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First-ever Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award

There is a Tech Website that most people do not know about (though, it is approaching 1.5 million ‘hits’). It isn’t “famous”, or “hot”, like some Tech Websites. But it should be, because at it’s very core is a man who is looking out for us — the “average folk”.

Day in and day out, this man (whom I call “the hardest working man in the blog business”) provides free expert-caliber advice for keeping safe on an increasingly dangerous Internet. He has earned my first-ever Tech Paul’s Annual Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award.

Mr. Mullins,
Please allow me to say that this article exemplifies why I am a big fan of what you do here on
Tech Thoughts.

Not only does it educate folks to a very real danger they face while on the Internet, but it gives them the ‘know how’ to deal with the situations they will encounter (or, have encountered).

And so, I would like to bestow upon you the first-ever Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award… which I just now made up.

I have said it before and I will say it again: it is my humble opinion that your site should be required reading before one can earn their Surfer’s License (an idea that is actually gaining some traction).

The answers and advice you provide is absolutely A Number One Top Drawer, and you deserve several awards, frankly.


Friend Of The Internet Surfer

Folks, here is the article that triggered what I should have done a long time ago: Avoid Worms – Instant Messaging Tips. Please click the link, and “discover” this great website for yourself!

[Note to artists: anyone out there care to design said award? I cannot draw a stick man… (You can “sign” it, of course!)]

Hmmm…. What about this symbol?

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  1. TechPaul,

    I’m flattered to be the recipient of your first “Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award”. I accept it gratefully.

    What makes it very special is, it come from a man who so very obviously, has the best interests of his own readers at heart.

    I visit your site daily, and I continue to be impressed with the thoughtful and skilled articles, you present for the benefit of your readers.

    I wish you continued success in doing so.



    Comment by Bill Mullins | September 5, 2009 | Reply

    • Mr. Mullins,
      It is my privilege, as well as a pleasure.


      Comment by techpaul | September 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. When is Rick going to receive this award? Next month? Or maybe even each week?

    P.S. I’m working on a design of the graphic representation of the award. I hope you’ll like it.



    Comment by freewareelite | September 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. Thanks guys, but I am not in the same league as either TechPaul or Bill… These guys are my “instructors”, “friends”, “mentors” AND “the list goes on”!

    TechPaul, the more I am around you the more I find we are cloned. I can’t draw a stick either…

    Great bunch of guys is all I have to say!



    Comment by Ramblinrick | September 6, 2009 | Reply

    • I hate to disagree with you Rick, but you put yourself out there (for public scrutiny), and you do so in a very “reader friendly” style. You work hard to bring new and interesting information to public attention — everyday.

      I consider your site to truly be an “undiscovered gem” of the Internet.


      Comment by techpaul | September 6, 2009 | Reply

  4. Rick,

    I have to agree with Paul on this. There are a number of guys who deserve to be recognized with this new award, and you are foremost amongst them.

    Day in and day out, you produce well crafted, and intelligent articles, which help keep your readers in the ever changing loop.

    Despite the slim pay scale – you are a professional Blogger. Not many Bloggers can claim that title.



    Comment by Bill Mullins | September 6, 2009 | Reply

  5. Thanks to you techies for sharing your knowledge and hard work with we readers. Kudos, your rewards are greatly deserved.
    For several months I’ve been one of your readers, BUT most often I just scanned your posting, always being in a hurry, late at night (too sleepy) “I’ll get back to it tomorrow”.

    The tomorrows pile up…now I have several waiting for me…
    My New Labor Day Resolution: Don’t Put Off Till Tomorrow What You Can Do Today – something like that…

    There’s “what seems like a labyrinth of info. here for me, because it appears to be a never-ending-learning-process. Since I am involved with computers,it’s necessary to learn what makes them tick, instead of becoming frustrated and swearing off the technology, (not really, but…)

    Oh well, I’m hooked- and I think Tech Paul said something like: “you control it, it does not control you”
    Thanks again,



    Comment by Gaia | September 6, 2009 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      Very well put, and thank you for sharing that with me and my readers.

      I understand how overwhelming learning about computers can feel.. and labyrinthine. But so often, the answer is just a click away (or.. a right-click away)!

      The article referenced is Tech Paul’s One Piece Of Advice (for non-techies)


      Comment by techpaul | September 6, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hi Paul,

    Great choice for the first award. If you allow, I nominate Colin (Free PC Security) and Rick (What’s on my PC) for the awards.



    Comment by desinet1 | September 6, 2009 | Reply

    • Silki,
      So noted.

      It really wasn’t my intention neglect anyone… But somebody had to be first. Bill Mullins is that someone.
      I have seen him put up four articles in a day, and he lets people gain exposure with Guest Articles…


      Comment by techpaul | September 6, 2009 | Reply

  7. I really don’t know how Bill has so much time to most so many quality articles everyday…

    Anyways, I recommend Martin at Ghacks Technology News for this award.


    Comment by freewareelite | September 7, 2009 | Reply

    • Freewareelite,
      I don’t know of any other online presence as dedicated as Bill Mullins. Sure, there are other tech sites that publish multiple articles — but they have a passel-full of writers. I have a hard time writing one-a-day!

      Your reco’ is noted.


      Comment by techpaul | September 7, 2009 | Reply

  8. Can’t think of a finer person (and website) than Mr. Mullins to receive this award. Congrats to Bill!!


    Comment by g | September 7, 2009 | Reply

    • G,
      It strikes me that this idea is catching on, and so there may be more such awards in the future.. But Mr. Mullins will always have the (well-deserved) honor of being the first ever.


      Comment by techpaul | September 7, 2009 | Reply

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