Thursday, October 30, 2008

Now This Is Really SPOOKY...

Low-income Users Latch on to IPhone

according to research company ComScore Mobile.

In a series of surveys ending in August, ComScore found that iPhone purchases grew fastest among people with annual household incomes between US $25,000 and $50,000. The growth rate in this group was 48 percent, compared with just 16 percent among people with incomes above $100,000.

Even at a monthly rate of $70 and up from GTE, the iPhone was viewed as a necessity for a mobile, multi-tasking tool, in this New Age of connectivity, and increased with the iPhone 3G model with faster speeds.


If THAT doesn't scare you, I don't know what will...

Chinese Space Technicians in Venezuela

The satellite launches into orbit


Venezuela launches its first satellite into orbit,
with the help of China

The country of Venezuela successfully launched its first satellite into orbit aboard a Chinese Long March 3II rocket. The Venesat-1 launch took place at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China.
Three months of satellite maintenance tests must be carried out, and then the satellite will go online in 2009.

The satellite's reach will span from southern Mexico to Argentina. Nations within coverage range will have the opportunity to use the satellite for telecommunications purposes, Venezuela officials said.

Venezuela joins Brazil, Mexico and Argentina as the only Latin American nations that have satellites in space. Venezuela plans to continue research for future satellite projects, but did not specify what kind of projects it's interested in.

The satellite will be monitored at a new space facility in Venezuela, alongside Chinese space technicians who will be assigned to the facility.

( From DailyTech article )

Wingman, Lost in Space.

Just In:
HP Makes Mini 1000 Netbook Official
Mini 1000 will be available with two screen sizes and SSD or HDD options
Prices starting at $399.99

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

HP says: "Say Hello to My Little Friend..."

Under 2.5 pounds, a 1.6 Ghz ATOM processor, 16 GB SSD and up to 2 GB of RAM.
HP Mini 1000 10.2-inch Netbook running Windows XP, or a Customised Ubuntu Linux OS.
Prices and the Real Poop at Gizmodo Linked below.


Mandelbrot Fractals:
What's That All About?

Last night's wonderful PBS NOVA program did a bang-up job explaining that, and the little known relationship it has with Cell Phones...

Think Antennas.


Wingman in Wonderland, mathematics.

Lakers Win One....91 to go!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

One Week To GO

5 Friends You Tube Video


I got the Link to this You Tube Video from Will Harris,on Twitter.

He's a very savy Brit, who cares about Our Election Too.

Go see it, tell 5 friends.

It IS worth thinking about.

7 Days.

It's worth Doing.

Wingman (I am BigBopper)

Kernel 2.6.28-rc1

Kernel 2.6.28-rc1
The BOSS reveals the Latest Linux Kernel 2.6.28-rc1

Torvalds on Linux Kernel 2.6.28-rc1: More Drivers Than Ever

Oct 27, 2008

Linus Torvalds presents the first test candidate of Linux Kernel 2.6.28 on his mailing list. "The changes in -rc1 are (as usual) too many to really enumerate, with the bulk of them being - again as usual - drivers," writes Torvalds in the gmane.linux.kernel newsgroup. Having merged the drivers from the staging tree makes this "doubly true." Nearly half the merged drivers are in the staging tree that Greg Kroah-Hartman created back in June 2008. This tree was to hold drivers and other additions to the Linux kernel that were not quite ready to be merged. Developers can adopt the staging tree at new kernel installation, with the caveat that the drivers might be something less than stable. Torvalds presents further statistics for those who appreciate them. The kernel involved 7,141 non-merge commits, 419 of them merges to separate developer source code archives. Each change removed on average 39 lines and added 104 lines of code. About 880 authors contributed, of which 183 had 10 or more commits and 340 had just one commit. Linux users lagging behind on updates can take an example from Kroah-Hartman, who just recently committed a fix made in April 2002. With a twinkle in his eye, Torvalds presents Kroah-Hartman with the "most screwed-up clock award": "it's a fix to a driver that was merged this July!" Linux Kernel 2.6.28-rc1 is available for download here. Torvalds wishes everyone fun in testing, "and report any interesting anomalies you find."

Linux-Kongress: Keynote Videos Online Oct 13, 2008

Linux Foundation Declares OS X a Luxury Jail
Oct 09, 2008


Wingman Note: This link will be available on the sidebar Some Favorite MC2 Links to the right too!


Monday, October 27, 2008

The Monitor and the Merry MAC!

Went to Best Buy and picked up my First LCD Monitor. A Hannspree 19" Beaut for under 2 Bones.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sony's New PSP-3000


Sony's New PSP-3000 Features Reviewed at Engadget

Wingman says:
Engadget yaps about the features in the New PSP-3000 fron Sony. It's not like Sony could really keep this thing under wraps for much longer, but the company finally did the deed by announcing the PSP-3000 at the Leipzig Games Convention. The unit itself will look exactly like the PSP-2000, though it will feature an "improved screen that's better outside with no glare and a built-in mic." The juicy tidbits have yet to surface, but we are told to expect the new handheld in Europe for €199 ($291) on October 15th.


This Week's Windup is mainly Engadget playing with recently released stuff,
which, BTW, is the reason there's a Link on the right column as a favorite site.

T-Mobile GI (the Google Phone, come on EG, fess-up) Review at engadget:
Engadget's Blackberry Storm 9500 hands-on

Engadget's RSS PODCAST - 115 - 10.24.2008 Page


John Hodgman will be on the TWiT's Nov.2 Podcast. (He's the "I'm a PC" guy on the Mac-PC ADs.)


Friday, October 24, 2008

wired magazine: Thinks Lenovo S10 at $470 Best Netbook


wired magazine:
Thinks the
Lenovo S10 at $470 Best Netbook

No Vista (TG) and No Linux Flavor you have to learn to use, it comes
Windows XP a 160-GB harddrive and a 10.2-inch LCD instead of the 8.9 these mini-notes usually come with.

Pretty Slick.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

A New Netbook from Imovio based on Linux

A New Netbook from Imovio based on Linux


The iKit hews to a petite version of the classic PDA clamshell form factor. Although at 3.7 x 2.6 x 0.6 inches, it is somewhat smaller than the Zaurus SL-C1000, the iKit offers the same PXA270 processor, clocked to 312MHz, and it offers similar memory specs.

The iKit also shares with the Zaurus its 2.4-series Linux kernel, and Qt Extended mobile Linux stack and GUI from Nokia's Qt Software (formerly Trolltech). Other similar Linux-based devices that come to mind when looking at the iKit include the Zipit Wireless Messenger (also PXA270-based), and the Sony Mylo, which shares the same Qt foundation.

Hardware features include 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, a 0.3-megapixel camera, a mini-USB port, a QWERTY/AZERTY keyboard, and a 1050 mAh, Li-ion battery, says the company. On the software side, the iKit runs a Linux 2.4.19 kernel. Its application environment is based on Nokia/Qt Software's Qt/E 2.3.8.

Specs and Price at the Linked Site Linuxdevices:


Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Google G1 Phone Arrives!
The new Google phone hits store across the country. Plus, possible deals on some PCs this holiday season. It's all in Wednesday's Tech Bytes:

* The Google phone arrives. About 150 people lined up in San Francisco Tuesday to be among the first to buy the first cell phone using Google's Android operating system. T-Mobile's G1 phone has received mostly positive reviews and is considered a worthy challenger to the iPhone. The phone goes on sale across the rest of the country Wednesday. It retails for $179 with a 2-year contract. Other carriers will eventually release phones using Google's software.
>>Get more information about the new G1 phone at T-Mobile

* If the Google phone really hopes to take on the iPhone it has a steep hill to climb. Apple reports that it shipped 6.9 million iPhones last quarter. That's more than the 6.1 million BlackBerrys that went out in its most recent quarter. With revenue of $4.6 billion, Apple was the third-largest cell phone supplier in the world last quarter behind Nokia and Samsung.
>>Get more information about Apple's fourth quarter sales

* If you're in the market for a new computer this holiday season, you may be in luck. Because of disappointing sales over the summer, many analysts are predicting companies will offer better deals as the holidays approach. That could include price cuts, although not necessarily steep ones. But PC makers may also look to sweeten their offers by putting together more package deals that include free software or hardware add-ons.

