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Musings of an IT consultant about hardware, software and interesting ramifications of how things work in the IT world.
Jan 24

Use a Norton Security softare product? Protected against Java Vulnerability

Posted by techgal in viruses


I had questions about the Homeland Security versus Oracle - Java issue. It boils down to do you have the latest version of Java - and have you updated Java browser extensions.

I do use Norton security products (and recommend them) and was interested to see an email from Symantec come across my desk with the following information -

"You may have recently seen some of the extensive news coverage, including statements from the United States Department of Homeland Security, regarding a vulnerability in Java. Java is both a language and a platform to run websites and programs used by many computer users, both on the PC and Mac operating systems. This vulnerability leaves millions of computers open to malware attacks and can lure online traffic to virus-infected websites.

Rest assured, because you have a Norton security software product installed on your computer, you’re protected against the Java bug (CVE-2013-0422), as long as you have not disabled the automatic updates feature.

We also recommend that you apply Oracle’s recently released security patch and make sure you are running the most updated version of Java. Thank you for being a valued Norton customer.

The Norton Team
Learn more about Java Zero-Day vulnerability

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Should you not have a Symantec/Norton product, you may want to check on the state of your installed Java software and browser add-ons.  You can use the links above to get more secure with the security patch and the latest versions of Java.

Jun 24

The Unlimited Traffic Technique

Posted by techgal in internet marketing


I have just begun to try this technique, so I cannot begin to vouch what it will do for you or if you have the capabilities to implement it. But for those so inclined, I think it is worth a look see...

Almost 10 years ago Jonathan Mizel described something which literally blew most people's internet marketing minds...

He called it “The Unlimited Traffic Technique” and the essence of it was this:  IF you’re the guy/gal who makes more money off a web visitor than everyone else in the market, AND you offer a very generous affiliate commission, then most of the traffic in that market should tilt in your favor.

For example:  I make $25 per lead, everyone else makes $10.  Then I offer a $12.50 affiliate commission to the other merchants.

This makes them think “why the heck should I bother with customer service, cost of goods, shipping, product development, and all these other hassles when I can make $2.50/lead more from this other vendor for doing NOTHING but sending him the traffic?”

See what I mean?

And that’s what Dan Kennedy means when he says you need to "engineer the economics of your business so you can PAY MORE for a lead than everyone else in the market".  This is contrarian to say the least… while every other business is trying to pay as little as possible, obsessing about efficiencies… you figure out how to pay MORE and you can dominate the market.

IF you can reach this position, the experience is literally mind blowing. Because whereas you previously had to beg for joint ventures, eek out a profit on exhaustively optimized advertising, or expend eons of precious time on search engine optimization or social media… all of a sudden everyone needs YOU.

It’s like holding a glazed ham in a room packed with Doberman Pinchers… you’ve actually gotta take care to protect yourself, they come at you so fast!

This means...

- You don't have to continually worry about the rising costs of pay per click, banner, and other media

- You don't have to spend all your time managing advertising

- You no longer have to deal with the time-sucking black hole social media can become (unless you want to)

- And you can spend your time working on developing back end products, better customer service, and generally strategizing for your business

It really is a dream.

How do you get there?

Get your website converting better than everyone else's in the market.  Make sure it turns a visitor into more dollars, on average, than all your competition.

How do you do THAT?

Dr. Glenn Livingston is a psychologist who's spent a lifetime in advertising:

- He's built several consulting companies which have earned more than $20,000,000 from brands you'd recognize like Lipton, Panasonic, Whirpool, AT&T, Bausch & Lomb, Kraft, Nabisco, American Express, and many more...

- His work, companies, and theories have been featured in The NY Times, The Los Angeles Times, Crain's NY Business, The NY Daily News, The Milwaukee Business Journal, The Indiana Star Ledger, American Demographics, Marketing News, and many more...

- He founded and grew a 21 person internet marketing agency

- And he's built over a dozen profitable internet markets himself in his own publishing company

Now Glenn is offering live, personal help to get your website converting.  And for a limited time, the price is ridiculously low (I couldn't believe it when I saw)...

I definitely endorse this, and I'd recommend you get in now while you can.  Or you could just keep struggling with traffic the hard way!

Click below now to read more please...


Jun 06

It doesn't get much cheaper than this - Norton Internet Security 2012

Posted by radicald in viruses


I like to pass on to my clients a good deal when I see it. Every once in a while you find a special price on a product and you think you should just load up on it. This is one of those times!

Check right now to see if your anti-virus subscription is expired or about to expire - if so, you are in luck! Right now you can get Norton Internet Security 2012 (I like this version!) for 3 Users for $24.28. By way of comparison, the usual retail price for this product is $79.99.

For those who recognize the good deal here's the link - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0060C382Y/ref=oh_d__o00_details_o00__i00

Please note that once you install the product the subscription date is the same date for all 3 users from the start of the first activation.

I know some of you are thinking, "But we are half way through the year - what happens when the 2013 version comes out?" Good question! And the great answer is - you get to download and install the updated version! Simply do a version check in the Norton software and it will inform you if you do or do not have the most recent version. Be clear here that I am referring to the core operating software of Norton - not the daily anti-virus definition updates. You get the latest definition updates daily as long as your subscription is current (your machine does have to be connected to the Internet and powered on to get those updates).

So this IS a good deal. If you waited to read the rest of the post, here is the link again - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0060C382Y/ref=oh_d__o00_details_o00__i00

You never know when this price will disappear, so there is no time like the present to get your anti-virus current again.

May 14

Get a LIFETIME license for Malwarebytes for cheap!

Posted by techgal in software


I know you think life is the pits when your computer is messed up with viruses or malware. Here is an opportunity to head all that off at the pass! For about the price of three big cups of that foo-foo coffee! I'm not sure when the offer will end - but it is too good to go on forever.

40% off ($14.95) a LIFETIME license of Malwarebytes Pro. Xcellent product. Great price. Limited time offer. Get it now! https://store.malwarebytes.org/342/purl-winzip

Why do you want it? If you have to be convinced (you just don't want to take my word for it?) you want it because it really works. Malwarebytes + Your AV makes for a clean machine. And the license makes it AUTOMATIC. You can SCHEDULE it and never have to do a manual scan again. So yes, you can remember to do those manual scans (which I know you forget), for free. Or when you forget you can call me to fix the problem for about 20 cups of coffee (or more). And it is fast. And it will allow you to scan memory. And... well, we REALLY LIKE this product.

40% off ($14.95) a LIFETIME license of Malwarebytes Pro. Xcellent product. Great price. Limited time offer. Get it now! https://store.malwarebytes.org/342/purl-winzip

You do not have to get the Backup CD or the extended download. You are going to download the file as soon as you pay for it. You can buy more than one, by the way! (Download it once, copy to a flash drive to put on more than one PC, if you bought multiple licenses). As soon as you download it, install it. Viola', you are done. Set up the scheduler for when you want it to run. Never worry about updating the software or the definitions or running a scan again. It really is that easy.

Hope you grab this offer now because it is too good to last for long.

May 14

SugarSync is Sweeter!

Posted by techgal in backups


Hi All,

Recently I did some research for my friend Mike who is going overseas to teach in Kuwait, to confirm what I thought I knew about pricing and features on cloud backup services. And it did confirm what I knew. I use SugarSync – and they do have better pricing than Dropbox. The SugarSync “free” account starts at 5GB of space, where Dropbox starts at 2GB. They both assume you are going to eat up that space quickly – if you are adding photos and videos.  I have found SugarSync very easy to use and “sync”.  SugarSync also offers additional space for free for referrals, as does Dropbox.

SugarSync really has more features and you can sync to more devices – smartphone, iphone, blackberry, tablets, ipad, etc. There IS an app for that. And you can upload via email if you need to. It is built in. So my overwhelming favorite is SugarSync.

I have added the plan info below for SugarSync and Dropbox for comparison and check out this chart at - http://www.sugarsync.com/sync_comparison.html - compares SugarSync features to 6 of their competitors, including Google Drive and Carbonite (I’m sure that you have seen Carbonite advertised on TV).

If you want to help me earn some free storage, you can use my referral code at SugarSync - https://www.sugarsync.com/referral?rf=d82fj5rq32wbg&utm_source=website&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=referral&shareEvent=217920
You, too can earn free storage by hooking up your friends with your referral link.

I would start with the free account and then upgrade when you have need.

I am happy to answer more questions on how it works. There are excellent videos on how it works on the Sugarsync.com site, too.

For a "set it and forget it" backup of your important docs, files and pics, SugarSync is hard to beat.






Mar 12

These guys help me get the answers you need. Experts Exchange is updating!

Posted by radicald in software


So people ask me how it is I know so much. And the truth is I learn a lot. But I don't have to learn it the hard way. By looking at what other people say on Experts Exchange, I get smarter, quicker. And that is what it is all about. Getting the answer quickly. So you can get back to work.

The New Experts Exchange is Here! Experience EE v.10!

Jun 14

How to make your Facebook url much shorter and special!

Posted by radicald in blogging



If you have seen the Facebook url to your business page, you know it can be really (really) long - this is mine - http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Johnstown-CO/Radical-Designs-Computer-and-Web-Design-Services/120218557989457?ref=sgm&ajaxpipe=1&__a=5


If you want to share that it looks a little formidable to most people.


