Thursday, May 26, 2011

Macs are not Immune

Tsk-tsk, Apple.  Taking the road of many a cele-tician recently outed in scandal, Apple denies any malware attack.  Industry blogger Mike Murphy covers the story as Apple changes course midstream and offers support to defeat the MacDefender virus.

So are you a Mac or a PC?  Tell me why. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Here's the drill:
  1. An email or even a link on a website shouts some attention-getting headline  
  2. If the source is not both obvious & trustworthy, don't click on it
  3. If you are still curious - verify the content - first - before clicking! 
Whether the news is true or false, always consider the author or the provider of the information before clicking on it.  I often use if I cannot identify the author or the publisher.
A friend sent me an email about a virus behind a link to a video about Osama bin Laden being captured & hung.  Snopes says it's real risk but could be a hoax.  This particular warning was first identified in 2004.
Makes sense?  I'm trying to say, "Look before you leap."  So go to my Facebook page and "Like" me!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Office Beyond Windows - in the Clouds

Is anyone interested in a world with free Microsoft Office?
I've logged onto my account (called "Windows Live") and created my first Excel spreadsheet.  And I haven't paid a dime toward an Office license fee, nor am I breaking any license agreements or stealing or co-opting any software.
See "Office" there?  Go to - sponsored by Microsoft - and sign up for a free account.  You can use any email address for your account. 
I use
So buy that new PC or netbook - or dare I say tablet - without Office, but continue to work with Microsoft Office - online!  You can save files on local drives, if you like.  I recommend that, of course.  Feel free to use the convenience of online storage, though.  But you're responsible for your own backups!

** Update**
Windows Live has changed the Office link to SkyDrive. Hover over it, a drop-down box appears, and there's Word, Excel, PowerPoint:

Click SkyDrive, and you're in the cloud version of Office. 

Call me if you have any questions about setting up a Live profile.