Cost? A *Minus* $58.64!
Any good professional knows that sometimes customers shoot themselves in the foot by skimping to try and save a few bucks, and sometimes they come out really well by actually calling the professional for some help.
Recently one of my customers purchased a new computer when her old computer died. She asked me to rescue the data, if possible, from the old computer. (more…)
Viruses Redirect Google Searches to Annoying Ads
One of this year’s big adware scams has been redirecting search engine results to advertising sites.
For example, you do a Google search for “cell phones.” The first search result provides a link for a major cell phone company.
Only when you click on the link, you get an advertising site instead, trying to sell you something. After all, buying some Viagra was what you really had in mind when you searched for info on a cell phone, isn’t it?
Geocaching: High Tech Family Fun on the Cheap
Our kids in front of the “Jolly
Green Giant,” Missouri’s
largest geocache container
“Dad, would you have any time today to do some geocaching?”
That’s a question I’ve been asked a lot lately. Unfortunately, I too often have to say no, I’m sorry but I can’t today, I’m too busy at the moment helping customers and earning a living. But whenever I can, I do make the time.
This past Sunday the entire family went geocaching. Now if you’ve never heard of this activity, you’re wondering what it is.
On May 1, 2000, the US government turned off the signal scrambling that limited the accuracy of global positioning systems. (This move paved the way for the GPS receivers that are now widely used by drivers to navigate the road.)
AT&T Instructs People to Set Up Their Wireless Networks Insecurely
One of my customers had a wireless router die, so she got a new one from AT&T and tried to set it up herself.
After fiddling with it a bit, she called me, I went over and got it set up. In the process, I noticed an odd thing. Years after the arrival of uncrackable encryption, AT&T is telling their customers to set up their wireless networks in such a way that they can easily be cracked in a matter of just minutes… (more…)
Downgraded, Upgraded, Dead-Graded and Led Astray
Today I had one of those strange experiences.
I was called in to look at a computer that had recently been upgraded by one of the more prominent IT shops in town.
They had upgraded Bill’s hard drive (which had previously been a tiny 20 GB), and his memory — all at a very reasonable price.
Except… now the computer would suddenly and spontaneously reboot after running for about 8 to 10 minutes. Like clockwork.