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How to Create and Remember Strong Passwords

If you are like me you have a dozen or so passwords for different things on the web, like youtube, bank, shopping, and other logins.

Oh and please tell me you are NOT using the same one for all, cause that would be down right stupid.

Here is a clever video put together by the guys over at Mozilla that will help you make strong easy to remember passwords.

I made the switch!

That’s right, I drank the kool-aid, I MADE THE SWITCH!

Usually when you hear “I MADE THE SWITCH” in the tech circle, it no doubt means you moved away from Microsoft Windows to something else like Mac OS/X or Ubuntu.

Well I did both. I got me an Apple iMac and I scrubbed my old Dell D810 laptop and put Ubuntu Linux on it. Unfortunately for my Media Center computer, I had to stick with Windows 7. I plan to blog about the complete media center setup later on, and tell you why I had to stick with Windows on that one.

At work as a IT Specialists, I have no choice but to use Microsoft Windows for the most part, but at home I had definitely had enough!

Why did I change? What was the final straw? For the most part I was sick and tired of having to bend over backwards making windows secure enough to use on a daily basis and not get attacked by malware.

What is malware you ask? Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to secretly access a computer system without the owner’s informed consent. It usually takes the shape of fake anti-virus software pretending to show you that your system is infected when in fact it is not, and trying to nag you into visiting a site where you can purchase their software and rid your computer of the virus that it pretends to find.

My wife had gotten infected with malware and I had to get it off, then 30 days later it happened again, then again. It also happened to me on my computer and I was using Firefox with lots of precautions in place and yet malware still got through to me. Then it happened on my laptop! Enough is Enough!

For years I had played with Linux and dabbled with many Apple operating systems before and this time I decided to just go ahead and dive head first into the world of Apple.

Let me first describe some of the pains that I have endured over the years with Windows.

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How to get the most battery life for your iphone

I often see people with their iphones and they love it, but often complain of battery life issues.

Here are my top ten tips to help you maximize battery life on your iphone. This mainly applies to the Iphone First Gen phone, the iphone 3G, and the iphone 3GS. The iphone 4 has significantly better battery life than its predecessors, so some of the following are a non issue.

1. Adjust Screen Brightness: Dimming the screen is another way to extend battery life. Go to Settings > Brightness and drag the slider to the left to lower the default screen brightness. In addition, turning on Auto-Brightness allows the screen to adjust its brightness based on current lighting conditions. Go to Settings > Brightness and set Auto-Brightness to On.
Also, it may seem obvious, but you should lock your iPhone when you aren’t using it. You will be able to receive calls and text messages while it is locked, but nothing happens if you touch the screen. To lock iPhone, press the Sleep/Wake button. You can also set the Auto-Lock interval so your iPhone will turn off more quickly after a period of inactivity. To set Auto-Lock, go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock and set the interval to a short time, such as 1 minute.

2. Turn off 3G if you don’t absolutely need it: Using 3G cellular networks loads data faster, but may also decrease battery life, especially in areas with limited 3G coverage or in large metal buildings where it constantly switches from EDGE to 3G. To disable 3G, from the Home screen choose Settings > General > Network and set Enable 3G to Off. You will still be able to make and receive calls and access cellular data networks via EDGE or GPRS where available.

3. Turn off Bluetooth: If you rarely use a Bluetooth headset or car kit, you can turn off Bluetooth to save power. Go to Settings > General > Bluetooth and set Bluetooth to Off.

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Iphone 4 Anti Glare Film Set

I can’t describe to you how much I loved my iphone 3G when I first got it. I blogged about it here, its cases, and screen protectors. Especially the Anti Glare film set from Power Support that I picked up from the Apple Store.

Power Support makes THE BEST screen protectors for the iphone that I have ever used, and I had used several different brands in the past.

When June 24, 2010 rolled around, I had me a new iphone 4. If you thought I was crazy about the 3g, I went absolutely nuts over the the new 4th generation iphone. It is 3 x as fast and powerful as my older iphone.

Since I use TOM TOM, Google Maps, Slacker Radio, and other apps while its in a dock on my dash in the car, it is imperative that I have an Anti Glare film over it so that I am not constantly seeing my reflection.

Again I turn to Power Support only to find that they, at that time, didn’t have any yet for the iphone 4. This I did not like so I had to settle on some from the ATT store and they work, but are not all that great. The ones the ATT store offers pick up face grease way to easily.

Just recently Power Support supplied Apple with some new HD Anti-Glare Film Sets for the iphone 4.


I can not tell you hour durable and great these film sets are. On my old 3g, I still have the first one I ever applied to it. They last what seems like forever. I know on the 3g I put it on about 14 months ago and its still fine.

I just put one on my 4th generation iphone and I have an extra in the kit, that I will probably never use. Thats a good product!

I put a link here to get you some. They are now also on

Get you a set and thank me!

Watch Movies On Your Iphone and Online, Free Through Netflix

Let me tell you about my story with NetFlix and Blockbuster and why I chose NetFlix once again and urge you to take advantage of the free

I once was a long time user of NetFlix. I used it and loved it, got 3 rentals at a time and things were good. Later I crossed over to Blockbuster to save a few dollars, and Blockbuster allowed you to return your movies to the store and get your next free rental right there in the store. I thought this was neat and it was at the time cheaper than NetFlix.

I was enjoying Blockbuster until an unfortunate turn of events in 2008 left me without a 9 to 5, so I dropped it.

Now that I have a new line of work, I can once again afford a simple luxury of online movie rentals, and the best part is that it all has become even more affordable.

There have also been many advances in the online movie rental business lately which makes it even more appealing.

month long trial they are offering right now.

With more than 15 million members, Netflix, is the world’s largest subscription service streaming movies and TV episodes over the Internet and sending DVDs by mail. For $8.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies streamed to their TVs and computers and can receive unlimited DVDs delivered quickly to their homes. With Netflix, there are never any due dates or late fees. Members can select from a growing library of titles that can be watched instantly and a vast array of titles on DVD. Among the large and expanding base of devices that can stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix are Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PS3 and Nintendo’s Wii consoles; Blu-ray disc players from Samsung, LG and Insignia; Internet TVs from LG, Sony and VIZIO; the Roku digital video player and TiVo digital video recorders, and Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Streaming video is all the rage now, and NetFlix is in the lead with its new iPhone / iPod / iPad application and its even included in the new Apple TV, even Microsoft has adopted it into its Windows Vista and Windows 7 Media Center.

Poor Blockbuster…. with its lack of streaming is facing bankruptcy as it cant keep up.

Recently, I became interested in NetFlix again, especially in the streaming ability to portable devices. I wanted to stream to my iPhone and to my Windows Media Center 7 in the living room, so using another family members account and I was able to test it out and I was well pleased. I really enjoyed how smooth the video was on my iPhone. It even works really well over 3G.

On the Windows Media Center it works really well too. The install was a breeze, simply navigate to the NetFlix icon and press it. Then you will be presented with a button to press to install it. Then all you will need to do is log in and start searching for movies.

Watch a short video of it how it all works on Media Center here. (From Microsoft)

I found this video on YouTube and its pretty good and showing you exactly how it is on the Windows Media Center.

After that I found another video on YouTube showcasing how NetFlix works on the iPhone.

Both pretty good videos.

I think NetFlix is here to stay and will definitely be around for a long time to come. I think you should at least give the free trial a shot.

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