Thursday, February 18, 2016

I like this phone...

Caterpillar's New S60 Is the First Smartphone With FLIR Thermal Imaging Built Right In

I wonder if it will be carried by Verizon?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Grrr

Just tried to update my Acer netbook from 1gb to 2gb - bought the exact ram Acer specified, Crucial agreed it was the correct one.  It simply will not power up - the light comes on, but nothing else.



After trying every trick I could think of - even updating the BIOS to the latest and greatest version - nothing worked.  So now I have a spare 2gb DDR3 Sodimm. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

New email scam - pretends to be from Facebook

Nivdort trojan found in new Facebook phishing attack - SC Magazine

So be careful and as always NEVER click on links or attachments in emails unless you are positive of the sender and are expecting them!

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

More virus emails

I just got an email claiming that I owed a lot of money to some company - and the invoice was attached in a zip file - be warned - never open or click on any attachment, zip, or link in any email unless you are very certain of where it came from.

This sort of infected attachment trick has been around a while and is now being used to spread some of the worst viruses out there, the ones that encrypt every file on your computer and tell you to pay $300 or so to get them decrypted.  Nasty work.  And they usually won't decrypt the files even if you pay, as many gullible people have discovered.

So backup your important files to something you can disconnect from your computer, a USB key or external hard drive.

And never open attachments or click links in emails you don't recognize.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Nasty new virus emails

I just got two emails that looked valid, but led to BAD places - infested sites that would have tried to infect my system just by visiting them.  I have all of my emails set to never render the html code, but to show me the actual contents of the email in plain text, so I see the actual links next to what they claim the links were.

One said it was to Fox news and had some incredible headlines - but all of the supposed links actually led to the same webpage - not at Fox at all.

The other was 'Breaking News' and had some really interesting headlines - also all went to the same site even though they claimed to go to various news sites.

So what this boils down to is NEVER click on any link in any email, and never open any attachment on any email unless you are absolutely positive it is safe - that is, you know who sent it and were expecting it - they told you to expect it. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Changes

Yes, I changed my website to use a different template - the old one was showing its age and becoming harder to maintain.  I decided a standard one that looked good was better than an extremely customized one that looked OK.


I think it looks nicer, and will display better on mobile devices now.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Windows 10

I love Windows 10 - really!  I was using a Windows 10 laptop at work with the RC version - beta testing - some minor issues that they worked out as they got closer to release date.  I upgraded my laptop first a couple of weeks ago, no issues.  Then Sara's computer last weekend, no issues. 

Yesterday I updated my main system to Windows 10 - wonderful, very few issues and those are due to older software.

One thing to watch for if you use Fences - the free version is NOT compatible with Windows 10.  The issue is that you cannot drag icons around on the desktop anymore.  The work around is to cut and paste the icons from where they were to where you want them on the desktop.  That works fine.  Also, if they are in a fence, you can move the fence.

So overall I recommend upgrading to Windows 10 ASAP - if you have windows 7, 8 or 8.1 it's free, but only until July 2016.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Beware new facebook virus

Remember, anything you click on can infect your computer - so if you are trying to view a video on Facebook, for instance, and it tells you you need to download or install anything to view it, IT'S A VIRUS.  Don't do it.

It may say it is a required addon, codec, decoder, viewer, whatever - but it is really a virus.  Don't trust anything that tells you that you need to install or download something to be able to watch a video.

Friday, November 14, 2014

New Laptop!

Toshiba Qosmio X75- A7170 17.3-Inch Laptop

This is what I got!  It's running Windows 8.1 which is a bit of a learning curve, but once Windows 10 is released I'll upgrade.