Category: Funny

The gift of technology – My top 13 Gratitude List

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  Doesn’t it feel so good to take time to focus on all the blessings in our lives?

One of my greatest blessings is being able to do work that I love and to be able to make other’s lives happier and richer.

You make this possible and I want you to know how much I appreciate you, your business and your referrals.

I love sharing my passion for technology and the many ways it can make our lives more simple, easy or fun.

Here’s A Baker’s Dozen of Techie Things I’m grateful for.  It’s not a complete list but it’s the things I enjoy almost every day.

What would you add to the list?  Share your suggestions in the comments section below and let us count the ways….

  1. The World Wide Web for education, communication and the answer to every question imaginable
  2. Google Search, Wikipedia, YouTube and all the researchers, educators, bloggers and writers that provide the information.
  3. Video conferencing apps that allow me to see my adult children who live far away and even tour their new homes, to offer remote Tech Support to frustrated clients and restore them to being happy campers and to share the joys of technology with more and more people.
  4. Email – It’s hard to remember what life was like before email
  5. Mobile phones, their amazing cameras and apps
  6. Photo sharing and editing apps
  7. Online shopping and online reviews of products and services
  8. Facebook – I don’t go there often but it’s always a good time when I do.
  9. Google Docs and OpenOffice – all the benefits of Microsoft office suite and it’s free
  10. Audiobooks and ebooks and all the amazing authors that provide education and entertainment on so many subjects.
  11. Google Maps and Google Earth
  12. Digital Music – iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, Spotify and others
  13. Digital video entertainment – movies, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and others

 

 

You Can Be A Hoax Slayer

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Friday, I received a call from a client about a phishing scam that was very convincing. It’s time to review the guidelines again.

“Be wary of ANY message that claims that you must click a link or open an attachment to upgrade account details, rectify a supposed account issue, or implement new ‘security’ measures. If you receive a suspect message, do not click on any links or open any attachments that it contains. Instead, login to your account by entering the address into your web browser or via an official account application.”

This particular scam was pretending to be from Microsoft Outlook Team but there are others for Facebook, Yahoo, dating sites, and more.

Here is a great resource for you: Bookmark http://www.hoax-slayer.com It has information about email, social media and internet scams. Many thanks to Brett for his voluntary service on our behalf.

Please share this with the people you care about and encourage them to call me whenever they have a question or need help with their techie tools and toys. My passion and mission is to help you and your loved ones more fully enjoy the many benefits of computer technology while keeping it it simple, easy and fun. Thanks!

Enjoy!
Mardi

A Little Comic Relief

Modern technology can be really frustrating at times.  Besides occasional malfunctions, there are the constant changes!  If you feel stressed-out sometimes, I want you to know that you are not alone.  It’s even a challenge for me to keep up!!

Fortunately, I love reading, doing research and taking classes.  And, being able to share what I know and brighten up someone’s day is my greatest joy.  So, in addition to posting techie tips, I think it’s a good idea to have a little comic relief.  I loved these funnies from one of my client’s emails and I hope they will brighten up your day.

The phone generation gap
The joy of finding a quarter in the coin return
Violently pressing "end call" just doesn't do it for me.
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Hilarious Videos from YouTube

 Funny T Shirts

 http://www.badideatshirts.com/

 

The Original Computer

Plug me back in and see if that works
 Remote Control

iPhone VS Android — “The Boys Slug It Out For Another Round”

iPhone Vs Android
“The Boys” Slug It Out For Another Round

Apple and Google went for another round in the competition for market dominance this week as Apple launched it’s larger iPhone 6 models and its iOS 8 operating system for all its gadgets.

iOS 8 has has some very cool new features and I noticed that many of them are features that Android phones have had for a long time.  (I have used both and currently use an iPhone.)  My son, Jason, who is convinced Android is far better than iPhone and hated to see me switch, sent me this hilarious joke about the news.

Reaction to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been lukewarm. Many have accused Apple of playing catch up with rivals such as Samsung, rather than leading the way. An image titled 'Dear iPhone 6 users: Welcome to 2012' has gone viral, (pictured) which lists new Apple features that have existed on Android phones for years

I asked Jason if he thought I should wait to install the update until the bugs are worked out and the app developers have more time to fix their apps to work with it, and he said,

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“Nah, that’s for normal people, we are in tech…we live to have our world turned upside down.”

He’s so funny!  But it’s true.  I love the challenge, the adventure and being able to make your transitions easier by sharing my experience.

Who do you know that…

  • Is trying to decide whether to buy an Android gadget or an Apple gadget
  • Needs help with updating to iOS 8
  • Wants a tutorial on the changes and new features or
  • Wants to learn more about their Android phone

Please let me know so I can help them “make peace with the ups and downs of computer technology.” 

Dr. Seuss On Computers

Dr. SeussThis email joke is especially funny to me because it was sent to me by one of my Senior, tutoring clients. She is a very active and involved lady and knows how to use her computer very well, but she gets really frustrated when things don’t work right. She’s always a good sport about it though, and obviously has a great sense of humor. Thanks Florence! You made my day!

Why Computers Sometimes Crash! by Dr. Seuss

If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port,
and the bus is interrupted at a very last resort,
and the access of the memory makes your floppy disk abort
then the socket packet pocket has an error to report.

If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash,
and the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash,
and your data is corrupted cause the index doesn’t hash,
then your situation’s hopeless and your system’s gonna crash!

If the label on the cable on the table at your house,
says the network is connected to the button on your mouse,
but your packets want to tunnel to another protocol,
that’s repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall.

And your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss,
so your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse;
then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang,
‘cuz sure as I’m a poet, the sucker’s gonna hang.

When the copy on your floppy’s getting sloppy in the disk,
and the macro code instructions is causing unnecessary risk,
then you’ll have to flash the memory and you’ll want to RAM your ROM,
and then quickly turn off the computer and be sure to tell your Mum!

Well, that certainly clears things up for me.

How about you?

“So Easy Even an Adult Can Figure It Out”

We can always use a little humor to lighten things up. Here’s a Vizio TV commercial that just cracked me up. I guess because, I sing and dance like a fool in my house when nobody is watching too. And I love the attitude on the little girl and the slogan, “So easy even an adult can figure it out.” Enjoy!  

The Longest Password

The blondes win!
The Longest Password
We laugh — but her I.D. is safe. —- and oddly logical!

During a recent password audit by Google,
it was found that a blonde was using the following password:”MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofySacramento”When asked why she had such a long password, she rolled her eyes and said:
“Hello! It has to be at least 8 characters
long and include at least one capital.”

21st Century

I was visiting my son and daughter-in-law last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.

‘This is the 21st century, old man,’ my son said. ‘We don’t waste money on newspapers.  Here, you can borrow my iPad.’

I can tell you, that darn fly never knew what hit it…

Thanks to my sister for sending me this email joke.

And…yes, there is an app for that!    Fly Swatter for IPad

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