Saturday, October 18, 2008

Kim Komando Show Electronic Newsletter - Oct. 18, 2008

Kim's Club Shop Listen Columns Cool Sites Tips Buying Guide Video of the Day

Your e-mail address will never be sold to anyone, ever. I promise!

  The smart way to save $100s on electric bills!

  World's Tiniest 8 GB Flash Drive

  Digital Circuit Finder

  Shark Grip Laptop Sleeve

  The 2-Way Radio Set That No Family Should Be Without


  Flowing waves of LED colored light!

  Emergency Backpack


Oct. 18, 2008—Vol. 12, No. 42

Support this free newsletter—please visit our advertisers


Get the advantages of a big business phone service with a small business price tag.

my1voice includes:
  • advanced call forwarding
  • customizable auto attendant
  • voicemail to email
  • free local or toll free number
Test Drive my1voice Today!

"I repair computers for a living & was looking for a utility that would simply do what usually took me hours.

PC Pitstop Optimize 2.0 did all of it & more. I am very satisfied with the product & have recommended it to numerous clients." —Larry, CA

Run a Free Scan Now!


Welcome to your personal copy of the official Kim Komando Show Weekend Newsletter! It's your one-stop source for digital tips, news and, of course, freebies! My newsletters and national radio shows reach millions each week. I'm honored to have you with us! Thank you for joining us!

- ON THE QT: Gems that crossed my desk ; fun videos and freebies
- DIGITAL DIGRESSIONS: Easy and fast tips that work for you
- MY COLUMN: Save big on holiday travel using the Web
- SECURE COMPUTING: It's monthly patch time again
- YOUR WEEKLY Q&A: The skinny on XP Service Pack 3


Coming up on this weekend's three-hour Kim Komando National Radio Show, along with the usual dose of digital delights about cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, and more, we'll be talking money. There's a lot happening in the financial arenas that's having an impact on our budgets, jobs and homes.

That's why I decided to put together for you a special money show. Listen and you'll learn about legitimate work-at-home opportunities, saving money on gas, how to cut your Internet bills, selling goods online, and much more.

With 463 proud and wonderful radio stations throughout the United States, there's bound to be a radio station near you that's broadcasting my radio show this weekend. To find the one closest to you, click here and you'll be magically transported to the Official Komando Radio Map.

Want to know more about making money online? Have a question about something digital? I'm here for you. After all, they call it "talk radio" for a reason. You can join in the fun.

It takes just three easy steps: 1.) Call the LIVE broadcast. That's this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the East Coast, or, if you live on the West Coast, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. 2.) Know the phone number. It is, of course, toll-free 1-888-825-5254. 3.) Talk to our call screener Andrew and tell him what's on your mind. That's all there is to it!

Listen in crystal clear digital audio on your schedule. It's commercial-free, too! When you download my shows, they can be played on any MP3 player. Or, you can play them on your computer. You can even burn them to CDs and listen in the car. Click here to join Kim's Club today!

When something is underlined in our newsletters, click it. It's a link for you to learn more. So go ahead, click the link. Expand your horizons. You'll be glad you did!

Back to the top


Creator of Babylon 5 and Changeling says, "It took me just THREE HOURS to scan, log and organize 2,000 DVDs." —J. Michael Straczynski

• Catalog Your DVDs - Fast!
• Total Movie & TV Series Data
   • Instant & Neat Inventory Lists
• Organize Collection with Ease

SPECIAL KIM OFFER: $10 Off. Download your FREE TRIAL Here.

ON THE QT: Things I pass along just for you!

As you might expect, I get a lot of mail, e-mail, new products, press releases and other reading material. It probably goes along with the 80-20 rule. I bet a full 80 percent of it is trash, but there's 20 percent worth noting.

So, in that light, here are a few items from the 20 percent that you might find useful.

    • Research has shown that some 75 percent of banking sites have at least one security problem. Make sure when you are doing your banking online the address starts with "https://". The "s" means it is a secure connection. Knowledge is power. Here's a great tip on what you need to do to bank online safely.

    • Companies are downsizing. This means you might need a new résumé. You don't have to start from scratch. Microsoft offers free fill-in-the-blank templates. You can access them through this link at my site.

