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Issue #697
Volume 14  Number 18
February 17, 2017

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Two New Cloudeight Direct Computer Care Services Available

New! Now you can purchase our Annual Direct care plan with 4 easy payments! No need to join PayPal - you can pay with your credit or debit card if you are not currently a PayPal member.  And, our Annual Direct Care special introductory offer includes two free months, get a total of 14 months PLUS free installation and setup of Thunderbird Email Program.  We are also now offering a new Computer Checkup service!

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A comment from Bob
I want to thank Darcy for helping me on last Friday with my computer. My PC is running great again. Bob

A comment from Judi

This is a note to thank Darcy for setting up Thunderbird for a little extra! It was great fun watching her work her magic while I drank coffee! She was amazing! Again, thank you so much for your help, Darcy, and many thanks to both of you for the work you do to keep us informed.

A comment from Rebecca (1)
I found this letter I wrote to you nearly 4 years ago, but I'm not sure that I ever sent it. Thought I'd pass it along just the same. :-)

Hi there, just wanted to send a long overdue “Thank You” to TC for the help you gave me with my Dell laptop back in Oct 2012. In total I'd spent literally >24 hours on the phone with Dell tech support trying to solve the slew of problems (too long to list here!) with my Studio 17 laptop that was less than 2 years old! They replaced the motherboard, I re-installed Windows twice, but still I was only able to boot in safe mode (the most recent of a long list of problems). So, I finally turned to someone I knew I could trust - Cloudeight Direct Computer Care. You told me you did everything you know how to do to repair my computer but it still was not successful. You and I both agreed that I just had a lemon. I’d tried twice before to get Dell to replace it, but they weren’t budging. As a last resort, you suggested that I use the recovery partition to revert my computer to exactly the way it was when I bought it. I called Dell back soon after our session, told them my story for the umpteenth time, everything that their techs have done, everything that you did & they FINALLY agreed to replace my laptop. Moral of the story: I should have contacted you guys long before I did. I knew that if you couldn’t fix my laptop, there was no hope. Next time I have PC problems, I certainly won’t waste my time with Dell but will go straight to the friends & professionals I know I can trust: TC & EB!! Thank you so much for your patience & for confirming what I already knew: sometimes you just get a lemon. I’m just glad I FINALLY got some lemonade out of the deal! ;-)

A comment from Rebecca (2)
Thank you so much TC for installing Emsisoft on both of my laptops, one with Windows 7 and the other with Windows 10. I'm so glad to be rid of Avast & McAfee! And thanks for the other free pointers you gave me in the process. I just love your Direct Computer Care service & will certainly be using it again on my old Dell laptop in the near future! Be well! :-)

A comment from Virginia
To start with, McAfee is not my choice for Anti-Virus. I'm using my son-in-law's computer, that's his choice. I just wanted to thank Darcy for the tremendous job she recently did for me in installing Thunderbird with Cloudeight's stationery. She did a magnificent job and I truly appreciate her time and dedication. Now I've just bought two of those Valentine keys, and am going to give one to my son who lives in Texas and is having computer troubles. Will get with you tomorrow about that.

A comment from Sue
Hello TC & Darcy. Sorry I have not got around to singing your praises before now, but my internet went out and was out for 6 days. This is to let you both how much I appreciate both of you and loved having you both work on my computer on February 6 or 7th have forgotten exactly which day. But I do not have enough praises for you two beautiful people. I do need to apologize for all the trouble I caused you and both of you were so very patient with me. What would we all do without you? So if there is anyone of your customers who do not use you to work on their computer I highly recommend they hire you immediately... Thank you both again so very much. Sue

Thanks so much to Bob, Judi, Rebecca, Virginia, Sue  and everyone who wrote to us last week. And thanks all those who used our Cloudeight Direct Computer Care services . TC & EB

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Linda wants to find a good duplicate file finder
Hi TC and Darcy, love love love all your good advice. I am looking for an easy app or program that is free and gets rid of duplicate pictures. Can you please send me in the right direction because I'm lost. Thanks Linda

Our answer
Hi Linda. Thanks so much for your nice comments. We've tried at least a dozen duplicate files finders and we've not found one we'd trust enough to recommend. Fifteen years ago, before digital cameras and smart phones became the norm for taking pictures, we might have had some suggestions for you. But the problem is that most duplicate file finder programs use image names and file sizes to determine duplicates. However, because many images may have the same names and be exactly the same size, a duplicate file finder may find duplicates where there really are none. We would not want to be responsible for you trusting a duplicate file / picture finder and have you lose any precious pictures. It's better to be safe than sorry. So, we're choosing "Safe" today.

