Tech – for Everyone

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

A Quick Tip, A ‘Don’t Miss’, And A Mini-rant.

Let’s get started. An alert reader woke me up to this highly recommended limited-time deal (thank you).

It’s WinPatrol..What are you waiting for? GET IT!

Two Day Only 99 Cent Experimental Sale!

This is a lifetime license.

”As in the past, this will be a limited time only “experiment” starting at Noon EST on Monday, April 16th 2012 and will end Noon EST on Wednesday April 18th, 2012.”

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Quick tip: In doing some research for the purchase of a HDTV, I have found an excellent resource for those shopping for new audio/visual devices: complete with product reviews. This very respected place is Crutchfield, and to visit their shopper’s advice area, click here.

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Old Tech Paul is a pretty important guy, don’tcha know? Not only do I receive email from the United Nations and the FBI on a regular basis, I also have friends in other areas of the diplomatic corps..

Because the ISP’s routinely block most of the more obvious cases, most people have no idea what all this investment in “high tech” and the “world wide web” is being used for. Here is the current use of the 1’s and 0’s being pushed through our “infrastructure” right now.

Unfortunately, most of that spam is being sent from our own computers. (The one’s that have been infected and turned into “spambots”.. usually a fact unknown by their owners.) Fortunately, some people are finally taking “botnets” seriously.. maybe it’s too early to say, but some are arguing that progress is being made on this front. At least on a technical level, that may be true.. But what can we do to “fix” the humans that think sending this stuff (spam) is a good idea?

Today’s free link: a quite excellent resource page, Do-it-yourself: Stop junk mail, email and phone calls – A free guide to reducing unwanted or intrusive advertising

Today’s free download: Think it might be possible that you have been ‘botted’? One tool to help you find out is the free RUBotted from Trend Micro.. recently improved.

RUBotted monitors your computer for potential infection and suspicious activities associated with bots. Bots are malicious files that enable cybercriminals to secretly take control of your computer. Upon discovering a potential infection, RUBotted will identify and clean them with HouseCall.

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April 17, 2012 - Posted by | computers, cyber crime, free software, how to, Internet, Internet scam, shopping for | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Paul,
    I’ve been using Crutchfield for over 20 years. They are absolute pro’s, stand by their suggestions and their sales sold.

    Ron of MN


    Comment by 19ron49 | April 17, 2012 | Reply

    • 19ron49,
      Good to see your name here again.

      I first ‘discovered’ Crutchfield, thanks to the recommendation of a “reliable source”, a bit over two years ago now. I have not been a customer (yet, anyway) but value their reviews and information a bit like one might use the Kelly Blue Book, or Consumer Reports.
      20 years, eh? That’s one heck of a “RL Testimonial”!


      Comment by techpaul | April 17, 2012 | Reply

  2. Just got this in an email:

    Dear delenn13,

    3-days-GIVEAWAY of the newest Virtualization Manager 12 Compact has just started at Paragon Facebook.
    Now you can enjoy the benefits of virtualization without being too technical! The software, normally priced at $29.95, is available for FREE on Paragon’s Facebook page until April 20th!
    Click “LIKE” button and follow the simple steps to get the solution for FREE! Stay tuned and invite your friends to join!
    We look very forward to seeing you and your friends on Paragon Facebook very soon!

    Sincerely Yours,

    Paragon Software Team

    Hurry up! The offer is time-limited and expires April 20th, 8 am (GMT-4)

    Here’s the website with the link to Facebook.

    I know, I’s Facebook. I hate it too. I have one..only for this type of thing. I have no so called friends(I even “unfriended” the hubby)..Just companies and likes..etc. I have nothing filled pics etc..


    Comment by delenn13 | April 18, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      This reminds me that I have not written about the advantages of “virtual machines” (VM’s) in some time now. (I have found it to be one of those Geek topics that produces “the glaze”, and kills ratings..)
      But those interested can view my previous writings on the subject, and the many advantages, here.

      As always, thank you for the ‘heads up’.


      Comment by techpaul | April 18, 2012 | Reply

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