After 20 Years of Service, CompuServe Forums set to Close…

Raise your hands if you remember CompuServe, either by name recognition, being a prior user of thier online services (I recall using them, AOL and Prodigy), or the forums. Incoming history lesson: CompuServe lauched its online services in the early 1980s, becoming the first major commercial online service provider in the United States and one of the true old-guard entities of the early days of the internet. Nowadays, especially in the last decade, that same collective of companies — howdy AOL and Yahoo — have been trimming down services once heavily promoted (don’t forget to pour some out for AOL Instant Messenger). In the case of CompuServe’s discussion boards and forums, that service will fade into the ether by December 15th. Continue reading “After 20 Years of Service, CompuServe Forums set to Close…”

Google De-Lists 300 Apps (used for DDos Attacks) from the Android Play Store…

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Should you discover on your Android device this morning that your favorite 3rd-party video player, ringtone app or storage manager has vanished, it’s okay; it was for your own good.  This morning, Google removed a whopping 300 apps from the Play Store that allow the hijacking of your phone as part of a botnet’s distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, while pretending to be legitimate programs. The botnet in question is called WireX, which was behind the DDoS attacks of many online content providers and delivery networks between August 2nd and 14th, while sometimes acting as ransomware (with the intention of demanding money from those inflicted).

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The Sega Dreamcast – Doc’D #67

In this video game-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the stories behind the rise, the fall, and the lasting legacy of the Sega’s final video game console, the Sega Dreamcast.

1) Sega Dreamcast listings on eBay [https://goo.gl/UjJqZW]
2) The Sega Dreamcast Collection for PC [http://amzn.to/2xbBSj5], Xbox 360 [http://amzn.to/2fTd7oh]
3) Jon’s PCWzrd13 [youtube.com/pcwzrd13] and Dreamcastic [youtube.com/DreamcasticChannel] YouTube Channels Continue reading “The Sega Dreamcast – Doc’D #67”

Roku – Geek Me Five #23

In this episode of Geek Me Five, host Montez McCrary will be discussing five simple and interesting facts about the Roku streaming set-top box.

1) The Official Roku website [www.roku.com]
2) “19* Hidden Roku Tricks for Streaming Success,” PC Magazine [https://goo.gl/bXHELy]
3) The Official Roku Blog [https://blog.roku.com] Continue reading “Roku – Geek Me Five #23”

FotoJet, an AWESOMELY Simple (& Free) Web-Based Photo Editing Suite

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There exist many photo editing programs, both online-based and offline-based.  In a sea of options, I wanted to see what made PearlMountain Technology Company’s FotoJet a practical online photo editing program. It must be said that it certainly helps to have had some experience with other photo editing products before jumping into any program of that type. Fortunately for newcomers, that won’t apply for FotoJet, as it lets you edit photos, create collages, make photo cards, posters and practically anything else with the greatest of ease, which — in my mind — makes it one of the best free online photo editors/collage maker available today. Continue reading “FotoJet, an AWESOMELY Simple (& Free) Web-Based Photo Editing Suite”

One-Punch Man – Geek Me Five #22

In this episode of Geek Me Five, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the ongoing Japanese superhero parody webcomic, manga and anime series, One-Punch Man.

1) One-Punch Man Anime [Hulu: https://goo.gl/FjaF7i; Daisuki: https://goo.gl/tufAlD]
2) One-Punch Man Webcomic & Manga [Webcomic: http://galaxyheavyblow.web.fc2.com; Manga: http://amzn.to/2jfajlu]
3) One-Punch Man Wikia/Fandom webpage [Wikia/Fandom: https://goo.gl/AZwl4p; Reddit: https://goo.gl/5bHixg; My Anime List: https://goo.gl/nTQq6A] Continue reading “One-Punch Man – Geek Me Five #22”

Here’s MORE Free Online Architecture Courses from World-Class Universitites!

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About two-and-a-half years ago, The PractitioNERD released a blog post about some free architecture courses offered by MIT, TU Delft, edX and the Open Online Academy. Basically, if you want to continue learning about the world of architecture without forking over the dough for a  master’s or a doctorate, this is a good way to go.  Essentially, taking short-term courses remotely have become popular worldwide as educational alternatives as they make it easier to dive into the varied topics these coursed cover, thanks to platforms like edX (offered by Harvard and MIT).  Continue reading “Here’s MORE Free Online Architecture Courses from World-Class Universitites!”