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karen
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:22 pm    Post subject: Tech stuff for non-geeks? Reply with quote

I'm looking for a website for computer users like me who are intelligent but not geeks.

written in very simple language, defining and explaining how to do things safely. and what you could do that you had no idea you could do.

For example, I just found out that there are "throwaway" email addresses you can get for when you have to give your email address to log in to a site but don't trust them with your primary email address. stuff like that.

spyware. antivirus software. whether you really have to buy special markers for writing on your CDs. downloading music. and what's up with file sharing? and of course building a website without spending a lot.

some of the tech sites i look at are a bit over my head, and i figure there must be some place where i can learn this stuff without buying books.. or else i'd be spending a fortune on magic markers for dummies. oh, i guess i'm dating myself. they're not magic anymore. maybe that's the problem.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 3:07 am    Post subject: Very good idea Reply with quote

I will get on it.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Karen

Take a look at http://sneakemail.com/ for email.

And tor http://tor.eff.org/ for hidding your ip.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Scott and Angel_007.

BTW, I came across another opinion on TOR, just for your information, although I don't know enough about these things to be able to judge..

http://whitedust.net/article/28/TOR:%20The%20Ying%20or%20the%20Yang?/

I think there is a conspiracy to create a new disease called TCS (Technology Confusion Syndrome). There will of course be a miraculous drug cure. Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

karen wrote:
BTW, I came across another opinion on TOR, just for your information, although I don't know enough about these things to be able to judge..

http://whitedust.net/article/28/TOR:%20The%20Ying%20or%20the%20Yang?/


Karen, that is the opinion of an office network administrator who doesn't want his users to play Quake while they're at work, or anything else that violates their Internet usage policies. It's bad for them. Smile

For a home user, this is an excellent thing and we should ALL start using it immediately, especially to access sites like this one. I didn't know about it until just now (thanks Angel_007!), and I'm going to install it immediately (downloading it now) because I've been waiting for exactly this to come along for years and it finally has. I hope everybody reads this thread.

All you're doing is tellling your web browser (or most any Internet-accessing program like AIM or whatever) to send all its requests and take all its responses through a proxy server, which is the TOR software running on your computer.

Another thing you could do is use a different web browser like the kickass Firefox (http://www.mozilla.org/) so it stays set up to use the TOR proxy all the time, in case you have any trouble or for some reason want to use the Internet in a less-secure manner, you can do so with your old browser and leave this one set up for secure surfing.

Neat, huh? Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for clarifying, Ryan.. it does sound great.

Re. Firefox, I just started using it, and it works better than it used to. I had tried it about a year ago, and then it didn't work well on many sites, but now I have no problem.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:30 pm    Post subject: sneakermail Reply with quote

That sounds fine and dandy, but what does the corporation called "sneakermail" do with the information they receive regarding spam and where you've been online?
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