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Quik Thots 4 U

Folks, I have the distinct sensation that I will begin my winter’s hibernation in the next few hours.. or, “start my Holiday” if you prefer. And so I am just going to toss out a few “quik thots” today.. while I have the energy..

* Amazon wrote me, and says it can still get purchases delivered in time for Christmas. And, I see some really good prices there (and I believe the latest Kindle e-Reader is one of the “hot gifts” this year..).

* InfoSyncWorld may be one place you should look if you want to learn about the hot new gadgets, smart phones, etc., (News, views and reviews from the world of Mobile phones, Smartphones, Handhelds and WAN Handhelds.) Another place to look is (they review, and offer buying guides, etc. on a lot more tech gear than just computers!)
Check these sites out.

* A loyal friend of Tech – for Everyone wrote in and reminded me of a special event that is happening Tonight Only. (Thank you, Gaia!)

“Sky Watching… A Lunar Eclipse happening tonight (after mid night, the wee hours of the morning) The first time for it’s happening in hundreds of years on the date of the Winter Solstice. It should be very beautiful!”

For more info, see Showtime for the lunar eclipse
“Watch the moon turn dark … or see it on the Internet if it’s cloudy where you are.”

* Caution: We are in prime cybercrime season. Let’s be careful out there and exercise a double dose of Paranoid Common Sense. (And if you missed it, be sure to read Beware “The Twelve Scams of Christmas”)

* Saving The Best For Last Department:


Santa is getting his last-minute prep in place.. and I think I read that his flight plan has already been approved by the FAA… (I’m checking that now.)
Oooh! Can you feel it?!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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December 20, 2010 - Posted by | News, tech


  1. Happy Holidays there Paul…

    Your friend on the east coast!



    Comment by Ramblinrick | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I thank you very kindly, sir, and I hope your holiday season will be filled with good food, good friends, and happy, healthy family!


      Comment by techpaul | December 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. Have a wonderful Holiday break Paul. Get some greatly needed rest and enjoy your time with family and friends. I’m sure your loyal readers (and friends) will all be here when you return. We need your advise and suggestions, and I for one highly value your opinions.



    Comment by KsTinMan | December 20, 2010 | Reply

    • KsTinMan,
      I thank you very kindly, sir, and I hope your holiday season will be filled with good food, good friends, and happy, healthy family!

      (Okay. This is a duplicate. But it fits so well..! Enjoy!)


      Comment by techpaul | December 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. Paul, hope you have a Happy, Deserving, Restful, Holiday Break.

    Hope the “happening of the eclipse”… (that you saw it) and the Winter Solstice being the shortest day of the year, aids you to a great Winter Hibernation.

    Thanks for all your help …Tech 4 Everyone.

    …Happy Holidays….



    Comment by Gaia | December 21, 2010 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      The moon was completely cloud-covered at the beginning.. but quit quickly they thinned out, and I had a nearly perfect view of the whole event.. which I photographed, and am working on cropping the shots and building a slideshow to post here.. stay tuned!

      And thank you for your support. It’s readers like you for whom I make this (daily) effort.

      (until I get the slideshow built… here’s the ‘eerie orange glow’ of near-total)


      Comment by techpaul | December 21, 2010 | Reply

  4. Gaia,

    I can’t thank you enough for posting the Lunar Eclipse reminder. The clouds parted at about 1/4 eclipse here and the sky became nearly crystal clear, right up until the eclipse went full. As the last point of light disappeared a heavy blanket of clouds moved over the moon and stayed until I gave up hope of seeing it come back out of eclipse. I am thankful however that the sky cleared long enough for me to see as much as I did. And I have you to thank for making me aware of the event!

    Cheers, and have a wonderful holiday season!


    Comment by Balmy33 | December 21, 2010 | Reply

    • Balmy33, Gaia, and especially Tech Paul…

      If I hadn’t come here to Tech-for Everyone looking for technical advise a few months ago I would not have even known about the eclipse. So, thank you Paul for keeping this blog running and letting us get off of technical issues a bit with such great information. Very cool indeed.

      Gaia, I also would like to thank you for your comments on the eclipse. I wouldn’t have known about it either had you not posted that information. I was absolutely amazed and felt humbled, got chills (not from the cold) thinking about the fact that I was seeing something in my lifetime with my own eyes that I will never see again. And also about the importance that ancient civilizations put on this date. I thought of what the Mayans must have wondered when the moon eclipsed on such a significant date. I’m getting chills right now thinking of it again. So, yes TYVM Gaia! And yes, I also wish you a happy holiday…

      Balmy33: You must live fairly close to my location. I saw a similar clearing of the sky at nearly the same time. Pretty cool, wasn’t it?

      Have a great holiday!


      Comment by KsTinMan | December 21, 2010 | Reply

      • KsTinMan,
        I started this series as a simple expediency: post a few publicly accessible How-To’s (so I could avoid repeating myself). That was over 3 years ago now.. I never dreamed of Tech – for Everyone evolving as it has.. nor becoming a daily *activity*.

        While this series has reflected my own personal interest – the battle we are in with the hackers/cybercriminals – over the course of 3 years and 1,200+ articles, you will find many How To’s, free software download recommendations, and more. Odds are fairly good that entering the keyword for something you’re interested in – into my “Search” feature widget – will produce some (hopefully helpful) result.

        I thank you for your supportive words! (And yes, the lunar eclipse was something to see.. glad you could!)


        Comment by techpaul | December 21, 2010 | Reply

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