2016-08-17 / Front Page

Internet in Bloom For The Layperson

By Ted J. Bloom

Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A librarian and professor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor.  His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com.

Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A librarian and professor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor. His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com. The humidity is still on this summer with less than three months to go before the strangest presidential election I can recall between our typical two parties and their candidates, with historically low approval ratings.  Therefore, I am going to brighten your day by using the Internet to save everyone time and money. 

First, allow me to remind all that there are really dangerous computer virus schemes floating around online for all platforms, Windows and Macs.  I did a search for the binary data presented by one virus and it lead me to a phony antivirus service called Spy Hunter, that created the virus to begin with, because it was the only service I could find online associated with the virus, and they advertised how to get rid of it, but warned that it involved deleting it from your PC registry, so you may wish to download their antivirus software.  They offered a free trial version and a full commercial version download.  I downloaded their free trial because none of the major brand name professional antivirus software I tried could remove the virus.  Spy Hunter turned out to be a collusion scam because I could not delete it from my hard drive and thus has to perform a factory reset of the drive involving reinstalling the operating system, to remove Spy Hunter.  Insidious indeed as deleting anything from a hard drive registry is best left to seasoned pros.

Second, so you have saved up some money or your job has provided you with capital or frequent flyer miles and you wish to fly away to an exotic land to relax sipping a cold Pina Colada.  You could spend a lot of time and effort creating your own searchable database with your favorite word processing program comparing every airline and all the related pricings, which are extensive depending on flight specifics or you could try Google Flights.  That is www.google.com/flights or www.kayak.com/flights however Google Flights is more user-friendly.  With the slightest change in destination or airline or seating class resulting in cost differences of hundreds, even thousands or tens of thousands of dollars for those multi-city combination travel, room and car rental packages, Google Flights is worth your time.

In closing, www.parkingpal.com, the Internet creation of legal parking expert Lou Camporeale, is a must if you drive in NYC as he answers many tough parking questions and teaches you how to avoid and fight parking tickets for free.  Stay cool campers.

 

 

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