Saturday, March 12, 2005

AVG signature file - Not

To stop AVG virus program from inserting the "Scanned with AVG" message into your emails do the following.

Go to the AVG control Panel
click on Email Scanner
go to bottom of the control Panel and click on Email Scanner Properties
Click on Configure
Uncheck Certify outgoing and or incoming mail

Thanks to John R. for this tip.
Send your ??? or tips to:

Monday, March 07, 2005

Moving a computer

When moving a computer from point A to point B by car there is a rule to follow. Looking from the front of your computer, lay it down on its right side. The reason is, if it’s a bumpy ride it could dislodge a card, such as the AGP video card. This has happened to me three times in the past. The fix is simple but you must remove the case and reseat the loose card.

Thunder Bird & Fire Fox

For Thunder bird:

Do this 1st
To import your addresses into Thunder bird:
Click on "Tools"
Click on "Import"
Select "Outlook Express"
You take it from here as I don't want to import anything. Just read and do what you think you should.

Do this 2nd
To get everyones names on the Left side for my contacts:
Click on "Write" first
Click on "View"
Click on "Contacts Sidebar"
Now close out the new message.
The next time you click Write it will be there.

Fire Fox and Thunder Bird will help stop your computer from getting the spyware and pop-ups. They are just about the same, after a few days you will like both of them just as well as what you were using. Take my word for it, they are better.
Do not un-install Outlook Express. Run ad-aware once per week.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Firefox security fix

Version 1.01 is out with a security fix. I think the need for alarm might have been overblown,but still worth upgrading.
In Firefox, Click on Tools, then Options, then Advanced, scroll down to find Search For Upgrades click and let it upgrade.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Virtual trip to Versailles

This is a small re-sized photo copied from my Web Cam page. The image changes or up-dates every 5 minutes. The quality is very good with the camera I'm using so I invite you to have a look. The camera is mounted about 30 foot high and shoots usually North West, but can be rotated 360 degrees. If you live far away and want to come home to Versailles, In, but don't like to travail, bookmark and have a look from time to time.

Spider eggs in bubble gum...... Not

People get some of the weirdest ideas, and not all of them come from the Internet. However, the Internet has developed some wonderful tools for checking on the credibility of rumors. Recently as a dinner party composed entirely of seniors, one rather open woman scandalized the whole table with a story about “Sex Bracelets” that come in different colors and are worn by girls. The boys rip off colored sections to tell her what sexual favor they want with each color having a specific act associated with it. She related how she had heard this on the news and that she was surprised that no on else had heard about it because “everyone knows?”

Okay. Back at the shop after a few minutes on Snopes, I was able to file that one along with spider eggs in bubble gum.

Some years ago, a rumor spread across the country that McDonald's was cutting the beef in Big Macs with ground up worms to cut costs. This could have resulted in a major loss of business, but Ray Kroc, who was still alive then, went public with a listing of the cheapest worms he could find in bulk and the price per pound. It was much higher than the cost of ground beef. Enough said. The rumor faded away. This was before Snopes.

What causes these myths to spread? Do we all like a good story so much that we suspend reasonable judgment when hearing them, or are we just too polite to challenge a storyteller?

Regardless of how myths get started and propagate, a tutor is well-advised to expose students to the various sites that expose rumors. After all, rumors can be more than just a story about a college girl who discovers she was in a sex chat room with a guy who turned out to be her dad. They can be harmful or fear-inducing, particularly if they involve rumors of potential terrorist activity near one's home.

If you Google on "urban myths," a variety of sites pop up, but many of them only report the rumors that are in circulation. I recommend to my students that they bookmark the Snopes site as the primary one to use when they hear something that sounds suspicious or too good to be true.

Then, depending on the student's tastes, I suggest they visit the MythBusters site and try to watch the show on Discovery. It's not for everyone, but their antics combined with a real attempt to prove or disprove various legends and myths such as how a cowboy should fall when shot as compared to how the movies portray nasty shootouts are great fun.

Similar sites are available to check on the various scams currently making the rounds. Immediately after every major disaster from 9/11 to the recent Tsunami, there are jerks who solicit donations under the guise of helping the victims, but unlike valid help organizations, they keep the money. When I donate to a cause, I want to be sure it is going to the right place. Again, there are several sites that cater to exposing such ripoffs, but I don't have a favorite. If you know of one that is exceptional, I would like to hear from you.

Considerations like this are particularly important for seniors because they are often the target of illegal activities and scams. In the process of helping seniors become computer literate, we can also help them realize the various other tools available to help them in normal life.

This article was taken from the Lockergnome Windows news letter at:

My mailbox is always loaded up with these
myths and I get a big kick out of them, so you see some good comes from them. I beg of you, please don't forward this stuff on, as it just jams up the mail servers.

Just the Fax Mam

Not everyone has a dedicated fax machine in their home or office. XP includes a fax service that provides you with complete faxing capabilities. Using your XP computer, you can send, receive, track, and monitor faxes.

The Fax service is not installed with XP by default. Therefore, if you want to utilize this feature, you must first install it. The process is very simple.

To install the fax component:

  1. Click Start and click Control Panel.
  2. Double click the Add or Remove Programs applet.
  3. Click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  4. From the list of Windows Components, click Fax Services. Click Next. If prompted, insert the XP CD, make sure you have the CD before you try this.
  5. Click Finish.
Click Close.

If you have a Dell or Gateway, you don't have a XP CD. That's what you get (in this case "not get") for buying these brands............. Dude or Moooooooooooooo

Friday, February 25, 2005

Not a ZERO

I had to get a new G-Mail address as people just can't see the differences between the zero and the letter O. You see my old address was WB9OTX is a string that no one else uses as it is my Ham Radio call sign. But every one wants to put a zero for the O and the email bounces back. So, I have changed my G-Mail address to Much longer to type, but maybe (if you can spell Demaree) I'll get the mail you send. The things I do for you people ! (nuts) My domain name will not change as I am not going to spend hard earned money on a new one. So my others (and I have many) will not change. If you send mail to this address, make sure you do not ad the ZERO because it is an "O".

Need a G-Mail account ? Let me know, I have fifty to give away.

Have you looked at RipleyCounty Dot Net lately ? You should.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

logon prompt out'a here


I’m running Windows 98 on this gloriously old computer of mine, and am sick and tired of receiving the logon prompt when I boot the machine up. It really is useless for me, and I was wondering if you could tell me how to get rid of it for good.


Here is a page that will tell you how to do this, but it is complicated for a novice. You may want to find a geek to help. This is not for XP users. Print out the page and read/do what it tells you carefully and you should be OK.

Thank you for the question. If you have a question, send it to

Friday, February 18, 2005

Another Free Back Up Program

Up-Date: This program is not good if you are on a dial-up
Get a friend on broadband to download it and burn you a CD.
I am now trying it and like it very much. It is just a little slow, this is the only gripe I have with it. Consider buying another hard drive, either external or internal. You can now purchase a USB hard drive & case for under $100 if you shop smart.

Protects Your Digital Files.
This is a highly recommended program that I have downloaded but not yet tried. It comes from a company that will not imbed unwanted programs on your computer. If you do not have a planin place for making backups already, please download and use this. Please let me know how you like it. It is over 12 Meg. so if you are on a dial-up make time for it to complete.
Read more about and download it from here:

This is a free program.