The Personal Computer Show Audio Archives 2009 WBAI-FM 99.5
New York City


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DECEMBER Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
December 30 Back Live. Email scams. Cost of Macs vs. PCs. Social networking. Is it safe to order things over a WiFi network. The Foxit PDF Reader. Reading PDF files inside Word. Michael's puzzler - why can't a DVI cable from a new monitor plug into a computer? Listener phone calls. Hank, Alfred, Michael, Olivia 32Kbps
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December 23 Jason Morrison of Google discussed scams that claim to involve Google. Google Goggles. We discussed Windows 7 and Hank offered suggestions on when to upgrade and when not to upgrade. Michael's puzzler - what was that thumping noise? No listener phone calls, the show was pre-recorded. Hank, Joe, Alfred, Michael 24Kbps
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December 16 There is another serious bug in the Adobe Reader and it won't be fixed soon. The work-around is to disable JavaScript. Employer access to employee messages will be reviewed by the Supreme Court. Tomorrow is free shipping day online at 712 retailers. See freeshippingday.com. The guys like woot.com. AT&T is threatening to charge more for high bandwidth consumers. New privacy settings on Facebook. Windows 7 runs fine on netbooks. About buying a netbook. A puzzler. Listener phone calls. Hank, Joe, Alfred 24Kbps
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December 9 There a new version of Adobe's Flash, test your version here. Yesterday was Patch Tuesday, lots of Microsoft bug fixes. Ransomware is a new class of malicious software that takes total control of your computer until you pay up. Apple removed hundreds of apps from the iPhone store because they felt the developer was posting fraudulent reviews. New Kindle firmware offers larger fonts and audio menus. Listener phone calls. Hank, Joe, Alfred, Michael 24Kbps
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December 2 Registered sex offenders on Facebook and Myspace. Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Lenovo website problems. There's no profit in 10 inch netbooks, so expect more 12 inch models in the future. Prevx warned about a buggy patch to Windows - but they were wrong. Joe's cable TV problems. Hank on ram specs. Listener phone calls. Hank, Joe 24Kbps
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NOVEMBER Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
November 25 New attack targets weakness in Internet Explorer. No word on patch plans; disable JavaScript, say researchers. Smoking could be hazardous to your Apple warranty. Shoppers say: Don't ask for phone number and e-mail at checkout. Why you don't need an extended warranty [from Consumer Reports]. California Bans Power-Hog TVs: Death Knell for Plasma? Joe's experience in replacing a bad laptop (Acer D150) keyboard. With help from powerbrixx.com and Youtube, he was able to replace a faulty keyboard with an original manufacturer part for less than $21. Listener phone calls. Hank, Joe, Alfred 24Kbps
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November 18 PDF Reader 2009 is a scam. New study of 30,000 laptop computers showed Asus was most reliable followed by Toshiba, Sony and Apple. HP came in last. Joe felt the difference between all machines was very small. Some Xboxes were banned by Microsoft from the online service for stealing software. Large companies are eliminating IT jobs. We had two guests from Microsoft: Brian Johnson and Peter Laudati. Our topic was Windows 7: Whats new in Windows 7? The taskbar now includes icons for applications that aren't running. This used to be in the quick launch toolbar in Windows XP. Aero peek is new. Windows 7 is more scalable. Remove languages to save disk space. The Starter Edition has no Aero interface and no media center. Where is media center? It's not on the Start menu. UAC defaults to less nagging in Windows 7. Windows Live Essentials has to be downloaded to get Microsoft's free email program. Listener phone calls. Hank, Joe, Alfred 24Kbps
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November 11 No more fund raising. About Oracle buying Sun. Apple and Microsoft issued bug fixes. Best Buy will be selling an Acer laptop for $250. Yahoo is sponsoring free WiFi in Times Square but only a few hours a day. A lawsuit against Sony. A lawsuit against the Amazon Kindle. Patenting business practices. GPS on cellphones. Hanks EVDO modem problem. Standby vs. Sleep vs. Hibernation. Listener phone calls. Hank, Joe, Alfred 24Kbps
