The Tech Lowdown #1

The Tech Lowdown – Volume #1

I am by no means a tech expert. I may call myself a Geek Warrior Princess, but I just happen to love computers and electronic gadgets. I love testing them out, comparing, and rating them. I figured while I’m doing this I may as well start writing about a few of my so-called tests.

My standard mantra for dealing with technology is simple. Never, ever buy the first generation of anything. Why? Because that is the model the company has rolled out, which is filled with bugs, to test the nettle of the buying public. If a great hue and cry arises, the company hastens to back to the drawing board to work the kinks out that they should have caught in the first place………… So, why did YOU buy it? Curiosity………

For my latest rant, I will lock my phasers on none other than the Kindle Fire.

I had acquired a few extra duckets and went out and purchased both a Kindle Fire and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. At first silly me, I thought they were very similar. Nearly four weeks later, after intense testing (playing around with both gadgets like a kid on the playground swings, sliding pan, and see-saw), I have come to the realization that they are NOT similar! Not by a long shot!

The only similarities they have are the fact that they are both rectangular in shape, with the Tablet having the word SAMSUNG printed across the bottom. The other similarity is both must have WiFi in order to work. Without WiFi both devises are rendered mostly useless. I found this out the hard way.

You’d think the store personnel warn people about this first before selling them……. DUH.

The Amazon’s Kindle Fire, is Kindle’s version of introducing color to what was formally black and white. Like when color televisions first came out. A definite step up from the Grey Kindle family, yes? Ummm, maybe not……..

I may have mentioned it before, but I must take the time to mention it again. In order for the Kindle Fire to work, you must have access to WiFi. That means either your own secure wifi hook up at home, or work (if they allow you to use it). Or you can take your chances with public wifi in places like McDonald’s. Starbucks, and The Olive Garden, to mention a few.

The very first thing you must do upon opening your new Kindle Fire is to register it on Amazon. As stated before, you must do this via WiFi. Since I didn’t originally have WiFi, I tried hooking my Fire up to my computer via USB cable to register it that way. FAIL!

There is a method to the WiFi madness. Once you register via WiFi, this is the method you will receive your media. Unlike the Grey Kindles which receive media through the Amazon FREE Whispernet (which is their 3g network available for Grey Kindle users). For some inexplicable reason Amazon decided to dispense with this handy feature when they designed the Fire. Shaking My Head……

After you have registered your Fire, you are now ready to move in your reading material. You can either start off afresh if this is your first account, or go to the Amazon Cloud, peruse your previous purchases and download some or all of them.

However, there are other things you need to do. First you must download apps. After all, the Kindle Fire is web capable (to a certain degree) and if you like Face book, Twitter, and other social sites you will have to do the Download Boogie.

The Kindle Fire has about ten pre-installed apps. If you want more you have to go to the Amazon App store and either download them for free, or purchase them through your already established Amazon account.

Warning, the Amazon App Store is nothing like the Google Play App store. The cupboard is bare and they have a limited selection of apps which you may like. I lucked up when I found Plume (a third party for Twitter), Photobucket, and a Bible app to tweet and post scriptures to Facebook.

Don’t bother looking for Gmail, or Google, they are not there, however Amazon does provide you with a generic email app. You can also download games and puzzles that you enjoy.

One of the problems I encountered was the lousy pre-installed browser The Kindle Fire uses. It’s useful to surf the web, that’s it. But if you want to watch a video or video clip, you will need a browser which contains video capabilities (I can’t recall if it is Java or Adobe plug ins you need). So far the only suitable browser for the Kindle Fire of that caliber is “Maxithon”, recognizable by the white M on a blue background. So I had to download that.

Now the other problem I must address is the audio. Unfortunately I’d been spoiled by Pinky, my Gray Kindle. Instead of reading a book, I could switch to audio, put in my earbuds, and have the computer voice READ the book to me. Guess what? The Kindle Fire does NOT have this capability. Yes, I even spent about two hours trying to find and download a audio app which would do this for me. My result was another FAIL!

So, I signed up for Audible, where you can buy and download audio books. Upon signing up one gets two free credits which are good for two audio books. I immediately got “The Help”, and “Roots” (because “Roots” is narrated by none other than “Avery Brooks” of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” Fame). Melt……

Silly clueless me thought these two books were going to show up on my Fire. If you have multiple Amazon reading devises, you can select a specific devise to download media to. I chose my Fire, but that was another FAIL!

