Tech – for Everyone

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

Quick Tip + Friday Fun + Miscellaneous

To start off today, I think I should explain: “miscellaneous” has long been one of my favorite words. It’s a “catch-all”, and gives one “wiggle room”, and saves time and energy. As a word, its main weakness (or, “fault”) is, despite decades of practice, I never spell it correctly my first try (thank you, Spell Check!!!) but I have never failed to be able to spell m-i-s-c.. Thesaurus.com tells us that “misc.” can stand in for other cool-yet-hard-to-spell words:

Main Entry: miscellaneous
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: diversified, various
Synonyms: assorted, confused, conglomerate, different, disordered, disparate, divergent, divers, diverse, heterogeneous, indiscriminate, jumbled, many, mingled, mixed, motley, muddled, multifarious, multiform, odd, promiscuous, scattered, scrambled, sundry, unmatched, unsorted, varied, variegated

Variegated?

Today’s free download: Got Spelling? Some – but not all – programs have built-in spell checking of some sort. If you want to add spell checking to all of your apps (or a select group) then take a look at tinySpell (free and pro). If your favorite program does not have built-in spell checking, then tinySpell will definitely be a welcome (and very helpful) addition to your Windows system. They offer a portable version as well so you can take it with you to any PC.

Today’s ‘Quick Tip’: Press the “Windows key” and “D”, together, to quickly shrink your open windows out of your way, and expose your Desktop.

Today’s Quotable Quote:  “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Some reading reco’s:
* Free AntiMalware Software – And More – For Senior Computer Users
* Solitaire Brought to Life in 3D
* Upcoming Cyber Security Threats Part 5: Hackers Controlling Your Car

Friday Fun (video):

Misc: (ha!)

Yay! It’s Friday!

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June 17, 2011 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, tech | | 4 Comments

Windows 7 safety net | Mobile Malware | Quick reco’s

A few items for your consideration, today, including a great how-to. Let’s start with a good read for those who want more info than I provided in yesterday’s article, Microsoft Buys Skype. Now What?

* With baited breath: The Microsoft-Skype Deal

There’s plenty of speculation around the web about exactly what Microsoft plans to do with its brand new, $8.5 billion dollar baby. There is a lot of “Microsoft doesn’t know what it’s doing” sentiment floating around, but then there are some more interesting hypotheses that we figured were worth a look….CONTINUED: 8 theories behind the deal

* Got Spelling? Some – but not all – programs have built-in spell checking of some sort. If you want to add spell checking to all of your apps (or a select group) then take a look at tinySpell (free and pro).

If your favorite app does not have built-in spell checking, then tinySpell will definitely be a welcome (and very helpful) addition to your Windows system. They offer a portable version as well so you can take it with you to any PC.

[Also, How-To Geek has a tutorial here.]

* Build a complete Windows 7 safety net (by one of my fave tech How To writers, Fred Langa) Note: this is IMHO the definitive How To tutorial for disaster recovery — please read it!

“Every copy of Windows 7 includes a complete suite of backup tools. The suite contains everything you need to back up (and restore) your entire system.
What’s more, after you’ve set up your initial backup, future backups happen automatically.
In fact, Windows 7 makes it so easy to set up fully automated backups, it’s almost nutty not to do it.” Read more.. (please)

* Juniper Networks finds rise in Android phone malware, smartphone spyware

“The rising use of smartphones is gaining the attention of cybercriminals, according to a new study by Juniper Networks Inc., which tracked a sharp increase in Google Android phone malware in 2010 as a result of the platform’s success.

According to the Juniper study, which analyzed malware detected on its customer devices in 2010, smartphone spyware accounted for 61% of all mobile customer infections and 100% of all infections for Android devices. The report, issued Wednesday by the Juniper Networks Global Threat Center, also documented a 400% increase in Android malware, as well as highly targeted Wi-Fi attacks.” Read more..

Quote of the day: Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.  ~Henry Ford

Chuckle of the day:

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