Archives for April 2013

How to Make an Escape from the World’s Worries

Escape is one of those words that sounds somewhat negative, doesn’t it? This thing where you have a sense of urgency to get away, any way you can, to survive. It sounds dramatic, truly, but we all have our moments where we need to just …continue reading

Eight Ways to Get the Most out of Your Rode Mics

Rode (properly branded as RĂ˜DE) makes some of the most popular professional audio devices on the market today. Currently, the Rode VideoMic Pro is attached to the camera I use to record TLDR every weekday. It’s a …continue reading

Superhero Games Should Keep Superheroes Super

Ever get the feeling that superhero games miss the whole point of what a superhero is supposed to be? My first taste of superheroes was when I watched the original Fleischer Studios production of Superman cartoons and saw a mild-mannered Clark Kent toss his tie …continue reading

Home Office Tools to Transform Your Business

Are you in search of home office tools to transform your business? This post was sponsored by Microsoft Office 365 and Cloud Powered Work, but all opinions expressed are mine.

As we’ve discussed, virtual offices are finally being accepted as …continue reading

Office 365 Versus Office 2013

This post has been sponsored by Microsoft Office 365 and Cloud Powered Work, but all opinions expressed are mine.

A few months ago I mentioned Office 365, Microsoft’s subscription-based and cloud-integrated version of Office. Now …continue reading

Virtual Offices Can Be Successful

This post has been sponsored by Microsoft Office 365 and Cloud Powered Work, but all opinions expressed are mine.

Virtual offices once seemed like a crazy idea, but I think it’s safe to say that the idea of a bricks-and-mortar office …continue reading

Why I’ve Switched from Google Chrome

[Editor’s note: Please keep in mind that this is a guest post. While it takes a pretty definite position against Google Chrome, not everyone here at LockerGnome feels this way about the browser. In fact, I think most of us here actually like Google Chrome. …continue reading

The Console Wars: What Are We Fighting For?

I want you to go ahead and close your eyes for just a moment. Imagine this glorious and picturesque pastoral landscape. Just rolling hills of green grasses and wildflowers that crop up in little clusters while the wind sweeps over the knolls like a hand …continue reading

Community Conflict: Causes and Cures

When you’re in charge of making sure that a group of people — any people — get along, it’s easy to wonder if a community conflict is inevitable. And it doesn’t matter if that group of people is an online forum, a classroom, a Facebook …continue reading

Are You Too Old to Become Certified?

Are you too old to become certified? No, no, I don’t mean certifiable — that’s something completely different. (And, as Diana tells me every day, even I’m not too old to become certifiable — but I’m not crazy. As Dr. Sheldon Cooper …continue reading

Will Buying Video Games at a Store Be Obsolete?

Cecily Kellogg of Uppercase Woman writes:

Nearly twenty years ago I was the proud owner of an old-school cartridge gaming system (which was state-of-the-art at the time and seems hopelessly clunky now), and I spent hours killing off boredom by endlessly playing games. …continue reading

How to Group Taskbar Buttons in Windows 7

Still using Windows 7? Ever wanted to know how to group taskbar buttons? Whether you’re using your computer for work or for play, making sure the Windows desktop is aesthetically pleasing as well as being efficient for navigation and getting to the files and applications …continue reading

Social Enterprise: Is the Enterprise Ready to Be Social?

This post has been sponsored by Microsoft Office 365 and Cloud Powered Work, but all opinions expressed are mine.

It’s long been said in circles where the actions of one serve the needs of many that there’s no “I” in “teamwork.” …continue reading

How Soon is Too Soon for Social Media?

How soon is too soon when it comes to carrying on with business as usual in the wake of a massive tragedy? It was mere days ago that the horrific and unanswered events of the Boston Marathon bombing rocked the headlines and there wasn’t a …continue reading

Automatic Login for Windows 7

Whether you find it to be a nuisance or not, automatic login is disabled in Windows 7 by default. Requiring a username and password when you sign on to your computer is one of many security features that Microsoft enables in Windows …continue reading

AMD or NVIDIA: Does It Matter?

