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Surprised by security vulnerabilities in my Debian desktop

I’ve been running Debian “Squeeze” (aka “stable”) on my desktop for years. With a single exception (Oracle’s VirtualBox) this computer only uses software packages from the Debian repositories, which in theory makes it simpler to keep the software up-to-date. I’ve trusted that periodic updates kept this software current and was surprised to find that the […]

Windows 2000 and Daylight Saving Time

For the last twenty years, most of the United States has observed Daylight Saving Time from 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday of April until 2:00 a.m. on the last Sunday of October. Starting in 2007, Daylight Saving Time will be extended so that it begins at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday of March […]

Moving a Windows 2000 installation to a larger disk

I had a bit of a computer adventure this week. I ran a program called “Eraser” – no link because it might be malware – which is supposed to wipe the unused space on your disk. (As a former IT pro, these sorts of programs always interest me.) Now, there may or may not be […]