The Search For The Perfect Solution

I am the “goto” person for many friends, neighbors, and others when it comes to issues with technology, especially Windows computers. Most of these people are senior citizens. Their computer and smartphone usage is mostly limited to Facebook, games, photos, watching videos, e-mail, browsing the web, banking, paying bills and perhaps purchasing items. Windows computers are far too complex for most, especially when it comes to updating, upgrading, protecting themselves from viruses, malware, intrusions, and just using the system. Microsoft and Apple have tried to make it as easy and…

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You Lost Your Wi-Fi Security Key

You seldom need to have your home wi-fi security key as your device usually remembers it and signs you in automatically. I help people with tech issues and recently I have had a few that needed to connect new computers or mobile devices to their wi-fi. However, they were unable to find their security key. Luckily, they had a PC that was connected, so I followed the directions in the article, “How to retrieve Wi-Fi passwords saved on your PC” http://www.pcworld.com/article/3018974/security/how-to-retrieve-wi-fi-passwords-saved-on-your-pc.html and was able to retrieve their wi-fi key.   …

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Alison Free Online Courses

ALISON Online Courses is a FREE, high-quality, online education resource to help you develop essential, certified skills. Certificates have a cost. To download a pdf, it costs about $16. However the course is free, but there may be some ads, which is fair. There are many categories and so many classes. There are some technology topics, but many others, as well. Website Categories include: Financial & Economic Literacy Business & Enterprise Skills Digital Literacy & IT Skills Health Literacy Personal Development & Soft Skills Schools Curriculum Languages Health & Safety…

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You Were Spoofed, Not Hacked by Cindi Ingle

You Were Spoofed on Facebook

The best article that I have seen that explains the issue of someone requesting to be your friend on Facebook, when you are already friends, is from Cyndi Ingle, “You Weren’t Hacked, You Were Spoofed on Facebook.” The article is well written with screen shots to help report the spoofer whether you are the recipient of the request or the legitimate person. It also includes instructions on how to protect yourself on Facebook. Cyndi has granted me permission to post the article, as her only link is to her Dropbox…

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Fond Memories After Searching

All through Junior High School (Middle School, to you millennials) and High School, my desire was to go into radio-TV work. My first job was a gopher at WTLB in Utica, NY. I later worked with a couple of DJ’s at WIBX, either in the studio or at record hops. When we moved to Brockport, NY, I worked at WRVM in Rochester, NY on weekends, as a producer/gopher and DJ’ed at a weekly teen center dance in Spencerport. After graduation, I attended Ithaca College as a Radio-TV major. If I…

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The Navdy

Clear projection was always in sci-fi movies. Now it is available for all of us. I saw this as a sponsored ad on Facebook. It looked interesting, but I figured it was one of those “donate to the future” & when it is ready, if ever, you will be one of the first to get one. It appears that is not the case. It is a shipping product. It is a bit on the expensive side, $800, but it looks safer than the built-in GPS systems and other electronics in…

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Phishing – Not Hacking – Caused Leak

The recent release of so many hacked emails was a result of “spear-phishing,” a target phishing mail sent to marked individuals, 2 of whom were John Podesta, head of Hillary Clinton’s campaign & Colin Powell. Spear-phishing is an e-mail spoofing fraud attempt that targets a specific organization or person, seeking unauthorized access to confidential data. The target gets a “security alert” from what looks like Google. “Someone has your password,” it says at the top, in a do-not-ignore-this red banner warning that someone has just tried to sign into your…

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Cutting the cable TV cord

Cutting the Cord

I have seen some discussions about people “cutting the cord” to cable TV in my local technology user group. I recently joined that group and some of the members want to sever the cable TV connections and wondering how to go about it and how to do it. The tech group in Orlando that I have been a member since the 80’s had this discussion a few years ago and some members made the break. Some of those who made the cut have shared their experiences with me. I use…

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Latest PC Models Recently Announced

A friend of mine said that Apple is about to announce some new models, but that he didn’t see any new models from Microsoft. Well, Microsoft does not really have PC models; their partners do. In the past few weeks, there has been an introduction of a collection of new Windows PCs at a variety of recent industry events including gamescom in Cologne, IFA 2016 in Berlin, and PAX West 2016 in Seattle. Microsoft Partners including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo have all unveiled their latest Windows 10 2-in-1s,…

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Create a USB Recovery Drive

This short video tutorial shows how to create a USB Recovery Drive in Windows 8 & Windows 10. This video was created using the 1607 version of Windows 10 Anniversary Update. The Recovery Drive was created on a 16 GB Kingston DataTraveler Stick, however, just over 6GB of space was used.

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