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

Happy 4th of July

And, 5 Quick Tips for photographing fireworks

I love fireworks! (And I love 3 day summer weekends!)

Happy Birthday America

Independence Day is the national day of the United States.

In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

Today’s quote:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” ~ Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

(I have heard tales told where, in the golden olden days, students were required to memorize and recite this Address.. but then, I have heard that they were required to learn Latin too.. Today I hear tales that students cannot even read this Address.. Bah. Just musing out loud.)

We here at T4E Headquarters (me, myself, and I) wish you a joyous and safe holiday.

* How to Photograph Fireworks

July 4th, with its brilliant fireworks displays, gives shutterbugs plenty of photo ops–follow these tips to get the best shots.Read more..

Bonus 1: The 4th is a great time to get out to one of our National Parks. If you cannot do that, perhaps setting your desktop “wallpaper” to a spectacular image might be a good “second option”. (Some awesome nature photography here.) Public domain Desktop wallpaper from US National Parks

Bonus 2: If you like fireworks too.. 20 Incredible Photographs of Fireworks Reflected in Water

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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 4, 2015 Posted by | Digital Images | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New tech security resource

Also, a $99 “PC Stick” (That comes with Windows 10)

Sharp-eyed readers will have noticed that I, for the first time in ages, have added a new referral link to my ‘blogroll'; CNet’s recently announced Security and Antivirus Center. I recommend taking a look-see.

cnet_sc* The best security apps and expert advice

Today we’re thrilled to launch our new Security and Antivirus Center. Our goal: to give you the tools and tactics you need to protect your privacy, your data, and your devices. You’ll find guides, reviews, and how-tos, including tips on banishing bloatware from your PC, tweaking your browser settings for better security, and building better passwords. We’re especially pleased to present our Best recommendations: we’ve tested security software and services and have declared a winner for best VPN, best password manager, and best cloud backup. Come check it out and let us know what else you’d like to see.Read more..

Other Items (of possible interest):
* The best tool for protecting your kids (or employees) from malware and porn

One of the industry’s best security tools gives a hand to frazzled parents.Read more..

[Note: worth reading even if you are not a parent, IMHO.]

* Archos $99 PC Stick is latest Windows computer that fits in your pocket

The French device maker joins Lenovo and Intel in offering a miniature system that connects to your HDTV via HDMI, but its version is cheaper and will ship with Windows 10 pre-installed.Read more..

Today’s quote:It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” ~ Yogi Berra

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

June 25, 2015 Posted by | advice, anti-spyware, antivirus, computers, cyber crime, encrypting files, how to, Internet, Portable Computing, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ever work for the Feds? Or even apply? Oops. Sorry!

What can we learn from this headline?

* It gets worse: Federal OPM hack affected up to 18 million

In addition to current and former employees, it appears the records of people who had applied for government jobs were also revealed.Read more..
Please note: where it says “records”, they really mean “identities”..

.. and I was being facetious. People don’t learn.

Today’s quote:You can observe a lot just by watching.” ~ Yogi Berra

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

June 23, 2015 Posted by | cyber crime, hackers, News, tech | Leave a comment

HFD + SB + FF

It’s officially my fave season, starting today (maybe it will warm up some, soon; but Samuel Clemens was right).

First up, let me wish all the dad’s out there a

Fathers-Day2

And next, the 200th “Sunday Beauty” image I’ve posted..

Click on image to see more by this artist

Click on image to see more by this artist

“Free Daddy and His Little Shadow Girls at The Skate Park Creative Commons” by D Sharon Pruitt, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Next, a fun video to kick off the season.

Today’s quote:The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Mark Twain

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

June 21, 2015 Posted by | Digital Images, digital music, digital Video | Leave a comment

Does Reddit Need Terrible People to Survive?

A quick reading reco 4 U.

* Does Reddit Need Terrible People to Survive?

Reddit has started shutting down harassing, hate-filled communities. The backlash shows how America may be doomed.Read more..

Bonus: If you are a history buff, or an aviation buff (or, an aviation history buff), click here. (and scroll down)

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June 15, 2015 Posted by | Internet, News, tech | , , , | Leave a comment

SB + FF

Folks, here’s an interesting image, and a belated ‘fun video’, for your Sunday.

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Click on image to see more by this artist

“Valise” by Pierre-Yves Cavellat, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

(I look at that and think, either there were no gentlemen around or chivalry really is dead…)

And it’s been a while since I posted any fails..

BION, that has almost 3 1/2 million views on YouTube.
What does that tell you?

Today’s quote:The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” ~ William James

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

June 14, 2015 Posted by | Digital Images, digital Video | Leave a comment

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