Episode 185: One Laptop Per Child, Intel CPU Prices Drop, Better Skype performance and more!
What's new in Episode 185 STUFF • YouTube and CNN teamed up to present the Democratic Presidential Candidate debates. By including YouTube organizers hoped to tap into the popularity of the video sharing site to generate questions for the candidates. Was it a watershed moment or a cheap gimmick? Depends on who you ask but in my opinion it came off like any other televised debate. While the video respondents were nice addition in truth they added little to an already tightly controlled affair. • Sites reflected Intel's new lowered prices on older CPU stock over the weekend. Chief among these was the highly coveted Q6600 Quad-Core processor. A formerly $500+ item before and $400 item on NewEgg.com last week it was going for $300 on Saturday morning. Although up to $375 today more bargains are sure to be had, so keep your eyes peeled. • FUD, FUD, from the folks at Independent Security Evaluators on potential security flaws on the iPhone's WiFi access allowing miscreants to potentially fool iPhone users going to a page loaded with malicious code. Apple, however, already noted the issue earlier and was releasing a patch. Talk about premature press release. • While waiting for FCC approval of the merger between XM and Sirius the respective powers that be decided to push forward with their "a la carte" plan allowing users to choose 50 to 100 channels from both XM and Sirius for $7 to $15 a month. The companies hope to have the plan running within a year for the merger¹s completion. Oh, you'll need to buy new hardware for it to work. • Rich and few other viewers about calibrating the gas mileage on the Scan Gauge II device. Rich writes "The first one is in the MORE > SETUP > SPEED area, and you can adjust The reported speed up or down. The second setting is when you fill your gas tank MORE > FILLUP, when you fill your gas tank, you can tell the Scan Gauge how much gas you actually put in the tank compared to what it thinks you've used." One Child Laptop OS. • Want to see what the one laptop per child program is going to be sharing with its target audience? The download yourself a copy of Sugar. This live linux CD should give you a sense of what's being done combat the digital divide. • Speaking of Ubuntu we got a stack of email from folks warning about the potential pitfalls for using Automatix with Ubuntu. From potentially screwing up an upgrade install to being just plain unnecessary it was clear that the debate over Automatix is far from over. • Want to try out Linux without committing to it? The give Wubi a spin. Offering an in Windows installation to a single folder. No messy partitions or arcane command line antics. The plus is removal is as simple as any other Windows application with a working uninstall. • Austin wanted to know the best CPU cooler from under $75. From the recommendation of ExtremeTech's PC guru, Jason Cross comes the Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro. A good blend of performance and low noise levels make"s it favorite for Robert Heron as well. • Trying to improve his Skype audio was David¹s goal in his email to us. Good audio on skype isn¹t difficult. One get a good audio headset like the ones from we got from Sennheiser . Next you'll want a good fast connection connected to a good fast PC. Finally make sure you have a good soundcard. Some onboard models can introduce unwanted noise especially laptop sound solution. • Val, wanted to know a good place to pickup a used PowerBook. Unfortunately for Val PowerBooks along with most Apple products command a premium price even used, kinda like a Lexus. PowerBooks along with MacBooks are especially pricey used but deals aren¹t impossible to find. The best place to start is the Apple refurbished section. Unfortunately you won¹t find too much in the way of older machines. Another place to poke your head is Other World Computing an online store that specializes in Mac peripherals and upgrades. The normally don¹t carry PowerBooks/MacBooks as regular carry items but on occasion sell them when they¹re on hand. Finally check out the PowerBook Guy. I haven¹t bought anything personally and don¹t anyone who has but he does carry a selection of older Mac laptops.