When you are going through the motions of choosing between AMD or NVIDIA, does it really matter? At, Tg1998 asks:

AMD or NVIDIA: does the brand of a video card matter? Also, where do you buy NVIDIA’s reference cards?

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Three Social Network Startup Suggestions

I want to make a social network. Where do I begin? I’m asked this question often, probably because I am an experienced community builder. At the time I’m writing this, Wikipedia will tell you that LockerGnome, Inc. …continue reading

How to Create a Windows 7 Firewall Shortcut

Ever wondered how to create a Windows 7 firewall shortcut? If not, you’re probably wondering why anyone would do such a thing. Maybe you’re just smiling and nodding, not even sure what in the heck a firewall is in the first place. Well, without going …continue reading

Second Life, Free Realms, and Parenting in 2013

I know what the lot of you are already thinking just from the title alone, and don’t worry, I get it. The stigma attached to Linden Lab’s whirlwind success is one of those uneducated stains that you have to really live with if you’re going …continue reading

Five Common Blog Mistakes

This post is about blog mistakes, but if you’re more concerned about vlog mistakes, you should check out the recent vlog tips that we presented in a recent Pirillo Vlog: Vlogging Tips and Tricks.

Are you guilty of making any of these five …continue reading

Add a Videos Link to Your Start Menu in Windows 7

No Videos link in the Windows 7 Start menu? As some green dame once exclaimed in surprise when things weren’t quite going her way, “What a world! What a world!”

Even many of the bookworms among us would confess that videos — especially in the …continue reading

Drinking Water That Isn’t Boring

Water is the stuff that covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface, but do you know how to make drinking water interesting or more flavorful? At, Drzgamer writes:

We all know that drinking at least eight cups of water a day is ideal. So …continue reading

The Day Spotify Changed My Life

What the heck is a Spotify, and how could it change my life? I always feel like, when I title something in the way I’ve titled this post, I should write “Candice: grade four” beneath it and etch the name of my teacher …continue reading

How to Quit Your Job with Class

If you want to quit your job, I certainly wouldn’t recommend an exit like JetBlue’s flight attendant a few years back. Although it rendered a lot of attention and definitely takes the prize for most dramatic exit, there are more appropriate ways to …continue reading

What’s the Best Camcorder for Under $150?

Looking for a camcorder that will record decent video but also fit comfortably into your budget? At, LukeS writes:

A group of friends and I are looking to start posting some videos on YouTube. I was wondering if anyone knows of a camcorder that …continue reading

Smart Watch Watch: What Should We Expect?

Chris Flores writes:

Good morning! I just wanted to start off saying that I am a recent YouTube subscriber of your channel. My name is also Chris. You did a TDLR somewhat recently that involved the idea of a smart watch and whether …continue reading

Fear of Being Alone: Social Media in Entertainment

I remember this special, magical time in my youth spent with my Sega Master System, where I would need nothing but a controller and my little composition book. My mother had started this trend of writing down notes about the various games I was playing …continue reading

Microsoft Management Summit is for “Hardcore Geeks”

Unless you’ve been living off the grid somewhere in Alabama the past few years, you’ve noticed that Microsoft has stepped up its advertising campaign in just about every aspect of digital media. According to Forbes, Microsoft’s advertising budget …continue reading

Learning a New Operating System

Learning a new operating system can be a challenge, but there may be many reasons why you might want to do so. But how can you find out if learning a new operating system is right for you without spending a zillion dollars? At, …continue reading

Your Guide to Choosing a Pay as You Go Broadband Plan

Pay as you go broadband Internet services are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to costly monthly contract costs for services you may or may not actually use. You do pay a bit more of a premium for the bandwidth you use under …continue reading