Saturday, December 22, 2007

Seasons Greetings

For all beliefs, religions and philosophies this is the season for uniting in brotherhood and love. Wishing all a joyous, healthy and happy seasons greeting from each of us to one and another.

and may all this ice melt from our driveways, walkways and sidewalks!

Thursday, December 13, 2007


For information on toy recalls go to

Drop off your old computer at a participating Goodwill store. This free program reuses or recycles electronics, helps the environment and puts people to work. For more details go to


In addition to computer classes offered at the Ridgewood and Upper Saddle River Libraries computer skill classes are available at the Northwest Bergen Regional Senior Center located at 46-50 Center Street, Midland Park (201-445-5690)

In January they will be offering Introduction to the Computer, Navigating the Internet, Photo workshop, e-mail, Microsoft Word 1 and 2, and computer anatomy.

Depending on the subject, courses will run for 5, 6 or 8 weeks with a suggested lump sum donation at the rate of $5.00 times the number of sessions per course. Classes are limited to eight students so early pre-registration is advisable.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


The source for the following is from an article by Dan Fost in USA TODAY.
To see the full original article go to


• Don't do anything you don't want anyone else observing.

• If you are trying to ensure privacy, make sure the website starts with "https" in the address bar, instead of the standard "http." The "s" means the site is most likely more secure.

• Use your company's virtual private network, or VPN. VPNs create secure "tunnels," in which all online communication is encrypted at both ends.

• Never use a public computer, like those in libraries or cafes, for e-mail or financial transactions. There's no telling what kind of software another user has installed on that machine. If someone snags your e-mail address and password, they can use that to hack into many other sites that you use.

• Use a computer and a browser that are less susceptible to attacks. Because the Windows operating system and Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser are the most common programs in modern computing, they also get attacked the most. Many security experts prefer to use Apple computers and the Firefox browser. But as these grow in popularity, they're also "getting more and more attacks," says Zulfikar Ramzan, a senior principal researcher at Symantec in Cupertino, Calif.

Unfortunately, few things expose your work to greater security risks than using a public Wi-Fi service. Most people don't realize the risks, and even fewer have the ability to perform the geeky tasks that would fix it.

Computer criminals can "sniff" the traffic in a cafe, or set up a fake hot spot that you might innocently log into. When that happens, watch out: Everything you type goes directly to the criminals computer. In that scenario, as soon as you get into your online bank account, the criminals computer is ready to grab the password.

The best advice for avoiding those situations is to tap only into wireless connections that you trust. Be wary of connections with names such as "free public wifi." Ask at the cafe for the name of its network. Even then, be aware that someone sitting next to you could have set up a network with the same name, such as "Starbucks," that you could tap into unwittingly.
Most security-savvy travelers assume the worst and don't do anything that could cause trouble if it fell into the wrong hands.

"Every packet that goes out over the Internet is observable" by a tech-savvy hacker, says Brett Levine of San Francisco.

Nonetheless, Levine, a vice president at Internet video start-up Dovetail, remains a dedicated cafe worker. He spoke from Hong Kong, at the end of a business trip in which he communicated with "nothing but my laptop. The only connections I've had were in hotel lobbies or cafes.
He just makes sure that every e-mail he sends is encrypted. And if he's doing anything sensitive online, he makes sure the site is secure.
For instance, if a website starts with "https" in the address bar instead of the standard "http," the site is most likely more secure. "Https" is the standard that banks and online trading firms use.

"If you're on a wireless network, assume it's public," says Alex Stamos, vice president of professional services at iSec Partners, a software security consulting firm in San Francisco and Seattle. "If you're trading stocks, you should be very careful and make sure you're going over the 'https' link."
Once you're over "https," you generally are safe,
though there are caveats, says Zulfikar Ramzan, a senior principal researcher at Symantec (SYMC) in Cupertino, Calif. "What 'https' guarantees to you is that whoever is receiving your traffic is receiving it encrypted. But that doesn't guarantee that it goes to the right person."
Take care in small cafes

Dave Zaytsev, a co-owner of Goliath Security in Chicago who works as a consultant for identity-theft protection company LifeLock, warns that the risks are greater in small, local coffee shops than in chains such as Panera Bread, which advertise their secure networks.
"The corporate places are locked down pretty decent," Zaytsev says. "The mom-and-pop places that are just trying to compete, like Joe's Coffee, they don't have consultants. They just go to Best Buy, buy a Linksys router and have a friend set it up."
Zaytsev has tested some cafes for local television stations' consumer news segments and has often been able to see files stored on individuals' laptops. He's also done "man in the middle" attacks, in which he scans the traffic in a cafe, then steals people's usernames and passwords. (The people in his tests were all willing dupes, he says, usually interns at the TV station.)
If you can use your company's "virtual private network," or VPN, you can feel fairly safe. VPNs create secure "tunnels," in which all online communication is encrypted at both ends. But simply using a top security suite from Symantec, McAfee (MFE), Trend Micro or others won't protect you in a cafe situation. The companies say that while those programs will protect you from viruses and even phishing scams, they can't save you from traffic that you've sent over the open Internet.

"A security suite will protect you if you did end up at a bad site that tried to install malicious software on your machine, but not if you give your credit card to someone else," says Symantec's Ramzan

Monday, December 10, 2007


Even if you are not planning a trip at the moment you will want to visit and save this site with your favorites.

