network http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1633/all en-US Book Review: Network Know-How (Win a Copy!) http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-network-know-how-win-a-copy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/book-review-network-know-how-win-a-copy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Network know-how.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="154" height="204" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Most people think of computer networks as something that IT guys and the Geek Squad are best equipped to deal with.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>But did you know that any home with more than one computer or wireless device can benefit from knowing network basics? This essential guide for the accidental admin can keep your home and office efficient &ndash; and can save you money over hiring a professional.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I knew I was going to like this book, when it opened with a quote from Henry David Thoreau: &ldquo;We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from <st1:state w:st="on">Maine</st1:state> to <st1:state w:st="on">Texas</st1:state>: but <st1:state w:st="on">Maine</st1:state> and <st1:state w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Texas</st1:place></st1:state>, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.&rdquo;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>How true, and how fitting.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">John Ross has experience with both the wired and wireless networks of such companies as Motorola and AT&amp;T, and yet he is exquisite at making networking knowledge something that even the simplest home office can easily apply.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>His advice is presented with clear language and effective graphics in this easy read from No Starch Press (the guys who brought us <a href="../../../../../../book-review-how-to-be-a-geek-goddess-win-a-copy">How to Be a Geek Goddess</a>.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span>You&rsquo;ll know right away if the book is for you: Did you plan on never needing to run a computer network, but have suddenly found yourself with more than one computer in your home or office?<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The applications for the information are endless. Here are some examples of households that could use <i style=""><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593271913?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread03-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1593271913">Network Know-How</a></i>:</p> <ul> <li><o:p></o:p>Homeschoolers with more than one computer in their classroom.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Even two kids with separate PC&rsquo;s will benefit from the file sharing applications.)</li> <li><o:p></o:p>Road warriors who are tired of the syncing process between their laptop and desktop.</li> <li><o:p></o:p>Anyone interested in home automation (the control of several appliances and electronics from one or more master remotes.&nbsp; Security systems and home entertainment centers are common candidates.)</li> <li><o:p></o:p>The thousands of us who have dealt (unsuccessfully) with a finicky router or other wireless device<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal">The book starts out with some basic theory, which is surprisingly helpful when starting your home network.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(When you can understand how your machines can work together, it makes for a much simpler application.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span>It continues with detailed directions on how to set up and configure all of your devices (shared printers, for example).<span style="">&nbsp; </span>It concludes with a complete troubleshooting guide (which alone is worth the price of the book.)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">After reading <i style=""><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593271913?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread03-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1593271913">Network Know-How</a></i>, I&rsquo;ve come to two conclusions:<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <ol type="1" start="1" style="margin-top: 0in;"> <li style="" class="MsoNormal">Networking is going to be a reality for almost every home.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>If you don&rsquo;t know how to do it, you should learn.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(And save yourself the cost of having a professional bill you by the hour.)</li> <li style="" class="MsoNormal">I really shouldn&rsquo;t have thrown out that Linksys router that was acting up.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I now know the problem (and could have saved $60 by reading this first.)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></li> </ol> <p class="MsoNormal">While we would all like to think that setting up a wireless or wired network is as easy as &ldquo;plugging it in,&rdquo; you can get much more from your computer and peripherals by understanding all the options for the most efficient system.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This guide can, at the very minimum, help you install a router without the often buggy software setup that many routers come with.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>With more involved applications, it can give you ultimate freedom (and security) with a well-designed and extensive home network.