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This is a follow-up on my previous post, which also reflects what I am currently going through. I already found a new home and I am going through the process of moving. And since I like being organized and having some check-list of steps to follow, I decided to write down this check-list in case someone else funds it useful someday. This post assumes that you have already found a new home. If not, this might be a good starting point.
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First of all, This is the first post after almost 2 years of not posting anything. One of my new year’s resolutions is to try to revive this blog and add new material.

So, since I have been moving around basically every year, I thought I should write about my process of finding a new apartment, just in case someone else may find this post useful someday. This applies only if you’re going to rent. I cannot really say what the process is like if you’re planning on buying a home. Let me note that this post is more focused on my experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. This may or may not apply to other areas, so if you are reading this somewhere else, please take that into account.
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Recently, I had to get rid of my old laptop because of problems with its screen. The laptop was too old, and trying to fix or replace the screen seemed like to much of a hassle, and getting a new laptop seemed like the best idea. Many of us choose to get rid of their old computers… either selling, donating, or even recycling them. Either way, it is important to know how to properly dispose of an old computer, to avoid any problems later on. Here are the steps that I followed:
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Google backup
The number of free services offered by Google keeps increasing, and the number of people using these services grows tremendously day after day. Anyone who reads this blog probably knows by now that I am a big fan of Google. I regularly use Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, Google+, and Google Docs. The biggest advantage of using these services is that they are all very well integrated, and you can access your data from anywhere.
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Another excellent article by Matt Might. In his article, Matt lists his top 10 tips on giving a good academic talk, and goes into detail in explaining each tip. In summary, the top 10 tips (in no particular order) are:
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Although many people are already experts when it comes to building a new computer from scratch, many others are still a bit intimidated by the concept of looking for each component, and putting everything together. For those who actually want to know how to build a computer, the computer help website “The How-to Geek” has put up an excellent tutorial about building a computer from scratch. (more…)

For those who don’t know what phishing means, Wikipedia defines phishing as:

“an attempt to acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”

The most common form of phishing is when someone receives an “urgent” email asking them to take immediate action to prevent some impending disaster. Here are some examples: (more…)