IMPORTANT: Notebook (Laptop) Computer Battery Recalls (Updated)

Filed September 29, 2006 at 6:01 pm.

Updated – Gateway and Sony battery replacement links added.

If you or anyone you know has a laptop from one of these manufacturers, please follow their instructions to find out if your battery is one of the recalled ones. If it is, turn off your notebook computer, remove the battery, then plug it in using AC power and do not use the battery until it is replaced. All these batteries were manufacturered by Sony and have a defect that in rare cases could lead to explosion or fire. The recalled quantity of batteries is by far the largest for Dell systems, but several other computer companies are offering free replacement of potentially defective batteries. If you need help following these instructions, please contact RyAnd Computing – visit www.ryand.net

Your Connected Workstation is Safe…

Filed September 22, 2006 at 12:07 pm.

but any other computers you may be using might not be! From the RyAnd Customer Update:

A “Zero-Day” exploit for Internet Explorer has been found in the wild. What does this mean?

“Zero-day” means that there are programs that are using this vulnerability to infect computers on the day that the problem was discovered. There is no patch for this yet. For this reason, if you are not already using Mozilla Firefox instead of Internet Explorer or other browsers (AOL, SBC/Yahoo) to do your web browsing, or if you were using Mozilla Firefox but have slipped back into the IE habit… :) Now is an important time to make sure you’re on Mozilla! Visit www.mozilla.com to download the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, if you do not already have it. If you do already have it, it will automatically be updating itself so you have nothing to worry about there.

So basically, in summary – additional flaws have been found and utilized in Internet Explorer that could put your computer at risk if you use Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, AOL or AOL Explorer, MSN Explorer, or nearly any other browser than Mozilla Firefox. Those using Mozilla Firefox exclusively should be relatively safe, as long as they have been following safe computer practices.

If you have any questions or want assistance, please feel free to contact us!

Vulnerability Information from US Computer Emergency Response Team

Again, this does not affect your RyAnd Connected Workstation system – so enjoy that peace of mind! However, if you have another computer and are using Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, or one of the other browsers listed above (almost anything other than Mozilla Firefox) on that Windows-based system, you are at risk. Please feel free to contact us if you want assistance in mitigating this risk.

“Zero-Day” Exploit for Internet Explorer

Filed September 20, 2006 at 11:01 pm.

A “Zero-Day” exploit for Internet Explorer has been found in the wild. What does this mean?

“Zero-day” means that there are programs that are using this vulnerability to infect computers on the day that the problem was discovered. There is no patch for this yet. For this reason, if you are not already using Mozilla Firefox instead of Internet Explorer or other browsers (AOL, SBC/Yahoo) to do your web browsing, or if you were using Mozilla Firefox but have slipped back into the IE habit… :) Now is an important time to make sure you’re on Mozilla! Visit www.mozilla.com to download the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, if you do not already have it. If you do already have it, it will automatically be updating itself so you have nothing to worry about there.

So basically, in summary – additional flaws have been found and utilized in Internet Explorer that could put your computer at risk if you use Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, AOL or AOL Explorer, MSN Explorer, or nearly any other browser than Mozilla Firefox. Those using Mozilla Firefox exclusively should be relatively safe, as long as they have been following safe computer practices.

If you have any questions or want assistance, please feel free to contact us!

AbiWord Update

Filed September 16, 2006 at 3:18 pm.

Hello! If you haven’t tried it already, give AbiWord Word Processor a shot – it’s in your Applications menu under Office. It’s a word processor that’s very similar to Microsoft Word, and can perform most common word processing tasks, including spell checking.

I’m preparing an updated version of AbiWord for the Connected Workstation and would like your feedback! There is an optional grammar checking tool that would add green underlines under text that it thinks is poor grammar. It does slow down the program a little, but it is a useful feature. My question is this: do you want this tool added to the new version of AbiWord? Let me know by leaving a comment! Thanks!

Welcome to Connected Workstation!

Filed September 10, 2006 at 5:40 pm.

Thank you for choosing the Connected Workstation software from RyAnd Computing, powered by Ubuntu Linux! This page will be updated with the most recent information on your system, as well as useful tips and tricks. The latest version of the system manual will always be available from this location, as well, so keep it as your homepage!

If you have any support concerns regarding any part of your system, please contact RyAnd Computing before any other organization’s support line. As the system integrator, only RyAnd Computing can definitively evaluate and solve problems in an expedient fashion.

Thanks for your business, and enjoy your system!

(Ubuntu is a trademark of Canonical Limited.)