Tech – for Everyone

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

I’m curious (Another poll)

The promise of “tech” was that it was going to make life easier, humans more productive, and free of us from mundane tasks. I’m curious if anyone out there is experiencing a slightly different reality in these Modern Times.

Thank you.

I’d like to also take a moment, and remind you, Dear Reader, that one of the best “cures” (for the feelings listed above) is getting off your pity pot, and going out and performing what we’ve come to call “a random act of kindness” (I assure you, no matter how impoverished/lacking you feel, there’s someone nearby with less). And we all know that laughter is the best medicine, so turn off the Bad News Machine, and tune into some slapstick comedy — 3 Stooges, Marx Brothers, or Jerry Lewis, or Seinfeld, or sumsuch as that.

Today’s reading recos:
* GEEK SQUEAK – Gizmo’s Freeware Posts How To “Get A Free License for MiniTool Power Data Recovery Personal Edition” (Limited Time Offer)

Gizmo’s Freeware Site is reporting that you can get a free licensed copy (From September 11th to 13th) of MiniTool Power Data Recovery (Personal Edition) by following the instructions as posted. I have used this software in the past and it is one of the best out there.– (GET IT @ Gizmo’s)Read more…

* Five apps for boosting browser security

Don’t fall prey to malware or let marketers track your every mouse click. Here are five good tools to make your browsing more secure.Read more..

* The Joy of Tech: Apple Product Cycles and Apple Event Essentials (Comics)

There are seven stages to Apple’s product cycle, guess which one we’re currently in:” See the comic here.

Today’s quote:Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” ~ Princess Diana

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.)

September 9, 2014 Posted by | advice, Apple, free software, Internet, News, security, software, tech | | Leave a comment

Smartphone protection, Free software, Fun videos, More!

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

Tuesday Tidbits for the end of August

A few items for your consideration:

First up: after a bit of a quiet spell, Rick Robinette has been posting actively on his (Tech Paul Recommended) site, What’s On My PC.. and I suggest looking at all his latest; but what I focused in on (and prompted me to bring special attention to) was his recent posts on music services and players – all three of which I had not heard of.

* Google Chrome MP3 Player App – Trifling Trivial Worthless Rubbishy Player (TTWR player)

Once I get stuck on something, I am on it until I’ve exhausted it or I’m exhausted (which ever comes first). For some odd reason, I have been on a MP3 music kick; especially being focused on web based converters and web based players. Today I happened across a Google Chrome App, called Trifling Trivial […]” Read more..

* Youtify – A Minimalistic Web Music Player

A recent post, I featured an online (cloud based) music player, called YouZeek, that streams music from YouTube. After posting this article, I started looking around to see if there were any other online YouTube music players and came across Youtify.Read more..

* Create Online Music Playlists And Share Them With Your Friends (Without Breaking Any Laws???)

Create Online Music Playlists And Share Them With Your Friends (Without Breaking Any Laws???)… That is what YOUZEEK is claiming on their “About” page…Read more..

Other items:
* New variants of POS malware ‘Backoff’ found as infections expand
* PlayStation Network downed by DDoS attack, other gaming networks hit too
* AdThief malware infects 75K iOS devices, steals revenue
and last but not least: * Duo Security researchers discuss “The Internet of Fails” at DefCon 22

Really.. you should watch that.. even if it has Geekspeak (and not-polite words)(for giggles, count them).

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

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 26, 2014 Posted by | Apple, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, free software, hackers, hardware, Internet, mobile, News, PC, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Music streaming, the FCC, and other stuff too

Yay. The weekend is here. Here are a few items for your consideration.

* Comparison: The 8 best music streaming services to use at work

In case you left your portable radio in 1998, here are some more modern options for picking the music to pass your workday.Read more..

* I’ve often said that the best predictor of future technology was to look at Star Trek. While we don’t yet have hand phasers, or “transporters”, other “sci fi” items are now a routine part of our lives. One of the ‘quantum leaps’ in man’s evolution is going to be “replicators”; and guess what? They’re here. 3D ‘bioprinting’: 10 things you should know about how it works

Using living cells to 3D print organs may sound far-fetched, but it’s happening. Bioprinting is quickly gaining traction. Here’s how it works.Read more..

[related: How 3D bioprinting is changing the world: Photos of 10 great projects ]

Beam me up, Scotty.

* About the FCC proposal: Net Neutrality: What’s Really Happening?

Is net neutrality really dead? Here are some of the top questions about the FCC’s plan, and what we know so far.Read more..

* Sunday Beauty #155 Here’s another interesting image for your weekend.

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

“end of the day” by paul bica, courtesy of Flickr Commons

Today’s quote:In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” ~  John Muir

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 26, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, Digital Images, free software, Internet, News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Due Tuesday, and Sunday Beauty

IRS Program Lets Taxpayers Use Popular Tax Preparation Software Free, and e-File For Free

(* Reposting) I am like many Americans in that I have become somewhat reliant on my computer to help me do my Federal taxes. It all started (ages ago, now) with a CD I received in the mail — a free copy of H&R Block’s TaxCut. I tried it. And I found it just a wee bit easier to use and figure out than the 1040A user manual our government provides.

Nowadays to access the free version of TaxCut (or TurboTax), I have to first go to to the IRS website.

IRS banner

On the IRS site, there is a page called “FreeFile”, and here you will find the “partnership links” to the free versions of 19 accepted tax prep programs — of which TaxCut (and also TurboTax) is one.
To qualify, you must have an Adjusted Gross Income of $56,000 or less.

Today’s free link: FreeFile at the IRS
Note: there are two buttons on the page; “I will choose” and “help me choose”. Though all of the programs there are accepted by the IRS, I would recommend clicking the “I will choose”, and then selecting either TaxCut or TurboTax.

Today’s Pretty Picture:

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

“golden waterfall” by paul bica, courtesy of Flickr Commons

Today’s quote:Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.”  ~ Eckhart Tolle

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 13, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, Digital Images, free software, Internet, tech | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If you build it, they will come

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An item for you thinkers out there..

* Cryptocurrency mining malware discovered on surveillance DVRs

Johannes Ullrich, dean of research with the SANS Technology Institute, posted on Monday that DVRs made by Hikvision, a video surveillance products and solutions supplier headquartered in China, were found to contain malware that mined for Bitcoins.Read more..

What are the implications here?

(Puts a twist on the meaning of “Made in China” a bit, too, doesn’t it? But you should know that already: remember the “infected digital picture frames” [circa 2008] ? )

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Other tech: What you should know about Windows 8.1 Update

The soon-to-be-released Windows 8.1 Update brings minor improvements that favor those using a mouse — in other words, most Win8 users.

Anyone currently on Windows 8.1 will want the update; those who still haven’t made the Modern plunge won’t be impressed.Read more..

[ This actually does eliminate my main beefs about Win8. But I won’t be switching – it’s Win 7 for me still.]

Today’s free software:  IObit  PCtransfer

To find a best solution to safely and thoroughly transfer data for XP users, IObit newly releases PCtransfer. It is a free, light, and portable data transfer tool that provides users with an easy and secure way to backup and restore data with one click. PCtransfer especially supports bookmarks and favorites backup on Internet Explorer 6 and 7, and also allows user to quickly select and backup the third-party programs and settings. PCtransfer not only helps user to transfer data from Windows XP system to new systems but also provide assistance to users for moving data to a new PC.”

Today’s quote:The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.” ~ B. F. Skinner

(I think he meant “humans”, or “people”, but..)

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 3, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, free software, hackers, Internet, Microsoft, News, PC, security, software, tech, Windows 8 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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