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  1. Tips That Appear Useful

    Posted 31 Dec 2009

    I found this link that may provide useful information:

    http://www.pcworld.c... ows_tricks.html
  2. Anti-Virus Suppliers

    Posted 18 Dec 2009

    I recently learned of problems with Avast Anti-Virus. I have never installed or used Avast, but I understand it is considered a good product. I think Avast is a Norwegian product. A late-night radio show on WGN Chicago discussed this during a computer-help segment.

    http://blogs.pcmag.c... abels_files.php

    My employer uses F-Secure. I have been pleased with this product until recently. I don't totally understand what has gone wrong, but it is causing fits for everyone on the LAN. I was told that a virus update causes a new scan to start every 5 minutes. This brings my computer to a halt, and the network activity is huge. I have not found any news items about this. I believe Finland is home to F-Secure.

    Crazy stuff! Perhaps the virus producers are winning.
  3. Don't Crash This Server :)

    Posted 2 Dec 2009

    Other old hardware geeks may enjoy this.

    I have been toying with the idea of putting my Commodore 64 back on the Internet just for fun. Years ago, I spent hours using the C64, Amiga 1000, and Amiga 500 on the Internet in text mode. I had a dial-up account and a 2400 baud modem on the C64 and the Amigas. There is now a graphical browser for the C64. I still have all these computers, and a Timex Sinclair that preceded the C64.

    I also used my C64 with a VT100 emulator to run programs on my employer's IBM main frame.

    I don't want to spend any money to buy a C64 Ethernet adapter. I think I can share the Internet using Linux on another computer with a serial cable.

    Don't crash this web page served by an ordinary C64: http://58.6.118.18/

    Here is a video by someone using a DEC terminal through a Linux "kitchen" server: http://www.youtube.c... h?v=588X_WEl6KM

    Cheers
  4. Promises Of Speeding Up A Computer

    Posted 13 Sep 2009

    I found an appealing link while browsing. I was mistaken that it came from the Times of London, but I cannot change that heading now.

    A promise to speed up a slow computer at the following link:
    http://howlifeworks.... =8088kn_news_rm

    Registry error resolution may help some computers, but it is no panacea.

    I used a registry optimizer from UBCD4WIN on one computer, and then found the CD-ROM drive would not work. I don't know if it worked before I optimized because I used USB. I solved the problem with the upper/lower filter fix. The computer, a 5-year-old Toshiba laptop, is still slow. There is not much to be done for this particular computer except to add memory or buy a new computer. I can't convince the owner (a relative) that they would be pleased with a new dual-core laptop. Further, they would be safer with Vista or Win7 rather than XP.


    Cheers
  5. Hope no one lives in the path of Obama dozer

    Posted 12 Jun 2009

    "Dozens of US cities may have entire neighbourhoods bulldozed as part of drastic "shrink to survive" proposals being considered by the Obama administration to tackle economic decline."

    http://www.telegraph... to-survive.html

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