The site has been redone!

Due to recent events, the site has been handed back over to me, as my Internet now allows. Also, Brenden has been denoted to writer for violating the terms too many times. This makes room for some major changes to the blog. As you may see above, I have gotten rid of a few outdated pages. I have also changed the theme back to iTheme2. I have ALSO refined the iPad version of GB7. Some serious changes have occurred. I just wanted to let you know that the website has not been hacked, but redone. Winking smile

-Ben

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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

Whoops……….

There seems to have been a misunderstanding within the blog’s administration. You may have caught a post about how we will be doing a 2 hour ContentBurst this Sunday. This is incorrect. The webmaster did NOT consult the rest of the board (A.K.A.: Me….) before posting such information. This has been discarded and we will only have a 1 hour ContentBurst this Sunday. Please keep in mind that Brenden tends to rush off with ideas without first consulting the owner. If such issues with him occur again, he will be removed from the board. We do apologize for missing the last ContentBurst, it seems to have slipped our minds… I would like to thank Mike Wilkerson on Google+ for letting me know about this post. Otherwise, the whole issue would still be around. Thanks, Mike! Open-mouthed smile

As stated above, the ContentBurst will take place this Sunday for 1 hour. My posts won’t be up until Monday though. Winking smile

-Ben

How to use VirtualBox

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Looking for some good software for your virtualization needs? Look no further! VirtualBox is a great software for running the obvious, like Windows, to running the unknown, like JRocketVE or L4. This simple tutorial tells you how to make a virtual machine in VirtualBox. Here’s what you’ll need:

VirtualBox and an Operating System of your choice.

I will be installing Windows 3.1 on my Virtual machine today. Let’s go ahead and get started!

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ContentBurst–Post 3: Acer Aspire 5250 review

This is the first review on a computer we have ever done here at GB7, so here we go!

If you are looking for a cheap, but useful computer for anything you do, the Acer Aspire 5250 if for you, costing only $270. The wireless could be a lot better and it isn’t very tough. Here are the stats:

  • RAM: 2 GB
  • OS: Windows 7
  • Windows Experience Index rating: 2.8
  • Processor: AMD C-50 Processor with 1.00 GHz
  • System type: 64-bit
  • Touch: No

It’s a little large for my bag, but it works well. The power cord is getting frayed up a bit, but it’s all my desk’s fault (bad desk, bad!) My friend said that he had problems running Ubuntu Linux on his, and I haven’t tried yet, so try to stay away from that. I’m running out of time here, so here’s a picture:

Acer Aspire 5250

So there you are!

Thanks a lot for reading the ContentBurst for February and I will continue to post as much as I can! Feel free to post on our Facebook wall over at http://www.facebook.com/GeeksBlog7 and stay tuned to GB7 for more content! See you guys next week! (Well, you’ll see me. I won’t see you… I don’t know…) Smile

-Ben

How (and how not) to talk to non-geeky people

I always hate talking to my family about technology. They are not techy at all, except for my dad, but he’s not a geek. The only thing that makes him a Chris Pirillo geek more than me, is that he watched Call for Help from TechTV, which was Chris’s first job. Anyways, that’s beside the point. I conducted this little article to help you be better understood by your peers when you “Talk Tech.”

Use “English.” Yes, it helps not to speak in Spanish or French when talking about technology, but what I mean by using “English” is not to over-use technology terms. If I was talking to a non-geeky friend (we call them peeps), I wouldn’t want to say something like: “And then the 3rd section on my motherboard overheated and my file system read it as a failed sector of my hard disk and then I got a Kernel Panic laid on me.” No no no no no! Nobody would understand that. It doesn’t even make sense to me… Instead I would say something like: “And then my computer started getting really hot and it thought it was bad part on my memory and it crashed.” (It makes sense only when I seem to type it. Reading it makes it weird…) So now you know, use normal-people terms. Not everyone understands geek talk. Only use real terms if you have no “English” description for it. If they look confused, explain it to them. For example, “File system” could be explained as “The place where all my stuff is stored on my memory.” They should understand you now! Winking smile

