Monthly Archives December 2009

2009: Year of the Social Networks

You know the game is changing when grandpa asks to “friend” you on Facebook!  Social networking sites are not just expanding in shear numbers but are also growing more mature because of a broader and more sophisticated group of users spanning wider and wider age gaps.  Ironically the paper and pen generation may be bringing a level of depth and utility to the realm of college and high school blabbermouths that was unexpected.  More importantly, they may be driving the financial clout that will finally make these networks pay for themselves.  Full Story

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December 26, 2009

Join Gary Baker, Foster Braun and Cal Carson for a Post-Christmas gadget festival. We’ll answer questions for  you about getting those new digital toys working properly.  Also joining us to talk about the current desperate retail season is Kevin Ertel of ForeSee Results, a company that studies retail sales and how to improve them.  Their recent study of lower customer satisfaction with online retailers has led to some interesting conclusions that Kevin will discuss.

The whole show is yours so don’t miss the chance to start having some fun with your presents.  Erik Anderson has some Apple bragging to do as well with his Mac Minute.

Podcast: December 26, 2009 – Hour 1
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Apple is a Good Pick

Seems that Santa had something very nice for Apple stock holders this year: Amid speculation about a forthcoming tablet computer, the company’s shares have risen 145% this year.  he stock surged $6.94, or 3.4%, on Thursday to close at a record high of $209.04. That topped the previous closing high of $207 on Nov. 17.  Full Story

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December 19, 2009

Twas the show before Christmas and all through the studio Microsoft and Apple fill the airwaves with valuable information.  This week Gary Baker, Ed Rudel and Cal Carson host Dave Sawyer, a frequent visitor from Microsoft to talk about their recent Security Intelligence Report on the most significant threats facing Internet users.  Also joining the gang is Terry White, the head of the Detroit MacGroup to talk about the launch of his New iPhone/iPod touch App Review Site.

Podcast: December 19, 2009 – Hour 1
Podcast: December 19, 2009 – Hour 2

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December 12, 2009

The whole Internet Advisor crew returned to the studio for a busy show as Ed Rudel and Cal Carson joined Gary Baker and Foster Braun.  We had three unique guests and topics.

Scott Mueller, a frequent visitor to the show, talked about his latest (20th) edition of Upgrading and Repairing PC’s

Scott Fox, the author of Internet Riches, shared about “tweeting” for a Detroit Charity at Scott Fox Show.

And  Nelson Saba, the co-creator of Glo, the Bible “reimagined for the digital world”, discussed a bible product that will revolutionize how the world’s greatest book is experienced.

Finally, Erik “Macboy” Anderson took the week off from Internet Advisor show this week but posted a special web exclusive Mac Minute Podcast for your enjoyment discussing AT&T’s network and how to use an old PC for a Mac / Linux media server.

Podcast: December 12, 2009 – Hour 1
Podcast: December 12, 2009 – Hour 2

Web Exclusive Podcast: Extended Mac Minute

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Big Search Engines Not Immune to Scammers

A recent experiment showed that Yahoo and Microsoft’s Bing search engines could be suckered into giving high search rankings to scammers.  Google didn’t fall for the ploy but admitted that the hackers are getting really clever at fooling search engines along with faking other websites.  Moral of the story: Never give up your personal information to a site that solicits information from you and always double, double check websites before you get on board any kind of program they advocate.  Full Article (Ed Rudel)

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10 Best Websites of the Last Decade

There was a lot of lively discussion around this topic during our marathon show Dec. 5.  Check out this article from and see what you think of their choices.  We had a few extras thrown in during the Dec. 5 show and you can hear them throughout the podcasts of the show.  Vince Chmielewski of VC WebDesign nominated as the best place to aggregate all your financial information and the two digital divas, Carrie Hensel and Catherine Hayes, who live on their computers at InnerCircle Media, just felt that they couldn’t survive without the distraction of

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Comcast Wants to Buy NBC/Universal

There goes the neighborhood.  Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, has just announced its intentions to buy a controlling interest in NBC/Universal Studios.  What will be the consequences of a single provider controlling both the content and the delivery of that content to millions of Americans?  Serious concerns are being raised that a critical barrier has been breached that will further limit independent content providers and also give Comcast huge control over how much we pay to view our favorite shows.  Full Story.

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New AVG 9.0 Free Version Arrives

Long time listeners to the Internet Advisor know that Gary, Ed and Foster have all used AVG free anti-virus protection to keep their systems clean for years.  AVG has just released its newest version of its respected free anti-virus but beware: it’s part of a huge security suite.  Free doesn’t pay the rent so it’s not surprising AVG has turned, along with other faithful free friends like Zone Alarm and Avast, to creating huge, all encompassing security suites that offer complete protection.

You can always make a good case for paying $50/yr. for a good security package but now even the free versions come with all sorts of bells and whistles of their own.  The protection is still free if you look hard enough for it but it also comes with so much baggage that make you think that there really isn’t a free lunch anymore.  Download Free version of AVG 9.0 here.

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December 5, 2009

It’s a special edition! Join us as the Internet Advisor crew, led by Gary Baker, launches a brand new website for the show.  You’ll get to meet:

  • Carrie Hensel and Catherine Hayes of Inner Circle Media,  who created the new design,
  • Vince Chmielewski who is kind of like the Wizard of Oz pulling all the right bells and chords behind the scenes to make the whole thing work right and
  • Jason Yaeger from Online Tech, the company which has hosted our sites since we began 12 years ago.

It’s  a chance not only to see how our new site works but give you insight into what your website could look like with a little expert help.

Foster Braun returns in studio for this important launch program. Big Red Erik Anderson has The Mac Minute ready with news from the “Dark Side” and tech expert Joel Powell joins us again to help answer your questions.

In the second and third hours the guys answer technology related questions during open line.

Podcast: December 5, 2009 – Hour 1
Podcast: December 5, 2009 – Hour 2
Podcast: December 5, 2009 – Hour 3

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