Tech – for Everyone

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Tuesday Items

Folks, here are a few headlines and articles I found worthy of recommendation:

* Despite security flaws, legal failures: How to fight revenge porn

The celebrity stolen nudes scandal has shined an uncomfortable light on everything from cloud security to sexual privacy. Now there’s finally a very public conversation happening about how hard it is for women to fight online attacks such as this.

I think it’s time to talk about fighting back.” Read more..

[ The article provides tips and advice for getting your stuff {i.e. embarrassing photos} removed {“taken down”} from the Internet. It’s not really about porn. ]

Nokia 925: My first Windows phoneThis article has me seriously re-interested in ditching Android and switching to a Windows phone; but what it says about Google is worth the read, too: Nokia 925: My first Windows phone

What’s it like for a lifetime Apple and Android user to begin using a Windows phone? Violet Blue found out.Read more..

And the follow-up article: The Windows phone: One month later

It’s been just over one month since Violet Blue switched from being a lifetime Apple and Android user to trying out a Nokia 925. Our newest Windows Phone user has a few things to say.” Read more..

For those anxious for Windows 10 (and/or the new “Spartan” browser):

This is Spartan! Windows 10 Technical Preview, Build 10049

“With Build 10049 of Windows 10 Technical Preview, Greg Shultz gets his hands on the Project Spartan browser. Take a look at some of the changes you can expect to see.Read more..

And.. I’ve said it before: Heads up people: Tech neck is crimpin’ my style and your skin

That’s because people on BART and buses and in public places don’t talk to each other so much anymore. Heck, some of them can hardly lift up their heads to look away from the tiny screens they hold in their hands.” Read more..

Well, that’s enough for today. If you read only one, read the first one; it’ll make you more aware of how tech (and the Internet) really work. Have a good one, everybody.

Today’s quotable quote:When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be.” ~ Thomas S. Monson

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

April 7, 2015 Posted by | advice, Android, browsers, cellular, consumer electronics, how to, Internet, Microsoft, mobile, News, privacy, social networking, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Today We Fight Back

Today is the “Day We Fight Back” (against mass surveillance), here are some tips for staying anonymous online; a way to express your concern for online privacy; and a quick test of your “privacy IQ”.

* Please see https://thedaywefightback.org/ and use the form let your Representatives know you’re fed up – that you deserve to have your basic privacy respected.

http://myprivacyiq.com/ A short 10 question quiz. Do you know how to enhance your online privacy?

How to Stay Anonymous Online

How do you take back control of your own personal privacy online? Is it even possible? One 2013 Pew study reported that 60 percent of Americans have given up on that idea entirely. Ultimately, the only way to stay truly anonymous online is to not go online at all. Since that’s not really an option for most of us, here’s a rundown of what you can do to minimize the spying, the targeted advertising, and ID theft as you explore the world online.” Read more..

(Yes, folks. It’s not just about government spying; it’s also about how much big companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have collected about you in order to serve up targeted ads.)

Welcome to the Information Age.

Today’s quote:There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ~ Denis Waitley

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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 11, 2014 Posted by | advice, cyber crime, Google, how to, Internet, Microsoft, privacy, security, social networking, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

7 Links Challenge, And More Reco’s

Yesterday I received a “challenge” from a fellow tech writer…which is a bit out of the ordinary, to say the least.

Sadly, I do not have time today to respond to that challenge – but I will just ASAP. In the meantime, for a good read (and to find out what the *heck* I’m talking about) please see: The “My 7 Links Challenge” at What’s On MY PC.

Other items: (aka “quick reading reco’s”)

It’s time for Microsoft to come clean over the Metro UI

Microsoft has kept us in suspense for long enough and it’s now time for the Redmond behemoth to come clean as to what users can expect from the next-generation Windows.Read more..

How to keep your face out of LinkedIn ads

After all this talk about Google’s new privacy policy and Facebook’s Timeline, people are now waking up to the fact that LinkedIn too may be making use of your information in ways you don’t want.Read more..

Facebook sues Adscend Media for malware and spam

Facebook and the state of Washington have filed separate lawsuits against Adscend Media, alleging the company was responsible for spreading malware and for stealing personal information from Facebook users.Read more..

Macworld 2012: The Island of Misfit Toys

Macworld 2012 had a sexy nightlife alter ego but the daytime persona of an event still struggling for identity.Read more..

Most cyber security experts believe cyber arms race is on

More than half of of global security experts believe that an arms race is already taking place in cyber space, according to McAfee.” Read more..

A chance to win a CPU or graphics card: Share your opinions for a chance to win some cool AMD hardware

Great AMD hardware to give away!Read more..

Okay. Out of time. Have a great day everybody!

Today’s quote:Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

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January 31, 2012 Posted by | computers, Internet, News, tech | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

DDG (And Your Online Privacy)

DDG (aka DuckDuckGo dot com) is a search engine which does not track you, store information about you, and then sell your profile. (What that means is, it is “anti-Big Brother”.)

click here

Those of you who are uneasy with Google (and.. that should be all of you, IMHO) and the “profile” they collect on our “online behavior” will want to take a look at DDG.
(If you aren’t concerned about your “online privacy”, or haven’t given it much thought, please click on the image above, and see a simple, illustrated explanation of why you might want to rethink.)

PC Magazine rated DDG a Top 100 website in 2011; and, here’s one review of DDG: Privacy-Protecting Search Engine Challenges Google

An ultra-private search engine hopes to attract users tired of handing over personal information.Read more..

.. because the idea of switching your browser’s home page, or moving away from the superpower named Google is a big one, here’s another: DuckDuckGo Search Engine Review

Could a simple search engine run by one guy actually deliver a better search experience than either Google or Bing? Well, for some searches at least, Gabe Weinberg’s search engine DuckDuckGo delivers both better search results and an easier-to-navigate presentation of those results than the big guys.Read more..

I don’t think DDG will suit everyone, all the time.. but you may want to be aware of it as an “alternative”.. Firefox and Chrome users can download DDG ‘extensions’.

Idjits in Washington: horrible things are going to happen to the Internet, don’t you know. Why? The ongoing battle against ‘piracy’, and Digital Rights Management.. in a word, Hollywood and their idjit pals (paid agents?) in Washington. Please read Dear Congress, It’s No Longer OK To Not Know How The Internet Works.
(And yes. Once again it’s time to write your Congressperson.)

This just in: Ways to Sync Your SkyDrive Files To Your Computer, Tablet and Smartphone

I started to wonder what FREE options are there available to sync the files on my computer or tablet or smartphone with my SkyDrive Account.  As a result I went on the hunt and found the following options available that will help you take full advantage of SkyDrive..” Read more..

Today’s quote:One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.” ~ John Burroughs

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January 3, 2012 Posted by | computers, Internet, privacy | , , , , , | 8 Comments