I gave my sister and her son and daughter a computer I rebuilt; instead of spending money I don’t have I decided to install Ubuntu as the Operating System instead of Windows XP (I use both at my home).

The kids themselves are very used to Windows at school and because of that they were a little timid to touch the Ubuntu computer.

Two weeks later I returned to see my sister and her little monsters and you could not believe the ease at which they have adapted to the Ubuntu computer!

The littlest one is playing Solitare, the older one is writing reports using Open Office and their mother who is a self described Techno-phobe, was dabbling.

They are going to hook up to the local ISP later this week — I can’t wait to see how they adapt to Mozilla.

Got to love kids!

Wireless Access Points

December 17, 2008

It always amazes me how much I still have to learn about computers. Take for example Wireless Access Points (WAP): these wireless points are a low-powered transmitter/receiver, or common called a transceiver.

The WAP communicate using different protocols; however, the most common is IEEE 802.11 (Wireless Ethernet).

Wireless communications use a portion of the radio frequency (RF) spectrum called microwaves.

While very useful, wireless communications are less than secure (and are prone to MITM attacks) .

It is the little things that make me laugh — microwaves? The Wireless Access Point uses microwaves?

Will this information be on the Comptia Security+ exam? Probably not, but it is still interesting know.

I may have mentioned I am currently studying Comptia’s Security+ exam (sy0-201) and there are two good websites for information about current computer viruses, worms, and hoaxes.

The first is here: http://www.pandasecurity.com/enterprise/security-info/?language=us-ajax_dialog

Which is an easy to read format.

The second is www.cert.org but this website is geared towards the Network Administrator or those like me who worry about computer security.

The more I read about network security the more I realize that the weakest point of any network is the untrained end-user.


December 8, 2008

I have come across a few websites that come in handy in everyday computer work:

This one is for feeding the creative mind: http://www.instructables.com/

A free check of the computer you are currently working on: http://www.pcpitstop.com/

Ever get the help desk question “Is so-and-so website down or is it just me?” Now you can check: http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/

If you are chasing certifications like me, here is a good starting website: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx

And last but not least — for those space geeks here is a good daily space wallpaper: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html?clik=vnv_FlashStoryplatePoll!Space-Week


Computer magazines

December 4, 2008

I tend to read a lot of computer magazines on line — basically flipping through the website to find articles that catch my interest. I find myself attracted to the forums for two reasons: first it gives you a quick snapshot into the minds of the people who post, and the posters give real-life examples to any given application or device.

Some of the sites I haunt are www.pcworld.com, www.informationweek.com, and www.techexams.net

Now I am on the path of getting my MCSE, but I do not pass up on freeware.  One of my favorites is called CCleaner (www.ccleaner.com) basically cleans up your computer of files such as temp files. The program also cleans up the registry; you will be amazed at how many unattached .dll files are still floating around.

Cyber Monday

December 1, 2008

Hello All,

It is Monday December 1, 2008 and I have taken steps towards my MCSE; I bought for myself the Core requirements books via Amazon.com and the Comptia Security+ Study Guide (SY0-201).

I decided to get my elective out of the way first (the SY0-201) for no other reason than the Comptia certifications do not expire. I have already finished chapter one and now I am review that chapter before moving on.

There is a a website I enjoy going to test my knowledge and to particiapte in the forums — www.techexams.net