We all get our fair share of junk mail. Some of it isn’t even “junk” per se, but ads from retailers where we still shop. Or at one point in time, that newsletter you signed up for was full of helpful information but now you don’t have the time to read it or that hobby is on the back burner. This stuff can really clutter up your inbox.
Sure, you can unsubscribe from each one of them manually – if you can find the link to unsubscribe, which many of them hide. Or maybe you HAVE unsubscribed by jumping through all their hoops only to receive emails a day or two later.
And that’s where RemoveMe from PowerInbox comes in.
RemoveMe is a very simple add-on to your web browser. Click the big green button on the RemoveMe page, and your browser will ask you for permission to install the add-on.
Once you grant permission, log in to your email account. Hovering over the subject line will now give you a handy little unsubscribe button. All you have to do is click, and RemoveMe goes right to the correct link to remove you from that particular mailing list.
Click the link to unsubscribe and junk mail won’t be arriving from that company any more.
It’s that time of year again and many people who didn’t get a brand new system for Chistmas are going to upgrade their existing computers with more RAM, bigger hard drives and fancier graphics cards.
If you’d like some help choosing those parts, check out PC Part Picker.
The system builder screen is really helpful if you are building a new computer. Just select a part and the website gives you all the relevant information like hardware details, price and shipping options ( including which items are eligible for bundle and combo deals, and which items qualify for Amazon Prime free 2 day shipping), user ratings and more are all displayed so you can easily choose the best part for your system.
For each different type of hardware there are price comparison charts. On the ‘Storage’ tab, you can check a hard drive’s value vs. capacity. For power supplies, you can check price vs. wattage, and for CPU’s you can compare price vs. performance. This can save alot of time whether you are building the computer for yourself or a client, because all the information you need is easily accessible.
Once you have some parts in the system builder it begins to total the cost of the system. But what’s really nice is this page also tells you which retailer offers the part at the price you’ve chosen and gives you a direct link so you don’t have to hunt it down. It also gives you a warning if the parts are not compatible with each other so you can make other choices before you buy, and tracks how many watts of electricity those parts are going to require.
There is a tab to break down your potential purchases by retailer too, so you can figure out how much money you’re spending at Newegg vs. Amazon for example.
As if that wasn’t enough information, at the bottom of the screen is a nice history of the prices, so you can see if the price of a certain part has been going up or down over the last few months. I think this is going to come in handy for me, because I rarely buy all the parts for a system all at the same time. Using this information I can buy the parts that have been increasing in cost first before they go up again and save the ones that are decreasing in cost for a future order.
Another great feature of PC Part Picker is the ability to share your build with other users of the site (as well as on Facebook) , but you can also view builds other people have put together. By checking the manifest on an existing build, you may save time by finding a system that already meets your needs or specifications.
The site has a great user forum with a very active community of experts to offer advice, and it can save you a lot of time when you need to check on hardware or build your own custom machine for yourself or a client.
It seems like every week we are hearing about another password breach like the one that happened to Facebook and Yahoo recently.
We all have multiple passwords now for various email accounts, work networks, social media, etc. With such a large number off passwords to remember, many people use the same password over and over again for many if not all their accounts. A better idea would be to use different passwords for each site and a password manager like Lastpass to store and remember them for you, but not enough people take that extra step.
So just how strong is your password? Microsoft’s Telepathwords project is designed to guess at least part of your password once you start typing it in. Type at least the first 3 characters of a password and watch it guess what the next character will be. I was amazed at how accurate it was when I typed in some of the passwords I used 10 years ago.
Accorsing to Microsoft the engine in telepathwords is very complex.
“To guess the next character you’ll type, we send the characters you have already typed to query our prediction engine. The prediction engine uses a database of common passwords and phrases that are too large for us send to your computer”.
The main purpose of the program is to see how easily someone can complete your password if they only have a few characters to start with. For example, if you logged in to your email at the coffee shop and a hacker is watching, but only sees the first half of your password, how easily can they guess the rest?
If Telepathwords can guess your password, you should change it right away. Try using both upper and lowercase and throw some numbers and symbols in there.For example, if your normal password is newenglandpatriots, try using N3wEngl$nDp8trL0ts (that’s a zero instead of an O and an uppercase L instead of an I) instead. It’s much harder for a person to guess, although telepathwords still knew the word we were trying to spell.
And remember, don’t ever use any of the passwords on this list. You’re just asking to be hacked.
You probably don’t know exactly where you were 3 weeks ago today at a specific time. But if you own a device with an Android OS, Google may be able to help you remember.
You may or may not remember being asked during the initial setup whether you wanted to allow Google to collect “Location Data”. Google takes this data from your phone or device and uses it to track where you are going, how fast, and how far you travelled from your original location.
This is how Google maps provides up to date traffic info. For example, if 100 drivers with this feature activated are on a stretch of highway during rush hour, Google can estimate what traffic is like by checking how far each of them have moved in a certain time period, and can notify drivers further back to avoid that section of highway. They can also see which lanes are moving faster than others or which lanes may be closed completely due to an accident.
None of this data collection is new -Google has been gathering this information from users for years. Many people have no idea Google is collecting this data or that they can keep it forever even after giving them permission.
You can view your history by signing in to your Google Account (gmail) then clicking this link to access your Google Location History.
Use the calendar to browse individual days or even view a week or a month of time all at once. By dragging your mouse over the points on the map you can “play back” your entire day. At the bottom you can view the timeline of each day, which can also be navigated by clicking and dragging from left to right.
You can see I only left the house once today, around 4:45pm to go to the Texas Roadhouse for dinner (mmm, the rolls!). Let’s say I didn’t want that trip out to dinner recorded for some reason – I can click on the points I don’t want in my history and delete them.
You can also delete the history for any single day, or all of your history.
It can be interesting to look back and see where you were on a certain day, or even try to remember WHY you were in a certain place on a certain day. It can also be scary to have this kind of information floating around out there, so some of people may want to wipe their location history.