Tech – for Everyone

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

iPad, Surface, the Future of Wireless (and other headlines)

I have been saying this since they came out, but it didn’t make any headlines…

* Microsoft Exec Slams Apple iPad As Consumption-Only Device

A Microsoft executive told BoB Conference attendees that the iPad is a “consumption” only device that will be bested by Windows 8 tablets.” Read more..

Looking ahead..

* The MIT Research Vault: 7 Wireless Technologies Of The Future

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is ushering in a new generation of wireless solutions that will change the way we work and play. Here’s a sneak peak.” Read more..

And what’s the unintended consequence of this..?

* Anonymous identified cyber stalker who drove Amanda Todd to suicide

Hacker group Anonymous may have tracked down the sex-obsessed cyberbully who drove a 15-year-old girl to kill herself last week. Today Anonymous posted a video on YouTube naming a 32-year-old man from British Columbia, as the person responsible for the October 10th suicide of 15-year-old Amanda Todd. Anonymous has started #OpRIP to hunt down those who bullied Todd. “This is …Read more…

Useful: Move Your Stuff From One Cloud Based File Storage Service To Another With Backup Box

I happened across this service called Backup Box that gives you the ability to backup and transfer files (and folders) from cloud based file storage site to another.  For example, let’s say you want to move from Dropbox to Box, then Backup Box is a service that can make the transfer happen in a seamless […]” Read more..

And more of the usual..

* 15000 WordPress blogs hacked for making money from Survey

WordPress Security Team is sending out warning messages to thousands of wordpress users that their account has been compromised recently. Warning message include “We recently detected suspicious activity on your account. To protect your identity and keep your site safe, we’ve reset your password.” Message continue “To reset your password and get access to your …Read more…

* New Internet Explorer zero-day, Can trigger malware automatically

* Advance Phishing Attacks using HTML5 Fullscreen API

I am going to stop here. But before I go, I have a question for you. Do you really want cars that drive themselves?

“Google cars” are already here… (even though my GPS “navigator” gets it wrong as often as gets it right… and neverchooses the route we locals have learned are actually best.)

Today’s quote:Sometimes, to do the right thing, we must keep a promise we never made.” ~ Robert Brault

.. psst. Another question 4 u. Which of those headlines is the most important?

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

October 17, 2012 Posted by | computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Internet, Microsoft, News | | 1 Comment

Changes Coming To SkyDrive – Act Now.

Those of you who are using the Microsoft “Live” online file storage service (called “SkyDrive”) should be aware that important changes are being made due to general service improvements — changes that will effect you, unless you act soon.

Up to now, SkyDrive gave you 25 Gigabytes of free storage — but that is being cut down to 7 GB’s, unless you “claim” more. You can keep getting 25 GB’s for free, or purchase even more space. Here’s what you need to do:

First, sign into your “Live” account (such as, Hotmail), and go to your SkyDrive (or, click here and sign in).

Click on the blue “claim your free 25GB”..

And click one of the “upgrade” option buttons. The top button “upgrades” you back to the free 25GB level.

(I believe you want to click these things soon.. like, now. Particularly if you are going to be “sharing” movies and/or music files.)

I like SkyDrive, and the recent improvements, and coming improvements, make this a hard service to beat for easy file sharing, syncing, and online access across devices.

“Think about all of the different devices you use every day. Wouldn’t it be nice if your files came with you, whether you’re on your phone, Mac, or PC?

When you use SkyDrive, you’ll never be without the documents, notes, photos, and videos that matter to you. Store anything on your SkyDrive and it’s automatically available from your trusted devices—no syncing or cables needed.” Read more..

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Related: I hope you didn’t think Google was going to sit still …

* Free storage for you! Google Drive to arrive today

Google’s new cloud-storage service has arrived. It comes with 5GBs of free storage and up to 1 Terabyte of storage for paying customers. Read more..

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Today’s quote:The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Copyright 2007-2012 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 24, 2012 Posted by | file system, Google, Internet, Microsoft, News | , , , | 15 Comments

Point for point (aka “Friday Fun”)

Today’s mail brought some chuckles..

Let’s start today’s fun by comparing/contrasting certain realities..

1) Nobody calls me “baby”, baby.

2) Viagra Cialis? Is that, like what, twice as strong as plain Cialis?

3) It is hard for me to say how many thousands of people I have met in my decades on Earth, but I am pretty sure not one of them had the name “Bmena”.. And what is a “sir/madam”?
Don’t answer that.

4) I must have ordered that Dell while sleepwalking.. ? (“Cosmic”!)

5) Mrs. Williams, if you would like me to handle large sums for you, YES!!! I am absolutely trustworthy!!!!!!!!!!

6) I don’t think this one is real.. there is no red exclamation point telling me how urgent this change to my account status is.
Oh. Nevermind. I don’t have an account at BofA.

7) Why does salim keep writing me?

Try this idea on for size, next time life has you feeling a little down in the dumps: think of how much worse it could be if you had been *naive* enough to have responded to something like these.
People do, you know.

Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!

