 models – with an Intel ATOM x5 series processor and Intel Core M – thier 6th generation processor. The machine I have is the Intel core m3 at 1.51 GHz, 100 MHz Bus, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage supplied by Samsung. Windows 10 64-bit home is on the machine and it can be configured for PC or tablet mode depending on what...


Microsoft Makes Project Spark Free on XBox One and Windows 8.1 PCs

Earlier on in the year, you might remember that Microsoft announced a game called Project Spark. It allows players to create their own games and worlds (including a pinball game).  It’s been in beta for a while now, but it has finally become a full, finished game. Better still, Microsoft have released the game and it’s available right now for the XBox One and Windows 8.1. Additionally, I am really glad to report that Project Spark is going to be free to download! Incidentally, there will also be a phsyical version that you can buy with This seems like quite an interesting move in that they already own Mojang(the people behind Minecraft). However, it also seems like they are trying to compete with other games such as LittleBigPlanet. Incidentally, there is also a trend of games that are based around user-generated content so it also makes sense for...


Warner Bros Interactive and DC Release Batman: Arkham Knight Footage

We are really close to E3. A lot of the game developers are getting early builds(pre-release versions) of their games ready to show off. As such, the folks at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have officially unveiled the first video of the Batmobile transforming into battle mode in Batman: Arkham Knight. When transformed, the Batmobile has some serious weapons in there including a 60mm cannon(which I presume is cable of causing some serious carnage).   Having seen the video for myself, this car looks like one tough killing machine in Battle Mode.  From what little footage we have to work with, we can see that there is going to be various situations that the weapons could come in handy. For instance, let’s say that you need to take down a lot of bad guys at once then you could do so with the gun. The 60mm...

Fun in Comics – Comic Life 2 Turns You into a Character [Review] 0

Fun in Comics – Comic Life 2 Turns You into a Character [Review]

I enjoy being able to create comics. Of course, I have talked about Bitstrips in the past and also about GoAnimate! for video cartoons. But I have found a program that will let me make comic pages using pictures. That is called Comic Life 2. I can take pictures as I go, or use existing photos. Put in a couple effects and I have a comic look to myself. Add a speech balloon, adjust for size and where my mouth is and write what I want to say. Create multiple pages, like if you were making a comic book. Post to Facebook or another favorite Social Network. The parent company – Plasq – has versions of Comic Life for Windows, Mac and iPad. There is also an iPhone application that lets you caption pictures. You can get those programs right from the App Store.  

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Un-Box Me: Warpia StreamHD Wireless USB to HDMI Unboxing – Mac, Windows Install

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Connecting your computer to your TV has never been so easy. Remember the days where you couldn’t even get a simple headphone jack from your CRT TV? Connecting your DVR, Roku, PC and more to the TV is as straightforward as connecting to the HDMI port. Yet the TV is now so thin it sets on your wall and your computer is not even close to it. You don’t want to run a long cable across the room to watch your movies via DVD and control the system. That is why we have wireless USB to HDMI. Using a simple dongle, you connect one machine to the TV. No wires, no hassles. Warpia has created a wireless USB to HDMI controller called StreamHD. Best part – If you have Windows 7 or Mac OSX, you can connect the TV dock...

Fun with Windows Command Line Directory Navigation 0

Fun with Windows Command Line Directory Navigation

Note: When I was writing this, I could not get the backslash character to display, so I use [backslash] to represent it in the text. I am not new to the Windows command line. Back in my tech support days, it was frequently faster to tell callers to click on the menu, click on start, type “cmd,” click “Run,” type in a command (frequently it was ipconfig /all) and tell me what they saw rather than walk them through opening a bunch of windows one after another. I was reading up on tricks for navigating the Linux command line and I wondered whether they would work in Windows, so I fired up my XP box for some testing (it’s the only Windows machine I have). I already knew about using wildcards in directory strings. This picture shows using wildcards to navigate from C:[backslash] to my My Documents directory....

Basic GIMP:  Preparing Pictures for the Web 0

Basic GIMP: Preparing Pictures for the Web

The GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) is the flagship of Linux and open source photo editing programs. (A windows version, which I have used, though not recently, is available at Sourceforge.) The GIMP is free and open source; there is no charge for installing and using it. The GIMP is a powerful, complex program which I’ve heard compares well with Photoshop. I cannot speak to this, since I have not used Photoshop, but I have used Paintshop Pro extensively on assignment, and the GIMP is easily equal to it. The GIMP, though, is not easy to figure out. I don’t believe that there really is any such thing as an “intuitive” interface for a program, in the sense of “easy to figure out at first glance.” “Intuitive” means “easy to remember.” The GIMP offers so many options that it is neither easy to figure out nor easy to...

