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In These Tough Times, Could You Use Some Extra $$$’s ?

Income University | Earn Cash Online | Become An eBay Success Story | Earn At Home | Get Paid For Your Opinion — What do all those things have in common?

C’mon… That wasn’t a trick question.

Here’s a “Tech Paulism”: if there’s an exclamation point in the Subject line, the odds are about 99:1 it’s a scam, a rip-off, a flim flam.

Income U

[Note the “paperclip” attachment? Simply previewing this puts you on a “sucker’s list” (Please see How did they get my e-mail?).]


These “work at home” (great for stay-at-home-moms!) *deals* have been around for a while, and naturally have found their way onto the Internet — old news. What is new (lately) is a GLOBAL RECESSION, and many previously comfortably-off folks now grasping at straws. Being on the outs should not lower your defenses — don’t be duped, please see Top 10 Work At Home and Home Based Business Scams.

And listen… do you really think your opinion on a survey is worth $100? Really? To me, opinions are like *bellybuttons* – everybody has one and it ain’t worth squat. See, Online Surveys: Can You Actually Earn Any Money?

And maybe you can ask yourself, do you know — I mean friends that you hang out with — anyone making real money on eBay? It does happen; see, Small Romanian Town Gets Rich Through eBay Scams

I have not even brushed the surface of all the scam “earn extra income” e-mail currently bombarding our inboxes. There’s almost as much of it as there is for our good Canadian Ph@rmacy friends, and this trend is on the rise (IMHO). It’s a sign of the times.
Maybe.. there’s a Government Grant Obama wants to give you..? Click now!


And don’t be in a rush to spend money either — for “health benefits”, weight loss, nor the secret for whiter teeth. I am not really sure why.. but acai spam is back… (yes, people, come buy my magic berries.. )


Okay. Okay. Okay. I think I’ve made my point(s). You’ve heard me say here before, more than 9 out of every 10 ‘packets’ traveling the Internet – at any given moment – is scam spam from a criminal. (90%+ dangerous.)

Let’s be careful out there, and use some good, “paranoid common sense” (another Tech Paulism, free of charge!)

Today’s free link(s):
Top Ten Internet Safety Tips for Children

Top 10 things you should do to your computer

Today’s free download: K9 Web Protection is a  free Internet filtering and control solution for the home. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids.

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July 3, 2009 Posted by | cyber crime, Internet, Internet scam, News, security, spam and junk mail, tech | , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Smart Printing Habits Save Money

Reduce Your Ink and Paper Costs With These Simple Tips

Printer paper is dear, and ink cartridges are outrageous.

Can you tell I recently went to the store? Sheeze! Yes, I know all about “generics”, and refills, and refill kits.. but ouch! The price tags still hurt an old skinflint like me. (Call me Captain Cheapdate.)

Tip of the day: reduce your ink and paper consumption with these simple tips.

* Open your printer’s Preferences and set your printer to default to its lowest quality setting — usually referred to as “Draft” — and set it B&W (or, “Grayscale”).

Click Start > Control Panel > Printers and right-click on your printer. Then select “Printing Preferences” from the context menu. Make your changes, and then click the “Apply” button.

This setting will suffice for the majority of your printing needs. For certain documents that require better quality, you simply come back here and change them back. (or.. keep reading)

* If possible, use “double-sided printing” to save paper. Also, in some cases, you may be able to print many (small versions of) pages onto a page.

* Use Print Preview to see what your output is going to look like ahead of time. Make sure your “portrait” page isn’t being printed as “landscape”! And use the the “Print Range” setting to make sure you don’t print more source pages than you intend.

* When printing out Web pages, select just the areas you want (you don’t want the color banner ads, right?) to print. This article may help, Extracting text from Web pages*; and/or, Firefox users can install the Aardvark add-on, and IE users can download Canon’s Easy WebPrint.

Today’s free download: Well, I count two already, so.. let me change that–
Today’s free links: Watch a video tutorial which demonstrates making these changes, and shows you how to set up “virtual printers” as a quick and easy shortcut to different quality settings.

Printer maintenance–how to avoid printer problems Read how to keep that printer performing like new, and troubleshoot minor issues.

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March 2, 2009 Posted by | advice, computers, hardware, how to, performance, printers, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments