Computing

If you aren’t getting email from Voice for Liberty

If you aren’t getting email from Voice for Liberty

Troubleshoot why you aren't getting email from Voice for Liberty or other senders. From time to time people ask me if I'm still sending email newsletters from the Voice for Liberty. The answer is yes, I am. But some people tell me they aren't receiving them, even though I have verified that the emails are, indeed, being sent. So if you aren't receiving your email from the Voice for Liberty or other senders, here are some troubleshooting steps. (I usually send Friday morning, but sometimes also on other days.) Spam. Just what is it? Most email programs or systems filter…
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I’m concerned about Google

As someone who uses and relies on many Google products, I'm concerned when the company's CEO says "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." This quote is attributed to Google CEO Eric Schmidt in 2009. Tim Carney has more in the Washington Examiner at Even law-abiding people should oppose surveillance. "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know," Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in 2009, "maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." This line was creepy enough coming from one…
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I lost some data

Yesterday afternoon my web hosting company, which I am satisfied with, suffered a mishap and some data was lost. This site was unavailable for some time, too. I reconstructed the posts from yesterday. The comments that were left were lost, at least in their normal form. I fetched them from my email notifications and included them within the text of the posts. Other than that I think everything is okay and back to normal, but I'd appreciate a notification if something isn't working. Email to [email protected], or call 316-708-1837.
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I’ll help you with technology

I hate to see activists struggle with technology. Whether it's creating and managing a blog, using Facebook or Twitter, or just using computers and the Internet effectively, I'd like to help. Crossloop is a tool that lets people work together remotely. By using it, you'll be able to see my computer screen, and I -- with your permission -- can see yours. Working together this way, we can resolve many problems quickly. If you're a center-right or libertarian activist and need help, contact me. It's free. You'll have to do an easy download of some software, but you don't have…
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Pew Internet and American Life Project Redesign

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has redesigned their website. This organization has been a valuable source of information about the Internet and how people are using it. As an example, here are some of their recent research reports: Twitter and status updating: "As of December 2008, 11% of online American adults said they used a service like Twitter or another service that allowed them to share updates about themselves or to see the updates of others." Adults and Social Network Websites: "The share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has…
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Please Back Up Your Data

You really need to back up your computer data. It's as simple as that. There is no form of computer storage that isn't vulnerable to data loss. Sooner or later, a loss is certain to happen. The consequences can be tragic. There are several ways to perform this vital task of safeguarding your data. One way is to purchase an external disk drive. For around $100, you can buy one that's probably larger than the drive that's internal in your computer. These drives often have software that automatically copies data from your computer's drive to the external drive on a…
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The Google May Shut Off Data

One of the fascinating things about having a website is analyzing how people happen to visit your site. For many sites, referrals from a search engine like Google or Yahoo are a big source of visitors. This means that someone used Google to search for something, your site appeared in the results, someone clicked on the result, and therefore came to visit your site. Generally, you can tell what search terms the visitor typed into Google or whatever when they performed the search that led them to visit your site. This is, as you might imagine, very useful information. It's…
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Maggie Twitters

My friend Maggie Thurber from Toledo explains a bit about Twitter and tweets. See Do you Twitter? from her blog Thurber's Thoughts. You can follow me on Twitter by clicking here.
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