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Why U.S. Internet Access is Slow, Costly, and Unfair

February 13, 2013

If you use the Internet in America, this is an outstanding video on why U.S. Internet Access is slow, costly, and unfair.

We have some of the slowest & priciest Internet in the ENTIRE WORLD, prohibiting huge percentages of Americans from easily getting online. And for those of us who ARE wealthy enough to get online, we are not even close to having the Internet experience that people in other countries, such as Hong Kong, are experiencing.

Yet more reasons why America has fallen behind the rest of the world in almost every metric imaginable.

 


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What’s Your Password?

January 24, 2013

Here’s something that might surprise you.

I don’t know what any of my passwords are, and I can’t figure out what any of them are.

And that’s exactly how it should be. Because if I can’t figure out my own passwords, then hackers won’t be able to figure them out either.

All of my passwords are complex, random passwords like wj7xL2p4Q0dz3nY, and I have a different password for every single website that I visit.

Yet this doesn’t slow me down at all. I never need to remember any of these random passwords, I never need to copy-and-paste them into websites, and I never need to handwrite them into a notebook somewhere.

All I need to do is remember my one master password, which is a strong password that I can easily remember (such as scott@world?8472!), and I can instantly log into any website.

How do I do this?

I’m using the award-winning, best-selling program named 1Password. 1Password creates strong passwords for every website that I visit, and it securely stores all of my passwords for me.

Best of all, 1Password synchronizes all of my passwords between my Mac, my iPhone, and my iPad.

Why am I doing this?

I’m doing this to stay as safe & secure as possible on the Internet.

As you know, you need a different password for every single website that you visit. And if you’re like most Americans, you visit almost 100 password-protected websites per year.

So you probably decided a long time ago that it would be completely insane to come up with 100 different passwords, so you standardized on 2 or 3 passwords that you use for everything. Even worse, you probably made these passwords really easy to remember. And worst of all, you probably wrote down those passwords in a Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel document, or you scribbled them down into your notebook in your desk.

I’m here to tell you that all of this is a terrible idea, because it makes it much easier for hackers to take over your entire identity, empty your bank account, and destroy your life. Because once a hacker breaks into the Zappos.com website or breaks into the Yahoo website (yes, this stuff happens all the time), they’re going to take your password and try to use that password on all the other sites on the web.

So if you’re using the same password everywhere, once the hackers get into one of your accounts, then they can easily get into all of your accounts.

So what’s the solution?

The solution is to come up with a unique, strong, and completely random password for each website that you visit.

This would be a major exercise in frustration if you had to do it on your own, but luckily,1Password easily & quickly manages the entire process for you. It’s so quick, it’s an almost-invisible process.

Whenever you visit a website, you just type in your one easy-to-remember password, and 1Password will type in your complex password for you.

(1Password will also securely store your credit card information as well. Just type in your one easy-to-remember password, and 1Password will type in all your credit card information whenever you’re ready to shop on the web. In fact, 1Password can store all of your confidential information, so nobody can see anything that you don’t want them to see.)

Contact ScottWorld to get help setting up 1Password!

If you would like to take control of your security & privacy with 1Password, just let us know and we’ll be happy to install, configure, and train you on 1Password for all your devices!

Sincerely,
Scott


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$#*! Apple Fanatics Say

September 10, 2012

You all know what an Apple fanatic is, because I’m your resident Apple fanatic!

For decades, I’ve been talking zealously about Apple, and I finally decided that it was time to create some short comedy videos parodying people just like myself.

So, in the style of the extremely popular videos “$#*! Girls Say”, “$#*! New Yorkers Say”, “$#*! People In LA Say”, I now present to you…

$#*! Apple Fanatics Say (Part 1)

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and

$#*! Apple Fanatics Say (Part 2)

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Special thanks to Ken Segall, The Huffington Post, Mashable, Gizmodo, TUAW, MacStories, and all the other sites which have written articles about these videos! :)

Reason #857 to avoid Android phones like the plague!

August 30, 2012

Never get rid of your Android phone, because your personal data is always available on an Android phone, even after you erase the entire phone!

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upgrade-your-life/true-false-never-sell-old-phone-215656295.html

Insanely Simple

May 22, 2012

The #1 best book about Apple isn’t the biography on Steve Jobs.

It’s Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success, written by Ken Segall (a true Apple insider).

Not only does it contain amazing never-before-heard tales about Steve Jobs, but it also contains key information about how your business can successfully thrive like Apple.

This book is a must-read for any Apple fans or business owners!

The best calendar app for iPhone

February 2, 2012
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Rejoice! I’ve finally found the best calendar app for the iPhone. It’s called Week Calendar, and it is such a relief and a joy to use it on a daily basis.

If you’re anything like me, you have been continually frustrated by Apple’s built-in calendar on the iPhone. For example, why does Apple only let you see 2 appointments at a time on the month view? Why does Apple make the day view completely unusable by forcing you to scroll through large chunks of color blocks? Why does the list view completely skip over days that don’t have appointments on them, so you totally get thrown off as to which day/week/year you’re looking at? Why is the week view completely unusable and only in landscape mode? Why does Apple do just about everything wrong when it comes to calendaring? (On the Mac, also, Apple has no idea how to make a decent calendar… that’s why we have 100% of our clients using BusyCal, the best calendar app for Mac.)