    • Watch your health. There's been an increase in heart problems since Wall Street's woes became the lead story on the nightly news. WebMD offers both a symptom checker and physican directory.

    • Check your neighborhoods for registered sex offenders. I was pulling together a handout for our Boy Scout troop this week about Halloween safety. I checked the maps and found that a child molester lives within 400 feet of a friend's house! I let her know right away! Learn how to check your neighborhood online with this informative tip on my site.

    • I own two Nikon Digital SLRs. The more I see and read about the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the more it looks sweet! "Along with the ability to capture full HD video clips at 1920 x 1080 resolution, Canon's EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera features a 21.1-megapixel full frame 24 x 36mm CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 imaging processor and significantly lower noise, with an expanded sensitivity range from ISO 50 to ISO 25,600." Too bad it's $2,500! Here's a link to the official press release and kit about it.

    • Finally, I've been better at updating my blog. Read and see what I've been up to lately by clicking here.

PAY IT FORWARD: Forward this newsletter to friends and family. Encourage them to sign up for our newsletters! There's always something new to learn about this digital world!

Who doesn't love Halloween? There are all those sweet treats, the haunted houses and fun costumes. Kids of all ages love it! Well, Halloween is less than two weeks away. So, now is the perfect time to start your planning.

This year, you probably have a limited Halloween budget. That's why I put together my special Halloween site. You'll find bone-chilling deals on costumes and all your Halloween supplies. Make sure you order early, though. You'll want your orders to arrive in time for the big day!

You may be making sacrifices to meet your budget. But that doesn't mean you can't get some great new software!

Each day, I feature one program as a Download of the Day. It could be a security program. Or, maybe it's a fun new game. You never know!
All of my downloads are thoroughly tested and Kim-approved. You never need to worry about viruses, spyware or other nasties.

Have you been keeping up with my Download of the Day? If not, check out these great freebies from the past week. Just click on the links below to learn more about the programs. I'll be here waiting with more great freebies—and plenty of advice!

• I love taking panoramic photos. But they can be a pain to edit together to make one photo. This free program makes it easy to stitch your photos!

• Tired of searching through your Start menu to find the programs? Try this free program. If offers an easy-to-use search box to find and launch programs on your computer.

• For some people, punctuality is a challenge. They're 15 minutes late to, well, pretty much everything. If you are one of those people, this free program might help.

• How would you like to mix some of your own music? Or change audio files you already have? This program makes it easy to cut and paste audio. Even add blending and fading effects to your audio.

Want a tip? Before you buy a program, search the downloads at  Better yet, bookmark the Downloads page. Once there, press Ctrl and the letter D. That will add my downloads section to your browser's favorites!

Saturday's download— Microsoft Office is an incredibly useful set of programs. And it's really expensive. Luckily, you can get the office functionality without the price. 

Kim Komando's Giveaway of the Day SweepstakesEvery day at, I am giving one lucky winner a great prize with my Giveaway of the Day. Each prize has a value of at least $150 (give or take a few cents). In all, there is more than $35,000 in prizes!

Enter Today: Do you get lost a lot? Not anymore! Enter my Giveaway of the Day Sweepstakes today for your chance to win the NAVIGON 2100 max GPS unit. This $299 GPS device is ultra-thin and stylish with a 4.3" touch screen display and advanced features. Get peace of mind and save gas by making sure you are always heading in the right direction!

Keep organized and in touch this year. The Palm Centro smartphone gives you voice, text, IM, e-mail and the Web. All of this is in a sleek phone that fits into your pocket! Enter tomorrow to win a Palm Centro smartphone ($299-$349 without contract, $99 with contract) during the Giveaway of the Day.

10/10 - Raymond Giudici of Pittsburgh, PA (WPGB 104.7 FM) - Need a little vacation? How about a place for relatives to stay when they're in town? Raymond will get all this with a wonderful $150 gift certificate from It's welcome at nearly 4,000 B&Bs across the United States.