After looking for the audio books for two days on line and in my Drop Box, I finally found them, guess where? They had been downloaded to PINKY my Gray Kindle, not my Fire! This is further proof that the Kindle Fire has no audio book capabilities.

This also means I will be canceling my “Audible” subscription when the 30 day free trial is over.

I’m so sorry The Kindle designers took a giant step backwards in this area. I really LOVED being read to.

I was also disheartened to learn that Kindle Fire App Store does not have Drop Box. The only comparable app is SugarSync, recognizable as a green hummingbird. It works pretty good, but it’s no Drop Box. Alas, it is somewhat helpful to download documents/manuscripts to read on the Fire.

There is also a handy Kindle Fire App called Quick Office, recognizable by a gray square with one small blue square, orange, lime green and purple, with a “C” across them all. It has a nifty feature which allows you to write a Microsoft Document (if you can deal with the silly on screen keyboard and auto correct). Once you save it, you can have the app read what you wrote back to you! That I absolutely love! Now if this app can do that, why can’t the Kindle itself do this for books?

My over all opinion of the Kindle Fire? It’s a good e-reader and a fair internet surfer. If Amazon wants the Fire to be a better e-reader and internet tool they will definitely have to enhance their browser, bring back the Whispernet option, bring back the audio read back of books, and last but not least, provide better apps. Most of the negative app reviews mention that many of the apps look and operate as if they were hastily cobbled together in order to meet public demand. That’s definitely not a good way to get and keep customers, Amazon.

I hear the next line of Kindle Fires are out. I sincerely hope they are worth the nearly 500 smackaroos Amazon is asking for them…………

As for me, though I do love my Fire, when the question of reliability and versatility comes up, I will stand by my Gray Kindle, Pinky…….


Is It SOUP Yet?

A funny thing happened to me at the supermarket On Monday. I’d been out sick from work with a horrible stomach virus and the doctor had recommended I eat soup. So I went to friendly neighborhood supermarket to look at their selection.

Although Pathmark had many brands on sale I didn’t like what I saw. So, I decided to do something I hadn’t done since my mom was alive and living with me about 15 years ago. I decided to make my own soup.

So, I went to what I’ve dubbed ( now don’t get offended ) The Spanish Aisle. This is where they have all of the rices, spices, dried beans, etc. I bought four packages of Goya 16 Bean Soup Mix. My personal favorites are yellow split peas but I decided to try the 16 bean instead. I went to the meat section and bought 2 cut up smoked turkey wings.

I took all of my selections to the check out counter and I was peppered by the check out girl who literally didn’t understand why I was buying such items.

“What do you do with this?” she asked, as she pointed to the packaged smoked turkey wings.

“You use them for soup.” I replied.

“And what do you use this for?” she asked when she saw the packages of dried beans.

“You rinse them off, put them in a pot of boiling water for about 2 hours to make soup. You put the turkey wings in for seasoning.” I replied.

“I never heard of that.” she said. Poor thing probably doesn’t even know how to cook. When I was growing up EVERYONE knew about Goya beans! What has happened to this so-called Generation Y? Poor things don’t know squat. . . . .

Somebody’s gotta teach them so I’m gonna start here

Dawn’s Soup Recipe

One medium sized stock pot Or one large wok
One or two packages of Goya Dried beans (Sixteen Bean Mix, Green or Yellow Split Pea,  Black Bean, Lima Bean, etc.) depending on how many you plan to serve
Two smoked Turkey wings or Pork (Pig Knuckle) or Stew Beef, if you prefer
Bunch of Scallions
Bay leaves
Olive oil

I like my soup to be thick like stew so I add two packages at once. First empty packs of beans into collender and rinse beans under warm water. Dump thoroughly rinsed beans into pot or wok. Add twelve cups of water. Add chopped up scallions, bay leaves, salt and pepper to taste, and two or three tablespoons of olive oil to prevent sticking.

Water formula – two packs of beans add twelve cups of water. One pack of soup – add six cups for water.

