Hacker Alert – Another Data Breach At A Big Retailer
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Rediscover the Desktop Computer – Computer Purchasing Advice
Many of us have seen
our computer screen time shift from the desktop or laptop computers to our
phones or tablets; however, much of what we still do on the Internet is
easier to with the traditional mouse, keyboard, and monitor. In fact, I still
get many questions on what to look for in purchasing a new desktop or laptop
computer. Below is a list of what I'd look for in purchasing a new computer.
- Hard drive: This
has become my number one criteria in choosing a computer. I really like
the solid state hard drive. A solid state hard drive has no moving parts
and is typically about 3 times the speed of a traditional hard drive.
You'll notice the speed difference when you boot your computer or when
you open a program. My desktop computer with a solid state hard drive
boots in about 10 seconds. The biggest downside to a solid state drive
is cost and storage capacity. I'd recommend either a hybrid hard drive
(one that is both solid state and traditional) or getting a computer
with both a solid state and a traditional hard drive. You'd then load
Windows and the programs you most use on the solid state drive and put
your data and lesser used programs on the traditional hard drive.
- CPU: Most
CPUs are manufactured by Intel and they currently have their I3, I5, and
I7 processor. The I7 is the best. Also within the I3-7 family of CPUs
you have a choice of clocking speeds and memory. In my opinion, CPU
speed is not as big of factor in selecting a computer as it once was.
The average home user won't be able to tell the difference. I'd go with
an I5 or I7 processor and not worry too much about the clocking speed or
memory of the processor.
- Memory (RAM): Get
a minimum of 8 Gigabytes. If you are an average user, this is enough. If
you are a power user, get 16 Gigabytes; anything more than this is
- Operating system:
Unless you purchase a Mac, you are probably stuck with Windows 8.1. The
word on the street is that Windows 9.0 will be a free upgrade from
Windows 8.1. Let's hope that Microsoft addresses consumer complaints
from Windows 8 with Windows 9.
- Who to buy from: I
don't have a preference. In our office we have computers which we have
built from scratch, ones from Dell, and ones from HP. They all seem to
work equally well. Look for the best price for the features that you
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Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
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This Month's FAQ – Can The Facebook Messenger App Take Control
Of My Phone?
Question: I've heard some people have privacy
concerns about the standalone version of the Facebook Messenger app. Can this
app really take control of my phone?
Answer: In mid-2014, Facebook rolled out the Facebook Messenger app, a
standalone version of that social network's instant chat feature, which users
accessed separately on their mobile devices (i.e., without launching the full
Facebook app). That rollout prompted renewed interest in a December 2013
article by Sam Fiorella (circulated widely in August 2014) that warned
potential Facebook Messenger users that the app's Terms of Service (TOS)
"requires the acceptance of an alarming amount of personal data and
direct control over your mobile device." Rumors started circulating that
Facebook could use the app to surreptitiously take over users' smartphones to
take photos or even make phone calls.
According to Facebook, those fears do not reflect reality. "If you want
to send a selfie to a friend, the app needs permission to turn on your
phone's camera and capture that photo," the company said in its message
to users. "We don't turn on your camera or microphone when you aren't
using the app." In other words, the Facebook Messenger app absolutely
CANNOT do these things without YOU initiating them. It needs the permission
in advance so that when you ask it to do these things, they work.
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Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In October
Has Your Vehicle Been Recalled?
odi.nhtsa.dot.gov – The
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes it easy to check
whether any vehicle recalls apply to you. Simply enter the model year,
make, and model and do a quick search. You can also enter a Vehicle
Identification Number (VIN) to get more detailed repair information.
Sweet And Savory Pumpkin Recipes
allrecipes.com – Pumpkin
is the "in" ingredient this time of year, so join the fun by
browsing through this collection of pumpkin recipes. You'll find Harvest
Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Turkey Chili, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Double
Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake, and more.
Easy Halloween Costumes For Kids
diynetwork.com – If
you haven't yet figured out what your kids will be for Halloween, you
should be able to scare up some great ideas at this site. The costumes are
adorable and can be put together pretty easily, even if you aren't the
Advice That's Right On The Money
smartaboutmoney.org – It
pays to know as much as you can about money and you can learn a lot here.
This site offers financial advice and information for all stages of life
including calculators, quizzes, articles on hot topics, and an extensive
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Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To
Watch A Giant
Check out this incredible time-lapse video that shows a pumpkin grow from a
small seedling to become a 636-pound entry in a fair.
Apple Ad Parody
Get ready to grin! This very funny commercial for the printed IKEA
Catalogue describes it as a "bookbook" with amazing new
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Short Tutorial – How To Correctly Make A Hashtag
A hashtag is a phrase or keyword that is
preceded by a pound (#) symbol and used by the micro-blogging community to
create a thread of conversations around a specific theme or topic. Its
purpose is to categorize topics, bring ideas together, inspire exchange, and
encourage others to join in.
When you make a new hashtag, follow these guidelines:
- Keep it brief.
You only need to add a # before a word to make it a hashtag. The best
hashtags are those composed of a single word or a few letters. Twitter
experts recommend keeping the keyword under 6 characters.
- Use only numbers and letters in your keyword. Hyphens and dashes will not work.
- Don't use spaces.
Hashtags do not support spaces. So if you're using two words, skip the
space between them.
- Don't use special characters. Hashtags only work with the # sign. Special
characters like "!, $, %, ^, &, *, and +" will not work.
- Don't start with or use only numbers. For example, hashtags like #123 or #123yo won't
work. Numbers can be used at the end, as in #SXSW14.
In addition, don't
use more than two hashtags in your post. It goes against social media
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