Monday, January 28, 2013

Who's Watching You? Webcam Hacking

If your laptop has a webcam, it can be hacked. In fact, according to some sources, it is simple for a hackers to access your webcam once your computer is infected. So, the number one rule is do not open ANY email or attachments from anyone you don't know no matter what.

Once your webcam is hacked, the hacker can use to view your family, your activities, your children. The hacked webcam feeds back to the hacker. This can be done as long as your webcam has a visual. You won't be aware that you are being watched or filmed for that matter.

A few things you can do to prevent spying is close the lid of your laptop when not in use, tape a piece of felt or something opaque over the lens, make sure you unplug a portable webcam when not in use.

This link will take you to a report on webcam predators shown on the Today Show: Click:

Also from the tech guys at Hellbound Bloggers, here is an entertaining how-to post on the subject:

Actually, I don't have a webcam attached to my computer, but I figured if I did and it got hacked, the first thing the hacker would say, "Oh, hell, let me turn this off!"  :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Saturday Spotlight: FROST by Taryn Kincaid

This Saturday's Spotlight features an upcoming release by Taryn Kincaid. This is the third book in her Sleepy Hollow Series. Genre: Sexy Paranormal Romance  Length: Novella  Available: February 1st.  For more info on this series, go to Taryn's homepage:

Dagney Night, a sought-after succubus, is no stranger to blazing hot sex. But as Valentine’s Day approaches, she longs for something more. When oddly erotic paintings arrive for display at her art gallery, arousing everyone who views them, she wonders about the mysterious artist who created the works. Maxwell Raines, a fire-sex demon, lives a life of solitude and seclusion behind the walls of his compound at Sleepy Hollow, channeling his lustful impulses into his art—until his muse deserts him and his temperature rises past the danger point. He needs sex. Now. When Madame Evangeline arranges a torrid Valentine’s 1Night Stand for them, will the flames of their encounter be too hot to handle?

Dagney followed her sister’s glance, and her heart flipped like a gymnast unable to nail a vault. Darkness swathed the gallery with the exception of the lights above or below each of the paintings. The large man emerging from the shadows held her rapt. Waves of pure, unadulterated lust smacked her with such force she didn’t even see Lily and Campbell leave. The blast of raw desire crumpled her to the floor. Her gaze remained riveted on the tall hunk of ferocious male stalking toward her, radiating undiluted carnality. He set something carefully on the floor and grasped her by the elbows, his touch surprisingly gentle when he lifted her to her feet.
“I’m Maxwell Raines.”
Yeah. No kidding. Who else could a guy so hot, so studly, possibly be?
She told herself not to swoon. Ordered herself not to swoon. But, Goddess, that rumbling voice. More potent than a train barreling over the tracks. And he smelled so good. Sinfully masculine. A bit of musk, a bite of pine, an essence of dark, smoky nights. Sexy scents. Reminiscent of tangled satin sheets that had been given a good work-out.
Her legs turned to rubber, and she doubted they’d support her on their own. She’d be mortified if he’d have to scrape her puddled body up again. But he hadn’t yet relaxed his grip. Could she bullshit her way through the meeting without collapsing? “You’re late,” she said.
“I’m never late.”
“Well, the party’s over, Mr. Raines.” She waved a hand around the empty room.
“Depends on your perspective.”
“You’re big on perspective, are you?”
“I’m a painter.” A brief shrug accompanied his blunt words. “Obvious connection.”
“Right. But as you can see, everyone’s left.”
“You haven’t.” He gazed down at her, a black brow flaring. “And you’re what I’m here for.”

Thursday, January 24, 2013

From My Old Recipe Box: Cornflake Cookies

I decided to weed through an old recipe box of mine and post some of the recipes on my blog. This week I'm posting an easy recipe for cookies that kids will love.

Cornflake Cookies

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
4 cups corn flakes

Heat syrup, stir in sugar and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add peanut butter and butter. Stir. Pour over cornflakes in large bowl and mix. Drop by large spoonfuls on wax paper and let cool. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

3 Minute Movie Review: Les Miserables

This is a LONG musical (do they ever make short ones?) set in France in the 1800's. I love the time period/location.

Plot: The main character was imprisoned for years for stealing bread. He breaks parole and the movie is about his avoiding capture after he finds religion/repents and becomes saintly in his dealings with others. No more stealing bread. An obsessed policeman want to put him back in prison. It is a plot any first-grader could follow. 

