I Like Windows 8 (And Probably the iPad 3) More Than Random Puppy Urination

Relax. Windows 8 is not the end of the world — it’s just the end of a paradigm. After a couple of decades, an operating system needs a chance to spread its wings and switch things up a bit. The changes being made haven’t been designed as a disruption to the lives of loyal Windows users or instituted simply for the sake of change, but as a better way of getting things done. Any change takes some getting used to, but once you’ve given it a shot, you really might find that you prefer the changes that Windows 8 is offering over the way that things used to be done. I’m not guaranteeing that this will be the case for everyone, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to give this shiny new thing an actual drive around the block a few times before condemning it just for the crime of existing!

I like what I’ve seen from Windows 8 so far — more than I like Wicket and Pixie randomly peeing on things that I own, anyway. Maybe my mistake is in not marking my own territory appropriately?

And I suspect that I’ll like the iPad 3 more than these errant tinklings, too, but we’ll leave it to tomorrow’s announcement to say anything definitively. We’re going to be broadcasting our thoughts on the event live at 10:00 a.m. Pacific, so join us, won’t you?

Here are some of the things on LockerGnome.com and in our live YouTube stream that we chatted about today.

Where to Learn Objective C (60% Discount for Gnomies)

So you’ve got this idea for an app that will sell millions — but you don’t know how to program. You could hire a programmer, but that costs real money — and how would you know if you are hiring the right one? You know your way around the Mac, but you just don’t know how to program. Maybe you even tried one of those iOS development books but couldn’t understand it because you didn’t have the prerequisite knowledge. Here’s where you can get started learning Objective C — and if you’re a registered Gnomie, you get 60% off the regular price!

Cellphone Jamming: Should It Be Legal or Not?

We’ve all been disrupted by jerks who don’t know (or don’t care) about the times that using a cellphone is inappropriate. Aside from popping some sucker in the chops for ignoring the protocols of public decency, using a device to jam a cellphone signal may seem like a great way to deal with the problem. But not so fast! The FCC says it’s illegal to tamper with certain signals — including the ones emitted by cellphones. Do you think cellphone jamming should be so strictly regulated, or do you see it as a suppressed solution that needs to be legalized? There are definitely some pros and cons to both sides of the cellphone jamming controversy.

Layering Your Home Network Security

Recently, Gnomie Phil Horton shared his top five tools a technician shouldn’t do without. Now, he drops another bushel or two of knowledge on us with his guide to successfully securing your home network using a layered defense strategy for the best performance and reliability in mind. Who knew that network security follows the same rules that Mom lays down for the way we get dressed in the wintertime? Layers, kid! Layers!

How to Close Apps in Windows 8

Windows 8 introduces a new way of doing things for the desktop environment. Aside from traditional Windows programs, you can also take advantage of an app-based program structure that works a lot like apps found in Android and iOS. Because Windows 8 doubles as a mobile platform, this change was inevitable. The question remaining for non-mobile users is: “How in the heck do I close these Windows 8 apps?” Here, we’ll try to answer that very question.

How to Organize and Name App Groups in Windows 8

Windows 8 introduces the Metro user interface to the desktop environment. With a reputation for being quick and powerful on Windows Phone 7, can this productivity-boosting UI really benefit desktop users? One way Windows has set out to improve Metro’s efficiency is by allowing users to create groups of tiles for easier navigation. To further enhance this feature, users can name Windows 8 app groups for quick reference as the amount of apps begin to pile up.

Top Five To-do Apps for the iPhone

Life is busy, but luckily iPhone users have dozens of options for apps that can help them keep track of all the things they need to get done during the day. There are dozens of to-do apps in the App Store, but we took a look at a few of the best, saving you the time, hassle, and money of downloading all the others to discover which to-do app you should download. If you’re in the market for a new to-do app, here are the top five to-do apps for the iPhone.

Back Link of the Day

Thanks to the Geeky Gremlin for referencing LockerGnome in the post, An Easy Way to Run Windows 7 on an iPad with OnLive. 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!

Feel bad because you missed out on today’s live TLDR? Don’t despair! Join us live tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. Pacific for the next edition of The LockerGnome Daily Report!

Again, remember to join us at 10:00 a.m. Pacific tomorrow (Wednesday, March 7th), when we’ll be talking live about the iPad 3 announcement!