Archive for July, 2009

30
Jul

Malware programs, posing as anti-virus software is on the rise and it’s spreading FAST! According to reports (CNET) tens of millions of computers are infected each month with this rogue software that poses as a legit anti-virus. What it does is infect your computer, then sends you false infection warnings, conning the unknowing into purchasing a fake license for software that is literally spyware and malware.
It’s truly sad when people do not have anything better to do than dupe people into thinking they need to pay for malware that wont do anything for them but infect their system even further than it already it.

So just a warning, keep your eyes peeled, DON’T fall for false infection warnings, keep a well known anti-virus installed such as norton, avast, panda, or trend micro. scan your system often, and do not fall for this scam.

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20
Jul

I think that this will make blackberry much more user friendly for Mac users and could boost blackberry sales.

BlackBerry Desktop software, currently available only for Windows, is coming to the Mac.
(Credit: RIM)
At long last, Research In Motion is bringing its BlackBerry Desktop software to Mac OS X.
In a blog post on Monday, RIM announced that a version of its smartphones’ desktop software will be released this September for Apple computers.
According to the smartphone maker, users will be able to sync their iTunes playlists, calendars, contacts, notes, and tasks from their Mac. They will also have the option of adding applications, updating the BlackBerry when new software is made available, and managing multiple handsets on their Apple computers.

BlackBerry Mac software will let you sync your BlackBerry with iTunes.
(Credit: RIM)
Although users will be excited to know BlackBerry software is finally coming to their Mac, some of those users might not be satisfied. RIM said only Mac OS X versions 10.5.5 and up will be supported, meaning that Mac users who haven’t updated Leopard or those running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger likely won’t be able to run the software.
Unlike iPhone software, which can be installed in both Windows PCs and Macs, RIM’s BlackBerry software has been available only for Windows; a third-party tool has been required to enable communication between Macs and BlackBerrys.
If you want to be notified when the software is available when it’s released in September, you’ll need to sign up on RIM’s Mac page.

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16
Jul

I was looking into the next wave of processors for computers and found this. I cant wait to see what happens if this goes beyond the Core Duo Family.

“Waiting for a Core i7 laptop? While Intel is slated to release its first mobile “Nehalem” Core i7 processor in the coming months, the desktop counterpart has already spawned a cottage industry of benchmark-busting laptops.
“It’s completely revitalized the desktop replacement laptop,” said Kelt Reeves, president of enthusiast PC maker Falcon Northwest, referring to designs that have shoehorned a desktop Core i7 processor into a laptop enclosure.
At the very high end of Falcon Northwest’s lineup, interest has shifted to models with the Core i7 processor and away from models oriented around extreme-performance graphics cards, Reeves said.

Falcon Northwest laptop can use Core i7 processors running at speeds up to 3.33GHz
(Credit: Falcon Northwest)
For instance, the Falcon Northwest FragBook DRX Core i7-based models come with Nvidia’s lower-performance GeForce GTX 280M graphics processor instead of the higher-end Scalable Link Interface (SLI) technology, which uses two graphics chips. But performance has actually improved in many cases, Reeves said.
“It’s a much better balance of a very-high-powered CPU and a very-high-powered graphics card,” he said.
Only at the highest settings in popular games like Crysis and World in Conflict did laptops using older Intel Core 2 processors with SLI graphics offer any competition to the Core i7 models, according to Reeves.

AVADirect Clevo D900F Core i7 laptop: a lot of processing power means a lot of fans (count ‘em: 4)
(Credit: CNET Reviews)
But it may be too charitable to call these laptops. Sheer size and heat dissipation requirements almost defy laptop categorization. “There’s a huge set of heat pipes and copper cooling fins and fans needed to duct out all that power,” Reeves said.
Falcon Northwest is not the only company selling large luggable, heat-spewing laptops. CNET Reviews looked at the AVADirect Clevo D900F Core i7 laptop with the same Nvidia graphics processor and said that “the D900F handily topped all of the other performance laptops we’ve tested. Its processing results were more on par with the Alienware Area-51 X58 gaming desktop (using a 3.2GHz Intel Core i7 chip).”
Smooth Creations and CyberPower, among others, also offer laptops based on the Core i7 processor.
So when will the real deal appear? The first processor designated officially as a Nehalem mobile processor from Intel is expected to emerge by October. Code-named Clarksfield, it will be a quad-core processor, like the current desktop i7, but not impose the kind of thermal stress on the laptop enclosure that the current i7 does. Clarksfield is expected to have a thermal envelope (referred to as Thermal Design Power) that is below half of the current i7, which is rated at 130 watts for the highest-end processor.
Benchmark results for the Falcon Northwest Core i7 laptop are here.”

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Credits to CNET.com for this Article

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9
Jul

PCRetro Rentals will be at the NVHEC conference at the Dulles expo center friday July 10th and Saturday July 11th.  Stop by and check out our booth #221.

Or check out their website at www.novaconference.net for more information and directions to the Expo center in Chantilly, Va.

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8
Jul

You can now follow blog updates and current information on PCRetro Rentals on Twitter!

Just click on the link below.
www.twitter.com/pcretrorentals

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8
Jul

Saying current operating systems were designed for a time when there was no World Wide Web, Google Inc. said Wednesday it will develop a new one based on its Chrome browser.

The new operating system puts Google more squarely in competition with Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT), which relies on its Windows operating system for more than half its revenue.

“Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the Web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems,” the Mountain View search giant (NASDAQ:GOOG) said on its official blog.

The new operating system is separate from Google’s Android OS that is designed for smartphones, netbooks and set-top boxes.

The company described the Chrome OS as an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks but will later be running on full-size desktop computers, too. The first of the netbook computers are projected to be available to consumers in the second half of 2010.

Google said it plans to open source the code for the operating system later this year and it is already talking to partners about the project, which is why it has gone public about it at this time.

“We hear a lot from our users, and their message is clear: computers need to get better,” the company said in its blog.

-credits to washington business journal for this article

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8
Jul

Here are five common-sense techniques and strategies to solve common computer hardware problems.

(1) Trial-and-error

Personal computers are highly modular by design. The most powerful trouble-shooting technique is to isolate the problem to a specific component by trial-and-error. Swap compatible components and see if the system still works. Try different peripherals on different machines and see if the same problem occurs. Make one change at a time.

(2) “It’s the cable, s—–.”

More than 70% of all computer problems are related to cabling and connections. Ensure all cables are connected firmly. IDE and floppy ribbon cables and power cables can often go loose. Ensure microprocessor, memory modules, and adapters such as video card and sound card are inserted correctly and didn’t “pop-up” during transportation.

(3) Don’t be frustrated!

Don’t be afraid of computer problems. It is often the best opportunity to learn. Trouble-shooting is part of the fun of owning a computer. Imagine the satisfaction you could get by solving a problem yourself.

Of course the fun could ran out quickly once you are frustrated and have spent too much time on the same problem. If you feel frustrated, it’s time to leave it for a while and go back with some new ideas or call someone who can help. Rule of thumb: You shouldn’t spend more than three hours on the same problem at one time.

(4) Take notes!

Take notes of what you have done and all the error messages. You may need to use them later. For instance, when you see an unusual blue screen with an error message, copy the entire message onto a piece of paper. In many situations, that message may point to the right direction in getting the problem solved quickly.

(5) Take a look?

It’s OK to open a computer case and take a look inside. There is only 5V and 12V DC voltage supplied to the components outside the power supply. Those who have never seen the inside of a computer are often amazed by how simple it looks. Of course, still always power down and unplug the power cord first.

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