Saturday, December 29, 2018

Report: Huge CenturyLink outage caused by bad networking card in Colorado – GeekWire

Report: Huge CenturyLink outage caused by bad networking card in Colorado – GeekWire: A widespread outage on CenturyLink’s cloud network that lasted almost two days and hampered emergency phone service in Washington and other states was caused by a faulty network management card, according to a customer notice. EARLIER: Widespread 911 outage hits Washington as emergency alerts sent…

(102) How Scammers in China Manipulate Amazon - YouTube

(102) How Scammers in China Manipulate Amazon - YouTube

Going Dumb: My Year With a Flip Phone | WIRED

Going Dumb: My Year With a Flip Phone | WIRED: The upsides of a downgrade.

What to Do When 911 is Down and You Have an Emergency

What to Do When 911 is Down and You Have an Emergency: It doesn’t happen often, but 911 services can go down. Currently, 911 service is down across several states in the U.S. after a massive outage at a CenturyLink data center. While some of the initially-out-of-service cities are already up and running again, others are still down.

Friday, December 28, 2018

How to Give Friends Emergency Access to Your Online Accounts

How to Give Friends Emergency Access to Your Online Accounts: As the year winds down, now is a great time to get your digital life in order. From organizing your online photos to refreshing your accounts with new, secure passwords or finally cleaning up your browser bookmarks; there’s a lot for you to tackle before 2019 hits.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

5 New Ways to Search YouTube and Find Trending and Awesome Videos

5 New Ways to Search YouTube and Find Trending and Awesome Videos: Frustrated with YouTube's limited search functions or weird video suggestions? Here's how you can search for amazing videos.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

eLearning Cyclops: Free eLearning

eLearning Cyclops: Free eLearning: The following are links to free online courses. Links to courses are added as I come across them. If you have any course that allows open ...

Amazon Scam | Komando.com

Amazon Scam | Komando.com

Monday, December 17, 2018

The 12 Scams of Christmas

The 12 Scams of Christmas

Need a copy of your DVD? Mac OS X does that - CNET

Need a copy of your DVD? Mac OS X does that - CNET: When faced with the necessity of making a copy of an unprotected DVD disc, Mac users should not worry--Mac OS X makes it simple.

A Couple of Quick Bookmarklets For Viewing a Suspended / Deleted Twitter User – ResearchBuzz

A Couple of Quick Bookmarklets For Viewing a Suspended / Deleted Twitter User – ResearchBuzz: As I move away from Facebook I’m spending more time on Twitter. Not that Twitter has some kind of claim of moral authority over Facebook, and I’ll probably move on to more MeWe/Mastodon…

Latest Microsoft Phishing scam | Komando.com -Related to OFFICE 365

Latest Microsoft Phishing scam | Komando.com: This latest phishing scam uses people trust in Microsoft to get you to divulge your personal information

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Bad Password Habits die Hard, Shows SplashData's 8th Annual Worst Passwords List

Bad Password Habits die Hard, Shows SplashData's 8th Annual Worst Passwords List: LOS GATOS, CA (PRWEB) December 13, 2018 -- Bad habits die hard, according to SplashData’s eighth annual list of Worst Passwords of the Year. After evaluating

Friday, December 14, 2018

WordPress.com Plans and Pricing – Get Started for Free Today!

WordPress.com Plans and Pricing – Get Started for Free Today!: WordPress.com offers simple pricing. We bundle hosting, domains, privacy, and security into one low price. Join the platform that powers 32% of websites.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

How to Stop Windows 10 From Collecting Activity Data on You

How to Stop Windows 10 From Collecting Activity Data on You: Another day, another tech company being disingenuous about its privacy practices. This time it’s Microsoft, after it was discovered that Windows 10 continues to track users’ activity even after they’ve disabled the activity-tracking option in their Windows 10 settings.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Climate change and the 75% problem | Bill Gates

Climate change and the 75% problem | Bill Gates: Bill Gates shares his plan for fighting climate change.

How to Use Google's Chrome Task Manager - Productivity Bytes

How to Use Google's Chrome Task Manager - Productivity Bytes: With Google Chrome's task manager, you can see how each tab and extension is affecting your browsing experience. Here's how to use this tool.

Friday, December 7, 2018

5 Useful Tools For Batch-Editing Images in Windows - Make Tech Easier

5 Useful Tools For Batch-Editing Images in Windows - Make Tech Easier: If you have a ton of images to edit, consider a batch-editing program to do the work for you. Here are the best tools for batch-editing images in Windows.

