If you're backing up your data but you're not saving it offsite, you're putting it at risk. If something happens to your home or electronics, all that data could be lost. That's why there are tons of affordable, easy-to-use online backup services that you can send your data to seamlessly for safe keeping. This week we're going to look at five of the best, based on your nominations.
The Sytten Theme is a Stacks compatible theme which means along with the many style options it offers, I can do even more when it comes to content, and how that content looks. I just wish Apple would get with Flash program and make the mobile Safari browser Flash compatible. In the meantime, I am including a handy link to the Puffin Flash Browser on all my pages that contain Flash Slideshows. Downloading this great little Flash Compatible Browser means you will never feel left out again when it comes to viewing slideshows via your iPhone and/or iPad.
Thank you Sam! You are a great person and wonderful tech :)
Now for the good news, Verizon is aware of the issue and promises to make things right. However, I suggest anyone on the Share Everything Plan check their data figures, and if they seem off base call Verizon and tell them you are aware of this issue and want to be included on the main Master Ticket so that you do not wind up overcharged. Also, if you are Auto Pay and a Share Everything Plan customer having problems because of this glitch, suspend or disable the Auto Pay function until Verizon clears this mess up.
I also decided to go back to using the Blogger plug in I already had so that I could update my main blog from anywhere via iPhone or iPad, and not have to use Word Press. After trying out a couple of blogging apps for the iPhone and iPad I chose Blog Press as my favorite because it allows me remote blogging access to my Blogger account, plus posts an update with a link to my blog page when I publish a post. It also stays in sync with my RapidWeaver Blogger plug in so I can easily work on drafts no matter what computing device I am on.
I am so mobile and in sync now it is scary.
I have to admit that I am using Facebook page a lot more than I ever thought I would when I signed up for it. It is a very quick and convenient way to upload iPhone photos, make quick notes, and keep in touch with friends and family. I am also using a self hosted Word Press Blog again as well since it allows me to make blog entries directly from my iPhone or iPad, and any content published on it is automatically published to my Facebook page as well.
I'm really glad I didn't let him talk me into a Droid because I am loving the new iPhone 4. It does everything a regular cell phone does, and yes, a whole lot more. Gone are the days when the only thing I did on a cell phone was talk and send the occasional text message. Texting on the new iPhone 4 is much easier than trying to text on that ridiculous Razzle phone. Plus, I can easily surf the web, listen to music, and do just about anything else I would normally do on the laptop or iPad.
The muse has always loved coming up with really great ideas when I didn't have any way to jot those ideas down. But now Morris is going to have to get use to me always having a little notepad handy now thanks to the iPhone. True, because I'm not use to the little keyboard yet, the notes are currently rather terse. But, I've noticed the more I use the little keyboard, the better I'm getting on it. Even now I can at least jot a few words down that will hopefully jog my memory enough to allow me to remember what it was I was thinking at the time. As I did when the idea for this paragraph came me to while I was sitting beneath my favorite tree sipping my morning tea.
I love the Apple ear buds with the built in microphone. Those really rock! People I have talked to while wearing the ear buds with the built in microphone say I am coming in good and clear. I know I can sure hear whoever is calling a lot better than I ever did with the regular blue tooth accessory. It is nice to have the ear buds to listen to music with in stereo, yet also be able to talk on the phone with the same ear buds. Now I can crank the music all the way up, and not have to worry about being able to hear the phone if it rings. Should I want the music off, all I have to do is reach up and give the center of the little built in remote/mic a gentle squeeze. I can also adjust the volume with a gentle squeeze on one end of the remote/mic, or the other.
If worse comes to worse, and Larry can't get my attention by banging his empty beer can on the table, or any other way, and really needs something, he can always call me on his no nonsense, not so smart flip phone that lives in his shirt pocket. He refuses to catch up with technology when it comes to his cell phone. That's cool with me though. His phone does what he wants it to, and my iPhone does what I want it to.
Now that I have caught up with smart phone technology, I have been taking advantage of that groovy bar code scanner feature in my Grocery IQ app. That is a really cool feature that makes adding items to the grocer list a snap. No, I have not scanned every household and grocery item in the RV. Yes, I have scanned a few things I buy frequently, and put them into the favorites list. Since I always have my phone with me when we go into town, I never forget the grocery list now. I can add items from the iPad or even laptop if I want, and the Grocery IQ app automatically syncs and updates the app on my other devices. Syncing is what it's all about when it comes to making sure transferring information from one device to another is a breeze. After updating a couple of apps on the laptop, I have achieved a state of perfect synchronization.