If you or family member(s) are on a salt restricted diet don’t add salt because the smoked turkey wings (or pork) will contain enough salt to season the soup. You don’t want to ruin your soup by adding too much salt which will make it taste like the Dead Sea. . . .. Also remember this if you choose to use celary. Celary is naturally high in sodium content so of you add cut up celary, forget the salt shaker.

Bring to boil under a low flame if using a wok, or a medium low flame if using a stock pot. Cook for approximately one and a half to two hours. Stir often and cover with lid partially open to prevent boil over.

You will know the soup is cooked when the beans have softened, partially dissolved, and the broth has thickened.

This a cheap and healthy meal for those cool Fall and cold Winter days. Great to take to work for lunch also.


Common Sense Crime Prevention #3

Here on the North East coast (New York City) when the weather is nice, everyone wants to partake of it. New York City’s nightlife is always busy, but it especially ramps up during the warmer months. Not only do the law-abiding citizens like the balmy nights out on the town, but so does the criminal element.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t go out and dine with friends, or hang out at a club. But, while you are there please make sure you keep track of your property. If you don’t, it will soon walk away, assisted by a different pair of hands and feet.

Ladies: Before you go out do not to take a large bag. Select a small bag and put a few essentials in it.

If you carry a wallet, do not carry every single credit and debit card that you own. Select one or two that are “good” and leave the rest home. Heaven forbid your wallet gets stolen, you will have a lot less cards to account for, report stolen, and call credit card companies to cancel.

Most clubs require valid identification to enter. What’s the best id to use? A drivers license, period! NEVER EVER EVER carry and use your passport! Why? A United States Passport is a hot commodity on the black market. In a crowded situation like a club or bar, it’s amazingly easy for the bouncer to lose it, or steal it. Now you have a national security issue on your hands because you don’t know who has it.

That’s a horrible thing you just said about the bouncer. . . . .

Yep. Unfortunately some bouncers are not as clean as the pure and driven, snow. Some have criminal pasts which is why they are bouncers in the first place. . . . And you’d be surprised how many bar and restaurant employees are part of the criminal element on the side to supplement their legitimate pay.. . .


Ladies: Never, EVER leave your bag unattended for any amount of time. That means not to go dance, use the ladies room, or take a puff break (in New York City you must smoke OUTSIDE the bar/restaurant).

This includes leaving your bag with friends, or companions. Often times they get too distracted and caught up with the atmosphere to recall they were supposed to be watching your property, and it gets stolen. Then there is the possibility that your so-called friend(s) may be the culprit. . . . .

Yes, I’ve seen many cases where the BOYFRIEND was the one who stole the woman’s wallet. That speaks volumes doesn’t it?

Ladies: Never put your bag out of your sight. This means hanging it behind your chair, sitting it on a chair next to you, leaving it on the bar, or placing it on the floor. That old saying: “Out of sight, out of mind.” is very true.

I recommend carrying a small purse or bag because it is easy to keep in your lap, or if it has a strap, on your shoulder.

Ladies: Never return to a drink. This means if you order a drink, step away to dance or smoke, then come back. Don’t drink that drink! Why? Because you don’t know who might have dropped something into it. You don’t want to wind up being a case of date rape.

So, you met this guy and his seems to be perfect. Reality check! Honestly, do you really, really expect to meet your dream guy in a bar? Remember the whole concept of a bar is to get drunk and perhaps get a little “candy” on the side. Definitely not the place to find the love of your life.

Back to the guy, there is a distinct possibility that “he’s not all that into you”. I say this, because in New York City (and other cities) there are teams of criminals who specialize in working in bars. Usually one male and one female working together. After all, look at the environment. Most bars are poorly lit, noisy, crowded, and 95 percent of the patrons are sloshed and or high. So none is the wiser. . . . .

They work like this. The male will distract the female, by chatting her up, while the female accomplice goes through and lifts the woman’s wallet (from her unattended purse). If the purse is small enough, she will take it to the ladies room, pick the wallet clean of credit cards, ids, cellphone, and cash and throw the bag and rest of it contents into the trash.
The female might then go outside, on the pretense of taking a smoke break, to hand off her catch to the drop. This is a person who is waiting outside the club, and will take the cards to the nearest all night drug store, or nearest ATM and try to get as much cash as possible, or to purchase as much ill gotten goods as possible. Most times suspect couple will disappear to do their dirty work in another club or bar.

