Windows 10 – Let it All Hang Out – Big Brother

I recently got a new notebook that came pre-installed with Windows 10. I had heard that the new Windows 10 operating system included a lot of features that communicate my personal information to Microsoft, and when the installation screen came up to setup using “Express Settings” DON’T DO IT! Instead select “CUSTOM INSTALL”.


After you select Custom, you’ll see the following page:

Make sure you read each item and select your appropriate response. I bet you’ll be surprised as I was about what information they use and collect. You’ll be glad you didn’t just select “Express settings”.

Here is Custom Settings Screen 2:

Once again, find your appropriate response to each question.

Depending on your answers there is one other setting you might want to also change (after setup is complete). If you decided to not “Send error and diagnostic information,” you really only turned it down from “Full” to “Enhanced.” To really reduce the amount of information sent to Microsoft, you need to go to the Start menu, select Settings, choose Privacy from the list of settings, and then go to the Feedback and Diagnostics section:

Choose “Basic” and that will set the information Microsoft gets to a minimum.

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Pictionary from Cat poop or do I have to trademark everything I say

Alright, this burns my butt!! Those of you who know me, know that I can come up with some pretty unique words. Ah-blah, Ah-blah, en-raw (short for turkey sandwich, open face with mashed potatoes and gravy), or “Goon-a-raunchy” (short for a knucklehead). At another time in the right place I could have been; Dr. Seuss. The cause, probably putting my finger in light socket at age 3.

 Ode to “Cat Girl” the backstory…
Years ago I had a Burmese cat, and she was as much of a companion as a dog, waited for me to get home, and we would play and just an all-a-round great pet. I don’t want to go overboard as an overzealous pet owner, but, yeah, she was cool. Anyway, about 10 years ago we were playing and I came with the saying “For cats, by Cats”. Another idiotic, but, rather funny thing, I thought pretty creative after it came out of my mouth.

 Fast forward to yesterday
So I am watching TV yesterday, and here comes a new cat food commercial, and at the very end they say “For Cats, By Cats”. I couldn’t believe it. The cause of my bane. I watched the same channel till I saw the commercial again just to make sure. I’m not going to quit coming up with sayings for things, but, wow.

It’s true, there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
The great and wise Solomon strikes again

Don’t trust that mobile alert text is from your bank!!

I’ve set my bank up to send me mobile alerts when anything happens about my account. Most likely many of you have too. Well, I received a text alert the other day to call the bank and it included a number to call back.


When I did I got a recorded voice that said to key in my 9 digit social security number to verify my identity. DON’T DO IT, this is a new identity theft tactic to get your SSN. This is referred to as “Smishing”.Here are the FACTS from some popular banks, but this is most likely the policy of all banks:


If you bank with Bank of America see this page

If you bank with Wells Fargo see this page

More information is available here.

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