Win a Book
by Cate Eales
Appeared March 31, 2011 on castanet.net
We have a great contest for you this week. Also, news on Web of Trust,
and a nice program to track your laptops and phones.
Win a copy of “Network Your Computers &
Devices Step by Step”
Ciprian Adrian Rusen and the 7tutorials Team produce a blog called
“7tutorials” (Read it here:
http://www.7tutorials.com/). It’s a terrific resource for learning
about and working with Windows 7. I was pretty excited, then, when I saw
that Ciprian and the team had written a book.
“Network Your Computers & Devices Step by Step” is a clearly
written, well-organized and beautifully illustrated guide to getting the
most out of Windows 7 home networking capabilities. It covers setting up
a router, configuring Windows 7 networking features, streaming your
music, and connecting not only other devices, but other devices using
different operating systems.
You can proceed “step by step” through the entire
book, of course. But the “Chapter at a Glance” page at the beginning of
every chapter makes it easy to zero in on a topic if you just need to
know something specific.
“Network Your Computer & Devices Step by Step”
is published by O’Reilly Media. You can buy it, among other places,
But... You might win a copy! Ciprian and O’Reilly have offered to give
away two print copies and three digital copies to readers of this
column. To enter, send me an email with the correct answer to the
question below. Do that before 11:59 PM Pacific Time April 7, 2011.
Every email with the correct answer goes into a hat.
I’ll contact the winners in the order they’re drawn to see if you want
the print edition. When the two print editions are spoken for, I’ll
contact the remaining three winners of the digital editions. (The print
edition of the book is 521 pages. Only our Canadian and USA readers are
eligible to win the print edition.)
Your entry MUST include a WORKING email address, because that is
the only way we can contact you. If you win, I will pass the email
address on to O’Reilly, and they will contact you to arrange for you to
receive the book.
Here is the contest question:
How many points does the red maple leaf on the
Canadian flag have?
(The answer is here:
Send your entry to:
email@example.com by 11:59 PM Pacific Time April 7,
2011. ONE entry per email address, please. Good luck!
Web of Trust – Better than Ever
I’ve written before about
the Web of Trust browser add-on. WOT is a safe surfing tool for your
browser. It works in Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari,
and Opera. The tool uses a red-yellow-green rating system to guide you
away from potentially harmful websites.
A new version will use that same system for your Facebook and Twitter
pages. This update will be released shortly for everyone, but you can
try it now.
See this page for details. I like it a lot.
Keep Track of Your Laptop and Phone
Prey is an open
source program for tracking laptops and Android phones. It’s free to use
for up to three devices, and there are paid plans available if you need
more. Prey runs on Windows, Mac, some Linux, and Android.
I am testing the free account on a netbook and my HTC Hero. I like what
I’ve seen so far. If you use this software (or anything like it!) make
sure you test it BEFORE your phone or laptop wanders off. I tried three
other apps on my phone and none of them worked. Good thing I tested!
Prey is available here.
Are you using this or something like it? What do you think?
Amazon.ca link to purchase Network Your Computers & Devices Step by Step
How to Avoid Dangerous Websites
Web of Trust
Web of Trust Social beta
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