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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

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 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

Tuesday tidbits (on a Weds)

Folks, I found time to post a couple of items for your consideration:

An older, easier to spot skimmer.

The Evolution of ATM Skimmers

In a little over a decade, ATM skimmers have gone from urban myth to a wildly complex, ever-evolving suite of technologies that has the potential to be the worst nightmare of anyone with a bank account. Here’s a look at how quickly skimmers have evolved—and why they’re increasingly impossible to spot.Read more..

* CryptoWall surpasses CryptoLocker in infection rates

According to the threat analysis, CryptoWall is “the largest and most destructive ransomware threat on the Internet” and is expected to “continue growing.” But Jarvis expects “to see ransomware that ‘destroys files’ become the new normal.” In fact, the most of the major ransomware families, such as Reveton and Urausy, “are evolving into more sophisticated threats in parallel with those like CryptoWall and CryptoLocker.“” Read more..

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Today’s quote:Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.” ~ Aldous Huxley

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 3, 2014 Posted by | advice, consumer electronics, cyber crime, News, security, tech | , , , | 2 Comments

Do NOT Call This Number..!

AKA Norton Users Be Aware

I just received an alert from an alert reader (ahem) which demonstrates a new twist on an old attack tactic.

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Yup. That’s a fake. (One hint is the “Message from webpage” in the title bar.. [Norton is not a web program, it's installed on your machine.])

The website you’re visiting is poisoned (and you probably have some programs in need of updates). Keywords, if you’re interested in learning more are “scareware” and “rogue anitvirus” (and maybe “poisoned website”, too).
*  Your Computer Is Lying To You… The Epidemic Of Rogues
* Why You Don’t Stand A Chance Against Cyber Crime

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 2, 2014 Posted by | advice, antivirus, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Internet scam, security, tech | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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