Sunday, February 28, 2010

MC2 Post 606 2-28-10


Welcome to the Land of Sony Bravia

2010 Sony BRAVIA TV range revealed: 
3D, WiFi and Lots More

Sony adding Netflix and more to BRAVIA HDTVs

Sony PlayStation Network access to spread; 

PS3 “a platform for web services”


Sony BRAVIA Drome Revealed Alongside New Ad Campaign



MC2: Sony Hits the HDTV Upmanship Trail with Freeview:

Tv or Not TV
This IS Something Else

Wingman, Hi-Tech Couch Potato.


MC2 Post:

8.8 Earthquake Hits Chile

This is 800 - 900 times more powerful 

than the QUAKE that Struck Haiti.


Big Quake Question: Are they getting worse?

Seismic shockers are to be expected, 

but planet seems to be more active




Friday, February 26, 2010

MC2 Post

Huge iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Story covered by the

On their page Linked Here:


Wingman Sees All...


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Try a Linux Distribution on VMWare

Knoppix Inside Windows 7 and VMWare Player


Yeah!  This is what I had Planned for 

Yesterday's Post.

I have to admit this form of Virtualization is

Super Simple.

And with All the Distros 

(That's Linux-Talk for distributions or flavors)

of Linux, there is no reason why 
you shouldn't try one. 

Here's A Gteat a Great Site to
Help You Find One!!!

Yeah I know, I've had

a Link to It on 

My Favorites Links 
on the Right 

For Years.


I Just Sold Myself and picked up 

Distro Watch 


2010-02-17      Distribution Release: MilaX 0.5

MilaX     Alexander Eremin has announced the release of 
MilaX 0.5, an OpenSolaris-based mini-distribution which 
runs completely off a CD or a USB pendrive: 

"MilaX 0.5 released. 

Based on OpenSolaris snv128a. 

JWM as WM, system monitor - conky, keyboard layout switcher - SCIM.

Now with fastest browser Midori - 

Twitter, Facebook and other sites are working well. 
Fast start: boot live CD (live USB), configure network 

(Menu -> Setup -> Net Setup), run zfsinstall, reboot

and enjoy. 

Two add-ons are available for this version... MilaX is released under the CDDL license version 1. Version 0.5

requires at least 256MB RAM and a Pentium or Celeron to boot into an X desktop. 128MB RAM is sufficient for booting into command-line mode. 

MilaX is fast (about 14secs from GRUB to fully functional desktop on SSD drive)."

Download is (MD5): milax05.iso (93MB).

How can anyone Wanting to try out Solaris
Pass This Up?



Two Days pf Playing Hookie: The Wingman.

Okay , OK....

I'm Back in the saddle.

I'm running Knoppix inside of an VMWare Player, which means I'm running Linux inside of Windows 7. 

That makes Me Feel Good!


Wingman's going to get some coffee...

And some sourdough...


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

MC2 Post 601: Who Are The 2009 SmartPhone Growth Winners?



Who Are The 2009 SmartPhone Growth Winners?


This was going to be a story about how well Linux Plays inside Windows 7 and VMWare Virtualization.  I ran Fedora 10 32bit just fine, until I decided to give the virtual partition of 8GB a little more headroom.

Needles to say, I'm still working on it.


The Test Happy Wingman signing out.

Monday, February 22, 2010

MC2 Post 600: The Bloom Box on 60 Minutes

The Bloom Box on 60 Minutes

I saw it First on 60 Minutes and I told myself 

I've got to Check this thing out.

Those two blocks can power the average high-consumption American home -- one block can power the average European home. 

At least that's the claim being made by K.R. Sridhar, founder of Bloom Energy, on 60 Minutes last night.

The original technology comes from an oxygen generator meant for a scrapped NASA Mars program that's been converted, with the help of an estimated $400 million in private funding, into a fuel cell.

Thus the Link to the segment on 60 minutes.
In the Words of "the donald",  This Could Be HUGE!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

MC2 Post 599: Ubuntu is Officially "A Little Less Human."

Ubuntu is Officially "A Little Less Human."

Like Tiger's "Apology",  it should have been Tweeted First.

It (Ubuntu), was You Tubed, by  Mark Shuttleworth, 

Ubuntu's Founder, Yesterday.

Unfortunately there is no info on the new theme, called Lucid 

User Interface (and there is no Artwork drop) 

A freeze will take place on March 4, 

so we should see it in action very soon!

============================== ==============================

Also Tucked into the Linux' Files:

How To Stream Videos (Any Format) To Your iPhone [Linux w/ WINE].

The original How-To was posted on LifeHacker (A Great Site by-the-way) and 

using Air Video, Free from the App Store.  Of Course it was posted to 

work Only On PC or Mac's Desktops, naturally.

Someone tried it on Linux (Ubuntu) and used Wine 

(to take the place of windows) and it Worked there too!

