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Geeky Computer Stuff

Note: Much of this sec­tion is out­dat­ed, and the arti­cles linked below were writ­ten a LONG time ago. Who uses Usenet any more? How many of you even know what Usenet is now? I’m work­ing on writ­ing new stuff, and updat­ing what’s on this site, but I’ll leave the links for his­tor­i­cal pur­pos­es.

Some­how, not get­ting a reg­u­lar pay­check for being a geek does­n’t make you stop being geeky. Go fig­ure. Of course, I was doing techie stuff before I ever got paid for it, and in fact that’s how I learned enough about it to turn it into work I love, so I guess it fig­ures that I still do it. I just get to be pick­i­er about what I do now. And hey, I could­n’t be Tech­noMom with­out some tech stuff, right?

I’ve cre­at­ed a FAQ to pro­vide the infor­ma­tion I’m most fre­quent­ly asked for and to help folks help them­selves. It gives away the close­ly-guard­ed Secrets of Com­put­er Geeks, helps you learn to trou­bleshoot your own sys­tem, find help­ful resources, and get the most out of your inter­ac­tion with sup­port per­son­nel when you do have to find help else­where.

I use PGP, which is fair­ly geeky in and of itself. I’ve writ­ten a brief intro­duc­tion to it to explain those weird char­ac­ters you might have seen around my email and usenet mes­sages. Obvi­ous­ly, I’m work­ing on web sites these days, so here are some good web design resources.

Hoax mes­sages and ridicu­lous virus alerts are two of my pet peeves.