Friday, May 30, 2008

Windows XP Wireless UPDATE

Screen capture (on Linux) of Apple's iPod Touch features online.

Update for Windows XP (KB917021)
Brief Description

Install this update to enhance the Windows XP support for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) options in Wireless Group Policy (WGP), and to help prevent the Windows wireless client from advertising the wireless networks in its preferred networks list.
Windows Link:

Prevents broadcasting Wireless Access Networks (First Step).

See Steve Gibson's Security Now! for further steps...

Steve Gibson Link:

Other Useful Wifi links:

Locura Personal Media Server 1.30

8:30 NYC Crane Collapse Channel 5
Screen Captures


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Apple WAX

Macbreak Weekly 91:
(Monocle Pete's Magic Yacht Wax) Podcast Filter:

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Scott Bourne, Liana Lehua, Andy Ihnatko, Merlin Mann, and Alex Lindsay
3G baby got (a plastic) back, the iFund Whrrls, OS X 10.5.3 update, and more.

Possible New 3G iPhone Pictures
Leopard Update: problems with Apple's gcal (online calendar program)

Made me update my calendar programs in Linux just-in-case

They both have a similar lineage.

These post have been rather fast and furious lately, and I apologize, but time constraints have been rather tight lately.
Other skuttlebutt gleaned from the above podcast (Do check it out, if you can) was the new lower price of Amazon's Kindle Book Reader (Now $360.00...down from $400.00). Still too high.

And maybe Apple might have a Multimedia/Book Reader is also in the rumor mills.

Tah tah.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Net at Night with Amber and Leo

Web Picks from net@night with Amber and Leo

Kelly and Dan's Weezer's Pork and Beans

SurveyUSA estimates that at least 18 million Americans have now been Rickrolled. What is Rickrolling? Watch This:

Live posting to your Blog or Whatever, like the Next Big Event, which IS:
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference WWDC08
June 9-13, 2008 in San Francisco's Moscone West Centre
for all the latest groundbreaking innovations of Mac OS X Leopard and iPhone OS.
I'm Scribbling Live to my Facebook account;

Monday, May 26, 2008

Comm-Links: Mars and the Row Boat in the Pacific


Closer to Home, Roz Savage is Solo ROWING the Pacific,
and her adventure can be tracked on her Blog at:

Along with GPS settings and speeds.

Adrift...on a very small planet.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

News Alert: Toad Venom CAN KILL.

Wingman's Top Picks from Daily Rotation Top 10 Headlines

News Alert: Toad Venom CAN KILL.

This undated photo provided by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shows Black Stone, one of the names of an illegal substance made from toad venom and sold as an aphrodisiac. Health officials are warning New Yorkers to stay away from the substance, sold at sex shops and neighborhood stores under names including Piedra, Love Stone, Jamaican Stone, Black Stone and Chinese Rock, after the product apparently killed a 35-year-old man. (AP Photo/NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)

Star Trek Fans: Geordi Styled Eyewear from Sony.

Better Details Are Here:
from TECH-ON! Tech News Straight from ASIA

So How Big will Indiana Jones Be This Weekend?
150,000 200,000 300,000?

Friday, May 23, 2008

It's Not Kansas, ToTo.

Severe weather hits southern California Thursday, with Toradoes and Hail along with heavy downpours in scattered areas.

More of the same expected today.

ABC7 link above.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Next BIG FLOP by ELO aka Wingman...

The Top500 List comes out twice a year, and lists the TOP HPC (High Performance Computers) in the World.

Their performance is usually measured in X-FLOPs or X Floating Point Operations per second. This year that X will become PETA FLOPS meaning a Thousand Trillion floating point operations per SECOND, will be crossed this June.

A recent report of this outrageous rate (actually running faster than Moore's Law) tells us our current technology cannot scale much further.

(See the excellent article in May's Linux Magazine titled: "Just when You Thought it Was Safe to Ignore the Top500 List")
I admit I like checking out the list to see who is running what processors and with what OS, but of late that has been LINUX.
But it appears the End is Near and a New direction must be started for the Next milestone, after
petaflops and starting point may just be Software Centric.

I'll post the Next Top DOG in June.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Reach out and TOUCH someone.

