Monthly Archives March 2010

Podcast: Saturday, March 27, 2010

Economics is the focus of this week’s super-sized Internet Advisor show., (a venerable, long-established, Michigan-based non-profit)  is making significant headway in the face of the recent economic “tsunami” by assisting “main street investors” and investment clubs to stabilize and manage/grow their assets, using current technology tools. This Saturday Gary Baker and Ed Rudel interview Suzi Artzberger, Director of Information Technology and Product Development and an old friend, Kathleen Norton-Shock, about the way uses new technology.

Also joining the crew to help answer your computer and Internet questions is Jason Yaeger from Online Technologies and Erik Anderson contributes The Mac Minute to keep us up to date on the latest in Apple news from the Dark Side.  This week, we have a full two hours and plenty of expert help to get your questions answered.

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Facebook Co-founder is back in start up business

Chris Hughes, the Facebook co-founder, has a new enterprise  called Jumo, which soft launches today. “Jumo”–a Yoruba (African) word meaning “together in concert”–is a non-profit that aims to help people find ways to help the world. “We’ll be matching people based on their skills and interests with organizations around the world that need their input.  It’s a discovery process that first matches then helps people build relationships then lets people share their resources.”  Full story

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Podcast: March 20, 2010

To Google or not to Google…a whole city, that is the question.  Google Networks has created a bidding war among cities across the country including, of course, Ann Arbor, Michigan, to be one of the test sites for their super fast network. This week, the crew interviews a number of people who are trying to get Google to place their next generation fiber optic network in the home of University of Michigan and a host of high tech companies.  Among our guests is: Chris Taylor, City Council person for City of Ann Arbor, Laura Patterson, CIO for the University of Michigan and Derek Mehraban, the CEO of Ingenex Digital Marketing whose company is sponsoring some of the local A2 Fiber events.

Of course we also have our full panel of experts: Gary Baker, Ed Rudel and Cal Carson to answer your questions along with co-host Foster BraunErik Anderson will also bring us his weekly Mac Minute highlight all things Apple in the news.

Links From The Show
Ann Arbor Fiber Project
UStream Video Streaming

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Facebook users – Beware of email requesting you change your password

On March 17th 2010, McAfee sent out the warning concerning a facebook, password stealing email.  If you receive and email telling you to reset your Facebook password, ignore it.  The bad guys want steal your passwords and empty your bank accounts.  Remember, Facebook will not send you an email forcing you to change your password.  If you click on the fake (spoofed) email link, your PC may/will become infected with a password stealing virus. 
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Ann Arbor Wants to Be Test Case for Google High Speed Net

Google recently put out a request for information to communities all across the country. It plans to use the information it receives to determine where to build its new fiber network.  Ann Arbor city officials are anxious to have its citizens be some of the first in the country to benefit from this super fast network by partnering with University of Michigan.  Attend the City Council Google Fiber for Communities public hearing on Monday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

If you are interested in showing your support for Ann Arbor’s efforts, go to

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Twitter Knows Where You Are

Look out, your next Twitter post could be letting the whole world know exactly where you are.  The good news is that you can opt out of this new feature.  Full Story

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Podcast: March 13, 2010

Alas our brave Spartans failed at the free throw line and lost in overtime to Minnesota to drop out of the Big Ten Championship series.  But their loss is our gain because we have a full Three Hours of Tech Calls with Foster Braun, Ed Rudel and Cal Carson this week.  Erik Anderson also have has the latest update on Apple computing with The Mac Minute.


In the meantime don’t forget to Spring Forward this Sunday.  Daylight Savings Time officially begins on Sunday morning when you will lose an hour of sleep and set the clocks ahead an hour.

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Look Out for Energizer Bunny's Trojan!

A piece of software designed to run with one of Energizers’s battery-charger products contains a nasty Trojan according to Technewsworld. If you bought Energizer’s Duo USB battery charger and then downloaded the unit’s companion PC software, you should take steps to remove the Trojan immediately.

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Create a bootable Live-CD

HOW TO – Recover data from your computer when Windows has crashed

Your computer has crashed and all of your data is still on the hard drive – Photos, Documents, music, and even your Taxes and Resume.

If your computer powers up but Windows will not start then a LIVE CD can be used to save your data to a Flash drive or an external disk drive.

A Live CD loads an independent operating system directly from the CD/DVD drive, instead of Windows from your hard drive.  This is especially useful when your computer is no longer bootable (Blue Screen of Death, Corrupted Registry, Virus, or even a minor disk error).  Just because your computer can no longer load Windows does not mean that your data is gone.  This just means that a Windows file is damaged, rendering it inoperable, but the location where your data files are located may still be accessible.

One of my favorite Live CD’s is Puppy Linux.  Yes, the name is cute. But the term puppy also implies “Small”.  Puppy Linux is only about 100mb and can be easily downloaded and burned to a CD.  There are many Live CD’s available but you must …

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Podcast: March 6, 2010

March certainly has come in like a lamb, at least in terms of the weather, but it has been a busy season for computer techs like Ed Rudel and Cal Carson who have tales to tell of battling viruses that have tried to take over computers.  Join Foster Braun and Gary Baker as we talk about some of the common infections that are paralyzing people’s computers and ways of both fixing the problems and preventing them.

The economic crisis in the State of Michigan is not unlike the challenges facing both business and government today. Reduced budgets. Scarce resources. The need for economic transformation.Michigan State University is addressing this challenge head-on by leveraging a significant, yet largely untapped asset: its people.  Kim Patrick Kobza CEO of INgage Networks’ and Dr. Cliff Lampe of MSU explain how INgage Networks’ enterprise social software will enable MSU to connect the brilliant minds across the state – online – to jointly develop new ideas and solutions.

Big Red, Erik Anderson, has his Mac Minute ready to keep us on the cutting edge of all things Apple.

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