Your Passwords Must Have Length and Complexity

May 30, 2013

What you know about password security is probably wrong, is the title of an article I came across at FierceCIO:TechWatch. It really caught my eye and I think it is important that I pass the most important part of this article on to you:

Passwords that are longer than eight characters are a must, and they should also involve a good mix of upper case characters, numbers and symbols. In addition, a level of randomness is required too, which automatically precludes any word or combination of words found in the dictionary – FierceCIO:TechWatch.

There are so many people that I know who use very simple passwords and do not ever change them. It is a hard sell to get them to change there way of thinking and to change their passwords. If anything, please use the advice given above for those accounts that are super important to you! If you don’t, you are postured for potential compromise of the account.

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The Start Menu Will Be Back In Windows 8.1. Is This An Upgrade or a Downgrade?

May 29, 2013

One thing that I have learned over the years is to try and look at Computer Information Technology through the eyes of the end user, which is YOU!. When Microsoft released Windows 8, which by the way is an excellent operating system, they forgot to look at it through the eyes of the end user, which is YOU! For me, it was another toy to play with and I made myself understand it (because that is what I do); but, 99 percent of the people who use computers are not like me.  99 percent of these people were finally getting somewhat in the groove of learning and navigating Windows and then Microsoft dropped the Windows 8 bombshell that really threw people off. I daily hear the complaints about the Start Menu being missing and that you have to jump through a hoop to get to the desktop.

I do have some good news about Windows 8.  In the very near future you are going to see an upgrade to Windows 8 (which will be FREE), called Windows 8.1, that in a sense is actually a downgrade.

Windows 8.1 Start Menu

You need to jump over to Paul Thurott’s Supersite for Windows to read about the changes that are going to occur when the Windows 8 downgrade or I mean upgrade occurs.  The biggest change is that Microsoft is giving in and is going to return the Start Menu and will give you the option of booting to the desktop instead of the Metro Start Screen. They are also planning some other neat changes…

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Bing vs. Google – Bing It On

May 28, 2013

Back in May of 2009 I posted an article titled, “bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine”. My intent of the article was to let people know that Microsoft had created their own version of a search engine that would be a main competitor to Google and Yahoo. I was actually impressed with Bing (back then) and I still am today; HOWEVER, following that article I received over 100 comments asking me (as if I was the creator of Bing) to remove Bing from their computers. Apparently Microsoft, as part of their marketing strategy of Bing (in a viral type of way), was making Bing show up on people’s computers in various ways and then making it difficult for people to then remove Bing from their computers. To me, not a very good way for people to develop a warm and fuzzy feeling for something.

I think Microsoft learned from that strategy and has been trying to get people to use Bing by sensationalizing it through various media sources (such as through TV commercials).  Today I happened across another attempt by Microsoft to bring Bing home and to draw attention to the power (and beauty) of the Bing Search engine.

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Go to, BING IT ON, where you can do a side-by-side search analysis of the Bing Search Engine and the Google Search Engine. The site is sort of competitive in nature and gives you the opportunity to perform searches, then rate the outcome, as to which performed better. If anything, this is a nice source to perform a more extensive search using two very powerful search engines.

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Wallpaper of the Week (#123) – Hooty Owl

May 25, 2013

This week’s wallpaper features an owl and to be honest I do not know what kind of owl this is. Anyhow, this awesome shot of an owl that will make your Windows desktop background standout.

To Get This Wallpaper – [ CLICK HERE ]

Hooty Owl

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Wallpaper of the Week (#122) – Dandelion

May 18, 2013

If you are into maintaining a groomed lawn, then you know that the dandelion can be a real nuisance, but did you ever look at a dandelion up close that is about to go to seed? It is actually beautiful…

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Dandelion

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Make Your Own Ringtones For Your iPhone (or Any Mobile Phone)

May 14, 2013

I recently had a friend who was looking for a method to create a personalized ringtone for their iPhone. What I found, that is quite easy to use, is an online application called Online Audio Cutter.

