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Feb 192010

Viruses aren’t the only dangers on the internet these days. If you let your kids use the computer, you not only need to worry about what their seeing and what sites they are visiting, but also online predators and bullies. So what is a parent to do, especially when most parents can’t do much more than turn the PC on and check there email let alone follow along on facebook or Twitter?

That’s where Internet Safety Software like Spector Pro comes in handy. It can allow you to easily see every step your child takes out into the World Wide Web by taking snapshots of the sites the visit. It actually records their every move allowing you to sit back a watch a video preview of their PC activities.

If you have kids on the web you’ll want to check out Spector Pro and everything it can do to protect your children while on the net.

Feb 192010

A little while back I wound up with a really nasty virus on my computer. I was not only afraid my new laptop would crash and burn on me, but also that my personal information and credit cards were all open to any hacker who wanted them.

My PC is protected by anti-virus software that is supposed to also watch out for spyware or malware so how in the world did my computer wind up getting infected?

I scoured the web searching high and low for help in removing this rather nasty bug from my system. Turned out it was a Trojan and I needed trojan horse remover to get rid of it. I had to take my computer off to the doctor to get it all better. The guy who worked on it told me about CyberDefender, wish I had known about them before hand. But as they say,  hindsight is 20/20.

If you don’t have good protection on your PC, get some now.

Sponsored by CyberDefender.

Sep 252008

Fly Fusion Pen LeapFrog FLY Fusion Pentop Computer is more than just a digital pen. It is an educational tool as well. It is made by Leapfrog so we adults that are using it sometimes feel like we are using a kid’s toy more than a productive piece of equipment. I would say that the fly fusion is geared more toward the junior high (oops I am showing my age there, I mean middle school) and high school crowds, but college students and adults can also use it.

As you write on special paper with the pen it scans your text into the pen then you download your notes to your PC where you can store, email, edit and organize them. You can get additional math and language programs for the pen as well. All your applications can be accessed through a control panel on the fly fusion notebooks. You can even play MP3s through the pen.

Since I’m not in school I don’t really need the added test prep or math programs, but the composition and language programs could be of some use. For the most part the pen work s pretty well. I do have to fix a few errors once my handwriting is converted to a word document, but I would need to proof read a typed document as well. For $ 79 you get the pen, a very thin notebook and $10 download card to use with the enclosed software so you can add games and other apps right away. If you head over to the online store you can pick up additional notebooks, ink, memory cards, a case and other goodies.

I bought the Target exclusive black pen because I thought it looked classier. Well it doesn’t any more because nothing else comes in black. So my pen now looks like Frankenstein. Also the ink is only about 2 thirds that of a regular pen so you’ll want extras right away and I have not seen the ink refills in any store just online. Ink is available in blue, red or green but not black. I like the pen it is nice to carry a tablet and pen with me instead of my laptop. If you do a lot of writing (blogging) you might want to take a look a the fly fusion for under a hundred bucks it is a handy tool to have.

Right now the FLY Fusion Pentop Computer is only $50 at Amazon.

Oct 222007

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Sep 282007

Ever need to send a large file to someone only to find out it is too big to go through email? I have.

Most email services not only cap the size of the file but they also restrict or automatically remove certain file types too.

If you do not have access to ftp or a web server you could be fresh out of luck or making you resort to snail mail to send out your files. Until now that is. I just discovered a great service called Driveway.

Driveway is a free online service that lets you upload and share the files you want with anyone you want. It really couldn’t be simpler either. You can store and share up to 2 GB of files with each file topping out at 500 MB each, which should be more than adequate for the average user.

Files you upload to Driveway do expire, so this is not a permanent storage solution mind you. You do have 90 days from the last time they were accessed before the files do expired. Some similar services expire after only 14 days, which can make it hard to retrieve the files and may even require another upload if the person you sent them to does not regularly check their email or was on vacation.

Driveway is a great alternative to emailing them when trying to send large files like photos or video to clients, friends or family. Give it a try and start file sharing. It is free after all.

Sep 032007
New Mouse in the House

I just picked up the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 and I rather like it. Although I cannot seem to figure out exactly what makes it a notebook mouse over any other mouse. Maybe it is a little smaller than the other ones, which I like. Seems as if most of the Microsoft Mice […]