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How to Switch from Windows to Mac


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Long-time community member and contributor Lamarr has long been a die-hard Windows fan. However, as evidenced in this video, he is beginning a switch over to the other side. Whether Apple is the Dark Side or not remains to be seen. This is something Lamarr has researched and thought about for months. He is convinced that he is making the best decision for himself and his business.

That’s what it boils down to, folks – a personal decision. I cannot tell you what to buy, nor can I condemn you for your choices. Until I am paying for your devices, I’m pretty sure I have no say at all. It’s my job as a tech reviewer to give you honest feedback about the various devices and gadgets that I have bought or which have been sent to me to review. Those videos and blog posts are simply additions to the ways in which you can learn about each product for yourself. They’re not there as a means of my telling you what is the right thing for you to buy.

What’s right for me may well not be right for you. What’s right for Lamarr may not be what’s right for you. What’s right for you… well, you get the picture. This is the beautiful thing about the tech industry: we each have our own sets of desires and needs. There are millions of product out there aimed at fulfilling whatever hole it is you have in your life or business. Yes, it can be difficult at times to narrow down the choices. In the end, though, it’s your choice to make. Bashing someone for what they CHOOSE is pretty dang stupid if you ask me.

It’s a HUGE deal to have Lamarr switching over to Mac. For fifteen years, he’s built computers for himself and others – based around Windows. He didn’t hate Macs, but he admits he used to wish that they had never been created. The closed atmosphere bothered him greatly… and there were limited software choices years ago.

Lamarr’s vision of what “closed” means has drastically changed in recent years. Back in the day, it meant simply that you were limited by choices on software and portability. Today, closed (in relation to Apple) means simply that Apple controls their hardware and other features as closely as possible. Lamarr has begun to see the light – by having this control, Apple is able to deliver solid performance every single time. This also marshals protection for the users.

I commend Lamarr for making a change that he felt was necessary to move him forward. It doesn’t matter to me that he went from Windows to OS X. What matters is that he did his homework, weighed his options and decided what the best choice was for him. Hate on him all you want, Windows fanboys – but he had the guts to try something new and realize that it fit his needs better than what he had in the past.

Good on you, Lamarr!

Borders, Bieber and WilsonTech1 – Thanks for the Memories


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Today is Lamarr’s last regular video on Lockergnome, and he used the opportunity to discuss another sad story: The death of Borders. According to the Wall Street Journal, they are preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy which will affect a good potion of their 674 stores nationwide. eReaders and eBooks are to blame for their demise, although the store itself may be to blame for not jumping on the digital bandwagon like Barnes & Noble did.

It’s a bit ironic that this huge chain is being destroyed when they did the same thing to the mom & pop book stores years ago; that’s Karma for you!

Lamarr loves Borders and hopes that they can pull it together; after all, where else will crazy people go to sniff books? (Seriously, there are people out there who love the smell of books; weird!)

Lamarr would like to thank all of the Lockergnome supporters that he’s had over the last year, Chris Pirillo for his extreme kindness in allowing him on the channel, and of course Kat Armstrong for being the behind the scenes person who dealt with him and his demands (smile) on a weekly basis. She’s the glue that holds this community together… the cheese to our macaroni… the peanut butter to our jelly… and yeah. Kat just rocks.

Lamarr – thank YOU from both Kat and myself. You are a great friend and have been a lot of fun to work with each week. We’re looking forward to watching you grow your own brand and will always be cheering you on.

PS – You’re probably wondering why in the heck we included the word Bieber in this post title. If you’ve ever spent five minutes browsing Lamarr’s Tweet stream, you’d understand!! Go on – check him out and subscribe.

Why is Facebook Giving Out Your Phone Number?


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Today, Lamarr rants on Facebook because – according to him – they STILL don’t get it when it comes to privacy. Facebook is now letting third-party apps have phone numbers and addresses of users.

Even if it IS opt-in, a good percentage of Facebook users are (as Lamarr eloquently stated) “…on the 6th floor when there are only 5 flights.” People will click allow for anything to start an app quickly. Even if it is their responsibility to read the fine print, the majority of people don’t.

If Facebook knows that most of their users are not going to pay close enough attention before allowing an app to have access, then the company is seriously failing the public they supposedly are there to serve.

Should Facebook take some responsibility here to care for this segment of the population and not even make this option available to begin with?

Community Contest: Make Me a Sammich Edition


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It’s community contest time!

Last week, my assistant Kat had to be in Chicago while her Dad was in the hospital for some surgery. While she was there, our good friend Lamarr took Kat out for a fantastic lunch (or so I’m told – I wasn’t invited!). After lunch was finished, Lamarr dragged Kat out to visit Fry’s Electronics since she had (GASP!) never been to one before.