Another thing we want to note. When we started on the web, nearly 2 decades ago, hard drives were measured in Megabytes. We can remember having gone from a 540 MB hard drive to a 2 GB hard drive and thinking it was such an amazing amount of space which it wasn't. With such a limited amount of space, it was important that you kept it free from duplicate files and other unnecessary files. Today, 1 terabyte hard drives are common and more and more we're seeing 2 and 3 TB hard drives. Some digital images may run up to or even more than 100 MB. Even one thousand pictures of that size would take up a very small fraction of a 1 TB hard drive... and most digital images are much smaller than 100 MB. So, unless you have tens of thousands of images, don't take a chance on trusting a duplicate file finder. The space you'd save would not be worth the risk.

That's our opinion - we're sure others would be more bold... we'll play it safe.

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Jill needs help with an HP computer drive partition
Hi Darcy & TC. Please read below and let me know if this is something you can sort out for me if I buy a repair key. My second computer (HP Pavilion Sleekbook 14-116AU14" laptop with 500 GB Hard drive and 8 GB RAM running Windows 10) looks as if it needs its hard drive partitions amended as one is shown to be full and we are getting an error message when trying to update WINDOWS 10. There is a lot of room on the main partition. I have attached screen prints showing the situation.

Many thanks as always for your help. Jill

Our answer
Hi Jill. Thanks! There is nothing to fix. That full partition is the recovery partition HP puts on all computers. It is very small, it is ONLY for the files HP put there,  and you should not add files to it. It appears you tried to save files to that partition/drive, so just open it and remove the files you added. That partition is only to be used to restore your computer to its factory state and for HP repair tools to function.

*** Jill wrote back***

Thank you soooo much as usual for your help. Somehow a previous Windows 10 update had got itself on to the D drive. Once I received your reply my husband moved it to the C drive and then the new update worked! Thanks again, Jill.

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Dianne has a shortcut in her Edge browser that leads her astray
I have a shortcut to my Hotmail in the Edge address bar and got a shock when I went to open my Hotmail . there was a message saying ..... there is a problem with this website's security certificate. this might mean that info that someone is trying to fool you or trying to steal info you are sending to the server. you should close this site immediately and go to my home page. I contacted Microsoft tech support and they wanted a 5.00 deposit which is refundable. I have never had to pay Microsoft for tech support before and was not sure if this was legit so I got out of there. I delete the old shortcut and went to the home page and was able to get back into Hotmail. I remember getting a notice from Microsoft in December about doing away with live mail and hot mail but did not pay it much attention. Would appreciate your thoughts on this. I did a custom scan with emsisoft and it did not find anything

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Hi Dianne. The first thing we recommend you do is to delete that shortcut. It appears it's been corrupted or infected or changed by something. There is no more, it's all where you sign in with your Hotmail email address as your user name and your Hotmail password. Microsoft consolidated all Microsoft email address (,,, and and now all Microsoft email addresses log in at .

Whoever you were in touch with was not Microsoft. It's a good thing you got out of there, although if you gave a credit card or debit card number, be sure to watch for charges you don't recognize and if you see any contact your credit or debit card company immediately.

The information which Microsoft sent regarding Windows Live Mail does not apply to your situation of accessing your account using a Web browser (in your case Microsoft Edge).

Delete the shortcut from Edge Favorites toolbar. To do this, right-click it and choose "Delete". After you've done that, carefully type in the Edge address bar. When opens, sign in with your Hotmail email address. Once you're signed in, click on the little star in the Edge address bar to add the correct Hotmail page to your Favorites.

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Once you click on the star (on the right side of your browser's address bar), the following dialog will open.

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Click on "Add" to add the URL open in your browser (your Hotmail account) to your Favorites.

While you're logged in, we advise you to change your password, just in case. Better yet, get a Gmail account and use it instead.

One more hint for you: If you need to contact Microsoft and you're using Windows 10, you don't have to call anyone or take a chance on getting scammed. You can contact Microsoft right from Windows 10.

Type in the Taskbar search (Cortana) or click the search icon in your Windows 10 Taskbar, and type Contact Support.

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When you see "Contact Support - Trusted Windows Store app" appear at the top of the search results, click it.

You'll see the Microsoft Support app appear and you can type in your question.

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Sandy says Windows don't resize right in Windows 10
Finding that sizing Windows in Windows 10 isn't what it used to be. I used to be able to click on the side and drag it. That doesn't work anymore. I had a small window when I did a Save As and could see the object and description I was saving. Somehow that window became full screen and I have no idea how to get it back to only a partial screen window. Also, someone I know clicked while in Chrome and their Home Page of Yahoo went down part of the page. Part of the desktop was showing at the top. They could not resize the window or drag the Chrome Home Page back to the top and full page. When this happened two things occurred. One, the page was so far right that she couldn't find the close x or a scroll bar. Two, she uses (I know I complain all the time) Yahoo Mail. Since this happened her reply and everything is gone. Do you know how I can resize my window and how my friend got this strange and partial window and how to restore and get everything back to what it was? Is there a command of some sort hidden in Windows 10? I've never heard of what happened to my friend and I'm sure myself and others, if it happens to us, would like to know the fix.

Our answer
Hi Sandy. Windows resize the exact same way in Windows 10 as in all other versions of Windows. Nothing has changed. It's been the same since Windows 95.

We're guessing that you have the window maximized. A maximized window cannot be resized. You will have to click to undo maximize (in the upper right of all windows, is a little square with a partial overlapping square, between the - (minus sign) and the X). Click on the small square it to change it from maximize. Once the window is no longer maximized, you will be able to resize the window by dragging any edge or corner. You mentioned you clicked to resize. If your windows is smaller than maximum size clicking the square between the minus sign and the X will resize the Windows from its current size to maximized size -- as will double-clicking the title bar. If you click the square again it will go back to its previous size. This has always been the case. If the windows is not maximized,  just hover on an edge or corner to resize. You will see an arrow appear.. just drag when you see the arrow. You can resize height or width, or you can hover near corner and resize both height/width at same time.

If a window has been moved so far over to the right, that you cannot see the max/min icon, just grab over an area in the top bar of the window, and move it over.

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Cloudeight InfoAveScams, Scams, Everywhere
For everyone

We want to keep you safe. And one of the best ways to keep you safe is to keep you from panicking. Fear is a strong emotion. If a phone call upsets you and makes you afraid, you're much more likely to act impulsively and fall for a scam. In the coming months you may be target for scam calls, threats from faux bill collectors, threats for supposedly missing jury duty, threats from fake IRS agents and more. The first line of defense is not to panic. Be prepared. No one is immune to fraud, scams, or criminal trickery. But if you know ahead of time how you will react if you get one of these calls or threats, you're much more likely to make the right decision and not fall prey to these miscreants. Sadly, most scams are directed at older folks. We're fighting for you... we want you to be prepared.

Phone Scams

Miscreants are always lurking looking for ways of making easy money... and they think nothing is easy than picking on older folks. There are no end to the wily fraudsters who will call you, claiming to be tech-support workers who are ready to help you fix that virus-filled computer of yours... free (for a price .. a huge price. But it does not stop with tech support scams. There are scams where criminals pose as utility company bill collectors or who stoop so low as to tell you that your grandchildren calling for help from a foreign jail. In other scams making the rounds right now, con artists make calls pitching credit cards, car and appliance warranties, sweepstakes and lotteries. Yeah, you've won a million dollars all right.

In the past 2 months alone we have helped several readers who were tricked by fraudsters. We helped them get back hundreds of dollars they sent to these con artists. But more than anything, we want to help you avoid being scammed in the first place.

It makes us ill to think of these criminals picking on older folks because they think we're naive. We're not... we tend to be too trusting because most of us over 55 grew up in a kinder, gentler time. That's not to say that con artists weren't around then, but they didn't have the tools to lurk in ether and connive unseen.

If you suspect that a phone call is from scammer, hang up. If you're not sure, ask if you can call them back. If they try to dodge and won't give you a number to call them back, you'll have your answer. Do not give anyone your credit card number on the phone unless you have called them with the intent to order a product or service.

 It's tax time in the U.S.A.  that means it's time for ...

IRS Scams

Fake IRS scams have generated about $50 million dollars over the last three years, according the U.S. Treasury Department. The IRS expects a fourfold surge in tax-related phishing and malware incidents during this year's tax filing season. And they not only target individual taxpayers, these miscreant hack the computers of tax professionals' using malware and phishing attacks that give them access to the tax professionals'  clients' personal information and financial data.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, don't give them any information. Ask to call them back. Real IRS agents won't be offended by you being careful. If they're really from the IRS they'll give you a call back number. You can verify the number an agent gives you by calling the main IRS toll-free number which is 800-829-1040.

Here are some government Web sites that can help you avoid fraud and scams:

Internet Scams

Phishing (Email) Scams 

Online Security and Safety

And remember, we're here for you. If you think you may be a victim of fraud or a scam, contact us and we'll try to help. We're always fighting for you. 

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Repair Window 10 using SFC and DISM
Windows 10

We’ve covered how to use SFC (System File Checker) to check your Windows PC for missing or corrupted Windows System Files several times before. But today, we’re going to take it one step further. We’re going to show you how to use SFC and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) together, to repair or replace corrupted, damaged or missing Windows System Files.

We’ll start by running SFC (System File Checker) to check Windows System Files.

**And before you do this…  you should know that if you’re running ;Windows 7 Games, Windows Mail or Outlook Express on Windows 10, SFC will break them. Since those programs were not made for Windows 10,  SFC will identify and remove them as corrupted/damaged Windows System Files. So, if you’re using Windows Mail, Outlook Express, or Windows 7 Games  on your Windows 10 PC, they will not work after you run System File Checker – you’ll need to go through whatever installation process is necessary to get them working again**

Now, with that out of the way, let’s run SFC (System File Checker) to scan and check the integrity of your Windows’ System Files. If it finds any missing, damaged or corrupted system files, SFC will attempt to replace them with the correct files.

You may want to use SFC if you think your computer is not working as it should be. While all of us Windows computers knows that there are many things that could cause or Windows PCs to run poorly or differently than it normally does, missing, corrupted, or damaged system files often problems and therefore we should check them. Good news! The SFC tool makes this easy to do.

How to Run System File Checker (SFC)

Open a Administrator Command Prompt. Press Windows Key + X then click on “Command Prompt (Admin)” .

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At the prompt type SFC /SCANNOW and press Enter. Notice there is a space after SFC.

It will take some time to scan your system. In most cases it should take between 10 and 15 minutes.

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If SFC does not find any errors or if you get the result that tells you: “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some (or all) of them. You should run DISM and a prudent second step in the process to replace missing Windows System Files and/or to repair corrupted or damaged Windows System Files. DISM can fix damaged files that can prevent the System File Check from working correctly.

Sometimes damaged files can also affect System File Checker, and even if you are able to run SFC, it may not be able to detect problems – or fix problems it finds. And this is when you should use the DISM tool. .

Repair Windows System Files Using DISM Tool

Always run System File Checker (SFC) before running DISM. Many times SFC will find and fix problems. But it’s also quite common that SFC finds problems but cannot fix them or doesn’t find any problems at all when problems do exist.

