Removing the Babylon Toolbar

I sort of got to be Jim Dinkey one recent Saturday evening, when a conversation with a friend led me to fix her computer remotely.
The Babylon Toolbar (BT) is foistware software that is insinuated onto your machine because you overlooked some negative option choice to keep it from happening. What does the Babylon Toolbar do? Basically, it makes itself your search engine, in any browser.

All is not lost

I received an email from someone I don’t know, about this item in our April 2011 issue: “Graphs Made Easy—If you have data you want to present graphically, but don’t have Excel or an equivalent number-cruncher, you might want to check out” Not knowing if the sender was a SPAUG member, I went to the Contacts page on our (SPAUG) website, to check the Member Contact page, which turns out to no longer exist on the site. So, I exercised a fallback option—the Wayback Machine

Editor’s Desk Nov 2008

Often, when what I’ve read about some piece of software that makes it seem like a “must-have”, I wonder what others think of it—especially the negative aspects. My usual sources for software reviews are,, and

Editor’s Desk Apr 2008

I was introduced to the Tiny URL concept a while ago when I received one in an email from a former co-worker, and have been using them, gratefully, ever since. Go to for more info. One nice feature is that you can add a TinyURL button to your browser’s toolbar, so you can easily generate them as needed.