Tech – for Everyone

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

Facebook (and more)

Here are a few items worthy of your consideration.

* Facebook: Unethical, untrustworthy, and now downright harmful

News of Facebook experimenting on its users’ emotional states has rattled everyone. Worse, the tool used to perform the experiments is so flawed there’s no way of knowing if users were harmed.” Read more..

[ Yet again, I’m reminded how glad I am that I’ve  never touched Facebook… ]

* Do you have one of those “fitness” doodads? The scary truth about data security with wearables

Data brokers collect data from numerous sources for everyone in the US. It is alarming how much data is collected and the potential for security breaches, particularly from wearable devices.Read more..

* How to Block Online Tracking

Many sites track user behavior using a variety of invisible third-party software. This means any time you visit a Web page, you’re likely sharing data about your online habits, from clicks to views or social shares, whether you realize it or not. But there are a few ways to combat online tracking—although none can block some of the more sophisticated tracking techniques, such as “fingerprinting” and “onboarding.” Here are three tools that block the most common trackers.Read more..

So.. you want a career in IT?

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Chinese Hackers Target Logistics & Shipping Firms With Poisoned Inventory Scanners

‘ZombieZero’ still actively pushing rigged handheld scanning devices, reviving concerns of doing business with Chinese tech companies.Read more..

[ “Concerns”??? How asleep-at-the-switch are people?
Related: Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales in China

An undisclosed amount of reselling has forced Oculus to suspend sales of its Oculus Rift dev kits in China.Read more..

Someone at Oculus there may do well to look up the term “reverse engineering” too..]

* 8 Geeky Summer Projects to Keep Kids Busy

These projects will keep you and your kids entertained this summer.Read more..

Today’s quote: “The Paradoxical Commandments:

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.” ~ Kent M. Keith

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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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.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

July 10, 2014 Posted by | advice, consumer electronics, gadgets, mobile, News, privacy, social networking, tech | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Monday Items

Howdy, folks.

So far, 2014 is treating me great! I do hope you can say the same!

This past week, I came across a few items I found interesting. Here they are, for your consideration:

* Wearable Tech Is Getting a Lot More Intimate

Forget wearable technology. It may not be too much longer before sensors are actually put inside your body.

It may sound a little bit futuristic and far-fetched, but the reality is that ingestible sensors and implantable chips are already in use and growing.Read more..

* Bitcoin ATMs Are Spreading Across the World

Sometimes the future can sneak up on you. Like when you find out that a startup incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, whose employees live in New Hampshire and whose products are made in Portugal, is selling digital-currency ATMs to Saudi Arabia and Singapore.Read more..

* Facebook Is a Fundamentally Broken Product That Is Collapsing Under Its Own Weight

In 2008, Mark Zuckerberg laid out his theory about people sharing content on Facebook. “I would expect that next year, people will share twice as much information as they share this year, and [the] next year, they will be sharing twice as much as they did the year before,” he said.Read more..

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Email items: I found this to be an amazing opportunity. The answer to all my troubles.

Opportunity!

Opportunity!

That’s right folks. It’s never been easier to keep up with the Joneses.

Persistence: Since I did not respond to the bait offered, they sent another..

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How ’bout I ignore that one too?

Today’s quote:The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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

January 6, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, Internet, mobile, News, social networking, tech | , , , , | Leave a comment