Apple iPad To Be Sold At Target Plus Etch A Sketch Protective Case

Though I am sure that you are now aware that Apple plans on selling their iPad at target, I found a case that I thought you would like. The protective case if from Ohio Arts and it is in the form of an Etch A Sketch. Here is what the protective case looks like:

Retail pricing for the Etch A Sketch protective cover is $39.

Here is what a recent article stated about the iPad being sold at Target:

“We see the iPad as the Mac for the masses,” Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told the AFP today. “The iPad represents a meaningful product category for Apple as a secondary computing device for those who already have a primary computer, a primary device for those who could not previously afford a Mac, and the first Apple product that will be a success in the enterprise.”

The price points will remain the same, although Target says it will eventually offer discounts to Target credit card holders.

It seems by making the iPad available at Target, Apple is hoping to stir up more interest in their pint-sized computer aka tablet.

Comments welcome.

Source – Christian Science Monitor

Heh Apple, Be Careful What You Say, Even Oprah Has Lost Her Popularity

The arrogance of it all. When Apple was a small company catering to their fanboy base, they could get away with their bad boy attitude. The Apple zealots tolerated this behavior because they were infatuated with Apple products and considered themselves renegades in the world of computers. But as Apple has expanded their product line to draw in people outside of their inner circle, Apple has a new game to play, a game in which people expect more. Especially when people are plucking down hundreds of dollars for an Apple product such as the iPhone, the expectations are higher and the secret society attitude no longer applies.

Today the world is watching for how Apple responds to the iPhone reception problem. Does the company know how to say it is sorry? Or is it going to stumble and continue on their attitude that users are holding the phone incorrectly?  I believe that the company will respond in a positive manner and will provide a free fix that will satisfy all users.

If the company fails to do this, they could end up like Oprah. The once darling of the airwaves has lost market share and now Judge Judy is watched by more people than Oprah is.

Comments welcome.

Source – New York Post

Put Your Hands Toegther And Clap – Apple Finally Drops ‘I’m A Mac’ Ads

The PR people at Apple may finally have stumbled on something the rest of us already knew. Those ‘I’m A Mac’ ads did little to convert PC users over to using the Mac. In fact, if anything happened, I believe they actually cemented us PC users who knew the real truth. The PC is just as good, if not better, than anything Apple produces. Plus the PC is priced right and consumers are not being gouged.

[Ron runs for cover as the Apple crowd starts to throw bricks at his head, LOL]

On a serious note, did anyone dump their PC for a Mac because of these ads? Let us know.

Comments welcome.


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I’m A Jerk And I Steal From Others – I Don’t Think So!

Back on November 21, 2009, I wrote an article about Rupert Murdoch and his threats to Google and how he was going to pull his news content away from search engines. [See my post here] So this morning I read a comment from a reader that stated the following:

You and everyone who blogs is a jerk. You steal the content of others and claim it as your own. Mr. Murdoch is correct in trying to protect real journalists as well as their news content.

Get a real life.

With the advent of the Internet one can no longer cite just the U.S. Constitution when it comes to Freedom of the Press. Instead I located what is called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights over at Wikipedia, which was established after World War II, and states the following:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers”

The words ‘everyone has the right of freedom of opinion and expression’ I believe, not only refers to journalists, but protects anyone who writes about anything and expresses their opinion. Also these words ‘through any media regardless of frontiers’ pertains to the Internet as well as printed news.

What is the word ‘news’ and what does it mean?  Who owns the news?

I believe the word ‘news’ pertains to any occurrence that is of interest to others. ‘News’ is something that peaks the interest of particular readers and may not be of interest to others. For example, if John Smith of Podunk, anywhere, falls off of his bike and needs medical treatment, this is ‘news’. But the audience may be limited to John’s family, his friends, neighbors and others, but not to the rest of the world.

Who owns this ‘news’? The journalist who writes about it? The news agency that reports it? I believe that John Smith actually owns this ‘news’ because it involved an incident that happened to him. Of course this would be ridiculous and would mean that John Smith should be compensated by everyone who reports the ‘news’ of his fall.

If a news agency posts an article on the Internet, and the article is free for all to see, should that article not be cited if credit is given to the writer?

What do you think?

Comments as always are welcome.

Wikipedia source.


As you know, newspapers and other print publications have been dying a painful death for quite some time now. When you read a print publication, you’re trusting the editors to deliver the information that they think you’ll like. Of course, they don’t always get it right. You may enjoy certain articles and columns, but that doesn’t mean that you’re going to enjoy the entire publication. As usual, the Internet has changed everything. Now the people are in control and can create their own newspaper of sorts by specifying the information that they care about. A service called MeeHive is your personalized newspaper.

