Monday, September 26, 2011

Computer America Show Reminder 09-26-11

Hours one and two: Joining Craig and Ben is Woody Feffer. Woody owns and
operates Computer Mechanix, an on-site computer repair business. Woody
is here to lend his expertise on diagnosing computer problems and
answering your questions.

First segment: Gabriel Torres, Editor of Hardware Secrets joins us for
both hours!

Second segment: Sandy Berger. Sandy is a printer and digital camera
expert and writes for Hardware Secrets.

Hour one: Vonage. One of the leading providers of VoIP services, Vonage
is here tonight to talk about the future of VoIP and telecommunications.

Hour two: Dick DeBartolo, the GizWiz and Mad Magazine's maddest writer
joins us for the latest technology gadgets and wild stuff from the Internet!

Hour one: Nuvel. vSOS is an emergency response smart phone app that
provides you 24 hours 7 days a week emergency response in North America,
South America, and Europe, through a dedicated International Emergency
Response Coordination Center whenever and wherever you need it. vSOS
handles every emergency including medical, personal safety, accidents,
etc. Simply hold the vSOS button for 3 seconds and it automatically
contacts the Emergency Response Center and sends text messages, or
emails, to the 5 contacts you’ve identified in your profile. Also we’ll
talk about Jay Elliot’s new book, “The Steve Jobs Way.”

Hour two: Roku! Move over Netflix, AppleTV and Google TV! Roku 2 is
here! Stop dreaming and start streaming the shows YOU want to see!

Both hours: PC World now joins Computer America on the last Friday of
every month! Tune in to hear Steve Fox, Editorial Director of PCWorld
talk about the latest news stories in the Computer and Technology world!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Computer America Show Reminder 09-19-11

First hour and a half: Christopher Breen. The Senior Editor of Macworld
Magazine talks about all things Apple including IOS5 and the iPhone 5!

Last half hour: Craig and Ben discuss the news events of the day!

Hours one and two: Every third Tuesday of the month, we have an all
Linux show! Joining Craig and Ben once again is Larry Bushey, the
Creator and host of the “Going Linux Podcast.”

First segment: iTwin upgrade enables users to securely access, edit and
share all their files and media between any two computers be it Mac or
PC anywhere in the world, simply and safely, without the security risks
of the cloud!

Last half hour: Craig and Ben discuss the news events of the day!

First hour and a half: G Data. Hear all about their brand new Total
Security 2012 which received a 99.6 percent detection rate by
AV-Comparatives. In addition to their dual-scanning engine, the product
keeps consumers protected with features like fingerprinting, silent
firewall and low system load.

Last half hour: Craig and Ben discuss the news events of the day!

First segment: Lenovo. Lenovo is one of the world’s largest makers of
personal computers and makes the world's most innovative PCs, including
the renowned ThinkPad notebook as well as products carrying the
ThinkCentre, ThinkStation, ThinkServer, IdeaCentre and IdeaPad
sub-brands. Today, Lenovo is a global corporation with significant
operations on six continents and operating in more than 60 countries and
selling products in 160. Tune in to hear about Lenovo’s latest

Last half hour: Craig and Ben discuss the news events of the day!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hop Scotch Drops

Yummie and easy!

2 cups butterscotch bits
1/2 cup of peanut butter

Melt butterscotch bits and peanut butter together.

1/2 bag of chow mein noodles, the crunchy ones (3 or 4 cups, enough to be coated by the butterscoth and peanut butter)
2 cups of small marshmellows
1/2 cup of peanuts

I'm not a big fan of marshmellows, so I might use M&M's or something.

Mix it all together and scoop one heaping teaspoon on wax paper or silicon sheet to cool.

Yummie, crunchy, salty, sweet mix.

I suppose you could do this with chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or other chocolate that can be melted with peanut butter.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Computer America Show Reminder 09-12-11

Hours one and two: David Perry from Trend Micro joins Craig and Ben to
talk about the latest 911 based scams as well as other malware.

Hours one and two: Our Gamer Tuesdays are back! Joining us is
Daemon Hatfield is the Senior Editor of and our newest
correspondent. He will talk about the hottest games and products!

First segment: Newline Software. It’s all about making backups.. It’s
not IF your hard drive will fail, it’s WHEN. And making backups in the
cloud is becoming far more popular. Newline is here to talk about their
cloud backup services and why it’s a lot different that the other
services out there!

