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I am Richard L Lawrence, Millionaire. I own a mansion and a yacht. Plus a few computers, ham radios and comic books. I also have my own podcasts. I am very geek and I do the 6a-10a show on Sundays.
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Apple says “Thanks Google Maps, But We Got it From Here.” – Tech Tuesday

At yesterday's World Wide Developer's Conference, Apple's mobile operating system, iOS6 was announced. In it were many changes, like Siri for iPads, but the one that confirmed some rumors that had been smoldering on the web for a while, was Apple dropping Google maps and bringing in it's own mapping service.

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Deleting Data Know How – Tech Tuesday

Recently, the hard drive in my iMac was showing the early signs of it failing. It was taking longer to start up, and shut down, as well as it taking forever for programs and files to open. The many things I tried to correct the problem didn't work, so I decided to replace it. But what about the data on the old drive? How would I get rid of the drive without worrying about the data falling into someone hands?

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Is a Facebook Smartphone Not Far Off? – Tech Tuesday

The New York Times is saying that Facebook is starting up it's plans again for a Facebook Smartphone. The use of mobile devices on the internet is going up and Facebook doesn't want to be left behind. The report is saying the company is so focused on this, that even Mark Zuckerberg is personally getting involved with the project.

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Facebook Debuts As Public Company With Initial Public Offering On NASDAQ Exchange
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SEC Wants Review of Facebook IPO – Tech Thursday

Facebook seems to be be having a bad week. The Securities and Exchange Commission, the regulatory body for the stock market, is calling for a review of the circumstances around Facebook's IPO. This is due to the 9% drop in the stock as well as the accusation that the downward revised profit forecasts that were released days before the offering, but could have been leaked to a select few investors before the IPO. And to top it all off, they're getting sued by stock holders. 

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Be Prepared for a Power Outage – (Not So) Tech Tuesday

So last night, sometime between 9:30 and 10pm, my power did a little flicker, then it was gone. It was pitch black in the house and the lighter and flashlight were in the kitchen. Once Kim and I managed to shuffle our way through the dark to get them and got a candle or two lit, we proceeded to take steps to protect the electronics in the house. Here's some tips to help you too if you find yourself without power.

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Verizon Unlimited Data Plans Are Being Killed – Tech Thursday

Your Verizon unlimited data plan for your smart phone, will soon be going away, forever. The company has announced that if you have an unlimited data plan "grandfathered in" from when they still offered unlimited data for their smart phones, at the end of your current contract, it's gone. Instead you'll be offered a shared data plan as you migrate from 3G to the new 4G LTE data network.

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50,000 Twitter Accounts’ Data is Publicly Available – Tech Thursday

If you're a fan of the 140 character microblogging service like me, you tend to check it regularly and post just as regular. And like many of the other services out there has it's share of spam and phishing attempts. Well one seemed to work and someone or group of hackers, managed to get the data from 50,000 twitter account and then put it up on the internet for everyone.

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The President’s Limo, aka The Beast – Tech Tuesday

Where ever the President goes, he travels in style, using a specially built limousine that not only keeps the bad guys from trying to harm him, but also keeps him in touch with the White House to stay up to date on the latest happening around the world. It's official name is  The Presidential State Car. The Secret Service, call it the Beast! And I'm here to tell you, it lives up to that name.

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Company Sends Pink Slip to All It's Employees By Accident
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Investment Company Accidently Fires Entire Staff By Email- Tech Thursday

For as much as technology makes our lives easier and more convenient, mistakes can and do happen, and this one is a doozy! A story at International Business Times, said  an investment company based in London sent out an email informing their entire staff staff of 1,300, that there services were no longer needed. But the email was only intended for one person.

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When Beer and Tech Meet – Tech Tuesday

Beer is God's way of saying he loves us. And technology as a rule, improves on it's self sometimes with small steps, and other times, with great leaps. This is one of those great leaps, and brings the 2 together. Mike Wakerly created the Kegbot back in 2003. It's a free, open-source project to turn your beer kegerator into a computerized drink tracker. Now it's been improved by Google employee Paul Carff, using Google technology.

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