Monday, December 27, 2010

iPads could replace paper for Florida. city meetings

The Associated Press

Some city commissioners in central Florida want to replace the stacks of paper they get before meetings with something more state-of-the-art - the iPad.

Ormond Beach's city commissioners say their plan to have the city buy the mayor and four commissioners iPads will save taxpayers money.

Every two weeks, city leaders get stacks of documents before meetings at city hall. Officials say the paper alone costs $1,100 a year.

The five iPads could cost around $3,250.

It's not the first Florida city to phase out paper. Palm Coast city leaders replaced printed documents with iPads earlier this year.




iPads could replace paper for Fla. city meetings

Friday, December 24, 2010

Windows Washer

Many people do not realize that everything you do on your computer can be traced -- documents you’ve used, pictures you’ve viewed, web sites you’ve visited, and more. Not only is this an invasion of privacy, but these unnecessary files eat up valuable hard drive space and hog computer resources.

You can take back your privacy and
improve your system’s performance by regular cleaning of your browser’s cache, cookies, history, recent documents list, and more with Webroot Window Washer. Window Washer runs in the background whenever you schedule it for timely and convenient cleaning.

Browser Activity Eraser

Window Washer is internet privacy software that cleans all aspects of your browser activity, including Internet history, address bar, cache, cookies, and more. Firefox users now enjoy the same online privacy protection that users of Internet Explorer, AOL and Netscape already enjoy.

Permanent Bleaching

Bleach, an encryption feature, completely overwrites files with random characters to make them unrecoverable. It enables up to 100 file delete overwrite operations for more secure data deletion of "super sensitive" data. This feature is so powerful it exceeds the tough standards of the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency.

Free Space Cleaner

Free space on your computer contains portions of old and previously deleted files and documents. Our computer privacy software now cleans this area, making the files you deleted earlier permanently unrecoverable.

One-click Shredder

Window Washer lets you simply and conveniently shred a folder and all of its contents, or just a single file, in one step. Just a simple right-click will permanently overwrite these files, making them unrecoverable.

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Win7codecs

Win7codecs

is an audio and video codec package for Windows 7. The installer will automatically remove most other popular codec releases from your computer before installing this concise yet comprehensive package. You won't need to make any adjustments or tweaks to enjoy your media content immediately. Windows Media Player and Media Center will instantly recognize all your files as playable.

It does not contain a media player and it does not associate file-types. With this package installed you will be able to use any media player, limited only by the players' capabilities, to play all movies and video clips. Streaming video is supported in several formats in all popular web browsers. Users of the Win7codecs have the ability to choose what is installed and where to install it using the public redistributable. After installation you can select to remove specific portions without removing the entire package.

When dealing with codecs, more does not equal better. Having the least amount on your system is the best configuration. This is exactly what these packages will do for you. You will no longer be restricted to using a specific player. Windows Media Player and Media Center will be able to play all your files.

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SpywareBlaster

SpywareBlaster

SpywareBlaster doesn't scan for and clean spyware--it prevents it from being installed in the first place. SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, dialers, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs. It can also block spyware/tracking cookies in IE, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, and many other browsers, and restrict the actions of spyware/ad/tracking sites. With the built-in Check for Updates feature, you can help ensure your protection is up-to-date. SpywareBlaster also includes a System Snapshot feature, which lets you take a snapshot of your computer in its clean state and later revert, undoing many changes made by spyware and browser hijackers.

What's new in this version:

Version 4.4 includes improved browser detection, tweaks to Windows XP/Vista/7 support, and numerous additional bug fixes & optimizations

Why SpywareBlaster? Spyware, adware, browser hijackers, and dialers are some of the most annoying and pervasive threats on the Internet today. By simply browsing a web page, you could find your computer to be the brand-new host of one of these unwanted fiends!

The most important step you can take is to secure your system.
And SpywareBlaster is the most powerful protection program available.


Multi-Angle Protection
  • Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware and other potentially unwanted programs.
  • Block spying / tracking via cookies.
  • Restrict the actions of potentially unwanted or dangerous web sites.
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware


Have you ever considered what makes an anti-malware application effective? We at Malwarebytes have created an easy-to-use, simple, and effective anti-malware application. Whether you know it or not your computer is always at risk of becoming infected with viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, and malware that are constantly evolving and becoming harder to detect and remove. Only the most sophisticated anti-malware techniques can detect and remove these malicious programs from your computer.
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is considered to be the next step in the detection and removal of malware. In our product we have compiled a number of new technologies that are designed to quickly detect, destroy, and prevent malware. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they even start. The realtime protection module uses our advanced heuristic scanning technology which monitors your system to keep it safe and secure. In addition, we have implemented a threats center which will allow you to keep up to date with the latest malware threats.
Activating the full version unlocks realtime protection, scheduled scanning, and scheduled updating. For consumers and personal use, it is a one time fee of $24.95. For corporate and business customers, annual licenses are required, please see our Corporate Licensing program.