</p> <p>Want to give it a read?&nbsp; <a href="http://nostarch.com/">No Starch Press</a> has 4 new copies of <i style=""><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593271913?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread03-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1593271913">Network Know-How</a>: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593271913?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread03-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1593271913">An Essential Guide for the Accidental Admin</a></i> to send to a few lucky Wise Bread readers.&nbsp; <strong>To enter the giveaway, post a comment below by March 31st, 2009. <st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region> and <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Canada</st1:place></st1:country-region> only.&nbsp; Must be 18 or older to enter. </strong></p> <p><em>Wise Bread will not sell or use your email address for any purpose other than to contact the winner.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-network-know-how-win-a-copy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-how-to-be-a-geek-goddess-win-a-copy">Book Review: How to Be a Geek Goddess (Win a Copy!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-computer-last-almost-forever-with-some-simple-tricks">Make Your Computer Last (Almost) Forever With Some Simple Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hp-wireless-printer-giveaway">HP Wireless All-in-One Photosmart Printer Review &amp; Giveaway</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-a-laptop-computer">How to Buy a Laptop Computer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-eco-friendly-families-win-a-copy">Book Review: Eco-Friendly Families (Win a Copy!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Technology book review computers network Wed, 11 Mar 2009 21:41:35 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2918 at http://www.wisebread.com "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!" http://www.wisebread.com/im-as-mad-as-hell-and-im-not-going-to-take-this-anymore <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/im-as-mad-as-hell-and-im-not-going-to-take-this-anymore" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/831836_rage_1.jpg" alt="mad" title="mad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="225" height="300" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>That quote from Howard Beale (character in Network, 1976 movie) sums me up right about now. And it&#39;s probably just the straw that broke the camel&#39;s back, because it&#39;s not really a big deal on it&#39;s own. But over the past few months, several of the grocery stores I visit have started seriously inflating the prices of various foods before putting them on sale. And I&#39;m sick of it. </p> <p>Most recently the culprit was my local Safeway. I like a can of soda now and then and I usually stock up when I see a deal, like 30% off or BOGO. Well, I popped into Safeway and was greeted with a huge display of 12-pack sodas from both Coke and Pepsi, with the massive sign above them reading &quot;Buy 2, get 1 free.&quot; I know a deal when I see one, so I loaded 3 of the 12-packs into my cart and went to check out. </p> <p>The check out guy rang them up and then I saw the total...it was a few pennies shy of $12. &quot;Hang on,&quot; I said in my most stern British accent (sometimes it helps) &quot;these sodas are buy 2, get 1 free. That should be about $8.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Nope, the before sale price for each 12-pack is $5.69&quot; he said with an &quot;I couldn&#39;t care less&quot; smile. &quot;Oh, really?&quot; I said and paid the bill. Then, when I got home, I looked at my receipt from the last time I went shopping at Safeway some 5 days earlier. The price for a 12-pack was $3.99. So, in less than a week they had shot up by around $1.70. That didn&#39;t see right, but maybe there was a huge soda shortage or something. I called Alberstons and King Soopers, their 12 packs were still $3.99. I felt annoyed. Really annoyed. Livid, in fact.</p> <p>Safeway was basically doing something that I personally believe to be completely underhanded. They are massively inflating the before sale price in the hopes of making you think you&#39;re getting a stellar deal. &quot;Wow, I just saved a bunch of cash&quot; you&#39;re thinking. But in actuality you&#39;ve saved almost nothing and bought more product than you would have done if the sale wasn&#39;t there.</p> <p>A day later, I looked around several grocery stores at the BOGO deals and sale goods. It was happening everywhere. Cans of tuna where up in price but on sale. The same went for detergent, bread, even contact lens solution. And it just made me boil over. Most consumers don&#39;t really pay attention to the prices, they just look for the deals. In this case, the deals (including those nasty 10 for $10 bulk-buy rip-offs) are not deals at all. The stores have simply done a little dollar-cost averaging and played with the numbers so that deals equate to the same price before the sale. </p> <p>Well, I don&#39;t know about you but I&#39;m sick of it. And I&#39;m sure many of you are, too. So I propose we all do something about it, starting with me. I have a camera-phone and I&#39;ll be carrying it with me everywhere. When I see a deal, I&#39;ll take snapshot. If the &quot;before price&quot; looks suspicious, I&#39;ll compare it to the price of the product when it comes off sale. And over the next few months, I&#39;ll keep a detailed log. I&#39;m out to prove once and for all that we&#39;re being manipulated like pawns in chess by the billion-dollar grocery chains.