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Jim’s WebLetter for 11/5/16

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Hi-ya Windows 10 users and friends!

Here are a few things I discovered this week on the Web …

I have been using Windows 10 for awhile now on my computer at work and laptop at home. Here’s what I’ve come to notice: the pop-ads are a nuisance, and Cortana, the built-in personal assistant is just Okay. Let me explain. First, in spite of the fact there is a setting to eliminate ads, Microsoft offers to remind you of their other services, like Office 365.  The operating system seems to override the setting adjustment. (Here’s a video describing how to turn it off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH-vktnWt2E )  What I am finding is every time I get an update, which is frequently, the system resets to allow ads. Convenient, huh?  

The next issue I have with Win 10 is Cortana which works as Microsoft’s voice activated “personal assistant”. The more you use it, the better it’s suppose to learn your voice and respond to your requests. Yea, not so much. I find myself repeating my requests more often than I like.  To make matters worse, it’s always listening for you to talk to it. This opens up another conversation about computers and devices having the ability to spy on you and hear whatever you’re saying.  

So, I came across a how-to article that offers five settings that help create security against Microsoft’s snooping. One of them involves turning off Cortana. Another is turning off your location. Now if they’ll remain off after getting the next “security” update … https://www.cnet.com/how-to/5-privacy-settings-to-change-in-windows-10/

In other news:  It’s been awhile since a report has been release from Internet.org on its plan to connect everyone to the Web world-wide. To date, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg said Internet.org has helped 40 million people get online. Even though the growth is rather slow, it is incremental.  Couple that with the fact the company suffered a setback when the Space-X rocket blew up destroying a satellite designed to provide connectivity to parts of Africa. Still the fact that three million more people are on the Web from just two years ago shows Internet.org is making progress. https://flipboard.com/@flipboard/flip.it%2F6.3A_4-facebook-has-connected-40m-people-with-/f-064c525305%2Ftechcrunch.com

Here’s one for you … Ever hit a mail link on a webpage only to have it open the mail program you don’t use on your computer?  If you use Firefox browser, change to the type of email you DO use in the settings. There’s a how-to in this article from the New York Times.    Sure saves time and any aggravation … http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/28/technology/personaltech/make-firefox-open-gmail-to-send-a-message.html?ref=technology

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That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.
c-ya!
Jim

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