Reviews

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Review – Button Placement is a Deal Killer

    20140115_115603.jpgThe day that I returned my iPad Air I went out and bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition with a Smart Cover. Although I used to hate Android devices I became a convert when I purchased the Galaxy S4 Smart Phone.  I adore the S4, and figured the ...
  • Review: Kindle Paperwhite is the Best eReader Yet

    I’ve been an eReader enthusiast ever since I bought my first Kindle a month after it debuted. Over the years I’ve read hundreds of books, and countless newspapers/magazines on my original Kindle and then the first generation Kindle DX.  I have always thought the Kindles were good little devices and ...
  • Review: Disqus is a Comment System for Your Website that Takes User Interaction to the Next Level (And Can Pay You Too!)

    I have been playing with a new plugin for my site EliTheComputerguy.com for the commenting system called Disqus.  I’m not sure where I ran across Disqus originally because so many websites now use it to manage their comments. At it’s heart Disqus is a system to allow you to manage the ...
  • Review: Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender is Great Way to Enlarge Your Wireless Network

    I picked up the Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender a couple of days ago and frankly did not have high hopes.  I had used the Linksys G Extender a few years ago and found it to be a pain in the butt.  This version on the other hand worked very ...
  • Startup Life: BetaPunch Gets a Gut Check (BetaPunch Asks Eli the Computer Guy for an Unvarnished Review)

    After my rather scathing review of Given.to last week a surprising thing happened…  Other startup founders started asking me to review their apps.  To my shock, and a bit of local pride, I’m finding that local founders actually want down and dirty, no holds barred reviews so that they can… ...
  • Review: Windows 8 Desktops and All in One’s Don’t Have a Windows Button on the Monitor…

    I was at Best Buy this morning playing around with the new Windows 8 computer and came across a curious problem.  I was looking at the All in One systems that were on display and started playing with them.  To my chagrin I found that the Keyboards and Mice seemed ...
  • Review: The ASUS VivioTab RT Shows what the Microsoft Surface RT Should Be…

    As many of my fans know I think the whole Windows RT thing is a bad idea on Microsoft’s part.  Basically Windows RT is an operating system that looks like Windows 8, but has been built to run on ARM processors.  The benefits are supposed to be that you can ...
  • The 27″ Apple Thunderbolt Display is Magnificent!

    Description: In this Point to Ponder Eli the Computer Guy talks about why Apple’s 27″ Thunderbolt Display is an amazing piece of hardware. 2560-by-1440 Resolution Three powered USB 2.0 ports FireWire 800 port Gigabit Ethernet port Thunderbolt port Built-in FaceTime HD camera with microphone Built-in 2.1 speaker system
  • Windows 7 on a a new iMac Using Bootcamp is Awesome!

    Description: In this Point to Ponder Eli the Computer Guy explains why he bought his new iMac, then explains how much he hated his new iMac, and then talks about how his iMac was saved by installing Windows 7 on it using Bootcamp.
  • Form Factor and the Operating System

    Description: In this Point to Ponder Eli the Computer guy talks about how he LOVES OSX on his MacBook Air, but hates it on his brand new iMac. He dislikes OSX on the iMac so much that he used Bootcamp to install Windows 7 on the iMac. How the Form Factor and ...
  • Windows 8 Review… Why Does Microsoft Hate Us?

    Description: In this Point to Ponder video Eli the Computer Guy demo’s Windows 8 and explains why he thinks it will be an absolute nightmare for users and consultants.
  • Google Drive is the Best Option for Easily Sharing Large Files and Folders on the Web

    As a web publishers that distributes content with large file sizes to his fan base I have found it difficult to find a good solution.  Many off the shelf solutions are too expensive, and hosted solutions that I tried to tweak to make due were too darn slow.   Building my ...
  • PHPFox Review: PHPFox is a Great Social Networking Script / Platform

    I can’t say enough about how thankful I am that I am using PHPFox for my Social Networking Site.  A few years ago one of my employees built a very complex social networking site for a client of mine using PHPFox.  It worked great, and had every function the client ...
  • 1and1.com Dedicated Servers: Great Customer Service… Horrible Default Partition Sizes…

    Have you ever had one of those days where you are forced to look at your own resume and wonder if you made it all up?  Yesterday was one of those days for me…   On Friday my Online Community started crashing and the dedicated server it was running on started throwing ...
  • Review of Amazon’s Kindle Fire – Buyer Beware

    I have been a huge fan of the Kindle since I ordered my first gen one years ago. I have read countless books on Kindles and every morning read the Wall Street Journal on my Kindle DX.  When I heard that Amazon was coming out with the Kindle Fire I ...
  • Cisco Aironet 1140 Series Wireless Access Points are the Best Wireless Solution for Businesses

    image_thumb.pngYes you can buy a Linksys Wireless Access Point for $60 at your local Best Buy.  And Yes it will work fine for your home where you have 2 or 3 laptop computers that need to get on the Internet.  But for real businesses that lose money when they have ...
  • Parts-People.com is a Phenomenal Vendor for Dell Laptop Parts

    I found Parts-People.com a couple of weeks ago, and have to say they are one of the best vendors I have.  They sell Dell Laptop parts,  are reasonably priced, and quick to ship.  (I ordered a keyboard an hour ago and it’s already been shipped). So far I have had no ...
  • Secunia Personal Software Inspector Updates ALL Patches for Your PC Automatically

    image_thumb.pngIn the quest for keeping your PC running well and being virus free you have to keep up with the barrage of patches that software vendors put out.  Unfortunately most people only update Windows, and maybe Office.  They don’t think about Java, Flash or even consider software like RealPlayer that ...
  • Newegg for Business is the Only Vendor I Need for Most Computer/ Network Parts

    image_thumb.pngFor years computer consultants and small shops have known that for price, shipping speed, and reliability no one can beat NewEgg.com.  When I first started as a consultant I wasted numerous hours filling out reseller agreements with distributors and then faxing forms back and forth.  Then I found out that ...
  • Buy Your Mac / Apple Products Online

    Apple creates magical devices that drive the masses into fits of hysteria.  If you’re like me you’ll want the magical devices, but will at all costs try to skip the hysterical mobs.   I have found it is a much better experience to simply buy my Mac products from Apple.com .  Apple ...
  • Motorola Xoom Review: Reminds me of an overpriced netbook…

    Last night after work a eagerly ran to the nearest Verizon Wireless store to get my hands on a new Motorola Xoom.  I want a tablet, it had gotten great reviews, and although the price is high at $800 the tech specs made it seem worthwhile.   I grabbed  a demo one ...
  • Tungle.me Review: A Great Way to Make Scheduling Clients Easier!

    image_thumb.pngTungle.me is a great free web service that allows you to post your availability online.  You tell it what your “work” hours are, and then it syncs with your Outlook calendar and gives you a public web calendar that shows when you are free and busy.  Clients can then see ...
  • Review of Migrating to WP Engine for Our WordPress Site

    Last week I migrated Everyman IT over to WP Engine to host our site.  EverymanIT.com runs off of WordPress, and WP Engine is a dedicated hosting solution for WordPress sites. The reason I decided to pay $50 per month to host the site with WP Engine is that I ...
  • BullZip PDF Printer Review: A Great Free PDF Printing Tool

    My buddy Chris Parks over at Arundel Technologies recently pointed me in the direction of BullZip’s PDF Printer Utility.   The PDF Printer allows you to print any Office Document straight into the PDF format much like Adobe’s $300 Acrobat Professional Software does.  I found the PDF Printer to be ...
  • Gwabbit Review: A Great Tool for Extracting Contact Information in Outlook

      Gwabbit is an Outlook plugin that tries to automatically find all of a persons contact information in an email. So if they list their phone number, address, website and such Gwabbit will get the information, and then ask you if you want to update your contact within Outlook.  ...
  • Don’t Open the Box! Take Your Christmas Tablet Back and Wait Until February!

    Business is business as they say, and in a down economy companies can resort to some tedious methods to increase sales.  One way that has come into vogue over the past few years is to wait to bring out new products until late January or February.  Why tech companies do ...
  • This Tablet Does Not Support Flash

    The technology world can be a funny place.  Steve Jobs from Apple stood before the world and called Adobe Flash a piece of crap that the iPhone and iPads will not support and he had all the Adobe fan boys condemning him for creating a closed systems to stifle competition.  ...
  • About.me is a Hub for All of Your Social Networking

    About.me is a web service that gives you a very basic web page that allows you to write a profile, and link to all of your social network sites.  It’s dirt simple to setup, and looks very nice.  In a day and age when an average person may have ...
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Review: I Love the Tablet, but I Hate the Price

    The only thing worse then tech companies trying to rip off a good idea is when they say they’re going to rip off a good idea, but then don’t do it.  Ever since the iPad came out there have been countless press releases stating that iPad competitors are ...
  • The Color Nook Makes a Nice Multimedia Tablet, but is Not an iPad Replacement.

    I got to play with the new Color Nook from Barnes and Noble a few days ago and I have to say I was very impressed.  The color LCD screen is very crisp, the controls were about as responsive as my Kindle DX and it played videos off of EverymanIT.com ...
  • ShareThis Analytics Review

    ShareThis buttons are a great way to get your website visitors to share your site with their social networks.  Not only can you put little “share” buttons with counters on your site, but ShareThis also has an Analytics Package to try to allow you to see how your site s ...
  • Groupon Stores Video Review

    Groupon is trying to expand upon its success with email coupons, and it looks like they have a good service. With Groupon Stores vendors can create their own pages in Groupon and offer deals any time they like.  Groupon users can “follow” vendors that they like and whenever a new deal ...
  • Bits on the Run Now Allows You to EASILY Create Video Sitemaps

    Sadly Google cannot simply index video files.  To allow you to add your videos to their indexes they allow you to create Video Sitemaps that can contain all of the pertinent information that you want the world to know about your videos.  Think of it as using the old Meta ...
  • Bits on the Run Video Delivery Platform Video Review

    Bits on the Run is a terrific service for delivering your video content.  You only pay for what you use, it is simple to setup and it provides all of the functionality that you will need.  I chose Bits on the Run for EverymanIT.com because it offers far more functionality ...
  • F1 Social Networking Add-on for Firefox Video Review

    The F1 add-on for Firefox allows to to easily share websites with your followers and friends on Facebook and Twitter through Firefox.  It’s a very easy to use, robust add-on.  My only complaint is that it only offers the ability to share through Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail.  There is ...
  • Google Instant Preview Video Review

    Google Instant Preview allows you to look at a snapshot of a web site with Google’s search results without having to go to the site.  It’s pretty useful and seems to work well.
  • ShareThis Buttons Video Review

    ShareThis.com offers you the ability to post Social Networking buttons on your website with counters so that you can show your visitors just how cool your site is. We have used ShareThis buttons for over a month and have found them to be a phenomenal asset to EverymanIT.com.  This ...
  • Google Indexing is Now REALLY Quick

      I posted a blog post titled “Subhub Lite Video Review” literally 3 hours ago.  Doing an organic Google search for “Subhub Lite Review” the post comes up organically in the #2 position. It looks like doing SEO might start feeling like playing a video game…
  • Subhub Lite Video Review

    Subhub Lite is a nifty web service for creating and hosting your own website easily.  They are currently offering the service for FREE for life to the first 1000 people who register, and then offer a $9.95 for life price for anyone else who registers before November 31, 2010.  After ...
  • RockMelt Browser Video Review

    I finally got my hands on a beta copy of the new RockMelt web browser.  RockMelt seeks to combine your social networking directly into the web browser.  Although the browser seems like it works well technically there is something about it that doesn’t illicit a strong reaction in me to ...
  • The Google Sidebar Ensures that I’m On Top of the Latest News

    The Google Sidebar which is a part of Google Desktop helps make sure that I’m kept up to date on all of the most current technology news.  Although I read the Wall Street Journal every morning, and peruse Google News Tech and Science section there are still a lot of ...
  • The RockMelt Web Browser is a Glimpse Into the Future

    For the past ten years developers have been moving traditional installed apps out onto the web.  During this process web browsers have become more stable, powerful and web compliant to handle new web apps.  Yet they still look and feel much the same as Netscape did back in ‘95. Really… ...
  • Folder Size Shows You What Is Filling Up Your Hard Drive

    No matter how large the Hard Drives get they will inevitably be filled to the brim at some point.  Usually they end up getting cluttered with long forgotten downloads, or log files that never get deleted.  Once a Hard Drive has less then 1GB of space left the entire computer ...
  • 1ShoppingCart is a Feature Rich Shopping Cart Solution

    1ShoppingCart is a great solution for those businesses that have outgrown either PayPal or Google Checkout. 1ShoppingCart allows you to easily turn your website into an ecommerce site and allows for;   standard shopping carts recurring payments digital download purchases coupons automated affiliate programs email marketing and much more. They have a tiered system that goes ...
  • Honestly.com Brings Personal Recommendations into the Internet Age

    Honestly.com offers you the ability to give recommendations about other people, and solicit recommendations for yourself.  Think of Honestly.com as a way to give a star rating to people.   This is a very simple service.  You login using Facebook Connect and then you can choose people  to review.  They have ...
  • Exam Cram are the Best Books for Studying for Certification Tests

    I’ve decided that since I’m more of an “educator” vs. being a “technician” that I should go back to boning up on my certifications.  God help me if I ever have to work for someone again it will look good on my resume, and it will also act as a ...
  • CloudBerry Lab Helps You Better Interact with Your Files in Cloud Storage

    When you first hear about cloud based storage systems like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Storage they sound like the greatest thing in the world.  They are robust, relatively cheap and best of all you no longer have to worry about what happens if your building burns down.  But ...
  • Allway Sync is a Great Tool for Backup and PC Synchronization

    Allway Sync is a great little synchronization tool that you can use for easy file/ folder backups on Windows PC’s.  It’s easy to use and free for personal use.   The main reason I like Allway Sync is that it has numerous built in features for file backup locations.  You can ...
  • The Cheapest Way to Get Microsoft Software for Your Business – Microsoft Action Pack

    The Microsoft Action Pack subscription is a boon for any small IT shop or business.  Basically you pay $329 and you get all the Microsoft Software you need to run your small company.  You get Windows 7 Pro, Multiple Server Editions, Office 2010 Professional and much more for up to ...
  • Microsoft Office Web Apps are the Best FREE Web Based Office Suite…

    Google did a good job convincing people that simple Office software should be web based and free.  Unfortunately using Google Docs still reminds me of using a word processor from the mid 90’s.   Microsoft has done a very good job creating a FREE web based office suite.  You get the ...
  • Xobni Helps Make Outlook More Useful

    Xobni is a wonderful add-on for Outlook that helps you organize your contacts, and find information easier.  Xobni opens in a side bar within Outlook and when you select an email message it will tell you a number of things about the sender.  It can connect to Facebook and LinkedIn ...
  • Windows Live Writer is a Bloggers Best Friend

    Windows Live Writer is a free app from Microsoft that allows you to write and edit content on your desktop and then publish it to your blog.  I have been using it for 2 years now and I think it’s about the greatest thing since sliced bread.   Windows Live Writer ...
  • VirtualBox is Your Best Bet for Running Virtual Computers on Your Desktop

    I use VirtualBox for all of my desktop virtualization needs. It is (was, might be, maybe..?) free (Oracle bought the creator of Virtualbox Sun Microsystems and so further licensing may get complicated) at least for self training and personal use:   All software downloads are free, and most come with ...
  • ArtISteer is a Required Tool for WordPress Bloggers

    Are you tired of searching for free WordPress templates that don’t really look the way you like?  Are you tired of finding a great template and then finding that the menus don’t open properly?  Do you want to create your own templates, but don’t’ have the time or inclination to ...
  • You Can Now Use StumbleUpon with Chrome!

    I love StumbleUpon, but I love Chrome more.  Sadly this love triangle seemed to have no happy ending until I found the StumbleUpon Extension for Google Chrome.  By taking a second to install this extension into Chrome I can now Stumble and review sites to my hearts content.   ...
  • If You are a Web Publisher You MUST Check Out ShareThis

    I ran across ShareThis 6 or more months ago, and as with many technologies I find summarily decided it was a waste of time.  I’m not sure whether they have changed, or my point of view has, but I now think that ShareThis looks to be a phenomenal service.   Basically ...
  • LinkedIn is Proof that Humans Share a Common Ancestor with Lemmings

    Let me say first of all that on paper LinkedIn seems like a darned good idea.  When I was introduced to LinkedIn 3 years ago by a CEO I felt that this would be an amazing tool to push my business and career forward.  This is the same feeling that ...
  • 7 Zip is a Good Free Windows Utility for File Compression and Extraction for ZIP and TAR Files

    7 Zip is a great little free utility to use as a substitute for WinZip or WinRAR. If you need a simple to use “zip” utility give it a try.  There’s not much to say about it because it is very easy to install and use.   You just install it, ...
  • SpamArrest Could End Your Spam Problems Forever

    I ran across the SpamArrest service today, and it appears that it could permanently end your spam problems forever.  Basically you tell the service what email addresses you want email from.  Then if someone with a different email address sends you something the service will put the message into ...
  • Add Contacts from MAPILab is a Nifty Tool for Harvesting Email Addresses Out of Outlook Emails

    If you want to do email marketing you need email addresses.  Buying wholesale lists is generally a waste of time, and will unusually result in your account being terminated by your mass email company.  Your Outlook address book is a good place to go, but frankly most of us never ...
  • Bits on the Run… Is It Possible to Love a Video Delivery Platform Too Much..?

