Monday, October 08, 2012

Want to set NUM Lock to on when you boot?

  1. Run Registry Editor. (windows key+r then type regedit)
  2. Move to HKEY_USERS\.Default\Control Panel\Keyboard.
  3. Change the value for InitialKeyboardIndicators to 2

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

HuffPost Apple iPhone article about realized cost, should compare apples to apples.

Personal addendum to HuffPost article about realized costs of the iPhone 5.


While I agree that the total cost over the contract period may be $1800, that doesn't preclulde the fact that all technology that requires a service has a greater total use cost.  Consider that your TV, for the most part is relatively useless, barring an HD antenna or DVD player, most TV owners utilize either cable or satellite for their content.  If you consider that the average life of an lcd tv has a lifespan of 100,000 hours or approximately 11 years and the average cable bill is $43 and the cost of a 60" LCD is around $1,200 then the cost over the life of the tv you're buying is actually $6,876.  However, most people wont look at it that way.  Eventhough there's no contract, you still need the service, like gas for your car.  Actualized costs of most service reliant goods are outrageously high.  Take the standard desktop PC average life only 3-5 years.  Taking a 4 year average $513 average cost and almost mandatory high speed Internet bill average of $35/month.  The cost would be $2,193 for the PC.  I would even argue that the iPhone 5 or any current iPhone has a greater value then either of the other two tech items I mentioned.  The iPhone is essential a brain upgrade with the user having almost always on, constantly connected net access.  It is also a phone and a portable entertainment device.  These traits make the iPhone 5 lifespan cost, well worth the $1,800 for just 2 years of it. 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

100 Years Ago...

100 Years Ago...
A lot of this is applicable to our grandparents, and even some of our parents.
It May Be Hard to Believe That A Scant 100 Years Ago...
  • The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven.
  • Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a bathtub.
  • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
  • There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.
  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was ten mph.
  • Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the twenty-first most populous state in the Union.
  • The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
  • The average wage in the U.S. was twenty-two cents an hour. The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
  • A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2500 per year, a veterinarian between $1500 and $4000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5000 per year.
  • More than 95 percent of all births in the United States took place at home.


  • Ninety percent of all U.S. physicians had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as "substandard."
  • Sugar cost four cents a pound.
  • Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
  • Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.
  • Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
  • Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason, either as travelers or immigrants.
  • The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were: 1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke
  • The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.
  • Drive-by-shootings, in which teenage boys galloped down the street on horses and started randomly shooting at houses, carriages, or anything else that caught their fancy, were an ongoing problem in Denver and other cities in the West.
  • The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was thirty. The remote desert community was inhabited by only a handful of ranchers and their families.


  • Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics hadn't been discovered yet. Scotch tape, crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.
  • There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
  • One in ten U.S. adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
  • Some medical authorities warned that professional seamstresses were apt to become sexually aroused by the steady rhythm, hour after hour, of the sewing machine's foot pedals. They recommended slipping bromide, which was thought to diminish sexual desire,into the woman's drinking water.
  • Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.
  • Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.
  • Punch card data processing had recently been developed, and early predecessors of the modern computer were used for the first time by the government to help compile the 1900 census.
  • Eighteen percent of households in the United States had at least one full-time servant or domestic.
Author Unknown

Sunday, September 09, 2012

new iPhone

If you're looking to buy an iPhone, you might want to wait 3 weeks. - Forbe's analyst confirms 9/12/12 announcement.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Klout.com

Just found out about an interesting site called klout via wired mag. It charts your influence in social media circles. We'll see what becomes of it. It's like neilson ratings for social media.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Possible new design of iPhone 5?

This is from a manufacturer of screen protectors from alibaba.com out of china.  While most of the images on that site for iPhone 5 either look like iPhone 4s, 3s or like nothing anyone really cares about.  This image appears to fit with many of the other rumors floating around.  Note: the larger edge to edge screen, the anodized aluminum back, the semi teardrop back shape.  Could this be a preview of what's to come in September?

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Increase the text size or change the screen resolution in Windows 7

To make the text on your screen larger or smaller

1.      Open Screen Resolution by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, and then, under Appearance and Personalization, clicking Adjust screen resolution.
2.      Choose one of the following:
o   Smaller - 100% (default). This keeps text and other items at normal size.
o   Medium - 125%. This sets text and other items to 125% of normal size.
o   Larger - 150%. This sets text and other items to 150% of normal size. This option appears only if your monitor supports a resolution of at least 1200 x 900 pixels.
3.      Click Apply.
To see the change, close all of your programs and then log off of Windows. This change will take effect the next time you log on.
Click the link below for details and  a tutorial


To change your screen resolution

1.      Open Screen Resolution by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, and then, under Appearance and Personalization, clicking Adjust screen resolution.
2.      Click the drop-down list next to Resolution, move the slider to the resolution you want, and then click Apply.
3.      Click Keep to use the new resolution, or click Revert to go back to the previous resolution.
Click the link below for details and  a tutorial