10/11 – Lisa Nazzaro of Little Rock, AR (KARN 102.9 FM / 920 AM) – We hope Lisa likes movies! She'll now be able to watch them at home in HD clarity with her new Sony Blu-Ray Disc Player ($399 VALUE). This player also outputs a Full 1080/24p True Cinema picture, plus upscales your existing DVD collection to 1080p when using the HDMI connection.

10/12 - Sharon Dent of Redding, CA (KQMS 1400 AM) – No one better try to break into Sharon's computer. She'll be protected by a new portable, USB hard-drive with hardware encryption and a fingerprint access. This Biometric Prize Bundle is valued at $229!

10/13 - Siggy Tetteh of Macon, GA (WMAC 940 AM) – Siggy just won an exciting prize package from Microsoft. It includes a Wireless Laser Desktop 7000, LifeCam VX-7000 and Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000. This prize package is valued at $260.

10/14 - Arthur Baker of Lake Jackson (Houston), TX (KTRH 740 AM) – Arthur will now be able to hold meetings from his office, conference room, or home office with his Citrix GoToMeeting software. Best of all, participants can be in any location! This prize is valued at $468.

10/15 – David Lintz of Bellingham, WA (KGMI 790 AM) - David can now convert notes and drawings to his computer with Livescribe's Pulse smartpen! This $149 value prize records and syncs audio with whatever you write, so you never miss a word!

10/16 - Tina Michel of Candler, NC (WPEK 880 AM) - Would you like a quality camcorder that fits in your pocket? Well, that's what Tina will get! She won Pure Digital's Flip Ultra Camcorder. This camcorder shoots DVD-quality video and offers advanced editing features. It's valued at $150.

Congratulations! To see the entire list of winners so far and check out the winners as they are selected, visit the Giveaway of the Day Winners Page. Since many of you have asked, I usually pick the winners no later than noon, my time. So check the day after you enter. You may see your name on the Winner's List before we call you! But do us a favor--if you know you won before we call, try to act surprised! We love hearing people scream with delight!

You could win, too! We still have these fantastic prizes you can win:
• Rotel DVD player ($499 value)
• Citrix GoToMeeting ($468 value)
• Sony Blu-ray Disc player ($399 value)
• NAVIGON 2100 max GPS ($299 value)
• Linksys wireless router ($279 value)
• Microsoft prize package ($260 value)
• SanDisk Sansa Fuze Music/Video Player ($159 value)
• Samsung cell phones (over $150 value each)
• iPort music system ($150 value)
• Lifescribe Pulse smartpen ($149 value)
• Pure Digital Flip Ultra ($149 value)
• And more, much more!

Just remember--To win daily, you have to enter daily. Here's a secret: Not all people who visit my site, get these newsletters, listen to the show, etc. enter our contests. I don't know what the odds are of winning. But I bet they're a lot better than your state lottery's!

Hurry over to the Giveaway site and enter today's drawing now! Afterwards, check your e-mail for an exclusive offer from our eStore. And come back here for your weekly dose of digital delight.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY: Maybe they could win, too! Share this link!

TELL THE WORLD: If you have your own Web site, blog, newsletter or other form of electronic communication, go here:

There, you will find the short code that you can use to get some very attractive artwork to jazz up your site. You can help us promote the Sweepstakes, too! So click here now and then, post the code!

There are plenty of videos online. But, you never know when you'll click on a link to an offensive video.

You don't need to worry about that with my Video of the day. I feature a new, family-friendly video each day of the week. If you're not watching, you don't know what you're missing!

Don't miss these popular videos from the past week:

• The Iraq war elicits a wide range of reactions here at home. A memorial in California is drawing some controversy.
• Could a YouTube video read your mind? Probably not. But the trick behind this one is pretty convincing.
• Some animals have evolved amazing talents. The Lyrebird's song is certainly one of those. You won't believe your ears.
• Every little girl dreams of having the perfect wedding. This bride doesn't exactly get her wish. I'm still laughing over this one.

Like these videos? Check out our archive! Simply go to the Video of the Day page. You can use the calendar on the right to navigate.