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November 4 Fund raising. We offered our Gold card tech support for $200 a year, a DVD with free software applications that we recommend and use (we call it a toolkit) for $75, and a Password Reset CD for a $55 donation to WBAI. These premiums can be ordered at any time - just go to the Premiums page on pcradioshow.org. A recent patch to IE8 needs to be patched. A court ruling about metadata in word processing documents. Differences between Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise. Everyone likes a photo editing program called inPaint. Hank, Joe, Alfred 24Kbps
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OCTOBER Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
October 28 Fund raising. We offered our Gold card tech support for $200 a year, a DVD with free software applications that we recommend and use (we call it a toolkit) for $75, and a Password Reset CD for a $55 donation to WBAI. These premiums can be ordered at any time - just go to the Premiums page on pcradioshow.org. Sony recall of power adapters. Alfred reviewed the Easy-Link USB Data Sharing Hub from Hawking Technology. Hank, Joe, Alfred 24Kbps
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October 21 Fund raising. We offered our Gold card tech support for $200 a year, a DVD with free software applications that we recommend and use (we call it a toolkit) for $75, and a Password Reset CD for a $55 donation to WBAI. These premiums can be ordered at any time - just go to the Premiums page on pcradioshow.org. The Time Warner SMC 8014WG modem/router has a security flaw. Works is being discontinued. Dells market share is slipping. About activating Windows and SLIC. Hank, Joe 24Kbps
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October 14 The director of the FBI can no longer do online banking. His wife won't let him after almost falling for a phishing scam. More people are recommending not using Windows at all for online banking. There were a ton of bug fixes for Windows. Adobe Acrobat also fixed a critical bug. Mac OS X has a bug that wipes out user files. Michael recommended inSSIDer for scanning for WiFi networks. Fund raising. Our guest was David Perry of Trend Micro. David generously offered free copies of Trend Micro Internet Security for anyone donating for one of our three premiums - but only during the show. Hank, Alfred, Michael 24Kbps
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October 7 Our guest was Leo Notenboom of askleo.net. Assorted stats show Internet Explorer use is declining while Firefox use is on the rise. The iPhone was caught fibbing about its support for encryption. If you are buying Windows 7 consider the OEM version. The pros and cons of Microsoft's new free antivirus program, Security Essentials. Safe online banking: is it possible? We discussed new types of crimeware that empties your bank account. Our webmaster, Michael Horowitz, will speak next week at the NYPC General Meeting about Wi-Fi security. Joe, Michael, David Chan 24Kbps
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SEPTEMBER Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
September 30 Crimeware software drains your bank account while you are online, logged into your banks website. There is a wave of spam that appears to be from the IRS that can install the Zeus Trojan. There is a new release of iTunes, 9.0.1, that fixes some minor bugs and a major security bug. Windows Vista has a serious networking bug for which there is not yet a fix from Microsoft. Alfred discussed watching TV on his Vista computer using the Hauppauge WinTV card. Listener phone calls. Joe, Alfred, Michael 24Kbps
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September 23 We were pre-empted.    
September 16 Dell will pay a $4 million dollar fine for defrauding New York State consumers. For more see www.nyagdell.com. There is a new scam that asks for your Yahoo username, password and other personal information. Sears used to install tracking software so they could monitor all your online actions The upcoming census. Bug fixes from Apple. Microsoft's WGA is accused of being spyware. More about System Mechanic and testing a firewall at Shields Up! Joe, Hank 24Kbps
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September 9 We were pre-empted.    
