Tech – for Everyone

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

A few items…

A few items a few of you might like:

1) The Secret You Need to Know About Ebooks

A select group of readers, however, had the inside scoop on all these deals and more. They were using BookBub, a daily email that alerts readers to free and deeply discounted ebooks that are available for a limited time.Read more…

2) A song from days past I hope will still speak to you today..

and, 3) a song I like.. and is more uptempo..

Today’s quote:If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson

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

December 29, 2015 Posted by | digital music, digital Video, Internet | , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Good Deal (And More)

Folks, an alert reader has informed me of a limited-time special discount I think you all will want to take advantage of.

Sandboxie – the 2010 winner of my coveted FOTIS Award (Click the link, and read why) – in celebration of (new) version 3.60, the Personal Lifetime License is offered at 50% off!
One license allows you to use Sandboxie on any number of computers that you personally own, and if you get the “lifetime” license, well, you’re covered forever.

The Internet has become such a dangerous place, that I recommend – whenever possible – surfing with your browser (or computer) “sandboxed”, and my recommended tool for that is Sandboxie. To read more about this great security program, please click here. (To buy, click here.)

Thank you, Dear Reader (you know who you are).

Larry Page: Google+ is just beginning, will become ‘automagical’

That strategy will likely further unify the brand as a single, utterly comprehensive platform that attempts to cover every aspect of our lives.” Read more..

(And show us ads.. yippee.)

Today I am doing something a bit different. I will be taking a brief ‘time out’ from being the world’s best tech for hire, and attending a “fun” fundraising event which helps out the athletic program at one of our local schools.

No, I do not have any children, but I believe in that Kallyfornyah Bumpersticker Philosophy of “what comes around goes around”.
Wait.. that isn’t quite right.. um, er.. “if you love something, set it free”? No. That isn’t it either.
I know it isn’t “save the whales”..

Bah. I need more coffee. I know that “no good deed goes unpunished”, but I think our kids are spending too much time playing Xbox and not enough time playing sports (there was no talk of “childhood obesity” when I was growing up..) and so I am “putting my money where my mouth is”. So to speak. Whatever. I mention it, not to crow; I hope it will start some gears turning out there..

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Today’s quote:He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” ~ Victor Hugo

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October 15, 2011 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Monday’s List

Monday is not my favorite day. And that fact has been true for as long as I can remember. But what can you do? Grin and bear it. It will pass.

I have some reading reco’s for you today.

Welcome to the mobile malware mess, we hope you enjoy your stay

Over the last few weeks, there’s been a dramatic surge in activity in the mobile malware arena.

The anti-malware industry has been talking and warning about mobile malware for more than five years now. It seems the time has finally come.

Apple’s iPad 2: An incremental upgrade enough to kill the competition

Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad 2 on Wednesday and the festivities went about as expected. The iPad got two cameras, dropped some girth and introduced some snazzy new covers.

Missing from the equation was a USB port and a new display.

Motorola: to compete against iPad 2, you need a cheaper XOOM

This week’s launch of Apple’s iPad 2 was a real eye-opener for a lot of us. Nobody expected the company to be able to deliver a thinner, significantly faster tablet at a base price of $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model. Right now, Apple’s competitors are eating the iPad 2’s dust, and the device hasn’t even gone onsale yet.

Some manufacturers, like Samsung, are just plain dumbfounded and are finding themselves having to re-evaluate their tablet strategies altogether and reconsidering their product launches.

(A brief aside: yesterday I was in the Verizon store, looking at “mobile devices”, and young man [I would guesstimate was about 8 yrs] ran up to the tablets and said, “Cool! A Xoom!” and the first thing he did was start playing Angry Birds.)

HTC Inspire 4G review: High-powered Android at a low-ball price

The HTC Inspire 4G is a high-end Android smartphone that is priced like a discount phone. Learn why it’s such a bargain and the pros and cons of this highly-anticipated device.

I have been seriously looking at tablets. One big reason I don’t own a Galaxy Tab is that the carriers (cellular providers) insist on two stupid things, which though they might claim are due to technical reasons, I suspect are due simply to greed — one, voice not allowed; two, tiered data plans.

Typically you can buy either 1 GB, or pricier 5 GB, per month data plans (for a data-only device) which kind of forces you to depend on Wi Fi.

