Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Google Health?

Sometimes, the truth is stranger than fiction!

Take the case of Google getting into the health records business.

¿Que?

¿Google?

I know, Google.

Isn’t the amount of junk ads we get enough? Isn’t it?

Now, imagine the incredibly detailed and granular level of targeted ads they would serve to you based on your medical records?

Hell freakin’ NO!

I don’t think so!

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Auto Warranty Scams

I don’t know what I did to deserve this, but this sh*t is pissing me the f off!

For goodness sakes, every day, I get phone calls on my cell, and my ultra-unlisted home phone number from scammers trying to schneider me into getting a new warranty for my rig.

The first time I got a call, I called the local MB dealer, and proceed to tear the manager there a new one.

When he was able to get a word in edgewise, he said it was not them, and that even if they were going to do so, they would have sent me a letter on company letterhead.

Nevertheless, the phone calls have kept on coming, now with demon-dialers, and no way to be removed from their lists.

To crown it all, both my cell phones have started receiving calls!

A few minutes ago, I got a beauty of a call: the caller ID registered a number from England.

Now I ask: are you freakin’ kiddin’ me?

Now I know it couldn’t have come from there, that it was probably a Caller ID spoof.

Still…

Cannot say it enough on this blog:

Caveat Emptor.

Buyer, beware!

Microsoft Assessment & Planning goes gold

Earlier today, Microsoft released Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solutions Accelerator.

This free tool, first blogged about here , will enable you to do the following:

  • Identify computers that are Vista-capable,
  • Identify Office 2007-ready computers,
  • Identify servers that are capable of running Windows Server 2008, and
  • Capture performance metrics for servers and workstations.
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Monday, February 25, 2008

A month with Windows Vista

Windows Vista™, build 6.0.6001.18000, was released to manufacturing three weeks ago.

After over a month working with the RTM bits – which I received prior to RTM, and greatly expanding our test to select customer sites, we have seen better driver coverage, increased performance, and no unexpected compatibility issues.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Microsoft loves Yahoo!

Yahoo, the company, not it's board

Come into my parlor said the spider to the fly....

...and we all know how that ended.

The same seems to be about to play out in the Redmond vs. Sunnyvale drama, with Microsoft being the spider, and Yahoo! taking up the role of the fly.

In my SmallBizVista Editorial, I look critically at the issue as it stands today.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

DreamSpark

Free downloads of:

  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • SQL Server 2005 Express Edition
  • Expression Studio
  • XNA Game Studio 2.0
  • Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
  • Membership in the XNA Creators Club Online

Read on

Another righteous use for the breathalyzer

In a discovery that could literally save and extend the lives of millions everywhere, doctors have come up with a new laser-aided breath analysis that could detect even early traces of diseases such as lung cancer or asthma.

Wow!

I cannot think of how more useful the basic breathalyzer could become.

Already, it saves lives by allowing the constabulary the ability to removes lushes and other inebriated menaces from our roads.

Now this?

That guy with the perpetual bad breath just might be.......

Able Planet Clear Harmony Review

We have all seen those commercials/infomercials about noise canceling headphones all over the TV and in print.

Well, do not buy it.

Why?

The Able Planet NC1000CH Clear Harmony headphones with active noise cancellation handily beats it in performance, comfort, and cost.

I have been testing the Able Planet Clear Harmony active noise-canceling Headphones.

At the 2008 CES, I had the opportunity to try out the Able Planet Clear Harmony headphones, and I was impressed with two things: the clarity of the material being delivered me, and the very perceptible volume of the same material when active noise canceling was turned on. In fact, I had to do an audio double take between the Bose QuietComfort headphones and the Clear Harmony in order to make sure I was not being schniedered in any way.

Recently, I received the Clear Harmony to review.

As a frequent traveler, I wanted to see if the Clear Harmony could deliver on sound clarity and comfort on long trips. Secondarily, I also wanted to test for audio performance using home audio equipment for a follow-on review.

Conclusion

I enjoyed using the Able Planet Clear Harmony.

In this hotly contested field, it is surprising that the Able Planet Clear Harmony would be able to best a Bose product.

Then again, Able Planet has been in the business of providing superior hearing devices from its inception as a company providing hearing aids. The use of their patented LINX AUDIO™ technology no doubt gives them a great advantage over other manufacturers.

Based on my review of this product, and the very visible benefit to frequent travelers and businesses, I am awarding it the SmallBizVista.com Preferred award, and making it the recommended noise canceling headphone choice for our clients.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

50 reasons to switch from Windows to OS X?

Really?

A better title should be:

A lost sheep’s ongoing struggle to stay relevant in this Internet age

In a post last week, on St. Valentine’s Day no less, Pirillo states his 50 reasons to switch from Windows (any version?) to OS X.

After getting past his preamble about neutrality, he delivers his thoughts.

Actually, we are supposed to take his thoughts as neutral, since, in his opening statements he declared his relationships with some sponsors.

Feel free to ingest a grain/several grains of salt with his recommendations.

I have taken it upon myself to provide a public service by attempting to debunk some of the outright errors, factual errors, product plugs, and gross misconceptions in his beliefs.

What did I find?

A few – total 5 good, true, or valid points.

Or 8%

8%!

The remainder: crap!

Mainly space filers to get to the magic half-century mark, and shameless product plugs.

He is true in his declaration that the article was not an Apple lovefest.

It was worse than that.

Without meaning to be invidious, the only thing I can say about the article is that he did his sponsors proud.

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