( culture / humor / internet / spam ) Ah, yes, the good ol' Nigerian prince (with a Hungarian email address, for some reason) scam, just looking for somewhere to park my money! First of all, their numbering system is messed up. File number 180 out of 86? Anyway...
Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Federal cap ... read more
( culture / humor / internet / spam ) One of our favorite scams! Our comments are interspersed in brackets and look like this.
Hello there. Let me introduce myself first - Seems very polite! I am a professional programmer, who specializes in hacking during my free time. as most of us do
This time ... read more
( culture / humor / internet / spam ) I'm starting to think this 163.com domain is not legit!
Lucky day to you! We ARE feeling lucky now that we've received this email!
We are a professional shoes manufacturer, focused on this area for 10 years. We service a good quality shoes with best pr ... read more
( culture / humor / internet / spam ) Hi Sir ,
We have been caring about your esteemed company for a long time. Awww!!!
They've been 'caring about us!' Attached our star products. We sincerely hope can help with your business if any requirements.
Marigold extract Lutein/lutein ester/zeaxanthin 10%20%
Gingkgo bil ... read more
( culture / humor / internet / spam ) How did they know we sell bicycles!? It's not mentioned anywhere on the site. Sure, we can sell you a bike by creating a link to a local bike shop and let them do the rest, if you want? Anyway, here's the latest very important random email:
This is ... read more
( culture / humor / internet / spam ) I am so excited! Sounds sumptuous!
Received this email the other day from Iris Holets at mrtito88.yahoo.com. I'm sure that is an actual person and address. People don't lie about these things, but I'm concerned. They're asking homemakers to be package managers. What exactly does that mean? ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) There are two pages every one of you might consider bookmarking:
Google Advanced Search: http://google.com/advancedsearch
Google Image Search: http://images.google.com
First, an important note: I'm 100% aware that there are other, safer search sites that don't store personal information. But t... read more
( education / tech / internet / politics ) It worked against apartheid South Africa. Let's hope it works against other tyrants, in this case tech tyrants.
Take a Stand Against Big Tech
Facebook. Google. Twitter.
These tech titans seek to silence us from public discourse...and they're doing it with our tax dollars.
Each state gov... read more
( culture / writing / blog / internet ) My internet presence:
My main blog is this one, FriendsNews.com. My author platform is WilliamArthurHolmes.com. My new social media profiles (after dropping Facebook and Twitter) are gab.com (when I can login, it's so slow), minds.com, and MeWe.com. I'm still on Instagram, too, for now... at ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) If this is true, it looks like a good time to get rid of that pesky control freak of a browser, Mozilla Firefox in favor of the Brave, Edge, Opera, Safari or Chrome browsers. Of course, three of those browsers (Edge, Safari, Chrome) are owned by companies with a history of censorship, so.... you sh... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) "To build an alternate social media website with a dissenting moderation policy, you must first invent the universe. Good luck."
Read the rest of the article at theamericanconservative.com... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Read the rest of the article at artful software
Here's an example: Compute date from year, week number and weekday
SET @yr2012, @wk26, @day0;
SELECT StrToDate( Concat(@yr,'-',@wk,'-',If(@day7,0,@day) ), '%Y-%U-%w' ) AS Date;
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( education / tech / computers / internet ) I keep joining these other social networking sites, only to be disappointed. The main problem is that they insist that I upload my contact list, which I refuse to do. Maybe this one -- Parler -- will work out. UPDATE: Yeah, not so much!
Here are a few other places you might find me currently ( ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) This, below, is what happens when you let greed (or desperation) rule over your sense of aesthetics. All I wanted to do was click the link and read the article. smh
Good luck finding the actual article! :)
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( education / tech / computers / internet ) This looks promising: SubscribeStar.com. Their tagline is "Create. Monetize. Prosper." I created a page for myself there...
UPDATE: Denied! Never mind. You have to already be well-established before they waste their time with you. Bast... I mean, bless their hearts!
They were oh ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) You will need the password for most of these.
Cracking up over Lottery President (Jun 28, 2013). No password required.
