Get 2GB Free Storage in Google Drive

Written: February 11, 2016

I use many Google products because they are usually free, work well on all devices even Mac and iPad, and simplify both my business and personal life. Google Drive is a cloud-based storage that lets me organize documents into folders and files, then share that with anyone else using their email address. That’s powerful.

Google Drive

Google Drive

Today I learned that I could bump up my free 15GB of storage on Google Drive to 17GB by just clicking through some security review questions at https://security.google.com/settings/security/secureaccount.

Enjoy your time with Google Drive, and remember that when you create a free Google account to use your business email account, you DO NOT need to add a Gmail account.

 

Not All Battery Chargers are Created Equal

Written: February 1, 2016

I use both Apple and Android devices every day in my business and personal life, so decided that I should buy a new battery charger for the AAA batteries used in my Apple Magic Mouse. The charging unit is white, sleek, rounded and comes with six AAA batteries:

Apple Battery Charger

Apple Battery Charger

 

I brought the charger home, charged up two of the included silver batteries, then used them in my Magic Mouse, all was well.

Then curiosity took hold and I tried to insert another brand of rechargeable NiMH battery in this charger. Guess what? The Apple charger flashed a Yellow distress light, because it will only charge the six included batteries and not any other brand of rechargeable battery.

Huh?

How could a major American company create a battery charger and disable it from charging any NiMH battery?

The greedy marketing folks at Apple clearly went overboard and paranoid in this case by insisting that only Apple batteries can be recharged and not other NiMH batteries. Apple may be so embarrassed by this offense that they have recently removed this product from their online store. The only place that I found one for sale was at Amazon.com, but none are listed at www.apple.com.

 

Keeping Your Software Updated

Written: January 19, 2016

It’s a best business practice to keep all of your software updated and at the latest release, because you get bugs fixed, better security and often receive new features. There are many times that I have to update software:

Just today my financial app Quicken 2015 running in Windows 10 requested to be updated to release 10, so I obliged:

Notice how in that final screen Quicken nagged me to upgrade from the 2015 to 2016 version, but at a price, so I declined. When financial software like Quicken is working OK at version 2015 release 10, I delay paying them extra money for version 2016 just because the app does everything that I want in version 2015. Use your own best judgement about having to pay for yearly releases of apps, however if you are offered a free release upgrade then do so.

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It’s Tax Time, Beware of this IRS Phishing Email

Written: January 14, 2016

I cringe every time that I have to pay taxes quarterly, and whenever I receive an email or letter from the IRS or Oregon Department of Revenue. My email inbox today had the following official looking message:

IRS phishing

The from email address was legitimate as noreply@irs.gov, however this email message had two things that stuck out to me as suspicious:

  1. The wording was quite awkward, like: “we oblige you to update”
  2. There’s an HTML file attachment, a big security no-no

So folks, this email was another phishing attempt to lure me into double-clicking on the attached HTML file, the real IRS will never send you an HTML file for clicking. The real IRS would have your Social Security number displayed, or your first and last name, or your address, something to identify that they know who you really are beyond just an email address.

Be vigilant and always question any suspicious looking email before blindly following what hackers are sending you.

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