September 2 eBay sold 65% of Skype to private investors. Gmail was offline for over an hour. Twitter can be a great ally for burglars as people advertise when they won't be home. Apple just released Snow Leopard and there have been driver incompatibility problems. Also, for the first time, there is some anti-malware software included as part of the Mac operating system. There was a new flaw discovered in WPA TKIP encryption, but it's not serious. Online backups. Hank reviewed System Mechanic version 9. Listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24Kbps
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AUGUST Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
August 26 An interview with Steve Wilson of Fast Pencil on self publishing. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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August 19 A survey about gamers. Some large corporations have staff that monitor outgoing mail. Microsoft may not be able to sell Word 2007 shortly. The rules changed about registering domains. The Twitter outage. About the virtualization feature in some CPUs that is required for a feature in some versions of Windows 7. A Lenovo bug in reporting the status of the battery on a Thinkpad. Fund raising. No listener phone calls. Joe, Hank 24K
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August 12 Whether you are running Windows or OS X, there are many bug fixes you need to apply. The milage on the new GM electric car may be bogus according to Alfred. Seagate is closing one of their factories in Singapore. The Acer Aspire One netbook runs Windows 7 just fine according to both Hank and Joe. Fund raising. Unlike other WBAI shows, our membership premiums are always available. See the Premiums page on our website for details on our premiums. No listener phone calls. Joe, Hank 24K
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August 5 An anniversary: the show has now been on the air for 25 years! Also, fund raising and stories in the news. No listener phone calls. Hank, Joe, Michael 24K
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JULY Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
July 29 Microsoft signed a 10 year agreement with Yahoo to provide the search results, using their new Bing service, on the Yahoo site. It will take months before this goes live, but Yahoo is basically walking away from the search business. Twelve thousand laptops go missing every week in US airports. We discussed some defensive measures such as putting your personal information on the computer and on the power cord in case an honest person recovers it. Three retailers are offering Vista based laptop computers for just under $300. They are Walmart (a Compaq machine), Best Buy (an Acer machine) and MicroCenter. If you see a wireless network called "Free Public Wi-Fi" avoid it. If you have relatively fast DSL service from Verizon (at least 3Mbps downstream) you will now be able to use WiFi hotspots from Boingo for free. Michael found 28 Boingo hotspots in Manhattan and another 28 in Brooklyn. Listener phone calls. Hank, Alfred, Michael 24K
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July 22 Firefox has updated version 3.5 to version 3.5.1 to fix a bug. Hank said version 3.5 is much faster than other browsers. Everex no longer sells computers in the US. Intel cut prices on some CPUs because they will soon roll out better ones Netbooks are very popular but some people miss CDs and DVDs. With promo code EMP15 you can get 50% off on Wiley books.

Our guest was Richard Stallman, the man behind GNU and the Free Software Foundation. He condems the Amazon Kindle (his term for it is the "swindle") because it takes away freedoms that readers of hardcopy books enjoy. Freedoms such as the ability to lend a book to a friend, to borrow one from a library, to buy one anonymously by paying cash, to keep a book as long as we like and to give it away. The Amazon Kindle implements DRM - digital rights management - to restrict your use of books. He is not against eBook readers per se, just the DRM, which in addition to the above also requires you to run proprietary software to read eBooks. He urged listeners to go to Defectivebydesign.org and sign up to participate in his protests. Listener phone calls.
Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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July 15 There is a new critical bug in Firefox version 3.5, but there is a work-around. Rosetta Stone is suing Google over trademark violations regarding ads. Microsoft is planning on competing with Google Docs by offering a free web-based version of their Office applications. a couple surveys showed not much interest yet in converting to Windows 7. Alfred reviewed Photosave DVD, software on a DVD for backing up pictures to the DVD. Social Security numbers can now be guessed with too much acuracy. Listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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July 8 No more Compuserve. Gmail is out of beta. Google is planning on releasing an operating system late next year. Microsoft has a Fixit workaround for a critical bug in ActiveX video under Windows XP. A bug in McAfee's antivirus software caused Windows to crash. Windows 7 is being discounted until July 11th. Brian Johnson of Microsoft discussed Bizspark and ways that new startup can get free software from Microsoft. Windows 7 starter edition. Listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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July 1 If you are interested in the free antivirus program from Avira called AntiVir, be sure you get it from Avira. Joe ran across a number of Google sponsored ads that claimed to offer AntiVir, but were not from Avira.
Microsoft is having a sale on Windows 7, if you pre-order it. Next week we'll discuss the pricing of Windows 7 with someone from Microsoft. China delayed the requirement for Internet filtering on new computers. Worldwide, one out of every seven comptuers sold was sold in China. Firefox version 3.5 was just released. Joes first impression was that it was much faster. But, there is a new locator feature that he doesn't like at all.
Joe reviewed the beta of the new, free Microsoft Security Essentials, their upcoming antivirus program. It isn't ready for prime time. Joe discussed TOR, The Onion Router. It is free and offers anonymous online web surfing, but he felt it was too hard to configure. A commercial product called Masksurf from Thanksoft puts a simple, easy front end on TOR. Microsoft is shutting down Money and Soapbox. Listener phone calls.
Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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JUNE Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
June 24 The beta of a new free Microsoft antivirus product sold out. You can still buy Windows XP on new computers for another two years. Some people don't like netbooks. Joe and Alfred reported from a trade show. Alfred's favorite toy was a pair of night vision goggles called eyeclops. 4TB hard disks are coming. Olivia liked two books: Creating a website - the missing manual (2nd edition) and Sexy Web Design which she felt was good for web developers to give to their clients. Listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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June 17 More patches from Apple, this time for Java. Finally, after many months, Java users on Macs are as safe as Java users on Windows and Linux. Soon the Chinese government will require software on new personal computers that filters out offensive websites. At the moment, pornography is the only thing considered offensive. Symantec and McAfee paid a huge fine for automatically renewing their software without giving customers a simple way to not rent the software for another year.

We discussed the free encryption program TrueCrypt, available at truecrypt.org. Joe's computer wouldn't boot after a power failure. Listener phone calls.
Joe, Hank 24K
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June 10 Yesterday was patch Tuesday with critical bugs fixed in both the Windows and Mac versions of Word and Excel. Friday the 12th is the end of analog TV broadcasts, many people are still not prepared. Alfred said there is not much difference between converter boxes and he explained about new LED TVs. Microsoft imposes limits on hardware used in netbooks and nettops that run Windows. Rants on computing devices that don't let the user replace the battery. Alfred told about a TV set that transmits data - it's three years out. Listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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June 3 Our thanks to those who supported the show during the recent fund raising drive. The return policy at Circuit City is not the best. Adobe will release bug fixes only once every three months. Windows 7 will ship in October. Our guest was David Perry of Trend Micro and the topic was malware. Joe, Hank 24K
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MAY Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
May 27 The topic tonight was netbook computers. Our final night of fund raising. We offered a password reset CD for $55, a DVD toolkit with tons of software for $75 and, finally, one year of Gold Card technical support for $200. Every pledge over $25 also gets two writeups: the first is a document on repairing Windows XP, the second is about netbook computers (what are they, how to select one, etc). There were no listener phone calls. Normal show next week. Joe, Hank 24K
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May 20 HP is recalling 70,000 laptop computer batteries. The website avsim.com had both their servers hacked and they had no backup. Google suffered a number of recent outages. Microsoft recently fixed a bug in PowerPoint for Windows, but they did not patch the Mac version of PowerPoint. Java on Apple Macs is vulnerable to a security bug that was fixed on Windows and Linux long ago. For a fix see this. Real Networks accused Hollywood of being a monopoly. Samsung is introducing LED backlights in their LCD televisions. Fund raising. We offered a password reset CD for $55, a DVD toolkit with tons of software for $75 and one year of Gold Card technical support for $200. There were no listener phone calls. We may be pre-empted next week, watch pcradioshow.org for details./td> Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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May 13 Many bug fixes were released yesterday by both Microsoft and Apple. More about the XP mode in the upcoming windows 7. There will be a new graphics support chip from Nvidea. Disk imaging. A new name for Windows copy protection. Microfocus bought Borland. SCO is going out of business. Fund raising. Our gold card tech support is $200. Anyone who donates $25 or more gets a white paper that Hank wrote on how to repair Windows XP. A Windows password bypass CD is $55. There were no listener phone calls. Joe, Hank 24K
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May 6 Amazon will shortly deliver a new Kindle with a much larger screen. Presto is a quick-booting version of Linux that multi-boots with Windows XP. The next beta version of Windows 7 was just released. It includes an add-on, that many people can't use, that provides a virtual copy of Windows XP. What's the future of Vista after Windows 7 is released? Microsoft extended the life of Windows XP, yet again. The last half of the show, we discussed our assorted premiums for your donations to WBAI. There were no listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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APRIL Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
