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Some Year End Maintenance and a Night to Remember

With regard to computers, there are just a few things that should be done from time to time. Little hardware things like cleaning the gunk out of the mouse (if you still have the mouseball type of mouse) or using compressed air to dust the interior of the case. But there are also things we need to do from time to time with regard to online safety .
I recently got a call from a relative who was asking for some advice about a possible piece of malware that had been e-mailed from his account, to another of our relatives who was on his contact list. It turns out everyone on that list had received the same email. I contacted everyone and told them not to open the e-mail, it’s a fairly common scam. The email account was one that my relative had not used for some time. Someone had gotten access to it and had been using it to send malware (spyware and viruses) and spam e-mail. For this reason and just to keep your own internet presence tidy it’s always a good idea to close any e-mail account you aren’t using. It’s easy to do, but different depending on the service you subscribe to. The easiest way to do it is to find the help page of the service and search for “account termination” or “closing e-mail account.” From there it’s just a game of following the instructions. And don’t stop with just e-mail accounts. This is important to do with any service you may have subscribed to. Got a MySpace account you have not checked since you got a Facebook account? Close it up. Use an online tax preparation service, and switched to another one, make sure to close the first one. The rule of thumb here… if you gave any information to a web service to “sign in” and you no longer need or use the service, then don’t just forget about it, close your account.
One last thing… recently I attended the performance of “Video Games Live” featuring the WSU symphony orchestra. It was also the first show I’ve seen at the Hartman Arena. First things first, it’s a good venue. For smaller events and concerts it’s a very good arena. It is a pain to have to travel out past Park City, but most of us are still used to it. But 5 dollars “at the gate” for parking in the lot? Can’t we add this to the ticket price to avoid a bottleneck at the gates? It isn’t done well and needs to be looked at. On to the show itself… WOW. I can’t really say it any better. The company puts on a fantastic show that is a “can’t miss” for video game fans like myself. There was a “filler” segment during the intermission that was called “My Childhood in 4 Minutes.” That summed up my emotional connection to the entire evening. It was all at once funny, nostalgic, and wicked cool. Hearing their closing number (“One Wing Angel” from Final Fantasy VII, featuring the WSU Choir) followed by the encore (“Time’s Scar” from Chrono Cross) took me back to a simpler time. A time when computers only had one processor, video game consoles did not have online capability, and I still had and used a CD player. Those were the days…
They ended the evening with a sing along of Jonathon Coulton’s “Still Alive” from the end of the game Portal. We all knew the words, we all sang the song, and we all wanted the cake. It’s so delicious and moist. What a great night, I can’t wait until they tour here again. If you missed it, you can see videos of some of their performances on youtube. Check out their website, VIDEOGAMESLIVE.COM and buy their latest album. It hit number 8 on the Billboard top 100.
Until next time…

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11/19/2010 4:32AM
Some Year End Maintenance and a Night to Remember
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11/19/2010 2:10PM
gate charge?
$5 at the gate at Hartman? When did they start doing that? I went there for a concert awhile back (maybe over a year?) and didn't pay anything for parking...
11/22/2010 2:43AM
Re: gate charge?
It's been long enough that they have little "toll booth shacks" at each entrance from the drive to the lot. I would not guess that those would be necessary unless they were charging for parking at a majority of events. But then again it was the first time I attended an event there. Perhaps those little shacks go unused 90 percent of the time.
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