1999-07-23 / Columnists

Got Computer Questions?

Ask Randy From Magichost

I thought this week that I would let you in on a small tip that may be of use to you. Last Monday, there was a lightning storm and a bolt of lightning must have hit a post outside. The charge traveled through the phone lines and into my computer leaving my modem in ruins, not to mention it was a top of the line modem (U.S Robotics 56k V .90). The point is, it's not only important to plug your computers power into a surge protector, but also the phone line plugged into your modem. If you don't have a surge protector for your power yet, I suggest buying one from a local hardware store, make sure it also has a jack to protect your phone line. If you already have a surge protector, but do not have a phone line protector, I suggest unplugging your phone line from your computer during lightning storms until you do purchase a phone line protector.

For those of you who used my tip last week for designing their own web page, there was a small typo in the web site for the HTML tutorial. There is no dash in http://www.learnhtml.com. The dash was only added because the website was cut in half to get to the next line.

Please send any questions you may have relating to computers to: Randy Sofia care of the wave (8808 Rockaway Beach boulevard, Rockaway, NY 11693) or send e-mail to thewave@poboxes.com

(This weekly Q&A column is written by Randy Sofia, a computer programmer, and president of Magichost Internet Services. Magichost is a web hosting service with Rockaway in mind. Visit the website at http://www.magic-host.com or e-mail Rockaway@magichost.com.

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