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run on a fall and spring semester basis. You pay the classroom fee and
you can sign up for a variety of classes, including computer classes.
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In The News
Windows XP Reaches 10 Year Anniversary
Windows 8 already taking form, it
may surprise many to know neither
Windows 7 nor Windows Vista
rules the market share roost. That honor
goes to Windows XP, which first went on sale
10 years ago. (Windows 7 is almost ready to
take first place in market share.) Microsoft
celebrated Windows XP's past, which
dominated OS usage from 2003 to 2011.
But just as Microsoft would like people
ditch Internet Explorer 6, it would
also love consumers to stop using the
older XP. In an effort to encourage
those upgrades, Microsoft's own Internet
Explorer 9 only runs on Windows 7 or
Vista because of graphics acceleration
support. Other software, like some of
the latest video editors, are starting
to have similar requirements.
Looking back at the year XP hit the market,
Microsoft notes that Destiny's Child and
flip phones were all the rage, and that "10
years is a long time to have the same old
So happy birthday, Windows XP. You've
given us a decade of powerful computing,
with your three Service Packs. Now,
don't let the door hit you on the way
Explaining 32 Bit vs. 64
In one context, 32-bit and
64-bit refers to how a CPU
(computer processor) handles
information. These terms
also indicate the number of
bits that comprise a single
data element (for example, a
pixel in an image). In that
case, when dealing with
resource hogging data like
images, audio, or video,
there is a distinct
advantage to a 64-bit
system. However, when
writing emails or text
documents, the benefits of
64-bit may be less apparent.
A bit (short for binary
digit) is the smallest unit
of digital information,
represented by either 0 or
1. Arranging a series of
bits in sequence creates a
binary math language that
the processing chips can
understand. As a result,
CPUs are identified by their
ability to process these
sequences (32-bit or
64-bit). Eight consecutive
bits in such a sequence
equals a byte (short for
binary term). Large numbers
of bytes are then combined
to create kilobytes,
width of the
So, a 64-bit
unit of time
in a device)
that may not
A team of
has bad news
type in at
many a Web
well at all.
to clean up
the image so
it can be
security of Captchas is important because
they're used to defend against malicious
'bots, including operators of botnets who
try to automatically create accounts on Web
e-mail services to send spam. Captchas are
also used to curb bot-generated comments and
automated ballot-stuffing in online polls.
tested Captchas that withstood the
researchers' attacks were Google's. The
researchers ran into a remarkable zero
percent success rate when trying to decode
Google's slanted-red-letters Captcha, used
in Gmail, and the fuzzy-lettered ReCaptcha,
which was created at Carnegie Mellon
University and acquired by Google in 2009.
c/net, Oct 2011
Hide and Protect Key Folders
LOCK-A-FOLDER hides and locks folders with a password to
make them invisible and inaccessible to anyone other than you.
Long URLs are a Thing of
This site boasts that it provides the "shortest URLs on Earth". The idea
is to get away from long URL that are often entered incorrectly and
return a "404 error". A handy feature places a bookmarklet in your browser. When you are at a Web site you'd
like to convert to a very short URL, just click on that bookmarklet and it
displays the new and much smaller URL. This one's easily identified with
the service called Tiny Arrows because it displays a forward arrow
in the URL. Site tracking, bookmarklets, and the short URL creation are
all free at Tiny
nice thing about On Read is that you don’t have to have an e-reader to
read the books here. You can just read them for FREE online. If you do
have an e-reader you can download them to read them on it (for a tiny
subscription fee of $1.99). They also offer audio books.
You need to register like most sites and then choose the subject matter
from the list provided.
Once you’ve logged in you can save your progress through a book making
it easy to come back to later, rate books that you’ve read, write
reviews, and more!
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Win 7 - Extra Layer of Security
you’re looking to add an extra layer of security to your Windows 7 system, then
you may want to consider implementing a bit of a “human touch”, just to be extra
sure. By requiring users to physically hit Ctrl+Alt+Del to access the log on
screen in windows, you ensure that malicious programs (ones that try to mimic a
system logon to hack passwords) can’t even make it through the front gate.
Hit Start, and in the search box type
netplwiz – click the icon that appears in the list above.
Once the User Accounts window opens up, click the Advanced
tab. At the bottom you’ll see the Secure logon field.
Put a check in the box next to Require users to press
Hit OK, and you’re all set! If you want to go back
to a Ctrl+Alt+Delete-free world again, just follow these steps and
un-check the box!
Undo a System Restore Operation in Windows 7
System Restore lets you easily restore your computer to a
previous state. What happens if you complete the restore process but your
computer is still not running properly? It is possible that you
unintentionally restored Windows 7 using the wrong restore point. In such cases, you can
undo a system restore operation and select a different restore point. To undo a system restore operation in Windows 7:
Click Start and type System Restore in the search box.
From the list of results, click System Restore.
Click Undo my last restoration and click Next.
Review your choices and click Finish.
Your computer will restart once the process is complete.
Log on to the computer.
Assign a Password to A User Account In Windows 7
Windows 7 lets you create user accounts that are not assigned passwords. To log on, all a user needs to do is click their user account
name. The problem with this is that anyone who sits down at your computer
can potentially get full or unrestricted access to your computer. It is very easy to assign a password to a user account:
Click Start and click Control Panel.
Click the User Accounts and Family
Safety option. If you are in Classic View, click the User Accounts
Click the User Account option.
Click the Create a password for your
Type in a password.
Type in the same password to confirm it.
Click the Create password button to
confirm your new password.
Close the User Accounts window.
Win 7 - Controlling "User Account Control (UAC)"
The idea of UAC is great: it tries to ensure that no software has
unauthorized access to administration-level privileges. If you're
interested in a quick refresher on UAC and what it's supposed to do,
Microsoft's "Explore the features: User Account Control"
Web page will help. In an
admin-level account, open User Accounts by clicking the Start orb. Next,
click Control Panel, User Accounts and Family Safety (in Control
Panel's default view), and then Change Account Control settings.
In the dialog box that pops up move the slider up or
down to the level of notification you're comfortable with — between
Always notify and Never notify. The dialog box provides
capsule explanations of what each increment does.
Make your choice, click OK — and you're done. So you see: UAC doesn't
have to be a headache!
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