Welcome! Log In Create A New Profile House Rules

Advanced

The Computer Corner Head Bang

Posted by onyx 
Recent Messages
The Computer Corner Head Bang
October 28, 2009 09:29PM
I know computers can be frustrating thing at the best of times, so I am offering you the chance to ask computer questions here.

Remember: the only dumb question is the one that is not asked! And if you have wondered how it was done, then you can guarantee that someone else has too!

Godspeed,
Onyx


Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce

Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
October 29, 2009 07:01PM
Are you a Mac or a PC? Or possibly bilingual?

Sue Living Loved

"God's grace exists to point people to a love like no other love they have ever known."
Mike Yaconelli, Dangerous Wonder
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
October 29, 2009 08:22PM
Possibly trilingual; PC for Windows and Linux, with some Mac experience.

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
October 30, 2009 12:59AM
Great! Dance

Sue Living Loved

"God's grace exists to point people to a love like no other love they have ever known."
Mike Yaconelli, Dangerous Wonder
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
October 31, 2009 01:09AM
Hi Onyx
Gosh I sooooooooo relate to the Smiley banging it's head against the wall - that's me!! And also the one throwing the computer screen away..... I have thought of throwing mine out the window at moments of extreme frustration. Actually I know someone who did throw a computer out the window......
unfortunately she was in a govt office as a client and the computer was not hers..... so the consequences were pretty heavy....

However I digress..... A couple of times Onyx you have mentioned not nice people who lurk around 2D land and needing to be careful etc etc. Are you meaning that I/ anyone should do anything in particular to keep ourselves/ this place safe? Not exactly sure what you are meaning....
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
October 31, 2009 01:55AM
A good question Gill!

Keeping safe in 2d land requires an awareness of what the nasty few can and will do...but here are some guidelines:
  • Use a SAFE internet browser. ~ That means anything that is very up-to-date and NOT made by Microsoft. Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or Chrome are good choices.
  • Never give out your personal details online. Be VERY careful about your name in particular (First name can be okay, so long as no surname is attached)
  • Details that might identify your family can also be dangerous
  • Use a competent and secure email program (Outlook Express is NOT)
  • Use a good antivirus program (Kaspersky or BitDefender for instance)
  • Realise that just because your computer came with a particular piece of software does not mean that that software is the best for the purpose.
  • If you are really security minded, change your operating system (to Linux for instance), or seek help to make that happen. It really does make a difference not having to worry about viruses and malware!
  • Only open emails from people you know, and if it has an attachment then scan it with an antivirus before running it.
  • Never reply to spam asking to be unsubscribed...they have just discovered a live one, and you will receive twice as much spam!
  • If you have off-the-forums chat or correspondence with people here, be aware of the need for both ends of the conversation to be secure too. ie if their computer has a virus and they have your email address, you can be sure that the virus will be knocking on your door soon.
  • If there is a chance that anyone will recognise you in conjunction with your name, that shouldn't, then don't use your photo in your "Avatar" like I have done.

There is really nothing you need to do to keep Papa's Home safe; that is what the house rules and my skills are for, so don't be concerned there, but thanks for asking grinning smiley

Because you personally run Linux, you are safe from the computer nasties, but still need to be vigilant about personal details, as you are.

Oh how I wish it were possible for us all to be totally transparent in that manner with one another, but it's not, and that's why I use the pseudonym 'Onyx'.

Your avatar can also give away a lot of information about you...which is why I doctored mine to make me look really handsome and young...I'm actually nearing 90, and covered with warts. Oh, and in case you haven't worked it out, the reason I'm upside down, is so it's right way up for the Americans. winking smiley

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
October 31, 2009 07:15AM
This website has some good advice and articles [www.privacyrights.org]

Note Factsheet 18 and 18a.
Anonymous User
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
October 31, 2009 01:46PM
I don't knowOnyx, thank you for your offer to help me get updated. I wrote you in another place saying that I see the decor of the forum to be medium grey over dark grey and that the dark grey was hard to read over. You said I possibly need to update browsers. My internet browser came with windows xp and is several years old. I cannot find anywhere what version it actually is. Can you help me update? WIll I lose any stuff that already is on my computer, i.e. favorites, etc.? Thank you.
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
October 31, 2009 01:59PM
Onyx, oh Onyx, my avatar won't work. I tried adding it and it said it was too big. So I made it smaller, and it said "OK, you're good to go now" (well it didn't say THAT exactly) but my avatar isn't there on my posts.

Is this anothermoment for the ol'gal?
Anonymous User
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
October 31, 2009 04:48PM
Hey Onyx, I was dingling around in my computer and I found and installed Internet Explorer 8, did a restart and here I am. I found I was operating 7, so thanks for the tip. Guess what, your site colors are still two tone grey. Go figure! Any blue colored tsxt is har to read. What else could it be???


