Answer: yes, this is true. the program you’re talking about is called Cree.py and the name says it all. it can pull GPS coordinates from online photos and Twitter posts. Then it plots the posts on a map. Anyone can see where you’ve been and where you take pictures. Stalkers, pedophiles and other creeps can get directions right to your family. Visit Komando.com/news to see a video of the program in action. I’ve also posted step-by-step instructions for removing GPS data from your online posts.
Question: I’m wary of giving out my personal email address online. is there some way I can hide it?
Answer: Hotmail now has an easy way to do this. Open your Hotmail account and look next to the Inbox link. Click the gear icon and select create a Hotmail Alias. this is a new email address for you to give out. the mail will arrive in a new folder in your account. when you are done with the alias, simply delete it. You can create up to five aliases per year. If you need more, you’ll have to create another email address. You can also use Jetable. this service lets you create a disposable email address; messages are forwarded to your real address. find a link at Komando.com/news.
Question: I’m a new Mac owner. I’d like to keep tabs of hard drive space. is there an easy way to check?
Answer: Use the Get Info option to check on hard drive usage. this gives you the properties of each file, drive or folder. Open a Finder window. on the left side, you should see Macintosh HD in the Devices section. Select it by clicking on it. Now hold down Command + I on your keyboard. a new window will open that contains the hard drive’s total capacity and free space. the Get Info command also works on selected files and folders. You can quickly see how much space they use.
Question: I connect with both friends and family on Facebook. Sometimes I only want certain people to see a status update. is this possible?
Answer: You can certainly limit who sees your Facebook posts. Start by typing a status update. Then click the padlock icon next to the Share button. Select Customize. Go to the make this Visible to section. from the dropdown list next to These People, select Specific People. Start typing a person’s name to select them. You can add as many people as you want. only these people will see the update. Or you can use the hide this from section instead. any selected people will not see the status update. Click Save Setting when you are done customizing. Then click Share to share the update. That’s it!
Question: I heard you talking on your national radio show about new technology that will speed up computer boot times. is it out yet?
Answer: You’re referring to UEFI, or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (whew!). it replaces BIOS, or Basic Input/Output System, on computer motherboards. These firmware programs detect hardware connected to your computer. UEFI is much faster than the 20-year-old BIOS. it can shave 10 or 20 seconds off start time. only a few motherboards designed for the newest Intel processors have UEFI. These use the H67 or P67 chipset and are available from ASUS and MSI. Gigabyte motherboards use a mix of UEFI and BIOS. Check the packaging to see if UEFI is being used.
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