Tech – for Everyone

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

Five Years Old

What?! Another “On This Date In History”???

Exactly five years ago today, I posted the very first Tech – for Everyone. June 8, 2007.

And I have (by and large) posted some thing here every day since.

A few quick “stats”:

  • 1,772 Postings (with 2,164 “images”)
  • 9,208 Comments — almost exactly half of those are my Replies.
  • (also: 123,495 spam comments submitted by bots and *helpful people*)
  • Over 2,000,000 Visitors

I never had any intention (or inkling) that Tech – for Everyone would still be “alive and kicking” that long. My original intent was to post several answer pages — answers to those questions I kept hearing over and over (and over) .. with the idea that instead of constantly repeating myself, I could simply say, “here, read this.” (When people find out you are a Professional Help Geek, they ask you questions.)

Naturally, I think, my efforts here changed.. and “evolved”, somewhat, over the years. As has the tech. 2007 was the year we lost the war against the hackers. Back then there were no “netbooks” much less “tablets”; the iPhone had just been hatched; Microsoft introduced Vista, and “The Ribbon” replaced the Menu bar in Office.
.. They did not chant “cloud computing”, but “SaaS”.
.. Norton went from being one of the last things you wanted on your machine, to one of the first.
Just to name a few.

Yes. Things change.

Five years is a very long time to have done this.

I hope I have helped a few folks along the way.

Now for more of the usual:

It’s official: nobody can say one good thing about Windows 8 (except Deb Shinder). This article tells you all you need to know (IMHO) about Microsoft’s next operating system – due to arrive in the next coupl’a months: Final thoughts on Windows 8: A design disaster

Here is the (article’s) official ‘blurb’: “The biggest problem with Windows 8 is that it wasn’t born out of a need or demand. Its design failures, particularly with ‘Metro UI’ will likely be its downfall. Here’s why.”

.. and here’s the quote I like: “I’m now ready to sum up my Windows 8 experience with a single word: awful.”

So, I’ll say it again: I am planning on running a Windows 7 “environment” and will not be buying Windows 8. If you’re thinking of getting a new (Windows) Desktop or Laptop (aka “notebook”) my advice/opinion is buy now.. before Win8 gets here. (“Disaster” and “awful” are words fit to print. The words I hear on the street are not as nice..) Need more convincing? Read the comments thread, here.

In The News: Music site joins LinkedIn, eHarmony as victim of password theft

In the span of about 24 hours, three major websites have requested that their users change their passwords following apparent heists of millions of credentials.

Music website Last.fm is the latest to fall prey. On Thursday, the U.K.-based company released a statement announcing it was looking into the matter.Read more..

Friday Fun: Just slide the bar AT THE BOTTOM to the left or right.. Be sure to go BOTH ways (all the way) on the sliding scale. A really good representation of where we fit in the scale of things…
http://htwins.net/scale2/

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Gonna share some honesty with you folks. Part of me says, five years of this volunteer work is long enough.

Today’s quote:How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank

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June 8, 2012 - Posted by | blogging, computers, Internet, tech, Windows 8

15 Comments »

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU PAUL E. AND YOUR STILL SUPER TECH IN THIS FILMMAKER’S EYES FOR THE KIND THINGS YOU DO TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF EARTH! “MOST HUMANS WON’T EVEN TAKE TIME TO THANK YOU
    FOR SO MUCH HELP THAT
    YOU HAVE GIVEN TO SO MANY AND PROVIDED TO THEM SO FREELY ” I HOPE THE THINGS I SENT IN MY REPLY MESSAGE TO YOU LAST WEEK ARE STILL CHARGING YOUR ENGINES BECAUSE WE REALLY WANT YOU TO JOIN US ON THE ROCKET THAT ‘S ABOUT READY TO TAKE OFF IN OUR CUTTING EDGE TECH LAUNCH ! THIS LAUNCH WILL CHANGE HOW AMERICA DOES BUSINESS FOR THE BETTER OF ALL! PLEASE CONNECT WITH ME AT LINKEDIN ASAP!
    THANKS FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO PAUL!
    TAMARA ROOT

