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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mircrosoft Releases Improvement List For Windows 7

We all know that Windows Vista bombed(though I personally liked it), and the public has high hopes for Windows 7-which should come out sometime this year. And they released today the list of improvements that Windows 7 will have. Here are a few-

1-Windows Flip with Aero Peek
A simple way to switch and see all the programs you have open at the time.

2-New short cuts
Make it easier for you to open whatever you want to open

3-New Window Alert
We all know that when a new window shows up, it flashes only 3 times-but now it will flash 7 times and with a very bright orange color. Ooh lala!

4-New Taskbar
It will have a "open with" option

5-Scaling of Taskbar
You can now can do taskbar scaling, so you have more room

And you can read the rest here

Are you looking forward to Windows 7 and are you planning on switching asap? Leave your thoughts here.

Personally, I like Vista for the most part. My only issue with it is the downloads, they make it very hard to download through iTunes,ect. Other than that, I love it. I will not be looking to replace it, when I need a new computer then will I get Windows 7.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hire Me To Write For You

I am a freelance blogger/writer who is always up a good writing assigment. If you want a guest post or to hire me for whatever reason. You can email me or message me at twitter.

I look forward to us working together.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

About Miss Virtual Reality

Who is Miss Virtual Reality? And what is this site/blog about? Those are good question to ask and wonder. And that's what this post will be about.

*ahem*

I am Miss Virtual Reality(or mvr as a shortend version). I am a writer/blogger who loves all things technology and gadgets. This blog is all about that, a way for me to post about the things that I love and all. I also share news,tips and all things tech. But with a slight twist! From a womans point of view! As you may know, that most people assume that the only fans of technology is men, which is not true! So I am trying to spread the word to the world wide web that, yes we women can love and adore technology and gadgets just as much as men do-maybe even more!

I also run a political blog and write for a handful of sites. More info to come on those and with links. So enjoy your stay and keep checking back on this page for more exciting news!

You can email me at s_peel00@yahoo.com or contact me viw twitter @mvr00.

xoxo
MVR

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Netbooks-The New Type Of Laptop

We all know that technology is always changing, right? Cell phones, TVs, Computer Monitors have all become smaller and slim-which is fine, because they aren't really needed for work, ect. But what about computers?

The newest craze for laptop/notebooks are Mini Notebooks. Acer, Dell, HP and the like have all started coming out with these thinner notebooks, called Netbooks.

And today, we will be taking a closer look at them!


Asus Eee PC- It has earned a good rating by the PCW Rating. This netbook comes with either Windows XP or Linux.

Specs For XP Version-
Operating system: Windows XP Home
Internal memory: 160 GB hard disk drive (HDD)
RAM: 1 GB DDR2
Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Atom
Memory expansion: Slot for MMC/SD(SDHC) cards
Screen: 10 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels, LED backlight
Networking: 54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), 10/100 Fast Ethernet
Bluetooth connectivity: No
Peripheral connectivity: Three USB 2.0
External video: One VGA
External audio: One headphone and one microphone port
Web camera: Yes, 1.3 megapixels
Battery: 6 cells (6600 mAh), up to 7 hours
Weight: 3.19 pounds (51 ounces)
Dimensions: 10.5 × 7.5 × 1.5 inches

Specs For Linux Version-
Internal memory: 20 GB solid state disk
Memory expansion: Slot for MMC/SD(SDHC) cards
RAM: 1 GB DDR2
Processor: 900 MHz Intel Mobile CPU
Operating system: Linux (supports Windows XP)
LCD: 8.9 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels
Networking: 54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), 10/100 Fast Ethernet
Peripheral connectivity: Three USB 2.0
External video: One VGA
External audio: One headphone and one microphone port
Web camera: Yes, 1.3 megapixels
Battery life: up to 3.5 hours
Weight: 2 pounds (32 ounces)
Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.7 x 1.33 inches

Xp Version $349.99
Linux Version $299.99


HP 2133 MiniNote-This was one the first netbooks produced from a major PC maker. Again it comes with either Linux or Windows(Vista though you can downgrade to Xp).

Specs-
Processor-1.2 GHz-VIA C7-M ULV
Hard Drive-120 GB SATA
Memory-1 GB is installed, but it can hold up another 1GB)
DVD/CD Drive-None
Screen-8.9 inch
Wi-Fi-Intel 3945ABG wireless LAN
other-2 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
1 ExpressCard/54 slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
1 Secure Digital memory card slot
1 headphone/line-out and 1 microphone
1 VGA monitor port
1 RJ-45 for 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity

HP 2133 $489.00


Acer Aspire One-This is Acers first attempt at netbooks. Again it comes with either Windows(XP) or Linux.