</p> <p> Now, who&#39;s with me? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/im-as-mad-as-hell-and-im-not-going-to-take-this-anymore">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-coupons-trick-you-into-spending-more-money">5 Times Coupons Trick You Into Spending More Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-sneaky-ways-youre-being-upsold">8 Sneaky Ways You&#039;re Being Upsold</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-telltale-signs-a-good-deal-is-a-bad-deal">7 Telltale Signs a Good Deal Is a Bad Deal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-tell-if-that-home-business-opportunity-is-really-a-pyramid-scheme">How to Tell if That Home Business Opportunity Is Really a Pyramid Scheme</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/behold-the-secrets-of-the-grocery-store">Behold: The Secrets of the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Albertsons bogo deception grocery stores inflated prices network Safeway sales Tue, 04 Dec 2007 05:29:25 +0000 Paul Michael 1460 at http://www.wisebread.com Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Become a Co-op Blogger http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-reasons-why-you-should-become-a-co-op-blogger <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/top-5-reasons-why-you-should-become-a-co-op-blogger" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mac_bloggers_0.jpg" alt="Bloggers in thought" title="Bloggers in thought" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="184" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;<strong>By Google&#39;s calculation a new blog is being created every second of every day. The average blog is read by one person</strong>.&quot; <a href="http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/11/30/the-govs-hear-from-google/">Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google</a></p> <p>&quot;<strong>99% of people who try to generate serious income from their blogs will fail</strong>.&quot; <a href="http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/05/how-to-make-money-from-your-blog/">Steve Pavlina, successful personal development blogger</a>.</p> <p>With 86,400 blogs being created everyday, a problogger needs to be more than just a good writer if he wants to succeed. To stand out from the crowd, he also has to be a great marketer, ad salesman, tech guru, SEO specialist, public relations rep, and sometimes even a <a href="http://www.blogherald.com/2007/04/30/blogging-when-it-pays-to-have-friends/">lawyer</a>. </p> <p>Juggling all these responsibilities is nearly impossible, especially for a solo blogger who is only blogging part time. One solution is joining an established blog network. But blog networks take a hefty cut of your profits, and at the end of the day you are still an employee working for someone else. </p> <p>The best solution is to join a co-op blog, which can provide bloggers professional-level support without taking away their profits. </p> <h2>What is Co-op Blogging?</h2> <p><a href="/">Wise Bread</a>, the blog you are reading right now, is an experiment in co-op blogging. Our model is simple: </p> <ul> <li>We have fifteen great bloggers covering the topic of personal finance.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Each blogger keeps 100% of the revenue generated by his or her articles.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Different people in our group take on specific tasks such as marketing, monetizing, tech support, etc.</li> </ul> <p>There are five reasons why co-op blogging is the way of the future.<br /> <h2>Reason 1: Co-op Blogs Provide Professional-Level Support<strong> </strong></h2> <p>A co-op blog benefits from the efficiencies generated by the division of labor and economies of scale. Here is a comparison between what a solo blogger can do versus what a co-op blog can accomplish: </p> <p> <table border="1" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="6" width="550" style="height: 152px"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="width: 275px; background-color: #fdf7ae"> <p><strong><span style="background-color: #ffff99">What a Solo Blogger Can Do</span> </strong></p> <p>One person trying to juggle all these tasks with only his own resources. </p> </td> <td valign="top" style="width: 275px; background-color: #fdf7ae"> <p><strong><span style="background-color: #ffff99">What a Co-op Blog Can Do</span> </strong></p> <p>Different people becoming an expert in each specialized task. Each person can draw upon the aggregate resources of the entire community.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" style="width: 275px"> <p> <strong>Marketing</strong></p> <p>A solo blogger might do some link exchanges, join some carnivals, participate in <a href="http://www.problogger.net/archives/2007/05/07/top-5-group-writing-project/">blog contests</a>, tell friends and family about the blog, comment on ther blogs, and maybe run a small ad campaign. </p> </td> <td valign="top" style="width: 275px"> <p><strong>Marketing</strong></p> <p>Everything the solo blogger does for marketing can be done by a co-op blog on a much larger scale.