Tech – for Everyone

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

Happy Halloween

Folks,

I understand that Mother Nature is going to dampen the festivities for some of you, but I would like to wish you all the best possible Halloween, well, um.. possible!

I do hope you all have a fun (and safe) time Trick Or Treating tonight, and your costume wins First Prize.

And please allow me to remind you not to eat too much of your loot at once, or you might feel like this guy..

Happy Halloween!

Today’s reading reco: Zero Day Weekly: CurrentC hacked, White House breached, APT28 exposed, Verizon shamed

A collection of notable security news items for the week ending October 31, 2014. Covers enterprise, controversies, reports and more.” Read more..

Today’s Fun Video (Reader submitted): The fine folks at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory demonstrate why they are the best ever by showcasing their mad pumpkin carving skills.

Today’s quote:Fortune favours the bold.” ~ Virgil

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

October 31, 2014 Posted by | blogging, digital Video, Internet, News, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yup. Still here.

No, folks, there’s nothing wrong with your “feed” or subscription. I simply haven’t posted anything new in  a while.

I’m still here, and I’m still keeping my eye on the developments. It’s just that .. well.. life gets weird, occasionally.
Ya’ know?

And this is just a quick note to let you know those things, and to tell you to keep your eyes open for more articles in the future. But don’t expect any soon — as all I’ve seen lately is tech decision makers being beyond moronic (thinking they have to buy games, develop more games, and acquire the rights to Looney Tunes to cast as the characters in games (Google “Looney Tunes Dash”, if you didn’t catch that last reference).

And there’s been no progress on the security, or privacy fronts, but fear not, better methods to show you unwanted advertisements are Priority 1. (And there’s a new iPhone!!! YAY!!!)
Fflluurrtt…
(Sorry.. but I remember when tech was called “business machines” [as in IBM].)
So I have to let my bile settle a bit.

And along those lines, I looked for a diversion and discovered that Netflix acquired the last season of a show a few people told me they loved, but as I don’t watch TV any more, had never seen, called HIMYM, and marathon-watched all 9 seasons.
(Those of you with a sappy, romantic, emotional side probably shouldn’t watch it.. )

There was one “sketch” in it that really made me smile.. Here it is:

I’d forgotten that song..

And! To be fair, here’s a poll:

Today’s quote:But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There’s incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope.” ~ Dave Matthews

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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.)

September 24, 2014 Posted by | blogging, computers, consumer electronics, News, tech | Leave a comment

Nostalgia

Have I ever mentioned that summer is my favorite season?

One reason is (I think only naturally) happy childhood memories. I recall, as a child, experiencing a certain joy when I heard some far away music, coming closer … as it heralded the arrival of a certain truck…

Ice Cream Truck Menu

(Sometimes I think ice cream was one of mankind’s better inventions…)

Today’s quote:Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.” ~ Randy Pausch

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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.)

July 29, 2014 Posted by | blogging | , , | Leave a comment

Happy Happy

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer (and keeping cool)(as well as ‘kewel’).

Fun fact: you may have seen the photos of a car that had it’s interior destroyed when a GPS unit’s battery ‘exploded’ (from exposure to the sun).

Guess what? It’s a myth ‘urban legend’. See this Snopes article.

(The laptops getting so hot they burned people’s laps stories were true.)

Fun video:

(So remember boys and girls, don’t go anywhere without your helmet!)

Today’s fun quote:Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun.” ~ Brian Wilson

Today’s fun poll (cont.): I finally got around to watching Seasons 7 and 8 of House (the final two seasons), and so for me, I must now say ‘goodbye’ to friends. (um.. I mean, it really feels that way..)
… I was SHOCKED to learn that House MD ranked only #36 on the imdb’s “Highest Rated TV Series” (especially considering some of the titles that scored higher..) as I am hard put to think of series I was more sorry to see go (Like M*A*S*H, Cheers, , and Seinfeld).

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.)

July 26, 2014 Posted by | blogging | Leave a comment

Happy Canada Day

I would like to take a quick ‘mo’ and wish my Canadian readers a safe and happy holiday.

Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.

July 1, 2014 Posted by | blogging | 4 Comments

Not for everyone

Please hear me.

Do not ever – repeat, ever!, – allow some person, or situation, or circumstance to cause you to feel “less than”.

No one has the right to belittle you, condemn you, condescend to you, sneer at you, tell you how to think, or treat you like the dirt beneath their shoes. You are a miracle. You are divine. I know it, and deep down inside you know it too. (What I like to do is think of it this way: I say to myself, “WOW! That person has serious issues! I’m so glad I am not like that.”)

Remember, always, that just because something truly feels hopeless or insurmountable, does NOT mean there isn’t a solution or resolution. There is a reason people say “it’s always darkest before the dawn.” (It’s usually due to the fact that so often the ‘resolution’ or ‘solution’ proves far better than we could have dared hope at the time.)

You can and will overcome any obstacles. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But you will.

Today’s quote:If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” ~ Winston Churchill

 

June 29, 2014 Posted by | blogging | 2 Comments

Goodbye 2013

Well it is that time again. 2013 es terminado. Naturally, I guess, you see a lot of “The Year In Review”-type articles, as well as “What To Expect In The New Year”-type articles. (Have you started thing about your “resolutions” yet?)

I don’t feel much need to review the year: rather just bid it adieu. And my ‘prediction’ for 2014 is it will be much the same as this year was.

I think it a safe bet: the number of Americans who will have their identity stolen will remain measured by the 10′s of thousands: credit card fraud will continue to plague the financial and insurance industries. And thousands and thousands of you will fall for a “rogue antivirus” pop-open attack… even though the warnings have been published (weekly) since 2007, and there has been a “National Cyber Crime Awareness Month” for a decade.

The same miniscule percentage will actually read the owner’s manual.

Life will get busier and more complex.

~ ~ ~

I will keep my “resolutions” for this coming year personal, and I will wish you much success in yours. I thank you for visiting here this past year, and I hope to see you again in 2014. I offer you my sincere wishes for a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year!

Today’s quote:Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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

December 31, 2013 Posted by | blogging, tech | | 4 Comments