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  • November 21, 2012

    Danger of Genetically Modified Foods

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  • November 21, 2012

    Intel CEO Retiring

    Paul Otellini, Intel’s CEO since 2005 and widely known in Silicon Valley, informed the board on Wednesday that he wanted to retire in May. The 62-year-old had widely been expected to stay in his position until Intel’s mandatory retirement age of 65.  Otellini will be ending a nearly 40-year career with Intel, including an eight-year stint as CEO Otellini’s move comes at a time when Intel faces a shaky economy and a mobile gadget craze that is eating away at demand for its PC chips and it gives the company just six months to find a new leader. Intel’s board plans to consider candidates inside and outside the company as it searches for Otellini’s successor.  In 45 years the company has totaled 5 CEOs, Krzanich has the inside track to become Intel’s CEO. Both Barrett and Otellini served as chief operating officer before becoming CEO. Intel does need to take this decision seriously they have been on shaky ground as smart phone sales are passing pc sales by almost double.  Now with Microsoft having a huge direction change Intel may have to change direction since Microsoft and Intel have a very close relationship. We wish Paul Otellini a happy and healthy retirement!
  • November 21, 2012

    Syfy Resurrects Battle Bots

    Syfy has greenlit and has filmed the first season of a new show where eight-foot-tall state-of-the-art humanoid robots will battel in a boxing cage until one is defeated. The new series is called Robot Combat League WWE Chris Jericho will host the show. Just like the movie Real Steal the bots will be controlled by shadow-boxing operators whose movements are translated into metal-on-metal punches. Syfy president Mark Stern made a statement: “It has always been our desire and it’s really come around perennially to update and do Battle Bots for the new century. Can we do Real Steel? Are we at a place where you can do real bipedal robots? Every time we tried to to do it the project was stymied by the technology.”
  • November 21, 2012

    FreeBSD Project Hacked Via Stolen SSH Key

    FreeBSD Project has released a summary on their security breach two machines within the FreeBSD.org cluster have been compromised and have been consequently pulled offline for analysis.  The affected machines were taken offline for analysis.   However it added that the intruder had sufficient access to modify third party packages, many of which are compiled and installed through FreeBSD’s ports system. Users are advised to check for packages downloaded between certain dates and replace them, although not because known Trojans have been found, but rather because the project has not yet been able to confirm that they could not exist. The Admin team verifies the infrastructure and source trees are clean and the suspect machines are either being re installed retired, or thoroughly audited before being brought back online.  Apparently access was via a developer’s stolen SSH key, but fortunately the project’s clusters were partitioned so that the effects were limited.
  • November 19, 2012

    Fix Acer Aspire 7740 Over Heating

    Has your Acer Aspire laptop been overheating? What yo know how to fix it?  Follow these step by step instructions to fix Acer Aspire 7740 over heating. Go to Power Options Change Plan Settings Change Advanced Power Settings Scroll down the selected list and expand the tree of Processor Power Management Maximum processor state You should change it to around 70% – 85%  
  • November 19, 2012

