Was I Hacked Or Not?


If you tried to visit my site over the past few days it might have been down? I was e-mailed from my hosting company and they told me they found a virus on my site. They really didn’t have the time to fix the site. I was out of town at a conference. When I did have sometime to look at the site I found it down. I don’t know how long it was off line.

Once I got home I was able to dig into the issue. I was able to re-upload the entire word press blogging site. Once I did that the site came back to life. I feel very lucky.

I can say I am still not sure of what happened. I think that their virus scanners caught an old file and flagged it. One thing that is good I have no one who logs into this site. There are no members to worry about. The main thing is the site is back up and the reviews will once again be live.



Well after driving for almost 5 hours I made it to the PETE&C conference. This is Pa’s largest education technology conference where everyone gets together and talks all things tech. I hope to have some pictures to share with you soon. Well its time to go find some FOOD!


New Site Coming

I have been gearing up for a new idea for sometime now and with the help of one local news paper I will be writing a new column called “Jacks Tech Corner”.

Each week I will be giving readers tips and tricks on using and caring for their computer both Windows and Mac’s.

So with the start of a new column I felt there will be a need for a new site to go with it: JacksTechCorner.com.

If you get some time please sign up for the new forums you will find on the new site. See you there!


Using FREE Open Source Software SAVE MONEY!

So how come so many people I talk to about computers thinks that if you don’t buy your software then it must be no good, or a least lack some features.

Let’s first begin with the Antivirus I use on all my home computers. Avast which can be found at AVAST.COM.

Using this FREE antivirus program will save you from ever having to pay for another update. This program updates almost every other day with new virus signatures. So why does a company like this give away their program? I really think the first reason is that they want to keep viruses off the Internet. Another reason is that they want you to spread the word about how your computer stays free of viruses and maybe the computer you work for will buy their business edition.

Another great FREE Office replacement is Open Office which can be downloaded for FREE at: Openoffice.org.

This is a FREE Word Processor, Spread Sheet and Presentation Programs. I have read that some of the programmers on this project work for some of the major companies writing code for their office packages. Why is it FREE? Because there are folks out there that enjoy writing code, this is how they relax. This program is great I have written a entire book using it.

Here is a list of some more great programs you can use for FREE to do what you do now but loose no MONEY. Just search for these on Google.

Picasa: Use this to manage and edit all your digital photos.
Gimp: More advanced photo editor (Feels like Photoshop)
Thunder Bird: E-Mail client (Feels like Outlook)
Turbo Cash: Finance Software (Feels like Quicken)
Keynote: Use this for all your Note Taking and Ideas.

All of this software is FREE and has a very large community that support and report any bugs for the products. When you need an application look first towards Open Source Software.



Well everyone looking for DSL in Atlasburg we were once again overlooked. I am starting to feel like the land for misfit toys! Cherry Valley is now reporting that DSL is up and running to all homes in Cherry Valley. Yes I know we do live on the main drag of Route 18 and Cherry Valley is down in the woods but somehow they got the service and we did not.

I have been telling my wife we need to sell this house and move to some place where we can get cable internet and then get Vonage and drop Verizon like a hot patato!

They keep saying we will have DSL by the end of the year, hey I wonder if any of them noticed that the end of the year is very near! Of course like I have been telling my friend next door, they never said the end of what year.

I have lived in Atlasburg now for 4 years and our township supervisors should have been able to do something by now.

Well I guess we wait again and see what is coming. For now I will continue to pay $6.95 a moth for my Internet access and sit and watch my screen load web pages while my friends are watching full videos on there computers.

Hey is there anyhouses for sell in Cherry Valley?


DSL in Atlasburg

Well it has been some time since I talked about getting DSL in Atlasburg. But if you have been hanging in there with my blog hoping for some news on this subject then I have a few updates for you.

If you have been seeing a lot of Verizon trucks in Atlasburg lately this is because they are installing all new phone lines and yes equipment. It turns out from some sources that Verizon has received a GRANT which is really state funds to complete a build out in our area. The catch is that the build must be completed by Dec 31st for them to receive the money from the state.

From my source I found that once these new lines are up and the new gear is turned on, anyone who wants DSL will have FULL access to the service. Yes as far as I can tell this means that we will be able to get the FULL 3 MB line for $29.00 a month or the 768 KB for $14.99 a month.

You might have noticed that you may have been loosing your telephone lines on some days, this is due to the phone technicians changing over the lines.

Well if I get more I will post it here so check back often.