Are you a car buff? If so, you're in for a treat. I've collected some great car videos. Here are some of my favorites from my Video of the Day archive:

• Alternative fuels are a hot topic. Can a car be made to run on air? A French researcher claims he has done it.
Can a $1.2 million car beat a fighter jet in a race? Before you watch this video, pick your winner. I put my bet on the car.
• Cars can be pretty humdrum. An engine and four wheels. But this is different. This door slides down, and under the car.
• The condition of your car can greatly affect your family's safety. This video will make you think twice about your tires.

videoSaturday's video—If you're looking for a touching story, you've found one. It's about a hard-fought adoption on the other side of the world.

Sunday's video—Everyone loves lists. The top 10 food processors. The top 50 show tunes. But sometimes list makers take themselves too seriously.

SHARE MY VIDEOS: Share my videos with your friends or family! Simply click the ShareThis button below the video you like. Click the Send/Email tab to e-mail the video with a personal message. Or click on the Social Web tab. From there you can share the video online. It works with services like Facebook, MySpace, StumbleUpon and more.

NOTE: Are you having trouble seeing my daily video picks? Do you get a message that the video is not available? Sorry to say, it's probably not the video. It's your computer, my friend. Get help on my troubleshooting page. These problems are pretty easy to fix.

Tune into the show this weekend and learn about legitimate work- at- home opportunities online from customer service jobs to taking surveys. The online jobs are there, if you know where to look and what to avoid. Some pay as much as $30 per hour. Plus, how to get started selling on eBay, turning your photos into cash by selling them online, and more! Click the link now to find the station nearest you broadcasting my show this weekend!

STILL TO COME: Useful tips, important news and a few laughs!

    • Does iTunes really need your credit card number?
    • The Web can save you big bucks on holiday travel
    • Important security tips; and some awesome freebies!

Back to the top

DIGITAL DIGRESSIONS: Tips that work for you!

Dolores wrote from Santa Maria, CA. She listens to the show on KSMX 1240 AM Saturday mornings, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. She bought her grandson an iPod nano and an iTunes gift certificate. iTunes asked for a credit card number when they tried to redeem the gift certificate. Dolores doesn't want to enter it in iTunes. So, she asked if there is a way to get around it.

I like to keep my credit card number closely guarded, too. This isn't to say that your grandson would use it without your permission. However, the computer could fall into someone else's hands. It's also fairly easy to make purchases inadvertently in iTunes.

iTunes will request your credit card number, even if you're using a gift card. Apple wants to make it easy to buy music, videos and applications. After all, its goal is to make money!

But you can avoid that credit card snag. Here's how: In iTunes, click Store>>Create Account. Click Redeem Code. Enter the 16-digit code from the back of the gift card. Click Redeem. On the next screen, you'll be prompted to create a store account. You have the option of entering credit card information. Since you don't want to do this, click None on the Payment screen. Now you can start making purchases!

iPods are great gadgets. But, you need to know how to get the most of them. Check out these handy tips for more help:

Sid in Albuquerque, NM, listens to my show via podcast because he is a member of Kim's Club. Sid frequently gives presentations. But he has problems with the audio. He would like to amplify the sound for the audience. He asked for my help.

I'm sure many people have encountered similar problems. Laptop speakers just aren't loud or clear enough for presentations.

Fortunately, you don't need to settle for lackluster sound . There are several ways to crank up the sound. What works best will vary. It depends on audience size. The size and shape of the room also matter, as does the room's acoustics.

Your laptop should have a headphone jack. You can use this to connect your laptop to external speakers. The projector you use probably has built-in speakers. You can run an audio cord from your laptop to the projector. It may not be much better than the laptop speakers. But it should be good enough for an audience of 10-15 people.

A better solution is to buy a pair of powered speakers like those used by desktops. These provide a much bigger sound than laptop speakers. Powered, or active, speakers have a built-in amplifier. The amplifier increases the sound output. Don't settle for less than 20 watts per speaker. This should be versatile enough to work for audiences of 100 people. Expect to pay about $100.

If this doesn't work, pull out the big guns. First, speak with someone who works for the venue. It should have some type of speaker system. You should be able to run a cord from your laptop to the speaker system. Ask what type of cord you will need.

The venue's speaker system will likely consist of an amplifier and speakers. The speakers connect to the amplifier. The amplifier connects to your laptop. You can create a similar setup yourself, if needed. Just make sure the speakers are strong enough for the amplifier. Otherwise, you could blow out the speakers.

