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

Windows X Review

Many of you will be aware today is ‘Windows 10 Day’ (meaning, you can get it today). And many of you are wondering what I think of it. (I’ve already said, “wait for the Service Pack”.) No I won’t be downloading it — I don’t want any of it’s new “features” (they’re kinda creepy, in a Big Brother kind of way) and I use what it will remove (i.e., Media Center), so, I refer you instead to this article for a detailed review of Microsoft’s latest operating system.

* Windows 10 review: Full of promise, but not a must-have just yet

Should you upgrade to what Microsoft has called the last version of Windows?Read more..

Today’s quote:The human race is a herd. Here we are, unique, eternal aspects of consciousness with an infinity of potential, and we have allowed ourselves to become an unthinking, unquestioning blob of conformity and uniformity. A herd. Once we concede to the herd mentality, we can be controlled and directed by a tiny few. And we are.” ~ David Icke

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

July 29, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, free software, Microsoft, News, tech, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Items Of Interest | Latest Social Networking Craze | March Is Half Over?!

Some things you might wanna know…

* Pinterest’s popularity attracts cyber scammers

“Pinterest is the latest social networking craze — and that means cyber criminals aren’t going to let you share images of your favorite summer sandals, button bracelets and vegan cupcakes in peace.

According to Symantec researchers, miscreants have begun flocking to the fast-growing virtual pinboard. Instead of posting images that lead to legitimate websites, these scammers are pinning alluring bait, such as offers claiming to give away a free $100 gift card.” Read more..

* 16 reasons NOT to buy a new iPad

With the U.S. and nine other countries awaiting the 8am arrival of the latest iPad, David Gewirtz attempts to shut down Apple’s reality distortion field and save you some money.” Read more..

(“Reality Distortion Field”. That’s one way to phrase it..)

* Why does my computer stalk me with pictures of shoes I shouldn’t buy?

For the past two days the shoes I thought I’d gotten out of my system have been stalking me relentlessly across the Internet.Read more..

(On this one, the comments are readworthy, too.)

Echidnas are one of few mammals to lay eggs.

* The Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print

“It was probably inevitable, but on Tuesday, it became official: the Encyclopaedia Britannica is finally going out of print.” Read more..

(Apparently.. some people care…)(In case nobody has told you yet, books [with paper] are living fossils [aka “dead man walking”].)

The lastest from Fred Langa:
* Step by step: How to safely test-drive Win8

Using safe, free virtual PC software, you can set up and run the Windows 8 Consumer Preview inside your current PC without affecting your other programs or your installed version of Windows.

This method lets you test-drive Windows 8 without having to make potentially risky changes to your current setup. There’s no need for dual-booting, special partitions, and so on.” Read more..

* You do know the IRS is not going to send you an email, right? (Tis the season of tax/refund scam emails. [Just delete any emails you see claiming to be from them.])

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Today’s quote:The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.” ~ Michelangelo

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March 15, 2012 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, hackers, how to, Internet, Internet scam, News, security, Windows 8 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How to Transfer Videos to the iPhone…

I am the last guy in America who hasn’t turned his phone into a pocket movie theater.”

I have a certain kind of fun reading other tech websites, because I watch them for hype and “pack journalism”.. of which there is plenty. Part of that is due to how search engines (Google, Bing) operate, and the hopes that by using “hot keywords“, readership numbers will be better.

Movies-on-the-iPhoneHot keywords seem to be: iPad, iPhone, Android, download, smart phone, movies, videos, YouTube, and latest. So.. the “smart” tech sites will on Monday have an article “Download Movies To Your iPhone”; and on Tuesday, “iPhone Basics: How to Transfer Videos to the iPhone“, and on Wednesday, “Android And YouTube videos: Meant For Each Other”. Almost every tech site will mention the YouTube downloader app (“which supports iPhone, iPod, PSP, cell phone..!)

Now.. I look at the 1.75″ x 1.5” screen on my phone, and I think, “Don’t be ridiculous. No way am I going to try to watch Pirates of the Caribbean 4 on that.” And I wouldn’t even if my whole phone was a screen (like an iPhone)(the more you mention these “hot” keywords, the more readers you’ll get)(Android)(iPad)(iPhone).
I wondered if I was alone in this? From the sounds of the tech sites, I am the last guy in America who hasn’t turned his phone into a pocket movie theater.

A little while ago, I conducted a casual reader survey — my thanks to all who participated. Well, the survey results suggested that I wasn’t alone at all, with almost two thirds of respondents saying they had never watched a video on their phone. The other third: “a few times a month”. And one person, a “few times a week”. (To the one person who responded “everyday”, may I suggest, shouldn’t you be studying?)
To me, such a never-to-very rarely score makes me think these tech websites are hyping a non-function to sell more gadgets.. But I am a bit cynical. I could be wrong.

