May 26 2014

Review: PhraseExpander Pro 4.1.1

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I’ve been testing out a new text expansion software called PhraseExpander. I have been a long-time user of text expansion applications in I feel like that they save users a ton of time. The benefits of using text expansion applications is that if you have any repetitive phrases or information that you have to provide a regular basis, these applications can boost your productivity immensely. In addition to boosting your productivity, these applications also had the ability to correct most common misspelled words.

Fortunately, text expansion applications are not built all the same. Some are more complex than others, and some offer baseline assistance with text expansion. PhraseExpander is one of those applications that are detail oriented and seem to be driven towards the professional community.

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May 14 2014

WLMP Consolidator for Windows Movie Maker

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If you have ever worked with Windows Movie Maker 2011 or 2012, you may have run into a situation where you’re working on a project where it’s partially done, but you need to build a Project to another location, on another PC and be able to work on that video project there as well.

Windows Movie Maker provides some baseline video editing abilities, but one of the things that it does not do is consolidate all of the media that are being used in the composition/rendering of the video. About two months ago, I was in the Windows Movie Maker support forums and there was an individual who is requesting for Windows Movie Maker to be able to grab all the media that was being used for his video composition and consolidate all media types into one folder.

Unfortunately, Windows Movie Maker 2012 doesn’t do that. When you’re working with a video project in Windows Movie Maker, Windows Movie Maker simply looks to the location where the source video is and works from there.

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Apr 29 2014

Internet Explorer Security failures – Again.

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Internet Explorer Security problems has once again risen the browser to the top of the world’s most UNWANTED list. Internet Explorer was released in 1995; it’s been almost 20 years since Microsoft’s Internet web browser has been in circulation/available.  You would think after almost 20 years of having a web browser in circulation and being included with the Windows operating system, that Microsoft would have taken the time and effort to really get into making their web browser the most secure— considering that Microsoft makes it a requirement that their Internet browser be integrated with the operating system— but NO, they haven’t done that.

Back in January 2010, United States and Germany both advised all their users not to use Internet Explorer because of security flaws. I can respect the fact that Microsoft wants to continue pushing Internet Explorer as the default Internet browser and that they want everyone to use their browser default, but sadly, Internet Explorer has always had an excessive amount of security flaws to it and Microsoft seems disinclined to take Internet browser security seriously.

Internet Explorer has consistently and repeatedly shown itself to be the worst performer of Internet browsers available. Google’s Chrome and Firefox have repeatedly established themselves as the Internet’s most secure browsers. So it comes as no surprise, that since the latest security problem with Internet Explorer, users are being advised to use either Chrome or Firefox.

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Apr 12 2014

Techie Review: iRulu 9.7″ Android Tablet

147 Techie Review: iRulu 9.7 Android Tablet

This is a hands-on review of the iRulu 9.7″ Android Tablet [AZ941]. I did an earlier review of another iRulu Tablet about nine months ago. At the time, the purpose was to try to find a low-cost android tablet that met all the requirements I was looking for; nothing really high end, but still very functional. While I didn’t keep the last tablet from iRulu, they have kept developing low-cost android tablets; selling them through eBay, Amazon and other portals.

Recently, I was approached by a member of iRulu who had seen the previous review that I did on their tablet and they asked me to give them another chance and do another review on their latest version tablet. I purchased the latest quad core tablet through Amazon. It has 8 GB of internal memory, Wi-Fi, HDMI out, USB and microSD memory expansion [32Gb]; all for about $129. My goal was still to find an android-based tablet that performed very well and had a very economical consumer appeal.

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Apr 07 2014

Leaving Roku for Android TV

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The Verge reported over the weekend that Google is getting ready to release Android TV; a replacement to Google TV. The interesting thing about this move for Google is that it’s not really a move at all, they just embracing what’s already out there in the market and focusing on the high points of streaming media.

As a solid Roku user/customer, I have to admit that my curiosity over Android TV is really spiked because Android TV is going to bring a lot more to the table than what Roku has. Roku has the ability to provide various different streaming services to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc., but where Android TV is going to excel is an area of games. The android market has a time of videogames.

The videogame market has been a top performer even through the past couple of years of the recession. While everything else was failing and people were losing jobs, the gaming industry was still making money. People still need entertainment to take their minds off of their daily responsibilities.

