Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Are You Ready for Blu-Ray DVD? - Now that the Format War is over (for now at least), I realize I will have to buy myself a Blu-Ray drive one of these days. I'm not in a rush, however. When I do buy one, it will be an external USB drive, so I can take it with me from one machine to another in my house.   

Weather on the Wii - You know, the Wii is addicting... even without loading up a single game. I have discovered all kinds of cool things you can do. Did you know you can get the local weather... right on the Wii?  

Comcast Technician Falls Asleep: The Interview - So I was sitting there in my chair, taking calls on the 888-PIRILLO line. Normally, the callers have a tech-related question to ask. I was shocked when this caller identified himself not only as a fan... but also as the guy who snapped pictures of a Comcast Tech sleeping on his couch!  

Get Your News on the Wii - Now that I'm finding my way around on my new Wii, I am having a great time discovering everything I can do with it. Did you know, for example, that you can get your local news... right on your Wii?  

Is It Good to be a Geek?


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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Luke Skywalker Wants a Wii - A few months ago, I had a bit of fun with an open source utility called MacSaber. I remember hearing someone saying that the WiiSaber had come along, causing the same sound effects. Being a huge Star Wars and Luke Skywalker fan, I HAD to try this!  

Wii Setup - The Wii is finally unboxed, set up and turned on. I press the "A" button to sync the Wiimote with the console. Time to choose the language, and set the date. Let's walk through the rest of the setup now.   

Open Source Wii Software - Minutes after I sliced my finger on the Wii box, I decided to download a program for Mac OS X called "DarwiinRemote". Essentially, you connect your WiiMote via Bluetooth to any Mac running OS X.   

The Nintendo Wii Unboxing - I'm in the middle of unboxing my Wii... a full year or more after everyone else unboxed theirs. I think I'm the last Geek on Earth to have one. The packaging on this thing is really cool, and was fun to play with.   

Subscribe and Possibly get a Web Cam - Every week we give away a web cam, courtesy of our friends at Ustream. The requirements to be eligible for our weekly giveaways are simple. Make sure you tune in every week for your chance to win!  

Blu-Ray Wins: HD-DVD is Dead - Up until recently, there was a huge Hi-Definition format war in relation to DVDs. We had HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray. Now... HD-DVD has gone the way of the Do-Do bird.   

How to be Successful with Computer Repair - At one point, I wanted to be a computer repair person. It didn't really pan out. After a summer of delivering pizzas, I realized I didn't want to enter people's homes on a regular basis. I really love the work I'm doing online, helping all of you for free, via my blog and the live calls.   

How to Start with Ubuntu Linux - Are you a Linux fan? I know my System Administrator Allan would yell to forget Linux, and use FreeBSD. This isn't a FreeBSD conversation, though, it's an Ubuntu one. But it's just funny that Allan came to mind here, since today at work in Canada, he was recognized by someone for being part of my live show.   

Safety First - The other night when Ponzi's plane came in extremely late, we were driving home and noticed a couple of cars. One was pulled over to the side of the road, and the other was upside-down. We were about the second car on the scene.   

Monday, February 25, 2008

Xbox DVD - I have 4 Xbox 360s, for the simple reason that I can share media throughout the house, or be able to play games wherever I am. I was lucky to win these a few years ago. I received an email from someone saying that they are considering selling their Xbox 360 to buy a PS3. What?!  

Windows Freeware


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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Is the HP Blackbird 002 any Good? - A caller to the 888-PIRILLO line asked me what my opinion is on the new HP Blackbird 002. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to use this product, so I don't have an opinion. If you're talking about a gaming rig, then you definitely NEED a pc... not a Mac.   

Technology Jobs in Smaller Communities - I grew up in Iowa, and I was a big Evangelist in Iowa as far as helping to bring small businesses to Iowa. Mike sent me an email, asking what I thought about Iowa enticing Microsoft into building a DataCenter in DesMoines... especially in light of the recent Class Action Lawsuit against Microsoft.   

