The Web Page Fads of “Yesteryear”

OK… it was only a few years ago, but these “fads” on the web are just SO yesterday! Please, if you are still a webmaster, DON’T use these things… they are are just SO gauche!

Web Fads that are OUT!

Check them out… here’s a sample:

Portals, “Splash” and “Intro” Pages, “Communities”, Page Counters, Homepages, MIDI or WAV files and animated GIFs, Guestbooks and “E-Postcards”, WAP content, and oh yeah… “Awards” for your site. Dewd. Get wit’ the program!

Podcasts as a Way of Life?

I recently switched jobs. I was Webmaster for Guilford County, now I am back at the Center for Creative Leadership. While at the County, I got very used to coming in to my office, and doing my web updates while listening to various tech oriented podcasts. I had it down to where I was getting to hear one or two a day, and it allowed me to stay “up” on what is going on in the tech world while working on other things, because it could play in the background and let it be “background noise.”

When I came back to the Center, the first few days, I didn’t have my own PC, or even a “real” place to sit. But, it wasn’t too long before I found a way to do my job while listening to podcasts again. Boy! It was like being away from an old friend not to have my podcasts! Now, I am feeling better, more comfortable, and getting back “up to speed” on the fast breaking tech world! It is interesting how certain things help you feel “at ease” and “at home.” So… as I type this, I have a podcast running in the background. Sigh! Very nice!

New PodProducer Web Site

As you know, I am a HUGE Open Source fan! And I support Open Source efforts! The latest move in that regard is my hosting the site of Alfredo Romo, creator of the excellent Open Source software for recording podcasts called “PodProducer!” The new domain name is:

It is great to be able to do something concrete to support such excellent Open Source efforts! Way to go, Alfredo!

Will Google Take Over The World?

Once upon a time, there was a young upstart company called “Microsoft” that set out to destroy the monopoly held by the giant of the computer world… a company called… IBM! Little Microsoft made some fairly smooth and innovative moves back then, and the giant IBM fell! The masses cheered that the giant was dead, and the young, more friendly, upstart was heralded as “the next big thing!”

This may sound like a fairy tale today… but I remember this story! It REALLY happened! Microsoft used to be an insignificant upstart compared to IBM. Now, IBM has “eased out” of Personal Computing (even selling their popular ThinkPads to Chinese Lenovo!) NOW, Microsoft is the giant that everyone hates… and Google is the up-and-coming upstart. Will history repeat itself?

Google’s Plan to Take Over the World!

I say, “Probably so!” Especially if Google comes out with a Google Linux Desktop with integrated WiFi. Dewd. Hide and watch!

“Ask the Doctor!” Segment

I am beginning to get questions via e-mail about computers, technology and the web… it occurs to me that I could incorporate the questions and answers into the “Dr. Bill: The Computer Curmudgeon” podcast. I think it will make a great segment. Send me your questions at: DrBill [at] Of course replace the “[at]” with an “@” sign. I am trying to keep the spammers at bay… this way they can’t automagically grab the e-mail address.

Anyway, go for it!

BAD Spyware “Removers” List

Spyware and Ad-Ware is evil! It installs on your system without permission and then slows your PC down! In most cases, it “tracks” your movements on the web and reports those movements to it’s evil masters. Arrrgh! Spyware is EVIL! However, given the user’s frenzy to get RID of Spyware, the bad guys have now taken a new tact. They are creating “Spyware removal programs” that DON’T actually find Spyware, but rather, install it! Talk about EVIL!

List of BAD Spyware “Removers”

So, if you are tempted to use any of the above… don’t! Instead, here are the one’s that the Doctor recommends these excellent, FREE tools:

Spybot Search & Destroy

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