Thursday, September 15, 2005

I love good utilities! And DVD Decrypter is one of the best. Yes I know, it takes a DVD and removes the copy protection as well as Region protection. But that is not all it can do. DVD Decrypter is fantastic for burning ISO images. Any ISO images. I often make ISO's to back up my software CDs with another program called WinImage and then if I need to brun them I use DVD Decrypter which is freeware by the way. Well, today I found another excellent use for it. When you burn a CD, it needs to be "finalized" before it can be used/viewed in someone else's computer. Well today I was using propietary software to make a CD through a system and the software was not working correctly. Meaning it did not finalize the disc. After searching the web, I discovered that DVD Decrypter will do ghit for you. So cool!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - GMail Drive shell extension

One of my favorite little add-on programs is no longer working. I'm depressed now and I hope they hurry up and fix it. GMail Drive shell extension

Thursday, September 08, 2005


Do you love to use those yello stick-it notes? Yes I realize they are not all yellow, but you know what I mean. Well, there are a few computer program versions of them including one from 3M the maker of stick-it notes. But my favorite one is called Stickies. And of course, it's free. Check it out.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Google Talk Hack

As I sortof mentioned on my main blog (lame post here), Google has entered the IM foray and has introduced it's own product called Google Talk. Google Talk uses Jabber IM technology and has a computer to computer phone-call feature just like Yahoo IM (MSN has something similar too). However, something neat has just been discovered. You can apparently pipe music out thru the phone-call instead of your voice. As such, you can play MP3's and/or anything else. Pretty cool! Here is the great link where I discovered this hack: I just tried it and it worked for me, but I noticed you need to make one more setting change to have it run smoother. Here is my quick edited instructions based on the page I just mentioned (using Windows XP and assuming that you already have Google Talk installed).

1. Double click on the speaker icon in the lower right corner of your screen near the time. This will open up Volume Control.

2. Click on Options and then Properties.
3. Check the button next to Recording. Then check the box next to Wave Out Mix. Click OK.

4. In the Recording Control window, click Wave Out Mix

5. Go into Settings of Google Talk and choose the Audio tab (not really a tab).
6. Change the Input from "Default Device" to whatever your sound card is displayed as.
Uncheck "Unmute speaker and microphone when on a call." Click OK.

Now play an MP3, or podcast or whatever and then place a call to one of your buddies. You can try me if you would like. Chat with you soon.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005 Taking Advantage Of Technology - Home

Great site for hacking hardware and other stuff. Very cool and good info. Click on title.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

What does your phone number spell?

Thursday, July 21, 2005 Free People Search

Here is an interesting search engine. Put in your name and see what it comes up with. Mine showed my last two physical addresses as well as some links to search engines. Interesting and always fun to do a search on yourself.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

SiPix Pocket Printer A6

The SiPix Pocket Printer is so cute! I saw it in a PC magazine a month or so back and decided I wanted to get one. You can get them off of eBay and other web stored. This printer is tiny (size of two THICK decks of cards) and runs off of 4 AA batteries. It has a serial connection (unfortunately) but also infared. So, you can print from your laptop and PDA devices (do some research for specific PDA's - I have not tested it yet on my WinCE). It uses thermal paper similar to fax machines (of course the paper is very small just like the unit). Definitely cute and possibly will come in handy. Runs $20-30.

Monday, June 27, 2005

MAC Hater

Found by Linds. Originally from Jokaroo.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Crazy Mac Mini Mod The Mini-ITX Professionals - Crazy Mac Mini Mod

For those that hate the Mac Mini, check out the above link.

Friday, April 29, 2005


Snagged from Bowl of Cherries. Click on the title to be flattered.

Sunday, April 24, 2005


Doom III for the Xbox is pretty damn cool. I just got it and like it. I won't give a review because there are plenty already out there. I will say this though, I have been playing it at night with headphones on and I have jumped twice now while playing. Zombies popping up from behind to attack. Awesome! Jumpy because of a game. I love it!

Monday, April 11, 2005

Large Attachments via Email

This was first posted by SunGrooveTheory and I finally got around to trying it out. YouSendIt | Email large files quickly, securely, and easily!

Friday, April 08, 2005

Carpal Tunnel Syndrom - Mousepad Help

Carpal tunnel syndrome has become a scourge among today's active and computer literate population. Men, especially, are becoming afflicted with this serious health problem. To help stamp out carpal tunnel syndrome, new mouse pads have been devised to assist men in their computer operations. Ergonomically-improved mouse pads such as these will enable men to avoid the pain and suffering associated with this serious health concern.
Samples are below.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

sent in by FragileKitty

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Gmail Tools & Plugins

Robs Blog: Gmail Tools & Plugins - great blog filled with links to Gmail tools. Gmail! You know, the free email account system from Google. It let's you keep 1GB of mail/data. Incredible!

My favorite tool is the Gmail drive located here Gmail Drive or Gmail Drive. But I must warn you, I just discovered it and have not fully tested it. But it might be very cool. An online storage system for files. I believe there is also a tool to directly transfer email to another users account. Maybe it will work with this?

Saturday, April 02, 2005

RoboDump 1.0

This may be silly, but it is teky. Click the title and check it out.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Customer: I have problems printing in red...
Helpdesk: Do you have a color printer?
Customer: No.

Friday, March 25, 2005

What's the Real Address?

When you type the name of a web site into your browser (generic term for the program you are using to surf the web - ie. Internet Explorer, FireFox, Mozilla, Netscape, Opera, etc...), how does your computer know where to go? Let's take a look using this web site -, and a real world example the home where I live - Ailyn's House. is the "friendly" name for this website, also called a URL (Universal Resource Locator (so if someone asks you what the URL is, they're just being technical and want to know the web address)). The actual address of the web site, called the IP (Internet Protocol) address is (every computer on the internet has a unique IP address (unless it is behind a router and on a private network (to be discussed in a later post))). In comparison, Ailyn's House is the friendly name of where I live. The actual address is 66 Here Street, Somewhere CT ##### (sorry, no stalkers for me!). We use friendly names because they are much easier to remember and because the actual address can change. I may move to a different city, but I will still live at Ailyn's House. Same goes for your web site.

So how does your computer know what the "real" address is? When you type the URL (see! there's me being technical) into your browser the computer first checks its local address book, the hosts file. In real life (often referred to as IRL (are you getting tired of these acronyms or is it just me?)), we would check our personal address book or maybe our PDA (personal digital assistant, like a Plam Pilot). The hosts file (generally located in "\windows (or winnt)\system32\drivers\etc" on Windows based OS's (Operating Systems)) generally only contains one entry: _______ localhost. Loclhost refers to the local computer you are using and has been reserved as the loopback address (an address that tells the computer not to test its connections to another computer, but to test its own basic network setup). An old trick to speed-up internet connections back when modems were a lot slower was to add URL's and their IP addresses to the host file - now it is not generally necessary and can cause problems if the address changes. In fact, some viruses will alter your host file so that when you try to go to or or other antivirus sites, you will instead be redirected to either nowhere, or to a site that has the virus! As such, many anti-spam and anti-spyware products will change this file to read-only (more about this in a later post).

So if the address is not listed here, then your computer contacts a DNS server (Domain Name System). Basically, a server with a big address book of web pages and their corresponding IP addresses. In real life (IRL), we would use our big telephone directory - white pages and yellow pages. So that's it. That's how it works. Pretty cool huh?

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

for the all-night hacker