Our geek weighs the options and finds Office might not be the best bet
By Matt LakePosted 06.12.2008 at 10:24 am 6 Comments
Not necessarily. It's hard to ignore MS Office, but you don't need to blow 400 bucks to get your work done. In fact, you don't need to install any programs at all. Sign up for the free Google Docs (documents.google.com) or Zoho (zoho.com), and you can do everything in a Web browser. The programs look similar to Word, Excel and PowerPoint and offer all the same features (save for a few lesser-used ones like certain spreadsheet formulas). Zoho even kicks in a few extra applets like a Wiki-building tool. Best of all, these applications let you access your files from any computer that's online.
If you don't have reliable Internet access or are more comfortable installing programs on your computer, there's no shortage of competition, either.
If you ever see a large industrial metal fire (yes, they happen) on the news, you may be surprised at what the firefighters do to extinguish it: nothing. Several metals, including lithium, sodium and magnesium, can burn easily, and from time to time large amounts catch fire in factories. But even heaps of burning metal need not cause immediate panic. They don't blow up; instead they tend to build up ash that chokes off their oxygen supply, so they slowly burn out.
A home-built amphibian that can cruise at 30 mph on the ground or over water
By Rena Marie PacellaPosted 06.09.2008 at 3:41 pm 6 Comments
Twenty years ago, duck hunter Stan Hewitt built his first amphibious vehicle, a clunky 10-wheeled truck-boat hybrid that topped out at 10 mph on land and just 7 mph on water. Hewitt wanted to tackle the prime duck habitat of the Alaskan tundra, an area hard to access using regular vehicles, and needed to improve the craft’s speed and maneuverability to handle the currents there.
World of wires got you down? Clear the clutter with your very own fire-proof gadget charging station. Editor Mike Haney shows how a power drill and some tape can transform a bread box into a pint-size panic room just for chargers.
Uber-flexible saws and more in this week's edition
By ToolmongerPosted 06.06.2008 at 12:13 pm 0 Comments
It's all about flexibility on this week's Top Tools. A reciprocating saw that bends any way you could need, a screwdriver that gives you another hand and a work station you can take anywhere. Our friends at toolmonger.com round up the whole collection here.
It looks and acts like a Compact Flash, but it's a hard drive
By Dave ProchnowPosted 05.29.2008 at 10:56 am 0 Comments
When Seagate originally developed the ST1 hard drive family of devices in 2004, they were remarkable little critters. Measuring just a bit larger than a conventional Compact Flash media card, the ST1 was a full-fledged 3600 rpm platter spinnin’ hard drive. Armed with a large 2MB cache buffer and an average seek time of 16 ms, the ST1 was stoked with Seagate’s RunOn (the heads are forced to stay on track) and G-Force Protection (the heads are removed from the platter during power down) technologies. Yet, the ST1 sported a Type II Compact Flash interface.
By Adam PashPosted 05.23.2008 at 12:00 pm 5 Comments
So you finally finished writing your novel and then somehow accidentally dumped it? It happens. Luckily, when you delete a file from your computer’s trash bin, it’s actually just marked for deletion. That means it can be overwritten on your hard drive by other data, but there’s a good chance it’s still intact—for a while, anyway.
Double your fun in the removable media storage department for bigger media collections and more boot flexibility
By Dave ProchnowPosted 05.22.2008 at 4:14 pm 3 Comments
Including a built-in SD card reader in the ASUS Eee PC was just one of many smart decisions that went into the lovable little portable (are you listening Apple?). Without a large hard disk, memory cards are crucial for any Eee user wanting to store large media collections, keep tons of applications, or boot multiple operating systems, allowing for a virtually unlimited data storage system without any external add-ons.