Lazy People! Come and Rejoice, Let Us Build a Shutdown Icon!

Yup, that’s right! A shutdown icon…Now, I know that many readers are wondering, “Why create a shutdown icon? Windows has an icon in the start menu.” Well reader, that is true however, shutdown icons are for those lazy people that don’t feel it necessary to click the start menu before shutting down. So, here I give you: The Shutdown Icon Tutorial!

Step One

Go to your desktop and right click on some blank space. This is where the shortcut will be created. Next go to New and then to Shortcut. Once this is done, a new window will pop up to configure the shortcut about to be created.

Step Two

Next, a wizard will help users configure there new shortcut. This is where we name the executable file. For shutdown we will need to type shutdown -s -t 0 and then click next.

For other shortcuts (restart and log off) try these codes: shutdown -r -t 0 and shutdown -l -t 0

After that step, click finish.

Step Three

To change the apperance of the icon, right click the shutdown icon and click properties. Then under the shortcut tab, click change icon and then feel free to change the icon to whatever picture you might want.

[A cool prank would be to create a shutdown icon with the picture icon of a popular program like firerfox. When an unsuspecting user clicks on it, the computer will shutdown. Haha]

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A Quantum Leap: Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Welp, Apple is at it again and this time they are naming it after another huge kitty. Developers have been busy programming and customers have been gearing up for the release of the latest operating system which they have dubbed Snow Leopard. This new operating system promises five different features that are sure to make the new Apple OS a smash hit.

What are the five features?

Th last operating system introduced by Apple had dozens upon dozens of gadgets and gizmos. This time Apple has focused on something a little less tangible: mechanics and hardware. When I say mechanics, I mean how the operating system interacts with the hardware and what the user can do with those mechanics to get the best out of their hardware. Like I said above, there will be five main features of Mac OS X Snow Leopard and they are as follows:

  • Microsoft Exchange Support
  • Multicore Support
  • 64-bit support
  • Media and Internet Technology
  • Open GL Technology

What is Microsoft Exchange support?

Microsoft Exchange Support allows Mac users and Iphone users to keep the same information on both devices. This is a pretty amazing feature since many of us have evolved into a “tech-creature” who uses at least three technical devices on a daily basis. The apple websites has this to say about MES:

Snow Leopard includes out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange 2007 built into Mail, Address Book, and iCal. Mac OS X uses the Exchange Web Services protocol to provide access to Exchange Server 2007. Because Exchange is supported on your Mac and iPhone, you’ll be able to use them anywhere with full access to your email, contacts, and calendar.

Multi What?!? Multicore!

‘Bout time! Support for both of my cores (or the four cores for some people). This seems to be the biggest consern for myself when thinking about upgrading to a new operating system. Will both of my cores be supported? Mac users can now rest easy knowing that the money they spent on that fancy Quad-Whoeswhatist will work to its fullest abilities. Here is what the Apple website says about Mac OS X Snow Leopards Multicore abilities:

“Grand Central,” a new set of technologies built into Snow Leopard, brings unrivaled support for multicore systems to Mac OS X. More cores, not faster clock speeds, drive performance increases in today’s processors. Grand Central takes full advantage by making all of Mac OS X multicore aware and optimizing it for allocating tasks across multiple cores and processors. Grand Central also makes it much easier for developers to create programs that squeeze every last drop of power from multicore systems.

64-bits, If they are bits, does that mean they are small?

Well not really. 64-bit support means that processors with 64-bit processing capabilities can utilize the massive pluses associated with 64-bit processing. That means having more than 4 GB of RAM (more memory addressing), faster speeds (wider buses from 64-bit processors) and memory mapping files. Here is what Apple has to say about 64-bit Support in Snow Leopard:

To accommodate the enormous amounts of memory being added to advanced hardware, Snow Leopard extends the 64-bit technology in Mac OS X to support breakthrough amounts of RAM — up to a theoretical 16TB, or 500 times more than what is possible today. More RAM makes applications run faster, because more of their data can be kept in the very fast physical RAM instead of on the much slower hard disk.

Media and Internet Upgrades, woho!

This is a biggie in today’s world. Most internet users use some kind of media player and usually uses that media player to play video and music. Supposity Snow Leopard will have the new Quicktime X bundled with the new OS. Most users say that this media player will outdo any other media player on the market. Hopefully that statement is true because they keep bugging me to update mine…Here is what Apple has to say about the Media and Internet Upgrades:

Using media technology pioneered in OS X iPhone, Snow Leopard introduces QuickTime X, a streamlined, next-generation platform that advances modern media and Internet standards. QuickTime X features optimized support for modern codecs and more efficient media playback, making it ideal for any application that needs to play media content.

Because Snow Leopard delivers the fastest implementation of JavaScript to date, web applications are more responsive. Safari runs JavaScript up to 53 percent faster with Snow Leopard.

OpenCL, ‘the heck is that?

