Tech – for Everyone

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

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Let me start today by wishing you all a safe, and joyous long holiday weekend! I know many are happy to see the arrival of Fall.

First up: The other day I mentioned Rick Robinette has been quite actively posting on his What’s On My PC..  site. Here’s two more I think you may want to look at.

* NEW FEATURE – Android CM Security Now Includes An App Lock, Phone Finder and Family Locater

I am often asked what security app do I use on my Android devices (tablet and smartphone)? Answer: I highly recommend CM Security (by Cheetah Mobile). Two of my biggest fears with that computer in my pocket (called a smartphone) is data security and losing my phone. With CM Security and their recently added components, I […]” Read more..

* DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS – Some Really Good, FREE, and Tasty Software

One of my passions is software and when I come across something that is professional in stature and FREE, I really get excited. Software developers are a completely different breed of people that are dedicated to a building process that can literally require years of devotion to get it just right or to keep up […]” Read more..

[ There’s a media convertia/YouTube downloader some may want to look at.]

Bonus reading:
* The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni

Feds call it “twelve triple three”; whistleblower says it’s the heart of the problem.” Read more..

* Does Technology Cause ADHD?

Some experts believe that technology has a role in the rising rates of ADHD — but whether it causes the disorder is still being debated.Read more..

 [ There’s kinda a Rule.. if you have to ask the question, the answer’s “yes”. Example: “Do I look fat in these jeans?” ]

* CNET presents the 100 hottest devices of the month

CNET 100 is a tech-filled list of the latest and greatest products that give you a look into how they are trending, in real-time using our exclusive algorithm. From the most talked about products to the obscure fascination, you can keep up with the newest tech obsession.” Read more..

Friday Fun Videos (Yes. Plural.)

This first was sent to me by a reader.

And this Fail compilation was posted just two days ago.

Today’s quote:Man is the most intelligent of the animals – and the most silly.” ~ Diogenes

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.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

August 29, 2014 Posted by | Android, anti-spyware, antivirus, cellular, computers, consumer electronics, digital Video, free software, mobile, privacy, security, software, tablet PC, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

April 1, 2014 and Cats

April Fools’ Day has hit the Internet and, as usual, there’s no shortage of fake news stories, gag product announcements, and corny jokes. Some are funny. Some are sort of lame attempts at being funny.

* Cats all the rage for April Fools’ Day jokes

Both Google and Opera reveal cat-themed April Fools’ Day jokes, with the former offering a QWERTY keyboard for felines and the latter showing off a cat-friendly browser.Read more..

Today’s free download: PC Tools AntiVirus
From the same folks who bring you the top-rated Spyware Doctor, this free heuristic antivirus also scans your e-mail.

PC Tools AntiVirus provides world-leading protection against viruses, worms and Trojans with rapid updates and IntelliGuard™ technology.

No joke. I don’t kid around about Internet dangers.

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Today’s quote: “Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.” ~ Jean Arp

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.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

April 1, 2014 Posted by | advice, antivirus, computers, free software, Internet, tech | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Beauty 144

Folks, this image caught my eye.. and while it’s not a “beauty”, I think a few of you will like it. (Might make a good Desktop wallpaper…)

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

“star” by rosmary, courtesy of Flickr Commons

Sunday Ugly:

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You do look at addresses don’t you? They can be ‘red flags’.
.. “cool cowboy”???

Today’s Tech: Folks, I have long said that I don’t care which antivirus you have on your Internet-connected device as long as you have one; but there’s one I tell my clients to avoid. And I guess I’m not the only one!

* McAfee Founder Elated That Intel Is Renaming Security Products, Says It’s the ‘Worst Software on the Planet’

““I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet,” the ever-colorful McAfee told the BBC. “These are not my words, but the words of millions of irate users. My elation at Intel’s decision is beyond words.”” Read more..

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Today’s quote:People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

January 12, 2014 Posted by | advice, antivirus, Digital Images, software, spam and junk mail | , , , , | 2 Comments

Pre-Halloween Mishmash

Here’s a few Items of Interest for you.

World’s first bitcoin ATM opens in Vancouver

Bitcoiniacs’s kiosk dispenses digital currency from Waves Coffee HouseRead more..