Tech Blogs - I get emailed every minute of every day. Many of the ones I get now are junk emails. I love when all of you send in good questions, though. Vito sent in a question, asking me if "Tech Blogs" are overdone, or not. Have they become too common?  

Task Switching - Every power user uses Alt+Tab. In the case of Mac OS X, it's Command+Tab. Inside of Windows, I knew there had to be a better way to switch between tasks.   

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Mac vs PC Challenge - My assistant Kat is a Windows Expert, according to many people. She spends countless hours a day volunteering her time to help people fix their Windows machines. Last night... she used her new Mac Mini for the first time. I had to get her on the phone, to get her first impressions... and to find out exactly why she's using a Mac in the first place.   

Friday, February 22, 2008

Telemarketing: Comcast's Traffic Shaping Feature - So this telemarketer from Comcast called me the other night. He attempted to sell me their Triple Play package. He kept letting me know how much I needed their services... even though I already have them. Once it became apparent that the guy had no clue what their services actually ARE and what they DO... I decided to have fun with him.   

Good Business Guidelines - I've owned and operated my own business for many years now. For the most part, it's gone very well for me. Yes, of course I've made mistakes. But... I've also made some excellent business decisions.   

Windows Mobile vs iPhone - One of the callers to the 888-PIRILLO line has just received a new htc Touch. He did have an iPhone... and prefers the Touch. I, of course, disagree with him. Let's compare!   

Track Your Finances Online for Free (without Software) - In this day and age of investment opportunities available, how do you manage to keep track of everything? Did you know you can track all of your finances online... without software?  

Thursday, February 21, 2008

How to Tweak Mac OS X - There are arguments claiming that Mac OS X is not configurable. That could have been the case way back before OS X. However, Macs have been "tweakable" for years.   

One Big Monitor or Two Smaller Screens - The first time I ever plugged a second monitor into my system, it was interesting. Of course, issues arose... as is usually the case with anything new. Having two monitors in many cases is better than one.   

Radio Shack and Electronics Store Secrets


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THX Certified Speakers Unboxing


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Home Theater Speakers and your PC - One of the callers from the 888-PIRILLO line is having trouble connecting his home theater system to his PC. He can hear sounds coming from it, but when he plays games and such, he's not getting surround sound.   

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

How to Start (and KEEP) a Blog


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Making an Investment in Yourself for Business - Robert has sent in some excellent tips for going into business, saying: "I will say I have learned all this and more since opening my first business in the Philippines which was a Drinks shop and I'm only 19. Its been open for just under a year and I'm soon to open my second one."  

How Not to Send an Email - One of our viewers sent the following to me: "5 ways to make your e-mails more interesting and fun for all. I don't know if such a list has already been sent to you, but in any case here are my views that I am sure you can mix with other peoples views to make a super-list."   

Mac Media Software (and Saving Money) - This caller had several questions. He just converted to Mac from Windows... and is needing some video editing software for the Mac. He's hoping to find something for a Mac that works even half as good as what Nero can do.   

Boot Camp vs VMware or Parallels - Apparently, Virtual Machines are a hot topic! I've had a few calls lately asking about them, the differences, and my recommendations. This caller is buying a Macbook Pro, and is wondering what he should use as far as running Windows programs.   

Parallels or VMware - I was involved in a conversation on the 888-PIRILLO line the other night, when the talk turned to using Parallels. The caller has been using Parallels, but has been having a lot of troubles with the CD drive not wanting to mount.   

Open Source Media Player Alternatives - This live call involved a gentleman asking me for a good free alternative to Windows Media Player. He's had a lot of trouble using WMP, and doesn't really like it.   

Wubi or Live CD for Linux - When I opened the 888-PIRILLO phone line the other night, I had an interesting call with a Linux problem. Let's take a listen and see how it worked out.   