Key Features


  • Support for Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and 7 (32-bit and 64-bit).
  • Light speed quick scanning.
  • Ability to perform full scans for all drives.
  • Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware protection module. (requires registration)
  • Database updates released daily.
  • Quarantine to hold threats and restore them at your convenience.
  • Ignore list for both the scanner and Protection Module.
  • Settings to enhance your Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware performance.
  • A small list of extra utilities to help remove malware manually.
  • Multi-lingual support.
  • Works together with other anti-malware utilities.
  • Command line support for quick scanning.
  • Context menu integration to scan files on demand.
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Rising PC Doctor

A double border lineRising PC Doctor, professional and smart security tool to computer users.
With its seven key functions of automatic malware analysis, immunization of USB storage devices, ability to repair Microsoft Internet Explorer & Windows, Trojan Behavior Detector & Blocker, protection against malicious websites, Internet Explorer protection and Trojan Download blocker, Rising PC Doctor will greatly enhance your protection against malware and cyberthreats.
Trojan Behavior Detector & Blocker
Rising PC Doctor can detect the majority of Trojans and a even great number of other malware upon startup before they can execute their malicious function. This function will significantly increase your protection from cyber threats.
Trojan Download Blocker
After successful infection, many viruses automatically start to download large numbers of Trojans and other malware. The Trojan blocking technology of Rising PC Doctor ensures that even an infected computer will not download any other viruses and stop the spreading of whole families of Trojans.
Automatic Malware Analysis
AT boot, Rising PC Doctor can automatically scan for potentially unknown malware. When permitted by the user, possible malware is automatically transferred to Rising’s Automated Malware Analyzer (RsAMA) for detailed analysis. The user is informed about the result of the analysis and can quickly react to new threats for which conventional protection is not yet available. Analysis metadata collected by the community of Rising users (Rising Cloud Security) will be stored in the Rising Security Database (RsSD), providing up-to-date information about cyber security.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Aweber

What is Great about Aweber

Aweber is the Autoresponder service that is used to deliver emails and newsletters for social networking.


The most important thing I like about Aweber is that they have three distinctly different features: 1) a newsletter service, 2) auto-responder service, which is crucial for various reasons, and 3) Ability to send RSS feeds via email.

Autoresponders are an automated way to send a message or series of messages to someone who requests it. As an example, imagine that you create a 5 part course on dog training that promotes your own dog training eBook. By using an autoresponder you can automatically send out your 5 part course (at an interval you specify) to anyone who requests it – automatically (that means you don’t have to add their e-mail address to a list manually or cue the distribution of the course). Aweber will track when messages are sent, and ensure that the next installment of your course is delivered on the schedule you defined.

Autoresponders are used by many online companies to promote and pre-sell products to people who are interested. It is a fact that most people wont buy something the first time they visit your site, so using an autoresponder like Aweber, you can ensure that site is promoted several times, thus helping to get the sale.
Aweber can also be used to send out a newsletter to your mailing list. In fact it has a lot of features which make Aweber the number one choice of marketing professionals like click tracking.

With Aweber it is so easy to create an opt-in form: choose a template, edit, save and it is ready to go. You just copy and paste a code of a form you created in a place you like. Your website, blog or a lead capture page are all a good places for such form. Every time somebody fills an opt-in form they directed to a website of your choice and follow-up messages automatically sent to your subscribers no matter what time of a day it is.

Aweber like many other autoresponders is a great tool to use when you are working on building a successful blogging business.

Etsy


Do you make jewelry, are you an artist, do you dabble in fine art? If so you should come and check out Etsy. Now you are asking yourself what is Etsy, correct?
Etsy is an ecommerce website focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies. These items cover a wide range including art, photography, clothing, jewelry, edibles, bath & beauty products, quilts, knick-knacks and toys. Many individuals also sell craft supplies like beads, wire, jewelry making tools and much more. The vintage items on the site have only one rule to follow: they must be 20 years or older. These items range from old boots and ice skates, to dresses, hats and scarves. The site follows in the tradition of open craft fairs, giving sellers personal storefronts where they list their goods for a fee of $0.20.It has been compared to "a crafty cross between Amazon and eBay".

