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* Computer Lab / Re: anti-virus / adware / spyware protection?
« on: May 22, 2007, 08:16:50 PM »
I was really reluctant to enable it but David recommended it so if my computer blows up I'll blame him.

What chou talkin' 'bout Willis??? Not me mahn! :o :-[ :laugh: :laugh:

Just don't enable too many of those firewalls, or they will be stomping all over each other!  Unless the setting are absolutely the same.

David(Mr. EOTRG)
* Computer Lab / Re: How do YOU find Hotspots while Traveling
« on: May 14, 2007, 04:44:50 PM »
Makes it easier to get all the way out to the pool, Dave?   :0240

This time of year you "have" to cover ALL your options. Of course around here you aren't swimming in anything OUTSIDE. It was 34 here last night, and in a bunch of areas it was below 32 degrees.  :( :( :( And the high was a measly 75 degrees. And that is real weather info from a friends Weather Station about 3 miles from here.

David(Mr. EOTRG)
* Computer Lab / Re: How do YOU find Hotspots while Traveling
« on: May 14, 2007, 01:32:03 PM »
Oh, suggestion, carry an ethernet cable with you.  I've come across some motels (and many RV parks)  that have free internet, but not wireless -- you have to plug in via ethernet cable. 

Definitely carry an Enet cable, but NOT a 6 footer unless you want to be tied to the immediate phone area. I have a 75 footer in each of our laptop bags.

David(Mr. EOTRG)
* Computer Lab / Re: windows update kills some programs
« on: April 27, 2007, 02:43:28 PM »
Mine at home seems to be OK, but my 'puter at work has decided a couple of days ago that it doesn't want to log off or shut down/restart anymore... I have had to unplug it to get it to shut off. Any ideas? The IT folks are not so helpful...

What make, and model of pc, and what OS??

David(Mr. EOTRG)
* Computer Lab / Re: Wireless Laser Printer
« on: April 16, 2007, 02:29:01 PM »
We bought a wireless print server that works with just about any USB printer...just need to hook it up! Got distracted by the baby, so it was good to read this as a reminder ;)

I'm a little afraid to print postage or invoices without being able to see they are coming out...don't want to miss an order or hassle with getting postage refunded if there is a paper jam or cyber goof.

A wireless print server is the way to go. That is how we printed ALL of our postage, but on a inkjet rather than a laser.

David(Mr. EOTRG)

* Computer Lab / Re: Wireless Laser Printer
« on: April 16, 2007, 10:21:08 AM »
Someone was bragging about his new laser printer down at the computer shop.  Supertech JC calmly pulled out his cell phone, punched in some numbers,and aimed it at an antique Model 6 across the room (plugged in, not connected to a computer), which proceeded to print out an ebaY page.

The guy's jaw dropped.

Fredd - would that cryptic description happen to be of a HP LaserJet 6P?? If so a very solid printer - get a low page count, or plan to do a maintenance kit on it as well. The 6s did not have the roller issues of the 4 and some 5s. Do NOT buy the 6L, or the 5L however. Those printers have SERIOUS paper feed issues.

David(Mr. EOTRG)
* Computer Lab / Re: Wireless Laser Printer
« on: April 15, 2007, 03:35:55 PM »
Just don't confuse infrared printing with wireless printing through a router. Both are wireless but infrared is line-of-sight

Dyar states the biggy here infrared is line-of-sight

David(Mr. EOTRG)
* Computer Lab / Re: Wireless Laser Printer
« on: April 14, 2007, 07:25:54 PM »
So I am in the market for a laser printer and I've seen these things.   Will they do what it sounds like they'll do?   Can I sit at my kitchen counter and use my laptop to print postage on the printer in the office?  (I have a wireless network in the house.)

Just a warning on printing postage on a laser with printing labels, if you "crinkle" one and get the adhesive on the fuser or rollers, you just bought yourself a very EXPENSIVE repair. In the case of a "cheap" laser to the tune of pitching it and buying a new one. And believe me they aren't gonna buy it as a warranty issue.

For lasers - HP is the KING of the hill, but they ain't cheap for the GOOD ones.

David(Mr. EOTRG)
* Computer Lab / Re: Wireless Laser Printer
« on: April 14, 2007, 02:38:38 PM »
Absolutely - our printers are in the office, and talk to the 802.11g (wireless) nework. We can be anywhere that we can see the network, and print.

David(Mr. EOTRG)
* Computer Lab / Re: anti-virus / adware / spyware protection?
« on: December 16, 2006, 01:09:09 PM »

Avast! Antivirus was the only free one on the list, but its ratings were mediocre, and it does not do scheduled scans.

I run Avast on one of my laptops, as a testbed, and so far so good. What I do with it is just "schedule a task" which causes it to run a virus scan at 3am daily. The ability has been there to do that since at least NT 4.0. So NT, W2K, and XP users have that option, not sure about earlier OS versions. If you need help setting something like this up - just PM me.

You should also make sure you have Windows Defender on your machine if you are running XP. Removes some Spyware - Adware that none of others even finds. Not perfect but does a VERY good job.

You also have a built-in firewall in XP that you can utilize. Again NOT perfect, but does a reasonably good job, is built in, and it is free.

David(Mr. EOTRG)
* Dressed For Success / Re: Vintage Hankie?
« on: November 18, 2006, 03:51:22 PM »
Well, not too sure that this is helpful, but I did find one like it on eBay Germany. Deborah

Which, according to this site,
 translates to about $3.84.
* Great Deals / w00t style software vendor
« on: October 19, 2006, 08:13:12 PM »
A different software title Monday - Friday.

David(Mr. EOTRG)
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