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IObit’s Smart Defrag – The Best and Fastest Windows Defragmentation Software

Sometimes Windows starts to run slow and it can be caused by commonly used files on your computer being fragmented. I’ve tried a few different programs to help with defragmenting my computer, since the built in Windows Disk Defragmenter just takes forever.

The most recent episode of CNET Live (subscribe here) suggested the program Smart Defrag (download it here). They liked it because it was fast and free. I decided to try it and I love it. This is the first defrag tool I’ve found that has been able to COMPLETELY defragment my drive. This is the first time I’ve ever scanned my computer (using multiple defrag programs to test this) and it said there were ZERO fragmented files!

There is also the option to have the program start with Windows, and have it defrag on the fly to keep your machine’s fragmentation low.

Smart Defrag works on all versions of Windows from Windows 2000 through Windows 7 according to IObit.

Give it a try.

Dany

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September 29, 2008 9:59 pm Posted by | podcasts, software, technology, Windows | Leave a comment

McCain is Lying to Letterman Now?!!?

I have this love-hate relationship-obsession with politics and as of today, I’m leaning toward the hate side. McCain has always been interesting to me, I’ve liked the man, even though I’ve almost always disagreed with his stance on issues, but today, I’m not really even liking the man himself.

Suspending his campaign, trying to postpone the first debate and lying to his friend, whose show he’s been on numerous times, David Letterman, just looks horrible for him. It makes him look like he just can’t handle a full load of problems that any President is bound to face on an almost daily basis. This a long way away from McCain wanting 10 town hall style debates earlier in the campaign.

OK, I’m glad I got that off my chest, now take a look at this Veracifier clip (subscribe here) below. The Veracifier crew has a daily politics video that does a great job of unearthing political news at risk of running under the radar and every Monday, they run a great roundup of all the Sunday morning political shows.

Oh, notice who David Letterman got to fill in as a guest once John McCain dropped out, Keith Olbermann! You can bet that Olbermann got a lot of material to use on his own political show, Countdown, because of all this as well!

Enjoy

Dany

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September 26, 2008 1:39 am Posted by | clips, podcasts, politics, tv | Leave a comment

People With Too Much Time on Their Hands – Comedic Chipmunk Bites the Dust

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Now, I love music by Queen, especially their Flash Gordon soundtrack, but after watching Around the Net today (subscribe here), I realized just how much free time some people have after watching this chipmunk lip sync to Another One Bites the Dust from College Humor.

All that being said, I loved watching this video, it made me laugh.

Enjoy the madness of chipmunk Freddie Mercury.

Dany

September 24, 2008 10:43 pm Posted by | clips, music, podcasts | Leave a comment

Hilarious Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin Send Up Opens New Saturday Night Live Season

The 34th season of Saturday Night Live opened last night and I thought I’d share what was easily the funniest and most anticipated part of the show: A Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton sketch with the hilarious comedy duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler:

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I didn’t think that the rest of the show was anything special, but did anyone think that Michael Phelps could handle comedy as well as the breast stroke? I didn’t even like the SNL Digital Short.

Enjoy

Dany

September 14, 2008 9:54 pm Posted by | clips, comedians, DC, New York, NYC, politics, tv, Washington, Washington DC | 1 Comment

Visually Stunning pic of Javier Bardem

OK, I don’t have much for today, but I did stumble across the above pic of Javier Bardem after seeing Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which I enjoyed a great deal. I really don’t know what to say about it, other than it is visually stunning and it reminds me why I love photography.

Thanks Vanity Fair for the above photo!

That’s all I got.

Dany

September 11, 2008 11:00 pm Posted by | art, crazy celebs, magazines, movies, photography, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Apple’s New Announcements – Kevin Rose was Right

Well, it looks like Kevin Rose‘s leaked rumors were true. Steve Jobs announced today that Apple was releasing a new iPod Nano (8 and 16gb versions for $149 and 199 respectively) that looks exactly like the leaked photos, that they were reducing the prices on the iPod Touch (8, 16 and 32gb versions for $229, 299 and 399) and letting loose iTunes 8.0.

I was very surprised that the leaked Nano photos were legit though, the idea that Apple is moving from flat screen displays to a curved glass display is very strange. I could understand if they only curved the metal/plastic body, but curving the glass introduces a lot more reflections into your viewing experience and if they’re heavily promoting the video experience with these new players and their newer, larger screens, this is a very odd turn indeed. Remember the glare you used to get on your old tube televisions and monitors before they all went to the more expensive flat screen models?

Now, I haven’t gotten my hands on the new Nano yet, I’ll be heading over to an Apple store to get a hands on before my final judgement, but from what I’ve heard, they’ve vastly shrunk down the thickness of the Nano to an almost wafer thin state, which sounds quite nice.

The only other major change to their lineup is that they consolidated their iPod Classic lineup by cutting out both their 160 and 80gb versions and splitting the difference with a new thin 120gb version for $249. This was surprising since the new Zune was leaked to be only 120gb, but this brings down the high end version of the iPod Classic down to that same capacity for less than a dollar more than the rumored Zune.

Thanks to Engadget for the above pic and the best live blog of the entire event today.

Enjoy

Dany

September 9, 2008 10:36 pm Posted by | apple, audiobooks, movies, music, podcasts, software, technology, tv | Leave a comment

Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld Unveil Microsoft’s New Ad Campaign

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Microsoft’s new ad campaign has officially kicked off with Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld now.

This is Microsoft‘s long overdue response to Vista‘s publicity woes and Apple’s Mac vs PC ads, which have gotten progressively more aggressive against Microsoft over time.

Enjoy

Dany

September 6, 2008 8:24 pm Posted by | apple, clips, comedians, commercials, crazy celebs, software, technology, tv, Windows | 1 Comment

Vicky Cristina Barcelona Review

I just got back from watching Woody Allen‘s new movie, Vicky Cristina Barcelona. This film really has not gotten a lot of press coverage, I haven’t really seen any ads for it, but shows like Filmspotting (subscribe here), The Totally Rad Show (subscribe here), along with the always trusty Roger Ebert and James Berardinelli have also tried to bring this film into the light of day.

I try and make a point of seeing any new Woody Allen film I hear about and this is definitely one of those times where I feel completely rewarded for this policy. This movie is wonderfully wild, especially as the film progresses and yes Scarlett Johansson is insanely beautiful and sexy, but with this movie, I can see specifically what it is that Woody saw in her to have her star in 3 of his last 4 films, while I liked Match Point more than this movie, I thought she gave her best performance here as Cristina. Johansson has a restless, exuberant innocence that is wonderful.

I don’t always like the use of a narrator and I didn’t always like it in this movie either. It was useful for explaining which Spanish landmarks were being visited and which artists and sculptures were being admired throughout the film, but it got a bit annoying when, for example being told that the characters were tasting chocolates at a local chocolatier, while on screen, we can see Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem walking in and eating those chocolates.

It has been a long time since I saw a film with Penélope Cruz and her sensuous and wild performance reminded me of the first time I ever saw her, back in Abre los ojos (the role that also inspired Tom Cruise to remake that film into Vanilla Sky with her starring in it as well) and it shames me to think that I still have not gotten to see her in Volver up to this point! I NEED to put that film on my list of things to see on dvd now.

I think this is a wonderful movie and I just loved it, especially with all the photography featured in the film, I love photography and I wish I could get my shots to come out looking as good as some of those taken in this film. Thanks to VickyCristinaBarcelona.Wordpress.com for the above pic.

On a side note, throughout the film, I kept identifying with the Doug character (Chris Messina), no matter how much I wanted this to not be so, while at the same time, I wish I acted more like Juan Antonio in my dealings with women and relationships.

Enjoy

Dany

September 4, 2008 12:28 am Posted by | art, dvd, movie reviews, movies, photography | 2 Comments

Tropic Thunder Review

I feel a bit silly about publishing this this review, since I wrote it a week ago… I just saved it without clicking the Publish button… I guess that’s what happens sometimes with a new medium like this. Anyway, here is my review.

After seeing Tropic Thunder, I realize that there are two parts to this review. First, for the squeamish and the easily offended, it’s time for you to leave. Do not buy a ticket, this movie is not for you. You WILL get offended and will not have fun… unless you want to get offended.

Now, for all you people who don’t fall under that former category, get ready for a fun ride. This is not a great movie, but it had me cracking up during enough scenes that I lost count, probably the two most memorable parts were the film’s fake movie trailers, which completely took me off guard and had me laughing out loud (especially the one with featuring Tobey Maguire). My other favorite part of the film was Robert Downey Jr‘s entire performance. This man has had an amazing year, most actors are lucky if they’re in a good movie every couple of years, but between his performance here and earlier in Iron Man, he’s having a great year.

The movie is about a group of actors trying to make an epic Vietnam War movie, based on the writings of a GREAT grizzled and hand-less Nick Nolte, but they end up having production problems and the creators of the film decide that to try and shake up the production, they would strand the actors deep in the jungle to try and scare them into making a great authentic feeling movie and let’s just say that things start to go wrong FAST!

This really wasn’t really a tour de force for Ben Stiller‘s acting and his pacing (as a director) felt off at times, there were times when Jack Black was funny, but at other times he just didn’t really cut it and Danny McBride wasn’t as much fun as in Pineapple Express, but even with that, Stiller made a funny movie that I had a lot of fun watching this movie.

Thanks to ScreenRant for the above pic.

Enjoy

Dany

Oh yeah, also, watch out for Tom Cruise, that’s all I’m going to say.

September 3, 2008 10:52 pm Posted by | crazy celebs, movie reviews, movies | Leave a comment