Boca Bits Newsletter May 2015

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The May 2015 issue of the Boca Raton Computer Society Boca Bits newsletter has been posted at
(PDF versions of Boca Bits from November 2001 available on the site also.)

Some of the Contents

  • Page 3
    President’s Message
  • Page 5
    Internet Archive Takes Over Compiling Historical Items Where Google Stopped
    I have used Internet Archive before, and this article brought it back to mind. Check it out for yourself.
  • Page 8
    May I Share a Link to Your Post?
    Leo explains linking vs. copying. This is a must read for newsletter editors and bloggers.
  • Page 10
    Word Tip: Understanding Page Border Art
  • Page 11
    Thunderbird Saved My Bacon
    I have been using Thunderbird for years, and thought this might be of interest to others.
  • Page 15
    Back To Basics: Everything Google
    A scattering of basic Google basic applications, and their use.
  • Page 17
    April 2015 Interesting Internet Finds

Boca Bits Newsletter April 2015

Boca Bits Newsletter Logo

The April 2015 issue of the Boca Raton Computer Society Boca Bits newsletter has been posted at
(PDF versions of Boca Bits from November 2001 available on the site also.)

Some of the Contents

  • Page 3
    President’s Message
  • Page 5
    Khan Academy and Bank of America Join to Offer Free Financial Education
    Everyone needs to be financially educated, so I thought this would be of interest.
  • Page 8
    An Abundance of Cloud Storage
    Leo Notenboom explains that there is a lot of cloud storage available, with ideas of what to do with it safely.
  • Page 12
    Word Tip: Understanding At Least Line Spacing
  • Page 13
    Back to Basics: Traveling with Technology
    With people making their summer vacation plans, I thought this would be a good article to help prepare.
  • Page 15
    Google Voice
    I use Google Voice, as do some of the other user group members. If you do not, this article should help you decide whether you want to, and if so how to go about it.
  • Page 17
    Freeware / Open Source SIG March 26, 2015 Notes and Links
  • Page 18
    March 2015 Interesting Internet Finds

Freeware / Open Source SIG March 26, 2015 Notes and Links


Old freeware download site favorites, such as, cnet downloads, tucows, etc., are now bundling crapware, including superfish style malware. Even others like Source Forge and File Hippo are not as safe as they once were; they don’t wrap their downloads, but they do make it hard to find the right download link.

If what you want is on, that is the safest way of getting it.

If you must get it from somewhere else, make sure you don’t install using the defaults, check and only install what you need, not the crapware.

Further, make sure you research it to make sure it is really what you want, and check for/remove malware immediately after the install to make sure.


Google Search

Google Search now blocks crapware in the search results for downloads.


f.lux is an application to change your display to match the lighting by time of day.

Web of Trust says:

“Web of Trust (WOT) is a website reputation and review service that helps people make informed decisions about whether to trust a website or not. WOT is based on a unique crowdsourcing approach that collects ratings and reviews from a global community of millions of users who rate and comment on websites based on their personal experiences.”

Web of Trust is an add-on for Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer, and Safari browsers.

From the Faq:

“WOT shows you which websites you can trust based on millions of users’ experiences around the world to help you stay safe when you search, surf, and shop online.”

Wi-Fi Slow Down

According to the HowToGeek blog, using slower wi-fi devices can slow your entire wi-fi network. The post explains why, and what you can do about it.

Other Items Discussed


Firefox Add-Ons

On-line Spell Checker


Check these out and let me know what you think. Comments always appreciated.

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