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Recently got a new Iphone 3G

I recently got a new iPhone and really like it a lot more than I thought I would.

I was against getting one when they first came out (first gen), because it lacked so many things I thought a cellphone should have.
Some of these things were:

No copy and paste
No video recording
No voice/memo recording
No Multimedia Message Sending
No Removable battery
No 3G Connectivity
No GPS
No Voice Dialing
No MP3 as a ring tone
No Over The Air Downloads
No integration with MS Exchange
No Office support for Word and Excel docs
A recessed headphone jack that made you have to get an adapter to use regular earphones
There are probably some things that I am forgetting but you get the idea.

At the time when it came out I had the Nokia 6682 and it did most of those things, so I just laughed at the $599 price tag for a 4gig iPhone that didn’t do as much as my current phone did.

I kept thinking it’s always best to not buy anything in its first year production.
You should let the manufacturers work the kinks and bugs out of new products before you buy them, so I waited.

After the second generation iPhone came out, some new things were added.

Better battery life
GPS (really good I might add)
3G Connectivity
Exchange Support
Office Support
Over the Air downloads (FW2.2)
An earphone jack that accepts common earphones

There is still no Voice Dialing, Video Recording, or MMS but really these are features I find myself not using much at all anyways.

As my contract was coming to an end I was thinking about getting an iPhone but they were still high in price so I got the BlackJack II red (really its maroon).

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Tom Tom GO 730


Hey everyone. Today I wanted to tell you all about my favorite GPS device for automotive use.

Its the Tom Tom Go 730 and I managed to get it brand new on eBay for $150 less than in stores.

I actually use it to navigate with and hands free calling as well as an mp3 player. I have it playing some of my mp3 collection through the audio out cable into my car stereo. If you wanted to take it with you in another car or friends car you could use the built in FM transmitter to listen to your mp3’s on their stereo.

One of the coolest things about it is when you have a cellphone paired with it via bluetooth and you are listening to your music, it will pause the music and take the call and when the call is over it will pick back up where the music was automatically paused. You can also set it to auto answer the call after a set number of seconds. This is nice if you want to limit how many times you take your hands off the wheel.

It has a battery so you can take it with you to another vehicle if you choose to do so. While its in my car I use the supplied 12v adapter and its tucked away nicely. This way when the power is turned off, you get 10 secs to choose whether you want it to stay on or turn off with the car. I always let it go off with the car and it resumes where it was when I start the car again.

As I said earlier its a great mp3 player and easy to navigate through the music to select tunes to play.

The navigation menus are a breeze and really make it easy to find what you are looking for.

It connects to my iphone with bluetooth as soon as I get in the car after the initial pairing. This also has my address book in sync with it which is really nice.
There is a listing of phones that is supports on TOM TOM’s website. Some phones allow the device to use the phones data connection to get out onto the internet and retrieve weather updates. There is also the capability with some phones to have it read text messages and emails aloud to you and you can respond with voice right back.

There really is too much to list so I tried to find a video that does the job pretty good.

I highly recommend this device to anyone looking for car navigation.

Tips for saving your work

I have a simple tip for you this  time.

Save your work often. Told you it would be simple. Or is it?

Most computer users still DO NOT save their files until they are done working with them.

This is terrible. Anything can happen while you are working on a incredible spreadsheet, or that super novel in your favorite word processor.
The power could go out or maybe even a power surge, and believe me Battery Backup systems can and will fail; a program error could crash the Operating System; someone could trip over the power cord and yank it out of your system. Are you getting what I’m saying here? Anything can happen. Like Murphy’s Law reminds us, “If anything can go wrong, it will.”

Now as I write this document I am using Google docs (http://docs.google.com) which auto saves every few seconds.  That’s really nice, but most of us use Microsoft Word, so I will gear this towards those users.

First off, when you start your word document simply click FILE and SAVE AS and name it.
Now that you have done this, MSWORD has an auto save feature that will now auto save every ten minutes.

In the event of a crash, when you restart MSWORD, you will see a message popup in the auto recover pane, which will allow you to recover your work.
To shorten the default ten minute setting for this feature, go to tools/options then click the save tab and you will see the auto recover time setting.  Shorten it to whatever makes you feel comfortable.
One more thing to arm you with is the infamous CTRL + S which will save your work instantly, as soon and as often, as you press the magical key combination.  This works for most all applications.

Now you have no excuse, start saving your work!

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5 Tips on password security

Whether it’s one PC or hundreds on a network, there’s only one thing that can separate your system from being compromised: a great password.

Why? Hackers want access to anything and everything. If they can guess your user name and password, you might as well have given them your wallet and the keys to your building.

Here is a list of five things to know and practice in using passwords.

1. Don’t be too comfortable with your passwords: Attacks can and do happen.

Hackers will stop at nothing to get into your network and files. They use three different methods to get to you: brute force, dictionary attacks and social engineering.

Brute force is the most time-consuming method. Basically, it involves a program that tries every combination of letters, numbers and keyboard characters to guess your password. It starts with trying every character, and then tries two-character combinations and so on.

The longer the password is, the exponentially more difficult it becomes to crack. A password that is eight characters in length and utilizes lower- and upper-case letters, numbers and keyboard characters won’t be cracked for two years. This underscores the importance of being as random as possible when choosing your password.

Another method of attack is through the use of custom dictionaries. These dictionaries are filled with words and names, but also number and letter combinations, such as 11111 and abc123. Simple passwords such as “duke” or “ilovemydog” can easily be guessed.

The third and most effective method of attack is social engineering. This involves someone with criminal intent soliciting a password directly from a user. Many people give up their passwords to co-workers and strangers without even realizing it.

For example, some small businesses don’t have a dedicated information-technology staff. A hacker posing as someone from your company’s Internet service provider could call in and get an unsuspecting employee’s password by “testing the service.” The hacker might request the employee’s user name and password to log in and test the connection from the ISP’s end. If the hacker sounds authoritative and legitimate enough, your whole network could be compromised.

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