Important Product Safety Recalls issued last week

As part of my CERT experience I subscribe to “The Emergency Email & Wireless Network.” They send out weekly safety bulletins and this morning’s had a number of food product recalls. Some of you reading this may have some of these products. If you are interested in details click on the links they have provided.

ICYMI…

Recalls have been issued as follows:

RECALL: Chicken Products


Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

RECALL: Frozen Ready-To-Eat Beef Products


Products may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber with plastic

RECALL: Yogurt Bars


Bars may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7).

RECALL: Assorted Jerky Products


Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

RECALL: Fish Products


These products may be adulterated with residues of public health concern, specifically Malachite Green and Leucomalachite Green

RECALL: Boneless Beef Products


Products may be contaminated with E. coli O103

Dennis

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Day Seven for Mom and her new i-Phone 6

The following story is true and no names have been changed to protect anyone! It is told here with permission.

Some of you may recall a few tech conversations with my parents I have mentioned over the years. Well, we have a new one tonight.

Mom has been using an i-Phone 4 for a couple of years now and has gotten pretty good with it for phone calls and texts. She did not have a data plan so no apps were in use.

She decided it was time for an upgrade and was given an i-Phone 6 for Christmas. This time it was connected to her wireless network for data while at home.

Well, this evening she had a surprise…Siri!

She didn’t mean to call up Siri so was quite surprised to hear her phone ask if she could help? Mom, being Mom, told Siri what she wanted and a conversation ensued.

Toward the end of the “conversation” between Mom and Siri, Mom said “I’ll talk to you later.” To which Siri replied, “Who, me?” Mom, got tickled at this and called me right away.

Modern tech.

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The Computer Guys LLC – Rules for Safer Computing 2016

The Computer Guys LLC

Rules for Safer Computing

Revised Dec 2016

  • If you have children, any age, never put a PC in a private place. Remember, the Internet is NOT a perfectly safe place for your children to “play.” Always place the PC out in the open where it is less of a temptation for older kids to go where they shouldn’t and where you can supervise your younger children.
  • Also, remember, there are all types of crooks patrolling the Internet looking for ways to trick you into providing personal information about yourself so they can “mug” you electronically or lure your children to a meeting! One of their favorite ways these days, Dec 2016, is to set up spoof Facebook profiles.
  • Spoofing is a term used to describe attempts at setting up fake Facebook profiles or fake email accounts that look like they are profiles or email addresses from someone you know and trust. Why? They hope to trick you into revealing personal information or harvesting the personal information of your friends.
  • Never download anything free on the Internet without first emailing us to make sure it is legitimate. Chances are it is not safe unless it is from a huge company with a good reputation, i.e. Disney, ABC, CNN etc.! There are thousands of illegitimate programs that you get when you download so-called “free” stuff. They take control of your PC and can cost you hundreds of dollars to repair! So, in the end, it wasn’t really free.
  • Never download smiley faces or free screensavers! Yes, they are cute, but insidious! Never download Weather Bug. If you want weather displayed call us.
  • Never open any attachments whatsoever without first calling the person who sent it to you to make sure they really did send it. There are crooks out there who can take over your momma’s computer, and make it look like she sent you come cute pictures, when in reality she not only didn’t send them, she doesn’t even know her computer is sending them out. (Think of Little Red Riding Hood!)
  • Never open an “e-card” from a “secret admirer.” This will likely be a piece of software that will steal all your login names and passwords.
  • Never accept files via Instant Messenger of any sort: Facebook, Yahoo IM, AIM, MSN Messenger, etc.
  • Financial Institutions will never ask you to verify your account information via email. So, if you receive email asking you to verify your account information, including your password and SS number, DON’T DO IT!
  • Always remember, the person on the other end of a chat session or instant message may not be who they pretend to be.
  • Make sure you have good Anti-virus software running and set correctly. You must keep it updated daily. And turn on real-time protection.
  • Make sure you have good Anti-Spyware software running and set correctly. You must keep it updated daily. And turn on real-time protection. (Repeated on purpose for emphasis.)
  • Make sure you have your computer set correctly to keep your operating system updated.
  • If you are on Windows XP and have not loaded Service Pack 2, do so today!
  • Do NOT load any Internet search assisting software at all.

If you aren’t sure about any of this, please give us a call 270-344-4286. Or if you like, we can perform a safety audit for you and make recommendations.

December 2016

Dennis H. Wilson

270-344-4286 – Voice Mail

Dennis @ TheComputerGuysLLC.com

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Automated Unattended Off-site Backup Systems

I am somewhat hesitant to write on this subject because I am sure some will think I am only trying to profit from the recent natural disasters.  Let me state clearly….that is not my primary goal.

