Monthly Archives: February 2010

Meebo.com

If you’re someone who likes to chat using Instant Messenger applications, such as AIM, Windows Live Messenger, FaceBook chat, as well as other services, perhaps you should try using Meebo.com.

Meebo.com allows you to chat with people using a variety of different Instant Messenger services, including AIM, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, MySpace, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, and MyYearBook.

If you have an account on more than one of these services and would like to chat with people who don’t use the same service, you can do so, as Meebo allows you to sign into more than once service at the same time. Meebo also allows you to video chat, as well as play games with your friends.

Meebo.com also allows you to create an account and save your log in information so that you only need to type in one username and password to have access to multiple Instant Messenger services.

When you log into Meebo, you can change a variety of settings, such as the appearance of Meebo, your IM settings, your account settings, as well as your Meebo Me Widget settings.

Meebo also has an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch if you would like to access Meebo on the go, as well as the ability to access Meebo from a mobile browser.

If you would like to try using Meebo, you can do so by going to Meebo.com.

Meebo also allows you to video chat, as well as play games with your friends.

Twitterrific

If you’re looking for a free Twitter application for your iPhone or iPod touch, perhaps you should try using Twitterrific.

With Twitterrific, you can read, write, and manage your tweets, as well as upload photos and videos to websites, such as yFrog, TwitPic, TwitvVid, Posterous, as well as other websites. Twitterrific also has support for multiple Twitter accounts, so if you have more than one account, you don’t have to log out of one and then log into another.

With Twitterrific, you can also view your @replies, Direct Messages, favorite tweets, or tweets that you may have marked using the application. If you tap on a tweet, and click on the button that looks like an asterisk, you can view the author’s profile, send an @reply to the author, retweet, translate, choose the tweet as a favorite, as well as other options.

Twitterrific also allows you to search for tweets, as well as view near by tweets, or view tweets that have been posted using Twitterrific. You can also view a list of trending topics

In the Settings menu, you can view and change a variety of settings, such as the theme that you’re using, what your notifications will be, the option to use left handed controls, and more.

Twitterrific is a free application, but is ad-supported, with the ads appearing the your timeline. However, there is a premium version of the application that you can purchase for $4.99, which is not ad-supported.

If you would like to try using Twitterrific, you can download it from the iTunes App Store.

Windows Live Writer

If you’re a blogger and would like to be able to write, edit, and post to your blog without having to do so online, you may want to try using Windows Live Writer.

Windows Live Writer is a free program from Microsoft that enables you to write, edit, and post to your blog, without having to go online to do so. Windows Live Writer also enables you to preview your blog post, using your blog’s theme, as well as view the source of the post.

When you first download and install Windows Live Writer, you will have to choose what type of blog you’re using and then enter some information about your blog, such as the URL to you blog, as well as your credentials.

From there, you should be able to write posts and post them to your blog, either as a post or as a draft, which you can edit online.

Windows Live Writer also allows you to create and edit pages for your blog, which you can do by going to “New” and then selecting the “New page” option.

When you’re writing a post and would like to see what it looks like on your blog, you can click on the “Preview” tab and Windows Live Writer will display the post, using your blog’s theme and page content.

If you would like to edit the HTML of your blog, you can click on the “Source” tab, which will allow you to view your blog post in HTML format.

If you would like to try using Windows Live Writer, you can download it for free from the Windows Live Writer website.

Fitbit

If you’re someone who is interested in how active you have been, as well as other things, perhaps you should try using Fitbit.

Fitbit is a device that you can wear, similar to a pedometer, that will tell you how many steps you have taken, how far you have gone, and more. Also, when you’re sleeping, you can wear your Fitbit on a wrist strap, which will allow you to see what time you fell asleep, how many times you woke up during the night, as well as other information. A great feature about Fitbit is that you can sync the information that is on the device with the Fitbit website when your Fitbit is in range of the base station. After installing the Fitbit software on your computer, your device will sync with the website when you bring it in the range of the base station.

If you don’t happen to bring your Fitbit in range of the base station, it will store the detailed daily data that it has collected for up to seven days and the daily summarized data that it has collected for up to thirty days.

On the Fitbit website, you can view your data, as well as enter in data, such as what foods you’ve eaten from a database of  50,000 foods, so that you can keep track of how many calories you have eaten.

The Fitbit comes with a base station, which can be used to sync your data with the Fitbit website, as well as charge your Fitbit. The Fitbit also comes wish a wrist strap and a belt holster.

If you would like to learn more about the Fitbit or if you would like to purchase the Fitbit for, you can do so at the Fitbit website.

Pogoplug

Pogoplug is a device that enables you to access your data on a USB drive from any computer that has Internet access.

