No spamming spam spammers be spam spam… You get the point.

That was confusing. Anyways, I have recently noticed a whole lot of spam coming in. Mostly links. One time, we got a comment in Spanish that, of course, was spam. We are also getting a lot of comments saying stuff like:

“I just came across your site by accident and I’m glad I did”

Though these comments are nice and usually come with a compliment, they are starting to get a bit annoying. I am seeing little reaction from the crowd. I know you’re watching, I have a stat counter! Winking smile If some of these “spam” comments are actually WordPress, CUT IT OUT! But I just wanted to let you know that I will make all necessary actions about spammers if need be. Oh, and there was also a comment about an “AOL” post I made……… I didn’t write an AOL post. AOL is ancient, I used it when I was 5! (And now we use PeoplePC for dial-up, which I don’t even bother using) Now I want to give you a warning; starting this Wednesday, IP addresses of all spammers will be blocked from coming to GB7! So, no spamming spam spammers be spam spam!

-Ben

Unity

Unity Technologies ApS, 2011, freeware or proprietary

Do you like games? Do you like 3D games? Do you wish you could make your own 3D game? Well now you can! Unity 3D is your free (or not free) ticket to making games that can be released to PC and Mac, iOS (iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc.,) Xbox, PS, Wii and more! (Pro license required for game systems, Macintosh computer required for iOS publishing) Unity is a very simple to use program, but not so simple to setup. Allow me to explain;

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Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox

If you use the Internet, which you are now, you want a fast an simple Internet browser. In this post, I will cover Safari, Chrome, IE and Firefox.

Internet Explorer (IE)

I would not recommend using IE 9 at all. It slows your system down, it crashes and it’s slow. The first thing I did on the Internet was go and get a new browser (Chrome, of course) Here’s my default IE screen:

IE9

As you can see, it is a basic browser. I like the fact that it blends into the top-level window (which I’ll get into in a minute) like MirandaIM or some other Windows 7 program. Other than that, I dislike IE completely.

Google Chrome

This is my favorite browser and used by both writers here on GB7! It is the fastest I’ve used, has a top-level theme, a great home page, apps and extensions, sugar, spice and everything nice! If you look back in the archive, you should see tutorials and app reviews for Chrome!

Google Chrome

It has apps and some extensions. The picture in the background is a bit ominous, but I like it. A great thing about Google Chrome is that you can customize it with themes. These not only change the home screen, but also change the top-level window style.

Top-Level Window Style on Google Chrome

I would use this for a browser any time!

Apple Safari

This browser is usually for Macintosh, but also has a Windows version. Unlike Chrome and IE, it does not have a top-level window style.

Apple Safari

I haven’t gotten a chance to use this browser very much, but the style is very nice. I like the top bar for the simplicity, but I would still use Chrome over this.

Mozilla Firefox

This is the first open-source browser I have used, and I like the style of it. It has a top-level window style, but isn’t as flashy as Chrome’s.

Firefox

I use this browser on our home computer, because it is connected to dial-up (the really slow Internet connection that nobody likes.) It’s a nice browser. Here’s the top-level window:

Top-level window theme on Firefox

(6 pictures… not done yet!!)

Comparison:

These are the four main choices for a browser. I didn’t go into much detail up there, so I’ve made a table of features!

IE Chrome Firefox Safari
Local Home page x check x x
Apps x check x x
Extensions x check check x
Free check check check check
Top-level window themes x check x x
Downloadable themes x check check x

It’s all about choices. As you can see, Google Chrome has a yes on everything while others stumbled. Especially IE and Safari. Well, that’s all I have for now! And now the image count. Drumroll please.

Da da da da da da da da da da da da da da…

30 IMAGES!! (Man this will take a while to upload.) That’s 3 times Brenden’s record of 10! HA!! Winking smile The war is on!

-Ben

Speedtest.net review

If you are looking for your Internet speed, head on over to http://www.speedtest.net/ and take the test to find out your Internet speed and compare what your are getting with your promised speed. The design of SpeedTest is nice and sleek. Very… animated, in a futuristic tech way. It’s nice. It goes pretty fast and let’s you know your speeds while it’s testing. It’s a nice site to go to if you need to know in under 2 or 3 minutes. Smile Give it a try! Thanks!

-Ben

SOPA: Where I stand

Oh gosh. Where do I begin? I’ll start out with I don’t like the SOPA and ProtectIP acts. They will do only harm to not only me and my writers, but also Chris Pirillo, who makes a living off of his work. SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act. What’s the problem? It doesn’t stop piracy! This act will do us absolutely no good at all! If SOPA and ProtectIP pass, me as a blogger could get sued or even put in jail for doing nothing wrong! All this does is let congress sue people and put them in jail if they don’t live up to congress’s standards. Scariest off all, there are a lot of companies that agree with the bill! Godaddy.com lost 74,000 domains because they used to support SOPA. (Of course, they backed off.) Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) says “Intellectual property is one of America’s chief job creators and competitive advantages in the global marketplace, yet American inventors, authors, and entrepreneurs have been forced to stand by and watch as their works are stolen by foreign infringers beyond the reach of current U.S. laws.” I don’t care! My content is open-source! Take it if you want! Share it on Facebook, Tweet it, I don’t care if you use it. I would like credit, but I don’t require it! SOPA won’t stop downloaders like MegaUpload or FilesTube. Users could enter the IP address of the sites, instead of the name and be taken there. I am sad to say that there are a lot of supporting companies for SOPA. Like I said above, GoDaddy got boycotted by some pretty mad people. We still have a long way to go on this, and not much time. Please, look up SOPA on Wikipedia and check out the article! It’s the worst thing that could happen! We make the Internet, we shape it. Why should we let the government remove all of our content?

-Ben

Happy New Years/How to block ads in Google Chrome

I hate ads. Do you have ads? If so, there is a handy little extension in Google Chrome that allows you to block advertisements on websites! Here’s how to do it:

  1. If you have not installed Google Chrome, do so.
  2. Go into the Google Chrome web store
  3. Go into the popular section. The extension “Adblock Plus” will be in there somewhere.
  4. Download and install it. The ads are gone!

There you are, the ads are gone! (Wait, I’ve said that twice, haven’t I?) It’s that simple!

WHAT ABOUT 2012?! YOU SAID YOU WOULD DO A HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!

Yeah, yeah, I’m getting to it. Chill out, man. Anyways, Happy New Years, everybody! Me and my new writer did a new years eve party! You missed the live event, but you can catch the recorded version here! After that, we freaked out and high-fived each other and everything! Anyways, Happy Geeky New Year, everyone! Smile 2012 will bring more posts and more fun with more writers!

-Ben