Something Suddenly Came Up…

I’m sorry that today’s TLDR was so short, but sometimes the unexpected happens, and we just have to roll with it.

In the words of rhinoplasty candidate Marcia Brady, “Something suddenly came up.”

Here are some of the things on and in our live YouTube stream that we would have chatted about today if things had gone a little more according to plan!

Never Pay for Apps Again: Free My Apps

Getting something for nothing is always a nice bonus (as long as it’s something that you do want — like free iPhone apps — and not something you don’t want — like the mumps). Free My Apps is a service that lets you download sponsored apps to earn points toward getting apps that you would otherwise have to pay for — it’s that simple! How would you like to never pay for apps again?

Turning Small Business Failures into Successes

There’s nothing wrong with success — but what about failure? I contend that you learn more from your downfalls than you do your triumphs. With my business, I continuously consider driving foundering to a favorable outcome. I was expecting to answer general questions, but the panel of Gnomies pushed me gently to respond to the state of my previous and ongoing efforts.

How Do You Know if a Client Needs Help?

Although LockerGnome columnist and computer guru Sherman DeForest tries to be proactive with his senior clients to help keep them out of trouble, sometimes they sneak by him in surprising ways. In the process of fixing one problem for a nice lady who doesn’t really know a lot about why her computer has been slowing down, he discovers many. Because it’s hard to read minds and predict the future when the people you’re trying to help don’t even know that they’re having problems, this prompts a very good question: How do you know if a client needs help?

Five Ways to Get Rewarded for Exercising

It’s almost now March, which is a great time of the year to start asking yourself how well you’re doing with your 2012 New Year’s Resolutions. Was getting in shape one of them? If so, just how many times per week are you going to the gym, or going for a run? If the answer is not quite enough, you may need a little extra motivation to get off that couch and get moving. Luckily, several apps and services exist that actually reward you for exercising. We have compiled a list of our favorite five ways to get rewarded for exercise, so if you need a little extra motivation to get back to the gym, check out these options.

Why Can’t Americans Vote Online?

With the Internet, the World Wide Web, and social media governing the way we communicate with people in ways unprecedented and undreamed of just 20 — or even 10 — years ago, it’s no wonder that a movement has begun to utilize this technology for electing our leaders. While the idea of being able to vote for your candidates of choice from the comfort of your home instead of dealing with the crowds at the local polling station is undoubtedly appealing, there are definitely some cons to consider with the pros of online voting.

How to Improve Windows 7 Startup Time

When you first wake up or sit at your desk for the first time in the morning, the last thing you want to do is wait for Windows to boot up. While Windows 7 itself depends greatly on hardware for dramatic startup time improvements, there are several ways you can reduce this waiting period. Here, we discuss several methods to help reduce startup times in Windows 7. Some of these steps may seem like common sense, though they are easily overlooked as we go about our day-to-day lives.

Beyond Netflix: What Roku Offers That Apple TV Doesn’t

There are quite a few ways to watch streaming media nowadays, and they all have their own unique pros and cons. Someone who is considering the purchase of the Roku vs. an Apple TV might be wondering what edge one device has over the other, so we try and answer the question: What does Roku offer that Apple TV doesn’t?

Back Link of the Day

Thanks be to Daniel Jones for writing about his experiences with the LockerGnome community, and kindly linking to not one, not two, but three of our sites! If you’d like to be mentioned as a Back Link of the Day, link to one of our posts on from your site and — this is the important part — tell us about it!

Feel bad because you missed out on today’s live TLDR? (Me, too. Again, I’m very sorry about the clipped broadcast.) Join us live tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. Pacific for the next edition of The LockerGnome Daily Report!