Tech – for Everyone

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

He’s Back.

And thus endeth the getaway excursion.

Hello again, folks. Yes, I have returned from my all too brief escape from reality. I doubt I will shock, or surprise you when I say that I enjoyed the respite, and can attest to the rejuvenating properties of even a brief break from the daily routine(s) of life.

I think if you have been reading me for a while, you will not be shocked nor surprised when I say to you — if you can possible manage it, take a little “getaway” yourself.
(My little outing was done “on the cheap”, and even with the [outrageously] high cost of gas, was surprisingly affordable.)

My Grandma used to say a vacation “clears out the cobwebs”. And I think I now know what she meant.

*     *     *

Now, I know we are in a global recession; whole nations are declaring bankruptcy; decent (non-McJob) jobs are rarer than hen’s teeth. And I know we live in an age where there are never enough hours in the day. The “state of the nation” is a mess. And nothing has gotten any easier. I know that – for some of you, anyway – taking a vacation is not “doable”. Or, doesn’t feel doable.

But I am here to tell you that “clearing out the cobwebs” every now and again is important and that you are worth it.

If all you can manage is to take ten minutes, close your eyes, and “imagine” yourself here.. well, that’s better than a sharp stick in the eye, and that’s fersher!

So, please, treat yourself right.

*     *     *

(Thanks to all who participated in my Firefox poll.)(Yes, I did review all the tech headlines, and doings that occurred during my absence. The only interesting thing [I thought] was the story about the Wired writer’s getting all his online accounts hacked, and how it made the front pages of newspapers. Maybe people really are waking up… The rest seemed to me to be the usual Tech Industry shenanigans.)

Oh My Tech!: Wired writer’s hacking story a warning

You may have heard the horrifying story of writer, Mat Honan, whose digital life was all but destroyed by hackers last weekend.

While his tale may be especially interesting to techies, it’s really a cautionary tale for everyone.Read more..

One last thought.. it is kinda nice being home again, too. Folks, enjoy your Sunday and, please, let’s be safe out there.

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August 12, 2012 - Posted by | advice


  1. Hey, you did not get gobbled up by the Fish or Sea…U R Back… Welcome Here Again!

    The photo Beautiful and Serene…let that image “linger on with you”!



    Comment by Gaia | August 12, 2012 | Reply

  2. TechPaul,

    Glad to have you back… Great Pic!



    Comment by Ramblinrick | August 12, 2012 | Reply

  3. Hey wait a minutes! Is that you I see on the other side of that lake trying to get a cell signal : )



    Comment by Ramblinrick | August 12, 2012 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I have joked around here before about experiencing Internet “withdrawal” after (a mere) 10 minutes away from a machine..

      And I think most of us know (or heard about) someone who spent their entire Hawaiian beach vacation checking their email (and angering their spouse) ..

      And, yes, it did feel a bit odd being “offline”..
      At first.

      But I chose to be/get “away”, and that means get away from the interweb, and the 6 O’ clock news, and the traffic — and I am very glad I did.

      Boy, oh boy, am I glad I did. (I liked it so much, I am thinking of making it permanent.)

      It was good to see some comments came in to the old blog, and I am always glad to see your name here. I hope all is super-duper “groovy” with you and yours, and that you have/had a great summer getaway too! (or.. at least out to a chaise lounge by the pool..!!)


      Comment by techpaul | August 12, 2012 | Reply

  4. Hey Paul… I just read the story Wired Writer: U must want to take another fishing trip… “ha” after digesting that story.

    Yes, I have an external back-up for the purpose of saving my stuff… photos included. Having lost my photos/stuff one time, I learned my lesson.
    I often think of the “old way” of doing photography…at least we can save it/have our stuff almost forever.

    On the other note of hackers: I am constantly getting “phony emails from hackers, pretending to be from my bank, of which they are not.” The bank is investigating these reports/complaints from their customers, but to no avail.
    I’m sure many people are familiar with that scam…which stays on the horizon…and it becomes annoying to have to be so constantly aware of the “hacker world” out there.

    As for trusting the Cloud…”sorry,” but who in the world is that “naive” to have so much faith in the cloud.

    Well ,thanks Paul …for “jogging our memory again” we can often get too relaxed or busy in the tech world to pay attention to it all.



    Comment by Gaia | August 12, 2012 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      Actually, stories like that are “old news” to me. The only thing I found interesting was the fact that it made onto my Big City newspaper’s front page. (Editors know that if you start speaking Geek, people’s eyes glaze over.)

      I am glad that many people saw the item, and I hope it woke at least a few people up. There are important “lessons” there.

      But I am not naive enough to think it changed anyone’s behavior.

      And I’m glad you took the time to give me some feedback on it.


      Comment by techpaul | August 12, 2012 | Reply

  5. Welcome back !


    Comment by MikeyK | August 12, 2012 | Reply

    • MikeyK,
      Thank you. It’s good to be back. And, also, good to see your name here again. I hope all is good with you and yours.


      Comment by techpaul | August 12, 2012 | Reply

  6. Good to see you made it back. No pics of you holding fish???

    It is good to get away and I didn’t really miss the internet while I was gone. I did do a lot of biking, reading and exploring. Over 2 weeks was enough for me. I DO know I was dreading coming back to all the emails/reading/sites/messages I had to catch up on.


    Comment by delenn13 | August 13, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      Nope. No pictures.

      A two week outing of “a lot of biking, reading and exploring” sounds wonderful (“offline” even better) and I hope you enjoyed it immensely. And I hope thoughts of that type of thing will stimulate some people out there to make the time, and budget the expense, and get out there themselves… if they possibly can manage it.

      * Cell phones are electronic leashes.
      * Online ‘friends’ are “virtual”. (They won’t help you move, fix your car, or bail you out of jail.. Like a real friend would.)
      * The MMORPG will still be there when you get back.


      Comment by techpaul | August 13, 2012 | Reply

      • Yes, outings to bike, read, sight seeing, pic. taking…in small increments… to squeeze those activities in our daily routine… is Time Away From The Computer. That has always worked for me, but more time like a week or two would be great…perhaps later in the season.
        No fishing trips though, (no fish pics.either Paul)…oh well, we can’t win’em all!

        Paul, On your other comments/reminders that reaches out to we readers:

        Cell Phones, for certain they are leashes…if one cannot turn them off, or ignore calls at in-appropriate times…it can be very annoying.

        On Line Friends, well there’s been some controversial thoughts on the points you make here:

        What do you think about these opinions of some people?
        They say: while we call On Line Friends, Virtual Friends, the word “virtual” is a technical word related to the technology which does not explain the cyber/personal stuff very well.
        It’s been said that On-Line Friends have/had the potential/experience of becoming real, to help with a move, fix your car, date, and even get married. All very interesting!!!

        Yah…the MMORPG can always be resumed as many other tech things can…tell that to the kids! :)


        Comment by Gaia | August 15, 2012 | Reply

        • Gaia,
          I guess the only thing I want to “reply” to here is, I hope you meant “kids of all ages”, as the MMORPG’s – such as World of Warcraft – appeal to all ages.


          Comment by techpaul | August 15, 2012 | Reply

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