Thursday, September 24, 2009

Aplin Software » Download

Aplin Software » Download
We believe that Neo’s SafeKeys will increase your security, but users should know that there is no 100% way to defeat ALL malicious keyloggers (keyloggers, mouseloggers, screenloggers and network loggers), and Neo’s SafeKeys does not proport to deliver 100% protection.

Neo’s SafeKeys is a small program that helps to defeat keyloggers on unsecure computer terminals.

Neo’s SafeKeys is perfect for travel – use it in internet cafes, the office or even at home as protection against stealth keylogging programs that can be installed without your knowledge.

Neo’s SafeKeys is a custom-made tool that allows for you to mouse-click your password on an on-screen keyboard.

Free will is not an illusion after all - life - 23 September 2009 - New Scientist

Free will is not an illusion after all - life - 23 September 2009 - New Scientist: "In 1983, neuroscientist Benjamin Libet asked volunteers wearing scalp electrodes to flex a finger or wrist. When they did, the movements were preceded by a dip in the signals being recorded, called the 'readiness potential'. Libet interpreted this RP as the brain preparing for movement.

Crucially, the RP came a few tenths of a second before the volunteers said they had decided to move. Libet concluded that unconscious neural processesMovie Camera determine our actions before we are ever aware of making a decision"

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Email files with Filemailer

Email files with Filemailer: "Filemailer is a Mac application. You'll need to be running OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or later to use it."

PortForward.com - Free Help Setting up Your Router or Firewall

PortForward.com - Free Help Setting up Your Router or Firewall

Google Updates Street View for Easier Navigation - AppScout

Google Updates Street View for Easier Navigation - AppScout: "The 360-degree imagery on Google's Street View mapping feature is pretty impressive, but until today, navigating the streets from your keyboard has been somewhat of a chore.

Google on Thursday updated Street View to allows users to move through the streets by double clicking on your mouse rather than using the arrow keys."

Lifehacker - Geek to Live: How to access a home server behind a router/firewall - File Sharing

Lifehacker - Geek to Live: How to access a home server behind a router/firewall - File Sharing: "Geek to Live: How to access a home server behind a router/firewall"

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Twitter to Launch Verified Accounts

Twitter to Launch Verified Accounts: "There has been no systematic way for Twitter to verify that a celebrity tweeter was real. Until now, that is. Twitter has just announced a verified accounts beta program to make sure there are no more lawsuits of this nature."

Thursday, June 4, 2009

This revolution will be digitized: online tools for radical collaboration — DMM

This revolution will be digitized: online tools for radical collaboration — DMM

ResourceShelf » Blog Archive » Audiobooks on iPods: Building a program for a research library

ResourceShelf » Blog Archive » Audiobooks on iPods: Building a program for a research library: "Research libraries, with their in-depth collections that support research activities, have long collected print books and journals, and, in recent years, e-books and e-journals. E-books and e-journals enable researchers to locate and obtain information quickly and remotely at any time of the day or night; they have become especially popular over the past decade. On the other hand, audiobooks have not played a very important role in research libraries.

In July 2007, the Research Library at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) instituted an Audiobooks-on-iPods1 program using leadership and management audiobooks. NIST researchers enthusiastically embraced the program from its very first day. In its initial nine months, researchers checked out audiobooks six times more frequently than new print books."

Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians)

Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians): "For example, a library could share all kinds of news that patrons want. Short messages can tell people about events such as readings, lectures, and book sales; newly available resources; or changes in the building hours. One message a day or one a week could share a tip on finding or accessing information online or in the building. Twitter posts can link to interesting news stories about literacy or about libraries. When appropriate, the posts can link to a library’s own website and blog for more in-depth information."

Dot TK - Renaming The Internet

Dot TK - Renaming The Internet

Computers and Electronics - how to articles from wikiHow

Computers and Electronics - how to articles from wikiHow: "Category:Computers and Electronics

This is the category on Computers and Electronics. Related articles can be found in Web Writing and eBooks."

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Transfer Big Files Free - Send Large Files up to 1GB

Transfer Big Files Free - Send Large Files up to 1GB

Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age » Flips&DigitalCams

Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age » Flips&DigitalCamsFLIPS and digital cameras....I have an old FLIP...jonesing for a new, HD model.

Homeless people and the Internet - Boing Boing

Homeless people and the Internet - Boing Boing: "'You don't need a TV. You don't need a radio. You don't even need a newspaper,' says Mr. Pitts, an aspiring poet in a purple cap and yellow fleece jacket, who says he has been homeless for two years. 'But you need the Internet...'"

Pipes: Rewire the web

Pipes: Rewire the web: "Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web."

Pipes: EZTV Releases

Pipes: EZTV Releases

Friday, May 29, 2009

How has writing for a world wide audience changed the way you write? | Blogush

How has writing for a world wide audience changed the way you write? | Blogush

Lunduke.com » The Perfect Linux Distro

Lunduke.com » The Perfect Linux Distro

10 Ways to Share Music on Twitter

10 Ways to Share Music on Twitter

U.S. National Debt Clock : Real Time

U.S. National Debt Clock : Real Time

TestDisk - CGSecurity

TestDisk - CGSecurity: "TestDisk is a powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy."

Speak-A-Message - Download

Speak-A-Message - Download

Download NTFSDOS Professional 4.03 - Full read/write access to NTFS drives from DOS! - Softpedia

Download NTFSDOS Professional 4.03 - Full read/write access to NTFS drives from DOS! - Softpedia: "NTFSDOS Professional mounts your NTFS volumes and gives them drive letters, so you can run applications and use files on NTFS volumes transparently. NTFSDOS Professional is small enough to run from a MS-DOS boot diskette so you can even access NTFS volumes on a system where Windows NT/2000/XP isn't installed or able to boot. This makes it ideal for repairing corrupt files or configuration problems that prevent a Windows NT/2000/XP system from booting."

FileBox eXtender - keep favorite folders at your fingertips

FileBox eXtender - keep favorite folders at your fingertips: "FileBox enhances Windows by adding several advanced functions to the standard Open File and Save File dialog boxes. (Note that if a program uses its own 'private' dialog boxes for these functions, you won't see our FileBox buttons, sorry.)"

Monday, May 25, 2009

BoonEx - Community Software Experts

BoonEx - Community Software Experts Download free software and create your own social network.

Download YouTube Videos as an MP3, WMV, AVI, MOV, WAV for FREE!

Download YouTube Videos as an MP3, WMV, AVI, MOV, WAV for FREE!

Unixmen - Linux howto and Tutorials - Socialist Party in Spain wants open source on school laptops

Unixmen - Linux howto and Tutorials - Socialist Party in Spain wants open source on school laptops: "Sunday, 24 May 2009 21:32

Socialist Party in Spain wants open source on school laptops

Spain's socialist party (PSOE) wants the laptops that are to be disseminated to 420,000 school students in September to be equipped with open source software."

TechBlog: Can you trust that new PC to be malware-free?

TechBlog: Can you trust that new PC to be malware-free?

To ensure that a new PC is malware-free, Schouwenberg recommended that before users connect the machine to the Internet, they install security software, update it by retrieving the latest definition file on another computer and transferring that update to the new system, then running a full antivirus scan.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Why Are Doctors Such Luddites? - CBS News

Why Are Doctors Such Luddites? - CBS News: "In its Orange County, Calif., offices, the Feinerman Vision Center staff has set up a Mac notebook in the waiting room with a private Twitter account. As an eye operation concludes, updates go out that enable a patient's friends and family to read how the procedure has gone."

HOW TO: Create Custom Twitter Backgrounds

HOW TO: Create Custom Twitter Backgrounds

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Svchost Process Analyzer - a svchost.exe file checker

Svchost Process Analyzer - a svchost.exe file checker: "Svchost.exe is the most mysterious process in Windows XP/Vista. Svchost.exe is a generic host process name for services that run from dynamic-link libraries (DLLs). The authentic svchost.exe file is located in C:\Windows\System32, but numerous viruses and trojans use the same file and process name to hide their activities.

