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Harpeth Technology Group, LLC Newsletter
Insider tips to get the most out of your computer
October 2004
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In This Issue
-- School Is Back In Session: How To Keep Your Kids Safe Online
-- Wi-Fi Networking: What It Is, How It Works, And What You Need To Know
-- Computer Question of The Month: Downloading Files
-- Technology Stories You Might have Missed
-- FREE USB Jump Drive When You Refer A Friend

 

Dear Harold,

Welcome to this month's edition of our newsletter. This month we are covering a wide range topics Backup, Internet Safety for Kids, Wireless Internet, and our Question of the Month. As always if you have additional questions about these or any other topic related to IT issues please call our office at 615-371-1160

What If You Walked Into Your Office Tomorrow And Discovered ... ...that a virus, hacker, or system crash deleted every file, database, and e-mail on your entire hard drive. How confident are you that your data could be restored? If you are not backing up your network...or if you are but have never tested your backups by performing a full system restore, you are at high risk for losing irreplaceable company files. If the information on your network or PC is important to you, we can help you set up a reliable backup system to make sure you never have to worry about losing your files. We can also create and store a complete offsite back up of your PC at Harpeth Technology Group for less than $75! Call for details: 615-371-1160


School Is Back In Session: How To Keep Your Kids Safe Online
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Now that school is back in, thousands of children will be surfing the Internet to conduct research, chat with new school mates, and complete homework assignments.

Although the Internet provides a tremendous learning tool for children, left unchecked it can also expose them to inappropriate material and unscrupulous individuals looking to exploit innocent children..

The statistics of online abuse towards children are alarming. According to a new survey conducted by NetAlert, nearly one child in every five using the Internet has been approached online by a stranger, and 47 per cent of children have been exposed to material that is pornographic, sexually explicit, violent, hateful, or that encourages them to participate in dangerous or illegal activities. .

According to Highlights of the Youth Internet Safety Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, one in five children received unwanted sexual solicitations online, and there are a growing number of cases of pedophiles using the Internet to gain a child's confidence and arrange a face-to-face meetings (also known as 'online grooming')..

These cyber criminals are using everything from spam e-mails to online messaging, children's chat rooms, and misleading domain names to trap children. If your child is using the Internet, you must take measures to educate and protect them from these dangers..

 

As part of my back-to-school newsletter edition, I've outlined 3 things you should be doing now to keep your kids safe online:

Read on...


Wi-Fi Networking: What It Is, How It Works, And What You Need To Know
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WiFi, or wireless networking, is quickly becoming the preferred method for connecting to the Internet or other computers because of its simplicity. Using WiFi, you can connect anywhere in your home or office or even your local cafe without the need for wires.

A simple way to understand wireless networking is to think about how walkie-talkies work. These small radios communicate by transmitting and receiving radio signals. When you talk into a Walkie-Talkie, your voice is picked up by a microphone, encoded onto a radio frequency and transmitted with the antenna to the other walkie-talkie which then converts that radio frequency back to your voice.

Read on...


Computer Question of The Month: Downloading Files
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Q: What's the best way to download program files from the Internet?

A: One of the biggest advantages of the Internet is the array of software programs available. No matter what you need, there probably is a program that will do it. But to get these programs, you have to know how to download and install them..

Read on...


Technology Stories You Might have Missed
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Microsoft XP Service Pack 2 Alert! If you are thinking about installing Microsoft's new XP Service Pack 2, don't! At least not right now. The new service pack includes many great features including a desktop firewall, enhancements to Internet Explorer, memory protection, and tools for management and remote administration. However, it is still in the early release stage and many users have run into major problems after installing it. Computer Reseller News reported that 3 out of 5 machines upgraded "blue screened" with the message that "winserv" was missing. Before applying Service Pack 2 (or any software upgrade for that matter), make sure you have a full, working backup of your PC and be prepared for some downtime.

Millions of Dell power adapters recalled About 4.4 million AC adapters sold worldwide with Dell notebooks between September 1998 and February 2002 were recalled Friday.

Dell sold the adapters with its Latitude, Inspiron and Precision series of computers, as well as separately. Delta Electronics, based in Taipei, Taiwan, manufactured them..

As part of the recall, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advised consumers who suspect they have one of the adapters to contact the company. Dell will send free replacements to customers with the recalled adapters..

The recalled adapters can overheat, posing a risk of fire and electrical shock. Dell reported seven incidents of overheating, although no one was reported injured. The Round Rock, Texas-based computer maker has set up a Web site for the recall program..

The company has faced problems with its power adapters before. In July, Dell offered to replace power adapter cords sold with some 38,000 notebooks. Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Mobility Electronics manufactured that product..

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 990,000 units were recalled. But a Dell representative said that figure referred only to the adapters sold to consumers in the United States. It did not include the additional 1.91 million units sold to U.S. businesses or the other 1.5 million units sold to customers outside the United States..

 

Read more on how to check and get a new adapter if needed..


FREE USB Jump Drive When You Refer A Friend
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FREE USB Jump Drive Allows You To Carry Data Files, Pictures, Or Music Wherever You Go! Store, Transfer, and Carry Your Data With You Wherever You Go!

Refer a new customer to Harpeth Technology Group and we'll give you a FREE Lexar Media's JumpDrive as our way of saying thanks!

This cool little USB drive is small in size but not in capacity. This 128MB JumpDrive holds as much data as approximately 90 floppy disks! Share photos, files, and bring work home effortlessly.

You can even use is as a quick back up system. All you need is a USB port on your computer, no driver installation required (for Windows XP).

 

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