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Happy Holidays (and More)

Folks, I wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons.

eHow: How the Angel Became the Decoration on the Top of the Tree (click on image)

[Related:’s The History of Christmas Tree Angels.]

A few tech items…

* Six awesome built-in Windows utilities no one knows about

Windows 8 may not be the easiest operating system to use, but no one can accuse it of being stingy. If you poke deep inside the new OS, you’ll find a generous assortment of software tools, many of which make third-party utilities redundant.Read more..

[Note: Many (most?) of these are also included in older versions of Windows, too.]

*** No, what Instagram just did to its users is not acceptable

There is a tendency among tech watchers to think that, when it comes to free services, everyone should accept that they are the product and, as such, exploitable. This is a road we can and should avoid going down.Read more..

* The 10 Biggest Cloud Outages Of 2012

Just How Reliable Is The Cloud? In 2012, outages hit cloud hosting companies with regularity, creating a sense that they are no longer extraordinary events, but rather a normal part of the cloud computing business model.Read more..

* FBI Memo Discloses Industrial Control Hack

The target was an air conditioner system, but the FBI says that the source of the attack predicts further attacks against industrial systems.Read more..

* Fake Email From Better Business Bureau Spreads Malware

Victims receive an email notification suggesting there is a complaint against their business. An attachment that is supposed to carry the details actually carries a Trojan.Read more..

* Let’s take the Internet back from the ISPs

The next great American infrastructure investment should be fiber to the home.Read more..

If you read just one, read the Instagram one..

Still shopping?

* HP Flash Sale Holiday deals and free 2-day shipping

* Holiday Gift Guide 2012: 25 Hot Ideas For Your Techie

Looking for the perfect high-tech gift? Here are 25 hot suggestions from CRN, sure to complete any techie’s holiday wish list.” Read more..

* Vipre (antivirus) End of Days Sale

This may be your last chance ever to save on VIPRE Internet Security 2013!Read more..

Today’s quote:Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Just me: Many of you will be traveling to be with your loved ones, and I hope your travels will be safe ones. Go forth and spread joy and ease pain, and enjoy the blessings of life during this special time of year.

Copyright 2007-2012 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.

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December 18, 2012 - Posted by | advice, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, Internet, shopping for, tech


  1. Merry Christmas Paul… Any tech toys on your wishlist? I am holding out to see what develops in the coming year!



    Comment by Ramblinrick | December 22, 2012 | Reply

    • Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and yours, Rick!

      I am currently looking at/evaluating the latest wireless technologies (dual band, N900 [and up]) but have no special wishlist items this year. (I wouldn’t say “no” to Santa if he wanted to put a solid-state drive in my stocking.. that’s my fave way to improve my “computing experience”.)


      Comment by techpaul | December 23, 2012 | Reply

  2. […] Happy Holidays (and More) […]


    Pingback by Wallpaper of the Week (#101) « What's On My PC | December 22, 2012 | Reply

  3. Merry Christmas too all and to all a good night….


    Comment by delenn13 | December 22, 2012 | Reply

    • Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and yours, delenn13!


      Comment by techpaul | December 23, 2012 | Reply

  4. Smile…Sing & be Glad
    Make the best of the Yuletide…
    Have A Rocking
    Merry Xmas & Happy New Year Tech Paul & All


    Comment by Gaia | December 24, 2012 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      Thank you. Good advice there!

      Happy holidays to you!


      Comment by techpaul | December 24, 2012 | Reply

  5. Where’s TP? I don’t recall a 9 day span without a post before.
    Here’s hoping your holiday week is happy and peaceful!!!


    Comment by balmy33 | December 27, 2012 | Reply

    • balmy33,
      TP is “on holiday”.

      My sincere hopes for a happy and peaceful holiday to you and yours as well. Thank you.


      Comment by techpaul | December 27, 2012 | Reply

  6. Have a great New Year Paul!!


    Comment by g | December 28, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks, and – ferhser – right back atcha!

      I hope all is super-groovy at Casa G.


      Comment by techpaul | December 28, 2012 | Reply

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