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Tom Hanks’ Typewriter App Shoots To The Top Of The App Store

When I was in junior high school in the early-1970's (yes, I'm not a "Spring chicken" anymore), I learned to type in a summer school class, on a manual typewriter. At about that same time, my Mom bought an electric typewriter, and for the next 15 years or so, I used that machine to type out everything from homework reports in high school to song lyrics for bands I played in over the years. Sometime in the early-90's, it finally died, and I moved on to computers with word processors. I'm sure there are many people reading this who have never experienced the feeling of pushing down on a character key and hearing the "clack" as the letter hammer snapped into contact with the paper, transferring--character by character--your thoughts to a blank sheet of paper.

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BBB Warns Social Media Users to Beware of Phishing Messages

These days almost every social media outlet allows for private messaging. Even Pinterest recently jumped on the messaging bandwagon. The unfortunate side effect is that scammers are quick to jump on too.

When con artists create emails, links or web pages assuming the identity of a trustworthy source and prompt you to share sensitive personal data, it’s called “phishing”. Phishing is big business for cyber criminals.

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Skeeter Heard Worldwide On Newsline

Once again this week, KIXS 108 Morning Show host Skeeter Nash will be anchoring the Amateur Radio Newsline® report, heard around the world, over the ham radio airwaves, and online at www.arnewsline.org. This is a valuable service to ham radio operators worldwide, with reports coming in from all around the globe. A dedicated group of volunteers produce these reports, and they use their background in broadcast radio and/or television to give these weekly updates a very

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BBB: Students Give Financial Aid Scams a Failing Grade

The college fall semester will kick off soon, so now is the time to beware of scams targeting students. Scholarships and financial aid are a great way to help with the high cost of education. Even though finances have already been planned out for the school year, scammers still use this time as an opportunity to take advantage of students and parents. Before you think about last-minute financial assistance, Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin wants you to be wary of financial aid fraud.

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Tech Basics: Microsoft Word 2010-Pt. 1

Learn the basic elements in Microsoft Word 2010 word processing software. Participants will edit an existing document in a variety of ways: Exercises include: adding a bulleted list, cutting and pasting text, copying and pasting text, editing the quick access toolbar, spell checking, tracking changes, saving and printing the document.

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Tech Basics: Microsoft Office 2010

Learn features of all programs in Microsoft Office 2010. Exercises include creating a document in Microsoft Word, changing the document’s format, and saving and printing the document.

The class will be held at the Workforce Solutions Golden Crescent Computer Lab (120 S

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Tech Basics: Introduction to Computers

If you've felt intimidated by today's computer technology, there's hope! The Victoria Public Library invites you to a basic introduction to the computer. Learn computer terminology and learn to use the mouse—an important step to mastering the world of computers. The class will use an online mousing tutorial and is designed for those who have never touched a computer.

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Video: Austin Summerfest 2014 Ham Radio Event

Check out my video recapping the 31st annual Austin Summerfest, where amateur radio operators (a.k.a. hams) from all over Texas and beyond converged on the Capitol City for this year's get-together.

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UHV Purchases Land for Future Expansion

The University of Houston System, in support of a directive from the Board of Regents to bolster initiatives to make the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) a destination university, has purchased strategic acreage immediately across from UHV for future campus expansion.

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Summerfest 2014 In Austin Aug. 1-2

Amateur radio enthusiasts from all over Texas (and beyond) will gather this weekend in Austin for the 31st annual Austin Summerfest at the Crowne Plaza. Amateur (aka "ham") radio is both a hobby and a service. Ham operators enjoy contacting other hams across town or on the other side of the globe, using everything from vintage radio equipment to the latest digital modes of communication! Amateur radio has also been proven time and time again to be a reliable means of emergency communications, "when all else fails."

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Sleeping With Your Cell Phone Can Be a Fire Hazard

Did you know that you can wake up in a fiery blaze if you sleep with your cell phone? That's just what happened to one 13-year-old North Texas girl.

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The ‘Cell Phone Slows Restaurant Service’ Story Going Viral Has Some Holes in It

I'll admit, after reading the story of a "restaurant" that did a "study" (sorry for all of the "quotation marks"), I thought it sounded legit enough to post it on Facebook, so I did. Later, I read another article on the Happy Place blog that disputed some of the "results" listed in the original article. Are you still with me? Good.

I usually try to check things out at places like Snopes.com (an excellent resource for sorting out online fact from crap), but this time, I didn't do any fact-checking. Happy Place did, though, and you can see what they concluded here.

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