Tech – for Everyone

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

50 Best Free iPhone Apps + More

For those of you iGadget types..

* 50 Best Free iPhone Apps

Plenty of iPhone apps are worth paying for, but there are plenty of great free ones, too. Here are 50 of the best.” Read more..

[ Note: most of those are available for Android devices as well. ]

Others may be more interested in..

* Analysts’ Favorites: 10 Best Bluetooth Speakers

Laptops and phones are smaller and thinner than ever, and so are their speakers. We tested dozens of wireless speakers and can recommend these 10 as the absolute best.Read more..

And of course there’s scary ‘news’..

* Windows 10 Upgrade Become More Creepy, No Option to Opt-Out

If you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and have no plans to switch to Windows 10, then Microsoft could force you to install Windows 10*, making it harder for you to cancel or opt-out of upgrading…” Read more..

* emphasis mine. It’s time to turn off Automatic Update, and switch to “Notify me”, and manually reading each Update to make sure this *crud* isn’t allowed to happen. Sad. Just sad. Shame on you Microsoft! (Other option, image your C: drive daily..) Because unless you’re a kid needing improved XBox streaming, I see no real advantage to Win X.

And, it’s the weekend, so..

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“Little lion” by Giordano Vasconcelos, courtesy of Flickr Commons

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Today’s quote:Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance – the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it; better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen.” ~ Thomas Carlyle

Let’s all have a safe and marvelous weekend, okay?

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

October 17, 2015 Posted by | advice, Android, Apple, consumer electronics, gadgets, hardware, iPhone, Microsoft, News, software, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How To: Troubleshooting and repairing Windows 10

For those folks who declined to follow my advice, (to hold off at least 3 months) and already have ‘upgraded’ to Microsoft’s latest operating system.

* Troubleshooting and repairing Windows 10

Windows 10 has been in wide release for only a few months so far, and as with any version 1.0 release some early adopters are experiencing issues. Here’s Ed Bott’s guide to some time-tested troubleshooting tools and techniques.Read more..

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Today’s quote:No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you’ll find the positive side of things.” ~ Demi Lovato

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

September 16, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, performance, software, troubleshooting, Windows, Windows 10 | Leave a comment

Windows 10, and your privacy

Folks, I think everyone should read this…

* Microsoft’s Remarkable Pivot: Windows 10 Abandons Privacy

You can read all you want about Windows 10 powerful new privacy features, but that doesn’t mean you have them.Read more..

More like it..

* Baby Monitors Expose Home — And Business — Networks

Researchers find major security flaws in popular networked video baby monitor products that could allow attackers to snoop on babies and businesses.Read more..

Today’s quote:Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~ Willie Nelson

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

September 3, 2015 Posted by | computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Internet of Things, Microsoft, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Alert: another emergency Windows patch

Folks, please make sure your Windows PC (all versions) is up-to-date with security “updates”.

* Microsoft issues emergency patch for all versions of Windows

The security flaw is the second “critical” out-of-band patch issued in as many months.Read more..

And, some of you might enjoy some strong drumming..

Today’s quote:In an era of parental paranoia, lawsuit mania and testing frenzy, we are failing to inspire our children’s curiosity, creativity, and imagination. We are denying them opportunities to tinker, discover, and explore – in short, to play.” ~ Darell Hammond

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August 19, 2015 Posted by | Microsoft, News, security, tech, Windows | Leave a comment

Alert: Scary Windows Ten Scams

Folks, as you might know (or have learned to expect), there are some dangerous scams circulating you need to be wary of (and tell your less-savvy friends and family about).

So the fun just continues… Does anyone even use email any more? Or am I the last holdout..?

Today’s quote:Life’s Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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August 4, 2015 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, e-mail, hackers, Internet scam, Microsoft, News, ransomware, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Windows X Review

Many of you will be aware today is ‘Windows 10 Day’ (meaning, you can get it today). And many of you are wondering what I think of it. (I’ve already said, “wait for the Service Pack”.) No I won’t be downloading it — I don’t want any of it’s new “features” (they’re kinda creepy, in a Big Brother kind of way) and I use what it will remove (i.e., Media Center), so, I refer you instead to this article for a detailed review of Microsoft’s latest operating system.

* Windows 10 review: Full of promise, but not a must-have just yet

Should you upgrade to what Microsoft has called the last version of Windows?Read more..

Today’s quote:The human race is a herd. Here we are, unique, eternal aspects of consciousness with an infinity of potential, and we have allowed ourselves to become an unthinking, unquestioning blob of conformity and uniformity. A herd. Once we concede to the herd mentality, we can be controlled and directed by a tiny few. And we are.” ~ David Icke

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July 29, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, free software, Microsoft, News, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Warning: Critical Patch for Windows Issued

Oh, yes.. more of the same. Act now and protect yourself. * Microsoft releases emergency patch for all versions of Windows

The flaw, affecting Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1, can allow a hacker to take over a machine.” Read more..

And when I went to Start>Windows Update, I saw this new item..

wu

No, thanks. I never want the first version of any thing.

Other news: More Items Like This * UCLA Health hit by hack; medical data on 4.5 million people exposed

The LA-based university health system says the data stolen was not encrypted.Read more..

[Silly me! I thought there were laws making such PII mandatory-encrypted.. ]

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Today’s quote:Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.” ~ Robert Green Ingersoll Copyright 2007-2015 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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July 20, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Microsoft, News, PC, security, tech, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments