Computer User's Notes
Why you will want a broadband internet connection
Tips for a better broadband internet connection
Faster internet access without broadband
NewPoint 200305 Power Blocker2 8-outlet surge protector
Fastest, safest most reliable Surge Protector available. Surge protector shuts down completely in 2 milliseconds when it senses a continuing or growing power surge. Easy to use reset button to resume surge protection. Eight standard and three adapter spaced outlets. 6' cord. Virtually unlimited Joules rating. (see the following paragraph) Manufacturer's lifetime product warranty and unlimited connected equipment coverage. Phone line splitter.
Standard surge protectors use MOVs to protect the circuit. The joule rating of any MOV is a measure of the amount of energy it can absorb at one time without failing. With an MOV this level declines with use. When exceeded it can cause an explosion or a fire. (ask Sol M. about this) In a lightning environment this limit can easily be reached. The inductor used in this protector limits current (hence voltage) and has no real world surge current/joule rating limitations.
Internet "phishing" scams. The following information is from Fidelity Investments, but applies to all web sites.
Phishing is an online scam that uses a replica of an existing web page or email you are familiar with to "spoof" or fool you into submitting personal, financial, or password information.
DIFFERENT FORMS OF “PHISHING”
Slimbrowser is found at :
http://www.Flashpeak.com. (Sol M.)
"Get On Joi" is a good ISP with numbers all over
the country. Check out their site..$6.95/ month on a yearly basis
and $6.45 for two years. Check out their access numbers. Unlimited
time. (Sol M.)
Access-4-free is a one time $4.95 ISP with 10
hrs/mo free. $1.00 per hr over that to a max of 10 hrs. Free from
then on for the balance of the month. (Sol M.)
Official Cingular KIC (Keep In Contact) Prepaid
Wireless Rebate Mail-In Redemption Form
|New Ways to Block Annoying Software|
|Is your computer sending spam behind your back?|
|Sharing photos over the internet (Bonnie H)|
The week of 12/07/03
Best Buy has TurboTax Deluxe and Quicken Deluxe with a combined
rebate of $40. TurboTax 2004 eliminated the activation
requirement. TurboTax can now be run on any number of computers
and taxes can be done for multiple family members.
Rebate coupon and information for upgrading to Norton Internet
Security 2004. The upgrade can be from most Symantec or McAfee
See rebate coupon for details.
and how does it affect me?
The W32.Mimail.J@mm worm is a mass-mailing worm that attempts to steal personal information.
displays a Web page that asks users to enter their credit card
information.(See the “Technical Details” section of the
W.32.Mimail.J@mm writeup for an illustration of the fake "PayPal
Secure Application" window.) This information is saved and later
emailed to several predetermined email addresses. This worm is
similar to W32.Mimail.I@mm (MCID 2239). The email has the
To read more about the W32.Mimail.J@mm, please click here.
Go to Symantec Security Response for posted virus definitions!
All users of Norton AntiVirus who do not have up-to-date virus protection should immediately run LiveUpdate for protection from W32.Mimail.J@mm.
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Maxtor OneTouch hard drive back-up
Digital Camera: If you want an ultra-compact
digital camera, look at the Canon PowerShot SD100 Digital Elph.
Norton AntiVirus If you bought Norton AntiVirus a year ago, you need to either buy an updated version ($10 with rebates including upgrade rebate) or pay ($15?) for a one-year subscription to virus definition updates. If bought Norton Internet Security, wait for a sale on that product.
USB 2.0 PCI card with 5 ports. If you buy a new printer, scanner, or reader for digital
camera memory, it probably will have a USB 2.0 connection to your
computer. This card will give an older computer new capabilities
for USB 2.0. Be sure to read the system requirements on the box
for the USB 2.0 card. You need Windows 2000 or XP to use the fast
data transfer speeds of USB 2.0.
There's enough Zip programs for free in this group to satisfy anyone's needs (Sol M.)
Dial-up account that allows you 10 hours/month free. Thereafter it's $1/hr to a max of $10/mo where it becomes unlimited. There is a one time charge of $4.95 for setup. Numbers are local. Can be used when Comcast is down. Numbers are local and plenty of them. (Sol M.)
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