A Pet Peeve - BIG TIME
Forwarding emails. Learn how! And you don't know how if you just hit 'forward' and drop 50 names in the 'To:' field.
Please see this article on some ins and outs. Or this one. Or this one. Don't jeopardize your friends' email addresses.
Point 2: You got an email with a little 'envelope' down at the bottom...and then another, and then another...and on & on & on...... Please do NOT go back to the original email you got and forward from there. If it's just so cute (or apropo) that you must send it on, then go to the last place the item opened and forward from there. Use the 'BCC' Field, of course, and delete any email addresses that show in the (new) body of the message. If you have questions, email me or put them in the comments; I'm happy to help. :)
Very Most Wonderful Helper = TinyURl.com
When you want to link something in a blog or an email (or whatever) and you find that the link address is a gazillion lines long, just pop over to tinyurl.com and drop it into the box '...to make tiny'. You'll get back an ity-bitty little thing that works like a dream. AND there's no sign-up, no ads to read first. Couldn't be simpler. I've also put it in the sidebar if you need it later and forget.
I got mine from Firefox. I understand that Internet Explorer's latest version has it to. I'll be downloading that soon. The coolest part is being able to look up stuff (while blogging, for example) without having to leave my working location. Very cool. There are many other cool features, too; go learn something.
Streaming Radio of YOUR OWN DESIGN - Pandora.com
This is a sign-up (but free) service that lets you decide what you'll hear. Choose an artist or a genre, etc. and Pandora will build a playlist for you. You get to say yea or nay, you can build up to 100 different ones. I'm a newby to it, but I think it's fun. There's a pay version too, without ads, but I haven't been bothered by ads yet.
Password Security - Good article here. Or 'google' 'password security' for more tips.
A quick tip is site zoning. That means breaking down the places you go into categories based on how secure you need to be and assigning passwords to groups instead of individual sites. Lets you use fewer passwords and lets you save the complex ones for things like bank accounts, etc.
The Blog section of the Internet Public Library
You can list yours here... I haven't spent time (or linked) here, it just looks interesting.
Bankrate.com - a site recommended by Consumer Reports for various financial info.
Legal info for Bloggers - Electronic Freedom Foundation
Lots of interesting info and many links. I have not researched the 'about us' part yet.
I report on things I've noticed and often tried, but you are the one to make decisions about what works for you, especially in Internet/computer matters. I make it a point to relate my experience, but even then - what works for me may not be good for you. You're smart and savvy or you wouldn't be here...make up your own mind.