Author: PCMech Staff

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: PCMech.com Being Acquired By A Long-Time Member Of The Community

16 years ago, I began PCMech.com as a hobby. It was simply a young guy’s little side project and an experiment into doing something worthwhile on the Internet. That it would lead to what I do for a living today just never dawned on me. However, it did. 16 years later, I am making my entire living on the Internet. Today, my main focus is on educational marketing and online teaching over at the Blog Marketing Academy… yet it was PCMech.com which got me started. Things change, however. Honestly, most people would never own and run a single website for this long. 16 years has to be some kind of record. 🙂 People change, too. While I am every bit the geek I was when I began this site, the truth is that I have gotten older. My interests have evolved. I am now married with two children, which comes with other demands on my time…. demands that were not there when I originally began PCMech.com. And those demands, and the changing scene of the Internet over 16 years, has meant that my day-to-day work has moved away from PCMech.com. No doubt, many of PCMech’s long-time readers have noticed. It has bothered me for awhile now that I have not been running PCMech.com with all the energy that it would require to keep it going strong. But, at the...

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16 Years Is A Good Run. Time To Turn Over PCMech.com To Somebody Else

Let me get right to the point… I have decided that it is time for me to end my relationship with PCMech.com. And, as the owner of the site, that most likely means turning over the site to somebody else. Now, here’s the backstory… Actually, I’m not going to bother re-writing everything I’ve already said. See, most of my online work is now found at Blog Marketing Academy. And I did announce this news over there with an explanation as to why. Check these out: After 16 Years Of Running A Tech Site, It Is Time To Part Ways TBP024: 16 Years Is A Good Run… But I Quit Now, that last one is a podcast. I run a weekly podcast called The Blog Program, and I used episode #24 to explain – in my own words – why I have decided to make this move. Go give the episode a listen. ========= Now, let me address a few specifics here, specifically for readers and subscribers of PCMech.com. What I would ideally like to do here is sell the site to somebody who will roll with it and do something cool with the community. The site is definitely an asset – and could be a profitable asset to somebody who wishes to run with it. It is profitable for me, even with me barely paying any attention… so I...

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Microsoft Launches OneNote for Mac, Makes Windows Version Free

Microsoft’s note-taking cloud platform OneNote is now available on Mac and free on Windows. Previously, the full Windows version of the app was only available to users who paid for the full Office Productivity suite of software, though mobile and web versions were already free “It’s designed for personal and school use, it’s totally ad-free and there’s no limit on how long you can use it because it’s not just a trial,” Microsoft said in a blog post detailing the news. “Everything you create in the free PC and Mac clients are synced to OneDrive, so you can access them from your phone and tablet too.” Outlook integration, SharePoint support and other premium features will still only be available to paid subscribers. I can’t say I’ve ever used OneNote before. I’m more of an Evernote guy, myself. Now that it’s free, I think I might as well give it a try. Who knows? I might end up liking it more than the apps I currently...

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Bill Clinton: If the U.S. gives up Internet oversight, Internet freedom will suffer

Obama’s plan to give up on United States Internet oversight may have struck a chord with your average netizen, but not everyone agrees that it’s a smart move. Obama’s plan to relinquish control of the Internet will enable foreign governments to crack down and limit Internet freedom, according to former U.S. president Bill Clinton. Clinton joins a lengthy list of critics of the U.S. decision to give up oversight of ICANN, the non-profit organization responsible for managing Web domains and IP standards, Re/code reports. Speaking at Arizona State University, Clinton and Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales voice their doubts that such a change would be beneficial. He does raise a good point, if a slightly alarmist one. Unfortunately, I think it’s more complicated than even he admits. The issue of Internet freedom isn’t really something that can be solved in a few days, or with a few words; the trick to keeping things in check lies with exerting just enough control that people online don’t feel threatened, I...

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After DNS change fails, Turkish government steps up Twitter censorship

The Turkish government has a rather hostile relationship with Twitter; earlier this week, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an ordered Turkish ISPs to blog the social networking site and redirect users to a government web-page. That didn’t work out so well, and users quickly found a way around the block. Naturally, public opinion of Erdo?an dropped even lower. The social media campaign against Erdo?an has continued to grow despite the government’s best effort, and even more Turks are flocking to Twitter as a result of the federal censorship. Immediately following the ban, Twitter usage in Turkey rose 138 percent. But now the government has raised the bar of the attack, ordering ISPs to block traffic to the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses assigned to Twitter. This move essentially erases Twitter from the Internet within Turkey—at least to those people who don’t have access to SMS messaging, a foreign virtual private network or Web proxy service, or the Tor anonymizing network. Government censorship of the Internet simply does not work, and it’s baffling to me that Erdo?an seems unable to understand this. All he’s doing is making the political situation in his country increasingly volatile, and I’d not be surprised if there’s armed resistance in the...

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