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Computer downloaded games

I have put myself in a pickle. In my home there is no tv, computer, or internet usage(outside of school work) for my children until the weekends. Okay, maybe we make American Idol an exception. My two teenage boys are like all other teenage boys, game junkies, when allowed to play, after 3pm on the weekends. I purchased the Spore computer game for my 13 year old. It is perfect for a creative kid who isn't into the racing type games. I wanted to put the game on one of our non-internet computers… Continue

Added by Ellen Bonner on January 14, 2009 at 8:14pm — 3 Comments

Pure Networks Speed Meter Pro

As a father of three I have assumed many roles, one of them is ‘IT Dad’. While supporting an average of five computers on the wireless home network I have developed a keen sense for when things are going well, …or not. I have learned that there is an unmistakable sound that almost always coincides with a computer or network problem. It sounds something like this, “Daaaaaad, something is wrong with my stupid computer”.

This is when the troubleshooting and interrogation commence. I ask the… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on June 1, 2009 at 11:26am — No Comments

Home Computer Safety Basics – A Refresher

We pay taxes to fund the local Police who help insure our physical safety and keep the peace. It would be great if there were an online equivalent to the local police, someone that you could count on to catch the bad guys. The distributed nature of the internet would require much more international cooperation than there is today in order to really take a bite out of internet crime. However, there is actually an organization, funded by your tax… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on July 6, 2009 at 9:39am — No Comments

Simple and Easy with IOGEAR: Video Round-Up Part 6

Sometimes simple and easy is the way to go. While we have discussed some fairly sophisticated and comprehensive Internet TV media streamers and adapters in our recent coverage, it is important to note that there are also some fairly simple plug-and-play options available too.



IOGEAR is one of them. Headquartered in Irvine, CA, IOGEAR offers a range of convergence solutions such as KVM (a way to connect… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on January 29, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Protecting your home computer files with disk encryption

Losing a laptop due to theft or forgetting it on a plane could have dire consequences for the typical consumer. According to the Ponemon Institute, this is not a rare occurrence; it happens to 12,000 of our laptops - each week.

We transact much of our business online, and most of us manage our accounts online using Quicken, Money, or similar financial management software. We basically have our lives… Continue

Added by Michael Whalen on June 11, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

New Logitech Products Help Us Laptop Loungers

I admit it. There are times I like to recline while I type on the laptop. I spend A LOT of time using the computer and managing my virtual life online, and while most of the time that means sitting at a desk, there are other times I am sitting in the family room or even lying on the couch, usually with a throw pillow being used as a platform. Variety is the spice of life I guess.



There are two problems with this. First, I find it hard to… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on March 25, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Getting the parents to jump on the technological bandwagon?

I've had a cell phone for over five years now, and I feel as if I'm a minority in my age group for that. My mother's only just gotten a cell phone last year, along with a projector, her first laptop, a new desktop, a video camera, and a digital camera. She still gets excited when the pictures show up on the digital screen. Okay, I'm exaggerating a bit, but the truth is that I feel the vast majority of the super-technology sits in my house gathering dust, or else she's yelling at my brothers for… Continue

Added by Ganga on February 11, 2009 at 5:36pm — 1 Comment

GigaTribe: Videos on the Road

GigaTribe, the free community file sharing software, has partnered with DivX to integrate the DivX Web Player within GigaTribe for unlimited personal video streaming from a web browser while using GigaTribe on the road. The DivX video streaming feature is available immediately from GigaTribe.

No Waiting to View Your Videos-Previously, when downloading video from GigaTribe’s “Private Area,” users had to wait until the video was completely… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on July 24, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

RETAIL WAR-Walmart and Best Buy

With the close of Circuit City, Walmart and Best Buy are out to gain customers and market share in the consumer electronics market. Announced in the New York Times today, the retail battle is on with BestBuy announcing a partnership with TiVo, promoting a special version of DVR in Best Buy’s US stores in the US with Best Buy promoting to their customers TV’s on a special TiVo DVR and their Napster… Continue

Added by Ellen Veden on July 10, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

How Your Kids Can Become Techy Crafters (and You Look Cool)

Crafty doesn't lurk in these parts. Though I'm an at-home mom to two daughters, the craftiest I get is crayoned drawings on wrinkled computer paper, stickers, and glue sticks. In a desperate attempt to stretch her creative wings, my daughter recently drew an artistic desert scene, glued tiny pebbles to the paper, and then embellished it with toothpaste. Craft-o-meter result? Mom: Zero. Kid: Three.



So, I have relied on the technology at hand to provide me with crafty training wheels.… Continue

Added by Leigh Steele on February 24, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Family Friendly Technology Needs-My Two Cents

On the note of family freindly technology, I would like the following wish list:



1-The ability to read my childrens cell phone text messages and be emailed or text'd when a x rated word is used.



Accidentally, I found some poor unforunate girl's texts to my son that showed her efforts to enlighten my son on things of the sexual matter. He said she was this "nasty" girl who won't stop texting him and he ignores her. I had to send her a text asking her to leave my son alone… Continue

Added by Ellen Bonner on February 4, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

RoboBusiness Conference: Too Many Robotic Hammers Looking for a Nail?

Last week’s RoboBusiness conference in Boston was chicken soup for the geek’s soul. For the inner kid inside all of us, it showed how all that we have imagined over the past 50 years in books and movies can become a reality. Star Wars, Transformers, Terminator, it’s almost all possible now through advances in robotics technology. However, for the outer business person in us, the RoboBusiness show left you thinking: “What’s wrong? Why isn’t the… Continue

Added by Brian Mahony on April 22, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

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