The free Svchost Process Analyzer lists all svchost instances and checks the services they contain. This makes it easy to uncover Svchost worms like the infamous Conficker worm.

Svchost Process Analyzer is a 100% freeware program from www.neuber.com. There is absolutely no installation required. Simply download and run the software.

Read also the svchost.exe user comments."

open thinking » 80+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy

open thinking » 80+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy

Friday, May 22, 2009

Video Documentaries at DocumentaryWire.com

Video Documentaries at DocumentaryWire.com

SourceForge.net: ODIN (Open Disk Imager in a Nutshell): ODIN (Open Disk Imager in a Nutshell)

SourceForge.net: ODIN (Open Disk Imager in a Nutshell): ODIN (Open Disk Imager in a Nutshell)

TwitterPacks / Twitter Tools

TwitterPacks / Twitter Tools

PlugComputer Community

PlugComputer Community

Listen to the files with Panopreter!

Listen to the files with Panopreter!: "Panopreter reads text file, rtf file, word document and web page in .htm format,"

Harden-It | Harden your Windows Installation (Sny flood, Syn attack..)

Harden-It | Fpr propeller heads: Harden your Windows Installation (Sny flood, Syn attack..): "Harden-It™ is a Network and System hardening tool for Windows, by hardening the IP stack your Network can sustain or completely thwart various sophisticated network attacks. Harden-It is intended for advanced or professional user."

GFI Backup Home Edition - Freeware

GFI Backup Home Edition - Freeware: "To assist home PC users in these troubled economic times and to help them understand the importance of data backups, GFI Software is offering for free its newly-developed backup and recovery software GFI Backup 2009."

1 Hour Software by Skrommel - DonationCoder.com

1 Hour Software by Skrommel - DonationCoder.com: "Need a quick fix? A little tool to brighten your day"

ZEUS Software

ZEUS SoftwareFREE utilities.

M.P.S. Freeware

M.P.S. Freeware: "A small program for static screen capture, with a nice photo-camera - like look and functionality, and easy to use. With a single click capture screen and save as BMP, JPEG or PNG. Selected area can be automatically adjusted at 3/4 format or free. Windows XP(Size:230kB)"

Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree.org

Free Online Learning at GCFLearnFree.org Free tutorials in areas of computers, math, money, careers, etc. Registration required, but use any name and any throw-away, email address you may have at Google or Yahoo, etc. -tp.

Peeved at Auto-Warranty Calls, a Web Posse Strikes Back - WSJ.com

Peeved at Auto-Warranty Calls, a Web Posse Strikes Back - WSJ.com: "'The Internet is evolving, and is allowing for groups of people to do their own justice socially,' says Mr. Silveira. 'It's as if we all live in one small town in an old Western movie, and once your picture goes up on the bulletin board as wanted for some deplorable crime, nobody forgets.'"

Free Drive Encryption for Windows Vista 64 bit and 32 bit and XP.

Free Drive Encryption for Windows Vista 64 bit and 32 bit and XP.

Mac Help and Tutorials

Mac Help and Tutorials

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Introduction to Geotagging Images

Introduction to Geotagging Images

An Adjustable Black and White Conversion in Photoshop Elements

An Adjustable Black and White Conversion in Photoshop Elements

Smart Dodge and Burn in Photoshop Elements

Smart Dodge and Burn in Photoshop Elements
Dodge and Burn, Duck and Cover. Do your thing with the right tools. -tp.

Migrating from XP to Windows 7

User State Migration Tool

The User State Migration Tool can help you improve and simplify your migration process. Capture desktop and application settings, user accounts, and users' files; then easily migrate them to a new Windows installation. You can use this tool for both side-by-side and wipe-and-load migrations. Click here to watch a video demonstration on how to migrate a user from a Windows XP environment to Windows 7.
http://co1piltwb.partners.extranet.microsoft.com/mcoeredir/mcoeredirect.aspx?linkId=11813411&s1=2d0d0461-02ec-e32f-641c-d900f9c3b9ab

19 Reasons You Should Blog And Not Just Tweet

19 Reasons You Should Blog And Not Just Tweet

Diagnose boot problems in Windows XP using MSCONFIG | Microsoft Windows | TechRepublic.com

Diagnose boot problems in Windows XP using MSCONFIG | Microsoft Windows | TechRepublic.com: "Diagnose boot problems in Windows XP using MSCONFIG"

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Google falling behind Twitter, admits chief | Business | guardian.co.uk

Google falling behind Twitter, admits chief | Business | guardian.co.uk: "Google 'falling behind Twitter'

• Co-founder Larry Page says search engine has been losing out to micro-blogging site in battle to provide real-time information
• Chief executive hints that Google could go into partnership with Twitter"

Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus - Reviews and free Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus downloads at Download.com

Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus - Reviews and free Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus downloads at Download.com Freebie. Good Consumer Report ratings...even over PAID antivirus programs. [Thanks, Mary..]

Twitter away your time for fun and profit | Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine

Twitter away your time for fun and profit | Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine
Twitter Away Your Time seems like a good title for a presentation. -tp.

Save paper & ink printing only what you want « PrintWhatYouLike.com

Save paper & ink printing only what you want « PrintWhatYouLike.com I tried this. Works great, works fast. Remove images and background from a web site and only print the text. Try it with the spcug.net site, for example. -tp.

Fliggo - Create Your Own Video Site

Fliggo - Create Your Own Video Site

10 handy Firefox about:config hacks | 10 Things | TechRepublic.com

10 handy Firefox about:config hacks | 10 Things | TechRepublic.com: "1: Speed up Firefox

To start with this, type: "about:config " (without the quotes AND no space between the words/colon) in the Firefox address line.

Tip

If Firefox is fubar’d because you accidentally misconfigured about:config, you can fix it in one of two ways:

* Make a backup of your prefs.js file before you start editing. Then, if something goes wrong, you can restore it by copying it over the corrupt file.
* If you can’t restore via a backup prefs.js file, you can exit Firefox and issue the command firefox -safe-mode to bring up the Firefox Safe Mode screen. Then, just select Reset All User Preferences To Firefox Defaults. Note: This will restore all user preferences to their default values.

This hack requires a few steps. Search for pipelining in the filter and you should see:

network.http.pipelining: Change this to true.

network.http.proxy.pipelining: Change this to true.

network.http.pipelining.maxrequests: Change this to 8.

Now search for max-connections and you should see:

network.http.max-connections: Change this to 96.

network.http.max-connections-per-server: Change this to 32.
2: Disable antivirus scanning

This is only for the Windows version. If you’re downloading large files, this scanning can seriously slow things down. And since you will most likely scan the downloaded file anyway, you’ll probably want to disable this. Of course, if you are uber paranoid (not a bad trait for computing), you might want to leave this entry alone.

To disable antivirus scanning, search for scanWhenDone and you should see:

browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone: Change this to false.

