Re: [CGUYS] Verizon Done with FIOS?

2011-10-26 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 1:51 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:
 Yeah, the minute you do that Verizon sues the city for doing it.

This is where a skillful lawyer/politician makes Verizon build out
FIOS in that area or get the hell out of the way.  If they want to
prevent a build out because they are going to do it in a year or so is
the only way they can get standing in a court.

 On Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM, b_s-wilk b1sun...@yahoo.es wrote:



 Verizon may be finished with the main FIOS installation, but they're not
 doing the last mile or so. Do neighborhoods and small towns have to get
 their own connections through cooperation of all the residents? Ha! Fat
 chance!

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Re: [CGUYS] 3.0 drives

2011-06-16 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 3:52 PM, gerald ger...@slawecki.com wrote:
 i bought a 1T WD drive, and a 2T seagate.  the WD is terrible.  it is hard
 to load.  once loaded, it is difficult to find.  there is supposed to be
 software with it, but i cannot get to it.  i decided to send it back.  i
 downloaded the WD upgrade, and software for something.  i cannot delete it
 by standard delete techniques.  the seagate on the other hand loaded like a
 piece of cake.  i got an unnessary piece of software called memeo plus, or
 somesuch.  it has as many ads as norton.  hope it goes away at the 30 day
 trial period.

 i have purchased a 2T seagate 800/fw for wife's machine.  had to buy the 800
 f/w seagate interconnect.  was only $20, and with only 100 for the drive,
 all seems pretty reasonable to me.


PC Decrapifier http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/ will eliminate lots of
the bloat on a new install but you need to get the proper  Norton
removal tool from Norton
http://us.norton.com/support/kb/web_view.jsp?wv_type=public_webdocurl=20080710133834ENln=en_US
and run that several times to eliminate Norton's nagging.
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Re: [CGUYS] New nomenclature

2011-03-20 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sat, Mar 19, 2011 at 6:13 PM, phartz...@gmail.com
phartz...@gmail.com wrote:
 On Sat, Mar 19, 2011 at 5:21 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 As I said, a new generation.  Look at the tech we are talking about,
 the guys who invented it, popularized it are getting older, a new
 generation has come along and is using it's own nomenclature to
 describe the new and old/redone tech that surrounds them.

  If it is Apple that has popularized the term app. then that means
 Steve Jobs has either coined or approved the term.  He is hardly new
 generation, although he often acts quite childish.

Jobs originally didn't want to do apps from everything I heard.  He
wanted all that sort of stuff done through web pages in the beginning
of the iPhone.  At some point the first Apps came in through the
jailbreakers and Apple decided there was a market.

I think the best thing Apple has done is to force a constant update
cycle on the iPhone software that goes around the carriers.  I have an
Android, Samsung Moment,  that is trapped  in 2.1,  The most current
phone OS is 2.3 and my phone could easily be running 2.2 but Sprint
doesn't want to pay Samsung for the upgrade.  The result is I won't
consider getting another Samsung phone even though their hardware is
pretty good.
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Re: [CGUYS] iphone apps

2011-03-08 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 6:48 AM, Wayne Dernoncourt way...@panix.com wrote:
 I think you have to be in OSX environment for IOS development.  I would love 
 to be wrong.

 This clown speaks for himself

Yep, iOS apps need to be developed with Apple software which requires
Apple hardware unless you go the Hackintosh route which may or may not
work.

http://developer.apple.com/devcenter/ios/index.action

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Re: [CGUYS] LG ALLY

2011-01-24 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
My Sprint Samsung Moment is two versions back at Eclair 2.1.1 with
little hope of an upgrade to Froyo 2.2 let alone Gingerbread.

Apparently this is one either the manufacturer or the network
depending on who thinks who should pay for the upgrade of older
phones.  I think though this will be a short sighted with people
avoiding certain manufacturers due to their phones bad status with
regard to upgrades.  I like Samsung but if their phones are not
getting upgrades that are feasible and HTC phones are getting those
upgrades guess who is making is my next phone.

This is one place where the Apple way is definitely the better way.
All iPhones that are capable get the upgrade but there are some orphan
iPhones out there.

On Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 3:51 PM, Stewart Marshall
revsamarsh...@earthlink.net wrote:
 The older Droid may ship with 2.1

 but it updates itself to 2.2.1

 All of Verizon's line should be updating themselves to 2.2.1 as I was told
 that Ally would not ever get it.

 They no longer sell the Devour which shipped with 1.6

 Stewart



 At 01:06 PM 1/23/2011, you wrote:

 Samsung galaxy on sprint is shipping with 2.1, this is the high water
 maker
 for android phones across all carriers.  The lower end hero is also
 shipping
 with 2.1, also currently available.  These are just two I know off the top
 of my head...I'm sure other carriers are shipping 2.1 as well.


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Re: [CGUYS] Google Chrome

2010-11-21 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
There is no real need to switch for everything.  I use different
search engines for different things.  I like Chrome for some things
and it is faster than Firefox with a tons of add ons.  Try it and
figure out what you like it for.

Chrome was more secure for at least one exploit that escapes me now.
Chrome gets continuous silent updates.  So it tends to be more up to
date than systems who wait to patch.

On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 4:06 PM, David D Odell
waffenf...@atlanticbb.net wrote:
 I know there was some discussion here in July about Google Chrome, but any
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[CGUYS] Police told to Text instead of use Radios in UK

2010-11-16 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
Police being told to use texts to save money.  It only costs 4p to
send a 1000 texts.

I want their plan.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20022761-71.html?part=rsssubj=newstag=2547-1_3-0-20
http://www.techdirt.com/blog/wireless/articles/20101114/22543211866/uk-police-told-to-text-instead-of-using-radios-in-order-to-save-money.shtml

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Re: [CGUYS] Apple looks in rear view mirror..hopes objects only appear to be closer than they are

2010-07-17 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 8:45 AM, TJPA t...@tjpa.com wrote:

 My iPad is full of apps that were free. I bought a few children's books for
 my granddaughter. Not counting those I don't think I have spent much more
 than $5. How is this different?


 There are multiple reports that apps in the iTunes store are selling well.
I have yet to hear that about apps in the android store.

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Re: [CGUYS] Apple looks in rear view mirror..hopes objects only appear to be closer than they are

2010-07-16 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
The problem Android has with apps is there are so many decent free ones that
I don't think about paying for them.  I've only had the phone for a couple
of months but I have yet to be tempted by a paid app.

On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 11:42 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 Sorry but I have both Android and an iPod touch...there are flaky apps on
 both platforms.


 On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 4:38 PM, TJPA t...@tjpa.com wrote:

  The problem is that so many of the Android apps are of very poor quality.
  Hence poor sales and no profits.
 
  Sent from my iPad
 
  On Jul 15, 2010, at 5:16 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:
 
One point that is brought up each time the subject is discussed is
   that so few apps are actually making money on Android.  Does this
 matter
   looking at the velocity of apps being created for Android?  If no one
 is
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[CGUYS] Yesterday Amazon Buys Woot.Com: Today a $149 Kindle

2010-07-01 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
Yesterday Amazon announced it bought Woot.com.  Today Woot.com offers a $149
Kindle.

I guess woot will have much better bags o crap.  I just hope it works with
my prime account.

Read the letter from the president of woot about the sale it is an unusual
corporate letter.
http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=13390

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Re: [CGUYS] Yesterday Amazon Buys Woot.Com: Today a $149 Kindle

2010-07-01 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 10:36 AM, Chris Dunford seed...@gmail.com wrote:

  Read the letter from the president of woot about the sale it is an
 unusual
  corporate letter.
  http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=13390

 Unusual is a pale, pale description of that letter.


 Yep but it is sure worth a read.

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Re: [CGUYS] Yesterday Amazon Buys Woot.Com: Today a $149 Kindle

2010-07-01 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
Oh I read them but that isn't the sort of communication you get from a CEO.


On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 6:53 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 I guess you guys aren't typically reading woot's descriptions in their
 product sales?

 On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 1:39 PM, John Duncan Yoyo
 johnduncany...@gmail.comwrote:

  On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 10:36 AM, Chris Dunford seed...@gmail.com
 wrote:
 
Read the letter from the president of woot about the sale it is an
   unusual
corporate letter.
http://www.woot.com/Blog/ViewEntry.aspx?Id=13390
  
   Unusual is a pale, pale description of that letter.
  
  
   Yep but it is sure worth a read.
 
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Re: [CGUYS] Just How Bad is Google's Mismanagement of the Android Market?

2010-06-30 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
Tap Fish found a way around this limitation on the touch.  Apple knows it.
Apple refunded the $900 fish bill without much of a fight.  Thurrott got
satisfaction rather quickly from Apple.  He had to call on a iPad Touch that
was under warranty to have someone to complain to since the App store
doesn't seem to have phone support.

Other's have had this problem as well.


On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 2:16 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 Paul Thurrott told a story a few days ago on one of the twit
 shows...apparently his kids had racked up 900 dollars in fake fish with an
 app called touch fish.  Once you've ok'd the 'purchase' of the free app
 with
 your pass, the user can buy fish with real money in the game apparently
 without the further need for a pass.  So for all it's slickness, the Apple
 store has it's own problems.

 On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 9:40 AM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

  Freedom and Liberty is frightening to boot-heeled leftists.
 
 
  On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 10:21 PM, t.piwowar t...@tjpa.com wrote:
 
  Google’s mismanagement of the Android Market
 
 http://nanocr.eu/2010/06/27/googles-mismanagement-of-the-android-market/
 
  I am sure glad that the Apps Store does not look anything like this
  dystopian store that Android users are stuck with -- an anarchic place
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Re: [CGUYS] Just How Bad is Google's Mismanagement of the Android Market?

2010-06-30 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 8:36 AM, John Duncan Yoyo
johnduncany...@gmail.comwrote:


 Tap Fish found a way around this limitation on the touch.  Apple knows it.
 Apple refunded the $900 fish bill without much of a fight.  Thurrott got
 satisfaction rather quickly from Apple.  He had to call on a iPad Touch that
 was under warranty to have someone to complain to since the App store
 doesn't seem to have phone support.

