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Question: My work laptop doesn't have any games on it, but I thought there were some cool games like chess and mahjong that came with Vista. Is there a way to turn them on or install them?

Question: My kids love their Webkinz toys and collect them - they each have several of them, and they play with them online a lot. Are they safe though, or should I be concerned?

Answer: My kids have tons of Webkinz too, and so do all of their friends. They even gave one to their 5th-grade teacher for a Christmas present this year!

Webkinz are completely safe, and are one activity that I am completely comfortable with my kids doing online. Believe me, I checked it out thoroughly and had them walk me through the things you can do online with their Webkinz.

Webkinz are fluffy stuffed animals that come with a unique ID on each one's collar tag. That ID lets them log into the Webkinz web site where they can do fun things like play games with their pets, buy their pets toys, and feed their pets.

They also can interact with other Webkinz owners in a controlled instant messaging chat environment. They can initiate chat sessions or reply to IM messages, but they're only allowed to select from a list of predefined topics.

There's no free-handed typing allowed, so there's no need to worry about exposing your kids to inappropriate adult conversations.

Question: Where can I download a free Christmas screensaver?

Answer: There are a lot of free screensavers that you can download, but be careful because many of them come loaded with spyware or adware that can invade your system. It's not worth downloading something that appears to be free, but then slows down your system, tracks your online activites, or steals private financial information.

A better way to go is to download a shareware screensaver from a trusted company like Astro Gemini, that makes high quality 3D screensavers for every holiday. You'll get the chance to use the screensaver for free to make sure it's the one you like.

Here's a snippet of the extremely popular Christmas Time screensaver from Astro Gemini, which is part of their Christmas Collection CD:

This 3D screensaver will help you feel the magic of the Holiday Season. You will find yourself in a quiet winter forest with a few cottages scattered around. Everything is covered with snow and the nature is waiting for a miracle to happen.

A huge Christmas tree in the middle of this peaceful setting and the outstanding background music add to this unique holiday mood.

Check out the huge selection of high quality - and safe - 3D screensavers from Astro Gemini. Each screensaver comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, which means you get your money back risk free if you aren't completely happy with their screensavers (but I know you will be!)

The school year is coming to an end, and many students are scrambling to finish up their homework assignments. They may be asking you questions that you aren't able to answer, or may be hesitant to ask you for help.

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