Pushing the Xbox 360 to the Media Masses

Monday, April 23, 2007 9:05
Posted in category Hardware

I just recently rewired my network in my family’s living room. As a result, our Xbox 360 is now permanently connected to the Internet. After booting up the unit, I started playing with a few of the new features introduced by Microsoft. Amongst the updates, I was pleasantly surprised to see that movies and TV episodes can be purchased for viewing on the Xbox 360. Microsoft is moving in the right direction and I believe they could storm the market if they approach the average user in the right way. Read the rest of this entry »

please Please PLEASE, Backup Your Data

Monday, April 2, 2007 6:02
Posted in category Hardware, Software

Image this. You’ve just come home from work. After a nice evening meal, you head to your trusty computer to pay bills and update your finances. Oh, the trusty computer. You’ve been using it to watch your bank accounts and credit cards. You’ve even used it to handle your taxes for the past five years. You sit down in your comfy computer chair and hit the power button. However, instead of a soft hum as the machine powers to life, you hear a very shill and blood curdling grinding noise. There’s a slight smell of smoke and burnt plastic. That’s your hard drive and it’s now toast.

What do you do at this point? What’s your plan of action? When was the last time you made a copy of all your important details? If you can’t answer any of these questions, you have a choice. You could stop reading right now under the presumption that this crisis will never happen to you. Your other option is to write these questions down and start searching for the answers. In this article, I’ll touch the basic concepts you’ll need in order to have a disaster recovery plan. Read the rest of this entry »

Roboform: Ultimate Protector of the Password

Thursday, March 22, 2007 18:05
Posted in category Software

I’ve never trusted a Internet Explorer or any other web browser to store my personal information. Not forms, not credit card information and especially not passwords. Microsoft made a feeble attempt in order to keep track of this information for you. When I set up Internet Explorer, the first thing I do is disable the form filling and password saving tools that it comes with. It’s all to easy for someone to grab that information. It isn’t even encrypted! Due my inability to unconditionally trust Internet Explorer (or any other web browser), I’ve relied on different methods for keeping track of my fifty plus usernames and passwords which I use as I stroll around the Internet. A little over two years ago, I was introduced to Roboform, which came bundled with Maxthon (a web browser that I throughly enjoyed at the time). I researched it and like what I saw. Today, I would be unable to part with it. Read the rest of this entry »

Reminder: Daylight Savings Change

Thursday, March 8, 2007 13:10
Posted in category Software, Windows

Many moons ago, the United States government decided to move up Daylight Savings. The change happens this weekend. (Please be sure to wake up at 2am on Sunday to set your clock forward one hour.) In addition, Daylight Savings has been extended. It now ends two weeks after it normally ends. (Mark down November 7th on your calendar.) Read the rest of this entry »

Think Before You Forward

Monday, February 12, 2007 21:39
Posted in category Internet

E-mail has become the most popular messaging medium. It’s faster than Postal Mail (snail mail) and best of all, it’s free. When you send an e-mail, the recipient doesn’t need to be on the other end to get your e-mail right away. It’ll be there when he or she gets around to checking their e-mail. E-mail makes our lives much easier, but in some cases, this can be its downfall. Read the rest of this entry »

Why You Should Not Use the E-mail Address Provided by your ISP

Saturday, January 20, 2007 8:07
Posted in category Internet

Just about every home has the Internet. It may come via DSL, Cable Company or even *shudder* Dial-Up. The company which provides you with Internet access is called an Internet Service Provider (ISP). The ISP commonly provides you with e-mail accounts of your own choosing. You may be bob@comcast.net or even alice@aol.com. While seemingly convenient, using e-mail addresses provided by through your ISP should be avoided. Read the rest of this entry »

Spyware and Malware and Adware-OH WHY?!?

Monday, January 1, 2007 12:00
Posted in category Internet, Software

Say it out loud. Spyware. Malware. Adware. Sounds like something you’d find at a Department Store. While department stores easily clog up credit cards, Spyware and it’s brethren clog up computers on an even larger scale. Everyone inherently knows that slight mention of these terms cause a bright shiny neon red flag to appear in the brain. However, so few understand what these terms mean. Let’s understand why! Read the rest of this entry »

Internet Explorer 7: A Must for Home Surfers, but Businesses Beware!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 21:15
Posted in category Internet, Software

As many of you know, Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 was released late October. Many people are now seeing their Microsoft Windows Update prompt the installation of the new revision of this web browser. Microsoft has put many new features into the updated browser which make it a worth-while Read the rest of this entry »

Life Simplified by RSS

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 21:07
Posted in category Internet, Software

How many websites do you visit each day? Personally, I read at least 5 websites for global news. Throw in another eight for “geeky” news. Then, add in a few other sites for deals and random goofiness, I’m reading over 15 websites, multiple times, each day. If you’re in the same situation as myself, you know Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 6:00
Posted in category News

Welcome to the launch of a website which I hope will be a great source for Computer and Internet information. Some of the areas include are:

Microsoft Windows: I’m an avid supporter of Windows. However, it’s a high maintenance program. We’re always finding out what new bugs are cropping up or exploits are being… exploited… in order to use your system for nefarious purposes. I’ll post information on any new threats to your PC and what steps can be taken in order to prevent damage to your data.

Software Reviews: The internet is littered with program that make you’re life easier. Some of them are even free. It’s always a treat to play with these program. I really enjoy sharing them with others so they can reap the benefits as well. Make sure you read posts about the gems that I find buried in the Internet.

Hardware: Everyone knows how much I’m interested in Motherboards and Sound Cards and the like. Just get me started and you’ll need a sledgehammer to stop me. Webcams, Video Encoders, Keyboards and Mice are pieces of hardware that everyone relates to since we’re always looking for something comfortable and add to our enjoyment of this digital age. Keep an eye out for posts relating to technology that makes you happier.

Internet: Yes, it’s a time waster, but it’s full of neat “stuff”. We’ll cover plugins for your Web Browser as well as other websites which will help be you organized, increase your productivity or just plain waste your time.

Of course, more categories will be added as needed. This is just the tip of the ice-berg.

If you’ve read this far, I’ll share with you a secret as to why I’ve really created this site. Actually, the reason I’m setting up this site is a selfish one. Amazingly enough, there are quite a few people that like to listen to my mindless dribble. Some people even talk back instead of drifting off into LaLa Land. However, it’s an overwhelming task to remember who I told what. So, if your interested in my input and suggestions, this is the place for you!

Have a great day!