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Nov. 8, 2008—Vol. 12, No. 45
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ARE YOU AT RISK FOR ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE?
Nov. 18 is National Memory Screening Day. The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is encouraging people to consult with a health care professional. You'll find free memory screening sites across the country. All you need do is visit the foundation online.
In addition to screening sites, you'll find a wealth of information. You can learn more about Alzheimer's disease and dementia. There are also tips for talking to your doctor about Alzheimer's. And don't forget to read the successful aging tips!
PAY IT FORWARD: Memory screening is important for everyone. So, forward this newsletter to your friends and family. Encourage them to visit a memory-screening site.
FREE SOFTWARE SAVES YOU BIG BUCKS
Each day, I pick one great program to feature as a Download of the Day. It could be a full-featured office suite. Or, maybe it's a security program or a tool to speed up your computer. You'll be surprised by all the awesome free goodies I find for you!
Of course, each program I feature is safe to use. I'll never pick one that harbors spyware, adware or other nasty tricks.
Here are some of my favorite freebies from the past week. Just click on the links below to learn more about the programs. Hurry back, though—I have more money-saving advice for you!
• Cable and satellite aren't the only sources for television. You can get your favorite shows online.
Want a tip? Bookmark my Downloads page . Just go there, and press Ctrl+D. That will add my downloads section to your browser's favorites!
And remember this: If I say a program is free, it's FREE. There are sites on the Internet that sell free programs. There are also many ads on the Internet for similar programs, which aren't free. If somebody tries to charge you for a free program, back up. You've clicked on the wrong thing.
Saturday's download—Many people are pinching pennies these days. Eating out is often the first activity to be cut. But you can save money eating at your favorite restaurants. Many have special offers.
59 DAYS OF BIG PRIZES!
But don't worry, more great and fabulous prizes are coming soon! My 13th Annual Great Giveaway launches in a few short weeks! Stay tuned for more details.
Congratulations to our last few Giveaway of the Day winners:
11/1 – Ken Maples of Cayce, SC (WVOC 560 AM) - Ken will never get lost again. He won the NAVIGON 2100 max GPS unit. This $299 GPS device is ultra-thin and stylish with a 4.3-inch touchscreen display and advanced features. He'll have peace of mind, knowing he's always headed in the right direction!
11/2 – Nancy Farris of Cathedral City, CA (KPSI 920 AM) - Nancy has a new way to keep organized and to stay in touch. The Palm Centro smartphone ($150) gives her voice, text, IM, e-mail and the Web. All of this is in a sleek phone that fits into her pocket!
11/3 - Richard Vail of Indianapolis (WIBC 93.1 FM) – Richard will love watching movies with stunning picture quality with his brand new Rotel DVD player ($499.99 value). This player also has two channel analog outputs, composite, S-video, and component outputs, and an optical output for adding additional components.
Congratulations! To see the entire list of winners, visit the Giveaway of the Day Winners Page. And don't forget to keep an eye out for my Great Giveaway.
FAMILY FRIENDLY VIDEO FUN
That's why I started my Video of the Day. I wanted to feature the best videos the Web has to offer. And I wanted to help families avoid offensive videos.
Each day, you'll find one must-watch video. It is sure to delight you!
Don't miss these popular videos from the past week:
• Imagine taking the field at a major league baseball game. The screaming fans. Your face on the JumboTron. How cool would that be? Well, some Little Leaguers experienced that firsthand. And it was all thanks to kindhearted pranksters.
Saturday's video-- Horse dancing is more popular than I realized. This performance is both impressive and touching. The rider doesn't use a saddle or reins.Sunday's video— Kim Peek may have the most powerful mind in the world. His story is amazing. You'll enjoy finding out what makes him tick.
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.
STILL TO COME: Useful tips, important news and a few laughs!
• Buying an LCD HDTV on a budget
• Important security tips; and some awesome freebies!
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GET PAID FOR YOUR OPINIONS
Times are tough, and everybody is looking to make a little cash. So, I've been getting a lot of questions about making money online. Many people have seen ads for online surveys and want to know the scoop.
A number of companies will pay you to answer questions. The information is used by marketers. The surveys can take a few minutes to complete, or they could take considerably longer. You won't get rich by completing the surveys. But you could earn a little spare cash in your free time. And, at this time of year, who couldn't use a little more money?
Watch out for scammers, though. That's true no matter what you do online. Scammers are opportunists. So, they often target those who want to make money from home. You should be cautious when approaching work-from-home opportunities. Do your research. And whatever you do, don't pay anyone for any opportunity, no matter how appealing.
Fortunately for you, I've done a lot of the work for you. I've found some legitimate survey opportunities. You can also find out more about how the surveys work. Just visit my handy-dandy Money Center. You'll learn about many, many other online money-making opportunities. I've also thrown in money-saving tips for good measure!
