How To Delete Your Digital Assistant Conversations (Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri etc.)

Home digital assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Assistant are designed to listen and respond to conversations to provide better service. Here’s how to review what’s been recorded and how to delete them.

The directions here are for Alexa and Google Assistant. Directions for Cortana and Siri can be found here:

Recently Amazon Echo recorded a conversation and then sent it to a contact. It’s not likely to happen often, or to you, but it might be a good time to check on what conversations Alexa has recorded and delete any that you don’t want Amazon to keep.  Read More

Typography for Non-Designers Plus Some Free Font Websites

Typography was once something that designers specialized in, but with advances in technology, more of us are mixing and matching typefaces. Here’s a brief but thorough overview so your finished product looks more professional.

Whether you’re putting together a flyer, presentation, party invitation, or a web site, this quick guide will help your project look a little better. Putting some thought into a design and knowing some basic terminology and guidelines will up your typography skills even if you’re not a designer.

This guide breaks down the basics for a quick and easy read. Terms, usage rules, staple typefaces, and where to find fonts are the main categories. Useful sub-categories like the difference between Font and Typeface, types of fonts (serif, sans serif and script), using a hyphen, em or en dash, orphans and widows, and more are covered.

Suggestions include not squishing and or stretching type, not stacking letters vertically, leave a single space between sentences, and using no more than three typefaces per composition. Read More

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I fully support the EU’s push for more internet privacy but in the case of Gizmo’s Freeware updates, it is somewhat unnecessary as all our email newsletters are double opt-in. That is, when you subscribed you had to confirm your subscription by separate email, so nobody can be getting these updates unless they they actually wanted them.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Sci Fi Planetscape Atmosphere

This week’s wallpaper is an image of billowing clouds cutting across the horizon line, with the black of space above the stormy clouds. A few planets float above the turbulent clouds, with the whole lit by a star. The clouds look like oil paint on canvas shown in shades of gray, white, blue, providing contrast to the stark black sky. Lightning shoots across the lower left section of the image. Icons do well with this wallpaper.