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Newspaper columns by Dave Moore, weekly columnist for the Norman Transcript since 2005.

The Spectre of a major Meltdown

"Spectre" and "Meltdown" may become household words in the months to come as news stories covering the latest computer security bugs start making the rounds. Wednesday, January 3, researchers revealed two huge flaws in the microprocessors that have powered nearly all...

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Beware the “we need to fix your computer” phone call

If someone called you on the phone, said they were from the "Windows Technical Department" and claimed they needed to remotely repair your computer because it had been hacked, would you believe them? I hope not, because it's a scam. Someone contacts me at least once a...

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How fast is “high-speed” Internet? Test it yourself

With all the high-sounding talk they throw around, you would think Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were ruthless politicians on the campaign trail. One fellow I know, complaining that websites seemed slow to load, didn't think much of my suggestion that he was...

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Here comes Santa spam

“You may be eligible to receive some of the education stimulus bill!” “Did you suffer a Gallbladder injury while using Birth Control?” “We want to buy your home for Christmas! Sell Your Home Today!” “Make $10000 for Christmas!” “Bounci36D sent you a Holiday picture!”...

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Crooks give spam email a holiday-season makeover

With the holiday season bearing down on us, Internet scammers and spammers are ramping up their efforts to more effectively trick us out of our money. Some of my customers are already reporting an increase in deceptive emails that seem to be targeted directly at them....

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davenewpic1 I was born an Army brat in 1954, with my family living in Kansas, Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico before landing in Norman, Oklahoma.  As a kid, I had many interests, including reading, writing, amateur sleuthing, microbiology, archeology, electronics and music.  If I wasn’t looking at pond water through a microscope or developing my musical abilities, I was probably tearing apart an old radio to convert it into a burglar alarm with fifty speakers.

As a lifelong electronics hobbyist, my career with computers began in about 1984, when I borrowed $1,200 to buy a complete Commodore 64 system.  One of my first computer modifications was to disassemble and drill a hole through the case of the C-64, adding an on/off switch for the expansion port.  I then added a homebrew computer clock synchronization port to my Emu Systems Drumulator drum machine (an early digital drum computer) by tapping into the clock circuit, so that I could synchronize the Drumulator, the Commodore 64 and the first Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) keyboard sold in Norman, the mighty (and, extinct) Prophet 600 synthesizer by Sequential Circuits.  These were the early days of popular electronic music.

It’s OK if you don’t know what all of those things mean – the important thing to know is that geeky electronics and computer activities such as these have brought me over the years to my current situation.

One of my more recent geeky accomplishments was inventing and hosting the Defcon WiFi Shootout Contest, which was a contest to see who could achieve the longest WiFi wireless networking connection.  I ran the contest for three years at the annual Defcon computer security conference in Las Vegas (www.defcon.org), and the contest and its World Record holders are listed on page 112 of the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.  During the second year of the contest, I began writing a computer/Internet-related column for The Norman Transcript, in Norman, Oklahoma.  I also do all sorts of computer service and consulting for a wide variety of clients in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, and greatly enjoy my work.  It is satisfying to know that my work and writings have helped countless people to have a safer and more enjoyable computing experience.  Feel free to contact me anytime that you like.