If you think your computer has problem and SFC tells you that it found no integrity violations, you may want to run DISM to double-check. If you get the message that “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some (or all) of them”, you should use the DISM tool to repair any damaged files that might be preventing SFC from working correctly.

How To Run DISM.

1. Press Windows Key + X

2. Click on Command Prompt(Admin)

3. At the Command Prompt type:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press the Enter Key

Make sure you type the command exactly as shown with spaces after DISM, Online, and Cleanup-image.

4. DISM will check your PC’s system files for corruption or damage and automatically fix any problems that it finds.

Running the DISM tool generally takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete.

You may notice that at some points DISM may appear to be doing nothing. Sometimes it will appear to be stuck at 20%. This is common. Be patient and let DISM run and finish its work without interruption. If you interrupt it, it won’t repair anything, and you’ll have to start all over.

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After DISM has finished running, restart your computer and run SFC (System File Checker) again to replace any remaining missing, damaged or corrupted files.

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Cloudeight InfoAveDo You Have an Android phone or an Apple iPhone? Get some apps from Microsoft
Anyone with an Android phone or iPhone

If you have an Android smartphone or an Apple iPhone, we're pretty sure you never thought of Microsoft as a place to look for interesting apps. Microsoft has a Website called Microsoft Garage where they have dozens of apps in development that you can download free. Most of these apps work on either Android phone or iPhones, but some work on both. And surprisingly, very few work on Windows.

It's an interesting site with some interesting apps including one that allows you to tell the breed of dog from a picture, and one that helps colorblind people see in color.

If you have an iPhone or and Android smartphone, take a trip to the Microsoft Garage

If you're using Windows 10, you can find a few apps there that will work for you as well. 

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Windows 10 Calculator is a Conversion Tool Too
Windows 10

If you live in the USA like we do, you find yourself doing a lot of conversions, because the rest of the world (or most of it) does not measure things like we do here. Now I could be ethnocentric and try to convince the world they’re wrong and we’re right, but that’s getting harder and harder to do. So, I won’t.

But if you’re using Windows 10 and find yourself heading off to Google or some conversion site to convert things, let me tell you that you can convert almost anything you like without leaving Windows 10.

The calculator in Windows 10 can do a myriad of conversions with a minimum of effort, I tells ya. However, you’ll be glad to know that I’m not going to go through the entire range of conversions that Windows 10 calculator can do – it can do many. But I am going to give you a few examples, so I’m pretty sure you’ll be heading for the calculator if you have things you want to convert.

Please note: Before you drive yourself insane trying to convert U.S. Dollars (USD) to Euros (EUR), you can’t. One thing Windows 10 calculator does not do is – monetary conversion. I don’t have any to covert so it’s not a big deal. If you need to convert money, open Google and type in USD to GBP (British Pounds), or  USD to AUD (Australian dollars) or AUD to USD or NZD to USD or USD to JPY (Japanese Yen)- you get the idea.

Now that you know what the calculator can’t do, let’s see what it can do.

First you’ll need to open the Calculator. There are a lot of different ways to do just that. If you don’t see in on your Start Menu, no problem.  You can type Calculator in the search to open it. You can press Windows Key + X, click on “Run”. Then type CALC in the run box and press Enter.  You can create a shortcut to the Calculator on your desktop. Right-click on your desktop, choose “New” “Shortcut”. Copy & paste or type the following into the location dialog C:\ Windows\ System32\ calc.exe (without the spaces) . Click “Next” then give it a name. Calculator would be a nice name. You can press Windows Key + R and type CALC and press Enter. There are other ways too. And don’t worry if you type CALC, calc, or Calc – it’s not case sensitive in this case. That should be enough ways to open Calculator… I hope

If you click on the menu icon (4 horizontal bars ) you’ll see the “Converter” header with the types of conversions you can do with it. Like Volume, Length, Temperature, Distance, etc. See?

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Here’s some conversions I did while playing around with the calculator this morning:

Below: 34 Kilometers equals 21.13 miles (rounded off). That’s 18.36 nautical miles, 34,000 meters or 447.4 jumbo jets.

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Below: Temperature. 74 degrees F equals 23.3 C. That’s 296.5 Kelvin. 0 Kelvin is absolute zero.

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Here’s an interesting one. If go to and test your speed, it’s going to be in megabits per second. So if you see you are downloading at 50 mbps that does not mean you’re downloading at 50 megabytes per second, it’s means you’re downloading at 6.25 megabytes per second. 8 megabits – 1 megabyte. The small b indicates "bits" a capital B indicates Bytes, or at least that's what EB tells me :)

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Now you know how to use your Windows 10 calculator to do a lot of different conversions.

If you want to see more examples and learn why my calculator has a black background, visit this page. 

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Thunderbird Themes
Everyone who uses the Thunderbird email program

If you're using Thunderbird for your email program, that's great. But did you know that Thunderbird offers a lot of great themes you can install and customize the way your Thunderbird program looks? You can and it's very to easy to install and change themes in Thunderbird.

From the menu bar in Thunderbird, click on Tools then Add-ons:

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When after you click add-ons, look to lower right side of the add-ons page. You'll find "Featured Themes".

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Click "See all" to  see all the available themes.

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When you find a theme you like, install it and it will immediately be your Thunderbird theme. Don't worry, you can change themes quickly and easily any time you like.

To view your installed themes, or to change or remove themes, just click "Tools" "Add-ons" then click "Appearance". See?

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There are dozens and dozens of themes to choose from including holiday and seasonal themes. See?

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Here are some other themes I installed to try some them out. I am using the spring theme right now - I'm tired of winter! 

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Above: Two Birds theme

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Above: Fresh Green With Luck

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Above: Airmail theme

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Above: Mimosa Spring Theme

So, if you're using Thunderbird and you really want to make it yours, take at look at all the free themes for Thunderbird. You're sure to find some you like.

Don't forget! We offer Thunderbird installation and setup (maximum 3 accounts) for a very reasonable price. Visit this page for details.

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It's the beginning of a new year, and we really need your support.  We hope you'll take a few minutes today and help us with a small donation. 

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Help us keep up the good fight with a small donation. 

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An Old Man and the Dog

I see an old man walking slowly down the sidewalk; he is walking a small dog on a leash. The old man is hunched and barely able to walk. The small brown and white dog isn't barking. He's trying to walk as slowly as the old man who is tightly holding onto the leash.
They look like good friends.

The old man is stooped and his necked is crooked so his face is pointing down at the sidewalk. He cannot straighten up. He is shuffling more than walking, and it is taking a long time for him to traverse the patch of sidewalk in front of my house. His feet are moving rapidly, but he is moving very slow. His little dog is patient, and he is trying to walk as slowly as the old man.

The air is heavy with moisture and filled with the fuzzy haze of a warm, mid-summer morning. The sun is barely visible through it - it is orange, big and partially obscured by the thin, streaked clouds that hover near the horizon.

The haze is all around.

The old man is having trouble breathing the humid, syrupy air. Every step he takes appears to be an ordeal for him.

I wonder why he is out so early in the morning. I wonder what motivates him to struggle in this warm, thick air. I wonder if he is taking the dog for a walk because he feels he has to, or because he wants to. I wonder if the dog has anything to do with this walk - other than being the old man's. I wonder if it matters at all if I wonder.

I know that this moment will melt into the mass of millions of other vague, ethereal memories that coexist in the cluttered collection - that hive of memories, both meaningless and meaningful, that are stored so miraculously somewhere in the depths of my own aging brain.

In this moment though, I am transfixed and intrigued by the old man walking his dog...

Read the rest of this essay here.

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Reg Organizer - a Swiss Army knife of Windows Utilities - Cloudeight Endorsed

Reg Organizer - A Swiss Army Knife of Windows Utilities and Tools

Reg Organizer works on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. The newest version of Reg Organizer has newly added special tweaks for Windows 10 - including a Windows 10 Start menu fix.

Get more information and or order Reg Organizer today and SAVE!

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First, we're going to give credit where credit is due. This site of the week suggestion was sent to us by Ken. So, thanks to Ken for sending us this site. Those of you who try it are going to waste untold hours of time messing around with this site, so if you want to blame someone, blame Ken.. NO! Just kidding. This is a fun site that some of you are going to have tons of fun with.

What can you do with You can make pictures into cartoons. For example, the founders of Cloudeight. EB giving TC a hard time. They always say the best comedy has its roots in fact. So true... so true.

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You can see the full-size version of our efforts here. allows you to do this with any picture. You can upload one from your device, import one from Facebook, or use a stock photo. Once you have your photo chosen, all you have to do is add your speech bubble of choice, type in some text, preview, and then save your work of art.

If you're waiting for a long, drawn-out "about us" from the developers, sorry. All you get is this:

"Free Speech Bubble Editor

Create your own comic strips online within minutes. Great looking results guaranteed, no sign-up required. "

That's it. That's all you're going to get from the developers. makes it easy to share your creations. You can download them or share them on social media via links you'll get as soon as you save your creations. You can choose to make yours public or keep it private.

The best way to learn more about is just to go there and start creating your own cartoons with the speech bubble editor. It's 100% free and looks to be 100% safe.

Just visit to get started.

Thanks for the suggestion, Ken.

PS: If you're upset by language and / or vulgarity, please don't visit the gallery. We are pretty sure that staffers didn't pick the photos there; they look like images created by users who decided to make them public for whatever reason. So, now you know.

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Cloudeight InfoAveWhat is the cloud?

Did you ever see the movie "The Perfect Storm"? How about "The Wizard of Oz"? What do both of those movies have in common? Clouds! And THE CLOUD is THE CLOUD that produced the tornado the transported Dorothy to the Land of Oz (which is in the County of Oz) and also brought he cloud that ran amok and wreak havoc upon a ship (boat?) on the sea. If you're interested weather let me tell you:

There are cumulus clouds

There are nimbostratus clouds.

There are cumulonimbus clouds.

There are cumulonimbus mammatas clouds (those are really nasty)

There are stratus clouds.

There are cirrostratus clouds.

Clouds. Clouds. Clouds.

Funny thing, though. We're not talking about any of those kinds of clouds. We talking more or less about the cloud in the picture above that looks like a dollar sign, but it's just an optical illusion. The cloud is nothing more than a temperature-controlled, secure room full of hot, blinking, servers full of the money of the 21st century - information. Data. Google said that every two years we generate as much information as that the amount of information acquired from the beginning of man until 2004. That's a lot of information.

"...I've looked at clouds from both sides now,
From up and down and still somehow,
It's clouds illusions I recall,
I really don't know clouds at all..." (Joni Mitchell "Both Sides Now")

Ah but, apologies to Joni Mitchell, I do know clouds and now, and so do you.

So why is everyone all crazy about the cloud? Why were Rockefeller and Carnegie and men of their ilk ruthless and brazen? Money my friends. Back in Mr. Standard and Mr. Oil's day, things like refineries, railroads, coal mines, steel mills, and Woolworth's equaled money. Now those things do not matter. Now it's information. Information is money and power. Want proof? How in the world can a company that owns very little, produces nothing, and manufactures nothing, be the 3rd or 4th most valuable company on Earth? Information. Data. Zuckerberg.

So when you think of the cloud, don't look up, look around. The cloud is nothing but environmentally managed rooms full of servers (computers) full of information. Some of it probably about you and me.

You can use the cloud too. Dropbox, OneDrive, iDrive and many other companies offer cloud storage for personal use. Most offer a limited amount of free space. If you need more storage space you'll have to pay for it.

The cloud is useful because files you store in the cloud are available from any device, running any operating system, from anywhere. So, if you have pictures on your computer and you upload them to the cloud, you'll be able to access them from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection.

The cloud is big because the cloud is $$$. Some think that some versions Windows are going to be completely cloud-based operating systems. We'll see.

Now it looks like it's going to cloud up and snow! Better get my snow shovel ready.

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Volume 14 Number 18
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