By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
Maybe I have seen too much of Star Trek and other sci-fi series on television but there is something about being able to lock and unlock something with your face or your voice. It kind of makes your text password pale in comparison when all you have to do is sit down in front of your monitor and your face is all that’s needed to unlock your screen.
That’s precisely what Lemonscreen does. It’s a small program for Windows XP only that scans your face with your webcam, saves the scan in its memory and then uses that face scan to lock and unlock your PC. When you go to set it up, you have to sit in front of your webcam, press the button and let it scan you, making sure that your face is inside the little red square.
By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
I am on a bit of a Skype roll at the moment. My girlfriend is finally starting to see the attraction of it as one of her best friends has moved to the US and so she is on Skype a lot right now chattering away for hours as girlfriends are prone to do (I’m sure a lot of male GAS readers will relate to this). So I am using the situation to persuade her to start moving a majority of our phone calling over to Skype. It really is amazing how much money you can save in the long term by switching to Skype and you can get a normal phone number for non-Skypers to call you on too.
A program which I have been playing around with for the past couple of days is AudioID for Skype. This suits me perfectly because I am a lazy slob at heart. My idea of exercise is lifting a TV remote control or a pizza box so this free piece of software which allows me to pre-screen my Skype calls is a God-send. Now I only have to lift my butt off the bed for people I deem worthy!
Since a lot of you guys are IT professionals, I thought I would point you to an interesting whitepaper we have on our free magazine portal. Here’s a short summary. Most IT professionals know or suspect that virtualization of computer systems may have an important role in their organization’s evolving infrastructure – though where and […]
By Mark O’Neill Contributing Writer, [GAS] First Google announces that they are consigning their Browser Sync project to the grave and the fans that liked GBS started wailing and gnashing their teeth in despair. This was good news to Mozilla who are currently developing their own browser sync project called Weave. But now Firefox Facts […]
By Mark O’Neill Contributing Writer, [GAS] Here’s a question for you – why does everyone call me on Skype when I am busy singing along to songs such as ZZ Top’s “Gimme All Your Loving”? This invariably means that I end up missing everyone’s phone calls because I am singing at the top of my voice, […]
The following video shows an interesting demo of an experimental user interface for a future mobile version of Firefox. This is well worth the watch for those of you who are anxiously waiting for a good browser to be released on their favorite mobile platform. Yes, yes, I know, the browser on the iPhone already […]
You may have ordered pizza through a website or even a desktop widget in the past, but have you ever done so from the command prompt? Probably not! Pizza Party is a free, text based application that will allow you to quickly order pizza online. Pizza Party has many features to make ordering pizza super […]
By Rob Dunn Contributing Writer, [GAS] If you already are familiar with Spiceworks, then you can skip ahead to “Brief History” – but if not, read on. Network Inventory for the budget-crunched masses If you are a systems administrator or IT manager who maintains a small to medium sized shop, you probably don’t have a […]
By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] This week, we’re talking cell phone secrets — easy-to-use services that can help you unlock the hidden powers of your phone. I started by showing you a bunch of ways to get more for your money with cool services like Braincast and Cellfire. But today, we’re taking on a […]
By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] There’s a new way to access far away galaxies right from your home computer. Microsoft has just unveiled its long-awaited WorldWide Telescope utility. The program lets you check out views from the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey — some of […]
By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] Fellow Outlook users, prepare to revolutionize your email experience. Allow me to introduce you to my new best friend and personal assistant, Xobni (pronounced ZOB-nee, and spelled like a backwards inbox). He and I just met this morning, but we’ve really hit it off. Xobni is a powerful little […]
Despite the joke in the image above, it certainly seems that the web “hearts” Unicode. According to Mark Davis of Google, the use of Unicode on the web has recently surpassed both ASCII and Western European encodings, as shown by the blue line in the chart below: In case you can’t read it, the red […]