Tech – for Everyone

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

How to lock in your free Windows 10 upgrade and still keep using your old Windows

Folks, doing this kinda makes it a ‘win-win’ (presuming you’re like me, and perfectly happy with Windows 7)

* How to lock in your free Windows 10 upgrade and keep using your old Windows version

The year-long free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ends on July 29. But what if you’re not ready to upgrade yet? Here’s how to claim your upgrade so it’s available at no cost when the time comes.Read more..

Related: Six Windows 10 annoyances: How to make them go away for good

You’ve got complaints about Windows 10? Don’t worry, you’ve got plenty of company. From my mailbox, these are the top gripes about Microsoft’s new OS, with instructions to help you make those problems vanish.Read more..

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Today”s quotable quote: “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” ~ Wayne Dyer

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May 13, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, PC, tech, upgrading, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Microsoft License Scam?

Folks, a reader wrote and asked me about a phone call they received. The (female) caller claimed to be from Microsoft, and warned the reader that their “Windows license had expired”…

This is a scam. Don’t fall for it. Hang up. And, please, warn your friends and family. As this ‘thread’ says, Microsoft would not call you unsolicited. Nor would they know if any errors existed on your computer.

The article has good information on scams and what you can do. Again, click here to read more.

And thank you Dear Reader for bringing this to my attention.

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Today’s quote:I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.” ~ Ken Venturi

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

May 3, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Internet scam, Microsoft, Phishing, phraud, security, tech | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Disable Windows 10 Upgrade With Just One Click

The tool is called Never10, and it’s from Steve Gibson. Click here, to go to his page, and scroll down a bit to the “download” button. (You may want to read the very brief instructions.. but this is 1-click-simple.)

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Today’s quote:Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.” ~ Allen Klein

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

March 30, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, software, tech, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

How To Boost Windows Ten’s Performance

Those of you who have ‘upgraded’ to Windows 10, and like to ‘tweak’ their machines for best performance, may want to read the following article —

* 10 Tips to Speed Up Windows 10

Windows 10 is faster than the previous versions of Microsoft’s OS, but you can still speed up your PC with our tricks.Read more…

[ Those of you ‘Power Users’ who have been using Windows for years probably won’t find anything really new here.. ]

Today’s quote:Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.” ~ Victor Hugo

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

March 28, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, PC, performance, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to disappear from the Internet

And other Items of Interest

Folks, a few things for your Friday.

* Podcast: How to disappear from the internet

On this week’s episode of the TechRepublic podcast, Frank Ahern reveals the secrets of skip tracing and social engineering. Frank also explains how to disappear completely and never be found.Cick here.

hal-thumb.jpg* Why Microsoft’s ‘Tay’ AI bot went wrong

She was supposed to come off as a normal teenage girl. But less than a day after her debut on Twitter, Microsoft’s chatbot—an AI system called “Tay.ai”—unexpectedly turned into a Hitler-loving, feminist-bashing troll. So what went wrong? TechRepublic turns to the AI experts for insight into what happened and how we can learn from it..Read more..

[ “AI” is “Artificial Intelligence” ] [ And the whole idea of AI gives me the creeps.. Remember Hal in Space Odyssey? ]

* Cloud plus artificial intelligence is creating The Matrix (and that’s a good thing)

A study by advisory firm Leading Edge Forum titled Embracing ‘the Matrix’ and the Machine Intelligence Era, suggests that the combination of cloud computing and artificial and machine intelligence (MI) “will increasingly be able to perform just about everything that companies and individuals do, and many things that we cannot“.” Read more..

[ .. a good thing? Replaced by a machine a “good thing”?? ]

* Just look at these crazy-spendy luxury gadgets

The luxury tech market is full of gadgets that you did not even know you wanted … until nowVIEW THE GALLERY

… well, I think that’s enough for now. It’s Good Friday. Be well.

Today’s quote:My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.” ~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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March 25, 2016 Posted by | cloud computing, computers, gadgets, how to, Internet, Microsoft, News, tech | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Windows 10 “Upgrade” Nag – Disabled!

Folks, those of us who do not want Windows X (like, if you, mistrust “cloud” privacy invasions, enjoy Windows Media Center, or Hearts, or Spider Solitaire, or Chess Titans..) will want to read (and download) the following:

First, I wrote an article on KB3035583 and gwx.exe, here: GWX.EXE (Or, How To Remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Nag)

Next (and more importantly): Microsoft takes the gloves off, pushes Windows 10 upgrades even harder

When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade for Windows users who had genuine copies of Windows 7 or 8, many praised the move as a smart way to ensure users, enthusiasts, and gamers would get the latest OS version. Since this spring, the bloom has been coming off that particular rose. The company’s invasive GWX application pesters users to upgrade, downloads the upgrade without your permission, “accidentally” forced some users to upgrade without recourse, announced that this program would be returning in near-term future, and now, is attempting to convince people they simply have no option but to upgrade.Read more..

I have downloaded the standalone installer, and am keeping my fingers crossed it will keep me from having to repeatedly perform KB3035583 uninstalls… but I am keeping ‘ghost’ images of my machines stored just in case. Hey, Microsoft? Get the clue. These are our machines. And taking advantage of user cluelessness is a vile policy – shame on you – stop it!

Today’s quote:If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” ~ James Herriot

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

December 19, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, Microsoft, News, PC, software, tech, upgrading, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 | Leave a comment

Items to be aware of

Folks,
I do have some reading reco’s for you.

* Windows 10 bumps up support-call traffic

“.. the volume of calls has been about double that of previous Windows releases. Most of the support questions “focused on problems with usability and a desire to revert [to Windows 7 or 8], instead of how to use the new OS,Read more..

* NSA whistleblower: No software is ‘safe from surveillance’

A former NSA official said the agency has “more resources” for surveillance than the average user can ever hope to defend against.Read more..
[I like the final sentence.]

Best for last: How Microsoft’s data case could unravel the US tech industry

The case, if lost, could see a mass exodus of international customers from the US cloud.Read more..

[Regardless of surveillance, or “data ownership” legalities. IMHO you should not trust the “cloud”. Period. Businesses? Forget it. Yet.. it keeps snow-balling..]

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Today’s quote:My favorite parable for living a positive and influential life is the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.‘” ~ Tony Oller

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November 12, 2015 Posted by | cloud computing, computers, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, hackers, Internet, Microsoft, News, privacy, security, software, tech, upgrading, Windows 10 | Leave a comment