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The wackiest, weirdest gadgets of CES 2017

Folks, in case you don’t know, The Consumer Electronics Show is where companies bring out new technology products.. it’s a chance to look into the future. And also a chance to see what the big brains think we (the ‘average consumer’) want.. or will want someday.

Not only do I NOT want any of this.. I really wish they weren’t developing it. Half of it has kinda scary implications.. But, here you go –> Your glimpse into the future is here:

* The wackiest, weirdest gadgets of CES 2017

I really hope zero people buy any of that. Ever.

But you know people will.

Because they’re.. well.. humans.

Today’s quote:How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank

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January 9, 2017 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, gadgets, hardware, News, tech | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

And today it’s Apple Mac — again

I really, really have to stop looking at tech news…

* What’s behind backdoor #3? Mac version of Mokes malware follows Linux, Windows variants

The malware is programmed to swipe data and images from a victim’s machine, including screenshots taken every 30 seconds, audio and video captures, documents and keystrokes..” Read more..

This crap is costing us trillions.. each and every year.
(That we know about.. and that’s the tip of the iceberg.)

Please don’t think you’re safe because you have an antivirus. No security program is bulletproof. You simply must constantly exercise “paranoid common sense”, and turn off all curiosity. The bad guys want you to click their links, so don’t click (when on the Internet) unless you’re certain it’s safe, and you need to go there. Don’t ‘download’ and install a program unless you’re certain you need it. I’ll go further: if you don’t know what the word “malware” is, 3/4ths through 2016, get off the Internet altogether.

  • The telephone has gotten almost as bad. No you didn’t win a free cruise. No, the IRS is not about to “file criminal action”. No, they are not “conducting a quick survey”.. etc., etc..

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Today’s quote:My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” ~ Jack Layton

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

September 8, 2016 Posted by | Apple, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, News, PC, rootkits, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

And today it’s Linux’s turn .. (sigh)

I gotta stop paying attention to the tech news… :(

* Linux rootkit, named for Pokémon’s Umbreon, targets Linux

A new rootkit family, dubbed Umbreon after a character in the popular Pokémon game who hides in the night, has been detected targeting Linux users, according to a Monday post by Trend Micro researchers.” Read more..

[ Don’t know what a “rootkit” is? You really should by now. No excuse, actually. Go to Wikipedia right now! ]

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Today’s quote:Since our society equates happiness with youth, we often assume that sorrow, quiet desperation, and hopelessness go hand in hand with getting older. They don’t. Emotional pain or numbness are symptoms of living the wrong life, not a long life.” ~ Martha Beck

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September 7, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, hackers, Linux, News, PC, security | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Windows Owners Be Aware of this Latest Threat!

An ALERT! for you folks who own Microsoft Windows PC’s. And you should know by now, “ransomware” is that (type of) hacker virus that makes you pay to get your files back. Please pass this item on to your friends and loved ones.

* New ‘Fantom’ Ransomware Poses As Windows Update

Fantom malware comes disguised as a legitimate Microsoft Windows update to trick consumers and business users into downloading it.” Read more..

And.. to counteract all the bad news in the tech world, how about a dose of relief? (And yes folks, there’s enough of it that I am becoming thoroughly ‘anti-technology’ :( .)

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Today’s quote:Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

Yes. I’ve posted that one before. But, be honest, it’s easy to let this slip one’s mind.
We can’t let it.

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September 1, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Microsoft, News, PC, ransomware, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Absolute Best PC Games in Every Genre

Folks, a few of you may find this guide of interest.

* The Absolute Best PC Games in Every Genre

Whether you’re a fan of critically acclaimed indies or big-budget blockbusters, there’s a PC game for you. Check our list of the 81 best games right now.Read more..

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Today’s quote:Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~ William James

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May 16, 2016 Posted by | advice, Gaming, PC, software | , , , , | Leave a comment

Important Alert

Folks, here’s something new everyone should be aware of. (So please forward this on to your friends and loved ones.)

* Meet the new ransomware that knows where you live

The carefully-crafted and user-specific emails contain links and personal information to trick victims into installing a new kind of malware.Read more..

“Ransomware” is a virus that encrypts your files, and demands you send real money for the unlock key.

“Malware” is viruses and worms and Trojans, et al.

(… and there’s no good excuse for not knowing those two words in 2016…)

Today’s quote:I think a lot of times we don’t pay enough attention to people with a positive attitude because we assume they are naive or stupid or unschooled.” ~ Amy Adams

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April 7, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, e-mail, hackers, News, security, tech | , , , | 2 Comments

New tech security resource

Also, a $99 “PC Stick” (That comes with Windows 10)

Sharp-eyed readers will have noticed that I, for the first time in ages, have added a new referral link to my ‘blogroll’; CNet’s recently announced Security and Antivirus Center. I recommend taking a look-see.

cnet_sc* The best security apps and expert advice

Today we’re thrilled to launch our new Security and Antivirus Center. Our goal: to give you the tools and tactics you need to protect your privacy, your data, and your devices. You’ll find guides, reviews, and how-tos, including tips on banishing bloatware from your PC, tweaking your browser settings for better security, and building better passwords. We’re especially pleased to present our Best recommendations: we’ve tested security software and services and have declared a winner for best VPN, best password manager, and best cloud backup. Come check it out and let us know what else you’d like to see.Read more..

Other Items (of possible interest):
* The best tool for protecting your kids (or employees) from malware and porn

One of the industry’s best security tools gives a hand to frazzled parents.Read more..

[Note: worth reading even if you are not a parent, IMHO.]

* Archos $99 PC Stick is latest Windows computer that fits in your pocket

The French device maker joins Lenovo and Intel in offering a miniature system that connects to your HDTV via HDMI, but its version is cheaper and will ship with Windows 10 pre-installed.Read more..

Today’s quote:It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” ~ Yogi Berra

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June 25, 2015 Posted by | advice, anti-spyware, antivirus, computers, cyber crime, encrypting files, how to, Internet, Portable Computing, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment