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Computer Log # 18 for March 18, 2010

Top of the Morning to you on this lovely St. Paddy's week and all the leprechauns are out there causing all sorts of mischief in the fine name of computer programs.

Today I want to remind you all to use a good anti-virus program and a good browser. I like Microsoft Security Essentials for your Anti Virus Program at and Firefox at as your Web Browser. Remember it may change from time to time as technology changes. I have also become a fan of Thunderbird as your e-mail client and that link is

Now for some hints to the iPod Touch/iPhone users. Several applications that were updated in the App store were not set so they would be an actual update. The following Applications were among the ones that I had issues with, were the CBC and WNED applications. You had to un-install them then re-install them from the App store. Doing it this way means in the CBC application you lost your favorites in the application. Other applications in the iTunes store may have the same issue. Usually this is not a problem, but if you have a paid application, you will need to contact the author of the app about the issue. Do Not Un-install a paid application unless you have it backed up in iTunes on your computer. I have not had any problems with any of my paid stuff myself.

On to another issue with Apple, iTunes and the App Store. I found out via the on-line press that Apple decided after many months and many purchases that certain applications were not in the best interest of Apple. These applications were any applications that tested if there were any open WI-FI spots in the area. In one case, the tool WiFiFofum which I use to test out my customers WI-FI networks was one of the applications that Apple dropped from the App Store. This application was not a hacking tool as they inferred, but a real good utility. Since I had already purchased it, I was not affected, but many other potential customers of this application are. This is another issue where Apple is trying to limit what we get for our iPod Touch or iPhone. I can see where some controls have to be put in so as not to cause problems with it's product, but limiting what we can or cannot use on our iPhone or even our iPod Touch in some cases with no explanation why, or a real lame explanation on Apples part, is not good for the inventiveness of the software author. There have been other issues with Apple approving applications. The one that comes to mind is the “Google Voice” application that has been on hold for months and caused the FCC to look into the matter. Right now you need to use your browser to log into “Google Voice” on the iPhone or iPod Touch.

Now for a bit of Green Beer, here is a link that will warm the cockles of your heart, and remember to have a designated driver on St Paddy's Day. I will be one myself for that night in Erie as I travel with my Pipe Band and maybe there will be some interesting info at about that night.

Franklin S Werren is a computer technician and runs Chautauqua Lake Hosting and Franks Radio in Sherman NY. And can be found on the web at and via e-mail at or and yes I do play the Bagpipes.

Disclaimer: “Franklin S Werren” or the “Chautauqua Star” have not received any money or promotional items in anything talked about in this column.

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