Author: Tammy Schneider

September 17, 2020 Off

Solve Computer Crimes and Make Big Cash: Become a Digital Forensic Detective Today

By Tammy Schneider

In case you've been sleeping under a rock, you've probably noticed that just about everyone uses computers – from tots to retirees. However, with this surge in computer usage, we are also getting a surge of technically savvy criminals who use the computer to commit crimes like identity theft. Well, I have news for you. If you're technically savvy and want to help put these criminals behind bars, you should consider a position as a digital media analyst. In this article, I will teach you all about this lucrative and helpful career. Are you ready? Let's begin.

Digital forensic detectives are trained investigators who use their technological skills to determine if a crime has been committed using a computer. Corporations, law enforcement and other intelligent agencies like the FBI typically hire these professionals to help discover evidence and solve crimes. Digital forensic detectives typically make between $85,000 and $124,000 a year. To qualify, you must complete qualified certification programs and have necessary credentials and professional experience.

Digital forensic detectives carefully scan computers to detect whether any illegal activities have occurred. They collect and analyze electronic evidence from the suspect's works station, server and network. Then, they follow the standards of admissible evidence so that the obtained information will be accepted in a court of law.

When conducting their analysis, digital forensic detectives have to fully test and evaluate the information. They also have to be aware of traps, damages and viruses that the perpetrator left behind to "cover their tracks" and avoid detection. Afterwards, they must properly store the evidence in accordance to state law. They also have to make sure they do not damage or harm it in any way. Lastly, they must complete a detailed report of their findings which includes all of the work they previously did.

In conclusion, being a digital forensic detective is a fun and lucrative position for technically savvy people who are interested in law enforcement and want to use their skills to make the world a better place. In addition, there is a growing need for their services as we continue to become more technically advanced. So, if you're considering this career choice – I say, "Go for it."…

August 30, 2020 Off

How to Decide Whether to Board Your Horse or Keep Him at Home

By Tammy Schneider

Most horse lovers imagine looking out the window on a beautiful sunny day to see their happy horse grazing luxuriously in his pasture. There are some really big advantages to having your horse at home, but the reality involves a lot of work and expense.

Stabling Your horse at Home

When making the decision to board or stable your horse at home, you must first consider your lifestyle and how much time you have to dedicate to your horse and his care. Having a horse at home is a huge commitment. Beyond maintaining a feeding schedule, there is cleaning, maintenance, ordering and receiving feed and supplies, and scheduling and holding your horse for the vet and shoer. Horses are herd animals. They do not do well stabled alone.

 

In order to ride at home there must be an area that is safe and has suitable footing. In many climates a covered or indoor ring is necessary for protection from the weather. Unless you live next to places to ride, you will want to travel with your horse, which means buying a truck and trailer.

The benefits to keeping your horse at home (besides the obvious romantic ones) are that the work involved feels very rewarding, and you can monitor precisely what your horse is eating and the status of his health. This requires some education and if you don’t have much experience, be prepared to do some reading and enlist the help of people with more knowledge. Another advantage is that you can become more familiar with your horse’s daily and seasonal behavior, and learn about horse culture through direct observation and interaction.

Myth: It’s Cheaper to Have My Horse at Home

While it is true that you have some flexibility in how and when to spend money on your horses’ care when he is at home, it not cheap. By the time land is purchased, and fences, shelter, and storage areas are built, your initial investment is considerable. Other costs to consider are: on-going maintenance from notoriously destructive animals, dealing with mud and other climate related issues, pasture management, and horse care when you are away from home.

Myth: More Time With My Horse

Having your horse at home means more time spent caring for your horse and his environment, but most often less time in the saddle. Unless you are fortunate enough to be able to hire help and build a suitable riding area, people who board their horses spend more time actually riding. Boarders also have a ready supply of riding buddies, which makes recreational riding more fun and can provide horse owners with more opportunities to participate in different activities. They often have on-site access to lessons and training which can really improve your relationship and success with your horse.

