Marcophiles: Internet anguish? Terrified of hi-tech?

CHRIS CURLE
Patrick Junkroski, a computer wizard here, has his brain in the cloud sometimes ...   the iCloud being all the rage these days. Submitted

Patrick Junkroski, a computer wizard here, has his brain in the cloud sometimes ... the iCloud being all the rage these days. Submitted

Is the serenity and comfort some people derive from yoga intensified when yoga-ing at sunset on the Marco beach? We'd have asked these peaceful people but their minds were elsewhere at the time. Namaste. Submitted

Is the serenity and comfort some people derive from yoga intensified when yoga-ing at sunset on the Marco beach? We'd have asked these peaceful people but their minds were elsewhere at the time. Namaste. Submitted

Welcome to “Your Digital Dude,” a new feature in our Marcophiles and Shop Talk columns, in which we drain the brain of our favorite computer guru, an expert in all things digital, Patrick Junkroski.

He has clients on Marco, having been headquartered here until he expanded his efforts and now runs Technology Pros Inc in Naples. Pat has led us through the valley of the shadow of Apple for years, but he’s an expert on the PC-Windows world too.

In upcoming columns, he will address such topics as the thorny, sometimes frustrating world of passwords. For starters: “The very things that make a password easy for you to remember are frequently the same things that make a password easy for others to guess. Use the same password on lots of sites, and if your password is cracked by nefarious evildoers on one website, they can guess your access to many others.

“If you write your passwords down on paper, you risk that paper being discovered or discarded. If you set your browser to remember passwords, then anyone who gains access to your computer will be able to enjoy the same auto-login capabilities to your accounts that you do.

“So with all of these rules, so many passwords to track and no easy way to track them, it is likely that every single person reading this has recently forgotten (or ‘lost’) a password and has needed to retrieve it or reset it.”

Patrick will have more on specific ways to relieve your password anxiety in an upcoming Shop Talk or Marcophiles column. And he’ll cover a wide variety of digital solutions as we go along. Meantime you can check out his firm’s web site: www.mytechnologypros.com.

A zippy trip through Florida history

The man who is delivering a fascinating presentation on Marco this evening (Tuesday) has such an interesting personal story he ought to be lecturing about himself.

He’s Dr. Michael Gannon, whose subject is “History of Florida in 40 minutes.” It’s a whirlwind presentation by a man whose own life is chock full of fascinating tales.

Gannon is a prize-winning author, historian, radio announcer, sports columnist, history teacher and was, for about 17 years, a priest.

His lecture begins with the first humans, native people here about 12,000 years ago, and transports his audience right up until this week. One major point is that Florida has had a series of major periods of population booms up until about two years ago.

“Then, people stopped coming into Florida because of the recession and the inability to pay for new housing and the loss of property values by the people who are already here,” he says. “It just made this a very uninviting place for new residents.”

The economic downturn has continued to the present, with one big exception.

“In Miami and parts of Broward County, Brazilians, wealthy Brazilian families, have started a purchase boom, buying up abandoned condominiums and residences. That’s the first sign we have of any kind of recovery.”

During and after World War II were key periods on Florida’s population explosion.

“Our state became a major training center for all the services. The army’s Camp Landing near Starke was, with 80,000 recruits and draftees, the fourth largest city in Florida, after Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa.

“There were 60 military airfields all over the state, because of good flying weather and the flat surfaces, an ideal place for training flights. Miami Beach was a great training center for air force personnel.

“The returnees after the war were the ones who then started the boom, the postwar boom, because many of them had been here for training and had liked what they had seen.”

The 7 p.m. event with Dr. Gannon at the Rose History Auditorium tonight (Tuesday) is free and open to the public. For information phone (239) 642-2440.

Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail chris@chriscurle.com.

Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail: don@donfarmer.com.

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