I wanted to just let everybody know that I will become a Gnomie at the end of February. I am excited about becoming a Gnomie, but at the end of the month, my youth leader and current mentor on my “job” will be leaving. So I don’t know if I should be excited or fretting. I will only have about 5 weeks of experience and only on Sundays. I am having mixed emotions right now. Also, I will try to post weekly, not every 2 weeks, so see you next week, guys! Smile

-Ben

My Final Post: How to record audio from a device using Audacity

Hey readers! I am sad to say that I am leaving GB7. Perhaps only for a few weeks, a few months or even a few years, but my Internet that I use now blocks sites like WordPress (Who hosts GB7) and Youtube, so I am unable to keep up with comments and such. I am happy to say that the comment issue seems to have been fixed! Our friends over at WordPress took a look and seemed to know what was going on. I am keeping my profile up on the About Us page and will keep my account active, if I am able to resume blogging. From now on, Brenden Reeves will be our webmaster. If you have questions related to the website, you will now need to direct those to him. I will probably be lurking about the blog at every chance I get, but I won’t be doing much else. I know what your thinking, “Ben, you started the blog, why is it you are the first to leave?” Well, things happen, I guess. Winking smile Keep on keeping on!

Now for the tutorial. I will be showing you how to record audio from a device such as a iPod or in my case, a Nintendo DSi. The device will need a headphone jack in order to do this. You will need:

I’m going to do this step-by-step, cause I like it that way. I can’t stand Kelly Clay’s posts on http://www.lockergnome.com/, she NEVER does step-by-step! Anyways….

  1. Start up the device and get to the file or menu with the audio you wish to record.
  2. Insert the line-in cord in the headphone jack of the device and in the microphone jack of your computer.
  3. Download and install Audacity by using the link above or by clicking here.
  4. Open Audacity and make sure the drop-menu to the right of the microphone icon on the second-to-last bar says “Primary sound capture”
  5. Click the large record button and start the media on the device. Wait until that finishes and stop recording by clicking the stop button.
  6. Trim the un-wanted parts by clicking and holding on the large window before the media and after and pressing delete.
  7. Go into File –> Export and save as a WAV, MP3, WMA or your desired format.

There you go! If you want, feel free to use some effects on the audio. I like the “Wahwah” effect. Audacity has tons of great tools for you to use on your music and audio, try them all out! Smile

This is Ben High, for his last blog post for awhile, signing off. Good bye, community! I hope to return to you soon, so stay tuned and try to act excited about iOS posts from Brenden. Winking smile

-Ben High

Dear Readers…

I wanted to thank everybody for all of the positive feedback I’ve been getting on my blog posts, especially the MirandaIM post. Before Wednesday, Blender’s post had the most feedback, all positive. When I went in and allowed all the posts in my “Spam” folder, they were all addressed to the MirandaIM post! I was shocked at how much you guys liked the very short article. I made that article before I knew that people actually read my blog, and didn’t think it was very much. I never expected so much feedback on it! I am pleased to read all the comments and seeing them all positive comments, and I hope that in the year ahead, I continue creating articles that you guys like! I’m facing a rather scary threat from SOPA, but neither of us are posting any piracy, at least not consciously. I’m sure this bill can be defeated, but why go into that right now? The last thing I need here is bad news! Anyways, I get a ton of comments stating that you guys stumbled upon the website by luck and found that it has good content on it. I’m still working on getting videos up here, and will get that done soon! Like I’ve said, I’m still working out the bugs of the website, so please don’t repost comments if they don’t show up immediately. Smile Again, thanks a ton and the next year will produce more content that I hope you find useful and informative! If you have a knack for blogging yourself, but really don’t feel like going through the steps of making a blog, please drop me a line at pack5guy@yahoo.com letting me know you want to join, and a short article about a program or device that amuses you. If I find the article well-written and to-the-point, I’ll email you back. From there, expect an invitation to the site in your inbox! 2012, here we come!

-Ben

New Poll: Do I need more bloggers?

This is a question I’m asking myself and  I’ve decided to ask you guys, too! I’m not getting much content from my other blogger and I have not had a chance to make much content myself, so… Do I need more bloggers?

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