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Microsoft Partners with Major Players on IPTV Edition

Posted by techie on October 11, 2006

IPTV has been something that has interested me since I was first introduced to it a few years ago when I was in Hawaii. It wasn’t implemented correctly in Hawaii, but since then I’ve really loved the various IPTV out there.

Microsoft has seen what I’ve seen and they are making a play into the IPTV market with their own IPTV product.

Even of more interest to me has been trying out some of the various P2P Live Streamed TV. They still need some work, but I’ve been really happy with TVUPlayer’s ability to stream. I did it on my laptop using the airport’s wireless and it worked great. Talk about making the wait for the airplane that much easier.

It’s going to be amazing to watch technology grow over the next couple years.

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Web 2.0 Social Search Engine on Sale on eBay

Posted by techie on August 4, 2006

Web 2.0 techniques and user generated content to build better systems is a general concept going on right now across the web.

Well, there are some interesting upstarts in this sector, such as OOZM.

It’s tagline: “More relevant results because they are rated by REAL people, not Robots.”

You can check out OOZM eBay Sale. Yes, as is typical in the Web 2.0 field, Guna’s strength is in building new technologies, not building businesses.

Here’s some excerpts from an interview with the creator of OOZM, Guna Deivendran.

According to Guna:
“With millions of websites emerging every single day, there is no point for search engines to index millions of pages. With OOZM we can actually limit the number of indexes and allow people to actually narrow down on relevant results that are recommended by real users.”

And how is the bidding progressing?

Guna says: “I have over 50 bidders watching my bids and I have answered more than 25 questions so far. There are some people who want to grab this for nothing and there are some people that actually understands the business. I am looking for someone who actually understands the concept and is willing to keep the site going.”

I think Guna has a good chance of making a nice chunk of change from his social search engine. A similar meta search engine, Jux2 went for sale last year and was sold for $100,000 on eBay. Few months ago another fresh engine, digforit.com went for sale on eBay for $25,400.

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Got an Idea or Invention and Don’t Know What to Do? Don’t Ask ME…

Posted by techie on August 4, 2006

Besides owning a home I think the next biggest American dream is to invent something. It’s pretty much apart of who we are as Americans. It hearkens back to some time in history which I should know about, but don’t because I haven’t taken a history class in years. How do you take that product to market you may ask?

Many of you may want to consider a recent Reality TV show American Inventor. The best part of that show was that the top 4 inventions all got to see their invention do something (even if seeing Jerry Rice wasn’t really helping the invention much). If you win you get $1 million and then it doesn’t matter what you do with your invention.

Granted if you go on the show then you are almost certainly locked into some ugly contract that basically means the show owns your product. Not to mention, your chances of getting on the show are pretty slim.

What other options are out there? One I just came across and prompted this post is a company called Davison Design. This company specializes in being an invention factory. They offer the full range of invention services like: research, industrial design, virtual reality, and product samples to packaging, presentation for possible licensing, and royalty management. Partnering with a company like this sounds like a great option.

Even if you don’t want to work with Davison Design as a partner, you should check out the information they have on the invention process. Davison Design is full of good information for inventors.

If you do want to use Davison Design then here’s a brief overview of what would happen if you worked with Davison Design:

Step 1: Complete our free information form and we will rush you information on pursuing your idea/invention.
Step 2: Within 5-7 business days, you will receive an 8.5 x 11 first class mail envelope containing our brochure and confidential submission form.
Step 3: You review the information, and if need be, receive assistance from our staff in completing the form.
Step 4: You complete and return the confidential idea submission form.
Step 5: Your idea/invention is reviewed to determine if it falls within our scope of services. This is not a review based on patentability or marketability and is not considered a method of choosing or selecting your concept over another submission.
Step 6: You are contacted for a no-cost confidential discussion regarding your idea/invention.
Step 7: If we can offer services, product design research will be conducted on your idea/invention for a fee.
Step 8: We offer contingency representation and attempt to identify corporation(s) that could be a match for your idea/invention.
Step 9: We prepare your idea/invention for presentation to a corporation for a fee.
Step 10: Materials we prepare are presented to you for your review and approval.
Step 11: Once materials are approved by you and additional protection is in place, we ship the product or presentation materials to the corporation.
Step 12: We attempt to license the idea to the corporation if there is interest in the idea/invention.

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A Key Stroke Logger – Good or Evil?

Posted by techie on August 3, 2006

Doing computer security one of the worst things you can hear is that a computer has a keystroke logger on it. The only thing I could see being worse than a keystroke logger is some virus, worm or trojan horse that actually shuts your entire computer down. Otherwise, a keystroke logger is scary. Working in the healthcare industry I’m espescially concerned about a keystroke logger since that is a major HIPAA violation. Think about the passwords that could be caught by a keystroke logger. That password could open up your entire network to unauthorized access and you would have no way of knowing what was authorized and unauthorized access to your network.

