EPD 304: Fan Mail Friday’s (05/27/2016)

May 27, 2016

Dear (CSW) Team,

What is your opinion on devices with non-removable batteries ?

Sent In By “Just Like A Phat Brick Redux

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What is your opinion on devices with non-removable batteries ?

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Remy’s Reply: I hate the idea. But I understand why companies do it. Mainly to prevent hacking or modding.

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Matt’s Reply:  I’m with Remy on this one. It’s a terrible idea that should never have been adopted by the technical companies around the world. I’ve had batteries on devices like phones die on me before, and I’ve just brought a new one to replace it. Now I can’t do that.  It’s been done to prevent things like hacking or modding, like what happened with Sony’s PSP.

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Erin’s Reply: I also hate the idea and don’t really get it. Should it not be the consumers choice if he or she wants a device with a removable batteries or not. I say it should be reflected in the price. Why not make it a little cheaper for non-removable and a little bit of a bump up in price for removable. At least that way you have a choice.

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Danny’s Reply: I don’t really care as I always tend to upgrade to the newest thing in what ever category. I’ve had no issues thus far. But it does get rather expensive if you need repairs done.

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So if you are keen and want all the latest (CSW) news, reviews and features. You can follow us via our main Twitter Page @ https://twitter.com/#!/Computer_Savvy or via Remy’s own personal Twitter Page https://twitter.com/#!/RemySe7en .

 

PS: Just a heads up to all our readership. He does indeed follow everyone back. If you follow him on his own personal Remy “Se7en” Twitter account.

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Till Next Friday,

Erin


What is a “PDA” ?

May 24, 2016

PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) – A mobile device (Also known as a handheld PC, or personal data assistant) that functions as a personal information manager. The term evolved from Personal Desktop Assistant, a software term for an application that prompts or prods the user of a computer with suggestions or provides quick reference to contacts and other lists. PDAs were largely discontinued in the early 2010s after the widespread adoption of highly capable, in particular iOS and Android-based, smartphones.

Nearly all PDAs have the ability to connect to the Internet. A PDA has an electronic visual display, enabling it to include a web browser, all models also have audio capabilities enabling use as a portable media player, and also enabling most of them to be used as mobile phones. Most PDAs can access the Internet, intranets or extranets via Wi-Fi or Wireless Wide Area Networks. Most PDAs employ touchscreen technology.

The first PDA was released in 1984 by Psion, the Organizer. Followed by Psion’s Series 3, in 1991, which began to resemble the more familiar PDA style. It also had a full keyboard. The term PDA was first used on January 7, 1992 by Apple Computer CEO John Sculley at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, referring to the Apple Newton. In 1994, IBM introduced the first PDA with full mobile phone functionality, the IBM Simon, which can also be considered the first smartphone. Then in 1996, Nokia introduced a PDA with full mobile phone functionality, the 9000 Communicator, which became the world’s best-selling PDA. The Communicator spawned a new category of PDAs: the “PDA phone”, now called “smartphone”. Another early entrant in this market was Palm, with a line of PDA products which began in March 1996. The terms “personal digital assistant” and “PDA” apply to smartphones but are not used in marketing, media, or general conversation to refer to devices such as the BlackBerry, iPad or iPhone.

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Source: Wikipedia


MintVine – Survey Site Review (May 2016)

May 23, 2016

Name: MintVine

Link: http://mintvine.com/

Who Is Eligible To Participate: Anybody

Type of Award Or Payment: Paypal or Amazon.com E-gift card

Points Or Cash Normally Earned Per Survey: 5  – 100

Sign-Up Time: Very Short

How Many Survey Invitations Should You Expect Per Week: 7 – 30

How Long Does It Take To Collect A Reward Or Cash Out: Not long at all. Just think you’ll earn 5 points per day just on the survey polls they do. And you’ll also earn between 5 to 30 points per survey you have attempted. While completed surveys will net you between 70 and 100 points.

Do They Spam You: Yes, expect a lot of junk mail invites in your junk bin.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 – With at least 5 points a day and plenty of surveys to complete with a low $10 cash out level. You’ll be more then happy you joined this survey site. And they pay you in US dollars. So bonus to all the Canadian members out there.