The Bottom Line

If you have access to a professional and reasonably priced stable and you have one or two horses, it is probably the best choice. But if your interest is in having an occasional ride and you most enjoy caring for your horse and his home, build a big window so you can really enjoy the view!…

June 19, 2020 Off

How to Keep Your Computer Running at It's Best

By Tammy Schneider

Remember how happy you were when you first turned on your new computer? It turned on and was ready to go. No loading, problems, or little red Xs anywhere. Now what do you see. A cluttered desktop and a My Documents folder running wild? Here are some tips to keep your computer at its best.

  1. Organize!

The number one biggest problem in computers is organization (or lack thereof). You should ALWAYS rename files so you can find them again. A picture called PG34256.jpg does nothing to tell you what it is of. Simply right clicking on the file and renaming it to something more personal can make a big difference. Also, do not save everything to My Documents. Many programs you install try to put themselves right in My Documents. Consider making a “Programs” file IN My Documents to install programs.

  1. Clean up the clutter!

Many people believe that computers can hold as much information as possible. Well, they can’t! Depending on the specific machine, your space may be limited. Don’t get me wrong, you do have plenty of space BUT if you have has a computer for 5+ years you may start to run out. Do you really need to have those vacations pictures from 5 years ago? You can still keep them, but not right on your own PC. Try an external hard drive. Sound complicated, but it’s not. Every computer has a hard drive to store information. It is an actual physical disk, shaped like a circle, that a computer writes to and reads from. However, they have a finite amount of storage. An external drive is just like the one in your computer, minus a processor. So you can just drag (literally click and hold) it into the drive. Simply hooks up through a USB, what your camera probably uses. This frees up space on your main drive, but you can still get to those files, just not as immediately. You may also want to look into flash memory, for quick portable storage.

  1. Check-ups

You may not have realized it, but a computer needs maintenance that YOU have to initiate. One of the biggest problems is a fragmented hard drive. That means files are scattered in different sections of your hard drive. This condition can dramatically slow down your computer. Solution? Run the disk defragmenter located in the system tools files of every computer. It will run for a few hours, but you only need to do this once every few months. The difference in speed is worth it.

  1. Protect your computing.

They’re out there. Sadly, many people choose to use computing power for evil instead of good. Viruses have emerged that can damage a computer. Any computer that has ever been connected to the Internet OR has ever inserted a CD or other media is at risk for a virus. Most of us fit those criteria. So before for become all schizophrenic, all you need is good Anti-virus software. And there are many choices. From Norton to ZoneAlarm to McAffe, there are tons of products to keep you safe. You do need to purchase them, but the price is worth the protection. Plus, new computer usually offer complimentary subscriptions and Comcast customers get McAffe for free.…

February 24, 2020 Off

Internet Child Safety Software Options

By Tammy Schneider

Increased access to the internet and social media presents countless opportunities every day for your child to be exposed to mature content, bullying, or inappropriate interaction with others. While threats abound, there are also tools available to help you monitor online activity and block harmful content.

Responsible parents set boundaries, and it's important that safe internet and social media usage behaviors are reinforced early and consistently. These programs and software help you do that.

Parental Controls on Browser Settings

Firefox: Download the FoxFilter add-on , and then adjust your settings under Options. In the sensitivity settings, check off screens for URL address, title, meta content, and body content. After adding keyword filters and sensitivity, navigate over to Settings. In the dropdown menu, select Privacy, and disable website tracking

Internet Explorer: Navigate to Tools/Internet Options/Content and open up Parental Controls. Here, you can set time restrictions so your child isn't using the computer when you're not able to monitor it. There's an extensive content advisor for different categories and slider bars, allowing you to screen which sites get through. Choose which sites and apps are allowable by navigating to the Games section under Windows.

Google Chrome: Chrome doesn't offer any parental controls, but you can download third-party apps in the Chrome store, but you're better off using a different default browser for your child's internet use.

Microsoft Family Safety

While it requires Windows 8+, the Microsoft Family Safety download settings allow parents to monitor and set limits on the time their child spends online, which games, apps and pages they visit, and screen and block specific pages. While Windows 7 includes some parental settings, the Family Safety program provides an extra layer of protection and screening on internet use.

