Sell That Old Phone?

I have mentioned it here before that it is not safe to dispose of a “smart” cell phone because of all the personal data it can contain. If you have an ANDROID phone you just may be in luck! Feel secure that no one is finding your personal data if they buy your old phone. One of my Fav-o-rite newsletters is called Windows Secrets, and you have to be a member to read the whole article, but I will give you some highlights to see if this procedure might be useful to you. Prepping an Android phone for safe disposal … Continue reading

Dog talks, but can he make a call?

A guy is driving around the back woods and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: ‘Talking Dog For Sale.’ He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there. “You talk?” he asks. “Yep,” the Lab replies. After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says, “So, what’s your story?” The Lab looks up and says, “Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty … Continue reading

Delayed Problems?

SCENARIO: A computer, powered down for six to eight weeks, is plugged in and turned on, but immediately shows evidence of massive viral infection or impending hardware failure. The system is mostly unresponsive and the mouse is constantly shifting between the “Arrow” and the “Busy” cursor. What could possibly be going on here? SOLUTION: I have witnessed this twice in the last 24 hours, and in both situations, the answer was just to WAIT. One computer was Windows 7 and the other was Windows Vista. In each case the computer had missed some important appointments and would not be deterred from … Continue reading

Too Many Topics

Wow, I know I have been remiss in posting a new blog in the last few months, but a whirl-wind of activity has kept me well occupied. Now I am awash in Topics to write about, and I don’t know where to start. Here are some of the more recent tech-centric headlines: HeartBleed, FBI says NO Internet Explorer, XP now Retired, Target Hacked, New Microsoft CEO, Facebook ‘Friend Tracker’. Now I have already talked about a couple of these topics over the last year, and I would love to talk about the rest of them right now, but that is … Continue reading


C-R-Y-P-T-O-L-O-C-K-E-R It is not a virus, trojan, worm or root-kit. It is actually a security program meant for good but bent to the will of some evil, greedy parasites. They have taken a useful encryption program and surrounded it with a bright red screen that holds your documents and photos hostage until you pay them hundreds of dollars! Viri and Trojans are bad enough when they cause damage or disable you computer access, and then the FBI/Moneypak Trojan came along and threatened us with extortion; but now, CryptoLocker actually encrypts your files and demands money to return them to their … Continue reading