Online Audio Cutter

Online Audio Cutter is specifically geared toward cutting out sound segments from just about any audio or video format that you throw at it (see supported formats). The best part is that there is nothing to install. Simply visit the site, click on the Open File button (to select a file from your computer), select the interval you want to cut by moving the blue sliders, choose a format you wish to save a file in (the default format is MP3), click the Cut button, then click Download to save your computer.

During this process you will find that there is even a fade-in and fade-out function that will start your clipped file from silence and gradually make it louder; AND, also during this process when selecting the desired format, you will see an option specifically for the iPhone ringtone format.

Below you will find links on creating a ringtone (for your iPhone), transferring the file to your iPhone and even instructions on how to change the iPhone ringtone

In closing, one thing to point out here is that Online Audio Cutter can also be used to create ringtones for any mobile phone (not just the iPhone).

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Wallpaper of the Week (#121) – Rainbow Wheel

May 11, 2013

This week’s wallpaper is called Rainbow Wheel and is one of the most colorful wallpaper’s I have ever downloaded.

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Rainbow Wheel

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Using Firefox to Access System Commands And Other Programs In Your Computer

May 10, 2013

Recently I posted an article about Pale Moon, which is a spin-off of Firefox. Since Pale Moon is technically Firefox in disguise, that has been optimized to run faster, I have been playing around with some of the Firefox add-ons and extensions, that run just as well with Pale Moon. I especially like the portable version of Pale Moon and encourage you to give it a try. I really love it and can attest it is the best browser out there that has been optimized to run from a flash drive.  I also have the portable version of Pale Moon installed on my computer and I find myself using it more and more.

A Firefox (or Pale Moon) add-on that especially caught my attention, that recently was released by Mozilla Online, is called Easy Access. This add-on is special in that it gives you the ability to access and launch the system commands and other programs in your computer from the status bar that is located at the bottom of the browser window.

For example, using the screenshot below, you will see a grouping of icons (programs) that I added using Easy Access, which allows me to launch these programs from my browser window.

Easy Access

By default, Easy Access installs with a some commonly used programs (such as Notepad, Paint, Calculator, and My Computer). It is very easy to add additional programs to this listing by by clicking on the Easy Access icon and clicking on Manage Your Own Easy Access.

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The Coby 7-Inch Android 4.0 8 GB Internet Tablet 16:9 Capacitive Multi-Touch Widescreen with Built-in Camera is a great tablet option (see customer reviews); especially, when you do not have hundreds of dollars to spend.

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Hide Your Serial Numbers, Passwords, Phone Numbers and Everyday Notes In A Safe Place

May 7, 2013

A program that I use on a regular basis to protect and hide my personal text based notes is called Steganos LockNote.  In a sense it is like notepad with an encryption option.

Steganos LockNote

Store your most valuable notes as a LockNote
Hide your serial numbers, passwords, phone numbers and everyday notes in a safe place. Your informations will be encrypted using a password and most modern AES 256bit encryption technology.

Secure, yet simple
Just double-click a LockNote and enter your password to access your text files as usual.

No installation required
Move LockNotes wherever you want, as often as you want. A LockNote document does not require much more hard drive space than an unencrypted document.

Encrypt existing text files in no time at all
Simply drag and drop existing text files on a LockNote window: they will be encrypted automatically.

Open and free
LockNote is open source and is based upon open source technologies, e.g. the certified CryptoPP program library for strong encryption.

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Wallpaper of the Week (#119) – The Majestic Bald Eagle

April 27, 2013

In the late 20th century the Bald Eagle was on the brink of extinction; however, it has made a recovery and was removed from the U.S. federal government’s list of endangered species. The Bald Eagle is also the national bird for the United States.  I have had the opportunity to see the Bald Eagle in the wild and this wallpaper tells it all…

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Bald Eagle

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Using Google Search As A Calculator

April 26, 2013

There are many instances what I write about here on the blog is from personal experience. Today, at my retirement job, we had to complete a purchase order in quick fashion and I needed to perform some math calculations to determine costs. Instead of pulling out a calculator I pulled up the Google Search box and started typing in the calculations (in plain English).  Once I entered what I needed to be calculated, Google performed the calculation for me and also sent me to an online calculator in the event I needed to perform additional calculations.

Google Search Calculations

I also found that you can perform math calculations using Microsoft’s search engine, called Bing, as well; however, minus the online calculator.

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Use Wikipedia’s Book Creator To Compile Multiple Articles Into A PDF File

April 17, 2013

Did you know that buried on the left side column of any Wikipedia article, under the Print/Export selection there is a selection for Create A Book?

Wikipedia

What this is handy for is compiling multiple articles together into a PDF file. There are several other eBook formats available, as well.  Also, if you prefer to not create a book you can download specific Wikipedia pages and articles as a PDF file. I know many folks, especially students, when doing research using Wikipedia, end up printing the page in its’ native html format when they could be saving the information electronically.

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Create A Desktop Shortcut To Your Windows 8 Apps and Software

April 9, 2013

What many of you do not know is that I often use the blog to document tips, that I come across, for my own future reference. Today’s post is a good example of this. Recently I discovered that I can create a Windows 8 desktop shortcut that will launch the Windows 8 GUI (graphical user interface) menu for all of the apps and software that I have installed on my computer.

As you well know, if you are a Windows 8 user, there is no Start Menu. This shortcut, in essence, will go to serve the same purpose of the Start Menu; however, in appearance it does not look like the Start Menu you have been accustomed to. The good about this is, that once you click the shortcut and you get to the apps screen, you can simply start typing to search for the app or software program you are looking for. For example, let’s say I want to launch the calculator that is built into windows. I simply click on the shortcut that will launch the Windows 8 GUI menu or apps screen, then start typing calculator and very quickly the tile to launch the calculator will appear.

To create this desktop shortcut, here is what you have to do:

Right click on desktop and click New -> Shortcut

A dialog box will appear prompting for a location of the item.  Copy and Paste the following into the dialog box, then click Next:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f8-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

App Menu Shortcut

After you click on Next, another dialog box will launch prompting you to give the shortcut a name. In this case, I named the shortcut Windows 8 Apps.  After you enter the name for the shortcut, click on Finish.

App Menu Shortcut

Click on your newly created shortcut, to launch the Windows 8 Apps Screen (menu)…

App Menu Shortcut

What I am finding, by using this shortcut technique, I am using the Windows 8 GUI menu (or apps screen) on a regular basis.

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Building A Web Site Has Never Been Easier

April 8, 2013

If you ever dreamed of having your own web site without a lot of overhead and complexity, then take a look at Weebly

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Recently I was looking for a place to host Bookmarks4Techs.com and Weebly became the logical choice. First off, you have option to going into this for FREE; which is what I have initially done with Bookmarks4Techs.com. What really sold me on Weebly was that they allowed me to use my domain name (Bookmarks4Techs.com), , which is parked elsewhere, at Weebly.  Not only that, getting your website up and running is dead simple using their online website builder. You need no knowledge of HTML/CSS coding to build a site with Weebly; HOWEVER, if you have that knowledge, you have full control to completely customize the look and feel of your site.

Building a website on Weebly is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Our drag & drop website builder makes it dead simple to create a powerful, professional website without any technical skills required. Over 6 million people and small businesses have joined Weebly to build their online presence.

So far, my experience using Weebly to maintain Bookmarks4Techs has been a good experience and from what I am gathering, Weebly is currently in process of improving and adding more features. I do not know of another service out there that offers this much, when it comes to web site building.

Here is what you get with Weebly:

Online Drag and Drop Website Builder
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Powerful Hosting
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Easy Blogging
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