Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Home Security Basics

Home Security Basics

Home security is where you can begin to protect yourself. The following are inexpensive ways to enhance your home security.

Get help.

Call your local police department's crime prevention unit. For no cost they will do a security assessment of your home and property. The assessment is a great way to have someone with experience give you tricks and tips you can put into practice right away. Best of all it is free.

Evaluate your home by looking at it from the outside.

What can you see from the street? Many times we love letting the sun in, but what can others see from the street?

Don't stop at the street. Move in closer to determine how close someone needs to get to check out your home.

Think like a criminal. How would a criminal sneak up on your home? Where could they hide to ambush you? Your local police can really help in this area.

Do these checks for both day and night.

Did you know you can buy and install window treatments that will let light in, allow you to see out, but stops someone outside from seeing in?

Clean it up.

Bushes, flags, banners, and walls are all great for their beauty, but the also hide what an intruder is up to.

Lock it up.

What type of locks do you have on your doors and windows? How can someone defeat these locks? The police assessment will address these issues. If the officer doesn't ask him. Intruders can be stopped or at least delayed if these locks are not easily defeated. Did you know that many homes can be entered by just using a knife?

Look before you go.

A quick look out windows can give you an idea if someone is there. There are many peep holes you can buy for doors that will allow you a wide range of view. You can even buy and install cameras for under $200 that will give you both day and night vision in those areas you can't see.

Alarm it.

You do not need to purchase a service to protect your home. There are many alarm systems you can buy that will emit loud alarms that will scare off many intruders, and alert you and your neighbors. Most can be installed by you.

Arm up.

If you decide to buy a firearm, spend some extra on how to use it effectively and keep it safely in your home. If you decide to skip a firearm purchase pepper spray, or other non-lethal devices.

Talk to your family.

Discuss with your family what to do if they suspect an intruder. Come up with a safe word that every family member knows. This will keep them from accidentally shooting, or spraying you. Discuss every scenario you can think of and come up with plans. Make it fun, and test these from time to time.

Security by Obscurity.

Don't tell anyone what you are doing in terms of security. Loose lips sink ships. Be aware of who you let into your house. Those of you with kids this will be difficult, but many break ins and home invasions are committed by people who have actually visited the home.


These are just a few of the things you can actively do to add to your protection. The police are an excellent source of information, so do not hesitate to call them to help you.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Facebook Pictures.

FaceBook Pictures
A Down and Dirty Way.

What you will need.

    A Picture
    An Editor

Step 1.  Get an editor.

    For this step we will use PicMonkey a free online Picture Editor.
    Go to and click on Edit A Photo.
    The Editor will open.

Step 2. Select a Picture to Edit.

    Click Open  or Click on the Down Arrow.

    You can pick a picture from your computer, facebook, or instagram

    Now you will Resize the picture based on what you want to do.
    The avatar (that is the picture that shows up when you make a post) must be no more that 180px by 180px.  So...lets do that.

  Click on RESIZE

  Type in 180 and then click on Apply.

Click on Save

Make sure you give the file a new name. Really important..this will keep you from accidentally overwriting the original picture.

Select Pierce.  That will give you the best quality and right file size.

Now Click Save to My Computer.

All Done. 

What if you want to put an a flag on the image?  Follow these steps.

1. Open the image you want to be the First Image.

2. Now Select Overlay.  It is the Butterfly. 


    3. Now make sure you have downloaded a picture that you want to use as the overlay.  I am using a French flag.  

    4. Click on Your Own.
    5. Select the image you want to use as the overlay.  Click Open.
    6. The new image will show up with 5 circles on the corners and top.

     7. Click and drag the circles to arrange the overlay the way you want it.  Don't worry if you cant see your original image...we will fix that next.

    8.  Once you have the overlay like you want it...adjust the fade to the level you want.

    9. Move the Fade Slider to where you want it.

    10. Click Save and you are all done.

Other image sizes for Facebook.

Cover Photo


Pictures you upload to facebook should be 600x600 for best results.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Organizing Your News

Organizing Your News

**Disclaimer**  I am not connected to any company or compensated for these evaluations.

What is an RSS Reader?

RSS stands for Rich Site Syndication. It allows you to view information such as news and blogs that are constantly changing without having to visit each site individually. It also gives you a measure of security since you do not need to sign up for their email based updates. This also reduces clutter to your email. Another benefit to RSS is that certain blog sites have gone to extreme advertising. This results in slow loading and annoying ads. RSS only gives you the title of the articles no ads, no pop-ups. This article will evaluate one of the RSS Readers available for free.

Evaluation of Feed Reader Browser.

Feed Reader is a free online RSS Reader.
Feed Reader is browser based so it will work on nearly any platform. I have tested it with Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox and Safari, and it works equally well on each. Since it is browser based it does not take up space on your phone.

It is flexible. You can arrange it to your taste. You can categorize your news feeds using terms you understand.

Feed Reader is free. Of course you have heard that before only to find tons of ads thrown in your face. Feed Reader, as of 14 November 2015 is totally free. No ads, no trials.

Getting Started with Feed Reader.

Go to and set up an account.

When Feedreader opens you will be greeted by a dialogue box asking you to enter your first feed. Lets start by adding mine. Where it asks “Enter a website or feed url” just type in Where is asks for the “Category” click on Create New Category and call it whatever you want. Finally click Add the feed. All done.

Some sites make finding the RSS feed difficult. For this you may need to look around. However, in most cases this is pretty easy. Blogger for instance makes the RSS easy. Just type in the address. Most wordpress blogs are the same way.

If you are having problems finding the feeds you are looking for just put the feed you are looking for in the comments of this article.