About the things we post

By | July 18, 2014
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Some of you take offense to the non-Cloudeight articles we post because you don’t agree with the point of view expressed in them. Some of you have threatened to quit us because we post what we feel are articles of interest — whether we agree with them or not. It’s a sad world where, because we don’t agree with everything someone else does, we simply quit those who have been our friends over the years.

Those of us who know us and who have been with us for any length of time, know we don’t pull any punches and we always strive to tell the truth. The truth is this: The articles we post do not necessarily reflect our personal views. Our personal views, especially on politics remain our personal views and we’re not making political commentary by posting articles which favor our views. We publish articles that we find interesting or thought-provoking, not articles which specifically favor our point of view.

But some of the comments some of you have posted make us wonder if we should just preach to the choir. Patriotism is like parenting — we don’t always agree with what our children do, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love them.  Our country, like our children, isn’t going to benefit from “my country right or wrong”  – “my children right or wrong”.

We don’t agree with everything we publish which comes from sources outside of Cloudeight. If some of you think we’re espousing some kind of political agenda by choosing the articles we choose to publish from other sources, you’re wrong. If  all you want to hear is one side of things then you can watch Fox News or MSNBC — they both love to preach to the choir — we don’t. We like articles that make us think whether or not we agree with them.

Some of you are going to quit us because you think we are espousing some grand political agenda, and that’s not true.

We have been on the Web for over eighteen years and we have helped thousands of people over the years. If you’re going to quit us because you don’t agree with the articles we publish that we may or may not agree with, then you should do it. That will only serve to remind us that what we observe every day is true. We are living in an age where nothing gets done because no one wants to hear what the other side has to so — some people only want to hear thing they agree with, and that’s too bad.

The world has become so polarized that finding common ground or disagreeing intelligently and respectfully has darn near become extinct. Those who disagree with a few articles we publish they don’t agree with  (we have published over 1500 articles) are going to quit, really? That tells us a lot more about you than the articles we publish tell you about us. If you want to know us, read our essays, our computer tips and tricks; read the articles WE author.

It’s always a good thing to remember that who are quick to  judge others should be prepared to be judged quickly.

We are not going to apologize for publishing articles which we find interesting,  thought-provoking, or controversial. They don’t tell you anything about us. Judge us, if you really need to judge us, on what we write, not articles we feature written by others.  If you are going to quit us because you don’t agree with everything we publish, perhaps you should do so — we are not going to be anything but what we’ve always been.

Those of you who are fair and thoughtful will stick with us and we have a feeling there are a lot more of you than there are those who threaten quit because they don’t agree with every single thing we publish on this site.






48 thoughts on “About the things we post

  1. linda

    I find your articles very informative. Keep up the good work.

  2. Betty

    Keep up the good work!!!! Ignore the ‘Nay sayers” I have been with you practically from the beginning and you have been a lifesaver for me any times with your wonderful advice, so don’t change anything that you are doing as I am sure that the people that appreciate you far outnumber the small minded minority.

  3. Janice M

    Hey, I love Cloudeight! You can print, publish, re-publish, post or re-post anything you want! We do not have to agree on everything but if people don’t like something, they don’t have to read it, they can choose to quit coming here–period!

    Why continue to holler and threaten again and again? We are free to leave here anytime–so if that’s what people really WANT TO DO–JUST DO IT!!

    As for me, TC and EB–I’m afraid your STUCK with me for good! I’m grateful for all of your information and all your help and advice, so THANK YOU! PLEASE KEEP IT UP AND DON’T GET DISCOURAGED!!

  4. Brenda

    I find your shared articles interesting and thought-provoking and appreciate them–even the ones that I don’t agree with. Thank you for finding and sharing these. I’m glad you are going to keep right on doing this for us too!

  5. Lee

    I have been with you for a long time and you have strayed a little from the articles that you used to present long ago. Times change. I treat your articles like I do everything else….If I don’t like them–I don’t read them. Pretty simple to me. You still have a lot of stuff that I do like though!!

  6. Sally Thomas

    It’s YOUR website and YOUR business. WE can choose whether to participate/read/recommend/reject/accept what you have to say. If someone does not like what you have to say, they are free to go elsewhere. Of course, the advice they get elsewhere is probably questionable, and those of us who have been loyal subscribers/followers since the beginning know where the best advice (without something to gain by those who give it) comes from: CLOUDEIGHT!
    And I am a FOXNEWS fan who also knows what to believe/accept/reject and don’t need someone to tell me what to believe/accept/reject. That’s called being adult and having common sense, as well as being able to think for myself. CloudEight simply provides the facts and leaves it up to us what we do with the information.
    Thanks for treating us all as adults, even though some may not deserve it.

  7. Jennifer

    You go Cloudeight! I appreciate your help always, all the wonderful tips you give us as well as the articles you write or expose us too. I for one want you to keep on keeping on.

  8. Bama

    I thank you for being what your are and thank you for not changing based on the opinions of others. I read all of your articles, whether written by you or by others and then do some thinking. It helps me in overcoming being narrow minded to hear the honest opinions of other. I am grateful that you do keep politics out of this site. Please keep on doing as you do!

  9. Peter Irving

    Good on you both. Stick “IT” to ’em! Like the switch on the radio or tv. Readers or viewers choice .


    I agree 100%! It’s a sad commentary when a persons point of view can change how others feel about them. That’s as bad as “if you don’t let me win, I’ll take my ball and bat and find someone else to play with”. It would be a dull boring world if everyone held the same point of view and had no ideas of their own. (doesn’t that almost mean we’d still be living in caves?) Open your minds people. EB & TC are NOT asking any of us to change our minds. They are just helping us to exercise our minds.
    Keep up the terrific job you’ve always done and hold your heads high. You have nothing of which to be ashamed!

  11. June

    OMG. Who needs these whiners in the first place? I have been with you since I got a PC many years ago..
    Otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue how to do anything if you hadn’t helped me to get where I am today.
    Keep up the good work & forget about the whiners!.June

  12. Janis

    If folks leave because of the “outside the box” things you post it will be their loss. Goes to show just how intolerant folks are getting. I have been reading your news letters since its inception, I think, been a long time anyway. I cut my teeth on windows 98, XP, Vista and 7 with your expertise. I will most likely learn windows 8 sooner or later. I am 80 years old and do use a lot of your tips and tricks. Sometimes we just have to agree to disagree. I have found nothing adverse in any of your posts. Thanks for being here.


    I read this whole article and all I could think of was at least one article that one
    of you wrote where it brot tears to my eyes just reading it.
    No one can steal my christmas
    was one of them—there’s another about a young woman and now
    she is old—-those I treasure. Keep writing, do the best you
    can, and we cannot all get along—ever! Don’t worry about
    it—that old adage “if you build it, they will come”, well, the
    way I see it, “you’ve build it” and “they will keep coming”
    Keep writing those holiday goodies that I can’t seem to
    get out of my mind—the ones that touch our hearts!
    Annie in MI

  14. Sandy Goga

    I can’t believe because someone doesn’t like what you post or don’t agree with you they would quit you. No one will ever agree with even their best friend or spouse 100% of the time. Do you quit them? You are well trusted and so helpful. Let them quit. Who needs people like that anyway! Negativity and causing trouble seem to be some people’s lot in life. Some people just like to stir the pot!

  15. Peggy Dorgan

    Hey Guys, I don’t read your newsletter start to finish because I agree with the outside articles you publish. Sometimes I do & sometimes I don’t but they give me both sides to consider. I read it start to finish because I know that there will be some information in there that will help me keep my machine in top working order & I trust your opinions when it comes to my PC. Keep it coming.


  16. Pete

    Maybe you ought to post an article on how they can find their DELETE Key. I’ve never found anything in 10 to 12 years that was offensive to me.

