More new content, soon

I’ve had another busy few weeks. The downside of being a one man show: if you’re busy, the site suffers. More to come, soon, I assure you. I’ve had birthdays for friends and relatives, preparing to file my taxes, not to mention recent illness and other bodily injury. But I’m bouncing back and will get back in the swing of things. To top that off, I’m may have aother project in the works, but we’ll see if I can get some assistance with it, first.

Preorder Ouya NOW!


I’ve already supported Ouya, the up and coming $99 video game console. I’m not expecting it to compete with the Xbox 360, I don’t consider it part of the current generation of console games, but I do consider it to be a console that is going to shake up the industry. I should be getting mine some time next month, since I was part of the Kickstarter funding process. But now that this thing is growing, and it’s going to be in stores like Target and Best Buy, it’s clearly gaining more and more momentum. Another round of consoles will be released in June. The good news if you missed the Kickstarter? The price isn’t going up. You can Preorder Ouya from Amazon now for just $99, and yes, it qualifies for free super saver shipping.

RedLaser is on Windows Phone!

We’ve all done it. It’s a blessing of our generation, and a curse to retailers everywhere. You pick up a product in the store, and pause. You realize, you can probably get a better deal online. Want to be sure? Use RedLaser.

I think most people have heard of it by now, but I was excited when RedLaser came to Windows Phone. Simply launch the app, scan a barcade, and find the item at outlets all around the internet. It searches ebay first, as RedLaser is an eBay company, but then it checks Google Product search and lists onlne retailers and other shopping sites.

Just scan, hear the beep, and do your comparison shopping in a matter of seconds. RedLaser even has the ability to pull up retail chains around you – maybe you don’t want to wait to ship something from Amazon, but you want to know if you can get a better deal at Target, Wal-Mart, or Best Buy. Well, simply swipe over to the “local” page and find out! And if you’re not even worried about the price, but you want to know more about the product, you can check for reviews and see if the product you’re looking at will live up to your expectations!

RedLaser has simplified the whole process. Now that it’s on Windows Phone Marketplace, everybody finally has access to it.

Where are my regular Desktop programs Windows 8?

So you’re in the Windows 8 “Desktop Mode” – because the Start Screen just doesn’t feel right. You installed a few programs, but with no Start Menu – you can’t find them! Sure you can try to browse using Windows Explorer and find you way in to program files, but that’s just not what you want to do. So where are the desktop programs?

Well, good and bad news. The good news is they’re easy to find – the bad news? They’re in the new Start Screen. Go ahead, put your mouse down in the lower left-hand corner of the screen, or press the “Windows Key” on your keyboard, and scroll all the way to the right. There are probably several small, not exciting icons. Those are your Windows desktop applications. “Apps” you install from the Windows 8 App Store get live tiles, and are different sizes and more bright and vibrant. Most normal applications that would put a shortcut in the Start Menu are going to also create an icon here. If it doesn’t? You’re not out of luck.

If you have the Start Screen open, just start typing the name of the program! You can also move the mouse to the right side of the screen or press “Windows Key + C” to bring up the “Charms” bar and begin searching. As you can see in my screenshot above, I installed a program called Handbrake – and in order to find it in the Start Screen, I just started to type – and sure enough it showed up in my list of “Apps.” The same goes for my installation of Office 2010 programs, and other applications like Steam and games installed like Half-Life!

If you’re looking for something like how to pick and choose your Windows Updates, you can search for Windows Update, then click Settings on the right side of the screen and then click on the icon to Install Optional Updates.