I Get Interesting Computer Questions

As a recognized “uber-geek,” I get asked questions about what anti-virus to use (“AVG” or “Avast!,” both free,) what to do about attachments (don’t EVER click on them!), etc. But occasionally, I get a really unique question. Today I was asked, “Do you know anything that will block all gambling sites?” Well, I had never looked into that… I must admit. Gambling has never been an issue with me. I understand that no one really “wins” at gambling. And, somehow throwing away my money has no enticement for me! But, for those that have the addiction (and it is an addiction every bit as bad as drugs, cigarettes, etc.) here is a possible software “solution”:

GamBlock

Warning… it is designed to be “un-removable” once installed, so that the user can’t say, “Well, I REALLY want to gamble!,” and then remove it in order to do so. But anyway, if you need it, check it out!

GROKLAW Publishes Secret Memo!

How’s that for a jazzy title for this entry?! I have long been amazed at the kahunas that SCO has shown by alleging that there is “proprietary code” in Linux. Riiiiiight! Uh, huh. I got a bridge I’ll sell ya, too. Now, it appears that one of the guys SCO hired to investigate whether this allegation was true, told them that “At the end, we had found absolutely *nothing*. ie no evidence of any copyright infringement whatsoever.”

GROKLAW

So, SCO will apologize to the Open Source community and slink off into the sunset now, right? Don’t hold your breath.

Study Shows Users’ Confusion About Blogs

OK, so some people don’t get it. That’s news? To whom?

Study Shows Users’ Confusion About Blogs

I can understand “not getting” RSS or XML, those are technical aspects to blogging that people don’t really need to understand to read a blog, or even to be a blogger. But, the overall idea of blogging seems simple enough: a blogger has a huge ego and ACTUALLY believes people will read and enjoy his, or her, thoughts. That is blogging. And, amazingly, sometimes people do… and that, now that… is strange!

Geek Software of the Week: PodProducer Rocks!

If you are considering becoming a Podcaster, then, boy do I have some software for you! Dewd! You gotta see this! There are packages out there that don’t do what this does and they cost hundreds of dollars! This is Open Source (and therefore, FREE!) Check it out:

PodProducer Open Source Podcast Studio

This software is updated regularly, so keep checking, as he keeps making improvements. The recording is clean and clear, and it has a lot of great features… I am “playing with it” to learn more, because there is currently no documentation, but it is falling down easy anyway. Try it, you’ll like it!

Controversial EU vitamins ban to go ahead – World – Times Online

This story COULD be repeated here in the U.S.! The CAFTA legislation that is pending agrees to make the EU ban take effect here as well!

Controversial EU vitamins ban to go ahead – World – Times Online

This is a terrible tragedy and we need to fight it! We should have the right to buy and use natural supplements if we choose to! If this legislation goes through, then the only way you could get these products is through an Allopathic Medical Doctor (and you KNOW it would be at a higher cost!) Stand up for you Health Freedoms!

Microsoft Downgrades Claria Adware Detections

And, here’s what you get when the Evil Empire (which is, of course, evil) buys a Spyware/Adware company…

Microsoft Downgrades Claria Adware Detections

They move the “findings” of their Anti-Adware program “downward” in level. Would “their own” Adware/Spyware hurt you? Why no, of course not! This is what happens when a company that sanctions Adware makes an “Anti-Adware” tool.

I’ll stick with Ad-Aware from Lavasoft and Spybot Search and Destroy from Kolla… no thanks, M$!

Geek Software of the Week: Small, Fast, Clean, and FREE PDF Reader!

When you want to display PDF documents what do you do? Most folks download Adobe’s PDF Reader, after all, it is free, right? Well, less and less… why do I say that? The “newer” versions of the Adobe Reader try and get you to download all kinds of other junk as well, and they also try to get you to use their “downloader,” which is installed on your system and pollutes your computer… then there is the fact that it is constantly asking you to upgrade it, instead of just displaying the PDF… and now, on top of all this, they have advertisements in it! NO, thanks!

Small, Fast, Clean, and FREE PDF Reader for Everyday Use

The link above is a great FREE, no ads, simple, fast, and clean PDF viewer. And guess what? ALL it does is allow you to view PDFs! What a concept! Try it, you’ll like it!

First, remove your Adobe Reader (Start-Control Panel-Add Remove Programs), then install the Foxit Software PDF Viewer! Budda-bing! Now, you have a FAST viewer without all the junk!

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