Monthly Archives: October 2009

BestTechie Acquires WyldRyde IRC Network

Roslyn, New York – October 24, 2009 – BestTechie Holdings, Inc. is pleased to announce it has acquired the WyldRyde IRC Network from WyldRyde Corporation. Steve Mermelstein (usrbingeek), long time WyldRyde Root Administrator and President of WyldRyde Corporation said earlier today, “I’m handing over control of WyldRyde to Jeff Weisbein and he’ll be assuming the operation of the WyldRyde IRC Network from this point forward. You’ll still be able to find me on WyldRyde but I’m planning on playing a significantly smaller role so I may fully dedicate myself to my photography.”

The acquisition of the WyldRyde IRC Network will allow BestTechie to expand its web properties which will now include three (3) websites and one (1) IRC Network.  Under the ownership of BestTechie, WyldRyde will continue to grow and foster the special community that has made it what it is today.

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How Do You Get The Most Battery Life From Your iPhone?

It is no secret that the iPhone 3GS battery may just flat out suck.  Which leads me to the question, what do you do to get the most battery life from your iPhone (any generation)?  Do you disable push notifications, automatic email downloading, turn off location services, have the brightness set really low?  You know, all the things that you should be able to enjoy with an iPhone but in reality kill the battery so fast that you are lucky if you can make it a full day without having to charge it at some point.

The battery life on my iPhone 3GS is so bad (though I have learned to “deal”) that I have disabled the battery percentage because it upsets me.  I used to find myself constantly looking at it and wondering if my iPhone 3G used to drain this fast.  The percentages would just plummet after minimal usage.  So what can you do to help improve your iPhone’s battery?  Here are some tips.

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How To: Install A Hard Drive In A Mac Pro

One of the nice things about a Mac Pro is the very sleek case design, amazing cable management, and the ease of installing new hardware (especially when it comes to adding new hard drives).  Whenever you install any new hardware or are working inside of a computer case it is extremely important to ground yourself either by wearing an anti-static band (recommended) or by touching some piece of metal to discharge any static energy that may be in you.  It is also a good idea to work on a computer in an area with no carpet.  If you must be on carpet, you should take off your socks and wear pants (shorts may be ideal) that do not rub against the carpet.  By taking those precautions you are less likely to fry any of the hardware.

Once you have grounded yourself, open your Mac Pro’s case by unlocking it in the back and gently pushing the side of the case off using both hands.  After you have the side of the case off, carefully place the Mac Pro on its side.  Now, you will see the four hard drive bays (they will be labeled – 1, 2, 3, 4).  Next you will have to slide out the bay you want to install the hard drive in and screw the hard drive onto the bay (using the four (4) screws on the bay).  After the hard drive is firmly attached to the hard drive bay slide it back into the slot and you will hear it click into the proper connectors – that’s it!

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How To: Update Your Status Messages Across Multiple Social Networks

Ping.fm is a service I have been using for quite some time now.  The idea of the service is simple – update your status message on every social network you are a part of.  No longer do you have to manually login to each user account and update your status at each individual site, which as I’m sure many people know can be a pain staking task.  Ping.fm will allow you to setup all of your social network accounts via the Ping.fm dashboard (you need to create an account at Ping.fm first) including (but not limited to) Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, Google Talk Status, AIM Status, and Friendfeed.  That is only a small fraction of the supported networks, a full list can be found here.

In addition to Ping.fm’s web interface, you can configure desktop and mobile applications to work with your Ping.fm account.  You can find which applications will work with Ping.fm here.  It’s also worth mentioning, you can update Ping.fm via email or various other plugins for things like Windows Live Messenger or Skype or even widgets for your iGoogle homepage.

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What Is A Web Browser?

Which web browser do you use?  And more importantly, what is a web browser?  Believe it or not, most people do not know which web browser they are using (or even what it is) on a daily basis.  A web browser is a free (typically) piece of software that you install on your computer to browse (also known as surfing) the web.  The web browser allows you to view and interact with websites.  There are currently five (5) major players in the web browser market, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera.

You have no idea how many times I have asked someone what web browser they use and they respond with “Windows”.  It is time to fix that.  If you are on the web, you should know what you are using to access it.  It should be known.  Well, praise a few folks over at Google for creating this website (WhatBrowser.org) which will tell the user what browser they are using in a matter of moments and will even recommend other browsers to try.  The website will also provide some useful diagnostics and tips on how to change basic settings such as the home page and search engine.

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Verizon and Google Partner. Android Devices Will Be On The VZW Network.

In a press released earlier today (see below), Verizon and Google announced their strategic partnership to bring Android based devices (smartphones, netbooks, and even feature phones) to the Verizon Wireless Network.  The talks of this partnership have been ongoing now for about 18 months between Eric Schmidt (Google Chairman/CEO) and Lowell McAdam (VZW President/CEO).  The Android market is not nearly as big as Google would have liked by now, but, hopefully, by partnering with the biggest wireless provider in the U.S. (85 million customers) that will change.

Of course, Android is an open platform and everyone knows how famous Verizon is for their walled garden network.  Verizon’s network may be reliable, but it sure isn’t open (at least not yet).  They have been known to lock down their phones quite a bit.  I mean, for a period of time, I think Blackberry’s couldn’t even have GPS enabled.  I have also been saying for the longest time that Verizon most likely turned down the iPhone due to all of its capabilities, features, and functionality.  Verizon wasn’t ready to open its network for the iPhone.  Now, with the iPhone doing so well and Verizon’s lack of decent smartphones, they may not have any other choice but to give in and open their network a bit.

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FTC Updates Guidelines. Begins Cracking Down On Bloggers.

Today, the FTC in a somewhat expected announcement updated their “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.  The changes reflect the agency’s attempt to become more current.  The updates allow the FTC to crack down on independent bloggers (and celebrities) who do not disclose any freebies.  In other words, if a company provides you with a product for free in exchange for a review (or endorsement), and you do not disclose that, you can be fined up to $11,000 by the FTC.

An excerpt from the document:

“The revised Guides also add new examples to illustrate the long standing principle that ‘material connections’ (sometimes payments or free products) between advertisers and endorsers–connections that consumers would not expect–must be disclosed. These examples address what constitutes an endorsement when the message is conveyed by bloggers or other ‘word-of-mouth’ marketers. The revised Guides specify that while decisions will be reached on a case-by-case basis, the post of a blogger who receives cash or in-kind payment to review a product is considered an endorsement. Thus, bloggers who make an endorsement must disclose the material connections they share with the seller of the product or service.”

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