  17. Pete Karczmarczyk

    I know there’s a lot of people out there that just have to be negative about most anything that comes along. I’ve been with you guys for a good, long time. I truly look forward to all you posts. Please keep’um coming.

  18. Jean Capps

    Gee – I guess I should throw out my television set because sometimes I see things on it that I don’t agree with. And that commentator I heard on the radio yesterday has no idea what he’s talking about. I’m going to get rid of that radio. The editor of our local newspaper is soooo wrong. I’m going to cancel my subscription. All of that would make just as much sense as people who quit Cloudeight because they don’t agree with everything you publish. (And let’s not even get into freedom of speech.) Keep up the good work, TC and EB – the number of people you help and enlighten far, far outnumber the few who don’t appreciate your efforts. Illegitimi non carborundum!!!!

  19. John Carson

    TC and EB keep it up you have helped me many times over the years , Let the whiners go not worth worrying about. A lot more LUV YA than otherwise

  20. Enid Webb

    Isn’t it just a pity that they pick on one of the few sites on the net that you can actually trust these days, who actually want to help us, not rip us off. As others have said they don’t have to click on your emails when they arrive in their box, they can hit “delete”. TC & EB do keep up the good work, I also have been with you from near the beginning and I wouldn’t be where I am today without your good advice and guidance.
    Just keep it up PLEASE, as I for one appreciate it.

  21. Glenys

    It’s hard to believe that people can be so petty minded about things. Commonsense seems to have disappeared with so many people. Do they throw away the morning paper or a magazine and never get it again because they don’t like an article in it? Perhaps they expect everything be written to suit them!
    Ignore them as I know you will and continue to give us amusing, thought provoking stories and reports as well as your ever helpful knowledge and advice. Thanks so much from one who truly appreciates all that you do.

  22. CarolAnn Makeef

    I have been with you since I first went on the Internet in Australia many years ago now, without you and TC I would certainly not have the knowledge to boldly go and do the many things that I have done over the years, I have learnt to type, use the computer with your help and use the programmes that you suggest, I am now 70 years old and I know that if folks don’t agree with you : well they just don’t have to read or do what is in the news letter, BUT without it we would certainly be a lot poorer in both knowledge and helpful hints, PLUS all the extra goodies you pass along every single letter, so keep up the great work. It is appreciated and looked I forward to each and every newsletter. Thank You both for your time and effort.

  23. Holly C

    I have been ‘with’ you about 14yrs, what does that tell you 🙂 May you always be here for all of us! If we didn’t learn from you what would be the point? Cloudeight is a big ray of sunshine in our lives with computers 🙂

  24. tomorrow's_dreams

    Opinion broadens the mind. Sadly, some people are very blinkered and rather bigoted. How can we learn if no one ever offers a different point of view? Other people’s points of view always interest me – whether I agree with them or not is neither here nor there. Harry

  25. JoninOz

    Hi TC & EB,
    If you ruled the world in the same manner you ran ‘our’ Cloudeight and ‘our’ InfoAve & Premium the whole world would be much better off in every way.

    After all the years……what is it now…..16 years or so, I have never read any abnormal comments or behavioural nastiness, and the truth of any matter has always been your first priority, even going as far as admitting to being wrong or mistaken on any given occasion.

    You have served members and guests as though your family, and we thank you for the continued, weekly ‘goodies’ which would be a great loss if it ever came to an end.

    You are both wonderful, dedicated people.


    Yours faithfully,


  26. Rose

    I want to thank you for all of your help and tips. I look forward to your articles always. Please continue as you are. As our sixth grade teacher used to say to us, ” Empty barrels make the most noise.” I did not understand it then, but I have since then grown up, and now understand. Thank you again.

  27. Skipper

    The info you post and your opinions have been invaluable for many, many years.
    You are my go to guys for info & recommendations.
    Forget the stupid blogger’s, as they are insignificant.
    Social media is good, but full of idiots.
    You guys are the greatest!

  28. Stephen Greene

    I have been with you almost from the start and if I find something that I don’t want to read I just scroll down past it or delete it. Keep up the good work and if some people don’t want to agree with you then good riddance to them.

  29. Amy DeMeo

    The only “non-cloud eight” posts I can recall have been about cyber spying or hacking or malware & viruses. All of which are very relevant topics to be posted in this newsletter. You have access to resources that many of us do not follow so I for one am very appreciative that you share with us interesting information or articles that you’ve come across. Since day one you have always been about helping us keep our computing experience a good one, not telling us what to do or not, but making us aware of what can effect positively or negatively that goal.

    Whoever these people are need to get a life….someplace else.

  30. Maria McManigle

    I fear more every day for the future of this country because of “sheep” with one-track minds. We don’t lose our freedoms, we give them away every time we allow others, whether many or few, to silence us. I have my own mind & will use it without the permission of dissenters. NO ONE can agree on everything with everybody, & especially not with those who view their thoughts as the only “right” way of thinking. (Shades of Hitler…) Publish what you will, EB & TC. You’re losing nothing with the exit of narrow-minded & empty-souled ingrates. Your other free-thinkers still stand beside you! As it’s said in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, “Luv yinz!”

  31. Larry Addley

    Sums it all up very well, “It’s always a good thing to remember that who are quick to judge others should be prepared to be judged quickly.” Best quote ever. Thanks for you insight and will continue to be a subscriber as I have been for many years.

  32. Jeannie

    Seems to me that some people these days can find fault with anything that doesn’t agree with their way of thinking. People wake up! Take off the rose colored glasses and get with the program! Like others in this blog, if you don’t like what you read, delete or skip over. The fact remains that that Cloudeight has some brilliant programs, ideas and essays. If you think everyone will agree with you, just look into the mirror. Not everyone may like what you say either. Thanks for all your great tips, tricks and essays. Wouldn’t know what to do without you two. Bless you both. Jeannie

  33. Gene Bousquet

    Different strokes for different folks, people. You must have a delete key in your brain. If it doesn’t agree with your thoughts, DELETE IT. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, that’s what i enlisted for in WWII, so that you could speak your views. I don’t have to agree with them!
    Talk about not agreeing with everyone else, look at Israel, Libya, and all those countries and what has happened because they don’t agree with each others views. Would you want that here in the USA?


    You know what they say, ” don’t judge unless you want to be judged” ignore those Nay sayers, and listen to those who are loyal. Thanks for all you have done over the years, and all you have posted, if I choose not to read it that’s my loss.

  35. Geoff Hatcher

    Hey you 2 i have been with you from the start you are the best, take no notice of those silly buggers if they dont like the truth or the things you put up for us to browse let them go its there loss all power to your elbows.
    there are a hell of a lot of us who think you are great keep publishing all the best Geoff in Cyprus

  36. Jim Keefe

    PLEASE DON’T CHANGE! I like you just the way you are. Please note that I said, “I like” NOT “We like”. I speak only on behalf of my one-of-a-kind brain which tells me to listen to all other’s thoughts and advice, then keep those I want to save and discard those I don’t. If “we” all had the same brain, with the same thoughts, it would surely be a living nightmare. So, PLEASE DON’T CHANGE . . . I like you just the way you are!

  37. Beaux Dodson

    I really don’t have anything to add that hasn’t already been said. That’s a lot of the problem with this world. If one person doesn’t like something the think everyone else should bow down to there wishes. Take someone who doesn’t like guns. They think no one should own a gun because they don’t. Look at what we let one person do that didn’t like prayer in schools, and you can’t get people to see why there’s so much violence now. Have you noticed that when there’s a tragedy at some school, the first thing people ask for is prayer? We’re letting these “Left Wing Dingbats” destroy our country. I wonder how many people I will offend by me simply giving my point of view? GET OVER IT!
    Mat 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
    Luk 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

  38. Irene

    Hy to you both. I was flabbergasted to read that in today’s day and age some people are not intelligent enough to decide to just not read or look at something that seems offensive to them. I love everything you do and have been with C8 for many years. Do and say what pleases you and those that don’t like it just have to press DELETE!!! It’s heartbreaking to know that people will actually leave C8 based on your articles or whatever. You still have many followers and continue the good work you started back in 200?. We all love you.