DON'T FORGET TO HELP OUT THE TROOPS
Donating your DVDs to the troops is a great idea, Joe. We're just entering the holiday season. Unfortunately, troops stationed overseas will miss out on most of the merriment. So, they will appreciate your kindness now more than ever. I'm sure your DVDs will help them get through Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Don't worry that the DVDs are used. The fact that they are still playable is all that matters. I make a point to send my DVDs to the troops after watching them. I probably won't watch them again. There's no reason why the men and women serving our country shouldn't enjoy them.
So, who will distribute your used DVDs to the troops? I will! Or, rather, Operation Komando will help you get them to the troops. Just visit the Operation Komando page. You'll find an address where you can send care packages.
Currently, Operation Komando is working with Carl Morgan of the Base Command Group. Carl will distribute your DVDs to soldiers stationed throughout Iraq.
I'm sure many others would also like to help out the troops. Not sure what to send? Don't have much spare cash? Don't worry! You'll find lists of most-needed items on the Operation Komando page. There are plenty of small-ticket items, along with more costly items. Thanks for your support!
And don't forget to visit my Support Our Troops page. You'll find many other cool ways to help out our troops overseas!
The end of the year is rapidly approaching! Have you made your annual charitable donations yet? If not, head over to my site. My tip will help you find legitimate charities online.
Of course, you may be forced to reduce your donations this year. In that case, there are other options. For example, you can generate cash for your favorite charity by surfing. No, I'm not joking! Learn more by reading my awesome Cool Site.
Veterans Day is this coming Tuesday. If you know a vet, share my Video of the Day with him or her on Tuesday, Nov. 11 . I picked out a really special one that honors those who served.
GETTING RID OF XP ANTIVIRUS 2008
You're not alone, Mark. I started getting questions about XP Antivirus 2008 a couple of months ago. And I'm still getting many pleas for help. XP Antivirus is fraudware. It apparently begins with a pop-up message when you're surfing. It offers to do a free scan of your machine. The scan will find hundreds of malware infections. It urges you to buy the full program.
It is possible (or probable, if you're careful) your computer has no malware programs. XP Antivirus uses false positives to trick you. You believe your machine is infected, so you spend $40 on the program. The pop-ups will likely stop once you pay up. But you shouldn't pay a dime. This is extortion.
Fortunately, you can remove XP Antivirus 2008 on your own. But it will take a little time and patience. And FYI, Mark, a pop-up blocker won't help you, at least not now. Pop-up blockers stop ads that pop up in new windows when you surf. A pop-up blocker may have helped you avoid an infection. But it won't do anything for the XP Antivirus pop-ups.
I have easy-to-follow instructions for removing XP Antivirus 2008 on my site. If you've been hit by this program, you won't want to miss them. Once you're done, stop by my Security Center. You'll find free, must-have security software in one convenient place.
XP Antivirus isn't the only fraudware out there. There are probably hundreds of other rogue security programs. So, be wary of offers for free online security scans. That's especially true if the offer arrives via pop-up.
I've also heard from people who are getting Antivirus 2009. It seems to be a variant of Antivirus 2008. The removal methods outlined above work.
BONUS TIP: GET FREE SECURITY SOFTWARE 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!
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DON'T STOP YET – THERE'S MORE YOU NEED TO KNOW:
• Keep reading! I have more money-saving tips!
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BUYING AN LCD HDTV ON A BUDGET
This year, HDTV prices will reach unprecedented lows. A 42-inch set will come in well under $1,000. You may even see 32-inchers for less than $400!You'll find plasma and DLP sets. But, LCD has become the most popular type of HDTV. Want some helpful tips for buying a budget HDTV? Then don't miss my weekly column. It's free on my site!
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Kim's Club member Holleydidit left a related note on my Message Board. She's having trouble filtering my newsletters in Outlook. That's because the subject line of my Cool Site of the Day and Tip of the Day recently changed. The subject lines now match the content of the messages.
Let me start with Doris' question. Each e-mail provider uses a different spam filter. I work with many providers to add my newsletters to their approved lists. But some providers slip through the cracks.
You should be able to correct the problem fairly easily. Just access your e-mail through your provider's Webmail page. Open your spam folder, find one of my messages and open it.
You should see a button labeled "Not Spam" or something similar. Click the button. Future messages should appear in your inbox. You will need to repeat this for each newsletter you receive.
You could also add me to your safe sender list, if your provider offers this feature. Setting up a safe sender list will vary from provider to provider. My quick column will help you create an approved list for popular e-mail providers. Consult your provider's help pages for more information.
You'll need to know the return address for each of my newsletters. They are on my site.
Now, Outlook could also be filtering the messages into the Junk e-mail folder. This is easily remedied. Just open the Junk folder and find one of my newsletters. Right-click it and select Junk E-Mail>>Add Sender to Safe Senders List. You'll need to repeat for each newsletter.
Filtering my newsletters is also a good idea. It will help you keep my newsletters organized. You'll also avoid the Junk folder.
Setting up filters in Outlook isn't terribly difficult. But it is detailed. So, read my easy, in-depth tip on setting up e-mail filters on my Web site. Don't use the subject line as the basis of your filters. Rather, set up your filters based on the sender's address.
