<February 2010>


Listen to police, fire, sheriff, ems, air traffic control and more.
Many enthusiasts have used handheld scanners to listen to the radio broadcasts of police, fire, etc. for years. Now you can listen to these streams from your computer or mobile device. Listen to Springfield police or JFK tower control right on your computer. Here are a few great links to get you started. Note: please review legal disclaimers on all sites.

- Police, Fire, and EMS: CLICK HERE
- Air Traffic Control: CLICK HERE
- Railroad Radio: CLICK HERE
- NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards: CLICK HERE

Google DNS as discussed on 2/26/10 radio show
By using Google Public DNS you can: (1) Speed up your browsing experience. (2) Improve your security. (3) Get the results you expect with absolutely no redirection.

The DNS protocol is an important part of the web's infrastructure, serving as the Internet's phone book: every time you visit a website, your computer performs a DNS lookup. Complex pages often require multiple DNS lookups before they start loading, so your computer may be performing hundreds of lookups a day.

Google DNS IP addresses:  primary  secondary

For more information and configuration instructions CLICK HERE.

Still using Outlook Express 6, Upgrade to Windows Live Mail
With the launch of Windows Vista a few years ago, Microsoft discontinued releasing new versions of their free email client Outlook Express. It was replaced with Microsoft Windows Live Mail. For those of you still using Outlook Express on Windows XP, we highly recommend upgrading to the new product. It has many enhanced features including junk mail filtering, enhanced security, and increased speed. Windows Live Mail will import your Outlook Express mail and contacts for a smooth transition. Windows Live Mail is a free download. Follow this link for full instructions and to download the new software.

Click HERE.

Google phases out support for older browsers.
"In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated features and performance, we are harnessing some of the latest improvements in web browser technology. This includes faster JavaScript processing and new standards like HTML5. As a result, over the course of 2010, we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 ​as well as other older browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers.

We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar.

Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above.

Starting this week, users on these older browsers will see a message in Google Docs and the Google Sites editor explaining this change and asking them to upgrade their browser."

Excerpt from Google app team email.