Sunday, February 28, 2010

"WHERE is my SUNDAY paper?"
"WHERE is my SUNDAY paper?" The irate customer calling the newspaper
office, loudly demanded to know where her Sunday edition was.

"Madam", said the newspaper employee, "today is Saturday. The Sunday
paper is not delivered until *_tomorrow_*, on *_SUNDAY_*".

There was quite a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by
a ray of recognition as she was heard to mutter,
"Well, crap, so that's why no one was at church today."

Friday, February 19, 2010

John Adams

"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on
the Christian religion."

John Adams

George Washington

"The United States of America should have a foundation free from the
influence of clergy."

George Washington

Friday, February 12, 2010


I got a call from a private client of mine yesterday.

What happened is while browsing the Internet a new window opened in the
browser and it appeared that a virus scan was running. There was a
warning to download Internet Security 2010, to get rid of viruses found
on the PC.

If this person had agreed to buy this program a series of charges would
have appeared on the credit card that was used. One person that I know
had to cancel the credit card when multiple charges began appearing.

What happened is that this person downloaded the Internet Security 2010
program, and now it is seemingly impossible to remove it. This type of
virus (yes it is a virus) sets itself up on your PC to make it V E R Y
difficult to remove.

I will be able to get rid of it with perhaps close to an hour or work.
It is not simple to remove, and cannot just be uininstalled.

Here is a rule about scareware, that appears to be a virus warning or a
virus scan-- It is impossible for any antivirus program to run inside
of a browser window. If something that purports to be an antivirus scan
appears to be running FROM THE INTERNET, as opposed to from a program on
your PC, it is scareware. If it is a popup window that won't close,
right-click it and choose close. That should get rid of it. Never
download anything that is trying to warn you- it has to be a scam.

I believe this topic was covered in a meeting a few months ago, but
perhaps it could be covered again. Just another suggestion of something
to talk about this week.

Dale from PC Users Group at the Waccamaw College

Sunday, February 7, 2010

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Forwarding eMails:

The Grave Side Service

As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral
director to play at a grave-side service for a homeless
man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a
pauper's cemetery in the Kentucky back-country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost; and being
a typical man I didn't stop for directions. I finally arrived an
hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse
was nowhere in sight.

There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating
lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I
went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid
was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started
to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around.
I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and
friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless

And as I played "Amazing Grace" the workers began to weep. They
wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my
bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart
was full.

As I was opening the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say,
"Sweet Mother of Jesus, I never seen nothin' like that before and
I've been putting in septic tanks for over twenty years."

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Forwarding an eMail

Every time you forward an e-mail there is information left over from the
people who got the message before you, namely their e-mail addresses &
names. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses
builds, and builds, and builds, and all it takes is for some poor sap to
get a virus, and his or her computer can send that virus to every E-mail
address that has come across his computer. Or, someone can take all of
those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them in the hopes
that you will go to the site and he will make five cents for each hit.
How do you stop it?

(1) When you forward an e-mail, click on FORWARD then DELETE all of the
other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top).
That's right, DELETE them. Highlight them and delete them, backspace
them, cut them, whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes a
second. You MUST click the "Forward" button first and then you will have
full editing capabilities against the body and headers of the message.
If you don't click on "Forward" first, you won't be able to edit the
message at all.

(2) Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one person, do NOT use the
To: or Cc: fields for adding e-mail addresses.
Always use the BCC:(blind carbon copy) field for listing the e-mail
addresses. ;This is the way the people you send to will only see their
own e-mail address. If you don't see your BCC: option click on where it
says To: and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and
choose BCC: and that's it, it's that easy. When you send to BCC: your
message will automatically say "Undisclosed Recipients in the "TO:"
field of the people who receive it.

(3) Remove any "FW:" in the subject line. You can re-name the subject if
you wish or even fix spelling.

(4) ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual e-mail you are
reading. Ever get those e-mails that you have to open 10 pages to read
the one page with the information on it? By Forwarding from the actual
page you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to open many
e-mails just to see what you sent.

(5) Have you ever gotten an email that is a petition? It states a
position and asks you to add your name and address and to forward it to
10 or 15 people or your entire address book. The email can be forwarded
on and on and can collect thousands of names and email addresses. A
FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a
professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and email
addresses contained therein. If you want to support the petition, send
it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient. Your position
may carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list of names
and email address on a petition. (actually, if you think about it, who's
supposed to send the petition in to whatever cause it supports? And
don't believe the ones that say that the email is being traced, it just
ain't so!) One of the main ones I hate is the ones that say that
something like, "Send this email to 10 people and you'll see something
great run across your screen." Or sometimes they'll just tease you by
saying 'something really cute will happen.' IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!!!!!
I don't let the bad luck ones scare me either, they get trashed. Before
you forward an 'Amber Alert', or a 'Virus Alert', or some of the other
ones floating around nowadays, check them out before you forward them.
Most of them are junk mail that's been circling the net for YEARS! Just
about everything you receive in an email that is in question can be
checked out at Snopes. Just go to . It's really easy to
find out if it's real or not. If it's not, please don't pass it on.

So please, in the future, let's stop the junk mail and the viruses.

Finally, here's an idea!!! Let's send this to everyone we know (but
strip my address off first, please). This is something that SHOULD be

Waccamaw Mac Computer Club Websites:

Important notice: Google Apps browser support

Dear Google Apps admin,​

In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more
sophisticated features and performance, we are harnessing some of the
latest improvements in web browser technology. This includes faster
JavaScript processing and new standards like HTML5. As a result, over
the course of 2010, we will be phasing out support for Microsoft
Internet Explorer 6.0 ​as well as other older browsers that are not
supported by their own manufacturers.

We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the
Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After
that point, certain functionality within these applications may have
higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later
in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for
Google Mail and Google Calendar.

Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above,
Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and

Starting this week, users on these older browsers will see a message in
Google Docs and the Google Sites editor explaining this change and
asking them to upgrade their browser. We will also alert you again
closer to March 1 to remind you of this change.

In 2009, the Google Apps team delivered more than 100 improvements to
enhance your product experience. We are aiming to beat that in 2010 and
continue to deliver the best and most innovative collaboration products
for businesses.

Thank you for your continued support!


The Google Apps team

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announcement to update you about important changes to your Google Apps
product or account.

Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

Theodore Roosevelt - 1905

"All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any
political purpose should be forbidden by law."

Theodore Roosevelt
- 1905

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