If Wi Fi is available, I’ll use my laptop, thank you. Bigger screen. Keyboard. Optical disc drive…

PhoXo – FREE and POWERFUL Image Editing Software

I truly love software and get excited when I see a software developer put their heart and soul in an application, then turn around and offer it for FREE. I recently came across a FREE image editor that was a new one for me and it is good; really good! There are tons of image…

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March 7, 2011 Posted by | advice, Android, Apple, cellular, computers, gadgets, hardware, Internet, mobile | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Special Holiday Edition (A Giveaway!)

Folks, I am pleased to announce my latest software license giveaway drawing.

(So much for my “hibernation mode…”) Yesterday I received a note from one of my contacts out there ‘in the biz’, asking me if I would be willing to run another contest, and help them promote a special sale they are offering for the holiday season. (Loyal readers may remember, I had reviewed their product in May.) Always thinking of you, Dear Reader, I agreed.

The folks at have generously donated five licenses for Handy Backup Standard to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank them for that. So I am going to do a random drawing¹ contest from folks who “enter” by posting a comment (below). The drawing will close Thursday, Dec. 30, and the winners announced Friday, in the last post of 2010.

Handy Backup is a program for creating “backup copies” of the files on your computer, which regular readers know, is something I repeatedly urge people to get into the habit of doing! With a backup program like Handy Backup, you don’t need a ‘habit’, you can set-it-and-forget-it.

Publisher’s description:

Handy Backup™ Standard is an easy-to-use backup software designed to perform automated backup of your computer. User-friendly interface and a rich set of backup features make it one of the best PC backup software for home and small office use. Handy Backup Standard features:

(Businesses will want to look at Handy Backup Server.)(Holiday sale expires on January, 10, 2011.)

To see my full review of Handy Backup, complete with slideshow, click here. (the article will open in a new window.)

How to enter? Residents of the US and Canada may enter the contest drawing by simply clicking on “comment” (below), and entering a name and a valid e-mail (so I can send you the license key) in the form. Actually commenting is optional. And, I shouldn’t have to say this, but multiple entries will result in disqualification.

Again, I thank the folks at for making this giveaway possible. A 30-day free trial can be downloaded here, Download Handy Backup. Try it out yourself. (And then leave a comment. You may just win an activation key..)

¹ All entrants will be placed into’s “randomizer”, and the top 5 results will be the winners.

Please have a safe and joyous Holiday!

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December 23, 2010 Posted by | computers | , , , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

Super Discounted Windows 7 – Limited Time

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack (3-User) – $149.

Good news for you today, Dear Reader. Microsoft has officially re-introduced its Windows 7 Family Pack, a limited-time offer that drastically reduces the price of licenses for their latest operating system (OS). For less than $150, consumers can now own Windows 7 licenses for up to three computers.

Win7_3pakSave $180 from Original Price, 3-User License

Microsoft has yet again refused to state an end date to this round of Family Pack price reductions, meaning the early bird catches the worm. In fact, the company went only so far as to state that the Family Pack deal will be available “while supplies last.”

Important #1: The purpose of this offer is to encourage people to UPGRADE as decade-old Windows XP still counts for as much as 66 per cent of all Windows systems used online. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack allows users to install Windows 7 Home Premium on up to three PCs in a household that already has Windows Vista or Windows XP installed. If you’re not running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you’ll need to purchase the Full version of Windows 7.
(Microsoft has so much as spelled out, they cannot secure XP any longer, and are discontinuing support for it. I will be more direct and blunt: I would not connect an XP machine to the Internet unless it was a “virtual machine”, as the Evil Doers pwn XP. They’ve had years and years and years to find its weaknesses. The time to get off of 32-bit, and XP, has come. Just my 2¢.)

Important #2: If you are considering purchasing Windows 7 Upgrade, be sure to download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Tool on the machine BEFORE you install the OS. (Maybe.. before you buy..)

The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor will scan to see if your PC is ready for Windows 7. It scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs for known compatibility issues, gives you guidance on how to resolve potential issues found, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.

And in case you’re wondering… my loyal readers can attest that I have nothing but positive reviews for Windows 7. I repeat my humble opinion for you now — Windows 7 is the Windows operating system Bill Gates has been promising us since he hired the Rolling Stones and launched Windows 95.
I waited a long time …

Okay, okay, okay.. to see (or buy) this limited time “family pack” offer, click here.

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November 4, 2010 Posted by | Microsoft, News, shopping for, software, tech, Windows 7 | , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments