Month: July 2010

PC Pitstop Newsletter – August 2010

  • Cellphone/Smartphone Survey
  • World of Computer Security
  • 6 Steps to Remove Malware
  • Keep Yourself Safe from Viruses
  • Droid X vs Droid Incredible
  • They Call It the Streak
  • Facebook National ID System
  • SSD vs Traditional Hard Drives
  • Google Voice is Cool & Free
  • Tekzilla Tip- Organize Your MP3 Collection
  • Tip 1 – Test Boot Speed with Free Utility
  • Tip 2 – Ever Had Blue Screen of Death?
  • Tip 3 – Using the Favorite Links List
  • Ask Leo: How do I keep myself safe from Viruses?

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    By Leo Notenboom

    Computer viruses are a fact of modern, internet-connected life. At best,
    they’re annoying performance sucking beasts, but at worst … kiss all your
    data, and perhaps your bank account or identity, goodbye.

    We all need to take steps to make sure that our computers
    are safe, or we risk infection. Complacency is simply not an option.

    And yet, even after all the news, all the horror stories, all the warnings,
    and even after all this time …complacency remains all too common.

    TechBite: Google Voice is Cool & Free

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    By Steve Bass

    For the last year or so, Google Voice (formerly called Grand Central, a name I loved) was available only if someone invited you. Yeah, I know; I never did. It’s now open to everyone in the United States (stop whining) and I suggest you look at it.

    Chris Pirillo: SSD vs Traditional Hard Drives

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    By Chris Pirillo

    Over on our popular questions and answers site Lockergnome.net, bcgocubs asked how a computer will benefit when using an SSD. Also, they would like to know what everyone’s general opinions are regarding solid state drives vs traditional hard drives. A traditional hard drive has moving parts, but is quite inexpensive compared to an SSD. The solid-state drive is just that: suspended in a solid state with no moving parts. It may be more expensive to buy one of these, but many people are starting to believe that they are much better for your computer. What are your thoughts?

    Technologizer: Dell’s Streak–Is It a Huge Smartphone or a Tiny Computer?

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    By Harry McCracken

    The time I’ve spent with Verizon Wireless’s Droid X has made one thing clear to me: I like great big smartphone screens. As impressively elegant as the iPhone 4′s 3.5″ retina display is, the X’s 4.3″ superscreen makes for larger type and easier tapping. It’s like the difference between a highly refined sportscar and a roomy SUV. I hope phones in both sizes flourish.

    And then there’s Dell’s Streak…which makes the Droid X look like a pipsqueak. At five inches, its screen is so expansive that it’s not clear upon first glance whether this device is a phone. It is. Or at least it can be one: The Dell executive I spoke with at a demo yesterday described the Streak as being “capable of making phone calls.” In other words, Dell sees it as a data device that does voice rather than a phone that does data.

    Dodge Retort: Droid X versus Droid Incredible

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    By John Dodge

    What difference does an ounce make? When it comes to smartphones, a lot.

    The Droid X made by Motorola and sold by Verizon Wireless is lot of smart phone for 200 bucks: its big 4.3 inch display is brilliant and crisp. The X’s thin design is sleek and a major improvement upon the brick-like profile of its original Motorola Droid. Verizon Wireless loaned me a review unit late last week and I’ve been putting it through its paces.

    Bits from Bill Pytlovany: National ID System Replaced by Facebook

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    By Bill Pytlovany

    I’m always writing about privacy and my recommendations on protecting your personal information. The success of social networks like Facebook has proven that most people really don’t care about privacy. The same people who may have signed a petition against a National ID number now share their info willingly with applications on Facebook.

    6 Steps To Remove Malware Completely

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    Malware can mutate within minutes. If you’re infected, clean it fast and clean it completely.

    First and foremost have a solid and reliable detection and removal program installed on your system. I use and recommend PC Matic everyday. It’s my first line of defense. I run PC Matic once a week and let it check for infections while it cleans and updates my system. The latest virus definitions are updated from our server each time I run the program. I know I’m ahead of the curve for detection.

    The World of Computer Security

    Thanks for the tremendous response to our last piece analyzing the state of the security industry. We firmly believe that using cloud technology can help us better understand security issues and therefore make better security products. In this edition, we decided to analyze the distinctions between security in different parts of the world. We analyzed which types of security threats were most prevalent by region. We also analyzed which security software was most prevalent by region.