Open CL means Open Computing Language. This is something that I have never heard of before. But after reading what Apple has to say about this technology, I was amazed what I learned. The possibilities will make even the most computer illiterate person jump for joy. Can you say GPU processing? That’s right! The graphics card will be able to take on the ability to process regular data when not processing graphical data. This is possible through the OpenCL. Here is what Apple has to say about OpenCL:

Another powerful Snow Leopard technology, OpenCL (Open Computing Language), makes it possible for developers to efficiently tap the vast gigaflops of computing power currently locked up in the graphics processing unit (GPU). With GPUs approaching processing speeds of a trillion operations per second, they’re capable of considerably more than just drawing pictures. OpenCL takes that power and redirects it for general-purpose computing.

Knowing the huge differences that will be introduced in the new version of Mac OS X makes me want to purchase a Mac Mini so I can fully understand the abilities of Macs. Hopefully this thought is unified throughout the computer enthusiasts community.

Why Sites like Digg Don’t Work

I’ve spent a lot of time on the Internet, ever since I got it back a few years ago. I can’t even imagine how life would be without it. Since the ‘net was so embedded in my life, it was only a matter of time before I wanted my own space, a website to call my own. And with the creation of my site I wanted a way to publicize it to the masses. After pondering for a while I did what any other teenager would do when looking for information about a specific topic. I searched Google and found a cool website that would post my own posts to its site for many people to see. Of course, the website that I found was very useful and got my blogs many views (over 100 per post) however, these views were of no quality and lacked user activity. Many of blog users swear by this site however I am a different. Here are the four reasons why the website infamously known as Digg.com doesn’t work.

Digg users don’t click ads.

Ads seems to be the top priority when making a blog or at least the top priority would be to see the fruits of the webmaster’s hard labors. This can be done several ways such as by comments/feedback and by using ads to increase revenue. They have been using this method for years and yet it seems Digg.com has the opposite effect on websites and there ads. I do not understand why Digg users do not click on ads, but several studies have shown that Digg.com users do not click on ads as much as users that come from search engines. Maybe it’s because Digg users are just out for some quick boredom relief while search engine users are looking for answers and content. Also with the costs of servers and bandwidth being so high in today’s world, the traffic that Digg produces does not provide a way to repay these individuals that have invested money in their own sites to make them grow. This leaves me with the question, is it worth investing?

Digg traffic does not generate comments or a following for your blog.

After reviewing several front page Digg posts, can anybody remember the URL of the users they liked? Again the boredom factor comes into play here. Most Digg users aren’t looking for writers who want to voice their opinion about topics or who create reviews of a movies or a video games. Digg users do not want to follow a specific blog to keep up with the writer’s opinion. What do Digg users want? They just want to see what is popular that day on the Internet, which is fine but having this as a source of viewer generation will send a strong blog crashing to the ground.

Digg also creates a page on there own website for Digg users to comment. This also doesn’t boost the popularity of the webmaster’s site but only expands Digg’s own viewer count. I’ve read the comments on the Digg’s comment page for specific blog entries and yet if the actual blog page is brought up, they have no comment what so ever. Doesn’t that seem strange?

The “Digg Effect” brings in a huge amount of traffic and uses precious bandwidth.

For this point, I’m going to use a little equation (nothing hard, just try to follow along). Bandwidth = Money. Traffic = Bandwidth. I believe everybody knows what I am getting at. To run a website, webmasters have to sign up for a specific amount of bandwidth in a plan. Bandwidth is used to keep websites up and running. Webmasters that use sites like Digg increases invaluable traffic (meaning it does not create new members or comments) to their pages. If traffic = bandwidth and bandwidth = money, that extra traffic induced by Digg just cost their owners a huge amount of money. Not a good thing…unless wasting money is a good thing.

The best and most user generated Digg post about a topic is not always the one that reaches the front page.

I’ve seen many Digg posts and it never seem to amaze me when I see how stupid the human race can be at points. How does “Girl with Big Boobs doing the limbo” reach the front page? Obviously the title has everything to do with the clickability of the article and yet good quality posts seem to be buried under the crap that filters through that site, even if it has a good title. I’ve seen very good articles that only received one digg and yet are better than what is dugg on the front page.

New Korean Laptop–Sony

Sony Vaio VGC-LJ25L Laptop

Sony Vaio VGC-LJ25L Laptop

Aving.net has just release information about the new Sony Vaio that will be set to release in South Korea in the near future. New laptop designs are released everyday, however this time it’s different. The new Vaio has a unique glass look and a fold up keyboard so it can be used in tight places (crammed places). This laptop has a decently big screen (15.4 widescreen) which should be effect with everyday tasks such as web browsing or email checking. The specs are kicked up a notch when looking at whats inside. Aving.net says this:

Powered by Core 2 Duo T8100 processor, 2GB of RAM and 200GB HDD, it supports new videoediting software ‘Movie Story Video’.

This core duo processor clocks in at 2.1GHz which is faster than most modern laptops on the market. Though this laptop looks really cool, the practicality of this laptop in America (or less crowded areas) wouldn’t be a factor for buying the pricey machine.

Looks like the American Sony All-in-One PC/TV too.