The Alarming Confessions of a Pharmageek

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Guest blogger Andrew Rosenfeld writes:

In second grade science, I remember that we were taught about how scientists and engineers tried and failed to create perpetual motion machines. After school I immediately went home and began work on my own. I attached a wheel on …continue reading

How to Solve Dropbox Problems Syncing

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I am a huge fan of Dropbox, but every once in a while the Dropbox application on my Windows-based PC and Mac gets caught in an endless sync loop in which no files are actually being downloaded or uploaded, but the application …continue reading

Painful Decisions: Should I Cheat?

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If you were burned over 7% of your body and needed to have your dressings changed daily, would you rather have the nurse pull the old ones off quickly, causing intense, but short-lived pain, or would you rather have the nurse ease them off, taking …continue reading

How Loud is Too Loud?

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DJ Scooby Doo, a member of the LockerGnome community, asked on LockerGnome.net: “I’m always around loud noises. Is there a level where it’s too loud, and what level is it before I start to go deaf?”

This is a great question, and the …continue reading

Zombie Apocalypse: Should You Be Concerned?

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Haley Barker of the University of Northern Iowa Tech Writers writes:

Zombies. A word that brings terror to the minds of many and laughter to the skeptics. The idea of zombies has become a cultural trend that, whether you’re a believer or not, you cannot …continue reading

10 Simple Steps to Operating Microsoft’s System Preparation Tool

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Guest blogger D. J. Moore noticed that we’ve not been covering IT content as much as we have in the past, and this saddened him. In an effort to correct our course, he’s submitted these 10 simple steps to operating Microsoft’s System Preparation Tool …continue reading

How to Send Self-Destructing Private Messages Online

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Sending a truly private message to someone online can be tricky. Email, instant messages, and even some encryption methods are difficult to truly secure. It would appear that sending or receiving truly private messages can only be done if both people involved are absolutely security …continue reading

Read Free E-books Without an E-reader

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It is amazing to me how few people realize that e-books can be viewed without the need to purchase an additional electronic gadget.

This point was driven home to me this past weekend when I was privy to a conversation in which two individuals expressed …continue reading

Why I Don’t Want a Chromebook

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As a self-diagnosed tech addict, it’s rare that there’s a gadget creating buzz around the blogosphere that I really don’t want. In this case, my lack of purchasing desire stems not from a disinterest in the product itself, but a combination of price and a …continue reading

Make Your Own Video Game with the Help of Pixaquarium

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Ever wanted to make your own video game? Whether you’re paying heed to the idea that you could do better than what’s already out there or answering an inherent calling to customize the experience into something that’s more “you,” I’m willing to bet that the …continue reading

Five Popular Toys That Have Been Around for over 75 Years

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Looking past the sounds and blinking lights of modern technology, you may have fond memories of toys and games you enjoyed in your youth. Chances are, your parents (and their parents) may have played with the same things you did growing up. They say some …continue reading

How to Make ISK in EVE Online

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All right, so you’ve decided to take the dive into the world of space adventure and subscribe to EVE Online. You might have noticed, during your tutorial, that this MMO doesn’t work quite like so many others out there. You don’t move from city to …continue reading

Open Source Weight Loss Week 3: Slow and Steady

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This week started off with a lot of promise, though I quickly found out that pushing myself a little harder than my body was ready to go can be a bad thing. Still, I’ve learned a bit more over the past week about my own …continue reading

Yahoo! Axis Browser Reviewed

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Just when you thought that Yahoo! was down for the count, the company surprises us with a new browser. Even more surprising is that its browser, called Axis, is currently only available for the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod. However, it is marketing extensions and …continue reading

Do You Use Texting Slang?