But there is a way to make it much shorter - like this:   http://www.tinyurl.com/RadicalDesigns4u - which looks much nicer to share.


How? This is really easy…

  1. Go to your Facebook page (or any other page you want to make a short url for) and select/copy the url (web address that shows up at the top of your browser)


  1. Go to TinyURL.com


  1. Paste in your long url in the first box you see, like I did, and click the "Make TinyURL" button. But wait! You can make a Custom Alias, just like I did.


See the "Custom alias (optional) " text? Enter your preferred site name or blog name or page name in that box and then click the "Make TinyURL" button. You will then get your desired link!


Is that easy or what! And fun! You can make shorter links for facebook and twitter and your blogs - whatever.


Just so you know, TinyURL is not the only site that does this. Search for "make short urls" and you will get a long list of similar sites. However, I do know TinyURL has been doing this for a long time - since 2002 - which is several generations in technology time. You can use short url's from TinyURL.com with confidence.


Let others know how you use TinyURL. Comment on this article.




Feb 23

Word 2003 issue - "Cannot open converter msword632"

Posted by techgal in software


Every once in a while when Microsoft sends out updates, it can cause an issue with previous versions. Like an update for Office 2007 causes and issue with Office 2003.

One of these happened to a client the other day - all of a sudden they start seeing this message on every click to open a Word doc in Office 2003 - "Cannot open converter msword632".

If you search for this error, you should end up on this page - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973904

About half way down the page there is a Fix It emblem (this is a screenshot) :

Click on the Fix It icon and select to "Run" the file. It doesn't take but a few seconds.

Not all of the Fix It's I have used work, but this one did on a WinXP Pro system, running Office 2003.


Feb 21

In your Nook of the woods

Posted by techgal in gadgets


A Kindle by any other name is a Nook

I haven't seen a whole lot of press around this yet, but I have to pass this on. I love to read, but I don't get much time to do so. I have been eying the Amazon Kindle, but thinking that I just couldn't part with the bucks for it. (Seeing as I have other toys I would like to have first). Then I had a question from one of my clients about whether the Kindle could do audio, because she would rather have her hands free and listen than hold the book? And, after a little research we found, yes, it does. I made a off-hand remark that I was surprised they had not come out with a color version yet.

I had no sooner got back to my office that I received an email announcement from Barnes and Noble with their new product, the Nook. It is the same price as the smaller Kindle, currently $259.00. The hook for why you should buy theirs? It has a COLOR touch screen, not just the gray scale of the Kindle. Near as I could compare, pretty much the same technical specs - over 1 million titles at B&N to choose from, wireless, 2Gb memory. And the ability to insert a microSD card for more memory capacity. These devices are very thin. Like the thickness of a pencil. Easy to carry around.

My curiosity has been piqued and I am going to go look at one. I'm thinking that as these come down in price a little more that they will be great gifts. I see them as the future of how education will  finally transition from hardbacks to electronics. If you can carry all your study books in one thin frame, you will have more room in your back pack for more important stuff, right? And think how many trees will be saved!

If you want to know more about the Nook, you can see specs here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/features/techspecs/

I will have to say I noticed the Sony Reader at a BestBuy, but did not have time to do much more than a cursory glance. I did note in the Nook specs that it does not support the Amazon format (.amz)  or the Sony format (.lrz/.lrx). Which means that none of them are going to support each others formats. However, since they do support PDF, that should not be a big deal on getting widely read content. If it is proprietary to one, though, you won't be able to share between.

They might even some day replace the magazines in the doctor's reception area.

So what do you think of the Kindle, Reader or Nook? Do you have one, want one or don't ever think you will need one?

Feb 21

Welcome to Radical Designs myBlog - Musings on my IT world

Posted by radicald in myblog



Welcome to the Radical Designs myBlog. This blog is intended to be informative with tips and tricks and possibly solutions for your IT issues, whether they be computer hardware or software. I'm sorry if you have a Mac, I won't be able to help much. I have 20 + years experience with the PC environment and can't speak to recent experience with a Mac. My consulting expertise runs to solving PC problems for small businesses, generally 1 to 10 computer users, and small office/home office with 1 to 5 computer users. I repair hardware, build systems, install software, do maintenance and updates for a wide variety of operating systems and software, networking and wireless setups, and building custom Joomla content management system websites.
I get asked a wide variety of questions from the very basic to the very complex. Do I have all the answers all the time? No. But I do my best to find out what I don't know and solve annoying issues as quickly as possible.

I have often thought as I make my daily journey, that others might benefit from what I find out on any given day, so I am going to put my educational curve online to benefit whom it may.

If you have questions or comments about things IT, please ask. I don't guarantee to have the answer, but it might start a good discussion.

Hoping you enjoy the flow.
Carolyn Breninger - Techgal