Windows Patch for Broken <em>*.lnk</em>s 0

Windows Patch for Broken *.lnks

Microsoft has announced a new Windows security update that every Windows user, no matter what flavor of Windows he or she is using, needs. According to the BBC, shortcut files (*.lnk), such as those used for desktop shortcuts, can be injected with malicious code which executes when the user clicks a link. Microsoft taking this seriously enough to release a patch ahead of the normal Windows update cycle. The report states that every Windows release is affected. From the article: The first exploits of the flaw were seeded via infected USB drives and network connections. While exploitation of the flaw was limited initially, the tempo of attacks via the bug has escalated since it was discovered and publicised. Early attacks using the bug were aimed at the software control systems for critical infrastructure such as power stations. The patch was scheduled to be released this morning, Pacific Time.

May TechPodcast Roundtable #59 – Stitcher, Green Screens, Windows Tools 0

May TechPodcast Roundtable #59 – Stitcher, Green Screens, Windows Tools

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSponsor:GotoMeeting is the official sponsor of the Tech Podcasts Round Table you can get a free 30 day trial at www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts The 59th Tech Podcast Roundtable was held on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010. Andy McCaskey from SDRNews was the MC. The lineup included: Jeffrey Powers from Geekazine on the Summer of Podcasts contest Collin Billings talking about Stitcher Mobile Podcast agregator Norbert Davis from Totally Cool Tech on Green Screens Esbjorn Larsen from Mr. Netcast on 5 Free Productivity Tools for Windows (and Mac, but not so free) The Tech Podcast Roundtable is held every month on a Saturday at 4PM (Dates vary). We encourage all to call and propose either a presentation or show off their products. Feel free to contact myself, Andy McCaskey at SDR News, or Todd Cochrane at Geek News Central for more information.

Google Closing Windows? (Updated) 0

Google Closing Windows? (Updated)

According to Reuters, the Financial Times (the FT requires a subscription for regular users.) reports that Google is phasing out Windows for its standard-issue employee computers. The final straw seems to have been the Chinese hack attack in April. According to the reports, Google is trying to reduce its computer security hassles. The Reuters story notes The FT quoted one Google employee as saying: “We’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort.” Another said: “Getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO (chief information officer) approval.” Here is an excerpt from the actual FT story: “Many people have been moved away from [Windows] PCs, mostly towards Mac OS, following the China hacking attacks,” said another. New hires are now given the option of using Apple’s Mac computers or PCs running the Linux operating system. “Linux is open source and we feel good about it,” said...

Pogoplug lets you access your files in the cloud – CES 2010 1

Pogoplug lets you access your files in the cloud – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Last year we ran into Pogoplug at the Sands and learned on how you can share your files over the internet. Andy McCaskey was literally enamored in this product. We then went and got pogoplugs – Todd Cochrane got them for all his crew. We ran into the guys from PogoPlug this year at Show Stoppers. Andy was right on this one. We learned about the new version of the Pogo Plug. It is easy to Install – Plug in a USB drive, plug in to your router and plug into the wall. That’s it. The Pogoplug also employs full web access. You call up the files from a browser and see files you need. There is even an iPhone app for that! Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee...

Windows7 Tip #1 Processes and Compatibility Mode 0

Windows7 Tip #1 Processes and Compatibility Mode

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn this screen-cast, we look at Windows 7 64-bit and the Processes therein. We show you how to set Affinity for multi-core machines and how to use the Compatibility mode all the way back to Windows 95 if your program doesn’t work correctly in Windows7 64-bit.

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Boot Shill

When I saw this story reporting that Google’s Chrome OS, now under development, will boot in seven seconds or less, my [TIRADE MODE] switch went to the on position. The price you will pay for this fast boot is not having anything on the computer. From the description, it sounds like WebTV on steroids: True to Google’s Internet-pedigree, the Chrome OS resembles a Web browser more than it does a traditional computer operating system like Microsoft Windows, matching Google’s ambition to drive people to the Web — where they can see Google ads. (snip) Netbooks running Chrome OS will only be able to run Web applications and the user’s data will automatically be stored on the Web in the so-called cloud of Internet servers, Google executives said at an event at the company’s Mountain View, California headquarters on Thursday. If this is true–and it is consistent with all...

Close Encounters of a Vistarious Kind 0

Close Encounters of a Vistarious Kind

I had my first hands-on encounter with Windows Vista today. A friend asked me shoot the trouble between his Vista laptop and his HP F380 Deskjet printer. Man, am I glad I use Linux.

FBReader:  Open Source eBook Reader 1

FBReader: Open Source eBook Reader

I got a hankering for an ebook reader today. I have one on my cell phone and decided it would be nice to have one on my computer, mainly because ebook readers remember where you left off. Plus I’ve long been a fan of Project Gutenberg and I decided I was wasting too much time with reruns of televison murder mysteries when I could be reading murder mysteries. I Googled “ebook reader linux” and found FBReader, which was designed for Google Android, but also runs on Linux desktops. There’s even a Windows version. It is free and open source.