3: Open Javascript popups as tabs

If a popup window lacks the features of a browser window, Firefox will handle it like a popup. If you would prefer to open all windows, including popups, as new tabs, you need to tell Firefox in about:config. Search for new window and you will see three entries. Of those three entries, you will want to modify:

browser.link.open_newwindow.restriction: Change this to 0.
4: Spell checking in all fields

By default, Firefox checks spelling only in multiple-line text boxes. You can set it to check spelling in all text boxes. Search for spellcheckdefault and you should see:

layout.spellcheckDefault: Change this to 2.
5: Open search bar results in new tab

When you use the search bar, the results display in the current tab. This can be a nuisance because you will navigate out of the page you are currently in. To make sure Firefox always opens search results in a new tab, search for openintab and you should see:

browser.search.openintab: Change this to true.
6: Auto export bookmarks

In Firefox 3, bookmarks are automatically saved and exported for you. The only problem is that by default, they’re saved as places.sqlite instead of the more convenient bookmarks.html. To change this setting so that they can be easily re-imported, search for autoExportHTML and you should see:

browser.bookmarks.autoExportHTML: Change this to true.
7: Disable extension install delay

One of the few gripes I have with Firefox is the silly countdown you must endure every time you want to install an extension. Fortunately, this can be disabled. Search for enable_delay and you should see:

security.dialog_enable_delay: Change this to 0.
8: View source code in an external editor

When you need to view the source of a page, it opens up in browser popup. Most developers would probably like to have that opened in their favorite editor instead of having to cut and paste. To do this, there are two entries to modify. Search for view_source.editor and you will see:

view_source.editor.external: Change this to true.

view_source.editor.path: Change this to the explicit path to your editor of choice.
9: Get more add-on search results

When you do a search in the Add-on window, you’ll see just five results. You might find it more efficient to increase this number. Search for getAddons and you should see:

extension.getAddons.maxResults: Change this to 10 (or higher, if you want to see even more).
10: Redefine the Backspace button

Did you know you can configure Firefox to use the backspace button to either go back a page or go up a page? This keeps power users from having to go back and forth from the keyboard to the mouse. Search for backspace and you will see:

browser.backspace_action: Change this to 0 for previous page and 1 for page up.

Videos - Free video downloads and streaming video - CNET TV

Videos - Free video downloads and streaming video - CNET TV
Copy your iTunes library to an external hard drive.

Monday, May 18, 2009

HowStuffWorks "About Article Tools"

HowStuffWorks "About Article Tools": "As you surf the Web, you've probably seen different tools that you can use to share and interact with the content. Some of them -- like print and e-mail -- are pretty self-explanatory. But if you're not involved with social networking or bookmarking sites, you may not be aware of everything that these tools can do. Read on to learn about the article, networking and bookmarking tools now available on HowStuffWorks."

Why E-Books Look So Ugly | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Why E-Books Look So Ugly | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Etext Center: Collections

Etext Center: Collections
More e-books to read from the University of Virginia Library.

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts
Some e-texts to read on your netbook or laptop.

vk.edward.li - EeeRotate

vk.edward.li - EeeRotate
Rotate your screen to read books in portrait mode. Used along with the Microsoft Reader (next POST), you can use your netbook or laptop as a e-reader. -tp.

E-Books: A Cool, New Way to Read - PC World

E-Books: A Cool, New Way to Read - PC World

How to Buy a Netbook - washingtonpost.com

How to Buy a Netbook - washingtonpost.com

Sunday, May 17, 2009

TBUZZ | An Arc90 Project

TBUZZ | An Arc90 ProjectTweet the page you are on with a button on your toolbar. Fast, easy, free.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

How To Connect Your Laptop To Your Television (Technology & Cars: Home Entertainment)

How To Connect Your Laptop To Your Television (Technology & Cars: Home Entertainment) Lots of how-tos on Videojug.

Make: Online : Jimmie's uglified camera

Make: Online : Jimmie's uglified camera

Wolfram|Alpha

Wolfram|Alpha: "Making the world's knowledge computable

Today's Wolfram|Alpha is the first step in an ambitious, long-term project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone. You enter your question or calculation, and Wolfram|Alpha uses its built-in algorithms and growing collection of data to compute the answer. Based on a new kind of knowledge-based computing."

Pikaba Social Shopping, Online Merchant Network, Community Marketplace

Pikaba Social Shopping, Online Merchant Network, Community MarketplaceBuying something. Ask. Pick best offer. Give it a try.

Puppy Linux - only 100 MB

I downloaded an ISO of this and tried it out today, nice small OS only 100MB, another alternative to Ubuntu, you might post it on the blog. [S.S.]
http://www.puppylinux.org/?q=manuals/puppy-40/english/how-get-puppy

Friday, May 15, 2009

Senior Computer Use

If you cannot see the video, try Mozilla Firefox, or go to: http://www.youtube.com/v/n3QdGljaxsY&hl=en&fs=1

FreeRinger

FreeRinger

When I choose "Shut Down" from the Start Menu, my computer hangs at the "Please Wait" screen

When I choose "Shut Down" from the Start Menu, my computer hangs at the "Please Wait" screen: "Q. When I choose 'Shut Down' from the Start Menu, my computer hangs at the 'Please Wait' screen

A. Most likely, one or more of your drivers is not allowing itself to be unloaded.

-This, supposedly, is less of a problem in Windows 98 and Windows Me than in Windows 95 (most drivers are no longer unloaded when you shut down), but it still seems to trip up Windows from time to time.

-Try hitting Enter when it hangs to 'wake it up.'

-Try holding Shift while clicking Ok in the 'Shut Down' dialog - this might allow you to shut down faster, and bypass whatever is causing your system to hang.

-This can also happen if the sound file for Shutdown becomes corrupted. Double-click on the Sounds icon in Control Panel and remove or change the sound event for Shutdown."

Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine - Panda Research Blog

Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine - Panda Research Blog

Tonido - Privacy and Online Freedom from third-party servers | Personal Web Applications and Private P2P Network | Tonido

Tonido - Privacy and Online Freedom from third-party servers | Personal Web Applications and Private P2P Network | Tonido: "Tonido is an open personal web application platform that runs on your desktop which safeguards your privacy and online freedom"

Free Online Research Tools

Free Online Research Tools:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Software for Students : Windows 7 shortcut keys

Software for Students : Windows 7 shortcut keys

Engineering Windows 7 : Some Changes Since Beta for the RC

Engineering Windows 7 : Some Changes Since Beta for the RC
I installed WIN 7 on my iMac, using virtual software from Sun. < http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads > Everything works fine. See the site in the post to read about changes to release copy of Win 7.

Monday, May 11, 2009

VMware: Team Fusion: Windows 7 on Mac with VMware Fusion: A Practical Guide

VMware: Team Fusion: Windows 7 on Mac with VMware Fusion: A Practical Guide: "Next, based on what we’ve seen in our VMware Fusion forums, you have to do a little bit of tweaking.

First, Windows Easy Install will parse the disk image as Windows Vista (either 32 or 64 bit, depending on which ISO you downloaded). Go ahead and change that to Windows Server 2008 (again 32 or 64-bit, depending on which one you downloaded). We’ve heard that it works fine defined as “Vista” too, but this appears to be the best way."

Installing Windows 7 on a Mac

Installing Windows 7 on a Mac I am trying this with VMWare Fusion 2.0.4 today. We shall see. -tp.

InstantShot! « DigitalWaters.net Projects

InstantShot! « DigitalWaters.net ProjectsFOR MAC USERS...SCREEN CAPTURE.............DON'T SAY WE DON'T DO ANYTHING FOR MAC USERS.

Best sites online to watch movies for free

Best sites online to watch movies for free

BooZet Freeware | Visual CD - index the contents of your media storage

BooZet Freeware | Visual CD - index the contents of your media storageI use this to create a directory of my thumb drives and export it as a web page for later examination and reference. Works fast. Of course, it's good for indexing/cataloging CDs full of data...like a SPCUG CD, for instance. -tp.

19 Reasons You Should Blog And Not Just Tweet

19 Reasons You Should Blog And Not Just Tweet

My surefire scam for adding hundreds of Twitter followers

My surefire scam for adding hundreds of Twitter followers Lots of good advice about Tweeting here. Etiquette, included.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tweetake

TweetakeBack up all your Tweets to a .csv file. FREE online service, no reg., except your Twitter name, etc.

YooouuuTuuube

YooouuuTuuubeWatch in multiple screens.

