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Find Which Applications Phone Home with VirusBarrier X6

Worried about rogue applications or spyware "phoning home" with your private data? Turn on VirusBarrier's Anti-Spyware feature, and it will alert you to applications that attempt to connect to remote servers. Once you know which apps are phoning home, you can block or allow each individually, and you can even block or allow specific ports for each application, to ensure that your private data stays private.

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HP DeskWriter Refills

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Kyle <kylea63834@aol.com> writes to tell us that MEI/Micro Center now sells refill kits for HP DeskWriter printer cartridges. It seems that they have figured out how to refill both the original DeskWriter cartridges and the new high-capacity ones, which were previously thought to be good for only one use. I'd recommend calling and checking to make sure you get the right kit for your printer (or you can just ask for a catalog). The kits cost $11.99 each, or $10.99 for two or more, with $0.50 shipping for each one. MEI/Micro Center notes: "APO's, FPO's, and Canada add $4.00 additional for shipping. Orders shipped to AK, HI, VI, GU and PR, please call Customer Service (toll-free 800/634-3478). We cannot ship orders outside of the U.S. and Canada." Apologies to our overseas readers.

MEI/Micro Center -- 800/634-3478 -- 614/486-6417 (fax)

 

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