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What is Port Forwarding?


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Most people nowadays use Broadband Internet, which means they are always connected. Make sure you’re protected with a firewall. If you do have one, and you need to access something on your computer from another place, you can open a port… which is called Port Forwarding.

Any software that requires Internet access has a port assigned to it. The application uses this specific port to access what it needs to. For instance, if you use IRC, then you would normally connect to port 6667. Programs such as mIRC or Colloquy will ask you during setup which port to use. I recently did a video about using my iPhone to connect to IRC . In order to do this, I have to open the port and secure it with a password. I then use the iPhone to connect to that port on my Mac at home, and voila! I can chat.

Of course, if I try to connect, my router needs to know where to forward me. What machine on my network do I need? What specific port and application? This is where your router comes in handy. If you open up your router in your Control Panel, there will be a page about port forwarding to help you set it up.

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Latptop Theft Security Locks


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Aviator1616 wonders if there is a mechanism that will physically lock up a laptop… much like a bike chain would do. The good news is that there are such things, as well as their software theft deterrent counterparts.

Not long ago, I recorded a video about LoJack, which is a theft deterrent plan for laptops. As soon as I uploaded this one, I received emails telling me about similar products, namely Undercover for Macs, and The Laptop Lock (which is FREE) for Windows. Any of these programs provide excellent recovery rates.

For a physical device, sure. Many laptops have a little loop built right onto them where you can affix a lock or chain. If your laptop doesn’t have one of these, you can always purchase a slot adapter kit. Kensington has several different locking options for your laptop… and many other devices you may have. Yes, you’ll have to pay around $40.00 USD, but isn’t that a small price to pay in comparison to a several *thousand* dollar laptop?

Another idea is to simply have a sticker or sign. Use something like “This laptop is protected by LoJack”. Often, this is enough to deter many theives in the first place. They know that the laptop is somehow protected, and they will likely be caught and prosecuted. Therefore, they’ll likely look for another one to try and steal.

What other security devices or programs do you know of or use? I’m always interested in hearing what you have to say! Leave me a comment, or shoot me an email. Until then… E ya later!

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MAC Address Vendor Identification


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – I recently purchased a new router… a Wireless N. I now have better signal, and my network is certainly flowing faster. I was looking at my router the other day, and saw that I had an unknown MAC address there. What?? Thankfully, I know how to discover the identity.

A MAC address is the short term for a Media Access Control address. Every device has one. It’s an identifier, so to speak. It is a number that acts like a name for a particular network adapter, so, for example, the network cards in two different computers will have different names, or MAC addresses, as would an Ethernet adapter and a wireless adapter in the same computer, and as would multiple network cards in a router.

Luckily, I knew there are websites that can help you figure out what the heck a particular MAC address belongs to. So, I copied down the MAC addy, and off I went to coffer.com. I typed in the MAC addy and voila! The site told me what vendor (manufacturer) this particular MAC address came from. Hmmm. Microsoft? What the…. ohhhhh, right! The XBOX360! Ponzi turned it on the other day and used it to watch a DVD. Therefore, it connected to the network. I went down and check the XBOX, and yep. That’s the offending device.

You can also spoof a MAC address if need be. Years ago I had a different ISP who only allowed one device on the network to access the internet. They knew I had no other choice, as I told them right up front. I manually spoofed my other MAC addresses to make them appear to be the same as the original computer. That way, everything on my network could still access the Internet. Being a home office kind of guy, I didn’t have much choice!

Be sure to stop by and visit us crazy people in the chat room, or drop me an email. I love hanging out with everyone, and I love to read your emails!

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Free Apps for USB Drives


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – A user writes in to ask if there are more apps they can put on a USB stick and run from there? YES! You can put more than just an email and a browser on a USB stick… including an entire operating system!

There are tons of apps that you can throw onto a USB stick and use it. Provided you have enough space on your USB stick, you can have several programs on there all at once.

Here are a few sites that list several of the apps available for use from a USB stick:

  • PortableApps.com Tagged as “Your Digital Life: Anywhere.” There is an excellent “new” feature along the right side.
  • Makeuseof.com Excellent site with a smaller listing of apps and tools.
  • Loosewire.typepad.com is a HUGE site, full of information and portable resources. Separated into easy-to-navigate categories, this comprehensive list even includes Security Programs, a complete VoIP package, and much more.