Twitter Search To Become Real Search

Twitter Search To Become Real Search: "This is about to change. According to CNET, Twitter’s new VP of Operations, Santosh Jayaram, said that Twitter search will soon start crawling the links included in tweets. There’s a lot of links there, and given Twitter’s huge growth, soon these links might comprise a hefty portion of the overall web, making it a much more complete search engine that it currently is. It’s a big technical leap, but it shows that the folks at Twitter are serious about search."

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Flash activists use social media to drum up support - USATODAY.com

Flash activists use social media to drum up support - USATODAY.com

CineGobs - CineGobs Keyer

CineGobs - CineGobs Keyer: "CineGobs Keyer is a freeware keyer, for Windows PC's using the .net 2.0 framework."

Welcome to optikVerve Labs - virtualStudio

Welcome to optikVerve Labs - virtualStudio: "virtualStudio is a stand-alone, full-featured photo editor that can run virtualPhotographer and other plug-in filters. Now you can quickly and easily retouch and enhance your photos like a professional, using the power of plug-ins. virtualStudio includes all the features you’d expect to find in high quality editing software, and even comes with a selection of picture frames and the ability to add a title and copyright information."

Cyber-Command May Help Protect Civilian Networks - washingtonpost.com

Cyber-Command May Help Protect Civilian Networks - washingtonpost.com: "The Pentagon is considering whether to create a new cyber-command that would oversee government efforts to protect the military's computer networks and would also assist in protecting the civilian government networks, the head of the National Security Agency said yesterday.

The new command would be headquartered at Fort Meade, the NSA's director, Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, told the House Armed Services terrorism subcommittee."

Saturday, May 2, 2009

HBO Alzheimer's Project

HBO Alzheimer's Project: "Living With Alzheimer's" - Yes. Off topic, BUT if you read this and you know someone caring for someone with Alzheimer's, PLEASE pass on this link:
Living With Alzheimer's
http://www.aarp.org/family/caregiving/alzheimers/?cmp=NLC-WBLTR-CTRL-5109-F4

Friday, May 1, 2009

Simple Solution - CNET Computer help Forums

Simple Solution - CNET Computer help Forums: "Computer help: How do you future proof your digitally archived documents?
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) Moderator - 01/05/09 10:39 AM"

ShowMyPC.com - Remote Support, Instant Desktop Sharing, Web Conferencing, Access Remote PC Free, Online Meetings

ShowMyPC.com - Remote Support, Instant Desktop Sharing, Web Conferencing, Access Remote PC Free, Online MeetingsEasy to setup and use. SSH protection. Generate a new password at each host sign in. Go to client machine, start executable that you have downloaded from showmypc.com, then run/view HOST machine. Very slick. -tp

ShowMyPC - Free Portable VNC | Portable USB Pen Drive Applications

ShowMyPC - Free Portable VNC | Portable USB Pen Drive Applications

Outertech - computer memory and cache optimization, tuneup and internet utility software

Outertech - computer memory and cache optimization, tuneup and internet utility software: "Batchrun is a graphical script creation tool that eliminates the need for knowledge of arcane scripting languages to execute batches of commands. With Batchrun .brs batch files you can launch any number of programs or dialup connections with just a simple click. You can control the starting process with many properties like priority or run mode and control their behavior a tad. Download." Maybe you should have a propeller on your cap??

585Soft

585SoftFree software. From good source recommending this site.

Eterlogic - SecretDrive: the best solution to encrypt your private data

Eterlogic - SecretDrive: the best solution to encrypt your private data: "32 bit version is absolutely FREE !

SecretDrive is a small, efficient and reliable program to create up to 8 encrypted virtual disks. Virtual disk is protected by one of five modern encryption algorithms"

Standby Power : Data

Standby Power : DataResidential appliances...audio, battery, home, kitchen, office, etc.

Boot From A USB Flash Drive

Boot From A USB Flash Drive

Free Printables

Free Printables

Prevent Fraudulent Website & Email, Internet Identity Theft Protection Tool , Download Anti Phishing Software - Gralic Wrap

Prevent Fraudulent Website & Email, Internet Identity Theft Protection Tool , Download Anti Phishing Software - Gralic Wrap

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

50 Useful Twitter Tools for Writers and Researchers | Online College Degree

50 Useful Twitter Tools for Writers and Researchers | Online College Degree

Ugolog Creates Surveillance Website To Watch Anyone, Anywhere | Singularity Hub

Ugolog Creates Surveillance Website To Watch Anyone, Anywhere | Singularity Hub: "Ugolog Creates Surveillance Website To Watch Anyone, Anywhere"

Google Now Charts Unemployment And Other Public Data In Search Results

Google Now Charts Unemployment And Other Public Data In Search Results

Google Unveils New Tool To Dig for Public Data - washingtonpost.com

Google Unveils New Tool To Dig for Public Data - washingtonpost.com: "Google launched a new search tool yesterday designed to help Web users find public data that is often buried in hard-to-navigate government Web sites.

The tool, called Google Public Data, is the latest in the company's efforts to make information from federal, state and local governments accessible to citizens."

Monday, April 27, 2009

sequim pc club BLOG has been exported to sequimtech.blogspot.com

sequim pc club BLOG has been exported to sequimtech.blogspot.com: "POGO PLUG - USB on the NET
The club might like to have one of these as a file depository."

Friday, April 24, 2009

How to Take Excellent Portrait Photos | Webdesigner Depot

How to Take Excellent Portrait Photos | Webdesigner Depot

Tor: anonymity online

Tor: anonymity onlineTor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. Tor works with many of your existing applications, including web browsers, instant messaging clients, remote login, and other applications based on the TCP protocol. [Thanks, Steve.]

About 'View as slideshow' - Gmail Help

About 'View as slideshow' - Gmail Help Google mail has aded a viewer for POWERPOINT, which opens slides in a new browser window. You can navigate between slides by clicking the left and right arrow buttons at the top of the screen, or by choosing a specific slide from the dropdown menu in the upper right corner of the screen.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

How to Set Up a Twitter Account

How to Set Up a Twitter Account

The Business That Got Creative With Twitter. What Creative Ways Have YOU Seen Before? | Blog of Mr. Tweet

The Business That Got Creative With Twitter. What Creative Ways Have YOU Seen Before? | Blog of Mr. Tweet Watch how many folks come out with Twitter devices to Tweet events, etc. -tp

Bruce Perens - A Cyber-Attack on an American City

Bruce Perens - A Cyber-Attack on an American City: "A Cyber-Attack on an American City"

Sources: Pentagon planning new cybercommand

Sources: Pentagon planning new cybercommand: "(AP) -- The Pentagon is planning to create a new military command to focus on cyberspace and protect its computer networks from cyberattacks, U.S. officials said Wednesday."

Europeana - Homepage

Europeana - Homepage: "This is Europeana - a place for inspiration and ideas. Search through the cultural collections of Europe, connect to other user pathways and share your discoveries."

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Safe internet surfing with AVG LinkScanner - Home

Safe internet surfing with AVG LinkScanner - Home: "There are millions of poisoned web pages out there. Let AVG LinkScanner check them out first. AVG LinkScanner looks for threats on every link you click in real time, before you get there. If a link is dangerous, you’ll be protected. And it runs alongside other security software. So click on. What have you got to losehttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.italic.gif?"

The Great Brazilian Sat-Hack Crackdown

The Great Brazilian Sat-Hack Crackdown

Twitter FAQ: RT, HT, OH Explained. | Brent Ozar - SQL Server DBA

Twitter FAQ: RT, HT, OH Explained. | Brent Ozar - SQL Server DBA

Friday, April 17, 2009

Social-media tools could support security - UPI.com

Social-media tools could support security - UPI.com: "WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- National Defense University researchers are encouraging the U.S. Defense Department to develop a strategy to use social media to strengthen national security."

