Saving Money on Inkjet Cartridges

Whether you have a business or just do your printing at home, inkjet cartridges can be very expensive. This is where the printer manufacturers make their money, and you can burn through a lot of money if you do a lot of printing.

The tips for saving money all involve common sense. The first has to do with your printing habits and your printing policies in the office. When possible, print in black at lower quality as opposed to using color at maximum quality. This alone will save you a ton in inkjet fees.

Next, you have to shop around. If you just spend some time online, you can find the lowest price for your cartridges, even the brand name cartridges. One problem is that people wait till they run out if ink to get new cartridges. Then you’re in a hurry and it’s easier to just go to the local store and pick one up. If you plan ahead, you’ll save a ton of money and get in the habit of always keeping a supply.

If you need one right away, look for stores like Cartridge World. They have deep discounts and you can punch in your zip code on their web site to find a store near you.

Another option includes refilling your ink or purchasing off-brand cartridges. This is a matter o preference based upon quality issues. It’s not a bad option, but you can save on the brand cartridges if you follow the steps above.

LulzSec gets personal

LulzSec Celebrity Hackers.

It’s an odd thing for the entire world to be aware of tech news, especially news as tech specific as the hacking that’s been going on courtesy of the group Lulz Security. The hacking group has gained notoriety after taking information from some high profile targets. Now they’re potentially poised to send a man to prison, but they still manage to enjoy some serious public support. It’s a strange situation.

I put together an article for Bullz-Eye that breaks down LulzSec’s various exploits and their implications for web culture. Here’s a quick excerpt:

LulzSec claims that it hacks to expose the vulnerabilities in the system. The group doesn’t think the members are at fault for the data leaks, either. After the Sony leak, the group tweeted, “Hey innocent people whose data we leaked: blame @Sony.” I’m not going to touch the issue of fault here – there just isn’t time – but I do think its time people educate themselves about account security and password strength. The reason the Sony leak was a problem was that people used the same password for that site as for their personal emails, Facebook accounts, Amazon accounts (with one-click ordering enabled) and Paypal accounts.

Head over to the Gadgets channel to read the full article.

Father’s Day: Facts and Figures

Father’s day is the day where you put your best foot forward and try to find something your dad will really like to have as a gift or spend his day doing. Some dads are really into sports, some are really into fashion (believe it or not) and some are motor-heads. With over $11,000,000,000 dollars spent yearly on Father’s day gifts, it’s a huge industry and because of that, there is a ton of data surrounding it.

The infographic below shares some interesting information regarding what consumers go with when they’re looking for the absolute perfect Father’s day gifts. Take a look (Click the image for a full-size view).

GAME REVIEW: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

My fondest childhood memory involving video games is beating “Super Mario Bros. 3” with my older brother during a snow day off from school. For many others, it’s probably the first time you sat down to play “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.” Still a classic to this day, the Nintendo 64 title was one of the system’s few must-have games, and for good reason. Not only did it represent Link’s first foray into a completely 3D environment, but the open world-based adventure featured the kind of narrative depth that you just didn’t see in video games during that time. Though it’s been re-released quite often over the years (perhaps most notably as the Master Quest pre-order bonus packaged alongside “The Wind Waker”), the new 3DS version has been completely remastered with enhanced graphics and some updated gameplay features.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the 3D looks great. Though Nintendo experienced a bit of a backlash from critics with the initial launch lineup of games, “Ocarina of Time” makes excellence use of the effect, particularly in the more open areas of Link’s adventure. The most welcome change, however, is the addition of the touch-screen inventory system, which allows you to easily access items and weapons on the fly and even features a permanent spot for the map and your ocarina. Additionally, you can now use the system’s gyroscope feature in first-person mode to look around while shooting your slingshot or bow. It’s not for everyone, as some people will likely want to avoid being seen spinning around like an idiot in public, but it’s a nice addition that makes playing the game that much more immersive.

Other cool new features include a hint system that allows players to visit Sheikah Stones for prophetic-like visions on what to do next; a Boss Challenge mode where you can fight all eight bosses back-to-back; and, of course, the Master Quest mode for those that want a slightly different experience on their second go-around. But no matter how much it improves on the original game, “Ocarina of Time 3D” doesn’t quite have the same charm as playing it while sitting in front of the TV. Diehard fans and newcomers would be crazy not to pick this up, but everyone else will be perfectly happy with whatever version(s) they already own.

4 Amazing Online Bill Pay Systems

So you think bill pay is pretty cut and dry, do you? Well, if you looked closely, you’d find out that bill pay is anything but ordinary. While the idea in itself is simple, there are a number of services you can use to get money to businesses and people on time, every time. Here’s a list of some of the bill pay services that you might not be aware of:
 
1. Bank
 
This is the simple one, but it must be addressed in case you weren’t aware. Your bank loves the idea of you managing all your money through them so they offer you free automatic bill pay. The great news about this service is it can be set to automatically deduct payments for the monthly bills you incur. If you have to pay a friend, relative or business associate, you can certainly do that by requesting a bill pay through your bank. They’ll write them a check and send it in your name. It’s so simple that it makes paying bills a breeze.
 
