Archive for November, 2011

CyberMonday tip: your credit card security online

November 27, 2011

I’ve always been of the somewhat controversial mindset that that giving your credit card over the internet is generally safer than person to person transactions. CyberMonday is no exception and a story like this and this proves my point When you purchase on the web your computer is directly talking to another computer with no […]

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Scary Story: Families fighting over the computer

November 20, 2011

Although this story is a few months old, I’m seeing it posted on a variety of websites lately. The link to the Kansas City Star doesn’t work anymore, so here is the blurb in its entirety: “Siblings often squabble over who gets to use the family computer. But one sister took a fight too far […]

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Computer repair vs replacement and why my accountant’s gonna hate me for this

November 13, 2011

In the August 2011 issue of Consumer Reports (full article available by paid subscription only), they use surveys and their own research to determine the answer to the question “Should I repair or replace my computer?” Their answer: In the first and second year of ownership, repair makes the most sense. In the third and […]

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Can you be compelled by law enforcement to give up your password?

November 6, 2011

This is a good question in our modern era: can the government force you to give up your password to your laptop, iPhone or other electronic device? As with so many other aspects of our society there is a balance between privacy and security. It would be great if laws could be written to only […]

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