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Avoiding Automatic Microsoft 10 Upgrade

A companion article discusses Microsoft Corporation’s actions to force Windows 7 & 8 users to accept Windows 10 as a “recommended” update in order to meet the Corporation’s 1 billion registration target. “Recommended” update means that installation of Windows 10 will begin automatically on computers running Windows 7 or 8 with the default Windows Update […]

Avoiding Lottery Scams

Con artists follow the news and pursue whatever is “hot” in order to take your money. The recent $1.6 billion Powerball lottery (which I didn’t win, by the way), is a good example. In view of the mania surrounding the recent Powerball lottery, experts issued warnings such as the one in this YouTube video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v8SlpEQw9k In […]

Passport Use In 2016

U. S. Passport use will change somewhat in 2016, while some concerns about passport safety will remain. One major change comes from Congress while another comes straight from the State Department. First, pay seriously delinquent federal tax bills. As we mentioned in a previous article, effective January 1, 2016, U. S. citizens with “seriously delinquent” […]

Fighting Package Thieves

Online purchasing continues to grow dramatically in the U. S., accounting for a large percentage of the estimated 6 billion packages delivered every year. Along with the increase of online shopping and package delivery, there is an increase of package thievery, sometimes called “Porch Piracy.” “Nextdoor,” a message board application with millions of subscribers reports […]

Preventing (SIDS) in Babies

Despite intense medical research, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) remains one of the leading causes of infant mortality in the United States. At this point, healthcare providers are still promoting ways to reduce the likelihood of SIDS rather than ways to completely eliminate SIDS because we simply don’t completely understand it. SIDS has several hallmarks: […]

E. Coli Concerns In 18 States

As of late November 2015, at least 19 cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157:H7 poisoning are reported in seven states, including: California; Colorado; Montana; Missouri; Utah; Virginia; and Washington. As of December 4, 2015, 11 additional states that believe celery is the E. coli culprit have begun to recall 155,000 celery and celery-related […]

Facebook Hoax

Dear Facebook Friends: please stop cutting and pasting that ridiculous “privacy notice”! It’s legally ineffective. It’s meaningless. It’s a hoax. It’s phony, fake, false and bogus! Throughout 2015, many of us have seen multiple “status updates” that look a little something like this: “Better safe than sorry is right. Channel 13 News was just talking […]