The Operating System switch! When do you switch to a new operating system?

Samsung ATIV Launch 10 by Vernon Chan

Samsung ATIV Launch 10 by Vernon Chan

So Many Operating Systems!

We have Microsoft Windows, Chrome OS, Apple Macintosh’s and Several different Linux Distros. I’m looking through my options of buying a new laptop for my business and home use.   The real problem is finding something that I can use with three different systems on one laptop.   I’ve considered maybe finding a good system that I can create use with Virtual Box or some on Virtual Machine software that way I can have access to all different OS for testing purposes and to be able to talk about my experiences.


I must say, I’ve been working with Windows since the early days with Windows 1.01 to Windows 7.  Basically, I’ve been working with Windows since MS Dos 5.0 and later, which shows that I like command line.  I’m not to impressed with the look and feel of Windows 8.0 and 8.1.  Ive heard there are hacks to make it looks like Windows Xp or even Windows 7.   The problem with this is that it is entirely the best fit for those who really understand the Windows Kernel.   Even though Microsoft is bringing back the Start Menu to Windows 10.   I’m still not entirely convinced that it is something that I’ll be able to jump back into since I’ve used Chrome OS!

Chromebooks and Chrome OS!

I’ve used this Chrome Acer c710-2856 for almost two years.  I haven’t been doing anything major with this Chromebook because I have to rely on Google to keep my files in the cloud and the problem is that I can’t even actually use any apps.   All Apps are more like extensions and links to a browser.   You have the ability to have some stuff like Calculator and other small app that doesn’t need much programming experience but I am in need to find something that can be used for my business a little better.   I still rely on my Acer Windows 7 laptop for some of the things for hacking a phone to helping a friend with problematic install of Windows.

Linux Distros

I’ve used Linux in the past and it seems to be a very stable and useable operating system.   I can even have a Virtual Machine for Windows if I so want, or even have two operating system on system.   I could very well use this for some of my business without much trouble but it requires me to jump back into the OS and work at it Full time for the first couple weeks.   I can see me getting frustrated because I have to relearn all the quick easy shell codes for Linux and even to have a good desktop for me to easily navigate with.  It isn’t an easy because it is a totally different operating system from Windows but I have played around with it in the past and simply love Ubuntu / Kubuntu operating system.   I could probably find myself exploring other distros just to have fun but I’d probably only use Kubuntu until I found another one that I like better.

Apple Macintosh’s

I will say this operating system isn’t even one that I will consider buying because of their proprietary equipment and programs.   I do not feel I can fully secure a system using their operating system and thus, I have written them off entirely.   I also just refuse to pay the Apple TAX and I’m not an apple fan boy.

Readers review

I’m asking my readers which of the three operating systems is your most favorite and which I should avoid.   You must convince me about why you believe it is the best solution or why you think that is the wrong solution.   I’m hoping to get some idea of how I should go when I finally buy a new Laptop.   You comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.   You can message me on Facebook, Twitter, or leave a comment.

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The truth behind “See Who Looked at Your Profile” on Facebook!


What I can find out who views my profile?

When I heard about this little App in facebook, I instantly knew this was a fake app.   You really think Facebook will ever let anyone else use their strict profile viewer stats.   So I decided to check out their privacy policy, which is hosted on chitobeats[.]com.   Let’s explore this privacy policy that is dubious to say the least:.

We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you


According to the Facebook app:

See Who Looked at Your Profile will receive the following info: your public profile and friend list.

First off they are collecting data, from your Public Profile and that is:

When you give an app access to your public profile, the app receives:

  • Your name, user id, username, profile picture, gender and network in order to identify you
  • Your age range, language and country in order to personalize the experience
  • Other info that you choose to make public.


According to Godaddy

WHOIS search results for:CHITOBEATS.COM(Registered)
Is this your
domain? GO
Add hosting, email and more.
Want to buy
this domain? GO
Get it with our Domain Buy service.
Registry Domain ID: 1850423885_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server:
Registrar URL:
Update Date: 2014-03-14T05:21:56Z
Creation Date: 2014-03-14T05:21:56Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-03-14T05:21:56Z
Registrar:, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 146
Registrar Abuse Contact Email:
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.480-624-2505
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: Registration Private
Registrant Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
Registrant Street:
Registrant Street: 14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309
Registrant City: Scottsdale
Registrant State/Province: Arizona
Registrant Postal Code: 85260
Registrant Country: United States
Registrant Phone: +1.4806242599
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +1.4806242598
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email:

So this domain is hidden by which isn’t exactly the best approach by any company. I used to have them until I went to and havent’ went back yet.   I had nothing but bad lock with Godaddy and their services.

The Website

If you decided to visit their website directly, you end up with a way to play Subway Surfer free on their website.    Kind of seems fishy, because I even talked about Subway Surfer in the past about their android apps permissions.  Which if this site chitobeats[.]com has any affiliations to Kiloo Corporation then they are also supporting this site by allowing them to let kids play the game for free on a web browser.  I do not support this company.


This app is designed for one thing and one thing only and that is to data mining  from Facebook so they can sell your personal information to other companies and make money.   I wouldn’t be surprised if this app does nothing but that and you are just letting them get your information free and clear.  There is no such way to track who views your profile and you should just ignore any app that suggests they can do it.   Afterall, Facebook wouldn’t want to give that kind of control out to anyone.   They make money by keeping that information private, that is how they sell ads and make money from the users of Facebook.

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My Top 5 Posts for 2014!

Blog by Thomas Hawk

Blog by Thomas Hawk

Things change!

As most of you know, every day something changes and we sometimes have to review everything that we did in the past year.  I usually do this post late December but this year, I was really busy so I had to wait till now to talk about the posts that people are looking at or look for.   It seems like it was a good time as any to talk about these posts.

In 2014:

  1. How do you boost signal strength with Straight Talk Wireless? (Views: 7,596)
  2. How to Root a ZTE AWE phone! (Virgin Mobile)  (Views: 3,942)
  3. How to get the HTC Inspire 4g AT&T to work with Straight Talk (Views 2,921)
  4. How to Tether your Kyocera Rise by Virgin Mobile (Views 1,427)
  5. Best Tips and Tricks for your ZTE AWE! (Views 954)

Overview of the Year!

As you can tell, people were looking for solutions to for their Mobile Phones and Straight Talk Wireless.   It seems people are moving from contract phones to no-contract phones.  After all, I have a great Unlocked cell Phone and am Using Straight Talk to keep me from paying any more than 45$ a month.   As you can see, I’m planning on doing even more stuff with Unlocked phones.  I even am selling a good Unlocked Phone on Ebay now : Motorola Razr M 8Gb by Verizon Wireless [Unlocked].  I did go through the process of unlocking it and it is ready to be used with Straight Talk.  All you need to do is buy a Micro Sim card and you are all set.  If you like my blog posts and would like to get updates through Facebook, please remember to “LIKE” my Paul’s Tech Talk Facebook page to receive updates on current posts.   I occasionally only post things to Facebook and not on my blog or My Twitter (username: laforge129), but you can subscribe or like both and get updates from two different social networks about my activities!

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How to Create a VPN connection on Chrome OS!

Screenshot 2014-12-27 at 11.21.07 AM

Chrome OS Settings

It isn’t extremely hard to get into your Chrome OS.   The easiest way, that I know is to go type this is your browser:  chrome://settings/.  You can also go to you if you go to the toolbar and click on wireless settings!   You should see your wireless router and some other stuff but you will also see Settings and if you click that you will also get to that menu.

First off all, you should add a Connection and sub click on Add a private connection.   You will see this:

Screenshot 2014-12-27 at 11.36.30 AM


Choosing a VPN!

I recommend VPN4ALL *Affiliate Link*, You will need to buy the Mobile package.   It is the only one I use when I am out and about.   It does come with a 5 gb limit but you only going to use this when your trying to prevent snoopers from getting information on free wifi hotspots.  If you want to save 15% right just use the coupon code “savenow15″. There is also a free service if you want to trust them


You will get a username and password and also a server IP.   You will need to make sure you buy a VPN Service that has the L2TP + Preshared Key compatibility or you would be less likely to be able to do it.  You can also use Openvpn but you will need to select that by selecting it from the drop down menu when you setup your VPN service.  Once you have those fields enter into the setup then all you will need to do is check  “Save Identity/Password” and hit Connect.  You will see 4 bars going across your Wifi to tell you if your are connected or not.  If you have done it right you will have a VPN service for your Chrome OS and then you are far safer than before.

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SQRL implementations on Android and it works!

Screenshot 2014-12-24 at 2.44.44 PM

SQRL App available on Android!

As I was talking about SQRL a few months back, I’ve been waiting for the time when I would be able to download the SQRL APP on Android by Ralf Wondratschek.   I’ve been playing around with it the last few days and it looks really nice!  When we started to hear about this early last year, I was really excited about the prospect of not having to have to remember another password to login into a site.   I first learned about this idea on the Security Now Podcast and then I heard Steve Gibson talk about his idea in detail.