Specs-
Processor-Intel 1.6 GHz Atom N270
Hard Drive-160 GB SATA
Memory-1GB Ram
DVD/CD-None
WiFi-integrated 54g wireless LAN
Screen-8.9 inch
Other-3 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
Secure Digital (SD) card reader, also compatible with MultiMedia cards (MMCs)
Multi-in-one card reader supports SD, MMC, Memory Stick/Memory Stick PRO, and XD Picture Cards
1 VGA monitor port
1 headphone jack and 1 microphone jack
RJ-45 port for 10/100 Fast Ethernet connection

Acer Aspire One $347.80


MSI Wind NB U100-A lesser known PC maker. It has one of biggest screen sizes for a netbook. Comes only with XP

Specs-
Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Core Solo
RAM: 1000 MB
Hard Drive: 80 GB
Built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN and Modem Module, Built-in 802.11b/g WLAN Card / Bluetooth Supported
CD/DVD-None

MSI Wind $349.99


Dell Inspiron Mini 9-A lot like Acer.

Specs-
Black , Intel® Atom Processor® N270 1.6 Ghz
1 GB DDR2 at 533MHz, 8GB Solid State Drive, EXTERNAL Portable CD/DVD-RW
Glossy 8.9 inch LED display (1024X600), Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Wireless 802.11g Mini Card, Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition
Processor, Memory, and Motherboard

Hardware Platform: PC
Processor: 1.6 Intel Pentium M
Number of Processors: 1
RAM: 1 GB
RAM Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive

Size: 8 GB
Type: Serial ATA
Cases and Expandability

Size (LWH): 9.13 inches, 6.77 inches, 1.06 inches
Weight: 2.42 pounds

Dell Inspiron Mini $649.00



Lenovo IdeaPad S10-It just came out here in US in October, comes with XP only.

Specs-
Ultra mobility, only 1.04inch and 2.4lbs, easy to take anywhere
10.2 inch size LED back light screen, comfortable and green
Peace of mind, Reliable, affordable and easy to use
Power by Intel Atom processor, powerful and long battery life together
Battery:3 Cell Lithium-Ion
Processor, Memory, and Motherboard

Hardware Platform: PC
Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Core Solo
System Bus Speed: 533
Number of Processors: 1
RAM: 1000 MB
RAM Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive

Size: 160 GB
Manufacturer: Portable
Type: Serial ATA
Ports and Connectivity

Modem: None
Cases and Expandability

Size (LWH): 7.2 inches, 9.85 inches, 1.08 inches
Weight: 2.76 pounds
Power

Rated Charge (normal use): 2.5 hours

Lenovo IdeaPad S10 $349.99

Those are some models of the netbook. Should they replace laptop/notebooks? I don't think so, as you can tell by their specs that they do lack a lot that regular desktops and notebooks have. They are perfect for travel and just surfing the net, but they are not built for work or school.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Interview With A Semi-Famous Blogger

Today is an interview with a sorta famous beauty & shopping blogger-my good friend Shop In Chic.

MVR-Okay Shop In Chic(will be known as SIC from now on during this interview), tell us what made you decide to make a blog and let alone a blog about beauty & fashion?

SIC- For the longest time, I wanted to create a fashion magazine. But unless you live in New York City, you’re out of luck. I was researching about starting up a fashion website, and I soon discovered beauty and fashion blogging. I did a little more researched and launched it about a year ago. I haven’t looked back since.

MVR-Tell us about your love for fashion and beauty and how you fell in love with it?

SIC- I’ve always been fascinated with the finer things in life. As a child, I would sit on the couch for hours and look through catalogs, dreaming of all the fantastic clothes and accessories! So it’s only natural that I write about what I’m passionate about.

MVR-How did you come across beauty blogs?

SIC- I read articles about how beauty blogging was becoming a niche, and they talked about notable beauty bloggers and gave out there links. Really I find most links through other blogs.

MVR-Tell us about the name?

SIC- I had a hard time coming up with a clever and original name. I thought about what it was about, which is shopping and looking chic. Shop In Chic, you’re shopping and looking chic at the same time.

MVR-Any advice on how to get semi-famous?

SIC- Thank you, thank you. I wouldn’t say that I’m even “semi-famous”, and I’m not just being modest!