Once you’ve set up and installed Pogoplug by plugging it in and then visiting the Pogoplug website, all you need to do is attach a USB storage device, such as an external hard drive or a flash drive, and then you can access your files using a browser on any computer that has Internet access.

You can also use Pogoplug to share files with friends, family, or coworkers, as well as for backing up files.

Pogoplug can be used like a regular hard drive, so you can access your files using Windows Explorer or the Mac Finder, as well.

As for security, none of your data or files are stored on Pogoplug servers, except for your e-mail address. Also, all of your files and data that are attached to your Pogoplug, stay on your device. Though, when the device is being accessed, data is sent through the servers, but no copies of your files or data are retained. Pogoplug also uses HTTPS encryption when you’re accessing your files.

If you would like to remove your content from being accessed, all you need to do is unplug the storage device from your Pogoplug, delete the files, or unplug your Pogoplug altogether.

If you would like to find more information about Pogoplug or if you would like to purchase Pogoplug, you can do so at the Pogoplug website.

The Sims 3

If you’re a fan of The Sims and would like to be able to play it on the go, then perhaps you should try playing The Sims 3 for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Once you’ve launched The Sims 3, you should see the EA logo and then the game’s homescreen, after the game loads. When the game loads, you will be taken to the homescreen, where you have the option to view the Goals Checklist, more games, the Music Library, options, and the help & about section.

When you select Start Game, you will be taken to a screen where you will be able to design your Sim character, where you can edit your Sim’s appearance, as well as character traits. There aren’t as many choices, as far as clothing and such go, compared to other versions of The Sims, but there are different clothing options that you can choose from.

After editing your Sim’s appearance, you will be able to choose your Sim’s Persona from options, such as “Jack of All Trades”, “Nice Guy”, “Jerk”, “Sleaze”, “Power Seeker”, and “Maniac”.

After you have chosen your Sim’s Persona, you will be able to choose five Character Traits for your Sim character from a list of traits that includes: Shy, Conversationalist, Good Sense of Humor, No Sense of Humor, Easily Impressed, Easily Bored, as well as other options.

After choosing your Character Traits, you will be able to name your Sim before starting the game.

When you start the game, you will have the option of playing the tutorial, which teaches you how to control the camera, interact and move, fulfill needs, what wishes and goals are, and more.

In the game, there are different areas that you can visit, such as your house, the town, as well as various areas within the town, such as other Sim’s houses, the lake, stores, as well as other places.

There are also some minigames that you can play, such as going fishing, which allows you to catch fish, which you can sell or eat. Fishing will also increase your fishing skill level. When you go fishing, you will have to tilt your iPhone or iPod Touch to angle for the fish and jerk the phone upwards in order to reel the fish in.

The cooking mini-game allows you to cook food for your Sim character and also uses the iPhone or iPod Touch’s accelerometer. When you’re cooking, you have to choose different pots and then shake your device to cook the pots down. Playing this mini-game increases your Sim’s cooking level.

The repairing mini-game is how your Sim character fixes something that is broken, such as a computer, TV, refrigerator, or other item. When you choose to repair something, you will see a circuit board, which has broken pieces on it. In order to repair the item, you have to drag the broken pieces on the circuit board to a trash can and replace them with new ones. Playing this mini-game will increase your Sim’s repairing level.

Your Sim can also grow food in their garden, which is located next to their house to increase their gardening level. In order to grow food, you Sim will have to purchase and plant seeds and then tend to them, which will require the purchase of a watering can, as well as fertilizer. However, this feature does not use the devices accelerometer.

Your Sim can also get jobs in the game, which include working at the Town Hall, the Quickmart, the Laboratory, and the Corsican Bistro.

If you would like to try playing The Sims 3, you can download it for $6.99 from the iTunes store.

Staying Safe Online

If you’re using a computer that is connected to the Internet, there are a few steps that you can take to try and stay safe.

One way that you can stay safe online is to not open any attachments that were sent to you from a person who you don’t know. If you receive an e-mail or IM from someone you don’t know, you should be cautious if there is an attachment or link to a website that you are not familiar with, as they may contain viruses or spyware.

Another way to stay safe would be to run frequent antivirus and antispyware scans, just to be sure that you don’t have any malicious files or programs on your computer.

If you need a free antivirus program, you may want to try using Microsoft Security Essentials, which can be downloaded from the Microsoft website.

If you need a free antispyware program, MalwareBytes may be a program that is worth trying and can be downloaded from the MalwareBytes website.

Hopefully these tips will help you to keep your computer free of any viruses or other malicious files or programs.

If you have any tips that you would like to share, please feel free to send me an e-mail using the Contact form or by leaving a comment.