Archive for December 2012

Track Santa on Christmas Eve

imageOK, it’s Christmas eve, it’s time for your kids to go to bed but they can’t because they’re excited about Santa coming to visit.  Give them a glimpse of where Santa is and tell them Santa doesn’t visit when kids are up and awake. 

Here’s the official NORAD site to go to on Christmas Eve to track Santa (until then you’ll see the countdown):

Deal: Lenovo Laptop with Core i5 for $449

imageWhen it comes to standard laptops, I think you’re much better off with Windows 7 rather than Windows 8 (you really need a touchscreen to make the most of Windows 8.)  Well, it’s getting harder to find new PC’s with Windows 7 on them, but has a Lenovo G570 with an Intel Core i5 processor for only $449 with free shipping.  It has a 15.6” screen, 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive.  Of course it has a built-in webcam, DVD burner, memory card reader and something people often overlook, a very nice keyboard.

So if you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift or maybe a last minute write-off for your business, check out the Lenovo G570:

Our Favorite Day of the Month is Here! Hooray!

imageWant to avoid getting viruses and other malware?  Then keep your software up to date.  It’s the second Tuesday of the month, and that means Microsoft is pushing updates to its operating systems and other software.  Windows XP users look for the yellow shield.  Windows Vista and Windows 7 users look for the blue logo.  If your computer doesn’t automatically update, you’ll see those icons in your task tray (in the lower right corner usually) The orange/brown icon is for Java, and the red icon is imageAdobe Acrobat Reader.  You may not see these icon in the next day or two, but you’ll see them at some point so be aware of them when they do.  These indicate FIXES to security problems that have been discovered.  They update quickly, so don’t click on “remind me later” or anything like that, just do the update and stay safe.  The same goes for Adobe Flash, when you get the message that looks like the image to the left (often right after you start your computer) by all means perform the update.

Text Messaging Turns 20 – My How Quickly They Grow Up! years ago an engineer in the U.K. working on a project for Vodafone sent a simple two-word message.  It read “Merry Christmas.”  Who knew that 20 years later it would be illegal in many states and a bad idea everywhere else to do it while driving.  People have actually died not just driving but even just walking.  None the less, texting is HUGE today.

In 2001 when you could only text to someone on the same phone network as you, only about 500,000 text messages were sent in a day.  11 years later the number is around 4 BILLION (that an 8000 times increase!)

Imagine how we might be communicating with each other 20 more years from now.

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