top The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction
How big were these things?
top Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC
top Chinese Moon Rover Says an Early Goodnight
Hopefully, that little guy will get to come home one day.
top CES 2014: A Bedbug Detector that Looks Interesting but has Detractors (Video)
one and a half quarts of water? That is one big coffee cup!
top Open Source Add-on Rewrites the User Interface of IE11
I use Firefox and not IE, so this add-on doesn't even effect me, but the first thing that I do on a new Firefox install is set "browser.tabs.onTop" to false in about:config.
top Oppo's CyanogenMod Phone Gets Blessed To Run Google Apps
This means the phone will run Google's apps and services... Who would want that?
top Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?
Resign. That's what I did. Now I don't have a job, but my ex-employer hired two people to replace me so it kinda worked out.
top Microsoft Will Have To Rename SkyDrive
If you installed Windows XP on a computer with a build-in (USB) all-in-one card-reader, the Windows drive will default to H instead of C. (tip: unplug the card-reader before installing Windows XP.)
It's amazing how much software misbehaves when the C drive is an empty card-reader slot. For example exported Autocad profiles are hard-coded to drive letters, so you can't migrate your Autocad settings to/from computers that don't have the /windows/ directory on C.
You could actually work around the problem if Windows XP was trying to install to a drive letter other than "C". During install you would create the partition (it would be drive letter whatever), immediately delete the partition, and then recreate it. It would recreate as drive "C".
top iTunes: Still Slowing Down Windows PCs After All These Years
I banned iTunes from my PC long ago, along with iDevices and Apple's DRM'ed media content. Thanks for keeping me off of that $#!+ train, iTunes!
about a year and a half ago
top Gaming Clichés That Need To Die
...In the windows world, I'm expected to pay $30 for an application that can rename multiple files at once...
Search for the free program named "RName-It". You can rename multiple files, add/replace sections of multiple filenames, add sequential numbers to multiple filenames, etc. It's an awesome program.
top Ask Slashdot: How To Go Paperless At Home?
Install a PDF exporter/printer as your default printer on your PC/Mac/etc. For Windows I would recommend the free PDFCreator from
I do a lot of online shopping and like to keep a copy of my purchase receipts. I print my receipts to PDFCreator, name the output file something descriptive (YYYY-MM-DD - Merchant + Item description.pdf) and save the PDFs to a receipts folder. It fulfills my needs, doesn't waste paper, and I can print a receipt copy if I ever have the need.
top Firefox 10 Released
I have never had problems with Firefox's stability until version 9 was released, and this damb thing crashes on me several times a day. It's real bad on my 64-bit Windows 7 Pro machine, and crashes occasionally on my 32-bit Windows 7 Pro laptop. I really hope that they have fixed whatever is causing this.
top Motorola Reinvents the RAZR
I have a Net10 pay-as-you-go LG el-cheapo flip phone that does something similar. Occasionally, it will lose sync with the cell network and no longer receive or send normal calls. The phone indicates "Emergency Use Only" if I try to make a call when this happens. The phone never actually locks up, though, and a power cycle fixes things. Kinda sucks, but I don't use the phone very much and it costs me $15/month to keep it (I buy Net10 300min/60day cards for $30). There is a visual indicator on this phone that lets me know when it has dropped signal. When things are working properly the word "Home" is displayed on the LCD, and it's not there when the phone has lost signal.
top Linux Kernel Power Bug Is Fixed
The didn't copy it, they "mimicked" it!
top Ask Slashdot: DD-WRT Upgrade To 802.11n?
I bought a refurbished Linksys E3000 and two refurbished Linksys E2000 units from Amazon (currently $50 for the E2000 and $61 for the E3000), and have them loaded with dd-wrt. The E2000 and E3000 have gigabit Ethernet ports, the E3000 has simultaneous 2.4GHz/5GHz radios, the E2000 has selectable 2.4GHz/5GHz radios. I'm using the E3000 as my firewall/gateway and have the two E2000 units connected to it via WDS. The WDS links are over the 5GHz radios and I use the 2.4GHz radio in the E3000 for client PC connections. The setup works great, and was pretty inexpensive to implement.
top Essential Open Source Tools For Windows Admins
MS does license MSE for installation on their compatible server products, and the installer works without problems. They changed the terms almost a year ago with the release of MSE 2.
top HP Spinning Off WebOS and Exiting Hardware Business
Yeah, I bought an A500 for $300 from Staples last month. It is a very nice tablet. The model with 16GB of built-in storage is currently on sale at both Target and BestBuy for $400 with a $100 gift card, and Costco has the model with 32GB of built-in storage for $450 with a $100 gift card. I've read that the Costco unit includes a case, but I can't verify this.
top Windows MHTML Vulnerability Warning From Microsoft
Are you at risk if you use an alternate web browser like Firefox, Opera, or Chrome?
top ARM Powered OLPC XO-1.75 Laptop Is Faster Than X86
They stirred salt water in coconut shells once to charge the batteries from their portable radio. That Professor was a smart guy!
Frogger Ends In Hospital Visit
Datura stramonium (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datura_stramonium ) will make you do weird things like this. I knew a guy that took way too much and the cops found him roadside in the grass, swimming.
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