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Sunday Beauty 85

I hope you all are having a great weekend. Here is this week’s Sunday Beauty image. (A long long time ago, I used to do a lot of B&W photography.. back when we used to use foul-smelling chemicals, and “darkrooms”..)

Click on image to see more by this artist

“0003691” by Andreas Øverland, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Today’s quote:I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” ~ Bill Cosby

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 22, 2012 Posted by | Digital Images | Leave a comment

Saturday Post #2

Wow. What a pretty day here today.

Definitely a day where flip flops will have priority over any ditch digging, or heavy lifting. Ha!

* It has been a while since I mentioned one of my preferred ‘humor sites’ — There I Fixed It. It is a part of the Fail Blog. Which some people know is affiliated with I Can Has Cheeseburger. (And the LOLcats, I think..)

U-Hauls Are For Losers!
Click on image to see more "fixes".

* It’s also been a while since I mentioned one of my favorite little tools for keeping your PC running smoothly, CCleaner (and it helps protect your privacy too). It is a free download, and one of my Top 10 reco’s.

Some time ago I posted a tutorial for using CCleaner. If you missed it…

I wouldn’t go anywhere without CCleaner

CCleaner (the “C” stands for ‘crap’) is a free system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up hard disk space. It also protects your privacy by cleaning (erasing) traces of your online activities such as cookies, and your Internet history. Additionally it contains a safe, fully featured registry cleaner.

You can read the rest of the tutorial here.

Today’s quote:Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” ~ Jim Rohn

An update: (for those who were wondering). WordPress informed me that the “No Ads” upgrade has been renewed for another year. My sincere thanks to all who contributed a donation to the cause!

.. I wonder if that driver got a fixit ticket.. seems a wee bit unsafe to me… Have a great weekend everybody!

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 21, 2012 Posted by | advice, computers, performance | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Secret #1

Secret #1: Not all viral videos are what they seem

There are tens of thousands of videos uploaded to YouTube each day (I’ve heard estimates between 10-65,000 videos per day). I don’t care how “viral” you think your video is; no one is going to find it and no one is going to watch it.

The members of my startup are hired guns – our clients give us videos and we make them go viral. Our rule of thumb is that if we don’t get a video 100,000 views, we don’t charge.Read more..

Yes, that’s right. You’re being manipulated.

“Secret” #2:
April is only half over, but this month, I have received unsolicited “cold” phone calls from:
* 3 payment process services (“use our service to process your client’s credit cards, and you’ll pocket 3¢ more than you are now!“)
* 2 People promising to get my biz site to the #1 position on Google and Bing. (But only if I act right now.)
* 5 “SEO“/”website makeover” companies. (“Do you have a website?”)
* many other sleezeballs, but this is just the “online” (Internet) people.

Why are these people so desperate for clients, they are resorting to cold calling (aka “spamming”)?

I have never done business with some stranger who calls me out of the clear blue sky, and I never will.

And, if I want to do that type of thing (“positioning), I will setup a meet with a Blackhat SEO type, and have them work up some automated “viral marketing” bots and spiders for me.
Because it seems that’s how we play the game these days.

Ah. The Internet. Riding that easy-money train.

Tell you what, it is a gorgeous day here. I have finally managed to ‘clear the decks’ of all the urgent tasks.. why don’t we have some “Friday Fun”?

Oops.. half the “popular” videos on YouTube are about the game Minecraft, or “trailers” for coming games. (Sigh.) Take a little longer to find one.. hold on..
Hmmm.. well..
Bloopers?

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Yeah…

I think I’m going to go offline.. and get outdoors for a while. The weekend’s almost here!

Minecraft???

Today’s quote:Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.” ~ Erma Bombeck

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April 20, 2012 Posted by | Internet, tech | 5 Comments

Dearly Beloved (#22)

An alert reader sent me a smile. It was an “Online April Fools” that I had missed.

Thank you Dear Reader (you know who you are).