Net Nanny

This paid program offers all of the options available on the free Microsoft Family Safety download,plus SNS message monitoring. Net Nanny settings can screen for chat rooms, blogs, and other social media (including Facebook). Available for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android, Net Nanny monitors both home computing and mobile devices. Set screens to block, mask, warn or hide questionable content on web pages and even instant messenger services. One neat feature is the Profanity Mask, which allows you to access pages that have profanity on them without blocking the page entirely. It simply provides a screen for the inappropriate language, an especially handy tool for use on those awful comment sections.

Make sure your child understands the boundaries you set, and don't be afraid to enforce limitations on internet access and use. Even if your own child is responsible and abides by your limits, there's no controlling what others may say and do. When you can't be there to make sure your child is safe, provide an extra level of security.

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February 21, 2020 Off

10 Health Risks Men in Their 40s Should Know About

By Tammy Schneider

As a man gets older his body changes. During his 40s certain health risks increase. Changing lifestyle, eating habits and having regular doctor visits can help prevent some health problems before they develop.

  1.  Hypertension
    It's not uncommon for men to have high blood pressure during their 40s. Lifestyle factors that influence blood pressure are obesity, smoking, diet and more. In many cases, it can be treated with medication as well as changes in diet and exercise.
  2.  Erectile Dysfunction
    This is common among men in their 40s. The reasons for it could be anything from stress and depression to disease. Successful treatments are medication and lifestyle changes. This could include quitting smoking, better diet and decreasing stress.
  3.  Heart Disease
    According to the National Institutes of Health, the chance of a man developing heart disease increases once they reach their 40s. In many cases, it can be managed with lifestyle changes and medications.
  4.  Skin Cancer
    Men in their 40s have double the chance of women for developing skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 60 percent of melanoma cases are men. They should spend less time in the sun and use a good sun screen. Regular dermatologist exams can also help lower the risk.
  5.  Depression
    Men in their 40s don't seem to understand how depression can impact their lives. They ignore the warning signs. Depression can be successfully treated with counseling and proper medication.
  6.  Prostate Cancer
    Many men will experience symptoms of an enlarged prostate in their 40s. It is the second most common cancer among men. Regular prostate screenings are essential. There are medications and surgical procedures that can treat this condition.
  7.  Social Isolation
    Many man in their 40s spend too much time avoiding social situations. This can increase risks of depression and dementia. It's important for men at this age to avoid too much social isolation. They need to have more in-person interactions.
  8.  Arthritis
    There are different kinds of arthritis. It can begin to show up with men in their 40s. There is no cure, but focusing on diet with appropriate amounts of calcium is important. Keeping proper weight is also essential.
  9.  Presbyopia
    A man's eyes lose their strength during his 40s. The ability to see close objects diminishes. It could also be a sign of other problems. Getting glasses or adjusting a prescription should fix it.
  10.  Peptic Ulcers
    This condition is increasing among men in their 40s. Depending on the stage, a peptic ulcer can cause gas, vomiting, bloating and more. It can be treated with medication as well as a change in diet.
February 20, 2020 Off

Boomers, Computers and Progress

By Tammy Schneider

My first job was at McDonalds when I was 15 years old. We had no computers or cash registers. We were armed with a pencil and an order pad with a cash drawer under the counter. We wrote out the order and the amounts, then calculated the total with the sales tax. Yes, without a calculator or a computer we could add, subtract, and multiply. Good thing we had to memorize all of those “multiplication tables!”

We also did the impossible, we counted back the change! The kids that work at McDonalds now don’t need any of this. They look at the picture on the keys and the computerized register does all of the work. They don’t even need to read, just know what each item looks like. The computer even counts the change! Have you ever handed the cashier a penny after he/she has entered the cash tendered amount? If you have, then you have probably noticed the confused dazed look of fright that comes over the cashier. You have also most likely had to tell them how much change to give you.

Remember how exciting it was when VCRs came out and we no longer needed to miss those movies or shows we wanted to see? Remember the flashing light on the front that the instruction manual failed to clearly tell us how to correct? Most of us were so threatened by new technology that we enlisted our teenagers to resolve those flashing light issues. Isn’t it amazing how quickly they were able to just instinctively know how to handle the things that stumped us!