 Other's have had this problem as well.


Link to kid who spent 1200 on Tap Fish fish.
http://www.nowpublic.com/tech-biz/tap-fish-7-year-old-racks-1-200-itunes-2621825.html

What Tap Fish/Bayview Labs exploited is that you need to turn off in App
purchases on your device- (iphone, ipod touch).  I would suspect that lots
of people who thought that they blocked purchases missed this one.  Here is
how.

Settings  General  Restrictions  In-App Purchases  OFF

Could someone with an iPad see if that setting is there on on by default as
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Re: [CGUYS] Lawsuit: Dell knowingly shipped 12 million faulty computers

2010-06-30 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
I liked the fact that they sent a batch of the bad computers to their own
lawyers and refused to make good on the faulty equipment.  Talk about
shooting yourself in the foot with a howitzer.

On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 11:02 AM, Stewart Marshall 
revsamarsh...@earthlink.net wrote:

 It also mentioned that Dell was not the only company hit by these bad
 capacitors, but also HP and Apple.

 Seems Dell made the mistake of trying to cover it up.

 Remember it is not the 2 bit problem that sinks you but the 4 star cover
 up.  (rephrasing words spoken about Nixon)

 Stewart




 At 09:53 AM 6/30/2010, you wrote:

 Capacitor leaks are serious business. When a capacitor blows out, not
 only does the device in question die an instant death, it might even
 catch fire.   So when the New York Times reports on freshly unsealed
 documents from a lawsuit alleging that Dell, over the course of two
 years, sold almost 12 million Optiplex machines with leaky capacitors
 to companies large and small, you know there's pain ahead for Dell
 whether the company wins the suit or not.


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Re: [CGUYS] The kin is dead...long live Windows phone (ms hopes)

2010-06-30 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 6:37 PM, phartz...@gmail.com phartz...@gmail.comwrote:

 On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 5:38 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

  MS already killed the kin, barely out a week?  Did the iPhone sales scare
  them off their little dangeresque device?  It was clearly priced way too
  high for the target market.  Can this bode well for Windows phone?

   Looks to me as if MS was going to test the waters to find out just
 how much of mom and dad's money they could cajole kids into scraping
 up to buy this thing.  I'll say it seems to have had all the
 attributes that kids want.  It was Itsy bitsy teeny weeny, with a
 microscopic display, keys smaller than Tic-Tacs, and oh so easy to
 hide from the teacher.  The perfect device for undeveloped minds to do
 their Facebooking, or whatever social time wasting site is currently
 in vogue.  Times be tight, however, and mommy and daddy are pinching
 their pennies these days.  What a loss for society this is!


It was also trapped between major phone OS releases.  It was the last gasp
of system 6 at 6.5 and too close to the release of 7.  It was sort of a
missing link phone.

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Re: [CGUYS] Windows Mail to Windows Live Mail

2010-06-22 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
Thunderbird is my mail client of choice.  Fairly similar cross platforms so
I do not get a big culture shift between Mac and PC.

http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/


On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 9:22 AM, tjpa t...@tjpa.com wrote:

 On Jun 21, 2010, at 7:53 PM, Terry Kilburg wrote:

 It seems like a good time to leave the buggy windows mail behind. So i
 have decided to download Windows Live Mail and forget Windows Mail.


 I don't know about Windows Mail, but it seems to me that you are missing an
 opportunity to make a clean break. Why not go to an entirely different
 source for your software and pick a company that gets good reviews for its
 mail client? M$ has simply not developed a reputation for quality in its
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Re: [CGUYS] New Mac Mini

2010-06-17 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
To quote Jobs -'Blue-ray is a bag of hurt.'  The licensing was complex and
expensive in 2008.

http://www.betanews.com/article/Steve-Jobs-Bluray-is-a-bag-of-hurt-no-netbook-planned/1224007987

On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 11:51 AM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 Be a lot more useful if the thing had a bluray player, 700 bux is
 outrageous
 for that hardware spec.

 On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 3:26 AM, Roger D. Parish rogerd.par...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  At 1:23 AM -0400 6/16/10, phartz...@gmail.com wrote:
 
Plus, I think that Apple plans to push the new
  Mini more as a vehicle for entertainment purposes than as a device for
  real work, which seems to me to generally be their new direction
  anyway.
 
 
  Along those lines, I note that supplied with the Mini is an HDMI-to-DVI
  cable for connecting a monitor. Not a mini-DisplayPort cable, but an HDMI
  cable.
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Re: [CGUYS] New Mac Mini

2010-06-17 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
Eh, if you want a Blu-ray buy a blu-ray.  They are getting down to a
reasonable price and many do the streaming services.  I haven't had my I
need BR event yet- a cheap player and Star Wars is what got me to finally
buy a DVD and might work for BR.

On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 4:26 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 Well my rinkey dink service is servicing more households than the future
 service you speak of.  You know very well the ranking of the US for
 broadband penetration, so the only reason you have having this argument is
 to hold up Apple as some kind of visionary who sees BR going away.  All
 Apple did was miss the boat.

 On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 1:16 PM, TJPA t...@tjpa.com wrote:

  I am of course assuming you have proper broadband service. RinkeyDink
  Comminications Corp is not going to provide state of the art service. The
  future is not going to halt just because you can't find a good service
  provider.
 
  Sent from my iPad
 
  On Jun 17, 2010, at 2:51 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:
 
   You live in a dream world.  I broke my foot in October and spent the
  month
   of November watching Hulu on my tv, Qwest turned off my internet
  connection
   shortly after.  I called and was informed my usage was too high and
 this
  was
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Re: [CGUYS] more problems could be ahead for the iPad

2010-06-15 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:17 AM, phartz...@gmail.com phartz...@gmail.comwrote:

 On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 2:36 AM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

  Fact is, it was an iPad users problem and iPads are only on ATT..it
 didn't
  happen to all their phones on the network, just the iPad.

   That breach of security and privacy was a problem for iPad users and
 should not be dismissed as such simply upon the basis that Apple was
 not the culprit.  It will probably not be the last of the personal
 data breaches either.

  A fellow I know who works for the FAA has to travel all over the
 country on business.  He likes his iPhone and iPad, but has to always
 take another phone with him on those trips because he cannot depend on
 the service provided by ATT.  His big wish is that he could choose
 another service provider.  He does not like the freedom of not
 having to choose.

 Apple may have contracts that force them to use ATT exclusively for who
knows how long.   Other places have multiple carriers with the iPhones and
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Re: [CGUYS] more problems could be ahead for the iPad

2010-06-15 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
It's easier than that it just may not be cheaper.  A Mifi box from Verizon
is a portable personal mobile wifi hot spot for something like $50/month but
you can use a cheap wifi only iPad plus the mifi is good for 5 connections.

On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 1:00 PM, phartz...@gmail.com phartz...@gmail.comwrote:

 On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:53 AM, TJPA t...@tjpa.com wrote:

  Tell him that the iPad is not locked to ATT.

   Sure, but as far as I know you have to muck around with things, like
 cutting SIM cards.  Most folks aren't gonna get into doing that kind
 of stuff, especially since the iPad is designed and marketed to be
 particularly attractive to non-techie types.

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Re: [CGUYS] more problems could be ahead for the iPad

2010-06-15 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 3:07 PM, phartz...@gmail.com phartz...@gmail.comwrote:

 On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM, John Duncan Yoyo
 johnduncany...@gmail.com wrote:

  It's easier than that it just may not be cheaper.  A Mifi box from
 Verizon
  is a portable personal mobile wifi hot spot for something like $50/month
 but
  you can use a cheap wifi only iPad plus the mifi is good for 5
 connections.

   I was talking about 3G or 2G connectivity.  Is that what you are
 referring to?


What more do you need to google than a name, a description and a vendor? Aw
hell here is link, too.
http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/mobilebroadband/?page=products_mifi

VZ doesn't mention  XG where X= intentger 0 to 4.

This is the gizmo that they think did in the iPhone demo last week.  They
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Re: [CGUYS] more problems could be ahead for the iPad

2010-06-15 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 12:06 AM, phartz...@gmail.com
phartz...@gmail.comwrote:

 On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 11:36 PM, John Duncan Yoyo
 johnduncany...@gmail.com wrote:

  What more do you need to google than a name, a description and a vendor?
 Aw
  hell here is link, too.
  http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/mobilebroadband/?page=products_mifi

   Chill.  I only asked a question.  I can do that, can't I?


Sure and I get to be sarcastic about it.


 I don't
 google anyway.  I search, and maybe I'll use Google when I do.
 Google is a brand name.  I'm not so much into this brand loyalty
 thing.


Google has been a verb for years now. When People are Bining then the end is
near.


  Anyway, I already checked it out,  I'll guess that the name, MiFi,
 is as meaningless as the name WiFi.

 Mifi is the brand name and a pun.  WiFI is pretty distinct in meaning.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi

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Re: [CGUYS] Cox Modem Troubleshooting

2010-05-09 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
IMS you can get a cable modem that works with COX at MicroCentre, Best Buy
or online.  Cox lists ones that would work at-

http://support.cox.com/sdccommon/asp/contentredirect.asp?sprt_cid=f3c8a618-6be2-4859-b7db-6152e87bd537

On Sun, May 9, 2010 at 8:51 AM, David Newhall dnewh...@gmail.com wrote:

 On May 9, 2010, at 12:00 AM, COMPUTERGUYS-L automatic digest system wrote:

  Subject: Cox Modem Troubleshooting
 
  During the last week, my cable modem for Cox Cable loses its Internet
  connection about once or twice a day. When troubleshooting, the light
  that indicates the cable connection on the Linksys modem, model
  BEFCMU10, is not illuminated. If I reboot the modem, it comes up
  fine and I get adequate speeds through the connection. After calling
  Cox, the only thing they can offer is a service call for which I will
  be charged if it turns out that the problem is after their connection.
 