33 Google Maps Tricks You Need to Try | PCMag.com [Thank you Don B.]

33 Google Maps Tricks You Need to Try | PCMag.com: Google Maps is a Swiss Army Knife chock-full of hidden navigation, geospatial search, and customizat

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

The New and Improved Windows 10 Notepad: Useful Tips and Features

The New and Improved Windows 10 Notepad: Useful Tips and Features: The Windows Notepad now comes with a few improved features. Here's what you need to know about the new Notepad in Windows 10.

Tired of Pasted Text Messing Up Your Formatting? Try This on MACS

Tired of Pasted Text Messing Up Your Formatting? Try This: But what are Windows users supposed to do? The simplest thing is to download Puretext, a tiny Windows app we wrote about a decade ago (yeah, we’re getting old.) This app will make pasting without formatting the default every time you use Ctrl-V, so you will never have to look at a mess of formatting ever again.

PureText

PureText: After running PureText, you will see a "PT" icon appear near the clock on your task bar. You can click on this icon to remove formatting from the text that is currently on the clipboard. You can right-click on the icon to display a menu with more options.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Landing on Mars today close to NOON, PST. at Jet Propulsion Lab

Photo of control room team after touchdown.

Why Does Aluminum Foil Block Cell Phone Signals? | It Still Works

Why Does Aluminum Foil Block Cell Phone Signals? | It Still Works: A cell phone, wrapped in a layer of aluminum foil, cannot receive calls. The foil, an electrical conductor, creates a barrier called a Faraday Cage around the phone, blocking the radio signals on which it operates. You can easily demonstrate this for yourself by placing a phone on a sheet of aluminum foil, folding the ...

Saturday, November 24, 2018

PDF Editor: edit PDF documents with ease - Icecream Apps

PDF Editor: edit PDF documents with ease - Icecream Apps: PDF Editor by Icecream Apps is an all-in-one solution which lets you edit PDF documents in many ways: edit text, manage pages, convert and much more. Windows version.

[Thank you, JB, for link.]

Friday, November 23, 2018

How to Enable IPv6 in Windows 10 1809 - Your Windows Guide

How to Enable IPv6 in Windows 10 1809 - Your Windows Guide: See this on how to Enable IPv6 in Windows 10 version 1809 to solve connection issues after the upgrade if you are affected.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Sign Up - Jamf Now

Sign Up - Jamf Now <<<< LINK



Everything you need for managing Apple devices and nothing you don’t.

Manage up to 3 devices for free, forever. Add more for just $2 / device / month.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

California bans default passwords on any internet-connected device

California bans default passwords on any internet-connected device: In less than two years, anything that can connect to the internet will come with a unique password — that is, if it's produced or sold in California. The...

WIN 10 update pulled

Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update due to major issues - The Verge: Microsoft is pausing its latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update rollout after reports that documents are being deleted. It’s not clear how many Windows 10 users are affected by this major bug.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

How (Not) to Upgrade to the Latest Windows 10 Version

How (Not) to Upgrade to the Latest Windows 10 Version: The Windows 10 October 2018 Update will roll out soon. Whether you want to latest feature upgrade now or wait, we show you how.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Skype finally adds call recording | TechCrunch

Skype finally adds call recording | TechCrunch: Skype is the communication tool of choice (and necessity) for millions, but it has always lacked a basic feature that no doubt many of those millions have requested: call recording. Well, Microsoft finally heard our cries, and recording is now built into Skype on both desktop and mobile.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Friday, July 13, 2018

Starting point for a YOU TUBE video. Do this:

Click or tap into the address bar, and at the very end of the URL, type “#t=” and then “2m13s” (without the quotation marks) to indicate that the starting time code is two minutes and 13 seconds from the beginning.

Monday, June 18, 2018

(405) Pinterest

(405) Pinterest

Long time SPCUG member and Community volunteer, Rolland Kenitzer, passes

Rolland is pictured, standing.
Rest in Peace. Condolences to fellow members, family and friends. I worked as a volunteer with Rolland at the Sequim Museum.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Router Reboot...latest news

