WyzGuys Believes in a Free and Open Internet

We support the principles of the recently launched Declaration of Internet Freedom.  A large number of companies and organizations have joined together to support and promote the principles of an open Internet.  The Internet has been under attack from our own government, other governments, and entrenched interests of old line companies who have paid for the kinds of political access that the average internet user can never afford.  We believe the Internet is an incredible force driving the ...

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Why Piracy Can Be A Good Thing

It has been several years since I took a ride on the “Piracy” rollercoaster, but here is a compelling article from TechDirt Daily that points out once again that file sharing, illegal or otherwise, can be a good thing for musicians.  A sad but very true fact is that musical groups including big name rock bands rarely see any money other than the advance on a recording, the clever accountants at the music labels find a way to tie all ...

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Website Redesign Checklist to Download

I am a big fan of Sam Richter, whose “Know More” web site offers great ideas for using the web as a research tool to improve marketing and increase sales.  In a recent email he offered a link to a downloadable whitepaper that is a 10 step checklist for anyone who is contemplating a web site redesign.

Designing a new website is hard enough, but redesigning an existing website can have repercussions on page rank and traffic ...

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Using Twitter to Automate Posts to LinkedIn? Not Anymore!

Until this weekend , it was possible to post a tweet on Twitter and have that post automatically appear in your LinkedIn updates.  For those of us that were using that feature to send blog article publication announcements, this creates a bit of a wrinkle.  What was an automated process for me, thanks to a couple of Windows Live Writer plug-ins, now requires an extra step.  You can get more of the details on LinkedIn.   I may have ...

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How Much Time Do You Spend On Social Media?

According to a recent article published in the Wall Street Journal, and recapped on MediaBistro.com, the average user spends a lot of time on the social networks.  just how much time?  Well for the month of January 2012:

  • Facebook – 405 minutes or 6 hours 45 minutes
  • tumblr – 89 minutes or an hour and a half
  • Pinterest – 89 minutes as well
  • Twitter – 21 minutes
  • LinkedIn – 17 minutes
  • MySpace – 8 minutes
  • Google+ – 3 minutes ...
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A Strategy for Blogging More Effectively

Some of you are bound to have noticed a distinct uptick in the amount of blogging we have been doing lately.  My goal is to have one article to share every day.  I am accomplishing this by writing my blog articles in Windows Live Writer.  I write several of them at the same time, up to a week’s worth, and saving them as drafts, and then publish one a day in the morning.  I have also installed a couple of ...

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Fraudulent Wire Transfer Emails Carry Malware

Wire transfer emails from the Habbo Hotel, LinkedIn and UPS are scams that carry a Trojan horse program that can allow the attackers to take over your computer remotely.  The attached .ZIP file contains the executable program.  The full story can be found on Sophos.

Email malware

Scams like these work because people want to believe that the unexpected “gift” of money is real.  Fortunately, the Trojan horse appears to be easily removed by most ...

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Apple Security Via Gatekeeper

Apple’s next operating system, Mountain Lion, is coming with a new feature called Gatekeeper, which is being touted as a way to keep malware from running on your Mac.  Basically, if you have not specifically authorized an application in Gatekeeper, it shouldn’t run, and this would included malware applications.  This seems like a revision of Windows User Account Control (UAC), which is the annoying little box the pops up with a “bonk” sound, graying out your screen, as asking if ...

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Useful Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

Occasionally, you may find that the windows controls are weirdly located off the top of the screen, or for some other reason, launching commands from a menu with the mouse is not going to work.  in those situations, using keyboard shortcuts can help.  These are hold-overs from the old pre mouse DOS and Unix days of computing, when the keyboard was the only input device, but they continue to be part of all operating systems.  Thanks to Tech ...

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