Wednesday, December 31, 2008

NewBCamp 2009

The NewBCamp conference (or unconference) 2009 is a one day event that brings  people together to learn about technology. It will be held Feb. 8, 2009 at:

Pepsi Forum
8 Abbott Place Park
Johnson & Wales University
Providence, RI 02903

Map picture

Subjects to be covered this year are:

  • Social Media/Web Development
  • Graphic Design/Art
  • Hardware/Assembling
  • Software/Security

Admission is $10 you sign up here. You pay ahead of time or pay at the door. I’ve already signed up and I can’t wait to get involved. It’ll be exciting to learn new things and to meet new people.

This event is hosted by:

Free Geek of Providence – Helping the needy get nerdy

SofT ICE – School of Technology Industry Career Explorers Techie students from Johnson and Wales University

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What to do with old cell phones

Be honest you have a few old ones in a junk drawer somewhere around your place. I know we do. I don’t think there is enough awareness about how to recycle your old cell phones. Like computers they do contain precious metals like gold and silver that can be extracted.

Free Geek of Providence is making the call out for your old cell phones as a fundraiser. It is to benefit Free Geek of Providence and also to benefit our environment by recycling responsibly.  Starting January 1 they will setting up collection points. You can check out more info here at the Free Geek Website or drop off here:

 

Malachi's Fair Trade Coffee Shop
134 Ives Street
Providence, RI 02906

Gold struck in old computers

So you think that old PC collecting dust in your basement or closet is worthless. You might think again after seeing this video. I wouldn’t advise anyone trying this stuff at home.

 

Source: Free Geek Providence

Monday, December 29, 2008

How to build a PC to be continued

I was looking through some of my old posts and realized I had begun a series on building a PC. For whatever reason I didn’t get back to it. I am going to continue on with the series very shortly. For now I’d like to bring  us up to date to where we are. These are where we left off:

The next in the series I will cover the  motherboard. This is probably the most important piece you’ll put in your PC. It effects many other choices along the line so it makes sense to cover this first. Thanks for coming by and stay tuned….

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A new focus for the new year

I’ve decided for the new year I’m going to have a new focus on the year 2009 andj0408922 beyond. Recently I’ve been reading more and more about recycling and reusing computer and electronic waste. I’ve also signed up to get involved with the local chapter of Free Geek in Providence. I also think it goes along more with my blog title and overall theme.

What my goal here is to share what I learn about computer recycling and ways to get more out of your old hardware.Some of the subjects I hope to cover are:

  • Recycling your computers and electronics responsibly.
  • Free and low-cost software (freeware,Linux, etc..)
  • More performance out of your existing hardware.
  • How-to’s for building, maintaining  and using your PC.

It won’t be limited to these but they will be the focus. Like I said my goal is to share what I learn and help others get more out of there computers. If you have any suggestions for subjects or have any questions feel free to ask.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Puppy Linux in Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

Here I do a couple of videos installing and using Puppy Linux in Microsoft’s Virtual PC 2007. At first I kind run into a snag but I worked out a few bugs and learned more about using the virtual software. It was fun doing it and I’m still learning about it. I hope your all having a great holiday!

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Have a Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

Please come home for Christmas - Eagles

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

What is Free Geek?

You may have noticed in some of my past posts mentioning “Free Geek” . I’ll j0437246attempt explain a little further. In a short and simple explanation they “Help the needy get nerdy” .  Here is the official mission statement from Free Geek of Providence "Free Geek Providence is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to addressing the digital divide by providing computer training, redistributing computer technology and providing volunteer opportunities to our community while maintaining relationships with responsible recycling partners."

They are a non-profit group that helps those who perhaps can’t either afford or uninitiated get acquainted with computers. The goal is to provide both training in both building and using a PC. They use free Linux operating system that is both free and relatively simple to use. On top of that they can walk away with a PC they build themselves or earn by volunteering  for the group for certain amount of time.

They do this using donated equipment. Computer stuff that is donated is gone through and tested. If obsolete is it is sent to a local responsible recycler rather than just sent over seas or dumped in the local landfill. Here is a video of what can happen to your old stuff from 60 Minutes. If it is reusable it is used for building units either for the volunteers(to earn) or for sale in a thrift store or online.

This is just a small snippet of what they do for the community. If your in the Rhode Island area and are interested in donating unused computer equipment click here to see more. The Free Geek that started it all can be seen here. Thanks for coming by and have a geeky day. What do you do with your old computer stuff?

Christmas Lights

This video has been around for a few years now but I still love it. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Mac vs PC - Transformers Edition

This takes the MAC vs. PC debate to the next level.


Source: Geeks are Sexy

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ubuntu Guide from PC World


Here is an excellent guide from PC World on how to install the latest release of Ubuntu Linux. It can still be a little intimidating for the uninitiated to install a Linux software. They have made it a bit simpler. A guide is nice to have.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Welcome to Free Geek

I just volunteered for this. I can't wait to start. Here is the website for Free Geek Providence which is just starting up. They don't even have a actual location yet. They are looking for donations and volunteers. I'm looking forward to helping out.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Powerpoint - Fly in

This is about using Powerpoint animations. This one in particular is called "Fly in". If you have any suggestions for how to clips using this and other programs please let me know. I'm open to suggestions.

Windows 95 in Virtual PC

This is me using Microsoft Virtual PC Version 6. This is actually a pretty cool program which I installed Windows 95. The video is pretty self explanatory. Enjoy and see a glimpse into the past.

Befriend a geek this holiday season

As a sat watching this I wondered is that how I look like in my basement typing away on the PC late at night. How sad. I am a geek.


Befriend a Geek from White October on Vimeo.

Windows History

This is a screencast of a presentation I did for my computer class. I actually did a shorter version for the actual class so this is more of a "directors cut" version. It was an interesting project. I have been using Windows since the "95" version but knew very little of the earlier versions.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Silly Saturday


I saw this over at Scotts Thoughts blog and I had to share.
Be sure and check out the rest of Scotts blog. He's a computer tutor with handy tips and advice and a sense of humor.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

PCMech Giveaway - Ultra Products Case

One of my favorite sites on the web is PCMech.com and they are giving away a nice PC case. Check out the video for more details!

Re: Computer Show


I went to a computer show on Sunday at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick,Rhode Island. I felt like a kid in a candy shop. I met a friend of mine there before they even opened. They had just about everything you could ask for regarding computers and technology. New computers,old computers,motherboards,video cards,hard drives, cd/dvd drives and many gadgets in between.





The only thing holding me back was my wallet. I did end up purchasing a Compaq Evo D510 PC tower, 80GB Western Digital HD(Refurbished) and a small tripod for my digital camera. I have thing for old computer stuff. The Compaq tower is a good size with a Pentium 4,motherboard, cd drive. It's missing hard drive,RAM and OS. Gives me a project to work on.


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Computer Show today

This morning I’m hitting a local computer show with a j0314180 friend. This put on by Cogan Fairs. It’s being held at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick,RI and starts at 10AM.  I’m meeting a friend of mine. I’ll be bringing my camera so I’ll post some photo’s here afterward. Right now I’m getting some coffee in me first then I’m heading out soon.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Recycling day in Rhode Island

Today was the day I recycled some of my old stuff that didn't work anymore. It was time to part with four tired and non-working CRT monitors. I went down to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp in Johnston. A company called CRT Recycling accepts the computers and other electronics. Like I said before it's actually quite simple. You drive up and they empty your vehicle for you. Now I gained some space in my garage again. I wish I could have taken some of those PC's home with me. Oh well. Here are some pictures I took on my adventure.


Adolf Hitler - Vista Problems!

Some adult language in subtitles. Otherwise it's hilarious.

Sounds of a dying Hard Drive



I'm sure many of us have heard that clunking or weird noises a hard drive makes before crashing. The people at Data Cent put together sounds of different hard drives. Like they mention on their website, if your drive is making any of those sounds back up your stuff because your hard drive is ready to crash and burn. They do offer a service to recover your data if need be. Actually is quite useful tool in diagnosing a problem. Yes I was geeky enough to listen to most of them.

