Tips on How to Keep a Virus-Free PC

On December 19, 2011, in Features, by anonymous staff

The good news for fans of online games is that you have more choices than ever when it comes to enjoying free and premium games, but you’ll also have to be more careful when playing and downloading online games due to the risk of viruses. It’s not an issue you’ll have to worry about if you’re buying traditional PC games from major publishers but viruses and malware can be a real risk when playing and downloading online games. Whether you’re playing a no download casino games, a simple Flash game, or strategy games, some basic tips and common sense will keep you virus-free.

One of the easiest steps you can take to avoid viruses is to simply do your gaming on safe, trusted sites such as Facebook that has a process in place that makes it very difficult for anyone to get a virus from playing Facebook-approved games. That doesn’t mean you can’t get viruses from Facebook or from clicking content there, as you most definitely can, but games that are approved for distribution via Facebook have all been vetted and approved and are nearly guaranteed to be free of viruses and other malware.

The same tip applies to other games as well, especially any that involve downloading, as far as sticking to portals and websites that have a good reputation and a process in place to examine and screen any games submitted. Sites like Pogo, AddictingGames, and GameHouse are all solid choices and have very good reputations as far as safe and secure places to enjoy thousands of different free online games.

Many casino and poker games are also a very safe bet as well, as the multi-billion dollar a year online gambling industry spends millions of dollars every year to ensure the security and safety of its games. While you always run a risk when playing roulette games or blackjack it’s the standard one of possibly being unlucky and losing, as it’s next to impossible to get a virus from downloading software from official casino and poker sites.

 

iOSlicous
TechFan Podcast #60

On December 16, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Tim and David spend the entire episode on the iOS universe, with some recommendations on what to buy, and what NOT to buy, for our favorite handheld computing devices. 

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About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

It’s Not Happening Yet

On December 16, 2011, in Opinion, by Scott Willsey

The death of Steve Jobs did more than rob the tech industry of a visionary. It also robbed some people of confidence in Apple as a company.


It’s fair to wonder if Apple can remain the same company long term. The most important thing Steve Jobs really gave to Apple (and the tech industry and our culture), in my opinion, was the ability to look beyond the status quo and start pushing computers and portable technology into the future. Yes, he was finicky about product refinement and details, but I think there are plenty of other people at Apple who can do beautiful design and obsess over those details. What’s not clear is whether any of them could have envisioned the iPad, or stopped in their tracks to go make the iPhone, or to have known what projects to say no to along the way.

Yesterday I read a blog post written by a friend of mine that detailed a number of problems he’s had with Apple products lately. The list was lengthy and included issues with the iPhone 4S, OS X 10.7, Apple TV, and iCloud. I’m not going to address them here, save to say that he’s seeing some things that I’ve never seen (apps crashing on iPhone and OS X 10.7, iPhone freezing, Apple TV not wanting to work with AirPlay). Nevertheless, I will admit I’ve had enough of my own issues with OS X 10.7, iTunes on the Mac, and iTunes Match to agree that not everything is perfect in Apple land in December 2011.

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About Scott Willsey

Scott is a long time Apple enthusiast whose first personally owned computer was the original 128k Macintosh introduced in 1984. He has 20 years of experience working with OS X, Windows, and a variety of flavors of Unix and Linux. Scott is host of the Pocket Sized Podcast, a short pocketable podcast about Apple's iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and the Apple TV. You can find it at PocketSizedPodcast.com. Scott can be reached on Twitter at @scottaw or on his podcast Twitter account at @pocketpodcast.

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Techsafe Cable Lock System
Review

On December 16, 2011, in Adapter, Features, Macbook, Review, by Sam Negri

Techsafe Cable Lock System
Griffin
Price: $29.99 U.S.

 


It was a great relief to find that the Techsafe Cable Lock System performs exactly as advertised. The combination lock works with a clip that slips through the hinge that connects a laptop monitor to its keyboard. Because the flat side of the clip rests against the display, my initial thought was,  “Go carefully because if this isn’t in place correctly, you’re going to destroy the screen.” Some people like to say that worry is like a rocking chair because it doesn’t get you anywhere, but I that’s never stopped me. In this case, I went slowly but found my concerns were needless.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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The Listeners Take Over
MyMac Podcast #379

On December 15, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Twitter and email and FaceBook run Guy and Gaz ragged (but in a good way) as they get to all that stuff you guys wanted to talk about. Nitrous Oxide, non-working Android tablets, a face-off between Siri and Microsoft’s TellMe is just the start. Jake Cherry wants to know more about iTunes and backing up and James Myers wants the GMen’s opinion (God knows why) on Apple Scripting, sandboxed apps, and Apple’s take on podcasting. Also a NEW segment on the show…Phobiword of the day.

