September 10th, 2011
September 1st, 2011
Wolfram Alpha has all kinds of useful information for everything under the sun, you can even use it to estimate your blood alcohol level after you’ve put away a few drinks. This will only be an estimate, it ignores variations in metabolism, food intake, medication, etc. Read the rest of this entry »
August 25th, 2011
If you are playing Collapse! Blast on Facebook or Google+, I can show you a few tips on getting much, much higher scores to help you stay ahead of your friends and neighbors. The premise is to click on the groups of 3 or more same colored blocks to eliminate them before either time runs out or the rows reach the top of the screen. Read the rest of this entry »
March 8th, 2011
It seems that the latest way for websites and software to make money with their 3rd party advertisers is to give them collected about you. The first place I ran across this was Facebook and the Instant Personalization. This was where Facebook partnered up with some websites to provide us with “great, personalized experiences the moment you arrive.” Translation – we are sending information about you to these sites so they know about you and your friends. Needless to say, that was immediately disabled on my Facebook as well as everyone else’s in my household (if you haven’t done so yet, follow the steps outlined in this tech-recipe!). The next place I came across it was Amazon.com, which again wanted to give you “personalized ads on Amazon.com and its affiliated sites” as well as other 3rd party sites. Another site that needed this feature disabled (good grief!). Amazon states that you are in control, yet I never saw anything notifying me that my information was being given out unless I opted out of the service (you can disable it by following these instructions at Tech-Recipes). Finally, today I downloaded Skype to install on my Windows 7 machine. After installing the software and opened the application. I went through the options and privacy settings and found out that once again I had “opted-in” for giving out my information. Luckily it was “non-personally identifiable information,” or I’d be worried (sarcasm). So, that meant making changes to the software and writing yet another article to make sure others were aware of it being there and how to change the settings.
Is this how things are going to be from here out? Shouldn’t we be notified, up front, in a straight forward manner instead of fine print or deceptively placing the settings in some obscure place? I understand that these sites and software need to make money, that’s why they are in business in the first place, but when you are playing with the privacy of your users, I think that you are going too far. I hope this isn’t a pattern that we all need to look out for, but at this point, it doesn’t look good.
August 25th, 2010
Visual Task Switcher is an awesome application for easily accessing and even closing any running applications. Once installed, I recommend not setting Visual Task Switcher as your default home application as you will lose normal use of your Home button. A better method is to set it to be accessed by longpressing either the home or search button to bring up the thumbnails of running applications. It isnâ€™t limited to the small number of apps that Android will show by accessing Recent applications. You can swype the screen to the left or right to show any additional open applications if you have more than 9 running at a time. The paid version cost $1.99, but if you donâ€™t mind the ads, there is a free version available as well.
August 2nd, 2010
A buddy of mine shared some cheats for StarCraft 2, Blizzardâ€™s latest real-time strategy game. I thought Iâ€™d share the wealth.
During gameplay, press Enter on your keyboard and then type:
- terribleterribledamage – God Mode
- moredotsmoredots â€“ Build units without unit cost
- whysoserious – 5,000 Credits
- medieval man – Technology Upgrades
- game over man – Infinite Energy
- food for thought – Disable Food and PSI Requirements
- war aint what it used to be – Lift the Fog
Press Enter again to confirm.
July 31st, 2010
Windows Live Writer is one of the best blogging tools available and using its keyboard shortcuts can really speed up your posting ability. Hereâ€™s the list to help you out: Read the rest of this entry »
February 15th, 2010
By creating a bookmark in your toolbar, you can access Google Buzz in your sidebar to quickly post items while never leaving the page you were on. With a simple click on the Refresh icon, you can check for updates from those you follow. Read the rest of this entry »
February 5th, 2010
While you can easily watch YouTube videos off of the web on your device, you might find a video that you want to save for viewing later. You can easily download the video to the device for watching whenever you want.
First, you should to go to the Marketplace and get the Dolphin Browser. You could do this with the web browser that comes with the device, however it will not allow you to change the name of the video when you are downloading it.
January 17th, 2010
My Town limits how often you can send gifts to your neighbors. There is a simple method for getting around this limitation so that you can send more than 1 gift to your neighbor(s). Read the rest of this entry »