Tech – for Everyone

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

A Daily Read*

It’s a fact: over time, things grow, and expand. The Internet itself is constantly growing, and every day thousands of new websites, blogs, and ‘online services’ appear.

I find it hard to keep up! (As, other things that are constantly growing are my business and my To Do List..) I simply do not have the time to explore them all.. and I bet you don’t either. (As a matter of fact, they say over 1,000 new ‘tech blogs’ are created each month. That’s the kind of market I am in!)

Fortunately, I know a guy.

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That “guy” is Rick Robinette, and for over two years now his What’s On My PC… website has been a daily read of mine — one of the half dozen (or less) remaining “daily reads”. I cannot say enough nice things about him; but the reason I am mentioning him to you, Dear Reader, is — he is reporting on the new ‘cloud computing’ developments as they happen, and bringing us the best of this new stuff. As you can see from his list of ‘pages’, below. (With a strong emphasis on free.. which I like!)

His writing is friendly, relaxed, fun, and yes, educational. He enjoys exploring fun and useful small utilities like desktop clocks and weather reports and sticky notes. As evidence, here’s a few recent What’s On My PC… articles:

Freahly printed: Three Technological Innovations That Will Blow Your Mind

Technology never ceases to amaze me. Check out these three technological innovations that will blow your mind — a spherical flying machine; brain imaging technology that is leading us down the road to mind reading; and, ASIMO, the humanoid robot. Spherical flying machine developed by Defense Ministry’s Research Department The world’s first spherical flying machine […]” Read more..

Other samplings..

If you are at all interested in free software, useful tips, and/or want to get a feel for this “cloud computing”.. well, now you ‘know a guy’ too. Visit http://whatsonmypc.wordpress.com and find out why I cannot say enough good things about this great online resource.

I am pretty sure that if you do, Rick will become one of your “must reads” too!

* Orig post: 1/18/11

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November 18, 2011 Posted by | advice, cloud computing, Internet, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

A Daily Dose of Tech

It’s a fact: over time, things grow, and expand. The Internet itself is constantly growing, and every day thousands of new websites, blogs, and ‘online services’ appear.

I find it hard to keep up! (As, other things that are constantly growing are my business and my To Do List..) I simply do not have the time to explore them all.. and I bet you don’t either. (As a matter of fact, they say over 1,000 new ‘tech blogs’ are created each month. That’s the kind of market I am in!)

Fortunately, I know a guy.

WOMPC_logo

That “guy” is Rick Robinette, and for over two years now his What’s On My PC… website has been a daily read of mine — one of the half dozen (or less) remaining “daily reads”. I cannot say enough nice things about him; but the reason I am mentioning him to you, Dear Reader, is — he is reporting on the new ‘cloud computing’ developments as they happen, and bringing us the best of this new stuff. As you can see from his list of ‘pages’, below. (With a strong emphasis on free.. which I like!)

His writing is friendly, relaxed, fun, and yes, educational. He enjoys exploring fun and useful small utilities like desktop clocks and weather reports and sticky notes. For proof, here’s a few recent What’s On My PC… articles:

If you are at all interested in free software, useful tips, and/or want to get a feel for this “cloud computing”.. well, now you ‘know a guy’ too. Visit http://whatsonmypc.wordpress.com and find out why I cannot say enough good things about this great online resource.

I am pretty sure that if you do, Rick will become one of your “must reads” too!

Copyright 2007-2011 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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January 18, 2011 Posted by | cloud computing, computers, Internet, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

A Terrific Resource – from Microsoft

Folks, are you, or someone you know and care about, using a computer to go “online” and “surf” the Internet? (Duh. How else are you reading this!)

If so, you and they should know about Microsoft Online Safety. (I am adding it to Blogroll so readers will have a quick link.. but I suggest you are going to want to bookmark this site.)

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Protect your family by learning about computer security and identity theft issues PROTECT YOUR FAMILY

Minimize the risk of cyberbullying, help kids use social networking sites more safely, and use parental controls in Microsoft products to help keep your family safer online.

Tools & How Tos

PROTECT YOURSELF

Create strong passwords, handle suspicious e-mail messages, download files more safely, and use anti-phishing technologies to keep yourself safer online.

Tools & How Tos

PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER

Get information about security updates, products, and technologies to help protect your computer. Learn the 4 steps to computer security and more.

Tools & How Tos

COMMUNITY

Read top questions asked, participate in our forum, or learn what key bloggers are saying in our community.

Security terms

Ever have questions like “What is a firewall?” or “What are cookies?” Find answers to these questions and many more on our computer security terms page.

I hope you will click some links.. and maybe, forward this info on to your friends and family.

Today’s free link: Is magicJack’s VoIP for you?

Recently while browsing in the local RadioShack, I could not help overhearing a man and woman asking the salesperson a lot of questions about the magicJack…

Have a great weekend Folks.

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September 12, 2010 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, Microsoft, security, tech | , , , , , | 4 Comments

One Laptop Per Child Is Still A Great Idea

Not so very long ago, before the stock market “adjusted itself”, banks went under, and General Motors needed a bailout, there was a terrific idea that became a reality. Its aim was nothing less than to revolutionize how we educate the world’s children.

olpc XOBig players in the tech industry established a non-profit association “to provide educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.”

Unlike a lot of great ideas, this one did not die on the vine. The device was actually developed and is available — it’s called the “XO”. It was designed with the real world in mind, considering everything from extreme environmental conditions such as high heat and humidity, to technological issues such as local language support. As a result, the XO laptop is extremely durable, brilliantly functional, energy-efficient, responsive, and fun.

The computers use flash memory instead of a hard drive, run a Fedora-based operating system and use the Sugar user interface. Mobile ad-hoc networking based on the 802.11s wireless mesh network is featured.

The OLPC XO contains technology that would barely be called sufficient in today’s terms (sub-500-MHz processor, only 256MB of RAM, 1GB of flash storage), but that is enough for a child in a developing country who has never used a computer before. It’s encased in a rugged exterior that is splash-, drop-, and hot/cold-resistant. It has an LED backlit screen that can be read outdoors in direct sunlight. And it uses so little power that an external hand generator or a solar panel can power the system.Children in Ulaanbataar

But this really isn’t about the technical specs of a notebook computer. One Laptop Per Child is about getting this educational tool into the hands of young children in impoverished and under-developed countries.

OLPC is simply one of our better ideas, and is worthy of our attention and support.

Please visit the OLPC website and look around. Find out how easy it is to participate… even during these uncertain economic times.

To get a feel for how the project is faring, visit the OLPC Wiki. You may also be interested in the OLPC Wikipedia page for a more comprehensive overview and history.

Today’s free link: The Stormy Seas Of Life

Today’s free download: GOM Player is a free multimedia player with popular video and audio codecs built-in. GOM Player supports file formats such as AVI, DAT, MPEG, DivX, XviD, WMV, ASF. Users don’t have to install codecs separately. GOM Player is capable of playing incomplete or damaged AVI files by skipping the damaged frames.

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July 9, 2009 Posted by | computers, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments