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Here we go…

It’s deja vu all over again.

* Apple wins U.S. sales injunction against Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Summary: Apple has won a preliminary injunction barring U.S. sales of Samsung’s iPad rival, the Galaxy Tab 10.1.Read more..

* June has been a busy month with big announcements from Apple and Microsoft. Now it’s Google’s turn. Tune in to CNET and get the news as it’s announced.

CNET’s live coverage of Google’s I/O developers conference, June 27, 2012

Today, June 27 at 9:30 a.m. PT, join us for live coverage of the Google I/O developers conference. There’s no shortage of rumors leading up to the event, including a new 7-inch tablet priced to sell. Check out what other CNET members are speculating. Have some thoughts of your own? Let others hear what you are thinking.

CNET will be there to bring you the action. Our live coverage begins at 9:30 a.m. PT with a live blog.

Can’t make it to the live event? Tune in afterward to get CNET’s detailed coverage and discover what is new from Google. (click here)

Or.. not. (But, it’s “big news”!)

Some of you might need this info.. Facebook changed your e-mail address, here’s how you can change it back.

Today, Facebook was kind enough to replace the e-mail account listed on your profile with the @Facebook.com e-mail address it provided you with awhile back. Wait, you didn’t give Facebook permission to make the change? No one did. Not cool, Facebook.Read more..

I’m sorry, but I am LMAO.

Seriously. LMAO.

Wow. What’s next from the Zuckerbergs? (And why do they want to route all your e-correspondence through their servers? Hmm?? [*cough cough*] )

[update: (just in) This guy’s not laughing.. Welcome to the soon-to-be enormous world of Facebook email spam

Summary: “Thanks, Facebook. You just [expletive deleted] us up the [expletive deleted]. [Expletive deleted] you!Read more…

This is so good.. I can’t resist. Here’s more.

“I am pissed off. Like most other Facebook users, I woke up recently to discover I had a Facebook email address. I don’t want a Facebook email address. Frankly, if I were King of the World, I’d boot Facebook into a giant black hole and laugh gleefully as the entire thing burned to a never-to-haunt-us again crispy hulk.

Fine, I’m mixing metaphors. But I’m pissed.

I didn’t pay all that much attention to this until I read Violet’s piece on Facebook email addresses, and then I realized what a nightmare those [profanity deleted] at Facebook are.“]

Hee, hee! LMAO!

Today’s quote:Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” ~ Swami Sivananda

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

June 27, 2012 Posted by | Apple, computers, consumer electronics, Google, how to, Internet, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

PayPal Account Has Been Limited

It’s called “phishing”. And what that translates to is: casting a net (or “a baited hook”) out to catch suckers, rubes, and victimize them.

In this example, Hotmail did a good job, and caught this particular “bait” email, and moved it to the Junk folder for me, but I cannot rely on that happening – I have to learn to spot a “phish”.

This one has several clues: one, it’s scary/alarming. Emails saying there is something wrong with your banking, or email, or such, and you NEED TO ACT NOW BY CLICKING THIS LINK are 99.9999% fake, frauds, cons, criminal attacks on you.

Another clue is the  “!”s. Just about any email that has !!! in the subject line is garbage at best. (Usually, it is a scam, like this one.)

Now.. it so happens that I do have a PayPal account. And it also so happens that I do not want it to be “limited” in any way.. but I know better than to even open this email.
If I was really worried that there might be some truth in it, or just might be valid, what I would do would be to open a new browser tab, and go directly to PayPal, login, and check my status there. Or call them on the phone.

I know.. I know.. this is old stuff. Why am I talking about it in 2012? Trust me, there are plenty of people who opened this, even though most webmail mark it as Junk — the fear and curiosity it evokes is too much for them to resist..

Let’s be safe online people – exercise some good healthy “paranoid common sense”. Just viewing an email such as this can have bad consequences.. so I remind you of the old, old watchwords – if you do not know and recognize the Sender > Don’t open it.

Too funny: This just came in..

Today’s quote:Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” ~ William Shakespeare

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February 11, 2012 Posted by | advice, e-mail, Phishing, security | , , , , | 11 Comments

An Email From Google…..

A little while ago, I saw an email from Google in my Gmail Inbox. If you have a “G”-Identity (have a Gmail account, registered at YouTube, etc.) you probably received one too.

Seems they wanted to let me know they are changing the rules of the game.. as the Subject reads: Changes to Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. For those who didn’t get a copy..

One policy, one Google experience

We’re getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google.

This stuff matters, so please take a few minutes to read our updated Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service now. These changes will take effect on March 1, 2012.

Easy to work across Google

Our new policy reflects our desire to create a simple product experience that does what you need, when you want it to. Whether reading an email that reminds you to schedule a family get-together or finding a favorite video that you want to share, we want to ensure you can move across Gmail, Calendar, Search, YouTube, or whatever your life calls for with ease.

Tailored for you

If you’re signed into Google, we can do things like suggest search queries – or tailor your search results – based on the interests you’ve expressed in Google+, Gmail, and YouTube. We’ll better understand which version of Pink or Jaguar you’re searching for and get you those results faster.

Easy to share and collaborate

When you post or create a document online, you often want others to see and contribute. By remembering the contact information of the people you want to share with, we make it easy for you to share in any Google product or service with minimal clicks and errors.

Protecting your privacy hasn’t changed

Our goal is to provide you with as much transparency and choice as possible, through products like Google Dashboard and Ads Preferences Manager alongside other tools. Our privacy principles remain unchanged. And we’ll never sell your personal information or share it without your permission (other than rare circumstances like valid legal requests).

Understand how Google uses your data

If you want to learn more about your data on Google and across the web, including tips and advice for staying safe online, check out Good to Know.

Got questions? We got answers

Visit our FAQ to read more about the changes. (We figured our users might have a question or twenty-two.)

Notice of change

March 1, 2012 is when the new Privacy Policy and Google Terms of Service will come into effect. If you choose to keep using Google once the change occurs, you will be doing so under the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Not too long after that.. ZDNet posted, Google’s new privacy policy: The good, bad, scary

I’m all for breaking down data silos, but when Google knows more about me than my wife I get a bit worried.” Read more..

See also: Confessions of a Google junkie (or, Privacy? What privacy?)

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… please read our complete Terms..
Yeah.
Who does that?

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January 25, 2012 Posted by | advice, Google, Internet, News | , , , , | 3 Comments

How To Open .DAT Attachments

A Reader Asks A Question About Email

Q:Someone sent me an email with a winmail.dat attachment that will not open. How can I see the attachment?”

A: There are many types of .DAT files. The winmail.dat (sometimes “ATT0001.dat”) file is usually created by Outlook, and is used to preserve the format that is included in the sending client’s message — which may not be recognized by the receiving client. In the case of Outlook, the winmail.dat file includes Rich Text Formatting (RTF) instructions.

Sometimes they can be open using Notepad.
• Download (save) the attachment, and then “rename” the file. Change the “.dat” part to “.rtf“.
• Now double-click on the renamed file. It should open in Notepad, or just as good, Wordpad, and though there will be some “computer gibberish” there, you should be able to read the message.

However some DAT files are of a “binary encoding”- type, which simply means that some, if not most, of the file you’re viewing with Notepad (a text editor) won’t be seen. There are some methods that can “extract” the contents of the .DAT file.

For example, you may try an online converter like http://www.winmaildat.com/

Or try opening the attachment in Excel … then try Paint …

Or ask the Sender to resend the email by a different service.. like Gmail. (And send them the following instructions..)
Note: To configure your Outlook to not send people .dat files (and be more popular with your peers) – in all versions of Outlook:

  1. On the “Tools” menu, click “Options”, and then click the “Mail Format” tab.
  2. In the “Send in this message format” list, click “Plain Text” or “HTML”, and then click “OK”.

See also: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278061

Tech News Item: New Mac OS X malware disables Apple’s malware protection

Security researchers from F-Secure have spotted a Mac OS X malware that disables Snow Leopard’s XProtect.plist antivirus signatures updates.Read more..


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Today’s quote:You learn something every day if you pay attention.” ~ Ray LeBlond

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October 19, 2011 Posted by | advice, computers, e-mail, how to, Internet | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How To Send 100 Photos In An Email

If you have ever tried to ‘attach’ a bunch of pictures to an email, you have probably bumped into email’s limitations. Most Email will only allow you to send 10 MB’s of attachments, and ‘paperclip’ on 4 attachments at a time.

Those of you who have a Hotmail account can use the free (included) “SkyDrive” feature can get around these limits and send your PowerPoint slideshows and/or multiple images with a few clicks. (Yeah, I know. Bashing Microsoft and Hotmail just got a bit harder to do..)
Sharing pictures with friends and family is now a whole lot easier.

To share multiple photos:

  1. Click New to create a new email message.
  2. Type an email address and subject.
  3. Click Photos, and then click New album.
  4. Select the photos that you want to create an album with, and then click Open. Hotmail will upload and save the photos to SkyDrive.
  5. Type a message, and then click Send.

Note: You need to install Microsoft Silverlight to use this feature. This feature is not yet available in all countries or regions.

A short video tutorial is here.