Cool Futuristic/Concept Gadgets That Really Inspire | Inspiration

Cool Futuristic/Concept Gadgets That Really Inspire | Inspiration

Clicky Gone

Clicky Gone Window hider application. Used to hide windows without closing programs or losing documents.

Vista system that is mysteriously running low on disk space

You can reset the value of the Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space setting using the command:

vssadmin resize shadowstorage /for=<ForVolumeSpec> /on=<OnVolumeSpec> [/maxsize=<MaxSizeSpec>

On my problem system, I reset the Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space setting to 15GB using the command:

vssadmin resize shadowstorage /for=c: /on=c: /maxsize=15GB

Once the operation was complete, I restarted the system, and everything has been running normally since.

What's your take?

If you have a Vista system that is mysteriously running low on disk space, you might want to use the VSSAdmin command-line tool to investigate and change the Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space setting.

Twitterers I recommend students follow

Twitter

------------------------------------------------------------------------

Twitter allows you to connect with anyone in the world, whether they're
acquaintances, classmates, celebrities or complete strangers with common
interests.

You can use Twitter to network with professionals, stay updated on
current news, trends and ideas in many different industries, connect
with businesses on a "human" level, engage in conversation, and share
content - and new uses are constantly emerging. As a student looking for
a job in the social media industry, Twitter has been my #1 resource to
network and learn about the industry.

Here are some Twitterers I recommend students follow:

@heatherhuhman <http://twitter.com/heatherhuhman> - Tweets helpful
information to those seeking internships and entry level jobs.
@collegebloggers <http://twitter.com/CollegeBloggers> - Connects college
students, faculty, and alumni bloggers, sharing relevant content.
@careerealism <http://twitter.com/careerealism> - Career experts tweet
career advice in response to questions sent in by readers.
@sweetcareers <http://twitter.com/sweetcareers> - Great tips for college
students and job seekers.
@findinternships <http://twitter.com/findinternships> - Informative
resource for those looking for internships.

You can also search these "hashtags":

#college <http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23college> : The
College Blog Network
#jobadvice <http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23jobadvice> :
General job search advice
#printern <http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23printern> : PR
internship openings
#entryPR <http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23entryPR> : Tips for
PR grads

From:
/David Spinks <http://twitter.com/davidspinks> - a graduating senior
in NY that is utilizing the power of social web communities to
pursue a career in social media/marketing. He authors a blog at
Davidspinks.com <http://davidspinks.com/>./

//
<http://mashable.com/2009/03/13/twitter-jobs/>

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The five best, new things in Ubuntu Linux 9.04 - Computerworld Blogs

The five best, new things in Ubuntu Linux 9.04 - Computerworld Blogs

1000 ways to waste time

1000 ways to waste timeSome older folks (7%) (median age 61) say that the Internet is a "waste of time". What is a waste of time. It's something that is meaningless or not fruitful. I've got a list of 1000 REALLY useless things to do with your time. -tp.

High Speed Connections - Broadband in US

July 2008 - 55 percent of adult Americans have a high-speed internet connection at home, up from 47 percent in early 2007 and 42 percent in early 2005.
 
Among those that use the 'net at home, 79 percent have a high-speed connection and 15 percent use dialup, according to a new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, MarketingCharts writes. Americans that are not online - 27 percent of adults who do not use the internet - are likely to be older (median age 61) and have low incomes. Asked why they don't use the internet, non-internet users respond as follows:
 
    * 33 percent say they are not interested.
    * 12 percent say they don't have access.
    * 9 percent say it is too difficult or frustrating.
    * 7 percent say it is too expensive.
    * 7 percent say it is a waste of time.

Source: http://www.marketingvox.com/55-of-us-adults-have-home-broadband-but-10-use-only-dialup-039691/

State of U.S. Broadband: Demand Hits Speed Bumps

State of U.S. Broadband: Demand Hits Speed BumpsDate of article, 2 July, 2008

Directory of phone numbers for customer service and customer support

Directory of phone numbers for customer service and customer support

Send yourself Email reminders, etc. http://3mindMe.com

How do I use 3mindMe.com?

There are two primary ways: - Email @3mindme.com and your email will be reflected back to you at whatever time or date you specify.

- Email echo@3mindme.com and it'll be sent back to whatever time is set in the Subject line What do you mean by ""?
You can construct your in three steps:
1) Ask yourself "When you want your email sent back to you?"

2) Write that down just as you'd say it out loud, for example:
friday
tomorrow noon
next tuesday at 5pm PST
2 weeks
5 minutes before January 1st 2008

3) If you're emailing echo@3mindme.com, you're done! Just put that on the Subject: line of the email and send it, and it'll be sent back to you at the time and day you picked. For example, you could make the subject: 5 minutes before January 1st 2008: Get champagne, quick!!

4) Alternatively, just take all the spaces out and stick @3mindme.com on the back, and mail to that. For example, the above ones would be converted to:
friday@3mindme.com
tomorrownoon@3mindme.com
nexttuesdayat5pmPST@3mindme.com
2weeks@3mindme.com
5minutesbeforeJanuary1st2008@3mindme.com

Future Technology - Future Design, Technology, Industrial Design, Car Concept, Futuristic Gadget, and Product Concept

Future Technology - Future Design, Technology, Industrial Design, Car Concept, Futuristic Gadget, and Product Concept

How to Revise an Email So That People Will Read It - David Silverman - HarvardBusiness.org

How to Revise an Email So That People Will Read It - David Silverman - HarvardBusiness.org

***Assignment: "Natural Light Portraits" Apr 8- Apr 22 - Digital Photography School

***Assignment: "Natural Light Portraits" Apr 8- Apr 22 - Digital Photography School

Organized Crime Behind a Majority of Data Breaches - washingtonpost.com

Organized Crime Behind a Majority of Data Breaches - washingtonpost.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

How to make XP skip the prompt to find a program to open files

When you try to open a file for which XP doesn't have a program association, you normally get a dialog box asking you if you want to search online for the appropriate program to open it. This registry tweak will disable that prompt and display the Open With dialog box instead.
  1. Open your registry editor.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ system
  3. Right click an empty space in the right details pane and click New.
  4. Select DWORD value.
  5. Name the new DWORD value NoInternetOpenWith
  6. Double click the value and set the value data field to 1
  7. Close the registry editor
You may need to reboot for the change to take effect.

EBay gives sellers new ways of listing items - San Jose Mercury News

EBay gives sellers new ways of listing items - San Jose Mercury NewsOur pc club got confirmation today of a speaker on the topic of eBay this fall.

Be on the lookout for new police tool, aka Twitter - USATODAY.com

Be on the lookout for new police tool, aka Twitter - USATODAY.com

Finding Utility in the Jumble of Tweeted Thoughts - NYTimes.com

Finding Utility in the Jumble of Tweeted Thoughts - NYTimes.com

Friday, April 10, 2009

Connecting People

Connecting PeoplePhotoshop Tutorials...lotz [Thanks, Gary.]

FORA.tv - Tim O'Reilly Talks Web 2.0

FORA.tv - Tim O'Reilly Talks Web 2.0

YouTube - LiberalViewer's Channel

YouTube - LiberalViewer's Channel For my one or two, so-called "liberal" friends. By liberal, I mean the definition as it applies in the US ( a political ideology that seeks to maximize individual liberties )...not Britain, nor Canada, nor Australia. -tp

3D Printing and Self Replicating Machines In Your Living Room - Seriously! | Singularity Hub

3D Printing and Self Replicating Machines In Your Living Room - Seriously! | Singularity Hub: "Imagine having a machine for $500 in your living room that can take your computer based specification for a 3D object and print out a plastic replica of the object in a matter of minutes."

