Tech – for Everyone

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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 | tech, computers, Apple, Internet, News, digital Video, digital music | , | Leave a comment

New use for a bag of chips

This new technology is another reason to place video cameras everywhere.

Spying just keeps getting easier.

Related reading: Worldview-3 — Satellite That Could Allow Google and U.S Government to See Your Face from Space

Majority of my articles are related to government spying, privacy and security issues of your online stuffs and also measures that you can adopt in protecting yourself from being spied on. But, your all efforts will soon be of no use – someone is about to secretly track your every footstep. Google will soon get an eye in the space that will be enough powerful to see your face, thanks to the ...” Read more…

[ um.. I could be wrong.. but I think they already can.. (maybe not Google, but the gov.)]

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Today’s quote:If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” ~ George S. Patton

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 14, 2014 Posted by | Google, News, tech | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Read all of this

Folks, truly a ‘must read’ for you today. Please read the whole article, and please have your thinking caps on.

Google turns in a user for allegedly possessing criminal material

Find out how Google detected illegal activity on their systems and how they responded to the discovery.Read more..

[ .. and you may want to peruse the numerous comments as well .. ]

And if that wasn’t enough for you, More Good Reading: Hacked Canadian ISP leads to virtual currency theft

A hacker who gained privileged access to a Canadian ISP’s network hijacked net traffic from foreign networks and stole more than $83,000 in virtual currency.

The hacker, who experts believe may be a former employee of the Canadian ISP and is working alone, compromised the servers of firms that generate virtual currencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin.” Read more..

[ um.. "firms that generate virtual currency"..? ]

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Today’s quote:There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.” ~ Aristotle

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 13, 2014 Posted by | cyber crime, Google, hackers, Internet, News, security | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

And another..

Just heard. Wow. Bummer of a day..

Lauren Bacall, legendary actress, dies at 89

Lauren Bacall, the smoky-voiced movie legend who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in “To Have and Have Not,” has died at the age of 89, according to her family.Read more..

lauren

 

August 12, 2014 Posted by | computers | Leave a comment

Another Loss…

I awoke today and first thing I saw was the headline.

* Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Comedian, Dies at 63 in Suspected Suicide

Robin Williams, the comedian who evolved into the surprisingly nuanced, Academy Award-winning actor, imbuing his performances with wild inventiveness and a kind of manic energy, died on Monday at his home in Tiburon, Calif., north of San Francisco. He was 63.”

For more, and to see some film clip memorials, see also:
* Robin Williams Battled Demons for Decades Before His Death and
* Military community pays tribute to ‘true friend’ Robin Williams

My condolences to his family and friends.

August 12, 2014 Posted by | News | , , | 3 Comments

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