On Computers: Faux friends on Facebook

News Highlights: On Computers: Faux friends on Facebook.

i ignore Facebook friend requests from strangers, unless I’m sure they are loyal readers of this column. But some are tricky.

An apparent captain of a huge shipping company requested a connection. For a moment I thought it was a legitimate request. One of my friends, a smart public speaker, was Facebook friends with him. I decided to investigate, hoping to warn her if it turned out to be a fake.

To be Facebook photo, profile and name matched that of the captain he claimed to be, which I found on LinkedIn and on the shipping company’s website. So I accepted his request. A few minutes later, I decided it was a risky experiment, so I unfriended and blocked it. That didn’t stop him from sending me a rude message Facebook Messenger. He chewed me out because I blocked him. It was news to me that someone could write to you from messenger after you blocked them Facebook. Anyway, I blocked it for both. I can’t imagine a real captain getting angry that quickly.

Here’s a lesson: Identity thieves lurk on social media. I’m sure the real captain would be alarmed if he knows someone is using his name and photo.

If someone your Facebook identity, go to the person’s profile page and click on the three dots to the right of their name. Then choose ‘report’. Facebook will investigate. The three dots also give you the option to block someone.

Reader cuts cable

A reader writes that he canceled his cable subscription but couldn’t get PBS with an antenna. Best Buy’s Geek Squad installed the in-home version after already trying the outdoor version on its roof. Neither brought in PBS.

I suggested getting a “PBS passport” for $ 60 a year, but he already has it. What he wanted was his local PBS channel. He said it was easier to find the programs that way. Better than wading through the entire PBS library, he says.

I suggested we go to PBS.org and click on ‘Live TV’. Whatever is displayed now will start. Or you can click on “Schedules” to see the full line-up. Some programs require a PBS passport, but many are free. If you get to a part you want to skip while watching, use the slider to fast forward. The schedules are flexible. I started watching Rick Steves’s episode of the Swiss Alps at least 20 minutes before it officially started.

The reader said, “You have unlocked a door to PBS. I had no idea there was. I love being able to access the TV listings. I love seeing so many options at once, so many things I didn’t know were waiting. I just watched a 55 minute show about my absolute favorite artist, Charles Marion Russell. “

Small microscope

Would you like to have a small microscope on your phone? The iMicro Q2 fits any smartphone lens and can magnify objects 800 times. Tests showed it was as good as a desktop microscope. It sticks to the back of your camera and weighs only 1 / 60th of an ounce. It’s not out yet, but you can pre-order one for $ 39 through Kickstarter.com or Indiegogo.

How computers really work

Years ago I almost got a second degree in computer science. I wish I had a book entitled ‘How Computers Really Work’ that clarifies everything.

The book, by Matthew Justice, takes you from low level circuits to high level code. The author used his own young daughters as guinea pigs. His 17 years at Microsoft as a Windows debugger and automation expert didn’t hurt either.

While it takes work to learn everything, and more patience than I have, the book is much more understandable than most books of this type, even when the author goes deeper into machine code, programming languages, operating systems, and the Internet. He describes 41 practical projects, including games, running a web server, and so on. It’s just right for the future software engineer. More details at NoStarch.com.

Picture frame Saga

I promised I would tell you about my sister’s digital photo frame that I bought her for Christmas. She gave it back to me.

It’s not that she didn’t like AuraFrames.com’s “Aura Carver”. But Aura Frames are not compatible with 5G households. Hers is 5G.

The Aura Carver has an ugly power cord, but that is easy to hide if you place your frame against a wall with a socket. I put mine in the kitchen. The photos I previously emailed to the listing look great. Only one was sideways. The frame allows two vertical photos to be displayed side by side instead of leaving empty space. All settings can be changed. I changed how long an individual photo is displayed from 10 minutes to 15 seconds.

You can also buy an Amazon Echo Show, which has no photo size restrictions, unlike the Aura, which limits each photo to no more than 9.5 megabytes. However, the Aura allows you to display an unlimited number of photos. With the Amazon Echo Show, there is no limitation on the size of the photo or the number. And it has other characteristics. You can watch Netflix, make video calls, play games, and so on. But I like the convenience of a special frame.

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