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Recommended: Registry First Aid

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Might want to take a closer look at this product Registry First Aid from Rose City Software. It won a People’s Choice Award at a recent shareware conference.
I was impressed. I like how thorough it is. It also tries to correct registry entries if you move software from one drive to another. And best […]

IE7 enters public preview

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

For those that have eschewed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser you might wanna take a peek at IE7, which is now in a public beta. Download it here:
They have added tabbed browsing (like Firefox has).
As well as a protected mode to stop drive by downloads - aka spyware sneaking onto your computer.
And it has a new […]

Ugliest cellphone of all time

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Anyone out there have an opinion on what was the ugliest cellphone of all time? If you still have the phone and can take a picture of it, all the better. I am working on an article for an inflight magazine, so I need your help.

Vista Beta 2 for April?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

It keeps getting later and later. A Microsoft employee posted that Windows Vista Beta 2 - a public test version of the next Windows operating system will be released in April.
That’s 4 months behind schedule. Beta 2 was originally slated for end of last year. The company claims it is still on track for a […]

LPs to MP3 animated demo

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Thought I might share with you a little experiment I have undertaken to see if it works in helping people better learn about technology.
I recently retrofitted an article about how to convert your old record albums to Mp3 files so you can play them on your computer or MP3 player.
In doing so I found an […]

Lab Rats in Las Vegas

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Sean and I just got back from Las Vegas where we attended the Consumer Electronics Show…check out what we saw…2 reports up with a couple more to come in the next day or so.

Lab Rats Epsiode 5 now available

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Lab Rats Epsiode 5 is out. Click here.
This week we walk about adding a hard drive, either internal or external. We cover Serial ATA vs EIDE/IDE…and Firewire vs USB 2 drives.
The pizza guy and a little power cut caused some fun. Also guest appearances by our friends Kate (dear friend), Greg (sound guy on Call […]

Cyberwalker Mondays episode 6 now available

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Epsiode 6 of Cyberwalker Mondays is now posted…
In this episode, I talk about purposely getting phished (research, you know!) and talk about a new strategy by phishers called” spear phishing”.

Dee Long’s new DeeSampler

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

As you may know my good friend Dee Long wrote the theme song for Lab Rats and for Next Big Ping and I am always curious to see what he’s up to because he is one of those talent muscians that always has a surprise in store. Dee, of course, was a member of the […]

Live on CP24

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

Wednesday @ 5pm EST tune into HomePage, a tech show where I got my TV start. It’s on the Canadian all news channel CP24.
I’ll be talking about my book and then answering live questions on any tech topic from callers at the back end of the show.
For those that don’t get the channel in […]

Microsoft AntiSpyware to be renamed “Defender”

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Heads up folks….the free anti-spyware tool called Microsoft AntiSpyware — which has been in beta since January and is available for download for free here — will change dramatically.
Microsoft is renaming it “Windows Defender”. It’ll be integrated into the forthcoming new version of Windows called Windows Vista (available in late 2006) and an XP version […]

All is right with the world

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Well after a bit of a slog today, labrats.tv is up and running on a new server with unlimited bandwidth and all file formats are available including WMV.
Plus, we now have a bittorrent seed at www.techtainment.net/bt (so thank you techtainment!) - and thanks to everyone who offered to help. It’s very much appreciated.
Next […]

Lab Rats Epsiode 1 is live

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Lab Rats Episode 1 is now live. Sorry for the delay. the multiple formats took a while to render. Get it here.
And I am happy to announce that Sean, Matt and I shot episode 2 last night and it is being edited now by Sean.

10% off memory

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005

I always buy my memory from Crucial and i noticed they are offering 10% off memory for DIMMs over 512 MB. So if you’re thinking of an upgrade for your system this fall, might want to take advantage of this.
512 MB runs about $65 US these days so the deal knocks it down to […]

New lingo: Splog or Blam?

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

For those of you who watch for new lingo, you know that the web is the best place to see it first.
This AM I read a little bit about blog spam… dubbed “splog”. It’s where spammers send comments or posts to blogs embedded with links to get them posted so they go out to millions […]

iPod Video is here - so put Lab Rats on it

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Steve Jobs announced the iPod Video today. The music player, which comes in black or white with a 2.5-inch color screen, will be available in a 30GB model for US$299 and a 60GB version for US$399. The new devices hold up to 15,000 songs, 25,000 photos or more than 150 hours of video. So I […]

Hijack This online analyser

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

Hey folks….Mark C. just emailed me a note to tell me about an online Hijack This! log analyser. As you may know Hijack This available for free at www.merijn.org helps analyse your system for browser hijackers. However the log it creates requires analysis by an expert so you know which settings to remove in your […]

Coupons anyone?

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

Dell.com just sent me a whack of coupons. Apparently they can be used a limited number of times as noted below, then then they won’t work.
Go to Dell.com and use the coupons
ONLINE ONLY Save 30% off Select Fuji Digital Cameras and Select Panasonic and Canon Camcorders (before tax, fees and shipping & handling) purchased from […]

Cyberwalker Mondays Podcast

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

As promised, I recorded the weekly radio show, that I am doing on 640 Toronto, as a podcast — and called it Cyberwalker Mondays — and it is available for download at http://mondays.cyberwalker.com. In the coming weeks I’ll make it prettier, RSS enable it, add show notes, and make it a little more accessible. But […]

Back on 640 Toronto

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

Well I have good news. I am back on radio starting today. Every Monday at 6:30 PM EST I’ll be sitting in with Mike Stafford at 640Toronto (AM 640) to do a half our of live tech advice calls. I’ll be recording it and posting the show as well, so if you don’t tuned in […]