Speaking of finding information, remember those encyclopedias that took up half the room? When we didn’t know the answer to something, we looked it up in books or asked our parents and grandparents. Even during our adolescent rebellions when we knew our parents were clueless, they sometimes had answers we could accept. Now every piece of information known to man is at our fingertips on the internet. Our entire problem solving process transitioned to computers and all but eliminated jobs for those encyclopedia sales people. Have we kept up? When you have a question or need information is the computer the first thing you think of? Chances are if you are a “boomer” it isn’t, we still tend to go to the familiar books first.

I even remember that we watched television without a remote control. We had to get up, walk to the TV, and actually turn the knob to change the channel or volume. Can you believe that? I still don’t know what all of those remote buttons do. Think of all of the things that we have once depended upon and later watched them become extinct. Things like carbon paper for example were once a staple item and now have very little value or usefulness.

I remember back in the early 1990s when the typewriter on my desk was replaced with a computer. I was warned that our company was going to start issuing computers to everyone and then it happened. I came in the next morning and stared at that big monstrosity and trembled as I thought about pushing the on button. What if I pushed the wrong button and it exploded on my desk! I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, crossed my fingers, and then I did the un-thinkable, I joined the tech savvy crowd and turned on my first computer. That was easy enough but what was I supposed to do next? I had no idea how to even type up a memo or send an email. I didn’t even know how to use the “help” feature. I was in luck though because I had a teenager at home! She had already solved the VCR issues so I knew what I needed to do.

I went to the store and bought a computer. My daughter came to my rescue and hooked it all up for me and then started teaching me how to use it. It was actually a good bonding time and fed her beliefs that she knew more than I did. Little by little she helped me learn to use my computer and now I can’t imagine working without one. I don’t know how we managed. In workplaces today, there are untold numbers of people that use the computer 100% of their day. We don’t even need filing cabinets any longer! When a storm knocks out the power, there is nothing to do except maybe dust our keyboards.

My 30 year old daughter helps individuals with computer issues as a side job. She is still amazed at how many of us are so threatened and/or clueless about computers. I still find myself going to her for answers impulsively rather than just using google. I thought the process of finding answers to questions was more difficult than it actually is. Then I watched her open google and then type in “how do you get red Kool-aid out of carpet?” She had the answer in seconds. I would have likely tried something like “carpet care” and had to wade through pages and pages of search results.

Recently I received an email from another boomer friend warning of a deadly computer virus that would wipe out our hard drives and send the same virus to everyone in our address book. Being the good friend that I am I sent the warning to everyone I know, including my computer geek daughter. I was fearful that I would lose tremendous amounts of information that I have stored on my computer. Immediately my geek kid sent me a response informing that the virus warning was an old hoax and that there was nothing to fear. She attached a link to a website that can help us discern what is truth or fiction. The website is 1)www.truthorfiction.com. Imagine that, we can even discern truth or fiction by going on-line. This is yet another example of how I think like a boomer instead of a technologically evolved person. This was also another opportunity for my daughter to laugh at how “old” I am.

I of course explained to her that we boomers are just fearful of all things computer that we don’t fully understand. Although it is no longer terrifying to turn on my pc and I have learned how to use the “help” function and the wonderful “undo” button, I am still easily rattled when I get these “a virus is coming” emails or need to do something new. I know of CEOs that still don’t have computers at their desks. They are not keeping up with the times as much as they think they are. According to the article 2) “Diagnosis: Internet Phobia” in the April 25, 2005 issue of Newsweek on page 74 Nadine Joseph and Brad Stone reported that “fewer than 31% of seniors older than 65 have ventured online, compared with more than two thirds of the younger baby boomers, 50 to 64. Of seniors older than 65 whose annual household income is less than $20,000 a year, an even slighter 15% have gone online.” According to the website 3)www.clickz.com 63% of boomers aged 55 – 64 have computers in their homes and of those over 65 years old only 34% do. These statistics taken from the 2005 US Census Bureau also report that 62% of all households have computers. I imagine future statistics will show the numbers are still growing in boomer households. Progress is “booming” and boomers need to embrace it!

Sources:
1) www.truthorfiction.com
2) Diagnosis: Internet Phobia in the April 25, 2005 issue of Newsweek on page 74 written by Nadine Joseph and Brad Stone
3) www.clickz.com…

January 31, 2020 Off

UTC – Internet and World Wide Web Time System: UTC has Replaced GMT as the Universal Time Standard

By Tammy Schneider

UTC – Internet and World Wide Web Time System: UTC has Replaced GMT as the Universal Time Standard

Many people around the world wonder when the “Message Detail” of their email shows the time in UTC, and not in GMT. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is widely considered as the international time system, but “UTC” is still largely unclear in the minds of many, and causes confusion.