* A new survey shows just how serious our addiction to text messaging has become. Seventy-seven percent of people admit to sending text messages while driving. While 41 percent say they've texted while skiing, riding a bike or horseback riding. Some people even admit to texting at rather strange times. Sixteen percent say they've messaged while at a funeral or memorial service. And 11 percent confessed to texting during a romantic moment.

From ABC7 TechBytes
Link Above:

Wingman Tech Blogger

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Apple vs Windows ADS: Round 10 (give or take)

Bean Counter AD

V-Word AD

The Song: "Nobody does it Better" from James Bond, could be the theme for Apple's ADs too.

The latest volley pits the hapless John Hodgman, as a bean counter, stacking money for advertising (big pile) and money for "fixing" Vista's Problems (small pile).

(The Actor John Hodgman will interviewed by Leo Laporte on the TWiTs on Sunday November 2, 2008.)

The Second AD has "I'm a PC" John Hodgman and a big red "panic" button that he presses every time the "V-word" is used.

Here's the LINK to AppleInsider article and YouTube videos of the two ADs:

Monday, October 20, 2008

Not Ready for DTV???

DTV switch will be messy says FCC


"The February 2009 changeover to all digital broadcasts around the country is drawing closer and many TV watchers are still not ready for the switch. After February 17, viewers without a digital TV, cable, satellite or a converter box will no longer get a signal in most markets. Reuters reports that the Government Accountability Office says about 15% of U.S. households are using analog only TVs and will need a converter. Public service campaigns from broadcasters are running around the country and the FCC says that the campaigns need to be tailored to local markets."

Forwarned IS Forarmed

Saturday, October 18, 2008

A New PSP 2 Game ROLL???

Sony PSP2 Flexible OLED
Stop Dreaming, It's still

Just a Prototype.

Speaking of Dreaming:
Plans are underway for a 1.55-Mile-High Skyscraper

In Dubai
Link to Lots of Pictures Here:

And Sony is Moving closer to Ultra Thin OLED TV's


Wingman watches Everything...

Friday, October 17, 2008

New MacBooks: Where's the FireWire???

Steve Jobs answers angry "fanboy" about missing Firewire socket in new MacBooks.


Tried Power Walking?

A New iPod addon will charge your device as long as you "keep walking". Don't stop and the ipod device plays forever...

Before a new "Rash" of Cell Phone hits the market, keep in mind that metallic surface against your face is believed to be the "Cause" of a new Rash making the roounds.

"Phone Faking:" The numbers seem to be way higher than you might believe. People "Faking" to be talking on their Cells.

Go Figure.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Let's Give Apple the Finger..

Or 2. 3 and 4.

Engadget has "Hands on first impressions" video on the new
Multi-touch, Glass Trackpad featured on Apple's New MacBooks.



Tuesday, October 14, 2008


What in the World is Black Silicon?

Question: What happens when you push silicon with a little sulfur hexafluoride and a high-powered laser?

Answer: You get a new material called Black Silicon that's 100 and 500 times more sensitive to light--including, believe it or not, infrared. The people that found it accidentally has formed a company called SiOnyx with $11 million in venture financing. Uses: night vision and digital cameras and medical imaging and maybe even solar cells.

The Whole Story:

----------------------------------------------------------------PIX: Edelweiss ALP Smart Phone

Edelweiss to launch first ALP-powered smartphone?

ALP means: Access Linux Platform.


Who Watches the Watchers?
The Wingman
That's Who.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

How About A Little Sports?

San Diego Chargers Thrash Pats LA Dodgers Win Game 3 in LA

LAKERS go for First win in Pre-Season

The WEEK that Was

That Was The WEEK that Was.....Very BAD!

It was called the worst week in Wall Street History, and Monday does not appear to be looking any better.

The Campaign turns Ugly (which CBS Sunday Morning says is in, whatever that means) with 20+ days to go.

The Big Three in American Cars may become the Big Two.

Washington Post: S&P 500 LOGS WORST WEEK IN 75 YEARS.



Even Hockey Mom, Sarah Palin, got Booed at a Hockey Game...

Yes, Moms and Dads and Kids, it Was Bad.

