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iPod Touch 4G Review

So for Christmas I got an iPod touch, and I love it! I can now browse the web around the house without taking my laptop that has about almost two hours of battery life. It’s an awesome upgrade from my iPod nano and I love to be able to play with awesome Apps. I got my first phone for Christmas and it isn’t a smart phone but my iPod helps me add my “smart” functions! The screen is awesome and I can read clearly with it. The screen and back attract a lot if fingerprints, but I got a screen protector and a nice case for it. I love having my first iOS device and I would hate to have to give it up. I can also type really well on the portrait keyboard and it also can auto replace if I type something wrong. I am even typing this on my iPod using the wordpress app. I love the features and available apps. Hopefully it stays awesome and overall I give this device five stars, although I haven’t tested battery life because whenever it looks low, I have my charger. It would be nice if apple didn’t take out the battery percent option, now I would have to jailbreak to get that option which I might get when they get an untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.2.1, but I love my iPod touch and can see everyone I know loving it, and trust me, everyone at school has at least some iPod touch. But I hope I’m one of the only people who can say there’s has a retina display! If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments!

Russell checking out!

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I'm on Pinguy OS!

Well I have been trying to switch over to Linux for a while, and so has my brother. I have just discovered a distro that I just absolutley love! It’s called Pinguy OS and it reminds me of OS X (I love OS X!), it has a whole bunch of customizations applied and it is an Ubuntu based distro. Although it does have the MintMenu and mintUpdate utilities it’s base is Ubuntu I believe. I have been using it for a few days and am having a blast! It has so much Eye Candy. It has a whole bunch of default programs too! Some include VirtualBox, Gnome-Do, Docky, Dropbox, Pastie, and the default ones in Ubuntu! Firefox is also the default browser and has a ton of addons pre-installed, it also has an Opera theme installed on top of it. The same with Thunderbird. It even has a default Conky Config! I don’t want to ramble on too much about it, just wanted to let you guys know that I recommend you try it out, I like it so I’m sure you will! 🙂

Here is my Desktop (Click for full size)!

My Desktop (Pinguy OS)

My Desktop

 

P.S. I have been looking at Linux Mint 10, and I really like it. I might end up switching, but I have this home to stay in for a little!

-RJ

Adding a password to Windows’ 7 UAC Prompt

If you are a security advocate, you will probably notice that Windows 7 does not have a password dialog in UAC anymore. This is a big security issue to me because if you somehow forget to lock your workstation, anyone can wreak havoc on your computer by just selecting “Continue”. I do remember that back in Windows Vista, it usually did have a password prompt. If you want your UAC to have a password (Shown Below from Ars Technica and yes it is a Vista one), then follow these steps!

First of all, you will need to use the Registry Editor (WARNING: The Registry is one of the most important things your computer uses to know its settings! Using this editor will help you change the values of different settings (Called “Keys”) changing the wrong keys can cause so much damage it’s not even funny. Only modify the keys I tell you and exactly the keys I tell you.) so open regedit by going to “Start” and then typing regedit and pressing “Enter”. After it opens you will need to navigate to the following Key, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem

registry-uac-password

Then you need right click on the key “ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin” and click “Modify” then change the value to 3 (the default value is 5). Click OK then close regedit (Without changing any other keys!)

And there you have it! If you want to test it, try adding a new user account, or open regedit back up (AND THEN CLOSE IT WITHOUT TOUCHING THE KEYS!)

Thanks for Visiting

-Russell

Adding a password to Windows’ 7 UAC Prompt

If you are a security advocate, you will probably notice that Windows 7 does not have a password dialog in UAC anymore. This is a big security issue to me because if you somehow forget to lock your workstation, anyone can wreak havoc on your computer by just selecting “Continue”. I do remember that back in Windows Vista, it usually did have a password prompt. If you want your UAC to have a password (Shown Below from Ars Technica and yes it is a Vista one), then follow these steps!

First of all, you will need to use the Registry Editor (WARNING: The Registry is one of the most important things your computer uses to know its settings! Using this editor will help you change the values of different settings (Called “Keys”) changing the wrong keys can cause so much damage it’s not even funny. Only modify the keys I tell you and exactly the keys I tell you.) so open regedit by going to “Start” and then typing regedit and pressing “Enter”. After it opens you will need to navigate to the following Key, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

registry-uac-password

Then you need right click on the key “ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin” and click “Modify” then change the value to 3 (the default value is 5). Click OK then close regedit (Without changing any other keys!)

And there you have it! If you want to test it, try adding a new user account, or open regedit back up (AND THEN CLOSE IT WITHOUT TOUCHING THE KEYS!)

Thanks for Visiting

-Russell

Hello Everyone

Welcome to my humble abode on the internet. As you may know me as russjr08 mainly, I have decided to make a blog where I can blog about the new things that happen in our growing world of technology and give my opinions on it! I hope you enjoy it and I will be possibly importing my old wordpress posts so you guys can see the changes that I hope to implement!

Hello World in Java