  39. Deb

    I, too, am a “lifer” with C8. I don’t feel the need to repeat everything above, which I totally agree with! Just wanted to add another name to the list of those who appreciate you and respect your work. Thanks!

  40. MaryAnn Larson

    I, too, have been with you almost since the beginning. You have been my instructors all along.
    I have never seen this many comments on a subject since the beginning. Things change as time changes.
    I have found over the (many) years of my life, that nothing brings out the nastiness in folks as can
    comments concerning politics. Some do not allow others to have differing concepts from their own.
    We all need to compromise and not be so rigid. The truth should be the foundation of our thoughts
    and to search for the truth is necessary before believing someone’s opinion. Opinion is not the truth.
    Thank you for your service. You do us a great favor. I wish I had more finances to help you with yours. 🙁
    I know you will keep up the good work.

  41. Gerry

    Ditto to all of the above comments. I don’t know where I’d be without all your good advice. You’re both the greatest!

  42. Sally Thomas

    Seems to me (the last I heard) is that “membership” on this site, as well as subscribing to the newsletters, reading the tips etc online are all VOLUNTARY. If you don’t like it, or can’t stand the fact it’s not designed to please you, then bugger off! Can’t say it much plainer.

  43. Ms. D

    Hey TC and EB, there is strength in numbers and rest assured, there are way more of us out here who appreciate everything you do than there are eggheads who get angry, make accusations and are just downright nasty. As several of the folks said in earlier comments, if I start to read something and it turns out not to be what I expected or is not that interesting to me, I just keep on scrolling! It amazes me how many narrow-minded and/or closed-minded nasty people there are in this old world of ours. And they are everywhere. I have a paid membership to an online game site, and you would not believe how many times people have called me nasty names and/or just up and quit in the middle of a game because I happened to be winning. But out of the hundreds of people I have met and played over the year since I joined this particular game site, the nice folks way outnumber the nasty ones, and so I continue to play and enjoy myself. So keep up the good work, you two. I love all the tips and tricks you have taught me over the years since I quite by accident ran into your web site one time when I was surfing the web. That was MY lucky day! Your hard work, immense knowledge of computer technology and all the other stuff you offer to us is appreciated.

  44. Ingrid

    well … who does delete or cancel their email accounts because we get daily mails we don’t want or do not like. We have the delete button. We are not forced to read all mails and we are not forced to read each article we get from news groups. We can not force the authors of news grousp that they only write those articles which are especially interesting for us. We can not force other people to have the same opinion as we have. It is great to read about different minds. When people want to leave because of the broad variety of articles you can’t help it. All others find so often articles which we like. Interesting or heartwarming or rumours and many warnings which I really don’t want to miss out.
    Never mind people who will always find a hair in the soup. Nobody can be appreciated from all people. There is always somebody to criticise even they do not do the work and do not pay but claim you should offer what they like to have.
    Greetings from Germany

  45. Beverly

    Bravo for you! I have been with you from the start. Your service is way above and beyond anything found on the Internet. You have helped me and uncountable others in so many different ways from computer knowledge and problems to thought provoking articles. People who make unfavorable comments absolutely do not know you! People who count will stick by you and will continue to fully appreciate your efforts!!

  46. Carolyn

    I agree with Mrs. D…..if an article is of no interest to me, I don’t read it. If I disagree with it, I don’t bother finishing it OR I might send off a question or two. Grown-ups do that. Children don’t – they whine. Since this is a site for those grown-up enough to appreciate it, let the children walk on by.

  47. Marian Ross

    With all the encouragement from the above Commenters, all I need say is “Keep Publishing”.


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