Friday, December 30, 2011

No Agenda Show for Thursday, December 29, 2011


No Agenda Show for Thursday December 29, 2011   
Phobos Grunts 

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Phobos Grunts 
Executive Producers: Sir Ray Jacobsen, Sir David Hoffman, Stevn Jaffe, Sir Paull Alves, Sir Kris Gielen, Spiros Bettas, Mark Lay, Robert Alter, Paul Palcsek 
Executive Producer and 368 Club member: Baron Steven Pelsmaeker 
Executive Producer and 369 Club members: Sir Kris Gielen, Baron Steven Pelsmaeker 
Associate Executive Producers: Herbert Harms, Dr. Anonymous, Massimo Cattaneo, Falko Richter, Sir Borislav 'Bobby' Marinov, Dean Carson 
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Education on using the Correct Web Browser

A recent email I sent to a client with a very old computer running Windows XP (which had been upgraded from windows 98?..

....You probably noticed, as you were
currently using it, the reinstalled Avant Browser.. thank you first of
all for not going and opening the internet explorer browser which had
been removed and will be reinstalled with the correct version for your
computer.  The simple fact is, Google Chrome browser is by far, the
only browser to be using from now on, until some other browser even
comes close to it's power. Not to mention the safety/security of using
it and the fact that it automatically is always up to date.  This is
one of the biggest complaints I do have with the Avant browser, is not
only because it does a very good job of emulating the Internet
Explorer but it also is suseptible of the security problems that the
internet explorer has but is fixed by updates. Although later builds
of the avant browser now have the ability to notify you of when an
update is available but that too can be disabled and is normally what
happens...The reason I do keep the Avant browser installed is because
it emulates the internet explorer exactly but is more safe and will
not automatically launch all the malware/spyware applications that
will launch when you run the internet explorer, but also with windows
XP operating system, it can be used to safely install the windows
updates without the need to launch the internet explorer. The thing
is, the Google Chrome browser is the 'default' browser which should be
all you ever use. For about that last two months I have not once
witnessed the need to even launch the avant browser because every
website I have come across (as I ask my clients to simply send to me,
any url that doesn't open correctly and suggest to copy/paste that in
to avant browser address bar and try it there). for a while this was
the way to fix any website that didn't open or look right within
chrome, but this has not been an issue for at least 2 months now.. the
big thing people mention or 'complain' about is the fact that they are
so used to using the computer one certain way and then I come along
and say to use it a different way.. fact is I see just how many issues
are caused when the wrong programs are being used, not to mention the
inefficiencies since chrome opens a website so much faster and this
becomes a big problem on the older (slower) computers....


As you can see, I am still dealing with many computers under my own umbrella and it all starts with simple education of why using the right tool for the job makes it so much easier and this goes for something that is as simple as surfing the web!


Monday, December 26, 2011

No Agenda Christmas Clip Show



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Friday, December 23, 2011

What I want for Christmas...

What I want for Christmas is: 


 -World Peace, but I'm pretty sure that will not happen as there is always someone pissed off at someone else unfortunately. 


 So keeping it closer to home, what I would like for Christmas is:


 -My clients to think of contacting me first, BEFORE they attempt to perform those updates and/or other installation that they are unsure of, or if they are thinking of buying a new piece of technology, whether it be a computer or phone or remote control.. contact me BEFORE spending any money. As a result of contacting me, I am going to not only give you my opinion but hopefully a number of options on where to get the best deal on whatever it is you are in the market for! This will hopefully prevent you from contacting me after the fact, all frustrated because you can't get the stupid thing to work correctly or wonder why it doesn't seem to install the way the sales person said it would. (this is a common problem when buying a new printer lately)


 -My clients to stop using the Avant Browser as their main web browser. Yes I know I am the one that pointed you in the direction of using it many years ago but that is my point here.. it is no longer the browser of choice. That would go to Google's Chrome browser. Why? For many reasons, but the main one is for the speed, security and the fact that it updates itself. Since this is the program you use to surf the web, it is important for the browser to always be up to date and that is by far the main reason why you shouldn't be using any other browser. The fact is the Avant browser emulates the Internet Explorer web browser which has been garbage pretty much after IE6.0 which was the last "good" release of that browser. But the web has changed a lot since then and now the only reason I do keep the Avant browser installed on my client computers is because it does emulate the internet explorer and therefore will be used on the odd occasion some other program on your computer calls for the Internet Explorer, as well as being the secondary browser in the odd scenario that Chrome doesn't appear to work for the website. This can happen if you visit a website that has not updated the code to work correctly with anything but the internet explorer (but this is something I have not had the need to worry about for over 2 months now so really don't see any need for you to be using it at all) 


 -My clients to stop worrying about the maintenance and simply using their device, leaving the technical updates and cleaning to me. -My clients to remember I am a key click away, so long as you are connected to the internet and if you need to contact me via telephone, to utilize my toll free number or text!