  I have also noticed a slight degradation in the analog TV signal from
  Cox during the last week as well.
 
  Should I just go ahead and replace the modem to see if that makes a
  difference? It would be less than the service call.

 Yes, replace it. I had exactly the same issues and the modem finally
 failed. They suggested a service call, but I suspected that they would just
 say I needed to replace the modem. Much more convenient for me to go to the
 Cox office than wait for a service tech. Replacement was around $35. My
 modem was a several years old and should have been changed for one meeting
 the newer standards a couple of years ago.

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Re: [CGUYS] webbugs in webmail?

2010-05-06 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
FWIW gmail does a good job of blocking spam.  Perhaps just forwarding his
mail to a gMail address will do the trick.

On Thu, May 6, 2010 at 7:34 PM, Reid Katan ka...@his.com wrote:

 Quoting tjpa t...@tjpa.com:

  On May 6, 2010, at 4:36 AM, Fred Jones wrote:

 1. If you load a Spam message in webmail to report it to Network
  Solutions  won't any Webbugs identify the IP address and the  recipient of
 the Spam for future Spamming?


 Good question.

 If the mail client does not automatically display images -- so you have
 to press a Load images button to see them -- that is a sign that it
 is trying to block web bugs. If you don't click that button, or
 anything in the email, you are probably not triggering web bugs. YMMV.


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Re: [CGUYS] M$ Cancels Courier - Lost their Way?

2010-05-03 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sun, May 2, 2010 at 10:46 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:


 What's next?  Fusion Garage is still promising JooJoo delivery in a few
 months.  Anybody want to wager on that?  (On a side note, what't up
 with that name?  I can understand changing it from CrunchPad, you
 don't want the word crunch associated with breakable electronics,
 but JooJoo simultaneously evokes something anti-semitic and bad
 movie theater candy.)

 I think that they were aiming at the Urban Dictionaries Definition 3 but
Definition 1 is a bad double meaning.  Definitions 2 and 4 are Crunch pad
related.
1. http://joojoo.urbanup.com/600438  joojoo


http://www.urbandictionary.com/products.php?term=joojoodefid=600438
karma. bad luck.
it's bad joojoo to speak ill of others.

3. http://joojoo.urbanup.com/4421039  joojoo


Joojoo means magic. Often used in conjunction with the word bad to refer
to a thing or situation that might bring bad luck or bad karma, but things
can have good joojoo too.
Hey man, don't use that white lighter, that's bad joojoo!

or

Take this ring, its joojoo will protect you.


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Re: [CGUYS] illegal search warrant?

2010-05-02 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sat, May 1, 2010 at 11:25 PM, Stewart Marshall 
revsamarsh...@earthlink.net wrote:

 They have maintained for some time that they have a unique status within
 the USA.  (You might have heard the sound bite of their current governor a
 few months ago proposing secession?)

 Of course this is all hogwash, but you know Texans bigger than snot and
 about as useful.


My first thought is good riddance to that god forsaken hell hole, but I do
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Re: [CGUYS] It's here...God help us

2010-05-02 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sun, May 2, 2010 at 3:53 PM, phartz...@gmail.com phartz...@gmail.comwrote:

 On Sun, May 2, 2010 at 3:06 PM, tjpa t...@tjpa.com wrote:

  Is this not another example of getting the government off our backs? Who
 are
  they to tell us that we can't be watching porn and cleaning our guns as
 we
  zoom down the highway at 30 MPH over the speed limit, slowing down only
  while we aim at stop signs for target practice? That would be unAmerican!

   If you are using an Apple mobile device you will not be watching any
 porn, at least as far as Apple is concerned.


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Re: [CGUYS] illegal search warrant?

2010-05-01 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sat, May 1, 2010 at 5:52 AM, Eric S. Sande esa...@verizon.net wrote:

 Generally, people who live in NoVa don't consider themselves residents  of
 Virginia and feel shamed when reminded.


 Is that the general or the particular?
 Don't consider themselves residents of Virginia?

 Well, Richmond doesn't think so.


What do those idiots know.


 Don't be ashamed of being a Virginian, Tom, here's a nice warm bowl
 of grits and some frizzled ham for you,  along with some Jeffersonian
 democracy.


Texas threw him out of the textbooks for being to liberal.


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Re: [CGUYS] illegal search warrant?

2010-04-30 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 5:07 AM, Jeff Miles jmile...@charter.net wrote:

No, it's not.

 This is one of those occasions where Top posting doesn't make sense  It
just makes it look like you are reenacting Monty Python's Argument Clinic
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Re: [CGUYS] illegal search warrant?

2010-04-30 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 4:44 AM, Jeff Miles jmile...@charter.net wrote:

I'm a strong Apple supporter. However, what they did by releasing
 these prototypes was just plain stupid.
As to your comment below, this is crap. Bringing up the bible,
 Moses, the 10 commandments, Hitler, Nazis, is a cheap trick that if used
 means you've probably already lost the argument.

 You can add the gun debate to that list.

Godwin's law: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a
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Re: [CGUYS] illegal search warrant?

2010-04-29 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 3:56 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 If I was a judge in this case my first query would be if this item is worth
 so much, money, market share..etc...why did you send some kid into a bar to
 leave it while he went out and took a leak in the alley?  This super secret
 phone from Apple wasn't taken from Apple headquarters by a team of IMF
 agents, so I'd not let them prosecute like it was.

 I'm not really so sure he left it behind.  I've heard this a few places
that he may just as easily had his pocket picked.

Real world testing includes carrying the thing around and using it as you
would any other phone.  This kid was doing that.
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Re: [CGUYS] illegal search warrant?

2010-04-27 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 10:41 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 There is also the question of how much force Apple is using to get this
 done, it's not beyond them to use a hammer when none is needed.


The problem is that another gadget blog that was approached asked their
lawyers and they told them not to get anywhere near the thing.  It would
have been considered stolen property.

CA state law is apparently lost items are to be held for six months and
attempts must be made to find the legitmate owner before they become
property of the finder.  So doing things like taking it apart would be
considered illegal.  Apple could be pressing on this but it may look like an
easy win for a prosecutor who needs a run in the win column.
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Re: [CGUYS] illegal search warrant?

2010-04-27 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 10:37 PM, t.piwowar t...@tjpa.com wrote:

 On Apr 27, 2010, at 9:43 AM, John Duncan Yoyo wrote:

 it may look like an easy win for a prosecutor who needs a run in the win
 column.


 So why should effective law enforcement be treated with such contempt? The
 Prosecutor's job is to prosecute and to win cases. What is wrong with that?


Nothing in particular.  Anyone dim enough not check with the lawyers before
pulling out the checkbook to buy a story deserves what they get.   I just
don't see a prosecutor pursuing this sort of thing without being fairly
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Re: [CGUYS] Seek advice about removing programs

2010-04-26 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 1:06 PM, tjpa t...@tjpa.com wrote:

 On Apr 23, 2010, at 11:42 AM, Michael S. Altus wrote:

 I want to remove unnecessary programs from my Windows XP computer. I use
 the computer mainly for writing in Word, web browsing, reading PDF files,
 and
 keeping track of numbers in QuattroPro.


 Many PCs come loaded with crapware and removing that can clear up lots of
 clutter and disk space, but the programs you list  are not of that kind.
 What you list are mostly support utilities that usually work invisibly and
 don't take up much disk space. They assist other programs, typically web
 browsers, in delivering media. Pulling them could break something that you
 do use.


PC Decapifier works well for clearing the inital crap out of a new machine.

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Re: [CGUYS] illegal search warrant?

2010-04-26 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 9:16 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=33652


 http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/04/iphone-raid/?utm_source=feedburnerutm_medium=feedutm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29

 Some say this has been served illegally, partially due to the laws
 regarding
 journalists.  Multiple implications of course, are online weblogs run by
 journalists?  Does this whole case rise to the level of busting in the door
 of a private citizen?

 Knowingly receiving stolen goods is a crime especially when you pay $5,000
for them.  The question is if they knew it would be considered stolen goods.

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Re: [CGUYS] iPad exceed radiation limits

2010-04-17 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 1:40 PM, phartz...@gmail.com phartz...@gmail.comwrote:

 On Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 12:05 PM, tjpa t...@tjpa.com wrote:

  Actually somebody in the Israeli government is playing games. The iPad
 uses
  the same chip set used in iPhones and many other brands of smart phones.
 The
  scoop is that the exclusive right to sell iPads in Israel belongs to a
  relative of a government minister. They want to sell them for top dollar
 and
  people bringing in iPads they bought in the US was spoiling their plans.
 
  http://blog.israeltech.net/ipad-ban/

  One individual's opinion.  I would suspect that the chipset
 mentioned is not the component that directly controls the amount of RF
 output power that can be delivered to the antenna.  I think that there
 are any number of digital wireless devices that utilize the same
 wireless chipsets yet will exhibit widely varying levels of RF
 radiated power.



Or is it the native corruption and nepotism in the Israeli government
barring the door until Apple releases the iPad in Israel and they can gouge
their own people.  If you allow a state monopoly on sales in a democratic
country you should never let it look like it is owned by relatives of high
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Re: [CGUYS] NEF plugin for Irfanview

2010-04-13 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 10:22 PM, Robert Carroll
carrollcompu...@gmail.comwrote:

 I want to be able to view the NEF files that are stored on my PC.
  According to Irfanview, there is a plugin for NEF files (these are similar
 to RAW files), but I downloaded the plugin executable from the Irfanview web
 site and, after installing, Windows still does not recognize NEF nor does
 Irfanview.

