Friday, October 30, 2009

Techliciousness Blog: Adventures in Firewall Permissions: Getting BitDefender to Work With Netflix Watch Now in Windows Media Center
At a recent tradeshow, while I was walking by the BitDefender booth, a BitDefender representative literally shoved a copy of BitDefender Internet Security 2010 into my hands. Never one to say no to free software, I was grateful and actually stopped to talk cybersecurity for a bit--I guess I felt I had to earn that free software! And I knew exactly what I was going to do with the software: install it on my Windows 7 test machine...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Techliciousness Blog: My View of the Vue Personal Video Network Wireless Camera System
Back in February, I met with some very smart folks from a San Diego-based company called Avaak. They were demonstrating a wireless camera system meant for remote video monitoring. What impressed me the most about the technology behind the wireless camera system is that it used a mesh network, which is based on technology that the company originally designed for DARPA. Some of the same folks behind this new wireless camera system also designed the PillCam. I did say they were smart, right? You can see the news story I originally wrote up about the technology here. Fast-forward to a few weeks ago and the technology they were demonstrating finally made its public debut in the form of the Vue Personal Video Network...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Seagate FreeAgent DockStar NAS Device Review
Network-attached storage (NAS) devices come in all shapes and sizes; some even come without hard drives--with the intention that the users will add the drives themselves. There is even a relatively new category of NAS devices that don't have any internal drives at all, and instead use USB-attached drives as their storage source. These NAS devices are typically inexpensive and super-easy to setup and use. We've even looked at a couple of them: the Addonics NAS Adapter ($49) and CloudEngines' Pogoplug ($99)...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

How to Set Up a Windows 7 and Vista Dual-Boot System
Windows 7 and Windows Vista can co-exist on your PC—here's how to make it happen.
PC users the world over are counting on the latest iteration of the Windows operating system (OS)—Windows 7—to free them from what they consider to be its half-baked predecessor, Windows Vista. To be fair, much of Vista's bad rap came from its early days, when missing hardware drivers caused much heartburn and occasional driver conflicts caused PCs to crash. But a few Vista annoyances still plague users, such as its relentless User Account Control (UAC) warning scheme, with its regrettably always-on or always-off setting. Microsoft has listened carefully to what users said about Vista, incorporated many of the suggestions, and added scads of other improvements to produce the new Windows 7 OS. And judging from our early experiences and the general consensus, if Vista was half-baked, Windows 7 is a veritable golden-brown hunk of angel-food cake...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Eurocom M98NU XCaliber Gaming Notebook Review
Hard-core gamers are all about squeezing the best performance they can out of their rigs, while ensuring that the visual quality of the games they play are at the highest settings possible. As desktop PCs typically have access to higher-end components than notebooks--and are also far more configurable, upgradable, and tweakable--the vast majority of gamers opt for desktop systems. But with the increased performance potential of today's notebook components and their portability (LAN party anyone?), high-end gaming notebooks are becoming increasingly popular with the gaming crowd...
Updated Flip MinoHD Pocket Camcorder Doubles Its Recording Time
One of the hottest new product categories of late is the inexpensive, high-definition (HD) pocket camcorder--and sometimes it feels as though almost every day another company starts making them. Pure Digital Technologies--manufacturer of one the very first pocket camcorders to come to market--isn't resting on it laurels while the competition heats up: the Cisco-owned company has announced today the release of its second-generation Flip MinoHD pocket camcorder...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

WD TV Live HD Streams HD Video to Your Widescreen TV
With the near ubiquity of widescreen high-definition TVs (HDTVs) in so many homes, the desire to consume media on them that was traditionally relegated to computer displays is starting to gain popularity--especially since a growing proportion of this media is HD video. To meet this growing desire, Western Digital has just released the WD TV Live HD media player.
HP Launches New Laptops, All-In-Ones, Business Desktops, and More
Four weeks ago, HP announced a bevy of new products that were arriving for the fall season. It turns out, that announcement was just part one of HP's fall lineup, with part two arriving today. Today, HP is announcing a number of new laptops, docking stations, all-in-one desktop PCs, a few more-traditional form-factor desktop PCs, and a 42-inch touch-screen LCD. An HP spokesperson told us that HP is calling this "the year of the refresh." What make this set of announcements different from the previous one, is that these products include a number of models that carry the Compaq brand name, and more of these products are designed for the SMB (small and medium business) market; HP claims that one-third of its revenue comes from SMB customers...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Techliciousness Blog: Snow Leopard Compatibility Problems
In marketing-speak, I am a Mac and a PC. My primary computer is an iMac and my laptop is a MacBook Pro. But I also have several Windows rigs as well, running everything from Windows XP to Vista and Windows 7--with some systems set up with multi-boot support with different operating systems loaded onto separate partitions. I also have Windows XP installed on my MacBook Pro in its own partition via Apple's Boot Camp app, and Windows 7 is installed as a virtual machine on my iMac via VMware Fusion. I won't even go into my Linux installs...
CTERA Launches Two Cloud-Attached Storage Devices
Israeli-based CTERA Networks is adding its new CTERA CloudPlug and CTERA C200 products to the growing list of devices that let you easily convert external hard drives into network-attached storage (NAS) devices and make them remotely accessible. Unlike other devices that perform similar functionality, such as the Pogoplug and the Seagate FreeAgent DockStar, CTERA's two new devices add an additional feature that these other products lack: automatic online backup...
VMare Fusion 3 Allows Even More Windows 3D Games To Run on Macs
Today VMware announced the latest release of its virtualization application for the Mac, VMware Fusion 3. VMware Fusion allows Windows and Windows apps to be installed and run on Macs. While the release of the third official version of Fusion--with its "more than 50 new features"--might seemingly be meaningful to only a small group of Mac owners who need access to a handful of specific Windows applications, there is an aspect to this release that might have a much larger appeal to gamers: VMware Fusion 3 now includes DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.1 support...