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updated -Saturday May 26, 2018 


        Buying a new computer .........  consider
    an Intel CPU  with at least 4 - 8 GB memory  

(Samsung) SSD solid state drive for the C: drive

How to stop Spam on your Android phone and dump Hiya and other chrome extensions
that are all mostly worthless.

Because Android will always send blocked numbers to your voice mail.
You need to setup a FREE Google voice number ...

 Get a GOOGLE Voice number, now change Android settings for voice mail on your cell phone.
Forward voice and missed calls to your Google number.
Now most Robo and Telemarketers system calls will auto hang up
after detecting a second VoIP and fail to leave a voice message
which you normally have to chase down later and delete ..

Let unknown numbers ring to Google voice number by changing your Android cell phone settings

Google voice will also send a text message of the voice message ..
 to your email address from your contacts.

Microsoft Releases KB4100403 to Fix Windows 10 Intel & Toshiba SSD Issues    05-24-18 

Microsoft April updates halted
for computer with Intel & Toshiba SSDs    05-16-18

Intel SSD 600p Series
Intel SSD Pro 6000p Series
Toshiba XG4 Series
Toshiba XG5 Series
Toshiba BG3 Series    also update problems with wireless network adapters

 Win10 April Update: RDP, Mapped Drives Broken

 bunch of Microsoft Surfaces don’t work with Win10 version 1803    05-21-18
    Mice and keyboards keep disconnecting
Check Alexa history to see what things it recorded    05-26-18
Microsoft will now Fix -Surface Pro 4 machines that flicker violently    05-18
Absolute Best way to Limit Data on Android    05-18
Gmail new Confidential Mode - How To    05-18
(HEIF) has arrived to replace JPG pictures   HEVC or H.265    03-18

HEIF images should be half the size of a JPEG image file.
    low-light shots especially tend to be less detailed than their JPEG

CRN   How long can Apple ride the brand that Jobs built and demand premium pricing when better
or comparable products are available from the competition for less.  02-18
Example: Why most current anti-virus software is a joke !    02-18

  Coldroot, a remote access trojan (RAT),
is still undetectable by most antivirus engines,
despite being uploaded and freely available
on GitHub for almost two years.

AMD users reboot problems with Update    01-18
Best Chromebook with 14" screen and backlit keyboard    01-18

 Who should consider a Chromebook

The best cheap laptop DEALS    01-18
New Wi-Fi standard 802.11ax

 focus is on congested networks,
where it should improve average throughput for each user
by at least four times; this is achieved partly by sending data
to specific devices, rather than flooding an area with signals.
Additionally, 802.11ax will increase network efficiency
and extend the battery life of client devices.                 01-18

Google’s Pixel 2 XL is absurdly close to being perfect    12-17
HP is Quietly Installing Spyware on Windows PCs    11-17
  Over 400 of the World's Most Popular Websites     11-17
Record Your Every Keystroke, Princeton Researchers Find
#Windows 10 Fall Creators Update techcrunch-review  10-17

   Ed's Review - you know all the crap stuff like Cortana and Start Menu apps you turned off
the first time you installed Windows 10 - and the digital telemetric computer snooping ...
Well, now you have to turn them all back off again after this new install.
 It is a massive update that will take lots of time and you can't use your computer
for quite a while ... 'You vill love it'.
  Microsoft is dead to your needs and nobody cares about your privacy or
the startup load they place on your computer with STUFF you don't want or need.
  A former Grateful Dead Head at Microsoft thought you might want
to turn your $1,000 computer into an Amazon Echo that spies on you
and your family for the 'marketing fun of it all'.

George Orwell's classic book “1984,” about a dystopian future where critical thought
is suppressed under a totalitarian regime  (called Microsoft, Google and Facebook)

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: turn on ransomware protection    11-17
book:'World Without Mind'     09-17

These tech firms have a program: to make the world less private,
  less individual, less creative, less human ...

SARAHAH a very popular new Smart Phone app    9-17
        When launched for the first time,
it immediately harvests and uploads all phone numbers and email addresses in your address book.
Locate anything in seconds $29 using your iPhone or Android    8-17
Logitech IP cameras plagued by hardware failures, software bugs    08-17
Best instant picture film camera    08-17
How Your Apple Wireless Earbuds  Could Double as Hearing Aids    08-17
World Internet Speed rankings ... U.S. ranks #46
Google sells a gadget for just $35 (Ł30) that will transform how you watch TV    08-17
Setup GOOGLE email as a shortcut on your desktop    08-17
Why the Bitcoin network just split in half and why it matters    08-17
Originally expected to be called Windows 10 Cloud,    07-17
   it is instead simply named Windows 10 S
For real Windows 10 privacy, you need the China Government Edition    06-17
Samsung’s ‘peeping Tom’ smartphones can listen and watch what you do on the web
 while monitoring your emails to target you with ads    06-17
How to enable the iPhone’s new 'magnifying glass'    03-17
Belkin Universal Car Vent Mount for iPhone,
   Samsung Galaxy and Most Smartphones up to 5.5 inches    02-17
 Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button    11-16
 $11,000 Gaming PC - The Large Pixel Collider    11-16
Microsoft new Surface Studio all-in-one PC     10-16
HP’s new Spectre x360 is probably the best PC laptop around    10-16
Tomshardware Best Solid State Drive review    6-16
Best NEW 4k monitor to date    6-16
  Best Illuminated (usb wired) Keyboard     6-16
"Sleep of Death" bug hits buyers of Microsoft's pricey Surface Book    06-16
How To Build A PC: From Component Selection To Installation    05-26-16
      (but only if you are bored and looking for trouble)
CTL's NL6x Extra-Rugged Chromebook for Education
        won't break with 365-pound person standing on it  02-16
Best Low End Smart Phone - Microsoft Lumia 640    02-16
power cord recall for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and certain Surface Pro 3 devices    02-16
Hard Disk failure rates  ... ouch !
Seagate hit with class action lawsuit over defective hard drives    02-16
    ( I have avoided Seagate drives for the last 2 years .. )
Best of CES 2016 - engadget
Win 10 Nov. update stripped away software programs    12-15
Beware of ads that use inaudible sound
    to link your phone, TV, tablet, and PC    11-15
Windows 10 shares your files with the internet... here's how to turn it off    10-15
Let’s be honest here, Windows 10 was released a little prematurely    10-15
Why AIO (all in one computer) is a bad idea    8-15
OnHub - GOOGLE smart WiFi hub  $199.99    8-15
Lenovo used Windows anti-theft feature to install persistent crapware    8-15
   Who can you trust ?
Office for Windows 10 will require Office 365 subscription on PCs, larger tablets     7-15
This $40 Case Protects Your iPhone 6 While Adding 150% Battery Life    6-15
Learn the Six Key Principles of Persuasion with This Video    5-15
Best cheap smart phone $200 or less    5-15
How to set up the Apple Watch in 16 steps    5-15
Anyone can now use Skype Translator to translate English, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin in real time    (05-15)
  and you’ll need a Windows 8 or Windows 10
Why Micro SD Card Slots  Are Disappearing from Smartphones    05-15
The first things to do when you get a new Android phone    4-15
The Best Selfie Sticks    4-15
How to Disable Your Webcam (and Why You Should)    3-15
 Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 might be a step backward    3-15
       the S6 has no removable battery and no MicroSD card slot
NSA hides surveillance software in hard drives    2-15
HP's $199 Windows laptop arrives  __review_    9-14
What is Windows 8.1 with Bing ?    (09-05-14)
it costs $0 for computer manufacturers to include
on their laptops and tablets. That’s right — there’s no licensing fee at all.
It’s designed so computer manufacturers can offer cheap laptops
like HP’s forthcoming $200 Windows laptop. The manufacturer
can keep all the money from the device without paying Microsoft a cent.
Rogue Cell Towers Trying to Intercept Your Calls    9-14
Hewlett-Packard’s LS-15 AC power cord RECALL    8-14
1 charbroiled hamburger pollutes air worse than a diesel truck   
Staring at screens all day linked to 'dry eye syndrome'.  6-14
Who makes the best disk drives?      (01-21-14)
Boost Your Creativity by Dimming the Lights
  Research suggests all you have to do to spark your creativity is turn the lights down low.
The Top Android Apps    (09-2-13)
Facebook is only non-Google app in the Google Play Store that has been downloaded more than 500 million times.
  The others are Gmail, YouTube, Google Play and Google Maps that are mostly pre-installed on Android phones.
    Highest average user rating is Brightest Flashlight, a free app that turns your Android phone into a torch.
Quality Surge Surge Suppressors ($149.00)
Relieve mouse wrist strain - Review: Evoluent VerticalMouse 4       (08-17-13)
Cell phones - Locked vs unLocked     (08-15-13)
NFC stands for Near Field Communication & What Can I Use It For?
Windows RT is a lemon, and users are avoiding it in droves     (03-07-13)
2 hours exposure to a device with a backlit display causes melatonin suppression,
 .......... may affect sleep in those using the devices prior to bedtime   
Why Touch Screens Will Not Take Over   ' gorilla arm'
 Why personal computers still need the keyboard and mouse, despite Microsoft's best efforts to kill them off
The "Apple Tax" - America's costly obsession
   Americans are shelling out big bucks annually to outfit the entire household with Apple products.
 And they are spending hundreds - if not thousands of dollars - more each year for the unexpected Apple "taxes" -- add-ons
 that lock them into the Apple system: iTunes downloads for music, movies and games, along with subscriptions and accessories.
APPLE Hard drive replacement program now covers iMacs sold from 2009-2011
Learn to Pick Locks for Fun and an Increased Understanding of Security
MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15″ Mid 2012 -- Repairability Score: 1 out of 10     (06-15-12)
    In other words, for all intents and purposes, you cannot service or upgrade this MacBook Pro yourself.
Three steps to lock down and protect your laptop
How Do I Sync My iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a New Computer  Without Wiping Out All My Data?
Shopping Malls track shopper's cell phone signals to gather marketing data
Useful Sites for Small Business
Nearly all the tools you need to run a small or midsize company are within reach of any Web browser
Photos Can Be Stored For 7 Years By Social Intelligence Corp Background Checkers     (06-20-11)
  A search of what you’ve said or posted to Facebook/Twitter/Flickr/blogs and the Internet in general
may become a standard part of background checks when you apply for a job.
DeepSurplus Is a One-Stop-Shop for Cheap Cords and Cables
  For example, Apple sells a mini to mini cable for connecting your iPod to your for $24.95.
The same cable can be had for less than a dollar from Deep Surplus.
The Jack PC can be installed into walls, floor or users' desks where only the connection plate is showing.
Dell finally makes right, offers up-rated power adapters to close the
Studio Laptop Throttlegate problem   (07-25-2010)
Studio Power Supply Upgrade
 Free email tracking service that lets you track emails you have sent and inform you when they get opened
10 Helpful Websites You Have Never Heard Of
Ditch the Granny Knot to Tie Your Shoes More Efficiently
  Go ahead, laugh. But there is 50-50 chance that you are not doing it right.
Where Have All the Trackballs Gone?
I would never willingly use a mouse if a trackball available.
Start-up claims its DVDs last 1,000 years
  The DiamonDisc uses standard DVD players and burn software
A single DiamonDisc costs $34.95, two or more individual discs go for $29.95, and a five-pack is $149.75.
Why I hate Microsoft Office 2010 - The combination of bad User Interface decisions
    and sluggish performance has turned me off from Microsoft's latest and greatest
Western movie stars of the 40's and 50's video
Liquid Metal CPU Heatsink Beats Water Cooling
Shaky hands? Mouse adapter promises relief
most comprehensive article on Nuclear Energy to date    02-17
  Thorium Molten Salt Reactor (MSRE)  #nuclear energy  #deadly renewable nuclear energy

