Monthly Archives April 2011

MS Office 365

Here is something to consider if you don’t need MS Office very much and certainly don’t want to pay for it.  Office 365 is cloud based.

Gary Baker


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The Usability of Passwords

Danish blogger Thomas Baekdel posted a fascinating article on how using simpler passwords is actually much safer than using complex ones that are  hard to remember.  The crew will discuss this during the opening segment of the 4/30/11 Show.

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Podcast: April 30, 2011

Show Notes

  • Gary, Ed and Foster will discuss a new way of looking at creating passwords that are simpler but safer.
  • Steve Glauberman , CEO of Enlighten, has created a virtual time machine of sorts that allows users to navigate familiar streets as they appeared in the past.
  • Ryan Guerra from Rice University helped develop the nation’s first Super WiFi system for underserved urban and rural customers.
  • Ben Carpenter, long time listener and helper, has some suggestions for safety when making online purchases.
  • Erik Anderson brings us his weekly The Mac Minute.

Don’t forget that Hour 2 is dedicated to answering your questions.

Rice Univ. Grad. Student Ryan Guerra Explains Super WiFi

Podcast: April 30, 2011 – Hour 1

Podcast: April 30, 2011 – Hour 2

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Let Me Google That For You

This is a really fun site for helping someone see how easy it is to ask a question and get answers.  (Let Me Google That For You).  Here is an example
Ed Rudel

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The top 15 innovative mobile apps to watch in 2011

Taken from CIO magazine.  These are the apps to watch as various tablet platforms take off this year.

Gary Baker

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Podcast: April 23, 2011

Gary Baker, Ed Rudel, Cal Carson, Foster Braun, Erik Anderson

Show Notes:

Links From The Show
Livio Radio

Podcast: April 23, 2011 – Hour 1
Podcast: April 23, 2011 – Hour 2

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Is the iPad Really Eating into PC Sales?

Mike Elgan is a blogger with a flair for the dramatic and a year ago he brought nearly the whole blogosphere down on his head for predicting that the iPad spelled the end of the PC dominate era.  His most recent reflections are well worth the read as one analyst after another re-calibrates the impact that the iPad is having on PC sales.  At very least it’s worth looking at the ingenious graphic he created for the article!

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Podcast: April 16, 2011

Show Notes:

  • Meet Todd Girdis of Intelli Home Systems Todd’s company has excellent systems to provide peace of mind for caregivers and security for seniors that give them the opportunity to live independently and safely.  Excellent services for aging parents or other for whom  you have the responsibility of care.
  • Thinking of starting your own website?  Vince Chmielewski of VC Web Design is the man we called on and has a bag full of tips on making your site excellent.  The ABC’s of site building.

Podcast: Todd Girdis
Podcast: April 16, 2011 – Hour 1
Podcast: April 16, 2011 – Hour 2

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SEMCO: The Future Is Now

(Note from the Editors of Internet Advisor:  We publish this address delivered at the 35th anniversary gathering of SEMCO on 4/10/11 because of some interesting perspectives both on the past and the future of computing.)

The Future is Now!

By Warner Mach

I would like to address six examples to show why the “future is now” in the rapidly developing computer world. SEMCO started in 1976. These are some of the reasons why what was science-fiction in 1976 is reality in 2011. Sometimes we are imbedded in the culture and don’t see the tremendous changes that have occurred:

(1)  Overcoming limitations: We no longer deal with the limitations such as computer speed, limited memory, and limited external storage.

(2)  Telecommunications: The universal Internet as a solution to the communications problem.

(3)  Virtual Worlds: The world of Second Life and multi-user games.

(4)  The “Watson” supercomputer that beat the human Jeopardy contestants.

(5)  Simulation of brain neutrons: Henry Markram and the “Blue Brain” project.

(6)  Seymour Wolfram and a “New Kind of Science.”

So imagine, if you will, that you have stepped out of the time machine from 1976.

(1) Overcoming Limitations:

I think that, for people who have been in …

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Internet Search tips and tricks

Ed Rudel Special Search Tips (Click on link to hear the segment of our 4/09/11 program where we discuss the tips and the new addition to the Toolkit)

Can you imagine the internet without web search capabilities?   We would have to know specific web site addresses for every web site we visit.  A simple comparison would be memorizing all of the phone numbers we use on a daily basis and if we needed to find a new business or person we would have to look the information using the yellow or white pages.

Internet search portals provide the ability to type in a simple name, phase, or question and display a list of web site links that contain the words you provided.  These search results can be overwhelmingly huge and may or may not pertain to the information you were looking for.

The more specific the information you provide (the search criteria) the better the results.  Internet sites like “Google, Bing, Yahoo, or are continuously refining and improving but there are a number of tips you can use to improve your Search results on your favorite Internet search site.

If you have an Internet Search tip or trick, send …

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