Dad's birthday, part 2 (Apr 15, 2012)
Dad's birthday, part 1 (Apr 15, 2012)
Dad at apartment (93rd birthday) (Apr 15, 2012) No password required. It was briefly unavailable... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Question: I need my own domain name and monetization, plus things like ability to pay and schedule and stuff.
Any Wordpress installation should allow plug-ins for polling, scheduling and other types of forms, in addition to blogging.
Go here to create a Google Ads account (for monetiza ... read more
( education / language / grammar / internet ) When is that spelling and grammar checking feature coming to Facebook, Instagram, etc.? Oh right, they probably don't want to insult 90% of their users. Never mind.
It's not that my own (or anyone's) grammar and punctuation are flawless (because there are so many contradictory rules), but can... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Just thought I would start a running list of internet/web technologies websites I have found useful, below...
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delete old messages from gmail
is it down right now
canva... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Just thought we'd mention OpenDNS.com (or .org) which we use here at FriendsNews.com. It's a good parental control as well as an easy way to filter your Internet traffic.... read more
( life / people / internet ) The Friends of Humanity website. Don't know anything about it, but like the sound of it. :)
"Friends of Humanity is active in the defense of human rights, education, health care, and environmental protection. Our projects are currently underway in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America."... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Useful site to see if it's your connection (or firewall) or the site itself that's having a problem: Is It Down Right Now?
Someone emailed us about their tool here: websiteplanet.com/webtools/down-or-not, although it said this site was down, but it wasn't, so I don't know.... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Makes me laugh when Facebook asks why I think something is funny or amazing. I'm thinking "Bite me. I don't have the time or inclination to teach your artificial 'intelligence' algorithms what it means to be human." Not that it could ever understand it, anyway. ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Every time Facebook shows me one of those notices saying something like "Hey there, we've been going through all of your posts and thought you might like to share this compilation," I feel like I'm being approached by some creepy guy on the street opening his trench coat to show me all of ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Here's a cool website I just learned of:
"In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world. If you're searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, g... read more
( education / tech / internet / shopping ) If you're looking for an alternative to Amazon or Etsy, for whatever reason, you might try The Grommet or StorEnvy.
I was just reading about them and thought I'd share.
For alternatives to EVERYTHING, go here: alternativeto.net
Google alternatives... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Keyword / cookie / browser analytics failurepc-smile.jpgSome headlines Google News mistakenly thought I'd be interested in ...
Is Jeb Bush Right About Barack Obama and Donald Trump? - The mainstream (pro-Bush/Clinton) media keep pretending Jeb is relevant.
Kanye West named GQ's Most Stylish Ma... read more
( culture / humor / internet ) I just had to share this comment someone left here on FriendsNews.com. Read it, absorb it, digest it, lather, rinse and repeat it. Then let me know what the %$# it means! Here it is:
"I comprehend that is genuinely uninteresting and you're merely skipping to the next comment, nonetheless i ba... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) No, not that kind of lost (knock on wood). So get that lump out of your throat. No, I just noticed I've lost a friend.Don't you hate it when you're walking along talking to someone, it's crowded, you hear a muffled scream but think nothing of it, only to realize several blocks down the street that... read more
( culture / writing / blog / internet ) I'm as guilty as anyone about trying to add content to my blog just for the sake of content (because search engines look for and rate highly based on how fresh your blog's content is). But someone whose blog/newsletter I subscribe to has stooped to simply stating the obvious, maybe phrasing it dif... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Name Generator - Cool Name ideas at the click of a button!
I thought this, above, was kinda cool for generating a pseudonym. You can also generate a Medieval name, a Twitter name, whatever. On that page, the actual generator buttons are on the right. It took me a second to tune out all the ads. ... read more
( life / people / internet ) If you were on a deserted island with an Internet connection and a pug, but could only access ONE website, which site would it be?(BTW, the pug is irrelevant, I just like pugs!)
Facebook - 3 votes
Google - 2 votes
Kindle - 1 votes
Twitter - 1 votes
Your webmail - 1 votes
Other - 1 votes
Pinte... read more
( life / help / charity / internet ) Care2 - largest online community for healthy and green living, human rights and animal welfare.