    Cisco buys Meraki

    Cisco Networking Systems has acquisitioned cloud networking firm Meraki for $1.2 Billion.  Meraki is one of the leaders in cloud controlled WiFi, routing, and security.  Meraki is a San Francisco-based company, founded in 2006 and was funded by Sequoia Capital and Google.  Meraki today supports 20,000 customers and hundreds of thousands of network devices on its platform. Cisco in a blog post stated “When compared to other opportunities, Meraki built a unique cloud-based business from the ground up that addresses the broader networking shift towards cloud, not just within wireless. Meraki created a massively scalable architecture that offers easy to deploy, secure, and manage networks” Meraki will form Cisco’s new Cloud Networking group, led by Meraki CEO Sanjit Biswas. The company said on its website it had originally planned to remain independent and go public, but joining Cisco will help it achieve its goal of hitting $1 billion in revenue a year. Cisco, based in San Jose, Calif., expects the acquisition to close in its second fiscal quarter ending in January. The $1.2 billion purchase price includes cash and retention-based incentives.  This purchases comes right on the heels of the $125 million purchase last week of Cloupia, which develops software that helps data center operators manage their resources. From the way things look Cisco is defiantly beefing up there cloud division with great software and great knowable staff as they compete with companies like Oracle and Rackspace.
  • Adobe Shockwave Player 11 Silent Deployment It’s the easy part, the /S command line switch installs Adobe Shockwave Player silently. pathsw_lic_full_installer.exe /S Now for silent Uninstall, the following command will do just fine: "C:WINDOWSsystem32AdobeShockwave 11uninstaller.exe" /S Note:- Please note that the commandline is case sensitive. ie. A capital letter/S is correct; small /s will not work. Disable automatic Update feature of Adobe Shockwave Player The following registry key is handy for suppressing the update check for all the users. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREAdobeShockwave 11AutoUpdate] @="n" Disable Anonymous Statistics collection of Adobe Shockwave Player For privacy concerns you might want to add this one also. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREAdobeShockwave 11collectstats] @="n"
  • November 16, 2012

    Amazon Sells Kindle At Cost

    Amazon doesn’t make a dime in profit from sales of its Kindle e-readers and tablets, according to the company’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Bezos has been quoted as saying “We sell the hardware at cost.  We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy them.” This is the first time Amazon has confirmed long-held Wall Street assumptions that it did not make a profit on sales of the popular tablet.  Previous estimates have suggested that Amazon might even sell some of its Kindle products at a slight loss. The aggressive pricing furthers the company’s goal of getting Kindle tablets into the hands of as many buyers as possible to sell Amazon’s online content games, books and video. Google has been another company that sells their Android OS at loss on the hopes of making a profit elsewhere.   Google’s business model involves getting paid automatically any time you use an app or visit a website. Apple, by contrast, makes much of its profit from hardware sales. It sells a single-sized iPad at costs ranging from $399 to $829, depending on storage capacity, screen resolution and wireless connectivity. Bezos has said repeatedly over the years that Amazon’s business model is to survive on slim profits.  The Kindle is seen as more of a gateway to the many products sold by the website.  Amazon has profited by this as there product is build on the droid OS and price point is affordable for most people.  I think Jeff Bezos business model is smart for an online retailer.
  • Reddit users may have helped another man solve a medical mystery that might have saved his life. A Reddit user submitted a web comic known as a rage comic detailing his male friend’s experience of trying his ex-girlfriend’s unused pregnancy test as a joke. He was shocked when the result came back positive. While the user intended the story to be amusing, others pointed out that the false positive test could be a sign of testicular cancer. He got tested and it turned out that his friend had a small tumor in one of his testicles. Because it was found so early, the cancer could be treated immediately.
  • November 14, 2012

    Steven Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft

    Steven Sinofsky, the executive in charge of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system and the driving force behind the new OS, is leaving the company effective immediately.  Sinofsky the public face for Windows 8 and its new Metro interface has lots of nice things to say about his former employer, the 23 year veteran of the company was the possible next CEO of Microsoft. Steven Sinofsky departure barely two weeks after launching the flagship Windows 8, could not come at a worse time for the software giant as they struggle to compete with Apple and Google in the gadget market.  Shares of Microsoft Corp slid Tuesday after the surprise departure of a key executive; the shares were down 2.8 percent in afternoon at $27.21. Sinofsky is credited with unveiling the most radical revamp of Windows since 1995, designed to catapult Microsoft back into the forefront of Internet-based, touch-screen technology and reinvigorate a stock price that has been static for the past decade. Analysts fear that Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is driving out talent just as the company needs it most and moved to tighten his grip on the company.  Ballmer has replaced the heads of Microsoft’s five main operating units in the past four years making company employees and shareholders skeptical.