Now, I am sure that this website’s demographics play a significant role; and I know that the yuppie-gotta-have-the-latest-iGadget-types gravitate to other sites. There are – such as the article referenced in today’s title (above) – websites dedicated just to smart phones; and I admit, sometimes I think I should talk about smart phones more. They are becoming miniature PC’s after all. (And, camcorders..) And, WordPress (host of this site) will let me post articles, written on my phone, directly to the ‘net. Isn’t that cool?!

All I have to do is learn how to squint, and type with my thumbs.


** Software License Giveaway Drawing Ends Tonight**


Put plain and simply, Sandboxie gives me a secure feeling when traveling around the Internet, and I feel ‘naked’ without it. For the details (such as how to enter), click here.

Sandboxie’s creator, Ronen Tzur, has graciously and generously donated five licenses to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank him for that. So I am going to do a random drawing contest from folks who “enter” my drawing. The contest will end midnight Thursday, July 15th, and the winners announced Friday the 16th.
A “registration” license is “lifetime” and can be used on as many computers as you own.

Act now! Deadline nears… Midnight, tonight (Pacific).

Today’s reading: More people are losing their jobs due to online missteps
It’s the kind of story that those who use Facebook and Twitter don’t like to hear. Despite warnings from career experts around the globe, employees persist in posting personal and sometimes inappropriate information on their personal online accounts.

Today’s free download: Large Scale Giveaway of PDFtoWord
Get it while you can – AnyBizSoft PDF to Word Converter 3.0.0 (worth $29.95) for FREE.

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July 15, 2010 Posted by | Apple, cellular, digital Video, gadgets, hardware, mobile, Portable Computing, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Cyborg Invades Fashion Show — Video Here!

Creepy On So Many Levels..

A walking, talking female robot to debut on a Japanese catwalk – not ready to help with chores.

Japan has produced a walking, talking fashion robot. Standing at just over 5-feet tall and 95-pounds, HRP-4C, developed by Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, will make its catwalk debut next week at the Tokyo fashion show.

It walks! It talks! It creeps me out!

Japan boasts one of the leading robotics industries in the world, and the government is pushing to develop the industry as a road to growth. “Other robots, like the ones from Tokyo University of Science and Osaka University, have more human-like faces and have been tested as receptionists.”

There’s a good idea — Japanese Robot Receptionist. Yeah.

Click here to read the whole Newsweek story.

Seems to me I saw a movie about human-looking robots…

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March 16, 2009 Posted by | News, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Once Again– I’m A Millionaire!

You know, I never could have predicted – when I was a lad – that when I grew up I would get a million bucks/Euros in the mail… much less, 2-to-3 times a week!

Ref No : ESE/WIN/008/02/10/MA‏
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Sent: Wed 1/14/09 9:00 PM
To: max.raster@t-online.de
Ref No : ESE/WIN/008/02/10/MA
Batch No: EULO/1007/444/606/08
Lucky Numbers: 8-17-28-31-55 [09]
PROMOTION DATE: 2ND JANUARY 2009

Your email address has won 1,000,000.00 (One Million Euro) in the ESPANA EURO MILLION PROMOTION. The Promotion is a joint Euro/America private lottery registered and organized in accordance with the World Lottery regulation act.

We the National Lottery organizing committee are pleased to officially notify you of the status of your email application. An official notification of winning is hereby issued to you as your email promotion ticket randomly drew for the Lucky Numbers: 8-17-28-31-55 [09] Bonus Ball which selected your email as the 2ND winner of our lottery program you have consequently won the lottery program in the first batch. You have been awarded a cash prize of 1,000,000.00 (One Million Euro)

Pretty good grammar in this one.. maybe it’s legit? Woman Bilked Of $400K By Nigerian Internet Scam and http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/lotteryscamnamesE.php

Today’s free link:
Folks, please read Bill Mullins article Jealous? Cyber-crooks Have Your Number

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January 14, 2009 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, Internet scam | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Latest Flash Version Breaks Things

Folks–
No, you aren’t seeing things, and no, it’s (probably) not a new infection on your machine.
Adobe’s recent Flash Player update has caused a lot of trouble (particularly to Firefox users)  by failing to work with several web sites that rely heavily on Flash.

You may find it easiest to use IE until Adobe and Webmasters get the glitch squared away.

November 14, 2008 Posted by | browsers, computers, Firefox, IE 7, Internet, News, performance, software, tech, troubleshooting | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments