Posts in category "Tips"

How to unshrink clothes

I followed a tip I saw on Pinterest, and it worked! Hard to believe I know. I had a dress that I wore once, washed, and (oops!) dried only to find out that it had shrunk. Desperate, I followed a tip on Pinterest figuring I didn’t have much to lose. I was thrilled when it... Read more »

What is the Heartbleed bug, and what should you do about it?

Do you use the Internet? Congratulations, your data has been vulnerable for about 2 years and is even more vulnerable now that the Heartbleed bug has been revealled publicly. Until web sites patch this OpenSSL vulnerability that little lock and https that you’ve been taught will keep your data safe as it travels across the... Read more »

What's the most practical survival skill?

I asked the Internet “What’s the most practical survival skill?” The responses I got were too good not to share. Choose to ignore these life skills at your peril. What’s the most practical survival skill? From Facebook (If you haven’t liked my page on Facebook do so here): Know where your food comes from (Edd Fairman) Wear... Read more »
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7 tips for cheap and easy party decorations

7 tips for cheap and easy party decorations
Pinterest sets unreasonable expectations for party decorations. If you are the sort of person who plans to carve radishes in the shape of your child’s favorite cartoon character and sew custom chair covers to match your theme this post is not for you. If you just want some tips for cheap and easy party decorations that... Read more »

How to cheat at cake decorating: 7 simple tips

1. TRACING<br><br>

Although this cake took some patience it did not take much skill because of tracing!<br><br>

I traced a Cat in the Hat decoration onto wax paper. I placed the wax paper on a smooth layer of frosting and pressed in the design using a dinner knife. I colored the design using frosting pens, since decorating tips and icing bags can be a mess if you aren't used to them.<br><br>

If that's still too ambitious, my other tips are even easier.
I’ve always loved to bake, so it made sense that I would make my own cakes and cupcakes for my kids’ birthday parties. Unfortunately, although I am skilled at baking delicious desserts I am not skilled at decorating them, which tends to be an expectation for children’s birthday parties. That’s why I had to come... Read more »

25 most used passwords of 2013: Have people lost faith in Jesus?

SplashData has released their annual list of the “worst passwords” based on which passwords appeared most frequently in password files obtained by hackers. As an information security specialists these lists always make me feel happy about my job security but also despondent about how security awareness efforts still aren’t changing the behaviors of many computer... Read more »
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Lesson from Target data breach: Don't shop with your debit card

Lesson from Target data breach: Don't shop with your debit card
The most shocking thing to me about the recent Target data breach was not that it happened. Although the scope of the Target breach is extraordinary, I am always aware of the risks of using credit cards. I used to manage a Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance program. I understand the... Read more »

Thanksgiving is just dinner: 5 tips for a relaxed turkey day

Thanksgiving is just dinner: 5 tips for a relaxed turkey day
This post is adapted from something I wrote years ago for a now long abandoned blog, but in spirit of a busy holiday season in which the best way to maintain one’s sanity is to cut a few corners, I am unapologetically recycling much of it. For all the fuss I make about Halloween and... Read more »

2 must have Android apps, both are free

2 must have Android apps, both are free
I recently got a new phone which means having to reconfigure everything to be just the way I want including re-adding all my favorite apps. Of course there are some apps that are no-brainers (Twitter, Facebook, Words with Friends), but I also loaded two must have Android apps that are incredibly useful even though I... Read more »
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How to be computer literate in one simple step

Although we live in a world where kids start using iPads practically from birth, there are still plenty of adults who are intimidated by computers. If you are not are one of them you likely know someone who is. A relative? A friend? Your boss? In an effort to help I am revealing the secret... Read more »