Tech – for Everyone

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

Oblivious to Danger

She never saw it coming, had she looked up just once, she would be alive today.

Folks, October is the 10th National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which has the goal of, well, ‘raising awareness’ of the risks and dangers of the Internet. But I would like to ask everyone to also think about another danger our tech has put us in. Please see:

Absorbed in devices — and oblivious to danger

Digital distraction can invite robberies, even deadly situations

A man standing on a crowded Muni train pulls out a .45-caliber pistol.  He raises the gun, pointing it across the aisle, before tucking it back against his side. He draws it out several more times, once using the hand holding the gun to wipe his nose. Dozens of passengers stand and sit just feet away — but none react.” Read more..

I don’t know about you, but I see it everywhere — people’s heads/eyes are constantly down. Driving. Walking. Riding a bike.

Absolutely absorbed. (In what? Something important like curing cancer? No…)

It amazes me we aren’t constantly bumping into each other …………… or, are we? Read the article and find out.

Friday Fun Video

Today’s quote:The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more.” ~ Ed Parker

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October 18, 2013 Posted by | advice, mobile, News, Portable Computing, tech | Leave a comment

Hate for Yahoo!, Big Data, and Wearable Tech

Howdy folks. I hope your week is going smooth. Here’s a couple of good reads for you.

* Get Ready: Wearable Tech Is About to Explode

The technology you’ve come to expect in computers and smartphones will increasingly be found in devices worn on your wrist or on your head. Or on your back or even on your feet.

The market for wearable technology — such as Google Glass, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch or FitBit, a wearable fitness device — is poised to explode over the next few years..Read more..

[ I don’t think the headline was intended to be literal. Or… ouch! ]

* Why Big Data Is Your Key to Beefing Up Customer Engagement

“… But if you have this mindset, you are missing out on the opportunity around big data. This is to leverage established and emerging big data technology to understand your customers in a way never before possible — so you can engage with them in a relevant, timely, personalized manner. In doing so, you will be able to delight your customers with the products and services they want, when and where they want them.Read more..

* Anger explodes at Yahoo Mail redesign disaster: Key functions removed or broken

Thousands upon thousands of furious Yahoo Mail users are telling the company its new redesign is a failure and want Yahoo to revert the changes — while new reports of serious technical issues mount. UPDATED to reflect Yahoo’s statement.Read more..

* Eight Tips on How to Make Others Feel Good

Many of us barrel through our days without so much as a moment to stop and relax. And during this 24-hour rat race, many of us rarely stop to think about how to make ourselves feel good, let alone how to make others feel good.Read more..

*     *     *

Uh.. guys? Here’s how you “delight customers” (and it ain’t memorize my shopping patterns/preferences):

  • Answer the phone. (With an English-speaking human, NOT a damn “phone tree”.)
  • Have enough staff (so that I don’t have to stand in line waiting for service, or hunt for a clerk to tell me which aisle my item is on.) In fact, have more staff than you think you need. Downsizing and offshoring are failures (as is most short-term thinking).
  • Have staff that knows The Customer Is Always Right.
  • Rinse. Lather. Repeat.

Getting in the ‘spirit’

Today’s quote:Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” ~ Bruce Lee

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October 17, 2013 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, Internet, mobile, News, tech | 6 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada

I would like to take a quick minute and wish all my readers in the Great White North a safe and a very happy holiday!

October 14, 2013 Posted by | computers | 4 Comments

Sunday Beauty 137

Here’s an interesting image for your Sunday.

image fountain at kensington gardens

Click on image to see more by this artist

“Fountain at Kensington Gardens” by florian.scholz, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Today’s quote:The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.” ~ Bill Watterson

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October 13, 2013 Posted by | Digital Images | | Leave a comment

Wrapping Up The Week

TGIF

I have actually completed enough To Do’s (yay!) that I can take a moment, and review my week. I saw a few interesting news items, as well as a few other not-so-newsy things (unless you’re a Big Picture type), which I’ll mention. Also, I have been in a position where I have been able to observe and question 20-somethings inre: how they’re using the technologies of today (needless to say, it ain’t for productivity). I’ll also sneak in a comment or two about a few other things.. ready? Let’s begin.

* What does this tell you?

