O’Pirillo’s Augmented St. Paddy’s Day (Not St. Patty’s Day) Plans

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Happy Friday, everyone!

Now that my DNA results tell me that my genetic makeup is at least part-Irish, I can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (or St. Paddy’s Day, but never St. Patty’s Day) this year! Of course, this probably will entail Diana and I sitting around being homebodies (I know you’re jealous)! But if we see any leprechauns lurking around behind the fridge, we’ll be sure and have him say a few words for our next TLDR. Promise.

Unless, of course, he’s on a murderous rampage to reclaim his lost pot of gold. Then we may go out for dinner until he works out his issues.

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

Why Can’t Microsoft Afford a Failure with Windows 8?

Okay, that’s enough. After reading this analysis on InfoWorld (Why Microsoft can afford to lose with Windows 8), I just had to set the record straight. The bottom line? Windows ain’t as important as it used to be, and Microsoft knows it. At least, I hope key people at Microsoft take that into consideration before the Windows brand is further relegated. Microsoft can’t afford to wait to fix Windows 8′s mistakes in a Windows 9; it needs to address a massive “Consumer Preview” problem before the final version ships. Why Can’t Microsoft Afford a Failure with Windows 8? I’ll tell you why!

How Do You Email Large Files (Gigs) to a Group?

When one of Sherman DeForest’s clients says there is a problem with the Internet, that can mean almost anything. But in this case, it was a combination of things — one of which actually related to the Internet. It boiled down to two issues: what she wanted to do and how she wanted a browser to behave. But one important question may here be answered: How do you email large files to a group?

Could Windows 8 Destroy Microsoft’s Hold on the Enterprise Market?

Microsoft has a firm grip on the world of small business and enterprise computing. Workstations at offices both small and large are typically filled with workstations pre-loaded with one version of Windows or another. While not everyone uses Windows at home, the business world depends on a level of consistency to keep everything running smoothly, especially when it comes to IT systems. With Microsoft taking a step in the mobile direction with Windows 8, the question remains as to whether or not this operating system will be a hit or a miss in the business world. Could Microsoft actually lose ground in its biggest market?

Will Having Car-makers Block Access to Handheld Devices Work?

In previous articles, I have written of my support for a total ban on the use of any handheld device when one is operating a motor vehicle. In these articles I pointed out my personal view that smartphones, especially when it comes to texting, are a distraction to the driver. In addition, I also believe that to safely operate any vehicle without endangering those around him, the driver should have two hands on the wheel at all times. These are general safety concerns, since texting, talking on your cellphone, or eating can result in inattention leading to the death of others if you are responsible for running a stop sign or veering off the road. To solve the problem, will having car-makers block access to handheld devices work?

Top 10 Music Android Apps

We all love music — it makes the world go round. Sure, you can listen to music that you’ve loaded on to your device, but sometimes you don’t have a song that you like or need something a little more. The Android platform is great for playing music and enjoying the experience of the device; sometimes, though, we need more than just the stock music app. In this article, I’ve outlined some of the top music apps and music utilities that you can get on almost every Android device. This selection of apps is just limited to our top 10; if we could list every app that we like, we’d have an article a mile long. Today we’re keeping it short and sweet with our top 10 music apps on Android.

Borglar Turns Your City Into a Video Game Through Augmented Reality

Augmented reality has been a dream of geeks for decades. The idea of putting on a set of glasses or having a chip implanted in your head that creates a virtual HUD augmenting everything you see sounds like something right out of science fiction. Until recently, it has been. Now, augmented reality apps are available for smartphones and companies are racing to see which one can create interfaces that can exist everywhere from a set of eyeglasses to contacts you can actually put on your eyes. One of these apps hopes to turn your city into a giant video game. Borglar gives you the ability to see and collect prizes and special deals at stores you are actually near. Collecting coins and medallions as you play will also allow you to win real-world prizes offered by sponsors of the app. Matt Ryan spoke briefly with Dave Sanguinetti, the President of Borglar, to find out exactly what Borglar is and why folks should give it a try.

Back Link of the Day

Thanks to Preston Gralla of Computerworld for referencing LockerGnome in his article, Big backlash is building against Windows 8. Will Microsoft listen? 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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