Daily Archives: August 11, 2005

World Wind

I was sitting next to a guy on a plane who was running a program on his laptop
that had him roaming over Earth as if from a satellite. He told me it was
World Wind from NASA – a free and beautiful program. A must-have for
educators especially. I can’t stop exploring with it. Here’s the link: http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/ 
—Jerry Hanson

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Thumbdrive Security?

Hi Fred –
Bought some Crucial Gizmos after reading your articles about flash drives (

). Like the drives, despise the security software that comes with them. Finally called Crucial the other day and the tech support guy said that
Gizmos no longer ship with any sort of security software (it was all
outsourced) since it was so much trouble for them with tech support calls
all the time.

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The Right Tool For *You*

Hi Fred, Regarding
"Two Problems, Maybe The Same Solution" (

http://langa.com/newsletters/2005/2005-07-21.htm#5 ). I’m a little guy, sole proprietor, PC
consulting, repairs, upgrades, disaster recovery, wireless, SOHO networks, etc.
In every case when the complaint is "slow" PC, I check for current installs and
definitions of Symantec or McAffee products, and when they are not current I
recommend un-installing them, and replacing with good, free, non-invasive,
stand-alone utilities to accomplish virus protection, firewall protection,
adware and spyware protection. In all cases, when the above mentioned products
are done away with, the PC instantly performs remarkably better. This includes
registry edits to get rid of all references to the products.

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RAM Present But Unaccounted For

As a long time reader of your newsletter, I have found much great

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RAID Deja Vu

RAID technology, derived from the phrase "Redundant Array
of Independent (or Inexpensive) Disks," offers several intriguing benefits,
prompting some readers to ask about it on a fairly regular basis:

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Copying/Storing Gigantic Files

Fred, I have MANY software programs I have downloaded from the
web…  I’d like to put these on CD’s.. (currently  filling up a harddrive)..

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