Monthly Archives: August 2012

Q. I am getting a FBI notice on my screen saying I have to pay?

This is a bogus FBI (or other organization) “ransomware” scam, which tries to scare you into paying a “fine” because they have allegedly done something illegal on their computer. If you don’t pay, the virus then locks your machine so … Continue reading

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Q. Can I get Nike, NFL or Air Jordan stuff cheaply from this site?

There are a huge number of websites which offer name brand and team branded sports items, apparel and shoes at a discount. They may advertise “factory direct” or “wholesale” prices. The bottom line is, if you are being offered name … Continue reading

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Q. Can I really get great deals on penny auctions?

Can I really get an iPad for $39.87 like they advertise all over the Internet? Short answer, no. Longer answer – ONE lucky person out of a couple of thousand that are trying for it will get the iPad for … Continue reading

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WTF is this, Scrabble?

OK, I admit that I am addicted to playing Scrabble on the iPad. I dodged Angry Birds but got ensnared by triple letter scores and words starting with Q.  Since my entire family refuses to play against me (something about … Continue reading

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Q. How do I get rid of Babylon search in my browser?

Babylon is a search “aid” for web browsers and a toolbar; it is a rogue search engine redirector.  It resists attempts to uninstall it.  Do NOT go to the Babylon site and use their uninstaller, it leaves code on your … Continue reading

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Installing hard drives in an Apple iMac

Note: Installing hard drives in an iMac requires disassembling the machine and should be attempted only if you have experience. If you are not confident, please refer the work to a competent technician. Intel iMacs  require the glass LCD screen … Continue reading

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Glossary of memory terms and definitions

Types of RAM: Memory Terminology: This is a simplified overview of RAM terms and definitions 100 pin memory Used primarily in laser printers, 100 pin SIMM memory is not compatible with other formats. CAS Latency: To oversimplify a complex discussion, … Continue reading

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Q. What is Dual Channel memory?

Dual Channel memory access is a technique where the computer’s memory controller can access two identical memory modules as if they were one large module.  This gives a theoretical doubling of bandwidth between the memory controller and the memory.  In … Continue reading

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