Engadget had an Item That I call: What-In_The_World!

Future phones at NY Design Week 2008: Feel
This Proposed Cell phone add-on transmits that touchy-feely conversations we-all-need?
Check out the Video.
The Creepy Touch Video:

Think that won't be very, very distracting?

Wingman, and More coming....

Friday, May 16, 2008

Twitter Conquers All

Twitter is a kind of IM (Instant Messaging), that started as a way to broad cast to "Followers" "What You Are Doing at any given time." From that humble beginning it has morphed to Quite-A-Bit-More. It recently was Number 1 topic at SXSW (South by SouthWest) Conference in Texas, where it became a running critique of an On-Stage Reporter interviewing Facebook's CEO with what the audience thought was "softball" Questions. The running critique from Twitters was being projected on a screen behind the participants.

I'm dipping my feet into the murky waters too (If John C. Dvorak, thinks it ok, so do I). My Twitterings will appear on a sidebar of my Blogs, under the Title: Twitter Updates, and yes, I'm also starting to use Google Adsense on my various Blogs Too!


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Next Computer by Wingman

On Tuesday, I picked up 3 New Linux magazines from Barnes & Noble. Oh, and a book (Hard Cover, no less) by Michael Crichton called NEXT. In technological terms, I guess we all want to 'know' what's going to happen "next". That's because my miss-spent youth was 'wasted' reading sf.

That pretty much makes Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein to blame for my forward looking mentality. If we tinker with computers in any 'serious' way, it's because in our minds are looking toward our
Next Machine. And Linux is our best foil for this constant "thrust" and "parry" into our "Time Machine".
I had pretty much forgotten there was a computer called the "NeXT cube". That's a picture of it from the Wikipedia article about it.
The article Lead reads like this:

The NeXT Computer and NeXTcube were high-end workstation computers developed, manufactured and sold by NeXT from 1988 until 1993. They ran the NeXTSTEP operating system. The NeXT Computer (often informally referred to as "the Cube") was released as a 1-foot (305 mm) die-cast magnesium cube. It cost US $6500. The NeXT Computer has achieved a small degree of notability for being used by Tim Berners-Lee as the world's first web server, and also to write the first web browser, WorldWideWeb at CERN.
I never had one of those machines that ran the "NeXTSTEP" operating system. Again from Wikipedia (What a Resource!):
NEXTSTEP was the original object-oriented, multitasking operating system that NeXT Computer developed to run on its proprietary NeXT computers ("black boxes") such as the NeXTcube. NEXTSTEP 1.0 was released on September 18, 1989 after several previews starting in 1986. The last version, 3.3, was released in early 1995, by which time it ran not only on Motorola 68000 family processors, but also IBM PC compatible x86, Sun SPARC, and HP PA-RISC. Apple Inc.'s Mac OS X is a direct descendant of NEXTSTEP.

A free software implementation of the OpenStep standard, GNUstep, also exists.
The NeXTSTEP OS desktop (see picture-it's kinda clunky these days) can still be seen as a desktop environment in versions of Knoppix Linux, and was based on Unix and BSD. Well, that was a fun piece of history, time to hit the books (and magazines). Wingman.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Robots unleased on English Village this Month.

Easy, easy, it's just a contest called the MOD GUARD CHALLENGE and is the U.K. Ministry of Defense's counterpart to the U.S. DARPA Challenges, except it's military robots that compete against one another instead of robotic cars.

See story at above link:

XP Not Dead Yet!

From Engadget:
HP's 2133 now officially configurable with XP

by Ryan Block, posted May 12th 2008 at 2:03AM
Engadget Site:
HP's got some new 2133 configs out as of tonight, including options for "downgrading" to Windows XP on models over $700 -- more or less as expected. They're up to eight base configs ranging from $500 to $820, so if you've been thinking of picking one up you've certainly got plenty of options to choose from.

HP Site:

Also Filed under:

"Why Do They Do This?"

A Hacker Site, I won't tell you where, has an article that shows how you can make a working copy of a key with just a cell-phone photograph. A Step-by-Step How-To.

Really, Do the Bad Guys Really Need This kind of Help?

I don't think so.

