Monday, December 11, 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017

If you read Google News....

If you are reading articles on Google's News App, you need to know that some of those are not checked by the editors of the page hosting the article. You may see a small warning that says they haven't checked the content, which is obtained from sites that they contract with.

I'm mentioning this not because I have any problem or beef with Google, but to warn you that some of those sites-within-sites contain infections of malware. Just last evening, reading one article in Google News, both Bitdefender and Malwarebytes Premium blocked pages on it, and offered to "get me out of here". I took their advice, because (1.) I'm paying for it, and (2.) Both of these security programs are top-rated and do good work. And yes, you can run more than one without conflicts these days. Most security programs now are designed to work along with others for your added protection. I use three different ones. Because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

In addition to those mentioned above, if you want one that's very good at rooting out adware cookies, sometimes by the dozens, you should get a program called SuperAntiSpyware. There's a freebie version, and a Professional with added features. I have the professional one, with added tools for other useful jobs. And I have never depended on Microsoft's 'Windows Defender' because it doesn't. If you want really effective security, you have to buy it from people who do nothing else.

Winter comes closer

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A little music....

Watch the little guy in the striped hoodie...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

One thing I don't like about Windows 10

It picks up a couple of dozen or more 'cookies' (spyware) every time I start it. And if you haven't got a program designed to find those, you will soon have hundreds. To prove that, I purposely did not use this 'cookie-hunter' for several days, and when I finally did, it found 438 of these cookies in the system. And that is totally unacceptable.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

A few pictures of flowers around here...

These are some of the flowers around our grounds this summer.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Yes, I'm still here somewhere...

This is my oldest computer, from about ten years ago. A quad-core Acer that just keeps going, like that Energizer Bunny in the TV ads. It has sat idle for nearly a year, and a week or two ago, I decided to fire it up, and install Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya, and see how it goes. It goes very well, thanks.

One of the many charms of Linux is that it happily runs on older hardware like this, and gives you the feeling that you're right up on the cutting edge of technology - because you are. The folks building Linux do with programming what others have to do with expensive new hardware. I like that. A lot.

I like Linux so much, I recently dumped the Windows 10 Insiders Preview from my Predator G6-710, and installed Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya in its place on the Optical Drive. It also has Linux Mint 18.1 Serena on an external Seagate hard-drive, dual-booting with the other, and sharing the one TB data drive for filing.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Viewers: Top Ten for 07-26-2017

I see from the above that I've still got at least 7 viewers in Ireland, probably among my mother's people, the Rays. I've always thought of Mom's side of the house as being "the keepers" and the other side, Dad's, as being "those others".

And it's nice to see I'm still being checked on by our viewers in Russia.....
Повесьте там, Дети, Родина снова восстанут! И всем вам, работая над Linux Mint, могу сказать, что версия 18.2 замечательна, и большое спасибо за отличную работу!