Tech – for Everyone

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

How To Solve Mac Printing Problems

Folks, rather than reinvent the wheel, I’ll simply tell you the first thing to do is clear the Printer’s “queue” —

1) Open Apple menu and go to “System Preferences” and choose Printers. (You can also use Finder.)
2) Select the active printer and choose “Open Print Queue” button.
3) Select and cancel the print job(s) as desired, canceling them and removing them from the printing queue.

And point you to this article for the more advanced steps:

* How to resolve Mac printing issues

Printing on a Mac is typically reliable. Occasionally trouble arises, however. Here are a few recommended resolutions for returning printing to proper operation.Read more..

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Today’s quote:Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~ Dalai Lama

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

April 28, 2016 Posted by | advice, Apple, computers, consumer electronics, hardware, how to, printers, troubleshooting | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

While I was away…

Let’s take a look at some of the recent headlines in Tech. (In no particular order..)

* FCC privacy rules can’t stop ‘gold rush’ in personal data

The flourishing ‘surveillance capitalism’ that profits from selling consumers’ personal data will be little affected by the new rules.Read More..

* Malvertising Campaign Hits Top Websites to Spread Ransomware

Hackers are always in search for an elite method to create loopholes in the cyberspace to implement the dark rules in the form of vulnerability exploitation. Top Trustworthy sites such as The New York Times, BBC, MSN, AOL and many more are on the verge of losing their face value as a …” Read more..

* Warning — Hackers can Silently Install Malware to Non-Jailbroken iOS Devices

Hard time for mobile phone users! Just recently, two severe vulnerabilities in Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and Stagefright were spotted on the Android platform, affecting more than a Billion and Millions of devices respectively. And now: Hackers have discovered a new way to install malicious apps ..” Read more..

* Apple users, beware: First live ransomware targeting Macs …

Security researchers have discovered what they believe to be the first-ever ransomware attack targeted at Apple users that actually made it out …” Read more..

* Android Trojan infiltrates mobile firmware, Trend Micro apps

An Android Trojan which displays unwanted ads and installs nuisance software on mobile devices has been discovered in the firmware of smartphones and in popular Android applications, according to researchers.Read more..

[ “firmware” is chip-level coding, which comes into play when you first power up, but before the operating system (and therefore, any ‘anti-virus’) launches. ]

* The 18 scariest computer viruses of all time (slideshow)

And, there’s also Apple vs the F.B.I., and other delightful stories… But.. none of them are happy.

Today’s quote:Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

March 22, 2016 Posted by | advice, Android, Apple, cellular, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, hackers, Internet, iPhone, News, Phishing, phraud, privacy, ransomware, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Heads Up for Apple Owners

If you are an Apple person, here is a development you should be aware of.

* Mac OS X is the most vulnerable OS, claims security firm; Debate ensues

According to a report by security firm GFI, Apple’s Mac OS X is the most vulnerable operating system, with the iOS platform coming in second. A debate over reporting nuances and merits of the report quickly followed.” Read more..

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Today’s quote:Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” ~ William Shakespeare

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

February 25, 2015 Posted by | advice, Apple, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Internet, security | , , , , | 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

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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

Friday Items

Here are a few items of interest for you.

* The billion dollar web site you paid for

Whoever heard of a pure IT project that cost a billion dollars to build (so far)? A GAO investigation goes deep into just how bad the process of building HealthCare.gov was.Read more..

There’s no free lunch for short-changed Silicon Valley workers…

US judge rules that more than 64,000 tech workers have a strong claim against Silicon Valley’s most successful companies in a lengthy conspiracy to hold down their wages and careers.” Read more..

* Apple to store some user data in China: Weighing the pros and cons

Apple’s move to store some of its Chinese users’ data in the country has benefits — and drawbacks — for its customers.Read more..

* Our smartphone-obsessed society will leave behind few digital Mona Lisas

A de-emphasis on the permanence of expression as well as a lack of desire to preserve digital content will almost certainly result in the loss of many culturally significant works.” Read more..

Today’s Fun Video:

Today’s quote:Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” ~ Henry Ford

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 15, 2014 Posted by | Apple, computers, digital music, digital Video, Internet, News, tech | , | Leave a comment

A few more items and Friday Fun

Happy Friday to you all. Here are a few more news items for your consideration.

* ANYONE NEED A BUNCH OF RUINED LAPTOPS? Why One School District Killed Its Student Laptop Program 

There is no more determined hacker… than a 12-year-old who has a computer.Read more..

[Yet again, another ‘feel good program’ fails when it bumps into reality..?]

bozoApple hit with privacy class-action over iPhone location service

Apple has been hit with a class-action suit for using the location service function on its iPhones to track customers, alleging that Apple has indeed handed over the information to third parties, including the U.S. government.Read more..

* How one judge single-handedly killed trust in the US technology industry

In a single two-hour courtroom session on Thursday morning — just in time for lunch — US District Judge Loretta Preska ruled on a case that has massive global implications for US technology giants.Read more..

Encrypt your face and foil the NSA

Surveillance cameras are everywhere, backed by sophisticated facial recognition software. But you can defeat them, the NSA and whoever else is monitoring you. Here’s how.Read more..

Latest Citadel trick allows RDP access after malware’s removal (keyword=”after”)

Attackers have updated Citadel with a new “trick” that gives them device access even after the banking malware has been detected and removed by administrators, a security firm found.Read more..

[Geekspeak note: “RDP” (remote desktop protocol) is what tech service types (such as myself) use for ‘remote repairs’. It allows me to see your screen, move your cursor as if I’m moving your mouse, type commands, etc., without visiting your home.]

* Friday Fun Video Note: the first several minutes of this is jet fighter flying stuff, but you can skip that if that’s not your thing. Slide it to 3:50.

* Today’s quote:Fun is good.” ~ Dr. Seuss

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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 1, 2014 Posted by | Apple, computers, consumer electronics, News, privacy, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Weekend Grab Bag

Howdy Folks. I hope your week was ‘fair to middlin’ (as my Missourian friends say), and that you are enjoying your weekend.

I did not see any interesting tech items this past week (yes, I’m aware of Apple’s new iOS, and that there’s a new amazon phone and Samsung phone, and all the rest, but.. yawn. Same old same old).

Well, I did find this somewhat amusing: The mighty Apple has become the Android imitator

All I can do is shake my head. Why? Samsung re-invents a wheel and gets sued. Apple does the same thing and smiles all the way to the bank.Read more..

[ Actually, if you do a search for apple copies android, you’ll see results dating back further than iOS 5.. ]

This weekend’s Fun Video:

This weekend’s pretty picture:

image tropical forest

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

“tropical forest” by katsrcool, courtesy of Flickr Commons

This weekend’s quotable quote:  “[In the Universe it may be that] Primitive life is very common and intelligent life is fairly rare. Some would say it has yet to occur on Earth.”  ~ Stephen Hawking

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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.)

June 21, 2014 Posted by | Android, Apple, consumer electronics, digital music, digital Video, Google, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment