Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Kim Komamdo's web site

I look at Kim Komando's web site every day. Every day I see new things that I am interested in. You should so the same. I am nowhere near the prolific writer I once was. This is obvious when you look at this blog. I used to be very faithful to it and there were times when I was posting daily. No more.

Do yourself a favor and go to Kim's web site. Bookmark it if you haven't already, and then make it a daily stop. Whereas at the top of my game I might post one item a day, Kim posts many new items every day. My advice: GO THERE! If you have questions on something you see there, feel free to write me for an opinion or clarification or assistance. If I can help, I will.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t

I am just getting used to my Apple iPhone, which I love. Then along comes articles like this! This is from bgr.com. If you are a Samsung Galaxy user, check this out and feel good that you waited!

Galaxy S6 Vs iPhone 6

Beginning in two weeks on April 10th, we’re in store for an epic battle of the sixes. Apple’s iPhone 6 burst onto the scene this past September and helped Apple rack up more profit in the holiday quarter than any other company has ever earned in a three-month period. iPhone 6 sales are still going strong according to estimates, but the phone will finally see some real competition next month when the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge hit store shelves.

All three of these phones are fantastic options, but there are a few key features on Samsung’s new handsets that could make iPhone 6 owners a bit jealous. In this post, you’ll find 10 of the most impressive things the Galaxy S6 can do that Apple’s latest iPhone can’t.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

5 ways to test your computer's security

More good stuff from guess who? Yup, Kim Komando. She has been at this a long time and has had great success. She apparently has grown to the point where she has a top notch technical staff - in addition to herself - who spend time researching things that seem to apply to all of us. And most of what she publishes on her web site seems to be very timely. I recommend a daily visit to her web site.

5 ways to test your computer's security

 "You can't turn on the news without hearing about some scary new computer security problem. Just in 2015, we've already had major Windows security flaws, Adobe Flash security flaws, Lenovo's Superfish scandal and more.

That doesn't even include the threats that are always out there, such as hackers, snoopers, viruses, phishing attacks, and I could go on. If you don't think computer security is a big deal, think again.

So you've grabbed some great security software for your system. You've encrypted your Wi-Fi network to keep out criminals. Maybe you know the latest information about using the Adobe Flash plugin safely.

Those are all good things, and I highly recommend them, but the big question is whether it worked. Is your computer and information really safe?

If you don't test your security, you might have a wrong setting or unpatched flaws and never know it. Companies regularly hire hackers to test their security for them. Fortunately, you can do it yourself for free."


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Ultimate Cord Cutter's Guide

If you are serious about "cutting the cord" this is a good place to start. This is a pcmag.com article.

"Cable TV was once considered the ultimate entertainment necessity. The over-the-air days of VHF/UHF television signals couldn't keep up with the voracious need of viewers who needed more, more, more channels. Having a cable directly pumping all that high-definition content into your home became the norm, and the cable providers—who now likely provide your high-speed broadband Internet access—knew they had you on the hook.

Of course, they didn't factor in that the Internet would become their worst enemy. Services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Instant Video are just the most well-known names in what's become known as "cord cutting"—namely, doing away with pay TV and using Internet-based services to get all your "television" programming. No more paying a huge monthly fee for thousands of hours of TV you don't watch. Instead, pay individual services for a la carte programming. It's almost like paying for just what you watch. Almost.

Cable companies, of course, are freaking out. The average cable TV bill went up by 5.8 percent from July 2013 to July 2014, according to ABC News. That's because subscribers are dropping like flies to become cord cutters; MoffettNathanson says 3 percent of subscribers made the switch between early 2012 and mid-2014. Experian says that in 2013, 18.1 percent of households that had Netflix or Hulu became cord cutters. It's almost ironic that the cable companies probably don't lose those people entirely as customers, since most of them will need a hefty Internet pipe to get the same quality of TV over the Internet.

The FCC recently redefined what really constitutes "broadband" speed in the U.S. as 25 Megabits per second (Mbps), up from 4 Mbps, which was the standard since 2010. That puts about 17 percent of the population (55 million households) without true broadband. But, in theory, to be an effective cord cutter, a 5Mbps connection should do it."

You will find the whole article here.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Change this critical computer setting now

Important post from Kim. I had been a little bit ahead of this, experiencing a performance degradation when using Adobe Flash.

I had heard about the Youtube parameter and HTML5 and did that. I now live with Adobe Flash Firefox plugin for Shockwave Flash set to ASK TO ACTIVATE. It is annoying living with this setting, but it is the prudent thing to do.

Take this seriously! 

Monday, January 26, 2015

MVPS HOSTS File for January available now

I try to make sure I get the latest version of the MVPS HOSTS file installed on all of our PCs. It seems now to be published about every 5 weeks, and the latest was made available on January 24.

You can download it here: http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

It is free, and very much worthwhile to have.