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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New Computer Setup Today

Last night I bought a new desktop computer. I'd been needing to for a while, as my current computer was about five years old. Everything was becoming slower. I run a lot of software, such as Google desktop indexing (and even another desktop indexing program, if you can figure that out), and my old computer was just overwhelmed. Plus, last week at the State Policy Network conference I became convinced of the power of video to report and tell a story. So I bought a video camera. My old computer was way underpowered for video, so that's part of the…
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Liberty Search

Liberty Search is a Google custom search engine that I developed. It searches sites friendly to liberty, capitalism, and free markets, such as mises.org, cato.org, and many others. Or, visit the page at Google for Liberty Search. This page has more information about this Google custom search engine.
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More good computer and Internet things

Bloglines "Bloglines is a FREE online service for searching, subscribing, creating and sharing news feeds, blogs and rich web content." That quote from Bloglines accurately describes what Bloglines is, but doesn't really communicate its benefit. Here's what Bloglines does for me: I like to keep current with the content of about two dozen blogs, mostly blogs in Kansas that might not publish new articles very often. (You can see a list of some of them here.) Instead of visiting each of these sites every day or so, I simply add them to my list of "feeds" in Bloglines. Then, Bloglines…
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More favorite computer and Internet things

More things I like and use. The first article is here: Favorite Internet and computer things. A Notebook Computer Until this year I had never owned a notebook computer. But now that I do, I understand and appreciate the benefits of portability. When combined with a wireless network, I can sit anywhere in my house and do any sort of computing that I want. The backyard deck and front porch are possibilities, too. Even if the computer was to be totally deskbound, a notebook computer is still nice for its small size. Today you can get serviceable notebook computers for…
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Favorite Internet and computer things

Pdf995 Pdf995, available as a free download at http://www.pdf995.com/, lets you create documents in the popular Adobe Acrobat pdf format. This is immensely useful for many situations. A companion program, PdfEdit995, lets you edit some attributes of the pdf files. For basic usage, though, Pdf995 works just fine. After you download and install the software, you'll be able to "print" any document to pdf format, and then do with it as you wish. When using Pdf995 you have to watch a small advertisement, but this is what keeps the program free. What's so great about pdf files? They're a good…
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What is Not Good About Internet Search

The success of the Internet search engine Google is amazing. It has become a cultural phenomena, as "to Google" someone or a topic. The implication is that by using Google, you can find all there is to know about a person or subject. In my opinion, this attitude can be deceptive. Relying exclusively on Google or any other search engine can lead to conclusions based on erroneous or incomplete sources. For example, The Wall Street Journal, one of the most important sources for research on current topics, is absent from Google. Its content does not appear in searches. That's because…
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