MVR-What did you use as blog promotion?

SIC- I’ve heard of 101 ways to promote, but for me the best way to promote is by regularly commenting on other blogs of the same niche. How else are they going to find you in a sea of a billion blogs?

MVR-What is your favorite brands and designers?

SIC- Ooooh, I could go on forever! Dooney & Bourke, Juicy Couture, BCBG, Diane von Furstenberg, Betsey Johnson, and I won’t bore you any more!

MVR-What do you wish you knew about blogging when you first started?

SIC- I wish I knew that it really does take time. Heck, I’m not even wear I want to be yet.

MVR-What are you goals for Shop In Chic?

SIC- To become bigger and get more readers, of course. I pride myself in being a blog that really tries to be a little more diverse when it comes to important things like style. What I mean is that I don’t talk exclusively bargains or exclusively designer, I talk about everything.

MVR-What were your hopes, goals, and dreams for Shop In Chic when you first started?

SIC- I wanted to create the best fashion and beauty blog.

MVR-Any last famous words?

SIC- Dream big and always think positive!
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Last notes-don't forget to check out her blog. And if you want to be feauterd in my interview series, feel free to contact me. Click the contact me buttom at the top of the page.

Friday, February 13, 2009

DTV Switch This Upcoming Week!

I believe on Tuesday(Feb 17 2009)some analog broadcast will be turned off for good, but by June 12 all will be shut down. So are you prepared for it?

If you have cable or satalite, don't worry.

If you have analog but have the converter box, you're set.

If you have neither, go out and buy one now! They cost around $40.00 at K-Mart. Also buy a new antenna for DHTV(VHF & UHF).

So don't wait until its too late, if you want to wait until June 12, get the coupon at dtv2009.gov.

So hurry up before you're TV goes out!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Technology Predictions For 2009

Since I have been busy for almost a week and I haven't updated it in a while, I am posting an article that I posted originally on articles base(written by me, of course!) here since I have zero time to write a new article for this blog this week. Feel free to read and comment on it.

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Like everything else that changes and has trends, so does technology. In a sense, that makes it no different from fashion, cars or anything else that comes and goes. Yet unlike those things, technology is always evolving. Newer and better all the time, smaller, faster, higher capability and capacity than the last. Here I will list what is predicted to be hot sellers for 2009 in the ever changing world of technology, while everybody’s pocketbooks/wallets are hurting.

This year, it has been predicted to have booming PC sales, and if its anything like last year-laptops will also have a rising sales. With more and more people trying to have their own small businesses during these tough economic times, they will seek out the latest and fastest PCs. They also will seek out all in one printers to help complete their new at home offices and to save space. We’re likely to see prices drop though, as stores will be forced to lower them in order to survive. It will be a good year for the buyer and bad for the stores.

With the DTV switch coming up and analog going out, we can expect to see Digital TVs prices dropping as well. Like all technology, once it comes main stream, prices drop. Also cable company’s may lose even more customers as more stations and sub-stations will be popping up.

Smart phones and PDA’s may flop, with issues from Blackberry and Iphones people may get turned off. Also with their high prices for services don’t help the wallet.

Mp3 players becoming more mainstream, Ipods might lose the lead. With their high prices and issues known with the newer models, might help lesser known brands gain in sales.

Video Game consoles will likely do well, Xbox and Playstation both have lowered their prices and Wiis are selling very well. Also two new consoles are coming out this year from lesser known GP2X and Zeebo.

Microsoft’s Windows new OS, Windows 7 is in BETA stage and might come out as soon as this year.

Open source software and freeware will be more in demand as people don’t have the money to splurge on pricey software.

Social Networks will still be popping up with no end in sight, the companies who run them can make good money on it.

Blogging and citizen journalism will be growing and making a larger splash in the media world. Perhaps even hurting TV, newspaper and radio in news.



And that’s the prediction for the trends of technology this year 2009. Nobody knows for sure what this year will hold, but we sure can hope for the best.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Craigslist or Criminalslist?

We all know what craigslist.org is, or if you don't-you lived under a rock for years! But its a neat site that has helped millions of people, thanks to it we all have a chance at free ads. But that also makes it perfect for scammers and criminals alike.

We all have seen scams on craiglist or have heard of them on it. But criminals have also been using craigslist to lure their next victims.

Now don't get me wrong, I have used craigslist and I still do. Not everybody who post ads on it are looking to scam you or anything. But you should use it with caution.

Have you had bad luck or good luck with craigslist?