Tuesday, October 30, 2007

iPhone vs Windows Mobile Pocket PC for Business

http://live.pirillo.com - I was a Windows Mobile device user for about seven years. I was against the iPhone at first, thinking my Windows device suited my needs just fine. Then Ponzi bought me the iPhone. MajorDef wrote in to ask which is better for business... a Windows Mobile device, or an iPhone?  

The Choice is Windows XP over Windows Vista

http://live.pirillo.com - I was surfing my RSS feeds the other night using Vienna. I came across a blog post about Vista from back in July, and decided it should be shared with you all, and commented on.   

Free Bitmap to Vector Graphics Software

http://live.pirillo.com - When you resize a small image to make it larger, it tends to run the color together, and makes the edges jaggy or blurry. By turning a photo into Vector art, you get rid of those little imperfections.   

How to Make a Cool Windows Vista Screensaver

http://live.pirillo.com - DreamScene on Vista allows you to run a video as a wallpaper. Unfortunately, I can't use it. Vista claims my monitors are too big. That's ok, I'm not giving them up. I did, however, discover a very cool trick awhile back to run a screen saver behind my active windows.   

Mac Help is Great in OS X Leopard

http://live.pirillo.com - There is a new feature in Leopard that is available for every application and program on your Mac. This Help feature is so amazing, it will save you an incredible amount of time and trouble.   

Free Disk Partition Tool

http://live.pirillo.com - Many of you have asked me for a recommendation for a partition tool. In the past, I've recommended Partition Magic, which of course is not free. Wirelesspacket gave me a link to a free partitioning program that appears to be quite good!  

Chris Plays Santa and Gives away an LED Keyboard

http://live.pirillo.com - After I reviewed the Saitek LED keyboard, I was unable to actually use it. So, I decided to bring Christmas a little early, and give it away to one of our community members at large.   

Monday, October 29, 2007

Apple Trusts Users more than Microsoft?

http://live.pirillo.com - I bought the Family Pack for Leopard. Apple gives me licensing to install my copy of Leopard on up to five Macs. The thing is... the disc is the exact same as the one for ONE install. Apple TRUSTS me to install this as I say I will. They BELIEVE in me. How many others companies DO that?  

Is Apple's .Mac for OS X Worth it?

http://live.pirillo.com - Back in 2002, I felt that a .Mac subscription was just a waste of money. Man oh man, has my mind ever changed. The upgrade to it with Leopard is so amazing, I can't imagine NOT having it.   

Why a Mac Does not Need a Second Mouse Button

http://live.pirillo.com - I get so tired of people saying that you cannot right click or scroll with a Mac. That is absolutely false, and I'm going to show you how to enable these functions.   

iChat is More than Instant Messaging

http://live.pirillo.com - When Apple released the features of Leopard, some Mac users got their hoodies in a twist over iChat. They compared it to Windows Messenger... but couldn't be further from being correct.   

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Windows Vista - Promises Delivered?

http://live.pirillo.com - Several of us got together on Ventrilo just to chit chat. We ended up talking about Vista and XP, the differences, the expectations... and the opinions on the reality that is Vista.   

How to Troubleshoot your Network

http://live.pirillo.com - How often have you had trouble with your home network, and tried various different programs to attempt to figure out the problem? Wouldn't it be easier to have one tool that can do pretty much everything you need to keep your network running properly?  

The Future of the Operating System is on the Web

http://live.pirillo.com - Datalore brought up an excellent point during a conversation with Wirelesspacket and myself recently. The future of the Operating System most definitely IS in Cloud omputing.   

Saturday, October 27, 2007

What is Ventrilo?

http://live.pirillo.com - The community at large is loving the GoToMeeting we have been using. While we were chatting tonight, Wirelesspacket wanted to show us all about a new VoIP client he found, called Ventrilo.   

Making the Case for Windows


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Trillian Astra Instant Messaging Alpha Preview

http://live.pirillo.com - During the GoToMeeting, racedude showed us the Alpha version of the new Trillian Astra. There are some very cool new features and enhancements.   

Live Video of ASCII Art

http://live.pirillo.com - Don't adjust your monitor. That really is me in this video, and I look this way on purpose. You, too, can stream yourself live using ASCII characters... if you have OS X.  

How to Make Text Glow in Photoshop

http://live.pirillo.com - During a GoToMeeting conference the other night, Zergdog shared with us how he uses Photoshop CS3 to make glowing text.   

Tech Treats as Halloween Candy Alternatives

http://live.pirillo.com - Are you tired of giving out unhealthy candy for Halloween? Why not give out some of these Geek alternatives?  

Best Computer Halloween Tricks

http://live.pirillo.com - Halloween is fast approaching, and I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of tricks you can play on someone using their computer.   

Friday, October 26, 2007

Top 5 Halloween Costumes for a Geek or Nerd

http://live.pirillo.com - When I was a kid, I always dressed as Hans Solo. I wasn't very imaginative back then, I suppose. I decided to try and come up with a list of excellent Geek Halloween costumes.   

Top 5 Halloween Decorations Made from Old PC Hardware

http://live.pirillo.com - I have a lot of old hardware and components lying around my house. I was wondering what to do with it all, when it hit me. Why not recycle them as Halloween decorations?! Here are our recommendations for turning those old PC parts into decorations!  