Wingman, Way Out!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

DL.TV and Some Very COOL LINKS

Robert Heron and Friends at had some really links to related to community web sites like FACEBOOK and (Still A VERY BIG DEAL!) TWITTER.

Here are The 4 Links to Check Out:

I'll briefly describe the LAST THREE:

NATUBA is another Photo Sharing Community that was created for iPhone users, but also works with FACEBOOK and Twitter.

TWISTORI is a Twitter scroller that keeps track about what people are saying (live-on-twitter) about certain key phrases like: I WISH and I FEEL LIKE. The Graffiti Wall Expands again.

WIGIX is like a Wish and/or Want List checker. Find the the Best Price for a Wished-For Item.

The First Website is already my favorite:

MAKEUSEOF is a long list how-to guide for GEEKS and Techies. Do Check This One Out.

Wingman at the Helm.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

World Population Explosion recently?

Filed under NEWS:

Not really
, since the growth rate is about half what it was at its peak of 2.2% in 1963.

But still, a milestone was reached yesterday

when the estimated World Population

Passed 6,666,666,666 on Friday.

According to news blurb from
it passed 5,555,555,555 about 14 years ago, and
it was only 2 billion people on the planet 80 years ago.

Coincidently, IPv4 internet addresses
will crossed the 666,666,666 mark on friday too.

(If you want to see the world pop. census site

Look Here:

Do you have your internet web address? (IPv4)

I have 2, but only 1 is active right now at:

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

It's Just A Game...Or Is It?

Movies do Good once they pass
$100 million in sales.

Doing that on the Weekend "Ironman" can be considered a "winner". But considering that Grand Theft Auto IV came out that same week the bucks that went flying were mainly in the Gaming Industry's Camp. GTA IV made $500 Million in seven days, and according to the New York Times Web Site it sold 3.6 million copies its first day.
The game's publisher is Take-Two Interactive.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

To Me, this makes Nose Scents.

Tech that Smells:
A German company says they've founded a way to deliver scents (about 100) over text messages, and hope to be able to add it to Cell Phones.
Something smells funny here!
Cubans line up to buy legal PCs
Yeah, yeah yeah. Okay it's now legal for Cubans to buy state approved QTECH PC's from One store, for $780 bucks.. That gets you a Celeron processor, 512MB RAM, Windows XP, and a CRT display. Of course they won't have internet access, so big deal.
And if you had your Head in a Hole somewhere: Windows Drops it Bid for Yahoo!

Even after sweetening the deal by an additional $9 billion, the deal (which Microsoft is "soft-peddling" as a possible poison pill) is off.

Engadget had a poll about what to call the now defunct merger of Microsoft and Yahoo! Here's the numbers as of late Saturday.
What do you call the new Microsoft and Yahoo! combination?

Microsoft! 5757 (15.9%)
unGoogle 2325 (6.4%)
Microhoo 5171 (14.3%)
Yacrosoft 2517 (6.9%)
Microsoft, this ain't no merger of equals 14567 (40.2%)
Nothing, the Feds won't approve it 5932 (16.4%)

Seems like a little under 17% didn't think it would happen.

All I can add is: Yahoo!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Engadget Goodies in May

Engadget Geek Goodies

A quick look at Engadget this morning revealed a number of interesting Geek Goodies. Skipping the French siteing of a possible iPhone 2 in the Wild, this tiny HD recorder from Sony was of most interest.
Sony's -tg1 HD 1080i Camcorder Unboxed Video at Engadget:
Engadget Video Link:
Also at Engadget This morning:
Apple iTunes to compete "day-and-date" with DVD releases -- Wal-Mart weeps (now official)
Story Link:
Isn't being a Geek Just Grand?

Wingman Out.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Microsoft: What Another "Fine" Mesh?"

This is the results from the Words Microsoft and Mesh Initative posed by MS .

A line from Star Trek The Next Generation comes to mind: In Balmer's voice say: "I know that Data, but what does it Mean?".

According to analysts not in MS's pocket, not a lot.

It seems Microsoft, since it's "Remember Vista" fiasco, has graduated from FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) tactics to VUD (Vagness, Uncertainty and just plain Dumb).

There's more SPIN here than in the current Political Campaign.

The question is: "How Much is the Snake Oil going to cost us This Time?"

For what it's worth, that's my 2 cents.