I must say idea of it is rock solid, now though I can’t carry out this on my WordPress blog.   I am hoping this get fixed really soon by WordPress because it seems to be problem.  The Viability of this as a plugin for WordPress seems to be the one question on some of the developers mind.   There seems to be a problem with using a PHP SQRL Library that isn’t really used commonly against most shared hosting.   I would love to have this as a way to login in the /wp-admin/ page.  Since I sometimes like to use Free Wifi hotspots, this would help prevent man in the middle attacks from happening.


  1. SQRL WordPress Plugin
  2. SQRL on Android
  3. SQRL Website
  4. WordPress Support says Maybe later

As you can see, it is getting more traction but it would be nice to have a way to easily install and use the SQRL Plugin.   I’ve tried these test websites:

As you can see a few places where you can use the Android App to play around with the idea.   Hopefully this will become a much-needed change to a password and an email address.   What do you think?  Will you want to use this for your site also?

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Sony emails hacks just show how email isn’t secure!

Computer Security by The Intel Free Press

Computer Security by The Intel Free Press

Email and You!

Since the Sony Hack that started Nov 24, 2014. We’ve seen some many different perspectives of what Sony did to the press of late.  I’ve heard  some reports that people are saying we shouldn’t be talking about the hacks or the leaks from the hack itself.   I have a different opinion on the subject.   The more we know the better we can understand how this happened and hep fix some of the problems of having a big business or even just communicating through email.   Let’s face it email is never going to be a secure.   It is like you talking in a big room with others around you to your email pal and people being able to overhear your conversation.

Email Breakdown

When yo hit Send, there is a multitude of things that happen has you email message goes to the intended email address.   The first thing that happens is whatever DNS server you use will tell you where the mail server is for that domain.   The is the first place a Man in the Middle attack could happen and you would never know.   If the DNS server is compromised then the email might be sent to another Internet Protocol than intended and thus they could just copy the email and send it on to the right IP.   No one would be none the wiser because who here checks your email headers every time you receive an email.   I surely do not, I rarely check them.  So it could be months or even years before you find out the truth.  Another way is if your Domain server is compromised and you do not know it, then it could just be a email copy and send to another email address.   Just like when NSA did a fiber optic splice and copied all data and there would be no evidence of this because you didn’t see them copy the email and send it to an unknown email address.  Then the next place that could be compromised in the MTA Server (Message Transfer Agent) which is an internal server that is controlled by the company.   I suspect this is where they got all their emails from the Sony Hack.   I can’t be certain but this is the most overlooked part of the process.   I however can’t be certain of anything.

Truth of it all!

Less face it, the non geek people will not even know how to secure their email address and clients because they do not talk geek or talk about security.  The problem is the most important.   How can I easily teach someone to encrypt their emails before it is even sent.   I recommend CryptoBrowser (VPN4ALL) (Affiliate Link).  Which is a Chrome only extension that allows you to encrypt and decrypt it.   For example:

If you don’t use Cryptobrowser, you aren’t secure!   This is how I do it, just click and chose!

Looks Like this

————— VPN4ALL CryptoBrowser Encrypted Message —————-
———— End of VPN4ALL CyrptoBrowser Encrypted Message ————

Even if someone overheard this email it would just be gibberish and thus they couldn’t know what was said unless they know the key.   So this is one way to protect your private conversations in email.   It however just depends on your situation.


The key that I used (paulstechtal)  to encrypt this was a simple one because this was just for demonstration.   When I need to send sensitive emails or emails that I want to keep private.   I use Cryptobrowser by VPN4ALL (Affiliate Link).   They are a sponsor of this blog and I do get a commission every time you use the link to buy a service through them.   If you want to save even more money then don’t forget to use coupon code “15offnow” and save 15 percent when buying this service or other services.   You never know when you might need a VPN Service or even to send out some sensitive emails.   Please tell the person in advance the password through some other service besides email.   Phone, SMS, or even in person would be the best possible solution for them to decode the message.   

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The Geek that just needs to work out!

Exercise calisthenics #2 by Ed Yourdon

Exercise calisthenics #2 by Ed Yourdon

My new routine!

When I started this journey of getting exercise at a club. So I joined Planet Fitness and starting my exercise regiment. It wasn’t like I needed a guide to show me what to do.   I knew I need to get more exercise and I did it.   There are some problems with just running in place to keep in your motivated.   I thought it was time to at least talk about some of the problems that I have had with my new routine!


We all had this happen to us at any given time.   We just do not have the motivation to keep walking, running, Bicycling, or even Lift weights.  The problem for me is that simple what can I do to build momentum for me while I am on the treadmill or even on some other machine for cardio.   I figure, if I can get my mind out off the fact that I’m walking I am far better to do that.  So here are a few ideas for those who might want help someone get what they need to keep going.

  • Audible  —  Great way to keep the mind active is to listen to a really good book that draws you in as you are doing your daily exercises and this has helped many people but remember if your know someone who might want to be given this, they have an excellent gift options for just that occasion.
  • Pandora Radio — Another Good option is listening to their favorite songs as they work out.   Just like Planet Fitness has a free wifi hotspot, you never need to use your data from your mobile phone to stream music to your phone.  You can even give the gift of one year membership for those love ones to enjoy!
  • Amazon Music Prime (Affiliate Link) — Which is another great way to listen to any music on the go and listen to what you want when you want it.   I haven’t tried this option but it is a good deal for those who might want to try it.   If you already have a Prime Membership you should also have the Music Prime membership, so it is a good deal for you anyways!


No geek will want to go to the gym without his tech gadgets in hand.   I’m going to recommend a few options for that also.   It however is just a suggestion and you can take it anyway you like.  It however is something to consider when going to the gym.

  • Headphones [Wireless] (Amazon Affiliate Link) —  Let’s face it, if you are going to be doing stuff while lifting weights or even if your running in place.  You’re going to need something that has no wires.   There are a multitude different headphones that you can buy to use while exercising so your best bet is to not skimp out on the money and buy a relatively decent pair of headphones.   Does make a great gift idea though!
  • Ear Buds [Wireless] (Amazon Affiliate Link)  — If your can’t stand having something over your ears and still want wireless this is a great option for you but remember you will have a wire going from one ear bud to the other but at least that is less cumbersome than having it go to your device.  These really only last 2 or 3 hours at any given time.   I’ve not seen them last any longer that but that isn’t bad to use while going to the Gym.
  • Tablets (Amazon Affiliate Link) —  I am using my Acer Aconia A200 series when I go to the gym, but you should at least get a big enough screen size to watch your favorite movie or show on Netflix, Amazon, or even Hulu.   This way you get to do something you enjoy while you are working out.
  • Wearable Tech (Amazon Affiliate Link) — Let’s face it, if your going to be running, sleeping, exercising of any kind.   You will want to know how your heart rate, and keep track of many variables your body is doing while your active or asleep.   There are different wearable for different types of people but that is an area where you can experiment with and get the most out of your gym routine.


Now since I’ve talked about some ways you can enjoy going to the gym, maybe it is time to start the routine yourself.   Please don’t be afraid to share with your family or love ones.   These are all good gift ideas for Christmas/Birthdays to help them.

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A Netflix Jamboree. What are some shows to watch!

NXE-Netflix by Gamerscore Blog

NXE-Netflix by Gamerscore Blog

My Binge-ing!

You shouldn’t be surprised because of how sparse my post have been of late.   I’ve found some really good shows.   It isn’t like I do not want to blog but it seems even I am vulnerable to have a binge or two on Netflix.   I must say that it isn’t like I do it to avoid writing or I do not know what to write about.   I thought it was time to talk about the shows that I recommend to watch on Netflix.  It is all due to having a Chromecast.


The Shows  or movies that I’m going to mention are available on many sources so I am going to recommend some of the shows or movies that I’ve watched of lately.

The Arrow


Oliver Queen and his father are lost at sea when their luxury yacht sinks, apparently in a storm. His father dies, but Oliver survives for five years on an uncharted island and eventually returns home. But he wasn’t alone on the island where he learned not only how to fight and survive but also of his father’s corruption and unscrupulous business dealings. He returns to civilization a changed man, determined to put things right. He disguises himself with the hood of one of his mysterious island mentors, arms himself with a bow and sets about hunting down the men and women who have corrupted his city (VIA IMDB)

I am sure most people are looking for reviews of the show that is question in hand.  I’ve always loved the Batman series, especially the movies and Batman in the 1960’s.  I basically love the ones that were non animated because they were more real to me than the animate series but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like the animated series.  So I’ve watched seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix.  You can watch the series on:

Agents of S.h.i.e.l.d.

