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Computing is not about computers anymore. It is about living.  ~ Nicholas Negroponte

Empowering Others: Lessons Learned and Expert Help With Cybersecurity

This is a story with you in mind. It has three main characters, rising action, a lot of conflict, irony, and a satisfying resolution. It could be likened to Rocky or David and Goliath—there is, after all, a behemoth at the center. Most importantly, it’s a cautionary...

Circuit 1 & Circuit 2

TWO CIRCUITS ON THE SAME MOTHERBOARD (This blog post was originally published prior to Mel Culp's passing in 2022. He remains one of my favorite clients. ~ Bill) A client Bill speaks fondly of is life-long learner and ‘Tosa retiree Mel Culp. It’s probably because...

Malicious Software

There are viruses, there is spyware/adware/malware, and then there are cookies.  All are different in purpose.  In some cases, they pose a potential damage to your computer. A virus intends to do damage to your computer; therefore, it poses the most serious threat. ...
Don’t Let Your Data Be Held Hostage

Don’t Let Your Data Be Held Hostage

Don’t Let Your Data Be Held Hostage That’s not a catchy title — it’s a warning. There’s a dangerous Trojan called Cryptolocker that encrypts the user data residing on your computer (irreplaceable documents, photos, music, etc.). Then you’re sent a message. It reads...

Client Profile: Maria Zanoni, Elm Grove Physical Therapy

Client Profile: Maria Zanoni, Elm Grove Physical Therapy

If you’ve been told that you have to live with pain, consider talking to Physical Therapist Maria Zanoni. If you’re looking for a more holistic approach or want the benefit of extensive experience, again, talk to Maria. She has, after all, been in her profession for...

2 Good Reasons to Donate Your Computer to IndependenceFirst

2 Good Reasons to Donate Your Computer to IndependenceFirst

Actually, there are many reasons why I’m asking you to donate your computers to IndependenceFirst. Using “2” in the header was just my way of grabbing your attention. After all, preserving our environment and helping non-profits is important stuff and I want to...

Computer Disposal

Computer Disposal

What To Do With Old Computers, ‘Cause Tossing Them In the Garbage Is Not an Option I.  Decide What To Do With Your Hard Drive This is where all your data has been stored, so take every precaution to prevent it from being misappropriated. Whether you decide to...

Another Golden Rule in Computer Security

Another Golden Rule in Computer Security

Cover Your Webcam Malicious software exists that allows computer hackers to commandeer your webcams and turn them into bugging devices. At the very least, that means your private life becomes public. To avoid that happening, take the lead from Mark Zuckerberg and...

Gmail Ninja

Gmail Ninja

Just like birds chasing after bits of colored string, many people spend lots of time searching for the next great app or software package. They spend little time learning all about the wonderful functionality they currently have at their fingertips, like Google Mail....

Making Christmas Easier: Excel and Avery

Making Christmas Easier: Excel and Avery

Mailing lists are essential, especially this time of year when we’re eager to send out holiday greetings to family, friends, colleagues and clients. Excel is a spreadsheet program that can be used as a database that many of our clients use to maintain such a list;...