I've got plenty of help for those doing presentations. Here are just a few from my site:

Pete wrote in from Minneapolis, where he catches the show Sundays on KTLK-FM 100.3. He would like to watch TV in his van. He's tried hooking a couple different antennas to a TV tuner he put in the van. The only one that gave good reception was the one on top of his house! So he'd like some help picking out an antenna for the van.

Unfortunately, getting a good television signal in your van won't be easy. That's because the van's movement presents problems to television reception. The best way to pick up a signal is by line of sight. In other words, nothing should be obstructing the path from the transmitter to the antenna.

Often, signals are bounced off buildings or obstructed by trees. When you're driving, this problem is more pronounced. You'll encounter many objects that obstruct the signal. So, fall outs and bad reception are more likely.

You can find antennas that are optimized for vehicles. An example is the Boomerang antenna, which you sometimes see on limousines. You can pick one up for $100 or less.

You might also consider a diversity antenna system. These use at least two antennas. You'll find both switched and combined systems. With switched, a chip determines which antenna is receiving the best signal and uses it. Combined uses input from all of the antennas. The signal is filtered to eliminate interference.

If you go with a diversity antenna system, the TV tuner must support it. The tuner needs to have the connections for the antennas. It also needs the chip that makes use of them. I've seen the antennas online for about $25. With a compatible tuner, the price jumps to the $200 range.

I don't get too many questions about watching TV in a vehicle. But I do get a lot of questions about TV in general. These tips will help you get the most out of your TV setup:

Remember when your computer was new? It took mere seconds to greet you with the Windows desktop. Today, it seemingly takes forever to boot up. Visit our Performance Center for free tips and advice. You'll be glad you did!

I'm sure that there's someone among your friends and family who would learn a thing or two from our newsletters and national radio shows.
• Tell your family members and friends to check us out. I have a form that makes it easy.
• Link your blog, Facebook, Myspace or site to my site. Instructions and cool artwork await you.


    • Rookie Rundown—Attaching photos to e-mail messages
    • Keep reading! I have more money-saving tips!

Back to the top


Small and home office networks face the same threats as Fortune 500 companies. So why not get the same protection?

Find out what steps you can take today to help your business stay in business: Download the free white paper.


Many of us won't be traveling on vacation anytime soon. After all, tough times call for tough measures. But that doesn't mean you can't spend the holidays with your family. Start planning now, and you can save a bundle.

The Web makes it easy for anyone to plan and book travel. It also makes it easy for you to reduce travel costs. Here are some handy tips for getting the best deal.

Flight rates fluctuate with demand. The holiday season is one of the busiest travel times. So, book your flights well in advance. Last-minute deals will be scarce or nonexistent.

If you want to save on holiday travel, better act fast! Read the rest of my column on my site. You'll learn plenty of money-saving travel tips. Of course, my column is free!

Did you know that I host two radio shows? I have a Digital Minute that airs Monday through Friday. I also host a three-hour show on the weekends. Over 460 radio stations in the great United States broadcast my shows. Plus, from here in the desert come all kinds of tidbits about living a digital lifestyle. You can read my weekly column in over 100 Gannett newspapers across the country. And I write two columns a week for the USAToday Web site.

It takes just three easy steps: 1.) Call the LIVE broadcast. That's this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the East Coast, or, if you live on the West Coast, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. 2.) Know the phone number. It is, of course, toll-free 1-888-825-5254. 3.) Talk to Andrew and tell him what's on your mind. That's all there is to it!

There are other newsletters aside from this one that we send out free of charge. Sign up for all four now, while you're thinking about it. You can do that here.

    • Some freebies and a contest for you to win!
    • Should you install XP Service Pack 3?

Back to the top

Taking Your Blood Pressure At Home Has Never Been So Easy!

• Cuff fits comfortably on your wrist
• Lightweight and easy to use
• Takes your systolic and diastolic blood pressure & pulse rate

Other Items of Interest
Digital Circuit Finder
Talking Pill Management System

ROOKIE RUNDOWN: Tips to get you newbies up and going!
Nancy wrote from Bear, DE where she catches the show on WILM 1450 AM. She would like step-by-step instructions for attaching photos to e-mail messages. She's done it before, but she says it takes her 20 minutes to get right.

