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Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Well, PriceProtectr certainly has a Web 2.0ish name… Now, what does it do? Well, since quite a lot of stores offer Price Protection (where if the price on the item you just bought goes down within 30 or 60 days, they’ll pay you the difference), this site takes the URL of the product you bought from the store you bought from and your email address and it will email you if the price drops. Simple as that, now you’ll be able to take advantage of Price Protection without having to go and check everyday if the price has dropped. It looks like it could really take off. I wouldn’t be surprised if this year that a big company will offer to buy it.

They currently support the following online stores:,,,,,, Bike Nashbar, Circuit City, CompUSA,, Costco, Future Shop, Jenson USA, Office Max, Sears, 6th Avenue Electronics,, and Target.

It’s nice that they’ve included some Canadian stores in there. I think that once they start offering support for even more popular stores, they’ll really take off. So, go check it out and maybe you’ll save some money. 😀

I actually put the URL of where I bought Vista from, but in the process I noticed they had already lowered the price once they had stopped offering the free Wireless N router… So, I’ll be going over there and getting that $11. 😛

Vista’s Out, and I Got It

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Yes, that’s right, after about 6 years of development, and an estimated 6 billion dollars spent on it, Microsoft Windows Vista has been officially released for sale to the public. I went out to the store this morning and lined up (if you can call it lining up if you’re the first one there…) to buy Vista. I decided on getting Vista Home Premium. Plus, they gave me (the store I went to) a free Wireless N router with it.

It’s pretty sweet. The install went good, except when I wanted to change/get rid of Partitions on my C Drive. I originally booted from the Vista disc, but when I enter my Product Key, it said that I have to load the DVD in my existing Windows installation (XP). So, I did that, but then it said that if you want to make changes to the Drives, you must boot from the disc (which is a DVD by the way). But, since it already said I had to install from XP, it didn’t make sense. Maybe because I bought the Upgrade version… Anyways, I ended up fixing up my Drives to the way I wanted them in PartitionMagic. So, back to the install, what’s much better about the installation of Vista over installing XP, is that with Vista, you only enter information at the beginning and end of the actual installing part. So, the installation doesn’t get stopped just for you to enter information.

After the installation, Vista was ready for my use. So, the new UI is pretty cool (but since my graphics card doesn’t meet the minimum requirements, I don’t get the full Aero experience). It’s got a nice glossy look to it.

So, of course, I needed to install some anti-virus software. But, I knew that my NIS 2007 disc wasn’t going to work, since it’s meant for XP. So, luckily, I had phoned Symantec the night before to ask about it. So, they sent me an email with a link to a trial of NIS 2007 (check this page out for more details Even though it says “For Windows XP” on the download page, it works with Vista. So, they told me to just install that and then activate it with my product key that I already have. Which I did, and it worked. It also looks a lot different then the version I have on my NIS disc, which makes it look better. Also, I’m no longer having any problems with NIS.

There is now a sidebar, on the desktop, called Windows Sidebar (shocking name, I know 😛 ), which you can add various different gadgets to. Also, the Start Menu has been completely redesigned, makes it more compact with no “All Programs Pop-out” menu to take up your whole screen with the list of your programs. Nope, now when you click on All Programs, it replaces the “Recent Programs” list with a list of all your programs and program folders. Oh, plus the Start Menu button is now an image of the Windows Flag.

Windows Explorer (well, not specifically, every thing that open in that type of exploring window) has also been completely redesigned. Where the Address bar once was, is now a breadcrumb trail. Plus it has a new toolbar that changes depending on what folder you’re in. Plus some nice new icons.

Also, the hierarchy of the folders has been changed a little. First of all, it’s no longer “My Computer” or “My Documents”, they’re now just Computer and Documents. Also, as usual, every account on the computer has a folder called whatever their username is (mines called Matt 😛 ). But, what’s inside there, is a little different from XP. You’ll find the folders “Contacts”, “Desktop”, “Documents”, “Downloads”, “Favourites”, “Links”,
“Music”, “Pictures”, “Saved Games”, “Searches” and “Videos”. Which also means that folders previously stored in Documents (Pictures, Music, Videos, etc), are now outside of Documents.

I have also noticed that Vista is significantly faster then XP. The speediness of opening programs could be from Windows’ new Prefetch system, which will try to determine which programs you’re most likely going to open when, and then Prefetch them before hand.

Of course, since there’s tons of new features in Vista, I sure can’t cover them all (plus I haven’t seen/used all of them yet)…

Here’s some screenshots (click the thumbnails to go to the the full size image):

Update [February 11, 2007]: I got a new video card that supports the full Aero experience, so I’ve updated/added to the screenshots.

Microsoft Windows Vista Desktop Microsoft Windows Vista Flip3D Microsoft Windows Vista “Explorer” Microsoft Windows Vista Photo Gallery Microsoft Windows Vista Start Menu Microsoft Windows Vista Start Menu “All Programs”

MonsterHosting.Ca is now BlueFur.Com

Saturday, January 27th, 2007


MonsterHosting.Ca has decided to change their name to BlueFur.Com because of trademark infringement allegations.

They decided that it would be a lot simpler (and cost affective) to simply change their name to BlueFur then to go to court and spend thousands of dollars defending a name that they don’t even know if they’ll be able to keep. Basically, all they have to spend is the money for all the new domain. Much cheaper then legal fees, for sure.

Of course, they can’t reveal the company who brought the allegations forward, but they have said that it’s a US company with deep pockets.

They already have BlueFur.Com up and running. Plus, they have changed their “slogan” underneath the name in the top banner from “Web Hosting Made Easy” to “Experience the Legend”. Plus, they have added Colocation Services and gotten rid of VPS Hosting from the menus.

I think that BlueFur is a pretty sweet name and I hope they will improve their service even more under it.

WordPress 2.1 Released

Friday, January 26th, 2007

WordPress 2.1 has been officially released! Some of the cool new features are Auto-Save and Spell Checking. Plus, tons more!

I’ve upgraded, have you?

WordPress 2.0.6 Released

Friday, January 5th, 2007

I’ve already upgraded. Luckily, my theme still works. 😛 This release is supposed to be the last before WordPress 2.1 is released.