Tech – for Everyone

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

July 29th, and Windows Ten

Folks, many of you (well, any Windows user, really) will ‘need to know’ the following…

* What happens to those free Windows 10 upgrades after July 29, 2016?

We’re nearing the end of Microsoft’s unprecedented free upgrade offer for Windows 10. The offer officially expires July 29, 2016, on the one-year anniversary of the operating system’s initial release. But what happens then?” [Updated] Read more..

Once you’ve understood that, you may next want to refer back to the article I posted the other day: How to lock in your free Windows 10 upgrade and keep using your old Windows version

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Today’s quote:The wise does at once what the fool does at last.” ~ Baltasar Gracian

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June 17, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, tech, upgrading, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Things Change (And Heartbleed)

The fact that “tech” has changed our lives is patently obvious. And talking with people, it’s pretty clear that the rate of that change has not always been .. a comfortable thing.
(The “Average Joe” really doesn’t understand geometric growth, and/or Moore’s Law.)

I came of age back in the days when there were only 4 – 6 television stations (which were tuned in by moving “rabbit ears” antennas); before there were ATM machines or cell phones, and a bicycle with TEN speeds was kinda a new idea, so, yeah, I know. Things change.

So the following items do not surprise me, really.

Aereo signals cloudy future for broadcast TV

Whether the New York-based streaming remote DVR service lives or dies at the hand of the Supreme Court, the future for television programming is firmly seated in the Cloud.Read more..

No more (free) over-the-air TV?

Maybe not a bad thing.. they’re called “idiot boxes” for a reason.

The price of popularity: Cloud security threats near on-premise levels

Hackers are now targeting cloud-based apps and systems almost as much as on-premise environments, particularly with so-called brute force attacks and vulnerability scans.Read more..

[The line I found most interesting.. “found that 14 percent of malware collected through the honeypots was considered “undetectable” by 51 percent of the leading antivirus software providers“.. Not good.]

What can you do about Heartbleed? By now, the Poindexters in the basement should have ‘patched’ their ‘servers’. So we can now do the one thing to try to protect our ‘identities’ – change our login passwords at the sites that collect PII (Social networking sites, ecommerce sites, and online banking sites, for example.)
But first, verify the patches have been applied by visiting safeweb.norton.com/heartbleed and enter the URL of the website in question.

Today’s quote:We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill

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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.)

April 23, 2014 Posted by | advice, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, hackers, Internet, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Sticking with Windows XP? Read This.

Securing XP PCs after Microsoft drops support

Folks, I know many of you have perfectly functioning older PC’s that you intend to stick with until the wheels fall off (and, many of us have games and programs that will only run on XP). Most know that Microsoft is ending “support” for XP very, very soon.

My advice is to ‘upgrade’ to a Windows 7 (64-bit) machine if you can still find one (online shopping at a manufacturer’s “for business” section is your best bet), or if you must, Windows 8.1. But if this isn’t your plan, please read this article  and follow it’s advice, to make your XP as ‘safe’ as possible.

Securing XP PCs after Microsoft drops support

All good things must come to an end; in less than four months, Microsoft will officially end support for Windows XP.

Here are the steps I’ll take to ensure that my remaining XP machines are as secure as they can be.” Read more..

[Note: Many of the article’s tips can be applied to newer versions of Windows, too.]

Today’s quote:Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.” ~ Bo Bennett

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January 3, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Internet, Microsoft, PC, privacy, security, tech, Windows, XP | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment