Guest Host: Diane Vogel

It’s the first Tuesday of the month, and you know what that means. They’re back. The Computer Guys & Gal bring us the latest updates from the tech world and answer your questions.


  • John Gilroy WAMU Computer Guy; and Director of Business Development at SolutionsDevelopers
  • Allison Druin WAMU Computer Gal; and Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland
  • Bill Harlow WAMU Computer Guy; and Hardware & Software Technician for MACs & PCs at Mid-Atlantic Consulting, Inc.

Tips of the Month###

  1. Has someone been talking to Steve Jobs? Maybe Bill Harlow…his tip of the month is to take control of Flash. “Flash is great way to watch lots of streaming video and play games in a web browser, but it’s also a great to way slow down your computer, kill laptop battery life, crash your browser, and just annoy. People who are sick of singing and dancing web ads know what I’m talking about. Firefox users may want to take a look at Flashblock, an add-on that, well, blocks Flash. Pages will load with Flash elements disabled. You can click on them to allow them. Users of Safari for Mac should check out ClicktoFlash, which is similar. One of its unique benefits is the ability to load h.264 versions of videos on sites like YouTube, when available. On a Mac, that video format often performs much more smoothly, and on many newer Macs can be accelerated by the video card, improving playback and laptop battery life.”

  2. John Gilroy suggests checking out webroot if you want to get rid of Norton Anti-Virus, which he says is “invasive and can slow down your machine.”

Items Heard on Today’s Show

Apple and Flash

  1. Steve Jobs Criticizes Flash

  2. Flash-Bashing: Steve Jobs’ Open Letter on Flash

  3. Apple’s iPhone Restrictions: The Five Stages of Grief


  1. Android is Still in the Game

  2. Gizmodo “Acquires” New iPhone Prototype?

  3. Apple Posts Best Non-holiday Quarter Ever

  4. HP to Buy Palm for $1.2 Billion

  5. RIM Debuts BlackBerry OS 6

  6. Mobile developers: Justifying the walled garden

  7. Is Apple Readying for a Rematch with Microsoft in Personal Computing?


  1. Facebook changes: Love the Idea of Explaining it to Your Mom

  2. Facebook Has Hit the Tipping Point: Look for More Ads

  3. Facebook’s Eroding Privacy Policy: A Timeline


  1. McAfee Program Goes Berserk

iPad Printing

  1. Three iPhone and iPad Printing Apps

Apps Blocking Texting and Driving

  1. So Kids Won’t Text and Drive

Gift Site

  1. Etsy

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