Tech – for Everyone

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

Has it really been so long?

What?! Another “On This Date In History”???
(This may look familiar to some, but I’ve added to it.)

Exactly six years ago today, I posted the very first Tech – for Everyone. June 8, 2007. And I have (by and large) posted something here every day since.

A few quick T4E “stats”:
• 2.037 Postings (with 2,331 images)
• 10,334 Comments — almost exactly half of those are my Replies. (additional: 263,892 spam comments, submitted by bots and *helpful people*.)(That’s a lot of A-holes, isn’t it? [averages to 120 per day.. each and every day.])
• Over two and-a half million mostly-human Visitors

I never had any intention (or inkling) that Tech – for Everyone would still be “alive and kicking” this 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.”
(That was before I truly understood that people don’t/won’t/can’t read anymore.)

Naturally enough, my efforts here changed and “evolved” over the years. As has the tech. 2007 was the year we lost the war with the hacker/criminals. 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 (to very vocal, very negative ‘public reaction’)(Sound familiar?).

.. In 2007, they did not chant “cloud computing”, but “SaaS”. (How “sassy”!)

.. In 2007, 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. But much stays the same. They’re still rushing half-baked products to market and letting us pay to be the ‘beta testers’; showing us unwanted ads is still Mission 2 (Mission One is spying on us [recording every keystroke and click]); and security is still an afterthought (or ignored problem).

As of this month, I am now “Semi-retired”: gone are the days of daily posting. I’ve learned much from doing this (online publishing) and I hope I have helped a few folks along the way.

Thank you. And, have a great weekend!

Today’s quote:Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” ~ Bill Gates

Copyright 2007-2013 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.

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June 8, 2013 - Posted by | blogging


  1. TechPaul,

    Six years of blogging is a very long time in the world of blogging. The amount of information you have provided is exceptional and has definitely been a help to everyone (including myself). Semi-retired??? I too have been heading in that “semi-retired” mode, as well, with the blogging. I truly think things are changing and another generation of people (and devices) is causing the change.



    Comment by Ramblinrick | June 8, 2013 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I’m sorry to hear you’re thinking of joining me in the ranks of the semi-Retired. You’re my last remaining Daily Read.

      In my case, I think it’s me changing more than the tech’s current evolutionary path, or the people inhabiting the blogosphere (though that has been a real eye-opener).
      But.. I will admit, when the newest version of Windows touts it’s advances (main features) as “better integration with Facebook/Twitter, and your Xbox”.. I did think to myself, ‘this is for kids, and not for me’.
      (And when I saw the pre-school theme and the blocks “tiles” (Legos?) I was pretty sure I was right.)

      I’m sorry, Microsoft, but I don’t own an Xbox.. I’m not 12.

      I think I’m just.. tired of waiting for them to fix what’s broken. (All the tech companies/players, not just Microsoft.)


      Comment by techpaul | June 8, 2013 | Reply

  2. Hey Paul… Six years of blogging… “time has a way of creeping up on us”! Semi Retirement…well deserved! The info. you provided here has been great.


    Comment by Gaia | June 9, 2013 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      Yes, time really does fly.

      Thank you for all the participation and support you have given me and my efforts here.


      Comment by techpaul | June 9, 2013 | Reply

  3. Hey Paul,

    We went on a “trial run” camping trip this past weekend to test the waters for our new tent trailer. Went rather well.

    Got this from BDJ….This is a great deal for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro. I got mine a couple of years ago.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO Lifetime License (PC) 40% Discount Coupon Code

    While the free version includes all of the powerful anti-malware heuristics and algorithms, a registered license unlocks several important features, specifically: real-time protection, scheduled scanning, and scheduled updating.

    Here is something I got in my email that could be troubling..Any one else noticed this?

    We’ve recently become aware that Malwarebytes no longer detects at least two of the most ubiquitous malware products (politely known to us as PUPs — Potentially Unwanted Programs), those two being Ask Toolbar and Conduit.

    As far as your semi retirement..Just keep up the quality :) Thanks!


    Comment by delenn13 | June 10, 2013 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      A weekend camping outing sounds like a real fine idea. And thank you for letting us know about the MBAM special price.

      As to your question, I agree that could/might be a symptom of a troubling change (and I applaud anyone who comes right out and calls the Ask toolbar “malware”) but I do not assess a tool’s efficacy by its ability to detect PUPs and cookies, as those are “fluff” in an arena where I’m looking at weapons (today’s “viruses”)..


      Comment by techpaul | June 10, 2013 | Reply

  4. Oops. Left off the url. What’s going on with Malwarebytes?

    Here is some food for thought…. Want to play a game?

    Xbox One: A Space Odyssey (Parody) – YouTube


    Comment by delenn13 | June 10, 2013 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      I guess I’m not the only one noticing a trend ……..


      Comment by techpaul | June 10, 2013 | Reply

  5. Hey Paul,

    Just thought this might be worth a read..

    Embracing the Most Important Attitude – Ask Leo!

    Change is..whatever!


    Comment by delenn13 | June 12, 2013 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      I have been reading AskLeo for ages, yet I somehow missed that one.

      And believe it or not (BION) I agree with every word he wrote there. I didn’t really become a Geek until the Apple Mac gave us icons to click (and shortly after, Microsoft went from DOS to Windows) and it (digital technology) didn’t become my focus until Windows 95, but I’ve basically been here since the Triassic era. I watched them raise the first Apple building, and my area become the “Silicon Valley”. It’s been a rollercoaster ride, and I’m no stranger to “change”.

      A good read. Thanks.


      Comment by techpaul | June 12, 2013 | Reply

  6. Congrats on the milestone Paul! Can’t remember when I discovered your site (a long time ago!) but you have been a great resource! Keep on blogging!!!


    Comment by g | June 14, 2013 | Reply

    • g,
      I searched through past T4E Comments, and I found you(rs) dating back to April, 2009. And you’re right: that is a long time (especially in Internet Years). It’s a pleasure to see you here, and I appreciate the support — and I surely do hope all is super-groovy w/you and yours!


      Comment by techpaul | June 15, 2013 | Reply

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