Monthly Archives: January 2010

Microsoft Security Essentials

If you need a free antivirus program, perhaps you should try using Microsoft Security Essentials, which is available for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

When you go to download Microsoft Security Essentials, you have the option to download a 32 or 64 bit version. If you are unsure of the version of Windows you’re running, there is a Microsoft Support article that you can view.

After you’ve downloaded and installed Microsoft Security Essentials, you should make sure that you have the latest antivirus definitions.

When you launch the program, you should see four tabs: Home, Update, History, and Settings.

Home

On the Home tab, you have the option to run a Quick, Full, or custom scan of your computer. You can also see if you have the latest virus and spyware definitions, as well as if you have real time protection enabled. Also, you can see when your next scan will be and you can also change your scan schedule.

Updates

On the Updates page, you can see see whether your antivirus and antispyware definitions are up to date, as well as update your definitions. You can also see when your definitions were created, your virus definition version, and your system definition version.

History

The History tab allows you to see detected items, what alert level they have, the date they were detected, and what action you took against the item. You can also view quarantined items, as well as allowed items.

Settings

The Settings tab enables you to view and change your scan schedule, check your default settings, view and change your real time protection settings, add and remove excluded files and locations, as well as file types and processes. You can also view and change advanced settings, such as scanning archive files, in addition to removable drives. You can also choose to create a System Restore point before your computer is scanned, and whether or not all users are allowed to view the history of detected files.

If you would like to try using Microsoft Security Essentials, you can download it for free from the Microsoft Security Essentials website.

Apple iPad

The heavily anticipated Apple tablet computer, called the iPad was announced yesterday by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the Apple Keynote.

The Apple iPad includes many features that are available on an iPod Touch or an iPhone, such as Safari, a mail application, a photo application, the ability to watch videos, a YouTube application, an iPod application, as well as access to the iTunes Store, the App Store, maps, notes, a calendar, and more.

However, some of these features may look different than on the iPod Touch or iPhone.

The Apple iPad has a new feature, however, called iBooks, which enables people to purchase books that can be read on the device. When you purchase a book, it will be displayed on a virtual bookshelf and when you would like to read it, you simply tap on the book that you wish to read.

The iPad has gets up to ten hours of battery life on a single charge and has an Apple A4 chip. The iPad also has a 9.7 inch screen, weighs 1.5 pounds, and is half an inch thin. Also, the iPad has a slight curve to the back, which makes it easy to pick up and hold.

The Apple iPad has built in 802.11 N Wi-Fi and will also be available in a 3G model so that you can access the Internet while you are away from a Wi-Fi access point. The iPad also comes with Bluetooth 2.1.

If you would like to learn more about the Apple iPad, can should visit the Apple website.

FireFox 3.6

If you’re someone who uses Mozilla FireFox, you may want to check for updates, as Mozilla FireFox 3.6 was released today.

Mozilla FireFox 3.6, which was code named Namoroka, is the newest version of the browser, which has some new features, including being faster than FireFox 3.5.

Some other features that are included in this release are the ability to use Personas, which previously required an add on to use, support for over seventy different languages, protection from plug ins that are out of date, improved JavaScript performance, and more, which you can read about in the release notes.

If you would like to download Mozilla FireFox, you can do so by going to Mozilla.com.

Twitter

Whether you’re a big computer user or not, chances are that you’ve heard of Twitter.com. However, if you haven’t used Twitter, hopefully this post will help you get started using Twitter.

Getting Started

When you first visit the Twitter.com website, you should see a page that looks similar to a search engine, with a search box, which enables you to search for tweets. For example, if you were to type the word “computer” into the search box, you would see a list of tweets that contain the word “computer”.

If you would like to sign up for Twitter, you can do so by clicking on the button that is to the right of the “Search” button on the Twitter homepage. After you have clicked on the “Sign Up” button, you will be taken to a page where you can choose your username, as well as enter in some account details, such as your name, e-mail address, and password.

The Basics

Once you’ve signed up for Twitter, you should be taken to your Timeline, which is where you will see the tweets, as well as retweets, which are tweets that someone posted that get reposted by another user, of the people that you’re following. You will also be able to update your Twitter status from this page.

From this page, you will also be able to see a list of trending topics, which are things that people are talking about a lot on Twitter. You can also see how many followers you have, how many people that you’re following, as well as how many tweets that you’ve posted.

If you would like follow someone, which would add their tweets to your timeline, providing that they don’t have their account set to “Private”, you can do so by going to their profile and clicking on the “Follow” button.

Updating your Twitter Profile

As mentioned earlier, you can update your Twitter status by sending a tweet from your Twitter timeline. However, there are also other methods of tweeting that you can use.

Another way to update your Twitter status would be via text message. If you would like to be able to update your Twitter status using your mobile phone, you should go to the “Settings” page and enter your phone number. After you have confirmed your mobile phone number, you should be able to tweet by sending a text message to “40404”, which should get added to your Twitter profile.

There are also various applications that you can use to update your Twitter status, which can be seen on the Twitter Goodies page, which also has widgets and buttons that you can use.

Hopefully after reading this post, you have an understanding of how to use Twitter!

If you see anything that is incorrect or would like to share more information, please feel free to contact me by using the Contact page or by leaving a comment.

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