To get started, just select the topics that you’re interested in and MeeHive will find the relevant content to use from thousands of news sources to create your very own digital newspaper. Now the news on everything you care about comes to you without you having to go out and find out. It’s kind of like RSS being taken to the next level. As a user, you can also see what your friends are interested in and suggest stories from your personal collection.


Will Twitter Fail? You Decide

The New York Observer, as well as several other blog sites, are predicting the fall of Twitter. Citing phenomenal growth, up to 1,374% between February 2008 to February of this year, the newest social networking site seems like it is unstoppable. But now some are stating that the Tweeters will fail because of attacks by worms or by those who are duping Tweeters. Citing the Amazon fiasco about gay books were banned by the online retailing super giant, it is easy to see how Tweeters can be taken advantage of.

There is even a blog site that covers the backlash that Twitter is facing which states:

Now, with online social networking an accepted way to interact with friends and acquaintances, malware can spread like wildfire burning the dry tinder of casual relationships. The race to accumulate the most number of followers, a goal of many on Twitter, encourages connections that would otherwise not occur in the “real” world. Yet the brain doesn’t always seem to make that distinction. One who might seem threatening or simply give off a bad vibe when met in person is just another anonymous avatar in Twitter. Eons of evolutionary instinct cannot be undone so quickly in the digital age. In short, we are too trusting of those we perceive as friends in the online world.

Additionally, a technique used to save characters in order to stay under the 140-character tweet limit may inadvertently make malware infections easier. TinyURL is a Web site that allows a user to shorten an unwieldy Web link into something more manageable. The downside is that all TinyURLs look alike; there’s no indicator that it may lead to a rogue server in another country or to a phishing expedition. A solution to this problem may be to have a rollover tooltip indicating the ultimate destination of the link.

In the end, though, it will be difficult to see how Twitter will prevent future malware exploits. As Microsoft has learned with Windows over the years, when one vulnerability is closed, the purveyors of such devious code find new openings. It may be left up to the vigilance of the individual Twitter user. But with millions of users, many of them new and inexperienced, that may be too much to ask for.

But will malware alone spell the end of Twitter? How about rumors? What do you think?

Comments welcome.

NY Observer article

Twitter Backlash site


No matter who you are, you have knowledge that can benefit other people. While you may not think of yourself as being unbelievably smart, just reflect on the things that you have a lot of experience with. More than likely, that experience can be shared in different ways. On the Internet, people turn to blogs to share their knowledge with a worldwide audience in written format, but this means that people have to be able to find your content in the midst of billions of other Web pages. Depending on what you want to write, it may be best to contribute your knowledge to a resource that specializes in information, and Google’s Knol obsesses over these units of knowledge. 

When you publish something through a resource that is backed by Google, you know that it’s going to be able to be discovered, and that’s important. You’re in control of your contributed articles, and you can even make money through AdSense integration. Readers can also comment on and review your content, so by sharing what you know with the world, you’ll be able to see if people react favorably to what you have to say.

Would A Clean Install Of Vista Fix OEM Machines?

For the past month I have been reading the experiences of Ed Bott over at ZD-Net, who has written a series of articles about  Windows Vista. In one article Ed takes on two Sony Vaio OEM systems in which he shares his take on doing a clean install of Vista vs the factory install with all of its gunk and crapware. After taking us through the process which is in itself a journey of trial and errors, Ed concludes that a clean install improves performance over the OEM install from the factory.

This is a earth shattering revelation. OK. I m being factious. We have all been the victim of a computer driven industry that could care less about the user experience and is more in tune with profit margins. As all of the OEM’s cut costs, margins started to suffer. The OEM’s needed a way to bolster their bottom line so they all started to install crapware on our systems.

What is crapware?  Basically it is software installed at the factory in which the software company pays the OEM to install it. The unfortunate thing about crapware is that much of it could actually be called spyware since some of the crapware calls home. Or the software, such as Norton, can slow down any system.

This problem goes all the way back to when Windows XP was first introduced and crapware was just becoming a standard feature on our computers. The junk the OEM’s were installing even back than crippled some systems so badly, even with XP, they barely ran. Once the crapware was removed, all was well.

Bottom line is this. Whether it’s XP or Vista, any system will perform better once the crapola is removed. :-)

Get PC Decrapifier here to remove most crapware or you can now order a system from most major OEM’s without this junk preinstalled.

Ed’s Sony Vaio experience is here.

Comments welcome.

Why You Can't Blog On April 1st

Yes it’s April 1st, also known as April Fools Day. It is a day when the commission of practical jokes and hoaxes is accepted among most people who have a sense of humor. But on this day, it is next to impossible to try to blog about stuff since most of the news articles may or may not be a hoax.