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.. the most read article – in a magazine with a boatload of topic areas and news items – is .. How do I get Windows 8 off my machine. I wonder if anyone in Redmond is noticing these little hints?

* In the Other Tech Failings Department, you probably already are aware that the makers of the once I-Simply-Have-To-Get-One-Of-Those Blackberry smartphones has tanked in a big way. Now all that’s left is for others to eat their own: Apple throws recruitment party for BlackBerry employees and 2 Founders of BlackBerry Weighing a Takeover Offer.

And the short answer is “YES”: Smart machines: Will they take your job?

Chief information officers need to plan for smart machines to replace workers and boost profit margins. You may not like the outcome.Read more..

* In the LMAO Department: I bought an iPhone 5s, but I returned it the next day

It’s a beautiful device, but it loses out against cheaper Android devices with better usability.Read more..

[ smart move, but points deducted for tardy realization. ]

* I saw an article in my local big city paper about how the Lionel trains people decided that to keep the company afloat, they had to develop a kids game for smartphones/tablets, or die. So they did. It’s called “Battle Trains”. Talk about selling your soul to the Devil.. Tech infusion makes toys more interactive

For more than a century, the maker of Lionel Trains made generations of kids and kids-at-heart happy selling a pastoral play activity – watching scale-model trains rolling gently past miniature villages, farms and bridges…

I sincerely, deeply, hope no person EVER buys this game. Toodle-loo, Lionel. Nice knowing ‘ya.

What does that say about our culture today, and modern economics?

* A whole two readers chose the “Halloween is my favorite Holiday” in my recent Poll (my thanks to those who voted).

dilbertWhich might tell us something about humans, and then again, maybe not. For decades now, I’ve grown to where I almost do not like that carnival. And being the grouchy curmudgeon, have even had years where I turned out the lights, and pretended not to be home (and told myself I was helping the neighborhood kids’ dental hygiene). If I did don a “costume”, it was to stick a bent coathanger wire in my tie, and I told people I was Dilbert. But there was something infectious in that one person’s enthusiasm for Halloween (who spawned the poll) that has me thinking… maybe… it could be fun?

* In the LMAO Department: What if Facebook stole your identity?

No one company (and possibly no government) has ever had the power to shut off an individual’s personal connections like Facebook does today.Read more..

[ If you read only one, read this one. And while you’re at it, the reader Comments, too. ]

Today’s quote:What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.” ~ Sigmund Freud

Uhoh. Almost forgot! Today’s FF Video:

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October 11, 2013 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, Internet, Microsoft, mobile, News, tech | | 2 Comments

Sunday Beauty 136

Folks, here’s another interesting image for your Sunday.

Click on image to see more by these artists (reco'd if you like nature photog.)

Click on image to see more by these artists (reco’d if you like nature photog.)

“Remarkable Rocks” by Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble, courtesy of Flickr Commons

Reader Survey:

Today’s quote:We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” ~ George Orwell

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October 6, 2013 Posted by | Digital Images | 4 Comments

Old computer ….

One or two of you might get a kick out of these pictures

The other day I got a call asking me to pick up some “old computers and stuff” for secure data deletion and green recycling (see, Proper Disposal of Old Computer Gear– eWaste). When I got there, I learned what she meant by “old”.. I would have said “prehistoric”!

This unit dates back to the first PC’s.. circa 1990 (actually, toward the end of the first gen era, as it actually has a hard drive [800KHz, 1 MB of RAM, and a 20 MB HHD. That’s right. “Kilo” and “Mega”]) and is a fully working Macintosh SE.

“Welcome to Macintosh”

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and roughly two minutes later…

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I did shred the user’s data, but this is the unit that basically completes my Apple wing at the Tech Paul Museum. (And it has a darts game that’s kind addicting..)

This Mac SE is easily the oldest unit I’ve ever been asked to recycle. (For those wondering, yes – I plugged it in and it booted right up.)(And no, it’s not the oldest Apple Desktop PC in my museum.)

Remember folks, simply deleting something by dragging it to the Trash (or, Recycle Bin) does not really erase your files. If you want something gone gone, (aka “unrecoverable”) you need to actually write over them (several times) using a “secure delete” tool, such as can be found in Apple’s Disk Utility, or physically destroy the drive.

Today’s quote:If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” ~ Ray Bradbury

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October 5, 2013 Posted by | Apple, computers, tech | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments