On the technical side 12-02-2008
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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.


The netbook is the latest member  in the computer family tree. They are very easy to carry in a purse or backpack. If you can live with the small screen for sessions on the road, you can connect to a large screen, keyboard, and mouse at home base. The netbooks aren't intended for high performance games or graphics but they are ideal for editing files, reading email, or surfing the Internet.


A few years ago, a small computer would have cost over $1000 but the netbooks are all priced in the

$400 range. Internet research and lab testing has produced my favorite, the Acer One. One of my fellow computer professionals confessed that he purchased his Acer One at Walmart for $348. This little Windows XP work horse is available in two models. The premium model adds $50 to the price and includes an extra capacity 6 hour battery and larger hard drive.


If you are looking for a reasonably priced small computer, the Acer One is the choice for you.



If you have recently installed a program and your computer is acting strange, you may be able to restore your computer to its previous operational state. Have you used the restore feature in Windows? Click on the "Help and Support" in the Start menu and enter "restore" in the search box for a tutorial on how to restore your computer.


Restore is not magic. You need to be absolutely sure that you are restoring your computer to a day that every thing was trouble free. It is not recommended to use restore to get rid of viruses. Viruses can corrupt the restore data and mess your computer up even more than it was before you attempted to restore it.



How do you describe the Internet? The Internet is a great source of information. It is a lot like an encyclopedia but articles change daily. One has to be careful, there are a lot of "experts" who post things that are completely wrong. Don't take any thing as fact, ALWAYS verify things before you accept something that you read on the Internet as fact.



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