This morning I say articles being written about Microsoft finally buying Yahoo. Then one about Google buying a company that doesn’t exist. Another story said that the Chinese must approve the Microsoft-Yahoo deal along with the EU and others. I even read that Microsoft has finally convinced 86% of people that it’s new standard dubbed XXML or something similar and that these folks were forced into it.

The one bad thing about April Fools jokes is that they are dependent on the gullible in order to be successful. With this in mind, I think it is a good day to hide out and do as few posts as possible in an attempt to not embarrass myself.

On a non-April Fools joke day, I did receive one piece of good news. Microsoft was generous enough to select me once again as a MVP for the 5th year in a row. NO JOKE! REALLY!

Have a good day.

Comments welcome.

[tags]microsoft, mvp, april fools, blog, hard, write, articles, [/tags]

Yahoo! Starts To Shine – For Women Only

The folks over at Yahoo! have a new Web site designed for women by women where they can connect to each other all over the world. Shine also includes and encourages female bloggers as well as other interesting articles where your comments are welcome. On the site, Yahoo! states:

When we started talking about creating a new website for women, we wanted to avoid all of the common categories that advertisers or marketers tend to put us in. We didn’t want to be a site just for moms or just for single women or working women, or any specific demo- or psychographic. We wanted to create a smart, dynamic place for women to gather, get info and to connect with each other and the world around them. The important thing wasn’t how to talk to a 32.5 year-old with 2.2 kids but how to inspire you laugh, think, get mad, empathize, and be surprised and entertained. With Shine, we want to address the commonalities that make us such an amazing group. And we want you to be a part of it, not just a bystander. This isn’t a magazine or a tv show where you are an inactive participant. You help create this site. On Shine we want you to blog (go here to start your own, it’s pretty easy), to comment on articles, to vote in our daily polls, to join in the harangue as we discuss daily events.

We women are presently experiencing something very cool happening in our culture and shine intends on being a part of it. We’ve got a woman campaigning for the top job in the country, female bloggers now outnumber men, and we’ve got Tina Fey writing a hit network show for goodness sakes. We no longer need to stand by passively as the media portrays us as fashion-obsessed diet victims. With the internet as our megaphone, we can now portray ourselves as funny, opinionated women who are in charge of our incomes, careers, families and happiness.

Interesting site for women to get together on. Share this with a female loved one or friend.

The Yahoo! Shine site is here.

Comments welcome.


The ways in which we receive our news have evolved quite a bit over the years. Newspapers used to be what we turned to first, but radio and television broadcasts soon grabbed the interest of the public, and now the Internet is attracting our attention in an even bigger way. Personally, I’ve all but given up on news delivered by newspapers and the radio, and I now fully rely on television and the Internet to feed my cravings for the news, although the majority of my time is spent researching news on the Web instead of watching it on TV. Daylife is helping to redefine how we get our news online, and their solutions will be attractive to you if you’re sick and tired of the same old thing.

When you arrive at Daylife, you’ll find a collection of important stories from thousands of sources. The service is very visual, and this helps you to go deeper into the stories and the subjects involved than just plain black and white text. Connected articles, topics, and quotes are presented automatically, and timelines show you how the amount of coverage devoted to a certain topic has changed over time. As you can imagine, this functionality is invaluable for research. Bloggers will appreciate the widgets, and publishers and developers can benefit from access to the Daylife platform through the API. Tell me, can your favorite newspaper, radio broadcast, or television program do all of this? I didn’t think so.

Intel Employee Bad Mouths OLPC Project

Over at the Silicon Valley Sleuth they are looking into allegations that the OLPC [One Laptop Per Child] News has a Intel employee aboard. Not only has the OLPC News been critical of the OLPC project itself, but allegations are surfacing that the Intel employee actually works on Intel’s own junior laptop project. In a statement it says:

The OLPC News website in the past months has build up a reputation for sharply criticizing the $100 laptop project headed up by Nicholas Negroponte.

  The website in particular questions the project’s educational merits: will children automatically become more educated if you provide them with notebook computers? The site’s contributing authors tend to answer that question with a resounding “NO”. They then listen to their own echo in the echo chamber, ignoring the project’s educational goals to poke additional holes  in the project’s perceived strategy.

You can shrug your shoulders and simply ignore the blog, but Christopher Blizzard, one of the OLPC’s contributors and an employee for Red Hat, looked a little bit further. It turns out that one of  the site’s authors works on an Intel project that is competing with the OLPC. Oops.

Intel has never liked the the $100 laptop. The notebooks will use AMD chips and Intel is developing a series of competing computer designs for the developing world.

So it doesn’t take too much of a conspiracy theorist to believe that Intel is secretly bankrolling the OLPC-News website.

If this is true, it all goes back to I have mentioned before. The OLPC is going up against some big guns such as Microsoft and Inetl who are noted for not playing well with others. :-)

Silicon Vally Sleuth story is here

OLPC news site is here.

