Out for the Count but back in Full Effect!

Sorry about the temporary lapse in posting…School and work have been insane lately…that is, if anyone is even reading this.  If not, then who am I apologizing to?  Oh well.  On to the news:

I came across this site when looking for a keyboard cover for my new laptop. I found one on ebay for my old HP laptop, so I figured they made one for the 17″ widescreen…unfortunatley not.  I did happen to come across one on Made-In-China.com.  Just judging by the domain name alone the quality is already in question.  However, it wasn’t just that that had me doubting about the product.  Read through the description and you will see that it is

“Dustproof!
Prevent dust, cigarette ash, biscuit bits from falling into the keyboard, extend the life-span of the keyboard.”

SOLD!!!

I can’t tell you how much trouble I have been having lately with those damn biscuit bits falling onto my keyboard.  And I just can not kick the habit of using my $2000 laptop as an ashtray.  A fine layer of cigarette ash over my keyboard really helps the fingers just slide over the keys, increasing productivity exponentially when working on that final essay.

“Washable!
When it’s dirty, you can wash with water. You may have a brand-new and sanitary keyboard. “

The neatest feature of this cover is that washing it with water makes it sanitary!  I can eat off this thing, or even perform surgery on it without risk of infection.

All jokes aside, i think i will order one.  Back to IDS 406 for a presentation of the Data Flow Diagrams I have been working on all semester for my Case Study!  Check out the link to the new blog over at eBoost Marketing, there is some seriously innovative thinking going on over there!

Do more with a Quad Core!

An interesting article I wrote in response to one in PC Magazine. Check it out at pcmag.com

This article relates with the part of the course focusing on the Little Man Computer in chapter 6. The LMC is representative of the CPU (Central Processing Unit) of a computer, and broadly describes how it operates. Although the LMC is an extremely basic analogy for what a processor does, the general theory behind how it works is the same for any processor, regardless of the amount of cores. A multiple core processor means that it is able to execute multiple instructions simultaneously, whereas the Little Man in the LMC was only capable of executing one. It is essentially like have four Little Man Computers working simultaneously carrying out separate tasks. This article also applies to what we have learned about Bus lines in Lecture 4. A bus is a circuit that connects two different parts of the processor. The article mentions that the processor has a 1066 MHz front side bus shared between the two sets of cores. This is how the sections of the CPU send instructions to each other as well as memory and other peripherals.

Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors on a processor will double every two years. Essentially, this article is about that. The Quad-Core processor is cutting-edge technology in computing, and, although currently expensive, will shortly become commonplace (before being replaced by the next high-performance processor, thanks again to Moore’s Law!). Another interesting aspect of this processor is that it is designed to have a relatively fast manufacturing time since all the cores of the processor are identical and can be produced quicker, therefore being on the market sooner and inexpensive (relative to performance). These are all great features, but the most interesting feature of this processor is its ability to be overclocked. This allows a processor to be instructed to operate at a speed faster than it is originally designed. Going too fast can make it overheat and harm it, but within certain limits you can make it perform like a more expensive processor for a lower price. Benchmark tests showed that even when set to run at a faster speed, it didn’t generate unnecessary heat, even when doing a lot of processing.

This new technology will definitely change the future of Information Systems. Processors are constantly evolving, becoming more and more efficient and cost effective. This shows promise for increasing potential in servers and other computers that are the backbones of Information Systems. Faster processing means the capability of allowing more users on a system, handling more information simultaneously. As these faster processors become commonplace, it will also allow regular users to access applications that previously required extremely expensive computers to run. For example, in most companies, budgets will ensure that their graphic design or art departments will typically have the higher end computer systems that their memory and processor intensive programs require. As these new multiple core processors become less expensive and readily available, most users will have the necessary processing power to run these programs. In benchmark tests, the quad-core processor showed extreme improvements in creating multimedia content, and significant advantages in using typical office applications. In addition, with the upcoming release of Windows Vista, which is designed for multiple core processors, processors like the quad-core will have a significant advantage over today’s standards.

Help! Myspace Won’t Let me Quit!

So i logged on to MySpace for what I thought was my last time today. I decided to cancel my account…after 3 years of wasted time I am finally ready to be productive. I’m graduating college and its time to enter the workforce…no time for Myspace, my new social network will only contain business professionals on Linked In. (note the sarcasm, doesnt always come across well in text).

