An April Full of Goodies

Let’s go and explore! The internet has something to offer for everyone. Do you love to hike, cook, travel, craft, paint, quilt or perhaps … dance?

Hang tight because during the month of April, Inside-Out is going to take you to some of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Do you need to get fit, get smart, get strong or get a job?

Want to play online games (by yourself or with a group), write books, design houses, take courses?

Do you have favorite sites that you frequent and think others might like as well? Let me know …


Time to get out of your ‘search engine’ comfort zone and try something new. This page from RefDesk has a page full of search engines that are divided into types and service. Check it out.

Stop using Google Search and check out these 2 search engines that give back to society every time you use them. Search and Give — sounds good, huh?



RefDesk :

a chart to describe the search engine market

Image via Wikipedia





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This Precious Moment

Make time to read a book!

Make time to read a book!

What one thing have you been putting off?

Reading a magazine, finishing a book, starting a blog?
Writing a letter, talking a walk, visiting a museum?

Biking at Copper Mountain

Take a bike ride -- right this moment!

Forgiving yourself for some stupid thing you did last week (or last month or last year?)

Why not just do one thing you’ve been putting off… think you can?

The lyrics below from Right This Moment by Scott Johnson sums it up.

This very moment is where your new life will begin again …

Right this moment, this very moment
Life is happening right in front of you.

Right this moment, this very moment
Life is changing and everything is new.
Right this moment, this very moment
Is the only place you can be.
Right this moment, this very moment

Contains every single possibility.
Trust yourself to find your way
Take a step out and seize the day…

All lyrics & music by Scott Johnson © 1986-2000 Googol Press. All rights reserved.
Listen to the song :


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Using your cell phone to take photos?

GPS receivers from Trimble, Garmin und Leica


I love to take photos but was unaware of the risk involved when you take photos with your cell phone and post them online (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) Unless you go into the GPS settings and turn off the tracking option, the location of the photo you just took is visible to the public.

Take a look at these videos that sum up the risks and offer solutions to the problem.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Oceans of Sky

Oceans of appreciation for a glorious Colorado sunrise

Oceans of appreciation for a glorious Colorado sunrise

Endless sky and golden aspen in mountains of Colorado

Endless sky and golden aspen in mountains of Colorado

Oceans of blue sky in Colorado
Oceans of color in Colorado skyline

WordPress Photo Weekly Challenge: Ocean

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ocean

Ocean at sunrise in NZ

Ocean at sunrise in NZ

Ocean view from NZ

Ocean view from NZ
St John - Cinnamon Bay, BVI

St John - Cinnamon Bay, BVI

Sunset on Maho Bay, BVI

Sunset on Maho Bay, BVI

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The internet isn’t totally evil.


GIMP Image via Wikipedia

As I mentioned previously, there is evil lurking on the internet. Tracking cookies and data mining by websites that we ‘thought’ were our friends only to find out that is not so. They all want something. To be balanced and fair (like Pox News would say), the light needs to shine on the good side of the internet as well.

There are many free resources that were created using open source tools that are useful, helpful and available to each of us.

One useful tool that I have installed on my desktop is called GIMP.

GIMP is a free photo editor that is comparable to the high priced Photoshop. You can use it as a paint program or perhaps to crop, resize and retouch your images. Like Photoshop, you can spend more time learning the system and use it in more advanced ways if that is your calling.  Remember it’s free so use it and promote it whenever you can!

GIMP download

Want some helpful tutorials and videos to help you learn GIMP? Check out GIMP-Tutorials.

So, money is no longer your excuse to manipulate your photos, images and graphics … having fun yet?


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The Seedy Side of Facebook

Facebook logo

Image via Wikipedia

These are the things I love about Facebook.

I’m in touch with my family members, can see their photos and follow what they’re up to. Birthdays, parties, proms, vacations, awards, successes and lots of other family related stuff.

After viewing this video, my happy fuzzy feeling about Facebook fizzled away.

Your Facebook Privacy

Not to freak you out — but this is kind of pervasive. More to follow, ok?

Your Online Information is Fodder …

Animal tracks in the frozen ground, found all ...

Your tracks are everywhere by mlhradio via Flickr

“It is a great art to saunter.” – Henry David Thoreau

As we move on the web, the Trackers saunter … picking up our leads, following our cookie crumbs with a sly grin. Creepy, huh?

In my last post, I reminded you about being tracked (can you say Spied On?) by a host of companies. If you downloaded Ghostery (free software) like I did, you can see what company is tracking you on every website you visit.

Network Advertising is a website that allows you to Opt Out of Member Companies so they won’t track you. It’s like the DO NOT CALL LIST to eliminate unwanted sales calls.

At,  scroll down to the bottom of the page where the list of Member Companies are listed. I chose the Select All button and Opted Out of all of them.
While I was writing this column, I went back to review the opt out list and realized a whole new list of Member Companies were listed today that were not there yesterday.
Select All – Opt Out – AGAIN! Opting out of a network does not mean you will no longer receive online advertising. It does mean that the network from which you opted out will no longer deliver ads tailored to your Web preferences and usage patterns.

Bookmark the page and check back often to wash, rinse, repeat … You need several types of software and several applications to get the bugs, spies and cookies out.

Another thing to do on a regular basis is to unplug your modem. When you plug it back in after a minute, the IP address will change. That’s like throwing a hunting dog off the scent for a short while.

The debate around online privacy has largely centered around advertising that is targeted at people depending on where they have been online.

Network Advertising

Ad Industry Addresses Online Privacy in New Ethics Code

Is online privacy an oxymoron?

Tracking Protection Lists

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