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In The News 06-02-17

Microsoft Offers XP Patch For WannaCrypt Ransomware

Despite the fact that Microsoft stopped security support for XP over 3 years ago, the company stepped up to push out updates to out-of-date operating systems, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP embedded. These patches don’t cover every security issue that could affect these servers, however, they will protect from the WannaCrpt ransomware that paralyzed the National Health Service in the UK and many other agencies across the globe. You can download the patch by clicking here.


As I’ve warned you about for years, hackers were able to take a Microsoft security patch issued in March and reverse-engineer it to find the flaw and attack unsupported systems and those that hadn’t had recent security updates. Many experts have criticized Microsoft for issuing the patch, saying that the company should let those who failed to upgrade or update and who ignored warnings to keep these systems offline suffer the consequences.

Echo Adds Hands-Free Calling

The Echo smartphone speaker now offers free hands-free calling and text messaging. Users can simply say, “Alexa call…” to the device and it can call anyone in your address book who has an Amazon echo or who has downloaded the free Alexa App for their phone.


The device will also alert you if a friend is calling by saying, “Bob (or whoever is calling) would like to talk.”  Alexa will also take messages for you if you miss a call.

Meet The Smart Salt Shaker

It’s the one smart home appliance everyone’s been begging for… or maybe not. But the developers of the Smalt smart salt shakers are hoping the world is ready for a Bluetooth salt shaker that also plays music and can control color changing lights in your room.  There’s also a serious side to Smalt.


According to the developers “With SMALT™ for the very first time consumers will have the ability to measure, track and control their daily salt consumption with just the press of a button.”

No word yet on the cost of the shaker.

~ Cynthia

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Hey everyone, it's me... I'm trying to get this typed out REALLY fast so bear with me, please!

My supplier is either crazy, or made a HUGE typo when they put in the cost on this one. Either way, I managed to get my hands on some 32GB Class 10 microSDHC memory cards at a price I never thought I'd see.

Which means I can offer these for just $14.97 RIGHT NOW WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

For comparison's sake, the last time I ran a 32GB Class 10 microSDHC... I had to charge $28.97 for it! THAT'S how big of a discount this is!

MicroSDHC cards, for anyone wondering, are those little cards that almost all mobile electronics use now to store data. From you smartphone, to your tablet, to even your MP3 player or digital camera!

Class 10 speed is considered the cream of the crop for memory cards. The difference is huge compared to slower cards. For instance, when you take pictures, you won't have to spend time waiting between shots! It'll save your photograph immediately so you can get a follow-up picture taken instantly!

And HD video?

You CAN'T record it on cards that are too slow. Anything below Class 6 and you're out of luck. But at Class 10 you won't have to worry about any issues at all.

And 32GB Of Of Storage, We're Talking A MASSIVE Amount Of Data!

My point is, this thing is FAST. This thing stores a TON. It works on EVERYTHING. What more is there to say?

Oh right, the deal - $14.97! It cannot get better than this!

You NEED to be fast to take advantage of this deal! <---Click here to add it to your cart!


Computers 101

More Language Fun With Memrise

Yesterday, I introduced you to a great, free language program called Memrise. We created an account, began our lessons and set a language goal. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, click here. Today, we’ll explore Memrise further.

Click the “X” button at the top-right of the screen.



You’ll be taken to your dashboard, where you can see how much progress you are making in learning the language you chose. You can click “Learn” to continue to learn more words and phrases.

Recalling words that you have already learned

Click on the image next to the title of the lesson (to the left of “Portuguese (Brazilian) 1”).

You will see a series of lessons as part of this course. Since you just started, you are at the first level. Click on the first level “Launchpad!”.

You will see a list of words that you have learned (and will learn later on) in the lesson.

Choosing another language to learn

If you decide that you want to switch languages, you can always choose something else. To do this, on the navigation bar, click on “Courses.”

You will see a long list of other languages that you can start learning. Click on the one that interests you.

If you do not see the language that you want to learn, you can always search for it using the search bar at the top of the page.


Logging out

To log out, click on the user icon at the top-right corner of the page. Afterward, click “Log out.”


To log back in just click Login on the navigation bar.


Then put in your username and password. Have fun learning!

~Johnatan Fallen

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On The Move

Understanding HTTPS

As the internet has become more and more ingrained in our daily lives, experts have offered several wise pieces of advice on how to browse safely. There are countless articles, white papers, blog posts, and webinars about data security. Almost everyone keeps anti-malware software installed and up-to-date on their computers, both at home and at the office. Many have learned that, although perhaps inconvenient, it is wise to change your passwords regularly to protect yourself from hackers. And the average user is much more aware of phishing schemes and email fraud than they were ten years ago. But there is one security standard that many average users follow without even realizing they are doing so, mainly because the work is put in by the companies with whom they are doing business.

Although they may not know what it means, most people are used to seeing the “http” prefix at the beginning of most website addresses. What they may not realize is that on sites that deal with sensitive data—banking websites, e-commerce sites, medical and insurance pages, and the like—the prefix usually changes to “https.” That extra “S” stands for “secure,” and it represents significant work to keep your data safe.


An example of a secure web page

What does HTTPS do?

More specifically, HTTPS represents encryption. It follows the standard HTTP protocol that websites use to distribute content across the Internet, but covers it in a layer of encryption to prevent criminals from accessing your passwords, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information.

To make sure that the data you send is secure, HTTPS creates a secure connection with a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) between your computer and the server running the website that encrypts and decrypts the communications. The SSL layer is there to verify that your computer is talking to the right server (rather than an imposter). Beyond that, its purpose is to make certain that only you can read the information the server sends you, and that only the server can read the data you send.

SSL Certificates

SSL certificates are very...

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From The Archives

Change Screen Lock/Sleep Time In Windows 10

This week, I’ve had a lot of questions from new Windows 10 users about how to adjust the time before your PC goes to sleep or locks the screen.  Some of you find it really annoying to have to re-enter your password. Fortunately, it’s an easy fix.

Start by typing Power and sleep setting into your search box. Then click on the result.


This screen will open in Settings.


Under Screen, you can adjust how long it takes before the screen goes dark when not in use. You can have different settings for when your PC is plugged in and for when you’re running on battery power.


Click the drop-down arrow in the box and select between...

Click here for more on controlling sleep times.


Today's Feature

Friday Funnies

A Mile In Their Shoes

Never criticize someone unless you walk a mile in his or her shoes.

Then when you criticize them you'll be a mile away and have their shoes!


Great Way to Look at Things

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2" in diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.

He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was. The students laughed.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

"Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognise that this is your life. The rocks are the important things - your family, your partner, your health, your children - things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal. Take care of the rocks first - the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

But then... A student took the jar which the other students and the professor agreed was full, pulled a can of beer out of his backpack, and poured it into the jar. Of course the beer filled the remaining spaces within the jar making the jar truly full. "No matter how full your life is," the student quipped, "there's always room for beer!"


Escape Key


Daily Thoughts

 "Travel light and you can sing in the robber's face." ~ Juvenal


“When angry, count four. When very angry, swear.” ~  Mark Twain


"Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots."  ~ Victor Hugo


Amanda's Coolsite

Super Simple Learning

Welcome to Super Simple Learning! This site was made by teachers for young learners to create a free, fun learning environment. 

I know that school is letting out for the summer in a lot of places, and not everywhere goes year round, so why not encourage your kids to keep learning through fun activities like videos, songs, and games? Geared for young learners, this site would also make a good prep tool for preschool and kindergarten.

Navigation is really easy, just pick a category off the orange navigation strip and let the fun and learning begin! Your options range from ABC’s, Songs, Videos, Apps, Free Resources, and the Blog. 

Want know more about the site? Well the main page features that information under the heading Easy to Teach. Easy to Learn. Super Fun. It explains all the different educational and fun activities available on the site like free flashcards, educational kid songs, and more! 

I think this is a great site to entertain and educate young kids, check it out!


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One More Big Deal

PC's are great. But they are so darn complicated! You know it's true. All you want to do is go online to read the news or check your email... If only it were that simple! Something always goes wrong! Did you know there are 16,000 different system error codes for Windows? YEAH! What are you supposed to do? Memorize all of them?  Hire an IT guy to live at your house?

What if I told you there was a simpler way to do those basic tasks like check email and surf the net? What if I told you that this simpler way was also cheap? Less than $70!

It Does EVERYTHING you can do at a PC... but in a convenient, portable package!

What don't you get? No complicated drivers to install and update. No pain in the behind errors when you install software from a disc.

PCs need all kinds of peripherals! WiFi adapters, bluetooth adapters, a mouse, a separate webcam! Each with a separate set of drivers. PCs are complicated. Tablets are easy!

New programs install with one tap! There's no hassle. Plus you have millions of free programs to choose from in the online Google Play Store.  Yep, millions.

If you want to use Microsoft Office on your PC, it'll cost you $99 a year! But on this tablet, it's absolutely FREE!

You know what else is free? Thousands of games! 

Did I mention that this is only $69.97 !!!!!

You want to do all of this on a laptop and you'll be paying at least $500!

And this is truly portable.

Chances are, you've been using a computer for YEARS... aren't you tired of being tied down to that desk?

Yeah, laptops are supposed to be portable. But we know that's an exaggeration. Try carring one around the house with you. Your arm would fall off. Not only can you take this anywhere in the house, it easily slips in a purse or suitcase to go ANYWHERE with you.

This tablet has 32 GB of internal memory that you can easily double with an SD card! (great news, we've got those cards on sale TODAY! So make sure to add one to your cart)

You want something BETTER Than Your Old, Complicated PC!

And it's designed to be useable wherever, whenever you want! Laying down, standing up, sitting down, you could even use it doing a handstand!

You're getting a REAL computer that fits in your hands minus the PC hassles.

How many times have you accidentally hit a setting on your PC and messed the whole thing up? Or had to reset it and lost all of your programs?

That can't happen here. All of your progams are automatically backed up in the cloud. You can download them again with just one touch if there's a problem.

I know it sounds impossible, but you really CAN get this unbelievable touchscreen tablet for just $69.97!

PC makers are shakin' in their boots... they just CANNOT compete! Grab yours at the link below, but make sure you get to the store before they're gone!

*LIMITED QUANTITY* We couldn't get many at the price we're passing on to you, so make sure you get to the store before they run out, or when the sale ends Saturday and they go up to $79.97!


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