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And Now It’s Time For Something Completely Different (#2)

(AKA “Friday Fun”)

Yesterday, I heard one of those songs that was .. “hauntingly familiar” to me ..

Perhaps you have heard it.. or at least this version of it.. (aka “lyrical”)

But, in looking the song up, I discovered that the song itself was born by artists more of my “genre” (I am a “rocker”). Maybe some of you will like it..

And for those of you who would prefer a few yuks to tunes, I went looking around YouTube for some “funnies”. I started my hunt by looking at what was “trending” today.

Wow. There was not one thing there even mildly interesting (yet these vids are hot! hot! HOT!)

So I narrowed my search by clicking on the “Entertainment” category..

Again, wow. There was not one thing there even mildly interesting (yet these vids are hot! hot! HOT!) Running short on time, I just grabbed the link to one titled “Best bloopers ever”.. which I didn’t have time to pre-screen (so I don’t know if there’s any “adult” stuff in there.. Watch at your own risk.)

anyway..

Well..

Hurrummph.

Back to work.

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August 24, 2012 Posted by | digital music, digital Video | , , | Leave a comment

Blowing My Stack

(AKA “Flippin My Lid”)

Folks, I wanted to share this with you last week, when it actually happened. But this is my first opportunity to post this amazing photographic evidence. I bet you have never seen anything like this before.

Last week, I went out to my trusty rusty TechPaulmobile to head out to someone’s home for an appointment to undo the damage they had done to their computer. I opened my car door and saw I had a serious problem, and would be a little late for my appointment.

A bomb had gone off in my car. A “pepsi bomb”. And sticky little brown droplets were everywhere.

I had placed a full Pepsi in my cupholder earlier in the morning, in preparation for some travel that got canceled. So, no, this can did not vibrate or get shaken. It just got left inside a car for a few hours. A car that got quite warm. On an unusually warm day.

(Contrary to public perception, northern California is not a warm climate. Thus Mark Twain’s famous quote: “The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Fransisco.“) (The California most people think of is actually Southern Cal – Los Angeles/San Diego)

Logic tells me that, if a can were to ‘blow’, because the contents expanded too greatly, that the ‘easy-open’ “pop” tab would give… not the whole top..

Life.

If it isn’t one thing, it’s the other.

(And maybe now I really can say “Now I’ve seen everything!”)

Have a great Wednesday, everyone.

Today’s quote:The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.” ~ Robert Anthony

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August 22, 2012 Posted by | blogging | , , , | 21 Comments

Troubleshooting Internet Explorer (A Collection of How To’s)

It is a simple and well-known fact of life — sometimes things go wrong with computers.

When that something is your web browser, and you cannot surf the ‘net, or log in to your email, or Google Docs, well, that kind of defeats the whole purpose of having a computer these days.

Causes: There can be many reasons your browser can get ‘corrupted’ and stop functioning properly – from viruses, to Updates failing to install properly, and also “cookies” can ‘go bad’ – and so there is no 1-click-cures-all, (wouldn’t that be great?) but here are some things you can do to try to get Internet Explorer working like it should, and/or working like you want it to .
[note: most of the practical steps described in the article links below can be applied to other web browsers.. (Firefox, Chrome, etc.) ]

IE_iconRestore Missing Favorites In IE*

Internet Explorer Runtime Error!!*

Quick Tip: Turn on ClearType in Internet Explorer

Can’t Download? Reset IE

How To Clear Your Cache

View Multiple Mail Identities in One Browser

Extracting text from Web pages*

Precautions for your Internet privacy*

Quick Tip: Customize new tabs behavior

IE’s Menu bar, Taskbar icons, and bad Updates*

Internet/E-mail Troubleshooting – JavaScript

What is a “homepage”?

How to use tabs in IE 7

Saving webpages as files

I hope you found this collection of How To articles helpful.

Today’s quote:Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.” ~ Thomas Carlyle

Bonus tip: If you are in a position where you need to get your Dear Sweet Aunt Martha (or other utterly tech unsavvy type) a computer so that they can have email, do yourself a favor, spring for an iMac.

Bonus reading:

* Infographic: Spam Olympiad

Spammers and “slammers” took advantage of world-wide attention on the London 2012 Olympics to flood us with junk and fill the social media streams with abuse. Here’s a snapshot of their activity.Read more

* Are You Forwarding Hate Email As A Political Propaganda Tool?

Have you noticed that as the we ramp up for the U.S. Presidential election the hate email propaganda starts to roll in. I have been getting so much of it (mostly from personal acquaintances) that it actually makes me very uncomfortable and has me questioning the  stability and IQ of our population. I sometimes feel […]” Read more..

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August 21, 2012 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, Firefox, how to, IE 7, ie 8, IE 9, Internet, tech, troubleshooting | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Sunday Beauty #97

Folks,

Another interesting image for your Sunday.

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“Carpet of sun”, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Today’s quote:The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle.” ~ Unknown

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August 19, 2012 Posted by | Digital Images | 4 Comments

A Dangerous Time

It may be universal, and not just me.

But, I think, there comes a point in life where we have already done everything “for the first time” — and nothing is new anymore.

A certain.. staleness and tedium can set in. The feeling of being in a “rut”.

That, I also think, can be a dangerous time (or.. “feeling”, if you prefer).

I remember the excitement of many of my ‘first times’..
Those moments can never be repeated.

And I am not getting any younger.

Bah.

Oh, well! C’est la vie. It is too nice a day here to fruitlessly worry about that which I cannot change.

It’s a great day to do something.. different. And break out of my rut a little bit.

Maybe try a new food?
Yeah. Maybe that’s what the doctor ordered.

I have never had Thai.

Maybe today is the day that changes?

Or.
Maybe.
I should go down to the shelter, and rescue a dog.

Today’s quote:Life’s problems wouldn’t be called “hurdles” if there wasn’t a way to get over them.” ~ Unknown

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August 18, 2012 Posted by | advice | 2 Comments

Wednesday Grab Bag

A few items for you today..

* The first 10 things you should do to a new Windows 8 desktop installation

There are at least ten specific things every user should do to a newly installed Windows 8 operating system.Read more..

* 7 Tips for Using System Information

System Information provides a centralized location to get all kinds of details about your computer’s hardware configuration, computer components, and software, including drivers. As such, System Information can come in extremely handy as a starting point for troubleshooting problems related to your system configuration.” View on site

* Scouting where the tech jobs will grow next

Toni Bowers cites five states where the potential of landing a technology job is growing, according to technology and engineering career website Dice. They are Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Utah.Read more..

* Blizzard Confirms Passwords Stolen in Data Breach

Diablo 3, Starcraft II, and World of Warcraft players: Changed your password lately?Read more..

And how about some music?  Here’s a song I just heard for the first time. Kinda liked it… (even though it isn’t AC/DC..)

Well, that will keep you out of trouble for a minute or two.

Today’s quote:We are the hero of our own story.” ~ Mary McCarthy

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August 15, 2012 Posted by | computers, Internet, News, security, tech | 2 Comments

Canadian Drug Shortage Explained

I think I have figured out why Canada must be having a medical crisis – due to a shortage of drugs..

The pharmacists are taking the drugs and then selling them out the back door, over the Internet..

I guess.

My  understanding is that this has been going for some time now.. If they keep this up, Canada will surely run out.

Those all came in last night. The spambots are busy, as usual!

Did you know? Some experts say that as much as 90% of all the “traffic” on the Internet, at any given moment, is spam email being sent. Been true for over a decade, now. Isn’t that fantastic! I wonder how much electricity that is wasting. I wonder how much longer the problem will be ignored. I wonder how the spammers can sleep at night/live with themselves.

But mostly I wonder at anyone who could respond to an email like this so they could get their little blue pill cheaper. (Or, think the IRS emailed them..)

Did you know?  Most spam (junk email) comes from our machines – not some bad guy’s computer in some foreign country. Yes. Our machines, that have been infected with malware because we let our antivirus expire, and cannot be bothered by that Java update thingy. (And giving our old, Windows ME units to our kids/Dear Sweet Aunt Nellie..)

• Do not open emails from strangers (and no, you did not just win the Online Lottery)!

• If it connects to the Internet, it needs an up-to-date antivirus!

• Just say YES to updates (and visit the Secunia scanner) and keep all your installed software up-to-date!

• Exercise healthy paranoid common sense online (because they are out to get you)!

• The only reason you were allowed on the Internet is so that “they” can show you advertisements (for crap you don’t need)!

If you want to know whether – it just may be – that your machine has had a spambot virus put onboard by some drive-by download, visit Trend Micro’s Housecall and run the scanner.

.. crazy world ..
Well.. I guess that is the most fun you can have for 67¢ these days…………………..

Today’s quote:Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.” ~ Charles Dickens

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August 14, 2012 Posted by | Internet, spam and junk mail | 4 Comments