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/31/2009 04:49PM by Phoebe.
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
October 31, 2009 11:38PM
Hi Onyx
I see you are getting lots of enquiries. Thanks for answering mine - when you get a chance another question to add to my 'education' - but no hurry -

You mentioned not giving out personal details like surnames - is that to try and prevent things like the nasty people stealing your identity on-line and getting access to bank account details etc? Have seen a couple of docos about things like that happening.

Also I know people whose email addresses have their surnames: ie both personal emails and ones for people who work in govt depts often their address is their 'whole' name. Is that considered safe because the sites are 'secure'?

In the personal message part of this site is that 'safe' compared to the 'open forum' part - so you can afford to be more transparent so to speak?

Like I say no big hurry to respond to these.... just wondering ......
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 01, 2009 01:14AM
Thanks Phoebe...not sure why it is Internet Explorer is not rendering it properly. Will check it out.

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 01, 2009 07:44AM
Quote
gillse
Hi Onyx
I see you are getting lots of enquiries. Thanks for answering mine - when you get a chance another question to add to my 'education' - but no hurry -

You mentioned not giving out personal details like surnames - is that to try and prevent things like the nasty people stealing your identity on-line and getting access to bank account details etc? Have seen a couple of docos about things like that happening.

Also I know people whose email addresses have their surnames: ie both personal emails and ones for people who work in govt depts often their address is their 'whole' name. Is that considered safe because the sites are 'secure'?

In the personal message part of this site is that 'safe' compared to the 'open forum' part - so you can afford to be more transparent so to speak?

Like I say no big hurry to respond to these.... just wondering ......
Hi Gill, yes the surname thing is about identity theft, which is really very easy, but as with most things the media get hold of it's blown out of proportion. The real danger comes from those who take exception to who you are online, or take an unusual interest in you...and end up stalking you. The surname and even a general locality helps that sort of person find you. Email addresses with initial and surname or whole name are IMNSHO stupid, for the same reasons. Although the government insists that you are completely open with these details to the public anyhow, if you are working for them. There is no such thing as security in email, really. And government sites are hardly secure...they just don't publicise how often they have been cracked. Sorry to be such a downer there...just be careful.

The PM (personal message) part of the forum is a lot safer, in that they are hidden from public view. But, as the Administrator, I have the ability to use the database that holds the site together and read any message I wish to (just being upfront here) -- but I don't wish to, as I respect the privacy of you all, and want to encourage the ability for you to develop relationships with others here free of the interference such as you may see in certain "clubs". So yeah, be transparent and open with one another. There is no way I'm going to let anyone else see what you are writing; so help me Papa!

It is probably important to note, that if, for instance, you wanted to plot with Wifey for the take over of New Zealand, that it is best to do so via email, as the PMs are recorded within the database here. And if you are discussing your next terrorist bomb plot, then because the site is actually hosted within the States, the FBI will be monitoring you very carefully. grinning smiley Meanwhile, every email you send in this country is monitored by the police for hints of terrorist or kiddie porn activity. Which I actually think is a good thing (although if you were engaged in this sort of activity then you'd have to be pretty dumb to use email!)

Any more questions are welcome! I don't know everything...but my wifey does winking smiley so I can ask her!

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 01, 2009 08:46AM
Quote
C Shell
Onyx, oh Onyx, my avatar won't work. I tried adding it and it said it was too big. So I made it smaller, and it said "OK, you're good to go now" (well it didn't say THAT exactly) but my avatar isn't there on my posts.

Is this anothermoment for the ol'gal?

My dear CShell;

okay, let's work through this together... firstly, go to your Control Centre at the top of the screen, then Avatar at left middle.
Have you got an image there? You should be able to put a dot in Select Avatar, then click Save Changes.

If you haven't got an image there, or that doesn't work because of gremlins, come back to me!

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce

Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 01, 2009 11:22AM
Phoebe, could you please report back on how that looks for your IE now? Web development is a tricky act when they don't all follow the standards...and Microsoft can't seem to get it right eye rolling smiley...

For the next trick, I want to introduce you to Firefox (the way the web should be viewed!)... so go to [getfirefox.com]. Download and install Firefox. It will import all of your settings from Internet Explorer if you let it. It's also faster and more secure. And Papa's Home looks great on it (I had to do some nasty hacks just to fix IE's problem with greys)...

let me know how you get on grinning smiley

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce
Anonymous User
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 01, 2009 01:11PM
Whatever you did, it worked! Looks great now. Thanks for taking the time to do that. I appreciate you.
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 01, 2009 04:50PM
My avatar is 5.5 KB (98 x 100), well under the maximum, but it still says it's too big.
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 01, 2009 09:20PM
Hmmm, well my dear, I can certainly see your shining dial grinning smiley so something you did must be right!

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 01, 2009 09:23PM
Well wouldja look at that. There I am. It didn't show up before, honest. Maybe I didn't refresh. Thanks, O!
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 09, 2009 11:52AM
Hi again Onyx. For the past several days, there appears a yellow strip at the top of my screen when I come to Papa's Home. It says: "This web site is suspicious. Leave now unless you know this site is safe. Read more. Get immunity from malicious sites! Click here." over at the right is the logo "Check Point Software Technologies Ltd."

I click on the X to get it out of there, but it comes right back and stays the whole time I'm at Papa's Home, but is gone when I go somewhere else. I've never "read more" or "clicked here" because I assume this is an advertisement. But why is it targeting Papa's Home, which I KNOW is not "malicious" or "suspicious"????
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 09, 2009 12:07PM
Hi Shelley!

Check Point Software is a firewall vendor. That is, they make software that tries to keep an eye on what you are doing on the internet. Such as ZoneAlarm software.

Is this when you are at work, behind the corporate firewall? If so, then the software is throwing a false positive for some unknown reason, but there's probably nothing you can do about it there!

If it's at home, then we can do some more investigating...let me know grinning smiley because Zonealarm is configurable, so there will be a way to stop it popping up with that.

Edit: numerous people are having problems with this firewall software. But here are some steps to try from their site:
01.) Close all Internet browsers
02.) Open ZoneAlarm
03.) Click the Privacy Panel, Main Tab, turn ALL items to off.
04.) Open your browser and make sure the site is working as expected.
05.) Close your browsers.
06.) Turn your privacy settings back to the settings you would like them,
and then click the Site List Tab.
07.) Open your browser to the web site that was not working and watch the
Site List Tab in ZoneAlarm.
08.) ZoneAlarm will add the sites that it has blocked items from to this list
as it blocks things.
09.) One at a time, right click on the sites that were added and choose
Options, then remove the checks from the Cookies, Ad Blocking, and
Mobile Code tabs and click OK.

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/09/2009 12:16PM by onyx.
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 09, 2009 05:29PM
It is my home computer, not work. I'll follow your instructions and let you know if I get set free smiling smiley
Anonymous User
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 11, 2009 09:07PM
Hammer that PCQuestion: My laptop keeps prompting me that the drive is nearly full. I have done the defrag thing and the disc cleanup, I have moved most of my photos onto my portable hard drive. This is not a work computer so there is not much data on it. It has to be my music. My question : Can I move my itunes music library over onto the portable without wrecking it? I don't need to sync my ipod since it is full. But do the music files have to be on my computer for it to work? Or maybe just part of the library so I can still listen to favs on my computer speakers??? There is also a file in there called "former itunes libraries" and seems to be a copy of the whole thing. Can I toss those?
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 11, 2009 10:11PM
Hi Phoebe, read this : [hifiblog.com] it details the steps required to move iTunes stuff; technical but possible. The files just have to be accessible to the computer to work. More to the point is the large amount of disk space taken up. I suggest using another application to look at this; check here: [www.techmalaya.com]

Then you can see where all that space is going, and if it's legit. On a modern machine it's hard to imagine anyone having enough music to fill the hard drive. Check for backup programs that are configured to backup multiple times too.

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 12, 2009 03:15AM
Onyx, just a quick thanks for your help with the Check Point -- my hubby did it for me and the annoying yellow bar is
Bye!Bye!
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 12, 2009 04:11AM
Happy Dance

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce
Anonymous User
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 17, 2009 03:42AM
Thank you Onyx. I did download that program for analyzing disk space. It isn't the music or the photos, you were right. It showed 68% of my C drive to be "other". So what does "other" mean? I havent taken time yet to study the program.
Number 2: I took your advice and switched to Firefox. It is a huge difference. Much faster. PLUS this site is working much better for me. For the first time I got to see your wonderful designing here, how the sky shows through the text. Beautiful. Thank you for advising me, i appreciate it. I just still don't know what to do with the stuff that is filling up my disk. Weird.Hammer that PC
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 17, 2009 04:13AM
Hi Phoebe, that's great - well done! You need to drill into the reports of the disk analysis program, to see what directory or file is taking up all that space. Which program did you get?

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce
Anonymous User
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 17, 2009 10:30PM
Xinorbis4 is what I got.
It looks so complicated, but I will give it a try. Crazy
Re: The Computer Corner Head Bang
November 17, 2009 10:50PM
Go 4 it. User Manual here Hammer that PC

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce
Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.

Click here to login

Online Users

Guests: 9
Record Number of Guests: 987 on June 05, 2015
Hosted by DownTownHost