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SB #179

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

Click on image to see more by this artist.

Click on image to see more by this artist.

“first rain” by **RCB**, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Today’s quotable quote:The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

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.)

December 14, 2014 Posted by | Digital Images | 2 Comments

Aftermath (aka “Friday Fun”)

Howdy Folks, hope you’re doing swell, and Life is the cat’s pajamas for you today.

As you may know, the Big News in my area is a drenching storm, and you may also know that “San Fransisco was the hardest hit”.

Well, for those who might care,I am pleased to report ‘ole Tech Paul has, so far, (knock on wood) only suffered a very brief power outage during the worst of it.

Shopping Season: I did take advantage of the “Black Friday”, Cyber Monday”, “Green Monday” (when did that start?? And what’s next?), etc., sales, as there are some too-good-to-pass-up bargains out there for the eagle-eyed (for example, I got a 128 GB USB 3.0 thumb drive free after rebate). And I want to let you know that the bargain season is not over. Far from it. If you have some tech gear you’re thinking of replacing/”upgrading”, keep your eye (or sign up for their ‘bargain alert’ emails) on Tiger Direct and Newegg.

More Tech: I have been giving a tryout to a new (to me) web browser. It’s Comodo’s “Ice Dragon”. So far, I am quite impressed (but I was a “Firefox guy”. Chrome people will prefer their “Comodo Dragon”).

Comodo IceDragon is a secure Web browser based on the same open-source browser engine that powers Mozilla’s Firefox. Like the Chrome-based Comodo Dragon, IceDragon offers a variety of security and performance enhancements to the browser core, such as improved social media integration, fast page loading via Comodo’s integrated secure DNS service, and SiteInspector, which scans Web pages for malware directly from the browser. IceDragon is fully compatible with all Firefox plug-ins and add-ons, too.” From CNet’s review.

Unrelated to Tech: Cheer up. Take deep breaths.
I know folks get a little stressed out this time of year. Rude, even.
And holiday travel can be a challenge to the psyche (even if you’re lucky enough to not to have your flight canceled..)
And I know all about crass commercialism, and how advertisements make watching TV nigh on impossible… (do you REALLY think I am going to buy a new car as a Xmas gift??) and remind us there are such things as electric razors, but..
Just breath.
Count your blessings.
Chant “ohm… ohm… ohm…” if that’s what works for you.

I have a policy: if I encounter rudeness and stress? I counter it with a double-dose of civility, courtesy, and charm. Yes! Go ahead and take that parking space I’ve been waiting 10 minutes for! Godspeed to you! Another’ll open in a jiffy!
Lead by example.

Don’t forget/lose sight of what’s important (hint: it ain’t getting that FitBit gift-wrapped and to the Post Office..)

And even though my timing is a wee bit early, allow this grouchy curmudgeon to wish you the very happiest of holidays.

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Today’s quote:The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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.)

December 12, 2014 Posted by | advice, blogging, Internet, News, security, tech | , , , , | 15 Comments

My kind of news story…

surviver_cat* Cat packed in moving box and shipped to Hawaii, survives 36 days without food or water

“As Ashley Barth and her family were getting ready for a big move from Suffolk, Virginia to Maui, Hawaii, they lost their beloved family cat, Mee Moowe. Unbeknownst to the family, movers had packed their kitty into a cardboard box, and she sailed out to Hawaii in a ship container without food and water.Read more..

I love a happy ending..! Thank you for sending that in, Dear Reader (you know who you are).

Today’s quote:You cannot share your life with a dog, as I had done in Bournemouth, or a cat, and not know perfectly well that animals have personalities and minds and feelings.” ~ Jane Goodall

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.)

December 4, 2014 Posted by | News | 61 Comments

From Romania, With Love

Unfortunately the ‘real deal’ is: something like 98% of you will think that clicking the link would take you to Costco…

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not knowing that if you ‘hover’ your cursor over the hyperlink (the blue, click-on-‘em words) and look at the lower left corner of your web browser (aka “Internet Explorer”, “Firefox”, “Chrome”) the actual destination web address (aka “URL”) is displayed — in this case, a very strange looking name, followed by “.ro” (not “costco.com“, the real Costco website) — which stands for “Romania” (no, I don’t expect you to know that, but these days there’s Google..).

Which I guarantee is set up to attack your computer should you be so *naive* as to click the link. Because you were curious who was ordering from Costco in your name, maybe.. And badda-bing, badda-boom, you got viruses, and now some ‘hacker’ is ordering big screen TV’s and snow tires with your money.

This email is just one sample of the common “phishing attack”. Please, please, please, please! I know you’ve heard the term before, but do you KNOW what that means? I mean… backwards-and-forwards?
That’s not from Costco. There was no order. Your email was picked at random. Someone is is simply casting a net, “phishing” for the gullible and unaware. (But don’t feel bad, top-level CEO’s fall for these emails too.)

Short version: never, repeat, never, open unsolicited emails. No matter how they might tickle your curiosity bone.
The Internet is chock-a-block-filled with vile, evil people, on their worst behavior. You need to be on guard, and always wear protection.

(If you think you are immune, because you use a Mac, or Linux, you are just plain wrong.)

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.)

December 2, 2014 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, e-mail, hackers, Internet, Internet scam, Phishing, tech | Leave a comment

SB #178

I hope everyone had a nice-enough holiday weekend.. and stayed out of trouble. ;-)

Here’s another interesting image for your Sunday.

image motorcycles in rain

Click on image to see more by this artist

“Heavy rains tear Chennai apart!!!” by Vinoth Chandar, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Today’s quotable quote:The longer I live, the more I feel that the individual is not so much to blame – not even the worst individuals, not even the ‘best’ citizens – as the system of corruption which has grown up about us, and which rewards an honest man with a mere living and a crook with all the magnificence of our magnificent modern life.” ~ Lincoln Steffens

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.)

November 30, 2014 Posted by | Digital Images | Leave a comment

The day before

I plan to strictly adhere to this Nutrition Pyramid.

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Please accept my wishes for a safe and happy Holiday!


Please remember — we are now in prime Cybercrime Season. Let’s be careful and cautious out there. And I mean use your full powers of paranoid common sense. Guard your wallet and your purse. Drive double-carefully. Don’t open unsolicited emails. Etc..

Today’s quote:The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

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.)

November 26, 2014 Posted by | blogging | 2 Comments

Thanksgiving tech support survival kit (2014 edition)

Folks, here’s a read worth, well.. reading.

* Thanksgiving tech support survival kit (2014 edition): Get some down time over Thanksgiving by preparing in advance for the inevitable ‘Turkey Day’ tech support requests deluge.

Accept it, if you are a regular reader of this blog then your “Tech IQ” will be way ahead of your average PC users (and I mean way ahead!). And I bet that you’re surrounded by friends and family who just about know how to switch their PC on, and think that the more toolbars they have installed into Internet Explorer, the richer and more fulfilling their browsing experience will be.Read more..

Today’s quote:The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” ~ Albert Einstein

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.)

November 25, 2014 Posted by | advice, tech, troubleshooting | | Leave a comment

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