Gadget Monday: Better Podcasting

A podcast might be the perfect tool for broadcasting your sermon or special event, but while they're fairly easy to put together, getting good quality sound takes some thought. The standard microphone that comes with most computers - or heaven forbid the built-in version in your laptop - creates a tinny far-away sound that instantly cheapens your broadcast. If you're doing any kind of recording on your computer, having decent equipment is a must.

Helpful Way To Clean Up HTML E-mails

Sending text-based e-mails is easy, but making them fancy with colors, background, tables or other HTML tricks is another story altogether. Not all e-mail programs will accept all HTML-generated messages.

Some of our clients sidestep some requirements by subscribing to services that do this for them by providing templates. While some of these can help you create fancy e-mails, they're not perfect. Spam catchers often restrict messages that are sent from Constant Contact, for instance.

Protect Your Laptop from Border Control

Some scary news: US border control now has the authority to swipe your laptop, cell phone or other electronic device. Bad news no matter which way you look at it, but you could be utterly lost if you're traveling and US agents decide to retain your laptop indefinitely. My best advice is to travel with a stripped-down piece of equipment that contains only contact names and travel details and download information from an online storage space when you arrive at your destination.

Today's Gadget Monday: Gear up for Skype

Skype is so easy to use and costs so little - it's free, in fact - that I'm always amazed at how few of my clients and associates use it. With one free download, you can be making free calls over the Internet and be sending text chats with other people who also use Skype. So today on Gadget Monday, I'm featuring three essential tools for cutting your office phone bills and giving you a direct link to your colleagues by gearing up for Skype use. 1.First of all, download Skype.

Today's Gadget - CherryPal PC

Anyone who has tried to go for a walk with a portable CD player knows how nice MP3 players are. No jumping, no expensive batteries, nothing to break because there are no moving parts. You'll love the CherryPal cloud computer for all the same reasons. It's a great little energy-efficient machine that's super simple for the technically intimidated, only costs $249 and uses just two watts of power (most computers use 65 watts). From the press release:

Scary Computer Threat - and Reassuring Fix

It's no ordinary occasion that Microsoft, Sun and Cisco engage in a project together. But this is no ordinary occasion. Hackers have discovered a potentially very dangerous ways to take people to different websites even when they think they've typed in the right address. For instance, you may type into your webpage, but you may be redirected to a fake site that can steal your identity or money in a technique called spoofing. The BBC reported the story; an excerpt: