About Computers for Newbies & Everyone Else

March 21, 2011

2011-03-21 Show Notes

Here are the links from today’s show.  Take time, sit back and enjoy reading here or listening to the podcast here.


Tech News

    Mozilla Firefox 4

  • Supposedly March 22…tomorrow. Then going to continual updates as Google Chrome has been doing.

For the First Time, More People Get News Online Than From Newspapers
End of 2010, "In surveys conducted by the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism, 34% of respondents said they read news online within the past 24 hours (as opposed to 31% who favored newspapers); and a full 41% said they get most of their news online, 10% more than those who said they got most of their news from a newspaper."

All text-based news audiences are dwindling. "Only 40% of people in the study said they read the news in an online or print newspaper, a 12% drop from five years ago."

Netflix announced that it bought "House of Cards", "… a political thriller drama series from executive producer/director David Fincher starring Kevin Spacey, which will be distributed exclusively via the company’s Internet subscription service. This marks Netflix’s first foray into original programming."

Netflix, currently has more than 20 million subscribers, (they say they will have 28 million by the end of the year — currently HBO has 28 million) things are changing in broadcast as well as paper.

Virtual Bubble Wrap
The name pretty much says it all. Go to Virtual Bubble Wrap and pop bubble wrap online. On the left side click on "Pop Now!!!" and have at it.

Total time waster but I know some of you love to do it in real life, now you can go virtual.

The Daily Puppy
Kim Komando mentioned this one a couple of weeks ago. It was SO SPECIAL that I knew Jim would have to tell the world. Basically a newspaper about Puppies!

Virtual Router
This tip came from Tammy in Charlottesville. Thanks and keep them coming.
You have a connection to the net on one computer and want someone else to use it. Like if you have an Air Card and want you wife to get on the net too.

Virtual Router is a free, open source software based router for PCs running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 ONLY. Using Virtual Router, users can wirelessly share any internet connection (Wifi, LAN, Cable Modem, Dial-up, Cellular, etc.) with any other Wifi device. These devices connect to Virtual Router just like any other access point, and the connection is completely secured using WPA2 (the most secure wireless encryption.)

Sonic the Hedgehog
OK all of you old-time gamers from 1991 when Sonic hit the world, play it online here.

MAME Games
I mentioned MAMEs on the air this morning and others have already told you all you need to know…and more.  I chose the info below from random from the many out there, but the info is good.  It is a Google Group. (

The easiest way is to download MAME32:

Put some ROMs in the roms folder, and fire it up. Also, check out the MAME FAQ for more details on everything MAME:

And MAMEWorld has more links to great MAME stuff:

I totally agree with the a closing remark I read, “Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it seems at first…”

Have a great time until next month, Monday, April 18, 2011.

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