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Ivory II Grand Pianos Review

On December 15, 2011, in Audio, Music, Review, by Mark Sealey

Ivory II Grand Pianos
North American distributors: 
ILIO
Price: $349 + $49.99 iLok Key from ILIO

Continuing our look at the very best music software, Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), sequencers and samples/Virtual Instruments (VI’s), Synthogy’s Ivory II is found firmly to earn a place at the top of the list.


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About Mark Sealey

Mark Sealey is a British expatriate working and living in Southern California with his artist/writer wife, Roberta Lannes-Sealey, whom he met in 1996, when the web, she and he were much younger. Mark's interest in computers began in the the early ‘80s when his father suggested that, If we don’t understand how to control them, they’ll creep up behind us and make life unbearable. Have they? Using the venerable Acorn system until his move to the US, Mark wrote extensively about the BBC and RISC machines. He concentrated chiefly on education, music and productivity/system software; at the time Micronet and Prestel led the way for wide area networking… he published over 2,000 articles for these outlets. After graduating with a humanities degree, Mark was a teacher for 20 years until 1994 - first in Italy then the UK. Becaming increasingly attracted to the world of information technology as a major contributor to children’s learning and development, he eventually moved to editing the UK’s chief journals in the educational computing. He has always enjoyed freelance reviewing, consulting, editing and writing. When he moved to the US, he was fortunate enough to find full time employment at a major arts non-profit as a software engineer; though it’s doubtful if there’s a single skill which he was originally hired to use that’s still in daily use. Mark is also a composer of chamber and orchestral music, music critic, a published poet, photographer and environmentalist with an enthusiasm for fitness, vegan nutrition and long distance running. He is now convinced that only humans’ humility can save our planet.

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GUEST REVIEW by José Merino

 

Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D — From Snapshots to Great Shots
By Jeff Revell
Peachpit Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-77664-8
278 pages
US $24.99, CAN $25.99

Finding a well-written book about photography is not difficult, but it’s rare to find one like this Canon guide that also comes with an attractive and accessible layout.

A great deal of the content in Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D — From Snapshots to Great Shots is standard photography advice that can be found in the front sections of almost any similar how-to photography book. The main difference here is the focus on a specific camera, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D. The camera-specific text is far more technical than what you’ll find in general guidebooks.

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About John Nemerovski

John "Nemo" Nemerovski is MyMac's Reviews Editor. He is a private and small group personal technology tutor in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with an emphasis on iPad and iPhone training, plus basic computing, digital photography, and Photoshop. Nemo is an accomplished music instructor on keyboard and guitar, and an expert artisan bread baker. If you are interested in writing reviews or requesting a product review on MyMac, contact him: nemo [ a t ] mymac [ d o t ] c o m.

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Skinny iPad Keyboard Case for iPad 2
Hatch&Co.
Price: $89.99

The touchscreen keyboard on the iPad is a very tough act to follow. Many companies have tried with Bluetooth keyboards and ended up with nothing to offer consumers that’s superior to the original touchscreen.

One of the newer entries into this field, Hatch & Co.’s Skinny Keyboard Case for iPad 2, comes closer to real functionality than similar products I’ve used lately. The Skinny Case, as its name suggests, is not just a Bluetooth keyboard, but also a case or folio. The iPad 2 slips into the top half of the leatherette case. When closed it’s a thin portfolio; when open your iPad is in front of you, nearly perpendicular to the compact keyboard. Not much revolutionary in that, but the keyboard is another story entirely. It does not feel at all like a keyboard and requires a very light touch.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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Portable Quick Laptop Stand
Review

On December 14, 2011, in Features, Review, Stand, by Vicki Stokes

Portable Quick Laptop Stand
Aviiq
Price: $39.99

The  Aviiq Portable Quick Stand  is less than 1/4″ thick and folds to easily fit in a laptop bag. The patented folding design allows you to quickly unfold for use and fold for storage. As the advertisement indicates this, makes it surprisingly easy to “Pop. Snap. Go.”

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About Vicki Stokes

Vicki is a IT professional working in the Silicon Valley. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co-hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Elisa Pacelli.

