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Windows 7 Can Natively Burn ISO files

Windows has not provided .iso file burning functionality before. Rather than use a specialized tool, I have, until now, used my iMac to burn iso files. This morning I discovered that with a couple clicks of the mouse, Windows 7 users can now burn .iso files.  Here’s how: In Windows Explorer double click the .iso

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New iPhone 3G S Announced – Available June 19

$199 for 16 GB in U.S. – $299 for 32GB version (on contract of course) pricing only available to new AT&T customers $700 Upgrade fee for current AT&T iPhone users [June 10 Update: Rogers has announced that Canadian pricing will be the same as U.S. pricing – in Cdn $. So, $199 and $299 Cdn

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Eric Schmidt is the CEO of Google. In the 2 minute video below he describes what he believes Web 3.0 applications will be.   In summary, he defines, Web 3.0 as: Applications that are pieced together. They are relatively small. The data is in the cloud. The application can run on any device, PC or

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How to Listen to Video Podcasts with the iPhone Display Turned Off

While listening to audio-only podcasts, iPhone users can press the ‘Sleep/Wake’ button to turn off the display, yet still continue listening to the podcast. iPhone users can also click the iPhone’s ‘Start’ button when listening to audio podcasts, use other iPhone apps, and continue listening to the podcast uninterrupted. Not so with video podcasts. Clicking

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How to Upgrade to Windows 7 Release Candidate

I completed an in-place Windows 7 Release Candidate (build 7100) upgrade from the original beta build 7000. The upgrade took approximately 1.5 hours and went smoothly. The upgrade went faster than my original upgrade from Vista to Win7 Beta. See my ‘Windows 7 Release Candidate First Impressions and Observations’ post for post-upgrade details). [May 5,

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The Windows Apps I Use and How I Configure Them

The Daleisphere Command Center In mid-February 2009, I made the unfortunate mistake or using a registry cleaner in hopes of tweaking even more performance out of my Windows 7 Beta (“Win7B”) setup. The net result – my ship was sunk! All my data was backed up, of course, but it took me two months to

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How to Use Windows 7’s System Image Backup Feature

In mid February 2009, shortly after installing Windows 7 Beta on my primary PC, I made the huge mistake of running an automated ‘Registry Cleaner’ program. Suffice it to say, it destroyed my system. Because, my data is backed up on a nightly basis, I lost no data. But I did lose years (stretching back

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How to Import Firefox Bookmarks into Safari 4 Beta in Windows

While Firefox is my mainstay browser, I pretty much use all current browsers from time to time both to test my various websites for compatibility and to keep current with what’s new in the browser wars. I recently installed the Safari 4 beta. In earlier versions of Safari, there was always an option to import

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The Twitter Apps, Tools and Widgets I Use

The Twitter apps, tools and widgets I use are constantly changing. Below are the tools I currently use (click on the images for larger views): Desktop Client – Twhirl I use Twhirl as my desktop twitter application. I looked at TweetDeck but it was overkill and it takes up too much screen real-estate. I tried

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Facebook Connect Glitch with Disqus

[Update: As of April 18, 2009, the Facebook Connect glitch under Disqus discussed in this post appears to be remedied. As you can see, I have re-activated the Facebook Connect option on The Daleisphere. I also note that commenters using Facebook connect have the option (when leaving a comment) to allow that comment to be

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The Daleisphere Has Moved to Media Temple

On Wednesday March 18, 2009, The Daleisphere was moved from a self-hosted server to Media Temple’s Grid-Service. If you notice any problems with The Daleisphere flowing from the move, or otherwise, I would appreciate your leaving a comment. Thanks to Dave Zatz for his constant help and guidance before, during and after the transition. Thanks

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Pixlr – Terrific, Free, Web-based Image Editor

I discovered a terrific new web-based image editor called pixlr.com. It works like Photoshop Elements, Paint.net and other popular image editors – but from inside any browser, with nothing to install. It’s free. No sign-up or user account needed. No downloads or installs required. It just works – instantly. Remarkably, If you have Adobe Flash

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Data Robotics Wants to Charge Me for Drobo Firmware Updates!

This is the first time in my 25+ years in computing that a hardware manufacturer has informed me that it wants to charge me for a firmware update to a consumer electronics product. I checked my Drobo for firmware updates yesterday and was startled to receive this message: It was bad enough that my DroboShare

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How to Disable ‘Send Feedback’ link in Windows 7 Beta

While I am not against providing feedback to Microsoft on their Windows 7 beta, I have constantly clicked on the ‘send feedback’ link on the top right of every window by accident. To remove it: Run Regedit (Start button – type ‘regedit’) Navigate to:      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop Change the ‘FeedbackToolEnabled’ key to 0 (it is

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How I Configure Firefox

I have recently reinstalled Firefox on a number of computers (iMac and two Windows 7 beta machines). Every time I do this, I have to recreate my Firefox configuration from memory. For the benefit of my future Firefox installs, and for anyone else interested in how I configure/optimize Firefox, in this post I describe the

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How to Convert AAC Songs to MP3s in iTunes

If you want to play those AAC songs you purchased in iTunes on another media player that doesn’t support AAC or if you need an MP3 version of an AAC song for other uses, such as with Animoto, fear not, its easy to convert an AAC song in iTunes to MP3 format. Here’s how to