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JosephLtech, a member of the LockerGnome community, asked on LockerGnome.net: “So I was texting a friend the other day and he was using text language (TBH, LOL, BRB, JK, etc.). I was using, well… English. I prefer to type out words, I guess. …continue reading

Technology Promoting Creativity: Why Instagram is So Magical

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Just recently I signed up for Instagram, the highly popular social photo sharing app. On iOS, it has already garnered many fans who happily share little snippets of their lives. Without a doubt, it has become a phenomenon and a habit to share …continue reading

What Can Game Developers Learn from Minecraft?

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Minecraft is one of those overnight successes that left gaming pundits scratching their heads. In its simplicity, Minecraft has redefined the standards of a successful game, forcing developers from all genres to take a hard look at where their priorities are in …continue reading

Will Microsoft’s Tellme Bring Us Closer to True Voice Recognition Technology?

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“Siri, do you like movies about gladiators?”

Voice recognition, in theory, is a remarkable innovation. In my experience, and probably the experience of frustrated millions across the world, the reality of how it’s been utilized so far has been (to put it kindly) disappointing. We’re …continue reading

Does Having Cable and Phone Service Reduce Modem Speeds?

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DJ Scooby Doo asked at LockerGnome.net, “I’m wondering if cable speeds are flawed because I have three Time Warner cable boxes; would my speeds be faster if I didn’t have the cable boxes on the same coax split? I also have digital phone …continue reading

What Free Office Suite is Best? Why?

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This week I gave two related presentations, and already one of them might be outdated. The first presentation was on LibreOffice for a general audience of seniors. The second was on applications available for easy download on Linux presented at a PC …continue reading

Public Wi-Fi: How to Connect Safely

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Connecting to public Wi-Fi is not as simple as selecting an open Wi-Fi, and can be dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. Instead, you must realize that there are safety factors that must be considered before you can proceed to merrily …continue reading

Meet Meesha Salaria, a Seven-year-old Author and Entrepreneur

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It’s amazing what you’ll find on Google+ at 4:00 a.m. Last night (as of this writing), I stumbled across a live hangout taking place between Kim Beasley (a member of our Gnomies community) and Meesha Salaria, a seven-year-old author. What makes …continue reading

Simple Security Tips: from Car Registration to Keyloggers

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The registration renewal for one of our vehicles arrived in the mail today. As usual, I immediately scanned the registration and modified the copy. California requires a current registration or copy to be carried in a vehicle at all times. But this presents a security …continue reading

Dropbox for Extended Families

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Rarely does a program come along that is so simple yet so powerful that it changes the way that you use your computer. Dropbox is such an application.

You probably have heard of Dropbox and have read about its …continue reading

What is a Jump Cut?

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You may hear the term “jump cut” used to describe an editing style that has become popular among YouTube producers in recent years. Having a single subject and camera angle suddenly switch positions or transition between sentences instantly rather than through fluid motion makes a …continue reading

Why Good Developers Make Bad Software

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Why is it that every time I deal with a developer or programmer, we always get into a battle between usability and function? I’m not calling every developer out on this, but those of you out there that are guilty of this know who you …continue reading

What is a Denial of Service (DoS) Attack?

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Earlier this week, LockerGnome was hit with a Denial of Service (DoS) attack and was forced to shutter its doors for quite some time. Readers couldn’t read articles, and writers couldn’t write them. It is truly a terrible thing to happen to any website, and …continue reading

Five Ways Google+ Could Improve

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Google+ is a great social network. I’ve said it; I really do enjoy my time spent with Google+ more than I appreciate the various features of Facebook, Twitter, and all the other social sites that have stolen more time from me over the years than …continue reading

35 Years Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

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On May 25th, 1977, a few unknowing moviegoers at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles went to see a space movie. As the lights went out, they were transported to a galaxy far, far away. A vast Imperial star destroyer appeared on screen, stretching endlessly. …continue reading

Logitech Speaker Stand for iPad Review

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Here’s another review from me about something on which I spent my own money. The Logitech speaker stand is something that I bought more for the stand than for the speaker. I’ve seen iPad …continue reading