I read an article on sleep patterns that suggested that your TV or computer can hinder your sleep and strain your eyes. Dawn found a piece of software called F.lux. The software adjust your screen based on the time (and location) and changes your screen to match natural lighting. Does it help? I think so. It does take some getting use to and I think it does already.
As I publish this post, the screen has a softer glow. It is not as bright and yes, it is after midnight! If you click the ‘sun’ it
gives you a 24 hr preview of what your screen will look like. So you know, give it a try on your computer (supports Apple, PC and even Linux and some phones!) and give it a shot. If you are behind a computer most of the time, it just might help. Remember, you can tweak it to match your lighting, the transition speed, location and customize it to your environment. The software can also be disabled when working on color sensitive work. Enjoy!
Ever wanted to visit the inside of your computer but you were too scared? Link This virtual computer tour not only takes you through your computer, but gives you a small video on what the inner workings do. Go check it out.
People are looking for ways to boost their wireless signal It can be done effortlessly by using an adapter (cable if needed) and any antenna found at FAB Corp. (We do not promote individual companies-this is just an example) The higher the db, the stronger the signal. Connect your wireless from your home to your shop or adjoining building. (Make sure you use WPA encryption) These antennas work with any WAP or Wireless Router.
Omindirectional – 360 degree signal
Parabolic - Usually 120 degree signal
Rubber Duck (indoor) 9db
Yagi – directional (we use these to shoot 3/4 of a mile.
This piece of software (freeware) helps you connect to different networks. If you have a static number at home and a dynamic network at work, it allows you two clicks to change your preferred network. NetsetMan (Supports Windows 7)
Alot of people emailed me on why I would like to see these components survive, well imagine the uses of an automated home. Although x-10 mad me crazy with their banner ads several years back, they are one of may vendors who offer an automated home (lights on/off, appliances, security cameras). This type of use would allow a dedicated computer to perform tasks for you.
Maybe it’s not changing Windows XP, but the visual theme is virtually the same as Windows 7. Amazingly with a the visual effects and Windows XP’s native stability and security, it is your choice to upgrade later. Cool look though. Link.
Tigerdirect has a 1 TB harddrive for $169.00. This link will surely disappear after the sale. With the prices dropping daily, I have always seen “something” else appear. The something else is usually a new technology that stuns users into believing they “must” have it. So what am I saying? I’m not sure-but it could be new solid state drives at a price you can’t ignore(or with increased capacity and speed), or it could be a new ‘optical’ drive system. With Movies, Music, Gaming, Desktop documents, Digital Pictures our need for storage space has gone up. Most people ignore that if they buy a 1TB drive, you need to double that for backing up your files. In the end, we will all line up like sheep and buy, buy, buy and then wham! New gadget! Twenty years of being in IT, something is coming, you can see the writing on the wall…
Seagates – ‘Needs Calculator’ click on each icon, select how much of each item and read the bar on the right.