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LunchCast – Latest Tablets

Thursday, September 6th, 2012
As of Thursday, August 7th, 2012 the following announcements have been made

With the Amazon products, they are ad supported to have

Nexus7 $199 – 8gb, $249 – 16gb

such a low price.  Amazon has talked about an option to opt out, but at a price, after you purchase the device.

The Kindle Fire also supports profiles, so you can have multiple users / accounts on one device

The Microsoft Surface would be the best device for windows users due to compatibility and functionality with Windows products.  Great for the enterprise users.

The Samsung Galaxy Note offers multi-window support, comes with stylus.

LunchCast – Microsoft’s Announcement – Surface

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Microsoft has announced it new Tablet – Surface, designed to compete with Apple’s iPad

  • 10.6″ screen
  • Windows 8 RT
  • Magnesium case
  • Built in stand
  • Intel Ivy Bridge processor
  • Keyboard
  • Touch pad
  • Front and Back Cameras
  • Two versions, each less than 2 pounds, 32gb, 64gb, or 128 gb
  • Unknown price, release date, screen resolution, battery life
  • Multiple colors
  • It is a tablet pc

Lunch Cast – Move iTunes backup folder

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Windows users tend to have drive C: as a small drive for the operating system.  They use an external hard drive or partition for there data.  iTunes does not give you the flexibility to change where it backs up its devices.

One resolution is to use a program called junction that redirects folders to another location.

Download the tool from Microsoft

  1. Copy it to your windows folder
  2. Create a destination folder on your alternate drive (EG:  d:\backup)
  3. (XP users)  D:\>junction “C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Apple Computer\Mobile Sync\Backup” D:\backup -s
  4. (Vista / Windows 7) D:\>junction “C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “D:\backup” -s
  5. Change username to your actual username in the above examples

LunchCast CES2011 Video Reviews

Monday, January 10th, 2011

What did CES bring to us this year?  Here are just a few reviews of what I was able to see at CES:

View my CES Videos on Youtube

  • Motorola
  • Nvidia – Tegra CPU for tablets and cell phones
  • Intel
  • Verizon 4g Phones and tablets
  • Windows Phone
  • 3D TV
  • Hollagram

LunchCast – Internet Explorer 9 Beta

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Microsoft release IE 9 Beta for everyone to try.  Well, at least Windows Vista and 7 users that is. Check it out here

Windows snap out, HTML 5 support and more.

LunchCast – Web Browser Plugins

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Mozilla checks all browser plug ins.  Check yours here for the latest updates.

Remove shockwave – Bad plugin

Safari for Windows – Pop ups are abused. (Don’t use Safari for Windows) until updates are applied. Allows remote code execution from bad websites.

Webinized email could take you down if you are running Safari.

4.0.6 safari may resolve this.

Looking for an electronics kit to program?  Try

Like ping pong ?  Try robopong.

LunchCast – HTML5 – Video Playback – Android Tablet with Flash

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Links are courtesy of John Harris

  1. Youtube – Use Google chrome to view this.  It will allow you to turn on HTML5
  2. Youtube moving to HTML5 – Big step
  3. Watch a video in HTML 5 – 1080p, 720p, and 480p.  Also gives slow motion control. Hidden in play button. You will notice that you are using html5 when the video loads, it will show the word HTML5.
  4. Programming in HTML5 – Google youtube video
  5. Google to open-source VP8 for HTML5
  6. Flexible OLED Screens
  7. Android tablet with Flash

LunchCast – Power off your display with the keyboard shortcut.

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010


So here I am with my new Dell Precision M4400 Laptop.  I go to lunch and come back and my screen is on solid white.  I contacted dell via chat and they had me do a diagnostic.  Power down, and when power on, hold the D key.  This did a Red, Green, Blue, White, Black, White screen.  After that, I powered back up and launched Windows 7 64 bit os.  I set the power settings to turn off the display to 1 min.  I then let the computer sit, and after 1 minute, it went to black the way it should.  Great, it works again.  However, the next morning I come in and the laptop display is on solid white again.  I contacted Dell Support and the tech had me re-seat the LCD cable.  I thought this was going to be a nightmare.  He told me to remove the batter and all cables.  Then remove the 1 screw on the bottom of the laptop.  The cover was easily removed.  I then located the blue cable and pulled straight up.  To my surprise, it was easily removed.  I then pushed it back down and sealed up the laptop.  So far, all is great.  I asked the tech if there was a button that I could press to turn off the display.  He said no.  I then did a search and found this little gem. It is a simple exe program that you download and run.  You can create a shortcut that will run the program and you can also create a hotkey.  I chose CTRL ALT M, as suggested in the directions.

Here is a copy of the directions that I found:

There may be occasions where you use the laptop for listening to music, downloading files or programs etc. These are examples of usages where you really don’t want the laptop monitor to be turned on. Use m_off to turn off the laptop/notebook display and save energy (power).

