Tech – for Everyone

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

Online Tracking Is Getting Creepier (And More..)

Here are a few interesting reads, for you thinkers out there.

Why Online Tracking Is Getting Creepier

The merger of online and offline data is bringing more intrusive tracking.Read more..

* Government-Grade Stealth Malware In Hands Of Criminals

“Gyges” can be bolted onto other malware to hide it from anti-virus, intrusion detection systems, and other security tools.

Malware originally developed for government espionage is now in use by criminals, who are bolting it onto their rootkits and ransomwareRead more..

* The robots are coming: The big question is will you hand over your job – or your life?

A military think-tank has painted a grim picture of the rise of robots in society and warfare.Read more..

Today’s quotable quote:Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”  ~ Mark Twain

Today’s poll (cont.): I finally got around to watcing Seasons 7 and 8 of House (the final two seasons), and so for me, I must now say ‘goodbye’ to friends. (um.. I mean, it really feels that way..)
… I was SHOCKED to learn that House MD ranked only #36 on the imdb’s “Highest Rated TV Series” (especially considering some of the titles that scored higher..) as I am hard put to think of series I was more sorry to see go (Like M*A*S*H, Cheers, , and Seinfeld).

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.)

July 24, 2014 Posted by | advice, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Internet, News, tech | , , , | Leave a comment

Pure Filler

Folks, I do have some things to bring to post here, but between distractions, it may be a while before I get tp it. In the meantime, here is a ‘blast from the past’ I hope may bring a smile.

Today’s quote: “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” ~ Dale Carnegie

Today’s poll (cont.): I finally got around to watcing Seasons 7 and 8 of House (the final two seasons), and so for me, I must now say ‘goodbye’ to friends. (um.. I mean, it really feels that way..)
… I was SHOCKED to learn that House MD ranked only #36 on the imdb’s “Highest Rated TV Series” (especially considering some of the titles that scored higher..) as I am hard put to think of series I was more sorry to see go (Like M*A*S*H, Cheers, , and Seinfeld).

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.)

July 22, 2014 Posted by | computers | Leave a comment

SB 164

Here’s another interesting image for your Sunday.

image brown bear cute

Click on image to see more by this artist

“Brown Bear having fun, rolling in the grass on his back with paws up” by Beverly & Pack, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Today’s quote:The simplest explanation is usually ‘someone screwed up’.” ~ Gregory House

Today’s poll: I finally got around to watcing Seasons 7 and 8 of House (the final two seasons), and so for me, I must now say ‘goodbye’ to friends. (um.. I mean, it sorta feels that way..)
… I was SHOCKED to learn that House MD ranked only #36 on the imdb’s “Highest Rated TV Series” (especially considering some of the titles that scored higher..) as I am hard put to think of series I was more sorry to see go (Like M*A*S*H, Cheers, , and Seinfeld).

Today’s Food for Thot: What does it say about us that Breaking Bad is #1..?

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.)

July 20, 2014 Posted by | Digital Images | 2 Comments

1 Must Read & 1 Must Watch

Folks, this article sums up the ‘big picture’ quite nicely, and everyone would be well-served to understand/know it.

Today’s Must Read: The future of computing is a battle for your personal information

The organizations that are looking to invent, and dominate the next era of computing are, at their heart, based on advertising revenue, and in the process of owning the future, these companies and their device-based competitors will treat the personal information of consumers as a prized commodity.Read more ..

Today’s Must Watch Viral Video: Winner of the Tech Paul Two Thumbs Up Award

[ For those seeking to see an intelligent rebuttal to the above video, click here. ]

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Today’s quote: “Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
~ Christian D. Larson,

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.)

July 14, 2014 Posted by | digital Video, Internet, News, privacy, tech | , | Leave a comment

Weekend goodies

Folks, here are this week’s ‘pretty picture’ and ‘fun video’.

water fun

Click on image to see more by this artist

“water fun” by afu007 , courtesy of Flicker Commons

And today’s video:

Today’s quotable quote:Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

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.)

July 12, 2014 Posted by | Digital Images, digital Video | Leave a comment

Facebook (and more)

Here are a few items worthy of your consideration.

* Facebook: Unethical, untrustworthy, and now downright harmful

News of Facebook experimenting on its users’ emotional states has rattled everyone. Worse, the tool used to perform the experiments is so flawed there’s no way of knowing if users were harmed.” Read more..

[ Yet again, I'm reminded how glad I am that I've  never touched Facebook... ]

* Do you have one of those “fitness” doodads? The scary truth about data security with wearables

Data brokers collect data from numerous sources for everyone in the US. It is alarming how much data is collected and the potential for security breaches, particularly from wearable devices.Read more..

* How to Block Online Tracking

Many sites track user behavior using a variety of invisible third-party software. This means any time you visit a Web page, you’re likely sharing data about your online habits, from clicks to views or social shares, whether you realize it or not. But there are a few ways to combat online tracking—although none can block some of the more sophisticated tracking techniques, such as “fingerprinting” and “onboarding.” Here are three tools that block the most common trackers.Read more..

So.. you want a career in IT?

humans

Chinese Hackers Target Logistics & Shipping Firms With Poisoned Inventory Scanners

‘ZombieZero’ still actively pushing rigged handheld scanning devices, reviving concerns of doing business with Chinese tech companies.Read more..

[ "Concerns"??? How asleep-at-the-switch are people?
Related: Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales in China

"An undisclosed amount of reselling has forced Oculus to suspend sales of its Oculus Rift dev kits in China." Read more..

Someone at Oculus there may do well to look up the term "reverse engineering" too..]

* 8 Geeky Summer Projects to Keep Kids Busy

These projects will keep you and your kids entertained this summer.Read more..

Today’s quote: “The Paradoxical Commandments:

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.” ~ Kent M. Keith

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.)

July 10, 2014 Posted by | advice, consumer electronics, gadgets, mobile, News, privacy, social networking, tech | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Use Tor or Hotspot Shield? You’re a terrorist!

(Or even Google’d those words?)

One “must read” for all you thinkers out there.

The NSA Thinks You Are an Extremist If You Care About Privacy

You don’t have to perform a search about pressure cooker bombs or terrorism to get on the National Security Agency’s radar. Just being a little privacy-conscious and curious about Tor is enough.Read more..

I suggest forwarding that to your friends and family, as well.

Wow. It’s a fair bet I am on The List because of typing those words… Double “wow”!

Today’s quote: “Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”  ~ Aldous Huxley

Today’s relief: Another one of those ‘buried into my subconscious’ songs..

“Googled” is a word. How nuts is that?

And speaking of Google: I received an info-Email informing me that Orkut is Kaput (soon).

After ten years of sparking conversations and forging connections, we have decided it’s time for us to start saying goodbye to Orkut. Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut’s growth, we’ve decided to focus our energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.”

I had to say, “Who? What the ___ is an “Orkut”? (jk)
“Outpaced growth”…
Snicker.

Too bad they didn’t pitch it/mod it to be the place where all the kids go (now that grown-ups [parents and grandparents] have flooded Facebook). Then it might be “monitize-able”….

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.)

July 7, 2014 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, Google, Internet, privacy | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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