Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

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Let me start today by wishing you all a safe, and joyous long holiday weekend! I know many are happy to see the arrival of Fall.

First up: The other day I mentioned Rick Robinette has been quite actively posting on his What’s On My PC..  site. Here’s two more I think you may want to look at.

* NEW FEATURE – Android CM Security Now Includes An App Lock, Phone Finder and Family Locater

I am often asked what security app do I use on my Android devices (tablet and smartphone)? Answer: I highly recommend CM Security (by Cheetah Mobile). Two of my biggest fears with that computer in my pocket (called a smartphone) is data security and losing my phone. With CM Security and their recently added components, I […]” Read more..

* DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS – Some Really Good, FREE, and Tasty Software

One of my passions is software and when I come across something that is professional in stature and FREE, I really get excited. Software developers are a completely different breed of people that are dedicated to a building process that can literally require years of devotion to get it just right or to keep up […]” Read more..

[ There's a media convertia/YouTube downloader some may want to look at.]

Bonus reading:
* The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni

Feds call it “twelve triple three”; whistleblower says it’s the heart of the problem.” Read more..

* Does Technology Cause ADHD?

Some experts believe that technology has a role in the rising rates of ADHD — but whether it causes the disorder is still being debated.Read more..

 [ There's kinda a Rule.. if you have to ask the question, the answer's "yes". Example: "Do I look fat in these jeans?" ]

* CNET presents the 100 hottest devices of the month

CNET 100 is a tech-filled list of the latest and greatest products that give you a look into how they are trending, in real-time using our exclusive algorithm. From the most talked about products to the obscure fascination, you can keep up with the newest tech obsession.” Read more..

Friday Fun Videos (Yes. Plural.)

This first was sent to me by a reader.

And this Fail compilation was posted just two days ago.

Today’s quote:Man is the most intelligent of the animals – and the most silly.” ~ Diogenes

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

August 29, 2014 Posted by | Android, anti-spyware, antivirus, cellular, computers, consumer electronics, digital Video, free software, mobile, privacy, security, software, tablet PC, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Tuesday Tidbits for the end of August

A few items for your consideration:

First up: after a bit of a quiet spell, Rick Robinette has been posting actively on his (Tech Paul Recommended) site, What’s On My PC.. and I suggest looking at all his latest; but what I focused in on (and prompted me to bring special attention to) was his recent posts on music services and players – all three of which I had not heard of.

* Google Chrome MP3 Player App – Trifling Trivial Worthless Rubbishy Player (TTWR player)

Once I get stuck on something, I am on it until I’ve exhausted it or I’m exhausted (which ever comes first). For some odd reason, I have been on a MP3 music kick; especially being focused on web based converters and web based players. Today I happened across a Google Chrome App, called Trifling Trivial […]” Read more..

* Youtify – A Minimalistic Web Music Player

A recent post, I featured an online (cloud based) music player, called YouZeek, that streams music from YouTube. After posting this article, I started looking around to see if there were any other online YouTube music players and came across Youtify.Read more..

* Create Online Music Playlists And Share Them With Your Friends (Without Breaking Any Laws???)

Create Online Music Playlists And Share Them With Your Friends (Without Breaking Any Laws???)… That is what YOUZEEK is claiming on their “About” page…Read more..

Other items:
* New variants of POS malware ‘Backoff’ found as infections expand
* PlayStation Network downed by DDoS attack, other gaming networks hit too
* AdThief malware infects 75K iOS devices, steals revenue
and last but not least: * Duo Security researchers discuss “The Internet of Fails” at DefCon 22

Really.. you should watch that.. even if it has Geekspeak (and not-polite words)(for giggles, count them).

Today’s quote:What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.” ~ Sigmund Freud

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

August 26, 2014 Posted by | tech, computers, PC, security, hardware, Apple, Internet, software, cyber crime, News, hackers, mobile, free software, cloud computing, consumer electronics, Cyberwarfare | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Quick update: Earthquake

I have received several inquiries (and I thank you for that) and so I thought I would take a quick minute to let readers know that the Bay Area earthquake was a good distance north of me, and had no effect, here, other than to rattle my doors and windows just enough to wake me up.

Those interested in more coverage of the earthquake, the latest ContinuousNegativeNews (aka “CNN”) report is here, California earthquake: Bay Area picks up pieces after strongest quake in 25 years.

(Has it really been 25 years since Loma Prieta??? Wow. Boggles my mind.)

August 25, 2014 Posted by | News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

SB #169

Folks, here’s yet another pretty picture for your Sunday.

image grand canyon sunrise

Click on image to see more by this artist (reco’d)

“Grand Canyon Morning #dailyshoot” by Les Haines, courtesy of Flickr Commons

Today’s quote:When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.” ~ Jonathan Swift

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

August 24, 2014 Posted by | Digital Images | , , , | Leave a comment

A few items, and some FF

It was a non-interesting week in the tech headlines, IMHO. But you may want to be aware that I’ve seen some really good tech bargains in this “back to school” sale season — if you’re considering a purchase. And here are a couple articles a few of you may find valuable.

* The Microsoft Store: A wretched hive of scams and fake apps

It appears that Microsoft’s online app store is suffering from a serious infestation of scam and fake apps turning up with discomforting regularity in popular searches.Read more..

* How to hack Gmail 92 percent of the time

Impossible? Apparently not, as US researchers have discovered.Read more..

* AOL announces that it does not follow ‘Do Not Track’ requests

AOL amended its privacy policy this past week and elaborated on its decision not to respond to web browsers’ “Do Not Track” (DNT) signals.Read more..

[I'm pretty sure that's because the websites ignore such request anyway.. it's a toothless, 'feel good' idea.]

Friday Fun Video:

I love that dog!

Today’s quote:We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” ~ George Orwell

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

August 22, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, Google, hackers, Microsoft, News, tech | , , , , , | Leave a comment

SB #168

Folks, here’s yet another interesting image for your Sunday.

image gray cat

Click on image to see more by this artist

“Street Cat” by Mike Kniec, courtesy of Flickr Commons

Today’s quote:Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~ A. A. Milne

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

August 17, 2014 Posted by | Digital Images | Leave a comment

Friday Items

Here are a few items of interest for you.

* The billion dollar web site you paid for

Whoever heard of a pure IT project that cost a billion dollars to build (so far)? A GAO investigation goes deep into just how bad the process of building HealthCare.gov was.Read more..

There’s no free lunch for short-changed Silicon Valley workers…

US judge rules that more than 64,000 tech workers have a strong claim against Silicon Valley’s most successful companies in a lengthy conspiracy to hold down their wages and careers.” Read more..

* Apple to store some user data in China: Weighing the pros and cons

Apple’s move to store some of its Chinese users’ data in the country has benefits — and drawbacks — for its customers.Read more..

* Our smartphone-obsessed society will leave behind few digital Mona Lisas

A de-emphasis on the permanence of expression as well as a lack of desire to preserve digital content will almost certainly result in the loss of many culturally significant works.” Read more..

Today’s Fun Video:

Today’s quote:Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” ~ Henry Ford

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

August 15, 2014 Posted by | Apple, computers, digital music, digital Video, Internet, News, tech | , | Leave a comment

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