Archive for the ‘Computers’ Category

It’s Time to Boycott Apple

Posted: September 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm by

Apple’s war against Samsung to be the only relevant provider of Smartphones is heating up. On August 24, a nine-member jury decided Samsung infringed on six of Apple’s technology patents, and awarded Apple around $1 Billion in damages. This was a huge blow against Samsung, as now they not only have to pay the damages, but now in the eyes of the court and the world they are guilty of patent infringement.

Google Drive: Syncing TrueCrypt Containers

Posted: May 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm by

Google Drive is a great way to store tons of different kinds of files in the cloud. It is good for business as files are stored online and are accessible from any computer anywhere. While this is great, it can lead to security violations. Sometimes there is sensitive information you do not want anyone to read. The best method is to encrypt these files so only someone with a valid password can access them. There is where TrueCrypt comes in. TrueCrypt allows you to create a container, i.e. a special folder, where you can store any type of file. TrueCrypt seals this folder and encrypts it so a password is required to access. Google Drive allows you to upload TrueCrypt files to their system, however without some tinkering, you will run into a problem.

Google Drive: Launch Day Review

Posted: April 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm by

Google Drive launched today, marking Google’s entry into the cloud. With Google Drive, users can now upload anything they want and access from PC’s, Tablets and Smart phones. The question is, how does Google Drive compare with Dropbox and other alternatives? With more services with free storage available, there are many options for those who want to store files in the cloud.

PayPal Scam Exposed

Posted: December 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm by

Paypal at one time was a great service for customers and sellers to use for their eBay purchases. It was fast, convenient, and easy to set up. I have used Paypal myself to purchase items from eBay, and enjoyed the experience. However, if you are a seller on eBay and with to use Paypal, you need to be aware of feature within Paypal called Rolling Reserve, which will hold 30% of your transaction revenue for up to 90 days. As any business would agree, having your funds limited for this length of time would cripple, and in the end, destroy your business. Paypal’s excuse? It is for your own protection.

HP Touchpad Sale: 12-11-11 at 6:00 PM EST: Great Christmas Gift

Posted: December 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm by

If you are looking for a low cost Tablet PC, look to purchase an HP Touchpad Sunday evening at 6:00 PM EST at HP’s eBay Store. Due to the demise of the Touchpad, HP has decided to discontinue production, and is looking to get rid of it’s stock of Touchpads.

uTorrent: Disk Overload 100% Error Fix

Posted: December 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm by

uTorrent is a wonderful program for downloading files quickly, however, sometimes when you are dealing with very large files, it will cripple your connection.

The Psychology of Farmville

Posted: July 20, 2010 at 2:37 am by

According to FOX 61 in Tennessee, councilman Dimitar Kerin was voted out of his position for playing Farmville during meetings. He argued other members on the council played Farmville as well, so much so he had to play during meetings to match them. In the UK, a 12 year-old boy racked up £905 in FarmVille debt. During the period between Jun 19th and July 9th, an average of 63.3 million users played Farmville, making Farmville the most played online game in the world. What makes Farmville so addictive? How can a simple flash based game cause someone to loose their jobs, or spend hundreds of dollars?

The Gimp: Adding Python Support in Windows

Posted: July 9, 2010 at 2:40 am by

Photoshop is one of the best tools around for creating high quality images. However, most cannot afford $700.00 to purchase Photoshop. With Ubuntu Linux becoming more popular, alternatives for Photoshop are becoming important. Enter The Gimp, one of the best Alternatives for Photoshop. Not only is The Gimp free, but you can install it in Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. While The Gimp is powerful, it does not contain all the tools Photoshop users are familiar with, especially Layer Effects. To gain many of the features of Photoshop, you need to install plug-ins. Many plug-ins require Python, a programming language, to be installed as well. While this is not an easy task, this guide will instruct you on how you can add Python Support into Gimp.

Install Windows from a USB Drive

Posted: July 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm by

While dealing with computers, there will be time when a DVD drive will burn out. This is especially bad if it’s on a laptop. Many netbooks these days do not even carry DVD drives. So, how are you to install an Operating System? The solution is to install your OS from a USB Drive. As USB drives are reaching 16 – 23 gigs of storage space, they make perfect tools to install your OS.

Flawed Study Suggests Reading on Paper is Faster than iPad

Posted: July 6, 2010 at 3:55 am by

I love these so called ‘studies’ experts use to try to confuse and mislead users. Dr. Jakob Nielsen of the Nielsen Norman Group (not affiliated with Nielsen, the metrics company), conducted a ‘study’ claiming reading a book is faster than reading the same material from an iPad. The study compared reading times between the iPad and a paper back book.