Protect Your Computer: Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft touts it as "the anti-annoying, anti-expensive, anti-virus program" and we have to agree.  For small 

businesses (less than 10 PCs), Microsoft Security Essentials is our top anti-virus, anti-malware recommendation.  

The key benefits include:

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Protect Your Computer: Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft touts it as "the anti-annoying, anti-expensive, anti-virus program" and we have to agree.  For small 

businesses (less than 10 PCs), Microsoft Security Essentials is our top anti-virus, anti-malware recommendation.  

The key benefits include:

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Twitter and Social Media as News Sources

Twitter is not even 6 years old but has become a major source of breaking news.  When many of the major news stories of the last year have broken, we have found ourselves on Twitter to get up-to-the-minute news.

Shortly after 8:00pm ET tonight, I received a text message from Chad that Whitney Houston had died.  Of course, I didn’t believe it at first and immediately opened Safari to check online to see if was really news.  But, instead of checking any of the traditional news sites, I found my fingers typing twitter.com and then doing a search for Whitney Houston.  Within minutes, all of my trending topics were also related to the news. 

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Twitter and Social Media as News Sources

Twitter is not even 6 years old but has become a major source of breaking news.  When many of the major news stories of the last year have broken, we have found ourselves on Twitter to get up-to-the-minute news.

Shortly after 8:00pm ET tonight, I received a text message from Chad that Whitney Houston had died.  Of course, I didn’t believe it at first and immediately opened Safari to check online to see if was really news.  But, instead of checking any of the traditional news sites, I found my fingers typing twitter.com and then doing a search for Whitney Houston.  Within minutes, all of my trending topics were also related to the news. 

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New Data Plans for AT&T Customers

AT&T announced yesterday that new data plans for smartphones and tablets will be available starting on Sunday, January 22. You can opt to stay with your current data plan or choose one of the new ones that include more data per month.

New Smartphone Plans

There are 3 new data plans available for smartphones:

  • 300 MB for $20 (AT&T Data Plus)
  • 3 GB for $30 (AT&T Data Pro 3 GB)
  • 5 GB for $50 (AT&T Data Pro 5 GB; this will also include mobile hotspot and tethering)

New Tablet Plans

There are 2 new data plans available for tablets:

  • 3 GB for $30 (AT&T DataConnect 3 GB)
  • 5 GB for $50 (AT&T DataConnect 5 GB)

The current 250 MB plan for $14.99 will also remain available for customers.

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New Data Plans for AT&T Customers

AT&T announced yesterday that new data plans for smartphones and tablets will be available starting on Sunday, January 22. You can opt to stay with your current data plan or choose one of the new ones that include more data per month.

New Smartphone Plans

There are 3 new data plans available for smartphones:

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The Day OpenSpark Went Dark in Protest of SOPA and PIPA

We talked yesterday about the dangers of SOPA and PIPA, and many websites (including ours) went dark today to protest these dangerous bills.

A journey around the Internet today showed sites like Google, Wikipedia, reddit, Mozilla, Wired, Wordpress, and tens of thousands of others (check here for a full listprotesting SOPA and PIPA.  Here are a few that we encountered, including our own.

Websites protesting SOPA and PIPA

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The Day OpenSpark Went Dark in Protest of SOPA and PIPA

We talked yesterday about the dangers of SOPA and PIPA, and many websites (including ours) went dark today to protest these dangerous bills.

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What are SOPA and PIPA and Why Are We Protesting Them?

There are currently two bills before Congress – the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House of Representatives.  The simplest explanation is that these bills would censor the Internet and impose dangerous regulations on US businesses and consumers.  The intent of the bills is to fight online piracy.  We are OK with that – countless studies have shown that billions of dollars are lost by companies due to piracy.  Where we stop being OK is when the government says that to fight piracy, they will control the Internet and interfere in businesses.  Google sums it up best:

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What are SOPA and PIPA and Why Are We Protesting Them?

There are currently two bills before Congress – the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House of Representatives.  The simplest explanation is that these bills would censor the Internet and impose dangerous regulations on US businesses and consumers.  The intent of the bills is to fight online piracy.  We are OK with that – countless studies have shown that billions of dollars are lo

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