October 2009


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Do-it-yourself radio station

7:09 PM Wed, Sep 23, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

Last month, I told you about the new Grace Wireless Internet Radio that has replaced my old clock radio. It lets me tune in a virtually unlimited variety of radio stations from around the world. I love it.

But one person wrote in to chide me for failing to mention what he considered to be the most alluring feature of thi…

Taking the tedium out of Web browsing

4:23 PM Tue, Sep 15, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko


For years, some Web sites — particularly those linked to newspapers — have tried valiantly to mimic the familiar columnar “s…

‘Crowdsourcing’ could give you a traffic advantage

8:54 AM Wed, Aug 26, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

This may be the first time you’ve heard the term “crowdsourcing,” but it won’t likely be the last.

There are various technical definitions, but essentially, crowdsourcing means getting reliable information from a “crowd.”

Let’s think about how that might work. Perhaps you magically have access to all the text messages that are being sent out from the new Cowboys Stadium during a game. Without being there — and without wat…

Review: Grace Wireless Internet Radio

10:50 AM Tue, Aug 04, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

It was tucked away in a forgotten corner of a little-used guest room at my grandparents’ rural home — and I was drawn to it like a magnet.

The Zenith console radio and phonograph was once the centerpiece of a 1940s home entertainment system. Like today’s big-screen TV, the mahogany cabinet was designed to occupy a prominent place in the living room, delivering the sounds of Be…

Harlingen newspaper to start charging for online news

1:35 PM Mon, Jul 13, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

Bing bids for your search requests

9:49 AM Mon, Jun 01, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

For People of a Certain Age, the name “Bing” conjures up the image of a crooner who presided over a golf tournament.

For others, the word is the second half of a catchphrase (“bada bing!”) made popular by “The Sopranos.”

>> Continue reading: Bing bids for your search requests

Windows Vista update is ready

8:26 AM Wed, May 27, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

First impressions: Microsoft My Phone

2:00 PM Wed, May 20, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

Cell phones are such tiny little things. One slip of the hand and your do-it-all communications device can wind up in a tub full of water or down a sewer grate; leave it on a counter at the bank and it can disappear forever.

Of course, you’ve been meaning to archive all the phone numbers, appointments, messages, photos, video clips and music downloads you carry with you on the mobile.

Now they’re gone.

Save stamps with electronic banking

10:59 AM Mon, May 11, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

Windows 7 unleashed by Microsoft

4:43 PM Tue, May 05, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

 You can download a lot of free things from all the nooks and crannies of the World Wide Web — some legal, some not so much.

But here’s a free downloa…

YouTube adds full-length movies, TV shows

8:42 AM Fri, Apr 17, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

 YouTube has now entered the battle for the hearts, minds and eyeballs of Web surfers who thirst for TV and …

Get money for used gear

8:20 AM Wed, Apr 15, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

We had an item on the Computer Corner Blog last week about recycling your old electronics gear. That’s a great environmental option, of course, but it doesn’t necessarily put any money back in your pocket.

You can always try to unload your old cell phone, laptop or MP3 player on eBay or …

Countdown to tax time

11:47 AM Mon, Apr 13, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

 Attention, procrastinators: your taxes are due this week. That means it’s time to throw it into high gear sometime before midnight Wednesday if your Form 1040 is still a b…

Don’t need it? Get rid of it!

10:39 PM Tue, Apr 07, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

Let’s face it: We’ve all got at least one hunk of electronic junk collecting dust on a shelf, in a closet or piled up in the garage.

 It could be an obsolete co…

Get your (almost) free digital TV converter box

9:10 PM Sun, Apr 05, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

If you’ve been putting off the purchase of a digital TV converter box (the new and final deadline for analog signals to go away is now June 12), here’s a way to…

It’s new from Yahoo

2:04 PM Wed, Apr 01, 2009 |
Posted by: Walt Zwirko

Yahoo is making another attempt to position itself as a primary destination for mobile phone users.

The new Yahoo Mobile service provides search functions along with news, e-mail and RSS feeds tailored to your personal preference. There’s an iPhone App available for those who carry the Apple product in their pockets; a mobile Web version works with some other phones, and a smartp…