To some, just the thought of having to start all over again is overwhelming. Having to set up a computer in a new environment is a journey they would just as soon never have to embark upon. I can't say I blame them, as it does involve a lot of time and energy to get things just right again.
As long as you keep your firewall on and run a regular routine of adware and spyware checks as well as current definition for your antivirus protection, you'll be OK for the most part.
Don't forget to stop by Microsoft's update one last time for your final update.
Visit Microsoft's Windows 98 section at www.microsoft.com/windows98.
Microsoft security update alert
Microsoft has released five critical and two important patches for its July security update. The updates fix 18 bugs in various Microsoft products. The update addresses critical flaws in its Windows, Microsoft Office, Works, Excel, Project, Visio and Visual Studio X while the important flaws affect Windows operating system, .Net framework and IIS. Read more.
Skype, a popular Internet telephony service, will offer free calls to Mexico July 22-23 and free calls to Japan July 29-30. Skype users will be able to make unlimited calls to these countries from their computers.
If you would like to use the Skype service with a handset (also known as a USB phone or IP Phone), a couple of stores in town - namely Walmart and Radio Shack - sell Skype phones. Typically, these phones also can be used to chat on MSN, AIM, Yahoo and other online services.
To learn more or to sign up for Skype, go to www.skype.com.
Free online courses
CNET's How-to will offer a "Build Your Dream PC" class beginning Monday through Aug. 4. The free course will help you define what your "dream PC" is and it will help you choose components with the best performance. It will help you decide whether to buy or build the system yourself and more. Learn more or sign up.
CNET's How-to will offer a "Digital Photo Basics" class beginning Monday through July 28. Learn how to choose the right camera for you, how many megapixels you need and which are the most important features to look for. The course will teach you the difference between digital and film, how to compose better photos and how to edit your images to send via e-mail. You will learn how to set up your digital darkroom to retouch, print and share your photos. Learn more or sign up.
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