PDF to Text

Okay, I’ve had enough talk about spam and computer safety. Let’s talk about something more interesting. Did you know you can change PDF documents to text? Why would you want to? I’ve found a few reasons so far. For one thing, you can create PDF’s of your blog posts, then convert them to text. That […]

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Fighting Spam

Since we’re in a cautious frame of mind here this week, how about some tips on fighting spam? While usually not dangerous to your computer (unless a virus is attached), excessive spam can be hazardous to your mental health.  From the phishing emails that give you a heart attack when they say your accounts have […]

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Computer Security Tips

Yesterday, the computer literacy group I volunteer with received a number of handouts about computer security when on the Internet. I know sometimes I laugh these off, and I’m not about to stop putting myself out there in cyberspace, but I do need to be careful. So as a reminder to myself and a checklist […]

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Public Domain Classical Music

One of the ladies in my computer club was looking for some public domain music to add to the slideshow she had created in Windows MovieMaker. We found some good classical music at Let me know what you think of it and which songs were your favorites, will you? Do you still call them […]

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Are You Overly Afraid of Identity Theft?

This week I started volunteering one afternoon a week with a local literacy group. They are teaching fundamental computer skills to adults and I’m helping out when needed. We spent our first two hours talking about the parts of a computer and learning to turn it on and off properly. A little boring to my […]

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Receiving Money Through Paypal

I had a little problem with my PayPal account recently. I had some money in my PayPal account, but I had been paid in Canadian funds. And then I bought something on eBay. I had to pay it in American funds. I’d thought that the money would just come out of my PayPal account. But […]

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WordPress Lessons Learned

More WordPress trials and lessons learned these days. First, my WordPress template clashed with a plugin I’d added and wouldn’t work anymore.  The solution was to have the information installed in the template code and now it shows on every page at the top and in the sidebar. Not quite what I wanted, but I’m leaving […]

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Kijiji and Craigslist Scams

I read recently about a rental scam on Kijiji. Some disgruntled tenants advertised the fixtures in the home they were renting. The renters said that the house was being demolished and people could freely take what they needed before it was torn down. No one seemed to think it sounded too good to be true, so people came and […]

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