Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Vulnerability in Windows Shell

Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerability in Windows Shell could allow remote code execution

Apparently 10 years of Windows are vulnerable.  XP through to Windows 7.

I tried the fix on the site, it works, but it makes my system harder to use, waiting for text bubble to see what I'm doing in the task bar.


Burning a copy of Ubuntu as a worst case but I'm uninstalling this Microsoft "Fix"... not much of a fix if the system doesn't get used because of it.


Also getting a copy of Wubi to install inside of Windows 7 64 bit; see how that goes.

 Hope the 2nd week of August brings a better solution to this problem from Microsoft.


Temporary fix from Sophos

Google goes Bing! on Images

Ooh! Ahh! Google Images presents a nicer way to surf the visual web

Pretty cool new layout and search tools on Google's Image search.

Check out the link above for the full story on Google's Blog.

Click on one of the links below (from official post) to see the new

search and display in action.

tulips themselves are white

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Loki & Majik at Kennedale Ravine

Loki & Majik at Kennedale Ravine
July 2010

Video from Panasonic Lumix
Converted and edited with Nero Vision
Music created with Acoustica MixCraft

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

App - Exchange Rates

A FREE travel currency converter and exchange rate tool with no ads.  Fast and easy to use.  Multiple currencies at once; convert every world currency.  Override rates/Invert rates/Offline mode/Auto sync.
High resolution icons make Exchange Rates the choice for anyone needing an exchange calculator.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Android App - tvJunkie

tvJunkie – for all the series alcoholics! Keeps track of all your favourite series, never miss one again!

This is a great app for keeping track of TV. I watch shows from around the world and this app seems to find them all.  Excellent support from the developer as well; and it's free.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Android App - Call Confirm

Installed this a couple of days ago... great app.  Seems about 40% of my calls in the first month of having a cell phone were pocket calls.  This eliminates that (profound statement!). 

No more accidental calls. Raises up a call confirmation dialog on all calls. Number, photo and contact name let you decide to "Call" or "Hang Up".
v1.2.1 new features:
*disable contact lookup to improve response (option).
*bug fix: support numbers including #.

Call Confirm was developed for Android by 7bit

Package name : net.nanabit.callconfirm

Friday, July 16, 2010

Cell Phones

Chosing a cell phone is a process.  If you want a certain phone you may be stuck with a certain carrier; likewise, if you want a certain phone you have to select a carrier with that phone.  My purchase started at Cell Phones Etc. and I suggest you check here if you are looking for a phone or a carrier.

I wanted an Android based phone so that eliminated Apple and Blackberry.  I was also looking for a newer model.

The three phones I decided to look at were the HTC Legend, the Acer Liquid e and the Sony Xperia X10

After checking specs, Sony doesn't say specifically anywhere on there page, I found that the Xperia X10 was running Android 1.6; a new phone based on an old package.  Sony was also the highest priced at $150-ca.  It was out of the running for my phone... I'm glad now too cause haven't heard much positive about that phone.

The Acer Liquid e was the cheapest of my three choices at $50-ca.  It runs on Android 2.1 and looks good in photos too!  I went to Rogers and held one in my hand... seems more like a glossy piece of plastic than a phone.

That left the Legend, once I had it in my hand that was it... this is a phone!
It was $80-ca on a 3 year plan placing it in the middle price range of the three phones but it feels so good in your hand; and runs on Android 2.1 (update expected in September 2010).

After using the HTC Legend for a month I highly recommend it.


Drinking a lot of coffee today so I figure I'd post some info on my favorite beans.
For starters, I don't like Timmy's coffee or Second Cup for that matter.  Java Jive was alright but they are becoming scarce.  If I'm out and in need of Java it's Starbucks!

At home I like an assortment of coffee's but it must be dark roasted.
Here's a few worth trying:

Right now I'm drinking:

  • Rwandan French Roast (from Costco)

A good book to read is:

Coffee A Dark History By Wild, Antony (Book - 2005)

If your looking for something to watch check out the three part series:
Black Coffee
1) The Irresistible Bean
2) Gold In Your Cup
3) The Perfect Cup

PASS: java

PASS: java

PASS: java

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Technology & Security

So you go to all the trouble to lock down your system
and look at the security you get from your providers lines!

Android Apps that I uninstalled.

WiFi Analyzer

Tried this out and really like it. So why uninstall? The program runs ads and a paid ad free version according to site is never coming. You can shut off the ads a week at a time. Not even sure on the real cost of the running ads but it's $0.05 a kb for data here. I would rather pay for the app without ads than have to try and remember to shut off ads all the time.

I also tried out Picasa Tool Pro

After several attempts at logging in I finally gave up and uninstalled.  The option of logging in through there 3rd party sign in method didn't give me a good feeling.  Google has a Mobile version of Picasa anyways.
The app does look really nice though, but not for me.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Android App - Ascii Camera

Colored version pictured above↑

Tried out Ascii Camera on my HTC Legend; it was alright, but not
good enough to use up more of my limited space.  Also the setttings
were not intuitive... despite setting for largest picture possible all I
could get was small images.  Could just be the camera or the
photographer and the program is free so give it a try if your looking
for something different.  On a side note, it crashed the first use, but
worked fine after.

B&W version pictured below:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Android 2.2 FroYo for HTC Legend

HTC has confirmed that it's HTC Legend will get the FroYo upgrade.
The upgrade will be done anytime in the 3rd quarter of the on-going year,
which is September to you and me.
Android 2.2 will offer greatly increased speed for applications and web browsing due to a brand new “virtual machine” for apps and Javascript engine for the web browser. Apps will run 2 to 5 times faster than with Android 2.1, and the web browser’s Javascript support will be 2 to 3 times faster as well. Adobe Flash 10.1 (and Air) support will be included in the update.
Click the quote above for full story.

I can't wait for audible searching and the interface looks much nicer, 
including drop down menus.

Should be sweet, too bad my phones so new or I would root it!

Try FroYo on your desktop.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Android Apps for the HTC Legend

Phone: HTC Legend
Carrier: Virgin Mobile
17 total apps not including pre-installed; 12MB total app size
11 free (65%), 6 paid (35%)
$30.35CA total price
$21.96US + £4.49

"(PAID) Free Available" usually means a free version with ads is available.
If the price is right I'll pay for ad free.

View above app list on AppBrain

Tried and removed:

  • TWiT.tv by Mediafly
  • using DoggCatcher to get these great podcasts,
  • this is great if you want to stream from the TWIT Network
  • WikiMobile Encyclopedia
  • Use Wiki Mobile Online
  • MixZing MediaPlayer
  • Didn't work as advertised, using DoggCatcher
  • and built in media player
  • Barcode Scanner
  • Fun for awhile... but "for why???"
  • Tech Buzz Widget
  • Again, using DoggCatcher to grab some RSS tech feeds
  • Nice but minimal and can't change to keep my HTC stylin'
  • Buzz Deck
  • OK, tried to use for some web pages, browser is bettter
  • For gossip folk, MSNBC News Feed on DoggCatcher got
  • the Lindsay Lohan news faster than BuzzDeck
  • Zimly Media Player
  • Another Media Player, Looks good
  • Using HTC built in player
  • Dice Widget
  • DL from HTC; looks great, works great
  • will DL again if I ever need dice, but don't
  • need to keep on phone
  • ShopSavvy (EVO fix)
  • Never used, finally uninstalled, maybe try later
  • Epocrates
  • OK, Drug Info, Not much else
  • No real use
Missing in Canada on the Android Market are:

Google Earth & Audible

iPhone4 vs HTC Evo

This is pretty funny, check it out.

Some crude language (you were warned).

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