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Sites of the Week: November 10, 2013

“The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.”

Ronald Reagan

Factoid: “Over the past 10 years, 94 percent of large federal information technology projects were unsuccessful, according to a study by the research firm the Standish Group. More than half of them were either delayed or over budget, or fell short of user expectations. More than 41 percent failed completely.”

The New York Times

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

Angry Young Woman Uses Her ‘Telekinetic Powers’ in a NYC Cafe

This short, amusing clip comes to you via my friend, Ralph. It’s an elaborate prank at a West Village coffee house to promote the new Carrie remake. It’s entertaining to watch the customer reactions when an angry woman uses her “telekinetic powers”.

Ten Facts You Don’t Know About the JFK Assassination

This November 22 is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I recently read that over 40,000 books have been published about Kennedy and his assassination. Isn’t that remarkable? This site lists 10 little known assassination facts.


Until a recent attack at my company, I had not heard of CryptoLocker or the malware category known as ransomware even though it is not new. Have you heard of it? Ransomware is malware in which the attacker encrypts your data and demands payment for the decryption key. It can be installed from an email attachment, an infected program, or a Web site. Once infected, the victim receives a ransom note demanding payment via bitcoins for the key required to unlock all of their files. If the ransom is not paid in a specified time, the key is destroyed. Aside from regular backups, there is little you can do to protect yourself. If you become a ransomware victim and do not have a backup, your only options are to pay the ransom or rebuild your computer. At a minimum, you should be backing up your data regularly. With the size and price of USB Flash Drives today, there’s no excuse. Weekly backups of your data are quick and easy. The SanDisk Cruzer 32 GB USB Flash Drive is only $28 and the SanDisk Cruzer 64 GB USB Flash Drive is only $43.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


Sites of the Week: April 13, 2013

“If you really want to understand something, the best way is to try and explain it to someone else.”

Douglas Adams, author

Name That Movie: Listen to this brief audio clip and see if you recognize the movie. Click here to play.  (Answer at end of newsletter)

Factoid: The U.S. government spent $74.6 billion on food stamp benefits last year, up from $30.4 billion in 2007.  With 15% of Americans now receiving food stamps, the program’s budget is equivalent to the combined budgets of the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the Department of the Interior.

Wall Street Journal

Now on to this week’s sites.  This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.


This site is similar to Burn Note (https://burnnote.com) which was featured in the June 3, 2012 issue. Sending confidential information such as passwords, account information and other sensitive data in emails and IM is unsafe. OneShare.es is a free service that enables you to securely share private data using an encrypted self-destructing e-mail. Once someone visits your private URL you provide them, the information is unlocked and the message is deleted. You can also automatically specify that the message should self-destruct if not viewed in a specified time period. Android and iOS apps are available for creating self-destructing messages while mobile.

FingerPrint 2

Apple’s AirPrint technology is cool because it enable you to print from any iOS to a supported printer. Unfortunately, the key is having a printer with built-in AirPrint support. FingerPrint is a $20 Mac and Windows utility that finds your printers–including those connected to your network–and makes them available to your iPad and iPhone. A free trial is available and it’s $19.95 to purchase.

Road Runner – Coyote Falls

This site comes to you via my friend, Dale H. I was never a big fan of The Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons, but if you were then you’ll enjoy this 3 minute cartoon. Even if you weren’t a fan, you may enjoy this computer graphic HD reboot by Warner Bros. Looney Tunes.


Name That Movie Answer:  “Better Off Dead”, 1985 starring John Cusack


Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”