Scary Halloween Movies for Geeks.mp4

http://live.pirillo.com - There just aren't many scary movies for Geeks. Sad... but true. Our community members came up with some titles for scary movies.   

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Community Webcam Giveaway

http://live.pirillo.com - This week's giveaway was done a bit differently. I allowed a few of our community members do the random scrolling and choosing, using GoToMeeting.   

Get Better Vista Performance on a Laptop Computer

http://live.pirillo.com - When I posted an email recently from TheDub, I received a lot of negative feedback. My answer remains: if your laptop doesn't run well after upgrading to Vista, you can always go back to XP. TheDub also sent me a new email, telling me about a free tool to help with Vista performance on laptops.   

Change Your Desktop Theme in Windows XP


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How to Say "OS X"

http://live.pirillo.com - How do you pronounce "OS X"? Are you absolutely sure you're saying it correctly?  

How to Say "OS X"

http://live.pirillo.com - How do you pronounce "OS X"? Are you absolutely sure you're saying it correctly? I'm going to put this to rest, once and for all.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

How to Opt Out of Junk Mail and Catalogs


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Top 5 Tips for Migrating from Windows to Linux

http://live.pirillo.com - We get questions every day from people wondering about how to switch to Linux. What do they need to know? What should they get? One of our Lockergnome bloggers came up with an excellent starting point.   

Email Video and Audio Annotations with Web Page Links

http://live.pirillo.com - How often do you send a website link to friends or family? Instead of only sending a text link, why not send them a free eyejot message telling WHY they should visit the link, as well?  

A Little Net Disaster Web Fun

http://live.pirillo.com - I rented a baby to crawl across the page on flickr with my childhood photographs on it. The baby can scribble to its heart's content, and ruin the pics. Ok, so I didn't really rent a baby. But I CAN "ruin" those pics over and over... for free!  

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Stan James - Lijit

http://live.pirillo.com - Lijit was one of our sponsors for Gnomedex 2007. They were gracious enough to provide me with one of the MacBooks that we used during the conference. Here, Stan James of Lijit talks with Molly Stanberry.   

Eric Berto

http://live.pirillo.com - Eric Berto talking with Molly Stanberry at Gnomedex 2007.   

Molly Stanberry's Turn in Front of the Camera

http://live.pirillo.com - Ben Metcalfe turned the camera around to interview Molly at Gnomedex 2007.  

Ben Metcalfe

http://live.pirillo.com - Ben Metcalfe being interviewed by Molly Stanberry at Gnomedex 2007.  

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Unpacking a New PSP Slim

http://live.pirillo.com - I love my PSP. The screen is amazing, and it's great to watch movies on when I travel. I'm a casual gamer, so this has fit my needs well. I was anxious to try the new PSP Slim this week, and decided to open it on a video.   

Community Desktop Sharing with GoToMeeting

http://live.pirillo.com - GoToMeeting is a new sponsor of ours. Several of us got together, networked in, and had a great time!  

Friday, October 19, 2007

Favorite Christmas TV Show Classic Cartoon Gift

http://live.pirillo.com - I love Christmas. I love the lights, the sounds, the smells... and the good feelings that are abundant. I decided to bring Christmas a little early this year, by having a giveaway!  

Christmas Music Parody - Blue Vista

http://live.pirillo.com - Every year, I enjoy making a tech-themed parody out of a Christmas song. This year is no exception. Welcome to "Blue Vista".   

Lee LeFever

http://live.pirillo.com - Lee LeFever being interviewed by Molly Stanberry at Gnomedex 2007.   

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Ken Deering

http://live.pirillo.com - Ken Deering being interviewed by Molly Stanberry at Gnomedex 2007.  

John Blue

http://live.pirillo.com - Molly Stanberry interviewing John Blue at Gnomedex 2007.  

Andy Kazeniac

http://live.pirillo.com - Andy Kazeniac talking with Molly Stanberry at Gnomedex 2007.  

Aaron Johnson

http://live.pirillo.com - Aaron Johnson talking tech with Molly Stanberry at Gnomedex 2007.   

Andrew Clark

http://live.pirillo.com - Andrew Clark talking with Molly Stanberry at Gnomedex 2007.  

Tom Schmitz

http://live.pirillo.com - Tom Schmitz being interviewed by Molly Stanberry at Gnomedex 2007.  

Ianiv Schweber

http://live.pirillo.com - Ianiv Schweber speaking to Molly Stanberry at Gnomedex 2007.  

Improve USB Hard Drive Speeds and File Copying

http://live.pirillo.com - A community member emailed to tell me he recently bought a PCI 2.0 card. It's advertised to get speeds of 280 megabits/second. In reality, he's only getting about 84 megabits/second when transferring files. He knows this isn't right.   

The Taste of Perspiration and Sweet Victory

http://live.pirillo.com - Last year, I made a video of myself taste testing the Pea flavored drink from Jones' Soda. This year, I picked up their new holiday pack to try with the camera rolling.   

Cord Management Tips

http://live.pirillo.com - Jared sent in his Top Five Tips for Cord Management list. I don't know about you, but I'm a bit of a neat freak. I have to have my office and desk area nice and orderly, or it drives me up a wall.   

Top 5 Music Sites

http://live.pirillo.com - Neil wrote: "I am sending you a Top 5 list on my favorite music websites. Music is a huge part of everyones lives, and I am sure your viewers will find a fresh set of music helpful, and hopefully these sites will help them out a bit."