In a casual sense, UTC and GMT are not different from each other. Therefore, a casual observer may assume “GMT” wherever “UTC” time is mentioned. But it may help to understand UTC more precisely because in technical terms, UTC has already replaced GMT as a standard time system. In fact, UTC replaced GMT as the basis of the primary reference time scale in most time zones way back in 1972. In the United States, UTC has been adopted as legal time in the Title 15 of the U.S. Code.

In technical terms, UTC is more advanced than GMT because it takes into account the gradual slowdown in the rotational speed of earth. UTC or “Coordinated Universal Time” is based on International Atomic Time. The technical difference between UTC and GMT may not be more than a small fraction of a second. Therefore, to a casual user it does not make a real difference. But in a technical context, where very high precision timings are required, UTC is the preferred alternative.

Internet and the World Wide Web

Most Internet and World Wide Web standards use the UTC time system. The Network Time Protocol that synchronizes the computer clocks over the Internet with that of the atomic clock makes use of UTC.

International Broadcasters

International Broadcasters, such as the BBC World Service, or even the amateur radio bands make use of UTC when they have to declare their broadcast timings and schedules.

 

Aviation

Aviation industry also clocks its timings in UTC. It is used for making weather forecasts, preparing flight plans, managing air traffic control clearances, and maps. UTC helps to eliminate confusion about time zones and Daylight Saving Time.

Military and Space Systems

Advanced military and space systems also use UTC for their time and date records. For defence equipment and communications equipment that requires very high degree of timings precision, UTC is the timing system of choice.

UTC makes use of high precision atomic clocks, shortwave time signals, and satellites to maintain its stringent levels of accuracy for a variety of scientific, navigational and communication purposes. That makes it the most advanced and dependable time system in the world today from a scientific perspective.…

January 9, 2020 Off

Flemish Horses & Cydesdales: Flemish Draft Horses are the Forebears of Shire Horses

By Tammy Schneider

Bred initially as the heavy horses of Medieval knights, Flemish draft horses are large and strong, but capable of some degree of agility and grace as well. There is a little Arabian blood in the Flemish draft horse, but is a mostly cold blooded breed native to Northern Europe. Large boned powerful horses have been known to be native to Northern Europe since the time of Caesar. Belgian draft horses are a related later breed, but the Flemish breed was the peak of Medieval military breeding, also commonly referred to as the “Great Horse.” They were highly prized in the 15th Century, and were known for their black color. At the height of chivalry and jousting English Kings were known to have a preference for Black Flemish Great Horses, and they imported them in large enough numbers that they became the basis for The British “Shire” draft horse breed. When crossbows and gunpowder combined to make the armored knight obsolete these large strong impressive animals were put to work pulling wagons and ploughs.

In the late 17th Century a Scottish nobleman in the Clyde Valley imported new Flemish stock, and bred them with Shires and other local stock to produce the distinctive Clydesdale breed. The combination of these horses produced two great stallions the offspring of which were then interbred to cement this distinctive breed. Like many of their predecessors Clydesdales are known for their amiability and willingness to work. Scottish Clydesdales were of a variety of colors and included dapples and other random colorings, but they all had the large hoof and the “feather” of hair above the hoof that the breed is so well known for.

The uniform color and four white “socks” and white facial blaze of the American Clydesdale is a later breeding preference, and is American in origin. Besides being an American ideal imposed on several breeds, this adaptation results also from their use as advertising promotional tools by several companies that had a preference for a uniform appearance in their teams. In the age of mechanization when they were no longer as highly prized for their horsepower Clydesdales survived and continued to be refined because of their grace, beauty, and style.