.. and another news item brought a smile: I guess we’re not totally sitting idly by while criminals (using computers) bleed us white (“cyber” crime is costing us over $100 BILLION/year.. that we know about)(And that doesn’t include “intellectual property”).

* Securities fraud hacker charged after $1 million heist

A Russian national is in custody in Newark, N.J., facing charges of hacking into the web accounts of several brokerages to initiate sham stock trades that allegedly netted $1 million.Read more..

Please don’t worry too much folks. Great minds have woken up to the fact the Internet is completely broken, and people are scrambling, now,  to try to glue security measures onto it, and keep it running.
Because it’s vitally important that we be bombarded with advertising.

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Ransomware in the news (again): Emsisoft warns about a new ACCDFISA ransomware threat wave on Windows servers

Emsisoft experts have tracked a group of hackers that have been launching targeted attacks on Windows servers running publicly accessible Remote Desktop and Terminal Services. If the attack is successful, the ransomware ACCDFISA is installed and moves important files into encrypted RAR archives. Access to such encrypted files is only possible after paying ransom.” Read more..

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Today’s quote:Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” ~ Princess Diana

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April 19, 2012 Posted by | consumer electronics, cyber crime, Google, Internet, News | 5 Comments

Interesting news?

Here is the latest new information about Microsoft’s soon-to-be-released operating system, Windows 8.

* What exactly do you get with Windows 8 Pro?

Windows 8 will come in only two retail flavors. One is the base edition, with no fancy marketing label, nothing to say it’s a home or consumer edition. So what do you get with the Pro edition? The list of Pro-only features is short and to the point. No complex matrix required.” Read more..

* Microsoft’s Windows 8 consumer and Windows RT editions: What’s missing?

Microsoft officials have finally started to confirm specific features that will and won’t be included in the various Windows 8 editions that are due out later this year…

..This could simply mean, as some believe, that Windows XP and Vista users will have to do a complete install of Windows 8, and won’t be able to do a less-involved upgrade. But it could have broader implications, one Microsoft watcher said.” Read more..

Also.. a big, big trial is starting.. and a new Trojan targeting Apple Macs has been discovered. The world of tech –> always changing.

Oh, yes. For those of you not entirely delighted with Firefox 11, a new beta of 12 is now available!!!

12?

Yes. Twelve.
(I don’t know. Maybe they drink too much coffee over there?)

You may as well try it, as soon, it appears, they will change your version whether you like it or not.

Firefox as scareware?

Hmmm.. could this be the end of my using Mozilla??? I’ve been onboard since version 1.2 … (I know a lot of you have bailed because of the constant update nag..)

Today’s How To Fix: Repair hyperlinks function in email

This article will tell you what to do if links you receive in emails no longer automatically open when clicked. Read more..

Today’s quotable quote:A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” ~ Saint Basil

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April 18, 2012 Posted by | Apple, computers, Google, Internet, Microsoft, News, tech, Windows 8 | 3 Comments

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 | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

What To Do When Windows Does Not See The Drive*

You Plug In A Storage Device, And Nothing Happens

A reader e-mailed me a question I believe will be of interest to other readers of this series. He wants to use a thumb drive to transfer files between his computer at his work and his home computer, but the work computer will not “recognize” (aka “see”) the thumb drive when he plugs it in. He wanted advice on how to fix this.

Q: My thumb drive works great at home, but when I took it into work to try and copy some files so I could work at home, I plug it in and the little window never opens so I cannot use it. What am I doing wrong?
A: There are several possible reasons for this, and here’s a few things to try: Read more..

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Bonus reading: Sync Box, Google Docs, Evernote and More With Social Folders

If you use Box (online file storage service) and Google Docs, then you are well aware that there is no easy way to sync your online files (and folders) with your computer; UNTIL NOW! I came across an online service called SocialFolders where you can sync your files at Box, Google Docs and more (such “[…] Read more..

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April 16, 2012 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, PC, Plug and Play, tech, thumb drives, troubleshooting | , , , , , , | 6 Comments