Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Net Neutrality and Privacy Rights

Net neutrality is a principle proposed for user access networks participating in the internet that advocates no restrictions on content, sites, or platforms, on the kinds of equipment that may be attached, and on the modes of communication allowed, as well as communication that is not unreasonably degraded by other traffic.
By definition alone, net neutrality seems to run counter to the notion of privacy but if you think about it, the issue of privacy stands out only because corporations like Google or Microsoft use means of invading other people's privacies to further increase profit and centralize authority. If there were a means of decentralizing web control then there just might be lesser privacy invasion. People, in my opinion tend to bother other people less if they have enough freedom to express themselves.

Can history erasers go in tandem with Net Neutrality?

There is, in my mind, no doubt that the only obstacle to history erasers or privacy software are browser protocols implemented by either Microsoft, Google or Mozilla that restrict and constrict software like history erasers. As platforms get less standardized or restrictive then history erasers should have no problems running on different systems and environments to delete and clean up your computer.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Money-saving Tips for Your PC

Save Money on Computer Software

Most people could easily find how-to guides in saving money for computer hardware but not so much with computer software. So here are a few tips that will help you make wise decisions in buying and using computer software:

Look for Discounts

Whether you are a college student, an employee or even just a regular Joe who uses your PC a lot, the first step towards saving money on software is to look around for discounts. When it comes to cool software or latest games patronized by our friends, we almost always never control our urge to buy them and install right away. Oftentimes, we miss the chance to look around for discounts on software. If you belong to an organization like a school campus, you can look around first in your immediate vicinity for discounted prices on software. Usually, this requires a registration or proof of affiliation but going through the process should be worth it and doin this often could save you hundreds of dollars.

Check out the trial versions

Almost all software companies give you trial versions for their software like car salesmen give you a road test for new cars. In fact the trial versions can let you use software to almost it's full functionality for an average time period of 30 days. It's important to take advantage of this because trial versions will let you know for certain if the software is really what you need. If a sales pitch would tell you that you need to hurry up and grab it because supply is limited, more often than not, the supply is never limited. So take your time and test the software.

Do not buy the latest version

Based on personal experience with software, the latest is almost always not the greatest. If you buy the latest version, not only are you buying the most expensive version but also the version with the least amount of customer testing and the highest probability of generating error messages and bugs. Look around first and see if there is an older version, usually an older version can cause less computer issues and therefore more stable and reliable. Six months or one year after a version is released then it's safe to say that the version is worth buying. So if you want to purchase the best history erasers like Evidence Eliminator or Winclear make sure you get the older versions.