* Have you ever wondered why – in some countries – they drive on the wrong side of the road? I found the answer. See, Which side of the road do they drive on? if you’re curious (scroll down a bit to “historical”).

* Are the movies Hollywood is releasing getting better lately? I haven’t seen a comic-book-brought-to-life title in a while..

* How about a fun video?

Thank you for sharing some time with me.. and, yes, the weekend is a bit closer.

Today’s quote:Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

One for the road: A website I mentioned the other day had some photographs that just tickled my fancy. Here’s one sample..

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

.. if that tickled your fancy, too, click on the image! (Explore the Galleries..)
Seth Casteel’s gave me that “warm fuzzy”.

Bonus (for reading this far): Log Into Your Box Account From Your Android Device and Get 50 GBs of FREE Online Storage

Box is an online file storage service that typically gives you for FREE, 5 GBs of online file storage. The 5 GB limit is the typical amount you see for most services in an effort to get you to try the service; HOWEVER, Box has an interesting offer that is hard to refuse (providing you […] Read more..

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February 24, 2012 Posted by | cyber crime, Internet, News | , , , , | 2 Comments

The "Live" Line*

Microsoft’s *New* Product Family

In my ongoing, relentless effort to be simply the Best Tech Writer on the Web, big changes are happening. HUGE changes. Gi-normous changes. (I mean.. really big.) These changes will alter the way I do everything. I am undergoing a metamorphosis of epic proportions. I am going to have to unlearn the ways I have been doing things for.. well, forever. Which isn’t easy. I’m too old to be learning new tricks without a grumble.

One change is that Tech–for Everyone is now being co-hosted on *another* blogging site. This is due to my research into the GigantiCorp known as Google, and my exploration of their ever-expanding array of services, some of which I have reported here.

(What this means for you, Dear Reader, is.. well.. not much– except, if you have grown tired of the “look” and layout of this site, you can read my articles at the other site, which uses a different “template”.)
When you acquire a ‘G-identity’, you gain access to much more than just a Gmail account (which, IMHO, is the best free Webmail service going right now), and one of those things is access to Blogger. Google is continuing to grow even as we speak… who knows what service they’ll be offering next.
I want to have a good relationship with Google, as it is my primary way of advertising my online Help & Support business.

[Addenda: for those of you whose favorite feature of this series is the daily download, you will definitely want to be aware of the “Google Pack” of free downloads — Spyware Doctor being of special note — and you can find out more here, in case you missed it]

What this means for me is, I now have to publish twice (six times a week!) each day– once here, and once there. Yuk. Fortunately for me, I have been doing intensive, in-depth explorations of the other GigantiCorp known as Microsoft.. specifically their competing array of services offered under the title “Live”.
(Have you noticed? Everything is “Live” now. It’s not “Hotmail”, it’s “Live Hotmail”; “Messenger” is now “Live Messenger”, and the security tools are “Live One Care”..)

I am now writing this article in a completely different way.. one that makes it easy to write-once, post-twice. I have downloaded and Installed a MS program called “Live Writer“, which is a tool for bloggers. The way I had been doing things (all this time) was through my web browser. I would navigate to here, login, access the writing tool, and when finished, hit the “Publish” button.

The other Big Change to my routine is caused by “Live Mail“, which is also freshly downloaded and installed. This is a program very much like Outlook Express and Vista’s Mail, only it allows you to access webmail accounts.. such as ‘Live Hotmail’. (Why don’t the other Microsoft mail clients??? Hmmm?)

It’s about time they did this. My usual routine was to open my web browser and open a tab for each webmail account. It is the way I’ve been doing it for.. well, forever. I have several webmail accounts (as you may have as well) and so this made for several open tabs and much clicking back-and-forth. Live Mail allows me to combine them (sorta) into one collection of folders.
A big plus– it handles encryption certificates well (see, Simple E-mail Encryption).

If you use, or have ever used, an e-mail client (Thunderbird, Outlook, Outlook Express, etc.), then you will have a zero learning-curve with Live Mail, as it’s basically the same.. with one vital exception: it allows you to access all your mailboxes.

As you can imagine, my web browser had reached the point where I simply had too many tabs open (three Inboxes, WordPress, and now Blogger, plus a few of my favorite blogs..) and so I have “gone Live”. I am breaking my browser habit. I am trying New Things. No longer will I launch Avant and start Ctrl+T-ing. No! From here on out, I’ll launch a “Live” something-or-other.
Wish me luck. I think I feel the withdrawal symptoms beginning…

Today’s free download(s) and link(s): Well, gee, Folks… I count five of them sprinkled throughout this one little article.. ain’t that enough for one day? But, if you’d like to see the *other* version of this website, click here.
And if you write a blog (or, for a blog, or.. are thinking about starting your own blog) see what a new comer to the blogging game has to say about the free Windows Live Writer (or, “WLW”) as well as the new Live services here.

* Originally published 3/18/08

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November 20, 2008 Posted by | advice, blogging, computers, e-mail, encrypting files, how to, PC, software, tech, Web 2.0, Windows | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments