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Today’s quote:Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~ Mark Twain

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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.)

September 25, 2014 Posted by | Android, Apple, computers, how to, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Yup. Still here.

No, folks, there’s nothing wrong with your “feed” or subscription. I simply haven’t posted anything new in  a while.

I’m still here, and I’m still keeping my eye on the developments. It’s just that .. well.. life gets weird, occasionally.
Ya’ know?

And this is just a quick note to let you know those things, and to tell you to keep your eyes open for more articles in the future. But don’t expect any soon — as all I’ve seen lately is tech decision makers being beyond moronic (thinking they have to buy games, develop more games, and acquire the rights to Looney Tunes to cast as the characters in games (Google “Looney Tunes Dash”, if you didn’t catch that last reference).

And there’s been no progress on the security, or privacy fronts, but fear not, better methods to show you unwanted advertisements are Priority 1. (And there’s a new iPhone!!! YAY!!!)
Fflluurrtt…
(Sorry.. but I remember when tech was called “business machines” [as in IBM].)
So I have to let my bile settle a bit.

And along those lines, I looked for a diversion and discovered that Netflix acquired the last season of a show a few people told me they loved, but as I don’t watch TV any more, had never seen, called HIMYM, and marathon-watched all 9 seasons.
(Those of you with a sappy, romantic, emotional side probably shouldn’t watch it.. )

There was one “sketch” in it that really made me smile.. Here it is:

I’d forgotten that song..

And! To be fair, here’s a poll:

Today’s quote:But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There’s incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope.” ~ Dave Matthews

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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.)

September 24, 2014 Posted by | blogging, computers, consumer electronics, News, tech | Leave a comment

SB #172 & Fun Video

Here’s a wee bit of alright for your Sunday

Click on image to see more by this artist

Click on image to see more by this artist

“Carosel Spins” by Ishrona, courtesy of Flickr Commons

Today’s quote:That best portion of a man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” ~ William Wordsworth

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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.)

September 14, 2014 Posted by | Digital Images, digital music, digital Video | 2 Comments

Friday. A ‘check in’.

Since it’s been a while, I thought I would post a little something.. but as I sit here, I’m still not sure what that’s going to be.

* It has been my habit to post a ‘fun video’ on Fridays.
And I probably would have, had it not occurred to me that yesterday was the anniversary of the 9/11 attack.
And a video of goofballs proving Darwin’s theory, or monkeys throwing poo, seems inappropriate today.

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These folks slept on the sidewalk to be one of the first to own…

* And we all know a new iPhone was announced this week.
And loyal readers should know by now what I think of iDevices, and that I couldn’t care less.
Of much more interest to me was the announcement the new Amazon phone was reduced to 99¢.
Like.. a month after it was announced (and priced at $200).

* Facebook.
I’ve nothing positive to say. Wean yourself from it, if you can.

* Firefox Beta 243 is out.
Seriously. Guys. Just fix the bugs, and call it a day. (And bug fixes don’t call for new version numbers..)

* I’m looking forward to the weekend. I hope you are too. Having something to look forward to is important for your mental ‘well-being’.

* And speaking of ‘well-being’, would the one person who answered my poll with “I feel none of those things” care to share how they do it? (You can leave a comment w/o a name.)

Be well

Today’s quote:No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop

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.)

September 12, 2014 Posted by | advice, Apple, gadgets, iPhone, News, social networking, tech | , , , | 2 Comments

I’m curious (Another poll)

The promise of “tech” was that it was going to make life easier, humans more productive, and free of us from mundane tasks. I’m curious if anyone out there is experiencing a slightly different reality in these Modern Times.

Thank you.

I’d like to also take a moment, and remind you, Dear Reader, that one of the best “cures” (for the feelings listed above) is getting off your pity pot, and going out and performing what we’ve come to call “a random act of kindness” (I assure you, no matter how impoverished/lacking you feel, there’s someone nearby with less). And we all know that laughter is the best medicine, so turn off the Bad News Machine, and tune into some slapstick comedy — 3 Stooges, Marx Brothers, or Jerry Lewis, or Seinfeld, or sumsuch as that.

Today’s reading recos:
* GEEK SQUEAK – Gizmo’s Freeware Posts How To “Get A Free License for MiniTool Power Data Recovery Personal Edition” (Limited Time Offer)

Gizmo’s Freeware Site is reporting that you can get a free licensed copy (From September 11th to 13th) of MiniTool Power Data Recovery (Personal Edition) by following the instructions as posted. I have used this software in the past and it is one of the best out there.– (GET IT @ Gizmo’s)Read more…

* Five apps for boosting browser security

Don’t fall prey to malware or let marketers track your every mouse click. Here are five good tools to make your browsing more secure.Read more..

* The Joy of Tech: Apple Product Cycles and Apple Event Essentials (Comics)

There are seven stages to Apple’s product cycle, guess which one we’re currently in:” See the comic here.

Today’s quote:Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” ~ Princess Diana

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.)

September 9, 2014 Posted by | advice, Apple, free software, Internet, News, security, software, tech | | Leave a comment

SB #171

Folks, here’s anothr interesting image for your Sunday.

Click on image to see more by this artist (reco'd for the kid at heart)

Click on image to see more by this artist (reco’d for the kid at heart)

“It’s Fun To Stay At The …” by JD Hancock, courtesy of Flickr Commons

Today’s quote:Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.” ~ George Santayana

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.)

September 7, 2014 Posted by | Digital Images | Leave a comment

A reading reco, and free games

For your consideration: Though this is a bit of a longer article, I highly recommend getting all the way though it.

Why the U.S. needs better privacy laws, now!

Microsoft recently published an open letter to President Obama, condemning some government surveillance techniques and calling for federal data-privacy legislation.Read more..

* free games (and timewasters).
Today’s free link: Thinks.com offers free puzzles of all sorts (crosswords, sudoku, jigsaw, codebreaker, etc.) and games like checkers and chess. Fit for the whole family. Now, I’ll admit two things: these kinds of games are kind of “old school”, and I cannot do Sudoku.. But Thinks.com is a Bookmark in all my browsers on all my machines. Check it out for yourself.

Today’s Bonus Reading: The electrical grid: A vital yet unsecured part of US infrastructure

A year-long survey of the US power utility infrastructure revealed that it is woefully insecure, and something needs to be done.Read more..

Today’s quote:Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.” ~ Bertolt Brecht

Today’s Guided Meditation: For your inner Goddess

Today’s laugh:

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Pay people to like you. Always works!

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.)

September 4, 2014 Posted by | consumer electronics, Internet, Microsoft, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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