Take the load off your computer

The Internet can be a scary place.

Last week there were warnings about a new virus that can destroy your collection of favorite family digital photos. Today it's a phishing scam that suspiciously resembles your bank's Web site. Tomorrow it may be an extortion attempt by a gang pretending to be IRS agents.

Why I didn't use Vista

Windows XP Pro works fine for now. As long as it fills the bill, I'm content. If the prospect of using Vista gets closer, I'm formatting my hard drive and installing Linux. I already run Cent OS, a Red Hat clone, on two of my PCs and Solaris on a third. The other computer users in the house are on XP, Linux or Mac.