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Firefox Tabbed Browsing

April 29, 2005

Firefox is a great alternative to Internet Explorer, but I have yet to fully switch to Firefox for a few reasons. My main complaint with Firefox was that it doesn't support saving your session, including all your opened tabs and windows. Ok, neither does Internet Explorer you are probably thinking - it doesn't have tabbed browsing (though IE 7 will). Well, that would be true except I use the free Avant Browser which uses the Internet Explorer 6.0 engine but adds tabbed browsing as well as session saving and it leverages IE's History and Favorites.

X-Sky Drone

April 29, 2005

Ariel Atom 2 Car

April 27, 2005

Holy! This car is sick! The acceleration of the Ariel Atom 2 makes my Viper look like a Pinto in comparison! This car is an engineering feat created from a company with...

Perpendicular Hard Drive Technology and School House Rock

April 27, 2005

Remember School House Rock? Schoolhouse Rock was essentially three-minute cartoons, which aired on ABC-TV from 1973 to 1985, and were designed as a catchy way to teach children the fundamentals of government, as well as math, grammar and science. Do you remember the "I'm Just a Bill" they would play to help educate kids on how a bill becomes a law? Ok, does this picture refresh your memory?

How bout this video?

History of Video Games

April 26, 2005

Ah, the history of video games. Who hasn't reminisced about the good ole' days of Pong, Pacman, Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, Tank, Space Invaders, Asteroids, and all the other classic video games? Have you ever wondered how video games got their start? Have you ever wondered who invented the first video game?

Ultimate Troubleshooter Utility

April 22, 2005

If you have trouble figuring out what tasks/processes should be running on your PC (i.e. what's good, what is unneeded, and what is downright spyware), then this utility may be just for you! The Ultimate Troubleshooter 2.51 has just been released. announced the latest release of their top selling PC utilities program The Ultimate Troubleshooter.

The new version 2.51 has a completely re-vamped interface with 20% more tasks, services and startups and an enhanced WHOIS lookup along with some new promotional features for TUT affiliates.

For those new to the program, The Ultimate Troubleshooter lists all the background tasks running on your PC and gives a plain language description of what they do and how much of your memory they are using.

Minneapolis Gets WiFi

April 13, 2005

Yet another city offering WiFi. Verizon can sue cities until they're blue in the face, but the domino theory is now in effect. Verizon has been attempting to stop Philadelphia from offering WiFi. Well you can add Minneapolis to the list of cities now planning to offer WiFi. Soon other cities will start offering WiFi along with VoIP and soon the evil phone companies will be out of business. <evil laugh> BWAAA HAA HAA!

Philadelphia City-Wide WiFi

April 12, 2005

One of my 2005 VoIP Predictions seems to be a step closer to becoming reality. I wrote:

8) Cities become their own phone companies
You will start to see more cities not only offering high-speed wireless broadband using WiMAX and other high-speed wireless technologies, but you will start to see cities offering their own phone services as well. Just think of the loyalty they can build! If I have my choice between paying a private VoIP company based in New Jersey versus paying my local town, heck I'll give the money to my local town.

Google Local Mobile Search

April 12, 2005

MoCA 100Mbps over Coax Trials

April 4, 2005

While DSL technology has steadily improved resulting in an increased distance from the CO and increased bandwidth, for instance, ADSL2+ has 25Mbps downstream, the news about coax cable improving its throughput has been notably absent - until now. The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) is announcing the successful results of its large-scale field trial at the National Show (see release below).

Conducted by MoCA's founders in 15 cities, the trial validated performance of 100 Mbps in real world condition over typical coax cable. Most highspeed broadband solutions over coax solutions, such as Charter's High Speed Internet max out at 3Mbps or roughly 33X times slower than MoCA. These results evidence MoCA's capabilities as both the highest-speed technology for home networking, and according to MoCA's founders, the only technology field-proven to be capable of transporting multiple HDTV streams.

MoCA's founders are Comcast, EchoStar, Entropic Communications, Motorola, Cisco/Linksys, Panasonic, Radio Shack, and Toshiba.

Here's the release:

MoCA Concludes Successful Field Trials for Home Networking of Digital Entertainment Using Coax

-- Large-scale tests validate performance of 100 Mbps in real world conditions

San Francisco, CA-April 4, 2005- Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) today announced a major step forward with the completion of successful field trials of the core technology to provide networking of digital home entertainment throughout the home on existing coax cabling in cable homes at NCTA - The National Show (Booth 6490 - CableNET).

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