I don’t know how it is in other cities, but in New York City, many of the clubs have surveillance cameras. If you are a victim of such a crime, you must do two things. One immediately report it to the police, then the club will have to hand over their videos to the detectives for further investigation.

Two, report it to your credit card companies and cell phone carrier. Cancel your credit cards and your cellphone service immediately. Do not wait for a good Samaritan to return the property to you. The longer you wait, gives the criminals more time to drain your accounts or run up your cellphone bill.

Lat but not least, after you’ve been a victim of above mentioned crime, if you get a mysterious phone call offering to meet you at an undisclosed location and sell you your property back. Call the police immediately. They will arrange to have undercover meet them instead of you. NEVER meet anyone who offers this!

You’ve already been victimized once, you don’t need to be victimized twice.

Stay alert and be smart, because the criminal element is. . . . . . .


Officer “Tuff Luv”

All Good Things Come To An End

All good things come to an end and this was a good ending.  

What am I talking about?  The end of the Tasha Turner Coaching Virtual Blog Tour!

IW learned a lot of great things on the tour even though I was not able to finish it out.  I happen to have a very odd work schedule which hindered me from collaborating and making timely posts.  However, I was able to post for most of it.  

First of all, I met some great people!  First of all Tasha herself, who was very patient.  Let me put it this way, she had and has the patience of a saint!  Despite the fact that she’d had a horrible car accident and was going through recovery and therapy at the same time.  Tasha definitely had the patience of Moses.  

Second, I’d never heard of a virtual blog tour before.  I had no idea that like minded people would want to post on my blog, and their friends would want to come by and visit, leave comments and perhaps follow my blog. And I could do the very same for the ones whom I’d collaborated with for that particular week.

Of course that meant I had to tidy up stuff a bit.  Just like having guests at home, I had to kind of redecorate.  Unfortunately, I had to do it in the middle of the tour, for other reasons.  

I also learned that my blog was a marketing tool.  If I seriously wanted to be a published author my blog would be one of the methods of getting the word out to people that I not only wrote books, but also blogged.  

Another effective method of getting the word out or marketing was a Facebook fan page.  So, I set one up, which has links back to my blogs and gives statuses on what I plan to publish in the near future.  

An additional method of marketing was Twitter.  Though I’d been on Twitter for about two years before I joined TTC-VBT, and thought I had things downpat, I really didn’t.  I really didn’t understand the whole concept behind all of the links and hashtags until the blog tour.  I think I failed that course though, because I never could get it quite right, but I enjoyed trying to learn it.  

In conclusion, I want to thank all of those who allowed me to post on their blogs and those who posted on mine.  Thank you so much for your friendships and the learning experience.  The chance to help and encourage one another was invaluable

Last but not least, I thank Lady Tasha Turner who put all of this together and stuck with it to the end, despite the circumstances.  You rock Tasha!  



A Surprise Encounter

Last Wednesday (09/04/2012) I went shopping, or at least tried to. I was looking for a specific piece of computer hardware and I went to about three different computer stores. Or rather, stores that sell computers and other equipment, looking for my gadget, and I never found it.

I had my eye out for a ZipLink, which is essentially a retractable computer power cord. I had one for my netbook, which is infinitely easier to carry than a regular cord. I was thinking I could use my old Ziplink, but the old one uses a two prong plug and my laptops both require a three prong one. This was why I was on the hunt. I know I can probably buy the thing on line, but I’m old fashioned and love to go into stores, look at, feel and by things the old way.

On the way home I took the bus. I get on and a mother with her four sons are already on the bus. They were all out of control and raising Cain. The youngest, who was just a baby was screeching his little head off. The two middle sons were play fighting with each other and raising a ruckus. And the oldest son was hanging upside down off the seat and singing at the top of his lungs “It’s a miracle, it’s a miracle. .” over and over and over again. His mom was so busy screaming and cursing at his brothers, she didn’t have time for the older kid. Yep, a typical “Ghetto Family”.

So, I kept frowning at the kid because he was disturbing my quiet time on the bus. I like to spend my commute reading and I couldn’t read with all of that clamor. Not only was he disturbing me, he was disturbing other passengers too. Two ladies got up and moved to the front of the bus. I didn’t bother to move because I was getting off after a few more stops. But I tossed an evil eye or two his way.

