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August 6, 2014

More Passwords Stolen

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:09 am

The Bad Guys are always at it. This time over 1.2 billion passwords have been lifted. These include email addresses, social security numbers, all sorts of personal information. The article is informative, but doesn’t really say what you can do should your name be among the 1.2 billion.

That’s a big number.

New York Times

How Not to Remove Malware

Filed under: Main — Tags: , — admin @ 12:01 am

Someday you may be unfortunate enough to experience a particularly nasty virus or other malware on your PC. It happens. Your next step is to decide how to remedy the situation. Taking that step is, unfortunately, fraught with peril.

August 4, 2014

Fighting Clickbait

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:32 am

You won’t believe what they say in this article . . .

This has to be the best thing ever . . .

What he said next will shock you . . .

Yeah, I’m sick of this crap, too. Click the link below (no clickbait!) to see how the online community is dealing with this odious phenomena.


Android Image Sync

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

Of all the ways of moving images back and forth between computer and phone or tablet, the easiest method is to use an image management program. It works just like synchronizing music. In fact, in Windows you use the same program for both activities: The Windows Media Player.

August 3, 2014

Hello, 911? Facebook is Down!

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:23 am

Last Friday saw a massive outage at Facebook, Inc. The service was absent from the information superhighway for a staggering three hours. Not knowing what to do or how to cope in a world without Friends, Likes, and obnoxious political views, throngs of Americans turned to the government for help: They dialed the public safety emergency number, 9-1-1.



August 2, 2014

They Love Twitter, but not the Ads

Filed under: News — admin @ 6:22 pm

I find it hilarious!

Twitter’s business model depends on selling ads. Those ads are visible mostly in the Twitter app but also on Twitter’s web page. Yet it seems that Twitter’s growth is coming from users who access the online service through third-party apps that don’t show the ads!

I still can’t figure out how these high-tech companies have a business model that relies upon online advertising. What is that they’re selling?

Wall Street Journal

August 1, 2014

The Beta Test

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

Yep, that new game is in beta.
They’re beta testing.
Hey! I’m going to download the beta.
Did you get the beta for Windows?

Beta! Beta! β! What is beta or a beta test?

July 31, 2014

The SD Card Question

Filed under: News — Tags: — admin @ 7:09 am

Over at Droid-Life, their Wednesday question covers removable storage. Apparently Google was against Android devices with removable storage, but some manufacturers continue to add it.

I’m mixed on the topic. I like have expandable storage because, well, who likes running out? But I’ve never really used the MicroSD card to transfer files between devices. I’ve also lost info (photos and music) when a MicroSD card bit the dust.

Visit Droid-Life below to read the full article and take the quiz.


July 30, 2014

The Good Ol’ Computer Tune-Up

Filed under: Main — Tags: , — admin @ 12:01 am

Taking your car in for a tune-up was one of those things everyone did back in the olden times. It required my waiting in the mechanic’s lobby, reading dusty copies of magazines only someone who didn’t need to take their car to a mechanic would enjoy reading. And then, after several minutes and half a wallet of cash, my automobile would be running sweet.

But what about a computer tune-up?

July 29, 2014

What a Stable Lithium Anode Means to You

Filed under: News — admin @ 10:37 am

Researchers at Stanford University are working toward creating a better battery. That process involves a lot of technology and chemistry, but in the end the result would be higher-efficiency batteries for electronics as well as other devices, including cars.

I still believe that the future of self-powered devices lies in the fuel cell. That technology has lagged for years now. I’ve written blog posts that claimed we’d have “within years,” but that’s never come to pass.

If this new lithium anode technology proves stable and cheap — and it doesn’t cause any dimensional warps between here and where monsters live — then it could prove to be a boon for the mobile technology industry.


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