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Don’t buy a solar energy system now.

Don’t get caught up in the current solar energy mania. There are other ways to cut your energy costs without doing a major investment.

First of all, do you live in an area where solar energy would be very productive? Actually, only a portion of the United States is well-suited to solar energy. It is the area known as the Southwest United States which includes the lower half of California and the western half of Texas and all of Arizona and most of new Mexico.
Do not expect a solar panel salesmen to provide you with all the relevant facts. In some areas the cost of electric power is very low and will probably stay that way for a long time. Also, if some new development should occur, the power companies would be the first to take advantage of it for their own benefit.
What many homeowners do not realize is that many large companies have looked at the alternatives and have made other decisions. In some cases they are using fuel cells to convert natural gas and electricity. Of course, that doesn’t do a whole lot for the environment, but it is very cost effective. The reason is that natural gas is available almost everywhere. It can be piped across United States through pipelines or it can be liquefied and freight trains. Natural gas is extremely available everywhere. In some parts of United States is not enough sunlight to justify solar energy installations. But those areas can benefit by the use of fuel cells that depend on natural gas.
So then, to answer the question here are the two major issues. The first is do you live in an area where solar energy really would be productive? The second question: What is the cost is relative to the cost of electrical energy in your area?

Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating that we consume all the fossil fuels we can find. Rather my objection is to the flimflam shoddy misrepresentation being made by solar panel salesmen. It is not a good return on your investment. It takes years and years for become cost effective. There are other ways to save your energy costs.
Here are some other things that will help you cut your energy costs. Improve the insulation in your existing home. Think about heating or cooling your home with other types of equipment. In some places a water-cooler can be just as effective as an air-conditioning unit and cost a lot less to maintain and use.
At the present time there is a lot of research being done on alternate forms of energy. Most likely the big energy companies are going to get into this before the average person can benefit. It is just the way it is. It takes money to save money. The big companies will invest their money in the kind of research that will produce real results inside of a reasonable timeline.

Now in your case, do you really think that you can wait 40 years to see if you got the right return on your investment?  Probably not.

What the FBI wabts Apple to do.

The government wants Apple to unlock  cell phones that were found on two terrorists.

They hope the  i Phones will reveal information about his contacts  and past activity.Two terrorists were killed after the tragic San Bernadino Shooting.

San Bernardino Shooting

Back in December er 14 people were killed in the southern California city. The two shooters were killed before they could destroy the  two Phones.  The FBI  was not able to unlock the phones.

Modern cell phone and tech companies commonly use encryption to protect customers’ data, features that terrorists used to communicate secretly. If a phone is secured with a password, it is almost impossible to access the data.

Apple claims it does not know how to do this. Some lawmakers want to make companies like Apple responsible for this problem. Therefore all phones swill become subject to search if police think it is important to an investigation. It may be that the engineers at Apple did  a very good job. So good it can not be creaked with any reasonable effort.

Here is my thought. Watch this  story. It could mean a major change in what we do with lout cell phones. Someday nothing will ever be private again. Except maybe in your bedroom bathroom.

California Law Would Make Apple Weaken Security.

The Apple iPhone Security will weaken if a new bill becomes law.

Some government authorities want to make it easy for police to see what is in your iPhone or tablet. This has come up before, but now it is getting to be a thing for the politicians to toss around.

Here is post written by Benjamin Mayo elsewhere:

Benjamin Mayo  – 1 day ago

Although the bill is only being proposed and isn’t law at this time, it poses a big issue for Apple which is facing pressure from politicians across the US to relax its stance on privacy in favor of security. The California case is especially problematic given the location of Apple’s HQ. It would be very awkward if Apple was barred from selling iPhones in the state where they’re designed.

If the bill came into effect as written, anyone caught buying an iPhone past January 1st, 2017 would be fined $2,500 per device. Naturally, there’s a reasonable chance this will not be instated, or at least delayed for further review. It is nonetheless a worrying trend for users interested in controlling their own information.

Tim Cook and Apple has repeatedly taken a hard-line stance on privacy.

To see the full text of his article, click here.


Bad Dog and Cat Food – FDA

The FDA gas reported earlier this year bad dog and cat food being sold at major outlets in the USA.

It includes some of the bed-known and advertised brands on the market. Namely Alpo,  Friskies,  Mighty Dog have been mentioned as having Salmonella  All of these products are canned/moist foods.

For more information, do a search on the key words below:

FDA Purina pet food recall.

That will gibe you the information you need.

Home fires caused by AC adapters and batteries.

The AC adapter for you laptop or tablet might start a fire while you are gone. Ask your insurance company.

Every year there are over a 200,000 home fires in the USA.  Experts say that bad wiring and bad cords are a leading cause. But even the AC adapter for a small device can draw enough current to star a small fire.

