Archives for August 2011

QWERTY Vs. Dvorak Vs. Maltron

With or without knowing it, most of us (native users of the English language, anyway) use a keyboard layout known popularly as QWERTY; if your keyboard’s top row of letters begins with anything but Q, W, E, R, T, and Y, then you probably use …continue reading

LockerGnome Joins Vonage for iPad 2 Giveaway

How would you like a chance to receive an iPad 2 absolutely free? Vonage is teaming up with 75 technology-driven sites, including LockerGnome, to offer opportunities to its readers to receive a 32 GB iPad 2 absolutely free. Why is the company being …continue reading

Targus Versavu Keyboard and Case for iPad 2 Review

It seems that just about every keyboard case for the iPad I’ve seen has suffered from one shortcoming or another. Whether it be clunky keys, ugly case design, short battery life, or any combination thereof, it’s hard to find a keyboard case for the iPad …continue reading

Post Your Resume Online with

If you’re looking for a job, you know how valuable online resume and portfolio social networks and apps like LinkedIn and can be. Traditional resumes take ample time to manage, as they must be carefully revised for each potential employer, as well as formatted …continue reading

Five Power Strip Safety Tips

Do you have a power strip under your desk? Perhaps you have them all around your house, serving a dual purpose of both increasing the number of plugs at a given place and protecting your electronics from sudden surges. Are these power strips …continue reading

How to Use Social Media for Health and Wellness: Find People with Similar Activity Interests

Social media platforms are useful not just for staying in touch with friends and family you already know, but connecting with new people with like-minded interests. By using features of social media networks like Twitter and Facebook, you can find people with similar activity interests …continue reading

How to Set Custom Text / Notification Tones on iOS 5

One of the nicest “hidden” features in iOS 5 is the ability to set custom tones for text messages, finally. If you are tired of hearing the tri-tone and tired of thinking it’s your iPhone going off when it could just as easily …continue reading

How I Plan on Securing Another HP TouchPad

Last night I showed off my HP TouchPad to a friend of ours who has been considering buying a tablet. She has also tried the Apple iPad we have in our home and fell in love with it. We discussed pricing and I mentioned to …continue reading

Is Brand Important?

Over at LockerGnome’s new YouTube channel, Questions to Answer, Gnomie Frank Angelone asks: “Since branding is extremely important in the online space with getting recognized as a personality or just to establish your company name, if you were to redo it all over again …continue reading

What is Automatic Gain Control?

Automatic Gain Control (AGC) is present in a multitude of different electronics and even a few biological applications. Simply put, it is a feature that automatically increases the signal coming out of an output into an input. Whether this is a visual, audio, electronic, or …continue reading

What’s the Value of Free?

Recently I proposed offering a new short course for seniors interested in improving their computer skills. It is loosely based on one I presented a few years ago called something like “How to download nifty free thing from the Internet safely.” Since many of my …continue reading

How to Use Social Media for Job Search: See Who Might Be Hiring

Social media is often synonymous with social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. These social networks allow users to connect with friends and family, as well as network with potential colleagues and business partners. Using social media as a component of a job search …continue reading

Mobile Phone Data Helps Relief Workers Aid Disaster Victims

When major disasters like earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, and giant alien killer robot invasions strike, they tend to leave vast swaths of people — estimated at an annual 100 million (and their pets) — homeless and in need of assistance. Unfortunately, as was the …continue reading

What is Ping?

Ping is a term that’s thrown around all over the place. That being said, the root of what a ping actually is remains the same throughout most of them. In basic terms, it is a utility used to test the reliability of a connection between …continue reading

Shocker: HP Will Manufacture More HP TouchPads

Earlier yesterday, several developments occurred at HP including an announcement by an HP Vice President that reportedly indicated that HP may stay in the tablet market. This makes me wonder, first of all, what HP is doing. Then came a second development, which also came …continue reading

How to Use Social Media for Health and Wellness: Post Your Own Progress for Goals to Generate Peer Support

One of the best parts about social media is the inherent ability for users of social networks to share what you are doing with friends and family. If you are working on building a healthier lifestyle, or are recovering from an illness, social media can …continue reading

Omnidirectional Vs. Unidirectional

Whether you’re using antennas to snatch tiny, magical, invisible signals from the air; speakers to listen to or broadcast such signals; or microphones to capture tiny, magical, invisible signals of your own, they’re going to be either omnidirectional or unidirectional in their function. Not sure …continue reading

Could HP Bring Back the TouchPad After a Sudden Increase in Demand?