Phone service restored after vandalism shuts it down in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Santa Cruz County - San Jose Mercury News

Phone service restored after vandalism shuts it down in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Santa Cruz County - San Jose Mercury News: "When Cindy Gilchrist's 18-year-old son couldn't text his friends before school Thursday in Morgan Hill, he turned to her and said, 'Mom, I'm so alone.'" [ yipes... ]

The cable (fiber) was cut in a manhole. Seems to me it's an INSIDE job because of recent union contract negotiations. Thank you for putting people in harms way. This is domestic terrorism, methinks, and if the party or parties are caught we might want the black-ops folks take them to some other country for "debriefing". -tp

YouTube - EDU

YouTube - EDU
Videos and Channels from YouTubes college and university partners. Lots of free, educational videos.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

How to change the Vista folder template

How to change the Vista folder template

Vista tries to determine what types of files you have in a folder and display them according to the file type. For example, if Vista thinks the files are photos, it will display them as thumbnails with columns for name, date taken, tags, etc. But sometimes it has a hard time figuring it out and uses the wrong template. You can easily change that by following these steps:

1. Right click the folder and select Properties.
2. Click the Customize tab.
3. In the drop-down box under "Use this folder type as a template," select the type of items you have in the folder (for example, Documents). You can also choose whether to apply the template to all the subfolders within the folder.

You can also set a default for all new folders to be displayed without a template by editing the registry. Here's how:

1. Start the Registry Editor
2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Classes \ Local Settings \ Software Microsoft \ Windows \ Shell \ Bags
3. From the menu, click Edit > New > Key
4. Name the new key AllFolders (and keep this key selected)
5. From the menu, click Edit > New > Key
6. Name the new key Shell (and keep this key selected)
7. From the menu, click Edit > New > String Value
8. Name the new value FolderType, right-click it and choose Modify. Enter NotSpecified as the Value data
9. Close the registry editor

New Posts

New posts to this BLOG are now being actively TWITTERED on TWITTER, folks.

Turn Your Caps-Lock Key Into a Mute Button - PC World

Turn Your Caps-Lock Key Into a Mute Button - PC World

Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies - WSJ.com

Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies - WSJ.com
Security at all levels is important.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Pandia email and people search, finding people, addresses and phone numbers

Pandia email and people search, finding people, addresses and phone numbers

Ignorance vs. Stupidity: Yes, There Is A Difference

Ignorance vs. Stupidity: Yes, There Is A Difference: "“Ignorance is not knowing. Stupidity is knowing and doing it anyway.” In other words, ignorance has to do with a simple lack of knowledge or education, but stupidity results when a person already possesses the necessary knowledge, yet continues to engage in behaviors that are patently illogical."

Karl Erfurt
Karlonia.com

Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources by Marcus P. Zillman

Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources by Marcus P. Zillman: "Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources
http://whitepapers.VirtualPrivateLibrary.net/Scholar.pdf

Internet MiniGuide Annotated Link Compilation white paper titled 'Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources' is a 53 page research paper listing selected resources both new and existing that will help anyone who is attempting to find academic and scholarly information and knowledge available on the Internet. Each source is described along with the URL address than can be accessed. It is freely available as a .pdf file (1.39MB) at the above link from the Virtual Private Library™ and authored by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. It was updated April 6, 2009.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Make Sense of Confusing Twitter Hash Tags

Make Sense of Confusing Twitter Hash Tags REFERENCE only, for Tweeters and propheads.

Listening in a Digital Age

Listening in a Digital Age: "Listening in a Digital Age" The key is to create, either on your own or through a paid service, a dashboard that delivers the conversations surrounding topics of interest right to your inbox or browser as part of your measurement suite of analytics.

Your do it yourself toolbox should include:

* Google alerts - Google Alerts allows you set-up customer searches for any phase and receive email or RSS alerts any time your phrase shows up in online media, blogs, web pages and news.
* Search.twitter - For now, monitoring twitter is a separate stream (Google seems to be adding twitter conversations to SERPs) - using the advanced search function allows you set-up very specific searches, even including geographic details. These searches produce RSS feeds and can then be subscribed to.
* tweetbeep.com - Similar to Google Alerts, but for twitter. Set-up search phrases and receive notification any time your phrases show up in twitter conversations.
* Boardtracker.com - focuses on the most popular bulletin board conversations and can turn up responses that don’t show up anywhere else. Some industries still have very heavy bulletin board use.
* Backtype.com - Backtype is a search engine of sorts that focuses on blog comments. Blog comments don’t often make it into the mainstream search results so this is a way to listen in on this set of content.
* Social Mention - this is a mashup search engine of many of the formats of content such as audio and video - I’ve found it a very nice way to turn up some mentions that don’t occur anywhere else.

How to Do Harsh Death Metal Vocals - wikiHow

How to Do Harsh Death Metal Vocals - wikiHow If you want to growl next time you do death/thrash/devil music with your metal group, check out this wonderful how-to. Then take your skateboard out to the on ramp, please.

13 Tips for Improving Outdoor Portraits

13 Tips for Improving Outdoor Portraits

EDFAT - The Art of Seeing

EDFAT - The Art of Seeing

Thursday, April 2, 2009

CPSC Recall Announcements and Product Safety Alerts

CPSC Recall Announcements and Product Safety AlertsI was reminded to check recalls of various items when I saw about a dozen recalls on the bulletin board at Wally World this morning. It's amazing how many items are recalled, and it probably is a reminder to send in your warranty card when you buy something so they can find you. Check the list of household products on the site to see what I mean.

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/category/household.html -tp

Conficker Eye Chart

Conficker Eye Chart

SenseBot summary page

SenseBot The Search Engine that finds sense in a heap of Web pages. The LINK goes to the Sensebot page.

Readability - An Arc90 Lab Experiment

Readability - An Arc90 Lab ExperimentMake it easier to read on the web with a READABILITY bookmarkelet

DeepDyve - Search for Research

DeepDyve - Search for Research: "Discover what's below the surface

DeepDyve delivers fast, easy access to the vast amounts of expert information hidden in the Deep Web. Today we're focusing in just a few subject areas including Medical and Life Sciences but we are rapidly expanding into additional markets. Try DeepDyve and search for research."

Free Video Stock Footage Resources Online - Robin Good's Latest News

Free Video Stock Footage Resources Online - Robin Good's Latest News: "Public Domain Video For All Of Your MashUp Needs - 9 Legal Sources"

Break the Starbucks habit and Save big!

Break the Starbucks habit and Save big!

Break the Starbucks habit and Save big! Invest money saved on coffee at 2%, and in ten years you can have over $8500 in the bank. This is if you only drink two cups of "store bought" coffee a day, it's only plain, black coffee, and you only buy it 250 days a year. Plug in your numbers and see for yourself. I make 12 oz cups of coffee at home for about 8 cents a cup.

GeekyBits³: Extending Firefox

GeekyBits³: Extending Firefox

LeapFish – Just Type It

LeapFish – Just Type It
Try LEAPFISH. Fast searches. Fast. -tp

FBI — Spear Phishing - Press Room - Headline Archives 04-01-09

FBI — Spear Phishing - Press Room - Headline Archives 04-01-09: "It’s also an example of an even more mischievous type of phishing known as “spear phishing”—a rising cyber threat that you need to know about."

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Woopra » Blog Archive » Announcing Woopra’s New Webcam Enablement Feature

Woopra » Blog Archive » Announcing Woopra’s New Webcam Enablement Feature: "Woopra, the world’s fastest growing Web Analytics provider, today announced that the next version of its wildly popular real-time Website monitoring application will allow users to remotely activate and view Website visitor’s built-in Webcams."

Smellr: It's like Flickr, but for your nose

Smellr: It's like Flickr, but for your nose

Google Chrome with 3D

Google Chrome with 3D

Twitter switch for Guardian, after 188 years of ink | Media | The Guardian

Twitter switch for Guardian, after 188 years of ink | Media | The Guardian

YouTube - Opera Face Gestures

YouTube - Opera Face GesturesControl the Opera Browser with your web cam and facial gestures.

