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Monday, May 5, 2008

Episode 52--FIOS, Not Just a Guy with a Cool Truck

John from A & J Computers in Columbus Ohio does tech support for
one of the major Internet Service Providers. He is eager to help with educating the masses on computer technology and has been doing tech support for 2 yrs now, and says he has seen some of the major reasons that cause people stress with computers.

We went to Wikipedia for a definition of FIOS:

FiOS (Fiber Optic Service) is a fiber to the premises (FTTP) telecommunications service, presently offered in some areas of the United States by Verizon. Verizon has cited the fact that "fios" is an Irish word for "knowledge",[1][2] and has stated in mailings to New Jersey customers that it stands for "Fiber-Optic Service". Verizon has attracted consumer and media attention in the area of broadband Internet access as the first major U.S. carrier to offer such a service. In their rapidly expanding coverage areas, FiOS provides telephone, Internet and digital video services to the subscriber's premises. Some areas do not have service due to franchise agreements, and some can only receive the internet access, also due to franchising.

John’s Key Points:

1. The max speeds for upload and download.

2. The difference between what we are doing and other ISP's

3. Maybe a few ideas on how to keep your pc clean and FIOS friendly

Spy bot search and destroy
Rogue Remover
C Cleaner short for Crap Cleaner
( also talked about Ubuntu)

4. FIOS impact on smart houses.
(Travis (from Pittsburgh) short story by Ray Bradbury, written in 1950 about a Smart House that survives the nuclear holocaust “There Will Come Soft Rains.”)
Find at: referenced

6. The impact that Linux is making in
the Open Source world.
One of the listeners, Ben from Ireland, pulled up the 3-D alternative to maximizing and minimizing your screen with the latest Linux version
. Find it at:

Some other sites John recommends:
For open source free programs
For refurbished and inexpensive computer hardware:

You can reach John for further Tech Support from his business if you are in the Columbus area at:

Next week we will be talking to Sue Tresetti of Taylored Solutions on E-Learning.
Be there so that you don’t get an F.

You can listen to this show archived if you missed it at:

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