Monthly Archives September 2010

RIM Introduces Next iPad Contender

Welcome to the Blackberry Playbook a smaller, business focused contender in the ever widening battle of the tablet/slate computers.  Interestingly RIM is running the tablet on its own hybrid OS and included two cameras, bluetooth and WiFi connectivity…no 3G.  Release date is set for early 2011.

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Reviews of the Top Wireless Printers

Forget the cumbersome wires and needing to crowd your computer space with a big printer.  Why not put the printer where it’s convenient for you without any wires to trip over?  Here is a list of the top 5 wireless printers on the market today.

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No iPhone for Verizon

No I-phone for Verizon, anytime soon.  Apple wants a 4G network.    Does this mean Sprint is a contender for Christmas, 2010? Full Story

Ed Rudel

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FCC Opens "Super Wi-Fi" TV Bands

FCC has opened up unused TV signals (the white noise between channels) for Internet broadband use.  The Super  Wi-Fi” technology may start to appear within a year.  Full Story Ed Rudel

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IE 9 Beta is available for the brave.

Microsoft’s latest attempt at dealing with competing browsers like Firefox and Chrome is surprisingly satisfying because in the past MS has produced a bloated product with lots tools and hidden twists and turns.  Taking a note from the competition IE 9 Beta is refreshingly sleek and speedy.  Read the full commentary from About Computers and note the link to the official IE 9 Beta download site and the bottom of the article.

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IA Special Podcast with Scott Mueller

Scott Mueller is  the author of Upgrading and Repairing PC’s,  released 19th edition.  The book has been an essential resource over the last 20 years for training computer technicians and keeping everyone from hobbyists to network administrators up to date on the latest computer technology.  Editions of Upgrading and Repairing PC’s also come with a DVD giving step by step instructions for many of the procedures described in the book.

When we interviewed Scott he had some some very interesting views on upgrading your computers that would seem to run counter to the notion that newer is always better, particularly with operating systems.  Let’s just say, don’t throw out your Win XP Pro software just yet.  It might be the best thing you could do!

Scott Mueller Interview approx. 30 minutes

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Internet Explorer 9 Beta Launches

IE 9 BetaMicrosoft’s premier browser commands one in three visits to the Internet but in recent years has steadily lost ground to feisty competitors like Mozilla’s Firefox or Google’s lightning fast Chrome (both of which have Apple flavors while IE doesn’t!)  September 15 Microsoft announced the launch of its newest Internet Explorer 9.  Catch Ina Fried’s commentary on CNet about the launch and the new feature sets in the upgraded IE 9 Beta.

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Podcast: September 11, 2010

Join us for a late night edition of the Internet Advisor with Foster Braun, Gary Baker, and Ed Rudel.  This week we will look at the next world war which may be taking place right now … Online!  Richard Stiennon, author of Surviving Cyber War and a syndicated security blog , will talk about the next cyberwar and how we can prepare for it.  Erik Anderson will also be back with The Mac Minute to keep you up to date with the latest Apple product information.

Also joining us, Amy Tyrrell to tell us about Buddy Walk, a fundraiser to help families of children with Down Syndrome through the Down Syndrome Group of Southeast Michigan. 1 in 800 children are created with Down Syndrome and each year they thrive more and more due to greater awareness which creates greater acceptance for all.

As usual our second hour will be dedicated to helping you with your computer problems.  Don’t miss the chance to get some free expert advice simply by calling 1-800-859-7950 or 1-800-859-0WJR

Podcast: Richard Stiennon
Podcast: September 11, 2010 – Hour 1
Podcast: September 11. 2010 – Hour 2

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10 Tips and Tricks for Google Chrome Browsers

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Special Internet Only Interview: Mrs. Wizard

Because the show was preempted by MSU Football, we present you with a special podcast.  This week’s interview is with Cindy O’Neil otherwise known as Mrs. Wizard.  She has been helping people for over 15 years both in her hometown, Memphis, TN, and around the globe through her excellent website.  You’ll also find out about her latest outing: a blog about the Kindle (Amazon’s Ebook Reader).   (Foster Braun)

Mrs. Wizard

Mrs. Wizard Interview (approx. 20 minutes.)

As your Labor Day BBQs near, I thought you might be specifically interested in checking out Kayem’s Franksteiner application ( which allows you to create your very own hot dog recipes. Upon entering the hot dog laboratory, you can choose from a selection of more than 20 toppings to “dress up your dog.” Upon completion, you can submit your creation to the hot dog gallery for your chance to win coupons from Kayem.
So before traveling to the supermarket for tons of hot dog toppings this coming weekend, be sure to visit the site to test out what works and what doesn’t!

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