Featured in Wisconsin’s Junior Achievement Newsletter

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Junior Achievement of Wisconsin – Inspirations – Volume VI Issue I February 2007

Taylor Marek: Podcaster

Taylor Marek is 17 years old, a home-schooled South Milwaukee high school senior, and an increasingly popular podcaster. He is also a recent and inspired participant in the Racine JA Business Challenge.


I would encourage anyone to play this game. It helps you learn how to run a big business. Highly Recommend with two thumbs up! http://titan.ja.org

He began his own podcast after seeing Donald Trump’s, and chose to focus on three main areas. The first is Finances – learning how to control them, getting out of debt and staying out, and how to get rich the right way. Then there’s Business – how to start and run a business – which he has learned from books, from his own experience, and from JA. The third is Technology – how to make a website with an impact or elaborating on the latest gadgets.

Find him at http://www.taylormarek.com/blog to learn these things – in simple terms. It’s delivered weekly and since it was started in August, Marek has had over 100 downloads with a listenership in over 22 countries, covering every continent except Antarctica.


To help correct any misunderstandings, each episode usually has downloads of 100+ each. Total downloads as of today are around 4,500. And yes, I do have listeners in 22 countries, just view the map. :)

In addition to his podcast career, Marek, with sights set on college, has two additional businesses: a lawn care company, and a website design company where one of his current projects is setting up a website and quick quote system for a home repair and remodeling business. He is also an accomplished violinist playing with the Magnificent Performing Strings.

He comments, “JA helped me to get where I am now – it opened up my mind on how to run a big business and to learn how to manage a big company. It is targeted towards young minds, entrepreneurs – the next generation of adults. It has a big impact teaching better management and marketing – more knowledgeable people.”

#24 Sponsored by GoDaddy.com: Rich Dad Quotes, A forgotten art in selling, and Google Phone

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Don’t forget the resources available to you. Go to the http://www.taylormarek.com website to access the Chatroom and Forum.

In today’s episode, you will listen to some quotes by Rich Dad and Robert Kiyosaki. For Business you will learn about a forgotten art in selling. Technology looks at the new Google Phone that has the internet wondering, “When will it come out, and will it be an end all to mobile phones?” What are your views on this subject? Call in toll free: 1-866-TMP-2860 or contact me using the contact form on the taylormarek.com website.

Windows Vista Activation Override Article

Here is the article that I mentioned in episode 23 a couple days back.

Microsoft always says it opposes “software pirates” who sell thousands of unauthorized copies of Windows.

But the Redmond company has made things a lot easier for pirates by adding a line to the Registry that can be changed from 0 to 1 to postpone the need to “activate” Vista indefinitely.

Activation doesn’t stop true software piracy

As most Windows users know, Microsoft has required “product activation” since the release of Windows XP in 2001. XP must be activated by communicating with servers in Redmond within 30 days of installation. By contrast, Microsoft Office XP, 2003, and 2007 require activatation before the package is used 5 to 50 times, depending on the version, according to a company FAQ. If a PC has no Internet connection, a user may activate a product by dialing a telephone number in various countries.

The activation process will complete successfully only if the software has not been previously activated, such as on a different machine. If activation isn’t completed within the trial period, Microsoft products temporarily shut down some of their features. MS Office loses the ability to edit and save files. After Vista’s activation deadline runs out, the user can do little other than use Internet Explorer to activate the operating system or buy a new license.

Microsoft describes its product activation scheme as a way to foil software pirates. However, as I previously described in an InfoWorld Magazine article on Oct. 22, 2001, activation does nothing to stop mass piracy. The Redmond company actually included in Windows XP a small file, Wpa.dbl, that makes it easy for pirates to create thousands of machines that validate perfectly.

Far from stopping software piracy, product activation has primarily been designed to prevent home users from installing one copy of Windows on a home machine and a personal-use copy on a laptop. As I explained in an article on Mar. 8, buying a copyrighted work and making another copy strictly for personal use is specifically permitted to consumers by the U.S. Copyright Act and the copyright laws of many other countries.

For example, courts have repeatedly ruled that consumers can make copies of copyrighted songs or television programs for personal use (not for distribution or resale). This principle is legally known as “fair use.” The home edition of Microsoft Office 2007 reflects this principle, allowing consumers to activate three copies of a single purchased product. Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, however, allow only one activation.

Surprisingly, Microsoft has embedded into its new Vista operating system a feature that makes things easier than ever for true, mass software pirates. These tricksters will be able to produce thousands of Windows PCs machines that won’t demand activation indefinitely — at least for a year or more.

Read the rest of Brian Livingston’s article (and also find out how to crack Vista) by going to: http://www.windowssecrets.com/comp/070315/#story1

#23 Sponsored by GoDaddy.com: Most Important Asset, Why salesman lose business, and Has Vista been cracked

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In episode 23 you will learn about your most important financial asset. You will learn the biggest reason why salesmen lose business. And technology uncovers a discovery about Windows Vista that is vulnerable to piracy. Look for a post in a couple days for a link to the article mentioned in the podcast.

#22 Sponsored by GoDaddy.com: Is my Asset a Liability, How to let the customer make the sale, and Microsoft blasts Google

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Don’t forget the resources available to you. Go to the taylormarek.com website to access the Chatroom and Forum.

In today’s episode, you will find out whether the “assets” you own are really liabilities and how you can change them back. For Business you will learn how to let the customer make the sale. Technology looks at the lawsuit brought against Google by Microsoft for copyright infringement. What are your views on this subject? Call in toll free: 1-866-TMP-2860 or contact me using the contact form on the taylormarek.com website. They will be read or played in the next episode.

#21 Sponsored by GoDaddy.com: Assets, Asking questions increases effectiveness, and Blu-Ray

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If for some reason, you can’t listen to one of the episodes, never fear, just use your cell phone and call: 1-831-480-3979 and the latest episode will be played to you over the phone.

In episode #21 you will learn about the Asset Column of your Financial Statement and how to take control of it. In Business you will learn about how asking questions increases the chance for a sale. Technology wraps up this episode with a new Blu-Ray disk player that will hit stores this summer.

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