Are You Getting Gouged On Line?

Everyone knows that shopping online can save you a lot of money. From kitchen utensils to giant flat screen TVs, you can often find a better price at Amazon or some other Internet retailer than at a local "bricks and mortar" store. Their overhead is lower since they aren't paying a bunch of expensive salespeople and maintaining a nice storefront, and payment processing is less expensive since it's automated. The customer gets a better price and the business still makes money.

The same thing goes for doing other business online. The Internet has changed the entire bill-paying process. I remember that my grandparents usually paid their bills in person. Even with the water bill or electric bill, they would go down to city hall or the nearest payment office, usually with cash, and hand over the money to a clerk. They liked that they immediately got a receipt as proof of payment, and didn't have to trust the post office to get it there on time.

My mom and dad, on the other hand, paid almost all of their bills by mail. Twice a month, dad would sit down with the checkbook and write out all the checks, address and stamp all the envelopes, and trek down to the post office or just leave them in our home mailbox to be picked up. Those were the days when your mailbox was on your front porch, not out at the curb where any and everyone could steal your mail. Dad believed that the Postal Service really lived up to its motto - "the mail must go through" - and back then, for the most part, they did. He was satisfied with his cancelled check as proof that he'd paid, even though it took a while before he got it back.

Today, many of us rarely ever write a check. We pay with credit or debit cards or authorize automatic bank withdrawals. I know some folks who never carry cash. We sit at home (or in a hotel room hundreds or thousands of miles away from home), log onto our computers, and pay our bills without having to write checks, buy stamps or use gasoline. Due date is tomorrow? No problem (at least with many accounts) - there's still plenty of time to pay it and avoid late charges.

Meanwhile, the payee doesn't have to worry about whether your check is good, and doesn't have to pay someone to do the time-consuming work of processing a hand written check. It's more convenient for them, it's more convenient for you, and everybody saves a little money. It's a win-win situation. Except when it's not.

There's one bill that I don't pay online; when it comes to my water bill, I still mail in a check even though the city has an online payment option. Why? Because they charge a ridiculous $2.50 processing fee for online payments. My electric company, gas company, credit card company and others that I pay online charge nothing extra to do so. A couple of times, with various one-time bill payments, I have run into minimal processing fees, on the order of 25 or 50 cents. The whole idea of online payments is that it automates things and makes it less expensive, so why is the city charging a premium to use their system? Is it because they think the people who would pay online probably have more discretionary income and therefore won't mind getting hit up for a little extra? Did they contract with some service to handle the processing and they're getting charged this fee to do it and passing it on to the customer? I don't know, but I know I'm not paying it.

Speaking of getting gouged, when I pay all those other bills online, I do it by credit card (except, of course, for the credit card bill itself). One reason to use a credit card is to get the cash-back rewards (it goes without saying that you also need to pay off the balance of the card at the end of every month so you don't get charged interest). But there's another reason: I've heard too many horror stories from people who authorized automatic payments directly from their banks, and then were unable to stop those payments when they cancelled the service. A friend of mine found that six months after cancelling a membership, the company was still withdrawing that money from her account. When she tried to cancel it through the bank, they told her that the company the payments were going to would have to cancel it, and that the only way she could stop it was to close her bank account and open a new one.

Of course, there are other ways to get gouged online. As mentioned, you can often find low prices from online outlets - but be sure you figure in the total cost. Some unscrupulous web retailers fail to show you the shipping and handling charges until you get all the way through the payment process and have already input your credit card information. That's like asking you for a blank check; in a few cases, I've seen shipping and handling costs that were four times the price of the item itself.

Something else to be careful about when you're buying online is to find out exactly what you're buying. There are some online camera stores that are notorious for advertising incredibly low prices on popular DSLRs, hundreds of dollars lower than the price of the same item on Amazon or at other legitimate outlets - but there's a catch. Sometimes the camera is a "gray market" import (sometimes euphemistically referred to as "international versions"), which means the manufacturer intended them to be sold in other countries where prices are lower. And what that means to the buyer is that the manufacturer won't honor the warranty, and you may find that the on-screen menus and the manuals are written in a foreign language.

Even if the camera is a "genuine U.S.A. model," some online retailers use another scam. That low, low price they quote, when you read the fine print, is for the body only. At an above-board store, "body only" means the lens doesn't come with it, but most digital camera bodies come with various accessories such as the battery and battery charger. These scammers take that stuff out of the box and charge you extra for it - which in many cases raises their price for the whole package so that it's equal to or higher than that same package from a more honest seller.

The key to protecting yourself from these types of scammers, without passing up the truly good deals that you can find online, is to carefully check out the reputation of any company you're considering doing business with, especially when you're spending hundreds or thousands of dollars for an expensive piece of electronics, jewelry or other high-dollar merchandise.

Excerpt from: From: "WXPNews"
Date: March 23, 2009 2:29:35 PM PDT

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mobile Skype: The End of Cellular As We Know It - Network World

Mobile Skype: The End of Cellular As We Know It - Network World Good for SKYPE.....

FBI — Internet Crime - Press Room - Headline Archives 03-30-09

FBI — Internet Crime - Press Room - Headline Archives 03-30-09: "In the U.S. last year, California, New York, Florida, Texas, and the District of Columbia were home to half the perpetrators identified in complaints. Worldwide, perpetrators were most commonly from the U.S. (66.1%), followed by the United Kingdom (10.5%), Nigeria (7.5%), and Canada (3.1%)."

Friday, March 27, 2009

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.Videos and Channels from YOU TUBES college and university partners.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Q and A - Tip of the Week - A Better Way to Print Web Pages - Question - NYTimes.com

Q and A - Tip of the Week - A Better Way to Print Web Pages - Question - NYTimes.com: "Want to clean up your printed copies of Web pages by losing the extra lines like page number and Web address? In most browsers, you can turn off the space-hogging information in the Page Setup or Print box; look for the settings for “headers and footers.” Instructions for many browsers are at snipurl.com/doww3 and tips for customizing header and footer information in Internet Explorer 7 at www.uwec.edu/help/IE_7/headfoot.htm."

State of the Art - Buying the Best Netbooks for the Least-Bad Compromises - NYTimes.com

State of the Art - Buying the Best Netbooks for the Least-Bad Compromises - NYTimes.com

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

PanelSwitchman's photostream

Some old pics from yesteryear and the telephone company.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9479603@N02/

Google Rolls out Semantic Search Capabilities - Business Center - PC World

Google Rolls out Semantic Search Capabilities - Business Center - PC World: "Google has given its Web search engine an injection of semantic technology, as the search leader pushes into what many consider the future of search on the Internet.

The new technology will allow Google's search engine to identify associations and concepts related to a query, improving the list of related search terms Google displays along with its results, the company announced in an official blog on Tuesday."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

fizy / videomusic.

fizy / videomusic. Easy way to find songs and MUSIC videos.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Jasongraphix :: A journal of art, thoughts, and projects by Jason Beaird.

Jasongraphix :: A journal of art, thoughts, and projects by Jason Beaird.This has got to be in the top ten of the World's Ugliest Web Sites. Why? Try to list all the things that send a bolt of lightning through your skull. -tp.

Acme Web Design - Did you say Free Web Design Tools? Yes We Did! *

Acme Web Design - Did you say Free Web Design Tools? Yes We Did! *: "Web Design To-Web Design Toy provides a deceptively simple split-window layout. Whatever HTML is typed in the editor window is instantly shown in web-page form in the display window. The result is an instant feedback learning tool, a perfect companion for any HTML course or tutorial.

To use, download and run the program. The program is entirely self-contained and requires no installation (it can also be run directly from fixed media such as Flash card or CD).