    I ran across Bits on the Run a year ago when I was originally trying to decide what platform to use to deliver the video classes for Everyman IT.  At the time I wasn’t overly impressed and decided on buying and running our own Adobe FMS server.  Doing research for ...
  • Google Tags MAY be a Very Cost Effective Marketing Tool

    I just received an email from Google today touting their new “Google Tags”. Basically this is a service where you seem to pay $25 per month (Don’t quote me on this.  Their pricing scheme isn’t well defined.) to add a bit of bling to your Google Places account.   Google Places ...
  • Amazon Web Services are a Commodity Option for Commodity Computing

    There are times you need high end 3D graphics to play the latest Doom video game, and there are times when you just need a system to chug through computations or store data.  Amazon’s Web Services may be a great option for you if you just need raw computing services.   ...
  • Bits on the Run May be a Good Video Delivery Platform for Sophisticated Content Developers

    I was talking to a CTO of a video distribution platform today and he asked how his system compared to Bits on the Run.  I had looked at Bits on the Run last year when I was looking for a platform for Everyman IT and dismissed it as not being ...
  • IOBit Toolbox Really is a “Must Have” for Your Toolkit

    The IOBit Tool box utility was a pleasant surprise find for me today.  A fan (shout out to Erika Haydon) asked about a free antivirus suite that IOBit produces.  I had never heard of it or IOBit so I decided to take a look at their site and see what ...
  • Combofix is a Great Tool for Getting Rid of Viruses/ Spyware/ Malware

    My buddy, Agim, over at Maryland Techs can’t say enough for using Combofix to get rid of Viruses and Spyware. It’s a simple, FREE, piece of software that you basically just download and run.  The only “issue” is that it only runs on 32bit OS’s.  He’s been using it for ...
  • NetBalancer is a Must Have App for Anyone Administering Web Apps

    One of the most ironic problems that I have had lately is that my Internet service is too good.  My Comcast Business Class service regularly gives me over 30Mbps download speeds and for once this is actually a bad thing.  I have been testing the video distribution system for EverymanIT ...
  • Thoughts on Brightcove for Internet Video Distribution

    I have been conducting a beta test of the Brightcove Video Delivery Service for use delivering our content.  After a few days playing with it I have to say that it has a lot going for it, but there are a few specific quirks that will keep EverymanIT from migrating ...
  • Adobe FMS (Flash Media Streaming Server) is a Great Platform for Streaming Videos

    We have been using Adobe FMS (Flash Media Streaming Server) since January and have been very happy with it.  It is very easy software to install and use, and so far has not crashed or caused us any problems. If you want to provide real Video streaming for your sites ...
  • Adtonomy Plugins for JW Player are a Good Way to Show Ads on Your Flash Videos

    I’ve been using JW Player for EverymanIT.com since January and have been very happy with it.  One of the main selling points for sing JW Player are it’s large list of Plugins.   We use a number of Plugins including their Adtonomy series.  There are 2 Adtonomy plugins.  One presents .flv ...
  • JW Player is the Best Embedded Flash Video Player

    While building EverymanIT.com I researched and tested a lot of different options for playing Flash Video files for the site.  I found JW Player by LongTail Video to be the best. It works very well, they give you more support then other options, and their list of plugins is terrific.  ...
  • Review of the Borders Kobo… One Word, “Ick”

    I was in Borders the other day and had the displeasure of testing out the Kobo eReader.  Being that it’s cheaper then the Kindle, and the iPad some people may be thinking that it’s worth the price… It’s not. It feels like a cheap Chinese knockoff from the moment you pick ...
  • Buy Video Cards Without Fans

    One of the pieces of advice I can give from doing this job for a while is to advise you to always buy Video Cards that do not have fans built into them.  You can buy very high quality Video Cards that simply use a larger Heat Sink instead of ...


















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