Tech – for Everyone

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

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

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

Guide for securing Windows 10

Folks, for those of you have ‘upgraded’ to Windows 10 (and for those of you who will soon) this tutorial is a ‘must read’. (I even reco it for those of us who plan on sticking with Win7 until the wheels fall off. It says a lot about tech and the Internet.)

* How to secure Windows 10: The paranoid’s guide

Worried sick over Windows 10’s privacy settings? There’s a lot you can do to lock them down, but you will lose some functionality along the way.Read more..

Other items of interest:

* Attackers can access Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive files without a user’s password

The so-called “man-in-the-cloud” attack is said to be a common flaw in most cloud-based file synchronization services.” Read more..

* Could cyberwar knock us back to the Stone Age?

If the United States were involved in a major cyberwar, just how badly would it be hit? Could the U.S. survive? Could modern civilization survive? In this thought experiment, David Gewirtz explores such a scenario in-depth.” Read more..

[ if you can even think to ask the question.. the answer is ‘yes’. ]

Today’s quote:I have an advanced degree in procrastination and another one in paranoia.” ~ Joanne Harris

Want more? Nuclear nightmare: Industrial control switches need fixing, now

Researchers at Black Hat USA have disclosed critical SCADA/ICS vulnerabilities in switches actively used in industrial control management systems, such as substations, factories, refineries, ports, and other areas of industrial automation.” Read more..

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August 7, 2015 Posted by | how to, Internet, News, security, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , | Leave a comment

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

GWX.EXE (Or, How To Remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Nag)

Savvy Users may have noticed a new process in their Task Manager, namely GWX.EXE. Which stands for “Get Windows X” (“X” meaning 10), and is responsible for that new “Windows Logo” icon in your Notification Tray (the right part of your Taskbar, with the clock). Which was pushed onto us by Microsoft’s Update process via the KB3035583 update

gwx_notifgwx_tm_snip

Now I know that some of you are eagerly awaiting June 29th to get the latest Windows version, but for those of you who, like me, never install version 1.0 of anything, or like me, rely on Windows Media Center (not included in Windows 10), and would prefer that the Microsoft nag and downloader package NOT be on their systems, simply Uninstall Windows Update KB3035583.

For those who don’t know how to do that, I have been busily preparing the How To tutorial.

But Scott Thurow beat me to it. So instead of me reinventing the wheel, I’ll just point you here: How to stop the Windows 10 Upgrade from downloading on your system

NOTE: You can always go back and get KB3035583 at a later date. (And I expect, since Microsoft is hellbent on getting the entire world using Windows 10, that they’ll push this same thing in future updates (and any other trick they can think of)).

Today’s quote:If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” ~ Yogi Berra

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June 8, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, PC, removing Updates, software, tech, tweaks, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments