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Philosophizing with an Idjit

When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, and doing my dangest to sneak my peas to the dog under the table, my parents, in a kind, loving, and helpful way, would tell me to “Eat your peas”, and to motivate me, would tell me, “there’s starving kids in Africa.”

Which motivated not the smallest, microbial jot.
Hey, tell you what, let’s grab an envelope – I’ll gladly send them these peas!

Over the years, I’ve heard lots of such “helpful” commentary.
It could be worse.
Things are always darkest before the dawn.
This too shall pass.
Winners never quit and quitters never win.
And of course, “Cheer up. Nobody likes a whiner.”

And also over the years I’ve been in spots where all I could do was utter one of these time-tested encouragements.. And I knew they had the same impact/effect as my parent’s “there are starving kids..”

Oh? You haven’t landed a job since you were downsized three years ago? And the Unemployment ran out two years ago, and you have been living on your credit card? Facing homelessness? Well, cheer up. It’s always darkest before the dawn.

Ffflluurrtt…

But it’s true, ya’ know? There are people who have no food, and there are places where finding clean water is a daily struggle, and remember that reality, and being glad for our blessings, allatime always, is vital. And helps keep proper perspective.

And I have had times where I so despaired, the idea of a dawn seemed impossible, or, impossibly far off. And I didn’t think I’d make it. Was pretty sure I wouldn’t.
And I know others who experienced/are experiencing worse than I ever have.

So I ain’t being some special kind of jackass when I say “hang tough, it WILL get better.” Or, “remember to smile.” Or “The surest cure for the sadnesses is to roll up your sleeves and go help someone who’s worse off.”

Though I imagine the hearer won’t always ‘hear’ me in the spirit with which I offer it.
Relish the good times. Persevere through the bad. Always lend a helping hand. There’s no shame in asking for help when you need it. Thanks for listening.

(And, yes. I am aware it’s tax day.)

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 15, 2015 Posted by | advice | 3 Comments

Sunday Beauty #191

Another interesting image for your Sunday.

image flamingos

Click on image to see more by this artist (reco’d)

“Dance of Love” by Lori Branham, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Today’s quote:Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” ~ Wendy Mass
(Please stop a moment, and think about that one, folks.)

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 12, 2015 Posted by | Digital Images | 3 Comments

Friday Good Stuff

Here are a few items for your Friday.

* Why TV is doomed: HBO Now and the new cord-cutting economics

The entire old-school television distribution system has been rocked by a quake of epic magnitude. Now I can watch whatever I want — and save hundreds of dollars a year.” Read more..

Related: Add Pluto TV To Your Internet TV Lineup

If you are looking for a FREE internet based TV like environment you may enjoy exploring Pluto TV where the amount of content is amazing.” Read more..

That number should be much much higher, IMHO. But.

That number should be much much higher, IMHO. But.

* I don’t care about the Apple Watch. Would never own/wear an Apple Watch. And as a family-friendly blogger, cannot print what I think about the Apple Watch. If you’re looking for info on the Apple Watch, well, every single tech website out there has oodles & oodles of drooling propaganda advertising hype articles on the latest Apple gizmo, so feel free togo to one of those. (To do so, click here.)

* Firefox helps you cover your assets with latest Tracking Protection feature

Did you know that not all websites honor Do Not Track? If privacy while browsing is at the top of your priority list, Jack Wallen offers up a Firefox tip that just might allow you to sigh a breath of private air.Read more..

[My best guess is that no website {0} honors ‘Do Not Track’, actually.. Why should they? Tracking you pays $$$.]

Today’s Important Message: As you know, tax season is a “prime cybercrime season”, and we are warned to be on the alert for bogus IRS emails/phone calls. Truth is.. it’s always “Prime Cybercrime Season”, and we must realize it. Operating with an ever-vigilant healthy paranoia has to be our day-to-day.

