Personal Technology Information

Are You Putting Off Productivity?


I recently took a good look at what was keeping me from accomplishing what I needed to do. After all, I had my goals. I had them written down. I read my affirmations daily. And still, I was not achieving what I wanted to do.

Protect Your PC from Viruses, Worms & Trojans


Each of the items in the checklist below is part of a broad and easy to implement security policy.

Windows Task Manager in English


You use Ctrl+Alt+Del to see what?s running on your PC, to close crashed programs and processes, and to check performance. You probably avoid a few processes whose names mean nothing to you, but they?re essential to Windows. svchost.exe sure likes to appear all the time and multiple times at that. What?s taskmgr.exe? Oh yeah, it?s the window you?re looking at right now. ctfmon? Is he related to Pokemon? navapsvc.exe? Navy? Napa Valley? Navel? NOTA (none of the above).

How To Search Your PC With Google Desktop


In this era of Internet, most people are frequent users of computers. Many of us use computers through out the day, accumulating morasses of information in various formats, which include email, digital photo, word document, spreadsheet, presentation file, ebook, article, other downloaded files, music, visited web pages, and many others. We stuff them in multiple folders in our PC. Before we know it, our hard drives become a storeroom of misplaced items. As a result, finding a needed file of information some times become a daunting task!

A Peek Into the Near Future of Electronics Technology


How long do you think DVDs have around? 20 years? 10 years? Actually, they have only been around for about seven years, but it seems like they have been around much longer. Many of us can hardly remember life before DVDs. That can be attributed to how rapidly we can become acclimated to some innovations in electronics technology. I believe there are other electronics technologies, either just getting ready to take off, not widely available yet, or just around the corner, that are going to become adopted just as quickly in the near future.

Toshiba Wins Hollywood Support for the HD DVD format


What led them to this choice, as all four studios stated separately, is better performance for the price and copyright protection.

The Many Benefits of Owning a DVR


Has This Ever Happened To You? OK.. it's Friday night, the kids are asleep, and a movie you've been waiting for is on Pay-Per-View for the first time. You buy the movie, grab a bag of popcorn, get all comfy on the couch, and ten minutes into the movie "RINGGGG" it's the _______ phone!!! (you fill in the blank).

Buying a Home Theater Receiver


Buying a receiver is one of the most important decisions you're going to have to make when building your home theater. The receiver has a number of functions including; connecting and switching audio sources; connecting and switching video sources; decoding surround sound formats; amplifying an audio signal and sending it to your speakers; tuning in to radio stations; and acting as the interface between you and your home theater.

Passwords and the Human Factor


Passwords have a strange dual nature. The stronger and safer the password the more likely it will be undermined by human weakness.

Looking For an MP3 Player?


If you don?t have an mp3 player, and even if you do, you should check out all the new stuff that?s going on. I?m hoping this article will give you some idea of what kind of mp3 player you want and some tips on what to look for in an mp3 player.

Computer Geeks and Garden Gnomes


First and foremost before I begin my ranting it is worth mentioning that there are many very helpful and considerate people out there in the cyber wilderness who devote much of their time to providing open source and free scripts of all variations from PHP, CGI and Java to name but a few. They provide dedicated support, do not insist on payment, and spend much of their free time helping you avoid having to part with your hard earned cash to get free programs and scripts up and running on your websites.

How To Safeguard Your Computer?


The following practice, if done regularly, may help you to safeguard your computer to some extent.

Password Nightmares


Good Morning Mr. Sampson. Please type in you Personal Identification Number

Are You Well Protected?


Winter?the official start of the cold and flu season. Though, technically speaking, things got started a little early. Close to a million computers, mostly home PC users, have been infected.

Basic Problem in a PC


I have a p3 500MHz PC with 128MB RAM, 10.2 GB HDD Sony CD ROM 48x with window ME edition operating system. I have a problem- when I insert my audio cd, it shows the error message: ?window cannot access the specified device path or file. You may not have appropriate permission the access the item.? Please tell me the solution of this error how can we configure the Yahoo! Account in outlook express. What is the pop mail and SMTP address of the Yahoo! Mail?

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The Week in Tech: An Emerging Twist on Antitrust  The New York Times

If regulators and lawmakers are serious, they're going to have to rethink a traditional approach to monopolies.


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Staying on Top of Tech’s Changing Story  The New York Times

From Washington to London. From the price of avocados to Amazon Prime. Here's how Joseph Plambeck, deputy tech editor, rides herd on how tech is ...


