Archive for September 2011

Windows 8 might come with a new Blue Screen of Death

If you used Windows before, you will be familiar with the Blue Screen of Death. Even Bill Gates get it during his Windows 98 presentation. It’s a blue screen with lots of text which most mortals don’t understand. In fact, some geeks also don’t understand the text. Basically it’s telling you that your computer has crashed and needs to be restart.

The new Windows 8 might be getting a brand new Blue Screen of Death. Or at least that’s what we see on the Windows 8 Developer’s Preview. The new Blue Screen of Death now uses a more soothing shade of blue and a large sad face emoticon.

Gone are the bunch of text which nobody bothers to read and error code which most don’t understand what it is for. Instead, there is a simple text that says “Your PC ran into a problem that it couldn’t handle, and now it needs to restart.” and some keywords which you can Google Bing online.

Actually I kinda like the new Blue Screen of Death. It’s simple easy to understand. No complicated error code which scares the not so tech savvy users. Hope Microsoft keep this for the final release of Windows 8. But personally, I would prefer if they didn’t have that sad face emoticon.

What do you think about the new Blue Screen of Death? Like it? Hate it?

Use the Force for Good. Stand Up To Cancer

Celebrity Ambassadors Aziz Ansari, Zach Galifianakis, Bill Hader, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Jaime King, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg and Emma Stone – along with Star Wars alum Samuel L. Jackson – each Use the Force for Good as they recreate classic Star Wars scenes to raise awareness for cancer research.

Find out more at www.su2c.com/usetheforce

Catch My Heart

Here’s an interesting short film about love at first sight. In fact, it’s a great advertisement for the Samsung Conquer 4G. (Which is most likely not going to be available in Singapore)

Anyway, doubt anything like this will happen in real life. Besides, you can easily find that person if you activate Google Latitude on your Android phone. (Ah…. I’m so unromantic)

And don’t ask me why am I watching Michelle Phan makeup tutorial channel. It was a recommendation by Youtube. I swear!

AMD broke the Guinness World Record for highest CPU frequency

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has broken the Guinness World Record for highest CPU frequency. The record was set using an 8-core AMD FX desktop CPU. The processor was overclocked to a speed of 8.429 GHz, beating the previous record of 8.308 GHz set using a Intel Celeron.

A quick glance at the World Record board shows that the record holders are mostly Intel. Congrats to AMD for breaking the World Record.

The record was set by Team AMD FX comprised of overclocking geeks and AMD tech folks with the use of liquid nitrogen. Not something you can do everyday. And I supposed you might void your warranty too. Most people will just stick to the traditional system. AMD mentioned that it was able to overclock the processor over 5 GHz using only air or water cooling system that cost under $100.

Check out the video from AMD. Overclocking processor never looked this cool.

By the way, the CPU won’t hit stores until Q4 2011.

iSteadi: Compact steadicam mount for iPhone 4

I think I should start a new blog category for interesting stuff I find on Kickstarter.

Just spotted this interesting gadget on Kickstarter call iSteadi. It is a compact stabilizing snap-in mount for iPhone 4. Good for those who want to take moving video using iPhone 4.

Scroll to 3:45min to see the iSteadi in action.

Pledging US$35 will get you a bag with the iSteadi components which you need to assemble yourself. If you prefer everything assembled, just pledge US$59.

Looks pretty good. Love it’s compactness. But do note that the iSteadi is designed to fit the iPhone 4. We don’t know if Apple is going to change the design of next iPhone. So it might be “outdated” before they even shipped the product.

If you are fine with that and can’t wait to shoot steady video on your iPhone 4, head over to the Kickstarter page to show your support.

Updates
The guys at iSteadi made some changes to the design and it now supports most smartphones. Looking much better now. :)