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Microsoft’s Grand Unveiling – Microsoft Surface May 30, 2007

Posted by Sabakunoneji in Cool, Hardware, Microsoft, News.
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Today, Bill Gates revealed his latest creation – The Microsoft Surface. With its five special motion-detecting cameras, the Surface responds to the user’s touch, allowing someone to manipulate objects on screen with more freedom than ever before.

What makes this any different from a giant touchscreen? Well, not only can the Surface interact with humans, but it can work with other devices as well. Take a few pictures with a digital camera, and just place it onto the Surface. It’ll read the pictures from the camera, where it’ll load them on screen, allowing anyone to manipulate and edit the pictures with simple hand movements.

The Surface shows many promising applications. It can be used in restaurants, where diners can scroll through an electronic menu, dragging items they want into an ordering “pile” in the center of the screen. After the meal is finished, just throw your credit card onto the Surface and it’ll complete the transaction for you. They’ll be found in department stores, where the placement of an item onto the screen will cause data of the item to be displayed in an interactive menu. Look out for them in hotels and tourists attractions too, where they’ll be showing road directions, tourist hotspots, and more.

The Surface is planned to be available to various businesses by November of this year. If you’d like your hands on it, be ready to wait at least three years for a consumer version. At least this’ll give you plenty of time to save up the $5,000-$10,000 that you’ll have to pay.

Link: Microsoft Surface

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Sync your ipod with Windows Media Player May 7, 2007

Posted by ronandi in Applications, Cool, Hardware.
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If you own an ipod, then you know how annoying it is to try to transfer music onto your ipod from two different computers. Itunes simply does not let you. One must either try to use a .m4p conversion program (that probably doesn’t work), or they have to burn to the music to a cd, and then rip into mp3 format to be imported. However, I have found a really handy plug-in for windows media player, that simply allows you to click and drag music files, or a whole playlist. (more…)

Resetting/Removing BIOS password April 30, 2007

Posted by ronandi in Hardware.
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In BIOS (Basic Input/Output System), sometimes a password is set. This may have been done by a parent that is locking up your computer, or may have just been set by yourself. CMOS batteryNevertheless, forgetting your BIOS password, or not knowing it at all, can be a real pain. In order to reset this password, several scripts or programs may be found online. However, many people are not aware of the fact that this password can be removed by just removing a small battery from the inside of your computer. If you are going to attempt to do this, please do so entirely at our own risk. Whenever you open up your computer, be sure to discharge any static that may be held by you. You can simply do this by wearing an “anti-static band” around your wrist, or by simply touching the metal frame on the exterior of your computer. In fact, you may want to do this on a floor without carpet. Also, be sure to constantly discharge even while working inside. Anyway, before opening your computer, be sure to unplug it. Afterwards, go ahead and open it up. Now, look on the motherboard of your computer for a small coin-sized battery (See picture). Now, simply remove this battery for about 10-15 minutes. Afterwards, replace the battery to its original location and close up your computer. Now, when you plug in your computer and start it up again, you shouldn’t have any trouble with the BIOS password as it should have been removed.

-Thanks for reading
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