Do we offer Automated Unattended Off-site Backup Systems? Why, Yes, yes we do!

Do we make a profit from our Automated Unattended Off-site Backup Systems? Why, Yes, yes we do!

But this is not my primary goal for this article.  My primary goal is to get you to subscribe to a service somewhere to backup those precious pics and videos of your kids and grand-kids.  But also of your important financial data.  If you own and operate a small business and use Quickbooks or some other bookkeeping software or have medical records/images you really need to take care of this today.

 

Now that I have that out of the way, let me just give you a couple of good reasons why you should be using a service like ours.  (And there are many companies providing this service.)

Here is one: Across the street from Alberta Baptist Church in Tuscalosa after April 27 2011 Storm This is a picture of the aftermath of the Tuscaloosa AL tornado from April 27 2011.

If there were computers in these buildings there is a good chance they are gone and/destroyed.  if the person was making backups on tape or disk and keeping them in the same building, they are likely gone and/or destroyed too.

Here is another:  japan-earthquake-tsunami-nuclear-unforgettable-pictures-crying_33278_600x450 This is a picture after the earthquake in Japan. 

If there were computers in these buildings there is a good chance they are gone and/destroyed. if the person was making backups on tape or disk and keeping them in the same building, they are likely gone and/or destroyed too.

 

With an Automated Unattended Off-site Backup System their data files, i.e. pictures, accounting records, customer lists, medcial images, could be recovered once they get their PC back or replaced.  Please note it only backs up data, not programs.  You should store all your original software somewhere other than your house so you don’t have to purchase it again.

Our service is as low as $120 annually for up to 10GB worth of data.  If you pay it all up front with an e-check, we’ll do it for $99 annually.  And our backup server has 2TB of storage capacity.  That is equal to 2,000GB.

Don’t delay!

Dennis “The Backup Guy” Wilson

Mary Did You Know?

Here are the lyrics to the song we have been quoting from the past two days…

"Mary Did You Know"

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know..

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.

So you received a new PC for Christmas…what next?

Wow, a brand new PC for Christmas!  What should you do next?

While it may be tempting to set it all up and starting playing right away you really should do a few things:

Make the Recovery DVD Set that your manufacturer probably suggests.  Why?  Most consumer computers these days do not come with any CD’s or DVD’s to reload your system should the need arise.  They do this to save money.  Yes, they do place a factory image on the hard drive so that you can quickly restore your PC to factory settings but, what if the hard disk drive itself has a physical crash.  That recovery image will not do you any good.  If you didn’t take the time to create the Recovery Media (CD’s or DVD’s) you will have no choice but to hire someone like us to reload your operating system and drivers.  Whereas if you have the Recovery Media you, at least in theory, could install the new HDD yourself and then load the Recovery Media in and you are back in business.

And even if you do not feel you could install the new HDD yourself, it will be much better for you if you can hand the Recovery Media to your technician to reinstall everything just the way it came from the factory.

Next, uninstall whatever Anti-virus software came with your PC and install Microsoft Security Essentials.  It is totally free and legal forever.  No fees to pay.  And it does a fine job.

The third thing I would recommend is subscribing to a backup service.  Your family photos are priceless and having a service that backups your data every night automatically could be priceless too if your PC ever crashes, gets stolen or destroyed. We offer such a service.)

Yes, these to me are the very first three steps you should take.

As an option, contact us to have us install our remote support software so that if you have problems we can log in remotely and assist.  The software is free and the installation is free.  We will only charge you when we are logged in and providing support.  We can take your credit or debit card over the phone and we only bill in 15 minute increments.

If you can think of other important first things to do, please share them.

Dennis “The Computer Guy” Wilson

Do you find yourself wondering what to cook night after night?

I learned of a new site today that may be a big help to anyone, male of female, who is trying to figure out “What’s for dinner tonight?”  Here is the opening paragraph from the site:

Do you find yourself wondering what to cook night after night? Is take-out food a part of your weekly routine despite good intentions to eat more healthfully and spend less money? Are you running to the store just to pick up one or two items? Do you find it too time consuming to sift through store circular ads in order to save money? Do you understand the importance of family dinners, but find making them happen every night impossible?
Let Grocery Dash help by providing you with a way to save money, save time, and eat well. It’s easy when you have a weekly menu based on the circular advertisements of your local Publix, Stop & Shop, Safeway, Giant, Kroger, Wegman’s or Wal Mart grocery store, simple corresponding recipes, and an aisle-by-aisle printable grocery list.  All you have to do is cook.

To find out more about this go to:  Grocery Dash

If you try this, please come back to this article and post your findings.  Was it helpful, was it a waste of time etc.

 

(If that link doesn’t work, try this:  http://www.grocerydash.com/)

Enjoy!