May 11, 2011

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Moon Phase, SunRise, Sunset, you name it! Personalise it.
http://www.sunrisesunset.com   Thanks Terry S.


NEW Pandora COMEDY CHANNEL


Privacy & Informed Consent Issues in Computer Rental – and in general…


Everlasting Cookies!


Hackintoch: Boot a native MAC Operating ssytem on non Apple hardware


Off the Shelf Worm, Visurs & Malware writing kits… Metasploit


LeafSnap iPhone App identifies leaf by shape .. THANKS Molly!


Google Music Beta…


Microsoft Buying Skype. . Uh, Oh?


Check your FActs: Like where $4 Gas Prices  come from?!

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Paul said if you want to know what podcast are, open your iTunes program, go to the iTunes store and search for podcasts. They are time-shifted recordings that you can download or subscribe to and listen to at your convenience.

A humorous podcast from RadioLab about the afterlife was played. It was dedicated to Chamba Lane.
Chamba Lane, a KVMR broadcaster, has lung cancer; learn more at front page kvmr.org
More on Chamba's condition and on sending him your kind thoughts
click here:

Some other podcast can be found at The Moth.

There's a way of using iTunes store without giving a credit card number.
<I did a brief search and found instructions here.>
Paul only ever bought 2 apps at iTunes: Angry Birds & Photoshopadelic. There's more about Photoshopadelic on his Facebook page.

Glenn said he has some photos on his Facebook page, including some of Chamba Lane.

Paul mentioned the LeafSnap iPhone App. identifies leaves by their shape
See the above link. He said it doesn't work on his iPhone 3G; you need a 3GS. And, he said, it favors leaves from the Eastern part of the US.

That reminded Glenn of the app Shazam that recognizes music played into your iPhone and tells you what it is. He said it should work even if you sing or hum the tune.

Pandora has a comedy channel where you can find content by Robin Williams or Steven Wright, etc. See the above link.

Google is launching a cloud-based music service. You'll be able to upload your music and then listen to it on other devices. It's in beta now and if you have a Gmail account you can request access. Further info at Music Beta by Google.

Paul talked about how Google does things by brute force, using the processing power and storage available to it. For example, its language translation service doesn't use semantic parsing but, instead, compares the input against all documents available to it that have a phrase similar to the input.

Glenn said he used to work for Xerox in the '80s & into the '90s, and their huge water-cooled computer didn't have the processing power he now has in his iPhone.

Paul went on to say that Amazon, Ebay and Google are among the larger companies moving toward cloud computing.
As a result, storage, processing and bandwidth have become commodities similar to the old days of mainframe computers. The mainframes used to be what the cloud is now and the terminals were what our home computers are now.

Paul mentioned a fact-checking site and gas prices in particular. See the above link. He also observed that the difference in pump prices seem to be smaller now than in the past.

Dave called to say he's found university courses on iTunes located at iTunes University. All sorts of topics are available and you can start exploring here.

Paul said MIT pioneered the idea of putting textbooks online rather than printing only a handful at a time.
<I've found MIT's Open Courseware very interesting and you can download the lectures directly — no iTunes needed>

Dave also said there's an app to view twit.tv, which has technology information and news podcasts. <I think you can get it live too — http://live.twit.tv>

Dave then asked for a good drawing app for the iPad. Not having an iPad himself, Paul asked listeners for suggestions. So far, Dave's tried Art Studio and Inkpad.

Finally, Dave highly recommended Garage Band for the iPad — even if you're not a musician.

Paul mentioned another of his favorite sites, rsanimate by the British Royal Society for Arts. The videos there deal with such things as "the making of stuff, where stuff goes, how we communicate and how the world is changing".
<googling rsanimate I get these results.>

Lisa called to say she likes AVG and would like to continue using it, but for the 2nd time in about a year she has a virus. It's one of those viruses that try to sell an anti-virus program, and it also keeps AVG from running.
– All anti-virus programs will fail. They're about 95% effective because virus are created faster than the anti-virus programs are updated, so some viruses sneak by.
– The guys "suggest" (not necessarily recommend) using Microsoft Security Essentials. It's a free download and a good alternative to AVG.
– As a defense against infection, Glenn said, it's ok to open an email but don't click on any links it may contain — even if the email is from a friend.
– Do a proactive check of the plugins used by your browser. Viruses can get in thru outdated browser plugins. Do a google search on the word — PuginCheck.
<I found something at Mozilla. I wonder if this is what Paul was talking about>
<see also:
Mozilla expands plug-in check to other browsers>

< articles about Microsoft Security Essentials:
Microsoft Security Essentials: Free, so what's the catch?
Warning: Microsoft Security Essentials installer zaps Automatic Updates setting
Microsoft's Security Essentials scores 'very good' with independent tester>

<Test results comparing various anti-virus programs>

Paul went on to talk about indestructible cookies. See the above link. <What is a cookie>
Though cookies set in the browser are easy to clear, there are other places where they can be stored and where it's hard to get rid of them.
<E.g. you can learn about Flash (or zombie) cookies here.>

Michael called to say his 9-year-old computer lost the CD drive. He gets the error: "Window successfully loaded the device driver, however it cannot find the device. Code 41"
– Do a Google search for "code 41".
– Check the connectors to the drive.
Michael said further symptoms are when he puts a CD in it, the light blinks but it doesn't spin.
– So then it could be an electrical outage.
– It may be a bad CD drive.
– The age of the computer indicates he has a PATA drive (not a SATA) so be sure to get the right kind.
-SATA drives are getting to be hard to find and you may have to go to Ebay to get one.
– The 2 things you don't want to get as used: CD drives & laptop batteries.
– Get an external (USB) DVD burner instead of an internal CD drive.

Michael also broke the screen of his mp3 player. Though he's bought a new one, he still wondered how to go about fixing the old one.
– Go on Ebay and use the model number and the word "screen" as search terms to find a replacement.

Tim called. His daughter's computer got a virus and lost the wireless & Ethernet connections for just one of the user profiles.
– Start it up in safe mode by holding down the F8 key while booting. You can then run AVG in safe mode. This also applies to the previous caller Lisa.
– After scanning with AVG, create another profile and bring the data over to it.
– Glenn suggested using MalwareBytes in addition to AVG.

Test results comparing various anti-virus programs

Paul went on to talk about running the Apple operating system on non-Apple hardware using Iboot (see the above link)
– It doesn't work with AMD processors, only Intel.
– It works only on certain machines and only with certain attached hardware (like video cards).
– Paul used it briefly with success.
– You first put it on a CD then boot from the CD. At that point it will ask for a disk of the genuine Apple OS. It doesn't crack the Apple OS but provides the interface between it and your hardware. It makes your hardware look like Apple's.
– Paul doesn't recommend using it in a business. You should start with an empty hard drive — if you use your Windows boot hard drive, you may lose everything. This is for experimenting only and "you didn't hear it from us"…

The disclaimer:
The views and opinions expressed on this show are those of just Glenn and I and are not necessarily those of KVMR's board of directors staff or anyone else.

Marilyn wrote in to ask if Microsoft Security Essentials & AVG can coexist.
– No. Uninstall AVG. Then install Essentials and go online to let it do its updates.

Gary called to say Avast is another good anti-virus program.
He also offered to give Michael (a previous caller) a CD burner.

Last Updated:9:35 PM 8/14/2014
(corrected typo: Marylin to Marilyn)