New computer speeds

Filed under: Technology,Windows 7 — bigred @ 10:20 pm

I’ll have to run some official benchmarks, but I’m pretty happy with the new speeds of my computer.  I ended up getting a new computer because I find myself creating LARGE photos.  I work with creating posters with multiple layers.  Tonight I opened up a 900mb file.  It took about 10-15 seconds.  This used to take about 3 minutes or more to open and eat all my ram and eat some scratch disk.  I’ve attached an image just to show the memory usage.  All 8 cores look nice and low.  The 8 gigs of ram I’m sure helps, not to mention that Photoshop likes to use the GPU which has 1gb of ram on that too.

Anyways I’ll share more specs when I get time to run some benchmarks.



Thanks Bing.com for the FREE CASH

Filed under: microsoft,Self Help,WOW — bigred @ 4:39 pm

Looking to save a few bucks on your next online purchase.

Currently I’m using two websites that give you cash back for making purchases online.  It really works too.  It’s simple.  Go to the website, and click a link.  Serious, that’s all you have to do.  The links take you to pretty much any store, including stores like Kohls, Victoria’s secret, tire rack, Newegg, buy.com, Amazon.com,dell, HP, and many many more.

Mr. Rebates  and Bing Cash Back  

Bing cash back had a better deal going with 6%, so I used them on this computer purchase last night.

bing cash

The catch is you have to wait about 60 days after a purchase and you need to have at least $5 in rebates before they send you a check.


Gmail and hotmail together today…

Filed under: google,microsoft — bigred @ 3:45 pm

I just noticed that my forwarding service died for hotmail on Sept 1st.   I’ve been missing emails.  NOT GOOD.

The service forward hotmail accounts into my one Gmail account.


Today I turned on POP3.  I have about 10,000 emails to move between two accounts.  Gmail only checks so often and only moves 200 messages at a time.  This will be a long process of moving mail.  Oh well.  I decided this time to purge the hotmail account.  I’m not leaving any messages on the server anymore.  I haven’t decided if I like that idea or not yet, but I guess it’s time to get rid of one email account anyways.  As soon as the messages are brought over, I’ll be able to monitor better how I was using the accounts and which ones are just stupid spam accounts that I don’t need anymore.


Windows Home Server Power Pack 3

Filed under: microsoft,Windows 7,Windows Home Server — bigred @ 11:35 am

Looking forward to Power Pack 3 for WHS.  Lots of bug fixes, but lots of new stuff for Windows7.

Win 7 is amazing.  Not more to say about it.  It runs fast and it works. 

  • A feature to love is that windows search 4 will now natively search your WHS.  Because WHS uses the same Index System, it will return the Index to Win7 and instantly give you feed back.  (they claim 26% increase in searching now)
  • Another feature, is the ability to have all your files to show up in Windows 7 Library.  This is pretty cool.  No more mapping drives to folders on WHS.
  • Some of the best features will be the Media Center Integration…(see link for those details)


If you Geek’d like me, then check out Channel 9’s video.

Were looking at October release dates, but ya, pretty Geek’d.  Also a new version of WHS2 is being worked on!!!!  Meaning WHS, is here to stay.


Channel 9 Windows Home Server Power Pack 3


Best Buy game deal

Filed under: microsoft,Video Games — bigred @ 11:07 am

Right now Best buy has buy one get one 50% off.

I know I want Guitar Hero 5 but do I get the new halo or something else?

Plus Guitar Hero 5 will come with a free copy of VanHalen Guitar Hero!!!  So, really this brings down the cost to 30 per game. 


best buy


Bing is starting to become my new favorite search engine.

Filed under: microsoft,Photos — bigred @ 8:35 pm

In case anyone is from West Michigan, you might be interested in today’s Bing Page.


Anyone recognize this? :)



Hard Drive maybe failing…Uhh Ohhh

Filed under: Complaint,microsoft,Windows Home Server — bigred @ 1:19 pm


We will run repair after work.  Ever since the power went out…I’ve had problems.  I think it might have been damaged.


Take Back the Beep

Filed under: Complaint,phone,Self Help — bigred @ 10:35 pm

Are you tired of wasting time  with cell phone voice mails when you call someone and have to listen to the automated voicemail instructions.  EVERYONE knows what to do with voice mail.  You hear a beep you leave a message…

This issue is part of a new Campaign, “Take Back the Beep”


These little 15-second waits add up–bigtime. If Verizon’s 70 million customers leave or check messages twice a weekday, Verizon rakes in about $620 million a year. That’s your money. And your time: three hours of your time a year, just sitting there listening to the same message over and over again every year.


If you have a sprint phone you can turn this feature off.
The simplified instructions are
You can disable the mandatory instructions. Hold down 1 for your voicemail, (then press * if you have messages to go back out to the main menu).     From there:

  • press 3 – personal options
  • press 2 – greeting
  • press 1 – main greeting
  • press 3 – add or remove caller instructions
  • press 2 – do not play instructions



Does anyone else have the instructions for the other carriers?…the more blogs that post this information the better our cause.

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