Attaching pictures, documents and other files to e-mail messages isn't too difficult. Yet, it trips up a lot of people.

The process for attaching files to e-mail will vary. It just depends on the software you are using. It also varies among Webmail providers.

But most programs and sites have one thing in common. They use a picture of a paperclip to denote attachments.

So, all you need to do is look for the paperclip button. Click it, specify your attachments and then click to confirm the attachments.

In Outlook, click the paperclip on the toolbar or ribbon in the message window. In the window that opens, navigate to the photo you would like to attach.

Select your photo by clicking on it. If you want to add multiple files, hold down the Ctrl key while selecting them. Click Insert.

The file name(s) will appear in the Attached line of your message. You can continue working on the message as you normally would. To remove an attachment, highlight it and press Delete.

The steps are quite similar in Yahoo! Mail. In the message window, click the paperclip on the toolbar. Navigate to the attachment location.

Click to select your photo. Click Open. Yahoo! won't let you select multiple files at once. So, you'll need to specify each individually. Simply repeat the process.

Your attachments will be listed below the subject line. To remove one, click Remove beside the file name. You can continue to edit your e-mail as you normally would.

Now, it is important that you attach the correct file. Otherwise, it can lead to a very embarrassing situation.

Don't miss my other great tips on using e-mail efficiently:

There's always something under construction at Behind the scenes, we've been revamping the Buying Guide. Here, you can find unbiased advice on buying laptops, computers, TVs, monitors, scanners, video cards, digital cameras, software, audio, printers, cell phones, networking gear, handhelds, memory cards and, well, let's just say a heck of a lot more!

Now, you can scan the categories. Or use the Search banner on the page. We hope you like the improvements at the Buying Guide and use it often!

Did you move and get a new e-mail address? Let us know so you don't miss a single issue of our free newsletters. It's easy. Just use our Change of Address form at the Komando Newsletter Center. Click here to access it now.

When something is underlined in our newsletters, click it. It's a link for you to learn more. So go ahead, click the link. Expand your horizons. You'll be glad you did!

You get this newsletter. Now, sign up for my other three free e-mail newsletters.

• Free computer or digital tip Mon-Fri
• Free cool site daily
• Free news links Mon-Fri

As always, I guarantee your privacy. Your e-mail address will not be sold, leased or given to anyone, ever!

    • Security tips to keep your computer safe
    • Find out what you should know about XP SP3

Back to the top


"If you haven't tried one of my favorite technologies, GoToMyPC, you can with comfort and ease! Brought to you by Citrix, GoToMyPC is the easy, secure and reliable way to remotely access your PC from any Internet-connected computer!" - Kim Komando

Fast. Easy. Secure. Try GoToMyPC FREE for 45 Days!

RADIO REWIND: Your guide to all things radio!

Today is "Sweetest Day." A philanthropist and a candy company employee created it to recognize those dear to you. Tell your sweetie to listen to my delicious three-hour weekend show. And don't forget my bite-sized Digital Minutes during the week. Join Kim's Club and reap all of the cool benefits. Finally, remind your sweetie to enter my Giveaway Sweepstakes online to win sweet, sweet prizes.


Keene, NH (WZBK 1220 AM), 10 a.m. Saturdays; Digital Minutes weekdays in the 8 a.m. hour
Watertown, SD (KSDR 1480 AM), noon Saturdays; Digital Minutes weekdays in the 5 p.m. hour

Time change: Asheville, NC (WPEK 880 AM), Sundays 5 p.m.; Digital Minutes in the 8 a.m. hour weekdays

Mix your favorite combination together and you'll get a great mix of all things digital! My show is delivered to more than 460 radio stations across the globe. Here are just a few from all four corners of the U.S. In the East: New York (WCBS 880 AM); Washington (WTNT 570 AM); and Wilmington, DE (WILM 1450 AM). In the West: Las Vegas (KDWN 720 AM); Sacramento, CA (KSTE 650 AM); and Phoenix (KFYI 550 AM). In the South: New Orleans (WRNO 99.5 FM); Austin, TX (KLBJ 590 AM); and Jacksonville, FL (WOKV 690 AM/106.5 FM). And in the North: Minneapolis (KTLK 100.3 FM); Seattle (KTTH 770 AM); and Grand Forks, ND (KNOX 1310 AM). And don't forget my friends in Guam, New Zealand, Canada, Puerto Rico and hundreds more!

