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First up for your Friday Fun video is.. well.. something you may never have seen before.

..and this next is for those of you who enjoy my music vids.

Yay. The weekend’s almost here.

I wonder why they made such a point of teaching me iambic pentameter in school…

Today’s tech: What’s the #1 consumer concern/complaint (and has been for the past 15 years)? Think you know? Click here to find out. (It’s a good read.)

Today’s quote:It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

February 27, 2015 Posted by | digital music, digital Video | , , | Leave a comment

Heads Up for Apple Owners

If you are an Apple person, here is a development you should be aware of.

* Mac OS X is the most vulnerable OS, claims security firm; Debate ensues

According to a report by security firm GFI, Apple’s Mac OS X is the most vulnerable operating system, with the iOS platform coming in second. A debate over reporting nuances and merits of the report quickly followed.” Read more..

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Today’s quote:Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” ~ William Shakespeare

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February 25, 2015 Posted by | advice, Apple, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Internet, security | , , , , | 4 Comments

Best Android security app

I had never heard of this product, so I took notice.

Qihoo 360 – 360 AntiVirus

“For the best protection of Android systems in all 2014 certification tests, AV-TEST is honoring the product Qihoo 360 – 360 AntiVirus with the BEST ANDROID SECURITY PRODUCT 2014 AWARD.”

To read the summary, click here.

And, yes, folks. Your smartphone, and/or tablet needs an antivirus.

Today’s quote:Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.” ~ Herman Melville

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February 24, 2015 Posted by | advice, Android, anti-spyware, antivirus, consumer electronics, Internet, mobile, privacy, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Here’s an idea…

I hope your weekend was reasonably pleasant. Today, I have an idea for you – one I hope you’ll act on, and not just think about – go into your closet, attic, or whatnot, and dig out a jacket, or blanket, you haven’t used in years (if you have one)(and odds are, you do) and go out and give it to an unfortunate.
Today.
Right now.

You don’t have to say anything.. just hand it to them. Cuz’ ya know: baby, it’s cold outside.

Thank you.

Today’s quote:Sometimes life knocks you on your ass… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” ~ Steve Maraboli

And I feel up for a second Today’s quote:We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

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February 23, 2015 Posted by | advice | 2 Comments

Perspective

Howdy, again, folks.

Watching the headlines has been most discouraging. Why? Well, think big picture, and consider just these two:

* Until Superfish fix, Lenovo devices can’t be trusted for secure work

Enterprise customers are not said to be affected, but millions of consumers and bring-your-own-device users are likely using compromised machines.Read more..

[Frankly, the moment IBM sold their PC division to China (and renamed it “Lenovo”) was the moment I stopped using them. Too bad, too, as ThinkPads were the best.]

And.. * Cyberciminals Target Bank Employees, Steal $1 Billion From Financial Institutions Worldwide

“‘Carbanak’ includes operatives from Russia, Ukraine, China, and other parts of Europe.Read more..

Yes.. that’s a “b” — billion

And maybe this third, also .. * Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop this super-advanced malware

A cyberespionage group with a toolset similar to ones used by U.S. intelligence agencies has infiltrated key institutions in countries including Iran and Russia, utilizing a startlingly advanced form of malware that is impossible to remove once it’s infected your PC.” Read more..

I mean.. this is just what they admit to.

My ‘joke’ of “If you knew what I know about technology.. you wouldn’t use it” isn’t funny anymore.

Today’s quote:Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

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February 19, 2015 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, hackers, Internet, News, security, tech | Leave a comment

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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

“Wild horses couldn’t drag me…” by Wonderlane, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Today’s quote:Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.” ~ Steve Maraboli

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February 15, 2015 Posted by | Digital Images | Leave a comment

You can’t save every puppy in the pound

I hadn’t heard that adage in, oh, I’ll guess, probably 25 years.

And then, I heard it twice in two days, starting yesterday.

Now.. I’m the kinda guy who takes notice of.. um, ‘coincidences’ like that. Though I’ll confess, I rarely, if ever, can decipher their.. uh, um.. ‘meaning’.

I heard it yesterday while talking with a faithful client, who seemed a much happier person than I’d ever seen her before. I mean.. radiant. I asked her what had changed, and she told me how she had recently ‘rescued’ (aka ‘adopted’) a dog from the pound; and she told me about the dog’s frustratingly finicky eating habits (it apparently eats anything), and it’s behavior problems (it’s constantly trying to lick her face), and how it never – ever – leaves her side, and gets underfoot. (aka she follows her into the bathroom.)

She told me that selecting Daisy was easy, but she regretted not being able to adopt all the animals she saw in the waiting-for-adoption cages at the shelter.
I have experienced that emotion myself.
But you can’t save em all.

Then today, I heard the term used as a cop-out. An excuse for accepting the status quo. Why try? What good will sacrificing for one do, when there’ll still be millions of others. (Why be the one guy who drives an electric car, when there’s still billions of trucks, trains, buses, cars, etc. burning fossil fuel — for example.)

Thinking on these two ‘events’ hurts my tiny little pea brain, so I’ll just focus on the change for the better I saw in my client. And I’ll take comfort in knowing that Daisy eluded a sad ending, and now has a joyful and loving home. (From what I saw of her IQ, about 2 hours of training is all Daisy’ll need.)

And I’ll conclude by asking anyone who has read this far to help their local shelter, or the SPCA, any way they can; and to be responsible pet owners and have their pets spayed/neutered.
And if you have been consistently less-than-radiant lately, maybe consider rescuing a Daisy of your own? IMHO, it’s worth it.

Today’s quote:I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” ~ Groucho Marx

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

February 13, 2015 Posted by | blogging | 2 Comments

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