Tech – for Everyone

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

Today’s Tech Turning Us Into Sociopaths?

Folks, here’s another article I think everyone should read (and really think about).

Today’s Apps Are Turning Us Into Sociopaths

While I am far from a Luddite who fetishizes a life without tech, we need to consider the consequences of this latest batch of apps and tools that remind us to contact significant others, boost our willpower, provide us with moral guidance, and encourage us to be civil. Taken together, we’re observing the emergence of tech that doesn’t just augment our intellect and lives — but is now beginning to automate and outsource our humanity.Read more..

Ready for more good news?

The NSA may not be listening to your private phone calls, but it has been watching your private parts

The U.K. and U.S. government’s ability to tap into webcams — and directly into your living rooms and offices — shows the biggest and most blatant lack of respect for people’s privacy by Western governments in living memory.” Read more..

Yes.. it is kind of hard to take that all in. It doesn’t paint a pretty picture. But we need to be thinking about this stuff now. (Actually.. yesterday would have been better, but..)

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Today’s bonus video: 15 Inaccuracies Found In Common Science Illustrations

Today’s quote:It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” ~ Albert Einstein

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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 27, 2014 Posted by | advice, consumer electronics, gadgets, IM, Internet, privacy, security, tech | , , , , | Leave a comment

Unplug Your Webcams | SUPER Giveaway

“Big Brother” isn’t the only one watching you. “Uncle Nasty” is out there prowling the Internet too!

No LED / No Warning” Trojans, that switch on your webcam by stealth, were once a closely guarded secret…”

Folks, that first sentence is a link to an article I think you should read.
And then show it to your friends and family.

“Some things you just can’t predict. I thought I was through with contests, and now, ‘lo and behold!, I have a Grand Prize Contest, and I am pleased as punch to run it! Today’s Grand Prize retails for $200, and features software I have endorsed from Day One.”

Get your attention? Find out more here, A SUPER-Special Software License Giveaway (My Last?)

Today’s free download: Friend and fellow blogger tech Rick Robinette posted this yesterday. HAMSTER – A High End Video Converter for FREE

Myself, I just started using HAMSTER and I must say it is one of the best, easy to use, video converters I have experienced.

Rick is one of those whose opinions are “take it to the bank”, IMHO, so check it out. If you haven’t visited his site before, you’re in for a treat – it is one of my daily reads.

** SUPER Software License Giveaway Drawing **

To help celebrate SUPERAntiSpyware’s recent inclusion in VirusTotal’s premier file analyzing service, the good folks there at SUPERAntiSpyware (known in the biz as “SAS”) have generously donated some Professional Edition licenses to me – “lifetime” licenses no less – to award to my readers.

SUPERAntiSpyware is a program for combating spyware and Internet threats. Today’s Grand Prize retails for $200, and features software I have endorsed from Day One.”
For details (and to enter), click here.

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RC Meets RL (RoboCop Meets Real Life)

Forget Dashboard Cameras. Today It’s Headcams

From Wired
“Officers: Are you sick and tired of excessive force lawsuits? Well cheer up. Taser has a plan to give your police department its own CYA reality TV show.

The less-lethal weapons company has launched a wearable computer, called Axon, that will let cops record every minute of their day and upload it to a secure website. From there, they can share their favorite memories with friends, family, and jurors.

The camera is head-mounted, so it will record everything the user lays his eyes on. Each

Part Man - Part Machine - All Cop

Part Man - Part Machine - All Cop

headset plugs into a Linux-powered computer that looks curiously similar to a PlayStation Portable, which has an LCD  screen so that officers can watch instant replays of their favorite tackles and shakedowns.”

Um … everywhere they go? The unit also features a “One-Touch ‘Privacy Mode'” which “temporarily suspends recording.”

When I read this.. a line started running through my head — “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

I have said here before, if you want to see  future tech, just watch Star Trek.

Today’s free link: Expand your Star Trek awareness, and better understand my reference, see What are “the Borg”?

You can read the whole article here.

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