As We Mourn the Loss of Common Sense

I remember IIAn Obituary printed in the London Times:
”Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

– Knowing when to come in/out of the rain;
– Why the early bird gets the worm;
– Life isn’t always fair;
– And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn), and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

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Progress of sorts

Once upon a time there were no Plastics!

The-Good-Old-DaysWe had wood and steel and organic materials and most things were handmade or finished by hand and, yes, cost rather more.

But then the furniture or cooking appliance lasted and our clothes were sturdy and the oilskin were made with whale oil.

Then came plastics, I still remember Bakelite, electric switch covers, radio casings, kitchenware and even pipe stems were made of the stuff. It was developed by a Belgian chemist back in 1907, Leo Baekeland, then living in New York.

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Secure your online transactions

Credit cards chained upI spoke to a victim of an online fraud the other day, or more accurately a credit card fraud, which regrettably can and does happen. The upset victim realized that part of the problem was that it could have been avoided by taking some some simple precautions.

We all like a nifty bargain when shopping online, but as it usually means paying by credit card it pays to be alert and to keep the following tips in mind for safer shopping.

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Please Be Careful Out There!

Do you practice “Safe Computing”? Do you have an up-to-date Anti-Virus programme running on your computer? I hope so and if you don’t then please come to the next How Do I…? Workshop at SeniorNet to find out how to get one installed. Our latest Workshop Timetable is here.

Just as pervasive and often, even more difficult to get rid of, are those programs which slip quietly onto your PC while you’re upgrading your legitimate software. Normally these programs are just plain annoying but they certainly go out of their way to make themselves hard to remove. Nobody really wants this rubbish so here are a few tips on avoiding them in the first place. Continue reading

The Window’s opening on Windows 10

windows10Yesterday Microsoft announced what we can look forward to in their next Windows operating system, and what is really important is that it will be a free upgrade from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 plus if you own a Windows phone with 8.1, that too will be a free upgrade.

You must however upgrade within one year or pay the price for the programme after that. Continue reading