Tech – for Everyone

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

First SB of 2016..

(aka Sunday Beauty #213)

Folks, I hope the new year has been treating you well.

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“snow in the forest” by Helmut Südema, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Today’s music video:

Today’s quote:Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams

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

January 24, 2016 Posted by | Digital Images, digital music | Leave a comment

A day early..

Well… just ‘cuz, why don’t we have our Friday Fun video a day early?

And we’ll just chalk it up to, you know, “reasons”.

Today’s quote:Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” ~ Walter Elliot

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

January 7, 2016 Posted by | digital Video, digital music | Leave a comment

Welcome 2016

A very happy and prosperous new year to us all!

These used to be everywhere…

This is song is a good ‘mood’ piece to kick things off….

Today’s quote:Nature is infinitely creative. It is always producing the possibility of new beginnings.” ~ Marianne Williamson

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

January 1, 2016 Posted by | digital music, digital Video | 2 Comments

A few items…

A few items a few of you might like:

1) The Secret You Need to Know About Ebooks

A select group of readers, however, had the inside scoop on all these deals and more. They were using BookBub, a daily email that alerts readers to free and deeply discounted ebooks that are available for a limited time.Read more…

2) A song from days past I hope will still speak to you today..

and, 3) a song I like.. and is more uptempo..

Today’s quote:If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson

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

December 29, 2015 Posted by | digital music, digital Video, Internet | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Monday

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 real 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! No worries, another will open in a jiffy!
Lead by example.

Don’t forget, nor 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 safe travels and 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

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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 21, 2015 Posted by | advice | Leave a comment

Windows 10 “Upgrade” Nag – Disabled!

Folks, those of us who do not want Windows X (like, if you, mistrust “cloud” privacy invasions, enjoy Windows Media Center, or Hearts, or Spider Solitaire, or Chess Titans..) will want to read (and download) the following:

First, I wrote an article on KB3035583 and gwx.exe, here: GWX.EXE (Or, How To Remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Nag)

Next (and more importantly): Microsoft takes the gloves off, pushes Windows 10 upgrades even harder

When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade for Windows users who had genuine copies of Windows 7 or 8, many praised the move as a smart way to ensure users, enthusiasts, and gamers would get the latest OS version. Since this spring, the bloom has been coming off that particular rose. The company’s invasive GWX application pesters users to upgrade, downloads the upgrade without your permission, “accidentally” forced some users to upgrade without recourse, announced that this program would be returning in near-term future, and now, is attempting to convince people they simply have no option but to upgrade.Read more..

I have downloaded the standalone installer, and am keeping my fingers crossed it will keep me from having to repeatedly perform KB3035583 uninstalls… but I am keeping ‘ghost’ images of my machines stored just in case. Hey, Microsoft? Get the clue. These are our machines. And taking advantage of user cluelessness is a vile policy – shame on you – stop it!

Today’s quote:If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” ~ James Herriot

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

December 19, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, Microsoft, News, PC, software, tech, upgrading, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 | Leave a comment

Just Checking In… (Plus Friday Fun)

Howdy, Folks.

Just thought I’d post something frivolous, and let you know that ole’ Tech Paul is still here, and still keeping an eye on the headlines.

Of which, there are absolutely none worth passing along. BUT, I do want to remind you that we are smack-dab in the middle of Prime Cyber-crime Season, and to remind you all to be extra paranoid online (and, yes, one MUST be “security conscious” to-the-max.. what I call ‘paranoid common sense’).

About those headlines… do you care that Apple Smartwatch interest is down? No. Didn’t think so. Tired of hearing about privacy loss and ‘breaches’? Me too.

Quick Poll:

Little White Xmas Tree

Little White Xmas Tree

Friday Fun Video: (I was going to post something that’s currently “trending” on YouTube but, those videos are all super uh, um, er, ‘lame’.)

Need gift ideas? Best tech to buy for under $200

Buying on a budget? These gadgets are the very best on the market for their price.Read more..

Today’s quote:Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” ~ Denis Waitley

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

December 11, 2015 Posted by | consumer electronics, digital music, digital Video, shopping for | 2 Comments

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