February

Let Your Eyes Relax With f.lux

F.lux - free program to adjust the warmth of your monitor

I stand at my desktop computer at all hours of the day and night. When I reformatted the hard drive on my desktop computer, f.lux was the first program I installed after I got Windows running. I’ve used it for many years to reduce eyestrain at night and make it easier to sleep. […] continued

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Even More Alarming Security Threats

Alarming security threats - hard drives, SIMs, and Lenovo malware

The latest threats to your security come from the good guys. They’re completely out of control. Give up any lingering dream of having any privacy. We depend on technology, and our technology is firmly in the grip of governments and advertisers watching our every move.

Really, this last week has been over the top. […] continued

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Behind The Scenes: Restarts And A Work Stoppage

Behind the scenes - news and updates about restarts, remote access, and a work stoppage

Some notes about why my clients’ computers have been restarting in the middle of the day, and advance notice of next week’s work stoppage at Bruceb Consulting.

Bruceb Remote Management causes random restarts

Some computers monitored by Bruceb Remote Management have restarted at random times during the day in the last couple of weeks. […] continued

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Using HP Scan & Capture To Create PDFs From Your Scanner

HP Scan and Capture - free Windows 8 app for creating PDFs from your scanner

HP Scan and Capture is a free app for Windows 8.1 that can create PDFs from scanned documents – if your computer and scanner meet the requirements. It may help some of you avoid paying Adobe’s expensive subscription rate for Adobe Acrobat.

The takeaway

•  HP Scan and Capture reaches out to your HP scanner and creates either JPGs or multi-page PDFs. […] continued

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Anthem Hack Has Bad Guys Descending To New Depths

Anthem hack - sample phishing email

Anthem, the second-largest health insurer in the country, revealed last week that hackers have stolen account information for 80 million customers – names, birth dates, medical IDs, Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses, and employment information. It puts all those people – and 80 million is a lot of people – at risk of identify theft. […] continued

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Getting Started With Android: The Wide World Of Apps

The wide world of Android apps

Previously:
Getting Started With Android: Office 365 Mail
Getting Started With Android: Reading & Listening

There are 1.3 million Android apps. I’m working on it but I haven’t tried all of them yet, and anyway, each of you will have favorites and essentials and frivolous time-wasters that suit you. I’ll describe a few of the apps that are on my phone, just in case it helps you find something new and useful. […] continued

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Getting Started With Android: Reading & Listening

Amazon Kindle - Android app

Previously:
Getting Started With Android: Office 365 Mail

The OnePlus One phone has given me a chance to explore the world of Android apps. Here are some of the apps that I’ve been using for the last couple of months for reading and listening. Some of them are specialized but perhaps you’ll get an idea for an app that might work for you. […] continued

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The Joy Of Audible Audiobooks

audiblelogo

When I got my new Android phone, the first app I installed was Audible, the audiobook service owned by Amazon. Many of you are already Audible listeners but perhaps some background will be helpful if you haven’t been introduced yet.

Audiobooks are nothing new. Old-timers will remember renting overpriced cassettes by mail from Books On Tape. […] continued

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