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Till The Next Review,

Remy “Se7en”


Blog Update #424 – Time Off -Week 4-

May 22, 2016

Dear Readers,

As the title suggests this is week 4 of the time we are taking off from our regular duties. We will still be posting 4 posts a week minimum and answering comments. That would be our Survey Site Reviews our Terms and Definitions and Fan Mail Fridays and our Weekly Blog Updates.

Till The Next Blog Update,

Erin


EPD 303: Fan Mail Friday’s (05/20/2016)

May 20, 2016

Dear (CSW) Team,

Have you guys tried any dating websites or would recommend a site for me to use  ?

Sent In By “In Due Course Redux

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Have you guys tried any dating websites or would recommend a site for me to use  ?

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Remy’s Reply: Nope, at least not at this point in my life. I’ve been told by friends though to never say never.

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Matt’s Reply: Personally I don’t use dating sites of any kind. I’m of the approach that says if I want to meet a girl, then I’ll go out to a pub, club, concert, football match, or one of the many other social events available to meet someone. It’s all a matter of having the time though, as my job(s) and paying the bills come first.

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Erin’s Reply: I’ve used E-Harmony and Plenty Of fish. No luck yet. I’m currently looking elsewhere bars clubs and friends of friends.  

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Danny’s Reply: I’ve used Facebook as my dating website. Thou it can be tricky because there tends to be more info on yourself on sites like Facebook. So it can be harder or easier depends on your profile I guess. Mine has a lot of pics and silly little wall notes and tags. But I figured why not use what I am using anyways Right !

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Kirbe’s Reply: What’s a dating website ? Just kidding, my dating website is my local pub or kareoke spot. I figure make a fool of myself before hand, as it leads to less of potential awkwardness. It’s a theory I’ve been cultivating for about 3 years now.

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So if you are keen and want all the latest (CSW) news, reviews and features. You can follow us via our main Twitter Page @ https://twitter.com/#!/Computer_Savvy or via Remy’s own personal Twitter Page https://twitter.com/#!/RemySe7en .

 

PS: Just a heads up to all our readership. He does indeed follow everyone back. If you follow him on his own personal Remy “Se7en” Twitter account.

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Erin


Mirekusoft Install Monitor (3.0.476.0) – Paidware Review

May 18, 2016

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5.0 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results
  • N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program

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V. 7.5 – “Mirekusoft Install Monitor Review Template

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Price: Standard: $11.99 / Premium: $24.99

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A. Installation for Install Monitor – 4.5Great” – Even though you need to install SQL Server Client to make Install Monitor work, it is quick and easy to do, and doesn’t interfere or clash with any other programs on your system. It took less than 2 minutes for Install Monitor and SQL Server Client to install on my Windows 7 Laptop.

B. Un-installation for Install Monitor – 4.5Great” – Uninstalling Install Monitor was quick, easy and trouble free, but it didn’t uninstall SQL Server Client long with it. That program has be uninstalled separately.

C. Stability Of Program – 5.0Excellent” – The UI (User Interface) has a beautiful yet classy look, similar to how the Uninstall Programs Options in Windows was modified but remained classy since its Windows XP days. The program itself is very stable and never crashed on me.

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D. Uninstalling Programs – 4.0Great” – Quick and easy, resulting in programs being removed from the list, but doesn’t remove them from the list if the program is already uninstalled and that program is still listed here.

E. Showing Program Contents – 5.0Excellent” – Amazing. Shows exactly where on your PC/Laptop where programs are installed, which will differ depending on which Windows Operating System you are using.

F. Starting Programs – 1.0Terrible” – This always failed for me. Keeps saying “Install Monitor could not figure out how to start the program”.

G. Opening Programs in RegEdit – Not Tested Not confident enough with Registry Editing, and I don’t want either this program or myself, through lack of experience, to screw up my PC/Laptop.

H. Looking At Programs Properties – 5.0Excellent” – Opens Up a Propertie Window, just like the Program Properties Window in Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10.

I. Copy/Paste Contents To Clipboard – 5.0Excellent” – Very simple. Literally just copies the text of the program’s name to a clipboard, which you can then paste into other programs such as Word/Notepad/Dreamweaver or even Emails.

