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• Some time back I mentioned “virtual tours”, and how the Internet can allow us to see things and places we might not be able to get to in person.. like Rome, Italy, for instance (see, Visit The Sistine Chapel – Right Now – Free!). I came across a 360° view of the space shuttle’s cockpit, and I think it is pretty neat-o. By default, it pans around the 360, but there are ‘control buttons’ (including “zoom”). Even if you are not an “airplane nut” like me, I think you’ll find it interesting. Check it out here.
(And I notice that’s not a Macbook there…)

A Craigslist Scam Hits Home

Recently a friend of mine posted a high valued item on Craigslist and within hours he received the response reflected below. Ultimately his common sense kicked in and he had me take a look at it. I immediately knew it was a scamRead more..

10 survival tips for non-morning people

Some people jump out of bed in the morning, hit the ground running, and leave a trail of creative thinking and focused accomplishment in their wake. And then there’s the rest of us.Read more..

Stay safe online: 5 secrets every PC (and Mac) owner should know

My #1 help question of 2011? It’s no contest: “How do I protect myself online?” In this post, I share the five steps I teach to friends, family members, and clients who want to avoid malware, scareware, phishing sites, and other online scams.Read more..

The 20 best back-to-school laptops

Schools starts in just a few weeks so you can’t put off buying that laptop much longer. Here are 20 of the best available right now. Read more..

Brilliant But Doomed: Technology’s Most Magnificent Failures

The short lives and sad fates of twenty genuinely bright ideas.Read more..

Geek technologies that still thrive at 25 (and beyond)

Join us in a celebratory tour of high tech’s still-kicking senior citizens: the technologies that geeks know and love, and that tend to make a lot of everyday technology work.Read More..

Five tips for controlling procrastination

Some people say procrastination works for them, keeping them sharp and efficient. But for others, it’s self-defeating, guilt-inducing, and demoralizing.” Read more..

Don’t miss out on the chance to enter my latest software license giveaway drawing.

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The folks at Softland have generously donated ten licenses for novaPDF Professional to me, to award to my readers.

“novaPDF is a PDF creator for Windows that allows you to easily create PDF files. With novaPDF, everyone from novice users to professionals can create high-quality documents in industry-standard PDF format, by simply selecting the “Print” command from virtually any application.“

To enter the drawing, please see: Software Giveaway – novaPDF Professional

Old-school phishing emails make a return. I have noticed a resurgence of the old “Dearly Beloved” and “for our mutual benefit” scam email spam messages this week. Is this due to the recent stock market plunge? Are they hoping there are more desperate Americans? (You’d have to be desperate to fall for Jurassic Period [circa 1995] scams.. right?)

Anonymous Hackers Expose Sensitive Law Enforcement Data

“Anonymous and LulzSec hackers published the private data of more than 70 rural law enforcement agencies across the country, exposing sensitive information such as passwords, security training and tip information.” Read more..

[Have you ever left an ‘anonymous tip’, or work as a a undercover ‘snitch’? Might wanna read this one..]

Today’s quote:When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Have a good day, everybody. I hope you are enjoying your summer.

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  1. Thanks Paul for referring..

    I got a similar email from someone when I had put a adv on craiglist


    Comment by Grr | August 9, 2011 | Reply

    • Grr,
      Though I have no evidence (that would stand up in court, say) I suspect that there are many people who make combing the online want ads for suckers their full-time job.

      It is a very good (and helpful) article. I hope many will click the link and give it a read.


      Comment by techpaul | August 9, 2011 | Reply

  2. No thought of pilot comfort in the space shuttle… and it looks like a prototype. Bizarre. Wonder how much more it would cost to put bezels on the avionics and add real seats with cushions? Ha!

    Very cool VR tour though.



    Comment by kstinman | August 10, 2011 | Reply

    • kstinman,
      This 360 ‘film’ was taken in the hanger where the shuttle is undergoing decommissioning — being scrapped. There’s no way of knowing how much had been stripped out already (if anything). In zero G, I don’t know how much padding one might need.. or, if you had a space suit on.. but my understanding was, special, highly padded chairs were required to absorb the forces produced during launch (or as I call it, “blast off”), so, yeah, I noticed that too…


      Comment by techpaul | August 10, 2011 | Reply

  3. Thanks Paul for this interesting posting. The article and vid on Charles Babbage is an interesting dimension of the “tech world…not only as we know it today” but what it was back in1847-49″.

    The other tech articles are also interesting …sort of related to some of my “conflicting beefs” about the technology and the tech world we live in.



    Comment by gaia | August 10, 2011 | Reply

  4. oh…I forgot to mention the “tech museum” a great visit…it would be cool to visit it in person…again thanks Paul.



    Comment by gaia | August 10, 2011 | Reply

    • gaia,
      Our tech is just a collection of tools. A tool, in the right hands can be used for good. That same tool, in the wrong hands, can cause harm. (True of any tool.)
      But the more I see, the more I think (about our tech), just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should.


      Comment by techpaul | August 10, 2011 | Reply

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