Tech – for Everyone

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

~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!

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Today’s quote:A good laugh is sunshine in the house.” ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

October 12, 2015 Posted by | blogging | Leave a comment

TGIF + Memorial Day Weekend 2015

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Another tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.

Some Americans view Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of Summer, and the holiday is also used as a time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and sporting events. One of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500.

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“HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER
KNOWN BUT TO GOD”

Please have a safe and joyous Holiday Weekend.

Today’s quote:Who sows virtue reaps honor.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

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

May 22, 2015 Posted by | blogging | 2 Comments

April Weekend

Please accept my wishes for a joyous holiday – Happy Easter everyone!

Source: SF Chronicle Online

Today’s quote:One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, “I appreciate you”, “I’m proud of you”…whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it…cause a smile today for someone else…and give plenty of hugs.” ~ Steve Maraboli

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 4, 2015 Posted by | blogging | 6 Comments

You can’t save every puppy in the pound

I hadn’t heard that adage in, oh, I’ll guess, probably 25 years.

And then, I heard it twice in two days, starting yesterday.

Now.. I’m the kinda guy who takes notice of.. um, ‘coincidences’ like that. Though I’ll confess, I rarely, if ever, can decipher their.. uh, um.. ‘meaning’.

I heard it yesterday while talking with a faithful client, who seemed a much happier person than I’d ever seen her before. I mean.. radiant. I asked her what had changed, and she told me how she had recently ‘rescued’ (aka ‘adopted’) a dog from the pound; and she told me about the dog’s frustratingly finicky eating habits (it apparently eats anything), and it’s behavior problems (it’s constantly trying to lick her face), and how it never – ever – leaves her side, and gets underfoot. (aka she follows her into the bathroom.)

She told me that selecting Daisy was easy, but she regretted not being able to adopt all the animals she saw in the waiting-for-adoption cages at the shelter.
I have experienced that emotion myself.
But you can’t save em all.

Then today, I heard the term used as a cop-out. An excuse for accepting the status quo. Why try? What good will sacrificing for one do, when there’ll still be millions of others. (Why be the one guy who drives an electric car, when there’s still billions of trucks, trains, buses, cars, etc. burning fossil fuel — for example.)

Thinking on these two ‘events’ hurts my tiny little pea brain, so I’ll just focus on the change for the better I saw in my client. And I’ll take comfort in knowing that Daisy eluded a sad ending, and now has a joyful and loving home. (From what I saw of her IQ, about 2 hours of training is all Daisy’ll need.)

And I’ll conclude by asking anyone who has read this far to help their local shelter, or the SPCA, any way they can; and to be responsible pet owners and have their pets spayed/neutered.
And if you have been consistently less-than-radiant lately, maybe consider rescuing a Daisy of your own? IMHO, it’s worth it.

Today’s quote:I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” ~ Groucho Marx

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

February 13, 2015 Posted by | blogging | 2 Comments

Aftermath (aka “Friday Fun”)

Howdy Folks, hope you’re doing swell, and Life is the cat’s pajamas for you today.

As you may know, the Big News in my area is a drenching storm, and you may also know that “San Fransisco was the hardest hit”.

Well, for those who might care,I am pleased to report ‘ole Tech Paul has, so far, (knock on wood) only suffered a very brief power outage during the worst of it.

Shopping Season: I did take advantage of the “Black Friday”, Cyber Monday”, “Green Monday” (when did that start?? And what’s next?), etc., sales, as there are some too-good-to-pass-up bargains out there for the eagle-eyed (for example, I got a 128 GB USB 3.0 thumb drive free after rebate). And I want to let you know that the bargain season is not over. Far from it. If you have some tech gear you’re thinking of replacing/”upgrading”, keep your eye (or sign up for their ‘bargain alert’ emails) on Tiger Direct and Newegg.

More Tech: I have been giving a tryout to a new (to me) web browser. It’s Comodo’s “Ice Dragon”. So far, I am quite impressed (but I was a “Firefox guy”. Chrome people will prefer their “Comodo Dragon”).

Comodo IceDragon is a secure Web browser based on the same open-source browser engine that powers Mozilla’s Firefox. Like the Chrome-based Comodo Dragon, IceDragon offers a variety of security and performance enhancements to the browser core, such as improved social media integration, fast page loading via Comodo’s integrated secure DNS service, and SiteInspector, which scans Web pages for malware directly from the browser. IceDragon is fully compatible with all Firefox plug-ins and add-ons, too.” From CNet’s review.

Unrelated to Tech: Cheer up. Take deep breaths.
I know folks get a little stressed out this time of year. Rude, even.
And holiday travel can be a challenge to the psyche (even if you’re lucky enough to not to have your flight canceled..)
And I know all about crass commercialism, and how advertisements make watching TV nigh on impossible… (do you REALLY think I am going to buy a new car as a Xmas gift??) and remind us there are such things as electric razors, but..
Just breath.
Count your blessings.
Chant “ohm… ohm… ohm…” if that’s what works for you.

I have a policy: if I encounter rudeness and stress? I counter it with a double-dose of civility, courtesy, and charm. Yes! Go ahead and take that parking space I’ve been waiting 10 minutes for! Godspeed to you! Another’ll open in a jiffy!
Lead by example.

Don’t forget/lose sight of what’s important (hint: it ain’t getting that FitBit gift-wrapped and to the Post Office..)

And even though my timing is a wee bit early, allow this grouchy curmudgeon to wish you the very happiest of holidays.

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Today’s quote:The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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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.)

December 12, 2014 Posted by | advice, blogging, Internet, News, security, tech | , , , , | 15 Comments

The day before

I plan to strictly adhere to this Nutrition Pyramid.

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Please accept my wishes for a safe and happy Holiday!


Please remember — we are now in prime Cybercrime Season. Let’s be careful and cautious out there. And I mean use your full powers of paranoid common sense. Guard your wallet and your purse. Drive double-carefully. Don’t open unsolicited emails. Etc..

Today’s quote:The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

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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.)

November 26, 2014 Posted by | blogging | 2 Comments

Veterans Day 2014

To any and all who have worn their nation’s uniform..

I tip my hat.

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.)

November 11, 2014 Posted by | blogging | 2 Comments