Keep Kids Safe Online – Tools from AT&T

AT&T Parental Controls allows parents to protect their children from inappropriate online content.

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Control access to Websites, E-mail, Instant Messaging, Chat, Message Boards, and more! Plus, you can even set time limits for access to the Internet!

  • Customizable profiles for Kids, Teens and Adults. Set up a unique profile for up to five family members & define access to websites.
  • Filter and Block access to specific websites.
  • Allow or Deny access to E-mail, Instant Messaging, Chat, Message Boards, NewsGroups, Personals and File Sharing activities.
  • Time Limits let’s you define how much time your children spend on the Internet.
  • Software Controls gives you control to define who can access specific software programs or files on your computer.
  • Dynamic Filtering automatically blocks pages for child and teen accounts that contain questionable material.
  • Access Requests allow children to request access to blocked websites or applications and then you decide whether or not to allow access.
  • Usage Reporting allows you to monitor each family members online activity.
  • Update your Parental Controls settings from any computer through the web-based interface.

To set up AT&T Parental Controls, you must first download the Parental Controls Software.

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System Requirements:

Windows 7, XP or Vista (32 & 64 bit) operating systems

Microsoft Internet Explorer v 6.0+

Mozilla Firefox 3.0+

AT&T Internet Security Suite powered by McAfee®
Using the Internet means being smart about how you surf and interact online to avoid falling prey to viruses, spyware, and other online threats. The good news is AT&T High Speed Internet members can protect themselves and their PC’s or Macs with the AT&T Internet Security Suite – powered by McAfee®. This suite is FREE* to qualifying members and includes anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall protection so you can surf, search and transact online with confidence.

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Why Mac users need protection. Mac users are not vulnerable to the same viruses and threats that have traditionally plagued PCs, but the Internet has leveled the playing field. Mac users are now just as susceptible to online risks as PC users. With the rise in adoption of the Mac OS, hackers and thieves are increasingly focusing their efforts to develop attacks that will work on Macs.
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Small Dog Electronics — New England’s Largest Apple Specialist

 

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Small Dog Electronics provides us with an Apple Expert every Sunday at 5:30pm to answer your questions about everything and anything Apple. If you have a question, visit WGIR/AM or 96.7 The Wave and fill out the form.  You can listen live to our segments at WGIR AM 610 or 96.7 FM the Wave

Small Dog Electronics is New England’s largest Apple Specialist with over 16 tears of experience selling and servicing the complete Apple line. They share their passion for technology by providing the most personable, dependable and complete Apple shopping, training and support experience.

Their headquarters is in Waitsfield, Vermont.  Their three retail stores are located in Manchester, New Hampshire at the Mall of New Hampshire, and South Burlington and Waitsfield, Vermont. Their website, www.smalldog.com, features close to 3,000 products for the Mac or PC enthusiast.

Socially responsible, they are incredibly motivated by the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit. The effect they have on their community, environment, customers and employees factors into the equation they call “success.”

They offer complete solutions for businesses, regardless of platform, including systems analysis, sales and implementation, as well as training, technical support, maintenance and repair. Small Dog Consultants can provide on-site or remote support including troubleshooting, training, delivery, set-up and education on your new equipment.

Each of their three locations offers complete Apple repair services by Certified Apple Technicians. Services include data transfers, back-ups, data recovery, file system repair, software installations and more.

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Macs are becoming increasingly popular with businesses because they give users extra control. Additionally, Macs have a different configuration than PCs. Windows servers are Mac compatible, which makes Macs more attractive to businesses. Mac users find that they offer a more consistent feel than PCs. Macs are also gaining market share in the personal computing space.

John Aumann – A biography

Jon Aumann, one of Geek Squad’s most-accomplished special agents, has been fascinated by computers for most of his life. The inner workings of complex machines have always interested Jon and driven him to understand what allows them to endure and operate as efficiently (and sometimes not so efficiently) as they do. His curiosity directed him, from an early age, to constantly take things apart, though admittedly taking things apart proved easier than putting them back together. Jon recalled that his desire to understand how computers work expanded when he bought his first computer: he learned that the computer was not simply one giant operating system but a network of systems performing multiple tasks at the same time. Jon began tinkering with computers alongside friends in high school during impromptu sessions in which they would do everything from setting up firewalled corporate networks to creating a LAN (local area network) to play games. He became involved with the computer-repair industry through an internship as an assistant network administrator. In addition to basic repairs, his primary intern duties centered on network-administration setup and helping maintain a large-scale network. Frequently, the computers he was working on were older models than he was used to, so he had to familiarize himself quickly with the systems he was given to correct. This training was essential to Jon’s development as a computer technician because it gave him to know-how to fix any computer no matter its make, model, or age.

The most memorable moments on the job for Jon revolve around his interactions with his clients, especially those who have very little experience with computers. One particularly memorable client had never operated a computer before she met Jon. By the time he was finished, she felt comfortable with the basic operations and had even mastered using her webcam to view pictures of her great-grandson from across the country. “It’s the best feeling in the world when I can give someone a practical, everyday use for their computer and make them truly enjoy it,” John said.

Though technology positions are widely characterized as purely mechanical and isolated in nature, John’s advice to those interested in computer repair is to learn to love communicating with others. He believes that too many clients have encountered inattentive and anti-social computer professionals who simply don’t understand that customers are already frustrated when they walk through the door. John revealed that, “Fixing the computer is only part of my job. Equally important is making the client feel like a part of the process and having them come away with positive experiences. My job is not just technical, and in fact, people skills are a large part of what I do everyday.”

