Category Archives: My Tech

Helping archive human knowledge at your finger tips.

If you’ve shopped online you have probably used CAPTCHA. CAPTCHA is a program that identifies its user as human or computer. CAPTCHAs  prevent abuse from “bots,” or automated programs that generate spam. No computer program can read distorted text as well as humans can, so bots cannot navigate sites protected by CAPTCHAs. About 200 million CAPTCHAs are solved around the … <entire article…>

Delete, delete, delete! So you think it is gone?

Anytime a file is deleted from a hard drive, it is not erased. Even though you have emptied your Recycle Bin or the Trash Can, the files are still located in the hard drive and can be retrieved. The only thing you have deleted is the bit of information that points to the location of the file on the hard … <entire article…>

Saving time with Auto Fill Online Forms… a very bright idea

Tired of manually entering your name, address and other details into website forms all the time? There is a better way – let your browser do the work for you. Browsers can enter many common details into any online form using standard browser settings. For MAC Safari Users: Choose Preferences in the Safari menu Click on Auto Fill Tab Check … <entire article…>

Google’s new voice activated 411 service. It’s free, fast and easy to use. Give it a try and see how simple it is to find and connect with local businesses… and no computer is required. Dial 1-800-GOOG-411 Say where (choose from city, street names/intersection, postal code, etc.) Say what you’re looking for (actual business name or type of business i.e. … <entire article…>

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

Beware of email spam from banks that look like a message for you. Banks don’t usually contact their customers by email. If you get one of these messages, never click the links, or give out your name or password. Delete or report the email to the bank by forwarding the message to phishing@ [name of the bank].com Email spam also … <entire article…>

Print those favourite photos… don’t forget about them in your hard drive forever!

Digital cameras mean that most of our great photos stay hidden on a computer hard drive. To make sure your favourite shots are not forgotten, print them out. The way to make it easy for you to find your favourite shots: Create a folder on your desktop called “Print”. Every time you download photos from your camera, drag the ones … <entire article…>

CHECK BEFORE YOU CLICK

Many of us order online and receive electronic greetings and reminders. During the holiday season we  have less time to pay attention to details which can leaves us open to fraud. You should identify all online links before you click. You can find out if a link’s address without opening it. How do you know if the link is safe, … <entire article…>

Tech Free Day

Want to reboot your mind? Set aside a tech-free day. In today’s utlra wired world, see if you can go 24 hours on the weekend without turning on our computer. You may need to hide your computer to do this!

Zero items in your Inbox (0)

Like most people, you probably empty your mailbox at your front door or hallway every day. Then you sort your mail, recycle some and keep the rest, probably in just 3-4 piles. But do you use your computer mailbox the same way? If you are like most people, probably not. Here are three easy steps to a more organized, and … <entire article…>