Fantastic Fiction

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I just learned about a phenomenal website for readers who love fiction. It’s Fantastic Fiction and it’s a treasure trove containing an exhaustive amount of content on authors and books of all genres. Genres featured include everything from mysteries and sagas to urban literature and paranormal romance.

You can find new books by looking at books your favorite authors have suggested or by looking at what other users viewed that view one of your favorite books.

Librarians use is extensively when they suggest books.

Fantastic Fiction was started as a hobby and now a full time business for Dave Wand and his small crew.

On Computer Security

I’ve got a few tips for computer security after my last class on the topic. These are tips anyone can use.

Try the browser Codomo, which is fast and was designed for security. The website states that it’s a fast browser (which has been my experience) that offers top notch security against malware (that’s hard for me to determine).

My teacher uses LastPass to save her passwords, which is a free service to manage passwords. She is clear not to recommend it for fear she could be sued, it seems. (At her old school no one at the Help Desk could touch a student’s computer because they might be sued. (Geez. Our litigious society certain harms us.) I’ve started using it and like the ease of generating long passwords that are hard to crack yet easy for me because I don’t have to remember them.

You know how when you take an interest in a site or article often you have to register your email, yet you don’t want to give them your email and thereby start a long term relationship and you’ll be hearing from whatever company almost daily. My teacher mentioned that you can use 10 Minute Mail, which is like Trash Mail. You open an account to get an email address to give to a service you’re a bit interested in. 10 Minute Mail is just that, an account that allows you to give an email to a site, get verified and then forget about this address which will be deleted after 10 minutes. I like 10 Minute Mail better than Trash Mail, which requires you to provide another email address.

Also, I’ve now subscribed to the Consumer Reports’ webpages on Internet and Computer Security. They’re quite comprehensive and I can’t constantly search possible problems to stay up-to-date.

Word of the Week

Cui Bono: 

  1. 1:  a principle that probable responsibility for an act or event lies with one having something to gain

  2. 2:  usefulness or utility as a principle in estimating the value of an act or policy

I saw this word in a Brookings Institute article on the Panama Papers, a news story that’s grabbed my attention.

Works Cited

“Cui Bono.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 8 Apr. 2016.

Gaddy, Clifford G.“Are the Russians Actually Behind the Panama Papers?” Brookings Institute. Web. 8 Apr. 2016.