Not just Big Tech: FBI gets personal data from banks and universities, too  Mashable

In a not-at-all-shocking revelation, the New York Times reports the FBI has been using secret subpoenas to collect data from more than just big tech companies.


Silicon Valley Goes to Therapy  The New York Times

Bummed out by the world and their role in it, tech workers are seeking help — and founding some start-ups along the way.


The Family Minivan as Reporting Tool  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? David Enrich, the finance editor, discussed the tech he's using.


IPhone 11 and 11 Pro Review: Thinking Differently in the Golden Age of Smartphones  The New York Times

This is not your typical gadget review. That's because it is time to rethink when to upgrade your iPhone.


When Children Use Technology, Let Common Sense Prevail  The New York Times

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How to Make Workplace Tech More Personal  Forbes

Tech may be making us more productive, but it's also driving us apart. Since 1985 — around the time the first personal computers and car phones came out ...


Hong Kong protests: tech war opens up with doxxing of protesters and police  The Guardian

Campaigns to expose personal details of those on both sides of protests skyrocket, with nearly 1000 cases being investigated.


The Joys of Being a Late Tech Adopter  The New York Times

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New Voice Tech Ties Direct Mail To Personal Assistants 09/18/2019  MediaPost Communications

Direct mail agency Gunderson Direct has developed a voice-activated call to action that allows users to access direct mail offers via Amazon Alexa or Google ...


Visible Strategies Launches Privacy, Personal Tech and Security Column  Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Personal privacy is under attack by Apps. Atlanta, GA: Visible Strategies is launching a new column entitled "Privacy, Personal Tech and Security." "Our focus.


Can You Draw This? Of Course You Can  The New York Times

Sketching is a form of visual thinking that exercises the mind and body, and it's easy to turn your tablet into a portable art studio.


6 Simple Ways Tech Products have Improved Our Lives Today  Tech Times

The importance of technology in our society today cannot be underestimated. From simple daily chores to more complex industrial systems, technology has ...


Does Your Partner Have Access to Your Tech Accounts?  Real Simple

Do you trust your partner enough to share your tech accounts with them? This survey shows how soon after dating people share their social media.


Tracing Disinformation With Custom Tools, Burner Phones and Encrypted Apps  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Matthew Rosenberg, who covers political disinformation and is ...


Google: Read my lips. You cannot link up a G Suite account with Nest smart home gizmos  The Register

Nest users are shouting at Google to let them register G Suite accounts to their home assistant and automation devices. We're waiting to hear back from Google, ...


Tech Taking Personal Healthcare by Storm: Stocks in Focus  Yahoo Finance

Personal health monitoring market is growing on the back of rising adoption of smart scales, smartwatches, fitness trackers and other monitoring devices. In fact ...


Musk spent $50,000 digging into critic’s personal life  Ars Technica

Elon Musk spent more than $50,000 digging into the personal life of British expat and Thai caver Vern Unsworth in summer 2018 in an effort to substantiate the ...


California adopted the country’s first major consumer privacy law. Now, Silicon Valley is trying to rewrite it.  The Washington Post

Adopted last year, the California Consumer Privacy Act grants web users the right to see the personal information that companies collect about them and stop it ...


Friends with benefits: Can Facebook tackle your love life?  The Oakland Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is tackling a new frontier: love. Facebook Dating, a matchmaking *service* the company already offers in Brazil, Canada and ...


Personal data technology platform Dataswift raises £1.6m  UKTN

Cambridge-based Dataswift has announced it has raised £1.6 million in seed funding. The round was led by IQ Capital, with participation from Pacific & Orient ...


Tech Startup Nebula Genomics Launches Blockchain-Based DNA Sequencing  Cointelegraph

Tech startup Nebula Genomics is launching DNA sequencing using blockchain without the need for customers to reveal their personal information.


What's trending in back-to-school tech  Vancouver Sun

Price isn't the only factor in choosing a laptop. The computer that's powerful enough for a grade-school book report isn't going to serve someone who has CAD ...


Google to pay $170 million to settle charges it violated kids’ privacy law on YouTube  The Washington Post

Google will pay $170 million to settle allegations that it illegally collected data about children younger than age 13 who watched toy videos and television shows ...


That time Windows got blindsided by a ball of plasma, 150 million kilometres away  The Register

On Call Welcome to On Call, that time of the week when you can luxuriate in the aggravation endured by others, safe in the knowledge it would never happen to ...


Facebook campus death plunge: Cops say man jumped from 4th floor in apparent suicide  The Register

A Facebook employee died at the tech giant's Silicon Valley headquarters today in an apparent suicide. According to police, the person jumped from the ...


Apple's looking at you, kid: Fanbois froth over AR patent docs for gaze tracking headset  The Register

The Apple rumour mill churned a perennial favourite back to the surface this week when new patent applications from the company referring to augmented ...


DevOps biz Chef roasted for tech contract with family-separating US immigration, forks up attempt to quash protest  The Register

Exclusive DevOps darling Chef had a nightmare Thursday after it emerged the software biz had inked a deal with US immigration, which sparked protest and a ...


10 'Strong Buy' Tech Stocks to Buy Now  Kiplinger's Personal Finance

The tech sector isn't always popular when markets get volatile, but the analysts like these 10 tech stocks to buy, which could hold up if the bull market does.


How to Declutter and Organize Your Personal Tech in a Few Simple Steps  The Indian Express

Accessories and data may not take up much physical space, but they contribute to frustration and anxiety. Here are ways to keep e-junk at bay, Marie ...


Tech Meets Health Care, Sometimes Shakily  The New York Times

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I Shared My Phone Number. I Learned I Shouldn’t Have.  The New York Times

Our personal tech columnist asked security researchers what they could find out about him from just his cellphone number. Quite a lot, it turns out.


The Tools for Covering Tech Are the Same as in 2009  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? John Herrman, a reporter for the Styles desk who covers the internet ...


He Took Money From Jeffrey Epstein. Now These Tech Stars Are Defending Him.  The Daily Beast

Joi Ito previously apologized for accepting Epstein's money for the MIT Media Lab and his personal tech investments.


When Online Procrastination Is Your Job  The New York Times

There's a reason that logging off is very important to Amanda Hess, a critic at large who covers the internet and the culture it creates.


Burner Apps and No Selfies When Reviewing Restaurants  The New York Times

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How a Longtime Tech Editor Keeps His Tech Use Simple  The New York Times

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‘Fingerprinting’ to Track Us Online Is on the Rise. Here’s What to Do.  The New York Times

Advertisers are increasingly turning to an invisible method that pulls together information about your device to pinpoint your identity.


The Sad Truth About Sleep-Tracking Devices and Apps  The New York Times

Our personal tech columnist tracked his sleep for two weeks with an Apple Watch and some software. Here's why he concluded it was a pointless exercise.


I Deleted Facebook Last Year. Here’s What Changed (and What Didn’t).  The New York Times

Our personal tech columnist didn't lose touch with his true friends — but strange things did occur, including Instagram thinking he was a woman.


Sliding Backward on Tech? There Are Benefits  The New York Times

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Nearly £1m of EU funding to boost tech skills in UK SMEs  ComputerWeekly.com

The government has launched a call for applications for a programme aimed at increasing the level of digital skills in rural communities to enable greater ...


Browsing LinkedIn and Instagram to Put Herself in Readers’ Shoes  The New York Times

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My 2019 tech: Here are the computers, gadgets, and accessories I'm using on a personal basis this year — and which ones I'd recommend  Business Insider

I review a lot of new tech for Business Insider, like headphones, gadgets and accessories. But reviewing tech isn't the same thing as owning it.


Major Phone Service Providers Agree to Plan to Slow Robocallers  The New York Times

Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and nine other phone *service* providers reached a deal with 51 attorneys general across the country to install call-blocking technology.


Outside the U.S., It’s All About WhatsApp  The New York Times

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The Tech That Was Fixed in 2018 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing  The New York Times

From Facebook to creepy online ads, the worst tech of the year made the internet feel like an unsafe place to hang out. Yet there were some products that were ...


Covering Protests Where There Is a Distrust of Social Media  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Daniel Victor, a reporter in Hong Kong who covers news in Asia and ...


Devices That Will Invade Your Life in 2019 (and What’s Overhyped)  The New York Times

A.I. that responds to your voice. Next-generation wireless networks. If this year's biggest consumer technology trends have a familiar ring, there's a reason for ...


Lifting Journalism by Knowing What Readers Are Looking For  The New York Times

Claudio E. Cabrera, who specializes in search engine optimization, describes how he keeps track of what's hot in search and how that informs coverage — and ...


A Comprehensive Guide to Taking Your Smartphone Abroad for Cheap  The New York Times

For $15 to $40, you can easily take your phone to a foreign country and enjoy access to apps, maps and the web. But it takes a lot of steps, hence this travel ...


