27 Apr 2012


Dust 514  CREDIT:  CCP

An Icelandic developer will attempt to bridge the gap between computers and consoles with its forthcoming Dust 514 this summer.  Once this occurs it will be the first time users of two different platforms could play cooperatively breaking that barrier that has long stood in the way of gamers.

When it comes to uniting gamers across multiple platforms the video game industry has been very segregated.  Even if you have a game that is released on multiple systems it doesn't mean you can join with another person and play.  John has an Xbox 360, Roy has a PlayStation and Lisa has a PC, but these three can't play together.  We are all playing online, but we just can't do it together, until now.

27 Apr 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast Episode 14:  Why Microsoft Why, was recorded on Thursday April 26th, 2012

Summary:  Intel's Ivy Bridge launch, SkyDrive updates, Windows 8 versions, Windows RT, mining metals on asteroids, chips to see through clothes, Cutting the ice on Europa and more

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25 Apr 2012

This week Microsoft updated its SkyDrive cloud-based storage system, but with a catch.  Microsoft has reduced the allotted storage from 25GB free to only 7GB.  If you are one of the 100 million or so existing SkyDrive users, just go to the SkyDrive website and log in and you can claim your free 25 GB.  If you already have more than 7GB of storage in use, you will automatically get the 25GB upgrade with no action needed.  You can opt-in for the free space as long as you signed up for SkyDrive prior to April 22, 2012.

Claiming the free space will be useful for the integration in Windows 8.  It never hurts to have the extra space and for the price of free, why not, right?

23 Apr 2012

Credit: Aurich Lawson

In case you missed it, Microsoft recently announced that they have renamed Windows on Arm (previously known as WOA) to that of Windows RT and also announced the four editions of Windows 8.  The decision to call it Windows RT seems to come from the idea that you can only run Windows Metro apps on WOA, which doesn't take into account the fact that Metro apps can run on more than just the ARM architecture.  

23 Apr 2012


Microsoft recently released details on the four editions of Windows 8 that will be available later this year, including details on WOA now strangely renamed Windows RT.

Windows 8 will be the official product name for the x86 and x64 editions of Windows running on Intel.  The PCs and tablets powered by 32 and 64-bit x86 chips will be Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, which consumers can purchase.  There will be another edition of the x86-optimized version of Windows 8 for bulk purchase.  Windows RT is only available pre-installed and is 32-bit only.

The reduction to four editions, two of which most consumers will have to choose from, shows that Microsoft has simplified the product SKUs, unlike years past. 

21 Apr 2012


Many home users have already found out how great NOD32 is for your PC's protection against viruses and trojans.  The NOD32 client is very lightweight, uses very little system resources with a low CPU overhead, while keeping your machines protected on all levels.  Businesses can leverage the power of ESET Nod32 in the ESET Nod32 Antivirus Business Edition for both servers and workstations.  This article outlines some of the steps to get you up and running at your business. 

13 Apr 2012


In the early days before HTML5 and web browsers there existed the BBS.  One intrepid developer has created a mostly functional version of Google in the form of a BBS.  BBS stands for Bulletin Board System, in case you are too young to remember.  BBS's were the way many got their roots on the "Internet".  Back in the good old days, you would dial a phone number using a modem to connect to the BBS.

If you are ready to step into a time machine, click on the source link below to relive those memories or show the youngsters how it used to be done.

Source:  GoogleBBS Terminal

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12 Apr 2012

Yet another player arrives in the world of cloud storage services.  LogMeIn has announced it has entered the cloud sharing world with Cubby which is built on LogMeIn's Gravity Data Service to compete against the likes of DropBox and other services.

Cubby is currently in beta and will allow 5GB of storage in the cloud, turning your MAc, PC and folders into "virtual cubbies."  You can sync data between devices or share access to specific cubbies for collaboration similar to services like Microsoft's Live Mesh or Sync.  The service is free and there is no limit on how much data that can be moved between machines.  Even iDevices and Androids are supported.  You can request an invite to the service from this link

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