I wish we have something like www.printingamerica.com nearby for our printing needs.
I dream of making my own photo book (naks!) plus another project that is related to me being a special education teacher.
The collection of writing works that my kids have done along with their drawings is also a good idea for a book, one that does not need to be sold but kept for posterity’s sake. If I do decide to do these things, I hope I’d be able to give “justice” to their work with clear copies and good materials.
Do you prefer e-books are real books? I know nothing beats having a real book that one can touch, smell (ha, I love the smell of new books) and open to read.
I used to cover myself with a blanket and read under the covers with a flashlight because my mom wants me to sleep early. My eldest daughter used to do that, using a mini reading light that can be attached to bedposts.
Ever since I discovered ebooks back in the early 2000s reading and squinting on my Palm Pilot and Casio PDA, I have refrained from buying real books for two reasons: budget constraints and lack of space. We have a room with floor to ceiling shelves and these are full of books (and other stuff) that the books needed to be relocated somewhere else. I might have to look for a new home for these one day.
As of the moment I have a thousand books stored in my tablet. I don’t know how many I’ve read but many I guess judging from the eyebags I now have 😀
Last night’s news about a man whose ATM card was just with him but had a big amount withdrawn from said account was something that looks like it was a clip from a movie.
But it wasn’t, it was real.
He was a victim of electronic pickpocketing.
Highly unlikely that people with ATM cards and credit cards can be victims of such high-tech crime but it can happen. There are a few precautions one can do to avoid being a victim:
- cover the ATM’s keypad with your hand when you withdraw money
- in establishments where you give your card to the staff for payment like in restaurants, do go to the cashier so that you can see how they handle your credit/debit card. You don’t want the staff to jot down your card details. They may not be the one doing the electronic theft, but they may give these information to others.
- use RIFD blocking products for contactless cards to avoid having your card details read by the gadgets that are made to do just that
In every way, always be careful with your things.
Has it ever felt to you that doing things in the past seems better than having the high-tech gadgets we have now?
Take for example doing book reports for high school students.When I was in high school, I have read a lot of books which I borrowed from the school library. I wrote the book reports myself, using my version of a PC or a netbook: my crickety typewriter. I graduated to using a electric typewriter in college, hah, I was high tech then.
Anyway, we were not only “studious” then, but we were resourceful, motivated and we worked hard. In other words, we didn’t copy and pasted works written by others but we wrote original thoughts and did original written works. And we had that sort of security that our works were not digitally copied though being copied by classmates was highly likely to happen, lol.
Nowadays though, it is so easy for others to just get information that are not their in the first place. I have been doing a lot of reading about these things like electronic pickpocketing, the use of ESET Smart Security, and the use of parental controls among others to better protect our family from being victims of electronic theft.
A few ways to protect online safety:
- do not divulge personal information like home address, work address, schools of children online
- if you feel you need to be a part of the social media, be discreet and have your online accounts accessible only by friends you personally know
- change your passwords every now and then and use a combination of alphanumeric characters that are unreadable