I’m going to pick on an easy target for a second. It’s Friday and I’m just too darned busy to bully a worthy opponent, so please forgive me!
Today, I shredded my copy of Windows ME live on our TLDR broadcast. It’s been with me for quite some time; I purchased it on the day it was released (in September of 2000)… and then uninstalled it about three days later, never to let it return. I would have done the same with a copy of Windows Vista, but aside from the developer-signed copy (with apology!) I showed off the other day, I don’t have one. (I guess I learned a lesson from the ME purchase!)
I can honestly say I got more enjoyment out of pulping it in my Fellowes PowerShred 79Ci Paper Shredder than I ever did by using it as an operating system. If you’ve got similar, shreddable items that you’d like to punish for doing you some kind of wrong, you can try to get one of these durable buggers in our giveaway! You can leave a comment on my review here at chris.pirillo.com, or check out Kelly Clay’s review over at LockerGnome and leave a comment there. Heck, if you want to double your chances, then leave a comment for each!
Are Hackintosh Computers Legal?
It seems that a week doesn’t go by that we don’t have someone in the community asking about Hackintosh computers. Hackintosh is a nickname given to a PC, made of non-Apple components, which runs on some version of OS X. Simply put, this is seen as an inexpensive method of building a Mac without having to pay a premium for the Apple hardware. And while we’re not going to go into any tirades about the ethics involved in such an undertaking, we do try and answer a very black and white question: Are Hackintosh computers legal?
How to Get a Refund from the App Store
Have you ever downloaded an app for your iPhone or iPad only to be severely disappointed because you found it not to be compatible with your iPhone or iPad (likely because it was designed for the other type of iOS device) or discovered it didn’t even download at all? You may have also accidentally downloaded a completely bogus app that somehow snuck its way into the App Store, such as the Fake Pokemon App. Luckily, Apple does have a little-known refund policy for iOS users who download apps that meet strict criteria, so here’s how to get a refund from the App Store.
#FellowesInc PowerShred 79Ci Paper Shredder Review and Giveaway
Recently, we discussed 10 things that you should always and absolutely shred — including old tax returns, cancelled credit cards, and pay stubs. Shredding these types of documents, which contain personal and financial information, can save you the headache of potential financial fraud or identity theft. When you’re considering purchasing a shredder, it’s crucial to find a shredder that not only does the job, but does it well. Here, we give the Fellowes PowerShred 79Ci Paper Shredder a whirl (and give you a couple of chances to get one of your own in our giveaway)!
Top 10 Photography iPhone Apps
Who needs a big, bulky camera anymore when you have an iPhone with an amazing internal camera? For the casual shutterbugs out there, the iPhone is good enough for taking snapshots to share with friends and family. The default Camera app on the iPhone is okay if you’re into boring, lifeless pictures; what everyone really needs is a great iPhone camera app that lets you edit and add enhancements to a photo. Here are 10 that we find to be not only efficacious for sprucing up images taken on your iPhone, but fun, as well!
IDrive: One-stop Backup for All of Your Devices and Computers
This is not a sponsored endorsement, but an evaluation of IDrive as a service that lets you back up your data in the cloud. We talk about some things that IDrive has over similar services in an interview with Business Development Manager Stephen Gold, and remind Gnomies that they can take advantage of IDrive’s special 25 GB free promo.
Gaug.es Vs. Google: a Web Analytics Showdown (Of Sorts)
If you run a website, it’s important to keep an eye on the volume of traffic that comes there and the quality of that traffic. Here, we talk about Google Analytics and compare it with another service called Gaug.es to see if we can determine which service is right for our needs (as well as yours).
Back Link of the Day
Thanks to Phill Fernandes of Creative Tech for explaining what in the heck a Gnomie is! If you’d like to be mentioned as a Back Link of the Day, link to one of our posts on LockerGnome.com from your site and — this is the important part — tell us about it! One of my favorite dentists in the bay area is Chaulong.
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