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On the technical side 12-28-2008




It would be nice to think that you can just drive a new car off the lot but you need to register it and make sure that it is properly serviced. Your new computer needs some attention too.


Don't just throw away the packaging, keep it for a few months until you are convinced that it won't be making any trips back to the store or manufacturer. Make sure that you keep any warranty papers or license documentation. All computers should have a license sticker. If you need to reinstall windows, you need that number. If you don't have that number, you can't prove that you are the owner of the Windows operating system and you will not be able to reinstall Windows.

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On the technical side 12-23-2008

A computer is not a standalone piece of equipment. A complete computing environment always includes a connection to the Internet. The most powerful thing about your computer is the ability to communicate or share information with other computers.


In the event of an emergency when the utility wires are down, the connection to the Internet may be disrupted. There is an alternative if there is a utility emergency.

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On the technical side 12-16-2008



Were you one of the lucky households or businesses that lost power after the last ice storm?


Early Friday morning, the power failed on my street after a large tree crashed into a power line.

My street was the only one in the immediate area that lost power. Kudos to National Grid. They restored service to the street by mid evening on Friday.

My business office was not so lucky.

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On the technical side 12-02-2008



First there was the "portable" computer. It was the size of a suitcase and weighed about 30 or more pounds. The computer had to be plugged into an electrical socket to operate. Laptops appeared a few years later. They were smaller and lighter and could be powered by battery. I don't know why they were called laptops because you had to have a VERY big lap! Notebooks were the next development. They were almost book sized and were very portable.

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On the technical side 11-25-2008


Here are a few low cost holiday gift ideas for people on your high tech gift list.


$10 can get you a USB flash memory stick. These devices are about the physical size of a lipstick case but they are available in many different memory capacities.

They are very

popular and you can find them at all types of retailers. Every computer user always has a use for a little extra storage that they can easily carry in their pocket.

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On the technical side 11-18-2008

 WANTED: Chief Technology Officer for the US President Elect Obama pledged to appoint a US federal Chief Technology Officer.  The job description on the Obama website states, "...ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies, and services for the 21st century. The CTO will ensure the safety of our networks and will lead an inter agency effort, working with chief technology and chief information officers of each of the federal agencies to ensure that they use best-in-class technologies and share best practices."

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On the technical side 11-11-2008

"I hate Vista"


Have you used the new Microsoft operating system, Vista? Have you had a good or a bad experience?


New Microsoft operating systems will appear about every 3 years. ...but here

is the skinny on   operating systems. Do you know that the building blocks

to make operating systems is usually based on the predecessors?

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On the technical side 11-04-2008


Last week's Tuesday edition of the Lowell Sun reported that you can buy a presidential and vice presidential candidate cabbage patch kid. If you really want to find out who is the most popular candidate in the election, take a look at http://stores.ebay.com/Auction-Cause. If you were to use the bids as an indicator of the election results, Sarah Palin would be the next president and she would win by a landslide.

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On the technical side 10-28-2008



If you are looking for some scary Halloween experiences, check out http://theshadowlands.net/. There are a lot of local places listed. Before you go on any ghost hunting expeditions, check with the owner of the property.

Sent in by Tom G. Chelmsford, MA



There have been a lot of computer hacks that have been pulled on the public in the past few years but my "favorite" is the blaster worm. Microsoft released information that there was a problem area in the operating system.

The problem did not exist in older operating systems but it could be a real mess for  new and improved operating systems such as XP.

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On the technical side 10-21-2008

 NAVY LAB WORKER "ACQUIRES" LAB EQUIPMENT Victor Papagno's wife telephoned his Navy Research Lab bosses and requested that they come and get her husband's computer equipment out of her house.

Papagno had assaulted his wife and she wanted to get him and his stuff out of her house.


The Navy had no idea what Papango could possibly have that would warrant his wife's phone call. When authorities arrived on the scene, they discovered

19,709 pieces of equipment worth $1.6 million.

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