(he glossed over the Fukushima problem - no bias here ?? )

  Six Years On, Fukushima’s Cleanup Looks Harder Than Ever    03-17

MIT review - Fukushima The entire cleanup operation is now expected to cost
       as much as $189 billion and run up to 40 years

Fishermen express fury as Fukushima plant set to release more radioactive material into ocean  07-17

 Good News for safe energy with waste that lasts 10,000 years -
   In a major blow to the future of nuclear power in the United States, two South Carolina utilities said on Monday that they would abandon two unfinished nuclear reactors in the state, putting an end to a project that was once expected to showcase advanced nuclear technology but has since been plagued by delays and cost overruns. Another 9 billion bites the dust.  08-17

TerraPower sodium cooled reactor

Thorium salt reactor
Video       a lesson on radiation - unbelievable story

#renewable deadly nuclear polluting energy
Portable Gadget Reads Text Aloud to the Blind  ............ $3,495
Helium Crisis Approaching - Helium is non-renewable and irreplaceable
Five Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
How to Properly Clean your LCD Screen
Emergency Wilderness Survival - Tech Tips
Cranberry and oregano make seafood safe to eat

Put oregano and cranberries together and you have a potent 
antibacterial agent that could cut the risk of food poisoning from infected seafood
The Secret Service teaches you how to detect counterfeit Currency
Printer Repair Resource     The Definitive Printer Repair Resource.