Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas! What to do with all those photos.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, how ever you celebrate this time of year I hope you having a great time with friends and family.

With that in mind you and your friends and family will be taking a lot of pictures. I'm sure people will be posting on Facebook and Twitter and what ever other social media your on. Have you ever thought  about those pictures you want to share with loved ones but feel like posting them on social media isn't what you wanna do.

Well I've had flickr for a while and I was just browsing around today and ran across this....

Groups. Its a way to share with people. To me its more effective than posting on your timeline on Facebook. Its a way to collaborate on those photos you took at the family Christmas party. I know some people who don't do Facebook or any other social media. So this is a way you can.

The first one Public, anyone can join is more for groups of people that may like the same subject. No for the family to share pictures.

The second one Public, invitation only is like above but you have to be invited to the group. This is for people who don't care if someone else sees the pictures. They just can't join the group and add pictures also.

Lastly is private. This is for those people that don't want anyone but the people they choose to join the group or see the pictures. This option is better than posting them in social media (Facebook, Twitter, G+, etc) so if there is not access given you can't see them. Also the group doesn't show up in searches or display on people's profiles.

One last thing doing this will cause you to have another account if you don't already have an Yahoo ID. I have been with Flickr before Yahoo and I've never had an issue. So if you want to share those Christmas photos to just who you want to show them to. This is a good suggestion for you. Oh and by the way you get 1TB of space free, now how can you beat that.

Have a great Holiday!!

Kenneth Litzsey - Litzsey  Tech Services.

Monday, December 11, 2017

AI is evolving from its roots

When most hear about AI in the news, tech blog or online video, your hearing about the next evolution of AI not its beginning. AI has been around for a while its just finding its usefulness in business.

The beginning of AI was in video games before things became massively multi-player. In old school games it was the villain you fought against. In games like Pacman the villains were just random patterns. As gaming evolved to the next level those villains became aware of you and what you do. Now its trying to make the game harder. The AI in those days where clumsy at best and usually people found out how to beat them. So the game AI had to become better.

As programming languages got better so did the AI. Now the AI has more complexity and is thinking less in patterns and more in random adjustments to the player. It never got to the place where you would think this is another player because the advent of Massively Multi-player games took care of that.

Then lately in the mist of all the cyber attacks AI has been brought into the security space. Doing the same thing it did in the game space. Predicting the moves of an attacker and preventing them from compromising and system or network. Old virus protection models had become too predictable and had holes that attackers could bypass. So now AI is useful for that.

Also with all this data floating around. People would be bogged down forever trying to manage it. In comes AI. The logic of AI can, collect, organize and process data much faster than a human can. So big data had become one of the big things recently because of the advent of AI to help manage it.

So AI was something we use to fight but now its our friend helping use improve processes. Understand the evolution and you understand where its going and where it can assist in our lives.  

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The undeletable icon

For the last week I've had this icon on my desktop I couldn't delete. I went to the Internet and searched on it, and search. Read articles and tried what they said. This .crdownload won't delete. I went on chrome and in a fit of anger I deleted the incomplete entry from downloads instead of continuing it. I'm just totally messed up. So my mind thought well if its and incomplete download from chrome why not open the file with it. So I right clicked and did run with chrome. Chrome popped up with a can not find error. I closed the browser and the icon was gone. LOL

Saturday, December 2, 2017

5 reasons to give Linux a try.

Over the years of working with people with their computer issues, I have helped many. Some by suggesting they use Linux. Those I have helped are still using it. So I wanted to tell you 5 reason you should give Linux a try.

1. Choice of distribution. You might think but shouldn’t they focus on just one? Linux has many different flavors. Each one with a certain focus. Mint is considered the starter Linux it has a good feel and it will give you a really good Linux experience for those who are using it for the first time. Other distribution concentrate on look and feel, some on functionality and ease of use. Some focus on privacy and security, some are just one function distributions. Check out to look at the different distributions and see if you can find something you like. You can test before you install. That is a great thing if your not sure which one is right for you.

2. Easy to maintain. All programs can be installed from the distributions repository. Its as easy as in Linux Mint clicking the shield in the tray with the blue backgrounded “!” in it. Then getting the pop-up window with all the programs to be updated. Or you can open a terminal window and type “sudo apt update”. The system will come back and tell you the system is up to date or tell you it's something to upgrade. If you have to upgrade you do “sudo apt upgrade” to start the upgrade process.

3. support online. All the distributions I dealt with has their own community sites where other users help you with the problem. A lot of other tech sites and individuals with blogs also are a great resource. It might not be as easy as calling a service number or emailing customer service, but one thing the communities give that a customer service line can’t is understanding. If this is daunting for you to search online for help then there is always the option of calling a local IT company like mine for assistance.

4. Runs on older hardware. You might have an old PC. You just don’t want throw it out and buy a new computer at this time. You can find a distribution of Linux that will run on that old PC and extend its life and keep you from having to by that new computer until you are ready to. Also you can set it up as a guest computer if you are buying a new one. You can have it for company, or family coming by if you don’t like other people on your computer.

5. Sturdy. I know it's hard to understand how a operating system is sturdy. I have done tech support for my mother for years. She use to always seem to mess up her Windows computers. So one day I took a HP laptop I got from someone, installed Linux Mint on it and my mother has been using that computer no problem for over 3 years. She tells me that it's easy to use, doesn’t give any run problems and I think she is Linux for life. She even updates her own computer where when she was on windows I always had to come by and make sure all her system and 3rd party programs were updated. You know the danger of not updating flash or java.

So these are my 5 of many reasons to try out Linux. You can always download an ISO from one of the distributions you want to try, burn it to to a USB and try it out, it might fit for you, it might not. The freedom to try is what is great. As long as you have choice exercise it.