Tech – for Everyone

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

Some Quick Tips…

First, let me apologize for being away from the site — busy, busy! And this morning, I only have time to bring a couple of items to your attention.

analog clock1) A timely reminder, and some free help.

Deadline reminder: Taxes
To help you meet this deadline, on the IRS website there is a page called “FreeFile”, and here you will find the “partnership links” to the free versions of 19 accepted tax prep programs — of which H&R Block’s Free File and also TurboTax are available.
To qualify, you must have an Adjusted Gross Income of $56,000 or less.

Today’s free link: FreeFile at the IRS
Note: there’s two buttons on the page; “I will choose” and “help me choose”. Though all of the programs there are accepted by the IRS, I would recommend clicking the “I will choose”, and then selecting either H&R Block or TurboTax.

(I [me, myself]  don’t need to worry about taxes. I’m going to get rich playing games, and then I’ll just hire an accountant.. )

2) Scam Warning: This is the time of year when the scammers send “phishing” emails claiming to be the I.R.S. and you need to double up on your ‘paranoid common sense’ — if you receive an email that mentions “refund”, “claim”, or says there’s a problem with your return, delete it.
The government does not send you emails out of the clear blue sky, don’t you know.

3) Have a good day everyone. The weekend’s drawing closer… (Pssst. Need an engagement ring?)

Today’s quotable quote:It’s hard to decide if TV makes morons out of everyone, or if it mirrors Americans who really are morons to begin with.” ~ Martin Mull

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April 5, 2012 - Posted by | advice, free software, Internet scam, spam and junk mail


  1. Ha! Martin Mull. One of my favorite comedic characters. Reminded me of that insane TV comedy called “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”. Oops. I’ve dated myself again. Shut it TinMan!

    One tip in re: Free File. I used TaxAct for several years (2003 – 2010) because they have a free offline program. I didn’t like entering such personal information online. In 2010 I transmitted the forms to TaxAct and they were received as complete and without error by both TaxAct and the IRS. In July of that year my state informed me that the return was incomplete and I needed to send them a hard copy of one of the forms that was definitely transmitted to TaxAct. TechPauls’ advise on choosing one of the many listed on the IRS website is wise IMHO…


    Comment by kstinman | April 5, 2012 | Reply

    • kstinman,
      I have no experience with TaxAct, and so I cannot comment on that.. except to say I hope you got the omission squared away. I also do not have personal experience with any tax prep software other than (my) one brand — though my observations/conversations have me concluding that TurboTax is most people’s choice, and I have never (yet) heard a complaint.

      Also, there are many good reasons not to transmit such data online, and only two reason to do so (convenience/cost) .. so my advice is to – if it is feasible – purchase a disc and print hard copies with it. But I do not mind letting people know such help as the I.R.S. has provided is available.


      Comment by techpaul | April 5, 2012 | Reply

  2. Sorry I have been MIA. Duty calls- RL, Holidays and Taxes. :( Oh, what fun! And the fun will continue this weekend. I won’t use the on line programs yet either. Just not comfortable with them. I haven’t read anything in a couple of days so I am hoping this has not been posted. Or better has because it is a “timed” deal.

    Acronis is having a bundle sale. The value of the bundle is $362. The price is $49.99. It’s been on for 2 weeks and it has 2 more hurry. You save $312.00.

    Backup your entire system, protect it from any possible kind of malware, get rid of spam and prevent any phishing attempts, shrink documents to extremely small sizes without affecting the content, edit photographs, share any USB devices over the internet, and restore lost passwords. All of this is now available in one super-bundle – for just $49.99.

    Acronis True Image Home 2012 – Backup and recovery $49.99
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO – Malware protection $24.95
    SPAMfighter Pro – Blocks spam and phishing attempts $29.00
    Photomizer version 2 – Image editing $39.99
    Passware Kit Standard – Password recovery $79.00
    USB to Ethernet Connector – Remote USB access $89.95
    NXPowerLite Desktop Edition – File compression $49.95

    Easter Bunny Bundle

    And BitsDuJour is giving away MailWasher Pro 2012 for today only. 15hours left at this posting.

    “MailWasher Pro can help purge your inbox of spam, plus unwanted newsletters, large emails, and any other annoying email….

    Intercept spam and viral emails before they get downloaded to your computer.
    Set up Friends lists to let email through or Blacklists to stop specific senders.
    Teach the program to learn which email messages should be allowed through.
    Send bounceback emails to former friends, lovers, and current stalkers :-)
    Control spam and viral email on an unlimited number of email accounts.
    Control SPAM fast! Using simultaneous checking, MailWasher Pro 2012 can download and
    check up to 25 email messages per second.
    Rescue accidentally deleted emails!
    Check the origin received emails against DNS spam blacklist servers.
    Block potential viruses by examining each email for any suspicious code.
    Purchase with BitsDuJour’s discount coupon code and get all this at a promotional

    MailWasher Pro 2012 PC Software with a 100% off Discount Coupon Code – Stop Delivery of Spam and Viruses


    Comment by delenn13 | April 6, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      No, no, no. No.
      And, No.
      You simply cannot let RL interfere with your posting here.

      Especially NOT, when you bring to our attention deals like these. (I am going to jump at this myself, and, no, it had not been posted before. Thanks!)(RL has me a bit distracted, too…)


      Comment by techpaul | April 6, 2012 | Reply

      • Yea, well..RL has a habit of rearing it’s ugly head at the most inconvenient times. It was really a pain when I was running my 5 IRC channels.


        Comment by delenn13 | April 6, 2012 | Reply

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