It is beautifully filmed. Loved the costumes and sets. The actors did the best they could acting and singing live at the same time. 

If you love musicals, you will enjoy this one. But you REALLY need to love musicals where they sing the entire time, otherwise you are wasting time and money. This movie is not a movie with dialogue scenes and some musical numbers like The Wizard of Oz. I think this movie would have benefited from more spoken dialogue. 

The actors sing to each other and they sing solos highlighting their angst. At one point, I was thinking this is like reading a book full of internal monologue. I never made any connection to this story or characters.

It is a long movie. Almost 3 hours long. Yes, I was in tears at the end because I was so happy when it was finally over. I'm not a huge fan of musicals and if you are not all up into musicals, wait for the DVD and you can skip through big chunks of it if you get bored. 

Overall rating: A for presentation  C for entertainment  
Would I go see it again or buy it?  No

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Comparing My Kindles (there is no comparison)

Are you considering buying a new Kindle or interested in learning more about the new Kindle Fire HD 8.9 as a reader? If so, I am presenting a comparison of my two Kindles, old and new. My photos are not that great because of the lighting in this room but you will get the general idea.

My older Kindle is about 2 years old and it is the model with keyboard. The new one is the Kindle Fire 8.9. 

As you can see in picture #1, you have color! Yay! Plus Kindle Fire 8.9 is much larger overall. On the old Kindle, the screen is 5 X 31/2. The Kindle Fire is 8 X 41/2. 

The text display can be altered to suit your needs as can the screen. I have left mine on white/black because I like it and to me, it looks more like a book. Vertically, the screen displays much more text on the Kindle Fire than on the old Kindle. Also the Kindle Fire can be flipped horizontally and you will be able to read the same text as 2 pages.

Okay, so what I LOVE most is the touch screen. No more clicking little buttons to change pages or punching home and menu. I never really liked reading on my Kindle because I thought it was such a pain to have to go to that stupid menu screen.  No more of that on the Kindle Fire. Just tap the screen for the menu stuff. You see the orange percentage bar at the bottom? All you have to do is tap it wherever you want to go and you are there!  I was like OMG! Also on the right hand corner is  "Home". Just tap there to go to your book cloud. The color covers look great and just tap on a cover to open the book.  Also if the book has a table of contents, all you do is tap on the chapter number to go there and to change the page, just swipe and keep reading.

Of course, the Kindle Fire HD is a tablet. You can check your email, Tweet and watch movies. I watched some of Thor the other night and it does have a great picture. No problems with the streaming. But I will primarily use it as a reader, I think. The speed is fantastic.

Price-wise, it is more expensive. There is a 7" Kindle Fire HD that is very nice. I have seen that model. There is about a $100 price difference and I think the screen size of the 8.9 is worth the price difference. It is like reading a trade-size book. I like the larger screen. I did get a bundle package which included a bubble-free screen protector and a case. 

If you are considering buying a Kindle, I would say to go with one of the Kindle Fire models. I think you will be a lot happier with the product. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

My First Attempt At Making Beignets

This past Saturday I made beignets. During my trip to New Orleans, I was sitting on a bench in Jackson Square early one morning and a nice gentleman offered me a beignet. He and his wife had bought a sack full of beignets from Cafe Du Monde. They had far more than they could eat, so I took one. OMG! I became an instant beignet lover.

Beignets are French donuts. I was told beignet means small pillow in French. They are puffy, square pastries rolled in powdered sugar. They must be eaten while they are hot. Cold ones really won't do. While I was in New Orleans, I bought a box of beignet mix. (You can also find the Cafe Du Monde beignet mix at Kroger.)

Finally, this weekend, I decided to try to make a batch. I doubted I would have any success. This is how I proceeded and what I learned.

I mixed a cup of the mix and 31/2 ounces of water. Formed a ball of dough and rolled out on floured wax paper.
I rolled the dough too thin. The second picture illustrates the size you need. 

Next, I used a cast iron skillet for cooking. I love cast iron because it holds and distributes heat so well. You need to keep the oil a constant temperature and I don't have an electric skillet but I figured the iron skillet would work. It did an amazing job! I kept it on med-high.

When you drop the squares of dough in the oil, they puff up like little pillows! I was enthralled. Beignets are very easy to cook. After they had become puffy, I used a slotted spoon to turn them in the oil. It only took a few minutes, not more than 5 minutes, for them to turn a golden brown. 

Then roll them in confectioner's sugar and eat immediately. This is one yummy treat! Bon App├ętit!
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