Commentary

Cyber security is a concern and a necessity at all levels. Computers and networks operated by governments, businesses, academia and other associations and agencies have been prime targets of cyber attack, but the number and rate of attacks on privately owned personal computers and smart devices has become explosively endemic.

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If you can be in Houston on Saturday, Sept. 29, take time to learn much more about the law. During the past 25 years, more than 50,000 people have learned about their legal rights and liabilities at a session of “The People’s Law School.” The largest and oldest program of its kind in the country, the People’s Law School is deigned to give you valuable information about the law that you can use to help avoid and resolve disputes. Best of all, it is absolutely free.

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Every fall, industry releases its new “year” of models; we see new cars, new appliances — and new security software. Many (but not all) PC, Mac and smart device security software publishers typically allow the user of a 2012 version to upgrade to the 2013 version, often at no charge, for the balance of the original license period.

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Q. A credit card company is suing me. If it wins, what can it do? Can it take the money I have in the bank or my IRA? Can it put a lien on my house? I am worried about what will happen next.

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Almost all newer laptop computers as well as tablets, smart phones, video game consoles and home entertainment systems utilize WiFi as a primary or secondary method of connecting to the Internet or some other network. According to published reports from several sources, the majority of home Internet users have some form of WiFi in their homes, and WiFi is very commonly used in business, commercial and academic environments.

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Q. I just inherited some money from my father’s estate. I was wondering how much I should put aside to pay my inheritance tax.

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During the recent natural disaster known as Isaac, I was busily tracking the progress of the storm and attempting to determine the potential threat to my community near the Gulf Coast. Thirsting for information, I was always searching for additional tidbits that might be of practical use.

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Greetings and welcome to the annual Examiner Labor Day issue, where we celebrate the nobility of work and those who perform it every day – which includes most of us.

Labor Day is a holiday that was born in blood in 1894, when President Grover Cleveland pushed it through Congress just six days after multiple deaths during the Pullman Strike. Cleveland was seeking reconciliation with the labor movement that bloody summer, though those events are rarely mentioned when the first Monday in September rolls around each year.

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Q. I own two cars. One of them is parked in the lot in front of my apartment. Because I don’t use it very often, I have not yet renewed my license plates. Yesterday, my landlord had my car towed, and it cost me $350 to get it back. Is this legal?

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Less than meets the eye in Clemens’ comeback spectacle

 

In his famous soliloquy, Macbeth described life as “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” While I’m not a particular friend of Bill S., it seems there is often something from Shakespeare to describe events in this human comedy.

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