Comments welcome.

[tags]olpc, news, site, intel, employee, articles, amd, developing countries, news, allegations, sleuth,  [/tags]

Vista – Everything You Read About It Is All Lies – Maybe! Part #2

Hopefully you read Part #1 of my article. If not the link is here.

Five years ago when Windows XP was introduced, there were the same articles being written about it. The 10 best or 10 worst things about XP, should you upgrade articles, and also everything you will need to know articles and so on. This is typical with every release Microsoft has every made since Windows was introduced, with the exception of Windows 95. Back in 1995 people were actually camping out in front of retail outlets waiting to get their hands on 95. If you ever used Windows 3.0 or earlier editions, then you know why Windows 95 was such a ‘must have it”, operating system.

But there is one constant that all of us can agree upon. When we turn on our computers we want them to work. For most of us we could care less what hardware is inside, what a operating system is, how to tweak our settings for a faster response, or any of the other geeky stuff. We want to be able to check our email, surf the Internet, write a letter once in a great while and play a few simple games.

And for the most part, any operating system after Windows 95 should perform those functions fairly well. However, the newer operating systems may do some functions better. Example – Windows XP with SP2 may improve your wireless experience if you use a laptop and wish to connect to hotspots while you travel, compared to say Windows 98. And this is where comparing apples and oranges comes in.

What do you expect from your computer? If Windows XP is working for you just fine, stay with it. If you would like some of the more secure features that Vista provides, then upgrade. Or if you just want to have the latest and greatest, by all means do it. It’s your money.

And here is my personal overall opinion of Vista. I have the Ultimate edition installed on one system, dual booting with XP. I basically like it. It is a lot prettier than XP or previous Windows versions, speed wise it performs tasks on par with XP, the networking function using wireless to me is better, most – but not all of my applications work so far, I’m still waiting for a Vista sound driver, and my overall experience has been enjoyable and uneventful.

What I don’t like about Vista, the nag screens every time you do something sometimes gets annoying, but this mainly happens only when installing software or a plug-in from the net and is part of the new and improved safety and security system and I’m still having trouble finding stuff but that will evaporate once I use the system more. And for me, that’s about it.

Speaking of something new. My wife and I bought a new SUV on Monday morning and had to get to the vets office to pickup our dog. So we were kind of rushed, signing the gazillion papers and headed out the door rather quickly. Hoped in our new SUV and off we went. Got to the vets office, got the dog and while trying to get him in to the SUV, I must of hit one of the controls and the front windshield wipes came on. Oh, there’s a picture of a wiper so I hit that. Oh good. Now I’ve got the front AND rear window wiper going. Great, now I’ve got the rear wiper and washer going, then the front washer going. In the mean time the girls who work at the vets office are breaking for lunch, laughing at the idiot who has his wipers going on a bright sunny day. I finally got them stopped and that evening I read the owners manual. :-)

Bottom line – be careful what you read. Analyze the articles about Vista carefully. And then decide for yourself.
[tags]vista, articles, good, bad, opinions[/tags]

What Are You Reading These Days?

Besides the obvious “I read Lockergnome” response, I am interested in which print publications those of you in the IT field are reading these days? Speaking for myself, I enjoy CPU Magazine, Linux Magazine and wait for it…PC Magazine.

But I am remain curious as to what other trade mags you, the Lockergnome readers, can’t live without? Perhaps it is something you only read on occasion? Maybe even a publication that you simply pick up while waiting at the check out of your local computer store. Whatever it may be, I am interested in hearing about it. Should you be so inclined, please take a couple of minutes to make your comments above and tell me about your favorite publications. Inquiring minds are interested, namely mine. See you tomorrow!


Google Alerts – AMD vs Intel – Confused? – I Am

I mentioned in a previous article that Google has a Alert service that provides news related articles several times a day on anything you may be interested in. I added both AMD and Intel to my alerts, and this is where the confusion began. Bear with me a moment while I explain. I only choose to monitor AMD and Intel mainly for alerts on new products. But the alerts I have been receiving seem to be directed towards their performance, or lack of depending on which article you read, with contradictory statements.

As a example:

AMD Seeks To Overcome Pressure From Intel-This article describes that AMD has cut prices because Intel did, now AMD’s profits are suffering.

Analysts: Intel’s Shrinking Margins Signal AMD’s Rise – This article states that AMD is gaining more market share and beating Intel.

I won’t bore you with the other articles which attest to one company rising, one falling, prices up, prices down, prices everywhere. What surprised me was the fact that between all of the opinions being thrown out, how is anyone to know which are true and which are not?

This just adds to the mistrust people have of big corporations. How can anyone believe the numbers being thrown around by either company.

End of rant. :-)

[tags]AMD, Intel, Google, alerts, articles, [/tags]