In many places draft horse breeds which had been in decline are now in resurgence, even the Clydesdale was listed as an “at risk” breed in the mid 20th century, but organic farming, and hobby breeding have given this and other breeds new life. Besides their days of military glory these breeds also hold an important place in transportation history as the pullers of heavy wagons, barges on canals, mine rail wagons, and numerous other tasks.…

December 9, 2019 Off

Four Tips for Hockey Defensemen to Improve Their Skills

By Tammy Schneider

Playing the position of hockey defenseman is a challenging task, but when you're good and solid, you'll always be an integral part of any team's success. Additionally, hockey defensemen are especially known, when they're good, for being captains of their teams and respected among all their fellow players. So how do you play the position effectively? What separates flimsy defense from solid defense? Simply put, the first and fundamental rule dictating the play of a hockey defenseman should always be, of course, don't allow goals.

Your number one role, it goes without saying, is to defend. So keep your head up, awareness is the hockey defenseman's most important attribute. Always watch the puck and what's happening in play.

Listen to your goalie. Your goalie will often see things you don't, and your goalie knows what he needs to succeed and knows what's not quite working. If your goalie thinks the opposing team is rushing a certain way, hear him out, and plug that hole.

Going hand in hand with listening to your goalie, another thing you have to do is protect your goalie. As a hockey defenseman, if the opposing team is crashing your goalie or getting in his face, it's your job to crash them, and get in their face. Be mindful of penalties obviously, you never want to be sent to the box when you're this crucial a part of your team, but protecting your goalie is vital. Get in the opposing team's forward's faces, always hassle them with stick checking and muscle them away from the net with your hips, keep your goalie's vision clear exactly this way.

Practice your passing. Oftentimes you'll gain possession of the puck after the opposing team takes a shot and your goalie deflects it. Your forwards will, then, be racing forward. If you can make the perfect touch pass in between opposing players and to your blitzing forward, it many times will result in a goal for your side. Learn to pass effectively, and when you're on a power play, or otherwise pressing into the other teams zone, and you've crept up past the other team's blue line, learn to pass effectively and you'll be the man always finding his forwards with the perfect one-timer right next to the opponent's goal.

Sources:

USA Hockey
Ice Hockey Helmet

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October 13, 2019 Off

Red Wolf Facts

By Tammy Schneider

Red wolves, canis rufus, are one of two species of wolves in the whole world with the other being the grey wolf. They are 3 to 4 feet (0.9 to 1.2 meters) in length and stand about 26 inches (66 centimeters) tall at the shoulders. They are more slender than their grey wolf relatives and weigh about 40 to 90 pounds (18 to 41 kilograms). They have large ears for the size of their head, which they use to cool down whenever it is hot and/or humid. Red wolves got their name because of the red fur found behind their ears as well as along their neck and legs.

Red Wolves are only found in North America, specifically North Carolina (United States). They live in dens that are usually located in stream banks, sand knolls and hollow trees. They are active during the night and will rest during the day. Red wolves will either hunt alone or in packs, which usually consists of a breeding adult pair and their offspring. They are able to communicate with one another through body posture, scent marking, vocalizations (which includes howling) and even facial expressions.

The diet of red wolves consists primarily of small mammals like hares, raccoons, birds, rats, and other rodents. They will also eat things like insects and berries should the opportunity present itself. When hunting in a pack, Red wolves have even been known to take down and eat a deer. They do this by carefully using the members of the pack to confuse and put the prey in a corner where they take the deer down.

Red Wolves begin to breed during the late winter months of February and March. Females have a gestation period of around 60 to 63 days. They give birth to anywhere from 1 to 10 pups. Red wolf pups are blind at birth and are nursed by the pack until they are able to hunt for themselves. When they get old enough, they will either remain with their parents or leave to start their own pack.

Not too long ago, red wolves were once labeled extinct in the wild with all known individuals (about 17) put in captivity to try and repopulate the species. Thankfully, such measures have been somewhat successful and in 1987, some individuals were reintroduced into the wild. As of 2007, there are more than 100 red wolves in the wild and around 207 captive ones in breeding facilities across the United States. The wild ones roam an area of more than 1.7 million acres throughout northeastern North Carolina. Hopefully, continued effort can bring the red wolf back from the brink of extinction. After all, such a unique creature deserves to live for many years to come.

Works Cited

"Red Wolf" 26 November 2010

"Red Wolf" 26 November 2010

"Red Wolf Facts" 26 November 2010

"Red Wolf" 26 November 2010…