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My first “real” episode… Woo-hoo!
Today’s episode includes some techy news, a story and thoughts about losing work, a tech tip about Gmail, and a movie recommendation. Enjoy!
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New Apple TV coming in October
I’ll be doing a separate show about streaming in the next week or so, so will delve into more details then. In the meantime, there’s a boatload of stories online about what the update includes—and what it doesn’t.
Microsoft downloads Windows 10 files to your PC whether you want them or not
- Microsoft pushes Windows 10 upgrade to PCs without user consent (Computerworld)
- How to Stop Windows 7 or 8 from Downloading Windows 10 Automatically (How-To Geek)
- How to delete Microsoft’s unwanted Windows 10 download files (ExtremeTech)
New options for blocking ads on mobile devices
Just remember: Ads are the way many blogs—like, say, Tech for Luddites—can afford to deliver great content. So wield your power wisely! 🙂
Corrections: In the podcast, I keep referring to the product name as Adblocker when, in fact, it’s called Adblock Plus. I also said that iOS 9 has a built-in ad blocker. It doesn’t. It just lets app developers create ad-blocking software for the mobile Safari browser.
- Apple’s Support of Ad Blocking May Upend How the Web Works (Wired)
- Adblock Plus announcement
- Get Adblock Plus for iOS
- Get Adblock Plus for Android
Preventing and Recovering from Losing Work
- It happens to everybody
- Try not to panic (easier said than done, I know!)
- There are back-up options that aren’t too arduous
Screenshot of Microsoft Word Autosave options:
- How to back up a Windows PC or laptop for free (PC Advisor)
If you’ve got ideas about preventing or or recovering from data loss, share it in an audio message and you may hear yourself in a future episode of The Luddite Lounge!
Tech Tip: Sorting Your Gmail Inbox
If your Gmail is sending new messages to the bottom of your Inbox, you can reverse the sort order by mousing over the text that displays how many messages are showing on the screen.
Movie Recommendation: The Imitation Game
The story of British mathematician Alan Turing and his team breaking the German’s Enigma code in World War II is fascinating and beautifully acted.
- Alan Turing: The Enigma (Website maintained by Turing’s biographer)
- Joan Clarke, woman who cracked Enigma cyphers with Alan Turing (BBC)
- Get the Imitation Game at Amazon (DVD, Blu-ray, and Instant Video)
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