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model t chopped copyOkay, I’ve been away and, once again, I apologize for the break. Life happens and as we add to the odometer, it happens more often.

The second apology is sorry but I’m not going to tell you how configure a mail server. If you google how to set up email on a Mac (or Outlook) a great list of how-to sites will pop up. They lay out the procedure in simple steps and it is a matter of putting one foot in front of the other to get through it. Yes, it does look like a lot but you can do it. Respect yourself enough to know you are capable of doing this.

Besides, a blog post on setting up the mail server would be longer and more confusing than going to the interweebs and getting the info there. If you are concerned you’ll make a mistake or simply can’t be bothered to jump through the hoops, make sure it is set up when the computer is being installed. That way if something goes south you can call them back and indicate there is a problem, please fix it. That’s what they’re paid for.

Peg_Solitaire_1687_on_Portrait_of_Princess_Soubise_by_Claude-Auguste_Berey copyOn to the topic for today. You’ve got your computer, it’s up, running and you’re spending all sorts of time on it swimming through spam and playing Solitaire. By now I expect you’ve moved on to one of the many variations of match 3, turret defence and role playing games (rpgs). Now it’s time to move to the on-ramp of the digital superhighway and prepare to interact with friends you haven’t seen for years.

Unless you’ve spent the last 20 years meditating in a cave somewhere north of Irkutsk, chances are you’ve heard of Facebook. There’s also Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumbler, Periscope, Snapchat, Instagram and I’m going to stop now because new social sites are being added at the rate of 2 every nano-second. Don’t worry about most of them, let’s just focus on Facebook for now.

Originally intended as an in-college dating/rating site, Facebook is now considered the land of the Qtip , the silver forest, boomer happy hunting ground, dry gulch central.

Maybe it isn’t completely the land of the hip replacement dinosaurs but the curve is currently favouring our end of the bubble. This means a couple of things. First and most importantly, almost all of your family and friends are already here posting pictures of holidays, new grandchildren and, of course, the cat. And not just immediate family who you see every day or at least once a week: you’ll also find that cousin you haven’t talked to since Uncle Nicloon’s funeral. Cousin Francis is here on Facebook with all the pictures from her post-retirement Panama Canal cruise.high school crush copy

Lost family members are not the only treasures on Facebook, chances are very good you will find that unattainable, most cool dude/ette you had a crush on in grade 10. Go ahead, search him/her out and take a look at whatever information they have left public. Then decide if you want to get reacquainted or just leave them in the hurt locker that was high school.

The most important thing to do when you start up your Facebook account is to go through the settings and set privacy levels. You’re going to hear all sorts of glurge and 5 alarm terror reports about somebody’s best friend’s grand-daughter’s father-in-law being robbed at home by young hooligans who knew he’d just had heart surgery and Tumbeasts_serverscouldn’t defend himself. Privacy settings mean only friends or people you want to see your account will have access to it.

Facebook is aware of your concerns and once you’re starting to set up your page look along the top banner to the far right and you’ll see an icon of a lock. Click on that and it will take you through some basic privacy procedures. Beside that is a down arrow that opens up a large menu including settings and, my most used category, “Help”. When in doubt find Help and go there. If not on Facebook, google it.

I’m going to leave you so you can play with your Facebook page. Once you get used to paddling around and have found some old friends, you are going to find it opening up a whole new world.

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