Friday, March 20, 2009

LAMP (software bundle) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

LAMP (software bundle) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The acronym LAMP refers to a solution stack of software, usually free and open source software, used to run dynamic Web sites or servers. The original expansion is as follows:

* Linux, referring to the operating system;
* Apache, the Web server;
* MySQL or mSQL, the database management system (or database server);
* one of several scripting languages: Perl, PHP or Python.[1]"

This may be mentioned at tomorrow's meeting (3-21-2009).

Internet Archive to unveil massive Wayback Machine data center

Internet Archive to unveil massive Wayback Machine data center: "Internet Archive to unveil massive Wayback Machine data center. The Wayback Machine stores 85 billion Web pages dating back to '96" http://archive.org

Flip intros $229 high definition ‘MinoHD’ camcorder

Flip intros $229 high definition ‘MinoHD’ camcorder

EBAY TOOLBOX: 50+ Tools for eBay Buyers and Sellers

EBAY TOOLBOX: 50+ Tools for eBay Buyers and SellersAlthough I would never use eBay to buy or sell, some readers may.

15 Ways To Create Website Screenshots

15 Ways To Create Website Screenshots

40+ Ways To Access Your Computer Remotely

40+ Ways To Access Your Computer Remotely

PETS ONLINE: 25+ Pet Related Sites

PETS ONLINE: 25+ Pet Related Sites

Monday, March 16, 2009

Testing logos

Bare Metal Software > BareGrep - Free grep for Windows

Bare Metal Software > BareGrep - Free grep for Windows: "A free file finding and text searching tool"
Grep, used in LINUX is tedious, but this GUI for Windows is a good one, and the price is right. -tp.

Best Digital Camera: Experts recommend the best digital cameras

Best Digital Camera: Experts recommend the best digital cameras: "Unbiased experts recommend the best digital camera based on your intended uses, budget, and desired features. Specify your needs or browse the best digital cameras."

Sunday, March 15, 2009

LoudCity

LoudCity
Lots of different music genres. See:
http://www.loudcity.com/stations

Poken - buy at Firebox.com

Poken - buy at Firebox.com
Another communication GIZMO.

Friday, March 13, 2009

FileHippo.com - Download Free Software

FileHippo.com - Download Free Software

Researchers find ways to sniff keystrokes from thin air | ITworld

Researchers find ways to sniff keystrokes from thin air | ITworld: "March 12, 2009, 02:46 PM — IDG News Service —

That PC keyboard you're using may be giving away your passwords. Researchers say they've discovered new ways to read what you're typing by aiming special wireless or laser equipment at the keyboard or by simply plugging into a nearby electrical socket."

Google Translate

Google Translate
Translate TEXT or a webpage URL. Lots of language to pick from.
From English to Bulgarian, for example:
Превод на текст или уеб страница URL. Много език, за да изберете от.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pattie Maes demos the Sixth Sense | Video on TED.com

Pattie Maes demos the Sixth Sense | Video on TED.com: "Talks Pattie Maes & Pranav Mistry: Unveiling the 'Sixth Sense,' game-changing wearable tech"

Free programs to open any file extension!

Free programs to open any file extension!: "OpenWith.org provides detailed information about most file extension and links to free programs that can open and create each type of file."

Music Is Dead: iPods and Young People Have Utterly Destroyed Music

Music Is Dead: iPods and Young People Have Utterly Destroyed Music: "You know how most people are perfectly happy with Apple standard-issue earbuds, white plastic molded around a crappy audio experience? A Stanford professor's informal annual study shows that youngins like the 'sizzle sounds' of MP3s."

Monday, March 9, 2009

The SSD Project | EFF Surveillance Self-Defense Project

The SSD Project | EFF Surveillance Self-Defense Project: "The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has created this Surveillance Self-Defense site to educate the American public about the law and technology of government surveillance in the United States, providing the information and tools necessary to evaluate the threat of surveillance and take appropriate steps to defend against it."

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Get Windows XP's Backup utility to use recordable optical media | Microsoft Windows | TechRepublic.com

Get Windows XP's Backup utility to use recordable optical media | Microsoft Windows | TechRepublic.com
In this workaround, you direct the Backup utility to save the backup file in the CD Burning spool folder. You can then burn the backup to your recordable optical media. Here’s how:

* Launch Backup.
* Select the Backup tab and choose the files that you want to back up.
* Choose File from the Backup Destination drop-down list.
* In the Backup Media or File Name text box, type the following path:

C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning\Backup.bkf

Where is the name of your user profile folder and Backup.bkf is the name of the backup file.

As soon as the backup starts, you’ll see a balloon appear in the notification area that alerts you that you have files waiting to be written to the CD. Once the backup is complete, click the balloon to open Windows Explorer and then click the Write These Files To CD command in the CD Writing Tasks section of the task pane.

Note: The only drawback to this technique is that you cannot make Backup span large backup files across multiple CDs. As such, you’ll need to ensure that your backup file will fit on one CD.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

POI Files for United States & Elsewhere | POI Factory

POI Files for United States & Elsewhere | POI Factory

The New Atlantis - A Journal of Technology & Society

The New Atlantis - A Journal of Technology & Society

ScreenToaster - Online screen recorder. Capture screencasts instantly.

ScreenToaster - Online screen recorder. Capture screencasts instantly.:
"# Capture videos of onscreen action in one click Record screencasts, tutorials, demos, training, lectures and more.
# Share and stream videos online in Flash Embed them on blogs and webpages or send them by email."

Ebooks search engine

Ebooks search engine

OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap Excellent street map. Zoom in and out with mouse wheel, etc. Give it a try. -tp.

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Free Language Translator - Home

Free Language Translator - HomeDesktop. Download FREE .msi file.

FUMSI - Engineering Results: Some Alternative Search Engines

FUMSI - Engineering Results: Some Alternative Search Engines

digitalresearchtools / FrontPage

digitalresearchtools / FrontPage

Google Search Shortcuts - Google Cheat Sheet

Google Search Shortcuts - Google Cheat Sheet

Googling Genealogy Style - Twelve Google Search Tips for Genealogists

Googling Genealogy Style - Twelve Google Search Tips for Genealogists

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The guide to sound effects

The guide to sound effects

Create Video Playlists and Embed Them Anywhere | Embedr

Create Video Playlists and Embed Them Anywhere | Embedr: "Embedr is a free service that lets anyone create a custom playlist of videos from the top video sites on the web. Now start building that playlist of your favorite Jean Claude Van Damme movie clips that are spread throughout YouTube, MySpace, Vimeo, DailyMotion and more. » Learn More About Embedr"

Instant NOW

Essay - T. Pitre

Starbucks is coming out with instant coffee. It's called Ready Brew. Kevin Spacey is promoting five minute videos for mobile phone distribution. Twitter.com lets you type in 140 characters so you can tell the world what you're doing right now and my writing coach thought that my poetry might fit into the flash fiction or postcard fiction genre.

What does all this instant involvement and art imply, and what influence or consequences will it have for us in a few years? As it is, our news is fed to us in bites. Sound bites now, visual bites, tomorrow. What is the limit to the minimum size of a piece of electronic media that can still deliver meaningful and comprehensible information?

Writer's enter on-line contests to write a short story in under five hundred words. Folks upload twelve-second videos for the web. The site's motto at 12seconds.tv is “Keeping it pithy since 2008.” Pithy, indeed. There is no story in many of the videos I viewed. They are visual scribbles, usually depicting a baby and a dog, or some woman on vacation blowing a kiss to her sweetheart.

Let's look ahead a few years. Let's look past instant texting on the cell phone, smaller and smaller postings on twitter-like sites, and shorter and shorter videos. Most of this kind of stuff will find its way onto cell phones, and eventually might creep into our television programming. A five minute situation comedy might emerge, along with five minute reality shows and short, educational shows. We will pack twelve times as much programming into each hour of television viewing. This will require more writers, producers, directors and advertisers. Quality be damned. It's quantity and brevity they're after.