My privacy concerns with Windows 10 and 4 ways to fix them.

Yippie Kai Yay.  Windows 10 is officially in the house.

You know how I used to feel about Windows 10.  You know how to install Windows 10 in VirtualBox, You know about the security features in Windows 10.  You know about the kickass command prompt in Windows 10.  You know about the clowns that show up on the screen when you press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Esc… okay okay… hold on I made that easter egg up.  But you get the picture.  Windows 10 is pretty cool.

Well today I want you to know about a few privacy issues that most people aren’t paying attention to.

Earlier this week I published two 10 minute YouTube videos about some glaring privacy issues.  You absolutely need to know about this.  I want you to know what you’re getting into before you click the upgrade button.

In the first video I walk through a Windows 10 installation and zero in on the equivocal language Microsoft puts in the setup screen.  There are a bunch of settings turned on by default that could seriously put your privacy at risk.  Please watch my demonstration below and then leave a comment.  I want to know if I’m the only one who thinks these default options are ludicrous.

In my second video I give you 4 tips for regaining control of your privacy and getting Microsoft off your back.  Check it out and leave a comment!

Incidentally, I’m still adjusting to the change of life here in Virginia.  I won’t be updating the site as often as I have for the past year or so because I need to rearrange some priorities.  Right now, my main goal is to finish and launch my much anticipated Windows eBook and then work on creating high quality videos for you guys.  I appreciate you coming to my site, signing up to my list and remaining a loyal fan!  Don’t worry – I haven’t forgotten about you.  Even though updates will be less frequent just realize it’s because I’m gearing up to bring you even better content.

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Jobs, Babies and Moving

Yeah, so I figured I owed it to you to explain what’s going on with my site.  I haven’t been updating it because I’ve been focusing on finishing up my Master’s Program, Moving to Washington D.C, Getting a new job and taking care of my son.  Those things take up a lot of time!  Now, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to be releasing any new content it just means it won’t be every weekday like it’s been for the past two years.

I hope you can understand!  Anyway, in between all the moving chaos I’ve been working on a Windows eBook which I’ve been announcing to my list.  I’ll tell you more about that later but for now just know that it’s amazing.  It’s not just another eBook.  I specifically wrote this one for Windows XP, 7 and 8 users who were trying to get comfortable using Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.  It’s entertaining, practical and includes dozens of tips on fixing specific issues.

Anyway, I’ve got to get going – I just wanted to tell you what’s going on!

Stay tuned, fixedByVonnie isn’t done yet!

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Laughing at Linux: Command Line Basics (Part 4 of 5)

Linux command line basics

Oh Linux.  You’re so fine.

In this guide, I’m going to show you how to get around Linux.  You’re going to learn how to leap through folder,  list file contents and get going.  After following this tutorial you’ll have everything you need to move around the operating system.  And the really cool part is the next time your co-worker tries to grandstand his knowledge of Linux you can say, “Well, actually Bob… the easiest way to get to the home directory is to just type CD”


Let’s do this.

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Laughing at Linux: Command Line Basics (Part 3 of 5)

Linux command line basics

Okay, let’s be honest here.  What’s the first thing you do when you you see a recondite error in Windows?

No, no, no… I mean after you’ve uttered every curse word listed in

You Google it right?

I’m here to tell you that Linux is better than Windows when it comes to getting help.

One of the nicest things about Linux is that there are so many built-in ways to get help.  You don’t have to Google anything.  Linux ships with its very own library of tools to console your aching heart.

Today you’re going to learn the following Linux options and commands:

  1. –help
  2. man
  3. info
  4. apropos
  5. whatis
  6. whereis
  7. less

Let me –help you do this man!  I’ve got a bunch of apropos info that will make you less frustrated.  You’ll even learn whatis the purpose of these commands and whereis the best place to find them!

Check it out!

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Laughing at Linux: Command Line Basics (Part 2 of 5)

Linux command line basics

If you read the previous tutorial in this Linux series then you should have no problem opening the terminal and using ls, cat and echo.

ls lists files, cat lists inside files and echo prints whatever you type after it.

Today we’re going to talk about globs and then we’ll finish up with $PATH and history.

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