Video card ID
DonutTime prod notes
My New Year's Eve
Dill zucchini saute
French carrot soup
Hungarian lentil soup
Pie crust for quiche
String Beans w/Paprika
Vegetable stir fry
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Hardware vendor information
Helpful Computer Links
The following are my past issues of computer tips as sent to the Tip Group:
The Tip Group for computer help:
This first newsletter has a many tips, such as how to close all your open windows at once,
and links to info such as substituting keyboard strokes for using the mouse, beginner's guide to downloading and computer security.
My Hard Drive Upgrade Fiasco and Windows 95/98/NT/2000 CD-ROM tip:
This is my own story on what happened when I upgraded my system by adding
a second hard drive...
A Tip Group member tells about the usefulness of the Win9x
resource meter in keeping track of memory usage. A description of how to set it up is given.
[LIIWEEK] April 10, 2000 newsletter tip:
From UC Berkeley, a very well researched, interesting and informative
Upgrading drivers commentary and anti-virus advice:
Some advice from me.
My own story of the adventures of setting up a dual boot
system with Windows 98 and Linux.
How to get your video card ID:
Some info from the net on how to ID your video card without opening up
your computer case.
CD RW recommendation:
Recommendations for buying a CD burner, discussion about the
differences between IDE and SCSI hard drives and a link to more info and a funny story
from the net about CD abuse...
Check back again for future newsletters...
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Where to shop for computer hardware and software:
The best places to browse and shop for computer parts and software used to be
the computer shows. These were gatherings of local bay area retail vendors who came together regularly
each month to sell directly to us in an informal setting. All of the computers that I built were from
these vendors and I even knew most of them personally. They were very helpful and fair in their
business practices and offered very good deals. Besides that, it was so much fun to
browse the products in person for the great bargains they offered which were significantly lower than the standard
retail stores such as compusa. They also offered an additional price break for cash purchases
over Visa. However, times have changed and these vendors have folded up or left California. I now do my shopping
online at Newegg.com.
There are two organizers of computer shows in
the Bay Area:
The Robert Austin Computer Shows
[NOTE: THE AUSTIN SHOWS HAVE
CEASED TO OPERATE - they have sent an email that they are taking a vacation,
but now it's been several years since the last show] These are the local Bay
Area shows that meet in downtown Oakland at the Marriott and on the peninsula
at the Cow Palace each month. Check site for schedule and to sign up
for their e-mail list for future show announcements. These announcements
also serve as a $2 off coupon for the show entrance fee of $5.
MarketPro Computer Shows
[NOTE: THE VALLEJO SHOWS HAVE
CEASED TO OPERATE IN CALIFORNIA-I DON'T KNOW WHY. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFO PLEASE WRITE TO
THE ADDRESS BELOW. THANKS.] This organizer has shows all
across the United States, check their web site for locations near you.
I used to go to the show in Vallejo each month to buy my hardware for
myself and my customers, but this past year many of my favorite
hardware vendors stopped selling here. So, now i go to the Robert
Austin shows instead. Sign up at the web site for announcements which
also serve as $3 off the show entrance fee of $8.
J B C Manufacturing
[NOTE: JBC HAS CEASED BUSINESS, NO NEW INFO AVAILABLE]
1-888-522-3726, 1-800-678-5741 or
408-296-1263, Santa Clara, CA
Owner Ray Hashemieh is the expert on CD-RW,
DVD and other disc drives and carries the best selections for your PC.
You can ask him all your questions before you buy and he will
gladly explain the features and differences of all the products. His current
recommendation is Plextor for CD-RW. I wrote about this in my tip above.
He sells only at the Robert Austin shows.
S. A. Technologies, Inc.
408-980-8355, Santa Clara, CA
These guys make and sell
their own brand of memory modules called Excelerate. They also are the
only ones I know who carry all memory and hard drives for laptops.
They know every make of laptop and can tell you exactly what memory
is available for your model as well as hard drives. They are
extremely knowledgeable and very courteous as well. They have a booth
at all computer shows.
- All of the above vendors will ship your order
via mail very promptly.
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Links about computers, software, etc:
Lost your boot disk? Remake them from this
very helpful site. I was able to make Win98 and Win2000 boot discs from the
downloaded self-extracting files. Troubleshooting and tech support provided.
Wondering about those ubiquitous cookies
placed onto your computer? Here is all the information as well about
The AFU & Urban Legends Archive
Wondering about those stories people
forward you? Here is all the information which debunks it all. Always check here
before you forward e-mail unnecessarily.
SARC - Virus Hoaxes
Another site to check for hoaxes.
Domain name search lookup that
allows a wildcard search of all current/deleted/expired whois domains.
Librarians' Index to the Internet
The UC Berkeley Librarians'
information page. Sign up for their weekly mailings and find out about
interesting and useful web sites.
Search Systems - Largest Free Public Records
This site has public information links for
all 50 states such as license info and birth and death records for California.
Best Book Buys
This site is the best place to begin your
online book shopping because it checks over 20 online booksellers simultaneously for availability
and best prices.
Bookpool: Discount bookstore for technical books
The very best place to buy computer books
at truly low prices. I buy my books from them and the service is impeccable. The online
shopping is very well set up.
In order to stop email
harvesting robots I'm using an image to display my address
instead of text.
This web site is 100% hand coded.
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