2. Paytrust.com
 
This is a paid service, but what you get from it makes it well worth the price. This service allows paytrust.com to work as your personal accountant. Not only will Pay Trust be sure to pay your bills for you (regardless of the payment method the biller accepts), they will also receive your bills for you, scan them in, email them to you and keep them as part of your personal records for eight years. It’s a great service and one that is worth looking into.
 
3. Reach card
 
This takes online bill pay to the next level. This is a prepaid card. Not only can you store you money on here in the amount that you require(which is great for not overspending), but it also gives you the option of bill pay. It’s a full service card that keeps your money in a safe place and helps you pay the right people at the right time. No more overdraft fees, and no more fear of identity theft. This card literally gives you peace of mind while saving you time.
 
4. Quicken 2008
 
Welcome to the ultimate money manager. With Quicken 2008, you not only get a comprehensive overview of your financial situation every time, but it allows you to take care of the bills you need. It provides a paid service that allows you to pay up to ten bills a month. While that number may seem small, most people don’t pay more than 10 automated bills in a month.
 
These services, whether free or paid, are designed to make your life easier and more organized. There is no need for you to go through the hassle of buying and writing checks, or pay the cost of postage. This is the best invention for the busy person with not enough time to do their bills on Sunday. When will you start using a bill-paying service?

Steve Jobs backs down on subscription pricing

Steve Jobs.

A couple months back, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a number of enemies by implementing restrictions around App Store subscription pricing that included a 30 percent finder’s fee for Apple. Apparently some of that change is being rolled back, though Apple won’t be making it easy for subscribers to get content outside the App Store.

The new rules don’t go into effect until the end of the month, at which point we’ll be able to see just how well the app development world is handling the restrictions. Several publishers have pledged to comply with the new rules, but others have pledged to abandon the App Store altogether. I’ll be particularly curious to see what happens to the developers who continue on like nothing has changed. Will we see mass bans from the App Store?

To me, this change seems like a PR move. Apple knows that there are quite a few customers who are also App Store developers, and those guys were not happy when the changes rolled out. Hell, I wasn’t happy and I have no stake in the situation whatsoever.

Apple’s iCloud: How magical is it?

Apple iCloud.

Apple’s really nailed down its presentation strategy. The company doesn’t leak features before they’re absolutely ready for mass consumption (not counting the old AppleTV of course), and then it announces the product, shows just how awesome it is, and puts a release date just close enough that the world will stay excited until its release. iCloud is no different. Apple’s unveiling made Google Music look like a high-school project by comparison.

I’m really impressed by what Apple put together. There are a few recent Apple policies that have really made me question whether the company is worth supporting in any capacity. But iCloud is free, and iTunes Match, maybe the single greatest part of the iCloud rollout, is just $25 a year. None of this is to say that I think Apple has pioneered anything amazing. In fact, pretty much everything about the iCloud service has been available through Google for quite some time. It is clean, pretty, and looks incredibly easy to use, which is exactly what Apple is good at. It also further ties consumers into the iOS ecosystem, making it harder to consider leaving.

For the non-Apple users of the world, there is some good news here. Google is looking at iCloud and thinking of ways to do it better (and they can’t be happy about Apple taking the notification bar pretty much directly from Android). The next version of Android will almost certainly try to best iCloud in some serious ways. Google knows that Apple is going for brand loyalty with iCloud. Whatever the company releases to compete will have to be good enough to pull people away from iOS.

From Grueling Dial-Up to FIOS Heaven- Internet History

Internet.

With a spare fifteen minutes and a few simple clicks of a mouse, the average Internet user can order dinner and have it delivered to his door, download the latest episode of American Idol, make his monthly mortgage payment, and take care of the weekly conversation with his in-laws. All of this done quickly and easily using www.wirelessinternet.net Internet services.

By comparison, it wasn’t until 1470, fifteen years after Johannes Gutenberg’s invented the revolutionary printing press in Mainz, Germany, that the city of Paris, France produced its first written work.

Even at its slowest speed, surfing the Web likely never took quite as long as fifteen years. However, it was only several decades ago that the seemingly instantaneous Internet of modern times was reduced to a sluggish search engine that could make sending an email an all-day affair.

The Seed that Sprouted into the Internet

Before there was “Tweeting,” “Facebooking,” and “Googling,” the Internet began with an idea.
In the early 1960’s various individuals, namely J.C.R. Licklider of MIT, Leonard Kleinrock of MIT and soon thereafter, UCLA, and Lawrence Roberts of MIT, performed the initial thinking and experimentation that would ultimately give birth to the Internet.

The Idea: To develop a reliable technology that would allow people – particularly scientists and military personnel – to exchange information, experiments, and advances with other members of their fields who were located across wide geographical boundaries.  

