#951 - Just What Is Common Sense?
View Online: https://newsletter.askleo.com/current-newsletter/
Newsletter FAQ & administration
I've decided I'm changing how the newsletter discount code will work. The old code will stop working in a few days. There'll be a new discount code each month, announced here in the newsletter.
Use code FEBSAVINGS for 20% off anything in the Ask Leo! Store, through the end of February.
Use Common Sense, they say. It'll be fine, they say.
Great, but just what the heck do they mean by "common sense"?
Besides knowing that is seems anything but "common", do you know what it means?
I take a stab at what I mean when I suggest using it in Just What Is Common Sense?
Also this week:
- Password Length (make 'em longer)
- CRC Errors (fixing 'em)
- Two-factor (one case when you can't)
As always, links below.
Gary and I touch on the old Mac vs. PC ads, discovering music, why being platform agnostic makes you a better problem solver, Google Sites, AI (of course) and how it learns like humans learn (and the implications thereof), hardware authentication keys, and more.
TEH 183: Is History Old? Being Platform Agnostic, How AI Gets smart
Just What Is Common Sense?
It's not so common.
'Common sense' is frequently suggested, often missing, and rarely defined. I'll take a look at some of what I feel are the characteristics of common sense.
Also This Week on Ask Leo!
How Long Should a Password Be?
|For years, the standard practice has been to assume that eight-character passwords made up of sufficiently random characters was enough. Not any more. Not even close.
How Do I Fix a CRC Error When I Try to Copy a File?
|CRC errors happen when there's a bad spot on the media of your hard disk. Data recovery and disk repair are often possible with the right tools -- but you won't need them if you have a backup.
I Enabled Two-Factor Authentication and Now My Email Program Can't Sign In
|Two-factor authentication is an important security tool. To access those accounts in some programs, though, you may need an app password.
Ask Leo! on YouTube
Subscribe to Ask Leo! on YouTube to get the latest on YouTube.com. Your subscription (and "Likes") help others find Ask Leo!, and the answers they're looking for.
Reactivating an Old Online AccountIf you?re lucky, it?s only mostly dead.
Removing Malware from WindowsThe steps you need to take in the face of infection.
I Enabled Two-Factor Authentication and Now My Email Program Can't Sign InTwo-factor authentication is an important security tool. To access those accounts in some Email programs, though, you may need an app password.
Be SkepticalIf we would all be a little more skeptical, we'd be safer and the internet would be a more trustworthy place.
How Do I Fix a CRC Error When I Try to Copy a File?CRC errors happen when there's a bad spot on the media of your hard disk. Data fix and disk repair are often possible with the right tools -- but you won't need them if you have a backup.
Saved! Backing Up with Macrium Reflect 8 - Online Course
Watch and learn how to use this powerful and highly recommended backup program to automatically back up your computer and your precious data.
30, and counting, easy-to-consume videos walking you through setting up, backing up, scheduling, restoring and more.
More details in the Ask Leo! store: Saved! Backing Up with Macrium Reflect 8 - Online Course
Support Ask Leo!
Ask Leo! is supported in part by people just like you! For as little as $2/month you can help, and view askleo.com without ads. For $5/month you'll also get the The Ask Leo! Tip of the Day
Here are examples of tips published this week:
- Tip of the Day: Consider Chrome Remote Desktop
- Tip of the Day: Deleting All Messages with a Gmail Label
- Tip of the Day: Back Up Your Machine Before Turning It On
- Tip of the Day: Don't Rely on Your Browser's Bookmarks
Support Ask Leo! and become a patron for these and other exclusive benefits and discounts!
Other ways to support Ask Leo!.
Share Confident Computing!
Share the confidence: forward this (without your unsubscribe link at the bottom) to your friends! They'll thank you! (And so will I!)
Did someone forward this to you?
to get your own copy each week. It's FREE!
Become a Patron
Ask Leo! Books
Social & more!
Not All News Is Bad - Each day I look for one story in the current news of the day with a positive bent. Just one. And I share it.
HeroicStories Since 1999, HeroicStories brings diverse, international voices to the world ' reminding us that people are good, that individuals and individual action matter. Stories - new and old - are published twice a week.
7 Takeaways - I've resolved to read something of substance each day and identify one idea to "take away". Once a week I post the takeaways I've collected for the week.
leo.notenboom.org - My personal blog. Part writing exercise, part ranting platform, it's where I write about anything and everything and nothing at all.