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On July 29th, Windows 10 will be released. If it lives up to its advertising — The best of Windows 7 and Windows 8 — Windows 10 will be great.c3176420-517c-4758-bd1c-58cbcd9601d1

Here are a few things to know about getting and using Windows 10:

  • You might already have an icon in the notification area of your desktop that prompts you to sign up for a free version of Windows 10. It’s free now — and it will be free after July 29th — so there is no hurry.
  • If you do “reserve your free copy,” the new operating system will be downloaded to your computer on July 29th. It will be up to you to install it; I presume there will be instructions with the download, probably in the form of an email.
  • If you don’t reserve your free copy, you can still download and install Windows 10 that day, or any day after.
  • The Start “Ball” is back (actually it’s a Start “Rectangle”) in the lower left corner. If you are used to it in Windows 7, or missed it in Windows 8, you will be happy to see it.
  • Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s web browser, has been renamed “Edge.”
  • “Cortana” is your new personal assistant, and looks like it (she?) behaves much like Apple’s personal assistant, Siri.

Should you get Windows 10 next week? I don’t know. Some people like to have the newest upgrades as soon as they come out, others like to wait to see how they are reviewed first.

If you are interested in learning more about Windows 10 — and watching a cool video — here is a link to the Windows 10 section of Microsoft’s website:

Windows 10 Website

Moving Memories

One of my grandmothers made wonderful mushroom and barley soup. I have the recipe; I’ve made it, but it never tastes the same. My great aunt made delicious sugar cookies. I remember the taste, but I cannot re-create it. My other grandmother made savory chicken matzoh ball soup and the best roasted potatoes ever. Wonderful culinary memories.  6e257eae-952e-4fe1-be79-3829c1b535fc

If these ladies were alive today, I’d visit them in their kitchens to watch and remember their every move. Better yet, I’d take out my smartphone or tablet and video them as they worked their magic.

How great would that be? Not only would I share the real time experience with them, I’d have their recipes and their techniques in their own words from their own kitchens to keep and pass down to future generations.

Do you — or a relative or a friend — have a skill or story to share? Video it. It’s not just about a product, it’s about remembering and preserving the passions and personalities that make you and your loved ones unique. Cooking. Decorating. Quilting. Painting. Restoring. Collecting. Playing a sport or instrument. Retelling ancestors’ and childhood experiences. Get it on video.

You will find your video capability in the “Camera” app on your smartphone or tablet. Start and stop the recording when practical, perhaps stopping when the cookies go in the oven and starting again when they come out. Err on the side of recording too much; you can edit later.

Video files are large and usually exceed the size you can email. To share a video, upload it to a file sharing program — like Dropbox — and invite others to download it from there.

Get ready mom and dad … I’m coming over!

Do Dots Matter?

Are these email addresses the same?


Are these email addresses the same?


In some email systems, dots — to the left of the “@” sign — don’t matter. In some email systems, they do.

If you have an email with dots in the address, are thinking of creating one, or are just curious about this issue, click on the link below.

Do Dots Matter?!

Note: I have no control over, nor do I necessarily endorse, the products in any ads that precede the attached article or appear on the surrounding web page. 

Real or Fraud?

The following excerpts from different emails have one thing in common: they all fraudulently represent real companies.

1. Warning! Your mailbox is 96% full and unless you sign in, you will no longer be able to send or receive emails.

2. Security settings updated, please verify your account and help us provide a safe enviorement [sic] for all our users. To verify your account, please select the ‘Verify Account Here’ link below and enter your credentials.

3. Dear User, You have reached the storage limit for your Mailbox. Please visit the following link to your e-mail access restore. System Administrator.

4. Dear Customer, Thank you for your support, We are hereby notifying you that your online access need to be review on our server for security reasons and some additional mobile security needs to be added. Kindly continue with require information on below link. Note: You will need to update your information for that service completely. 

This text — complete with spelling mistakes and poor grammar — seems obviously fraudulent. But when emails come to you with logos that seem authentic and from email addresses that appear official, they can raise doubt.

Sometimes it’s easy to know that the email is fraudulent: you don’t even have an account with the company trying to scare you! If you do business with the company however, you can check the authenticity with the company itself through their official website or phone number.

In any case, do not click on the links within the email.

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