Saturday, June 27, 2015

That's a Good Question!

"Slightly" more complicated answers.  <grin>  (I think we should eliminate the terms "Beginner" and "Advanced" answers - I'm going to call them 'simple' and 'good.'  No need to remind people of their level of learning!)  Today's topics were:
  • Are your files really erased?
  • Is it a Phish or not?
  • Challenge: What is a Digital Signature?
  • What are the New Microsoft Terms of Service?
The first question about erasing files included a surprise: I submitted a question to the "My Hard Drive Died" podcast and it was answered 'on air' by data recovery expert Scott Moulton.  Here's a link to that podcast:  <link>  The actual podcast is almost an hour and a half long - skip to the 36 minute mark to hear how Scott tackles my question about how much can be recovered from a HD after a single pass of zeros is written on it.

For the third question, a member challenged me explain exactly what a Digital Signature was - I think I nailed it!  The short answer is, "a digital signature is a hash of the document being signed encrypted with the signer's private key."  Of course that requires me to also explain what a hash and private key is.  And that requires one to understand .... etc. etc. etc.  <grin>

Friday, June 12, 2015

Social Videos

Short and sweet - Everything I showed at the 11 June Social ... plus a couple were on deck just in case:

# Video Link
1 Chicago's Magical Piano
2 Dakuwaqa's Garden - Underwater footage from Fiji & Tonga
3 Google Translate Sings: "I'll Make A Man Out of You" from Mulan
4 Hilarious Southwest Airline Safety announcement
5 Lost in the Fifties- Another Time, Another Place
6 2015/01/03 Chicago Bulls Kiss Cam Barbershop Hashimoto
7 Frozen Fever" - Dueling Piano Siblings "Frozen" Mashup + Backwards Piano
8 Die Maiers Comedy Trapeze 
9 Big Marble Run Machine: 11000 Marbles!!!
10 Walking on Air
11 The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133
12 Despicable Me 2 | Minions Banana Song (2013) SNSD TTS
13 Zach King's Best Vines from 2014
14 Dear Kitten: Regarding The Big Game
15 Did you know 2015
16 Bach "Little" Fugue in G Minor, BMV 578 - Saxophone Quartet
17 Email in Real Life
18 Captain Jack Sparrow's intro
19 Beans
20 Elevator Walls Show the Evolution of New York’s Skyline
21 Official 11 Year Time-lapse Movie of One World Trade Center
22 Best of Just For Laughs Gags - Best Sexy Pranks
23 Your Should Get a Second Cat
24 Las Vegas isn't Las Vegas
25 God Bless the USA - the Texas Tenors
26 Kitten vs. a Scary thing
27 Funny Dog eats elegant at table
28 Pizza Hut Pizza Box Turns Your Smartphone Into a Movie Projector
29 The Song from Outer Space

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Handy Free Utilties

My Intro slides:  Club Election Candidates, Upcoming Events, Computer phish fraud, and Windows 10 shipping announced.

Marilyn's Slides:


  • RealVNC (Virtual Network Computing)  <link>
  • Getting the Quick Launch Toolbar back.
  • Profile Wizard <link>
  • WinKeyFinder <link>
  • Dropbox <link>
  • Ultimate Boot Disk for Windows <link>