Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon
Blocking Telemetry in Windows 7 and 8.1
Telemetry is "an automated communications process by which measurements and other data are collected at remote or inaccessible points and transmitted to receiving equipment for monitoring." In this case, telemetry refers to the data that Microsoft automatically collects from your computer. Microsoft collects various kinds of data on usage, programs, and other areas. If you'd like to block collection of your data, this article outlines how to do that in Windows 7 and 8.1. Windows 10 is a somewhat different story, for more information on Windows 10 telemetry, have a look at this article by Ed Bott: Windows 10 telemetry secrets: Where, when, and why Microsoft collects your data.
NASA's Home for EPIC Photos of Earth from Space Just Got Better
If you like views from space, NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) provides views of Earth every day, in enhanced or natural views. The enhanced view shows land and cloud features in greater detail. You can "zoom in on specific areas on the globe, scroll through the latest views of Earth as it rotates and download spectacular photos of the planet's beautiful landscapes and blue oceans."
Your Gmail is now a little safer
I like random tidbits of trivia that may (or may not) be of use, and the Knowledge Stew site provides a wide array of the tidbits I enjoy, the kind my brain tends to veer off into when I'm not paying attention. One of the things I like about the site is that they do their best to find three verifiable, independent and reliable sources for the information they present, so if you go around quoting them, you can be reasonably certain that what you're saying is true. As the site says, make yourself a little smarter today. :)
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