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Ditch The Bloatware!

Posted by Paige on July 31, 2009 in Technology |

Yesterday I was chatting with a former student who posted something on Facebook (more about my Facebook experience in upcoming posts!) about Norton Anti-Virus hating her computer. My response was “Norton is a hog, ditch it”. She said she couldn’t because her father paid for the software and therefore she had to use it. The exchange got me thinking about how many people blindly use anti-virus software that bloats their system and costs them, not only in up front costs, but computer downtime (which is money too). The only reason I can… Continue reading

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Simplify Your Music With Simplify

Posted by Paige on July 29, 2009 in iPhone |

simplifyThis post isn’t necessary for educators, however, I hope that you will stick around and read anyway because I am going to highlight a really great iPhone/iPod Touch app that everyone who listens to music should have.

I was reminded today about one of my very favorite iPhone apps, Simplify Media.  Simplify Media allows you to stream music from your desktop computer to your iPhone or Touch. Why is this important? Because it means that you don’t have to install all your music on your device. This awesome… Continue reading

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The Goldmine That Is Google Apps

Posted by Paige on July 29, 2009 in Technology |

1googleappsAfter setting up my two websites I went looking for a way to have e-mail accounts using my new domain names. The few sites that I found charge anywhere from $15/year to about $50/year, depending on the amount of storage and other various features you want (that’s is e-mail only BTW). I figured $15/year wasn’t that bad, and was about to do it when I came across Google Apps (standard edition). I cannot tell you how excited I am to share this gold mine of a find… Continue reading

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Browser Debate Update

Posted by Paige on July 26, 2009 in Uncategorized |

opera (2)After posting my findings about the various browsers I decided to try out Safari 4 and Opera 9.6. I had to quickly abandon Safari because it lacked the features that I need. So I starting playing with Opera. If you look at my previous post you will notice that (on my machine) the Opera numbers were far faster than the Firefox numbers. But I wanted to play around and see if I could find the features that are important to me.

The first feature I must have is Speed… Continue reading

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Big Bad Browser Debate

Posted by Paige on July 25, 2009 in Technology |

worldpluggedYesterday I noticed that Firefox had finally released the latest and greatest, 3.5.1. As I went to download it I noticed they were touting an extreme improvement in speed, over 2x faster than version 3. That started me down a whole road of thoughts.

Frequently I have students who want to challenge my technical knowledge and one of the few ways they try is with the web browser. Honestly up until yesterday I had never really sat down and analyzed the browsers and their actual speeds. I have… Continue reading

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