Friday, January 19, 2007

John W. Scherer Video Professor Blog Jan. 19, 2007

Time to talk tech!

Book ’em, Dano

Finally, here is some relief for parents and students in the fight against higher college tuition. How many times have you needed an obscure book for a class and realized that it’s only available at the school’s bookstore? Who knows how much they are marking up the price. There is a new web store that helps students find the books they need and saves them a lot of money in the process. Where was this when I was in school?

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Do we need more distractions?

Video Professor has taught a lot of people how to use the Internet and how to e-mail, but this is definitely not what I had in mind. Aren’t drivers distracted enough on the roads? We certainly don’t need a more convenient way to send and receive e-mail while driving. I realize that the makers of this product say that it’s safe. They claim it is hands-free and eyes-free, but you’re still not thinking about driving. If your mind is focused on 16 work-related topics, you certainly aren’t paying attention to your driving.

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MySpace® stepping up its security

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the dangers lurking on MySpace. Thankfully, MySpace is stepping up its security efforts by adding parental notification software. I’m in the business of teaching people how to use their computers, and I know that there are a lot of ways to get into trouble. Please be careful and please watch your children. If you need any more information about how to protect yourself, your kids and your computer, please visit the resource library at, where we have a ton of great articles to help you.

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Picks o’ the week!

As for drama, last week’s games were pretty good. As for my picks, I could have done much better. I finished 2-2 for the week and sit at 5-3 overall in the playoffs. Here are a couple of thoughts from the week that was. I don’t want to pile on Marty Schottenheimer anymore. Can you really blame San Diego’s collapse on him? Some will argue that you can while others will say that the players should have been better. Regardless of what you think, Marty and his team, haven’t exactly been clutch in the playoffs. It was no different this year. Taking nothing away from New England and what they’ve accomplished, San Diego was in complete control of that game, but they made some boneheaded mistakes that caused them to surrender 11 unanswered points down the stretch.

As for the other game in the AFC, had I told you that the Colts would fail to score a touchdown but still win on the road, you would have thought I had lost my marbles. What an impressive display by the Colts. But it wasn’t the offense that got it done. Indianapolis’s defense has been on fire the past couple of weeks. Can they keep it going this week when they take on New England? We’ll see. It’s going to be a great game.

AFC Championship Game

New England over Indianapolis: Is this the year that Peyton Manning finally breaks through and gets to the Super Bowl? I don’t see it. How can you bet against Bill Belichick and Tom Brady this time of year? It’s in the dome, but I still think the Patriots will have enough to win. They have seemingly “owned” the Colts in the past few years, and I don’t see anything changing this year. A lot of people will claim that the stars are aligning for the Colts this year. They were the No. 3 seed, and it looked like if they had a shot they’d have to win twice on the road. Well, now they are hosting the AFC Championship. That should be enough, right? Just remember the Broncos last year when the stars were seemingly aligning for them. They were dominated by the Steelers—at home.

NFC Championship Game

New Orleans over Chicago: What a potential story brewing in the Big Easy. If the Saints are able to get past the Bears and go to the franchise’s first Super Bowl, it would be such a tremendous lift to the entire region. There was a time when it looked like the Saints were going to move out of New Orleans, and now they are on the verge of going to the Super Bowl. The Bears are tough, especially at home, but they have not been very good of late. The defense is showing weaknesses and the offense isn’t very good. Frankly, the Bears were lucky to win last week. Plus, quarterback Rex Grossman is finally going to cost “Da Bears” a game. Saints win!

See you next week!

John W. Scherer

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