About Computers for Newbies & Everyone Else

February 20, 2012

2012-02-20 WSVA Show Notes

Today, “Facebook” seemed to take over the show.  Do you like the new timeline feature? Do you think it should be optional, removed, left in place or something else? Do you even know/care what it is, if so visit PC Magazine and see the lowdown about it?

Let us know, but while you are thinking here is what else we discussed on todays show, along with the entire podcast here.

Tech News
Are you a nomophobe?
Are you a nomophobe — afraid of losing your mobile phone? There’s help!

Kelly Reeves was getting ready for a trip when her phone slipped into a sink full of water. Panic moment! She quickly picked up the wet device and tried to turn it on, but nothing worked. Her first reaction? She got dressed, drove to the nearest store, and bought a new model at full retail price.

A new study conducted by security-authentication company SecurEnvoy finds that fear of losing your phone is a common ailment. About 66 percent of those surveyed suffer from nomophobia (or “no mobile phone phobia ”); interestingly, more women worry about losing their phone than men.

Apple Textbooks
Introducing an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, current, engrossing, and truly interactive. A textbook created by publishers using a new authoring tool from Apple. A textbook brought to life by iPad.

Paper textbooks are expensive to produce and expensive for schools to buy (RON’S THOUGHT: but will that really change? Look at the cost of paper books to ebooks now…no difference). Which is why schools are forced to use a book for several years to make the finances work. But information changes so quickly that some textbooks are out of date almost before they’re published. And as books are passed along from one student to the next, they get more highlighted, dog-eared, tattered, and worn. Heavy backpacks. Weighed-down students.

It’s no secret that paper textbooks are heavy. But what you may not know is that backpack weight is an increasing problem among kids. Studies show that heavy backpacks can lead to both chronic back pain and poor posture — and many kids are carrying a quarter of their body weight in textbooks. is the most popular, comprehensive and up-to-date source of drug information online. Providing free, peer-reviewed, accurate and independent data on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines & natural products. Find helpful tools, wallet size personal medication records, mobile applications and more.

Pill Identifier is a good one. You find a pill laying around the house. Give it the numbers stamped into it, the shape and or color and it tells you what the pill is.

Dad Shoots Daughter’s Computer 
(Be warned! Some profanity ensues.)

Agree with the dad or not, I think he gets the point across.

I hope to see you here next month for the next EXCITING podcast!

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