Tech – for Everyone

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

Attn: Lasik Vision Institute

To: Those In Charge at the Lasik Vision Institute

Dear Sir or Ms,

If you think that spamming me is a good way to gain clientele, think again. I most assuredly will never come near you after finding this in my email.

Way to go!

And to you, Dear Reader.. you do know that the paperclip “attachment” there is a fersher danger sign, right?

Let’s be safe out there, folks, Exercise some “paranoid common sense” when online, won’t you? (Because it’s not paranoid when they are out to get you. That paperclip attachment is a form asking for personal information, so rubes and marks can volunteer up their “identities” – in the hopes of gaining employment..)
Don’t become a victim. Remember the Email Golden Rule. If you don’t recognize the Sender? Don’t open it.

Today’s quote:You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.” ~ Charles C. Noble

Today’s word: “mark”

mark
noun. A person identified as an easy target, or “sucker”. A mark is always the short end of a joke or scam, and is never let in on whats going on. A mark is usually being cheated out of money. It’s origin is from old English traveling carnivals from the late 1800s to early 1900s, where workers would refer to people paying to see their made up shows and games a “mark”. not from urban gangsters like most people think. Mark is also the origin to the term “smark” or “smart mark” which is a person who knows he/she is being scammed.

(And for “rube”, click here.)

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February 22, 2012 Posted by | computers | 4 Comments

Learning from the Like button

If you have ever left a Comment on a website/blog, maybe you have noticed a “Like” button.. and maybe wondered what it is.

Well, what it is is kinda a gimmick, and a way for bloggers to get some pseudo ‘linkbacks’ to their own publishing/website – kind of disguised as a way to “give a thumbs up” to other writers.

See, the Internet is a strange place, and people who inhabit it worry about things like Google PageRank, and getting noticed (aka “gaining eyeballs”). It’s all about getting your URL mentioned on as many other websites as possible.
Bizarre, yes. But true.

Anywho.. I don’t expect you, Dear Reader, to care about that. The reason I mention the Like button at all is, recently several other writers have “Liked” my articles and since I did not recognize them, I followed them back (linkback, remember?) to their websites and read their stuff. I think you may very well be glad I did, as I am going to now refer you to a few of the more intriguing of the bunch (in no particular order). Happy reading!

* PHOTOBOTOS

We Promise One AMAZING Photograph EVERYDAY. (Really. Check back everyday to keep us honest.)

* I Am Not Defined

A place to start

* Principles of Power

“Knowledge is power, and power corrupts. So study hard and try not to be too evil.”

And since this is a “tech” website.. Amazon has some intriguing “deals” going on now.. to give them a look-see, click here.

Today’s quote:I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver. Then they would really be educated.” ~ Al McGuire
(I would add “and one year in uniform“, but that’s just me.)

And just because:

If you’re a blogger and aren’t getting enough eyeballs, be sure to “Like” this post. (Or, if, you know, you liked it..)

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February 21, 2012 Posted by | blogging | 2 Comments

How To Make Your Music Play In iTunes (or other media player)

By default, when you click on a folder containing music, you will be prompted to use Windows Media Player — which perhaps you do not use, preferring iTunes, or Winamp, or some other. You can easily change this ‘default behavior’ to use your preferred media player by following these simple steps.

Click Start button > Control Panel, then Programs

Under Default Programs, click  Set Default Programs (or “Set your default programs”).


On the left-hand pane, scroll until you find the desired program (in my example “Media Player Classic”, but yours could/will be different.. say, iTunes.) Click on it to turn it blue (aka “select” it.)


Then click the big Set this program as default button. Then OK.

That’s it. iTunes (or, in my case Media Player Classic) will now be the player your computer thinks of when it sees music (media) files. Should you change your mind, or decide on another media player at some future date, you can simply repeat this process and choose Windows Media Player (or.. whatever one) again.

Note: This method is how you change other “Opens with” defaults as well — such as changing back to Internet Explorer as your default web browser after you’ve tried some other “alternative” browser.

Today’s quote:Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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February 20, 2012 Posted by | advice, computers, digital music, how to, tech, Vista, Windows 7 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Beauty #78

Folks, some time ago now, I received permission from an artist to use some of their images in my Sunday Beauty feature.

Click on image to see more by this artist (reco'd)

“Farmington Bay, Antelope Island & Bear River Bird Refuge in a day” by mavourneen strozewski, courtesy of www.utahphotographyblog.com.

My thanks to Ms Strozewski, and – folks – click on the image and look at some of the other photos, won’t you? (Clicks count, in Internetland.)
Also, here is a nice slideshow of her work – http://mstrozewski.zenfolio.com/

* Sunday Ugly (a not-so-frequent feature)

Imagine! 500% Profits! Gotta go. Gotta see what marvelous news salim javed sent me! Have a great weekend everybody!

I’m rich!

I’m rich!

500%!!!!!

Today’s quote:An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious – just dead wrong.” ~ Russell Baker

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February 19, 2012 Posted by | Digital Images | , , , | 2 Comments

I Owe Some Friday Fun

Yesterday’s regularly scheduled programming was preempted by a special event (see, Recognition Of A Special Day) and so I feel I should make it up to you, Dear Reader, and post some “Friday Fun” today.

Not that anyone will see it… nobody reads me on Saturdays…

Note: there is some (rather) “adult” language ..

Best Fails of 2011

And on a more serious note..

Is That Email Legitimate?

Folks, a reader sent in a question I really think you should see… Read more

I have a chance to relax a bit today, and I’m going to take it. I hope you all have a safe and a very pleasant weekend.

Today’s quote:Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” ~ Unknown

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February 18, 2012 Posted by | advice, e-mail, Phishing, security | , | 4 Comments

Recognition Of A Special Day

"My Retirement Photo"

By the time I get this typed and ‘uploaded’, a certain event will have occurred that I would like to acknowledge – and bring to your attention.

Please see, It Feels Like A Million Dollar Day at What’s On My PC

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Rick Robinette (the possum pictured, and author of Whats On My PC..) is a genuine good guy, and his site is one of my few remaining daily reads. Please join me in offering some recognition for his special day (and find out what I am talking about); and click on this link: It Feels Like A Million Dollar Day at What’s On My PC.
(Clicks count, in Internetland.)

And, Rick? You always were “in the big leagues” in my book. (But now there’s some proof, eh?)

One of the best tech blogs –> see, It Feels Like A Million Dollar Day at What’s On My PC

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February 17, 2012 Posted by | blogging, Internet, tech | | 6 Comments

15 Android Widgets To Make iPhone Owners Jealous

Android owners may want to look at Tech Republic’s The 15 most useful Android smartphone widgets

One of the biggest advantages of Android over iPhone is widgets. Here are 15 of the best widgets available for Android, updated for 2012 and selected by TechRepublic Editor in Chief Jason Hiner. Read more..

Sorry.. busy day here!

February 16, 2012 Posted by | Android, gadgets | Leave a comment