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Trashed

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The Computer Corner By Charles Miller An urgent call I received recently was from a lady who thought, in her words, that her computer had been “completely trashed.” I was very pleased to be able to tell over the phone that things were not nearly as bad as she thought and proceeded to guide her [...]

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The Computer Corner By Charles Miller The recent high-profile ransomware attack named WannaCry is the reason I was on the receiving end of quite a few questions concerning virus and malware and what can be done to defend against the threat. I am sorry to say that some of the news reporting I have read [...]

Geo-fencing in the US and Abroad

The Computer Corner By Charles Miller A frequent topic of conversation among expatriates in Mexico is “What’s the best way to break the rules at Amazon and Netflix and not get caught?” It is a never-ending arms race between content providers that are obligated to abide by copyright laws and customers who want to watch [...]

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The Computer Corner By Charles Miller A lot of expatriates living in Mexico are baffled by the way in which Mexicans regard time. Mañana can mean tomorrow, or it could mean another day much later than tomorrow. Equally perplexing is the misconception some people having that Mexicans are unpunctual, but do not let that fool [...]

Programmers Are Human, Too

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The Computer Corner By Charles Miller In French the word “exploit” can translate as “achievement” or “accomplishment.” This is exactly what computer hackers or crooks must feel every time they discover a new vulnerability they are able to exploit and through it to infect computers with their malware. Some people who lack understanding of computer [...]

Windows 10 is Here to Stay

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The Computer Corner By Charles Miller It has been almost two years now since Microsoft unveiled its current Operating System Windows 10. Many people using the latest Windows today obtained the new OS via a cost-free update provided by Microsoft for the first year. Opinion is sharply divided on the correct way to characterize that [...]

Shoo!

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The Computer Corner By Charles Miller Something that I have always considered to be an example of bad design and bad philosophy is the use of those stupid dots and asterisks used to populate password fields so that nobody can see what has been typed. Everyone has seen this when entering a password, and eventually [...]

A problem of mice

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The Computer Corner By Charles Miller Recently I faced quite a challenge in helping one of my senior citizen clients who was experiencing great difficulty using her mouse. In spite of her best efforts, every time she tried to click using the mouse her finger would come down on the mouse wheel (and yes, you [...]

The Purpose of a VPN

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The Computer Corner By Charles Miller It is not with great expectations that I write this column this week believing that what I explain here will miraculously lead to everyone understanding two very complex technologies, but I am still going to take my best shot. There are two almost universally misunderstood internet connectivity technologies that [...]

Traffic Congestion

The Computer Corner By Charles Miller Recently I had the chance to enjoy the holidays by visiting with my family, and that always means I am going to be on the receiving end of some Information Technology questions. The first one came from my brother, who lives in a large apartment complex and noted that [...]

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