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December is a great month for gardening in our area — in a way. Unlike in areas where the climate means soil is covered in snow, here we can still go outside and get a lot done.

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One major problem detecting and neutralizing much of the current crop of malware is that the malware very effectively protects itself from detection and removal by many of the more traditional security methods. Since many of today’s most prevalent PC security threats load when the computer is booted and often involve a rootkit, common security software may either be unable to detect the malware or may actually be deactivated by that malware but still appear to be running normally.

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Q. I did a small construction job and was paid with a check after I completed the work. I deposited the check in my account, but it was returned because the person who gave me the check stopped payment. I went to his bank and they said it was not their problem. How do I get paid? Why doesn’t his bank owe me the money?

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As many of you already know, I occasionally volunteer to teach computer classes at the Best Years Senior Center. Seniors probably make up the largest group of new computer users, as many had lived their entire lives without utilizing many of the current technologies.

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Determining what interests most of our friends and relatives would be a fun thing in my opinion. I’d like to know what these people I love and admire value and put stock in these days. With all of the commentary and writing about the banking industry and the loss of funds, changes in savings plans, retirement benefits, and the constant drain on our wallets, have we changed our perspective, or are we still all about making that next dollar?

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