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[] Linux and WordPerfect/Word SIG by jackb May 06, 2009, 01:48:52 PM
The Board of Trustees have re-aligned the SIG schedule.  The WordPerfect/Word SIG will meet on the first Wednesday of the month, and the new Linux SIG will meet the third Wednesday of the month. The second Wednesday of the month the Linux group will meet with the WNYLUG group at their facilities.
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[] Acronis True Image free for Maxtor, Seagate users (From ozrom1e) by MrDonK! July 20, 2007, 06:34:49 AM
Acronis True Image free for Maxtor, Seagate users


"Acronis can be obtained free if you have a Maxtor or Seagate hard drive.”


The important thing to note, however, is that both utilities are based on an OEM version of Acronis's well-regarded True Image backup application. According to the Inquirer's report, both free utilities support the creation of disk images, partitions, the cloning and formatting of disks, and more.


Inquirer's report:


One of the best HDD utilities is free


Seagate provides Two free downloadable utilities at the following links:





I found this information in = Windows Secrets Newsletter • Issue 116 • 2007-07-19

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[] Windows turns 30 by Mr.Victor November 19, 2015, 09:26:41 AM
Windows turns 30 years old this week.  It is a real milestone in personal computing history. Microsoft launched its first version of Windows on November 20th, 1985, to succeed MS-DOS.  While Windows 10 doesn’t much resemble Windows 1.0, it still has many of its original features like scroll bars, drop-down menus, icons, dialog boxes, and apps like Notepad and MS paint.

Experience a trip down Windows memory lane, with all the previous versions along with their user screens here;
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[] New Ransomware Strain by Mr.Victor November 06, 2015, 04:13:36 PM
If you have ever been a victim of ransomware, you know the pain of having to make the decision to lose your data or possibly shell out hundreds of dollars for a chance at retrieving it. Those who have been affected by CoinVault and Bitcryptor ransomware can now rest easy as Kaspersky has obtained all relevant decryption keys, making it possible for users to retrieve their data without having to pay a single penny.  Unfortunately, there is another ransomware which is a new strain of the past version, which is now being called CryptoWall 4.0.

Read more details on the latest Ransomware strain " CryptoWall 4.0 " at these links;

Kaspersky Free Ransomware Remover:

Also see my prior post on Ransomware here;,1279.0.html

Make sure you perform Microsoft Updates! See report here (PDF download);

To really beef up your PC security, consider a VPN.  See my post here on why you need one;,1291.msg1841

Make sure your Anti-Malware/Anti-Virus Software is up to date - See reviews for 2015 here;
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[Software Updates] Driver Talent Pro (formerly called Drive The Life) for free by jheart October 30, 2015, 12:54:22 PM
Software Updates Drive the Life, a driver utility program has been renamed Driver Talent and the pro version (which has extra utilities) is being offered for free until December 31, 2015. Download it now and input your email address and you will receive an activation code in your email for the pro version. It appears to activate itself when you send your email address (just check "about" in the settings and it will show the code if you are activated). I have used the program myself and had no issues and find it convenient for finding Windows10 drivers for my device although I stick with the stable drivers and not the latest drivers.

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[] MS-Office Online Training $11 by Mr.Victor October 08, 2015, 01:29:04 PM
If you want to get up to speed on Microsoft's Office Suite of Tools, but are on a tight budget, this Neowin Deal is for you.

Included in the list of courses are the following:
• Microsoft Word 2013 - Basic & Advanced - Become a Wizard at Word with Both Beginner & Advanced Techniques

• Excel 2013 - Financial Functions Using Excel -  Conquer Your Finances By Calculating Interest Rates, ROIs & More

• Excel 2013 - Excel Dashboard -  Build a Dynamic Display to Track & Analyze Key Metrics

• Excel 2013 - Excel Graphs and Charts  -  Transform a Mess of Numbers into Sleek Data Visualizations

• Microsoft Excel 2013 - Learn All You Need to Know About Excel in Just One Course

• Learn Microsoft Outlook 2013 - Get More Done with Outlook: Answer Emails, Assign Tasks & More

• Learn Microsoft Powerpoint 2013 - Create Amazing Presentations

• MS Access 2013 - Advanced  - Tame Monstrous Datasets

• Excel 2013 Basic Training Course -  Go Back to Basics & Master Crucial Excel Fundamentals