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Eventually, Someone Wins the Web cam - Just like every week, we gave away a web cam on Friday. This one started out a bit rocky, since all the people who were being chosen were away from their computers. But, of course... we found our winner in the end.   

Korg Kaossilator for Easy Music Creation - My latest musical gadget is the Korg KAOSSILATOR. It's a dynamic phrase synthesizer. Anyone can instantly play musical phrases by simply tapping or sliding their finger across the KAOSSILATOR's Touch Pad.  

How to Develop a Sense of Rhythm - Apparently, it's quite obvious when I play with the KAOSSILATOR that I don't have a sense of rhythm. Mbonzo is a long-time percussionist, and sent me these tips to help me out. Let's see if they work.   

How to FAX over VOIP on the Internet - Brightstar wrote: "I keep hearing about how hard it is for faxes to work through VOIP. I've prepared a top 5 list of things you can do to make sure your faxes have the best chance of going through."  

How to Go Grocery Shopping - Chris P writes: "I have worked in a supermarket for a number of years. I have seen a lot of people come into the store in a good mood... and leave in a bad one! Here are my top 5 tips for a easy and stress-free shopping trip."  

Thursday, February 14, 2008

How to Sync Bookmarks Across Multiple Browsers (Internet Explorer,


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Find Windows Drivers for Hardware - I had a caller the other night on the 888-PIRILLO line who was asking where he can find drivers for old Windows hardware. His machines are, of course, home-built.. making this even more challenging.   

How to Invest Money - MrBogosity wrote: "I liked your top 5 tips on saving money. One of them dealt with investments, which is really important. He made investment sound like gambling, but it doesn't have to be that way. Invested properly, it's the best thing you can do with your savings. So here are my top 5 investment tips."  

How to Learn - Brian writes: "I've been watching your videos on YouTube for a few month now. I've been learning Java for a year now, and I've got some tips for learning computer programming. Hopefully, these will apply to other things, as well."  

Cable Management - Jthermane wrote: "USB, Power, FireWire... there are many types of cables out in the world that do many different things. They can bring things to life, carry data, output sound. But the more cables you get, the harder it is to keep track of them. They start showing up in different locations around your room or home office. Here are my top five tips for cable management."  

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Getting in Trouble with the Mac Pro - Meet Big Mac... or at least the box in which Big Mac sits. It arrived today, and I am officially making my move away from Windows as my primary Operating System. It won't be a perfect transition, of course.   

Booting up Apple's New Mac Pro for the First Time! - The unboxing is done. The new RAM and hard drive are installed. Everything is hooked up. It is now... FINALLY... time to turn this sucker on!  

How to Install a Hard Drive in an Apple Mac Pro - You've already seen the unboxing of my new Big Mac. You hopefully watched how easy and beautiful it was to install more memory. Now, let's put it to the test... and install a third hard drive into it.   

How to Install Computer Memory in an Apple Mac Pro - I've already done the great unboxing of my new Mac Pro. Now, let's take a look at installing some more RAM into Big Mac. Yes... I named the Mac Pro. Yes... it really IS named Big Mac.   

Apple Computer - Live Mac Pro Unboxing - Yes, finally my Mac Pro is here! I know, watching me cut open a box isn't very exciting to you. However, it was quite exciting to me!  

Monday, February 11, 2008

Free Live Tech Support Calls on Friday Night - I had several interesting tech calls tonight. We start off with Rick calling to ask about his Panasonic cordless phone like mine. He's having trouble recording with his, and wanted to know how I was able to do this with mine.   

Is Mac OS X Leopard Better than Apple's Tiger - I had someone call in tonight on the 888-PIRILLO line to ask me whether Leopard is so much better than Tiger that it is worth paying for the upgrade. He asked "is it extremely better... is it worth $120.00?".   

Sunday, February 10, 2008

How to Build an Internet Community - Building a strong Internet Community is no easy feat. It takes perseverance, dedication and a lot of hard work. I've been doing this for a long time now, and thought I would pass on some of my experience to you.