Member since: December 2012

Areas of Interest: Cloud Computing, Hardware, Mobile & Wireless, Networking, Software, Virtualization


  • Hmmm, my first thought is that you can use an iPhone as an individual microphone with a PC. There are a couple apps, Megaphone and VonBruno Microphone Pro, which will allow this, just use a cable to connect to the earphone jack of the iPhone and the mic in on the PC.

    1 day 20 hours ago

  • Netflix is planning to increase subscription prices by $1 to $2 a month according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Is this enough to cause the company to lose customers? People freaked out when they separated the DVD rental and streaming video business and it took them a few quarters to recover. 

    1 day 22 hours ago

  • I was a little surprised to see Microsoft Word on the Chrome Web Store. Since Office Online is already cloud based, and Word on Chrome will be cloud based, are these actually different apps or is the app on the Web Store essentially a link to what already exists?

    5 days 3 hours ago

  • What’s the best way to connect an electric guitar to record sessions on a PC? Once I get everything set up, I’m planning on using Reaper digital audio workstation software, which is Windows compatible software similar to GarageBand on Macs. Sound is more important that cost, but keep in mind I’m not a professional musician.

    2 weeks 23 hours ago

  • I don’t think there is a way to locate it down to the level of what room it is in using GPS unless you have a really, really large house. Or live in a mall. Even if the ringer is off, I am pretty sure that you can use the Android Dashboard that you can access through your google account.

    4 weeks 1 day ago

  • One of the standard pieces of advice that is given about improving security and avoiding malicious apps on Android devices is to only download applications from a trusted source, which means Google Play, and to a lesser extent Amazon’s app store. But how does Google ensure that the apps on Play are safe?

    4 weeks 1 day ago

  • When will Microsoft support for Windows 8 end? I’m wondering if we will see Windows 8 become the next Windows XP, used long after its “sell by date” simply because it is the version of Windows that many will replace XP with due to the end of XP support. 

    5 weeks 13 hours ago

  • 6 weeks 6 days ago

  • I’m not too worried about the contents on my Android phone - I use a strong lock pattern, and have it setup so I can remotely wipe it using Google Android Account manager. But what about the SD card? Is there a way to remote wide it or encrypt the SD card contents so they are not exposed if my device is lost or stolen?

    7 weeks 5 days ago

  • In addition to Christopher’s suggestions, I would add a couple of things: 1. Only install apps from Google Play or Amazon’s Store. A significant source of problem apps comes from people installing pirated apps to avoid ads. Either put up with the ads or pay for the version without them. Plus, developers need to make a living.  

    8 weeks 1 day ago

  • As I understand it, one of the goals of CAPTCHA is to mitigate the effects of DDoS attacks. How is this effective? Assuming that an attack is flooding the server with repeated log-in attempts either with or without CAPTCHA, what difference does it make?

    9 weeks 6 days ago

  • Thanks for the help. Hmm, I was thinking of the Cromebook as a sort  of an inexpensive, no-hassle thin client, I'll have to weigh whether I want to go to the trouble to "make" things work vs. just getting a cheap Windows Laptop. Appreciate the info!

    12 weeks 3 hours ago

  • Is there a version of Word that can be used on Chromebooks? I’m thinking of getting one, but I don’t want to be stuck using the Google Docs all the time.

    12 weeks 10 hours ago

  • The first option that comes to mind is Mozilla Thunderbird, which should meet your requirements. It’s open source, and it’s also free, so you can try it to see if you like it without spending any money.

    12 weeks 1 day ago

  • Google spent $3.2 billion to acquire Nest, the company who developed smart thermostats. My first thought was that it was awesome, since there will be a company with vast resources, both financially and intellectually, to continue the march towards a “smart home” future.

    13 weeks 6 days ago

  • I got an iPad for my mom because she likes Apple products, but I’m an Android user that has never owned a single thing made my Apple. Her first question when she got it was which apps are good. My response, “Er, Netflix is good.”

    16 weeks 5 days ago

  • On a Windows 7 PC that has anti-virus installed, do I need to also install anti-virus on the virtual machine when running in XP mode?

    17 weeks 6 days ago

  • How much longer will new copies of Windows 7 be available?

    19 weeks 1 day ago

  • The Dept. of Justice has intervened in a lawsuit against H&R Block on the basis that the H&R Block website is not sufficiently accessible to disabled users under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Honestly, ADA compliance for a website is something that I’ve never even considered.

    21 weeks 43 min ago

  • What is the difference between programming languages and scripting languages? Are the two terms essentially interchangeable?

    25 weeks 2 days ago

  • Yes, but it is fairly expensive, and you have to make sure that you either get one that can convert a dolby digital signal to analog 2-channel, or change all the audio output settings on your display to 2-channel stereo. They range from about $40-80 dollars online. That’s still going to be cheaper than all but the lowest quality soundbar.

    26 weeks 6 days ago

  • Both Verdana and Georgia were created specifically to be readable on computer displays, so I would suggest trying them out. Arial is ok too, I suppose.  

    26 weeks 6 days ago

  • 19 bad sectors isn’t really many, but it is a worrying sign. Once you start seeing errors, in my experience things tend to get worse. Scan it again regularly, and I bet that you will start to see more errors. If not, then just call me some idiot on the internet and don’t worry about it. Oh, and as jimlynch said, back up your data!

    27 weeks 4 days ago

  • I’ve always heard to be sure that only one anti-virus program is active on a computer. I’ve accepted this, and always followed the “rule” but why is this true. Why is it bad to have more than one anti-virus program?

    31 weeks 6 days ago

  •  Someone else had the same problem with Windows 8, hopefully this will help you resolve it:  

    32 weeks 22 hours ago

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