Last half hour: Craig and Ben discuss the news events of the day!

Hour one and Hour two: Gregory Evans. Joining Craig and Ben with the
return of the world’s greatest computer security expert. Tonight he
joins us to talk about hacking in its many forms, and how you can
protect your computer from malware invasions.

First segment: Addon Interactive is scheduled to appear. They will talk
about their brand new release of their Chat Room software, Version 9.0!

Last half hour: Craig and Ben discuss the news events of the day!

Friday, September 09, 2011

A Wish To Live Forever

I met a fairy today that said she would grant me one wish.

"I want to live forever," I said.

"Sorry," said the fairy, "I'm not allowed to grant wishes like that!"

"Fine," I said, "then I want to die after Congress gets their heads out of their asses!"

"You crafty bastard," said the fairy.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Computer America Show Reminder 09-05-11

Lineup for the week:

It’s Labor Day weekend so there’s no live show! Please enjoy a “Best of
Computer America” show tonight. Scheduled is a rebroadcast of the
August 4th show with G Data! Hear all about their new TotalSecurity
2012 that represents the next generation of computer protection
technology. It has TWO Anti-Virus engines, offers HOURLY updates and
scans only when your computer is idle making it unique in how it
protects your computer from bad things. Plus hear about their special
offer that gives you 50% off of any of their products! Don’t miss it!
See you LIVE tomorrow night!

First hour and a half: Epson. As one of the leading manufacturers of
computer printers, Epson joins us to unveil their latest multifunction
printer, the brand new Artisan 837! This amazing product color prints
on both sides of the page (duplexes), copies, sends faxes, scans and
does it all with no physical connection. Using Wi-Fi, you can
communicate with the Artisan from any computer in your home or office.
The Artisan 837 is the newest model in Epson’s Artisan line.

Last half hour: Craig and Ben discuss the news events of the day!

Hour one: It's Wednesday Madness! You never know who may stop in! Plus
it's OPEN phone lines! We answer your questions on ANY computer and
technology topic. We read your emails and Feedbacks, play your voice
messages, it's anything goes! Joining Craig and Ben is our Computer
America correspondent Mike Cermak, the Owner-Operator of

Hour two: We continue with your phone calls, emails, feedbacks and

First hour and a half: MapMyFITNESS. This is an app that uses GPS
technology to map your runs, bike rides and hikes. MapMyFITNESS just
announced a partnership with the San Francsico Marathon and the NYC
Marathon. These apps are the first to use both GPS and RFID technology
to make running mobile and social! Tune us in and don’t forget to bring
your running shoes!

Last half hour: Craig and Ben discuss the news events of the day!

Hours one and two: Ralph Bond joins Craig and Ben with computer news
and special topics. For many years, Ralph was Intel’s Consumer
Education Director and he continues to be the voice of Intel for
Computer America’s Intel Digital Minute. Ralph is now with Autodesk and
he is an official Computer America correspondent. Every second Friday
of the month, Ralph joins Craig and Ben to talk about the special Technology
News stories he selects.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Science Fiction Quote

'It is better to read first-rate science fiction than second-rate science; it's no more likely to be wrong and is far more stimulating than the second-rate science. And I think it's good to read the great classics of science fiction.'

- Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal

Thursday, September 01, 2011

A (short) Timeline of Chocolate

1824: John Cadbury, an English Quaker, begins roasting and grinding chocolate beans to sell in his tea and coffee shop.

In 1842 Cadbury's Chocolate Company in England creates the first chocolate bar.

1875: A Swiss chocolate maker, Daniel Peter, mixes Henri Nestle's condensed milk with chocolate and the two men found a company to manufacture the first milk chocolate.

1894: Milton Hershey adds a line of chocolate to his caramel manufacturing business. Soon he invents the Hershey Bar by experimenting with milk chocolate. Hershey's Cocoa appears next.

1896: Leonard Hershfield invents the Tootsie Roll, named after his daughter.

1897: Brownies are first mentioned in print, listed for sale in the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogue.

About 1900: A machine called the enrober is invented to replace the task of hand-dipping chocolate.

1930: Franklin Mars invents the Snickers Bar.

1939: Nestle introduces semisweet chocolate morsels.

1940: The Mars company invents M&M's for soldiers going to World War II.