Category Archives: TECHNOLOGY

New Windows 10 hints of ‘Big Brother’

By Allen Miller News Analysis CYBERSPACE — A few interesting things you might want to know about Windows 10… Microsoft officially released its newest version of the famous software on July 29th. I have been running what is known as a ‘beta version’ for several months and can attest to the fact that it beats Windows 8/8.1 hands down! It is faster, smoother and much more user friendly than Windows 8/8.1. I like it! That said, please be aware that by default Windows 10 is spying on you and reporting back to Microsoft every time you turn your computer on! Windows 10 comes with a 12,00…

‘Cryptowall’ one nasty virus

By Allen Miller | The Technology Desk Last weekend, I worked on a laptop that was infected with the “Cryptowall” virus, which is the latest variant of the infamous “Cryptolocker” virus. The Cryptowall virus (along with its predecessors) encrypts all the documents, pictures, etc. on your computer. It then places several files on your computer, stating that your files have been encrypted and you must pay a ransom in order to have them unencrypted. I have seen reports of the ransom costing anywhere from $500 to $1,000. Simply put, if your files have been encrypted they are “gone” an…

Boat Show offers handy gadgets

By Penny Zibula | Staff Writer Photo credits: Simon Lock On a rainy day in Annapolis, Penny Zibula, with guide dog Otto, prepares to enter the world famous boat show.ANNAPOLIS, MD – Sailors love wind and water. Right? Perhaps that explains why inclement weather did little to keep both old and young salts alike from participating in the plethora of exhibits and activities that marked the 44th Annual Annapolis Boat Show. There definitely was much to see and do, including ogling the interiors and exteriors of magnificent sailboats, sampling pressure-cooked fried chicken and gourmet chocol…

E-recording propels Register of Deeds into 21st Century

  Secretary of State visits county to underscore importance of new system From left, Ozie Stallworth, Notary Enforcement Director for the N.C. Secretary of State; Bob Gannon, sales representative for Utah-based software company Simplifile; Lynn Lewis, the Register of Deeds for Pamlico County, and Elaine Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State. By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer BAYBORO – Beginning April 1st, the Pamlico County Register of Deeds will join 30 other North Carolina counties as early adopters of ‘e-recording,’ a process that allows attorneys, banks, utili…

House Bill 298 becomes ‘wild card’ in wind energy debate

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer BAYBORO – As the Pamlico County Commission braces for an April 1 public hearing on a new county law to govern wind turbines and other tall structures, the General Assembly appears likely to repeal a state law that provides much of the impetus for wind energy development across the state. House Bill 298, introduced last week, bears the official title of “An Act to Reduce the Burden of High Energy Costs on the Citizens of North Carolina by Eliminating Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards; and to Provide for Cost Recovery by Public Utilities for Certain Costs o…