Links to other web sites
Computer backups, screen savers,
language transators, news sources,
hoaxes and dangers, a
checker for web servers,
Backing up computer files:
Computer files are only reliable until the next failure happens
of one of your disk drives or data sticks. Thus computer memory devices should only be regarded as temporary data storage devices. According to a Carbonite ad on Sirius Radio, 43% of
computer users will lose at least irreplaceable file each year.
We use the Acronis True Image program
to regularly backup a complete snapshot of our main office computer to an external disk drive. We then
transfer these files to
DVD data disks. This is labor intensive, and does cost money for the DVD blanks.
However, it can be set up to completely backup the computer so that if you have a major
failure, you can recreate everything -- files, the desktop, essays, programs,
the operating system etc.
to their condition at the time of the last backup.
When we "upgraded" from Windows XP to the accursed Vista
operating system -- a serious error
in judgment on our part
-- we decided to try offsite-backups as a supplement. We selected Carbonite.
They offer a free 15 day service without asking for a credit card number. The
program is simple to install. You select which files and folders you want to
back up, or you can ask the Carbonite program to do this for you. Once in place,
it takes few days to backup those files
on their remote computer. From that time onwards, every time the selected files types
are changed or created, they are automatically and quickly backed up. Icons of
backed-up files are shown with a colored dot to indicate that their status. Carbonite claims that retrieval of files is simple. Carbonite
currently backups about 3 million files from our main computer.
It is important to realize that Carbonite's basic service does not back up all
files. However, they will will backkup the operating system and programs, at an extra cost.
The New York Times review states: "It's the easiest online
backup software to use -- in fact, to not use, since it's completely automatic."
We originally had links here to four screen saver web sites. Unfortunately, we found that McAfee's® SiteAdvisor program had rated all
four web sites as unsafe (red). A typical warning by MaAfee states:
"In our tests, we found downloads on this site that some
people consider adware, spyware or other potentially unwanted programs."
Googling the word
screensavers shows that 7 out of the first ten hits were rated red.
Some screensaver web sites that McAfee rated as green (safe) on
You can obtain a site report from McAfee for any web site. Go to http://www.siteadvisor.com/, go to the "View a Site Report" window at the right side of the page, enter a web site's URL, and click on "View report now."
Dictionary.com provides a free language translation
http://dictionary.reference.com/ You can paste a text in simplified or
traditional Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese,
Korean, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish and have it translated to English.
Babel Fish Translation at Altavista translates either a
block of up to 150 words of text, or a an entire web page between many pairs
of languages at:
Sending anonymous Emails:
You can send an Email to anyone for free without revealing your
identity by going to SendAnonymousMail at:
You fill in the Email address of the destination, the subject, the message, and
a security code. To conceal your identity, leave the default sender's email --
firstname.lastname@example.org in place.
You can also enter your own Email address. However, that defeats
the main purpose of the web site, which is to conceal your identity.
This is a helpful service if your own Email system is
temporarily out of commission, or if you do not have an email program.
Actions Without Borders has a comprehensive directory of nonprofit resources,
with over 2,500 links to organizations, directories and publications, They are arranged by
location as well as topic. See them at http://www.idealist.org/
Viewing web sites with a low speed
LoBand allows you to view a website without graphics,
icons, burger dots, etc. Pages look really boring, but they do load a lot
faster. It is a free service at
More information including what our own
home page looks like in LoBand
Internet hoaxes and dangers:
A Mozilla security checking program:
Mozilla, the company that is best known for its excellent Firefox Internet browser, has developed and made freely available a program called "Observatory" It checks the SSL/TLS security settings on web servers, and highlights potential weaknesses. They use a rating system that ranges from 0 to 100 which translates into grades from F to A+. See: https://observatory.mozilla.org/.
Book ISBN numbers:
BooksPrice.com has a handy conversion tool to convert
10 digit ISBN book numbers to the new standard of 13 digits (e.g.
0-7922-77287 to 978-0-792277-28-6) See:
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