Q&A: Should You Reboot Your Router Like the FBI Says? By The Associated Press May 30, 2018 Last week, the FBI recommended rebooting home and small office routers that could have been infected with disruptive malware, allegedly by sophisticated state-backed Russian hackers . An estimated half million routers and network-attached storage devices have been infected. But even the FBI acknowledges this step will only "temporarily disrupt" the malware. Here are some questions and answers about the situation: Q: How can I tell if my router is infected? A: Short answer: You probably can't. Routers aren't very consumer-friendly, and most people lack the ability to get deep enough inside the device to tell if it's infected. Q: If my router was infected and I reboot, is it safe? A: No. Turning an infected router off and on again only removes some of the malware — such as elements that could snoop on your internet activity or even overwrite the basic code on your router, thus "bricking" it (that is, turning it into an inoperable brick). The core infection persists on reboot and there's no simple way to delete it. The good news is that last week, the FBI seized of the command-and-control server that sends instructions to the infected routers, disrupting the zombie network that could be used to mount a crippling internet-based attack. The bad news is that the persistent malware is in listening mode, awaiting instructions. "So all the cards are still on the table," said Craig Williams of Cisco's Talos cyberthreat intelligence team, which identified the operation it calls VPNFilter. ADVERTISEMENT Q: Why can't I completely remove the malware from my router? A: For starters, routers are difficult for ordinary users to fiddle with. They have publicly known vulnerabilities that aren't easy for average users to patch and typically aren't equipped with anti-virus software packages or intrusion protection systems. That said, if you can update your router's "firmware" to the latest version — something you can often do via the router's phone app or web interface — you should. It may not fix the problem, but it won't hurt and may help. Q: Which devices are affected and where can I learn more? A: Cisco identified these companies as makers of affected devices: Linksys, Mikrotik, Netgear, TP-Link and QNAP. It said most of the infected routers are in Ukraine. You can find more details from Talos and the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team . The FBI says it has nothing new to report beyond the announcement it put out Friday. You have 4 free articles remaining. Subscribe to The Times ___ Links: FBI announcement: https://www.ic3.gov/media/2018/180525.aspx Talos blog: https://blog.talosintelligence.com/2018/05/VPNFilter.html U.S. CERT release: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA18-145A

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Storage Full” Phishing Spam – Don’t Be Fooled!

New “NOTIFICATION – Storage Full” Phishing Spam – Don’t Be Fooled! If you've received an email with the subject "NOTIFICATION - Storage Full" (it may also have your email address in the subject), or an email which comes from, apparently, noreply@pres.serverhome.com, don't open it! It's a phishing scam trying to scam you out of your personal information!

Have I Been Pwned: Check if your email has been compromised in a data breach

Have I Been Pwned: Check if your email has been compromised in a data breach

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Uh, Did Google Fake Its Big A.I. Demo? | Vanity Fair

Uh, Did Google Fake Its Big A.I. Demo? | Vanity Fair

How to Organize Your Windows 10 Start Menu for Max Productivity - Productivity Bytes

How to Organize Your Windows 10 Start Menu for Max Productivity - Productivity Bytes

Decluttr | Sell My Stuff | Sell Stuff Online | Declutter Your Unwanted Stuff | Decluttr

Decluttr | Sell My Stuff | Sell Stuff Online | Declutter Your Unwanted Stuff | Decluttr
I have not tried this, but looks simple and they take PayPal. If you try it and like it OR hate it, let me know, please. Email: thomaspitre@gmail.com

Cross-Browser Testing Made For Developers

Cross-Browser Testing Made For Developers

Create Super-Focused Twitter Searches — And Follow Them With An RSS Feed – ResearchBuzz

Create Super-Focused Twitter Searches — And Follow Them With An RSS Feed – ResearchBuzz

Ashampoo Blog - What is VPN? A short introduction plus test

Ashampoo Blog - What is VPN? A short introduction plus test

21 Ways to Check Gmail You Probably Never Considered

21 Ways to Check Gmail You Probably Never Considered

Create an Excel UserForm

Create an Excel UserForm

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Pros and Cons of Storing Data in the Cloud - DZone Cloud

The Pros and Cons of Storing Data in the Cloud - DZone Cloud

WRITING WORKSHOP - Starting in May (Sat., 19th)

WRITING WORKSHOP - Starting in May (Sat., 19th) We are building our workshop and would like a small quorum to commit to the class before we schedule the workshop in Sequim. Tom Pitre, educator, trainer, author of Wind of the Green Hula Girls, Flash Fiction, Creative Juijitsu, and Short Shorts, and others, will offer a 12 hour, six-session class in fiction and fable starting in May. Each class begins at 10AM and dismisses at 12:00 PM. We plan to meet on Saturdays. Classes are limited in size to eight students. Class fee: 20$ All materials provided. Most materials will be downloadable. Pre-requisites: Use of email, ability to up and download .pdf, Word and text files. If you would like to sign up for this class, please let Tom know by sending an email to thomaspitre@gmail.com with the word WRITING in the subject line.

How a stationary bike, paired with Google Street View, helps seniors with dementia | CBC News

How a stationary bike, paired with Google Street View, helps seniors with dementia | CBC News

7 signs you’ve been hacked that you need to know now | Komando.com

7 signs you’ve been hacked that you need to know now | Komando.com

Friday, March 30, 2018

Sequim High Knowledge Bowl Crew