Average Joe Consumer Reviews?

Joe Pirillo (my father, for those unknowing souls) seems to be popular around these parts, so when he’s in town, we love to have him interact with the LockerGnome community on camera. He’s an awfully good sport about the whole thing, and he never shies away from answering questions as well as demonstrating how he doesn’t always have the answers — such as the time he showed us how the average user might respond to a first encounter with Windows 8 (and, since, Mac OS X and Linux Ubuntu).

As he’s such a natural on video, we’ve been throwing around ideas for an angle that would be ideal for him to keep on interacting with the community in his own unique way. Gnomies and the LockerGnome viewers threw around some great names that might provide a direction, and one of the standouts was Average Joe Consumer Reviews. What do you folks think? Good idea? Have any others? Let me know!

In other news, Wicket is a tiny gasbag with no shame. Nonetheless, he’s lovable even when he farts in Diana’s lap. She insists that she didn’t feed him any of her stellar chili pie (in honor of Pi Day), but I’m still suspicious…

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

Should You Consider Alternative Windows Shells?

If you’re reading this, you’re probably either brand new to the world of Windows shells, or simply want to find out more about changing the Windows operating environment to match something more suited to your needs. The first question you need to ask yourself before undertaking the task of applying an alternative desktop environment to your current Windows installation is whether or not this is really something you want to do. After all, part or all of your experience on Windows takes place within a graphic user interface (GUI) that has thrived through familiarity and benefited from countless dollars of usability research on the part of Microsoft. Changing this experience through installing an alternative Windows shell over the existing GUI will change a large amount of your experience. That being said, should you consider alternative Windows shells?

Too Busy for March Madness? There’s an App for That

It’s that time of year again, when even C-level execs brush aside all notions of productivity to watch the 2012 NCAA Tournament. For several weeks, 24 basketball teams fight their way for the NCAA championship, and cubicle dwellers across the country bite their nails, hoping they picked the most accurate bracket predicting the winner of each game. Many offices hold pools worth both cold hard cash and bragging rights, which can often be won by the most unsuspecting person — such as the brand new secretary who might not know much about basketball, but got a 4.0 in her statistics course in college. For those who don’t have the time for March Madness — or endless hours analyzing stats the way your secretary is secretly spending her evenings just to prove a point — there’s an app for that.

Why All Device Wall Chargers Are Not Equal

If you’ve ever been disappointed by a wall charger for one device not working to charge another device (in spite of fitting into the same size port), you may be interested in learning why all device wall chargers are not equal.

How to Log in to Bank of America and Other Things You Thought You Already Knew

What happens to be an intuitive process for you may be a mystery to someone else — don’t judge! Here are a couple of Bank of America related questions that people seem to be searching for on the Internet lately, so we figured we’d post them for easy reference. If you’ve arrived here because you asked Google (or Bing, or your search engine of choice) “how to log in to bank of america online” or “how to log in to bank of america credit card,” we’d hate to turn you away without at least trying to help solve your problem. That’s what we do. Welcome to LockerGnome!

Why Wait for Windows Phone 8? WP7 Phones You Can Buy Today

Even with all the rumors about Microsoft testing Windows Phone 8 (WP8) with various CPUs and smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung hoping to demonstrate WP8 phones by the end of the year, there’s a good chance we won’t see many (or any) WP8 devices this year. If you’re not an early adopter, you’ll probably sit out the first generation of WP8 phones anyway, waiting for any bugs in Microsoft’s next phone operating system to be ironed out before you take a chance on the platform. And now that it appears that there won’t be a direct upgrade path from Windows Phone 7 (WP7) to WP8, if you were ever planning on diving into WP7, that time is now. Why wait for Windows Phone 8? Here are some WP7 Phones that you can buy today.

Back Link of the Day

Thanks to Jmurphy Nation for referencing LockerGnome in a post about why students should use Google Docs! 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!

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