"You Care. We Care2.Be a part of the world's largest community for good."... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Just the other day I had bought a second wi-fi router from a seller on Craigslist to daisy-chain the two together (somehow) to improve the wireless signal throughout my house. No, it's not a big house.Anyway, last night our power went out for about a minute. No big deal, I thought, other than having... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Simply upper-casing your password can frustrate a hacker's attemptsRead the rest of the article at How simply upper-casing your password can frustrate a hackers attempts at breaking into your account.
A six-letter password in lower-case text takes a hacker's computer just ten minutes to cra... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) It's a very old hoax. Anything with a headline like Plleeaassee reeaadd! It was on Good Morning America! and mentioning Microsoft, AOL and Good Morning America in the same email almost HAS to be a hoax these days, and this one is.
On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 8:05 PM, wrote:This is probably a hoax, bu... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Found these unrelated stories interesting. Thought I'd share:
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( life / help / charity / internet ) Use them as your search engine, and they give to charity:
"You shop. You save. We give."
UPDATE: Here is a list of alternative search engines/sites:
... and many more... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) I got an error in a program that was in some foreign language I didn't even recognize, let alone understand. I went to translate.Google.com and typed in one of the words and chose Detect language in the Translate from... box. It told me the word was Danish.
Look here: translate.Google.com/... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) In Nashville, anyway, it seems you can get around their proxy system (those outlets that use it), simply by using Google Chrome and maybe Firefox. It might be as simple as using any browser other than Internet Explorer.
Using Internet Explorer, I tried to be a good boy and sign up for a free acco ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Got a tip, thought I'd share it here. Add the following to your HOSTS file (C:WindowsSystem32driversetchosts): #fix for ytimg.exe browser hang problem
188.8.131.52 static.cache.l.google.com s.ytimg.com
Then from a Windows command prompt (DOS box), run: ipconfig /flushdns ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Just visited these sites, and my antivirus popped-up saying it had blocked a Trojan Horse coming from there (or one of their links): http://thefrist.org http://fixit.in I'll add to this list whenever it happens again.... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Question There was a couple parked on the curb on Wed from 8am to 12pm on Wed. The girl was like a look-out, it seemed. When I was going to work she gave me a suspicious look, so I drove around in a circle and drove by them getting their license plate. When I came back at around noon, they were stil... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) I hate to promote Google since they already rule the online world, but they do some things very well, e.g., their unsubscribe feature in Gmail. In a message, click on Show Details and you should see the option to Unsubscribe from this sender. The advantage of this is that it will be Gmail's serv ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) None of these links work anymore.
A couple of useful sites here for downloading videos for later viewing. I know I often want to watch a video later, not right then and there. Anyway, here are a couple of links: splandoo.com/ videosnag.com/ There are probably a hundred others. :) In a similar vein,... read more
( life / help / charity / internet ) Cuil.com (pronounced cool). And here's a good reason to use it (or StartPage) instead of Google: newstrust.net/stories/2685319/toolbar?refhp
UPDATE: Those links no longer work. So, instead here is a list of alternative search engines/sites:
... and ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) A heads-up on ransomware, still a huge problem
Beware of this scam. Don't bother trying to get them to help you unlock your pc: hackers-gang-russian-bust. The fix is to download, UPDATE, and run Malwarebytes. ... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) QUESTION: How do I set email (Outlook 2003) to forward to someone else while I'm out?ANSWER: In Outlook, click on Tools, Out of Office AssistantClick I am currently out of the office… and type your outgoing message, if any.Click Add Rule at the bottom left.Check the Forward box and click... read more
( education / tech / computers / internet ) Thanks to GoDaddy phone support, I discovered this very useful site: megaproxy. One of my domain names was not resolving correctly from home. I went to the website above and checked it, and everything was resolving correctly from there. I had tested it from home with four different browsers, so cook... read more
( education / news / internet ) Here's a long list of alternative news sites, rather than the mostly-fake mainstream media from which you might get your news:
For alternatives to EVERYTHING, go here: alternativeto.net
Google alternatives... read more