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Google To Enter OS Fray

In a move that a number of Linux watchers have thought possible, Google is planning to enter the OS market with a Linux-based operating system. Read the story from Bloomberg here. The announcement on the Google blog is here. Microsoft cannot be very happy about this. So far, their relationship with Google has consisted of playing catch-up, most notably in the search engine field, where Microsoft has failed to make much headway against either Google or Yahoo, despite successive efforts, starting with MSN search, followed by Microsoft Live Search, followed currently by Bing! At the same time, Gmail has eaten Hotmail and Yahoo mail’s lunch. (Google Docs has apparently made some inroads also, though I’m not and have no desire to be familiar with that, because I am not enamored of pushing my data out there, somewhere, in the cloud.) Now Google is challenging Microsoft on their own...

16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick 2

16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick

You might remember the products. You might remember the hype. Then, you are tooling down highway 41 years later and all of a sudden you think to yourself – “Hey, whatever happened to…” Failed ideas. Maybe it was a great idea, but wasn’t made right, or design errors brought it down. Maybe it was just a bad product. Well, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see if we cannot repeat these errors again. Oh yeah, why 16? Well because we could. The Computer Watch: Whether it was the Ruputer, the MSN Direct ‘Smart’ Watches, the Timex Data Link Watch or another gadget watch – BTW – I remember having a “Transformers watch”. It was awesome! Still, the Dick Tracey style communication watches, the “Computer on a wrist”, never really hit it off. I even remember a watch that gave you directions. You would put in the...

Ramblings 6-28-09 – Where’d the Week Go? 0

Ramblings 6-28-09 – Where’d the Week Go?

Busy Week Thanks for coming to the site. We had another great week – busy week. It was a lot of fun and really productive. Post – HPTF Of course, we went to Vegas the week before to cover the HP Technology Forum Expo. Andy McCaskey, Kara Karsten and myself were working hard with interviews, product reviews and more. This week was planning to get some of the videos out to you. So far, we’ve posted the HP POD video on Friday and have a lot more coming soon. Summer of Podcasts – Podcast Carnivale This is what really took up the majority of the week. The last month I have been working hard in getting prizes together. Now it’s time to put a contest together. That is where the Summer of Podcasts comes in. Each week, Podcasters will be giving out codewords during their shows. We will...

Fluxbox on Debian Linux (Updated) 1

Fluxbox on Debian Linux (Updated)

I’ve described installing Debian before, here, here, here, and here. By default, Debian installs with the Gnome desktop; other choices can be made at installation. Still other choices can be made later. (Try changing your desktop on Windows–you can change the wallpaper and some of the icons, but that’s about it. You can’t change the whole thing from one to another.) I’ve used Fluxbox on Slackware Linux for quite some time; I decided to get it running on Debian. Here’s the result.

Installing Windows 7 on Ubuntu 9.04 – TVazine 4

Installing Windows 7 on Ubuntu 9.04 – TVazine

VPC and VMWare are two great programs that allow me to do a lot. Windows, Linux and in some cases, Mac (although there are still legal issues with that). VPC is great because then you can have your computer loaded up with more than one Operating system and be able to get work done. I have installed Ubuntu on my Windows machines, but when I heard that Windows 7 will have a VPC-XP feature; I thought to myself – “Can XP be run in a Virtual environment within Ubuntu?” Then I thought even more – “Can Windows 7 run in an Ubuntu environment?” My question got answered quickly – Even better is that it was a program that worked similar to VPC. VirtualBox OSE is a Virtual PC program that works in the x86 environment. It is a program developed by Sun and can be installed in Windows,...

Windows 7 on Netbooks:  Hold on to Your Wallets? 0

Windows 7 on Netbooks: Hold on to Your Wallets?

The Guardian speculates that Windows 7 on new netbooks is likely to come in the “starter” or “standard” version–that is, only three apps can run simultaneously. Unleashing a more versatile version of Windows 7 will cost an upgrade fee. Read the full story here. According to the story, the starter version can be upgraded for the cost of a pizza dinner for four. I used to have a family of four (before they up and grew up); taking them out for a pizza dinner was a significant expenditure.

Week In Tech History – 4-27-09 – iTunes Store Launches 0

Week In Tech History – 4-27-09 – iTunes Store Launches

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoAssist Express – FREE 30 Day Trial. April 28th 2003. With 200,000 songs and a eye on the music market, Apple launched the iTunes Store. At that time, the Windows version was not out yet (had to wait until October 17th of that year), but the first week alone they had over a million sales. Other items of note – the first computer mouse and the first Windows mouse. We also saw the Sasser Worm come up and Google’s IPO.

The Metaphysics of Conficker 0

The Metaphysics of Conficker

Bruce Schneier, writing in the Guardian, attempts to use the Conficker scare to illustrate larger lessons in human psychology. In particular, he wonders why Conficker led to global cyber-panic, at least among Windows users, whereas other, equally or more dangerous malware passes almost unnoticed almost every day. Frankly, I think his reasoning is a bit over the top, but it’s still an interesting read. The full column is here. An excerpt below the fold: