Ads, retro-computers, a warning and a great deal

Ads, retro-computers, a warning and a great deal

By Richard Heller

Many of you may not be aware of it, but most of the electronics and office supply stores that advertise in the Sunday paper also have their ads available for viewing online. Most of the ads are made available between midnight and 6 on Sunday morning, which makes them viewable before you go to bed or church. This is especially handy if there is a particular item that you are looking for or if the store is offering a special sale on an

item, where they have only three per store.

If you are considering purchasing an LCD monitor, you may be interested in an item that recently appeared on the Wal-Mart site. They were offering a Microtek C893 LCD flat panel monitor for $400. This is a Wal-Mart exclusive and is an 1-inch monitor with a resolution of 1280×1024. The item is not listed on the site, but it was available at the Loves Park store for the same price. This price isn’t after any sort of rebate, no spending $600 and waiting three months to get your $200 back (or a sorry letter).

Did you realize that the average computer and monitor consume 280 watts per hour and can raise the temperature of a 8x10x8-foot room by 5 degrees?

If you are one of the old-time computer owners or video game players, you may want to or They have available

for download emulator programs that will allow you to run the old programs like you did 25 years ago. They also have ROMs of the old game cartridges that will enable you to play the very same game that you did as a kid. Legally, you are supposed to own the original program but most of the companies will not say anything as long as you are downloading them for your own use.

In the past, I have recommended a program from Lavasoft named Ad-aware. This program will search your hard drive for programs that report your Internet browsing habits to a marketing company so that they can feed you the pop-up ads. A new program is now available from named Spybot Search & Destroy. Spybot appears to do a more thorough job in finding the programs that are spying on you while you are online. The program is available for free download.

An important rule to remember is never give anyone personal information just because you receive an e-mail from them. There is no reason at all for your Internet provider to request your password. The only time that you should give anyone your credit card number is when you go to a secure site, and you are actually paying for a product or a service. If you have any doubts as to the authenticity of an e-mail request for information, you should contact the security department of your Internet provider. You should not reply to the e-mail address or the phone number shown on the message even if they appear to be legitimate.

Richard Heller is an independent computer specialist who specializes in repairs, installation, upgrades, technical support, Internet sharing, data recovery and diagnostics. If you have any computer or service-related questions, please send them to The Rock River Times or e-mail

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