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April 16, 2007

Show #1

April 14th, 2007 -
We finished our first show! It was a little rough, but it can only get better, right? Tune in this Saturday for more Tech Talk with 5 to 9 Computers.

- Show Notes -

News Stories:
Best Buy, 'Geek Squad' sued over videotaping - Los Angeles Times
NYPD Intelligence Op Targets Dot-Matrix Graffiti Bike
Researchers explore scrapping Internet
Epson wins preliminary ruling against aftermarket cartridge manufacturers
Defendant prevails in another RIAA file-sharing case
Google Launches Free 411 Service
Google Maps: My Maps
Guitar Hero 2 for the Xbox 360: Whammy bar issues fixed with a patch
CompUSA Won't Honor Rebates For Items Purchased At Closing Stores
AutoblogGreen Q&A: Neal Anderson of the Automotive X-Prize
Yuri Gagarin - Anniversary of humanity's first trip to space
Apple's Speed Record -

Support Calls:
summary coming soon

Weekly Website: Wikipedia
Software Spotlight: GIMP
Hardware Highlight: Nintendo Wii

April 21, 2007

First Newsletter!

Download our first newsletter right here: 5 to 9 Newsletter Issue 1

Articles inside:
Backup your Data
Browse Smarter and Safer
Can you spell
Protect Your Rights
Share your photos online

Download our newsletter today and learn more about technology!

April 25, 2007

Show #2

April 21st, 2007 -
We now have two shows under our belt and I still haven’t figured out how to end the show on time… Hopefully the third time will be the charm.

- Show Notes -

Controversial Topic:
Violence and Video Games – We discussed how the recent VT shooting was inaccurately related to violent video games and widened the discussion to include how video games have become the media’s scapegoat for teen violence.
Jack Thomson blames VT shootings on Counter Strike (also here)
No strong link seen between violent video games and aggression
Violence-Related Behaviors Among High School Students

We also took a few calls from our audience about this issue. Larry from Phoenix, AZ points out that religion causes more violence than video games. Mathew from Bedford, TX is appalled by how the media handles these kinds of issues and focuses more on celebrity news. Allan from Scottsdale, AZ doesn’t agree with us based on his experiences, but was also unable to provide a good example of why he feels this way.

News Stories:
YouTube Obeys Fake Takedown Request From 15 Year Old
Dell Resurrects Windows XP
RIM offers explanation for massive outage
Substitute Teacher Faces Jail Time Over Spyware
Intel says new chips are 40% faster
Sony admits, fixes problem with DVD DRM

Support Calls:
Charlie from Phoenix, AZ called about a question concerning whether data could be recovered off of a failed hard drive. He referenced our newsletter which you can find here.

Brian in Phoenix, AZ stumped us with a question about a web camera for his Mac Pro. I have since researched his issue and came up with a few possible solutions. First, if he already owns a digital video recorder, he can set that up as a web camera over firewire. He can also try an open source driver for USB cameras called macam at Sourceforge. Otherwise, these two products may work for him: Unibrain Fire-i camera, and iMage USB webcam.

Mike in Gilbert, AZ wanted to know the best way to fight spyware and viruses. We suggested Spybot Search and Destroy for removing spyware, Windows Defender for keeping it off, and AVG Antivirus for avoiding viruses. Also, make certain you are using Firefox to browse the internet.

Weekly Website: Snopes
Software Spotlight:
Hardware Highlight: Logitech G5 Laser Mouse, and G15 Gaming Keyboard

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April 27, 2007


Displays all current TCP/IP network configuration values and refreshes Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) settings. Used without parameters, ipconfig displays the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway for all adapters.

ipconfig [/all] [/renew [Adapter]] [/release [Adapter]] [/flushdns] [/displaydns] [/registerdns] [/showclassid Adapter] [/setclassid Adapter [ClassID]]

Common use
ipconfig /all
To display the full TCP/IP configuration for all adapters.

Internet troubles???

It may be a good idea to print this guide, since you won’t be able to access the internet in this situation.

If you are using Cox as your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and the command ipconfig /all returns an IP address 169.254.x.x (APIPA) you have lost your connection with Cox, or your router, if you have one.

Troubleshooting (verbose)
First things first... unplug your cable modem and router (if you have one). Wait a few second then plug your cable modem back in and then your router. Use the command ipconfig /all again to see if your IP address has changed from 169.254.x.x to something else. If it has open a web browser and see if a page will load.

Still getting a 169.254.x.x address dig a little deeper...
Try using the following command.
ipconfig /release
This parameter disables TCP/IP for adapters configured to obtain an IP address automatically. This will release the APIPA address that your network adapter has been assigned. Next, use the following command.
ipconfig /renew
This will renew DHCP configuration for all adapters (unless otherwise specified). Once you have done this check to see if you have a new IP address with....
ipconfig /all
If you get an IP address that starts with anything but 169.254.x.x you should be in good shape.
Try to ping (see Command Line, Ping) a website such as or If you get a reply you are in business.

Or... if that is too much work restarting your computer will work too, but what fun is that?

Still no internet, consider calling a technician to further troubleshoot your network.
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