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Take Control Of Backing Up Your Mac 
Author: Joe Kissel
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing Inc
ISBN-13: 9781615423941, 210 pages
Price: eBook US$15.00. Print US$28.99

Backup is a process that most of us would acknowledge as being an essential part of the computing experience. Why then do so many of us fail to backup?

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of www.everydaymacsupport.com. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

 

Does Size Matter?

Zippy BT500 Bluetooth Mini Keyboard
AZEND
Price: $38 on the Internet

LuxePad Bluetooth Keyboard
Genius
Price: $60 on the Internet

One of the fundamental truths of contemporary life is that objects are getting smaller and human beings are either remaining about the same size as always or are getting bigger. It’s equally true that the musty adage that less is more has taken on the heft of a religious belief and invaded the brain of every company manufacturing computers and computer accessories. I have a couple of Bluetooth keyboards here that prove the point.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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Flashlight – 4 in 1
App Developer: AppAnnex
Version Reviewed: 2.2.1
License: US$0.99 for iPhone. Some functionality is available on iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

If you’re scared of the dark or don’t wish to run into that spider web on the way to your car at night then this app may appeal to you.

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of www.everydaymacsupport.com. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

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Death of Radio
TechFan Podcast #59

On December 9, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson


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Tim and David look at the decaying radio industry, and then talk about the Stoplight Network. Plus, Tim tries the new Batman game on his iPad live on the show. Or at least tries to.

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About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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Samsung Galaxy Note

On December 9, 2011, in Advertiser, by Tim Robertson

About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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Wacom Inkling
Review

On December 9, 2011, in Features, Macintosh, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Inkling
Company: Wacom
Price: $199

When I first saw the Wacom Inkling my reaction was “Wow!” I also thought it was too good to be true. Well, I am happy to report, after being sent a review unit by Wacom, that it is not too good to be true and the device is awesome! As an illustrator who has scanned sketches into my computer for years and redrawn those sketches in Illustrator the Inkling is exactly what I have been looking for. Not only will it save me time and allow me to skip the scanning process it will propel me to another level where I can do a lot more artwork on my computer.

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About Donny Yankellow

In addition to writing for MyMac.com since the Fall of 2005 he is an art teacher, freelance artist/illustrator, and is a father of one son. Donny is also the author/illustrator of several children's ebooks. Donny's degree is in Visual Communications and he hold certification in K-12 Art Education. His hobbies (besides Mac and Apple stuff) include soccer, animation, and reading anything written by Stephen King.

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Canon IXUS 220 HS
Ad

On December 9, 2011, in Advertiser, by Tim Robertson

About Tim Robertson

Founder MyMac.com. Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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Gaz hates iTunes and we’ve got Paul Kent!
MyMac Podcast #378

On December 8, 2011, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Only about one and a half months togo until Macworld/iWorld! Hope you’ve got your hotel and flights arranged. Paul Kent from IDG comes on to talk about the new stuff this year and chat about his feelings (what?). Gaz hates iTunes or did until Lion seemed to straighten out most of his issues…well that and a new Mac. Twitter gets weird for the GMen and not one, but TWO new iTunes reviews! WOOT!

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Qmadix Smudge – Free Dry Foam
Video Review

On December 8, 2011, in Review, Video, by Elisa Pacelli

Clean your device from smudges and dirt.
Safe for flat-panel monitors, iDevices and televisions.
Includes spray foam and 2 cleaning cloths.

About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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Setting Up iTunes Match
Video

On December 7, 2011, in Audio, Music, Tutorial, Video, by Scott Willsey

iTunes Match is a service from Apple that allows you to put all your non-iTunes purchased music into the cloud for sharing across your Apple devices. This is a great option for people with lots of music that they’ve ripped from CD and put into iTunes, for example.

The following video shows how to purchase iTunes Match and start setting it up, as well as how to see what’s happening with your music as the service attempts to match songs that are available in the iTunes store, or upload copies of your songs that are not in the store.

 

 

About Scott Willsey

Scott is a long time Apple enthusiast whose first personally owned computer was the original 128k Macintosh introduced in 1984. He has 20 years of experience working with OS X, Windows, and a variety of flavors of Unix and Linux. Scott is host of the Pocket Sized Podcast, a short pocketable podcast about Apple's iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and the Apple TV. You can find it at PocketSizedPodcast.com. Scott can be reached on Twitter at @scottaw or on his podcast Twitter account at @pocketpodcast.

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