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New PC Lost Connection

New Windows-based computers will typically begin to look for driver updates once they go online. Since drivers are programs that operate individual components, sometimes Internet connectivity is lost temporarily while network components are updated. The outage usually lasts only a few minutes. Sometimes a reboot is required to finish applying the update and restore the connection. Bottom line: If you seem to suddenly be unable to access the Internet soon after you’ve established connection on a new computer, walk away for a few minutes. When you return, restart the computer (more…)

How to Eat an Elephant

How to Eat an Elephant or How to Start Writing That Novel By Kevin M. Kraft I recently reconnected with a dear high school friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen, or spoken to, for over 20 years. With a single telephone call all of the years seemed compressed. While I struggled with the fact of the two-decade estrangement, I enjoyed catching up and letting her know what I’d been doing. Namely, writing. After I filled her in, she expressed her desire in writing a novel, which, in turn, reminded (more…)

Advice for Writers

Top Ten List of Advice for Writers by Krysten Lindsay Hager 1. Read, read, read. One of the best bits of advice I ever read in a writing book was to read 100 books of whatever genre you are planning to write for before you begin. That comes from Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers. I cringe every single time I hear a writer say, “I don’t read.” 2. Take a literature class. It’s the best way to see how stories are written and put together. It’s like learning from (more…)

Error 500: Proof That Techs Are Human

While attempting to change a minor setting on the sidebar of the help desk this morning, I made a mistake. This error of only a few standard characters of text in the settings of a plug-in, caused the site to go down in flames with an unpleasant “Error 500: Internal Server Error.” Even having knowledge of the internal workings of the site, this experience was quite unsettling. Well, I came in through the back door, edited a file, and brought the site back to life. “Why is Earl telling me (more…)

Cyber Monday

It’s “Cyber Monday”, a day promoted by online retailers as “the” day to shop online. Stay safe as you browse for specials and keep in mind the age-old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” I am working late today and waiving my advertised $15 minimum fee, so if you run into trouble as you shop, please don’t pull out your hair; pick up the phone and call regardless of the time of day —or night. (more…)

Avoid This Scam

If you receive the following email, do not click the link. Instead, notify the supposed sender via a new e-mail message or by phone. It is likely the sender’s computer is infected.   If you do click the link, your browser will open and quickly redirect to a page that will attempt to force you to interact with malware. If you reach that page before you realize you were duped, use the Windows Task Manager to close your browser. When you reopen the browser, look quickly for windows or tabs (more…)

Breathe Again

CAUTION: The author does not assume and hereby disclaims any liability caused by the use or misuse of this information to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption. This includes any caused directly or indirectly by errors or omissions, whether these are the result of negligence, accident, or any other cause. This home remedy is not a substitute for professional medical advice. In matters relating to health, and especially with respect to any symptoms that might require medical attention, the author urges readers to seek professional assistance immediately. I (more…)

Beware of Fake Download Buttons

A leading cause of malware (junk software) infections I have seen in recent years is fake download buttons on advertisements on pages that contain a legitimate download. In other words, people arrive at a page to download a decent free or inexpensive app and are presented with one or more fake download buttons linked to junk installers rather than the software they want. I urge website operators to quit doing business with any ad rotation services that allow download buttons in ads. If this is not feasible for whatever reason, (more…)