There’s no question that the price drop of the HP TouchPad quickly changed the minds of many¬†skeptical¬†would-be buyers of the HP TouchPad in favor of the webOS tablet. While this price drop came with the warning that the product line was being¬†eliminated, just weeks after …continue reading

How to Look Up the Definition of a Word in Google Docs

Google Docs is one of the best free word processing applications available. If you have a Google or Gmail account, you can easily take advantage of this cloud-based suite of document creation tools that allow you to create word documents, spreadsheets, slide decks, and more. …continue reading

How to Make a Phone Stand Using LEGO

LEGO is known for its versatility and wide range of shapes and components that can be combined to create pretty much anything the mind can come up with. But did you know LEGO can also be used in practical applications around the house? Sure, you …continue reading

EoIP: Ethernet over IP

At first earful, ethernet over IP, or EoIP, sounds like a backwards technology (usually we do IP over ethernet). But it’s got some very practical applications and helps to simplify situations that can easily get out of hand under more complicated systems.

If you’ve ever …continue reading

How to Use Social Media for Health and Wellness: Be Inspired by Stories or Indirect Peer Pressure

If you’ve ever wondered why groups like Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers gather, it’s not some secret science or magic they encourage behind closed doors that generates results for their members. Users of these groups find success because they are at least indirectly affected by …continue reading

Will the Smartphone Replace the PC?

The question of whether or not the smartphone will replace the PC has been asked so many times in recent years that it’s hard to keep track of exactly how possible replacing your desktop is right now. After all, could you really go a week …continue reading

How to Use SMS on Your Computer

While recently traveling to visit a friend across country, I realized that while I was armed with reliable Wi-Fi thanks to in-flight Wi-Fi and I could email and IM friends, I was still without one critical component of my daily communication habit: I did not …continue reading

Windows 8: is Adding a Ribbon to Windows Explorer Really Something New?

Over at the MSDN Web site, I have been following the new design concepts for Windows 8 that include, according to the blog, some of the newest and greatest improvements to Windows Explorer. For those of you who are not familiar with Windows Explorer, it …continue reading

How to Use Social Media for Health and Wellness: Watch for the Latest News, Trends, Product Recalls, Safety Information

Health and wellness topics are often the most frequently discussed on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Every day, companies recall products affecting both individuals and families, and new medical information and technology can be life changing to those experiencing or recovering from illness. To …continue reading

Solid State: What Does It Mean, and What Are the Advantages?

The term “solid state” is used to describe devices that don’t rely on moving parts to function, and, as a result, generally enjoy longer lifespans than their traditional predecessors. Because it doesn’t have the wear and tear, friction, and vulnerability inherent in devices with moving …continue reading

Which Are Better: Electrostatic or Driver Speakers?

There are two different types of speakers: electrostatic and driver. They sound alike, they look alike — at times they even walk alike. Well, they don’t walk, but you get the idea. These are two different technologies that help recreate sound.

In this video, LockerGnome’s …continue reading

Coming Soon to Klout: Quora, Yelp, Posterous, WordPress, and Google+

Klout has been on a frenzy of releasing new features. Among its latest is adding functionality for Facebook pages, as well as incorporating the addition of lists on Twitter to the calculation of a Klout score. A quick visit to Klout to check out these …continue reading

Printer DPI: Just Dots Per Inch on a Page

What’s this DPI you keep hearing about? Does it have anything to do with the Department of Penguin Intimacy (ooh, la, la!) whose dedicated members work tirelessly to ensure the perpetuation of our flightless little Arctic and Antarctic friends? Perhaps. Is it a unit of …continue reading