Can Windows 8 Save Microsoft? Chris Pirillo addresses this question and more…
Chris Pirillo takes to the streets to gauge public response to Windows 8.
10 Cases of Geek Squad Violating Customer Trust detailed by Ryan Matthew Pierson for the Lockergnome community.
Chris Pirillo’s ‘Geek Out’ is packed with info on foolproof passwords, low cost broadband options, graphics card advice and more.
You may love Microsoft or you may hate Microsoft, but if you step back for just a second and look at the big picture, it sure does seem like the Redmond giant gets more than its fair share of hate no matter what it does.
Music streaming services aplenty exist on the Internet to suit every taste — no matter how eclectic. Whether you like Last.FM, Spotify, Rhapsody, Pandora, Magnatune, or one of the others, you probably have your reasons for sticking with your preference. Here are some reasons why one person made the switch from Rhapsody to Spotify.
Google has introduced its answer to just about every popular Internet technology it can, providing us with alternative operating systems, alternative social networking platforms, and alternative productivity applications. Now Google intends to alter the bread and butter of its operation: its search. Has Google gone too far? Is Google getting too greedy?
The Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) has been out for a couple days now, and speculation is running rampant as to whether or not consumers will consider Windows 8 a success, or just a second coming of the PR failure that was Windows Vista. Personally, I’m a long-time Windows user with a long history of early adoptions, disappointments, and through all of this have remained an optimist. With Windows 8, I’m still on the fence. While the beta gives us a good idea of what the final product might look like, one can only hope a lot changes take place between now and then. The biggest question facing Microsoft and its users is whether or not Windows 8 will be something consumers will accept.
While it’s easy to envy people who have all the money to get fancy new gadgets, devices, doohickeys, and suchlike on the day they’re launched, there are a few advantages to living behind the hardware curve that you may not have considered. After all, when your horse and buggy breaks down, who are you going to trust to fix it: the local BMW mechanic, or the Amish guy 20 miles outside of town?
Does your computer’s fan sound like a B-52 bomber coming in for a landing on stage at a B-52s performance at a chainsaw industry trade show?
Tips to help you improve Windows 7 (or any version of Windows) stability.
Sure, we realize that any list detailing the “best” of anything is sure to spark debate, but we hope this can be civilized and rife with constructive criticism. According to Craighton Miller, here are the best Windows downloads for any new computer. Disagree with any of these or have any in mind that you think should be included? Read the post and leave your commentary (as long as it’s civil and constructive), by gum!
For several years, Seattle-based Picnik has been one of the most popular services offering users the ability to crop, resize, and rotate photos, as well as edit the exposure, correct colors, add effects (such as black and white), and add text to them. However, ever since Picnik was bought by Google in 2010, its future has seemed doomed, much like other Google acquisitions shortly after being acquired. If you don’t need an expensive photo-editing app, yet are willing to pay a small fee (or put up with ads) to edit your photos online elsewhere, here are a four great alternatives to Picnik that we found for you.
To counterpoint five things that you should buy used, there are plenty of things that you’d be equally wise in investing just a little more money for being pristine and unused. A hard drive, for example, is cheap enough when it’s fresh from the manufacturer (and will be covered by a warranty) that saving a couple of bucks from some shyster on eBay who may have dropped the thing a couple of times just isn’t worth the price of your sanity. If you want to ensure that your purchases outlast the time it takes for money and goods to exchange hands, you should check this out.
During the live recording of TLDR, a viewer asked if I thought printers would die out in five to 10 years as a result of everything going paperless and digital. Here’s what I had to say about it.
Is the Windows 8 Metro experience enough to make Mac users switch to Windows?
Should you be forced to upgrade your web browser? Microsoft has decided that IE 6 is finally dead. Share your opinion in the comments below!
Is your computer really getting slow, or is it just a matter of perspective? Sure, over time it’s normal for your system to get bogged down with software that makes the height of its efficiency somewhat lacking, but is the fix easier than simply trashing the old hardware in favor of the newest shiny multi-core on the market? Find out in this video from today’s TLDR episode.
Earlier this year, Americans got the chance to start enjoying Swedish/UK streaming music service Spotify (already available to people in other parts of the world for a few years). Helped along by very visible integration into Facebook and Last.fm, Spotify’s popularity is on the rise. But how does it compare to some of the other streaming music services out there like iTunes Match, Pandora, Rdio, Grooveshark, and MOG? Jake Smith gives us a rundown of what each has (and doesn’t have) to offer the modern music lover in all of us.
How does the new AOL Instant Messenger AIM to please? Are you looking for ways to improve your privacy on the Internet? And how DO you enable that new YouTube theme that everyone’s been talking about?
The Chromebook has been out for a while, and it certainly has its pros and cons. While it may be a capable device for general web browsing, it is held back by a high price point and general lack of features to support the cost of entry.
What do you think? Is Blu-ray better than direct download?
Natan (maxmouse3) on YouTube asked, “I want to buy an SSD for my laptop, but don’t want to lose storage space. What should I do?”
Ryan, a member of the LockerGnome community at large, asked: “How important is it for an OS to have an app store? I know that it has, and will continue to be a good thing for Apple. Would it help Windows?”
For ten years, Gnomedex brought to the stage hundreds of thought leaders and many influencers before they were influential. This event is now coming out of retirement…
A new, tricky phishing scam has been making the rounds throughout the Internet as of late and our friends at KnowBe4 have released a special bulletin warning their customers about this scam.
GREENPHONE776, a member of the LockerGnome community asked: “How many gigs of RAM do you need to make a good computer?”
For me, it was the first Chumby. Not because it was a bad product, it was actually quite interesting. The reason I’d consider it a bad buy is because of how quickly it was replaced by my iPhone.
What about you? What was your worst tech buy ever?
Do you have the sinking feeling that someone may be accessing your Wi-Fi, but don’t know how you can tell for sure that this is happening?
Let’s talk. Does the new Explorer interface (with Ribbon) thrill you or disappoint you? What else would you want to see in the next revision of the Windows universe?
Are these power strips safe? How can you tell one is about to go out? Could you be overloading your power strip?
Do you like the sounds of desktop-replacement notebook performance in an extremely light and thin form factor.
Solid-state drives (SSD) are becoming more affordable and are replacing hard disk drives (also known as spindle, HDD, or platter-driven) as the primary storage medium in many portable devices.
Home networking used to be a matter of taking the phone jack out of one computer and sticking it in another.
LED monitors and televisions are beginning to become cheaper and more budget-friendly. They typically promote much higher contrast ratios and lower power use than traditionally lit LCD screens, but they may not be the best option for video editors. Why is that? What is the difference between LCD and LED screens?
Facebook has had another privacy mishap, and this time it concerns video privacy.
Can Google+ beat Facebook? That’s the question I’ve been asked again and again as early adopters are beginning to understand what Google+ has to offer its users. A full analysis of its potential won’t be possible for some time, as features are just not beginning to really take form and bugs are being worked out. In order to “beat” Facebook, Google+ would have to have a larger user base using it as their primary social network. That’s a tall order, considering Facebook’s 750 million users. The fact is, Google+ has the potential of “beating” Facebook, if they concentrate on a few key points moving forward.
A larger percentage of their users are using the mobile phone to take photos than traditional digital cameras.
YouTube has made it so simple to upload media to the web and share it with the world without any actual costs involved.
There are many reasons that someone might need to control another computer remotely. Providing tech support to family and friends, accessing your system at home from a remote location, and companies monitoring and assisting employees are just a few reasons. There are many ways to accomplish this, and in this video I go over a few suggestions that have worked for me. These may not be the best solutions for everyone, so please feel free to comment below with the method that has worked best for you.
Google’s Chromebook puts the Google Chrome browser inside a notebook computer that you can rent for as little as $20 per month. This, coupled with its various cloud services, creates a compelling case for average users to make the switch.
Some people got very upset at me when I said the iPad, and even the iPhone is a computer. They are certainly more powerful than my first computer.
Buying a new computer can be confusing because of all the brands and choices.
In this video, you can learn why you want to use the Run as Administrator function with caution, how to launch a program with administrator priveliges, and when you should Run as Administrator instead of running as a standard Windows 7 user.
Chris does a head-to-head iPad 1 vs. iPad 2 comparison, find out which Apple tablet is better?
What’s the difference between a Windows 7 upgrade and an Anytime Upgrade?
What are the benefits of virtualization? This is a question asked over on Lockergnome Q&A recently, and I thought the answers may just benefit several of you out there. Now, we know that many of you already use virtual machines. Why not leave a GOOD comment on the video, explaining to those who don’t why it is they might want to look into doing so? See how that works? We all help each other! Remember – YOU were a n00b at one time, too!
Why does Microsoft release so many different versions of Windows? Depending on who you ask, you’ll likely receive a different answer. Here are my thoughts…
Someone in our live community recently asked what I feel the advantages – and disadvantages – are for using Google Chrome. We are talking about the web browser in this instance, not the operating system. What are YOUR thoughts? Is Chrome a good choice – or not?