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Malware – What Is It And What Can You Do

The online definition: “Malware, short for malicious software, is software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems.” – Wikipedia In elementary school everyone was scared of getting a computer virus. The threat of data loss or not being able to use your computer gave chills to some people. Back then a virus ...

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The Latest Answers From The Computer Geek

The first run of Ask the Geek was a busy one! I received more than 40 emails in the first week! Here are the most common questions I received. Q: My mouse cursor jumps around while I’m typing, putting half my words in another paragraph. A: This can happen for several reasons, but is usually caused by either your palm ...

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Whisky Falls Dog Hike

Who knew that we could have a snowy hike so close by where the dogs could romp their way up the road and for us human members of their pack to see a lovely waterfall and icy formations along the creek?

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Nelder Grove Dog Hike

We chose a hike close by where we had Giant Sequoias all to ourselves and our crazy dogs could stretch their legs. If you have never visited Nelder Grove, it is a small grove of Giant Sequoias, full of local history and relics from the logging that occurred in the 1880s.

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Computer Problems? Ask the Geek!

Welcome to Ask the Geek! A new computer Q&A section of Sierra News Online. I have been fixing computers in the mountain area since I was a kid, and one of the biggest things I’ve found from my customers is that many of them are afraid to ask questions. Sometimes it’s because they have had a bad experience in the ...

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Richard Keg

My interest in computers and technology started in the 3rd grade at North Fork Elementary School. As I grew older my knowledge of computers and how they work was ever expanding, and my ability to troubleshoot problems came quickly. By the 5th grade I was getting paid for my knowledge, being pulled out of class on an almost daily basis ...

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Is Windows Tech Support Calling You?

I want to alert my customers and friends to a scam that is becoming a growing problem in our mountain area and I’m sure everywhere else. I received a phone call from my neighbor just a few minutes ago asking about “Windows Technical Support”, some very insistent callers claiming her computer was infected with a virus (by the way, I ...

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Sara Wolters

As a member of both the Fresno and Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors, I am excited to share my passion for real estate with you. I graduated from Cal Poly at a time when the economy had just plummeted and jobs were hard to come by. So in 2009, my husband and I made the best of it by beginning ...

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