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

Darn it…


I have aphids on some of my rose bushes.


Normally, what I do is “mist” ’em with a dishsoap-in-water solution..

Normally, that has had a happy end result..

Yes. We have lady bugs.
But the ladies seem totally uninterested in the aphids.


~     ~     ~

Ah, well.

Such is life.

On the bight side, the tomato seedlings I planted are going gangbusters.

Now, How About Some Tech?

1) Yes, that computer in Berlin is still merrily spewing out spam comments as the owner is still unaware they are hacked (aka “pwned”). Today’s free download: Think it might be possible that you have been ‘botted’ (aka “pwned”) like that person in Berlin? One tool to help you find out is the free RUBotted from Trend Micro.. recently improved.

2) Read: Fraud attempts in social networks – This is how scam on Facebook works

Every year, there is more news about fraud attempts, identity theft, and hacker attacks on Facebook. Most attacks are based on scam, i.e. fraud that no anti-virus or anti-malware software is able to protect you from, as it is not always malicious software that is used. The authors rather rely on their victims’ naivety or greed. This is reason enough for us to explain the general proceedings, so you can avoid scam more efficiently and use Facebook in a more secure manner in the future. Read more..

Okay. Coupl’a good things there. Excuse me while I go charge up my hand phaser and figure out how to set it on “aphid”…

Today’s quote:A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” ~ Arnold H. Glasow

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May 16, 2012 - Posted by | advice, computers, hackers, Internet, security | , , , , ,


  1. Aphids and plants are friends! Be that as it may! While they love and feast on their favorite plants, they do not like onions or garlic!

    Make a solution of chopped onion or garlic, add it to a quart of water, strain it, use a spray bottle to spray the plants. I have had success with that method, as I do not use chemicals to treat any plants.
    For a quick attack, “sheer frustration…”ha” The phaser would work too.

    Facebook is in the news everyday … most people are not concerned over the security risks. They say, “I am not going to worry about hackers, I enjoy Facebook too much, I will take my chances.”
    It will be interesting to see the future of Facebook, with all the pros and cons (financial) of the organization.


    Comment by Gaia | May 17, 2012 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I did mention my roses+aphids in the hopes that folks would maybe suggest some alternative “solutions”, so thank you. I’ll give it a try today (time allowing).

      As for your observation, I don’t think they even thought about it that much. (Only one person clicked the link to the “how to avoid scams” article — maybe you?) But I am kind of a cynic. And grouchy old curmudgeon.
      And to this day do not have a Facebook acct. or spent one millisecond there.


      Comment by techpaul | May 17, 2012 | Reply

  2. yeah, garlic potion is ok, but the root [pun] cause is soil’s magnesium deficiency
    — just sprinkle a pinch or two of epsom salts around each plant & then water…as well,do this for the entire garden & as well, if you cease&desist from using the chemical ‘malware’ aka miraclegro, the mineral balance of the soil will stay ok& plants won’t be bug magnets…in fact, we are all sorely [pun] lacking mg: check out Dr Dean’s ‘Miracle of


    Comment by dar | May 20, 2012 | Reply

    • dar,
      I worked bonemeal, and chicken and steer manure into the planting soil when I first put the roses in the ground (some, as long ago, now, as 20+ years ago, and the two newcomers was 5+ years ago) but other than pruning/weeding have not done any other “care” (aka Miracle Gro). I gave up trying to fight black spots on the leaves ages ago.

      It seems there is some debate about epsom salts ( but I have heard it from enough long-time (and successful) gardeners now that I am going to give it a test drive.

      I appreciate the feedback!


      Comment by techpaul | May 20, 2012 | Reply

  3. I am with Gaia. I use the garlic, onion, cayenne pepper and a tad of dish soap(after the phaser..if anything is left.)


    Comment by delenn13 | May 21, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      Um.. the term “broad spectrum” popped into mind..

      I tried my soapy spray, then Gaia’s garlic “tea” spray, and just for good measure, mixed epsom salts into buckets of water and poured that ’round the roots (I like the idea of “more buds and more canes”) and – lo! and behold! – no more aphids.
      (For now)


      Comment by techpaul | May 21, 2012 | Reply

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