I think most of all, I want all that read my blog posts to have the best possible time you can at this 'festive' time of year, wishing you nothing but the best of health and happiness to you!




Hats of State 

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Hats of State 
Executive Producer and 367 Club member: Sir Dwayne Melancon, 
Associate Executive Producers: Herbert Harms, Andrew Kirby, Anonymous, Jay Ragusa, Dean Carsen 
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

No Agenda Show for Sunday December 18th 2011

 Fools & Knaves 

 

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Fools & Knaves 

Executive Producers: Dame Francine Hardaway, Alexander Dimitriyadi, Setevn Wittig 

Executive Producer and 366 Club members: Dame Francine Hardaway (we threw in the extra buck) 

Associate Executive Producers: Jay Kreamer, Scott Morgan 

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

'tis the season for scams-be aware!

It seems the Telephone Scam I had reported on before has returned, as reported by a number of clients recently.  Please be certain, nobody from Microsoft is going to phone you and tell you that your computer is at risk. The best thing you can do is hang up on them!
It is also the time of year when numerous "electronic greeting cards" arrive in your inbox.  You should always be cautious of any attachment and/or web link that sends you to a sketchy website. If you are uncertain about an email, simply delete it and then compose a new message to the person you received it from, asking them if they did in fact send something to you. They can always re-send it. Better to be safe then sorry!

No Agenda Show for Thursday December 15th 2011



Trojan Horse 

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Trojan Horse 
Executive Producers: Atomic Rod Adams 
Executive Producer and 365 Club members: Gavin Williams, Kirk Anne 
Associate Executive Producers: Erik Schimek 
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

No Agenda Show for Sunday December 11th 2011


Katy Bar The Door, Baby! 

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Katy Bar The Door, Baby! 
Executive Producers: Sir Richard Scott Bagwell 
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Associate Executive Producers: Kenneth Alexander, Noel Malenosky, Squire Snuffles, Fredric Gagnon, David Yeagly, Carrie Schšn 
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Friday, December 09, 2011

No Agenda Show for Thursday December 8th 2011

 Mothership Uncloaking? 

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Mothership Uncloaking? 
Executive Producers: Dame Astrid , Sir James Spitzer, Todd Cochrane, Anonymous 
Executive Producer and 363 Club members: Sir James Spitzer 
Associate Executive Producers: Sir Borislav Marinov, Drew Klassen, Paul J. Sankowski, Erik Hšechel, Steve Nenninger 
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Monday, December 05, 2011

No Agenda Show for Sunday December 4, 2011

Drone Journalism 

 

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Drone Journalism 

Executive Producers: Adam Curry & John C Dvroak 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tether App is Awesome!

It only took a few years but it now appears I have found the app of all apps without the need to jailbreak my Apple devices. I have wanted to take advantage of my Ipad's 3G connection for my laptop but was unable to do so because all the devices seem to be for iphone or tethering from the laptop device in the wrong direction. Along comes the Tether App, mind you it doesn't come cheap, at $15 it is well worth it. Now it will be interesting to see just how long it stays in the App Store before Apple pulls it I guess.
What is great about this app is that it simply proxies the connection and so it doesn't matter if I use a wifi or 3G connection, it just works and I managed to get a healthy enough download and upload to be able to use both devices simultaneously as well!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

No Agenda Show for Sunday November 27th 2011


Pencil of Promise 

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Pencil of Promise 
Executive Producers: D@MIT 
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

No Agenda Show for Thursday November 24th 2011

First Buddy 


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First Buddy 

Executive Producers: Gerald Lenski, Sir Robert Goshko, Adam Johnson

Executive Producer and 359 Club members: 

Associate Executive Producers: Sir Mike Miller, Sir Dean Betram, Tom Wilson, Jonathan Dalrymple 

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Knighthoods: Steven E. Taft, William Mason Gerlach 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Chrome-how to use it

My last post, just yesterday, has already had a number of you contacting me saying "I see it on my computer but don't know how to use it"... a little shocked to hear this I must say, since most people would at least click on it and recognize the obvious address bar at the top but because the page is parked on 'visit the chrome web store' the first time you open it (possibly something they could change), it should mean you can't do some of your own exploring by clicking on the various elements within the browser. I am including this link to the 'getting started guide' for chrome since I like to direct you to the correct places but not make this blog a learning channel since there are so many levels of computers users I would rather not bore those that already know this stuff, nor do I wish for those that do not to stop reading my posts!