J. Search for Programs – 3.5Average” – This sections allows you to do either a Quick Search or more detailed Search of programs on your PC/Laptop. There is even a section that allows you to search for programs online by opening up a Google Chrome Browser to look for the results of your programs, but it always crashed for me.

K. Checking The Program Tree – 4.5Great” – The Program Tree works as promised, and allows you to see which programs are installed on your PC/Laptop, and which programs you’ve deleted.

L. Scan Programs – Not Tested Didn’t test this part of the program because even though I have a License Key, it says “This feature is only available in the Premium Version”.

M. Startup Monitor – Not Tested The Startup Monitor allows users to control what programs start automatically, via the checkboxes listed next to the programs in the selected window, which you can enable or disable at will. Unfortunately, no programs showed up for me to enable or disable, so I couldn’t use it.

N. Options for Disk Defragmenter & Disk Cleanup – Not Tested These two options just open up the default Windows Programs for users to conduct a Disk Defrag & Disk Cleanup on their PC/Laptop. Nothing special.

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O. Install Monitor Options – 4.5Great” – The Options Menu is split into three tabs. “General”, “Uninstaller” and “Advanced”. The General Tab includes checkbox options such as show file history, show program updates, show hidden programs, and more. The Uninstaller Tab includes options to exclude certain files/locations from the uninstaller cleanup process. And the Advanced Tab includes a button to reducethe size of the database, repair and fix errors with the database and to rebuild the database.

P. Checking for Updates – 5.0Excellent” – There is a Check for Updates Button in the Help Tab once the program has booted up, where it will download and install the latest version of Install Monitor.

Q. Registration & Activation – 4.5Great” – The Registration & Activation buttons are also found in the Help Tab. The Activation button requires you to input an activation code, while the Registration button requires you to input other details such as First Name, Last Name, Address, City, State, Zip Code, Phone Number and E-Mail Address.

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My Overall Score: 56/65

86.1 % = A

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My Final Verdict – Install Monitor 3 is an impressive program when you look at the greater options it provides you with, but if you just want to unistall your programs from Windows, then the standard verison built into the Windows Operating System should be sufficient to complete that task.

Sections of the program such as Opening Programs in RegEdit, Scan Programs and Startup Monitor are nice additions for the more experiences PC owner, but again if you don’t know how to use them, then your best options is to steer clear of them. It’s also a pity that this program doesn’t come with specialised versions of Disk Defragmenter & Disk Cleanup, but instead forces users to use the default versions alreayd installed in Windows.

On top of that, while the Activation section, which required the input of an activation key, was necessary, the addition of the Registration section is totally un-necessary and should be removed. Finally, the searching online for the programs installed on your PC option, as well as starting them from inside this program, didn’t work for me, and need fixing in future versions of Install Monitor.

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Mirekusoft Install Monitor Download Page

1. http://www.mirekusoft.com/downloads (Official Site)

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Matt Stanyon


What is “P2P” ?

May 17, 2016

P2P (Peer-to-Peer) – In computing or networking it is a distributed application architecture that partitions tasks or work loads between peers. Peers are equally privileged, equipotent participants in the application. They are said to form a peer-to-peer network of nodes.

Peers make a portion of their resources, such as processing power, disk storage or network bandwidth, directly available to other network participants, without the need for central coordination by servers or stable hosts. Peers are both suppliers and consumers of resources, in contrast to the traditional client-server model in which the consumption and supply of resources is divided. Emerging collaborative P2P systems are going beyond the era of peers doing similar things while sharing resources, and are looking for diverse peers that can bring in unique resources and capabilities to a virtual community thereby empowering it to engage in greater tasks beyond those that can be accomplished by individual peers, yet that are beneficial to all the peers.

While P2P systems had previously been used in many application domains, the architecture was popularized by the file sharing system Napster, originally released in 1999. The concept has inspired new structures and philosophies in many areas of human interaction. In such social contexts, peer-to-peer as a meme refers to the egalitarian social networking that has emerged throughout society, enabled by Internet technologies in general.

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Source: Wikipedia


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