 The list of plugins:  http://www.irfanview.com/main_formats.htm
 My Irfanview version:  4.23
 My plugin version:  4.25

 Question 1:  Where to obtain the plugin for NEF?
 Question 2:  If plugin not available, what free program will let me view
 NEF files?

 http://www.irfanview.com/ comes recomended elsewhere and is free.
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[CGUYS] Manassas shutting down broadband over powerline

2010-04-13 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
Manassas is shutting down its broadband over powerline network.  All 520
subscribers need to get a new broadband provider.

It never caught on and was slower than alternatives.

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Most-Successful-US-Broadband-Over-Powerline-Network-Shut-Down-107812
http://techdirt.com/articles/20100409/0826178949.shtml

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Re: [CGUYS] FYI: News Alert: Court Rules Against F.C.C. in 'Net Neutrality' Case

2010-04-08 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 12:52 PM, Steve at Verizon stevet...@verizon.netwrote:

 I thought the court's ruling stated that Congress authorized the FCC to
 regulate only Telecommunications. If Congress wishes for the FCC to regulate
 Broadband, then it should do so. Hence Comcast, not a Telecommunications
 company, but a Broadband company does not fall under the juristicion  of the
 FCC. Am I wrong?

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Re: [CGUYS] FYI: News Alert: Court Rules Against F.C.C. in 'Net Neutrality' Case

2010-04-08 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 3:46 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 Got an url for that one?  Why would the 'Bushies' try and stop Comcast from
 packet shaping and then do this?


It is the Temerity of Nope.   Whats left of the republican party is afraid
to allow anything good for the country or not to pass during this
administration.  So they just say no and hope nobody notices that they
blocked extending unemployment insurance payments during a recession largely
of their own making.


 On Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 12:18 PM, tjpa t...@tjpa.com wrote:

  On Apr 7, 2010, at 12:52 PM, Steve at Verizon wrote:
 
  I thought the court's ruling stated that Congress authorized the FCC to
  regulate only Telecommunications. If Congress wishes for the FCC to
 regulate
  Broadband, then it should do so. Hence Comcast, not a Telecommunications
  company, but a Broadband company does not fall under the juristicion  of
 the
  FCC. Am I wrong?
 
 
  The Bushies reclassified them so they could more easily escape justice.
 
  Now Comcast is changing its name so it can more easily escape justice.
 
 
 
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Re: [CGUYS] Why I won't buy an Ipad...

2010-04-07 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
I played with one in the Apple Store yesterday.   It didn't make me pull out
my wallet but it was darn close.  Someone bought one while I was there so
they were in stock.

On Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 3:53 PM, Chris Dunford seed...@gmail.com wrote:

  He is making a common mistake. He thinks the iPad is a computer when
  it really is a very powerful phone.

 But...but...but...haven't you repeatedly referred to the iPhone as a
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Re: [CGUYS] Download US podcasts while traveling

2010-04-07 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
Podcasts aren't distributed through iTunes.  iTunes just acts as a listing
service.  It does depend on the podcast provider as to whether or not you
could download it overseas.  Odds are it wouldn't matter unless it is
something like audible.com which has regional restrictions.

If you have a spare computer you could leave it running at home and have it
check for podcasts on a schedule.  It would capture your paid podcast for
you.  iTunes allows for  this in the settings.

On Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 12:00 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 Can you email the content creater?  I know the podcasts I listen to are
 available overseas...like ones on the TWIT network, but these are free.

 On Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 7:39 AM, b_s-wilk b1sun...@yahoo.es wrote:

  I'm considering subscribing to a paid podcast, but the site only posts
 two
  weeks of podcasts at a time. I often travel for a month or more. Will I
 be
  able to download the podcast while overseas? Doesn't Apple restrict
 iTunes
  connections to US IP addresses--or did they change that?
 
 
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Re: [CGUYS] Twist in school spying scandal

2010-04-06 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
To me that implies she is complicit.

On Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 8:15 PM, phartz...@gmail.com phartz...@gmail.comwrote:

  The head of the Lower Merion School District computer technology
 department is refusing to provide an affidavit explaining her role in
 the Harriton High School webcam spying caper.  She is also attempting
 to avoid having to appear before the court in a hearing related to
 this case.  Thus far, she has been refusing to cooperate with
 investigators looking onto this case, although her second in command
 in the school technology department has been cooperative with
 investigators.  The judge is ordering her to appear, although she may
 well plead the fifth when she does appear before the court.

  Additionally, a second student and his parents in the high school
 have now joined the lawsuit agaionst the school district, and are
 demanding that photso taken of students be withheld from any form of
 distribution.

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Re: [CGUYS] Broadband Speeds Map

2010-04-04 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sun, Apr 4, 2010 at 10:17 AM, t.piwowar t...@tjpa.com wrote:

 On Apr 3, 2010, at 6:42 PM, Stewart Marshall wrote:

 There are a number of smaller towns in this area, 10K population or so
 that have varying degrees of service.  Most of them have VOIP available.


 But isn't your area somewhere in the middle of the Okefenokee Swamp? I
 don't think Eric and his crews want to be fighting off crocodiles just so
 you can stream Alice in Wonderland.

 Pretty sure it would be Alligators in Okefenokee Swamp.  Crocs in the US
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Re: [CGUYS] domain value

2010-04-04 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sun, Apr 4, 2010 at 9:00 AM, gerald slawecki ger...@slawecki.com wrote:

 i  have under $100 in it.  does that mean i should sell it for 100, if it
 is worth 1000 or 100,000?  if i had, and was able to hold exxon.com, or
 coke.com, should i sell them for the $100 i would have in them?  some of
 these domain name collectors have thousands of domain names, and they are
 not selling them for $10 each.


IMS there is the ability to force out domain squatters on trade marked
brands so they can get basically nothing for the privilege of having owned
something like that.  In practice if you make the payment to you smaller
than or near the costs of chasing you out then you might come out ahead.
The trick here is to get as much as you can without being abusive about it.


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Re: [CGUYS] My download speed

2010-04-04 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sun, Apr 4, 2010 at 7:40 PM, Reid Katan ka...@his.com wrote:

 Quoting Eric S. Sande esa...@verizon.net:

  I mean, it's easy to say that bandwidth is cheap, but not if you're
 in the business of building the infrastructure.

 http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20001377-266.html

 So, some ups and some downs.


 Let's see. If we combine this:

 Initially, Wall Street was skeptical about Verizon's bet. It costs Verizon
 about $750 per customer to wire an entire neighborhood for the Fios Fiber
 service. And for every customer who signs up for service, Verizon spends an
 additional $600 to bring wire directly to the home.

 With this:

 And in markets where Verizon's Fios service has been around the longest,
 insiders report penetration rates have exceeded 50 percent for Fios
 high-speed Internet and are approaching 50 percent for Fios TV.

 And do a little math (scary, I know). . .let's see,  ($750+$600)*2(half the
 potentials taking)=$2700. Now, I don't know what the service is going for,
 but if it's anything like Concast, er, Xfinity, It'll be more than
 $100/month. That's 27 months to break-even. Pure profit after that. That
 doesn't sound so bad.

 Well that neglects paying for TV programming so add a couple of months.  I
pay $110/month to VZ for the base FIOS package but it expands up to $160
when you throw in an add on or two and taxes.

There was an add for FIOS for $70/month for 6 months in today's Post.
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Re: [CGUYS] Wow, Apple is kicking Flash off the Web

2010-04-02 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 12:46 AM, b_s-wilk b1sun...@yahoo.es wrote:

 ...and is not wasting any time about it.


 http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/04/01/apple_highlights_ipad_ready_adobe_flash_free_web_sites.html

 Since most Flash on websites is superfluous and annoying, in addition to
 being slow and a memory hog, I welcome the change. Few things are more
 annoying on web sites than web links that don't work the way I want them
 to--ex: I like to open links in a new tab or window while preserving the
 original page. Can't do that in Flash. Can't extract web links from Flash
 pages either.

 Good riddance.

 Why isn't Adobe rewriting Flash to be more web and user friendly? Don't
 they want to preserve their market share?

 Isn't HTML 5 doing most if not all of what Flash did so badly?

Adobe is a worse creator than M$ when it comes to exploitable and exploited
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[CGUYS] iPad first looks appearing

2010-04-01 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
The embargos dropped last night and the first real reviews are appearing
now.  I just listened to Andy Inahkos Mac break Weekly special from last
night.  He really likes it.  No big surprise but there is 1:15 worth of
discussion on a video.

http://www.tuaw.com/2010/03/31/andy-ihnatko-ipad-is-pure-innovation-one-of-best-computers-e/

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Re: [CGUYS] It's an app world, and it could swallow all computing

2010-03-31 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
If you really want the Droid the best deal I've found is through the free
Borders Books Reward card.  The Borders Card has an associated club- Borders
Rewards Perks that offers a Droid for $50 for upgrading current subscribers
and $20 for new subs through Wirefly.  I've been holding off to see how the
Nexus will be offered at Verizon but my EnV is getting long in the tooth and
the battery even more so.

The word is that the Droid just got up graded to the current Android 2.1.
That is the biggest flaw in Android marketplace- The OS doesn't get upgraded
on many older phones so that an App that works on one version of the OS
might not work on another version of the OS.

On Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 7:29 PM, Stewart Marshall 
revsamarsh...@earthlink.net wrote:

 OK you have my curiosity piqued.

 Which Android phone do you have?

 It is time for me tog et a new phone and I am patiently waiting to see
 which one I should get.

 It is going to be a smart phone and Verizon is giving me some pretty sweet
 deals.  I am hoping the buy one get one free lasts till alter in April when
 my sons contract is also due, so we can double down.

 Stewart



 At 06:04 PM 3/31/2010, you wrote:

 I don't think this is a shocking development as the usefulness of these
 devices becomes greater.  I rarely talk on my android phone, I'd say 90%
 of
 my time is on apps/sms etc.

 On Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 3:41 PM, tjpa t...@tjpa.com wrote:

  This is a good illustration of the point I was trying to make. The times
  they are a changing...
 
  The sea change here is that people are gradually moving away from
 spending
  time with TV and computers to their mobile devices and that mobile time
 is
  increasingly less about talking and all about apps.
 
