Tech – for Everyone

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

Attention Apple Users (And More)

Those of you out there who are iPeople are probably aware that there is a new cat on the scene — OS X 10.8 (code name “Mountain Lion”). Here is some important information to know about Apple’s latest operating system.

Don’t upgrade to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion before reading this

It’s tempting to install OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion” immediately, but to avoid a costly mistake you need to thoroughly check all of your productivity apps to make sure that they’re compatible.Read more..

New Mac Trojan installs silently, no password required

A new Mac OS X Trojan referred to as OSX/Crisis silently infects OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and OS X 10.7 Lion. The threat was created in a way that is intended to make reverse engineering more difficult, an added extra that is more common with Windows malware than it is with Mac malware.” Read more..

[note: Just because they say this item is not yet floating around the web does not mean you can not think about having AV (aka “antivirus”) on your devices..]

Important advice there.

In other news: Microsoft says something out loud that should have been said long ago…

Microsoft: Update Java or kill it

Microsoft is offering advice on how to protect yourself from Java-based malware. The instructions are simple: either update it, disable it, or just uninstall it completely.” Read more..

My advice on that is: uninstall it. If it should prove that some application (aka “program”) you have needs Java to run.. seriously consider uninstalling that, too.

If you are an Über Geek: please participate in my latest poll and help resolve the most pressing question of our time. Star Trek’s Best Captain (Debate Settled)
(And thanks to those of you who have already joined in.)

Another reading reco: Can Microsoft be right about tablets and Apple, Amazon, and Google be wrong?

If you haven’t realized it yet, Microsoft is trying to do something different in tablets. But, the strategy has three big question marks.Read more..

(If you’re wondering.. the likelihood is that my first tablet – if I ever go that route – would be a Surface. [I do much more than look at YouTube, is why.])

Today’s quote:An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.” ~ Thomas Fuller

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July 26, 2012 - Posted by | advice, Apple, computers, Microsoft, News, PC, software, tech | , , , , ,


  1. Heads up..Sorry so late. Had to work. Normally $25.00..From BitsDuJour. 4Videosoft iPad Manager Mac and PC Software with a 100% off Discount Coupon Code – Transfer Content Between Your PC and iPad

    4Videosoft iPad Manager lets you transfer music, movies, ringtones, photos, and more between your iPad and PC, quickly and easily and better than using iTunes. With 4Videosoft iPad Manager, you get around the inconvenience of not being able to copy stuff from your Apple device back to your PC.

    In addition to being able to transfer content between your iPad and PC, 4Videosoft iPad Manager also gives you the ability to transfer content directly between Apple devices. What’s more, you can use 4Videosoft iPad Manager to convert and edit DVD videos for playback on your iPad. You can also create custom iPhone ringtones from any video or audio file, and use Quick Search to quickly find content by Genre, Artist, or Album.


    Comment by delenn13 | July 26, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      Thank you for taking the time to share that with us.


      Comment by techpaul | July 26, 2012 | Reply

  2. For the record..I have downloaded this and installed..No surprises but Sega Genesis fun. It is free untill 2012-07-2813:00 and DRM FREE Certified!

    Download Ristar – PC Game

    The evil tyrant Greedy holds the galaxy of Valdi under a reign of terror, spreading misery and darkness.

    But from the depths of space comes Ristar, a shining shooting star who is destined for greatness. Only his special powers can restore happiness to the solar system once again.
    Key Features:

    > A game with original and zany situations

    > A difficulty that increases progressively

    > An inspired and original level design

    > Action, puzzle and strategy are combined in Ristar


    Comment by delenn13 | July 27, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      I never did get into the 2D sidescrollers..

      Except for Sonic..

      And Mario..

      And Donkey Kong…

      (The Sega.. let me see, hmmm, I’m thinkin’.. 1995?)


      Comment by techpaul | July 27, 2012 | Reply

      • 02/16/1995 :)


        Comment by delenn13 | July 28, 2012 | Reply

  3. Heads up…

    Not sure how long this one is for…but….

    aitch-tee-tee-pee-colon-slash-slash Serial Number of East-Tec DisposeSecure For FREE

    East-Tec DisposeSecure removes all traces of information from a hard disk or from selected partitions, without damaging the disk. Every sector and every bit of information is overwritten and destroyed beyond recovery.

    In a nutshell, East-Tec DisposeSecure:

    Securely deletes (wipes) all data on any hard disk or on one or more individual partitions
    Overwrites IDE & SCSI drives
    Is Operating System & BIOS independent
    Offers powerful data wiping verification capabilities
    Provides full review of the wiping results using the built-in Sector Viewer
    Generates validation reports that meet US Department of Defense requirements


    A repeat from BDJ but if you missed it is….

    Access Your Full History of Clipboard Items

    On any given day, you copy and paste so many items that you probably don’t even think about it. But just imagine how much more productive you’d be if you could copy and paste more than a single item to the Windows clipboard at a time! Clipstory gives you that exact functionality, and so much more.

    With Clipstory, every item you copy to the clipboard is saved in a history file. Later on, you can quickly cycle through your entire history of copied text, files, images, audio and binary data! Not only does Clipstory allow quick access to frequently used clips, you also have the ability to tag items, see extra details about each clip, and save clipped items to disk.

    But wait, it gets better! You can set up Clipstory to automatically save clipped items to folders based on their data type, even going as far as to instantly convert image files to your desired format!

    Clipstory PC Software with a 100% off Discount Coupon Code – Access Your Full History of Clipboard Items

    And GGOTD has a game if you want to deal with their asinine new wrapper..

    Game Giveaway of the Day – Football Live 1.01


    Comment by delenn13 | July 28, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      As always, I thank you for sharing these giveaways with us.

      My “go to” tool for secure data erasure has been – for as long as I can remember – DBAN (which is a “boot disc”). It is a free download, available here.

      (I almost awarded a TP Gold Star.. For using a simply wonderful word: “asinine”.)


      Comment by techpaul | July 28, 2012 | Reply

      • Hi Paul,

        Please remove any reference to the East-Tec DisposeSecure program. I just got an email from a friend who told me the key would not work. Mine worked but maybe because I had an earlier version?? Have no idea. But what is even stranger….is WHY do they have any of this on THEIR website? Are they data mining the emails? What is going on?

        “Thank you for your interest.

        You need to enter the key into the version you have obtained from the magazine, not the latest version form our website.
        Please try again to insert it in the exe obtained from the magazine and let us know if it works.

        Mugur Iuhas
        EAST Technologies”

        I have used DBAN a lot also. Well, if you had awarded the TP Gold Star, the words I am using now You can’t I would have lost it.. :) You know, vendors are starting to get sneakier. Not all..but some.. Trust is a two way street..but it’s becoming more more a one way street.


        Comment by delenn13 | July 28, 2012 | Reply

  4. 2012-07-29 13:00) has another Sega Classic from 08/14/1989.

    Athena, the daughter of Zeus, has been captured by the wicked Neff, God of the Underworld, and is being held captive.

    Summoned from the dead by Zeus himself, it is up to you now to clear five rounds of underlings before taking on Neff, in what promises to be the most gruelling of challenges.
    Key Features:

    > A classic with good gameplay, great character design, and quintessential boss battles.

    > Multiple enemy types: slow moving, shambling zombies, demons, two headed wolves, limbless bouncing frogs, strange weird half-chicken lizard monsters, etc.

    > Various powers depending on the level you are.

    Download Altered Beast – PC Game


    Comment by delenn13 | July 28, 2012 | Reply

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