Speaking of your spam folder, is it getting a little full? Then you'll want a good spam filter. You'll find plenty of good ones on my site. Here are a few you should check out:
BUYING ANY TECH FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
A MESSSAGE FROM THE KOMANDO.COM POSTMASTER
SEE SOMETHING UNDERLINED? CLICK & LEARN
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STILL TO COME IN THIS WEEKEND'S EDITION:
• See who's driving past your house
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KEEP UP WITH THESE FOLKS!
THE CITY OF PALMS
Like many warmer climates, McAllen's population nearly doubles from October through March. Retirees descend upon the area from the north. These Winter Texans come to enjoy the tropical climate. Mexican culture, square dancing, golf courses and unique outdoor opportunities are other draws.
STILL TO COME IN THIS WEEKEND'S EDITION:
• See what's happening at home while you're away
KIM'S TIPS FOR KOMANDO KIDS: What are kids doing on their phones?
CONTEST SITE: Action Unleashed
FREEBIE OF THE WEEK: Rev up relief
FREEBIE FROM KOMANDO.COM: Add effects to your Webcam
GET A COOL SITE EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK
THIS WEEK'S FOCUS: Free restaurant coupons
This week, we did the work for you. You'll find one-click access to money saving coupons for your favorite restaurants at Komando.com. I'll tell you more about this in the first hour of my three-hour national weekend radio show.
Let's keep it going; there's plenty more to cover:
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THE END IS IN SIGHT, BUT I WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK
I am being stalked by someone at work. I would like to get proof of this so I can take it to the police. So, I want to set up a video camera to record cars driving past my house. I don't get much traffic—maybe 10 cars a day. Can you offer some advice? The camera should be motion-activated. It also needs to be wireless.
This sounds like a very bad situation. I can understand why you would want to put an end to it.
There are many security, or IP, cameras on the market. I would start by looking at cameras from D-Link, Linksys and Panasonic. IP cameras start around $100 and go up—way up! I would expect to pay about $200 for one with the features you need.
You'll find both wired and wireless models. Unlike Webcams, security cameras connect directly to your network. You don't need to leave a machine running.
You won't have much trouble finding a motion-sensitive camera. These cameras should send you a photo when they detect movement. Alerts are usually sent via e-mail. Some alert you via text message.
Photos are nice. But I would look for one that sends video clips. That way, you get a better idea of what's happening. For example, you'll know if a car is slowing as it drives past.
In addition to sending alerts, some security cameras record to your hard drive. Obviously, to take advantage of this, you'll need to leave your computer running.
Most security cameras give you remote access. You simply open a Web browser and enter the camera's IP address. You'll be able to see exactly what the camera sees. Some even let you pan and tilt the camera remotely. That's a nice touch.
When you install security cameras, you'll want to make sure they're secure. To join your wireless network, they'll need to use the same encryption type. You should be using WPA2 to secure your network. WEP is ineffective, and WPA has already been cracked.
You should also password protect the camera. Otherwise, strangers can view your camera. You don't want your camera to be used to spy on you!
Don't use the default user name and password, though. These can be guessed easily. Instead, create a unique user name and strong password. My must-read tip will help you create strong passwords.
I assume you'll put the camera on the outside of your house. That means you need to think about the elements. IP cameras are not weatherproof. So, you'll want to buy a weatherproof housing. This will protect it from rain and snow.
You should also think about where you will place the camera. It will need a power outlet in order to work. That could make it difficult to mount the camera.
Security cameras are a great way to watch your house when you're away. You can also use them to keep an eye on the kids.
That said, a security camera may not help you much. Your house is undoubtedly set back from the road. That means the camera might not capture important details.
For example, it may record a white car of a specific make and model. But that doesn't mean it will capture the driver's face or the license plate number. The police will probably need this to positively identify the stalker.
So, before you buy a security camera, talk to the police. Explain your situation; they may be able to help you now. At the least, they should tell you what's needed to make an arrest.
Working with this individual only makes the situation worse for you. The stalker knows when you work. He can also find out information on you from other coworkers. And he could make thinks very uncomfortable at work.
You need to tread carefully. You don't want to anger the stalker; that could prove dangerous. At the same time, your employer may be able to help. That's particularly true if the stalker is harassing you at work. I would sit down with human resources and explain your situation. This could protect you if he tries to jeopardize your job.
For more helpful advice on choosing an IP cam, check my handy buying guide. You can even compare prices on popular models!
Finally, consider what information your stalker can find out about you online. You'll be surprised what personal information can be gleaned online. Fortunately, I have many handy tips that will help you protect your private information:
• Keep hackers out of your e-mail
• Who has your name and address?
• Remove your phone number from searches
IF I HELPED YOU, CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME?
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!
BLAME ROD IN ARIZONA FOR THESE PUNNY ONE-LINERS!
The roundest knight at King Arthur's Round Table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it was just an optical Aleutian.
She was only a whisky maker, but he loved her still.
No matter how much you push the envelope, it is still stationery.
Two silk worms had a race, but it ended in a tie.
Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
Have a great day and I'll see you on the radio!
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