If you follow
my recommendation and use AVG Free as an antivirus, you'll be
receiving pop-up adverts for the new AVG 8.0. This is the paid
version of AVG.
I'm a little disappointed Grisoft decided to put such an obtrusive
advert on their systems, but then this is a free program and
it's not unreasonable to expect them to try and make some sales
have to switch to this version to continue using AVG, the free
version is still working and will do in future. Just disregard
the message unless you want to take advantage of the support
and additional features with the paid version.
an AVG 8 Free version now available. For the moment though,
I'd recommend not switching from AVG 7.5 until it's been tested.
If you do decide
to download the new AVG Free, keep in mind it is bundled with
the Yahoo! toolbar. I recommend you take the tick off the box
when it asks if you want to include it.
Service pack released (or is it?)
The long overdue XP Service Pack 3 was released last week. Then
it was withdrawn yesterday due to incompatibilities with Microsoft's
Retail Management System product.
There's little new in the service pack and most users won't
notice the difference once it has been installed. The big difference
is that all the security updates have been rolled into it and
there have been some underlying technical changes.
recommend not installing SP3 until it's been throughly tested
in the marketplace. It's best to wait a few more weeks when
it starts appearing on the Windows Updates.
broadband's a great idea. The problem is the bill you might
get at the end of the month. A recent survey by Sony-Ericsson
and Three Mobile showed Australian consumers are very suspicious
plans and are cautious of using it.
suprising when we see Optus charging an unbelievable $300 per
Mb of data. I have a detailed run down on what to look for in
plans on the PC Rescue website.
Of the plans,
Three has the best but it's range is limited, Vodafone has some
useful plans and Telstra is the best for regional ares. Optus
subscribers though should consider changing providers if they
want to access the net through their mobile phone.
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to a Mac
whole mess of Windows Updates and Vista is encouraging a lot
of people to switch across to the Mac.
was bought home to me personally last week when we set two computers
on our office network. The first computer was a Mac Book Pro.
It took seven minutes to connect to the network and be ready
for useful work.
second computer was an Acer Aspire. It took an hour and half
to connect. Suffice to say, my next computer is going to be
an Apple Mac.
be fair to Microsoft, this is not wholly their fault. The original
problem was Acer, in their infinite wisdom, had decided not
to install the Wireless networking drivers along with not supplying
any installation disks.
Vista though did not help this process with multiple irritating
messages, and the treacle-like installation speed of the driver
more difficult to recommend Vista based computers, not least
because the manufacturers like Acer treat their customers so
poorly by releasing incomplete products.
Mac may not be the right business tool for you, it's worthwhile
shopping around to find the best computer that meets your needs.
If you find
essential components have not been supplied or properly installed,
take it back and don't tolerate the shabby service many computer
retailers and manufacturers seem to think is acceptable.
tech talk column
This month, Paul's weekly Tuesday blog on the Smart Company
website looked at registering
domain names, backing
up your email and cutting
computer costs in tough times.
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Skype plans shake up the VOIP world
fascinating recent change has been
Skype's new call plans. Their new plans allow unlimited
calls to 34 different countries. At 9 Euros a month ($15) a
month, this is an extremely cost effective way of making overseas
you are using the Free Versions of Skype this does not affect
you. The free Skype-to-Skype calling system still works.
of New Zealand hacker Owen Walker illustrates how professional
virus writing gangs have become. Owen is alleged to have been
paid $NZ40,000 and the gang is alleged to have raised 20.4 million
from their work.
days of script kiddies writing viruses are over. These people
are professionals and there is big money to be made. This is
why it's more important than ever to take
your security seriously.
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and we'll get a solution for you.
of the month: Lookout seach tool
new feature in the newsletter is the software of the month.
Each month I'll look at a useful computer program.
month it's the Lookout Search Tool. If you are a Microsoft Outlook
user, you'll know the Search function in Outlook is, shall we
say lacking. Lookout
is a far more flexible, effecitve and speedier program.
Lookout was bought out by Microsoft some years back and the
technology folded into the Windows Seach function but you can
still download it through the
Major Geeks website.
March radio spots are on over the next two weeks. For Nightlife
listeners in WA, Victoria and Tasmania this is the next Friday
spot is the last you'll hear on air before the AFL season
starts. For Sydney listeners, this Weekend's spot is one of
the rare appearences of Simon Marnie.
next Weekend spot is 10am Sunday, May 25 and we haven't
yet decided on a topic. We'll post it on the website closer
to the date.
nationally on ABC Local Radio
May 9 at 10.15pm when we'll
be looking at the
cost of mobile Internet and avoiding bill shock.
you'd like to call or offer any suggestions about the shows
of the month: Domain parker
It's a big
month for the Jargon Buster with a lot of new terms added. The
best one this month is Domain
parker is someone who registers a good sounding domain, creates
a web site full of advertising and then waits for someone to
offer a big wad of cash for the site.
a little different from a cybersquatter in that the squatter
deliberately chooses a name similar to a known name and doesn't
necessarily put up a website at the address.
Regardless of the term, it's a good idea to make sure your
business names and trade marks have all the relevant domains
registered to avoid this nonsense.
month on the website
May, I'll be looking closer at online office application
and seeing if it's possible to do all your work using
free tools on the Internet.
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