    PRLAUNCH! PLEASE CONNECT WITH ME AT
    THAT ROCKET SHIP THAT’S ABOUT

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    Comment by tamaraduquette | June 8, 2012 | Reply

    • OH RIGHT AS YOU SAID, TAKE OFF IN FIVE, FOUR, THREE ……..TAMARA

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      Comment by tamaraduquette | June 8, 2012 | Reply

  2. tamaraduquette,
    Thank you for your enthusiastic well-wishes.

    .. I didn’t see anything on your sites about a “tech launch”.. so I do not know to what you are referring…

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    Comment by techpaul | June 8, 2012 | Reply

    • Well the details of this project are not something I can post in public view yet and partners are insisting that we All sign a NDA agreement before we share details. We have all signed them! We think you will agree that this product will be right in line with your Blog on marketing dollars should be spent in the mobile, and tablet markets starting Now! So let me know where to send the NDA agreement so we can speak freely!
      It can be sent and signed via electronics.

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      Comment by Anonymous | June 8, 2012 | Reply

  3. Congrats Tech Paul…on the Anniversary of your Blog. Your stats are excellent! Hope to see you here for awhile yet!

    Your Friday Fun…The Scale Of The Universe…So, So Interesting and Beautiful!

    The beauty of the Universe…of which so much “we are familiar with… yet so much we take for granted”. Then there’s so much of the Unknown…more beauty… even the accompanying music is beautiful!

    I would love to experience some of the Unknown for real someday…oh well, food for thought… who knows?
    Thanks Paul, for Friday Fun.

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    Comment by Gaia | June 8, 2012 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      Your consistent and conscientious support of my efforts here is not only appreciated but, you and others like you, are what keeps me at it. (I ain’t doin’ it fer me health.)

      Thank you.

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      Comment by techpaul | June 8, 2012 | Reply

  4. Hey Paul,

    Well done!. Thanks for all of your timely, helpful and money saving advice.

    By the livin’ Gawd that made you, You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!

    Happy Fifth, TP!

    Best,

    Bob

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    Comment by Bob Slyker | June 8, 2012 | Reply

    • Bob Slyker,
      It’s always good to see your name here. And I thank you.

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      Comment by techpaul | June 8, 2012 | Reply

  5. TechPaul,

    Congratulations to a great person and blogger. Four years ago you was instrumental in getting me into the blogging circuit. I truly look up to you as my mentor.

    Rick

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    Comment by Ramblinrick | June 8, 2012 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I’ll say it again; you’re a good man, Charlie Brown. Thank you.

      Folks, Rick’s blog, What’s On My PC.., is one of my few remaining “must reads”. Take a visit over there, and see why, won’t you?

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      Comment by techpaul | June 8, 2012 | Reply

  6. Brilliant work and a pleasure to read. Long may you continue.

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    Comment by diecastbox | June 9, 2012 | Reply

    • diecastbox,
      Thank you for taking the time and voicing your support.

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      Comment by techpaul | June 9, 2012 | Reply

  7. Wow! That “Scale of the Universe” is interesting. Thanks for that. You scroll too fast and you can get whiplash. :)

    We get tech and interesting stuff all on a platter. Who can complain?

    Congrats On the Fifth and Onward to the Tenth, Paul.

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    Comment by delenn13 | June 10, 2012 | Reply

    • Thank you, delenn13.

      Trying to think of doing this another 5 years.. does not compute. Error. BSOD.

      If I would want to do that.. I had better learn how to sing the praises of the latest iGadget, swoon over syncing apps, and hyperventilate over the latest cloud service…
      (Maybe if I was getting paid I could learn??)

      Ha!

      But who knows.

      Stranger things have happened.

      I appreciate your support.

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      Comment by techpaul | June 10, 2012 | Reply


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