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Attention all cell phone owners: Important news

Attention all cell phone owners

(well, GSM phone owners, any way..)

Important news: Unlocking Your Cell Phone Is Now Illegal

As of Saturday, it is illegal for you to unlock your phone without permission from your wireless carrier.Read more..

Now, understand, I am not really into all things cellular, but my understanding is: if you ever want to (re)sell your smart phone, or switch it to a different provider’s service, or travel without “roaming charges”, you want an “unlocked” phone. So you may want to call your current provider and request the unlock code before Saturday.
(I also understand, but may very well be wrong, that “unlock”-ing is different than “jailbreak”-ing or “root”-ing. [I’ve never cared to hack a phone.])

And you may want to sign the White House Petition and (try to) get the new law changed, as well (the link is at the bottom of the [referenced] article).

They keep trying…

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Um.. One problem: I have not ever Facebooked.

Today’s quote: Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.” ~ Cynthia Nelms

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

January 28, 2013 Posted by | advice, Android, Apple, cellular, consumer electronics, gadgets, hardware, iPhone, mobile, News | , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

How To Get Windows Re-Install Discs

Lost your Windows discs? How to get replacement media, legally.

Recently, Ed Bott posted an excellence resource article those of you who have Microsoft Windows PC’s may want to read .. and act on.

Did your most recent Windows PC come with reinstallation media? Many do, some don’t. But contrary to what you might have read, creating replacement Windows discs is easy, and every major PC maker will supply backup discs, sometimes for free. I have details.”

This thorough write up is a 4-part How To, but you don’t necessarily have to read all 4 parts. I am posting the ‘sections’ so you can go right to the 4-1-1 for your machine’s manufacturer. This will tell you how to create, or obtain (order) the all-important “Windows disc” that you hope you will never need.. but darn well better have.

I suggest reading part 1, and then skipping to your PC maker’s section.

1) Lost your Windows discs? How to get replacement media, legally

Page 2: Dell recovery and replacement policies

Page 3: HP recovery and replacement policies

Page 4: Acer, Lenovo, and Toshiba

And if you recently got a new Windows 7 machine, or.. am wondering why I said “should darn well have“, you really should read my In Case Of Emergency: You Need This (Disc)

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. So much reading! Actually, it’s not. Obtaining the knowledge contained here won’t take but a few minutes.. and it won’t hurt a bit.

Today’s quote:You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” ~ Clay P. Bedford

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January 11, 2012 Posted by | advice, Backups, computers, how to, Microsoft, PC, software, Windows | , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Netflix and other news

Kind of a hodgepodge today.. Some interesting topics.

Big news in the tech world. Implications unknown. Some court has found that smart phone maker HTC has infringed on Apple patents, and now not only is the company (and other smart phone makers) in um, er, “a muddle” (without a paddle?) but the future of android is suddenly unclear .. perhaps doomed.

I love the idea of letting clueless (frequently “seasoned citizen”) judges decide the future of tech. I understand a few of them have heard of the “Internet thingy”, so maybe not all their decision will be hopelessly uninformed and short-sighted. Just 99.9% of them to date have been..

Here’s something to read, if you’re interested: Apple deals massive patent blow to HTC, Android in serious trouble

“Late yesterday an ITC judge ruled that smartphone maker HTC has infringed two Apple patents, and it seems likely that every single Android device out there infringes the same patents.” Read more..

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And I suppose I should say something about Netflix, and their recent price hike. Seems many of you are quite upset. Many think it is pure and simple gouging, and are particularly incensed as they feel Netflix have us by the short and curlies: many are canceling their subscriptions.
Okay. I understand that. (And they certainly could have gone about it better!)

If enough people cancel – it is reasonable to speculate they will rethink.

