I have a Vivitron 17" computer, and want to stop people from taking over
my computer. I am thinking about taking out the internal modem and using an external
one instead, and upgrading my video card to a DVD drive. Is there anything else
I can do to make sure my computer cannot be hacked?
-Leonard Crevasse, Boston MA
The key to defeating haxors is to set up a good firewall. A lot of people will
tell you that a software firewall is plenty for the average computer user,
but we both know that software is plastic, and plastic burns. Who wants a
firewall that a haxor can burn? What you need for absolute security is a
hardware firewall. I like to use flame retardant brick, but cinder block
also works well. Make sure you don't skimp on the mortar. Surround the computer
with a 4 foot "cubicle". Before sealing the top, hop inside your
new haxor-proof cubicle. It's meant to keep haxors out, not you! Now complete
the top and allow the mortar to set. Voila! The world is already safer!
Whenever I try to dial with my modem, I get the message "Another program
is using the selected telepathy device. Please try again when the program has
completed dialing." Is my computer trying to control my mind?
-Carrie, Newark NJ
These are NOT the droids you're looking for. Move along.
Dear Tech Guy,
I just got my new computer from Sam's Mart and am trying to upgrade the "chip" from
a 64 Meg to a 40 Jig, but when I open the case, there's not even enough room
for me to double the RAM. All these peripherals are welded together. I also
may need to overclock this sucker cause it's 5 minutes slow.
-Lief Hacksor, Ann Arbor MI
Only a expert should attempt to overclock his machine due to the fragile nature
of the time-space continuum. One wrong mutiplier could cause total protonic
reversal and the end of life as we know it. Let's just work with what we
have. I'm assuming you already have the 40 Jig chip, (we're backordered on
them) using an arc welder, carefully flat-handle the jig to the side of the
Cat5 resistor. You may need to cut a hole in the side of the case just large
enough for one of your legs. This will be important later. Using no more
than 3 pounds of torque, twist the welded peripherals up and to the left.
Lastly, Load up AOL and you should soon be "Surfing the Web" at
speeds of up to 1.21 Jiggawatts. If not, return it to Sam's Mart for a refund.
After installing Jaguar 3.5 with Sybase 12.5 I cannot get more than 255 characters
in the description field out of my table Event even though the information
is definitely written to the database. I've tried a number of solutions and
none have worked as yet.
-Jim, United Kingdom
You seem to know what you're talking about and it's been so long since that
has happened it has upset my inner ear. I'm too unbalanced to type a reply.
Anyhow Mr. Britain, I'm still pissed about the Red Coats thing I learned
on Schoolhouse Rock, so even if I was able to solve your problem I wouldn't.
Email the Queen.
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