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Apr 07 2014

Google Chrome Is The King Of Internet Browsers

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Google Chrome growth chart

Google Chrome has done very well for itself in a short period of time. Chrome is a modern browser that was built on existing technologies with the concept of streamlining and improving web browsing, performance, but at the same time having the highest level of security. Chrome has been able to do this fairly easily.

The development schedule of Google Chrome has set a whole new standard on how often a web browser should be updated. the rapid development of Google’s Chrome set the pace for every other web browser that’s offered on the Internet. Before, Internet browsers were updated almost quarterly; even less with Microsoft. Looking at how young Chrome is, you wouldn’t expect that the web browser would be so dominant on Internet, but the development schedule, the speed enhancements and the security that it offers during web browsing is unmatched.

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Apr 03 2014

Microsoft OneNote 2013 [free] – No Send to Blog

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Microsoft OneNote has been one of those applications from Microsoft and I thought was a good effort on their part. The application itself is not overly complicated and it provides a basic function build organize one’s information in several different environments; like home, work or school. one of the more attractive features of Microsoft OneNote was that it was compatible with exporting the information that you’re looking at two a blog.

Being able to export information to blog from an application has become important as of late because more and more people are wanting to share information. Millions and millions of people have blog accounts and millions of new blog articles are posted every day. So when Microsoft decided to release Microsoft OneNote free to compete with Google and Evernote, I thought this might be an opportunity to try Microsoft OneNote again.

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Apr 02 2014

Nuance’s Power PDF Advanced – Techie Review

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Power PDF Advanced has been released from Nuance [April 2nd, 2014]. This version is a tour de force in handling and editing PDF documents; replacing their PDF Converter v8 Pro. If you have PDF Converter, Nuance is going to offer upgrade discounts to those customers. This new version is a full on assault on all other PDF editors; showing them what customers expect from a PDF handling application,for a fraction of the price.

While a casual user can get away with using a simple PDF viewer, Power PDF Advanced is intended for people that are business minded and are serious about handling and managing PDF documents. Power PDF Advanced facilitates complete handling of PDF doc’s. And for individuals, home offices and small work groups, Nuance offers another version,  Power PDF Standard.

You have to respect companies that acknowledge there’s an industry standard in handling documents like PDF’s, but more so— that recognize there’s a void or a lacking ability and intuitiveness, and then decides to excel to a level that’s greater than the entity that introduced the standard.

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Mar 28 2014

Why does Comcast not advertise Internet Essentials Service?

589 Why does Comcast not advertise Internet Essentials Service?

Comcast has been in the news a lot lately. The Verge recently posted an article about Comcast offering low income families affordable Internet service for basically 10 bucks a month; it’s called Internet Essentials. This plan has been in place since 2011, but is not something that Comcast runs around telling everyone. This particular arrangement wasn’t something that Comcast came up with on their own, it was a contingent agreement that was made when Comcast purchased NBC Universal.

It’s hard to get Comcast a complement; especially recently with the attack on net neutrality and the crap with Netflix, but having the ability to offer basic Internet service to low income families is actually a very cool thing. It’s almost a social utility or humanitarian offering.

You’d like to think that it’s a goodwill offering from them towards low income families out of the goodness of their heart, but it’s not; they were forced to do it. So why don’t they advertise this plan on their main website?

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Mar 27 2014

Comcast, Verizon and AT&T plan on killing off Netflix with bandwidth fees

723 Comcast, Verizon and AT&T plan on killing off Netflix with bandwidth fees

Netflix is under siege. I love how the ISPs in the United States are offloading the responsibility of building up and extending their networks to hold and maintain higher bandwidth traffic, while trying to offload the cost of that network expansion to another company— Netflix.

Comcast, Verizon and AT&T all have TV customers, all provide cable service and they all provide video-on-demand service for the customers. They’re pissed off because they can’t provide the level of video-on-demand service that Netflix has; all the time and effort that Netflix took in creating their video-on-demand service.

It’s clear to me that what’s going to happen, if the FCC doesn’t step in and do something about net neutrality, is that the big cable companies/ISPs are going to start offloading all the costs of their network maintenance on to Netflix because Netflix is using so much bandwidth.

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