However, it would be almost thirty more years until the cumulative efforts of scientists, engineers, electricians and countless other professionals resulted in a communications system that somewhat resembled the network used today.

The First of Many Firsts: ARPAnet

 It was in 1969 when the Internet, which at that time was known as ARPAnet, took its first steps. Computers at four prominent institutions – UCLA, Stanford Research Institute, UCSB, and the University of Utah – were linked together and formed the first real network sustained by a technology known as packet-switching.
-ARPAnet = Advanced Research Projects Agency Network

Other Notable Firsts

-1971: Electronic Mail (Email) was Invented
-1974: In a December proposal for a transmission control program, the term “Internet” was first used, thus beginning the transformation away from the artist formerly known as ARPAnet.
-1984-1989: The amount of hosts on the Internet increases by 100x, growing from around 1,000 to more than 100,000.
-1990: The call is answered for Internet dial-up when “The World” (http://www.theworld.com/) becomes the first commercial dial-up Internet supplier.
-1991: The first of what would ultimately amass to more than ten billion webpages by the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century was generated. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Tech Advantages Teenagers Have That You Didn’t

Computer kid.

Kids today have no clue how great they’ve got it. While teens used to have to actually make plans and arrange to meet and do things in person, “I’ll call you” or “I’ll text you” via prepaid smartphones have replaced this archaic method of trying to control the future proactively.

You can say what you want about how kids today are this and that, but you have to give them credit on a lot of fronts. They’ve learned more about technology’s role in creating a self-actualized lifestyle than most retirees have, despite having less than two decades of life experience.

When it comes to technology, nobody beats the teens of today. They actually think they need it, and for good reason. Let’s take a look at a few technologies that kids today think they couldn’t live without.

1. Mobile Internet

These days, the Internet is practically everywhere. From public parks to classrooms, and from cafes to some school buses, you can pretty much look up anything from pretty much anywhere you happen to be. Do you remember when you had to actually go home to look up things or do homework? Worse still, do you remember that semi-bronze age period of history when going to the library was actually useful for studying?

Teens today actually think they need the Internet everywhere they go. One tends to wonder how this impacts their critical thinking skills if they’re so reliant on one type of technology over which they have no control. Of course, you can’t blame them for wanting the Net everywhere.

2. Touch Screen Prepaid Cell Phones

Are you old enough to remember when your nearest lifeline to help or your friends was the nearest pay phone and the change in your pocket? Did you ever have a pager, which required you to find a phone and dial up the person who called you? Guess what — kids these days don’t have to use that much creativity in their communications.

According to a survey conducted in 2008, nearly half the teens who responded said that not having a cell phone would either cripple or totally eliminate their social life. It makes sense that they’d feel this way, considering how little time anybody today has.

Task lists that used to take a week now have deadlines of 24 hours or so as everyone struggles to put more effort into getting ahead. Your kid can be talking to you, texting their best-friend-forever, and searching for such important information as how many dimes it would take to stack up to the Moon. If you just did a search out of curiosity, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Read the rest of this entry »

8 Free and Paid Ways to Watch Uninterrupted TV—Anytime.

Internet Video.

TV is a great way to unwind after a long day of doing whatever work you do. Of course, when you get home from working, you’re probably still too wired to want to just lay around like a couch potato. With TV, you have to go by when the network tells you your favorite shows are going to come on. This is the 21st century, and these days, it’s all about when you want to watch something. That’s why the Internet and directstartv have the best sources for shows.

The following list includes a bunch of ways you can watch your TV, even if you don’t want a TV. Why does anybody pay for cable, when they still have to endure ads? On top of that, you have to work within somebody else’s schedule. All things considered, it’s downright nuts. So let’s take a look at a few websites that allow you to watch TV when you want to, as opposed to when “the Man” tells you it’s okay.

1. YouTube

If you’ve never heard of Youtube, you have a real problem on your hands. Fortunately, it’s a problem you can solve by traveling to this video utopia. It has been theorized that if Youtube doesn’t have a video of it, it probably doesn’t exist. The sheer volume of videos is enough to keep you occupied indefinitely, chasing every stray whim and curiosity you can muster.
How many websites will show you adorable movies of guinea pigs, horrible videos of auto accidents, and awesome videos of how to choke out a tough fighter in under ten seconds? While there are undoubtedly others out there, Youtube is by far the best known.

2. Graboid Video

Graboid Video is a site with over 150,000 full-length videos on it. While it’s free to try out, you will have to pay if you want to use it indefinitely. Granted, that’s a fairly small downside, but some Internet purists will at least want fair warning before going to a “capitalist” site.

3. Dailymotion

You could almost call Dailymotion the Leia to Youtube’s Luke. While these two sites aren’t actually related, they are about the same age and size. They’re also both successful, though Dailymotion doesn’t get nearly the press coverage — or nearly as many lawsuits.
If you want to find a great video to watch, this is a great site to check out because of the abundance of content Youtube would have if it had less lawsuits. Read the rest of this entry »