But I suspect there is more going on here, and it is my hope that this increase in revenue will be reinvested. See.. Netflix needs bigger pipes (more ‘infrastructure’) to keep up with demand. Not only that, but how we view our entertainment is changing. Advertisement-based “network TV” is going the way of the Dodo bird. Netflix is trying to buy the rights to “content” — current shows and movies. The game is changing, and Netflix is trying to come out a winner as a “content provider”.. as NBC and CBS, et al, struggle to stay alive in this age of IPTV, and “streaming media”.
It takes serious money to compete with networks, media ‘moguls’, and Disney.

The Internet is changing the world, don’t you know? The issue is .. complicated. I am not canceling nor squawking — heck, I am so happy to be able to watch ‘on demand’ and commercial free, I might pay triple!
Man, do I hate ads.

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I do not know how many times in my life, some yahoo has called me “Mr. Spock”. (So many, I have come to embrace, and adopt it.. and frequently use it myself when trying to describe myself to others.) I do not really look like Leonard Nimoy’s character. I get called that because I am seen as “logical” (and not “emotional”). Fortunately, I have discovered why — it turns out I am a “left-brain thinker”. That explains it! It hasn’t been easy…

10 curses of the analytical thinker

Being a left-brain thinker can be an asset in the IT field. But as Alan Norton observes, it’s not without its shortcomings.Read more..

There’s more news in the “world of tech”, but, it’ll have to wait for another day. Because it is sunny and nice and warm here again, (after a “cool” spell) all the way up to 82°, and I do have a small gap in my obligations. I am going to try to get outside and play. Maybe… throw a Frisbee. Haven’t done that in.. oh, 25 years?

Yawl take care now, ‘ya hear?

Today’s quotable:Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.”  ~ Janet Lane

I got an “invite”: (testing now) Spotify hits U.S. shores, plus browser and uTorrent news

Big news hit U.S. shores this past week in the form of Spotify, the European on-demand music-streaming service. CNET Senior Editor Donal Bell calls it “the best free music option since stealing,” but unfortunately, you may not get to try it for quite some time since as of now, Spotify is invite only.

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July 19, 2011 Posted by | advice, Android, Apple, computers, digital music, gadgets, Internet, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award for December

C/Net’s Download.com & Seth Rosenblatt Win For Best Safe & Free Downloads

FOTISAFolks, not too long ago, I started a brand new feature on Tech – for Everyone and I called it the Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award. My intention with this was to bring to your attention, Dear Reader, people and their websites who are worthy of special mention due to the fact that they are looking out for us — the “average computer user” — and helping us to have a better, safer, online experience.

I have been a fan of Download.com for many, many years, and it is one of the first places I go when I need to download the latest version of my favorite freeware. Why? Because I trust the Editor’s Reviews and I know that my download will not contain a Trojan — Download.com is a safe (and legal) place to download.CNET_Logo_WEB And their collection of titles is ginormous (read: “huge!”)

Let’s face it, downloading free programs is fun.

(And I’ve been a fan of CNet since I first started tinkering with PC’s. CNET is the premier destination for tech product reviews, news and price comparisons, free software downloads, daily videos, and podcasts, tutorials, and more.)

 Which is why I am awarding the 3rd Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer to CNet’s Download.com, specifically, but also I would like to ‘co-honor’ editor Seth Rosenblatt. Seth is a regular author on the “Download Blog”, and his “area” is the Microsoft Windows software: I have not disagreed with anything of his that I’ve read.srosenblatt_100

One thing I would like to especially point out to you, Dear Reader, is that Seth has assembled what are called ‘Starter Kits‘. “The Windows Starter Kit is a collection of some of the best and most essential freeware to get your new PC going. From browsers to productivity to utilities, we cover all the bases. If you’re looking for the best in security freeware, check out our Security Starter Kit for all your antivirus needs. Essential utilities have earned their own kit, too: the Windows Utilities Starter Kit.”

So, congratulations to Seth Rosenblatt and Download.com. You’ve earned a big tip of my Geek hat.

Related links:
First-ever Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award
Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award for October

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December 30, 2009 Posted by | computers, Internet, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment