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The Computer Corner Japan’s New Cyber Security Chief Shows Worrying Computer and Technology Ignorance


By Charles Miller Last week, this column reported the ongoing cyberattack responsible for shutting down newspaper printing plants in California and also revisited the cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014. When disastrous cyberattacks of these kinds occur, we all believe that experienced computer network engineers, working together with skilled forensic investigators, are quickly [...]

Vistas de San Miguel


Vistas de San Miguel” is a graphic reportage of scenes and events in San Miguel de Allende by Susan Dorf, a local San Miguel artist who has an eye for noticing and capturing the unusual moments and details in everyday scenes. You can view the series and purchase prints on her website, as well as [...]


REG SPA Harry and Cocoa

By Harry Burrus When we’d drive from Houston to Austin to play in the Texas Major Zone Tennis Tournament, we always stopped at the DQ in La Grange on North Jefferson. I enjoyed its soft-serve vanilla ice cream with a variety of choices for toppings, a sienna-colored one being a particular favorite. Cocoa’s markings, a [...]

From Northern Oceans and Dragon Ships

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By Tim Hazell St Brendan is said to have landed on Irish shores in the sixth century with 14 monks to found the monastery of Clonfert in Galway. The light vessel in which they made their dangerous crossing was a curragh, or a little boat of wooden ribs covered with tanned ox hides and caulked [...]

Foreign Hackers Apparently Behind Major US Newspapers’ Printing Plants Cyberattack

By Charles Miller As this column is being written, the news has just come out that the newspaper printing plants owned by Tribune Publishing in Los Angeles have been crippled by a cyberattack. The disruptions resulting from the attack delayed the printing of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune as well as the [...]

Computer Company Customer Support Forums Vary Widely in Usefulness

By Charles Miller A question I received from a client is prompting me to write about something I do not believe I have previously addressed in this column, and that is the subject of support forums. When I am trying to solve a computer problem, the first place I usually turn to is a company [...]

Pizza for Marcillio

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By Tim Hazell Renaissance astrologers and alchemists regarded medicine, magic, and religion as intertwined. Marsilio Ficino (1433–1499) was an Italian scholar, Catholic priest, and renowned translator of the writings of Plato, one of the most influential humanist philosophers of his time. His concerns were for artful rituals that could add zest to daily routines. Ficino’s [...]

Make Your New Year’s Resolution Kindness


By Jayn Corral The holiday season is behind us, and it is now “Resolution Season.” To make 2019 your best year ever, you probably have resolved to quit smoking, eat better, lose weight, exercise more, or make plans for that vacation you have been putting off. Personally, I don’t do resolutions anymore. Every day I [...]

The SPA’s January 2019 Pets of the Month

By Megan Gabel and Jayn Corral There is still time! Anonymous donors will match all new donations to the SPA through December 31 up to a total of US $3,000! To learn how you can and why you should help the SPA, San Miguel’s only no-kill shelter for cats and dogs, see or call [...]

The Computer Corner


By Charles Miller Microsoft To Begin Blocking Other Brands’ Antivirus Software A huge change is about to take place with regard to Windows security, and it will impact all the companies now making third-party antivirus software. Among the names you may recognize are AVG, Avast, Eset, Kaspersky, McAfee, Norton, Panda, Sophos, Symantec, and others. For [...]

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