Stay Tuned,

Friday, October 10, 2008

Looking for Hope in all the Wrong Places..

Looking for Hope in all the Wrong Places..

Will be streamed live at:

While 2020 focuses on the latest video by Britney Spears, the Stock Market Plunges as Investors look for the Bottom...

Is this just a Dichotomy of our Present Reality or a Hard Indictment on how frivolous the Mass Media has become?

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Rome is Burning....
Wake up and Smell the Smoke!

(The Following from
Analysts at CNBC.COM:

Credit Market is the Main Problem.
Paper Money is frozen up.
This is the Global Problem.
G7 meeting this weekend. On the table: Maybe interbank loans guarranteed..

Stock Market is the Side Show affecting Wall Street.


Thursday, October 09, 2008

Who To Vote For???

The Time is Drawing Near,
And the Importance of This Election
Cannot Be Underestimated..

Make YOUR Choice

It Really Matters
This Time...


(added two more News Rolls to sidebar:
Market watcher-Bloomberg and the Other search portal-Yahoo!)

We have to keep up to date in these fast moving times..

Sometimes an old book helps, like Peter F. Drucker's "The New Realities", published in 1989 by Harper and Row Publishers.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Watching the BLOOD on Wallstreet

Wed 08 Oct 2008 06:24:54 AM PDT
Watching the BLOOD on Wallstreet

Coordinated Rate Cut by Global Banks rallies market for 1/2 hour and then turns Down.

Talk about "Bad Times at Ridgemont High".

The TV network following the Blooshed is CNBC, the cable finacial network with global reporters.

The numbers in viewershhip are reported at

While ad revenue won't rise in lockstep with increasing audience levels, there certainly are more eyeballs watching CNBC, Fox Business Network and Bloomberg. When the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 777.68 points Sept. 29, CNBC says average total viewers from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. reached an all-time high of 726,000. In one of many examples of a CNBC audience spurt, its Business Day experienced a 33% hike in adults 25-54 in September with 106,000 viewers in that demo, versus an 80,000 average in the same month a year ago, when stock prices were at a peak. NBC Universal owns CNBC. Likewise, the fledgling Fox Businesss Network, usually with ratings so small they don't meet Nielsen thresholds, claimed an average of 91,000 viewers on Sept 29 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Story Link here:

Pictures from CNBC Cable Channel 50.


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

A Little Dip into the CHIPS...

Tue 07 Oct 2008 06:45:48 AM PDT

INTEL: Core i7 to Be Up to 52%
Compared to Core 2 Quad

Intel Core i7 965 is a premium class Nehalem-micro-architecture microprocessor for desktops that operates at 3.20GHz.

Intel seems to be stirring things up with now officially named Intel Core i7 965

If you're interested in the complexities of a modern CPU, check out the following:
Click image to see
Full Size

Of late, because of my need for a new GPU (graphics card), I've been following the battles between Nvidia and AMD owned Ati. But I Still have an interest in CPU's (Central Processing Units).

And ths New Skirmish between Intel and AMD is interesting because of all of the press headlines being snagged by IBM and it's Core CPU (used in PS3's) and the ARM Processors (used in ultra lights), with huge energy savings.

watching the chips fall
where they may.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Hot Days of October ???

Sherman Oaks at 4:30 am
on October 1, 2008.

And these are the Channel 7 temperatures predicted for the First Week of October 2008 at 4:30 newscast.

Is it getting Hot in Here, or is it just the "Steamy Conditions" on Capital Hill?

Waiting and Sweating
The Thursday


Media Circus 2's Sidebars

On the Right side are handy links I use to stir up my Daily Tech Mojo, like this item I found today on Engadget:

Hot and Fuzzy
(Hot Fuzz)

A 64GB Flash Drive from Corsair for $199.

If I think it's Kool, I'll talk about it here, and Link to the source of the story.

You must realize there are over 400 web sites that "Talk Tech" and a more manageable listing of the "Top Stories" can be found at DailyRotation, a link to that resource is also available on the Sidebar.

You can suggest "Hot Fuzz" items to me on Twitter.

I'm at

Wingman, linking, winking...and Hot Fuzzing..