</p> <p>If a co-op blog has 15 people with 15 times the resources of a solo blogger, it can participate in 15 times more blog carnivals, contests, ad campaigns, link exchanges, etc. </p> <p>A co-op blog also has the resources to run more sophisticated campaigns, such as publishing press releases, syndicating articles to newspaper websites, generating viral PR stunts, signing bloggers up for interview opportunities, organizing social bookmarking opportunities, forming strategic partnerships with other top websites, etc. </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" style="width: 275px"> <p><strong>Monetization </strong></p> <p>A solo blogger will try the usual suspects like Google Adsense, Amazon Associates, Text Link Ads, Blogads, etc.</p> <p>Some of the smarter solo bloggers will make an effort to sell their ad space themselves by putting up an &quot;advertise here&quot; page. </p> </td> <td valign="top" style="width: 275px"> <p><strong>Monetization</strong></p> <p>A co-op blog has the time and resources to actively seek out direct advertisers and bypass the ad brokers which are taking 20-60% cut of ad revenues. </p> <p>A dedicated ad sales team can make a huge difference in a blog&#39;s bottom line. </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>Technology</strong></p> <p>A typical solo blogger will install a Word Press or Blogspot blog, host it on Dreamhost, sign up for Sitemeter or Google Analytics, and install a few plugins when they become popular. </p> </td> <td valign="top"> <p><strong>Technology</strong></p> <p>With a dedicate tech person, a co-op blog can install more complex content management systems with serious community building capabilities, such as forums, member profile pages, multi-language support, chat boxes, event calendars, photo galleries, social bookmarking, etc.</p> <p>Instead of installing features only after they become popular, a co-op blog can actively develop features and be on the cutting edge of the blogosphere. </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> <h2>Reason 2: Co-op Bloggers Make More Money<br /></h2> <p>Advertisers often rely on statistical indicators such as Alexa rankings, Google Page Rank, incoming link count, Technorati ranking, and RSS subscriber count to decide how much they will pay for advertising (e.g. <a href="http://www.text-link-ads.com/blog_juice/">Text Link Ads</a>). </p> <p>Because these stats are cumulative for each domain name, a co-op blog has a huge advantage over solo blogs. For example, if a solo blogger can attract 100 incoming links to his blog, a co-op blog with fiften bloggers can probably get at least 1,500 incoming links.</p> <p>When advertisers go shopping for ad space, which blog do you think they will pick?</p> <p>In addition to advertising, a co-op blog has the resources to explore other revenue streams, such as adding a store, getting exclusive sponsorships, creating classified ads, etc. With a dedicated monetizing team, a co-op blog can spend more time on direct sales, research, and experimentation. </p> <h2>Reason 3: Co-op Blogging Creates Exponential Traffic Growth</h2> <p><strong>Search Engine Traffic </strong></p> <p>Google is the biggest source of traffic for most websites. If one of your posts gets on the first page of Google&#39;s search results for a good keyword, you are guaranteed a significant amount of traffic. Google generally awards the top search result positions to websites with frequent updates and a high number of incoming links. The co-op blog has a tremendous advantage over a solo blog for both of these factors. </p> <p><strong>Social Bookmarking Traffic</strong></p> <p>For most solo bloggers, making the front pages of Digg or Reddit is a very rare occurence. A single blogger can only come up with so many brilliant ideas. When bloggers work as a team, there is a greater likelihood of at least one of them hitting a home run every week or so. Once a co-op blog string together a series of home runs, power Diggers will add the blog to their RSS feeds, thus increasing the blog&#39;s chances for success even more.</p> <h2>Reason 4: Co-op Bloggers Generate Higher Quality Content<br /></h2> <p>Co-op bloggers are not necessarily better writers. But with a great support system, they do have a better chance of creating higher quality content for the following reasons:</p> <ul> <li>Co-op blogging generates higher traffic and income, which in turn give the co-op blogger more incentive to take blogging seriously. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Instead of trying to come up with three posts a day, a co-op blogger can take days or even weeks to research a single great post. They know that in their absence, other co-bloggers will step up and keep the readers interested. Solo bloggers, on the other hand, must blog everyday or risk losing their readers.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Collaborating with other great bloggers gives a co-op blogger an opportunity to get invaluable feedback from people they trust and respect.</li> </ul> <h2>Reason 5: Co-op Blogs Can Grow Into Robust Communities </h2> <p>A robust forum is a great way to attract and retain traffic. Unfortunately, successful forums are very hard to launch. As problogger <a href="http://www.problogger.net/archives/2007/01/04/6-tips-on-adding-a-forum-to-your-blog/">Darren Rowse</a> pointed out, you need a core group of passionate users to jump start the conversation. </p> <p>Co-op blogs have a built-in group of forum users: the bloggers themselves. If each co-op blogger brings in just a few of their friends you immediately have a viable core group that will help keep the forum going in its early stages.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-reasons-why-you-should-become-a-co-op-blogger">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/money-metaphors-you-wouldnt-punch-a-kitten-would-you">Money Metaphors (You wouldn&#039;t punch a kitten, would you?)