Weaponized Antivirus: When Good Software Does Bad Things

The 8th International Conference on Malicious and Unwanted Software is aimed at bringing forward the latest scholarly research in security, in an atmosphere that allows direct and candid interaction between all attendees. This year’s conference (Malware 2013 for short) launched with a keynote by Dennis Batchelder, director of Microsoft Malware Protection Center, pointing out the hard problems that face the antimalware industry.Read more..

[note: this one’s kinda important to know.. ]

* 6 Ridiculous Science Myths You Learned in Kindergarten

Right around the time we learn to start questioning the ways of this wonderful world around us, our parents start packing us onto school buses every morning, because who the hell has time for all those obnoxious questions? Let the professionals address the budding curiosity of our children; we’ve got America’s Next Top Model to watch. Teachers are better equipped to deal with those questions anyway, right? Right!Read more..

* Here’s something scary .. Boo!

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* Also scary.. Adobe Confesses to Bigger Password Hack

Early this month, digital media solutions provider Adobe reported a security breach which compromised password information and credit card data for around 3 million customers…Read more..

BTW Blackberry’s BBM is now available for iGadgets and android devices.

And in case I don’t speak with you before then, please have a safe and a happy Halloween.

Today’s quote:There is a real danger that computers will develop intelligence and take over. We urgently need to develop direct connections to the brain so that computers can add to human intelligence rather than be in opposition.” ~ Stephen Hawking

(Now that’s scary..!)

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

October 30, 2013 Posted by | Android, antivirus, computers, consumer electronics, Internet, iPhone, News, tech | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

And the winner of the Most Hacked age group is …

(drumroll, please.)

* Millennials: Young, Mobile & Hacked 

 “Security professionals who eagerly anticipate more millennials in management, expecting these younger workers’ knowledge of tech to make their lives easier, might want to reconsider. Read more..

[ I have a few problems with this survey.. but it’s conclusion(s) sorta feels right. ]

In other news:
* Apple Just Ended the Era of Paid Operating Systems

The desktop operating system is dead as a major profit center, and Apple just delivered the obituary.Read more..

[ more good news for Microsoft. {cough, cough..} ]

* McAfee Tanks Independent AV Test

The dedicated researchers at Dennis Technology Labs puts a small group of products to the test, usually eight or nine, but they perform intensive testing that comes extremely close to real-world user experience. In the latest quarterly report five products did very well, three earned a decent grade, and McAfee just bombed.Read more..

[ note: Microsoft did worse in one area of the testing … ]

* Hacker Horrorshow Shaping Up for Halloween

Get yourself ready for the frights of October! We’re not talking about ghosts or ghouls, but malware threats. In a recent blog post, Solera Network, a Blue Coat company, warned victims of this month’s malware infection campaign to keep a watchful eye out for more dangers. These include the ransomware CryptoLocker, clickfraud on a massive scale, and the theft of personal data like passwords.Read more..

Well.. that’s enough homework for today. Happy reading!

Today’s quote:We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.” ~ Bertrand Russell

Copyright 2007-2013 © “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.

October 23, 2013 Posted by | advice, antivirus, Apple, computers, consumer electronics, hackers, Internet, mobile, News, security, tech | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

This week’s items of interest.

Howdy folks. Here are a few items I found interesting this past week.

What’s right (and wrong) with the new Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HD

Amazon has unveiled a new lineup of tablets to take it into the holiday season. These tablets being superb hardware at a price that will make you do a double-take, but as with all things, not everything is perfect.Read more..

Apple Gets Failing Grades on New iPhone Security

In the fanfare of publicity for the iPhones 5s and 5c, and for iOS 7, a persistent and unusual motif was heard: security, security.Read more..

Norton, Kaspersky, and Bitdefender Rule New Antivirus Test

Researchers at German lab AV-Test keep twenty-odd antivirus products under observation constantly, collating and reporting their results every couple months. They cycle between testing under Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8, sometimes using 64-bit editions. The latest results relate to testing under 64-bit Windows 7. Some products scored much better than when tested under the 32-bit operating system; others lost points galore.Read more..

Tech companies have highest turnover rate

According to PayScale’s most recent survey, employee turnover rate among Fortune 500 companies is greatest in the IT industry.Read more..

[ Doesn’t surprise me.. ]

What if Verizon succeeds in killing the Internet?

Verizon is making a big push to begin actively blocking content and competition from its network. This is a bald-faced attack on the Internet in general. It’s abhorrent. But what happens if Verizon wins?” Read more..

