Dell Tablet PC

Yesterday I went to the Sam’s Club in Startell, MN, and I saw a Dell Tablet/Laptop.  It has a touch screen, and can be converted into a laptop, by opening it, and flipping the screen around.  I used the touch screen for a bit, and found that the default setup on Windows 7 is certainly not made for touch screens.  Defaulting to ‘list’ mode for files in the computer window? BLAH!  That doesn’t work at all!  Otherwise it is a great tablet/laptop

Here’s a short video that I found about it.

Neat huh?


6 Hilarious Ways Game Designers Are Screwing With Pirates |

Yes, I don’t think that people should be put in jail for many years for pirating, but I do still think that it is wrong.  The people that make the games do a lot of work, and usually don’t want people stealing their games.  Here’s some of the funniest ways of stopping pirates…

Piracy accounts for 31 percent of all Internet traffic and, regardless of your personal opinion on the issue, it really does suck for a lot of game developers. But rather than just try to sue the pants off of everyone who ever logs into Bittorrent, some have started thinking outside the box a little.

via 6 Hilarious Ways Game Designers Are Screwing With Pirates |

I do think that these are some very interesting ways to stop pirates, it appears that many of these worked well, although on occasion a legitimate player got hit with one of these.  In my opinion, the best way to stop piracy is to teach people why it’s bad, such as the fact that the game companies need money to make new games, if you pirate a game, or any other software program for that matter, you will see games and programs that aren’t as good as they could be.


Senators Want To Put People In Jail For Embedding YouTube Videos | Techdirt

Seriously?  Are the people in our government insane?

Okay, this is just getting ridiculous. A few weeks back, we noted that Senators Amy Klobuchar, John Cornyn and Christopher Coons had proposed a new bill that was designed to make “streaming” infringing material a felony. At the time, the actual text of the bill wasn’t available, but we assumed, naturally, that it would just extend “public performance” rights to section 506a of the Copyright Act.

via Senators Want To Put People In Jail For Embedding YouTube Videos | Techdirt.

Ok, I must say that I think that throwing people in jail for 5 years for embedding a Youtube video to their website/blog is just stupid.  (actually it sounds like 5 years per 10 views per 6 months…)  All it does is take the person out of productive society, ruin their lives, and make it difficult to get new jobs.


Maximum PC | Tiny, Free and Kick-Ass: 20 More Awesome Apps Under 2 MB – Page 1

Maximum PC has come out with another list of very useful applications, that take very little space on your machine…

Our first list was far from complete, of course, so we decided to do some more investigating, and found 20 more great apps. They’re all free, all easy to download, and all great at what they do. Read on, and hit the comments if we’ve still missed any of your favorites.

via Maximum PC | Tiny, Free and Kick-Ass: 20 More Awesome Apps Under 2 MB – Page 1.

I use a few of these applications on my Windows machines, as they are very useful.

have a great day!


Microsoft officially unveils Windows 8

So, within the next few years, you could see a new version of Windows on all of the computers at the local computer store…

Microsoft has officially unveiled some key new features of its forthcoming operating system. The next-generation OS, which may or may not be called “Windows 8” (its “internal code-name”), delivers a completely re-imagined user interface, with a heavy emphasis on touch-based functionality that takes a hefty helping of inspiration from the Windows Phone UI.

via Microsoft officially unveils Windows 8 – Yahoo! News.

They even have a video on it!

Hmmm… I’m not sure how I like the ‘Tablet’ interfaces on many of the new operating systems today…  Ubuntu 11.04 has changed it’s interface a bit too.