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-work-from-home-jobs-for-people-who-hate-talking-on-the-phone">7 Work-From-Home Jobs for People Who Hate Talking on the Phone</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jar-of-nothing-the-perfect-present-for-the-picky-prick-in-your-life">Jar of Nothing: the perfect present for the picky prick in your life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-extra-money-blogging">5 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money Blogging</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Commentary blogging network Fri, 11 May 2007 06:23:00 +0000 Will Chen 629 at http://www.wisebread.com Free Ways to Keep Big Brother Out of Your Bidness http://www.wisebread.com/free-ways-to-keep-big-brother-out-of-your-bidness <p class="heading"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/spy_small.jpg" alt=" " width="298" height="197" /></p> <h4>Cell Phone Madness </h4> <p>I just love finding out that the government can find <a href="http://news.com.com/2100-1029-6140191.html">new and unique ways</a> to listen in on our lives. News reports and bloggers are all atwitter today about the news that the <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,114721-page,1/article.html">FBI can listen in on your coversations</a> while your cell phone is off, by tapping into your microphone. It&#39;s like wearing a wireless wire!</p> <p>GPS signals from cell phones and even vehicle-based emergency services like OnStar offer other ways for you to be tracked, and many companies are proud to <a href="http://www.gpsfleetsolutions.com/GPS_Cell_Phone_Tracking.php">discuss the employee-tracking businesses</a> that they run.</p> <p><strong>Free Fix:</strong> Protect yourself from government cell-phone bugging by taking your battery out of your cell when you feel like discussing the 1st Amendment. Or the 4th. Or the Constitution or any kind of rights. I am a little torn about <a href="http://whats.all.this.brouhaha.com/?p=132s">systems like OnStar</a>, because I feel like they can be useful, as can LoJack. I&#39;ve used both, and will continue to do so.</p> <h4>Passport RFID</h4> <p>Got a new government-issued passport recently? Worried about the ebedded RFID chip that can be scanned from a distance, thereby giving all of your information away to any <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/idcards/story/0,,1950226,00.html">tech-savvy scanner</a> in an airport? </p> <p><strong>Free Fix:</strong> <a href="http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/15.01/start.html?pg=9">Wired.com</a> gives you the heavy-handed lowdown on how to disable the RFID chip and protect your identity, with smashingly successful results.</p> <p class="heading">Your Landline</p> <p>Traditional wiretaps are always fun. It&#39;s very Nancy Drew, but every now and then, when I use a certain relative&#39;s landline, I hear a ticking sound that makes me a little nervous. If I were a titian-haired teenage detective, I might do something about it.</p> <p><strong>Free Fix:</strong> You can figure out if someone is tapping your phone by <a href="http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/question250.htm">looking directly at the wire</a>. Who knew?</p> <h4>Network Traffic</h4> <p>The FBI, NSA, and plenty of even more shadowy government agencies monitor network traffic, read emails, troll chat rooms, and probably get plenty of financial advice from frugal bloggers. </p> <p><strong>Free Fix:</strong> Carnivore, the FBI&#39;s favorite interweb spying tool, <a href="http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~evans/cs588-fall2001/projects/reports/team6.pdf">can be defeated</a>, and there are <a href="http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/linux/2001/05/29/carnivore.html">lots of people</a> out there to help you figure out how.</p> <h4>Snail Mail</h4> <p>It&#39;s really hard to know right now if the government is <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/04/AR2007010401702.html">reading your snail mail</a>, and we don&#39;t know quite enough yet to determine if your mail has been <a href="http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=962453">tampered</a> with. Because Congress is finally growing a pair and taking the President to task for trampling all over our citizen&#39;s liberties, we&#39;ll just have to see <a href="http://www.usps.com/communications/news/security/mailtampering.htm">how this one plays out.</a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-ways-to-keep-big-brother-out-of-your-bidness">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hack-a-mac">Hack a Mac!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-smart-ways-to-organize-old-photos">12 Smart Ways to Organize Old Photos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-monthly-telecom-bills-you-can-negotiate">The 6 Monthly Telecom Bills You Can Negotiate</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/boost-your-computers-ram-in-seconds-very-easy">Boost your computer&#039;s RAM in seconds. Very easy.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-vista-hack-to-get-you-browsing-at-high-speed-again">Quick Vista Hack to Get You Browsing at High-Speed Again</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks cell phones communication privacy computer Constitution fbi Fourth Amendment Internet Mafia network NSA paranoid phone tapping spy surveillance technology United States Postal Service warrantless warrantless mail opening wireless Fri, 02 Mar 2007 00:41:35 +0000 Andrea Karim 312 at http://www.wisebread.com