Comp-U-News from Comp-U-Talk
November - December 2010
"If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear." ~ Winnie the Pooh
So.. It's newsletter time again and I'm suffering from writers block! I wonder, from the readers perspective, is this a good thing or a bad thing? Can't decide... I will solve the problem by reverting back to my tried and true: "This-is-what-I've-been-thinking-about-list", a sort of Winnie-the-Pooh, my head is stuffed with fluff, solution. Hopefully, I will be able to arrange the fluff into some resemblance of intelligence. If I fail miserably, please be kind and forget to tell me.
Fluff #1: The election is over and I don't have to listen to election campaigns leaving messages on my home answering machine for several more months. I wonder if I could run for an elected office (and win) with a minimal advertising budget? I propose to try out viral marketing - possibly via youtube, with a campaign promise of spending less could actually accomplish more. I think our officials are under the flawed belief that the only way you can get more, is to spend more. But I missed my chance for this election. Maybe next time!
Fluff #2: This is November! There are less than 60 shopping days until Christmas. If a new computer is on your shopping list, check out the I processors. There are three classes of I processors from Intel, the I-3, I-5 and I-7. The I processors are a redesign of the Core Duo and Quad Core Processors. Basically, the Core Duo & Quad Cores are single core processors that were welded together to give more processing power (think retrofit). The I series were designed to work together. Because they were designed to be dual and quad cores, they run cooler, are more energy efficient, and in certain circumstances, can run faster. When comparing Bang-for-Buck, I would suggest jumping in on nothing less then the I-5, 2.8 gig. If money is no object, then by all means jump up to the I-7 series, but be aware that you are paying premium dollars for the I-7. Click here for our suggestion for the I-5.
Fluff #3: The tech room was again inundated with malware and viruses this past month. Watch for these dangers:
Facebook networking worm: the profile page directs you to view a video, which requires a flash player upgrade. The link to flash player is jiggered. Don't go there.
Picture files infected: A friend sends an email with a link. Following the link can lead to a page where you are encouraged to download what is believed to be a picture. Malware and viruses appear by accessing the web page and downloading the picture. It's probably a good idea to not go there either.
Sites of Ill Repute: I realize that everyone has the government given right to view whatever they want. However, just because you have the right, doesn't mean you should exercise the right. The good news is that these sites have the means to destroy your computer. The bad news: they also have the ability to destroy your relationships. Don't go there. And if perchance you are in a relationship that needs a little bit of protection, I would suggest you download the free parental control bar from: http://parentalcontrolbar.org. I have no affiliation with this service and I haven't tested it extensively, but from what I have seen, I'm impressed. Be certain your computer meets the minimum requirements.
Happy Shopping & Safe Surfing,
~Janet with Fluff