Tallahassee, the capital of Florida, has an old- fashioned charm very different from other big cities in the state. "Tallahassee" is a Muskogeon Indian word meaning "old fields." In 1539, Christmas was celebrated for the first time in the U.S., hosted by Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.


WFLA 100.7 FM airs my weekend show LIVE Saturdays at 10 a.m. and my Digital Minutes weekdays in the 6 a.m. hour. WFLA stands for the old postal code for Florida, "FLA." Join me by tuning in and tell all of your friends and family!

Click here for my locator map and find a station near you carrying my shows! Then, pencil me in your daily and weekly schedule!

Workout getting a little stale? Housework a bore? Download Kimcasts by becoming a member of my club and listen on your time! Then, post on my message boards and peruse all of the premium content available.


    • Security tips to keep your computer safe
    • What's new in XP Service Pack 3?

Back to the top


CONTEST SITE: Pump up the savings
Progressive is giving away hundreds of $50 gas cards. And the grand prize winner gets a check for $25,000. Open to U.S. residents 18 or older. Deadline 12/31/08

FREEBIE OF THE WEEK: Experience a fresh fragrance
Try a new fragrance straight out of the American West. Get a free sample of Stetson Fresh. Just fill out a short form to get yours.

Do you love hearing new music on the radio? Sometimes you miss the band name or song title. You can find that information right away with Tunatic. Give it a try!

There are plenty of great sites on the Web. But who has time to find them? Every day, I pick one great site and share it with you. Try it for a week and you'll love it!

In case you missed any this past week, here's a list of some of our favorites:
Battling prescription drug costs
Get a head start on Halloween
Take a virtual vacation
Get your budget in order

Let's keep it going; there's plenty more to cover:
• SECURE COMPUTING: Updates for Windows, Macs

Back to the top

Nighty Nite Fun Light

Ward off the darkness with these fun, rechargeable nightlights. These lights illuminate automatically when lifted from the charger base or if the electricity goes out. Plus they are a safe alternative to candles—not a fire hazard and cool to the touch! BUY NOW

Other Items of Interest
Amazing Travel Blanket
Gear Charging System


Brought to you by my book, Complete Guide to Computer Security & Privacy. Order your copy today!

It was a big week for computer updates. On Monday, Apple patched a whopping 40 security flaws. Of the vulnerabilities, 20 were rated critical. They could lead to arbitrary code execution. The update includes patches for third-party software, which is common for Apple.

Microsoft released its monthly security fixes on Tuesday. There were seven updates in all, four rated critical. Internet Explorer and Office are among the programs affected, along with Windows.

On a related note, Microsoft has issued a warning about malicious e-mail messages. Scammers are sending messages purportedly containing a critical security patch. The attachment is really a keylogger.

The messages say that the alerts are part of an "experimental private" update program. Rest assured that computer companies don't send updates via e-mail.

With identity theft on the rise, you know computer security is important. So, if you don't have security software or if your security programs are outdated, take action! I know what you're thinking: Buying a computer security suite is costly. But you don't need to spend a dime. I have links to all the free security software you need. Click here.

SHARE IT: Spread the word. Share the link to my security center with your family, friends, baseball team—everyone! They will thank you for it!

• What should you do about Service Pack 3?

Back to the top


I'm running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 installed. Windows Update has begun asking if I want to install Service Pack 3. I remember hearing that Service Pack 3 can cause problems. Have the problems been solved? Is it safe for me to install Service Pack 3 if all my data is backed up?
Pauline in New Orleans, listening on WRNO 99.5 FM

I can understand why you'd be nervous about installing Service Pack 3. Some computers had problems with it. But that was last spring. As far as I know, the problems have been overcome.

Service packs often cause problems to a small set of computers. In this case, it was a problem with Hewlett-Packard machines using AMD chips.