Via: Jason Faulkner at PCMech

Friday, December 5, 2008

Ebay items for sale

I just posted some items up on Ebay. If your interested or have any questions leave a comment or email me.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

What to do with old PC's


You can give them to me of course. All kidding aside I do seem to collect old worn out equipment over time and it begins to clutter my work area and garage. What do you do with old stuff. More than likely your local laws and programs may differ. For the most part you can't just throw out PC's with the garbage. They contain some hazardous materials that should be recycled or disposed of properly.

Here in Rhode Island the local recycling facility(aka:The Johnston landfill) which services most of the state hosts a local drop off about once a month. Officially known as Rhode Island Resource Recovery has just posted a new schedule for 2009 with one last drop off this coming Saturday Dec 6. . They are usually held on Saturdays 8am-Noon. It's a fairly simple process. You drive up and they unload your vehicle for you. No need to get out. I'm going this Saturday to clean out some old monitors and some other miscellaneous items. What do you do with your old and tired equipment?

Re: Egg Saver


I come home hoping my RAM for my PC has arrived. Nope. I should have known it was going to take awhile. Here are the latest stats:

Distance from my house to DHL facility in Walpole/MA : Trip distance: 28.52 miles Time: 36 mins (Yahoo Maps) Miles Per Day(MPD) so far: 7.13. So far my package has traveled .297 MPH to arrive since Saturday. I could walk faster.

Tracking Information:

11/29/2008 8:10 AM ET WALPOLE, MA, US TENDERED TO USPS
11/29/2008 2:39 AM ET WALPOLE, MA, US ARRIVAL DESTINATION DHL GLOBAL MAIL FACILITY
11/28/2008 9:05 AM ET RUTHERFORD, NJ, US DEPARTURE ORIGIN DHL GLOBAL MAIL FACILITY
11/26/2008 9:09 PM ET RUTHERFORD, NJ, US PROCESSED
11/26/2008 5:06 PM ET RUTHERFORD, NJ, US ARRIVAL ORIGIN DHL GLOBAL MAIL FACILITY
11/26/2008 5:00 PM ET EDISON, NJ, US PICK UP
Grant you I should have known better. I doubt I'll be using "Egg Saver" shipping option again from NewEgg.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Egg Saver worth it?


When ordering stuff for computers I generally turn to Newegg.com. For the most part they have great service reasonable prices. Recently I came across a great deal for RAM and I couldn't resist. So I ordered it the day before Thanksgiving. One of the great things about it was that it had "Free Shipping". When you place your order it's called the "Egg Saver". It seems to be a new thing with them but I thought I'd try it. As usual NewEgg processed and shipped my order same day. I was emailed with a tracking # . They shipped DHL Global from there New Jersey facility. Now I'm in Rhode Island. In the past I've noticed with shipping from NJ to RI takes a day or so. I grant you there was a holiday and a weekend sandwiched in this. So I tracked it until it got to Walpole,MA. Not exactly far away probably about a 30 minute drive from my house. What got me was that DHL passed it off to USPS at that point. So the tracking system stops there. That was Saturday. Now come Wednesday I'm still waiting. I would think that postal system would be able to deliver in two days what essentially is a stones throw away. I don't like the fact that DHL passed off the package now I have no way to track this item. I am hoping that it comes today. I'll be a little hesitant to use "Egg Saver" in the future though.

Monday, December 1, 2008

The website is a suspected fake

Over the weekend I had the bright idea to apply at ReviewMe and I got this reply:

We are sorry but the website you have suggested http://pcrestoration.blogspot.com/ has been declined at this time. The main reasons a website is declined are:

- The website is a suspected fake.
- The website does not have enough link popularity.
- The website does not have enough traffic.

*Please note that our algorithm that accepts or rejects inventory submissions can make mistakes and if you feel the above criteria does not accurately describe your website, please reply to this email asking for further review by our editorial staff.
What caught my eye was "The website is a suspected fake." comment. The other two I can understand and is something I can actually work on. You know it's what they call constructive criticism. What exactly is a fake website? I'm not sure if I should be insulted or be laughing my head off. I think I'm real and I'm not impersonating someone else. I realize this was a automated response but they've got to have some explanation for at least the first line. If anyone can explain this one to me please feel free to do so. Either me or my "fake" counterpart will appreciate the information.