• Excel 2013 - Pivot Table -  Become an Expert on Excel's Pivot Tables

• Microsoft OneNote 2013* -  Rev Up Your Productivity

• Comprehensive MS Access 2013* -  Master the Art of Database Management

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[] Free Bitdefender Antivirus by Mr.Victor July 15, 2015, 03:12:03 PM
Here's the link to download Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition;

Full Paid Version $29.95 for 1-Year or $35 for 3-User (also look for additional 20% off):|20|pid|65|pos|

See Bitdefender's latest PC Magazine Antivirus review, along with other top picks;,2817,2372364,00.asp

Bitdefender and other Antivirus deals & rebates;,1284.msg1832.html#msg1832
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[] Why you need a VPN by Mr.Victor July 03, 2015, 01:11:52 AM
With today's mounting internet privacy concerns, using a VPN helps protect you in various ways. VPNs encrypt your data and at the same time transmit the data anonymously. Secondly, the data stored in your local hard drive is secure since information sent from your computer doesn’t map back to your machine. Also, some VPN's by a simple setting can port your connection via servers in other countries which can further protect your privacy, and allow you to use services not available in your area.  Here are some great articles to help explain "Why you need a VPN". ;

To get you started, here's a super deal on a lifetime unlimited devices "Tiger-Lite VPN" for only $29:
(Note: Although multi-PC there is only 1 active connection allowed at any given moment. User must end session before connecting to another)

proXPN $39 Lifetime subscription to this 4-star PC Magazine rated VPN:

VPN deal with unlimited lifetime (Use 5 devices simultaneously) $39:

Are you worried about your Streaming Video being slowed down by a VPN? No Problem ...Getflix to the rescue!  Instead of rerouting all your Internet traffic, this handy service only routes internet traffic but not streaming traffic. Getflix unblocks more than 100 streaming channels around the world. Lifetime Subscription for: $39:
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[Alerts - Virus, Spyware, Malware, etc.] Adobe Flash Warning !!! by Mr.Victor June 30, 2015, 08:40:05 AM
Alerts - Virus, Spyware, Malware, etc. If you're using " Flash " in your browser (Chrome, Firefox, IE, etc.) please check for latest Adobe Flash Update !  It has now been discovered that Ransomware is being exploited via Adobe Flash. This vulnerability affects Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.

Check your current Adobe Flash version here;

Get the update at this link;

Here are some important tips:
1. If you don't need Flash, don't install it at all. To find out if you actually need it, rather than assuming you need it, try living without it for a week or two. You may get a pleasant surprise.
2. If you need Flash only occasionally, use click-to-play. That's where your browser asks you every time whether you want to let a page use Flash. Or turn the Flash plugin off altogether except for the times you know you need it.
3. If you have Flash, don't lag behind on updates. Even automatic updates can take a while to turn up, becaue Adobe spreads the load randomly amongst its users. You can jump the queue by checking for updates manually.
4. If you're still running Windows XP, please don't. Vulnerabilities that are really difficult for crooks to exploit on Windows 7 and later - as good as impossible, in fact - can often be still turned into working attacks against Windows XP.
5. Keep your anti-virus turned on and up-to-date. A good anti-virus can block this sort of attack at multiple points, e.g. by blocking the web page where the EK is hosted; blocking the EK's JavaScript component; blocking the Flash exploit itself; and blocking the ransomware it would grab next.
6. Don't skip making backups. If you don't have a good enough backup to recover from ransomware, you are at risk of any number of other potential data disasters, too. These include accidental deletion, a failed hard drive, and a lost or stolen laptop.

See detailed article here:

Already have Ransomware?  See my prior link for help;,1279.0.html

Security Now #514 podcast audio or video on the Adobe Flash Warning;
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[] Fastest Mobile Network? by Mr.Victor June 27, 2015, 06:08:18 PM
Who has the fastest mobile internet data network, along with the broadest U.S. coverage? PC Magazine evaluates 30 cities across America to help answer the question.

For the 2nd year in a row, their investigative test report finds on average, that Verizon takes top honors. AT&T was a close 2nd sharing top cities in performance honors at about 50/50 with Verizon.  If you want a faster mobile internet connection in your city or region, it is broken down between regions North, South, East, West and combinations thereof.  

What was not clear in this test, is who can best deliver Voice and Data simultaneously.  This is growing in importance as we join online business conferences with voice, and watch more live streaming podcasts during events or meetings. I would like to have seen mobile data/voice performance as part of the tests. Not all phones can utilize Voice & Data together, as well as not all carriers can deliver it.

See the entire in-depth PC Mag Mobile Performance article here;,2817,2485838,00.asp,2817,2485837,00.asp
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