Category Archives: Computers and Technology

Logitech – Powerplay Charging System For Wireless Mice

Logitech has released their new powerplay charging system for wireless mice. What makes this product unique is that this wireless mice charging system is actually a mouse pad. The Logitech G903 and G703 mice include an optical sensor.

Both right and left mouse keys are programmable. This mouse pad and mouse charging system is designed to charge either mice while in use. Most other charging mice systems require those mice to remain idle.

An energy field is created above the mouse pad to keep charging either the Logitech G903 or G703 mice. The Logitech powerplay wireless mouse charging system retails for $99.99 and will become available in August of two thousand seventeen. A Logitech G903 wireless mouse retails at $149.99 and a Logitech G703 wireless mouse retails at $99.99.

Both wireless mice are available for purchase as of June two thousand seventeen.

Skype – Permanently Retires Windows Phone 8, 8.1, 10, RT, & TV

I recently logged into an email account for another we domain, besides this one. I received an email from Microsoft Skype claiming that they detected me using Skype on a non computer device. I only use Skype on desktop, laptop, and androids.

Microsoft is retiring the following Skype versions.

* Windows Phone 8
* Windows Phone 8.1
* Windows 10 Mobile
* Windows RT
* TV

These versions of Skype will be retired permanently as of July first two thousand seventeen. You will no longer be able to sign into your Skype account from afore mentioned versions of Skype. What is strange I have never used Skype on any devices that would use these Skype versions.

You can verify what current versions of Microsoft Skype are available for download and use.

Nintendo Switch – Online Coming in 2018

Nintendo of America, Incorporated, has delayed their Nintendo Switch online subscription. Originally this gaming subscription was scheduled for release later this year. However, Nintendo is delaying this until sometime in two thousand eighteen.

This will be a paid for multiplayer gaming service. Also, a smart phone application that allows you to control your Nintendo Switch will be included. This service will be currently free until a paid for version is rolled out sometime in two thousand eighteen.

This is an exclusive gaming service for the Nintendo Switch game console. Nintedo claims that most games will require a paid subscription. A free limited version of the Nintendo Switch smart phone application is scheduled for release this summer.

You will be able to invite friends, schedule appointments, and chat with your friends, from your smartphone with compatible games. A select number of classic Nintendo games will become available for download. There are three subscription prices for Nintendo Switch Online service.

* One Month Membership $3.99
* Three Month Membership $7.99
* Twelve Month Membership $19.99

You will need to create a Nintendo account in order to gain access to Nintendo Switch online.

Dell – Inspiron 5675 Gaming All in One Computer

Dell Incorporated has officially announced their Inspiron 5675 gaming all in one computer. This desktop personal computer will be available for purchase beginning June thirteen two thousand seventeen. This computer includes advanced micro devices Ryzen processors, led lighting, and virtual reality capable graphics.

This gaming computer will come shipped with Microsoft Windows ten home edition. You can purchase one of these computers with up to thirty two gigabytes of DDR4 random access memory. Select models come with a two hundred fifty six gigabyte solid state hard drive.

Other models come with hard drives up to two terabytes of storage. 7.1 channel high definition sound is included. Ports available include:

* Universal Audio Jack
* Type C USB 3.1
* Two USB
* Micro SD Card Reader
* Two PS2
* Two USB 3.0
* RJ45 Local Area Connection
* Two USB 2.0
* Audio Output

This Dell Inspiron all in one desktop gaming computer weighs around thirty pounds.

Nintendo Switch – Mario Kart 8 Problems

Nintendo America Incorporated's most recent gaming console is remiss without problems. In it's third month major problems have arisen with multiplayer gaming. Multiplayer gaming with Mario Kart 8 deluxe has had major problems.

Complaints of network connections drops and even player connection syncing are numerous. Some console owners are also complaining about low quality of wide local area networking. This game Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is technically a peer to peer game.

Players are complaining about game errors and even bugs that cause their connection to drop. For now owners of Nintendo switch gaming console are receiving free online gaming. However, that will change when Nintendo begins charging customers.

Customers have also complained of Nintendo Switch built in WiFi adapter. The good news I guess is that not all Nintendo switch customers are griping of major problems. Some people think many of these network issues are restricted to the Eastern portion of the United States.

Earth Day – April 22nd

Earth Day is a world wide day recognizing the Earth's environment. The first Earth day occurred on April twenty second nineteen seventy. This annual day of recognition occurs on April twenty second.

This organization works with over fifty thousand groups and one hundred ninety five countries across the globe. Earth Day is heavily involved in clean air, clean water, and endangered species. Laws in each niche were created due to Earth Day efforts.

The fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day is fast approaching coming in two thousand twenty. Earth Day is involved with other campaigns besides clean air, clean water, and endangered species. Gaylord Nelson, a former United States Senator founded Earth Day.

Earth – to Get Asteroid 2014 JO25 Flyby

National Aeronautics and Space Administration detected Asteroid 2014 JO25 recently. This peanut shaped Asteroid will pass by Earth on Wednesday at a little over a million miles away. This will be this Asteroid's closest approach in four hundred years.

This Asteroid was first discovered in two thousand fourteen. Astronomers claim this will be closest to Earth that this Asteroid 2014 JO25 will pass in next five hundred years. This Asteroid is around two thousand feet wide.

This celestial object does not pose any danger or threat to Earth. Radar at the California Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex, detected this Asteroid.

“The asteroid has a contact binary structure – two lobes connected by a neck-like region. The images show flat facets, concavities and angular topography.”

Shantanu Naidu
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California

April Fool’s Day – Comet to Pass Near Earth

Believe it or not a real comet is supposed to pass closest to Earth on April Fools Day. I do not know if this an April Fools Joke or not. Comet 41P Tuttle Giacobini Kresak is supposed to fly by Earth on April first.

This comet was first noticed in eighteen fifty eight. This comet is around thirteen million miles away. You will be able to view this comet with binoculars and small telescopes until mid April.

This comet will be in far northern sky if viewing from Northern Hemisphere. Look for it in Ursa Major constellation and near handle of big dipper around 9 PM Eastern time. This is when it is supposed to be closest to the earth.

You can find out more information about this April fools day comet and even watch it Live.

Windows 7 – Block Internet Access Allow Local Access

I recently decided to install wireless network cards in multiple computers. This way each computer has their own dedicated Internet access and bandwidth. However, I still want these computers to access my local private network.

I have a dual core computer running Windows Vista that I use as my dedicated file server. This computer does not need Internet access. Also, I like to use Windows built in Remote Desktop to access other machines.

I have a switch hooked up to my Linux router. However, this router routes Internet packets because I still have some machines that don't have their own dedicated wireless Internet access yet. This switch is for Internet access and private access to my file server.

I ran into a problem where if obviously I connect a computer that already has wireless Internet access to this switch, then this computer will have two Internet connections. My work around is to disable Internet access on the wired local area network.

All you have to do is manually configure an Internet protocol address. Set a netmask and do NOT fill in a gateway. Also, you can optionally set a manual domain name server address to an internal network one if you have a local domain name server.

What this setup allows you is to still browse your local private network but NOT access the outside world the Internet. I successfully configured a quad core running Windows 7. You want to go to "Control Panel" then select "Network and Internet".

Now choose "Network and Sharing Center". Click on network device you want to disable Internet access for. Select "Properties" then select "TCP/IPv4" or "TCP/IPv6" if your network uses internet protocol version 6.

Click on "Properties" and then click on "Use the following IP address". Configure an internet protocol address and netmask. Do NOT set a gateway.

By not including a gateway you are blocking access to the Internet. You do NOT need to enter any domain name server addresses under "Use the following DNS server addresses:". Click on "OK" then "Close" and "Close" again.

You should now only be able to access your local network devices and NOT the Internet.

Central Intelligence Agency – Hacking Secrets Revealed by Wikileaks

Julian Assange and his Wikileaks organization have released alleged hacking secrets of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. They released vault seven CIA hacking tools revealed. They claim this is largest number of confidential documents released about this domestic agency.

This leak accounts for eight thousand seven hundred sixty one documents and files. This data is attributable to a high security network inside CIA's Langley Virginia Cyber Intelligence Network. The Central Intelligence Agency allegedly hacks via malware, viruses, Trojan, and zero day exploits.

Supposedly, this code was turned over without authorization by former government contractors and hackers. Over one million lines of code was obtained. Devices such as Apple's iPhone, Google's Android, Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs were targeted.

As of two thousand sixteen the Central Intelligence Agency employed over five thousand hacking users. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor is quoted:

"There is an extreme proliferation risk in the development of cyber weapons. Comparisons can be drawn between the uncontrolled proliferation of such weapons, which results from the inability to contain them combined with their high market value, and the global arms trade. But the significance of Year Zero goes well beyond the choice between cyber war and cyberpeace.

The disclosure is also exceptional from a political, legal and forensic perspective."

Wikileaks did not disclose more sensitive information such as whom is being targeted by these hacking tools. The Central Intelligence Agencies malware targets Linux, MAC OS X, Microsoft Windows operating systems. Also, routers are targeted.

This software was able to evade popular anti-virus software. Wikileaks released information pertaining to hacking tools used by the Central Intelligence Agency between years two thousand thirteen and two thousand sixteen. Wikileaks did not reveal who their source(s) were for this leak of documents