Welcome

Welcome to TechZany.com   Thanks for visitng! My name is Eric Andrews, I used to run techzany.tk but then switched to this site, techzany.com hoping to get some more viewers and grow my community. As of now I have 3 other writers who have posted on my blog and hope that number increases. As much as I love to blog, I would love to have your content on here as well as mine. If you have anything to contribute, would like to become a sponsor, advertise, or just want to chat, email me  eric@techzany.com.

I will be importing some of my old content but not all of it. I want to start somewhat fresh. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter,

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Please visit the about me page to learn more about me, my history online, and my future.

Thanks, and hope to hear from you soon!

Eric Andrews

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What's new in Photoshop CS5

The 30-day free trial versions of Adobe CS5 products are now available for download on adobe.com. Every feature functions just as the retail version does, so you can take every feature for a test-drive.

Download the trial here.

Photoshop CS5 first project

I downloaded and installed this trial on Thursday and have been playing with it every since. Here are some of the new features – from adobe.com – :

Complex selections made easy, Content-Aware Fill, Superior HDR imaging, Extraordinary painting effects, Better media management, Easier UI management, Superior black-and-white conversion, New GPU-accelerated features, Faster performance across platforms, Efficient workflow, Puppet Warp, State-of-the-art raw image processing

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IRC Bots

You may have seen bots in your channel as they are becoming quite popular these days. Bots are helpful and fun in many ways. These bot are programmed to do many tasks like play games, moderate channels, and some have fun action scripts.

I have been working on a new bot (techie-bot) that actually does all three listed above. This bot is a silent command bot and will not respond unless a specific command is given. Some commands have one result while others are random so you may not know what the out come may be, making the bot a bit more fun.

It’s also a help bot and will give you information to where you can find help when you need it. Other helpful tools include a Calculator, Universal Currency Converter, and pull up your local weather information no matter where in the world you are from.

Another popular feature is moderating, my bot will warn when a rule is broken then will Time Out or Kick the offender, only Ops can ban a viewer from a channel. Some things the bot may Time Out or Kick include flooding chat, posting certain links, language, etc. It also greets users upon entering the chat and automatically voice viewers. Keep in mind that these features are customizable per broadcasters’ needs.

For more information on bots visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Bots

Please visit www.techie-bot for more information about the many features my bot has to offer..

Big thanks to TechieGeek – www.techie-bot.com –   for submitting this post.

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Facebook warning.

About once a month I get a warning from Facebook in my inbox. Facebook Support <confirmation@facebook.com> It says:

Dear user of facebook,

Because of the measures taken to provide safety to our clients, your password has been changed.

You can find your new password in attached document.

Thanks,

Your Facebook.

It also has an attached document:

Facebook_document_66757.zip

Let me point out what’s wrong with this:

  1. Facebook doesn’t e-mail you for this reason unless you request it.
  2. It says, “Dear user of facebook”  Facebook should be capitalized and Facebook would actually say “Dear Facebook user.”
  3. They don’t do this: provide safety to our clients, your password has been changed.
  4. clients? A line above that they called us ‘users’ ?
  5. new password in attached document. NO WAY, If you requested your password to be ‘reset’ (not changed but reset) They would make a new password for you and send it in the message, not an attachment.
  6. IT’S a .zip file. It could be anything (most likely an auto-opening .exe or .dmg)
  7. Thanks, Your Facebook. ; They actually capitalized Facebook this time but should it be like this:
  8. This will get sent to people that don’t even have Facebook :)

Sincerely,

Facebook Team (or credentials department)

So there is 8 reasons why this e-mail is FAKE. NEVER trust these types of e-mails for ANY website and especially do not open an attachment if you don’t know what it REALLY is! Today, I blocked the sender which looks likeconfirmation@facebook.com. (I doubt it is from facebook.com.) Nice try Scammer!


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Why I’m not Buying the iPad…Yet

I am not one of the thousands and thousands of people that pre-ordered the iPad, and stood in a line outside an Apple Store for an hour or so. Now, I do plan on buying one eventually, because it looks really cool, to be honest. Now, why am I not buying one now:

  1. Just because its new – I am waiting till the second generation comes out, which might have a camera, and it shouldn’t be too long till Apple updates the iPad.
  2. Price – Apple tends to change prices when they update their products. Ex: I purchased a MacBook in ‘06 for $1,300, and this year I got a MacBook Pro for $1,200. $100 dollars less for a much better machine.
  3. Apps – right now, there aren’t that many iPad-specific apps. I personally would rather use an app specifically for the iPad, on an iPad, than an iPhone/iPod Touch app on an iPad.

I can’t wait till they come out with the second generation, because I will be ordering one when it comes out. The most compelling thing about it is really the large screen, and it seems like it would be great just to sit on you couch with an iPad and go on the internet, instead on using my laptop.

Thanks for reading! : )

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Arkview Aquagate USB Hub.

The Arkview USB-PWHB AQUAGATE USB HUB provides 7 High-speed ports for your high-speed connectivity needs. This is a USB 2.0 hub which provides a data transfer rate of up to 480 Mbps. It supports Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, and Mac OS X 10.2 or later.

Arkview Aquagate 7-port high power USB hub.

I’ve had this product for about a week and so far, everything about it is positive! I like that it has 2 USB ports on the back, 3 on the front and 2 on the top so I can always access USB ports easily when I need them. I’ve tried the hub with alot of peripherals so far, such as a digital camera, webcams, usb drives, mice, keyboards, everything works great. The reason this may be better then just a regular usb hub is that this one is powered by AC so anything that needs alot of power, such as charging an iPod/iPhone, or plugging in an external hard drive, can get the power right through the hub. It is very portable and light weight, which is kind of a downside fro me. This thing is so light that I have to hold it down to plug in something or else it will fall off the desk, I needed to put some padding under it to make stop moving around on the desk every time I touched it, no big deal.  So overall this is a great product and I would recommend it to anyone because you know, you can NEVER have too many USB ports!

The Arkview USB-PWHB AQUAGATE 7-Port USB 2.0 Hub w/AC Power Adapter retails for around $25.

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4621333&CatId=392

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