If you have your email address written plainly on a website you will be hit by mountains of spam. Programs scour the internet copying anything identifiable as an email address: John_Doe@purplenurple.net, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
You can reduce or prevent this by using an image of your email address rather than text of your email address.
Open Paint, enter the email address or addresses, crop to size and save as a GIF. The result cannot be read by automated bots that seek out addresses to spam.
First the good news: the Start button is back and you can boot directly to the Desktop
The bad news: it's not the Start button you were expecting and accessing all of your Programs and Apps still makes use of the tiles. Also there is no disk that can be downloaded and handed out so your update will have to be done by you on your machine with an Internet connection.
If you're coming in Tuesday October 22nd for the Update Clinic go ahead and update now if you'd like and we can talk about the new features and changes. If you are waiting until Tuesday to update please note that the process takes more than an hour and we will not have enough time to ensure that everyone gets the update finished before we adjourn so do not begin the update at the start of our meeting. I'll walk you through the steps and talk about the changes but you'll have to perform the update at a time and place where your computer will be uninterrupted
I tend to not update the blog unless a new meeting topic comes up but there are two pretty big news items worth sharing this week.
The first is that Microsoft will reveal the Windows 8.1 update today. For those of us using Windows 8 on a non touch enabled device the update will allow for skipping the Metro tiles screen and send us straight to the desktop. Nice.
Second, for anyone who has been frustrated at the constant need to update Flash or Java and the never ending annoyance of downloading a communication program, making sure your friends are all using the same program, keeping track of multiple log-ins to use them Firefox's newest version 22 incorporates something called Web RTC that will eventually do away with all that noise. With just an up to date browser you'll be able to see, do, share with and speak to anyone else using an up to date browser without the need to download plug-ins or install programs or remember log
Last month when discussing options for backing up RoboForm and Keepass databases the term "Cloud" was thrown around a lot.
So this month we'll go over what the "Cloud" is, how it is used and how you can make use of it.
Since the threat never ends we're going to revisit safety and security Tuesday March 12.
What's a stick computer?
Come in on on the 12th and find out!
Lots of folks got new gizmos and gadgets over the holiday and this month we're holding an open hour to try and make some sense of them.
With Christmas right around the corner December's meeting will be an open session for any tech questions and concerns old and new.
Windows 8 is out. We'll look at what's new, what's the same and discuss weather or not you should be worried or excited about this new version.