I am so excited, and why this is not for you

I am excited to be a part of an incredible opportunity to serve more of you than ever before.

Juan's excited about Total ProtectionIn the ten years that I have been in the North Olympic Peninsula I have learned that if you use a wood stove to keep warm you must have wood to burn. I have also learned that a tool such as an axe, is no match for a motorized wood splitter. Do you agree?  In other words, it’s the better fit, more advanced tool that allows you to do more. That is why I am so excited.

I am excited to have a new tool in my arsenal. A tool that leverages my 10+ years of higher education (okay, not all in one sitting!).  I did go to school for my field and excelled at it. I am talking about a tool that takes my $30,000 of education and makes it worth a million bucks.

My point is YOU are the beneficiary of my service, education, and experience. And that is why I am so excited!

Here are some reasons why my new offering may not be for you: Continue reading

Two Tweaks To Avoid Email Scams

The Internet and Email are the most dangerous avenues for viruses and scams. I am going to show you a couple of ways to protect yourself from these threats via email.

The first one, is to hide the message reading pane; and the second one is to use the “to” column to verify the recipient of the email before you open it.

Windows Live Mail SampleDepending on your email client (the program you use to view your email) the settings should be similar to what I am about to describe. For this exercise I will use the Windows Live Mail program that comes with your windows Vista, 7, or 8.  If you have a different operating system and email client, leave me a message at bottom of this article and I will respond with a specific solution for your case. Continue reading

How to Change Your CMOS Battery

What is a CMOS?

CMOS Battery inside a pcYou can read in more detail about that question here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CMOS.

There are two major ideas behind CMOS. One refers to the circuitry that allows digital cameras to collect the light that produces the pictures taken. I will not be talking about that one today.

This topic is about how to replace the battery that keeps the CMOS in your computer working properly. Continue reading

OpenSSL what is it and why should you care?

Heartbleed emblemOpenSSL is an encryption method used by websites to provide security against prying eyes.

The problem is that someone found a flaw in the programming of a certain kind of SSL. The flaw allows crooks to peer into the working areas of the encryption process and extract important information from it, such as passwords, or other private information.

If you remember passing notes in class and getting caught by the teacher, you quickly learned to encrypt your messages.  You devised a way to change the meaning of your letters or words.  As an example, you might have changed the letter A to a C, the B to a D, C to a E, etc. Hello John would look like: Jgnnq Lqjp. Continue reading