Apparently, the two friends have a long-standing tradition in which they each periodically demand the other make them a sammich. Lamarr recorded this short clip at Fry’s, and now we’re putting the question out to all of you:

Who should be making the sammich for whom?

How Does Google Affect Your Brain?


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TechCrunch had a great title for a recent article: “Just Because Google Exists Doesn’t Mean You Should Stop Asking People Things.” We get annoyed when co-workers or bosses ask us silly questions that they themselves could have Googled. However, the bigger issue is whether or not we are so reliant on Google that we are dumbing ourselves down? The Pope thinks that the Internet is increasing the risk of a “sense of solitude and disorientation” and basically numbing us, calling it an “educational emergency.”

Lamarr has to agree with TechCrunch AND the Pope. Google has become a verb, and it’s making us all a little “dumber.” We are supposed to actually learn things. Instead, we are relying on Google to tell us the answer without ever knowing how to arrive at that answer ourselves. How is this expanding our minds?

What are your thoughts?

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Is Big Brother Taking Over in the UK?


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The Telegraph in the UK reports that the Coalition Government is reviving its controversial Big Brother snooping plans. Every phone call, every email, every text, and every website visit would be stored for a specified period of time on EVERY Briton. Although they claim the “content” wouldn’t be kept, that just doesn’t seem possible.

Lamarr is outraged over this. He feels that the UK is going way too far. Every citizen who has a telephone or Internet access will be monitored in an almost creepy way.

The government claims that the actual content isn’t being kept, only records of what calls are made or received and what websites are visited. How can you really keep track of text messges and emails and NOT keep the content of those items? Do we really believe that they won’t?

Lamarr says that they need to have more freedom, and stop doing these mean things. This is definitely a touchy subject, no matter which side of the fence you are on. What are your thoughts?

As a side note, Lamarr threw a podcast online to talk about his vlog from last week regarding what you feel is legal and illegal. You’re all invited to listen in and leave your thoughts with him after.

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Where Do You Draw the Line?


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In August, the Consumerist wrote an article that asked “Which Illegal Activities Get a Pass From You?” Whether it’s torrenting media, going over the speed limit, underage drinking, or taking office supplies home, many have different definitions of what they consider to be “stealing” and “illegal.” This video raises a question about how your moral compass guides you when it comes to these life choices.

Lamarr knows that people think they “beat the system” by using torrents to obtain music, movies and software that they cannot afford. They feel that since they cannot afford it, it’s perfectly okay to steal it. It all depends on your moral upbringing.

Torrenting definitely is stealing, folks. It’s taking something that doesn’t belong to you. Taking things from the office or school that you want to use at home is stealing. Speeding is illegal. In the long run, it’s hurting someone when you do these things wrong.

Lamarr chooses not to break the law. However, he points out that he doesn’t judge anyone who does. It’s not his place to do, nor is it mine.

Where do you draw the line? Where does your moral compass stand?

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Why Do Law Enforcement Officials LOVE the iPhone?


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Did you know just how MUCH information the iPhone stores on you? Police do, and they LOVE the iPhone for making it easier to track down criminals. The Chicago Sun Times discussed exactly what the iPhone stores without your knowledge, and we discuss this in today’s video. Lamarr didn’t know that quite this much information was captured and stored without your knowledge – did you?

Detective Josh Fazio works in the Will County (Illinois) sheriff’s department high-tech crimes unit. He adores it when someone tells him there’s an iPhone as evidence in a case. He and his coworkers can often tap into the information you thought you deleted from your iPhone. The devices can help police learn where you’ve been, what you were doing there and whether you’ve got something to hide. What, exactly, can police find even if you’ve deleted information?

  • Every time an iPhone user closes out of the built-in mapping application, the phone snaps a screenshot and stores it. Savvy law-enforcement agents armed with search warrants can use those snapshots to see if a suspect is lying about whereabouts during a crime.
  • iPhone photos are embedded with GEO tags and identifying information, meaning that photos posted online might not only include GPS coordinates of where the picture was taken, but also the serial number of the phone that took it.
  • Even more information is stored by the applications themselves, including the user’s browser history. That data is meant in part to direct custom-tailored advertisements to the user, but experts said some of it could be useful to police.
  • The keyboard cache logs everything that you type in to learn autocorrect so that it can correct a user’s typing mistakes. Apple doesn’t store that cache very securely, according to former hacker Jonathan Zdziarski (who is now the author of iPhone Forensics for law enforcement officers). He contends that someone with know-how could recover months of typing in the order in which it was typed, even if the e-mail or text it was part of has long since been deleted.

Yes – you read that right. Experts can end up piecing together every single word you have typed on your phone – in chronological order. If the information isn’t stored securely as Zdziarski claims, god only knows what would happen if the wrong type of expert were to get ahold of that information.

I’m willing to bet you didn’t already know this. How do you feel about it now that you do?

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