Last day of school – some fun stuff to end on….

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Go to Google and type in each of the following:

DO A BARREL ROLL

TILT

ANAGRAM

 

http://elgoog.im/  (google mirror)

Calculate the BACON NUMBER of any celebrity.  Just google their name + Bacon number. Challenge: Try and find someone with a Bacon number above “2”.

Search for “Atari Breakout” in Google Images.

Google “zerg rush”, and try and stop the “o” invasion. A Zerg Rush is an overwhelming attack in a video game. More fun than it sounds. (Chrome/Firefox/Safari).

Go to daskeyboard.com, click “destroy this site” at the bottom of the page, and blow the page to pieces, Space Invaders style! (All browsers).

“Kerning” is a term that refers to the space between characters in a font. So, when you Google “kerning,” it displays the results with odd spacing between the letters.

Did you know there is a PIRATE version of Google?  : https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-pirate

Did you know there is an ELMER FUDD version of Google? : https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-elmer

https://www.google.com/doodles/30th-anniversary-of-pac-man

 

Anyway – Enjoy!

 

How do I keep my computer from getting infected?

The first line of defense against malware is … you!

You can check whether a file is harmful before you install it. Sometimes you can check before you even download it. VirusTotal (https://www.virustotal.com/en/) is a great website where you can check a file against 40 or so antivirus resources to see if it’s likely to be dangerous. It’s dead easy. A more complete explanation of the site is here: https://www.virustotal.com/en/about/. That page explains how to submit a file for analysis, too. If you do a lot of downloading, you might be interested in the advanced tools, here: https://www.virustotal.com/en/documentation/.

Once you’ve downloaded a file, you can (and should) check it before you install it. So given a choice to Save or Run or Save and Run, the best choice on a file you’re not sure about is Save. When the download finishes, right-click on the file. You will see options to scan the file with your antivirus and antimalware program. Do it! That scan takes seconds!

Even great, safe programs will try to force stuff on you. Sometimes it’s Google Chrome (I’m talking about YOU, Avast! Free) or McAfee Security Suite. (What does that have to do with updating your Java? Stop it, Adobe!) Always choose Custom Install over Typical or Express. Custom Install allows you to decline unwanted programs, toolbars, and search hijacks. Typical or Express installs mean that you accept whatever is offered. Clear the check boxes for the stuff you don’t want.

It isn’t VAIN to “LIKE” your own Facebook posts….

facebook-logoHOW VAIN!   “Did you notice that he LIKED his very own Facebook post?”   Actually, while sometimes this IS a form of vanity, often it is just a case of the poster knowing exactly what he is doing.

Facebook is always making modifications to their user interface.   And one not too long ago was the addition of the “Ticker” on the right hand side of your screen.    Previously, you would see ALL of your friends posts, but now you only see a few that are selected by Facebook.   Unless your friends LIKE or comment on your posts often, your posts may stop appearing in their newsfeed.     So to compensate for not showing your posts to all your friends, Facebook added the “Ticker.”

However, if you LIKE your own post, that action is NOTED in your friends TICKER, which gives them a chance to see your post EVEN if it does not appear in their newsfeed.

So the next time you see one of your friends “Like” their own post, it might not be just plain vanity.  It might simply be giving YOU the opportunity to check out a post that you might not otherwise have ever sway.    I am going to begin “Liking” all my own posts.   You should too!

Also, if you enjoy MY posts, I recommend you LIKE them often, otherwise, they might just stop appearing in your feeds altogether.

Shelly Berryhill
www.shellyberryhill.net