Service Pack 3 only adds a few security features.

Otherwise, it includes all the updates previously supplied for XP. So if you have not been diligent, SP3 will catch you up. Otherwise, its use is optional.

(If you haven't been so diligent, you should be in the future. My tip will explain why these monthly updates are crucial for your security.)

Of course, there are a few new features in SP3. These could potentially create problems for your machine.

Fortunately, though, SP3 has been out for quite a while. That means most of the kinks should be worked out. It also went through an extensive testing stage.

Should you encounter problems with SP3, you can probably find help online. Many other users have already installed it. Take advantage of their knowledge by reading forums and other online postings.

Before you install SP3, I recommend that you visit Microsoft's site. You can learn more about what the update includes. You'll also find tips for installing the service pack.

Microsoft will also provide free installation and compatibility support for those installing SP3. This is available until April 14, 2009. You can find out how to get help on its site.

I do have a couple of recommendations for you. First, you should back up all of the data on your machine. You could lose your data at any time. Installing a service pack only increases your risk.

Need some help backing up your data? Then read my tip. It makes backups a snap!

You also need at least one gigabyte of free space. Some users tried to install SP3 without adequate free space. The service pack wouldn't install correctly. This sent the users' machines into an endless reboot cycle.

Finally, write down Microsoft's support number. Otherwise, it will be difficult to find if you can't boot your computer. The number is 866-234-6020.

Help me find new listeners and readers. Here are a couple ways:

1. Tell your co-workers, employees, team members, fantasy sports buddies, family members and friends to check us out. I have a form that makes it easy.

2. Link your blog, online profile or site to my site. Instructions and cool artwork await you.

Have a great weekend. Thank you for your support of my show and newsletters! I appreciate it!

Kim :)

Back to the top

TSA Approved Luggage Locks and Tags!

• ID luggage and keep thieves away
• Includes 2 tags and 2 locks
• Available in neon pink and green

Other Items of Interest
Ultimate Edge Brownie Pan Ever
Instant Desktop Privacy Switch


A veterinarian was also an amateur geneticist. One day, one of his experiments paid off. He successfully combined the DNA of a cantaloupe with that of a dog. The result was a small, round dog with orange-tinted fur.

For many years, the dog was happy. But over time, he became lethargic and morose. The vet tried everything to cure the dog's depression. Eventually, he decided to take the dog to a pet psychiatrist. The psychiatrist told the veterinarian not to worry. The dog was just a little melon collie.

Have a great day and I'll see you on the radio!

Tune into the show this weekend and learn about legitimate work-at- home opportunities online from customer service jobs to taking surveys. The online jobs are there, if you know where to look and what to avoid. Some pay as much as $30 per hour. Plus, learn how to get started selling on eBay, turning your photos into cash by selling them online, and more! Click the link now to find the station nearest you broadcasting my show this weekend!

Give me a call! I'd love to hear from you. It takes just three easy steps: 1.) Call the LIVE broadcast. That's this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the East Coast, or, if you live on the West Coast, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. 2.) Know the phone number. It is, of course, toll-free 1-888-825-5254. 3.) Talk to our call screener Andrew and tell him what's on your mind. That's all there is to it!

Kim :)

You get this newsletter. Now, sign up for my other three free e-mail newsletters. Try 'em! You'll like 'em!

    • Free computer tip Mon-Fri
    • Free cool site daily
    • Free news links Mon-Fri

As always, I guarantee your privacy. Your e-mail address will not be sold, leased or given to anyone, ever!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for understanding that we need to prevent the nasties.

Terms of Use

Personal & Educational Use Only This blog consists mainly of FREE newsletters from computer web gurus that I receive. I thought you might like to see them all in one place than try to discover them on your own. A moderate amount of editing may be done to eliminate unrelated repetitious ads or unnecessary text which bloat the post. However I have given the authors full credit and will not remove their site links because you deserve to see where it comes from and they deserve to get credit for what they have written. Your use of this site is simply for educational purposes. For more computer-related help go to: CPEDLEY.COM for free software, advice and tips on low cost products which are very helpful. If you want to contact the editor, please go CPEDLEY.COM and check the Contact page for email address.