Currently a junior at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where he is studying computer engineering, John began his professional career working part-time for Geek Squad. Though initially he viewed his job at Geek Squad as simply a temporary college gig, he has developed it into a full career path, moving from part-time in-store technician to full-time in-home technician. He said that, “Working for the Geek Squad allows me multiple career possibilities within Geek Squad itself and with our parent company, Best Buy. Once I get my degree, I hope to continue towards a master’s degree while maintaining various certifications.” John envisions his future to be at Geek Squad Corporate, where he plans to provide support for agents around the world.

For help with all of your computing, home theater and mobile entertainment needs, trust Geek Squad. Geek Squad Agents, Home Theatre Installers and Auto Techs can be located by calling 1.800 GEEK SQUAD, visiting www.geeksquad.com or the Geek Squad Precinct located in every Best Buy. We provide our services wherever and whenever you need them – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Apple McIntosh and iPhone is Moving Into the Workplace

Craig Peterson interviews John Welch about Apple computers and phones in business.

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Apple’s McIntosh computers have been popular among small segments of business for years — primarily the graphics, advertising and marketing departments of small to large corporations. The recent huge successes brought by the iPod and more recently iPhone have exposed millions of people to Apple’s ease-of-use and just-works functionality and have subsequently driven the MacIntosh computers to the point where they hold an almost 10% market share of the desktop space. It was almost inevitable that we’d start to see them in the business space

I interviewed John C. Welch to talk about the popularity of these new MacIntosh computers in the business space.

  • How well does Apple and the Mac really play in business, and at what level, (SOHO/SMB/Big Enterprise).
  • Does the Mac work well for IT uses? Can you really run a network from or with a Mac as an IT person?
  • We’ve all heard the hype, both good and bad, but what’s the reality of a Mac? Is it more or less secure than Windows XP or Vista?
  • Can you actually have people on both working together without more pain than it’s worth?
  • How well does the Mac play with Facebook/MySpace/Amazon S3 et al?

John C. Welch
Writer and Analyst

John – A biography

John Welch is the Sr. Systems Engineer for The Zimmerman Agency, and has been an IT professional, specializing in the integration of Macs into networks for over 15 years. He is also a regular contributor to Macworld.com, a regular speaker on Mac IT issues at Macworld Conference & Expo since 1999, and the mind behind http://www.bynkii.com/

The Zimmerman Agency — A Tallahassee-based branding, advertising, public relations and interactive firm — has total billings exceeding $175 million annually and employs more than 136 full-time professionals. A sampling of the agency portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Yachts of Seabourn, Sanderson Farms Chicken, Tobacco Free Florida, Club Med, Aflac and the British Virgin Islands.

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WoM! The Tips to Windows on Mac From the Man Who Wrote the Book

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You can run Windows on Mac. But it’s not possibile to run Mac on Windows. Apple is creating waves and business of Mac is growing at rapid pace. Apple’s retails stores have also been a factor in greater sales of Macs. Half of all sales at Apple Stores are to people who are new to Macs, according to Apple.

  • Sales of Macs to Windows users have accelerated. This is partly (or primarily) because Macs can now run both its native operating system, Mac OS X, and Windows, making it the most versatile computer you can buy.
  • Windows users are looking for an alternative to their current computer because they feel inundated with viruses, spyware, and hackers that take advantage of security flaws in Microsoft’s operating system.
  • The use of Intel chips in Macs — the same as is used in Windows PCs — has changed the game, both for home and work use. The issue of Windows compatibility is largely erased as Apple hardware can now run Windows. Both home and business users can think of the ability to run Windows as a safety net – it’s there if they need it.
  • Home use has started to affect the landscape in the office. As more home users buy and use Macs, they’re coming to their bosses and asking for Macs instead of Windows. As a result, Macs are now being considered by more workplaces than in the past. Even IBM is going to let its employees use Macs if they like.
  • Apple’s marketing has been remarkably effective. The Mac vs. PC ads have become a cultural touchstone, and made more people interested in Macs who normally would not have been.

Although you can run Windows on a Mac, the reverse is not true – at least not legally. But hobbyists have figured out a way to run the Mac OS on some generic PC hardware, and one controversial company — Psystar – has actually started selling generic PCs with the Mac OS preinstalled.

Dwight Silverman
Author – Running Windows on your MAC
Houston Chronicle Columnist

Dwight Silverman – A biography

Dwight Silverman is the computing columnist and technology blogger at the Houston Chronicle and cohost of “Technology Bytes,” a weekly radio show on KPFT-FM. Dwight is also author of Running Windows on Your Mac, a new book published by Peachpit that reveals how to use Microsoft Windows on your Mac.

Berkeley-based Peachpit has been publishing the industry’s best-selling books on the latest in graphic design, desktop publishing, multimedia, Web design and development, digital video and general Macintosh computing since 1986. Its award-winning books feature step-by-step explanations, time-saving techniques, savvy insider tips, and expert advice for computer users of all sorts. It is the home of the internationally recognized Visual QuickStart Guide series, the design imprint New Riders and its highly popular Voices That Matter series, and is the publishing partner for Adobe Press, NAPP, Apple Certified, and others. Peachpit is part of Pearson, the international media company. Pearson’s primary operations also include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. Learn more at www.peachpit.com and www.pearson.com

The Houston Chronicle is not only a newspaper, it’s a Web site that attracts about 2 million page views a day. Chron.com is the leading local Web site for reaching Houston’s online population. With more than 6 million unique visitors per month, chron.com is the city’s most visited local Web site, complete with up-to-the-minute breaking news and exclusive online content, including coverage in Spanish. The perfect complement to the printed Houston Chronicle, chron.com provides more expansive detail, story packages, links and the latest updates throughout the day.