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Guy McDowell

/ Joined 13 December, 2008

With 20+ years of experience in IT, training, and technical trades, it is my desire to share what I've learned with anyone else willing to learn. I strive to do the best job possible in the best manner possible, and with a little humour. Keep in touch: Twitter - Facebook - Google+.

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Virtual HAM Radio – No License, No Gear, All Fun

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Virtual HAM Radio – No License, No Gear, All Fun

HAM radio. If you even know what it is, it conjures up images of grown men hiding in dark places with glowing vacuum tubes and devices with knobs and twiddle-bits. They’re talking across the world about who knows what. They’re part electronics guru, part mad scientist, part excited kid. These are the guys that preceded the computer gurus of today. These are the guys that could reach across the world when no one else could.

Guy McDowell March 5, 2013 05-03-2013
Virtual HAM Radio – No License, No Gear, All Fun
5 Amazingly Geeky Easter Eggs To Unwrap

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5 Amazingly Geeky Easter Eggs To Unwrap

The odds that you’d find these particular Easter eggs is somewhere between slim and none. And Slim just left town. These little treats reside in your software, operating systems, and even in your art. Since Easter falls on April Fool’s Day this year, I thought I’d let you in on a little secret about these Easter eggs. Really, they are bloatware as you’ll find in a lot of older Windows software. It’s extra code in a program taking up space on your hard drive.

Guy McDowell February 26, 2013 26-02-2013
5 Amazingly Geeky Easter Eggs To Unwrap
10 Ways Your Smartphone Camera Can Make Life Easier

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10 Ways Your Smartphone Camera Can Make Life Easier

“Does your phone have a camera on it?” said no one since 2005. Nobody even asks how many megapixels your phone’s camera has anymore. With the ubiquity of smartphones today, and the resolution of the cameras they have in them, why does anyone even sell a point-and-shoot digital camera anymore? All you need is a decent smartphone to take your vacation pictures and click a button to upload them to Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, wherever.

Guy McDowell February 22, 2013 22-02-2013
10 Ways Your Smartphone Camera Can Make Life Easier
Bring The News To Life With These Slick Google Reader Alternatives

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Bring The News To Life With These Slick Google Reader Alternatives

Google Reader works and lead the way in RSS feed readers for a long time, but it’s boringly simple, even for Google design ethics. These readers add new dimensions! They add new ways to physically interact with your news. They grow with you and if life does anything, it grows. So, prepare to breathe new life into the way you use news!

Guy McDowell February 19, 2013 19-02-2013
Bring The News To Life With These Slick Google Reader Alternatives
DNS Is Just A Proxy – Use A VPN To Access Region Blocked Video

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DNS Is Just A Proxy – Use A VPN To Access Region Blocked Video

For copyright reasons, certain media companies only allow their content to be viewed in certain geographic areas. In plain English, what this means is that they are meanies who suck. And what does the Internet do to meanies who suck? We find workarounds. Before I get to the tools, I’d like to talk about the process of geographical Internet Protocol (IP) address blocking and circumventing those blocks.

Guy McDowell February 15, 2013 15-02-2013
DNS Is Just A Proxy – Use A VPN To Access Region Blocked Video
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