Some call it an Ebay for artisans but in reality Etsyis not Ebay, though there are some similarities. A place for artisans of all types, Etsy gives everyone the power to open their own online store and sell their wares to the general public.

There are some running themes in the fashion trends for this spring: unique, retro-inspired, and one-of-a-kind. Online marketplace Etsy.com is the perfect destination for shoppers looking for pieces that inject some originality into their wardrobe or home decor. With its motto of "Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade" the Etsy website is dedicated to connecting artists and designers who create fabulous things with the people who want to buy them.

According to the company’s website, Etsy’s vision is to “build a new economy and present a better choice: Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade.” While that goal isn’t realistic for everyone, it certainly appeals to many. The Etsy website is more than a website – it’s a community of people passionate about handcrafted items. The website is fun for shoppers to use, offering a multitude of unique ways to search for items to purchase. Conversely, the website is also easy for sellers to use and appealing to the lone artist with limited funds, yet awesome talent. Sellers without any other online store can create an Etsy storefront. The process is fairly straightforward, and the high rank of the Etsy website affords sellers tremendous exposure that may be otherwise unattainable on a limited marketing budget.

What is a zibbet?

What is a zibbet?

Zibbet.com is a new online art gallery and marketplace which just launched this February. If the name “Zibbet” strikes you as slightly strange, think of the word “exhibit” instead and it’ll suddenly make a lot more sense.

As stated on their about page, one of Zibbet’s founding principles is “pay nothing until you sell something.” To that end, they’ve created a service which is completely free to sign up for, and won’t cost you anything until you actually make a sale.

There IS a pay-as-you-go option for artists who want more exposure in a special “showroom” on Zibbet.com, but as you’ll see in a minute, it’s not required.

What Made You Decide to Start an Online Handmade Marketplace?

"The initial motivation for starting Zibbet was the fact that both of us (Jonathan & Andrew), had been very interested in going into business together, and we particularly liked the idea of establishing an online business through an e-commerce site.
Having taken the time to research many different markets, we concluded that we would be able to do some really good things for the handmade industry."

How Can Zibbet Benefit an Artist Who Wants to Start Earning a Living With Art?

"An online selling venue is a fantastic place to start out as an artisan looking to earn a living from their creative abilities. At Zibbet we believe that we provide artisans with the very best option of the available selling venues.

Online venues typically have extremely low start up costs and ongoing costs. Online venues are easy places to direct your customers no matter where they might be in the world. Online venues are better than traditional shop-front businesses because they can be open for business 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. People can literally earn money while they are sleeping.

Specifically, Zibbet is the right choice for artisans starting out as it is a very friendly and supportive environment with a tremendous amount of tools immediately available for use. The entry cost can be as low as free, and the quantity of knowledge and help available in our community is quite staggering."

What Should Anyone Who Wants to Sell Art Do?

"Without a doubt you have to be fully convinced in your own heart that what you do has value and to never stop believing that. Too many people waste too much time waiting for someone else to give validation to their passions. This is the surest way to slide back into mediocrity and commonness. To stand out, you must be confident and believe that what you are doing will succeed and that there is not a single obstacle on Earth that can stop you achieving your dreams.
 

Read more at Suite101: Zibbet - Running an Online Art Related Business

CVS Pharmacy has produced a new photo app to go on Facebook

CVS Pharmacy has produced a new photo app to go on Facebook

Customers Can Print Photos Directly From Facebook and Pick Up In About An Hour at CVS/pharmacy

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — CVS/pharmacy, the nation’s leading retail pharmacy, today announced the launch of their new CVS Express Photo App. With this easy-to-use application, Facebook users can order prints from their Facebook albums without leaving the website, with prints ready for pick up in about an hour at their local CVS/pharmacy.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/NE50800LOGO )

Customers can find the application by heading to the CVS/pharmacy Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cvs. To get started, click the “Photo App” tab at the top of the page. Once customers provide permission to allow the application to access their account to retrieve photos, prints can be ordered in four easy steps: choose photos, review cart, select store and then submit to print. Three print sizes are currently available through the application; customers can order 4×6, 5×7 and 8×10 prints.

“Facebook has become a popular and easy way to share photos online with family and friends,” said Grant Pill, Vice President of Merchandising for CVS/pharmacy. ”We introduced the CVS Express Photo App to give people the ability to print photos and share them offline with the same ease by picking them up at any CVS/pharmacy location in as little as an hour.”

The new CVS Express Photo App, which was developed by Marketing Drive, simplifies the process of printing photos from your Facebook albums. The application has been designed to alert users when an image is not high-resolution enough for clear print quality, typically when printed at larger sizes. To ensure high-quality prints, CVS/pharmacy recommends using Facebook’s high-res uploader or reducing the print size. For more information on the application, go to www.facebook.com/cvs. For more information about Marketing Drive, please visit www.marketingdrive.com. For information on other creative photo products from CVS/pharmacy, please visit www.CVSphoto.com.

About CVS/pharmacy

CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation (CVS: 33.93 +0.18 +0.53%), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with more than 7,100 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug stores. CVS/pharmacy is committed to improving the lives of those we serve by making innovative and high-quality health and pharmacy services safe, affordable and easy to access, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available at info.cvscaremark.com.

SOURCE CVS/pharmacy


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New Kid in the neighborhood called Flink12

Watch out Facebook, Flink12 is in town!!!

 
Are you a Facebook user have you heard of Flink12? I use Facebook daily for my staying in touch with friends and to market my businesses. Facebook reaches out across the globe to over 600 million possible clients a day.

Did you know that there is a new kid on the block called Flink 12? Facebook was designed for people to stay in touch with friends and family and sharing what is going on in your family’s life and to stay in touch with family across the seas. But in recent days there has been trouble in the Facebook arena called Privacy issues. We've all read about the various issues with privacy that concern Facebook. The problem lies that your personal information, your list of friends and their information is sent app-makers to send out advertisements and also to gather data on you. The problem may bother the tens of millions of regular players of FarmVille and Mafia Wars, to name two popular games that figure in the problem.

The practice isn't new. Visit a website, ask a question or order a product and you can expect spam and ads that reflect your tastes and interests. With Facebook, there's a degree shift: a website that promises privacy and personal choice isn't following through. App-makers are slipping under this pledge and then sharing the results.

Flink 12 gets around this by setting up small, individual networks of friends and family, with each being self contained. In other words your updates are only ever seen by the people in your own network.
As you'd expect, the service is fully integrated with mobile apps and the whole look and feel is very much Web 2.0.



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Flink uses the phrase "Udderly private" to describe their network, and now would be a good to explain the name. A "Flink" is a collective name for a group of 12 cows, and no, I didn't know that either! So a Flink network will consist of just 12 people.

The service cleverly separates your updates into categories like mood, health, activity and events, so other people in your network can instantly get an update on any of those areas.

We shall see down the road it Flink12 can keep the privacy of its users secure. With today’s tech geeks and super genius computer code writers with too much time on their hands I am sure that there will be some issue down the road. One or several of today’s intelligent computer savvy young adults will come up with a way to break the privacy issue and figure out a way to produce spam and create spyware to market to the friends and families of Flink12 users.We shall see.



But today run over to Flink12 and check out their site.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Spyware, Adware, Malware what do they do


Mention the word Spyware, Adware, or Malware to any computer Geek, or computer technician, or computer user and they will shudder with fear. That's because these programs not only are incredibly stubborn when you're trying to remove them, but they often change administrator or security settings on your computer. These vicious bugs not only get into your computer but they can virtually knock the computer out of commission by changing or removing values in the Windows registry.

Today's spyware is more common than a virus for the average Windows user surfing the internet. Spyware has hundreds of successful ways to disable or infect your computer via all the common exploits or software bugs, like errors within the Windows operating system allowing spyware the use of your CPU cycles, to spam others, and to solicit your desktop to show you pop ups for everything from pornography to other spyware programs that will claim to be able to remove the currently installed spyware or clean a virus from your computer, when in fact it can make it worse by installing more spyware.

It is so important to remove spyware from your computer system, if you don’t remove it as soon as you know it is on the system you may be in for a rude awakening when you start getting all sorts of pop ups from companies trying to sell you garbage. Spyware copies secure data in your computer and sends it off to malicious hackers that sit and wait to sell you something or they sell your information  such as ID theft. This is why it is vital to remove this malicious software from your computer system.

It is so important to back up your computer system. I strongly urge my clients to purchase a usb external drive to back up all their data on. The worst case scenario is that your hard drive needs to be formatted and the operating system will need to be reinstalled along with all the programs and data that used to be on your computer.
But first you may try to remove the spyware from one of many software spyware removers that are on the market. I personally prefer this piece of software called AVG.