  He points to recent statistics prepared by Morgan Stanley tech analyst
  Mary Meeker showing that typical cellphone users now spend 30% of their
  40-minutes-a-day average on data, and iPhone users spend 55% of their
  60-minute average on non-talking phone activities.
 
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Re: [CGUYS] It's an app world, and it could swallow all computing

2010-03-31 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 9:28 PM, Rev. Stewart Marshall 
popoz...@earthlink.net wrote:

 I will be sticking with Verizon because of the service area where I live.


Wirefly is selling the Droid for Verizon on verizon's service.  Just an end
around the normal marketplace price.


 I have been looking at the Droid.

 My son absolutely wants the Droid. (Will be twenty in May more phone that I
 think he really needs.)  Right now they have a 2 for one offer, but you have
 to have a contract coming up to use the second one, and my sons is not till
 the end of April.  So I am patiently waiting.

 My Env2 (bought used) has a flaky recharge circuit.  Sometimes it will only
 last a day and other times it will last for a few days.  This also affects
 the Bluetooth, so I cannot use bluetooth with it.  (drats!)

  I have looked at the Droid and the Devour.  Both nice phones and most
 reviews are pretty good.


The Devour is on an older Android build Donut with Motorola's own veneer
over it.   I wouldn't consider it just because of the veneer but the old OS
would scare me off as well.


 I signed up for Borders rewards, so we will see.  The two for one is only
 available on Verizon's website.

 Stewart



 At 07:47 PM 3/31/2010, you wrote:

 If you really want the Droid the best deal I've found is through the free
 Borders Books Reward card.  The Borders Card has an associated club-
 Borders
 Rewards Perks that offers a Droid for $50 for upgrading current
 subscribers
 and $20 for new subs through Wirefly.  I've been holding off to see how
 the
 Nexus will be offered at Verizon but my EnV is getting long in the tooth
 and
 the battery even more so.

 The word is that the Droid just got up graded to the current Android 2.1.
 That is the biggest flaw in Android marketplace- The OS doesn't get
 upgraded
 on many older phones so that an App that works on one version of the OS
 might not work on another version of the OS.


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Re: [CGUYS] Apple Runs Out of iPads

2010-03-29 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 11:18 PM, t.piwowar t...@tjpa.com wrote:


 http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9174305/Apple_exhausts_supply_of_iPads_for_pre_order

 As you read here... nobody will want one.

 What they sold the dozen that they made?  Somewhere I heard running out
would be a good strategy for Apple. I hope this is just real demand and not
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Re: [CGUYS] COMPUTERGUYS-L Digest - 21 Mar 2010 to 22 Mar 2010 (#2010-38)

2010-03-24 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 8:14 PM, tjpa t...@tjpa.com wrote:

 On Mar 23, 2010, at 2:48 PM, mike wrote:

 Yeah I covered that too in the past.  I'm not arguing you are not safer on
 a
 mac, I'm arguing the same thing Miller is verifying, macs are safer
 because
 they are such a small portion of the market and the hackers don't spend
 time
 going after them, not because they are coded by perfect beings up on a
 mountain top.


 This is such a ridiculous assertion. If Macs were attacked less often this
 type of assertion might have some merit, but it completely fails to explain
 why the number of exploits is zero.

 Well the number we know about is zero.  Still safer than running through
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Re: [CGUYS] noPad4me

2010-03-16 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
Of course the battery replacement plan should be similar to the iPod plan
where they give you a new/refurb unit.  So for $100 you get a new iPad.

On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 10:02 PM, b_s-wilk b1sun...@yahoo.es wrote:

 This is easy. The iPad is a giant iPod Touch. We can open up the Touch to
 change the battery. Why not the iPad? The biggest problem is finding a
 source for the right battery, instead of a cheap copy. The battery could
 cost $50 [the $5 one is worth 90% less], spudger is less than $5, and you
 save the rest by doing it yourself, just like any other computer repair.
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[CGUYS] Is Verizon giving up on building out FIOS?

2010-03-16 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
The article states that the bean counters are waiting for government to pony
up for further FIOS deployments.  If you don't have it yet you may be out of
luck.

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/So-Is-This-Where-Verizons-FiOS-Deployment-Ends-107342
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100312/1855128547.shtml
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Re: [CGUYS] PDF creation application

2010-03-15 Thread John Duncan Yoyo

Open Office lets you print directly to PDF and it is free.

www.openoffice.org/

On Mar 15, 2010 5:45pm, Wayne Dernoncourt way...@panix.com wrote:

I've showed my wife how to use PDF Creator, it seems



to have at least a few limitations:



- has to be run as an Administrator



- it only will print one page, there's no error



message, it's just that nothing happens until



you cancel the print job and get a dialog and



get a single page





I did print out an 8 page document on Valeries PC one



page at a time, transfer them to the Mac with a stick



and then used my Mac to combine them into one file.



Obviously this is horrible. Does anyone have a good,



inexpensive piece of PDF file creation s/w that doesn't



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Re: [CGUYS] All Your Apps Are Belong to Apple

2010-03-10 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
I wonder if Apple will allow any more federal apps since the agreement was
gotten out of NASA with a FOA request.

On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 8:31 PM, tjpa t...@tjpa.com wrote:

 On Mar 10, 2010, at 4:12 PM, mike wrote:

 A short editorial from EFF about the app situation at Apple.  Someone else
 on the list brought up Apple's new contract with developers believing this
 would help developers..I don't think so because Apple has been telling
 developers the rules all along, the problem is Apple keeps moving the goal
 posts around whenever they feel like it.


 This reaction to the Apple agreement is naive. I think it was written by a
 starry-eyed idealist who has not read many contracts. Such terms are not
 unusual.

 People sign such agreements because it gives them access to a very
 lucrative opportunity to make $Millions. They see that Apple is giving away
 something of great value and not asking for that much in return.

 You are ignoring Apple's motivation. They want to keep the iPhone a safe
 place. That is not easy to do. They are insisting on strict terms because
 they want to keep the bad guys away.

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Re: [CGUYS] Off Topic, But Really Interesting

2010-03-10 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
I like the fact that the put seven circles below the crust of the earth.
Somebody must like Dante.

On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 9:22 PM, Rev. Stewart Marshall 
revsamarsh...@earthlink.net wrote:

 Chart is pretty accurate.

 Stewart



 At 06:47 PM 3/10/2010, you wrote:

  I don't thing the Rev. is a Scientologist. Should have checked the
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Re: [CGUYS] A Multigenerational Look at the iPad

2010-03-09 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
The possible windows pad is an advertising feint.  Just like M$ announced
the Surface when Apple's iPhone Buzz sucked all the oxygen out of the market
before it's release the pad is a peice of advertising vaporware intended to
keep the M$ name in circulation.

To be fair there are a few surface' platforms out there but not many.  Has
anyone ever seen one in use?

On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 8:05 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 So what is fictitious that you are talking about?

 On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 4:51 PM, tjpa t...@tjpa.com wrote:

  On Mar 8, 2010, at 4:18 PM, Rev. Stewart Marshall wrote:
 
  Sort of like the Ipad right now.
 
 
  No, the iPad exists. You can drive nails with it. It is not yet available
  for retail sale, but that is not the same as being fictitious.
 
 
 
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Re: [CGUYS] A Multigenerational Look at the iPad

2010-03-09 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 10:54 AM, Rev. Stewart Marshall 
popoz...@earthlink.net wrote:

 Yes the local DMV uses touch screens for their Drivers tests, and one of
 the Big Orthopedic clinics uses windows touch screen laptops for their
 staff, medical records.


But that sure isn't the surface.  I know a Grad student that uses a M$ based
tablet but it isn't a NEW iPad competing M$ TABLET (TM).  Tablet support was
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Re: [CGUYS] Twist in school spying scandal

2010-03-07 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 9:23 PM, Art Clemons artclem...@aol.com wrote:

 On 03/06/2010 09:23 PM, John Duncan Yoyo wrote:
  If any pictures of an underage child were taken let alone viewed they are
  likely open to prosecution for kiddie porn.  This happened in
 Pennsylvania
  where they prosecuted a teenage girl for taking pictures of herself and
  emailing them to her boyfriend.


 I live in PA, while there are idiot DAs, there is no present claim that
 pornographic pictures were taken or even available.  This isn't about
 porn.  There are more ways to allegedly invade privacy than having porn
 involved.

 No but the prosecutors can choose to escalate the charges if they find
anything that qualifies.  I grew up in that part of the state.  At this
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Re: [CGUYS] Twist in school spying scandal

2010-03-07 Thread John Duncan Yoyo

On Mar 8, 2010 12:45am, Art Clemons artclem...@aol.com wrote:



You'll note that there is no disputing that the laptop in
question was removed from the school without permission.


The question is though is did the kid get in trouble initially for taking  
the computer home without insurance? We know he was tagged for the eating  
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Re: [CGUYS] Twist in school spying scandal

2010-03-06 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM, Art Clemons artclem...@aol.com wrote:

 On 03/06/2010 08:27 PM, mike wrote:
  So the only crime so far is they should have told the boys and girls they
  would be watched remotely in their bedrooms?  Maybe they failed to make
 it
  clear because any sensible parent doesn't want their kids spied on by
 sick
  perverts.

 The situation is more complicated than you're making it out to be.  The
 software in question was activated because the laptop was not supposed
 to be removed from the school by the student since the parents had not
 given permission or paid a $55 fee for insurance for said laptop.  The
 laptop thus was missing or stolen as far as school records were
 concerned.  If a thief had actually had the laptop, would you be as
 concerned about the privacy of the thief?  I suspect not.  In some
 jurisdictions, the student could or would be prosecuted for theft in
 these circumstances.  This situation is more confused than portrayed.


The original plaintiff may not be the one that pulls this house of cards
down on the school board.   The kid in question has a troubled history but
the other cases of camera activation are still likely to blow up in the face
of the district.