Of course there is still Expedia and Priceline. Your comments about your experience using these travel sites would be helpful welcome.

Friday, December 7, 2007

HAVE SOME FUN...and it's free


Create a free jigsaw puzzle with photos
You can pick your favorite photos and create a jigsaw puzzle to play on your PC.This is a breeze with free programs such as Jigsaw Puzzle Promo Creator and Jigsaw Puzzle Lite (both available at, which let you design your own one-of-a-kind digital diversions by simply importing photos from your hard drive (such as JPEG image files).

Then you can choose how many pieces the puzzle will be: kids might only play a puzzle with 12 pieces that don't require rotating, while older gamers might be able to tackle 200 pieces, which also requires you to click the right-mouse button to rotate the piece clockwise for an added challenge.

Depending on the program you can also email the puzzle to family and friends to try and solve.

By Marc Saltzman for USA TODAY

DECEMBER 13th meeting 10:00 AM

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 10:00 AM.

Our guest speaker will be Maurice Hamoy the creator of the program NOROMIS PHOTO LAB. This program permits you get professional quality prints from your home computer & printer. I personally have been using this program since its initial release and have found my home prints to be equal to or better than any local photo printing shop.

PC Magazine rated this program giving it 4 out of 5 stars "The fastest way to correct and print images, bar none. If you print lots of images or like to tweak the way they look, you need to download a trial version of this program."

Though I personally like to manipulate my photos with Photoshop before printing, Noromis PhotoLab can automatically correct the orientation, enhance the lighting, and fix red eye before printing your photos. You can brighten or sharpen a photo yourself. An auto adjust wizard steps you through each change: Exposure, Contrast, Saturation, Color Balance, and Sharpness; letting you keep, discard, or modify the correction however you choose. Just click the samples that look best, and then click Next and the program applies these changes.

Even if you do not intend to manipulate or print your own pictures it would be worth attending this meeting as Maurice is an excellent speaker and he will surly entertain you.


Recently I’m getting over-run by "Pop-ups". I’ve gotten a few suggestions but none have worked. Any suggestions?

When you click a specific link or button on certain web sites pop-ups that are authorized & activated by those specific sites will appear and we have little or no control thereof. The site itself permits or creates the pop-up.

Some software, including free music-sharing programs such as BearShare or AudioGalaxy, display pop-ups at random intervals or based on something you type into a web page. You may have these programs or others like them installed on your computer without even being aware of it. You can read a brief description of how these pop-up launchers work at: and,1282,49960,00.html. If you are experiencing pop-ups generated by one of these programs, you may want to remove the program from your computer. One program that attempts to detect and to uninstall pop-up launchers is available at hytp://

If however pop-ups are appearing where no pop-ups have gone before, something may have changed a setting on your computer allowing pop-ups to enter.

A complete computer scan with UPDATED anti-virus and spyware programs may remove the villain that changed your settings.

Rid your system of spyware: If you get pop-up windows no matter what sites you visit or even if you're not on the Web at all, you could have spyware, adware, or other software on your computer that's launching pop-ups. To stop these pop-ups, you will have to identify the software, then remove it or change its settings to stop it from launching pop-ups.

Assuming that you are using Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Internet Explorer allows you to prevent most pop-up windows from appearing over pages you want to view while you're using the Internet.

When you install SP2, Pop-up Blocker is turned on in Internet Explorer and set to the medium setting, which means it will block most automatic pop-ups. The default settings for the pop-up blocker allow you to see pop-ups that are opened when you click a link or button on a Web site. Pop-up Blocker will also play a sound and show the Information Bar when a pop-up is blocked. You can adjust these settings so that Pop-up Blocker works the way you want it to. Windows Pop-up Blocker is smart enough to not block pop-up windows that you open deliberately by clicking a link—for example, if you were on a travel reservation site and you clicked a link to open a pop-up window containing your confirmation details, this pop-up window would not be blocked because you opened it intentionally. Also, Pop-up Blocker will not block some pop-ups with certain types of animated content or pop-ups from Web sites that are in two Web content zones: Local intranet or Trusted sites.

If you've installed SP2 and you still see pop-ups in Internet Explorer, try the possible solutions below.

Make sure Pop-up Blocker is turned on: Pop-up Blocker is turned on by default, but somehow it may have been turned it off.

To turn on Pop-up Blocker
1. On the Tools menu in Internet Explorer, point to Pop-up Blocker.
2. Click Turn on Pop-up Blocker.

To change Pop-up Blocker settings
1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. Click on the Tools menu, then point to Pop-up Blocker, and then click Pop-up Blocker Settings.

If you want to allow pop-ups from a specific Web site, type the address (or URL) of the site in the Address of Web site to allow box, and then click Add.

To block pop-ups even if they are launched when you click a link or button on a Web site
1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. On the Tools menu, point to Pop-up Blocker, and then click Pop-up Blocker Settings.
3. Select the High setting in the box near the bottom of the dialog box.

Note If you want to see pop-ups that are blocked when you have this setting turned on, hold down the CTRL key while the window opens.

You may wish to install a pop-up blocker program. Consider installing the FREE GOOGLE TOOLBAR with a pop-up blocker in the Toolbar Options menu which does an excellent job in preventing pop-ups from automatically opening when you visit a website.