When I got to my stop, low and behold, The Ghetto Family gets off too. Only I got off the front of the bus (in NYC we have those long “attenuated” buses on some lines) and people can get off in the back.

“Oh no!” I thought to myself, as I walked down the same block behind them. Now the oldest is following me and singing his song loudly, instead of keeping up with his brothers and mom.

“Oh my God! He’s doing this on purpose!” I thought as I walked. Because he was walking right next to me and looking up into my face! I was obviously going to have to go head to head with the “Demon Child”!

“Now remember, Nanci this is someone else’s kid and you can’t do a Johnny Bravo or Jackie Chan on him.” I thought to myself, wondering if I should abruptly cross the street.

“Are those the only words you know?” I asked on the spur of the moment.

“Yeah.” he replied.

“In order to properly sing a song, you should learn all the words.” I said.

“Were you mad at me back there on the bus?” he asked.

“Yes.” I replied.

“Why?” he asked.

“Because you are not supposed to sing so loudly in public like that because annoys people.” I replied. He had no reply almost as if his little ten year old mind was contemplating what I said.

“You better catch up with your family because they are leaving you.” I said, as I watch mom woman-handle the stroller containing his baby brother, down the subway steps followed by his rambunctious brothers.

“Oh they are not gonna leave me.” he said, confidently. Then he tossed off a quick wave and dashed off.

My heart melted at that very moment. His mom was so busy with his younger brothers, she simply paid him no mind. I guess she thought since he was older and therefore didn’t need any supervision.

What I thought was merely “acting out” was just his way of trying to get attention.

I hate to ask, but I wonder how many other kids do the same thing?

Recalling 9/11

First I must apologize for being a day late, but definitely not a dollar short.

I recall 9/11 just as clear as a bell. Many of you don’t know I live kinda, sort of near the area of what was back then designated as “Ground Zero”, after the strikes. It’s about a half an hour walk because I know all of the shortcuts. If I take public transportation that’s another story. . . . . .

Anyway, back in on that day, it was a beautiful and sunny morning. I had just gotten up and was prepared to go out and jog, when I heard two things out of the ordinary. One, a very loud jet engine, then a loud thunder clap. The jet engine I did not think strange because we used to get low flying jets on their way to and from the airports all the time. Especially when the weather is cloudy.

The thunder clap I thought strange because it was sunny out. I turned on the radio and heard Curtis Sleiwa (head of the New York City Guardian Angels) on the WABC morning show announce that a plane had crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers.

I personally wondered how in the world could someone do that. After all, the World Trade Centers were the biggest things on the New York City skyline! One had to be BLIND not to see them! An accident perhaps?

I immediately turned on my TV to confirm. I was greeted with the sight of one building in flames, and watched with horror as another plane crashed into the second tower, then all television coverage went down. Why?

Because at the time all New York City communications, radio, television, emergency transmissions were being beamed from one of the World Trade Center buildings (I forget which one, but it had a huge broadcast tower on it). WABC happened to be one the few stations how had back up towers in New Jersey. Everyone else’s were dead.

I spent that day and the resulting year or so in horror. The resulting and lingering aftermath was the dust and the smell, and like a lot of people in my neighborhood, I got sick and stayed sick with constant colds and flu symptoms. They didn’t tell us until much later, that we were breathing in toxins.

There was no where for me to get away from the smell the dust and the horror. I work for NYPD and I’d go to work and watch the guys come back from “The Pile” with their dark blue uniforms covered in dust and ash. As I said before, no one told them that they were covered in toxins that would both sicken and eventually kill some.

Now 11 years later the pictures, are still hard to look at. Especially moving and heartbreaking are the photos and videos of people jumping from the windows . . . . .

The announcers keep saying that nearly three thousand people died because of 911. Between the direct hits on the towers, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA. I honor that total but I must also honor those who have died and were sickened as a result of rescue efforts and exposure to toxins.

That list is still growing, and I will never forget . . . . . .

Adventures In WiFi

Believe it or not, this all started when I bought my Kindle Fire e-reader, last week. I’ve had a “Grey Kindle” (Kindle 3) for about 18 months, and was used to how it worked. The Fire is quite another story.