Today’s Poll:

Today’s Fun Video:

Today’s quote:For it is in giving that we receive.” ~ Francis of Assisi

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April 10, 2015 Posted by | tech, how to, privacy, Apple, Internet, News, Firefox, browsers, cloud computing, consumer electronics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quick question..

Folks, I’d like to ask my readers (aka “you”) if anyone out there is (or was) a “clickworker”, or uses UHRS? And if so, if you would be so kind as to either use the Comment section (below), or use the Contact Tech Paul link to send me an email, to give me a very brief description of what you do/how that works. Your time and attention is appreciated. Thank you.

And I’m also wondering if – as Windows 10’s arrival draws nearer – if this question is on your mind:

Today’s quote:It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. It is these two blessed things that can begin to heal all broken hearts.” ~ Steve Maraboli

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
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April 8, 2015 Posted by | Internet, Microsoft, tech, Windows 10 | , | Leave a comment

Tuesday Items

Folks, here are a few headlines and articles I found worthy of recommendation:

* Despite security flaws, legal failures: How to fight revenge porn

The celebrity stolen nudes scandal has shined an uncomfortable light on everything from cloud security to sexual privacy. Now there’s finally a very public conversation happening about how hard it is for women to fight online attacks such as this.

I think it’s time to talk about fighting back.” Read more..

[ The article provides tips and advice for getting your stuff {i.e. embarrassing photos} removed {“taken down”} from the Internet. It’s not really about porn. ]

Nokia 925: My first Windows phoneThis article has me seriously re-interested in ditching Android and switching to a Windows phone; but what it says about Google is worth the read, too: Nokia 925: My first Windows phone

What’s it like for a lifetime Apple and Android user to begin using a Windows phone? Violet Blue found out.Read more..

And the follow-up article: The Windows phone: One month later

It’s been just over one month since Violet Blue switched from being a lifetime Apple and Android user to trying out a Nokia 925. Our newest Windows Phone user has a few things to say.” Read more..

For those anxious for Windows 10 (and/or the new “Spartan” browser):

This is Spartan! Windows 10 Technical Preview, Build 10049

“With Build 10049 of Windows 10 Technical Preview, Greg Shultz gets his hands on the Project Spartan browser. Take a look at some of the changes you can expect to see.Read more..

And.. I’ve said it before: Heads up people: Tech neck is crimpin’ my style and your skin

That’s because people on BART and buses and in public places don’t talk to each other so much anymore. Heck, some of them can hardly lift up their heads to look away from the tiny screens they hold in their hands.” Read more..

Well, that’s enough for today. If you read only one, read the first one; it’ll make you more aware of how tech (and the Internet) really work. Have a good one, everybody.

Today’s quotable quote:When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be.” ~ Thomas S. Monson

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

April 7, 2015 Posted by | advice, Android, browsers, cellular, consumer electronics, how to, Internet, Microsoft, mobile, News, privacy, social networking, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

April Weekend

Please accept my wishes for a joyous holiday – Happy Easter everyone!

Source: SF Chronicle Online

Today’s quote:One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, “I appreciate you”, “I’m proud of you”…whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it…cause a smile today for someone else…and give plenty of hugs.” ~ Steve Maraboli

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

April 4, 2015 Posted by | blogging | 6 Comments

Five free utilities that help protect your online privacy

Folks, here are a few tools to help you fight the good fight.

* Five utilities that help protect your online privacy

As awesome as the internet is, it might also be the biggest threat to personal privacy the world has ever known. But even though it’s tough to guarantee total privacy in a connected world, a number of tools can help you to maintain some degree of personal privacy. This article discusses five such utilities.” Read more..

..as I would like to believe there still is some privacy left in the world.. But truth is, Google (already) knows more about you than your spouse does. (I would rephrase that blurb a wee bit, myself. Ahem. Such as “tough to guarantee” — try “impossible”.)

Today’s Fun Video:

Today’s quotable quote:The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

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

April 3, 2015 Posted by | advice, browsers, computers, free software, Internet, privacy, security | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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