Show of 4-7-2012

Email and Forum Questions

  • Email from Eddy: Hi Guys, I cannot hear your show live and therefore love listening to the mp3’s. What’s happened to them? None have been updated since March 10. Sincerely I need more mp3’s, Eddie
  • Tech Talk Responds: Eddie. This week’s show as well as the last three weeks will be posted by Monday. Sorry for the delay. I have been on a remote island scuba diving.
  • Email from James Messick: Dear Dr. Shurts (& Jim), Over the years I have taken a collected number of digital photos. As I have moved from computer to computer I have managed to have duplicate collections of photos in various places. These are MOSTLY duplicates. If I collect all these photos under one master folder, is there a program which will analyze them and create a single master collection with no duplicates. It would also be nice to have them grouped by creation date. Thanks, love the show as always. When will Mary Ann be winning an iPad 3? James Messick, Kernersville, NC
  • Tech Talk Responds: Organize your digital photos with Picasa. Picasa is a free download for Windows and a Linux version is available over at Google Labs. Once you download Picasa and install it, Picasa will set to work finding and organizing all the pictures and videos on your machine by date added. Depending on how many pictures you have, this process can take a while to complete
  • On the left are all the folders that contain photos that Picasa found on your machine; this list is sorted by creation date by default, but you can change it by selecting “View”, then “Folder View”. I prefer “Sort By Name”. On the bottom, you’ll see what Picasa calls the Photo Tray; basically, this is the workstation section of Picasa, where photos can be edited, blogged, printed, ordered, etc.
  • Once Picasa finishes scanning your computer for images, you will have all your photos in one convenient place. There were three main organizational hurdles that you needed to tackle:
    • Renaming. It supports group renaming to save time.
    • Organization of folders. Folders named with Event and Date seem to work. Use the folder Tree View and doing this. It is easier to manage.
    • A more meaningful sorting system. Use the Picasa star system to identify keepers for quick retrieval.
  • Picasa even has a face identification system. As soon as you identify someone a few times. It locates every picture where they appear. Picasa also lets you edit and adjust photos.
  • Email from Margaret: Dr Shurtz, I have Verizon FiOS and just downloaded and installed Win Live Mail b/c verizon support is non-existent and ONLY Arrogant. I never wish to call them ever again. How do I get my account settings/data to put into WLM to make WLM be my sole send and receive email application? Thanks! Maryland regular listener, Margaret
  • Tech Talk Responds: Before you set up Windows Mail, start by collecting the following information for each e?mail account. You will need to enter this information during the setup process:
    • Your e?mail address and password.
    • The type of e?mail server your e?mail service uses.
    • The address of the incoming and outgoing e?mail servers used by your e?mail provider.
  • Windows Mail supports three types of e?mail servers.
    • Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3) servers. Most e?mail services and ISPs use this type of server, especially for personal e?mail accounts.
    • Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) servers. These servers let you work with e?mail messages without downloading them to your computer first.
    • Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) servers. This outgoing mail server handles the sending of your e?mail messages to the Internet.
  • Here are server addresses for some of the most popular e?mail services:
    • Yahoo!: pop.mail.yahoo.com (incoming) and smtp.mail.yahoo.com (outgoing)
    • AOL: imap.aol.com (incoming) and smtp.aol.com (outgoing)
    • Gmail: pop.gmail.com (incoming) and smtp.gmail.com (outgoing)
  • ·Once you have collected the required information for each e?mail account, you can start setting up Windows Mail.
    • Open Windows Mail by clicking the Start button, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Mail.
    • Click the Tools menu, and then click Accounts.
    • Click Add.
    • Click E?mail Account, click Next, and then follow the instructions.
