How Awesome Is Free Stuff?

May 31, 2011

I do not like paying for things online. Being a professional Internet salesman, I should practice what I preach and buy things, but I hate it.

Maybe I’m like that in real life too. If I have the option of paying for something or getting something nearly as good for free, I’ll almost always choose the free version. Just looking around my desktop, I noticed that almost all the things I own are a bit crappy, and everything here has been obtained for almost nothing. No wonder I’m embarrassed to bring guests here!

Anyway, if I hate to buy things in the real world, imagine how much I hate buying things online. I have to look all over the Internet for the products I need and use anything I can find.

Of all the things I hate to pay for online, what I hate most is advertising. I mean really, why should I pay someone else to run my ad, if it is just as easy to trade mine for someone else’s and get traffic for free?

The only problem with this sort of trade is that I’m giving the main web page real estate to other advertisers; space where an AdSense ad could be is unfortunately filled with an ad I gave in a trade. In my eternal search for the cheapest things that serve my needs, I was recently searching for a better exchange ad program, one that does not require me to sell my most valuable advertising space.

I looked around and I finally found the perfect way to solve my problem. I came across a site called ExitPollAds, a free membership site that basically works like a regular ad exchange, but with one very important difference. ExitPollAds trades advertising space on an exit poll that my clients see only after leaving my site.

It is the perfect combination of something that can drive traffic to my site and something for free. I like it.

If only everything on the Internet was so simple. If you wish to participate in this ad exchange for free, just click this link. I’m telling you, free stuff is not always as good as this.

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Apple’s Safari Browser has Major Security Flaw

October 25, 2010

I’m here to break the news that Apple’s latest version of their Safari web browser, on both Mac and PC, contains a major security flaw that allows an attacker to access your email, banking information, and more simply by gaining physical access of your computer.

That’s right: if you have Safari save your passwords for any websites, and then someone gets a hold of your unlocked computer, they can access those websites and do whatever they want! Transfer PayPal funds? Done. Make some expensive eBay purchases? Done. Copy down all your financial data for later? Double done!

That isn’t even the scary part! What’s the scary part, you ask? Not only does Apple’s Safari contain this giant hole… so does every other web browser available anywhere! Mozilla Firefox, Opera, even that most-stable and super user-friendly Internet Explorer! Every last one of them will allow someone else to log into your personal accounts if you just blithely hand them your computer, shout “have fun!” and walk away.

Remember kiddies: lock your damn computers when you aren’t using them. Then these so-called “security holes” (which are actually ease-of-use features) simply go away.

Note: This whole thing is a joke referencing the “security hole” that people are getting all upset about in the FaceTime for Mac beta.


Google, You Win.

September 8, 2010

If you are in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain or Russia and you use one of the following browsers: Chrome v5/6, Firefox v3, Safari v5 for Mac or Internet Explorer v8, you should go type something in Google right now. I KNOW! It’s AWESOME! Google figures it cuts searching time by 2-5 seconds, which adds up to hours if you use the internet as much as I do. I figure it adds 25% more nerdgasm into my day.

But seriously, this is really cool. And it’s unbelievable that computing power has leapt forward so much that this is even possible. I can’t even think of how you might do this at a local system, searching a local database, but the guys (and girls) at Google figured out how to do it over the web! Along with the addition of the “live feed” feature (which shows twitter and news posts that match your search term and adds them into your results page in real-time), Google is making me want to marry them so that even if they go away someday, I still get half their stuff.


iLife ’10 Feature Suggestions

June 27, 2010

So it’s time for Apple to update iLife. Here’s some random ideas I have for them. Apple, feel free to pay (or at least credit) me for these.

iMovie ’10

Background removal (“green screen effect”) needs to be a simple video effect, easily applied.

Audio ducking needs to apply to individual audio tracks instead of just all of them. Ducking on each track should be individually applied.

The ability to use transitions from any theme, not just the one that is currently applied. Maybe I want to have a comic book transition followed by a filmstrip one.

Superimposing transparent graphics onto a video clip, including moving them around. For example, superimposing a face onto an actor in a clip.

iDVD ’10

Make it easier to add chapters to movies. Instead of auto-adding chapter markers after so many minutes, allow the user to choose the number of chapters, or even manually add them wherever they want.

Support for dual-layer DVDs needs to be improved so the full 9.4 GB can be used instead of only 7.7 GB.

More themes, and more customizability of themes needs to be added. Intros and outros for the menus need to be able to animate between each other (for example, going from Revolution Menu to Revolution Chapters should animate smoothly, not just fade through black.

iWeb ’10

The whole program needs to be changed into a blogging app that can interface with Blogger, WordPress, etc. Very few people have “personal websites” that aren’t blogs. And those that do can still make pages in WordPress and accomplish the same thing.

Alignment and spacing tools make no sense. Fix this.

iPhoto ’10

Add the ability to resize a photo without cropping it.

Support for transparency and removing backgrounds would be cool. Maybe something like the magic wand/smart select in Photoshop.

Add the ability to draw different shapes, graphics, text, lines, etc. onto photos.

I didn’t even get into GarageBand. Got anything to add? Post it below!


Steam for Mac is Released; Portal is Free!

May 12, 2010

No offense Valve, but I think everyone who wants portal... probably has it.

The cake is a lie.

I’m sorry, I had to. Now, to business.

In celebration of the release of Steam for Mac, Portal is being made available for FREE to everyone using steam, wether they are using a PC or a Mac. This is probably to build interest in the game before the release of the sequel, which Valve is putting a lot of money behind.


Steam for Mac is Coming… Tomorrow!

May 11, 2010

That’s right ladies and gents, the day we’ve all been waiting for. Valve is releasing the Mac version of Steam tomorrow, along with launch titles such as Portal and Torchlight. Every Wednesday after that, new games will be released for Mac. Portal 2 will be the first time Valve releases a game for PC, Mac, and XBox 360 simultaneously. After that, every game Valve develops will launch on these three platforms at the same time, so Mac gamers will be playing a new Valve game on the same day that PC gamers do!

Friends, this action by Valve will single-handedly overturn the misconception that “Macs don’t play games.” PC gamers win: they can switch to Mac. Mac gamers win: we get more games. Linux users lose. Everybody wins!


Mac NTFS Solution

May 9, 2010

So I just got my new MacBook Pro right? No sooner do I hook up my 2TB external hard drive, formatted in NTFS of course, I find that the Mac will read the data, but I cannot edit, add, or delete and files or folders.

Of course I just think something is wrong with the access permissions. I call Apple’s tech support, and I immediately find out (thanks to the friendly tech support guy, who was very nice during the entire interaction) that a Mac cannot write to an NTFS drive larger than four gigabytes.

Weird, I thought to myself (as I often do). If it can be read, accessed, why can’t it be written to? Frustrated, I decided to only use that drive with my PC and wait until I got a bigger drive I could format in FAT32 to move everything onto.

As a last desperate measure, I googled “NTFS Mac” and was surprised to find that a third-party driver for Mac that allows to read NTFS volumes of any size. It was free and installed in about five minutes. And it works.

This got my to wondering, however: if it was so easy for me to set it up, and so simple, why couldn’t Apple just include that functionality to begin with?

I only have one theory: Apple wants to kill NTFS. But why? Wouldn’t it be easier to allow people to use NTFS, but only format new drives in FAT32? That would allow for the phase-out of NTFS, but not limit the use of the drives for people switching from PC’s, which is one of Apple’s target demographics.