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Forced Perspective Photos

10 Forced Perspective Photos You Have to Try For Yourself – By posterjack.ca

Here is a look at 10 photos that use the forced perspective technique. This type of trick photography doesn’t use photo editing software but rather, with some creative positioning of subjects and the camera, it creates an optical illusion that makes objects appear to be more distant, closer, smaller, or larger than they really are.

Smartphone astrophotography:

Smartphone astrophotography: use your phone to capture the night sky by skyatnightmagazine.com

Not all astrophotography requires an expensive camera. As Pete Lawrence explains, the smartphone you carry every day can be used to capture a range of night-sky objects
Astrophotography with just a phone camera may sound a bit far-fetched, but there are certain subjects that can be captured in this manner. We’ve got suggestions for some brighter subjects to start you off, with a gentle push towards more challenging targets.

What is the BEST Cellular Carrier for RVers

What is the BEST Cellular Carrier for RVers & Cruisers? Verizon? AT&T? T-Mobile? Sprint? – By Mobile Internet Resource Centeryoutube.com  Video


The Four Major US Carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint – Which is Best for RVers & Cruisers? – By rvmobileinternet.com

Q: Which is best for RVers, cruisers and frequent travelers?
A: The one that works best at your current location…

Fraud Alert: Genetic Testing Scam

Fraud Alert: Genetic Testing Scam by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing. Genetic testing fraud occurs when Medicare is billed for a test or screening that was not medically necessary and/or was not ordered by a Medicare beneficiary's treating physician.

– What are Cell Phone Plans?

What are Cell Phone Plans? by lifewire.com/
Understand how cell phone plans work to choose the best plan for you
A cell phone plan is a paid agreement with a mobile carrier allowing your cell phone to use their network for phone calls, text messages, and mobile data (internet access).


The 9 Best Cheap Cell Phone Plans of 2019 by lifewire.com/

Don't pay more than you need to for your wireless phone bill

Microsoft Says Password Strength Doesn’t Matter: Here’s Why It Does

Microsoft Says Password Strength Doesn't Matter: Here's Why It Does – By Paul Wagenseiltomsguide.com

Some password managers are not as effective as others.
Your password strength doesn't matter, says a Microsoft security expert. Not the length, not the complexity, not how many special characters it uses. Hackers can get it anyway, and the only thing that truly makes a difference, he says, is whether you have two-factor authentication (2FA) turned on.

Search Tools Hidden Within Google Photos

8 Brilliant Search Tools Hidden Within Google Photos – By Mihir Patkarmakeuseof.com7 min
Google has become synonymous with search, so it’s great to know that it hasn’t neglected this feature in their products and services.

We’ve always exalted Google Photos Get Free Unlimited Photo Storage & More with Google Photos Get Free Unlimited Photo Storage & More with Google Photos If you aren't using these hidden Google Photos features, you're really missing out. 

(+) A Simple Explanation of Cloud Computing

(+) A Simple Explanation of Cloud Computing – By Dick Eastmanblog.eogn.com
Many of the articles in this newsletter refer to “the cloud.” Feedback from several newsletter readers indicates that not everyone understands what a “cloud” is in the Internet world. I thought I would publish this introduction to cloud computing and also explain how cloud computing is used to provide digital images of census records to millions of online genealogists.

Beginner’s Guide to Google Docs, Sheets & Slides

The Beginner’s Guide to Google Docs – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com
If you’re just getting started with Google Docs, its extensive fe

atures and add-ons can be a little overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you get started with this powerful alternative to Microsoft Word.


The Beginner’s Guide to Google Sheets – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com

If you’re just beginning to use Google Sheets, its extensive features and add-ons can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some tips to get you on the fast track to start using this powerful, free alternative to Microsoft Excel.


The Beginner’s Guide to Google Slides  – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com
If you’re just getting started with Google Slides, its extensive features and add-ons can be a little overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you get going with this powerful alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint.


How to Quickly and Easily Copy Formatting in Google Docs – By Brady Gavinhowtogeek.com
Should you need to use the same style across different parts of your document, Google Docs lets you copy formatting from text, cells, or an object with the Paint Format tool. Here’s how to copy and paste formatting in Docs.


SUMIFS in Google Sheets to sum cells with multiple criteria (AND / OR logic)  — By Svetlana Cheushevaablebits.com
The tutorial shows how to use the SUMIFS function in Google Spreadsheets to sum cells with multiple criteria. You will find a handful of real-life SUMIFS formula examples with AND as wells as OR criteria.

Google Spreadsheets provide two functions to conditionally sum cells, SUMIF and SUMIFS. Regular visitors of our blog are already familiar with SUMIF that we covered last week, and today we are going to have a closer look at its plural version.

 

Best Photo Editing Tips for Beginners

5 of The Best Photo Editing Tips for Beginners – By layeredindulgence.com

Thanks to BeFunky for sponsoring this post. All comments are opinions are my own!

So, you’ve finally got your photography skills down. But that’s only half the battle! Photo editing can take your images from beautiful to breathtaking, enhancing their already stunning features. Editing photos used to be left to professional photographers, but now that so much of our lives is documented, photography and photo editing has become part of the everyday girl’s life. Whether you have a website or blog, are growing your Instagram account, or simply love posting photos to your social media feeds, photo editing is a great skill to master. If you’re new to photo editing, today I’m sharing 5 of the best photo editing tips for beginners!

Flash storage: A cheat sheet

Flash storage: A cheat sheet By James Sanders, www.techrepublic.com

With over a dozen form factors, knowing what the best flash memory card and SSD technology is available can be daunting.

Flash memory is an electronic, non-volatile data storage medium that is erased and reprogrammed electrically. It is the basis of a variety of storage products for differing use cases, form factors, and speed or performance requirements. 

Here’s the worst mistake people make that compromises their online security

Here’s the worst mistake people make that compromises their online security By Kari Paul, www.marketwatch.com

Amazon AMZN, +2.20%  founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer of politically motivated blackmail late Thursday, and published a threatening email from an executive at the supermarket tabloid’s parent company. One of the many lessons from that controversy is don’t take photos that might compromise your privacy and, if you do, don’t send them via text message or email to another party. Many people would refrain from doing so.

Two-factor authentication: Why do I need it?

Two-factor authentication: Why do I need it? What are the best apps? – By Bradley Chambers, 9to5mac.com

Security on the internet has become more important with each passing year. It seems like every other month there is a major data breach from major retailers or online properties. One of the key things that you can do to minimize the effect these breaches will have on you is to set up and use two-factor (or multi-factor) authentication. 

Earn 17 times as much interest on your savings.

You could earn 17 times as much interest on your savings if you make one simple banking change – By Megan Leonhardt | @megan_leonhardt, www.cnbc.com

Online banks are leaving local banks in the dust when it comes to the interest rates offered on savings accounts. Yet many Americans have no idea.


The best high-yield savings accounts – By Yoni Blumberg | @yoniblum, www.cnbc.com

A high-yield savings account offers a safe way to build wealth. Instead of tying your money to risky investments, it promises stable and consistent growth through the power of compound interest.

How to Partition Your Hard Drive

How to Partition Your Hard Drive and Why You Would Want To – By David Nield, gizmodo.com

-Partitioning your hard drive sounds like a technically involved task that most people don’t need to bother with—but it’s actually relatively simple to do, doesn’t have to cost you any money, and can make your computing life easier and more productive. Here are the advantages of a partitioned hard drive, and why you might want to do it.

Tablo’s DVRs will soon automatically skip ads

Tablo’s DVRs will soon automatically skip ads in your recordings – By Jon Porter, www.theverge.com

Tablo’s DVR boxes will soon be able to automatically skip the ad breaks in your antenna TV recordings, its manufacturer Nuvyyo has announced, according to Variety. The skipping will happen without you having to do anything. As you watch, the DVR will automatically skip to the end of the break when it detects that one has started. The new functionality will enter a testing phase this quarter, and the company intends to have it ready for a full release in the coming months.

Give Your Old Hard Drives and SSDs a New Job

Give Your Old Hard Drives and SSDs a New Job With This $9 Enclosure – By Shep Mcallister, kinjadeals.theinventory.com

If you have an old hard drive or SSD lying around, or you just want to build your own external drive from scratch, this $9, 2.5" enclosure (with code XMASAK23) is one of the most affordable we’ve ever seen with UASP support, which allows for faster data transfer speeds when using an SSD.

Drive Cloning & Imaging

Drive Cloning & Imaging By Explainingcomputers, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Links 

ExplainingComputers

Published on Nov 11, 2018

SSD and HDD cloning and imaging explained and demonstrated using Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition. Note that all cloning and imaging software should be used with great care and is downloaded, installed and used at your own risk.

The Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD that I used in the video can be found on Amazon here (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2Dh2UMK

The free cloning and imaging software that I refer to in the video is available from the following links. Please note that these links are provided in good faith and that I have no association with any of these organizations:

Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition (as I use in the video): https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

Samsung Cloning Software (for Samsung SSDs only): https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor… EaseUs ToDo Backup Free: https://www.easeus.com/backup-softwar… Clonezilla: http://www.clonezilla.org/ My “Laptop SSD Upgrade” video referred to in this video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVDTN…

– How to spot a phishing email

How to spot a phishing email By Andrew Burton, www.carbonite.com

Phishing and other social engineering attacks are only increasing in frequency, and unfortunately, sophistication. However, there are a number of common indicators of a phishing attack. Knowing what to look for goes a long way to protect yourself against attacks. If you spot any of the following tip-offs, proceed with caution.

Are Your Password Security Habits Improving

Are Your Password Security Habits Improving? (Infographic) by entrepreneur.com

From the French presidential election to Gmail, a number of incidents have unfolded this year revealing how vulnerable our online security is. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure you go above and beyond to secure your digital privacy. And that can be as simple as changing your password every once in awhile.

How Two Friends Built a Remote Astrophotography Observatory

How Two Friends Built a Remote Astrophotography Observatory by petapixel.com

Deep Sky West is a remote astrophotography observatory in New Mexico, USA. It offers the opportunity for any astrophotographer around the world to use the site to access clear skies without the need to travel there, and to use advanced astronomy and photography equipment without the need to own it themselves.  DeepSkyWest

Why Your Router Has Two Wifi Bands and How They Work

Why Your Router Has Two Wifi Bands and How They Work by gizmodo.com

Few devices are as essential to the smooth running of a modern-day digital household than a wireless router, so it’s strange that this black box is so little understood. Here we’ll outline one of the key features of many modern routers, dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz support, so you know exactly what it is and how to take advantage of each.

* Turn Your Smartphone into an Early Warning System

How to Turn Your Smartphone into an Early Warning System for Almost Anything by gizmodo.com

Our phones affect our lives in all kinds of ways, from socializing to travel, but these ever-present pocket gadgets can also act as early warning devices for a host of important alerts—from life-saving notifications to convenient warnings about your commute. Here we’ll show you what’s possible, and which apps you’ll need. 

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