How to Turn off laptop Monitor in windows vista/XP ?

  • Free download m_off on to any desired location and unzip the contents
  • Create a shortcut to m_off.exe by right clicking on it and selecting “Create shortcut”
  • Right click the shortcut and assign a hotkey. You can assign any key combination as a hotkey. Here I had chosen Ctrl+Alt+M

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That is all folks!!! Now whenever you want to turn off laptop display, simply press the hotkey (Ctrl+Alt+M) and the laptop display is switched off automatically. If you want to turn ON your monitor, just use your touchpad or press any key on your laptop.

Now isn’t that an easy way to turn off your laptop display and save power?

Thanks to Manu Mohan (developer) for this energy saving software…

Here is another app that turns off the screen when you lock your computer.

Monitor ES is an innovative open source utility which helps you save considerable power which is used by the display or monitor, especially the CRT monitors which consume much more power.

Monitor ES is a light weight free tool to Automatically turn off the display every time you lock your Computer. This tool is available for both WindowsLinux. This us very light weight tool and works with all version of Windows Including Windows 7.

It will not only turn off the display to save power, but also it will pause any playing Video or Music or any media. It also sets your IM status to “AWAY” while the computer is locked.

Monitor Energy Saver review 1

The features of this small but useful utility include :

  • Automatically turnoff monitor
  • Automatically pause running media programs
  • Automatically IM away status message
  • Mute master sound (XP)
  • Turn on monitor for remote machines
  • Keyboard PAUSE key to pause/play running media programs(Gives single key control)
  • Custom away messages for IM
  • Support 16+ Media Players
  • Customizable options
  • Listen to your pause status
  • Very small executable file (44 KB)
  • No Installation Required / Portable Software

Monitor Energy Saver review

I find this utility a real tiny and useful one which makes a lot of difference to our planet by saving Power. We all need to go green with energy saving and reducing carbon emissions.

Visit Monitor ES Homepage | Download Monitor ES for Windows | Download Monitor ES for Ubuntu / Linux

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LunchCast – Internet outage Wed May 5 – DNS SEC

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Will you be able to surf the internet on Wednesday May 5th?  Test your DNS server with this simple java script.  If the test comes back and shows you that EDNS or DNS SEC enabled if “NO”, you will most likely not be able to browse the internet.

You will need to choose a different DNS service such as

Note that DNS fails the test

Here are some screen shots showing the test



Windows 7 House Party (W7HP)

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
  • Whats in the box for the house party: Napkins, streamers, cards, puzzle, 10 bags, Windows 7 Ultimate, ads, poster, balloons
  • Install Windows 7 (clean install 64bit or 32bit) Steve Balmer signature edition
  • Discover Windows 7 features
  • Windows Media Center – Internet TV
  • Speech Recognition
  • Desktop Features (Split Screen, Aero – Windows Tab, Drag window to boarders, Mouse over preview, shake mouse)
  • Look at Windows themes
  • Windows XP Mode – Virtual XP on win7, app launches from icon.  Download here
  • Play Games – Diablo 2, WOW
  • Broadcast with Ustream and Stickam
  • Install Windows Live
  • Librarys – Home Groups – control panel and change its password – Shared data – Easy to find folders
  • Search  – run command
  • Works great on lower performing hardware – Netbooks etc.
  • Why was Vista a disaster, and Windows 7 Looks to be a winner?  Vista wasn’t tested long enough, slower, resource hog, security prompts.  Vista stopped working due to xp drivers, and older hardware would not work.
  • Light weight, fast, clean and compatible with older software.
  • Why is Windows hacked or attacked more then MAC ?  More computers with windows. Mac has only about 10% of the market share.
  • Apple had a show stopper with Snow leapord, which caused users to loose there data.  Will Windows have a similar problem?  Lets hope not.
  • Deepfreeze – Windows 7 support, lock your computer and make it boot like a new computer
  • DROPBOX – Is a must, or carbonite – unlimited backup of your pc
  • Spinrite – Data recovery
  • Dell Adamo – Laptop low profile
  • Notepad plus
  • 3 computers for $1100 – 7 days of windows 7, best buy $1200 – 3 computers, wireless router, slimline hp desktop 18.5″ monitor, 15″ media hp netbook
  • Microsoft is selling PC’s on there website.
  • Windows 741 for students. $30 for windows 7
  • Windows 7 Home Server
  • Stream the media – Media player – DLNA Device, popcorn player
  • WD TV, Digital picture frame, home stereo, home media
  • Zune search – Speed up internet search – Goto Internet Explorer, options,connection tab,  lan settings, auto detect settings – turn off
  • Windows Supersite – more Windows information
  • Watch the Windows 7 Launch Event in New York with Steve Balmer

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