What other sites and suggestions do you have for our friend? As always, leave me a comment or shoot me an email.

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USB Power Through An Airplane's Audio Jack


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Ponzi and I leave for a trip to Germany on Saturday. I’ve been concerned about how I can get power for my devices while on the flight. Now, I have my answer.

Not long ago, I recorded a video showing off all my travel gear. These are devices, adapters and the like that go with me when I have to be on the road… and a few new ones bought for this trip. I’ve been confused as to how I would manage to charge anything though, while in transit.

Enter Inflight! Inflight USB Power Unit is a plug compatible with any standard USB charging cable. The Inflight USB Power unit plugs into the passenger seat audio jack and outputs regulated power to the attached USB charging cable/connector. Now, I can plug this sucker in to my audio jack and power up my PSP, my iPod, my phone… or any of my other devices I seriously can not live without!

This is why I think all devices should charge via a USB cable, if not natively then by an adapter. Wouldn’t it be great if new houses being built had little USB outlets in the wall, right next to electrical outlets? I’m telling ya, folks. This is the wave of the future.

SO COOL. Thanks so much for this advice. The $20 or $30 I just spent on this Inflight adapter is well worth the money, and will quickly become my favorite travel gadget of all!

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Speed Up Windows Startup with a Processor Tweak


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – One of my favorite chat regulars is SWAT. Not only did he send me a very cool cap to wear, he also sent me an excellent start up optimization tip via EyeJot.

By going to my live.pirillo.com page, you can click on the EyeJot screen at the bottom right and send me a video email! SWAT sent one to me, letting me know that he had noticed that lately my startup on my Vista machine seemed incredibly slow. He’s right, it is. SWAT pointed out that by default, Windows only recognizes one Core, instead of the four that I have. So let’s take a look at his advice.

  • Click on Start>Run
  • type msconfig and click OK.
  • Once that box opens, click on the bootup tab.
  • Under the Boot tab, click on Advanced
  • Click the box next to the number of Cores, and choose the proper number from the dropdown box.
  • Apply and save the changes. Your computer may require a reboot. If it does, go ahead and do so, and notice the difference!

Once I did this, selected four Cores and rebooted, I truly did notice a marked difference in how much faster my machine booted! Thanks, SWAT… for the advice, and the cool cap!

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Office Compatibility


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – A YouTube regular is having problems with Microsoft Office. He has a new laptop running Vista, and Office 07. Documents he saves on his home laptop will not open on his college computer, because the college runs an older version of Office.

The number one thing I can recommend is to download the free Office Compatibility Pack. A compatibility pack is available to make sure that you can open and save Office Open XML Formats in earlier versions of Microsoft Office.

Another option available to you is to save your files differently. If you’re just doing Word documents, be sure to save them as RTF (or Rich Text Format) files. This allows a wider variety of compatibility, and will let you open your documents in older versions of Word. Of course, this won’t save special formatting and things. It will save your font, bolding, etc.

Have you thought of using something like Open Office or Google Docs? Both are free programs, and very easy to use. You’ll have a lot more flexibility on opening, saving and editing your documents and presentations from anywhere, using any computer.

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Gnomedex 2007 – Guy Kawasaki


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Guy Kawasaki speaks live at Gnomedex, 2007.

Guy Kawasaki is a managing director of Garage Technology Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm and a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine. Previously, he was an Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. Guy is the author of eight books including The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. He has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

Evangelism is loosely defined as “Militant zeal for a cause”. In this instance, we are discussing Tech Evangelism. In Guy’s opinion, most high tech CEOs suck as speakers. Thus, Guy has instituted his “11 points of Evangelism”, to use in all his talks. Following are those points:

Make meaning The people whose goal it is to flip their companies in twelve months for selling are the ones who normally fail.

Make a mantra that explains why you exist A mantra is normally two or three words. Mission statements are a huge mistakes. In Silicon Valley, developing a mission statement is a two-day offsite trip where they hire a third-party leader. The first day is spent in team exercises.

Roll the DICEE This stands for: D eep. I ntelligent. C omplete. Elegant. E motive.

Niche Thyself You want to provide high value to the customer along with the ability to provide a unique product or service. Examples are Fandango or Quiksilver watches, as well as a Breitling Emergency watch, Smart Car, LG Kimchi refrigerator.

