GRIMT3CH Technology, Geekery, & General Nerdiness


New Sony VAIO E a little to colorful…

Sony's new laptops might be a touch to colorful.  I mean look at that thing, it has to be the ugliest combination of colors I've ever seen...

[Via Engadget]

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Avatar sinks Titanic – $1.859 Billion Worldwide

Finally Titanic taken down a notch.  I had hope for Return of the King, but it looks like Avatar has done it.

The original Titanic sank in 1912. Now the blockbuster movie it inspired has also gone down.
This time, though, it was not an iceberg that toppled it, but a 3D film about a blue-skinned alien race defending their planet against human invaders.
Towards the end of the last decade, James Cameron's epic Titanic became the most successful movie ever with global takings of $1.843bn (£1.14bn).
But that record no longer stands thanks to Avatar - also directed by Cameron - which this week stole its crown as the all-time global box office champ, with receipts of $1.859bn (£1.15bn).
It is an astonishing achievement for the 55-year-old Canadian, and one that is unlikely to be repeated in his or our lifetimes.

[Via BBC News]

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iPad, well it’s here now do I need one…

[Via engadget]

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Avatar – No need for real actors???

After seeing Avatar and its excellent digital characters it really makes me wonder do we really need actors that are payed millions pre movie. It looks like they have the visual part of the technology very refined. Now they just need to add the back end. I mean really it's a script that could be read by a computer, develop some emotion/inflection component and let the animators run wild.

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Interesting Issue: Connecting a USB device leads to BSOD (0x000000FC)

BSOD_2Ran into an interesting problem the other day. I was working on a clients machine that every time you connected a USB device the machine would blue screen and throw up a 0x000000FC stop message. The station was a Dell with XP Home SP3 installed and after some digging I found the solution.

If you have a XP disc handy just pop it in and after the pre-installation fun is over enter the Recovery console and replace the following files:

c:\windows\system32\drivers\usbport.sys with c:\windows\$NtServicePackUninstall$\usbport.sys

c:\windows\system32\drivers\usbohci.sys with c:\windows\$NtServicePackUninstall$\usbohci.sys

c:\windows\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys with

Simply use the copy command to copy the files over the originals. Be sure to backup the originals just in case. After a reboot everything was copacetic. You gotta love Windows. :-)

[Via Microsoft TechNet]

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Media Distractions – David Gilmour & David Bowie – Comfortably Numb


Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Editions) coming to Blu-ray in 2011 or 2012 possibly!?!

the-lord-of-the-rings-the-one-ring-3d-screensaverWell it looks like the extended version of LOTRs is finally coming to Blu-ray in 2011 or 2012.  It's to bad that they are going to push the theatrical versions out first but I think I will be waiting.

[Via Amazon]

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Protecting the Great Lakes through mass poisoning…

I had know idea that these fish even existed let alone posed a threat to the Great Lakes. Seeing those fish fly out of the water is crazy.

Sometimes the "few" are made to suffer to protect the many. Tens of thousands of fish were poisoned last week in a drastic attempt to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Officials poured more than 8000 liters of the fish poison rotenone into a 9-kilometer stretch of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, which links the Mississippi river and Lake Michigan, during maintenance work on a barrier that normally keeps invaders at bay using electric shocks.

[Via New Scientist]

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Best looking “vacuum” on the market…


That has to be the best looking "vacuum" I've ever seen. :-)  I never thought robotic vacs could be so captivating...

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Need to download or convert a YouTube Video, try Tooble…

toobleThere are a lot of ways to download and convert YouTube or for that matter other online videos.  Some are complicated and some are pricey, but Tooble is free and cross platform.  If you've ever needed to add a YouTube video to a presentation or wanted to add one to your iTunes library, give it a try!!!  I think you find it a useful addition to your utility war chest.