April 29 Defining botnets. A Mac OS X botnet. Free Mac antivirus software. Apple was fined $19 million dollars for patent infringement. Windows 7 will run XP in a VM. Vista SP2 is coming soon. GE's breakthorugh in holographic storage. The Pirate Bay lawsuit. Spranq EcoFont. RollBack Rx offers rollback under Vista. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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April 22 Capping bandwidth by ISPs. Oracle purchased Sun. GiveAwayOfTheDay.com gives away commercial software. A new version of Ubuntu Linux was just released. Woot.com sells one product a day. The last half of the show, as usual, was listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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April 15 Yesterday was patch Tuesday and many critical bugs were fixed including eightthat were already being attacked. The use of proxy servers may increase criminal sentences. Microsoft will continue to offer free security patches for Windows XP until April 2014. The guest was Brian Johnson of Microsoft and the topic was the Media Center component in some versions of Windows Vista. The last half of the show, as usual, was listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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April 8 Is Microsoft dropping Flight Simulator? Virginia's anti-spam law. The new versions of the Atom CPU will run Windows 7. Office 2003 is going into a different type of support from Microsoft. This means nothing to consumers who can still run Office 2003 and even older versions of Office. The Atom CPU has migrated to desktop systems, some of which don't have optical drives. The life of Windows XP has been extended, yet again. People want it. Hank reviewed PC Doctor Service Center 7. The last half of the show, as usual, was listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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April 1 Microsoft discontinued their Encarta encyclopedia and the future of Flight Simulator is iffy. Western Digital is getting into the business of solid state drives. Kodack gallery. Asus and Lenovo are more reliable than Macs. The Conficker worm. Our guest was Alex Eckelberry of Sunbelt Software and the topic was the Ghostnet attack on computers in over 100 countries. Alex blogs at sunbeltblog.com. The last half of the show, as usual, was listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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MARCH Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
March 25 You can still get coupons for discounts on digital converter boxes. Pioneer is going to stop selling large plasma TVs in Japan. Why are newspapers failing? Internet Explorer version 8. A free program that restores the Office 2003 UI to Office 2007. The last half of the show, as usual, was listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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March 18 A female MIT professor, Barbara Liskov, was the second woman to win the Turing award. A number of mistrials have been due to Internet use by jurors. New LiOn batteries will charge much faster, but they aren't expected to be available for a few years. Microsoft will sell software from other vendors in their new stores. Alfred reviewed a bluetooth calculator for use with netbooks that don't have a numeric keypad. Hank reviewed the Windy31 a USB device a bit larger than a USB flash drive that can function both as a WiFi adapter and as a WiFi rotuer. He liked it. The last half of the show, as usual, was listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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March 11 Microsoft just issued a bug fix regarding metafiles. We help a Gold Card holder with a problem caused by another bug fix. Apple announced the third generation shuffle. Work continues on Service Pack 2 for Vista. Facebook users need to be aware of koobface. Amazon back-peddled a bit on text to speech in the new Kindle. Buying an all-in-one thingy. With computer retailers disappearing where do you go to kick the tires on tech stuff? Joe, Hank 24K
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March 4 Thanks to everyone who donated to the station during the just-ended fund raising drive. Nvidia is going to produce x86 processors. Spansion filed for Chapter 11. Apple updated its line of computers. Fujitsu is selling their hard disk drive manufacturing to Toshiba. Our guests were Larry Magid and Anne Collier from www.connectsafely.org, a website about keeping kids safe on the Internet. Facebook has privacy tools. Cyberbullying. Netmom links to good sites for kids. Kidzui.com and www.clubpenguin.com are a walled gardens for children. Hank, Alfred 24K
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FEBRUARY Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
February 25 All versions of the Adobe Reader are buggy and there will not be a fix from Adobe until March 11. Alfred suggested using Foxit reader instead to view PDFs. Infineon technology makes RAM and flash memory and filed for Chapter 11 bankrupcy. Hard disks are getting cheaper. A new generation of flash memory is on the horizon with increased speed and capacity. Gmail was off-line for a few hours. Cloud computing. Which companies sell the most TVs? Microsoft is working on a version of Windows 7 specifically targeted at netbooks. Next week Larry Magid will be on the show discussing how to be safe when surfing the Internet.
FUND RAISING: Gold card technical support for one year for $200. This also includes two bonuses - a password reset CD and a Hanks white paper on nettop computers. Nettop computers are relatively new, they are ultra small computers running the same Atom CPU found in most netbook laptop computers. For a pledge of $25 or more we will also include this same white paper. The password reset CD is available for a $55 donation (this too includes Hank's white paper). Finally, we have a DVD loaded with free and recommended software for $75.