If any pictures of an underage child were taken let alone viewed they are
likely open to prosecution for kiddie porn.  This happened in Pennsylvania
where they prosecuted a teenage girl for taking pictures of herself and
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Re: [CGUYS] Evil people [Was: Re: [CGUYS] FCC head calls for broadband availability]

2010-03-03 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 10:01 PM, Steve at Verizon stevet...@verizon.netwrote:

 I know the name of the channel is Fox News, but there are two distinct
 components. Commentary and news. Commentary includes the very conservative
 Hannity, the populist O'Reilly, the libertarian Beck, and the
 running-for-president Huckabee.

 Some of their bias shows up in the choice of stories.  They ran away from
the President's meeting with Republicans earlier in the year presumably
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Re: [CGUYS] Evil people [Was: Re: [CGUYS] FCC head calls for broadband availability]

2010-03-01 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
A friend of mine who was an OB in Pennsylvania said the insurance was so bad
he moved to another state.  Imagine the costs of starting or buying a new
practice and you can think of what the insurance must cost to make it worth
doing. Those costs get passed on.

On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 8:44 AM, Rev. Stewart Marshall 
revsamarsh...@earthlink.net wrote:

 Enough to make a difference in cost and practice.

 Stewart



 At 07:32 AM 3/1/2010, you wrote:

 At 02:14 AM 3/1/2010, Jeff Miles wrote:
 And I'm sure you're not one of those uneducated who will bring up the
 lack of tort reform as a reason for high insurance costs.

 So how much does liability insurance / damage claims add to the cost of
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Re: [CGUYS] Apple Co(r)p...

2010-03-01 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
I'm just waiting for the biggest source of pron to be eliminated on the
iPhone- The Safari Browser.

On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 8:16 AM, phartz...@gmail.com phartz...@gmail.comwrote:

 On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 1:14 AM, b_s-wilk b1sun...@yahoo.es wrote:

  What Apple is doing with the iTunes App Store is selling what they want
 in
  their own store. If you want something else, go to Cydia.

   Yes, Apple does not want to be associated with the dissemination of
 products that they construe to be potentially associated with
 pornography under the laws of the United States.  That is a legal
 and/or moral position that they have taken.  Apple does not want such
 products to be able to operate on their devices that employ their
 operating system, thus they have decided to ban such applications from
 their store.  Apple is making some mistakes in how they are
 implementing this ban, in some cases allowing major players to slide
 by while banning the minors even though their content may be far less
 objectionable.

  In this arena, Apple appears to have fallen into step with the
 uber-conservative mindset, and many feel that such a stance runs
 counter to the concept that Apple has traditionally adhered to, that
 being something for the rest of us.  Maybe there is no rest of us
 anymore, or at least not in a form that dares to be in the public eye.
  Seen any big war protests lately?  Maybe 9/11 has changed us more
 than we have fully realized.  Maybe McCarthyism is making a comeback
 as many are saying, and you are either with us or against us as a
 recent President intoned as an implied warning.

  With technology being what it is today, a lot of folks are claiming
 that Apple could have taken a different approach to this issue of
 applications.  Perhaps so, but Apple decided to go with the blunt
 force method which usually works pretty damn well, objectionable as it
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Re: [CGUYS] Time for a Nation Defense Internet Infrastructure Project?

2010-02-26 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 11:54 PM, b_s-wilk b1sun...@yahoo.es wrote:



 Who would attack and how? What software and hardware would be shut down by
 a cyber attack anyway?


 There have been reports of exploits in the power grid.  I happen to be very
fond of electricity,

The phone system has been vulnerable to attacks in the distant past.  I hope
air traffic control is off the net.

The film _Live Free and Die Hard_ had the terrorists messing with internet
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Re: [CGUYS] Are USB Drives Dangerous?

2010-02-24 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 10:43 AM, John DeCarlo johndeca...@gmail.comwrote:

 On Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 10:21 AM, tjp t...@tjpa.com wrote:

 
 
 http://gcn.com/blogs/quick-study/2010/02/to-usb-or-not-to-usb.aspx?s=gcndaily_230210
 
  Those little USB thumb drives are very helpful little critters for
  transporting data easily between one computer and another, you have to
  admit. However, they are also very useful for introducing malware into a
  system. That was that the reason the Pentagon banned their use in
 November
  2008, declaring that “Memory sticks, thumb drives and camera flash memory
  cards have given the adversary the capability to exploit our poor
 personal
  practices and have provided an avenue of attack ... malicious software
  (malware) programmed to embed itself in memory devices has entered our
  systems.
 
  Why don't they simply ban Windows?
 

 I could easily put together a USB drive, especially a U3-type that presents
 as a CD drive, with stuff for Mac OS, Windows, Linux, and others.

 All you need is a curious but clueless user to mess up any of those
 Operating Systems.

 Plenty of stories out there about people losing a handful of USB drives,
 and finding 80+% of them were inserted in people's computers and clicked
 on,
 compromising the computers.

 People who wouldn't click on a dangerous web site are likely to think that
 the USB they found or borrowed must have something interesting on it.

 Just more user education, really.

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Re: [CGUYS] Creepy or what?

2010-02-23 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 12:03 AM, Tony B ton...@gmail.com wrote:

 ...leading to the question: How stupid would a lot of high school students
 have to be to *not *cover the camera with a piece of tape?

 They threatened expulsion if you disabled the camera. It looks like it was
a third party app with some other problems as well.

From Techdirt-
Apparently, in various forums, blog posts and videos, one of the school's
techies talked about the technology they were using and how to set it up so
that the user would not realize they were being spied on. He also discussed
how to prevent a laptop using this software from being jailbroken, so
users couldn't discover that their computers were being used in this manner.
Other forum posts from students at the school show that they were told they
could not use other computers, could not disable the cameras and could not
jailbreak their laptops on the risk of expulsion.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100222/1118438253.shtml
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Re: [CGUYS] Creepy or what?

2010-02-21 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 1:18 AM, phartz...@gmail.com phartz...@gmail.comwrote:

 On Sat, Feb 20, 2010 at 9:21 PM, John Duncan Yoyo
 johnduncany...@gmail.com wrote:

  What it isn't correct that the district was CLAIMING that it was using
 the
  camera for?  I think not.

   Well, yeah, the school said that the only intended purpose for any
 remote viewing was to help them retrieve stolen or lost laptops, but
 that was not what they were doing.

 Yep, but I thought I'd give them the benefit of the doubt.  Besides it is
hard to believe that is what they were doing.

The video of the teacher using the camera in another school to monitor
students from the techdirt link is more what I think is going on.

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Re: [CGUYS] Creepy or what?

2010-02-21 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 10:33 AM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 To be blunt it doesn't matter what you think is going on, it matters what
 happened.  And that was spying on minors in their own homes.


It was bloody stupid to do and they should feel the full force of the law
but the intent could have seemed justifiable if they were sold on this
system even if the result isn't.  It may be systemic if the video at 
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/learning/schools/how-google-saved-a-school.html
was used as a model by other schools.


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[CGUYS] Anybody else find all tom's post in gMail spam?

2010-02-21 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
I just found the last couple of days worth of Tom's posts in the gMail Spam
folder.  Both the tjpa and the t.piowar email addresses were there.

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Re: [CGUYS] Anybody else find all tom's post in gMail spam?

2010-02-21 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
Not intentionally.  I was wondering if it was seeding off of someone else's
Spam marking.

On Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 10:44 PM, Tony B ton...@gmail.com wrote:

 No. Are you sure you didn't mark one as spam at some point?


 On Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 4:22 PM, John Duncan Yoyo
 johnduncany...@gmail.comwrote:

  I just found the last couple of days worth of Tom's posts in the gMail
 Spam
  folder.  Both the tjpa and the t.piowar email addresses were there.
 


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Re: [CGUYS] Creepy or what?

2010-02-20 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 12:46 PM, Stewart Marshall 
revsamarsh...@earthlink.net wrote:

 It is the newest and neatest thing for manufacturers to build them in.
  Most often than not nowadays you will find them standard fare on laptops.

 We got two netbooks and one laptop in the last year and all of them had
 built in webcams.

 I think all the apples with screens have cameras built in -even the apple
monitors.  The iMac I'm using now does and it is going on three years old.
 Apple offers the ability to take a picture remotely if your laptop is
stolen to make it easier to recover which I think is what the district was
claiming it was doing.  There is also the ability to track IP adresses.


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Re: [CGUYS] Creepy or what?

2010-02-20 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sat, Feb 20, 2010 at 6:00 PM, phartz...@gmail.com phartz...@gmail.comwrote:

 On Sat, Feb 20, 2010 at 10:33 AM, John Duncan Yoyo
 johnduncany...@gmail.com wrote:

   Apple offers the ability to take a picture remotely if your laptop is
  stolen to make it easier to recover which I think is what the district
 was
  claiming it was doing.

  Not correct.  That school had never used the cameras in the laptops
 that had been distributed to the students in any attempt to recover a
 stolen or misplaced computer.  They were using it to 'spy' on at least
 one student, and perhaps upon many more.  The laptop involved in this
 incident had not been reported as having been stolen.


What it isn't correct that the district was CLAIMING that it was using the
camera for?  I think not.

From Techdirt  The district is now claiming that, yes, it had the ability
to do so, and in fact did so 42
timeshttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/19/AR2010021902004_pf.html(though,
it never told students or parents it could do this). However, the
district claims that it *only* did so to try to track down lost or stolen
laptops. That doesn't explain how this resulted in a student being
reprimanded for improper behavior in his home though.
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100219/1418438242.shtml


There was another example of this system being used on film.  Again from
TechDirt follow the link
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100218/1056378228.shtml to see the
youtube video of this This may be more common than I thought. Julian
Sanchez http://twitter.com/normative/statuses/9295840723f points us
to a recent
PBS Frontline 
episodehttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/learning/schools/how-google-saved-a-school.htmlabout
technology in schools that shows a school official proudly showing off
the ability to spy on kids this way (well, using remote desktop emulation,
rather than turning on webcams, but many of the kids seem to use webcams a
lot).
 http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100218/1056378228.shtml




  The student who is known to have been spied upon was hauled into the
 principal's office and was to be disciplined by the school for
 'inappropriate behavior' even though the alleged behavior took place
 in the boy's home, not in the school.  The school had taken at least
 one photo, by remote control, of the student, who is about 15, and the
 charge against him was illegal drug use and suspicion of intent to
 sell and distribute drugs.  The drug involved?  As it turns out, it
 was candy that the student was eating.

