Ira Wilsker's archive

I have been an avid reader since my earliest years. I used to be a regular at the public library, checking out so many books that I was on a first-name basis with the librarian. Over the years, I have collected a huge library of books, having read virtually all of them. Even today, it is not unusual for me to purchase several books at a time.

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If you watch any TV, you have undoubtedly seen the countless commercials for MagicJack, offering to save users hundreds of dollars a year in phone bills for a monthly fee of about $2. When it first came out about three years ago, I reviewed the original MagicJack in this column and on my weekly radio show.

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One major problem detecting and neutralizing much of the current crop of malware is that the malware very effectively protects itself from detection and removal by many of the more traditional security methods. Since many of today’s most prevalent PC security threats load when the computer is booted and often involve a rootkit, common security software may either be unable to detect the malware or may actually be deactivated by that malware but still appear to be running normally.

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As many of you already know, I occasionally volunteer to teach computer classes at the Best Years Senior Center. Seniors probably make up the largest group of new computer users, as many had lived their entire lives without utilizing many of the current technologies.

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Recently I was researching some technical information on a Brazilian manufactured product. There was a dearth of information available on English language Web sites, but there were dozens of Brazilian Web sites that contained my search term. I do not read Portuguese, so I had to translate the content of the Brazilian Web pages into English in order to determine if they contained the content that I needed.

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