Free Music Monday for 4/20/15

Posted April 20, 2015 By Mom
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Welcome To Free Music Monday!

Fans of Celtic, World and traditional devotional music, I’ve got a great pick for you today: Delphian Label Sampler (5/5 stars, currently FREE).

This album has just 8 tracks, but they’re all lovely.

Featured artists include the Choir of Merton College – Oxford, David Wilde, John Kitchen and Ludus Baroque.

If you’re interested in hearing music that spans the centuries and introduces you to new instruments and genres, this is the album for you!

 

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Free App Friday for 4/17/15

Posted April 17, 2015 By Mom
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Free App Friday!

Here are some of the top 100 most downloaded AND highest-rated apps (4/5 stars or better) from Amazon’s Android App Store as of this writing. Note that where a given app has already been included in a Free App Friday post, a different one (still with a minimum 4/5 star rating) will be subbed in. Remember that free apps may include in-app purchase (IAP) options or be ad-supported, but given that these apps have been given very high ratings by MANY consumers, where IAP links or ads are present they must be pretty unobtrusive. Descriptions below are from the apps’ product pages.

Winter Magic Casino – FREE Slots, Blackjack & Video Poker – Play Winter Magic slots, blackjack and video poker for free and join thousands of players who are already winning!

Rival Knights – Live the fantasy of being a knight jousting his way to victory!

TwoDots – Join two brave dots as they traverse the arctic tundra, navigate fiery jungles, and plunge the ocean depths in the #1 hit game in over 70 countries.

Draw Line: Classic – Draw Line is a simple logic puzzle involving finding paths to connect dots in a grid.

Odd Socks – Pair socks on your line to make coins. Throw the odd ones in your bin for your Facebook friends to collect. Collect sets of themed socks to earn achievements. Watch out for the sock monster! Suitable for all family members. Please note it is necessary to have a Facebook account to play this game.

Smurfette’s Magic Match – The Smurfs’ village is in chaos, and it’s up to Smurfette to solve the mystery before Gargamel finds their village. Complete puzzles by mixing and matching Smurfy objects and save the Smurfs.

Gangstar Vegas – Make your way through 80 action-packed missions & a blockbuster story mode!

Escape Mysterious Doors – Use your puzzle skills to find the way to open each door in order to proceed to next room!

KenKen Classic II – This is the ALL NEW, ONE-AND-ONLY Original KenKen® Classic for Kindle, the unbelievably fun and exciting logic and math puzzle that appears daily in the New York Times and hundreds of publications worldwide.

Quote Slide – Quote Slide is a challenging daily word puzzle featuring funny and thought-provoking quotes from a wide range of speakers.

 

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How To Make Your Fire Tablet Font Bigger

Posted April 16, 2015 By Mom
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Darn That $%&!@ Tiny Font!

I love my Fire HD6 tablet but its default font sizes aren’t so easy on my middle-aged eyes, especially in places like the Collections menu, where the titles of my collections are so itty-bitty I’m having to break out the magnifying glass to read them. The default font sizes are shown in the screen shot below, and they’re pretty small (tap or click on images to view a larger version in a new tab or window):

 

Fortunately, in Fires released from 2013 going forward, it’s a problem that’s easily remedied! Note that the screen shots I’m showing here are from my Fire HDX (2013 release), but the screens and menus look the same on my HD6 and I made the same font change on my HD6 as shown. In all honesty, I just have an easier time working with screenshots on the HDX’s larger, 8.9″ screen.

 

Did You Know There’s A Settings Menu For Display & Sounds?

Swipe from the top of your Fire’s screen downward to open the settings menu, and find the Display & Sounds menu item:

 

Go to the bottom of the Display & Sounds menu and use the + sign to increase the font:

 

…and here’s that Home Screen again, with the font size adjusted up to 3:

 

Ah! That’s better. And check out the much-improved Collections screen after this change was made, below. I can SEE my Collection names now!

 

Ditch the eyestrain: increase your Fire’s font size!

 

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Worried Someone’s Been Mucking About In Your Gmail Account?

Whether your concern is over a potential hack or a snooping partner or family member, if you use Gmail there’s an easy way to tell if anyone other than you has been accessing your email: Last Account Activity.

To access this amazingly wonderful and helpful Gmail feature, scroll to the bottom of your inbox and look for the Last Account Activity Details link (tap or click on images to view an enlarged version in a new browser tab or window):

When you click on that link, you’re shown a listing of the times your account has been accessed, the browser used to access it, the ‘ip address’ of the connection that was used to access it, and the general location it was accessed from:

 

Sign Out Other Sessions

Every time you access your Gmail account from a different device or browser window it counts as a separate “session”, so don’t immediately panic if you see multiple sessions listed. You may have left other sessions open on your cell phone, tablet, or a different computer than the one you’re currently using.

But if any other open sessions you don’t know about are shown, you can sign them out from the Details screen shown above.

 

Eliminate Yourself As A Suspect

To eliminate your own ip address from your list of suspects, find out what it is by Googling “what’s my ip”. Google will display your current, public ip address. The ip address will change when you access the internet from different networks or network gateway devices (e.g., routers), so note that the address shown only refers to the ip address in use at the time you do the Google search. You can re-do the same search at any time to view your ip address when accessing the internet from other locations.

Note that this won’t work on virtual private networks, but anyone using one of those should be tech-savvy enough to already know their own ip address.

 

When You Suspect Another Household/Network Member

People who share a network or router can share a single ip address. In that case, you have to zero in on suspicious or unauthorized activity using the browser and date/time details.

For example, if you only ever use PCs and non-Apple devices to access the internet, any listing of a Safari browser is highly suspicious because Safari is the browser used by Apple products.

Similarly, if you see your account was accessed at a time when you know you were not using it, that’s also suspicious. However, the time stamps can be delayed by up to an hour depending on network traffic so it’s not a very accurate an indicator of questionable activity unless the time shown is definitely hours away from the last time you know you were online.

 

Gmail Last Account Activity: get in the habit of checking it regularly to avert hacking disaster!

 

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How To Disable Firefox Auto Scroll

Posted April 14, 2015 By Mom
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Does Your Mouse Have A Mind Of Its Own In Firefox?

Annoyingly, as of this writing (on 4/14/15) the Firefox browser comes with its “autoscroll” mouse feature enabled by default. When Firefox senses the user is scrolling up or down repeatedly, it just takes over and keeps your mouse cursor moving in the same direction you were scrolling until you stop it.

Firefox notifies you of what’s going on by placing this scroll controller on your screen:

FireFoxAutoScroll

You may try to move your cursor with your mouse or touchpad as usual, but until you turn off autoscroll by pressing the Esc key, clicking in the right-hand scrollbar (which doesn’t always work, by the way) or clicking on the Autoscroll center symbol, you’ll find your cursor is no longer under your control. As an added bonus, sometimes certain web pages will just start jiggling up and down even when you haven’t been scrolling, and the only way to stop them is to re-load the page—and this doesn’t always work. Like I said, annoying.

 

How To Turn Autoscroll Off Permanently

Thankfully, this is very easy to do.

In Firefox, click on the settings menu icon in the upper right-hand corner (it looks like three short horizontal lines). On the Firefox settings menu, select the Advanced tab. On that tab, uncheck the box next to “Use autoscrolling”, then click OK to save your changes:

 

Done and done!

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