Monthly Archives: May 2012

Internet Blasts from the Past

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Sea Monkeys

If you thought that Sea Monkeys, candy cigarettes, and that creepy H.R. Pufnstuf were things of the past, think again.  Thanks to the internet, you can enjoy those guilty pleasures that you thought went the way of your Little Lotto comic books.  Check out these sites for some retro entertainment:

Sea Monkeys  Yes, folks there is now a sea monkey website.  The makers of sea monkeys no longer boast that “They’re so eager to please, they can even be trained,” but sea monkeys  still have the three-pronged heads that we know and love.  To visit or order sea monkeys, go to the official website at http://www.sea-monkey.com/.

Ancient Chinese Secret, huh!  We all remember the classic television commercials, such as the Mean Joe Green Coca Cola commercial.  Of course we do, there was only one other station to turn to during an ad, plus we didn’t have remotes then.  To watch your favorite commercial classics, visit Retro Cafe–it might make you want to rush out and squeeze the Charmin.

http://www.retro-cafe.com/70s/70scommercials.htm

Necco Wafers…Yum  Remember the candy we had growing up?  You can still get it all at Hometown Favorites Nostalgic Candy Store.  After you fill up on Wax Lips, Necco Wafers, and Pixy Stix, you can step outside and enjoy a candy cigarette, because, believe it or not, they still sell those.

http://www.hometownfavorites.com/nostalgic-candy/

Who’s Your Friend When Things Get Rough?  H.R. Pufnstuf, that’s who.  You can watch episodes of all your favorite shows, such Adam12, The Archies, and I Dream of Jeannie.  It’s all on Hulu and it’s free–so go ahead and spend the rest of the afternoon catching up on all the episodes you might have missed. Your boss won’t mind.  http://www.hulu.com

 

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Five Things You Might Not Have Known About Steve Jobs

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We all know that Steve Jobs was an innovative thinker, a wearer of black turtlenecks, and a purveyor of cool, but here are a few Steve Jobs facts that you might not have known:

He took Timothy Leary’s words to heart. He turned on, tuned in, and dropped out

Jobs, who claimed that LSD was one of the three most important thing he had done in his life, was also  a college dropout.  Jobs graduated from Homestead High School in Cupertino, California and enrolled in Reed College in Oregon.  He dropped out one semester later.

He did not know his biological father until later in life

 Jobs was born out of wedlock to graduate students  Joanne Carole Schiebleand Syrian-born Abdulfattiah Jandali.  He was adopted by Clara and Paul Jobs, a middle-class American couple.

He didn’t play well with others 

Jobs was a perfectionist with a legendary bad temper.  Imagine a mushroom cloud.  Now imagine a bigger mushroom cloud.  Jobs was a relentless taskmaster, who reportedly made people cry with his tantrums. 

He was a Buddhist 

Jobs went to India in 1973 in search of spiritual enlightenment.  He returned with a shaved head, and adopted the Buddhist philosophy.  Not only did he practice the Zen way, he also used the Dalai Lama in Apple’s ad campaign: “Think Different”

He made $1 a year (in salary

In 2010, his compensation package was a whopping $1 per year.  This does not include, of course, his shares of Apple.

Five things you do to put your computer at risk

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1.  You store your passwords on a shared computer 

Your stored password is safe, right?  It’s hidden behind those dots or asterisks.  Wrong! There’s a simple snippet of javascript code that, if typed into your browser, produces  a box that displays your password.  It might as well have wrapping paper and a  pretty bow–it’s like a gift to someone trying to break into your email!   Don’t store passwords on shared computers.

2.  You use an easy-to-guess password

The top list of “worst passwords” (according to splashdata) includes passwords with sequential numbers and easy-to-guess words, such as–you guessed it: passwordSuffice to say:  password12345 isn’t a good choice for a password. To be safe, use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.

3.  You allow yourself to become a victim of phishing scams

Phishing is attempting to obtain personal information by sending a fake login form to an unsuspecting mark.  A good example of this is a phisher sending you a link to reset your bank password.  As a rule, don’t click email links asking you to reset your password or validate any account information.

4.  You use universal passwords for all of your accounts  

Don’t use the same passwords for all of your accounts.  If someone is determined to break into all of your accounts, at least make it difficult.

5.  You click on links or open attachments without considering the source 

Don’t click on a link unless you know it’s from a trusted source…and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!