Tech – for Everyone

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TGIF + Memorial Day Weekend 2015

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Another tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.

Some Americans view Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of Summer, and the holiday is also used as a time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and sporting events. One of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500.

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“HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER
KNOWN BUT TO GOD”

Please have a safe and joyous Holiday Weekend.

Today’s quote:Who sows virtue reaps honor.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

May 22, 2015 Posted by | blogging | 2 Comments

Best Free Antivirus, and Security Headlines

Here’s an assortment of Items of Interest for you.

* The Best Free Antivirus for 2015

Relying on Windows’s built-in antivirus for protection is a big mistake. Luckily, you can get an upgrade without paying a cent.Read more..

* CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield breached, more than one million individuals notified

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is notifying more than one million individuals that their personal information could have been accessed by attackers who gained limited, unauthorized access to a single CareFirst database in June 2014.” Read more..

Does this next indicate a change in the wind? I hope so.
* Federal prosecutors charge Chinese nationals with trade secret theft

Over the weekend, federal agents arrested a Chinese professor who had just entered the United States via a flight to Los Angeles – one of six Chinese nationals charged with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets from U.S. tech firms.Read more..

* Half Of Retail, Healthcare Sites ‘Always Vulnerable’

Finding vulnerabilities in custom web applications isn’t the major problem; fixing them in a timely fashion is, a new report from WhiteHat Security finds.Read more..

* Oil & Gas Firms Hit By Cyberattacks That Forgo Malware

New spin on the ‘Nigerian scam’ scams crude oil buyers out of money with bait-and-switch.Read more..

… I’ve noticed that the Apple Watch dropped out of the headlines quite quickly.. (listen Folks, it’s pretty simple: Never Buy The First Version of Anything) but if you are thinking it’s time for you to get a “smartwatch”, this article may interest (I’ll never own one, but, hey, here you go): The Best Smartwatches You Can Buy

Think it’s time to upgrade your traditional watch by adding some apps and notifications to your wrist? Check out our top-rated smartwatches for the best place to startRead more..

Today’s quote:If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

May 21, 2015 Posted by | antivirus, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, free software, gadgets, hackers, Internet, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SB #195

Folks, it’s Sunday.You know what that means.

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“whiskery” by jenny downing, courtesy of Flickr Commons

And ya’ know.. I need a dose of Pearl Jam.

Here’s a thot: I used to read three newspapers a day, and instead of music I listened to ‘talk radio’ (In a past life, I was a Journalism Major). One of the best decisions I ever made for my ‘mental health’ was to ignore the Infotainment (aka “news”) and fearmongering/propaganda, cancel my subscriptions, and turn off the TV. I highly recommend it to all my friends. (And you’ll save over a thousand a year, too..)

This guy explains the arguement fairly well (IMHO): How To Stop Watching TV – Why You Must Eliminate TV Right Now!

Yup. That’s right. With the exception of last year’s Super Bowl, I haven’t turned on my TV in almost three years. (If I do watch something, I do so on Netflix. (No ads).)

Today’s Quote:Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” –Cadet maxim

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

May 17, 2015 Posted by | advice, Digital Images, digital Video | Leave a comment

FF

Here’s a “Friday Fun” video.. to help get you to quitin’ time (and the weekend)

Today’s quote:People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” ~ Peter F. Drucker

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

May 15, 2015 Posted by | computers | Leave a comment

More bad security news

Well, right after (“Patch Tuesday”) major software vendors released Updates to patch several major security vulnerabilities, news of a very serious database software flaw (named “venom”) makes the news (click here to read more).

Ho hum. Not terribly surprised. This is just the flavor of the week..

So, here’s something maybe a little more useful to some of you.. How To Deal With Difficult & Toxic People

Today’s quote:When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” ~ Lao Tzu

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May 13, 2015 Posted by | advice, Internet, News, tech | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Mom’s Day

Please allow me to wish all the moms out there a very happy Mother’s Day.

May 10, 2015 Posted by | computers | 2 Comments

Ho-hum week

Yes folks, I’m still here. It’s just been a nothing week for tech developments (headlines). So.. how ’bout an interesting image or two..?

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“Sexy silhoutte on sunset” by Yafut, courtesy of Flickr Commons

That one fit my mood, but this next…

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.. increased my worry for our future..

Today’s quote:A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” ~ William Shakespeare

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

May 7, 2015 Posted by | Digital Images | Leave a comment

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