Here's the Link to the How-To on Linux.


Wingman Likes Hackers that keep pushing the envelope.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

MC2 Post 598:

What The Heck IS This???


Really a Marvell SheevaPlug with a 1.2 GHz CPU, 512 MB of DDR2 memory
and a 512MB flash Disk for $99 bucks.

Connect to wall, connect an Ethernet cable and an external USB Disk Drive
and you're ready to go, with an NAS Adapter.  

But Wait, there's More.

Linux Wall Wart Works Swell...

Oh Yeah, and it runs Ubuntu Linux


Why can't MS Do This???

Wingman talking...


Friday, February 19, 2010

Post 597: 10 Open Source Windows apps Worth a Look

10 Open Source Windows apps 

Worth a Look



Of the 10 These Three I Use 
and Recommend Highly.

1: VLC           Link:

My Favorite Desktop Media Player, bar none...

4: Audacity    Link:

 5: Inkscape   Link:


These Next 4 I've heard something 
 about  and 
 may try 6, 7 and 10.


    6: X-Chat 2          Link:
    7: FreeMind         Link:


     8: TurboCASH    Link:

  10: ClamWin         Link:


The Last Three


2: Gnumeric (a spreadsheet program) 

3: Abiword (a wordprocessor program)    Link:   


10: Amaya Web Browser.        Link:
2 and 3 are covered by Open Office Suite quite nicely, 
and my browser of choice is FireFox.   

So, Enough Said,

 Wingman has spoken...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

MC2 Post 596: 3D on the Cheap!!!

Weber State University shows us

how to shoot 3D in HD for $250 (video)

 On a pair of Kodak Zx1 Pocket HD cameras

The Place for 3D Glasses


Here's Looking at You,



Friday, February 12, 2010

MC2 Post: Sagem Orga's SIMFi merges WiFi with SIM cards

This turns any phone into a hotspot

SIM card provider Sagem Orga has hooked up with

Telefonica to develop a marvel of modern technology

called "SIMFi" that combines -- you guessed it --

WiFi with a run-of-the-mill SIM card

like you'd slip in your cell.

We had no idea you could fit WiFi circuitry into a 

25 x 15 x 0.76mm footprint --


Wingman is into Hotspots...


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bourne AKA Wingman Is Back


Bourne Again Shell And Wingman Is Back


After too many months living with Windows 7 and some tech news yammering about Windows 8 will be very different...

I've started having remorse about dropping Linux.  So this last weekend I went over to my friendly neighborhood Barnes and Noble and picked up Two Linux related magazines.

One was Linux Journal and the other was a Linux Pro Special Edition called Linux Shell Handbook dated spring 2010. 

A Cover Lead article was called: 300 of the Best BASH Commands. As everyone should know, BASH stands for Bourne Again SHell. 

The premier command line shell in Linux.

Needless to say, I'm Back Baby.

I'm Back.

 The Wingman of Media Circus 2.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Day After Patch Tuesday is A Good Time To Think about System Tools.

The Hidden Treasures of SysInternals


Disk2vhd which creates VHDs (virtual hard disks,

Microsoft’s VM disk format) from physical drives. 

(Don't forget to take note of the Two Gotchas.)

DiskMon which captures information about every 

read and write to your hard disk and shows it 

in a fast-moving list. 

The Writer Says: The reason I needed this tool was that a Windows Vista machine 

had suddenly started thrashing its disk for no apparent reason.

(Yes I Know, In Linux, Tools Like These were Always Available)

Three Other Real World Computing 
Articles Worth Reading:

    Has Microsoft shot itself in the foot with Security Essentials?


    Smashing Blackberry Myths


    WiFi Hacking Don't Panic Yet



These Interesting Articles came from:

Toshiba Unveils Multitouch Satellite U500




Wingman, Protecting the Innards Too!


Tuesday, February 09, 2010

MC2 Post 592 Storm Watch Again...

Not This Storm

But This Storm

Southern California Gets Smacked Again... 


Early Adopters Beware!

Apple gets set to Shaft its initial iPad customers
It's planning a price cut

Some Good News, and Some Bad News, 

About Adobe Flash 10.1

What's All the Buzz about Google Buzz!!!

HTML 5 is Coming, These are 
11 Features of HTML 5

11.     Deprecates support for Internet Explorer 6.
10.     Variable rate <blink> tag.
9.     Answers your email, walks your dog and makes your lunch.
8.     <NSFW> tags.
7.     Uses 20% less energy than Watt-guzzling HTML 4.
6.     Only supports URL-shortened URLs.
5.     Filters lame top 11 entries.
3.     Enhanced support for people with disabilities by automatically 
        correcting "its", "it's" and "your", "you're" mistakes on pages.
2.     Opens up the other Internets to everyone.
1.     Lays groundwork for machine takeover of world in HTML 6. 


Wingman with a Late Posting, Not Bad Eh?