Tech – for Everyone

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

Today We Fight Back

Today is the “Day We Fight Back” (against mass surveillance), here are some tips for staying anonymous online; a way to express your concern for online privacy; and a quick test of your “privacy IQ”.

* Please see https://thedaywefightback.org/ and use the form let your Representatives know you’re fed up – that you deserve to have your basic privacy respected.

http://myprivacyiq.com/ A short 10 question quiz. Do you know how to enhance your online privacy?

How to Stay Anonymous Online

How do you take back control of your own personal privacy online? Is it even possible? One 2013 Pew study reported that 60 percent of Americans have given up on that idea entirely. Ultimately, the only way to stay truly anonymous online is to not go online at all. Since that’s not really an option for most of us, here’s a rundown of what you can do to minimize the spying, the targeted advertising, and ID theft as you explore the world online.” Read more..

(Yes, folks. It’s not just about government spying; it’s also about how much big companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have collected about you in order to serve up targeted ads.)

Welcome to the Information Age.

Today’s quote:There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ~ Denis Waitley

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.

February 11, 2014 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, Google, how to, Internet, Microsoft, privacy, security, social networking, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Beauty 146

(AKA “What You Might See If You Ever Looked Up From Your iPhone.”)

Folks, here’s another ‘pretty picture’ for your Sunday

Click on image to see more by this artist (reco'd)

Click on image to see more by this artist (reco’d)

“Munich Sundowner” by Stefan Neuweger, courtesy of Flickr Commons

Today’s quote:Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” ~ Gandhi

Today’s bonus: Like positive affirmations? Try these on for size.

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.

February 9, 2014 Posted by | Digital Images | Leave a comment

A Brief Check-in

Howdy folks.

Here are a few items for your consideration.

Red Flags: there are a couple…

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I pity the fool who opens that attachment..

In the news:
Government Passwords Are Incredibly Easy to Hack

Some of the federal government’s most sensitive data are protected by passwords that wouldn’t pass muster for even the most basic civilian email account, according to a new congressional report.Read more..

Body odor passes smell test as biometric

Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Madrid are exploring a new form of biometric authentication – body odor.

Turns out your smell – which may be just as offensive as the next guy’s – is at least unique.Read more..

Are you ready to live in a connected home?

The notions of “smart appliances” and “home automation” have been bandied about for years, but they always seemed to be just over the horizon, a “Jetsons” fantasy that would never come true. Technology has a funny way of catching up with fantasy; the connected home may finally become a real thing. Check out some hot new products that are paving the way for a more connected lifestyle of the future.Read more..

Progress marches on..

* I see we’re up to Firefox v27 now…

* Six challenges for Microsoft as the Satya Nadella era begins

Congratulations, Satya Nadella. You’re the new CEO of Microsoft! What are you going to do next? I don’t have any advice, but I think I have a pretty good idea of what’s on the new boss’s to-do list.Read more..

* There were many articles posted inre the fact Facebook turned 10.
But it’s impossible for me to care less.

Apple: We didn’t pass iPhone, iPad device IDs to FBI

Both the FBI and now Apple have come forward to state that they had no involvement the ongoing ‘UDID-gate,’ which led to more than 1 million iOS device codes leaking to the Web.Read more..

A pretty picture:

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Click on image to see more by this artist (reco’d)

“a sunday ride” by rosmary, courtesy of Flickr Commons

Today’s quote: ““A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ —a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.

February 6, 2014 Posted by | advice, Apple, computers, consumer electronics, hackers, Internet, Internet scam, Microsoft, News, tech | , , , , | Leave a comment

This Super Bowl Sunday (and a giveaway)

Folks,
I hope you all have a marvelous, and safe, Super Bowl Sunday.

If it wasn’t for the referee’s, my team (the 49ers) would be playing today. And I might still be a football fan. But I am done. This was my last year of caring about sports. I may have to watch the game, though, as we finally are having some rain (in case you haven’t heard, California is yet again in a drought) and it is quite yucky outside.

Some tech: Loyal readers know I have for the past couple of years been advising Windows XP users to stop using XP, and upgrade to Windows 7 (or 8). What most people don’t “get”, is that there is no direct “upgrade path” from XP to the newer OSes (Microsoft made it so you had to go to Vista); or easy way to go from 32-bit (as XP is) to 64-bit. So if you have a XP machine I suggest taking advantage of this giveaway:

laplink* Are you ready for Windows XP end-of-life? On April 8, Windows will discontinue all technical support, security updates, and hot-fixes for Windows XP. Don’t let your computer be at risk for malware and hackers!

On February 4 , for one day only, Laplink is giving away PCmover Windows Upgrade Assistant for FREE.

This programs makes transferring/upgrading easy.

Lenovo’s acquisitions should get green light, experts say

Lenovo’s deals to purchase IBM’s lower-end server business for $2.3 billion and Motorola’s Mobility handset unit from Google for $2.91 billion will likely receive U.S. regulatory approval as long as the company embraces concessions tied to national security, industry experts say. “We look forward to going through the regulatory process and we’re going to work with the regulators with an open and transparent approach,” Lenovo’s Brion Tingler says.Read more..

Why should you care? Lenovo is Chinese.

* For those who might be interested, I think Elway is gonna win. But I have to admit, this year is the first year I can remember where the league’s two best teams are playing in the SB.
[update: Wow. Was I ever wrong..! Seattle won that game in the first quarter.]

Today’s quote:One positive action is worth 1,000 positive thoughts.” ~ not sure where I heard that…

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.

February 2, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, free software, Microsoft, News, PC, software, tech, Windows, XP | , , , | 6 Comments