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Why is there so much spam?
In between bouts of frustration with my inbox, I've been reading your various articles on spam. I think I'm slowly getting a handle on it all, but it sure seems crazy. And it really got me to wondering... why is there so much spam in the first place?
I feel your pain.
I recently did some research for another project of mine, Taming Email, and looked at all my email for last year. Not only do I get a lot of email, but my calculations show that 87% of it was junk. Wow.
Why is there so much spam?
It's very simple, really.
Continue reading: Why is there so much
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Answercast #93 - Unreadable letter tests, copying files, Microsoft accounts, work at home sites and more...
Ever wonder if work-at-home sites are legitimate or how to read those letter tests on websites? Want to avoid getting a Windows account or tell search engines how to operate? Would you like to save emails to DVD or turn off your router while you are gone? All that and more in this Answercast from Ask Leo!
Answercast #93 - Unreadable letter tests, copying files, Microsoft accounts,
work at home sites and more...
Are CAPTCHAs case sensitive?
CAPTCHAs can be case sensitive, or not, depending on which program is used to supply the test on a website. There are a few options to help pass the test.
Continue reading: Are CAPTCHAs case sensitive?
How do we get search engines to include dates in the search
Showing dates in search engines results can be tricky, though Google does make an attempt at it with their advanced search tools.
Continue reading: How do we get search engines to include dates in the search results?
Are there any legitimate work-at-home sites?
Legitimate work-at-home sites probably do exist. Finding them is the trick. However, you may want to look at making money online in a different way.
Continue reading: Are there any legitimate work-at-home sites?
How do I go back to Windows 7 from Windows 8?
Going back to Windows 7 from a Windows 8 upgrade requires a full system reinstall - unless you have an image backup prior to the upgrade.
Continue reading: How do I go back to Windows 7 from Windows 8?
Do I need to set up a Microsoft Account with Windows
Setting up a Microsoft account with Windows 8 is probably the easiest way to manage Windows 8. There are several reasons why.
Continue reading: Do I need to set up a Microsoft Account with Windows 8?
Is there any real difference between copying files using copy/paste
Copy/paste vs. copy-to-folder are only two ways to move files around in Windows. But which is better?
Continue reading: Is there any real difference between copying files using copy/paste versus copy-to-folder?
Should I turn off my wired router while I'm away for two
It's fine to turn off your router when gone, and equally fine to leave it on. There are advantages to both.
Continue reading: Should I turn off my wired router while I'm away for two months?
How do I save Yahoo email files to DVD?
You can save Yahoo email to DVD in relatively simple steps, depending on what part of the email you are wanting to save. The good news is that this gets you backed up!
Continue reading: How do I save Yahoo email files to DVD?
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*** Featured Comments
Ken Peddcord Sr. writes:
Great article Leo,
Looking back the most frustrating customers I had as a technician were those afraid of and resistant to change. It blocked their ability to move on, learn something new and better their job status.
Why did Microsoft not provide the option of Windows 8 without Metro?
Peter Ballantyne writes:
Hi Leo. Excellent comments about Windows 8. I went the whole hog recently. I really wanted to take advantage of the incredibly cheap upgrade option while it is available, so first I did it with my laptop which was running 64 bit Windows 7. A week later I was so pleased with the result I upgraded my faithful old desktop which was running XP. Both upgrades worked perfectly and my total cost for both was less than upgrading one machine in the past. I was determined to go with the new look and not take advantage of Classic Shell, excellent though it is. After several days of muttering, struggling, discovering a few new words in my vocabulary, and generally getting in a sweat over Windows 8, I have got it pretty well worked out. And you know what? I just love it. Been using Windows ever since 3.1 Windows for Workgroups (Ugh!), and I don't think I have ever enjoyed a new version more. I will be gleaning every morsel of info about it from your newsletters, which are always well balanced and never fail to hit the spot for me. Great time to be a Windows user eh.
*** Thoughts and Comments
I'm on sabbatical this week. Today's newsletter contains a featured article which is a selection from The Best of Ask Leo!, and a new Answercast, pre-recorded before I left.
I'll be back on April 1st, 2013.
Leo A. Notenboom
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