  • Email from Phenomenal Female: Dear Dr. R. Shurtz, I sometimes get emails from people I don’t know with attachments. Seems we’ve universally been told to never open an attachment you don’t trust. I happened to notice that in Verizon email client, if I Right click on the attachment/download word, I get these choices (see my SAFE attachment to this email). What does ‘Inspect Element_Q’ mean or do for me? Is there anything a recipient of email attachments can do to protect oneself, short of deleting them– some of them I would like to look at. Thank You Doc. M
  • Tech Talk Responds: Inspect Element(Q) is a feature in Firefox? This option is given to inspect/debug/monitor the HTML/CSS/JavaScripts/DOM of a Web Page or Website. This feature/tool is mainly used by web developers to find out how the web pages behave. This feature also lets us check coding of each part/element of the page by just hovering or clicking on the element.
  • It does not check whether an attachment is safe. You must have virus protection software installed on your computer. This software will scan any attachments prior to download.
  • Email from Bethesda fan: Dear Doc Shurtz, I get a ton of junk emails into the Verizon inbox. Their web-based access: http://mail.verizon.com/webmail/ offers a blocking feature, that obviously is not doing what it is supposed to be doing…Meaning, I get these emails from: help@topjobzone.com and, as you see from the screenshot I’ve attached here I’d already added this to the BLOCK THESE EMAILERS yet the spamming email is still coming in! WHY can’t Verizon offer a block email feature that Does WORK? What else can I do to remove the creeps from at least continuing once they’ve found my email address? Thanks, Weekly Bethesda Listener & fan!!!!!!
  • Tech Talk Responds: For a two week period in March, the volume of spam accepted by Verizon was much higher. They apparently fixed the problem the first week of April. At least the user forum has indicated so. There are still many complaints about Verizon spam filtering (both outbound and inbound). It is clearly not as good as Google’s spam filters, which are crowd sourced.
  • Email from Led by Brain: Dear Doc Shurtz, I have to capture all attendees from LiveMeeting training sessions. As you know, user clicks on the Attendee tab and those who have connected via LiveMeeting link they were emailed are shown. Right now I do a screen shot to capture the 200+ attendees to ongoing training sessions that will be going on for several weeks. THEN I am typing their names into an excel spreadsheet. There has to be a better way! Can I somehow export the attendee list? Just tell me there is some way to avoid having to individually retype these names—I need this list in a digital format of Some Kind. Most appreciated. A Loyal listener who listens every Sat @ 9 AM : ) Bethesda Woman
  • Tech Talk Responds: A meeting organizer or an account administrator can generate an attendance report. This report includes a list of users who attended the meeting together with information about when the users logged on and how long they were connected.
  • To generate an attendance report, follow these steps:
    • Log on to the Live Meeting Manager as the meeting organizer or as an account administrator.
    • On the My Home page, click Reports under View.
    • On the View Reports page, click Meeting List.
    • On the Meeting List Report page, click the meeting ID of the meeting for which you want to generate the attendance report under Report.
  • To view the report in comma-separated form, click Download CSV on the Meeting Attendance Report page. Then, you can copy the information to a worksheet or to a database.
  • Email from Lauren: Dr. Richard Shurtz, My small team are being given a digital copy of all the documents that each of these regional officers are presenting to the Board. Documentation consists of PowerPoint and Word documents, which contain graphics. I have to build digital packets to be place in a portfolio using Adobe Acrobat Pro. What I am hoping is you might identify for me is what we need to get resolved to make this work.  Anything you can recommend/advise is appreciated. Thanks! Lauren
  • Tech Talk Responds: Adobe Acrobat Pro can be used for PDF archiving. PDF/A is an ISO standard 19005. It is used by Records managers, archivists, compliance managers. It provides specifications for the creation, viewing, and printing of digital documents used for long-term preservation. PDF/A preserves and protects final documents of record as self-contained files. It does not allow references to external content because those items might not exist in years to come. PDF/A-1 is based on PDF v1.4. Adobe has a whitepaper on PDF archiving. Use the standards outlined in that paper. Link to paper: http://wwwimages.adobe.com/www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/industryinsights/solutions/pdfs/33-pdfafor-acrobat.pdf