Don’t have a “Windows Live ID” or Hotmail account? You can sign up (free) for one here

Related: Those of you who do not want to do Hotmail/Silverlight may be interested in my How to send big files (updated)

Today’s quote:It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.” ~ Max Eastman

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September 22, 2011 Posted by | computers, Digital Images, e-mail, how to, Internet, Microsoft, tech | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tuesday – Tech Tossed Salad

Mix and match for your Tuesday. (And Software Giveaway.)

• Some time back I mentioned “virtual tours”, and how the Internet can allow us to see things and places we might not be able to get to in person.. like Rome, Italy, for instance (see, Visit The Sistine Chapel – Right Now – Free!). I came across a 360° view of the space shuttle’s cockpit, and I think it is pretty neat-o. By default, it pans around the 360, but there are ‘control buttons’ (including “zoom”). Even if you are not an “airplane nut” like me, I think you’ll find it interesting. Check it out here.
(And I notice that’s not a Macbook there…)

A Craigslist Scam Hits Home

Recently a friend of mine posted a high valued item on Craigslist and within hours he received the response reflected below. Ultimately his common sense kicked in and he had me take a look at it. I immediately knew it was a scamRead more..

10 survival tips for non-morning people

Some people jump out of bed in the morning, hit the ground running, and leave a trail of creative thinking and focused accomplishment in their wake. And then there’s the rest of us.Read more..

Stay safe online: 5 secrets every PC (and Mac) owner should know

My #1 help question of 2011? It’s no contest: “How do I protect myself online?” In this post, I share the five steps I teach to friends, family members, and clients who want to avoid malware, scareware, phishing sites, and other online scams.Read more..

The 20 best back-to-school laptops

Schools starts in just a few weeks so you can’t put off buying that laptop much longer. Here are 20 of the best available right now. Read more..

Brilliant But Doomed: Technology’s Most Magnificent Failures

The short lives and sad fates of twenty genuinely bright ideas.Read more..

Geek technologies that still thrive at 25 (and beyond)

Join us in a celebratory tour of high tech’s still-kicking senior citizens: the technologies that geeks know and love, and that tend to make a lot of everyday technology work.Read More..

Five tips for controlling procrastination

Some people say procrastination works for them, keeping them sharp and efficient. But for others, it’s self-defeating, guilt-inducing, and demoralizing.” Read more..

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Old-school phishing emails make a return. I have noticed a resurgence of the old “Dearly Beloved” and “for our mutual benefit” scam email spam messages this week. Is this due to the recent stock market plunge? Are they hoping there are more desperate Americans? (You’d have to be desperate to fall for Jurassic Period [circa 1995] scams.. right?)

Anonymous Hackers Expose Sensitive Law Enforcement Data

“Anonymous and LulzSec hackers published the private data of more than 70 rural law enforcement agencies across the country, exposing sensitive information such as passwords, security training and tip information.” Read more..

[Have you ever left an ‘anonymous tip’, or work as a a undercover ‘snitch’? Might wanna read this one..]

Today’s quote:When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Have a good day, everybody. I hope you are enjoying your summer.

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August 9, 2011 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Greetings from Dr. Ayyman A. Hamed. call for urgentcall‏

It’s Time Once Again To Play Let’s Count the Typos!

Greetings from Dr. Ayyman A. Hamed,

Dear friend, I am DR. AYYMAN A. HAMED. THE MANAGER, AUDIT AND ACCOUNTING DEPT. BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A) Burkina Faso .

I hoped that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident that i am about to repose on you for the mutual benefit of our families.

I need your urgent assistance in transferring sum of (USD $18.700, 000.00) into your account within 10 to 14 banking days. This requires a private arrangement; the details of the transaction will be furnished to you if you indicate your interest in this proposal.

This money has been dormant for years in our bank without claim, I want the bank to release the money to you as the nearest person (owner of the account) who died along with his entire family during the Iraq war in 2006

I don’t want the money to go into our bank treasurer account as an abandoned fund. So this is the reason why i contact you so that the bank will release the money to you as the next of kin to the death customer and we share the money together. Please i would like you to keep this proposal as a top secret.

Upon receipt of your reply, I will give you full details on how the business project will be executed and also note that you will have 40% of the above mentioned sum.

Kindly fill this information’s requested below in returns then i will give you more details with application form for the claim.

Your full name: —
Your Country: —
Phone Number: —
Your Age and occupation: —

I expect your urgent response if you agree to handle this project.

Best regard.

Dr. Ayyman A. Hamed

Tel: +226 7821 7073 ( for urgent purpose )

Dr. Hamed, check your Inbox..

August 6, 2011 Posted by | Internet scam, spam and junk mail | , , | 2 Comments