Despite people’s inherent fear of keystroke loggers, they aren’t always bad. SpectorSoft has created a keystroke logger for home or businesses. This is a perfect way to keep track of what’s happening at home at work. Normally, a keystroke logger wouldn’t have any value for a home or business. However, SpectorSoft has done something that I haven’t personally seen in any other keystroke logger. They correlate the keystrokes by application, date and time. Finally the keystroke logging data is useful with little work involved.

Read a description of Spector Pro’s key logger:

Spector Pro includes what many consider to be the BEST key logger on the market, saving keystrokes by application, by date and time.

With Spector Pro, you will know what was typed, where and when it was typed, and you will also know WHO typed it because Spector Pro keeps a record of who is logged into the computer.

The Spector Pro Keystroke Recording tool will document every key typed on the PC keyboard. Spector Pro not only captures standard alphanumeric keystrokes, but also records “hidden” characters and keystroke combinations, such as the Shift and Ctrl key, as well as “true” keystrokes which may other-wise appear differently on screen (such as an * when a password is typed).

Keystroke recordings are organized chronologically by Application and by Window allowing you to easily differentiate between what is typed in a word processing document, email, spreadsheet, or Internet browser (even passwords).

I’m still concerned with keystroke loggers, but at least now I can see why a keystroke logger could be quite useful.

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Adsense.com Not Owned by Google

Posted by techie on July 30, 2006

The owners of the domain adsense.com have been fielding hundreds of customer service e-mails and phone calls regarding Google’s AdSense program since the advertising service launched in March 2003.

Source

It turns out that Google doesn’t own the domain adsense.com despite Google having the very popular Google Adsense.

I’m completely surprised that a company can’t use the power of that domain to generate more revenue for them as a company. This seems like a no brainer. I did find it funny that they applied to participate in Google’s Adsense program and were denied.

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Hot Hot Summers – Cooling off your Car Using Solar Power

Posted by techie on July 28, 2006

I’ve been living in the heat of Las Vegas for the past year. Let me tell you it is HOOOOTT!! Sometimes it is just absolutely unbearable. The worst part is getting in your car. Even if you turn on your A/C it is so hot the cool air from the A/C is heated up before it actually reaches you. Now that’s what I call hot. Last summer I even had a car with no A/C. I know I’m crazy, but it was all I had.

This summer the heat in cars has gotten a lot of press because a number of children have been found left in cars. Are people really that crazy to leave their children in a hot car? I can’t believe it.

Well, despite some people leaving their children I found an interesting solar powered solution to cool your car up to 30 degrees using an Auto Cool Solar Car Fan. At $15 that’s a steal to keep it cool and not wear down your A/C. Here’s a full description:

Auto Cool Solar Powered Car Fan. Auto Cool is the revolutionary solar powered ventilation system for your car! Using the power of the sun, it blows hot air out of a parked car to keep it up to 30 degrees cooler than it would normally be. Perfectly for those hot summer afternoons! Compact, it fits in any car window and does not need batteries.

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Employee Performance Software for Small or Large Businesses

Posted by techie on July 27, 2006

Managing employees has got to be one the hardest jobs that exists. The fact is that people change and are each unique and so in order to be successful in a small or large business you have to have an organized process that allows you to manage, evaluate, review and monitor your employees.

I’m sure many people have good systems set up to manage employees using paper, word documents, spreadsheets, email folders or some simple access database. However, that is a miserable task keeping those things organized and efficient. Instead every business should look at getting a software to manage all of these tasks from top to bottom. One example of a company that does Employee Management Software is called Manager Assistance. Try out a free demo of the software and let me know what you think.

One thing I wish they would do is integrate this with a payroll management software so you can have all of your employee management in one place.

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eSmartPayroll Software – Great for Small Business Taxes Using e-File

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Email Pushed to Your Cell Phone for Free

Posted by techie on July 27, 2006

One thing I really miss about my previous job was having a cell phone that allowd me to check my email. The downside with the cell phone I had was that I had to wait for the phone to finally retrieve my messages. I had heard of a bunch of services that pushed your email to your cell phone on an ongoing basis, but they were all very expensive.

Now there is a company offering a free solution for those that want their email pushed out to their favorite mobile device. The company is called emoze (www.emoze.com).

Here’s a quick look at what emoze offers you:

FREE real time wireless push email

FREE wireless email, calendar, and contact synchronization with full Outlook(r)-like functionality

Powerful compression that saves data transfer costs

Best of breed security

Worldwide coverage on any network

Easy installation – no need for IT assistance

Support for a wide range of devices – including Symbian Series 60
and Microsoft Windows mobile 2003 and 5.0

Not a bad offering for free. This message should come with a warning. Doing this will make you significantly more productive in your downtime. However, there are significant risks to implementing such a technology. Many people may be familiar with the term Crackberry being used to talk about how a person’s blackberry is as addicting to crack. Well, emoze essentially turns compatible cell phones into virtual crackberrys. Maybe I should think of a new term for this device. What about crystal meth cell. At least the side effects of this addiction is a more productive life.

emoze technology is particularly focused around personal and corporate privacy, providing one of the best security solutions available for mobile email. emoze does not gather or send information from users’ PCs or in-boxes. There are no “cookies”, no “spywares” and no duplication of user data on emoze servers.

emoze is wholly owned by the Emblaze Group (www.Emblaze.com), an innovation-driven telecoms vendor offering advanced solutions for the next generation of mobile communication. For more information about emoze, go to www.emoze.com

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Increase in Image Spam from Stock Spam to Viagra Spam

Posted by techie on July 24, 2006

I don’t know how many other people have been seeing the amount of spam into their mailboxes increasing significantly recently and it is coming in the form of images. A recent USA Today article said this:

The spam contains images spouting everything from stock scams to Viagra, and its volume has more than doubled since April, according to analysis by anti-spam vendor IronPort Systems.

Image-based spam accounts for 21% of all spam, compared with just 1% in late 2005, IronPort says.

Marketers are deploying image-based spam because it is harder to detect than text-based spam, and consumers are more likely to read an e-mail with a picture or graphic, says Craig Sprosts of IronPort.

The newest spam uses technology that varies the content of individual messages — through colors, backgrounds, picture sizes or font types — so they appear to be distinct to spam filters. The spam is delivered to consumers and companies through millions of compromised PCs, called bots.

As a result, the messages are like snowflakes: No two are alike, says Julian Haight, founder of anti-spam organization SpamCop.

I hope another quote from the same article isn’t true:

“It is a never-ending cat-and-mouse game,” Alperovitch says.

If people would just stop clicking on spam then it would mostly stop. What are we going to do? Probably just grin and enjoy.

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Is Your Computer Running Slow?

Posted by techie on July 22, 2006

Me least favorite question I get as a computer guy is when someone tells me that their computer is running slow. It is the biggest pain in the butt problem to handle. I’ll tell you why. There could be hundreds of reasons why your computer is slow.

How do you diagnose it?

The standard method is to go through ruling out different items that may be causing you slowness. Remembering always that it may be a combination of things that are causing you to pull your hair out. There are a lot of free and built in tools that can be used to help do this. One popular one is to defrag your disk. This comes with windows and is buried somewhere in the control panel. Many people like to do it and it makes them feel good when it goes because it shows them a nice picture that looks like it’s organizing things better.

This will work, but how many people have the time to do this? Not to mention how many people know where to find tools like the defragger? I would say not many.

What do you do?

Pointstone Software(http://www.pointstone.com) has come up with a set of pretty much all the tools you could need to clean your system. Here’s a summary of what they have available:

System Cleaner® 5.51e
Clean your system from all the garbage wasting space and slowing the performance of your computer with System Cleaner full set of powerful tools. Also comes with a Registry Cleaner so that you can fix all the registry errors.

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Total Privacy™ 5.21
Total Privacy is a complete solution to protect your privacy and enhance your PC performance. With a simple click Total Privacy can securely erase your internet tracks, computer activities and programs history information stored in many hidden files on your computer. Supports Internet Explorer, AOL, Netscape, Mozilla, Mozilla FireFox and Opera browsers well as more than 450 third party applications via plug-ins.

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MemOptimizer™ 3.01
Is your PC becoming increasingly slow and unstable? MemOptimizer monitors your system in the background and optimizes your computers memory, making your computer run faster, and preventing up to 90% of Windows crashes.

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Internet Accelerator™ 1.31
Internet Accelerator works to decrease page load times and optimize your Internet connection. You’ll be transferring the maximum amount of data possible before you know it!

This is a nice set of programs that will really clean your system from some of the most common computer slowness problems.

However, that’s actually not all the programs they have available, because they also offer a nice set of free programs that you can use:

Free Programs

index.dat Viewer™
index.dat Viewer reads the index.dat files directly. This makes sure that what you see displayed by the program are the exact contents of the index.dat files.

Start Menu Click History Viewer™
View all the information stored on your computer that is saved when you open anything from the Start Menu!

Privacy Analyzer™
Take control of your Online Privacy!

Turbo-Edit™ 97 1.4
Edit files that have demanding text-editing requirements with this powerfull text editor.

I personally find the Start Menu Click History Viewer quite intrigueing(however you spell that word).

If you take a look at their Mega Pack you can save a lot of money by buying the products in a nice bundle. $60 for a faster computer is well worth the money and the time saved.

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