Archives for December 2012

Do Online Virus Scanners Really Work?

Those of us who are locked into the Windows operating system ecosystem are keenly aware of the importance that anti-virus, anti-malware — anti-whatever — software plays. In fact, every morning when I start my Windows 7 laptop, I patiently wait as my protection software loads …continue reading

Death Star Petition Passes Threshold for Official Response from White House

A petition launched on to begin the process of designing and constructing a Death Star for the US has received enough signatures to require an official response from the White House this week. While it’s pretty clear that an actual Death Star …continue reading

Do I Need a DSLR?

Chances are, you really don’t need something as bulky or expensive as a DSLR if you just want to take photos as a hobby. In fact, mirrorless cameras available at fraction of the cost of their DSLR counterparts are already starting to match (if not …continue reading

Why Subway Can’t Gain Traction on Its Viral Video Campaign

It never ceases to amaze me just how bad some corporate marketing campaigns can be. It isn’t so much that the concept is weak, but the execution just doesn’t do a good idea justice.

Subway is one of the largest and most recognized restaurant chains …continue reading

DoorBot – the Wi-Fi Enabled “Smart” Doorbell

The concept of a video intercom that lets you view who is at the front door is not new and is featured in many residences around the US and other parts of the world. The DoorBot improves upon this idea by allowing you to interact …continue reading

When Do You Know It’s Time to Buy a New PC?

When do you know it’s time to buy a new PC? Or, more important, how do you tell clients when it is time for them to buy a new PC? I do not need an algorithm to tell when to get a new computer. When …continue reading

Do You Want Advertisements to Follow You from Device to Device?

What do you do when a former employee of Google starts her own company with a service that will target advertising to you directly across multiple devices? My first response is “Where is my privacy and who gets to decide what companies get to follow …continue reading

How to Improve Your Windows 8 Experience

Windows 8 has been out for a while now and many users are scratching their heads about exactly what to think about Microsoft’s latest operating system. It seems to be a fairly mixed bag in terms of reviews by users I’ve encountered with some loving …continue reading

Turn Your Smartphone into a Gaming Device with PhoneJoy Play

Needless to say, playing any type of action game can be a challenge when using a smartphone. Though the touchscreen may be great for navigating various applications, when it comes to having full control during a action packed game, the lack of control is very …continue reading

Best Travel Gadgets

As any frequent flier would tell you, efficiency is everything when you’re traveling. Sure, you could land at your destination and take a quick trip to the local store to pick up whatever you need when you land, but sometimes it’s what you take with …continue reading

It’s 12-12-12. At 12.12 Seconds Past 12 – Will the Clouds Go Dark?

Today’s date is recognized as 12-12-12 in many parts of the world. To those who are superstitious, this happenstance — along with the fact that this will be the last sequential date of this century — indicates a variety of potentialities. Some are celebrating the …continue reading

Teeth Whitening Gadgets

Everyone wants to have a brighter and whiter smile. Drinking tea and coffee, soda, and even some of the things we eat can leave a very noticeable stain on our teeth over time. Brushing alone doesn’t get the job done, and even a professional cleaning …continue reading

How Do You Know when a Download is Safe?

For a couple of years I have presented a course on How to Download Nifty Things from the Internet Safely for senior computer users. The course has two parts: (1) establishing that some pretty nifty things are available for free, and (2) there are ways …continue reading

The Best Consumer Technology Typically Goes Without Notice

Our minds work in a funny way. You might think that the best technology out there is the technology that you take notice of the most. In fact, some of the best consumer technology out there goes unnoticed by the vast majority of the people …continue reading

How to Go from HDMI to Component in the 21st Century

Troy Hogan writes:

Hi, guys!

I came across your YouTube post, How to Go from HDMI to Component, in my search to solve this problem.

While in the video you ask the question about why you would want to do …continue reading

Box-O-Zombies: the Game

Box-O-Zombies is a story about a man and his dog. Though this type of story might sound familiar, the journey that the man and dog take is different than what most of us would consider normal. The first surprise that you discover is that the …continue reading

Will Colorful Snap-on Covers Be Enough to Save the Windows Phone?

One of the more humorous articles we have presented here at LockerGnome was a piece that was written by Candice Shane entitled My Life as a Windows Phone Pariah. In the article, Candice provided her take on why she personally likes the Windows …continue reading

Archos GamePad: a New Way to Game

Physical gaming pads that blend a screen with physical buttons may not be new, but the Archos GamePad is one of the first gaming pads that will be offering Android Jelly Bean 4.1. For those of you who are not familiar with the Jelly Bean …continue reading

Sony Xperia E: is It Worth $200?

Sony has been making high-quality smartphones for many years, some of which are excellent devices worth considering. The company’s recent entry is for its Xperia E, which is a budget-priced smartphone with an approximate price tag of about $200 when the device is released. What …continue reading

Build Your Own Arcade

Last year, for our grandson’s birthday, he requested we hold his birthday party at a retro 1980s arcade parlor. I found it odd, since I thought that with all of the gaming consoles and computer games, old arcade games and pinball machines would be a …continue reading

Never Trust Laptop and Tablet Reviews

The title of this piece, Never Trust Laptop and Tablet Reviews, was suggested by Chris Pirillo. This is a fairly bold statement for LockergGnome to make, considering that many of the articles we write are, in fact, reviews of products. But the main …continue reading

Home Aquaponics Kit: Self-Cleaning Fish Tank That Grows Food

The first time I took a look at this project that is seeking funding on Kickstarter, the words “self-cleaning fish tank” immediately stuck out. I have owned several fish tanks during my lifetime, only to find that trying to keep a tank clean and the …continue reading

Moving Back to Windows 7 from 8 without Really Trying

To keep up with my clients’ needs, I have machines with various editions of Windows and Linux installed. Switching from one to another is a bit like a jazz musician switching instruments. The underlying song is still being developed, but the implementation changes a bit.

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Finding Internet Content the Easy Way with Soovle

Finding content on the Internet can sometimes be a challenge. There are people who will read this post who may be involved in writing articles for a blog, newsletter, or other publication that struggle finding topics that will interest their audience. While we can choose …continue reading

New York Touchscreen Kiosks Set to Augment Payphone Booths

As they say, there is nothing permanent in the world except change. And nowhere is change more prevalent than in the Big Apple. Right now, the city is starting a rollout of touchscreen information kiosks that are set to take the place of …continue reading

iTikes Turns Your iPad or iPhone into a Toy

No matter what kind of toy we purchase for our kids or grandkids, the young ones will be more attracted to their parents’ or grandparents’ smartphone or tablet computer. In an age where the novelty has worn off for most of us …continue reading

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum Makes Backing Up DVDs Easy

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Digiarty Software, Inc. All opinions are 100% my own.

Creating digital backups for physical media is a long-standing pastime of the geek. I remember making copies of game discs because the original would almost …continue reading

How to Turn Off the Lock Screen in Windows 8

Windows 8 introduced us to this very strange window shade that drops whenever you lock the screen. In order to get back into Windows, Microsoft put this little shade between you and the login screen. It might be great for tablets where notifications and other …continue reading

iOS Vs. Android

In the spirit of giving folks what they ask for, I’ve decided to take on the subject of iOS versus Android head-on. This is hardly an easy comparison to make as each platform evolves so quickly. Over a period of a few years, both of …continue reading

Blogging Should Never Be About Freebies

I recently came across a comment thread between a blogger and a product representative. In the thread, a handful of bloggers made the point that free products are their payment for doing reviews, and it’s an insult to a blogger to offer a small sample …continue reading