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Consumerism

2015

Biggest Microsoft Security Lapse in Recent History – Skype’s achilles heel
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Consumerism Microsoft InfoSec Skype
Yet again I come to you with rant, but this time seems like the reason is Microsoft’s huge lapse in basic Skype account security. Probably like mst of you, I have created my Skype account Many years ago.

2012

Tivo Disaster – If it Ain’t Broke, Why Fix It?
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Consumerism HDTV Tivo
It is really basic premise, and I didn’t even invent it. Alas I have to warn other potential Tivo customers, after giving company many chances to make things right and a month of monumental efforts (mostly mine).
How to Print To your iPhone or Android Phone
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Consumerism Free Technology Deal
Yes, this is not a typo – printing To your iPhone, I know it sounds weird! It is actually very handy, saves plenty of trees and makes “printouts” easier to carry around and find in the future.

2011

My Sandbox! (aka: Liability Fiasco)
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Apple Consumerism Mac InfoSec
It is that time again – time to decide how much credit we should allot to our users, versus how much we should “protect the user from him/her self”. Ah, the eternal dilemma – but wait, Apple to the rescue?
Turning Point – Steve Jobs Book Purchase
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Consumerism Future Technology
Short post – more of a call to arms, to discuss burning point for many people today. That is, What Platform to choose to purchase this iconic Steve Jobs biography eBook.
Annual eBay Bashing – or Mini How-To for Large Software Base
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Consumerism eBay
I fondly call my wife lately Commodity Investor, as she loves to scout out best deals on eBay. In fact, I would easily bet that we are in their top 10% of customers list, and let’s just leave it at that.
The Minecraft effect on our computing power
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Consumerism Gaming Personal
I spent last two days working hard on setting my youngest son up with his own dedicated desktop PC. What is interesting, is that his prime gripe about his earlier system was that it couldn’t run Minecraft properly, especially with some add-ons!
Bad US Regulations or Google Incompetence?
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Consumerism Family Gaming Google Yahoo
First, this is a response to a blog post here (via Techmeme). If you are too lazy to read it, here’s an executive summary: Google is saying they will delete 2 years worth of email and all other Google Account data for 10 years old Alex (Who is naturally crying now).
OMG! Why did you buy a Drunken Hobo?
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Consumerism Deal Kobo
That is what my daughter exclaimed, after learning that we purchased Kobo eReader from Borders and mishearing the name. She came to this natural conclusion after seeing that our new device prefers ePUB books to feed it’s appetite for content!
USA Today Supports Scam Ads? Is This What’s Next In Online Advertising!?
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Consumerism Internet Marketing
Yesterday, while reading an article on USA Today, my eyes gazed over to prominently displayed “News Stories” on the right side of the page. Clicking through seems to reach respectable site, apparently presenting TV affiliated news site, complete with anchor photos, videos and long authentic looking article.

2010

My iPhone 4 is here – One Day Earlier!
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Apple Consumerism iPhone Technology
Yep, my iPhone 4 arrived via FedEx today and so far all I did was Shamelessly Fondle It all over. It is in the long process of synching with iTunes, and filling it up with Apps and Stuff.
HP Printer Drivers are now Adware?!
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Consumerism HP
So, we picked up this nice HP Photosmart Plus All-in-one. I can’t speak to the printer quality much, only time will tell, but I can report my initial observations around setup process: Without any option or checkbox anywhere, it installed HP/Yahoo Co-branded Internet Explorer Toolbar!

2009

Internet – Basic Utility or Luxury?
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Consumerism
I am posting this courtesy of my good neighbor, who willfully provided a password to his wireless network to save us from going completely crazy and self-destructing as a family.

2008

Zune 30GB early demise?
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Consumerism Technology Zune
I use my Zune 30GB daily, but not today, thus far. I was afraid to even try today, but decided it is important to, for you, readers. So, found my Zune also Dead this morning, though it was fine last night.
Google Does it Again – Picasa 3
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Consumerism Google Picasa
Hi, Happy Thanksgiving! This is just a quick post to tell you that Google has released Picasa 3, and it is even better than the earlier versions. This is undoubtedly best software to manage your photo collection.
New XBox 360 Experience – Really Cool!
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Consumerism Microsoft XBox 360
We just received the new XBox 360 Experience, and I decided to blog about it right away (I know, totally untypical!). I expected much from this major upgrade, and I have to say so far I am impressed!
My Xbox 360 is Back – And so am I
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Consumerism Travel XBox 360
Wow, sorry for disappearing on you. So much happened in the past few weeks, that instead of posting all those brilliant (aka: weird) thoughts I am having, I’ll just summarize recent events in my life:
My First Few Days with iPhone 3G
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Consumerism iPhone Technology
It’s been only few days since I got my phone, but I feel like I can type up 10 posts about it, and still not be done. But, I will try to focus on most important points for now, with more to follow, for sure.
Free Full Length Movies on Hulu
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Consumerism Media
UPDATE (Jun 2009): Hulu.com took down most of these excellent movies, and replaced with (*expletive censored*). So I had to come up with a new list of recommendations. I just came across some excellent full length movies on Hulu, that appear to be available to everyone (in USA probably) completely free and legally!
Finally – Simple Fluorescent Light Bulbs Recycling
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Consumerism Global Warming Personal Recycling
I am heading to local Home Depot, where finally it should be Easy to recycle those old broken fluorescent light bulbs. All of them contain Mercury, a very dangerous Cancer causing chemical, even in small quantities can be inhaled and cause all kinds of nasty things.