Tech – for Everyone

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

Just in – Windows 10 will be free

Breaking news:

* Microsoft to make Windows 10 free to Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users

Microsoft shared a bit of its pricing strategy for Windows 10, and provided he first public demonstration of Windows 10 mobile.Read more..

.. can’t tell you why, but that makes my spidey sense twitch ..

Related:

* Windows 10: The big questions ahead

Microsoft highlighted the features in Windows 10 and outlined how it plans to connect the economic, developer and customer dots. Will it work?Read more..

image: windows 10 screenshot

Windows 10 screenshot

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

January 21, 2015 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, Microsoft, News, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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Today’s music video: (Image does not move..)

Today’s quote:Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~ Mark Twain

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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.)

September 25, 2014 Posted by | Android, Apple, computers, how to, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A reading reco, and free games

For your consideration: Though this is a bit of a longer article, I highly recommend getting all the way though it.

Why the U.S. needs better privacy laws, now!

Microsoft recently published an open letter to President Obama, condemning some government surveillance techniques and calling for federal data-privacy legislation.Read more..

* free games (and timewasters).
Today’s free link: Thinks.com offers free puzzles of all sorts (crosswords, sudoku, jigsaw, codebreaker, etc.) and games like checkers and chess. Fit for the whole family. Now, I’ll admit two things: these kinds of games are kind of “old school”, and I cannot do Sudoku.. But Thinks.com is a Bookmark in all my browsers on all my machines. Check it out for yourself.

Today’s Bonus Reading: The electrical grid: A vital yet unsecured part of US infrastructure

A year-long survey of the US power utility infrastructure revealed that it is woefully insecure, and something needs to be done.Read more..

Today’s quote:Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.” ~ Bertolt Brecht

Today’s Guided Meditation: For your inner Goddess

Today’s laugh:

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Pay people to like you. Always works!

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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.)

September 4, 2014 Posted by | consumer electronics, Internet, Microsoft, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Due Tuesday, and Sunday Beauty

IRS Program Lets Taxpayers Use Popular Tax Preparation Software Free, and e-File For Free

(* Reposting) I am like many Americans in that I have become somewhat reliant on my computer to help me do my Federal taxes. It all started (ages ago, now) with a CD I received in the mail — a free copy of H&R Block’s TaxCut. I tried it. And I found it just a wee bit easier to use and figure out than the 1040A user manual our government provides.

Nowadays to access the free version of TaxCut (or TurboTax), I have to first go to to the IRS website.

IRS banner

On the IRS site, there is a page called “FreeFile”, and here you will find the “partnership links” to the free versions of 19 accepted tax prep programs — of which TaxCut (and also TurboTax) is one.
To qualify, you must have an Adjusted Gross Income of $56,000 or less.

Today’s free link: FreeFile at the IRS
Note: there are two buttons on the page; “I will choose” and “help me choose”. Though all of the programs there are accepted by the IRS, I would recommend clicking the “I will choose”, and then selecting either TaxCut or TurboTax.

Today’s Pretty Picture:

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

“golden waterfall” by paul bica, courtesy of Flickr Commons

Today’s quote:Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.”  ~ Eckhart Tolle

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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 13, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, Digital Images, free software, Internet, tech | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If you build it, they will come

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An item for you thinkers out there..

* Cryptocurrency mining malware discovered on surveillance DVRs

Johannes Ullrich, dean of research with the SANS Technology Institute, posted on Monday that DVRs made by Hikvision, a video surveillance products and solutions supplier headquartered in China, were found to contain malware that mined for Bitcoins.Read more..

What are the implications here?

(Puts a twist on the meaning of “Made in China” a bit, too, doesn’t it? But you should know that already: remember the “infected digital picture frames” [circa 2008] ? )

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Other tech: What you should know about Windows 8.1 Update

The soon-to-be-released Windows 8.1 Update brings minor improvements that favor those using a mouse — in other words, most Win8 users.

Anyone currently on Windows 8.1 will want the update; those who still haven’t made the Modern plunge won’t be impressed.Read more..

[ This actually does eliminate my main beefs about Win8. But I won’t be switching – it’s Win 7 for me still.]

Today’s free software:  IObit  PCtransfer

To find a best solution to safely and thoroughly transfer data for XP users, IObit newly releases PCtransfer. It is a free, light, and portable data transfer tool that provides users with an easy and secure way to backup and restore data with one click. PCtransfer especially supports bookmarks and favorites backup on Internet Explorer 6 and 7, and also allows user to quickly select and backup the third-party programs and settings. PCtransfer not only helps user to transfer data from Windows XP system to new systems but also provide assistance to users for moving data to a new PC.”

Today’s quote:The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.” ~ B. F. Skinner

(I think he meant “humans”, or “people”, but..)

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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 3, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, free software, hackers, Internet, Microsoft, News, PC, security, software, tech, Windows 8 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

April 1, 2014 and Cats

April Fools’ Day has hit the Internet and, as usual, there’s no shortage of fake news stories, gag product announcements, and corny jokes. Some are funny. Some are sort of lame attempts at being funny.

* Cats all the rage for April Fools’ Day jokes

Both Google and Opera reveal cat-themed April Fools’ Day jokes, with the former offering a QWERTY keyboard for felines and the latter showing off a cat-friendly browser.Read more..

Today’s free download: PC Tools AntiVirus
From the same folks who bring you the top-rated Spyware Doctor, this free heuristic antivirus also scans your e-mail.

PC Tools AntiVirus provides world-leading protection against viruses, worms and Trojans with rapid updates and IntelliGuard™ technology.

No joke. I don’t kid around about Internet dangers.

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Today’s quote: “Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.” ~ Jean Arp

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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 1, 2014 Posted by | advice, antivirus, computers, free software, Internet, tech | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

OneDrive

I see Microsoft has – once again – decided that changing the name of something will somehow benefit them, increase sales, and that they are now going to call their “SkyDrive” cloud service “OneDrive”.

what_me_worryWhoopee!

Yes, I feel much better about cloud computing now. Sign me up!

For those interested:

Take a tour of the great new features in OneDrive and find out why it’s the one place to store and share all of your favorite things.  Learn more

Want to earn more free storage? Get up to an extra 8 GB by following the steps to enable your camera roll backup and by referring your friends. Log in at OneDrive.com.”

I’m sure the very highly paid People In Charge at Microsoft are a lot smarter than me. But I’m not seeing all that a bright a future for them…

Friday Fun video:

What can I say? That video has more than 10 million views…

Today’s quote:Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.” ~ Jim Rohn

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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.

February 21, 2014 Posted by | cloud computing, computers, Internet, Microsoft, News | , , , , , , | 2 Comments