What not to buy in July: Personal tech, school supplies and indoor appliances  Bankrate.com

Between Fourth-of-July getaways, pool parties or new tech gadgets to enhance your home or personal life, July is a month where you'll find yourself faced with a ...


‘Oversharing’ on Google Calendar, and Making Sure Readers Come Back for More  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Jodi Rudoren, associate managing editor for audience, discussed ...


He Reported on Facebook. Now He Approaches It With Caution.  The New York Times

Nick Confessore, an investigative reporter who has written about social media and data privacy, has changed his tech habits after what he has learned.


Collecting Your Thoughts Is Good. Organizing Them Is Even Better.  The New York Times

Today's apps, services and hardware make it easy to jot, sketch and save the things that inspire you.


Google’s Duplex Uses A.I. to Mimic Humans (Sometimes)  The New York Times

In a free *service*, bots call restaurants and make reservations. The technology is impressive, except for when the caller is actually a person.


For a TV Editor, 500 New Shows a Year Require a Fresh Script  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Jeremy Egner, television editor for The Times, discussed the tech ...


Google Pixel 3A Review: The $400 Smartphone You’ve Been Waiting For  The New York Times

The first midrange Pixel is packed with innovations, without a shocking price.


The Must-Have When Reporting on Disasters: A Satellite Phone  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Thomas Fuller, a national correspondent based in San Francisco, ...


Yes, You Can Be an Ethical Tech Consumer. Here’s How.  The New York Times

Products that we enjoy continue to create privacy, misinformation and workplace issues. We can do better at getting the industry to do better.


Limiting Your Digital Footprints in a Surveillance State  The New York Times

To protect himself and his sources from prying eyes in China, Paul Mozur, a technology reporter in Shanghai, leaves just an “innocent trace” of digital exhaust.


What Is 5G? Here’s What You Need to Know About the New Cellular Network  The New York Times

The transition to new fifth-generation networks, known as 5G, will affect how you use smartphones and many other devices. Let's talk about the essentials.


How an App Creates ‘Disturbingly Agile Millennial Thumbs’  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Isabella Kwai, a correspondent in Sydney, Australia, discussed the ...


Why Play a Music CD? ‘No Ads, No Privacy Terrors, No Algorithms’  The New York Times

Streaming services have revolutionized the discovery of songs, but here's why Ben Sisario, who covers the music industry, still likes to listen to compact discs.


How Updates in iOS 13 and Android Q Will Change Your Smartphone  The New York Times

Year after year, Apple and Google announce big upgrades for their smartphone operating systems. That means the software that makes your phone tick is about ...


T-Mobile and Sprint Are Merging. What Does That Mean for You?  The New York Times

The combined company could potentially lead to higher prices, improved *service* and faster deployment of 5G network technology.


The Week in Tech: Can You Put a Price on Your Personal Data?  The New York Times

New legislation could tell you how much your data is worth. But you might be disappointed by the price tag.


Digital Privacy Is a Big Concern in Europe. For This Reporter, Too.  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Matt Apuzzo, an investigative correspondent in Brussels, discussed ...


Protecting Your Internet Accounts Keeps Getting Easier. Here’s How to Do It.  The New York Times

There are many tools for setting up two-factor authentication, a security mechanism that prevents improper access. These four methods are the most compelling.


When the Tools of the Trade Are the Keyboard and Mouse  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Daisuke Wakabayashi, a technology reporter in San Francisco, ...


Facebook Did Not Securely Store Passwords. Here’s What You Need to Know.  The New York Times

Facebook said it had found no evidence of abuse and it was not requiring users to change their passwords, but you should do it anyway.


A Favorite Tool While Reporting on Start-Ups: Paper?  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Erin Griffith, a start-ups and venture capital reporter in San Francisco ...


‘The Effects Cannot Be Overstated’: When Tech Invaded Media  The New York Times

Jim Rutenberg reflects on the convergence of technology with media, and how that has changed his consumption habits and coverage. (Warning: iPhone ...


This Tech Makes D.I.Y. Key Duplication Easy. Maybe Too Easy.  The New York Times

You can now take key duplication into your own hands using kiosks and apps from start-ups. Our columnist explored whether the benefits of this outweigh the ...


Amazon Kindle Oasis Review: Now Is the Perfect Time to Buy an E-Reader  The New York Times

In an era of smartphone addiction, a single-purpose device like an e-reader may help you unplug and focus on *content* that will bring you joy.


The Week in Tech: Some Workers Hate Robots. Retraining May Change That.  The New York Times

Striking Amazon employees complained about how robots changed their jobs, but the company may help them think differently.


Organizing Your Unwieldy Photo Collection Is Easier Than You Think  The New York Times

Do you ever find yourself scrolling madly through your phone's camera roll, looking for that one fabulous vacation shot you're describing to a friend — and you ...


It’s Time to Use Your Imagination With Bluetooth Trackers. We Did.  The New York Times

The tiny tags are typically used to find valuables like house keys, but they are far more versatile than that.


From Bubble Memory to Hot Spots and a Fly Rod  The New York Times

David E. Sanger, a national security correspondent, recounts his gear from the computers in use when he joined The Times in 1982 to his overloaded backpack ...


What’s Next for Smartphones? Samsung’s New Galaxy Line Offers a Few Answers  The New York Times

One of the company's newly unveiled models works with 5G wireless networks. Another folds up like a book.


Where a TV Pro Goes for Video When YouTube Just Won’t Do  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Liz Day, a senior story editor for The Times's new television show, ...


Talking to Taffy Is Low Tech. And Intense.  The New York Times

Armed with an Olympus recorder, she's spent time with Gwyneth Paltrow and Bradley Cooper. Here's how Taffy Brodesser-Akner of The New York Times ...


How to Take Music Lessons Whenever (and Wherever) Works for You  The New York Times

Playing an instrument can be a rewarding hobby, but if finding the time and a teacher is a challenge, many apps can help get you started.


Get More From Your Letters With Custom Stationery for Print or Pixels  The New York Times

Even in today's digital world, notes sent under a formal letterhead can help get the right message across. Here's how to make your own powerful design with just ...


To Cover China, There’s No Substitute for WeChat  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Li Yuan, a technology columnist in Hong Kong, discussed the tech ...


In a Stumble for Apple, a FaceTime Bug Lets iPhone Users Eavesdrop  The New York Times

A glitch in the video and audio calling app, which the company says it will fix, can turn the device into one perhaps better suited for espionage.


Hurricanes. Shootings. Fires. Time for an Editor’s Emergency Kit.  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Julie Bloom, a deputy editor for national coverage for The Times, ...


An Arsenal of Skype, Voice Recorders and FOIAs  The New York Times

Emily Bazelon, an investigative reporter at The New York Times Magazine, craves easy-to-use tools, whether for interviews, Freedom of Information Act records ...


How to Save on Your Next Apple Purchase  The New York Times

Gadgets like Apple's iPhone have become so powerful and durable that you can wait many years before buying a new one. The bad news is that your next ...


A six-figure income isn’t enough to cover this executive's mortgage, support obligations after divorce  Financial Post

Situation: Six figure income is not enough to pay debt *service*, child and spousal support. Solution: Refinance the mortgage to reduce costs and keep working to ...


You Can’t Stop Robocalls. You Shouldn’t Have To.  The New York Times

Today's solutions for fighting spam and scam calls are ineffective. But the onus should be on the phone companies, not you, to solve this problem.


Capturing What’s Online in China Before It Vanishes  The New York Times

It's important to preserve snapshots of China's internet before they vanish without a trace, says Raymond Zhong, a Times tech reporter in Beijing.


You Don’t Have to Be a Journalist to Want to Keep Chats Private  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Kate Conger, a technology reporter for The Times in San Francisco, ...


Uber vs. Lyft: Which Ride-Hailing App Is Better?  The New York Times

Uber and Lyft recently made clear that they are in the ride-hailing business for the long haul. Shortly after Lyft went public with plenty of fanfare last month, Uber ...


A Guide to Picking the Right Phone Plan  The New York Times

When you prepare to buy a new phone, you should also assess whether it's time for a new wireless plan. Here are some steps to make that process easy.


Germany Is Wary of a Digital World (but Loves Its E-Toothbrushes)  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Melissa Eddy, a Berlin correspondent for The Times, discussed the ...


What are personal tech devices in the schools doing for students?  Idaho State Journal

Here are some thought-provoking facts based on the 2018-2019 school year recently released by the Idaho State Department of Education:


Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Review: A $1,000 Smartphone With Compromises  The New York Times

After I set up Samsung's new Galaxy S10 Plus phone last week, I showed it to my partner and said with atypical enthusiasm, “Check it out — this phone has the ...





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