Design lab finalists reveal gadgets of the future

From breathing walls to holograms and intelligent kitchen appliances, Electrolux Design Lab’s eight finalists reveal how we might be cooking, cleaning and improving our home environment in the future.Read/see more..

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.. if you only read one.. read the Verizon one ..

Today’s quote:Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” ~ Buddha

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

September 25, 2013 Posted by | advice, Android, antivirus, computers, consumer electronics, gadgets, hardware, Internet, iPhone, mobile, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Questions Answered plus You Might Want To Know

For today’s Grab Bag, I am going to answer some reader questions, and point out a couple of items of interest.

Samsung E2420L 23.6" LCD Monitor - 70,000:1, 5ms, 1920X1080, VGA/DVI

Samsung E2420L 23.6″ LCD Monitor – 70,000:1, 5ms, 1920X1080, VGA/DVI
$237.48
$129.99*
*When you use Promo Code 51D1AAE for $20.00 off

First up: we all know bigger is better (in tech, anyway). And nowhere in your “computing experience” is that more evident than the size of your monitor. There are three ways to really improve (aka “upgrade”) your computing:
1) buy fastest Internet (aka “speed”, aka “bandwidth”) and,
2) have a big, bright monitor and,
3) add RAM.

I spotted a deal today that makes upgrading to a 24″ monitor hard to resist (VGA, DVI).

Reader Questions Answered:

Q:Can you recommend some cooking games for girls?

A: I am sorry, Dear Reader, but I cannot help you out with that question. Perhaps people in the audience can help us out with some suggestions.

Q: How can I get more wifi than my roommate?”

A: Well, short of planting limiting software on their machine, you really can’t (short of bringing in your own Internet line..). But there are some ‘tweaks’ you can make to your router which can help you get as much as is possible. (See, How To Limit Your Roommate’s Bandwidth)

Q: How can I attract all the bandwidth to my Xbox via a laptop?”

A: That really isn’t how networking works. If you really want the fastest online experience, whatever the Internet-connected device, you want to use wires (aka “Ethernet cables”). If you’re using Wi Fi, you want the fewest devices accessing the ‘net as possible.. so turn off your laptop’s wifi when Xbox-ing. Unless .. you are “tethering” your Xbox to the laptop to gain a Internet connection, for some reason.. which is the worst way to do it and will have serious lag. (See, Wired or Wireless?*)

Q: Does Gigabit router multiply megabit Internet speeds?”

A: Again, that isn’t how networking works, so no, it doesn’t. Purchasing a higher service level from your ISP is the only real way to increase your Internet speed. (See, Gigabit Ethernet Didn’t Make Internet Faster)

Q: Can you put more than one virus protection on a tablet?

A: Well, you could.. but you do not want to. Antiviruses most often do not play well together. (And spend more time fighting each other than protecting you.)

Google Nexus 7" 32GB Slate Tablet - NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, 1GB RAM, NVIDIA ULP GeForce Graphics Card, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Google Nexus 7″ 32GB Slate Tablet – NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, 1GB RAM, NVIDIA ULP GeForce Graphics Card, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

$279.99
SAVE 17%
$229.99

Q: Is there any way to look at logs of what website my kids visited through a linksys router???

A: I know you can blacklist (block) websites but, I have not looked that deep into Linksys router config’s since, basically, when Wireless N came out (i.e. all the Linksys models I own, and support, are older) so I’d have to look up “DNS lookup logging” or “domains accessed logging” to answer that specifically. (If you set your DNS server to OpenDNS, they do free DNS logging.) You can look for a “Logs” tab in your (router’s) Control Panel. Generally speaking, I doubt your router creates logs that you could easily see where they visited.

But, if your child has erased their browser’s History, my (technician’s) advice is to install parental control/monitoring software; such as the excellent and free K9 Web Protection or Norton’s Family Protection services (Norton Family is free).

And finally.. Not a bad price on a higher-end 7″ Tablet..

That’s all I have time for today.

Today’s quote:At sixty, I know little more about wisdom than I did at thirty, but I know a great deal more about folly.” ~ Mason Cooley

Copyright 2007-2013 © “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.

March 25, 2013 Posted by | advice, antivirus, computers, hardware, how to, Internet, networking, performance, security, shopping for, software, tech, Xbox 360 | , , , , , , | 4 Comments