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Friday, May 4, 2012

Facebook "Likes" have a Day in Court

What do you think about when you click "like" on a Facebook post? How about a page or business?  Did you ever think it might come back to haunt you?  Well, there is always that chance.

According to the article some believe it is a statement, others, like the judge, don't believe it is.  Marcus Messner, a journalism and mass communications professor at Virginia Commonwealth University who specializes in social media, said it was likely the matter would have to be settled by a higher court. "Going to a candidate's Facebook page and liking it in my view is a political statement. It's not a very deep one, but you're making a statement when you like a person's Facebook page," Messner said.


Check out this interesting article.  I would love to hear your opinion as well. Share it below or on our Facebook Page.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Helpful Hints for Working in Windows 7 - For Dummies

 Ever wonder what is the Menu Bar? How about the Navigation Pane?  Today, pop on over to Dummies.com and read up! I promise, it makes things easier!
Helpful Hints for Working in Windows 7 - For Dummies. 


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Back in Time: TV Shows and Movies


Want to watch some of the old time classic movies? You don't have to buy a thing.. just sit back and enjoy movies such as All Quiet on the Western Front or maybe The Fall of the House of Usher.  Even some of the old silent films are available.  What a great way to share the history of the movies with your kids. Maybe even help them create their own classic!  Here are some sites to watch public domain black and whites, silents and old classics. The standards were usually set higher in years past but not always! I do recommend reviewing all shows and movies before sharing them with your children. Grab the popcorn!

  1. Black and White Movies - A Large selection of old black and white movies including silent giants like Charlie Chaplan
  2. Old Free Movies Blog - Listing of a wide range of old movies.
  3. Retrovision - Old TV shows
  4. 475 Free Movies Online - The collection is divided into the following categories: Comedy & Drama; Film Noir, Horror & Hitchcock; Westerns & John Wayne; Silent Films; Documentaries, and Animation.
  5. Hulu - A wide range of shows from various periods. You can catch Abbott and Costello, The Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy, Flash Gordon, The Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers and many more.  
  6. TV Land Shows - From a wide range of eras, TV Land will bring back the days of the Brady Bunch, The Andy Griffith Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show. 
  7. Archive.org - Once again this great resource provides you some silents, movies trailers and more. 
  8. YouTube - A lot of classics can be found on YouTube such as Abbott and Costello - Jack and the Beanstalk, The Velveteen Rabbit, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Sherlock Holmes, Shirley Temple's first Technicolor feature, The Little Princess, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in The Road to Bali and many more free movies.  ☺

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Back in Time: Old Time Radio Shows

Watched a movie last night. A romance, a great plot and of course, swearing and sex. How disappointing.  It really didn't improve the movie one little bit. It wasn't necessary to the storyline. When will Hollywood learn that crude language and endorsing sex before marriage is reasonable and acceptable?  I don't agree with it and sometimes it is worth finding something better.  But where?  Well, you can find it on the Internet!

Old Time Radio Shows are a great way to listen to great stories, with fun and excitement. The days of sitting around the radio has passed but it doesn't change the value of these shows. I have quite a collection I have built over the years.

http://www.radiolovers.com - Listen to old time radio shows online for free!


Old Time Radio at Archive.org - Screen Director's Playhouse, Johnny Cash Show, Superman and so much more!

http://www.oldtimeradiofans.com/ - Lux Radio Theater (Often with classics such as National Velvet and Anna and the King of Siam), Science Fiction, Detectives, Westerns, Mysteries and Thrillers.

http://www.otr.net/ - over 12,000 OTR shows available for instant listening.

http://homeschoolradioshows.com/ - Want shows that are geared toward homeschoolers? Classics like The Long Winter, David Copperfield or you can purchase collections that have been bundled and themed. We used to use these as we drove to homeschool activities.

Check back tomorrow to find those great online sources for movie and TV classics online.☺






Monday, April 30, 2012

Cloud Storage: Raining Free Space

A gift from heaven? Well, it sure is beneficial to have cloud storage to backup your documents, collaborate with others or sync them with other devices. If that is heavenly to you, check out some of the various free options including the launch of the Google's Cloud Storage Service.  So let's start there.

Google Drive - will be available for PC, Mac and Android while other options will be coming soon. Google is generous, starting you off at 5GB of space for free and giving you the freedom to store your documents or collaborate with others on them! You can also upgrade for $2.49 per month and store five times the amount: 25GB.  Google Drive is more of an extension of Google Apps, the online office suite, as it is a storage service.

Dropbox -  Windows? Mac? Blackberry? Available for almost all platforms, Dropbox set the template for many of these other services. First 2GB are free and it integrates nicely as just another folder on your Windows Explorer or on the task bar.  Invite your friends and you can earn up to 16GB of free space.

Microsoft Skydrive - Part of the Windows Live online services, you can store and collaborate here as well. Microsoft Skydrive seems to be missing sync'ability (yes, this probably is a new geek word) with some devices such as Android, Blackberry or Linux. The good news is this service starts you off with a free 7GB of space.

Box - This service is geared toward the business and corporate community and offers 5GB to start out but is the more expensive service to upgrade. One nice feature is an allowing you to set an expiration date on shared content.

This is a very brief overview and there are many other options, services and features as well as other cloud storage becoming available. So instead of buying another hard drive or external storage for your documents or photo backups, consider these options. Please remember though that if the documents are sensitive, such as IRS returns, the cloud is NOT the place to store these items. Security should be a consideration in all your storage evaluations. ☺