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10 Common Computer Myths You Need To Stop Believing

Posted for discussion, I am NOT vouching for the accuracy of this article!

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-common-computer-myths-you-need-to-stop-believing/

(heavily edited)

You Need to Defragment Your Drive Frequently

Viruses and Spyware are Slowing Down Your Computer

Paid “Cleaner” Software Improves Performance

You Don’t Need Antivirus Software

Turning Your Computer on and off Regularly Is Bad / Not Turning Your Computer off at Night Is Bad

Deleting Contents From Your Hard Drive Actually Erases Them / To Securely Erase Data, Use a Magnet

Macs are Better than PCs / Macs are Overpriced Junk

To Protect Yourself From Vulnerabilities, Use Firefox/Safari/Chrome/IE

More (Cores, RAM, etc.) Are Always Faster

Building Your Own PC Saves Money

Fun UK slang words and phrases, add yours!

'Well, I'll go to the foot of our stairs' - an expression of amazement or surprise.

'It's black over Bill's mothers' - implying oncoming bad weather.

'He had an ague bout' - a layperson's description of some sort of medical affliction. I remain uncertain of what this is despite many years in the medical sector.

'Ey up me duck' - a form of greeting used in certain parts of the English Midlands.

'Its piddling down' - rain is currently falling.

'Mardy' - a descriptive term used for someone who is over-emotional (currently me!)

A 'Chelsea Tractor' - the four wheeled drive, expensive, vehicles beloved of rich ladies in London.

'She could talk the hind legs off a donkey' - she talks too much.

'Coffin dodger' - an extremely elderly individual, not yet deceased.

'Fur coat and no knickers!' - an individual who is all appearance, no underlying substance.

'Syrup of figs' - a wig.

many more here: https://www.quora.com/British-English/What-are-some-phrases-sayings-or-words-that-people-use-in-the-U-K-that-arent-used-in-the-U-S-A

Florida's Presidential primary is March 15th, get your absentee ballot now

I got a notice from the Orange County Supervisor of Elections to remind me of important info.

March 15th = Presidential Preference Primary

August 30th = Primary Election

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 = General Election

Orange County Supervisor of Elections website = http://www.ocfelections.com

Find your Supervisor of Elections by Map

Yes, take some time off and a word of advice if I may....

I used to take this site way too seriously. I used to think, incredibly, that it had much more influence on the real world than it actually does.

Yes, it has some influence upon the real world, but I think it's rather small. Most people come here with their minds fully made up and argue their viewpoint. This site is infested with unpaid trolls and people who are oblivious to the black experience.

Learn what you can from here that is useful and discard the rest. Don't engage with people who will never get it. You and I are both white, and we both get it. Don't waste your time. Like pinboy told me one time, don't engage with rabid right-wingers over the Vietnam War. Well, I don't any more, and I won't engage with people who obviously have their minds made up. I feel it's a waste of time.

Best wishes to you!

When will Donald Trump drop out of the 2016 campaign ?

I think he will take us for a ride until just before the RNC convention. We'll see.

World of Warcraft gets DDOS'ed

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/18596063075?page=9#178

It looks like our Network Technicians are actively working against a DDOS attack targeting our game services, which is why realms seem to be bouncing offline for a short time and then reconnecting. Our best and brightest are on the case!

Thanks for the details, everyone. Keep 'em coming!

question about texting versus phone calls

Like most of us on DU, I grew up in the era before texting. So, when I buy and use a phone, its primary use is for regular phone calls. I only got into the texting thing maybe a year ago, with my older brother.

Do younger people, say under 25, primarily use their phones for texting these days ? Sincere question, thanks.

oh, had to add this of course:

February 1, 1945: Ecuador declares war on Germany and Japan.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_World_War_II_%281945%29#February_1945

The Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme (OFFICIAL VIDEO) my new groove

Idaho woman comes under fire for celebrating her killing of giraffe

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/04/us-zimbabwe-wildlife-idaho-idUSKCN0Q82AW20150804

A big-game trophy collector from Idaho has ignited a firestorm of criticism from animal-rights activists for flaunting online images of herself posed with the carcasses of a giraffe and other wildlife she killed during a recent guided hunt in South Africa.

Sabrina Corgatelli, an accountant for Idaho State University, appeared on NBC's "Today” show on Monday to defend trophy hunting amid mounting international outrage over last month's killing of Cecil, Zimbabwe's most famous lion, by an American dentist.

"Everybody thinks we're cold-hearted killers and it's not that," Corgatelli said in the nationally televised interview. "There is a connection to the animal, and just because we hunt them doesn’t mean we don't have a respect for them. Giraffes are very dangerous animals. They could hurt you seriously, very quickly."

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Idaho State issued a statement on Monday distancing itself from the controversy, saying it was not a university matter.

If she loses her job at ISU, I won't be surprised.

eta:

During her interview with TODAY, Corgatelli expressed some concerns about her job, which has also become public knowledge. But she said her time off from work was approved and she’s on vacation.

"Everything I've done here is legal, so how can you fault somebody because of their hobbies?" Corgatelli said, adding that employers are always going to have employees who do things they don’t agree with in their spare time. "How can an employer chastise you for something you do on your personal time that's legally done?"

It appears that Idaho State University officials agree with her. They released the following statement on Monday:

“This is not an Idaho State University matter. While the individual in question is an employee, her personal choices are not representative of the University."

from: http://www.idahostatejournal.com/members/mccammon-woman-draws-attention-ire-for-big-game-hunt-photos/article_e882757e-3a61-11e5-8468-5b0b60ca5ac5.html
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