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On the technical side 12-31-2007

How about some New Year's resolutions for your computer?


Are you using a virus scanner? Is the virus scanner up to date?

Unless you have been living in a cave out in the wilderness, you can't help but hear all the news stories about computer viruses. Don't waste your time trying to determine why someone would write a virus, just make sure that you are protected from malware.

AVG is an excellent virus scanner that will keep your computer safe.

Download AVG at free.grisoft.com

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On the technical side 12-24-2007

“Twas the night before Christmas.....”

Did you finish your holiday shopping?


Do you need some ideas for that special computer user on your gift list?


A USB memory stick is always a good stocking stuffer?

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On the technical side 12-17-2007

“You should publish a list of programs that you feel are mandatory for any computer.” Bob T. Lowell


A lot of folks will probably be getting a new computer for the holidays.

It's a good idea to think about the programs that you will need for your computer. You need programs to make your computer more than just an expensive paperweight.

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On the technical side 12-10-2007

“My Space ruined my life”


Last weekend, an irate teenager's mom, Debbie from Lowell, telephoned me to

inquire about a My Space profile that someone had created about her son. The

information contained in the profile was completely false and degrading. It

was an attempt to embarrass her son.

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On the technical side 12-03-2007

Al Gore's Blog hacked:

Al Gore's blog for his award winning film, “An Inconvenient Truth” was recently hacked.

The hackers inserted links to pharmaceutical sales websites.


This may seem a bit funny since Al Gore was the object of a lot of jokes during his run for president.  The press carried stories was that Mr Gore stated that he “invented” the Internet. Some research revealed that  Mr Gore stated during an interview, “... I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

It may have been more accurate to state that he participated in creating legislation to create the Internet but he never did say that he “invented”

the Internet.


You might be wondering, “What is a Blog?”.

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On the technical side 11-26-2007



If you have visited monster.com recently, your computer may have been

compromised. The Monster Company Boulevard pages on monster.com were

discovered to redirect computers to hacked websites that attempt to install


visitor's computers.


The problem was quickly discovered and the problem web pages were shutdown.

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On the technical side 11-19-2007

Network Neutrality:

What in the world is network neutrality? Network neutrality is the concept of not taking any action on different types of network traffic. All network traffic is treated the same. It might make sense to give higher importance to certain network traffic like phone calls. If phone calls are not routed through efficiently, the quality of the phone call could suffer. What about monitoring the network and determining the TYPES of conversations? Would you like your phone calls monitored?

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On the technical side 11-12-2007



Recently, some websites in California were the victims of hackers.  The Transportation Authority of Marin website, www.tam.ca.gov, was one of more noticeable victims. The TAM website was taken down after the website became a host for inappropriate pictures. If you do happen to check into the TAM website, you will find an under construction notice. Another victim, the California School for the Deaf-Riverside, http://csdr-cde.ca.gov/, was hacked to provide prescription drugs without a prescription over the Internet.

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On the technical side 11-05-2007

What do you do when your computer will not start?


Do you see any front panel LEDs or hear any fans?

Is the computer properly plugged in? Is the computer getting electricity?

If you have verified the electrical connections but nothing happens, the power supply could be the problem. Power supplies are not easily repaired, it is best to replace them.

A broken power switch on the computer may also be the culprit.

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