Nothing but Chrome

As I posted back in June with regards to using Chrome as your main/default web browser, it is now even more critical that this be the case.  Although I still suggest having an IE alternative web browser on board and if you know me, that would be the Avant Browser, it is pretty much only for those very odd occasions where you stumble across a website that gives you nothing but error messages, stating you need to update your java or you can't open the pdf file without first installing the adobe reader.  All of which is not true when using the Chrome web browser as it comes with a built in (native pdf reader) as well as its own control on how java is to be used. You should be getting a pop down message stating this website requires the use of java and "do you want to run it this time or all the time" type message.  But regardless, having an alternative browser, in this case, the Avant Browser at your fingertips when you get such a message, being able to confirm the site is in fact working, becomes quite useful. In most cases, the website is either old and doesn't recognize the Chrome code or it is simply broken and expects the use of the Internet Explorer and so having the Avant Browser installed makes sense.  Some will say, "why not just use the Internet Explorer since it is already installed?" and my response would be, "sure, if you are referring to IE 9, but then that would most likely not already be installed since it (Windows 7) does not (yet) ship with IE9 installed and you are either using IE8 (which sucks) or IE7 which was "ok" at best. If you are still using IE6 then you are in dire need of updating and in most cases you are also probably using running Windows XP and so you are looking at upgrading to a new computer I should think!
The simple fact is Chrome is awesome. Not only does it automatically update the moment you open the browser while connected to the internet, but it is constantly improving with available extensions (add-ons also known as plug-in).  With everything on the computer now pretty much web-related, Chrome just makes sense.  It is still the only browser with top of the line security that hackers shy away from because they too seem to recognize a good product when they see it!
I write this post mainly because as of late, many people are questioning me to error messages they are receiving such as Java and Adobe and when I ask what browser they are using, even though I know they have Chrome installed, they are (still) using the Avant Browser.  I think the biggest problem with any browser that is not auto-updating is that simple fact.. that it is forever going to need to be updated and when it isn't, you get error messages. So do yourself a favour. If you aren't using Chrome yet, start using it and if you are using Chrome but not all the time, then simply delete the other browser icons from your desktop so that you don't accidentally click on it the next time you go web surfing.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

No Agenda Show for Sunday November 20th 2011

Bogative Charity

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Bogative Charity

Executive Producers: Sir Eric Hertha, Sir Victor Gonzales, Michael Zelina

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

No Agenda Show for Thursday November 17th 2011


Rotational Deployment 

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Rotational Deployment 
Executive Producers: Sir Scott Hankel, Sir Rixhard Haskins 
Executive Producer and 357 Club members: Sir Scott Hankel 
Associate Executive Producers: Sir Ralf Nellessen, Dame Murasaki8 
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

No Agenda Show for Sunday November 13th 2011


Super Duper Space Wrench 

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Super Duper Space Wrench 
Executive Producers: Baron Steven Pelsmaekers, Sir Steven van der Have, Sir Zachary Geesaman 
Executive Producer and 356 Club members: Sir Ara Derderian, Matt Danley 
Associate Executive Producers: Henry Reese, Sir Brian Watson 
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Backblaze Backup

I have been a strong advocate of the Carbonite off-site backup, and still am, however with the recent raise in pricing which now has a year subscription at $59 it does make one start to look for other options, if for no other reason, to see what is available.  Shortly after Carbonite raised their rates, they now provide additional services such as external USB drive support as well as a new Business. They have provided remote file support for some time and for these reasons, I will continue to support those still wishing to get a very good, reliable backup system for their computer, as well as provide the usual additional free month at discounted prices through this link.

But this post is about Backblaze off-site backup which provides the same off-site backup which is UNLIMITED with USB external drive support as well as mapped drives and with prices as low as $3.96 per month when you purchase a two year plan and one year at only $50 and if you wish, you can go with a month to month plan at $5 per month. They also offer the 2 week free trial and works on both Mac and Windows machines.

Since you know you need a backup plan, give Backblaze your business. Get started by downloading the free trial here.

The choice is ultimately yours and I am providing you with discounts available through affiliate links and since you get 2 weeks free, what are you waiting for?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

No Agenda Show for Thursday November 10th 2011


Flying Antenna 

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Flying Antenna 
Executive Producers: Sam Molaro, Ernie Ernst, Scott Fisher, Baron Steven Pelsmaekers, Glenn Riccio, Brent Young, Sir Dwayne Melancon, Richard Haskins, Sir Greg Birch 
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