Because it can do so much, I'm afraid I am guilty of being one of those people who are pretty much glued to their iPhone now. It's my phone, MP3 player, radio, grocery list, camera, photo album, and so much more. Muffy sends me pics now of their family via text messages. I save the pic in the camera roll, then upload it to my mobile gallery. Yes, I have become one of those obnoxious iPhone owners who can show off the latest picture of my disgustingly cute grandson with one tap of my finger. I also freely admit to joining the ranks of those have CRS, (Can't Remember Shit) because there's an app for that.
Not only is a school in Pa being sued, and investigated by the FBI because of allegations that it spied on its students via the built in iSight cameras on the Apple computers it distributed to its student, but Facebook and Google are also facing class action lawsuits for violating the privacy rights of their users. With technology advancing at the lightning speeds it is, anyone on a computer who wants to take full advantage of everything it has offer, is going to find his or herself between a rock and hard spot when it comes to the issue of privacy. In order to try and find some kind of realistic middle ground between that rock and hard spot, those using computers need to be well aware of how they operate, as well as what really lies beneath the surface of what may be on the other side of our monitors.
Concerning the lawsuits being filed against Facebook and Google, I will agree with those filing them that both Facebook and Google should have done better when it came to handling the private information of their users. However, having said, that let me give those a users a heads up here. FYI, no matter how good a job a site does handling the private information of its users, or how good the security program is on any social networking site, there is always a chance that a hacker can breach it. For those who are really that clueless, that's what hackers do. If you are going to join a social networking site, by all means insist they handle your private information in a responsible manner. And be sure that site has the best security available. But, if you think that security system will always be able to protect your private information from hackers, you need a smack up the back of the head reality check here.
I don't know if there was criminal intent behind what the school board did by setting up those laptops in a way that allowed them to remotely activate the built in web cams, or if the entire school board just needs a good hard collective smack up the back of the head for being too stupid to realize the potential danger inherent in what they did. If all they were concerned about was keeping track of the laptops so they could be recovered if stolen, why didn't they just attach or implant some kind of GPS device or program in them?
Given the vague way the clause concerning monitoring the hardware was worded in the "acceptable-use" agreement, I do believe whoever wrote that clause understood what was going on a lot better than the parents who would be reading it did. I sense the person behind that wording knew full well if the agreement actually said something like, "Oh and by the way, we have the ability to turn on that neat little iSight camera and take at least one still picture of anything going on in front of the monitor anytime we want. But, don't worry, we will only use it if your kid reports the computer stolen.", none of the parents would have signed said agreement. It makes me want to give the parents who signed that agreement a smack up the back of the head for not being more aware of what the school actually meant by "monitoring the hardware." Don't any of those parents read the tech news, or at least watch crime shows on tv?
One reason I know as much as I do about hackers and "hardware monitoring" is because along with keeping up with the tech news, I watch a lot of CSI shows, as well as Criminal Minds and Law & Order. I credit all those shows with making me very aware of the possible dangers on the other side of my monitor. I blame NCIS on my wanting to smack some of the people involved in these current news stories up the back of the head. And although I do know that hacking into well secured computers is not as fast and easy as characters like Abby from NCIS make it appear, researching what I often see on those shows does tell me that it is possible, and that many times, it has already happened for real.
I am not trying to be a fear monger here and discourage people from using social networking sites, or even computers supplied by schools. What I am trying to do is remind all those reading these words that the net, and the computers used to connect us to it need to be used in a responsible manner that takes security issues, hackers, and other criminal elements into consideration. This is especially true when it comes to computers supplied by a school that are taken off campus by students, and/or when making the decision to join a social networking site.
As soon as Starband got my connection problems solved, I slid my finger across the touch pad again, and whizzed back over to the Personas page. Along with a few others, I added some Autumn and Halloween skins to my Personas Favorites. The small collection of skins I currently have in my Personas favorites list are just the tip of the tricked out browser iceberg. There are oodles of groovy skins left I haven't added to my favorites, yet. While surfing the Personas pages I also discovered I can actually make my own custom Personas skins. I may try my hand at making some of my own custom skins some day, and if they turn out, share them with other Personas users.
Along with making sure I have plenty of favorite Personas skins to choose from, I also installed the FoxTab add-on. Tricking out the FoxTab background with another picture, either on your hard drive, or from a web url is super easy. Simply launch FoxTab, then click on the Select A Theme icon and browse your hard drive for a suitable wallpaper picture, or enter the url for a picture on the web. Since I have plenty of nice wallpaper pictures stored in my Desktop Pictures folder, I promptly tricked FoxTab out with a nice fall background image from that folder. When I switch to any of my Halloween, or any other Personas skins, I change the FoxTab background to a nice image from my Desktop Pictures folder that compliments the Personas skin I'm wearing . My new FoxTab add-on is more than just a pretty face though. I have developed a habit of having at least 4 tabs open at any given time in Firefox, and sometimes as many as 10. My standing open tab record at the moment is 15. You don’t want to know what I was doing with all those tabs open that day. Fortunately, even on the busiest open tab days, the new FoxTab add-on gives me a very elegant and efficient way to keep track of multiple open tabs.
Baby OK after train hits stroller in Australia - Yahoo! News
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3rd person dies in Ariz. sweat lodge ceremony case - Yahoo! News.
As I busily type these words out in ScribeFire, I'm afraid trying to keep up with the news, or do any kind of surfing is irritating as hell because the great satellite re-point Starband insisted we needed, has not gone smoothly. When do those kind of things ever go smoothly? To say my ISP is having issues at the moment is a mild understatement. That Scrapbook add-on is coming in really handy right now since the pages that will load, can be captured, and later read offline. Notes, annotations, and highlighted areas can be added once the page is captured. I've also been testing a little ReadLater add-on that saves pages for reading at a later date. I have it set up to automatically save any pages I add to the reading list for offline viewing so if I need or want to refer to those pages, I can even if I'm having connection issues. When I can get to them, I also have add-ons that make it easier to add pages to my Stumble Upon and Delicious bookmarks. And if Starband ever gets all its re-point problems solved, since UberNote FINALLY send the damn activation code after 3 days, I intend to take it for a really good test run as well. Though I have a feeling I will be using ScrapBook most of the time since "capturing" a page or part of a page onto my computer for later viewing means I can always view the page or the part of it I captured no matter what my online connection status is.
I'm tried out a couple of feed readers with FireFox, including Brief and NewsFox add-ons. Brief has a little slicker looking interface, but NewsFox has better bells and whistles when it comes to customizing and organizing my feeds. I quickly fell head over heels for the 3 panel layout NewsFox offers, and by the second day, had uninstalled Brief.
Working mainly in my browser is taking a little getting used to, but I'm finding myself more and more at ease with making extensive notes for the blog in my browser, while I surf the net in search of intelligent life and other interesting stuff. I suggest anyone who has a blog of any kind add ScribeFire to your Firefox browser. If you don't have Firefox on your computer, Click Here, and download what I now consider to be the best browser on the net for those of us who love the kind of bells and whistles that make blogging, researching, or just surfing the net a better experience. I have used many browsers over the years I've been on the net, including Firefox off and on for several years. Lately though, because of its stability, ease of use, and of course all the bells and whistles available in it that make my Web Mistress job a little easier, it is the browser I use the most. And thanks to the Personas add-on I just installed, I can surf the web in a browser who's appearance changes according to the mood I'm in at any given moment. And people wonder wonder why I love bells, whistles and groovy add-ons.
I got so frustrated at times working on the site I wanted to pull my hair out, or throw the laptop across the room. Now that's over, or well nearly over, getting back in the Webmistress groove has been good for me, and even better for my little place in cyber space. I’ve added a few pieces of fun and/or informative goodies in the side bar. And that content can change from section to section. For example, the Witchy Woman side bar content is different from this blog’s sidebar content. I found some cool side bar content for the Witchy Woman site such as a daily herb picker, and daily Deity.
I'm digging this Webmistress I'm groove I'm back in. And looking for some interesting and fun free content, as well as adding photos and images I find on the web. I'm especially drawn to those pertaining to Samhain right now. When I'm not busy doing that, the muse and I are cooking up our own brand of original free content. As I put yet another picture in the Word Witchery blog, Morris pointed out the name needed changing due to my newly developed habit of adding images to it.
After thinking it over, I decided the easiest, and smartest thing would be to turn the Word Witchery blog into the Witchy Woman blog. So I tapped the keyboard a few times, then with the click of my mouse, the Word Witchery blog became the Witchy Woman blog. Isn't "cyber magick" great? So, if any of you reading this had the original Witchy Woman page, and/or Word Witchery blog bookmarked, visit the new Witchy Woman blog, and bookmark it again. I promise I won't change that link again.
Another change that is going to occur are the two mailing lists. There will no longer be a Mainliners or Special Friends list. Those two lists will be combined into one BBs Mailing List. E-mails from that list will consist of brief updates with links to those updated pages. I recommend those of you who are fans of RSS subscribe to BBS RSS Feed. After some tweaking in RapidWeaver I managed to get it do produce a blog feed xml document that Feed Burner was happy with so now whenever I make a new entry in the blog section it will be picked up and broadcast through that feed.