Of course, if you smell something burning, you will check it out. And you smoke defector would also warn you.  So you insurance company says to unplug any appliance when you are going away for several hours.

A few years ago some laptop computers caught  on fire. Really!  But is the problem over now? Well, consider how many devices are now coming from other countries where the certification may not be reliable. How do we know for sure the problem devices are no longer being sold?

This article below is about eight years old. We would hope that the things mentioned are no longer true. You decide.

  • Notebook computer batteries that burn up computers, cause other property damage and burn users;
Whenever you buy any electrical device, check to see if it has been certified to meet the requirements st by the insurance companies for electrical devices.


You Tube Videos of on Police Corruption

Find Shocking Videos of Police Brutality.

You Tube has dozens of videos taken recently of very odd police behavior. You should see!

Brutal Police Videos

Most of these are recent, but some going back ten years. The growth use of cell phones with video cam  made it possible to record more of what the police officers do. In some states the FBI is now investigating.

FBI Invests a California Police Department

With the Internet we learn more about the world we live in.

Like it or not.

When not to Use Registry Cleaners?

Microsoft does not support any registry cleaners for current Windows versions after XP.

Microsoft also admits that in some cases the registry can slow your machine and even make it crash. The official opposition is the common use of any registry cleaner will more likely do harm or nothing useful.

You can do search on Bing, Google or Yahoo and find articles from Microsoft that claim the Registry Cleaners are very seldom needed. Errors in the registry are often caused by users doing things they should not do. Such and deleting program files rather that do a proper uninstall.  As for the small  bits and pieces left in the resistivity, these  do not slow down the PC.  Most slow downs are caused by programs not running properly do to incorrect installation.

If you think a certain program is taking too much time to do a task , there are some steps you can take without using any registry cleaner.

First thing to do is check for any kind of virus in the system. This is the more common cause  of slow down.  Next, c heck the hard drive for errors. After that , use the fragmentation tool to improve the file access of the hard drive.

In some cases a specific program must be removed completion and installed again. After that step the registry values for that program wit be correct.

WARNING.  Some of the Registry Programs install advertisements on your computer. That just makes you even more annoyed at your PC!

Oh, forgot to mention it. Older versions of Windows from XP and before  do need  fro a good vestry cleaner.



Leaks Exposed US Spy Programme

The scandal broke in early June 2013 when the Guardian newspaper reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting the telephone records of tens of millions of Americans.

The paper published the secret court order directing telecommunications company Verizon to hand over all its telephone data to the NSA on an “ongoing daily basis”.

That report was followed by revelations in both the Washington Post and Guardian that the NSA tapped directly into the servers of nine internet firms including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to track online communication in a surveillance programme known as Prism.

For the full story, follow this link:
BBC News

Cyber Thieves Will Steal Your Tax Return.

Yes, Cyber Thieves May Snatch Your Tax Return.

It’s happening again this year. Both the Internal Revenue Service and state tax agencies are reporting a sharp increase in fraudulent tax return for this year. The issue is not about taxpayers who want to cheat, but about taxpayers. The don’t know somebody else has stolen their account.

Basically what happens is the site receives get into the accounts of certain online tax companies and steel users passwords. Using that information, they get full access to all users. Previous returns.
So this means you can be caught up in the problem without even knowing it. Once you find out, it may take months to get it straightened out with the appropriate agency.

There is even the possibility they can throw you in jail for a crime  somebody else commuted.

Don’t think this will not happen to you. Who does your tax return? You? A professional? Is your tax return filed electronically?

If you answered yes to the last question, you need to do some research. Right now. Check with Google or Yahoo or Bing and search for” cyber crimes and tax returns.”. Federal and state agencies are warning everybody that does electronic filing. There is a real danger of identity theft.

Watch out!

How a computer virus can hide in any electronic device.

At the e risk of being called paranoid, I want to tell everybody that a computer virus can hide almost anywhere . A computer virus is some kind of program that deliberately alters your computer to do something you did not want. Such programs often have distributive names to identify the mode of infection. Malware,   Root kit,   Trojan,  Virus or Worm, you don’t want them in your PC, Tablet or Smartphone.   Too many names to remember. Let’s just call it Malware.

Here are some places such evil programs may hide.Registry of the System.

  • Free apps you downloaded.
  • Hidden areas of a hard drive.
  • Driver for a  old printer or scanner. **
  • E-mail from a friend.

Prevention is much better that a cure. Before you add anything to your Desktop, laptop or tablet, check it for the possibility of some kind of Malware.

Warning: Some planes on the Internet offer ‘;free’ help and you wind up paying a lot of money to ‘fix’ a problem they create. Watch bout!

** Yes, if you get a printer river from a source other than OEM., you run the risk of getting some kind of malware.