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[12 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]
Scary Computer Stories

Once, girls were girls and men were men; you knew who you were then. And you knew who the bad guys and the good guys were; the viruses the former, and the virus-fighting programs the latter. No more, though. Nowadays, the very programs you were counting on to fight viruses might be nothing more than viruses themselves!
Time to learn a new word. You’ve heard of malware, spyware, and virusware? Now welcome to the world of “scareware,” the fastest-growing segment of the rogue software population out there. Disguising itself as a …

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[26 Feb 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Get Your Backup Act Together!

Click. Whirr. Click again. Uh-oh. That’s one too many clicks. Sounds like you’ve just heard the “Click of Death.” Hope you backed everything up!
You’d be surprised how many people don’t, unfortunately. But sudden disk drive death syndrome (SDDDS, an acronym I just made up) is an unfortunate fact of life. Would you believe that in the U.S., over 170,000 hard drives are “lost” every year? Of course, it’s not the disk we’re worried about – it’s the data on the disk, consisting of vital and probably almost irreplaceable information.
Data backups …

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[11 Jul 2008 | No Comment | ]
Google Grief Counseling

You never know loss until you experience it. Data loss, that is. While certainly not as traumatic as other kinds of loss, you feel as if a part of you has disappeared when your hard disk or your computer gives up the ghost. It’s about more than just having to make up work you lost, or pulling things back onto the disk from the backup (you did make one, didn’t you?); it’s like a piece of you – your personality, your very being – disappeared along with your desktop wallpaper. …

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[14 Dec 2007 | No Comment | ]
Everything Old, Made New Again

It’s high season for “gifting.” This time of year, there’s a holiday for everyone, no matter what your taste, or “persuasion.” And what a coincidence – they all require the presentation of expensive “presents” to loved ones. Or so the retailers would have you think! Personally, I prefer to give “the gift of love,” when called upon to step up to the plate. At least I did, until I told my wife that once on our anniversary. Let’s just say she taught me a “life lesson” I’ll never …

Jerusalem Post Upfront Magazine Desktop Column »

[16 Nov 2007 | No Comment | ]
Looks, Smells and Reads Like Teen Spirit

Today I want to defend one of the most misunderstood creatures on the planet: the teenager. Teenagers get a bad rap, but as I shall demonstrate today, they – or at least their spirit – deserve a lot more credit than we normally give them. Teens are creative – and artistic, especially when it comes to music. It’s no coincidence that popular music of all genres is generally written and performed by teens, or those barely out of that much-maligned life stage.
Teens – ya gotta love ‘em!
Or maybe …