Tech – for Everyone

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

The Week’s Tidbits (and some Friday Fun)

Regular readers of this series have come to learn over time that I prefer Fridays over Mondays …

A few brief items of interest for you today (help get you through to Quittin’ Time).

Apple: made in China, untaxed profits kept offshore

About two-thirds of Apple’s $97.6 billion cash pile is off shore. That’s a lot of money for an American company to keep outside of America.Read more..

Major Symantec breach highlights risks of running old software

Symantec says it has fewer than 50,000 users of pcAnywhere, a remote-access program that has been around for decades. It now says, for safety’s sake, those users should pull the plug. Immediately.Read more..

The Internet and piracy are here to stay

Will killing media piracy destroy the Internet? Is it even possible to stop piracy?Read more..

{Finally! The right questions.}

Microsoft Says Ex-Antivirus Maker Ran Botnet

The Russian software engineer has been added to a federal complaint that claims the the defendant operated the Kelihos botnet taken down last September.Read more..

Study: BlackHole appears, Conficker remains

Eighty-five percent of all malware is web-based, and some 30,000 websites are newly infected with malicious code each day, according to Sophos’ “Security Threat Report 2012.Read more..

Alright. Enough of that depressing stuff. I need a grin…
Recently, rather inadvertently, I think, squirrels have been mentioned on this site.

No. Not some new tech gadget.
Squirrels. Like.. in the tree, squirrel?

A reader sent me this video of a different kind of ‘tech’, and a frustrated little guy..

“Squirrel baffle”.

Love that term.

What are the chances this strategy will pay off?

Um.. er.. 0.000001%?
(Yet, obviously, some *people* think it’s a good plan, and keep spamming me. CAN-SPAM Act or no..)

Today’s quote:A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.” ~ Bob Edwards

Yawl have a great weekend, ya’ hear?

*     *     * Who thought up that name?

That’s almost as silly a word as “google”..

Microsoft Support Outage? Anyone else notice a problem with

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January 27, 2012 - Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, News, tech |


  1. Wish I could have got a video of the first squirrel that tried to get to the feeder after I installed the baffle. It was pretty funny. I set up my camera to catch them trying, but after the first squirrel fell to the ground they won’t touch the darned thing. Guess that’s the idea, but I’m sure surprised they gave up so easily. I’ve been at war with my “tree rat” population for a very long time…


    Comment by kstinman | January 28, 2012 | Reply

    • kstinman,
      I am delighted to see something finally ‘baffle’ these clever (and voracious) creatures. Like you, I have a “squirrel problem” that has gotten so bad I can no longer garden.. they even ate the zucchini I tried to grow.



      Comment by techpaul | January 28, 2012 | Reply

  2. BTW, this has gotta be the worlds smartest squirrel…


    Comment by kstinman | January 28, 2012 | Reply

  3. Hey. there guys … I too join the “war on squirrels.” What I’m reading here…also the vids represents the squirrels in my area…including my yard. I can look out my window to see 10 squirrels at one sighting, all playing around … in the trees, over the hydro wires…possibly causing “another ” power failure. I used to think they were cute and entertaining, (my indoor cat still thinks so) until they destroyed many plants last year…(they even got into my green house .) I desperately want to Get Rid Of Them… send them back to the forest, where they belong…so they can live off all the natural growth of the land.


    Comment by Gaia | January 28, 2012 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I think I can relate..

      But, folks, I do not want anyone reading to get the impression I am “anti-squirrel”.

      They are delightful, intelligent, creatures just trying to survive.. and they were here first.

      However, here where I am, there is an over-population ‘problem’ that worsens by the year (in all my years of vegetable gardening, they never once nibbled on a zucchini, until quite recently). I am not sure what the ‘solution’ to that may be.. I would just like to grow a tomato again. (Perhaps those upside-down hanging plant grower-thingies, combined w/a squirrel baffle?)

      So, Dear Reader, I hope I am clear: squirrel lovers need not write in. (Haters neither..)


      Comment by techpaul | January 28, 2012 | Reply

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