  Had the school not blown its cover by informing the student that
 they had taken a photo of him by way of his laptop, it is likely that
 this spying would still be continuing.

Yep,  About the only out on this for the district is if the kid didn't bring
his laptop with him for a few days or have claimed that it was lost.


  The FBI is now investigating.

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Re: [CGUYS] win7 to phone home - comments?

2010-02-20 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 2:47 PM, tjpa t...@tjpa.com wrote:

 On Feb 11, 2010, at 2:06 PM, Andy Gallant wrote:

 perpetual anti-piracy surveillance regime embedded within already
 purchased consumer equipment -- is entirely unacceptable.


 And don't omit mention of...
 Security patch results in BSOD, stops Windows from booting

 http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2010/02/security-patch-results-in-bsod-stops-windows-from-booting.ars




 Word is that this patch may have unmasked a rootkit that casued the BSOD.
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Re: [CGUYS] Creepy or what?

2010-02-18 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 8:53 PM, phartz...@gmail.com phartz...@gmail.comwrote:

 Parents: school used webcam to spy on our kid at home

 By Jacqui Cheng | Last updated February 18, 2010 12:23 PM


 School-issued laptops are becoming more and more common these days,
 but thanks to the action of one high school, students and parents
 might have second thoughts about bringing them home. The parents of a
 Pennsylvania high school student, Blake J. Robbins, have filed a
 lawsuit against his school district after discovering that school
 officials had allegedly been remotely accessing the laptop in order to
 take webcam photos of the students at home. There are a number of
 unanswered questions about this story, but if true, it could mean
 serious penalties for the Lower Merion School District.

 http://tinyurl.com/yfb4ujl



As a graduate of nearby High School who used to play LM I laugh.

Boy the prosecution of this could lead to no end of hurt.  If the school
district caused the taking of naked pictures of underage children wouldn't
they be guilty of child pornography?  If these pictures were moved between
servers of the school it could be construed as the distribution of child
pornography.

I expect that lots of the kids or their parents will be covering their
cameras with a post it note.


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Re: [CGUYS] Cell phone radiated power

2010-02-18 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
There was a lengthy (for Popular Science) article on this this month.

On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 12:02 AM, phartz...@gmail.com
phartz...@gmail.comwrote:

 On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 11:21 PM, t.piwowar t...@tjpa.com wrote:

  Oh no! Here we go again.

   Microwave RF can most certainly damage human cells.  If you can
 defeat the safety switch, stick your hand into a microwave oven and
 turn it on if you think this is but an urban myth.

  Of course, cell phones produce such RF at far lower power, but the
 FCC decided to limit the amount of RF absorption levels in the
 interest of public safety.  Would cell phone providers like to be able
 to radiate at higher power levels?  Probably so, because they could
 then get by with fewer cell tower sites if for no other reason.
 However, the FCC, in conjunction with the FDA, determined what was
 perceived to be a safe level and mandated that it not be exceeded by
 cell phone handsets.

  No one here on this list has said, to the best of my knowledge, that
 cell phone use has been proven to cause any health problems other than
 by killing and injuring folks when they crash their cars while using
 one or hurt themselves by falling over or running into things as they
 walk about talking or playing games on them.  There is more than
 enough danger right there.

  The facts of the matter are as originally stated.  Make you own
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Re: [CGUYS] Cell phone nos.

2010-02-17 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 2:44 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 Did you ask them?

 On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 12:23 PM, One Man one911...@yahoo.com wrote:

  Having sent my motorola razor through the wash and dry, I can't get it to
  work.  Now att wants to replace my cell no. as well as the phone.  what
  gives?
 
 

Put the phone in a bag of crystal style kitty litter and ignore it for a
week or so.

As for the number tell them no thank you, Verizon would let me keep the old
one and see what they say.
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Re: [CGUYS] Science Friday: Facial Recognition

2010-02-16 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 6:42 AM, Chris Dunford seed...@gmail.com wrote:

 Picasa is very good, but I still get plenty of false hits--maybe 1 or 2%.
 That doesn't sound like much, but if a cop cam identifies one or two out of
 every 100 people on the street as criminal, the
 watchers are going to be very, very busy, and the population is going to be
 very, very annoyed...

 It varies widly.  It tries very hard to match a tag to every face even if
it doesn't have a match.  It still mixes up the girls in my daughters soccer
team.  Some of them just puzzle me.  The redhead gets mixed up with my brown
haired daughter and they don't look all that much alike.

If it were better at grouping the misses I'd like it better.  All the random
faces in the background of  pictures can cause real headaches.

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Re: [CGUYS] Intuit's amazing sidestep

2010-02-15 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
What OS are you running it on?

On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 6:38 PM, Judy Cosler jfcos...@gmail.com wrote:

 WTH is an engine log?

 On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 5:05 PM, Q. Fisher quentin.fis...@verizon.net
 wrote:

  After jumping through all of Intuit's hoops, thought I could get my taxes
  done today while the snow melts (ha!). After a few hours of data entry
 the
  program crashes with an error 25300 that includes a link to Intuit for
 the
  solution! So they must know about it.
 
  I also found on several ocassions inormation entered into a wprkpage did
  not get sent onto the form it was to support, and the numbers had to be
  entered in over-ride mode.
 
  I've not found Turbotax to be buggy in years past, but this year is
 making
  up for it!
 
  Here's what Intuit's support page says:
 
 
 
  Error 25300 When Using TurboTax
  Updated: 1/13/2010
  Article ID: 7760
  It has been reported that Error 25300 occurs when using TurboTax, most
  commonly when switching from forms mode to interview mode and when trying
 to
  open a tax file that has already been saved.
  We are aware of this issue and are currently investigating it. In order
 for
  us to pinpoint the root cause of the situation, we would like to review
  engine logs from affected users.
 
 
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Re: [CGUYS] Science Friday: Facial Recognition

2010-02-15 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM, Snyder, Mark - IdM (IS) 
mark.sny...@ngc.com wrote:

 Depends on what database is used to check the face; if FaceBook, I can
 see an iPhone app for that.

 Thank you,
 Mark Snyder

 -Original Message-
 On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 11:56 AM, tjpa t...@tjpa.com wrote:

  Science Friday recently had an interesting segment on facial
 recognition.
 snip And eventually being able to use it to get an instant
  ID for anybody you meet on the street.

  I think that last one is pretty much out of the question for
 normal folks.  Law enforcement and homeland security interests will
 see to that.

 Given Google Picassa's  facial recognition which works ok and facebook tags
there is a decent chance that a face can be recognized.

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Re: [CGUYS] Google: evil, indifferent or disorganized?

2010-02-07 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
This week google shipped multi-touch for 2.1.1 OS which is on the Nexxus 1.

On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 7:56 PM, John Duncan Yoyo
johnduncany...@gmail.comwrote:



 On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 10:39 PM, t.piwowar t...@tjpa.com wrote:

 On Feb 5, 2010, at 3:05 PM, David K Watson wrote:

 Also, because of the many Android OS versions and hardware
 models, there is no guarantee that any particular Android app will work
 on
 any given Android phone.  People like choice, sure, but they also need a
 degree of certainty to base their choices on.


 You must consider that Google is new to consumer hardware and Apple has
 had decades of experience in this arena. Google is going to have to learn
 many important lessons via the school of hard knocks.

 The story I heard on one of the Twit shows this was Apple asked Google not
 to enable multi-touch on the Droid.  Apple believed it's patent was weak on
 multitouch and they did't believe it would survive a challenge.  That
 doesn't make tons of sense but but lots of patent law applied to software
 doesn't.  In addition there are multi touch capabilities in the Android OS-
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Re: [CGUYS] Google: evil, indifferent or disorganized?

2010-02-07 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 11:46 AM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 This could be google's big weakness...a fragmented os distribution.  We are
 going to have phones floating around with 1.5, 1.62.0 etc.  Some with
 multitouch, some not...although all of them are capable.  I know sprint is
 going to offer the 2.1 update when it's cooked, but will verizon?  Who
 knows.

 I've got an upgrade due me from VZ and I am just waiting to see if the
Droid keeps current.  I think that this has been a problem with Windows
Mobile all along with so many different configs out there.

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Re: [CGUYS] Digital humanity (was: apple-stanza-usb)

2010-02-06 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 9:56 PM, Eric S. Sande esa...@verizon.net wrote:

 Actually the Russian space agency provides this service at lower cost  and
 greater accuracy (because it has not been deliberately dumbed
 down by the generals).


 Don't get too confused on this.  GPS is a strategic necessity.  Or
 something like it is.  The US doesn't depend on the Russians for strategic
 necessities.


The Clinton ordered US Military stopped fuzzing the numbers on the civilian
system in 2000 when GPS became an economic engine.  There is nothing to stop
them from doing so again except a ton vital civilian uses like airplane
navigation.

The Russians could also mess with the satellite signals if they had a
reason.


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Re: [CGUYS] Google: evil, indifferent or disorganized?

2010-02-06 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 10:39 PM, t.piwowar t...@tjpa.com wrote:

 On Feb 5, 2010, at 3:05 PM, David K Watson wrote:

 Also, because of the many Android OS versions and hardware
 models, there is no guarantee that any particular Android app will work on
 any given Android phone.  People like choice, sure, but they also need a
 degree of certainty to base their choices on.


 You must consider that Google is new to consumer hardware and Apple has had
 decades of experience in this arena. Google is going to have to learn many
 important lessons via the school of hard knocks.

 The story I heard on one of the Twit shows this was Apple asked Google not
to enable multi-touch on the Droid.  Apple believed it's patent was weak on
multitouch and they did't believe it would survive a challenge.  That
doesn't make tons of sense but but lots of patent law applied to software
doesn't.  In addition there are multi touch capabilities in the Android OS-
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Re: [CGUYS] COMPUTERGUYS-L Digest - 3 Feb 2010 to 4 Feb 2010 - Special issue (#2010-82)

2010-02-05 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 1:45 PM, Snyder, Mark - IdM (IS) mark.sny...@ngc.com
 wrote:

 Thanks, David!  I will check it out.

 Thank you,
 Mark Snyder
 -Original Message-
 Page with links to the Real Audio or Windows Media Player
 formats for that show:
 http://wamu.org/programs/dr/10/02/03.php?utm_source=feedburnerutm_medi
 um=twitterutm_campaign=Feed%3A+WAMU885DianeRehm+(WAMU%3A+The+Diane+Rehmhttp://wamu.org/programs/dr/10/02/03.php?utm_source=feedburnerutm_medi%0Aum=twitterutm_campaign=Feed%3A+WAMU885DianeRehm+%28WAMU%3A+The+Diane+Rehm
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Re: [CGUYS] COMPUTERGUYS-L Digest - 3 Feb 2010 to 4 Feb 2010 - Special issue (#2010-82)

2010-02-05 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
Make sure you have the most current real player.  There apparently was a
real nasty exploit in the wild.

On Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 1:45 PM, Snyder, Mark - IdM (IS) mark.sny...@ngc.com
 wrote:

 Thanks, David!  I will check it out.

 Thank you,
 Mark Snyder
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 Page with links to the Real Audio or Windows Media Player
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Re: [CGUYS] iPad dock connector for tethering

2010-01-31 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 3:05 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 If the ipad has wifi, you can connect it that way to any service I would
 expect.  Thus you could get a sprint or verizon mifi and use it like that.
  I know there are programs for windows and android that let you turn your
 mobile phone into a wifi router and this would work too.

 All iPads are supposed to have WIFI.

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Re: [CGUYS] Even Peewee has an Ipad

2010-01-31 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 7:53 PM, Rev. Stewart Marshall 
revsamarsh...@earthlink.net wrote:

 Check this link out.

 PeeWee Herman has an Ipad.


 http://www.switched.com/2010/01/29/pee-wee-loves-the-ipad-chairry-stays-mum/?icid=main|main|dl7|link6|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.switched.com%2F2010%2F01%2F29%2Fpee-wee-loves-the-ipad-chairry-stays-mum%2Fhttp://www.switched.com/2010/01/29/pee-wee-loves-the-ipad-chairry-stays-mum/?icid=main%7Cmain%7Cdl7%7Clink6%7Chttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.switched.com%2F2010%2F01%2F29%2Fpee-wee-loves-the-ipad-chairry-stays-mum%2F


I wonder how and why he had the set handy.  Could this be a hint that Pee
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Re: [CGUYS] Bill Gates saves the world...well some of it

2010-01-31 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 11:29 AM, Schmidt, Paul paul.schm...@ssa.govwrote:

 Not on this scale, but the Newman Foundation seems to do pretty good
 too.


 FYI You got sent to spam in my gmail with a big red warning that you may
not be who you claim to be.

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Re: [CGUYS] safari and new windows vs tabs

2010-01-30 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 2:56 AM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 I don't feel bad because I have that setting checked and it still opens new
 windows.

 http://twitter.com/#search?q=%22Apple%20iPad%22%20OR%20%23Ipad


Yep it does the same for me on the PC.


 If you take safari there, and click on a picture link in one of the tweets,
 does it open a new window or a new tab?  On mine it's a new
 window...despite
 prefs saying otherwise.  FF, IE, Opera..Chrome..all open new tabs.


If you read the help file for preferences it seems to imply that it will
only open in a tab if the link doesn't specify a new window.  I'm guessing
it is a bug in the software.
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Re: [CGUYS] Kindle

2010-01-30 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM, Marcio m...@ix.netcom.com wrote:

 Which one is better, the Kindle or the Kindle DX ?


That is a matter of taste question.  DX is bigger and has the ability to
import pdfs but that may have changed in the latest Kindle software.  This
is the best comparison I found.

 http://ireaderreview.com/2009/05/05/kindle-dx-vs-kindle-2/

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Re: [CGUYS] safari and new windows vs tabs

2010-01-30 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
FWIW Safari does the same things on a Snow Leopard Mac.

On Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 12:11 PM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 So off to chrome or FF I suppose.

 On Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 7:56 AM, John Duncan Yoyo
 johnduncany...@gmail.comwrote:

  On Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 2:56 AM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:
 
   I don't feel bad because I have that setting checked and it still opens
  new
   windows.
  
   http://twitter.com/#search?q=%22Apple%20iPad%22%20OR%20%23Ipad
  
 
  Yep it does the same for me on the PC.
 
  
   If you take safari there, and click on a picture link in one of the
  tweets,
   does it open a new window or a new tab?  On mine it's a new
   window...despite
   prefs saying otherwise.  FF, IE, Opera..Chrome..all open new tabs.
  
 
  If you read the help file for preferences it seems to imply that it will
  only open in a tab if the link doesn't specify a new window.  I'm
 guessing
  it is a bug in the software.
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Re: [CGUYS] You Saw the Demo? Are you impressed?

2010-01-29 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 10:50 AM, Chris Dunford seed...@gmail.com wrote:

  Too bad so far it is only a really big iPod Touch which is OK but it
 ain't a
  game changer.  The bookreader is a color Kindle with higher prices


BTW I meant Higher book prices.  I think as soon as the Kindle app hits the
iPad Apple will need to come down but apparently the publishers get to set
the pricing.  I wonder if the music industry has talked to apple yet.


 And without digital ink.

 Everything I have heard about color e-Ink is that is really slow.  If you
want color you don't want e-ink, yet.

 I like the idea of a black and white e-ink screen and a touch screen on the
same device but it has to be done right.  I want to handle one with the form
factor of two facing pages in a book like shape.  I've only seen a kindle up
close once and had a quick look at the NookEBook at a Barnes and Noble.  The
nook looked too small.

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Re: [CGUYS] You Saw the Demo? Are you impressed?

2010-01-29 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 9:25 AM, tjpa t...@tjpa.com wrote:

 On Jan 29, 2010, at 12:29 AM, b_s-wilk wrote:

 Dock isn't portable. Needs to be plugged in. What if I want to use a flash
 drive or SD card? Sleek and stylish? Not with a dock and a bunch of cables.


 Mine is a skinny little cable about 2 feet long. How is that not portable?
 And if both the computer and iPad has bluetooth do I really want a cable?

 Maybe SD is a thing of the past. New cameras are starting to incorporate
 bluetooth for data transfer.

 This is similar to the hyperventilating I saw when Apple switched from
 5-1/4 to 3-1/2 inch disk drives or when they dropped floppy disks entirely.

 You can get an SD card with built in WI-FI as well.
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Re: [CGUYS] You Saw the Demo? Are you impressed?

2010-01-29 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 10:44 AM, tjpa t...@tjpa.com wrote:

 Prediction: Business suits will start to have cargo pants pockets.

 Thomas Pink already sells ties with a Nano pouch.

 Not exactly a business suit but ScottEVest announced that it already has a
bunch of clothes with the appropriate sized pocket for the iPad.  The email
went out just after the launch with a picture of an iPad lined up with a
seriously big inner pocket.  I think that it was there already in my year
old vest.

http://www.scottevest.com/
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2010/01/apple-ipad-accessories.html

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Re: [CGUYS] safari and new windows vs tabs

2010-01-29 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 12:07 AM, mike xha...@gmail.com wrote:

 I downloaded Safari to once again try it out.  One thing is driving me
 absolutely batty...I click on some links and they open in new windows
 instead of just opening in the current window or at the least a new tab.  I
 have checked the prefs and I can't find anything that seems to kill this
 from happening.  IE, Firefox and Chrome all handle these links by opening
 new tabs.  Am I missing a setting or is this just how Safari launches these
 links?

 As an example, this happens on any picture linked on twitter.


 click on gear in upper right cornerPreferencesGeneral(at the bottom of
the page is the option to  Open links in Select  a new tab.

It took me twice through the preferences to find it and I knew it was there
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Re: [CGUYS] You Saw the Demo? Are you impressed?

2010-01-28 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 7:25 PM, Stewart Marshall 
revsamarsh...@earthlink.net wrote:

 To do that they would have to develop an app for that.

 Many doctors offices I have been in already use MS tablets with the
 software etc. to do all this.

 Quite nice little things, costlier than the Ipad.  But they have developed
 a networkable database type software for it.

 I have not seen enough of the Ipad to see how this would work in that case.

 Most of the stuff I have heard this afternoon place it somewhere on a hyper
 kindle that will have new stiff developed for it.



I think the high resolution is the selling point for doctors.  Being able to
read X-Rays and other imageing on it is the killer ap in a doctors office.


Too bad so far it is only a really big iPod Touch which is OK but it ain't a
game changer.  The bookreader is a color Kindle with higher prices

The name iPad was used in a MAD TV parody ad for a feminie hygene product.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35109625/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/

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Re: [CGUYS] Ban mobile computing

2010-01-27 Thread John Duncan Yoyo
On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 11:27 AM, George Carr
geo...@georgecarrstudio.comwrote:

 Technology helped to create this problem but technology eventually will
 provide solutions such as safer cars, reliable crash-avoidance systems, and
 even vehicles that drive themselves. Meanwhile people need to focus on
 their
 driving. Did I read somewhere about a car-based system that would disable
 cell phones when the car is moving?

 I would suspect that the FCC would call that illegal interference.

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