First, the Kindle 3 or other models like it which I call “The Grey Kindles” all operate on a 3G network which is operated by Amazon called the Whispernet. Once you’ve registered your devise (and named it) with Amazon, you can download books (or media) into your devise through Amazons Whispernet, free of charge.

You can either do your ordering on the computer and send it to your Kindle, or like me order books through your smartphone (my Samsung Galaxy) and have it sent directly to  your Grey Kindle ( mine is named “Pinky”).

However, The Kindle Fire works on a totally different principle. It only uses WiFi to deliver media to your device. So in order for your Fire to work, you must have your own WiFi hookup at home, or if you are daring, use a public access WiFi network (like in Starbucks, McDonald’s, etc).  Or if they allow you to, at work.

My adventure started because I brought a Fire, brought it home and it was practically useless. This was unprecedented for me because, I as a rule research stuff before I buy it. Had I known I would have to go through so much to get the thing to work, I would’ve left the darned thing in the store. . .

I currently have cable as my internet provider. When it was originally installed like four years ago, the guy hooked me up with free WiFi (which he wasn’t supposed to do – what a VERY BAD man. . .), and I had a keycode everything. However, since that time, my Mom passed away, and several traumatic experiences occurred and I forgot the keycode.

Now every GEEK knows, you should have a Big Chief Book where you keep all of the codes for the sites you frequent. Yes, I have an old fashioned telephone book which alphabetical tabs, and I list my sites and codes that way.  Yes, the keycode for my WiFi set up should’ve been in there too. Only problem is, I HAD a Big Chief Book, but I haven’t a clue where the thing is.. . .

Talk about hiding things from one’s own self. . . . .

So, typical geek, I started playing with all kinds of possibilities, words, names and number combinations I could have used, to no avail.

So, I took everything one step further, I called the cable company and explained the situation and asked what can they do. Oh, they can send a technician out to my house to reset my wifi code. But guess what? Since they previously had no knowledge of my ever having wifi, I would now have to PAY a monthly fee for it!  :+/

So, I took the drastic action of ordering CLEAR. CLEAR is a wifi company which rents a wifi device or devises to you for a monthly fee. They provide package plans where you can order a home hook up, or a combo home and on the road (portable hub) for starting at $50. per month.

I ordered it Thursday (08/30/2012), it came Friday (08/31/2012) and I had it set up and running within fifteen minutes. Unlike cable with runs on a 3G network, CLEAR runs on a 4G network, which is much faster.

I’m very satisfied with my service so far, but for one tiny problem. I can’t access my wifi network to use my Fire. . . . .   Don’t ask why, but for some reason my customized password does not work. . . . . I’ve tried numerous times to no avail. I will have to chat with one of the support techs soon. In the meantime, my Fire was still useless.

So, on Saturday I purposely stopped at a local McDonald’s to have lunch. While I sat there I logged into their free wifi network and first, registered my Kindle Fire and two, started shopping and downloading some of the stuff I had in the Amazon Cloud.

You see, Amazon holds all of the stuff you buy on their cloud servers. I have about 700 books on Pinky (my Grey Kindle) and I wanted to transfer some of the stuff to FRYA (my Kindle Fire), so I downloaded like 100 books, plus my bibles. I even received a nice email from Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, thanking me for registering my Kindle Fire . . . . .

So far everything is working fine! I just have to clear up that minor issue of the wifi this week. And, bye the way, Cable IS history. . . . . . . .

My Facebook War

Everyone knows Facebook and me, “Don’t break bread.” This simply means, “We don’t get along.” Why? After all everyone and their grandmother uses Facebook. . . . . . 

The straight fact is I use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family, members of my church, and most recently with writing groups I’m a part of. I’m not one of those Face book game addicts (except for Scrabble). I have a third party application which prevents me from being able to participate in certain Face book games on purpose. Why? Some of them are SPAM. . . . . .

It seems that Face book and I are always at war. Because I’m a Geek, I always know when they roll out updates, which to me are downgrades. Face book used to update regularly every week on a Tuesday. So, if you used it Monday, skipped Tuesday and signed back on a Wednesday you got a nasty surprise. However, I’ve heard they have stepped up their updates to SEVERAL times a week.

