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7 Links Challenge

I have been challenged..

Rick Robinette of What’s On My PC.. contacted me directly via email and informed me that he had nominated my Tech – for Everyone for the My 7 Links Challenge. What I have to do here is dig up 7 links from my prior writings for the following categories – then, nominate five more bloggers.

The most beautiful post
The most popular post
The most controversial post
The most helpful post
A post whose success surprised me
A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
The post that I am most proud of

The goal of this challenge is to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.

Thank you, Rick, for the nomination, and the “challenge”. Here’s what I came up with…

The most beautiful post: This category doesn’t quite fit a Tech Tips blog, but because it amuses me, I have been posting – every Sunday for a while now – a photograph or piece of artwork. To see my “Sunday Beauty” entries, click here

The most popular post: This one was easy: I just looked at my stats. How to boot from a CD

There may come a  time when you may need to boot from a CD — to run a ‘pure’ antivirus scan, or repair Windows, or some such thing. I have referred to this in a few prior how-to articles, and I told you that (during the boot) you will be presented with a small line of text that says “press any key to boot from CD….” And that is true if you have set your boot order in your BIOS.

The most controversial post: Parental Monitoring And Cellular Phones

If you are a parent concerned about what your child is doing with their mobile phone– whether or not they’re talking to strangers, for example– you may want to keep reading. This topic was spawned by a question from such a parent.

The most helpful post: I would like to think that every How To I have posted over the past 4 years would earn this ‘win’.. but again I just looked at the stats. Quick Tip: overcome “access denied” in Vista’s Command Prompt

The Vista security feature that’s most effective — and the most annoying — will sometimes prevent the Run and command line tools from doing what you tell them to do. This is (usually) due to the fact that you haven’t told it you’re an Administrator. Note: this technique can be applied to other programs as well.

A post whose success surprised me: I was contacted and asked to review a new website, and the rest, as they say, is history: Just Say “No” To

Everyone in my address book received an e-mail from me asking them to join MyLife. To each and every one of you, I apologize. Please, just delete it as the spam it is.

How that happened was, I was asked to write a review of a “new” social networking site, and so I had to ‘enroll’ and become a member.. which involves building my “profile”.. which involves importing “who I know” (aka “contacts”).

A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved: Internet Plague – Rogue Antivirus

Currently there is an epidemic of fake anti-malware software on the Internet– which is collectively called “rogue anti-malware” (aka “scareware”). ‘Marketed’ under hundreds of different names, such as VirusRemover 2008 and Antivirus XP 2009, this type of rogue software scares people by giving false alarms, and then tries to deceive them into paying for removal of non-existing malware.

The post that I am most proud of: (4 parts) The Perfect CPU?

This 6 days-a-week series I write is, for the most part, exactly as I describe in the sub-title — Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice (as well as “Questions Answered”). My writings tend to be Microsoft Windows-oriented because that is what I, and approximately 95% of you, use. I write about the Internet a lot also… because I understand a few of you are using it too.

I also try to keep my readers informed of emerging technologies, developments, and trends (“tech news”, if you will).


To pass the blogger’s torch on, and to keep the My 7 Links Challenge going, Tech – for Everyone nominates the following blogs to take this challenge:

Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows

Pulp Tech

David Pogue

Deb Shinder’s Technology InSights

Roger A. Grimes | Security Advisor


Okay. I have met the challenge, and I thank you for reading.

Today’s quote:There is no great genius without some touch of madness.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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February 1, 2012 Posted by | blogging, computers, Internet, tech | 14 Comments