How to be a Musician 101

If you have ever picked up a musical instrument, you can relate to this diagram. If not well you can still probably relate as long as you think of the pop culture catch phrase “practice makes perfect”. Musicianship comes from perfecting your craft. This is how to be a musician…through practice and more practice.

How to be a musician

How long and how much do you practice AND do you FEEL it is worth the effort. I practice 8-10 hours a week and gig another 8 hours a week.

 

Geek out ~

MyLife.com Review – SCAM ALERT!

More than likely you have seen this site on TV. MyLife.com is another scam perputated on national television. They have been advertising extensively for a long time. Their website claims to be able to connect you with past friends and former aquaintances. They also claim to be able to tell you who is searching for you.

“Really? who could be searching for me?” you might ask. This is where they hook you. They initially tell you that they will tell you who is searching for you for free. Technically they do, however once you enter your name into their site, you will be “given” information such as “4 Women and 11 Men are searching for you” . You may even see some specific information such as “A 27 year old woman who lives in anytown, USA that went to Any University is looking for you”.

What they won’t “give” you is a way to connect with these people, To see the details you must become a paid member. Get this; what Facebook accomplishes for free, someone else wants to charge for? Ridiculous right?

If you decide to become brainless (hey watching zombie movies all night can do that, I know) and give them your credit card number, you’re going to be in for the ride of your life!

Reports exist that state that once you establish your paid membership, the list of names of people that were supposedly searching for you, are complete strangers. Angry customers state that mylife.com is making up the list of people that are supposedly searching for you. I decided to test this site a little myself, for free of course. I would never give a scammer any personal information and I do all of my website testing inside a virtual machine.

My testing consisted of entering a lot of nonsense information. A name like “Rhylikeas GhThjhgst” returned matches that several people were looking for me. Hmmmm, intriguing right? NOT! Basically what this site is doing is collecting information about you, they ask for social connections, email addresses all with the intent to market their products to those who are not yet members of MyLife.com.

Their terms and conditions even outline that they will scan your email contacts and friends lists. They also state that “by signing up for MyLife.com, you are also signing up for services from third party institutions”. Though these third parties or their costs are not given. It sounds like that as a paid member to this site you are going to be in for a lot of headache.

Reports also criticize this company for claiming to only charge a certain amount, then actual charges are far more that what they stated.

Here is a snip from another popular review of MyLife.com

“This is why customers have experienced signing up for membership on one day, and sometimes within 24 hours their credit card has been charged with over $60 of extra fees.  Other customers say they expected to pay a low amount for their monthly membership and ended up with almost $200 in charges after the month subscription was up.”

In addition we have discovered that their is indeed, and as expected, class action suit filed against MyLife.com in the state of California.

 

If you’re looking for a way to connect with former classmates and co-workers stick to Facebook. This site is definitely not worth the time.

 

Stay safe, Geek out~

How do I Block Facebook

How to Block Facebook – 3 ways for you to choose from

There are a lot of reasons why one might want to block facebook. As with any other social network Facebook can be a source of problems.  Employers will see decreased productivity from their employees. Parents are scratching their heads and wondering about their children’s safety and the effect ‘socilizing’ is having on schoolwork and chores.

So we want to show you how to block Facebook and avoid problems connected with it.

The hosts file method and blocking Facebook on Internet Explorer are free but imperfect. Proxy servers can be used to bypass theses security measures and a savvy user with admin priveleges can just remove these methods. Still some protection may get you where you need to be an allow some time to thoroughly understand the options available to you.

How to block Facebook on Internet Explorer

1. Open Internet Explorer and click on Tools
2. Click Internet Options
3. Click on the Content tab
4. Click the Enable button
5. Click on the Approved Sites tab
6. Type www.facebook.com in the box
7. Click Never and then OK
8. In the appeared window type and confirm your new password
9. Click on the General tab and make sure to select Users can see websites that have no ratings
10. Click OK

How to block Facebook using the Hosts file

The location of the hosts file depends on your operation system.
Windows XPVista and Windows 7 C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Windows 2000  C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

Note!

Make a backup of the hosts file and put it somewhere safe, in case you mess up.

1. Open the hosts file using Notepad or other plain text editor. Windows 7 Users must run notepad as an administrator, Otherwise you will not be able to overwrite the hosts file.
2.    Click start > type Notepad into search box > right click on notepad search result > select run as administrator.
Next select Open from the file menu > Navigate to the hosts file location > open the file > Paste the following lines at the end of the hosts file

# block facebook
127.0.0.1 facebook.com

Just keep in mind that any website you put on one of these lines will be blocked. if you wanted to block YouTube yould add this line;

127.0.0.1 youtube.com

Block MySpace add another line;

127.0.0.1 myspace.com

Get the picture? Good!

3. Paste them into the Hosts file after 127.0.0.1 localhost or at the end of the file.
4. Save and close the Hosts file. Make sure you DO NOT save the file
5. Reboot your computer to apply the changes.
6. Try to open Facebook into a browser.

How to block Facebook using your router:

This is probably the most secure way that you can block access to Facebook. Most routers have tables that will allow us to block specific websites. Many routers also have options to allow access to certain times of the day and by security group or even  user level access control. The only problem here is that there are way to many routers on the market to allow me to build a step by step guide. Consult your router documentation or contact me to discuss a remote configuration option.