Shield(Marvel)After the Battle of New York, the world has changed. It now knows not only about the Avengers, but also the powerful menaces that need those superheroes and more to face them. In response, Phil Coulson of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division assembles an élite covert team to find and deal with these threats wherever they are found. With a world rapidly becoming more bizarre and dangerous than ever before as the supervillains arise, these agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are ready to take them on. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (Via IMDB)

So I have watch Iron Man movies (Amazon Affiliate Link) all of them and when Coulson supposedly died in the last movie, I was saddened but I find him back in the series and love everything about all the characters.  There is only Season 1 on Netflix and now they are showing season 2 everywhere else.   Love this series and it has some really good areas in the show that keeps you wanting to come back to find out what happens next.  Character Development is progressive and I like several characters on the show.

So far

I’ve had enough time to binge on these series and they are ones you should at least check out.  I’ve recommend even more shows in the near future when I find ones that really keep me captivated and keeps me wanting to return.   I can’t wait for the new Doctor Who Christmas special to come out in the near future.  I can’t wait to see it and buy it.   I am sure it is as good as the previous specials.  Have a safe Christmas!   I will try to write more before the time but you never know!

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The Blog Writers Potential is nullified!

Blogging by Alessio Baù

Blogging by Alessio Baù

The Difficulties of Creating a Blog!

So I’ve done a series on blogging in 2009, and I thought it was done for a while.   So my sister finally read the book How To Make Money Blogging: How I Replaced My Day Job With My Blog [Amazon Affiliate Link].   So the book is one year younger than my blog post series but my sister said the author made it look so simple to setting up her own blog.   I was baffled how she could think this because I know better.   When I started blogging in 2007, I didn’t know anything about this until I finally did it.   It wasn’t simple to me and I know about computers and operating systems, she isn’t a computer geek to say the least.

What You Need to know!

Each book or series isn’t always going to be exact and they will leave out steps or even not be as detailed as it needs to be.   So I am going to at least recommend a few different services that you could use to help you make blogging more enjoyable.  First off, Not all Domain name management is ever going to be exactly the same from service to service but I do highly recommend Hover and have not had Any problem since I started using them for my domain name hosting!  I’ve tried Godaddy, and Hostgator, and I still love Hover for their customer service and always being their to help me when I have a question or need help.

Web Hosting

I’ve tried many web hosting providers, such as Justhost, Godaddy, Hostgator, and Squarespace, each one has an advantage and disadvantage but I’m not going to talk about that to much because each hosting provider has unique qualities that can help you.   I am using Bluehost [Affiliate Link] for my web hosting and I can’t complain too much about them.

Making Money

I’ve even talked about Making money with your blog but I was not detailed enough about it because you have places like Skimlinks, or even Adsense to make money without even trying.   Now if you are looking for Affiliate Networks, you have several options available to you but I must say I’ve had my share of disappointments and there isn’t really any good ones since Google Advertising Network (GAN) closed shop.   It was something even I didn’t like to hear.   I can only recommend the networks that are good like Amazon, Shareasale, and Linkshare but that is because Iv’e used these networks.   I however recommend you start small and figure out your niche and then branch out from there.   You never know who will approach once your get a foothold of your audience!

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The Advertisement Malfunction!!!

Not everyday I see this!

I used to do this from time and loved to show just how these scare tactics are used in everything we do.   This week while browsing Facebook and I know I shouldn’t be clicking links in Facebook.   I however came across these two pop ups at two different times,  I wasn’t worried because I was using my Chromebook and I’m not in the habit of downloading any new apps but it was a site to see nonetheless.

The breakdown

This seems to be used more and more to call these people and then they will tell you what is wrong.   I almost want to call them and say stop with these deceptive advertising practices.   I know my system better than your ever know and I know when I am compromised or have a virus on my computer.   This however wasn’t going to be one of those that I would have won.   So I’ve decided to show people these types of scare advertising so you know that these are just pop-ups or pop under where they are trying to elicit a certain emotion from you and get you to buy their services or product so they can make money.

Are you worried?

If your worried, I recommend a product like MalwareBytes Pro (Affiliate Link) to help decide if your actually infected with a virus or scareware.  This is one of those times where I will say, I recommend it to my family and friends when it comes to knowing if you have a virus or not.   You can also try AVG, SuperAntiSpyware, and Nortons if you want to add another layer of protection onto your system.   I wouldn’t recommend more than two Antivirus programs on a system but two isn’t a bad idea for any Windows Machine.   Other than that I wouldn’t call or talk to these guys and I’d steer clear from other such websites or advertising that says something similar!

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