Profiles in IT: Ben Silbermann

  • Ben Silbermann is co-founder of Pinterest, the third most popular social networking site in the US, behind Facebook and Twitter.
  • Pinterest is a social networking site with a visually-pleasing “virtual pinboard” interface.
  • Users collect photos and link to products they love, creating their own pinboards and following the pinboards of other people whom they find interesting.
  • As a child, Silbermann enjoyed collecting things, from insects to stamps. So this website is an extension of his childhood passion.
  • Pinterest was built to help people continue their collections online.
  • Silbermann’s parents were doctors and he was pre-med in college.
  • During his junior year, Silbermann had a change of heart. After graduation he took a consulting job in Washington, D.C.
  • He began reading technology blogs and enjoyed learning about what people were building. He enjoyed Tech CRUNCH, Digg, and Kevin Rose.
  • He was hired by Google to design products like display ads.
  • He really wanted to develop products, but was not an engineer, so he was restrained.
  • Silbermann resigned and spent the next few months figuring out his life.
  • He connected with a friend from college, Paul Sciarra, and the two began trying a few ideas while watching their personal savings dwindle.
  • Development of Pinterest began in December 2009, and the site launched as a closed beta in March 2010. The site proceeded to operate in invitation-only open beta.
  • It was a very slow launch. Nine months after launch the website had only 10,000 users. Yet Silbermann persevered. He didn’t have any other option.
  • Silbermann said he personally wrote to the site’s first 5,000 users offering his personal phone number and even meeting with some of its users.
  • Silbermann and a few programmers operated the site out of a small apartment until the summer of 2011.
  • On August, 2011, Time listed Pinterest in its “50 Best Websites of 2011” article.
  • The Pinterest app for iPhone was last updated in February 2012.
  • Pinterest Mobile, launched September 2011, is the version for non-iPhone users.
  • In December 2011, the site became one of the top 10 largest social network services, according to Hitwise data, with 11 million total visits per week.
  • In January 2012, Pinterest  was named the best new startup of 2011 by TechCrunch.
  • In January 2012 comScore reported the site had 11.7 million unique users, making it the fastest site in history to break through the 10 million unique visitor mark.
  • Most of the site’s users are female, with 97% of the site’s Facebook “likes” being made by women. It is viewed as Facebook for women.
  • According to Experian Hitwise the site became the 3rd largest social network in the US in March 2012, surpassing Linkedin and Tagged.
  • Pinterest has received $37.5M ($500K angel, $10M Series A, $27M Series B)
  • The firm was valued at $200M on October 2011 by the Series B investors.
  • Website: http://www.pinterest.com.
  • Blog: http://blog.pinterest.com 

Second Largest Porn Site Uncovered

  • YouPorn, the second largest porn site, told ExtremeTech about its backend.
  • Here are a few of the facts.
    • YouPorn has over 100 terabytes of porn on its server.
    • The site delivers over 100 million page views each day.
    • That amounts to almost a petabyte of a data transfered each day.
    • When people are exceptionally busy on the site, it can deliver 4,000 pages a second.
    • ExtremeTech calculates that that adds up to 800Gbps, or 100 gigabytes per second.
    • This is about 2% of the Internet’s total traffic.
  • Thus, the second largest porn site in the world, at peak, is 2% of the Internet.
  • And YouPorn has the capability to handle twice the load of what it currently delivers.
  • That’s a lot of porn. We can start singing the Internet Porn song now.

ATT will unlock iPhones After Contract Expires

  • AT&T it will begin unlocking iPhone for customers, but only after they are no longer under contract.
  • Customers also have to be in good financial standing, an AT&T representative told AllThingsDigital on Friday.
  • Engadget reported AT&T’s policy change earlier in the day.
  • The move could help boost the resale value for people looking to sell their no-longer-on-contract iPhones.
  • In addition, the move could help longtime iPhone owners traveling overseas, who can get their phone unlocked and buy a local SIM in the country they are visiting.
  • AT&T, of course, is more than happy to let you call and surf on its network while travelling, but its steep roaming prices add up quickly.
  • Those looking to travel overseas earlier in their contract could benefit from going with Sprint or Verizon.
  • Verizon’s iPhones, for example, ship with a SIM card locked to Verizon and its international roaming partners, but those who have been customers for 60 days and are in good standing can have their phones unlocked.