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Winners Announced | TGIF


Friday is here – yay! This week has been a particularly busy one for me (with no end in sight). In my RL job I have installed a surround sound “home theater”  (see, What Do The Dolby Numbers Mean?), upgraded a home network to Gigabit (see, Gigabit Ethernet Didn’t Make Internet Faster), installed printers and monitors, and brought a computer back from the dead; as well as my usual load of what has sort of become my specialty – removing “virus” infections.
Including a particularly difficult “rogue antivirus” (see, Your Computer Is Lying To You… The Epidemic Of Rogues).

Yes. A busy week.

And my niece became a teenager. Happy Birthday you! (You know who you are.)

Also.. I have had more than the average amount of reader mail. It seems people want to know more/debate/question my recent It is time to face facts and finally dump Windows XP. I found myself repeating – many times – this: if purchasing a new, 64-bit computer is not an option for you, the least you can do is install Sandboxie and use it when surfing the Internet. Sandboxie was my only FOTIS Award winner in 2010. To get the 411 on Sandboxie, see Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award – 2010.
I cannot endorse this strongly enough.

Winners Announced

And also this week, even though I had decided to not run any more contests, the folks at Auslogics generously donated three licenses (a license can be used on up to three PC’s) for BoostSpeed to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank them for that.

BoostSpeed is a program (maybe more accurately, a suite of programs) for optimizing your computer and improving its performance. (I refer you to (and encourage you to read) Bill Mullins’ comprehensive review, Auslogics BoostSpeed 5 – A Powerful “One Stop” Optimization And Maintenance Suite)

Without further ado: The lucky winners are….

Congratulations to the winners, and, again, my thanks to the folks at Auslogics for making the giveaway possible!
(Winners, check your Inbox [and maybe your Junk folder] for the Subject BoostSpeed 5 Winner)

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Sorry, “Someone”. I won’t be seeing your e-card (nor getting your spyware..)

Have a great weekend folks!

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April 8, 2011 - Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, software


  1. CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS!! As Cappydog would say, “You lucky dogs”.


    Comment by Cappydog | April 8, 2011 | Reply

    • Cappydog,
      I made a bet with myself.. a two-parter:
      1) That you would show your grace and most excellent good sportsmanship by publicly congratulating the lucky winners, and..
      2) That you would be first to do so.

      Thanks, and I join you!

      (Now I owe myself a hot fudge sundae.)

      Ghirardelli Hot Fudge Sundae w/Raspberry Sauce

      Ghirardelli Hot Fudge Sundae w/Raspberry Sauce


      Comment by techpaul | April 8, 2011 | Reply

  2. Congrats to the winners.. You made their day… ;)
    ….And regarding to the virus infections of your client PCs, have you advised them to switch to linux, atleast for browsing purposes..? I know that some people get horrified just by hearing the word ‘Linux’ but its not really like that… I myself was a bit reluctant to try it at first glance, but after making the switch, i realize how wrong i was.. I’m just loving it now..


    Comment by Ranjan | April 8, 2011 | Reply

    • Ranjan,
      To answer your question:
      Have you ever seen the t-shirt/bumpersticker that reads, “there’s only 10 kinds of people. Those who know binary and those who don’t”?

      I deal with people trying to deal with computers all day, and have for years. How I advise people considering security/switching OS’s has three parts.
      * For the “average computer user”, I suggest Mac (they’re so simple a child can use them).
      * For Advanced/”Power users”/Uber Geeks, I suggest trying a Linux “live CD”, and giving Linux a test drive first.
      * For those who must remain on a Windows machine, I emphasize the basic “common good practices”. (Posted in what I call my “Top 10 Things You Should Do” list.)

      So, basically, no. I do not advice clients to switch to Linux. I sometimes mention the option to them.. and I may as well be speaking Klingon. “Linux” is a computer dork word (geekspeak), and their eyes glaze over.
      It has been my experience that the vast majority of people have neither the time nor the interest in learning about computers. They want someone to show them what to click, and then get out of their way.


      Comment by techpaul | April 9, 2011 | Reply

  3. WOW!
    Paul, thank you so much for the chance to win
    a BoostSpeed license! I’m still in a state of disbelief…I never win anything.
    My computer really needs BoostSpeed; looking
    forward to seeing what the results are.
    Thanks again!


    Comment by DaveH | April 9, 2011 | Reply

    • DaveH,
      Well, now you can’t say you never win anymore. Congratulations!


      Comment by techpaul | April 9, 2011 | Reply

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