Like any seasoned Myspace veteran, Im used to the frequent MSBSOD’s (MySpace Blue Screens of Death) that show up so conveniently right when you attempt to post a comment, upload a picture, or even just log in. Little did I expect one to show up when I tried to cancel my account. Not to mention they make it harder to get rid of your Myspace than it is to cancel a damn AOL account! Three screens and an email confirmation link later, I was finally on the final screen..


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Sweat dripping down my brow, I said a quick prayer for forgiveness to the social networking gods, and clicked “Cancel my Account”. My Myspace life flashed before my eyes. All the profile updates, picture uploads, bands I dont give a shit about, comments and friend requests flew by in a blur. I felt nothing but regret…and began pounding the backspace key in a desperate attempt to maintain my online presence. . .and I got this:


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WHAT THE F*CK?! I went back and tried it 10 more times, it still won’t let me cancel my account. (Luckily I was able to log back in and leave a few more comments). I now look like a jackass to the people I told I was canceling my account. It would appear that I attempted to cancel it and got cold feet at the last minute…DAMN YOU MYSPACE! Hey Tom, I know your living well off your advertising revenue, but get your shit together!

I gotta go see who’s online. good luck canceling your account!

NEW FEATURE: Video Of The Week! Al Roker Tries to Play Wii Tennis!

I want to set up a weekly feature on T&T, so every week were going to try and find a great video to post up. Not something ripped off Digg, but try to find a tech related vid the the depths of youtube or metafilter and bring it out. So, without further hesitation, check out Al Roker attempt to play Wii Tennis. This is pretty funny just watching his pathetic hand eye coordination, and he gets his ass whooped by the other host.



All Al Roker jokes aside, I had to put something related to the Wii on here because of all the new systems coming out. Brings to mind last year, when we camped out all night over at Best Buy to get some XBOX 360s and resell them for insane profit. I learned a few things from that experience…and Im confident I could make some serious cash if I camp out for a PS3 Tonight…but I probably wont. Regardless, here is what I’ve learned about the whole “get the new system before anyone else and resell it to some idiot that will pay big cash to be the first to have it” system

1. To maximize profit off something like this, you need to bank on the fact that you will actually get one on or before the day it is actually released. What I SHOULD have done last year, is put an XBOX 360 up on ebay the day before actually camping out to get it. This will generate interest because people will be bidding on something to have it early, when really with shipping and other logistics they wouldn’t have it that early. The exception to this, and where you make the cash, is international buyers. These systems that are released here before other countries are in huge demand, and people will pay $1000’s over the actual cost to have one a couple months early over there.

2. There are some drawbacks to this, and you could risk ruining a reputable ebay account by doing this. Meaning…what do you advertise on ebay? A XBOX core system, or the one with larger hard drive? I didnt know what accessories I would be able to get with it…all these things affect the initial price point you want to start the bidding at. Probably the main risk is that you wont end up being able to get the system at all, and then you are selling stuff you dont actually have possession of. Canceling a high-bid sale like that can really screw your seller account and feedback.

3. There is an extreme chance that you will realize how damn cool it is that you, yourself are one of the first people to have the system, and end up keeping it for yourself. Now, if for some reason I DO camp out and grab a PS3, I dont forsee this chance outweighing the one that I will realize I just dropped $700 on a video game system, and I should sell it to some chump and make a few bucks for one night of no sleep.

Who am I kidding, I got myself pumped up to make some cash writing this…im going to camp out. To be honest, I havent mentioned the inside info received from my roomate that works at Frys, my friend’s fiance that manages a video game store, or my old buddies still working at Circuit City….I’ll let you know what I am able to accomplish tonight!

Frys Ripoff Update!

So today, to my surprise, almost a week after submitting my complaint to Frys, I got a response.  I can’t believe it, but it almost sounds like they are going to resolve my issue!  I will be surprised if I get my money back….keep checking back to find out!

Dear valued Frys.com customer,

Thank you for your comments.

I sincerely apologize for the incorrect information by our associate and
the mistreatment by our supervisor. A credit request in the amount of
$105.00 has been submitted for review. When approved, the credit will be
issued to the card you used to place the order. Should there be a
problem with the credit request you will be notified. Please allow one
to two billing cycles for the card issuer to report the credit on your
records or check with your credit card company/bank to confirm. Please
let us know if you have any additional questions.

Regards,
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Customer Service