I subscribe to several GEEK e-news newsletters which I receive several times a week (Lifehacker and Sophos), and the GEEK community is on Face book like white on rice with the crazy and dictator like updates. 
Two of the latest were: Updating your profile to make your email address public. This action horrified many. Suppose you are on Facebook and don’t want your email address to be public? I certainly didn’t! Supposedly this part of Face books new policy of total exposure. But, suppose you have someone you don’t want to communicate with? A stalker? Now Face book in the name of creating a more friendly environment has made it unsafe for many users.

Lifehacker published a newsletter telling all geeks, and would be geeks. how to disable this latest Facebook horror. Many found to their disgust, that they COULD NOT DISABLE it! The power mad geeks at Face book have wised up. They know there is a geek community who is close knit and are dedicated to undoing their dastardly deeds, so they’ve now made these changes impossible to disable or undo.

This seems to be standard practice, because another horror has raised it’s ugly head. Remember that public email, that you couldn’t deactivate? Well, as of last week (I noticed it on 08/31/2012 – Friday), that the email I’d listed for Face book has been getting SPAMMED with a gazillion Face book emails!

Did I ask for this? Of course not! Like everything else, my email address is used for strictly business and personal use. I don’t care to receive an email every time one of my friends on Face book picks his or her teeth, scratches their head, or passes wind! Sorry folks, but I have more important things to do. . . . . Like REAL LIFE!

Thoroughly ticked I had to delet 78, that’s right 78, Face book emails! Then I went back to my account settings and found that my email feature had been turned “on”, after I had turned it OFF years ago! So I went about shutting everything down except for messages me. Of course, The Geek Warrior Princess gave herself a tremendous pat on the back for a deed well done.

However, when I arrived at work (I work midnights) and checked my emails, I found much to my chagrin and utter dismay, 75 more Facebook emails! Hey wait a minute! Didn’t I just turn that darned thing off? Then why is my email still being bombarded with this foolishness?

I lamented my dilemma in my status and several friends responded. Apparently, I’m not the only one who noticed. Nor am I the only one who noticed that Face book is preventing us from circumventing their latest debacle! In essence, my friends said you can’t change it so you have to put up and shut up. That is exactly what Face book is expecting all of it’s users to do.
Well, not me! Psssst! There is a way to do it. As a Geek Warrior Princess, I possess SEVERAL email addresses, like spies, I only use them for . . .ehem. . . “clandestine” purposes.

I thought I was unable to properly deactivate the email feature because I’d done everything on my smartphone. So, I again made my assault via my laptop. It didn’t work, because apparently, Facebook has you on lockdown if you only have ONE email address listed. If you add another one or two addresses you can switch up where you want all of that junk sent, if you don’t want it piling up on your main email address.

Side Note: is an excellent free email site in order to do this. Once you establish an account, you are allowed to have 10 (ten) different customized email addresses on your account! So you can effectively set up a “cut out” account there and let Facebook spam that account to it’s desire without clogging up your personal/business account. The site is a bit tricky to use, in comparison to Google/GMail, but it’s worth the hassle once it’s set up. And just in case you want to check your emails, has apps for smart phones and i-pads. . . . . .

Now, back to the story.

I so simply went back to “Account Settings” added the new “cut out” email addy. I then confirmed it, then clicked the “cut out address” as my “primary email address! Now, if Facebook wants to bombard me with crap, they can go to town, but it won’t be on my main email addy/address!

I will also inform my Face book friends if they need to message me, don’t send it through Face book’s messaging system. Send an email, to my “correct” email address, of course.

I’m just totally amazed how Face book over the years has turned me from being a Luddite into a first class hacker. Funny thing, I’m not the only one. Sadly, you must do these things in order to protect your account, your privacy, and your sanity . . . . .

A pox be upon you, Face book!  

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PS.  The method I described above may actually detrimental to you if you have cross linked platforms.   Say if you have your Google account linked to your Facebook as well as your WordPress.  You might wind up losing followers.  I’ve found, If you have a Google account (GMail) it is best to go into your GMail account settings and create a filter with the word FACEBOOK.  That way you can tell Gmail to DELETE all of those annoying emails before they even get to you.  However, you MUST warn your friends to email you directly instead of sending Facebook messages.  Or just make it a habit to check your facebook page several times a day to see if you get anything.  This is infinitely preferable to receiving tons of SPAM any day!