Apple may make great hardware, but I really think that their software engineers have been asleep at the wheel for the last 2 or 3 years. I have very little positive things to say about Apple’s software these days. Take a look at the disastrous Lion operating system to see what I’m talking about.

Lucky for all of us, Week Calendar has come to the rescue! Week Calendar is almost infinitely customizable, with hundreds upon hundreds of settings. You can truly make this calendar app work exactly the way that YOU want your calendar app to work.

And the technical support team is PHENOMENAL. Send them a question, and they’ll get back to you with the answer almost instantaneously. Send them a feature request, and your request might make its way into the very next update!

It’s just such a joy to deal with both the app and the development team behind the app! I haven’t been this excited about an app in a really long time.

Take a look at some of these amazing screenshots to see just A FEW of the hundreds of ways that you can work with Week Cal. This is by no means exhaustive… this is just a tiny handful of screenshots:

Look at this amazing week-at-a-glance view (known as the “Agenda View” in Week Calendar):

I love this view. It gives you a completely uncluttered glance at each week.

You can scroll through all the appointments on each day, you can tap on an appointment to view it or edit it or share it via email or cut/paste/move it to another time/date. And much more, too… you can even customize your menu choices in Week Calendar.

But it gets better:

If you double-tap on a day, you get taken to this beautiful Day View:

Now THAT’S what I’m talking about! A day-by-day view that ACTUALLY LETS YOU SEE a bunch of your appointments simultaneously, without having to scroll up and down!

And you can even hide those hourly headers (“9:00 AM”, “12:00 PM”, etc.) to show EVEN MORE appointments at-a-glance. Just beautiful.

The monthly calendar rightly takes up just a small section of your screen in the upper right-hand corner, instead of taking over your entire screen like Apple’s calendar app does incorrectly.

So let’s say that you actually like using a monthly view. Week Calendar gives you 2 beautiful month options to choose from, both of which are superior to Apple’s monthly views. The first one is called mini-month view:

WOW! Now why didn’t Apple think of this?! You actually get to see your entire month ALONG WITH THE APPOINTMENTS FOR EACH DAY! This makes it sooo easy to look ahead at your month and see exactly what you’ve got going on.

But if you’re a stickler for tradition and you really want to do it the “Apple way”, Week Calendar has even improved upon Apple’s traditional month view too:

Ta-da!! You get little colored dots on each day, letting you see how many appointments you have on each day for each calendar.

And down below, you have room to see many more appointments then what Apple shows you on their terrible month view. Again, in any of these views, you can double-tap on the date and you’ll be “zoomed into” the day view for that date. And there are a lot of other nice touches, too, such as icons to indicate repeating events and alarms.

Here’s a trick question:

Can you tell what’s unique about this screenshot?

This is called “rolling week” view, similar to the “scrolling week” view of BusyCal. This view always keeps your current week up at the top of your screen, and it scrolls one week at a time instead of one month at a time. This is brilliant for people who always need the current week front-and-center.

There are many other more views, too, such as an amazing week view… I’m just scratching the surface here.

And there are so many other features in Week Calendar as well… you can add custom icons and custom colors to events, you can link events to contacts in your address book, and so much more. There are literally hundreds of ways to customize and use this app.

Here is just one example of the built-in genius of Week Calendar’s customization capabilities:

Notice anything special about this screenshot?

You are able to set the time scroll wheel to show you only 15-minute increments (or any other increment that you desire)!

Halleljuah!! My appointments only take place on the quarter-hour, so why in the world does Apple force me to scroll through 20 selections (every 5 minutes) just to get through an entire hour? With Week Calendar, I can just show the 4 selections that I need!

Oh, here’s another gigantic time-saver… have you ever wanted to jump ahead to a date that was several months in the future, or jump back to a date that was several months in the past? Apple’s built-in calendar makes this a completely daunting task, because Apple forces you to manually tap through one month at a time. Not so with Week Calendar! Week Calendar lets you quickly & easily jump to whatever date you want to jump to! Here’s a screenshot of Week Calendar’s “Go To Date” screen:

I could go on and on about Week Calendar, but I’ll stop there for now. :)

I give Week Calendar my highest recommendation, and I urge all of you to try it today!


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Silence your iPhone at night, but still let certain people ring through. (Similar to Blackberry exceptions.)

January 26, 2012

A friend of mine is finally leaving the Blackberry for her very first iPhone, but she was concerned about missing the one feature that she loved on her Blacbkerry: the ability to create EXCEPTIONS.

What this means is that she can SILENCE her ringer when she goes to sleep at night, but she can set an EXCEPTION for her important family members so that they will ALWAYS ring through no matter what (in case of an emergency).

The way to easily imitate this functionality on the iPhone is very easy, and is outlined by Richard K. Miller on his blog here.

This is the simple process, in a nutshell:

1. Simply download a silent ringtone and set that as your default ringtone before you go to sleep at night.

2. But for any family members that you want to ring through, go into their contact card and set them to have their own audible ringtones. (This is a one-time setting for your family members; you don’t have to change this setting on a daily basis.)

3. Then, when you wake up in the morning, change your default ringtone back to an audible ringtone again.


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