Of Good Intentions and Bad Questions

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You know that I love you ladies and gents. I really do. But sometimes I think there are a few of you who never got the memo about the right ways and the wrong ways to go about asking questions that will get answers. I know that it’s in vogue to brush off just about any inquiry made via the Internet by telling the originator to just “Google it,” but that’s not exactly what I’m talking about here.

Unsure about how to ask questions that get answered in this channel during our live TLDR broadcasts? There are definitely things you should and shouldn’t do. Without rehashing them all in this space, here’s a little clarification that might help!

In other news, if you want to get to know me, you should become a Gnomie!

I gave our Gnomies Minecraft server a shot yesterday, and it was a hoot. Probably too much of a hoot for me to become as much of a regular as I’d like, though, because of all the other obligations I’ve got going on in my life right now. I can definitely see the appeal and the potential for Minecraft becoming a time-sucking addiction, though.

I mean, it’s no Tetris, but it’s still a bunch of fun. Sorry about griefing a bunch of Gnomies without provocation of any kind. I really don’t know what got into me. Apology accepted? Pretty please? I sometimes forget that I’m a Gnome, not a Troll. Maybe you can become a registered Gnomie and keep me in check if I ever get out of hand again?

Anywho, here are some of the things on LockerGnome.com and in our live YouTube stream that we chatted about today. With that, I’m off to speak at a WordPress meetup. Happy Thursday, y’all!

Of Good Intentions and Bad Questions

Four New Social Networks to Watch in 2012

For over a decade, broad and comprehensive social networks like Facebook and its previously popular predecessor, MySpace, have been the predominant social networks. In the last few years, startups have been building niche social networks that offer unique features depending on users’ interests. Here are four new social networks to watch in 2012 — and potentially even join, too.

Cellphones or Smartphones: Are Your Kids Too Young?

Cellphones and smartphones have become so popular that it’s hard to find the old-fashioned payphones on every block like you once could. So what’s a child supposed to do in case of emergency if they don’t have access to a mobile form of communication these days? I might say that a child who’s old enough to be unsupervised is probably old enough to carry a cellphone or smartphone, but that’s an assumption that’s not without its difficulties. Even adults can be distracted by the convenience of having such devices, so really, how can you tell when your child is ready to carry around a cellphone?

Are Seniors (This Senior) Obsolete?

We all get older, and the world keeps turning. Sometimes, it seems like it turns a little faster than we do, and it’s easy to feel like we’re being left behind — especially where technology is concerned. Only a few generations ago, computers, televisions, radios, automobiles, and even electricity were merely dreams swirling around in the brains of inventors. As time goes on, how can we feel like we haven’t become so disconnected from the surrounding world and its changes without feeling obsolete?

Top Five Reasons to Pay for LinkedIn

Looking for a job? You’re not alone. Currently, over 13 million people in the United States are unemployed — and that’s not counting residents who are not able to claim unemployment because they have exhausted or are ineligible for unemployment benefits. Utilizing every resource available to you in your search for employment is critical to helping you find a job. Nowadays, LinkedIn is about as standard as the traditional resume in the job hunting process, and here are our top five reasons to pay for LinkedIn.

Three Simple Rules for Buying a Computer (Or Anything Else)

Can we make a set of some simple rules to help a person decide what new computer to buy, or what new camera to buy? Can those rules be extended to include more complex decisions such as selecting a mate, or even deciding if you want a permanent mate? There are no simple rules that will always yield the optimum result for such real life decisions, but there are simple rules that can eliminate many of the bad choices so that the final decision is more likely to be satisfactory if not optimum. Applied correctly, these simple rules can aid by reducing a frustrating multi-valued decision down to one of manageable size without overly intellectualizing and wasting time with analysis paralysis. Too often we agonize over making the absolutely best decision when the difference between best and second best is small or even not well-defined.

How to Control Your PC or Game Console with a Single Handheld Remote

The Lenovo N5902 Multimedia Remote with Keyboard is a handy little device that Matt Ryan got to spend some quality time with; how did his experience fare? This is a sponsored post, but an honest appraisal of a pretty spiffy gadget that allows you to control your PC and game consoles with a single remote.

Back Link of the Day

Thanks to Gene Marks from the New York Times for mentioning Kelly Clay’s LockerGnome article about finding a successful freelancer in its piece, This Week in Small Business: Jobs! 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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