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October 2006  Show Summaries

Show Summaries Below
  October 25, 2006  October 18, 2006  October 11, 2006  October 4, 2006 
 October 25, 2006 Show AudioArchives   TOP 

This week's show was pre-empted by WBAI. 

  

 October 18, 2006 Show AudioArchives   TOP 

This week's show was on virtual machine software and included fund raising.

Yes, for the third week in a row, we asked our audience to pledge money to support non-commercial listener-supported WBAI. For a pledge of $150 we offer one year of tech support from everyone on the show. For a pledge of $65 we offered PC-Cillin 2006 antivirus from Trend Micro. But not a normal version, this version is on steroids. It can be installed on three computers and comes with a free upgrade to the soon-to-be released PC-Cillin 2007. Also for a $65 pledge we offered a CD with our free recommended software and a second CD with free virtual machine software.

Not sure what virtual machine software is? Then listen to the show, we discussed the subject at length.

There were no listener phone calls. On the show were Joe King, Hank Kee, Alfred Poor and Michael Horowitz.

Since the show was on during a Mets baseball playoff game, Stevie, our engineer played the entire "Who's On First" comedy routine by Abbott and Costello after the show. Its on our MP3 copy of the show (at the end).

 

 October 11, 2006 Show AudioArchives   TOP 

It's More fund raising. See the Premiums page on the web site for more details on the WBAI membership premiums that we offer. 

We again offered our Gold Card for a year of tech support from everyone on the show. We also offered a version of PC-cillin 2006 antivirus from Trend Micro that can be used on three computers. And it comes with a free upgrade to PC-cillin 2007. 

For backing up files we offered a package of two backup programs from NTI. Someone from NTI was on the show discussing the various types of backups provided by the NTI software. In addition, their new Ninja program was included in the premium. It can make any USB thumb drive secure by creating encrypted partitions.  

As we did last week, we also offered our "toolkit", a couple CDs with tons of free, recommended software. The full list of software is on the Premiums page. 

All the premiums can be had now as you read this, except the NTI backup software which was only available while the show was on the air.

There were no listener phone calls. On the show were Joe King, Hank Kee, Alfred Poor, Michael Horowitz and Danny Burstein. We are pre-empted next week and will back on the air October 25th. 

 

 October 4, 2006 Show AudioArchives   TOP 

It's that time of year again - fund raising - when we ask you to contribute to listener-supported WBAI. We offered two premiums: a Gold Card for a year of unlimited tech support from everyone on the show and a couple CDs with tons of free, recommended software. Much of the show was a discussion of some of the software in our 'toolkit', a collection of our favorite free software. There were no listener phone calls. On the show were Joe King, Hank Kee, Alfred Poor and Michael Horowitz. 

One program that Michael mentioned is a single .EXE file (no need to install it) that reports on information about your hard disk. Most importantly, it reports SMART data, which is information kept by the hard disk about itself on itself. SMART data can be used to learn if your hard disk is healthy or having problems and likely to fail soon. 

Another program is GMail drive, that converts your 2GB GMail account into a disk drive. That is, you see a "G" disk in Windows Explorer but its really email messages sitting in a GMail account. A listener wrote in with advice for someone having trouble using their Gmail drive: 
1) Launch IE
2) Click Tools
3) Click Internet Options
4) Click Advanced tab
5) Scroll down to Security
6) Make sure that both the SSL and TLS boxes have check marks in them.

 

 
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