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Friday, December 10, 2010

CloneCD


CloneCD 5.3.1.4

From SlySoft

CloneCD is a perfect tool for any one that loves to make backup copies of music and data files. I have used CloneCd many times and it is the perfect tool for anybody. With just a few clicks you can copy almost and cd and with the new version of 5.0 you can even copy DVD’s including movies.



CloneCD also works with other formats such as ISO and UDF files and copies CDs/DVDs with the new SafeDisc 3 Copy Protection System. CloneCD allows you to create perfect 1:1 copies of your valuable original compact discs. Should your copy-protected music CD not play in your car audio, the backup created by CloneCD will.

Slysoft combine knowledge and innovation with many years of experience and direct communication with customers to provide constant improvements, therefore making CloneCD the highest quality copying application around.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

To Do List Manager

Like so many people that blog or have so much on their plate that task are an everyday thing. Task managers are popping up all over. These simple to use tools are a great way not to forget things that need to be done during the day. Some of these software programs are plain and basic while others are more complex and awesome to help with all the task on your plate.

If you use Gmail by Google then here is another tool that Google gave us Gmail users. Given that most of us long ago gave over our lives to e-mail, the new Tasks tool is yet another way to get organized without leaving Gmail. It’s a relatively simple feature, but really useful for those of us already using Gmail’s inbox as an informal to-do list.

The new Task Manager features are currently part of Google Labs, which means you’ll need to turn them on by visiting the Gmail Labs tab. To activate Tasks for your account, just click the little green beaker icon in the upper right corner of the Gmail window. The Tasks section is the top item in Gmail Labs, just check the "enable" box and save your changes. After that, when you refresh Gmail, the new Tasks link will appear under the Contacts link.
The really nice, killer-feature of Tasks is the ability to add e-mail items with a single click. To turn an e-mail into a task, say a meeting you need to attend, just head to the More Actions drop-down menu and choose "Add to Tasks." Or you can also use the new keyboard shortcuts to add items to your to-do list.
Gmail’s task manager allows you to create multiple lists and quickly switch between them, as well as indent items, check them off when you finish something, drag-and-drop to reorder your priorities, and clear completed items.
Here is a great robust tool that
Swift To-Do List is very feature-rich. It is also very flexible and customizable - whatever you need, Swift To-Do List can probably do it. We've also put a lot of effort into making the program really simple, clean, and easy to use.

It is simple yet powerful, and also easy to use. Swift To-Do List has literally hundreds of features but it is not complex! How is that possible? Great design is what makes it the task/notes management software that you would actually want to use.

It is suitable both for personal and business use, and it is being used by thousands of users around the whole world in all imaginable professions. There are also some "hidden" features, like great and fast technical support for free, frequent updates, or unconditional 90-day money back guarantee.

So if you are in the mood for plain and simple to do list tools like what Gmail offers or a more robust To Do List here are a couple of good options to try.

What is Spyware


You hear a lot about spyware these days and unfortunately many of us have dealt with it first hand. I think anyone who has had to deal with spyware knows at least one thing about it; It's annoying. Sometimes it can be even more than just annoying, sometimes spyware can be used to steal your identity.

So many of my customers have spyware on their computer and don’t even know it. Spyware is software that is loaded on the your computer system and you have no knowledge of it. This spyware software is loaded on the computer and collects personal information and other sorts of data about the user(s) of the computer that it is running on.

Spyware is intended to do several things. It can be intended to steal your financial information and steal your identity or it can merely be trying to collect data on you for advertising purposes. While the latter may not be nearly as serious it is and can be very annoying to the computer user.

There are several ways to get spyware on your computer. Some of the more common ways is by visiting websites that are questionable. Another way is from emails that you open, especially from people that you don’t know. One of the best methods of preventing spyware is to be careful of what websites you surf to and what email you open. Never open an email that looks suspicious and has an attachment (even if it's from someone you know.) Sometimes emails are forwarded that have very bad attachments that the person who is sending it to you may not have any clue about. Avoiding certain types of websites will also improve your odds of avoiding spyware.

One good thing, there are several options on the market to remove spyware from your computer system. Adware and Spyware Removal Tool is an excellent piece of software for removal of these annoying spyware data collectors. NoAdware is another great piece of Spyware removal tool.

Take charge of your computer and remove any spyware that is on your computer today. Make sure that your identity is not being stolen as you surf the internet. Spyware can be dangerous so make sure you are spyware clear.