Let a hundred flowers blossom You will be surprised that the people you make your product for don’t use it, and the people you didn’t think would use it are the ones adopting it. If it happens, take the money and ask the people why they are buying it and give them more reason.

Make it personal Most marketing people in tech try to describe their product/service in lofty terms. How does this product affect YOU?

Find the true influencers Startups try to find the CXO person. The higher you go in most organizations, the thinner the air. The influencers are tech support, database admins, secretaries, etc.

Enable test drives You WANT people to test your products and your ideas.

Look for agnostics, not atheists In other words, you can’t necessarily sell to somebody who is against the concept, but you can sell to somebody who is not familiar with it at all.

Provide a slippery slope You want to suck them into your cause by giving easy changes to they fall right in to your product or service.

Don’t let the bozos grind you down If you have something revolutionary, people are going to tell you that you are going to fail.

In closing, Guy reminds us all that when it comes to releasing new products, his motto is: “Don’t Worry… be Crappy!”. It’s ok if there are bugs in your first release. That is expected by consumers. If you wait to release until you feel your product is perfect, someone else will have beat you to the punch. Make the best first release you can, and get it out there. Learn from the feedback you’re given, and improve your product.

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Gnomedex, 2007 – Darren Barefoot


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Darren Barefoot speaks at Gnomedex, 2007.

Darren Barefoot is a writer, technologist and marketer who lives in Vancouver, Canada. While his undergraduate degree was in Creative Writing and Theatre, he always had a deep love of computers. Ever since his parents brought home their first dual disc drive IBM PC, he was smitten. So, mostly, he writes about technology.

Darren begins by telling us he’s been doing some serious thinking lately about how he wants to be remembered. Cut to a slide showing a tombstone that reads “He pimped some software”. (Darren’s day job is doing marketing for high-tech companies). He’s been contemplating on ways to change that, ways to leave a better legacy behind. Enter The Stacy. Darren met Stacy, who he believes is a homeless woman, near a hot dog stand in Vancouver. Occasionally, he used to buy her a hot dog. That little gesture, buying somebody lunch, that seemed like a minimum amount of charity you could do. One act, one meal, a few bucks. One day it dawned on him: “One meal, for one person….”. In Darren’s own words:

” We need a basic currency for measuring good deeds, so I’m going to go with the aforementioned lunch. One meal for one person. And, in honor of that woman by the hot dog stand, I’m calling it the Stacy. Buy one lunch for one person, and that’s a Stacy.

So, keep somebody alive for a year, and you’ve earned about 1100 Stacies. The actual dollar amount would vary depending where that person is in the world, but one lunch for one person equals one Stacy.”

Darren goes on to discuss many wonderful charities, and how we could do our part to help them, thus earning us Stacy’s.

The gist, folks, is to urge us to use our collective brainpower, our creative outlets, and our voices to make a difference. Don’t assume others can change the world without you. Each of us has power within ourselves to bring about change, do good, and impact ourselves and those around us. Don’t YOU want to leave behind a good legacy?
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Gnomedex – Robert Steele


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Robert Steele presented the Keytone address at Gnomedex, 2007.

Robert Steele is a former Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer for twenty years and was the second-ranking civilian (GS-14) in U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence from 1988-1992. Steele is a former clandestine services case officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. He is the founder and CEO of OSS.Net as well as the Golden Candle Society. Steele also was a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Marine Corps University in the mid-1990s.

From Robert himself:

“Your mission, if you wish to accept it, is to help create the Earth Intelligence Network. Make it your own. This is the new printing press, you control what, when, where, and how. This is a non-profit meant to augment human capacity and preserve the commonwealth. The only strong suggestions I have is that you focus on reality, that you integrate real-world budgets, and that you think about Serious Games with truthful data sets as the next big leap in understanding and blogging in time and space for results.

I think of bloggers as the Paul Revere’s of our time, digitally sounding the alarm, making sense, connecting dots. Bloggers can both discern, and disseminate. You are all, as are Hackers, pushing the edge of the envelope. You have the right stuff. We need more of it. In my view, up to this point you have been the militia, lurking in the woods and working often alone. The time has come to organize. I challenge you to do for public intelligence what LINUX has tried to do for open source software.”

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