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Outlook 2007 Tip: Remove Windows Desktop Search prompts (Download Squad)

Jan 25th 2007 9:21AM If you want to keep Outlook 2007 or any other program from locking up your machine, *and* you have a dual-core machine, you can set the processor affinity to one CPU for the application in question. With only one CPU to burn up, the other core will still be free to handle your mouse input, etc.

Microsoft also has an application compatibility toolkit to set the affinity for an app "permanently" by adding the app profile to a startup routine, run on boot, that intercepts calls to launch the app and configures it with your settings.

-C

NEC's ShieldPRO Tablet PC: as tough as it is ugly, almost (Engadget)

Dec 5th 2006 10:44AM Half-assed entry to hardened tablets. Look, the chassis is the thing, get that right and then let customers add the guts they need, like Core 2 Duo processors and 4Gb of RAM and 120Gb HDDs. There's a definite cachet for hardened desktop replacements.

-C

Build your own laptop water cooling rig (Engadget)

Dec 4th 2006 2:07PM For laptop cooling to really work, it has to be a skin that stretches over the unit and follows it when the lid is either open or closed. I'm thinking much thinner tubes of greater number on the top and bottom, and fan assist for the stock laptop blower.

-C

NetStream's DoorLinX: assign an MP3 to your doorbell (Engadget)

Nov 29th 2006 11:27AM becomes "God hates us all!" at 120db. Nice.

Wait for a hack-a-day article in a week or two where someone does this with a $25 generic MP3 player.

-C

KYE Systems' SlimStar 820 Solargizer Unique keyboard (Engadget)

Nov 29th 2006 8:48AM Nah, Batman has task lighting so it'll probably work, but since he's had voice recognition for years, it'd probably just be for the help.

-C

Wave-powered Edinburgh Duck desalinates seawater (Engadget)

Nov 8th 2006 2:34PM Yes, and when we desalinate the water from the oceans completely, it'll be 904200 A.D. Idiot.

-C

Evolution: Outlook replacement, now for Windows (Download Squad)

Nov 7th 2006 11:08AM Hi, only #2 commenter gets the point. If any Outlook replacement can't connect to an Exchange Server natively (sans IMAP/ POP) to sync calendars, contacts, etc, then the app lacks any real value. MUAs that connect to normal mail servers are a commodity. The one that frees me from a Windows OS in order to sync up with corporate info is the one that wins.

-C

Kohjisha's SA1F00: better and cheaper than a UMPC (Engadget)

Nov 6th 2006 8:56AM It's sub-1000 easily, has battery life comparable to a very good PDA, and doesn't require you to compromise on OS compatibility with your desktop. I don't see how this is supplanted, in any way, by the Pentium or Celeron devices. They barely get 2 hours out of the device, not even long enough to fly from NYC to Miami.

-C

Planex PL-35U2BS enclosure will combine two 500GB drives to 1TB (Engadget)

Nov 6th 2006 8:23AM Correct me if I'm wrong, but a cheap tower running last year's mobo/CPU combo with Gigabit Ethernet would be able to handle 2TB for about the same price.

-C

StyleTap brings PalmOS apps to Windows Mobile (Engadget)

Nov 3rd 2006 2:34PM Maybe it'll also emulate the ability to run for a week on two AA batteries, smartass.

-C