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February 18 To call the FCC with questions about the conversion from analog to digital TV broadcasting, call 888-CALL-FCC. The FCC has some useful articles online with advice on setting up an antenna to get a digital signal and what type of antenna to get. The links are on our site. Facebook changed the rules of the road for their website, got a lot of flack and then changed them back again. Lawsuits regarding Pirate Bay. Sirius XM satellite radio got a lifeline from Liberty Media. LG Electronics agreed to use Microsoft software in their cellphones. Microsoft put up a bounty to learn the identity of the Downadup worm author. IDC said 20% of all computers sold in the 4th quarter of 2008 were Netbooks. The HP 2140 netbook made a good first impression on Hank. FUND RAISING: Gold card technical support for one year for $200. This also includes two bonuses - a password reset CD and a Hanks white paper on nettop computers. Nettop computers are relatively new, they are ultra small computers running the same Atom CPU found in most netbook laptop computers. For a pledge of $25 or more we will also include this same white paper. The password reset CD is available for a $55 donation (this too includes Hank's white paper). Finally, we have a DVD loaded with free and recommended software for $75. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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February 11 Intel is investing in new plants in the U.S. The digital TV transition. Troubleshooting the problems of a listener with her digital TV converter box. Dell's various recycling programs include an expanding program with Goodwill Industries. SIRIUS XM, the satellite radio broadcaster, may go bankrupt to the benefit of the Dish network. Some wireless HP LaserJet printers have a security bug in their firmware - a patch is available. You can now get the Atom CPU in small form factor desktop PCs. Hank discussed two such machines the MSI Wind and a Shuttle. Hulu.com and the new Netflix streaming are the future for video over broadband. Fund raising. We have a new premium, Hanks' research paper on small compact computers which is available to anyone who makes a pledge to the station. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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February 4 We discussed the just-approved delay in the changeover from analog to digital broadcasting. The marketing of Windows 7 will be very similar to Vista, for reasons no one on the show could understand. Our webmaster published a blog about protecting your computer from infected USB flash drives. This is not a good time to own a Gateway computer, so much so, that we recommend not buying one in the near term. IBM layoffs. Fund raising. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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JANUARY Topics Hosts MP3 Audio
January 28 More about the conversion from analog to digital TV broadcasting. Netbook computers are very popular. Hank reviewed Windows 7, then we discussed Windows 7 with Brian Johnson and Peter Laudati, both are Microsoft Developer Evangelists. Some changes in Windows 7 from Vista are a better behaved UAC, lower hardware requirements and a new task bar. However, the user interface has changed, yet again. Listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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January 21 Some Seagate hard drives have a bug in their firmware that causes them to hang, but the data is still there. Intel lowered the price on some CPUs. Circuit City is liquidating all their stores but don't expect great prices, at least not now. Their deadline is March 31st, Alfred suggested waiting until the deadline is near. February 17th is the planned cutover date from analog to digital TV transmission. We had a lively discussion on the cutover with guest Peter Putname from www.hdtvexpert.com. If you now get a poor analog signal over the air, you very well may get nothing after the conversion to digital. Radios that carry TV audio will no longer work. Alfred felt this was a great time to buy an HDTV and suggested looking at the website antennaweb.org. Next week, Windows 7. Listener phone calls. Joe, Hank, Alfred 24K
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January 14 Tonight's guest was Brian Johnson, Developer Evangelist from Microsoft Corp. We discussed Microsoft Live Mesh (mesh.live.com)...with which you can synchronize files with all of your devices; access your files from any device or from the web; share them with others, and get notified whenever someone changes a file. As with Remote Desktop, Logmein, PC Anywhere or Go-to-My PC, you can use Live Mesh to connect to your other computers and access its desktop as if you were sitting right in front of it. Now in Beta, Live Mesh is currently available free at www.mesh.com. Listener phone calls. Joe, Hank 24K
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January 7 Our guests were Todd Robbins author of The Modern Con Man: How to Get Something for Nothing and David Perry of Trend Microcomputer publishers of Internet Security software. They talked about the major computer scams, how to recognize them and what to do to protect yourself. Among the issues discussed were the Linkedin hack and the fraudulent Antivirus 2009 program. Listener phone calls. Joe, Hank 24K
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